Thursday, December 17, 2009

Busy but Thankful

This week has been one of THE busiest of our lives, especially Rhett's young life. Even my mom told him not to try out for anything next time! LOL

Monday we had visitation for Earlene which went well. She had the the most beautiful spray on her of red and pink roses with baby's breaths. The funeral was harder on everyone. Janice and the older grandchildren sang hymns. I don't know how they did it, but they did without breaking down. It was hard for me because the majority; well 3 of them were my older grown step children. I kept thinking that is my family up there. I was just glad I could be there for them as was Don who served as paul bearer. So did Stephanie and her cousin Tabitha. That was a first for us.

Then Rhett had his 1st band concert and he did well. My pics without flash wouldn't turn out, but the ones with flash did and made everything look dark around him! Jason couldn't get over it. He came to it with Don. Rhett was playing Jason's trombone which he let us borrow. So we were keeping it in the family. We were sitting right behind our granddaughter Tatum who is in 7th grade band playing the flute. Her family ended up leaving early as she was supposed to play "Silent Night". When Rhett heard the senior high band playing, he turned around to look at me and say, "WOW!" He thought it was awesome.

Rhett was in a spelling bee yesterday morning. I was the only one attending as mom was having a mamogram. Don had to work. I was so nervous for him, none of my pictures turned out clear. They gave him really hard words. Alas he did not win. He remained throughout 8 rounds. He was third but only 1st and 2nd place received gift cards. He was greatly disappointed. I kept telling how well he did; how proud I was of him; how he last longer than the others but it didn't seem to work. I thought he was going to cry. He wanted me to check him out of school but I wouldn't. I felt he needed to suck it up. He had play rehearsal after school anyway. He did get a certificate. I found out later his reaction is probably a man thing.
There is always next year...

Yesterday was a day about small finds for me. I tried the new funnel sticks at Burger King before Rhett's spelling bee. I found pecans when I parked at Rhett's school. 12 of them! I stopped to pick up a sandwhich for lunch on my way to work. In the empty parking place beside me were shattered pieces of blue glass. I picked up one piece to be used in a piece of artwork.

I am still overwhelmed at work & home rushing to get things done, packages wrapped, bags packed, etc. and extrememly tired this week. But I know Rhett will have a good Christmas and that is what matters. I feel like that Mother Teresa quote.... I just wish God wouldn't trust me so much... or however it goes.

My church is helping a single father who's daughter has leukemia to have a really good Christmas. We are giving them 10 bags of groceries and $151! I just couldn't believe have giving these folks are. It feels so good.

Tonight is Rhett's play. I am wearing my gingerbread vest in honor of it since the title is "Little Miss Gingerbread". I haven't let Rhett tell me about the play because I want to be surprised. I am picking up my folks to take them to it. We will probably celebrate afterwards. Then I have to fix a lemon pie for Rhett to take to school tomorrow. Thank goodness it is the last day of school!

Even though our lives have been busy, I am still thankful for this life we have; for our health. We are never to busy to forget to be thankful. I am thankful that we can be there to support family members in times of need; to support them as they have supported us in our times of need. To be there for one another.

Due to this busy time of year, always remember to be thankful and count you many blessings. Please share them with us at Thankful Thursday at the following....

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Updates on Our Busy Life

I had two bad days last week where I felt like crying & overwhelmed. I know the season had a lot to do with, the fact that I am not prepared for it, etc. But things are better now. I had my friends praying for me. One told me that work crap didn't matter. Only family does and she is oh so right.

Jason and family made it home in time to see Earlene. We went out to eat with them Friday night at O' Charley's. The food was not as good as it used to be, but the company was good as always.

Austin spent the night with us, but Rhett had a play rehearsal on Saturday! As Don was leaving Rhett's school, Jason found him to pick up Austin because they had gotten the call that Earlene only had a few hours to live.

I spent the morning cooking as we had a Christmas dinner at church. It poured rain all day and night. I had to cook early since I was picking up my folks to go with us. Jason, Kristina and the kids came by after Earlene's death for a little while before going to Elisa's. I invited them all to come to the dinner with us. Jason and family did as well as Stephanie. So we had a lot of family there.

Last night was the visitation for Earlene. It went well. I think Don was shocked that hugged his ex-wife, but she'd just lost her mother. I met some of Steph's friends who know some of my friends. The world just keeps getting smaller and smaller. The family flowers on the casket were the most beautiful I have ever seen. Red and pink roses with baby's breaths. That is what I want when I go.

The funeral is today. I will be there for all the kids, but most especially for Stephanie because she was there for me at my Uncle Frank's funeral and I will never, ever forget that. Please pray it doesn't flood rain any more!

Rhett has one of the busiest weeks of his life thus far. His first band concert tonight. A spelling bee tomorrow morning so please keep him in your prayers for that. Then his play the next evening. We will be so glad when Friday afternoon arrives and school is out! Whew!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My Thankful List

It is that time of year again... when I have to make a new time book for I am the The Keeper of Time. LOL I WISH I could keep time to make those special moments in life last longer. It is rather time consuming as each person's name is color coded by me with thought and care. It is funny how time appears in alot of my artwork.

Yesterday I had one of my sinus headaches for which I was NOT thankful! I took something for it by late afternoon as I felt it was not going away. I didn't have any Alleve. I went back by the $ store as I did the day before where I got a wealth of Christmas gifts and I was indeed thankful. Christmas socks for my DIL. One is argyle which she likes. So do I. The other has the exact number of snowmen that are in her immediate family. How cool is that? A small, pretty 350 piece puzzle for my in-laws to work on when they get snowed in next month. Dish towels for my SIL to sew her knit tops on so they will hang on a stove for her to sell under one condition - that she make me one! A book by Tom Delay for my Daddy. But best of all, Christmas cards for me! They have 3 lambs on them. When I saw them, I almost hollered & danced a jig like a kid on Christmas day. I did good.

By the time I got home, I laid my head down on the couch to rest while waiting for Don to get ready for church. I almost started not to go; just stay home and take a nap, but I got up and went on. Now I am so glad I did. I took a copy of the letter from an email which was my previous post. Please go back and read it if you haven't already. It will warm your heart. As I read it, I had the kid's undivided attention. It opened a discussion about hobos and the homeless and made us thankful for our nice warm homes and food on out tables. They have seen their mom's try to help some homeless people and they know to be very careful. One man threw back the Krystals Savannah's mom bought for him because he wanted the money for drugs! The Krystal gave her money back for them. Yet Savannah's mom has continued to help other needy people. Casey's mom tried to help another man who tried to get in their car!

I gave them a word jumble to do that I got from a Christian site that now sends me emails to help teach a class. They loved it. We had so much fun and laughed a lot. Then I let them play with paint. I drew a peppermint which got good to me because I drew a connecting trio once I got home.

I have several prayer requests to ask of you all. My good friend Anne has family friends that are going through a dificult time. Harry has heart problems and was recently released from the hospital. His wife Susan is 6 & 1/2 months pregnant but has asthma really bad. While Harry was in the hospital, she had to be admitted also! She was supposed to get out but they are keeping her til Friday now. They may have to take the baby soon. They have a 17 year old daughter named Lindsey who has taken a night job to help out. Harry's insurance isn't going to cover all of his expenses but thankfully Susan's will cover her's. When Susan gives birth, my church is going to give her baby items. She is having a boy.

My husband's ex mother-n-law Earline is in the last stages of lung cancer and is now in hospice. This came on really suddenly. They are waiting for her son to come home. If our oldest son flies to Atlanta, it would cost him $900 so he may not be able to make it & may be the only grand child who cannot make it. It is always harder when a family memember is dying around this time of year. Please keep these family in your prayers. Thank you.

