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Anita Burgermeister, eclectic independent artist in Milwaukee. Art is what I do. Life is never boring. Please visit links below, follow me on social media & BUY Art By Anita. Thank you! My blog includes musings or news about creative people & events in art, music, magic, dance, dining, film, writing, city life & more. Hope you enjoy and read often!
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Sept 2022 - Covid Carrier, Small Job Miracle, 2 Parties, Vet Portraits, Art Mobile Parking


Greetings friends,

I'm starting off with a cautionary tale. There was another Lieber Family reunion in Iowa. I had a little scratchy throat, so I grabbed my usual cure of Zicam to knock it out. No problem. Enjoyed 4 fun filled days visiting the family, lots of hugs, and sharing a room with my mom. On the last day I got sniffly. After I got home I decided I better take the test. Sure enough - I was covid positive. Mom had the same symptoms shortly after, with a bonus bladder infection - poor dear. I spread the virus to 6 relatives in all - including 90 year old Aunt Erika, whose birthday we were celebrating. I feel terrible! I'm lucky I haven't been banned from seeing them again. They each said they would do it all again for the fun we had. Luckily for us, no one had more than a mild case of cold symptoms. I've tested negative twice, but I still have a lingering cough. Maybe it's allergies. Just a reminder that Covid is still out there and spreading. They couldn't have all been mad, my cousin bought a Piano painting from me! 

PICS: The Real Leibers - plus a chair for Uncle Gottfriend. With spouses we had 27 / Store in High Amana / Piano Painting I sold to cousin - Thanks, G!
I painted a bathroom for a neighbor. It was the longest job for a small bathroom I've ever done. Like mine, it has vintage 50's tiles three quarters up the wall, so it was only the top of the room plus the ceilings. Easy, right? Unlike my bath, her tiles were pale blue and yellow. Yuck. A company called Miracle Method reglazed the tub and sink in white and added neutral tan speckled spray finishes over all the tiles and the floor. It really looks sharp and modern, but somehow nostalgic, since you can still see the original grout lines and textures. But the job was not simple, since I was also asked to paint the 6' vanity (inside and out), windows and closet trim. Everything got sanded and painted with two coats to cover the yellow, by the way. And inside the 3' deep closet, plus 5 shelves, oh and the floor is damaged, can I do something with that? You bet. That will be one faux finish and varnish.  And cover the 3 large holes created for plumbing access? Sure. And the threshold is loose in two rooms. I have construction adhesive for that. And the closet door sticks - got a rasp file. The edge of the 6' wide mirror is discolored, but on the whole in good condition, what can we do with that? I found nifty adhesive frame borders. AND - did I forget to mention, she purchased all new black hardware for the cabinet and closet. Handles, hinges, door stop, latches. But nothing was the right size. Oh boy. So, can I scrape, repaint, and reinstall all the old ones? Of course! And take down the old curtain hardware and rehang the doors. Ya betcha. Luckily, Therese is one of the sweetest people I know, and she made me lunch every day. Tom came and helped with some of the carpentry and rehanging the doors. And she totally got that the price would increase. I also painted the front door and back door to the house.
But there is still the patio furniture and garage door....😱

PICS: Yellow and Blue tile before - Miracle Method and Paint by Anita after
PICS: closet floor before and after / 'new' old sink / old cabinet
I went to two really fun parties this month. One was a garden party with hats! The other was with my virtual classic movie critique group. We have been meeting twice a month for 2 1/2 years and decided to call it quits since most of us couldn't keep up the pace after the pandemic eased off and life got busy again. We had a 'farewell' drinking and feasting party in person! I had not met most of these people before. We visited for hours, then watched 'Bringing Up Baby' (my first time seeing it) and roared. We stayed from 4pm - till midnight and had so much fun we decided to keep the group going in person 4 times a year. The Christmas gathering will be at the Burgermeisters. Of course. 
PICS: Classic Movie Group - Cheers!
The Veterans in Focus group met at the MAM on Calatrava Day. What a cool coincidence. It was a perfect photo day, too. The next week the group had portraits done at the Stacy Kaat Photography Studio in Bay View. She is a dear friend that I had not seen in years. She was a wonderful host to us and give great tips on portrait photography. She also does business photography and personal branding - check out her website. We had a blast and got some great shots. The exhibit will be at noon in City Hall on Veterans Day this year. YAY!
PICS: MAM by Calatrava / LOVE Reflections / Ribs! / Posers in the museum
PICS: Veterans in Focus - the whole motley crew / Anita / Lavella w attitude / Marty telling baby poop story / Blaze and his awesome hat / Stacy is a NUT
I'm keeping FL in my thoughts, and others impacted by -SHOCK- actual climate change. And the woman of Iran. And people of Ukraine. We had a tiny rainstorm and lost power for almost 4 hours. I played piano by candlelight and made a picnic dinner. Fun for the short term, but you can bet the folks in Puerto Rico aren't having fun anymore. Stay safe and strong everyone! 

