Missing You

Today is my friend Riley’s birthday. I miss him so much. I want to read a new poem from him, hear a new song, and tell him all the ideas I have in my head for things I want to write, the main one using our adolescence together in a ghost story.

Tom and I started going through those bins on our carport that so desperately need purging. I have an action plan for some of them, so I’m on my way. But mostly I wanted to find all my Riley correspondence. It stretches back more years than I will admit to. I’m lucky that he liked to draw and write and gave me so much of his work.

None of his stuff, of course, is part of the purge. Somebody else can trash it after I’m gone. It still means too much to me.

circa our junior high school years

I love you, John Riley. Thank you for an amazing history.


In an earlier post I talked about trying to complete some of the tasks I featured on Photo Friday last September. This one is ongoing, but it’s gratifying that friends have had some quiet Craft Nights to exercise the chance to color.

Lynne and I have been coloring together since we were kids. Even then, just getting to our teens, we were “too old” to color, but we never believed that. There’s no such thing as “too old” to color. We like to think we were MANY years ahead of the adult coloring craze that’s now possibly in its waning days–though not for us. Coloring is a chance for companionship and conversation; an escape from stress; and at times, an opportunity to process sadness.

Here are some examples of what we’ve been doing.

Lindsey’s lovely ombre effect. What happens when artists color.

Tom’s first from a dragon coloring book he received Christmas 2015!

He received this coloring book this past Christmas. Apparently the movie was not so good, but the illustrations in the coloring book are excellent. It should be fun.

Lynne did these two:

Her biggest crowd-pleaser was this one:

This one was totally created for Rhonda to color!

I think this is one I did that same night:

I did this one over a couple of Craft Nights:

Lynne has one still in progress:

Some bright colors from Lindsey on this one:

Here’s one of the books I’m looking forward to:

I finished this one last summer. I think I Instagrammed it but never put it here.

I should send this one to Marika to do in honor of Teddy:

I forgot to put my Christmas angels out this past holiday! Some of you may remember that a few years ago, Marika sent some of these angels out to friends to color as a surprise for me. The offer still stands. I have plenty of angel books and will happily mail an angel to you to color if you send your mailing address to me at becky@beckycochrane.com. Then you’ll be part of the next Houndstooth Hall holidays!

Button Sunday

I’ve saved this Day of the Dead button without using it for eleven months! I picked it up last year when Debby and I were Christmas shopping at Casa Ramirez Folkart Gallery in the Heights.

Día de Muertos altars at Casa Ramirez.

I always find great little treasures there–like the Three Little Pigs, Christmas Llama, Lip Synching Donkey, and Ceiling Mouse finger puppets (if you are mystified, why aren’t you following my Instagram account?). Casa Ramirez is a feast of colors and textures for the eyes, with tiles, clothes, straw hats, household items, art, sugar skulls, and baked clay items. I also got these last year, and as you can see from her grin, Skelita likes them and is ready for her friends to come to a feast.

We have a few other friends hanging around Houndstooth Hall, like this guy.

And his little minions who followed us from The Compound to the Hall.

The scariest things about those ghouls is that they show me how much my windows need washing.

A happy and safe Halloween to all!

Photo Friday, No. 518: Day 7

Current Photo Friday theme: Seven Day Challenge

Unfinished Project 7: Leisure Time. I once had this vision of friends sitting with me around the table on winter evenings and Craft Nights, a fire in the fireplace, while we colored and talked and listened to good music. Time to color? Ha! That’s as crazy a concept as a “winter evening” in Houston.

The current Photo Friday theme involves taking photos of anything for seven days. I’ll be posting seven days of photos that I’m calling Unfinished Projects.