Because it is almost Christmas, I thought "My Thankful List" would be the perfect title for this post. I was thankful to get my 1st Christmas card from a co-worker this week. I was thankful to finally "hear" from my best friend Genie in an email who has been busy. I had forgotten she was taking a class ontop of teaching Special Ed and everything else she has to do. But most of all I am thankful I can get back into size 8 pants! What were you thankful for this week? Care to share? Then join us for Thankful Thursday at the following....

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

What Christmas is All About...

Now, this, to me, is what the true Christmas spirit is all about.
The following note comes from CB&T's South Columbus Branch. What a great story!!

We all may know Mr. Collins, the homeless man who sometimes visits a few of the branches and sleeps on the 13th St bridge. He isn't met sometimes with such warmth by some people who don't know him, but I would like to take the opportunity to lift up my team at South Columbus. He has come in the branch every morning for the last few mornings. (He visits this branch a lot and every time, my team treats him with the utmost respect and kindness.) This morning when he came in, my tellers noticed he was shaking due to the cold and rain but he left and has been sitting in the parking lot of a restaurant next door. One of my tellers went out in the rain to ask Mr. Collins if it would be ok if we got him a room to stay in for the day to get out of the weather and he accepted. We tried to take him to two different hotels to stay nearby, but once they saw it was Mr. Collins, they turned him away and said No! Finally my teller Jake, who has truly been a blessing and witness to Mr. Collins through all of this, found a place that would let Mr. Collins stay there for the night. Due to the generous and loving spirit of my team, they took it upon themselves to donate money to pay for Mr. Collins a room and some dry clothing. When I went to get him clothes, I was telling the story of what was going on to the cashier and she even teared up and gave me a discount on his clothes. With the money I saved there, I went to Wal-Mart to look for a "jacket with a hood" because Mr. Collins asked if we could find him one. I truly believe what happened next was God's hand. As I looked for a jacket with a hood, all of them were $50 and up. In the middle of the floor on a rounder were big fluffy down jackets on sale for $7!! I was able to get Mr. Collins a jacket, gloves, and hat with the money saved at the other store.

Mr. Collins was able to shower and sleep in a warm bed last night and get a good nights rest. He came in just a little bit ago looking like a brand new man! He was clean and wearing his new clothes! I can't tell you the bright smiles on all of our faces this morning seeing him. We have contacted an agency to help him get off the street but so far he doesn't want the help. He is staying another night in his hotel room, so my prayer is maybe the Lord will speak to him through this experience and maybe he will reach out for help this time.

I cannot express enough how thankful I am to know each team member here at the South Columbus Branch and makes my heart so glad to work along side these wonderful people. It is also a blessing to know Mr. Frank Collins as well. We all go through struggles, each of us not knowing what the other is going through, but to put that aside and give to someone less fortunate than ourselves is really speaking God's blessings. I am so very proud of my team and I am so thankful for the generous and giving spirit here at South Columbus. It is truly amazing to witness this act of kindness first hand. This is truly what it means to give selflessly and I could not be more proud of each and every team member. Thank you all.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Quick Cooking Tip

Hi! I found boxes of Ronzoni noodles at Walmart that are called "Quick Cook" for $1.23 a box. They take less time to cook than normal by about half! About 5 minutes! A few years ago McCormick had some of them called "Micro Cook" where you cooked them in the microwave, but I guess they didn't sell well or I was the only one buying them! LOL I had found them online for awhile. These are just as good by Ronzoni. They didn't have them in elbows at Walmart, but they had the long noodles like in the Kraft mac-n-cheese boxes. I know we all could use the quickest way to fix things during this busy season. This is helpful hint is my gift to you, but please don't call me Martha Stewart! Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thankful for Thanksgiving

As far as my pie making went for Thanksgiving, I made an egg custard for my folks, a small bowl of just custard was left over which I had some of it a few nights later. Since my oldest step daughter was making pumpkin pies, I decided not to make any of them. Just cleaned house instead. I think I'd just gone to bed when Don's family arrived at 2 am!
I'd prepared enough groceries for at least 2 breakfasts. I had to get bacon for the 3rd day.
My pistachio pudding turned out the best it has and I was thankful. The recipe was on the box. Now my SIL & I know how to make it right! LOL  Well, I made more another night, but the crushed pineapple I used didn't have alot of juice so I had improvise by adding milk to it. Our turkey was better than my oldest step daughter's was. She used rosemary & other herbs. I am NOT a big rosemary fan. That Thanksgiving afternoon, Elisa, my SIL Peggy & I ran to Big Lots. I got 2 of Rhett's Christmas gifts and I was thankful. He is going to love one of them. I may let him open that one on Christmas Eve. I didn't buy a lot and was proud of myself. Peggy almost bought Jo-Ann's out the next day! She gave me one of her business cards she made herself using a photo I took of one of the crafts she makes. She also knits baby clothes and makes baby blankets. It made me feel so good that she used MY photo. She even had made herself one of those snuggies & is selling them for $10 which is much cheaper than they are in store!
Peggy & I went shopping on Friday. Not early at 3 am like Elisa & Stephanie did! I am too old for that! Peggy is a little older than me so we decided we'd take our sweet time. We just really enjoyed being together and doing that and I was thankful for this sister moment especially since I have no sister. Just best friends who are like my sisters. This was a 1st for Peggy and I. I hope it won't be our last. I know if we lived closer we would do a lot more as I would with my DIL up there in Indy.  We shopped from 9-4. Got home at 5 after going to Walmart 3 times! 1st to drop film off for my MIL. We spent the most time at Jo-Ann's. I did good. I only got a few things. Mostly $1 items; mostly rubber stamps. I did get the latest issue of "Somerset Studios" magazine. I'd sent the link to it before. Since Peggy was still shopping, I sat down in the pattern area and read some of my magazine. We looked at it later & found we liked most of the same things. We got sandwiches at Fire House. Peggy liked my Italian sub! Then we all had tacos back at Elisa's that evening.
Don's luck has changed ... first him finally getting a job with his firend Michael for which we are so very thankful. Then he got a deer the day after Thanksgiving! Elisa got onto him for leaving his cell at her house & being out in the woods by himself. She called him a "moron" on the phone, but he didn't hear it. She apologized for it later and hugged him.
My granddaughter Tatum made brownies for me. They were so good and I was thankful.
While at Jo-Ann's, I saw a simple lady bug stamp, but knew I could draw it. So I took out my art journal right there in the store & quickly drew one as well as a scumbling Christmas tree. I just had to draw later so I drew more lady bugs in my journal as my Grandaughter Tatum watched.
You know my life is never without drama. Saturday was my comedy of errors. We tried out the Bacon Genie mom gave me, but I never used it. She hasn't used her's either so I don't feel so bad. LOL She was waiting for me to try mine out. The drain in the ink in the kitchen wasn't draining properly. There was some water still left in the dishwasher. After breakfast, Don took his dad, his baby bro Alan to the woods to get his 4-wheeler & so Alan could see some horses along the way as well as the hunting land. I had a whole load of dishes to wash so I used the dishwasher.
I got on to Rhett for not having socks on. He had been coughing. I had to get up at 3 am that morning because he was coughing. Rhett asked me why was the kitchen floor wet! I had to grab towels, pick up wet rugs, ask for Peggy's help and get the water up. We formed a water brigade getting the water out of the sink. I couldn't find my mop behind the shelf Don put up in the garage. Then I couldn't get the ring out type mop down from it's holder behind this self! The one we tried to use, wouldn't get the water up so we used towels.
Once got all the water up, I had to take all the wet towels & kitchen rugs downstairs to the basement to wash & dry them. I was a real Domesic Goddess this weekend especially today! I was just thankful for all of Peggy's help. I don't know what I would have done without her. I wasn't so overwhelmed this year and I was very thankful for NOT having that feeling.
That is the 2nd or 3rd time a dishwasher has done this. The 1st time was right
after we were married. I was barefoot, stepped in the water, slipped & fell on one knee. I was lucky I didn't break my knee cap. At least it didn't get to the carpet this time.
So now Don has to work on the drain.
Then I had to fix lunch. We had ham & leftovers. I was thankful I had a cucumber which set the meal off. No deserts & I felt bad as they are a BIG desert type family, but we'd had strawberry muffins for breakfast.
Later we took them to our preacher's house. I felt like we were imposing on them , but they said it was alright. As we were entering their hallway, Larry's wife Katherine was standing in a doorway to the dinning room to greet them, introducing herself. When I came thru, I said, "Hi! I'm Becky!" We all just cracked up. Then she hugged me. It was one of those funny but perfect Becky moments. Larry (preacher) & Everett (FIL) talked about farming.  We stayed about an hour as they wanted to leave around 4 to head back home. I was pretty tired when they left & thought I'd just crash, but I didn't. After talking to mom, I went to the store. I got more pistachio pudding, yams & brownies. I can't wash dishes, but I can cook! LOL I made a pumkin pie for Don, 2 lemon pies for Rhett. We will be going to mom's for lunch tomorrow. I'll be taking some leftovers plus some other things.
Daddy decided he wanted to put flowers on his father's grave so they went either Thurs or Friday. The flower holder thingie was broken. Daddy tried to fix it, but mom told him she'd fix it. Once Daddy got down there, he couldn't get up! She couldn't get him up. Luckily a man was coming thru & helped him up. It made me think this man was one of those angels God sends in a person's time of need. We were so thankful for this man/angel. I told mom I would have put the flowers on the grave for them and will probably do so from now on.