Happy Fall, y'all!
Anita, The Carrier Monkey
 
PICS: Candlelight picnic / Awesome parking spots for the Art Mobile
Anita Burgermeister, eclectic independent artist in Milwaukee. Art is what I do. Life is never boring. Please visit links below, follow me on social media & BUY Art By Anita. Thank you! My blog includes musings or news about creative people & events in art, music, magic, dance, dining, film, writing, city life & more. Hope you enjoy and read often!

Apr 2022 - FreeTax, MKE art, Sam, Chef Promo, Burgelis, 2 Memorials

Hello friends,
 
I hope you all have been enjoying the weather extremes – snow to 83 in a week. Fun! Also hope you all  survived tax season. I found a really useful source – FreeTaxUSA.com. Sorry I did not have that info earlier, but as usual I was lucky to make the deadline. The service is totally free for federal, and only $15 for state filing. Very much like turbo tax – it prompts you through each item, line by line, including Schedule C for independent contractors like us. But it doesn’t tack on a $100 filing fee at the end like some other ‘free’ services. It actually made taxes non-torturous.
 
Finally got to see my MKE photo collage installation at Safe Auto. It's pretty cool. I was invited to drop off 6 additional FusionFotoArt pieces. While I was there a customer inquired whether I had done any military art. I mentioned that I volunteer at the VA and he fondly recalled Alice & Courtney - the two gals who ran the art therapy program 10 years ago. They are my besties I still volunteer with. While we were discussing how amazing Alice is, in walked her husband! The owner of the shop asked if he should make coffee so we could have a reunion. Don't you love when life throws you happy little connections?
 
Tom and I collaborated on re-painting a concrete garden figure. He was so far from being acceptable that he had been in hiding until the job fell to us. Okay, so he was a Little Black Sambo. Unfortunately the first version went to the opposite extreme – looking like a cross between Marc’s Big Boy & Kyle Rittenhouse! OMG. I think we finally hit the right note on the last draft with med brown skin with dark hair - and a new fishing pole to boot. Hope 'Sammy’ enjoys life on the lake up north.
 
I’ve been hopping with social media posts again. I switched to a new platform to avoid fees. (I’m so cheap). Instead of Later, I’m now using Buffer. It allows me to post daily social media across 3-5 platforms for an entire week – easy to do at one sitting. I still do posts for Chef Ana of CAVAS as well. I love Ana. She’s a chef who likes to swear. She uses ‘lots of fucking butter’. And she survived the ‘covid shit’. And she didn’t ‘fuck up the duck’. All caught on video. Some made it to YouTube slideshow promo I put together for last month’s elegant Birne (Pear) Soiree event. > LINK
 
At the Latvian Church lunch my mom and I sat next to a group discussing the recent local election. Turns out the new County Supervisor for district 15 is Peter Burgelis – a Latvian and first open LGBTQ representative! I’ve seen him around but had never chatted with him before. But I do believe I remember him campaigning at my door a while back! Who knew? He is pretty darn wonderful and we're almost neighbors. Glad I voted for him, even though I didn’t know him. Find out about PETER BURGELIS here.
 
On a bittersweet note we attended a double memorial service for My Aunt Skadrite (dad’s sister) and Uncle Don. She passed last year, but the service was held back due to Covid. Her husband of 64 years passed a month ago. They started off as dance partners and stayed life partners. The good part of funerals – because you have to find good in them – was celebrating their lives and reconnecting with family. It was nice to see all the cousins and my siblings. There were tearful and funny stories and some amazing photos I had not seen, especially the newspaper article (w photos!) from when my dad's family first immigrated to Georgia back in 1950. We met with my cousins a few weeks back while they were sorting through photos. The Bukalders family never threw anything away. Including my brothers freshman high school story about his visit to Puerto Rico, phone bills back from when they had a party line, and photos from both of my weddings – HA! But there were treasures, too. Many old pictures of us as kids and my dad and his family - that we had NEVER seen. Check them out below.
 
Appreciate loved ones while you may. Keep on the lookout for small treasures and happy connections. Pray for Ukraine.
Anita 

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