I am just thankful our Thanksgiving went as well as it did, but I am thankful it is over. Hope your's went well. It was nice just to relax in an uncluttered house. Of course the back room is piled up with stuff again! LOL

Our life is back to normal except we have two art Christmas parties to attend tonight and tomorrow night. Tonight is the Phenix City pot luck dinner and we can wear jeans. I am lucky enough to be able to get off work to have lunch with my friend Anne after her dr's appointment today then I have a follow-up with my obgyn about my HRT. I'll pick Rhett up from his play practice, fix something for tonight which will probably be my homemade mac-n-cheese not the boxed kind as well as whatever else I am in the mood to make. Rhett won't eat the Kraft anymore. He prefers mine. Awe. Tomorrow night we have the fancy art guild which I did not receive an invitation in the mail, but I have called about this and was told to come. I will take brownies to it as I did last year. Looking forward to meeting new art friends at the 1st party and seeing old ones that the 2nd.

I realize I need to encourage Mrs. Emily as she encourgaged me to join.

If you would like to partipate in Thankful Thursday, please go to the following where Laurie of a Woman Taking a Stand has posted a wonderful post today.

Thanks, Laurie. I like being unique.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Take the Cue & Randomness

This one below made me smile when I read it this morning. It resounded as I recalled seeing a ladder ontop of the old Raymond Rowe building as I was coming into Columbus. When I saw the ladder, I immediately thought "stairway to heaven". Next I saw a tree in the Wynnton area with bright yellow leaves. Many were on the ground. If I lived in that house, I would not mind those leaves nor would I rake them for they made a lovely yellow carpet. Then I read these words and felt like it was a culmination of all my artwork thus far. Each piece forming a whole that is apart of me. Hope that makes sense to you as it does to me.

Happy Thanksgiving! As always I am ever thankful for your friendship, love and support and being apart of my family.


Take The Cue

What you see, what you think, what you feel, has a reason. What you happen upon, seemingly by blind chance, has a reason.

In all that you experience is the voice of your most authentic self, carrying an important, appropriate and timely message. Listen, and seek to lovingly understand what the experience of each moment is saying.

All the wisdom you've collected is speaking to you. All the possibilities that spread out in front of you, are calling to you.

It is not by coincidence that you are where you are. A whole set of thoughts, intentions and experiences brought you here.
All that you have learned and all that you have been through culminate in this place now. It is a rich and entirely meaningful opportunity that greets you and calls you to move forward.

Take the cue, feel the message of this moment, and go with it. In this time and this place, this life is yours with which to do great things.
-- Ralph Marston

Today I am wearing a new pin on my lapel. It cost me 75 cents at Walmart! I took a pic of it to show you later.... I know you've heard that before! LOL I got good feed back on the above words. I know that I am not alone in what happens in my life; in the things I go through like family coming from out of town for the holiday. I have good friends that are like the sisters I never had.

I am wrestling in my head with my aunt's lawyer. I will have to become more assertive about how things will be handled in the days ahead so I can soon put all this behind me. I am thankful I have such good friends who give me good advice. Who are always there for me.

I am going to see my doc about the HRT I am on now. Then I have to possibly see the lawyer then go home & clean house like a mad woman! Pies are calling my name.

My good friend Cheryl just dropped by with my art gift in a cute little bag. It is pressed leaves in a lovely old maroon frame. I love it!!! I keep picking it up and looking at it again and again. I am so lucky. I am lucky to have her as my friend.

I probably won't be back on here so I will wish you a Happy Thanksgiving in advance.
Happy Thanksgiving! Remember to count your blessings.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Another Art Show

Rhett and I went to the student art show at the Corn Building yesterday evening. We were lucky enough to find a parking space on right hand side of it. Lots of interesting work, photography, paintings and twisted pottery. One cute young guy had taken a photo at the infamous Springer Opera House known to be haunted. He had a "ghost" in the picture. Actually he had 2 ghost pics. I questioned him about them, but he wasn't forthcoming. I am not dumb. I know he superimposed two photos to get "the ghosts". All he said was, "You don't see my reflection in the mirror, do you?" Did that mean he was a ghost too? LOL One was really better than the other as the ghost wasn't as fully there as the screaming banshee on the couch at the Springer.

I saw something I had never seen before... large prints of old poloroid pictures! I know there are blogs out the about Poloroids. I even heard there is such a demand for them that the film is being made again. Susannah of Ink on My Fingers would have loved them. She would have been in her element much like I was.

One potter had some interesting mugs that were differently shaped. Lots of twists and turns. Pretty colors too. Other mugs were really cheap - maybe $3, but they didn't hold my interest like the odd shaped ones. One lady artist did fantasy art on the computer and had a few prints for sale. She also made jewelry I liked made out of pieces of old watches. One was a really old antique face of a watch. Not sure if it worked, but it was on an old chain that looked like it would rub off on a white blouse or turn your neck green! It was $30 so I passed, but cannot stop thinking about them. Why does time always call to me? I got one of her business cards, but left it at home. I sound like a broken record. She has an etsy shop. I will send a link later.

There was a young girl photographer who superimposed three photos that was awesome in color. Not expensive either. I bought a black and white she had of a tree in one of the squares in Savannah for $3. I should have had her sign the back of it in case she becomes famous. Because these are young college kids they were not as prepared with business cards, change or sacks for those purchasing their work. A lot of the photographers took pics of everything like a Dr. Pepper bottle on the grass. Rhett even asked "WHY?" So there is something to be said for being an older, more mature artist. No offense to young artists intended. Encourage them if you can. Encourage any artist.

One unknown and unseen artist did a self-portrait painting that was awesome. One of the best pieces there. She had long red hair. The eyes. It was so lifelike. Very talented.

Of course I got lots of new ideas. I know I can do better and have done better than some of the things I saw. Almost made me want to go back to school, but just for art classes. I guess it inspired me because we took some pics on the way home. Like Rhett's palm print on his window. His idea. So I it must have inspired him too. He did a radio talk show type of interview of me on the way home. The ham.

Somehow I jammed my index finger on my right hand. I know it is not broken because I can move it, but it hurts when I do stuff like write!

Today I took pics of all the fall leaves I have been passing by and passing up all week. I had to use my sunglasses as a filter in order to get a more accurate color and lessen the brightness.

I hope art rubs off on you today.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Much Better Today

Well, I am in a much better place today; a better frame of mind; a better mood than yesterday and I am so thankful for this good mood. Could it be because today is a special person's birthday? Even thought that person is no longer in my life, I still remember.... I am thankful for all my memories. Still rose tinted after all these years. I am thankful for my memories especially when there are so many people with Alzheimer's. I think that is just as bad as cancer. Although I would not want either disease, I am not sure which is worse - dying or not remembering those you love.

I picked up Rhett's pumpkin mug. I am such a good Mom driving way across town to get it for him. It is not the prettiest mug, but he was thrilled by it as if it were the most beautiful one and that is what counts. The lady who helped him make it will have an art show tonight and I hope we can go to it. There will be other artists of other mediums as well inside an art building I have never been in. That could be why I am in such a good mood. Art does that for me.

I had a free lunch this week which saved me money and gas. A small blessing. Always a good thing and I am thankful. I had a good turkey and dressing lunch that was brought to me today saving me me more gas. There were plenty of leftovers for supper. Always thankful not to cook! LOL

I am thankful for the photos I took this week. Not many. I am thankful for the one greeting card/piece of art I re-worked last night. I also took pics of the kids artwork they created the previous Wednesday night. Those were cool. One looks like a lamb. I started collecting lambs when I was pregnant with Rhett. Their art work reminded me of McCabe and her Mermaid Warriors with their art. My friend Darryl sent me the coolest photo of his green peppers this week. When I sent it my home email, the microsoft program made the background look like a watercolor. Not sure how or what I did. I usually do everything by accident anyway. Darryl and other friends really liked it and wanted to know how I did it. Wish I knew. I am sure there is a name for doing something by accident. It is not accidentally on purpose as Rhett would say! LOL Serendipity perhaps?

As always I am thankful for my many, many friends. Those that email me good emails which I passed on this week. Those that send me funny things to make me laugh especially when needed. How do they know? But then I seem to have a knack for sending my friends something they need at just the right time. I am thankful for my friends who are hoping we can get together over the Christmas holiday. Always remember to say "Merry Christmas!" loudly and proudly! Not just "Happy Holidays" for Jesus is the reason for the season. So I am not politically correct.

Our oldest granddaughter got inducted into the Beta Club at Rhett's school and we are proud of her. Rhett was ok with not being in it. He has been congested most of this week.

Looking forward to the artwork I shall receive from my friend Cheryl!

I am excited and thankful I sold something else on ! Someone bought not one but EIGHT of my Happy Birthday balloon postcards! Yeah!!!!!!!! Another small blessing. I seemed to have a lot of those this week. It has been a good Thankful Thursday so far. What small blessings are you thankful for? If you would like to share them, please go to the following...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Different Kind of Day

Today has been a different kind of day from yesterday. I still have my honking fever blister although the fever has finally gone out of it. I am wondering if my Angeline Jolie lips will be a permanent fixture on my face? LOL

Although I lost at Book Worm, I managed to get my 3rd highest score with a larger sized best word. I wasn't having a bad hair day until later. Then it seemed nothing went right.

I'd learned you could eat cheaply at the nursing home up the street from work. This is where my friend Mike E's mom is staying while her broken hip is healing. I went up there today. I ran over a curb. The food was not ready. They were serving something else entirely from the menu I was given. It was not something I wanted. I didn't know how long it would take them to make a burger & fries so I had to leave to rush to McDonald's. I am doing 55 mph in a 50 when I am passed by a silver mustang! The tea I got wasn't as sweet as I bragged Mickey D's having the best tea yesterday. My meal was just ok and I know I should be thankful I had something to eat. I know I shouldn't complain. It was the 1st sandwich I have had in over a week due to my lip. I dropped papers all over the floor. I said I was having a bad day and was told I needed to turn it around. But how? How else? With prayer of course. It reminded me of Rhett's favorite children's book "Grover's Bad Awful Day". I was having a Grover Bad Awful Day.

Then as I was typing this, I was going to see what my large sized best word on Book Worm was when I deleted myself from the game yet again! I did that a few weeks ago. I had another game started. My first word was a long word... scattered. My score wasn't high or anything to brag about, but it was mine and I was happy with it; proud of it. It is lost now forever in cyberspace, but I still have my high scores locked in the game until I beat them. I was able to re-add my name without Rhett's help. I know this is minor compared to the world's problems. I know I shouldn't ask "Why me?"over something as inconsequential this small stuff. But I am not going to focus on the negative. I am going to focus on the positive. I am going to have a better afternnoon.

I am not particularly fond of this time of year because.... I have to fuss with folks over their time. People do not pay attention to their check stubs then ask me why I have taken time away from them now when I took it months and months ago. Some days it just kills me. I get defensive when questioned, but have paperwork to back me up yet I feel like people still think I did something incorrectly. Then you know you have another person going behind you in the system to check to see if you are just talking or lying; to see if you made a mistake; to see if they can prove you wrong. I do not do this to others. Today it gave me a headache. Some times it is hard being the keeper of time. If only I were really that and had all the time in the world in my hands. I could live forever like a vampire, but without having to drink blood! LOL I am thankful I can make myself laugh and cheer myself up.

The rest of the afternoon was stressful, meeting a dealine in the nick of time, being the only one answering the phone. I wasn't a happy camper and my mood showed.

I have received some really good emails lately. Today I got a good one about Christmas which I passed on.

Going to pick up Rhett's pumpkin mug.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What My Day Was About....

Yesterday was about pictures sent from an excellent photography friend who shared his works with me. Darryl had an excellent photo of peppers. I sent it to my home computer and it somehow gave the background a neat watercolor effect. So cool.

I'd seen a church sign about character. Without character, you have nothing. That is so true. If I didn't have my character, I would not be me... the one and only. The funny person who always makes people laugh. Rhett seems to have inheirited this trait from me. I'd let him read an old email about how Walmart picked their greeters. 3 men were applying. Bubba was one of them. We went to Walmart after church. A lady was the greeter. She was missing a tooth. Rhett sort of mumbled, "She doesn't look like a Bubba!" I cracked up so loud my laugh echoed. He's a character like me. I am so glad we have our characters. In fact, he was trying to talk like "The Terminator" this morning. I replied back in kind as I bent over to pick up my bag. It sounded really good. I told him and he agreed with me. That will probably never happen again.

Today was about trying to feel better from my cold and big ole honking fever blister Don gave me. It is one of the worst I have had since my bad sunburn back in the 80's. I have an Angelina Jolie upper lip! Today was about decisions of whether to say:

"Happy Fall Ya'll!
Remember to recycle
Happy Thanksgiving!
Be thankful
Be Blessed
Count your blessings
Be creative"
or say nothing at all.
I said nothing at all on inter-office envelopes.

I did take 3 radom photos today so far.

I had a free lunch that did not require getting out in the rain or using gas.

While my cuz was here from Idaho, before he left, we went to the Ga welcome center. While he was looking for places for birding, I picked up lots of pamplets for collages. Lance even said I was going to use them for that purpose! Even he knows me too well! LOL One of the pamplets I picked up was about Ga artists. Although I haven't read it entirely, I skimmed over one lady artist's short bio. She is a member of the colored pencil society. Didn't even know there was such a thing! When I told Don last night, he asked, "Isn't that racist?" LOL

I briefly checked out their website...

Of course it costs to be a member, but maybe one day.... I can become a member of this one too. There are no Bristow's or Voyles among them - yet. Thought you might want to check out some of the pencil art. Very realistic.

I also checked out another colored pencilist's site.... and found one I really liked...

I did something new today at work work wise which was a fun challenge.

Thank you Dancing Mermaid and Katelen for visiting my blog and commenting.

My friend Cheryl is going to send me a piece of artwork she created for just me for the art exchange. I am so excited. I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve. I can hardly wait.

Gotta to get corn meal for Aunt Pearl. PTA tonight. I will probably pick up Rhett's pumpkin mug he made this week. He has been bugging me about it. I got the email that it is ready. The lady that helped him is having an art show Thursday in the Corn Art Building which I have never bee inside. Should be fun.

I hope you have had a good day filled with character or characters. At least the good kind. I hope you had some randomness and blessings today along with some creativity and art. Hopefully I have provided a new source of inspiration for you.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lost and Found

Happy Friday the 13th. Mine began a bit early...

I was so thankful my mom gave me Rhett's cream for fever blisters because it really worked. Took the fever right out. Because all bills were paid for this week, I had time to go to Walmart to print a few pics after work. I printed the ones from Sunday afternoon at Moon Lake along with some others. I'd called ahead to see if there machines were working properly & was told they were. I just know I'd get there and they would not be working correctly, but me of little faith... found them working until I got to one photo. I helped an Oriental man with his machine as I was printing mine. I printed the duck with it's wings spread as it flew up on the bank to get some bread, a cool leaf in the water, a rainy day shot only I will probably like, the card I made this week, my magic rock, a wet leaf on the trunk of my car, a raven quote on an inter-office envelope I also created this week (which a co-worker sent back to me!), a photo entitled "Magic in the palm of my hand" and the one I couldn't get to work. I'd altered a photo I took especially made it for my best friend Genie's birthday present. I couldn't get the photo to work on the machine. So I placed it on a display holder and took a picture of it! I made lemonade again. I knew I could crop out the background in Picasa anyway. Although the best thing is to go back to Office Max and have color copies made on cardstock. I live and learn as I go. Every day is a learning experience for me. Some things work. Some do not. What doesn't work, I usually find a way for it work. Never give up.

Because Walmart is near a new Cato, I went in there hoping I'd find a certain frame I found there back in July. I bought all three of the ones they had. Gave one to mom and Kristina for their birthday with my art work inside the frame. Instead I found 2 sheep on the word "Dreaming" for Wesley Rose & Shelby's Christmas present on sale for $1.99 each! Love it when that happens! I will take a pic of one of them before I wrap them next month. I'd seen a red and black checked blouse here that was so soft. They only had a size XL so I drove to another nearby store, tried it on, but decided I didn't like it for several reasons. The checks made me look fat and pickie my thought the checks could have been better placed in front. Besides it was three quarter length sleeves. So I saved money which is always a good thing.

By the time I got to mom's my lip was burning. I couldn't find the cream. I was so mad at myself thinking it fell out of my purse. I called the last Cato I went to. It wasn't there. The 1st one's line was busy. I knew I could call Walmart tomorrow from work. I let this put me in a bad mood and I know I should not have let it take me there.

Rhett wanted to cook supper so I let him do a lot more stuff. He says he wants my recipes for when he has a family. I just cannot phathom that right now. The poor man's hamburger stir fry we made was really good even if we had to use an off- off brand with limited brocoli and thick, round carrots, but I was NOT going to another store! I could just eat the hamburger meat in the ramen noodles with water chestnuts and be content. Rhett and I really like this whereas it is not Don's favorite meals.

We watched "CSI" and "The Mentalist". I had no more medicine for my burning lip, but I survived the night. I kept hoping I'd left it at work although I could have sworn I put it in my purse.

Today I wore one of Aunt Va's fall jackets. I had been thinking a certain thought... and shared it with Don this morning... if I wear her clothes, will I channel her? LOL Worst of all her meanness? He told he didn't think so.

I did find a tube of triamcinolone acetonide cream at home this morning , but it was only 1 percent. I thought the one I'd been using was a slightly higher percentage.

I get to work. The cream was not on my desk much to my disappointment. I went through my purse, cleaned out the excess receipts, shredding them and then went through my BIG bag. No tube of ointment. Sigh. I opened my drawer for a pen to begin my work day. Lo and behold there it was! I was never so glad to see anything in all my life. I was so thankful. Lesson learned: Don't let loosing something put you in a bad mood.

I was also thankful for all the comments I receive yesterday. Thank you all. I love the strong names you seem to be bestowing upon me as Serendipity did yesteray by calling me "Iron Lady". That was a first. It made me feel like I could bend steel like Superwoman! LOL Thank you Elin for stopping by for the first time. I hope you all will come back to visit again real soon. Have a great weekend! Be artful and creative as you can. Hope to have more pics on here soon.

Tomorrow morning Rhett wants to go build something out of cans at the local high school which should prove to be picture worthy. So much for cleaning house on Saturday.

As I was thinking of a title for this post, I thought of how we are lost then found by the Lord. Thank heavens for that.

Today I did more tape art. I learned that if you let the tape sit aside for awhile, the ink will bead up on it and make a polka dot pattern when you stamp with it later. I did another large doodle on my pad. I saw it had a lot of hearts in it so I colored them red. There were also a lot of lips which just had to be red also. I took pics of it as always. Some in sections especially where I saw a lot of facial images or ghosts. Even a Ladybug head. Don't call the funny farm yet! LOL

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Another Week of Thankfulness

This week I am thankful for the fun Saturday I had with my cousin. I am thankful for the art show I attended on Sunday. Please read my previous posts about it if you haven't already. I am so very thankful for that peaceful moment I had by myself at Moon Lake where I was taking pictures of the ducks. Just sit back for a moment and soak it all in. Just breathe. Just be. It was so rejuvinating to my soul. It was like a miracle drug for me. It's after effects still lasting everytime I recall it's memory. I wish I could patent it, bottle it and sell it to all who needed it. It might eliminate depression meds altogether.

I am thankful I went to visit my friend Mike E's mom in the nursing home just up the road from where I work on Monday evening. It was so good to see her again. She looked really good even though she has a broken hip and is on oxygen now. Her hair was so pretty. I got to see pictures of her as a young girl at 18 then a pic of her holding Mike as a baby. She looked more like herself in the face in that photo. I know he is trying to make her feel as much at home as possible as you can be in a nursing home. He was thankful I went to see her. After sending out an email about my weekend which was my previous posts, Mike replied his greatest find was his friends. As is mine. I am thankful for them all.

I am thankful to have met and known a local artist if only for a short time. Manford was in a car wreck Friday night and passed on to be with the Lord. Later I thought this... God needed another artist in Heaven to help Him make more beautiful things here on earth. To paint more beautiful sunsets for us to behold and share. So the next sunset you see may be by Manford.

Believe it or not, I am thankful for hurricane Ida because it made my cousin stay a few day longer than he planned. He left today headed to Alabama for pecans and birding in Mobile. He is taking his time returning to his home in Boise, Idaho. The next time he returns will be for my either of my parent's funeral which I hope and pray won't be anytime soon! Please pray for traveling mercies for my cousin.

I am thankful for the day Rhett and I had yesterday for Veteran's Day even if I didn't accomplish much. I think I needed the rest, but I am thankful to ALL our Veteran's past and present.

I had been reallly tired lately, but then I had been cooking more at my mom's while my cousin was here. I found myself falling asleep sitting on the couch watching tv all this week. Guess I must be getting old. LOL Or else it is one of the side effects of my new HRT pills. I think I am trying to have a cold also.

I am thankful for the budding artist I teach on Wednesday night Bible class. I let them be artistic after our lesson. I just have to get them to not use so much paint! I am thankful for the piece of art I created last night. I am thankful our preacher's wife felt well enough to be there last night. Everyone was beginning to really worry about her. It was so good to see her again.

I am NOT thankful for this big ole honking fever blister I have smack dab in the middle of my upper lip! My husband had one last week, but refused to put anything on it. I am thankful mom had some of Rhett's medicine he used for fever blisters. Triamcinolone Acetonide cream. It works wonders. Takes the fever right out of it. Don even said mine didn't look as bad as his and this was after only applying it a few times last night.

Today I am thankful for the bright, warm sunshine on the changing fall leaves following hurrican Ida's wake. I didn't want to come in from lunch today. I had the window down, the breeze was blowing my hair and I didn't care.

I am thankful I posted a bit more on my blog. I am thankful my blog list has increased also.

What are you thankful for today? This week? Please share with us your thankfulness at Thankful Thursday at the following....
where Iris has a touching post.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

9 Things

McCabe said we could recopy this post she had...

when i don’t know what to say or write,
i make lists.

here is your homework assignment:

1.) if you usually wear your hair up, wear it down. and vice-versa. this throws people off and attracts special attention. and we all want special attention don’t we?

Today Hurricane Ida made it rain so my newly washed hair frizzed. My curls fell out. I took a scrunchie and pulled it back. It didn't look to shabby if I say so myself. I am a one day hair down then next day up kind of girl anyway.

2.) carry crayons and coloring books in your bag or purse. next time you see a bored child on a subway/train/restaurant/coffee shop give it to them. (my friend allison does this)

Having an 11 year old son, we get crayons from the restaurants we go to. I always have some in my purse. Even I have used them when I only had a few markers to work with. Once he got a toy at Burger King that was too childish for him. A little boy was screaming. At the same time we both thought to give it to the little boy so he wouldn't scream. It was a perfect moment.

3.) if you are feeling triggered by someone or something today, try and find one good thing about them. you don’t have to like them or change your mind, just notice something positive.

I didn't let Illy get to me today. Yesterday she gave me grape jelly I really needed and I thanked her for it.

4.) make a note that says “its going to be ok” and put it on a strangers car.

I'd love to do this! I have left notes in books at the library before. I draw on inter-office envelopes also.

5.) go outside. find something beautiful in your backyard, and take a picture of it. if you are at work, take a quick break if you can and do the same. see, beauty is right outside your door.

I took a pic of a yellow suv cab in front of me in the rain this morning. Does that count? LOL

6.) find something soft to touch. My son's cheek

7.) commission a child to write you a poem.

8.) make a nature arrangement out of sticks, leaves, flowers, etc. don’t think about it too much. now take a photo and show me.

9.) decide to let go of one thing today. just one.

the stamped raven tag I decided was too much

feel free to recopy this
and link back here if you complete any of these!

posted by mccabe on 11.06.09 @ 12:44 pm | 6 Comments

You can get her site from my list. She is Dancing Mermaid.

Tag Your It!

Hurricane Ida is sending heavy rains our way, but I brightened my own day today... I found some Avery 11013 strung marking tags. They look just like tags you could use in scrapbooking. I kept looking at one thinking... tag... tag... tag... Tag your it! LOL So I traced one on an inter-office envelope. The receiver might not get my sense of humor but oh well... Later I made what I consider a mock-up or prototype greeting card where I drew several blank tags on the card front. "Tag Your It!" was one of them. I realized this type of tag looks like a mini clipboard so I made it look even more like one by coloring the top metal part gold, writing the words "To Do" then drawing paper. I just need a brown colored pencil or marker to complete the backboard. I used a fancy font to type the word "LOVE" which I adhered with my Creative Memories photo splits to another tag. I drew a red heart on another tag. Then added red polka dots to one that is going off page, repeating my red color as I know I am supposed to do. I tried to stamp my raven stamp on one, but it wanted to smear so I laid it aside to dry. It really didn't fit even if the full raven would have been cut off. And I KNOW less is more. I cut out the tags on my mock up card and placed them on blue cardstock paper because it just looked better to me. I took a photo of it. I will take the original to Walmart soon. Hope their photo machines are working. If not, I will have to go to Wolf camera. I will up load it later.

I liked the "Love" font so much, I sent it as an email. I tried to cut and paste it here, but it didn't work to my disappointment. Sorry. Anyway the email said:

Pass it on....

I am not ending on a sad note here, but David at:
is leaving his blogdom to write his novel. He had another photo site to keep up with him...
I wish him Godspeed.

Monday, November 9, 2009

My Weekend

Friday evening was our granddaughter Wesley Rose's bowling birthday party. She is 5 years old now. A friend of her family made her birthday cake. It was in the shape of a bowling ball! So cute! It was delicious. Elisa got a new digital camera that took wonderful pictures from the view on the back viewfinder. I can't recall the name brand.

Saturday I had to take my cuz L to get his name take off his deceased mother's saftey deposit box and get the guns out also. There was a parade for an out-of-town football team so I had to go around the world to get to my mom's house! I hate it when that happens and it usually does around Oct and this time of year. After that he wanted to pick up some pecans for neighbors and friends to take back to Boise, Idaho. I thought of a market on the new north side of town so we went there. They had no pecans as they haven't come in season yet. We went to the Georgia welcome center so he could look for birding places as well as possible pecan orchards on his way home. I got a bunch of pamplets. Even he is starting to know me too well... because he asked me if I was going to put them in collages. You betcha! He treated me to lunch at the Firehouse. While at the welcome center (which I had never been to before), we got the phone number of a local place that sold pecans. The call wouldn't go through there. We stopped at Wolf camera so he could get a lense cover for his digital which is why he hasn't been taking pictures. I kept trying the phone number for the pecans. It was still busy so we drove on over to it which was on the south side of town. There was a For Sale sign on the building. I suggested we go to the Library to check for pecan orchards on line. While there, he checked his emails. Since being here, he joined a birding website for Georgia, but wanted to remove his name since he was heading home. He showed me a starling video from an email. It reminded me of a swarm of locusts! We checked a local hardware store that sells pecans, but they were too pricey for him. I think they may have been last year's crop anyway. Rhett was miffed at me for being gone so long and the fact that he didn't get to go anywhere. Plus he worried we went to jail because of the guns. Bless his little heart.

I was going to cook supper at mom's. Since L and I were not hungry, I decided to wait awhile. I cut out things from the sales papers that mom had kept for me while Daddy watched ballgames when he wasn't channel surfing! L napped, but finally curiosity got the better of him as he had to get up to see what I was cutting out. There were a lot of argyle sweaters in the sales papers which was the majority of what I cut for a futue collage.

Mom wanted tacos AGAIN! I decided on taco salads in the shells you brown in the oven instead. L was bored so he went with me to the grocery store. He is actually quite helpful around the kitchen and might make someone a good helpmate/husband when not getting on your last nerve! LOL It would have been nice to be married to a man that liked to cook. I wouldn't know! LOL

The store we went to did not have the shells you brown in the oven so we had to go to another store! I wasn't happy camper, but I had my mouth was set on that so we went to another one. I manage to cut my finger on a pairing knife which has bothered me all weekend. The food was good as was the company. I wasn't a happy camper about missing the art show I had planned to attend, but knew it was also on the next day.

Later once Rhett & I were home, we played the "Twillight" game til I was falling asleep.

Sunday was dinner at church. Our preacher's wife has been out sick for a couple of weeks now. I am really concerned about her once again. Rhett spilled spaghetti on his shirt and on the floor! I had country captain which I have not had in years and years.

I had everything planned... Don was not supposed to eat his usual 2-3 desserts at the church fellowship meal. We were supposed to go to the art show then at 2 be at our granddaughter's for more cake & ice cream. One of our friends who attends church with us got sick. Don now works for her husband permanently - thank goodness. Lauri brings her grandmother to church. Her grandmother asked Don to drive her car & I follow in our truck. I felt like God was laughing at me because I made plans. There went my plans. I hate driving the truck! But Lauri's husband was called so luckily for me we didn't have to take them. I did help the grandma get into the car from her wheelchair as she can't move one leg. I also noticed her speech was not as good as it used to be. She seemed to have trouble getting thoughts out. She told me she loved me and I felt bad for not wanting to help them when I had other plans, but it all worked out.

We went home to change clothes. I went to the art show while my guys went to eat cake. I wore my Arts in the Park t-shirt I was given for participating. I saw an old co-worker from my JCP days. Bette W was and still is a sweet, beautiful lady only grayer. She had heart problems, but is doing well now. She also paints. She wanted to share what the good Lord has done for her. She had her paintings made into greeting cards. Some of these were framed in small frames. There was one flower painting on a card I really liked, but you had to buy the assortment for $10. Her proceeds went to the Lottie Moon mission fund. I sat & talked with her for awhile talking about the old JCP days. How Mr. R would tell her dirty jokes and she did not appreciate it. Bette still had some of the poetry I wrote way back then which made me feel good. She introduced me to her friend as a poet. I had to tell her I am an artist now.

It is weird that I had thought about Bette a week or so ago. I'd seen a Columbus magazine that told of when Jane Russell, the actress lived here. Bette had been in several beauty padgents and won some them . Bette had a black & white photo of herself dressed much like one of Jane's famous pin-up girl photos. Then to see her after seeing the article about Jane Russell was sort of freaky to me. I told her about it. She said she'd shown that pic of her & Jane to her husband asking him to tell her which one was her. He picked Jane! LOL

Then I met a young artist named Elin Winblad who is just starting out in the artworld. She had some fresh new ideas. I wanted to buy one canvas, but I was being frugual with my money as Christmas is fast approaching and Rhett has champagne taste on my imitation beer budget. Elin has a blogspot mentioned and an etsy shop.
Her blog is:
and her etsy shop is:

There was a local army wife who made clay sculptures. I will have to send you the link to her site later. She had several trinkets for a quarter a piece so I picked out 4 of them. I also got a "Magic" rock for $1. I was thrilled and not feeling guilty about Christmas at her prices.

Another local artist, Derek McCrea was there with his beautiful images. I wanted to buy 2 copies of his work. Each were only $10, but I refrained as I did from an 8x10 odd shot photo I wanted very badly. Wearing my Arts in the Park t-shirt was a good decision as it made other artists talk to me.

I decided to go ahead and join this artist group. As I was looking at their bulletin board, I saw a visitation for a man who is a member of the Columbus Guild so I asked about it. Manfred Metcalf was killed in a car wreck on Friday! I had just seen him at Office Max last week! He was supposed to be at this art show Friday nite, but no one could reach him. I was in shock. You just never know. This group made the decision to send flowers sparing no cost as he was a nice man, friend to all and fellow artist.

My dues are for 2010, but the next meeting will be a pot luck and I can bring my family. The good thing is I can hold a show here! I saw how some displays were set up so I am glad I went now in many ways besides seeing old friends, meeting new ones, buying inexpensive trinkets, etc. I was told I was the 2nd abstract artist and they need more!

As I went back to my car, I took pictures of the ducks in Moon Lake inside Idle Hour Park. I was trying to capture a drop of water on their bill as they pulled their bills out of the water and wasn't successfull. I got one flying up on the bank wings spread to get some bread then a close up of the water beaded on his underbelly which was so cool when we zoomed in on it later on the computer. I finally just sat down on the bank, breathed and went, "Ah...". It was a perfect moment. Peace and quiet. No worries. No where to be. No one I had to go see. No one I had to do something for. Just me. Just be in that moment. A second in time. Just what I needed. I am sorry I missed my granddaughter 2nd cake, but I needed this time just for me.

I went home and we went to church. I upload pics afterwards. I only emailed a few emails as Rhett wanted to play more of "Twillight" & he was driving me nuts in the computer room until I did this. I did send out my magic rock one as an email because it was my greatest find so far this week. What was your greatest find?

Due to the approaching hurricane, my cuz probably won't be leaving as planned. He'd wanted to bird in Mobile where it is headed. I am glad he decided not leave in the midst of it.

I plan to go see Mike's mom this afternoon then stop by the funeral home for Manfred. Since my cuz is not leaving I won't cook supper at mom's as I'd planned. I have to call the lawyer about seeing him possibly tomorrow to start the estate account for my aunt. Hope you have a great week!

Quotes of the day & ....

Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something,
perhaps when you are least expecting it.
I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.
-Charles F. Kettering-

I am always stumbling onto something then I usually take a photo of it!

Never regret $ spent on old books, old dogs and old friends.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.-

Live in a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip!
-Will Rogers-

Take good care of today. It's the tomorrow you longed for yesterday.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.-

Life is a term paper. Don't wait until the last minute to get started.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.-

Then today on the way to work, I was behind a convertible! Although it had an Alabama license tag, I was trying to figure it out as it was in the new tagcode. It said: "Live to live" or something like that. It was a great way to start out my morning commute. I thought about it again as my Swiss Miss swirled. Thinking if everyone in my email buddy list sent "Live to live" to all their buddies and their buddies sent it to their buddies and so on, there might be one person who was struggling with life. This might make them want to live. I have had this happen before. So PLEASE pass this one on... Thanks and have a great day. Live your life to the fullest today, tomorrow and always... I already received a positive response on this!

an new art blog to check out....

I met Elin Winblad on Sunday at the PC art show. She is young & has fresh new ideas. Be sure to check out her blog, commment if you can. I think she could use the encouragement. She also has an etsy shop which I haven't checked out yet.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Things Are Looking Up

Well, we went to Uncle Bill's funeral. They had photos displayed. One army one I remembered from my aunt's house and it felt sort of weird. Brought back memories. There was one of him and Hilda, his now wife taken when they first met. It is hard to believe they had been married 22 years. In this photo, he looked the way I remembered him. So you know I took pictures of pictures. In one 8x10 frame were multiple pics of his woodworking. There was the crib he made for Rhett which brought tears to my eyes! So you know I had to have a pic of that even if we have some with Rhett in it after it was painted white. I got to see Uncle Bill's sister, Elaine who Don knew. Have not seen her since we got married. I thought I recognized her. The give away was one arm shook. Their mother had palsy really bad. Uncle Bill had it just as bad as his mom did. Elaine reminded me a lot of my Aunt Voncile.They both painted on their eyebrows.

A lady named Vida who worked at Tom's with Daddy only in a different dept nearly talked my leg off! She was the type who grabbed your arm so you couldn't get away! She talked more than Rhett does! I learned more about her and her family that I ever wanted to know! Even mom said she must have needed someone to talk to. Thankfully she sat with someone else. I was scared she'd talk thru the service.

They played a Josh Grobin song "Fly Me Up to Where you Are" which was really nice. I haven't heard him sing in awhile. Such a beautiful voice. Then they played "The 1st Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Reberta Flack. You know this is a l-o-n-g song.

It was difficult for me so I know it was difficult for mom hearing about all the many things Uncle Bill did with Hilda. All I could think about was my Aunt Voncille. I almost thought they had the wrong man. For once my mom was really quiet. I even told her this.

Back at mom's I took the photo I had been wanting to take of my Aunt Va's stuff. I placed her tapestry vest I got that has watch faces on it, placed it on my mom's green velvet covered couch, put my great-grandmother's watch face on it, I had two small calendar sheets, one with her birth month & the other of her death month, placed her childhood silver barrett with the name on it (Lance had it) on the prettier Oct calendar sheet. I even got a baby pic of her her & daddy as another piece in the background. We all went to Burt's Butcher shop afterwards but the schnitzel was not good. I guess you need to go to a German place to get good schnitzel. I took more pics there. Lance still has not taken any while here. I would be going thru withdrawls!

While we were at Burt's, I was telling Don about seeing Elaine at the funeral. He said, Elaine should have introduced back then! That made me feel good!

Good news! Lance got my great-grandfather's constable badge back from Rob! Daddy had been asking for it. Aunt Va had "borrowed" it to flash so she could get the job at the sheriff's off but never gave it back to him. Daddy has been carrying it around in his pocket since getting it. Daddy told me he thought that watch was Maw-maw's. He told me I could take it to a jeweler to see how much it is worth but I am not even going to do that as I will be keeping it even if it doesn't work. No way would I sell it! Lance will get her guns tomorrow as Rob did not want them. Hopefully they will eventually go to Rhett. Mom even got her gowns.

I could have uploaded pics when we got home, but I did something else for myself. I cut out things out of catlogs while watching tv. It was very theraputic for me. Just what I needed; just what the dr ordered.

Today is Wesley Rose's bowling party for her 5th b-day. Just charged my camera battery at work.

Early tomorrow morn Lance and I go to get the guns. There is an art show at the Phenix City art studio I want to go to afterwards just for me. If not, it will also be on Sunday. I feel alot better today than I did prior to the funeral yesterday. I think things are finally looking up. It is about time!

Don has a permanent job now! We are so thankful. Of course when you get a job, other places you applied for call with a job. One was in Auburn and would have been 2nd shift which I did not like, he would have been paid less than he is making now. He would have to work for 90 days before going to a normal shift.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I Cannot Be Everything to Everyone

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I have always loved dressing up as a character for it even into my adult years. Most years I am a vampire. My make-up skills at being one have improved each year if I say so myself. Over the past several years, dressing up for Halloween became a family affair. Don even got in on the act. We were lucky enough to win the costume contests several times at the American Legion. We so enjoyed going there. This year due to the economic situation, it would have cost Don & I to go. Rhett would have been free. If we had not won the costume contests, we would have been out that money so we decided not to go.

Halloween has always been MY time. We share it with our granddaughters and their family. It is a family photo fest. It is not uncommon to take 70 pictures. We always take Rhett to my folks prior to getting together with our granddaughters. But before we did this, I uploaded pictures on Saturday. Something I had not done in a while. I wanted to get all my spooky pics out that day. Don had some hunting photos he wanted to look at also.

Rhett was going to be a Ghostbuster. His costume was fairly inexpensive as it was a t-shirt ontop of another long sleeve t-shirt. I wasn't really going to be anything although I bought myself an orange t-shirt at Walmart that said "WICKED" on it. So I decided to go as the hatless wicked witch of the South! I found some really dark purple lipstick that looked almost black for my lips. I painted my nails with this really dark purple which was a first for me. Don also wore an orange t-shirt with a deer skull that said "What happens at the deer camp stays at the deer camp". I gave that to him for Christmas. He says last year but it was the year prior. When he opened it that Christmas, our son-n-law asked him "What have you been telling her?" LOL

While on the computer, I always have my cell phone on now. Mom called to ask when we were coming over. She said my cousin was down. I thought to myself, I just can be everything for everyone! I can't always be the one to cheer everybody up. Who is going to cheer me up when I am down? When we arrived at my folks, my cousin burst out laughing at my t-shirt then gave me a hug. He asked Don who he was. Don told him, "I'm her husband." We all cracked up but it was a defining moment. My cousin wasn't too bad off as he continued to work his crossword puzzle while we were there. He'd still talk but...

Both are granddaughters were sick. It was raining. Elisa and I rearranged all her Halloween decorations on their porch to take photos. Wesley was the cutest jelly fish you ever saw! Her hat drove her crazy so she whined about it while we took pictures. The wind arose. The rain was coming in on the porch so we went inside and rearranged the decorations for more photos. I took my raven stake so I had Lisa take pics of me too. I was thankful for another Halloween moment with my family.

We went to friends' houses nearby with the exception of Mrs. C from church. I felt bad we did not go to her dark house because you never know if this will be the last year of her life. Instead we went to a subdivision and three houses. The girls did not need to be out in the rain. Then we went to a church. The kids got to play a game or activity then get candy. They were running out of candy. Afterwards we got hot dogs and ate them. I was thankful for the time we got to spend together.

I guess I still feel like I am trying to please everyone. I took my cuz to an open house at a small art gallery inside a house. Rhett and I missed the singing at church so I could do this.

Monday, I had gotten another good pepperoni and mushroom pizza from Little Ceasar's for lunch. I forgot that my friend Cheryl was supposed to stop by with some clothes from her yard sale. She put the big box of clothes in my car and I invited her to have pizza with me. It was so good to have lunch with someone. It made me feel almost human again. I was so thankful for Cheryl, our visit, the lunch and the clothes.

Monday I decided I'd cook meatloaf at mom's to help her out. She'd had a room painted & was putting stuff back when she got a phone call that my Uncle Bill died. This was the 3rd death in our family this year. I have heard death comes in three's. While she was talking, I was preparing the meal. I had a box of Hamburger Helper on the kitchen table which I moved so I could work. Mom would put it back and I'd move it. So the 3rd time it was back on the table in my way, I said, "Mom, that doesn't go here!" She got mad at me. She didn't eat my meatloaf either which hurt my feelings.

After dinner, mom, my cuz and I went through the box of clothes. I am now clothes poor! I have giving the smaller sizes that did not fit me to Tiffany, the teenager who sits behind us at church. My friend Nancy's daughter. Passing things on feels good. Some things went to my Aunt Pearl.

The 3rd was my best friend Genie's birthday. I did not got to Christmas in the South on Halloween like I usually do. Just wasn't in the mood. Didn't want to spend money. I normally get her something while at that craft show. I kept pondering what to give her. The one piece of artwork I thought of, I cannot find another frame for it and I cannot bear to part with mine. Selfish I know. I had something on my desk at work. I had copies of it. I had other photos I'd taken with me. I made her THE Perfect card with one of my photographs! How cool is that? One idea just melted into another and I had two new art ideas. Two gifts for Genie. Once I left work, this inspiration came to a quick halt.

My cousin has decided to go back home to Idaho. My mom thinks I am some sort of miracle worker and that I can do something, but I don't what I am supposed to do; what I can do. My hands are tied at the moment as an estate is being set up. I cannot write checks until it is done. I cannot change my aunt's will. So I feel stretched out in different directions much like Christ strung up on the cross. This is my cross I have to bear for awhile.

I did email the lawyer that my cousin was leaving to go home. What else can I do?

Everytime I tried to use a photo machine at Walmart this week to copy the inspired ideas I had on Genie's birthday, none of them worked! It was frustrating!

A co-worker has gotten on my last nerve this week over petty stuff which I know I should not let get to me, but it did. I am only human. I am sure my uncle's death only added to this. I told one friend I was going to have a pity party, but no one would come. She said she'd be there with bells on! Anne is always there for me and I am so thankful for her.

I finally got color copies made of my artwork for Genie so I can keep the orginal altered photo. The year was cut off one of my pieces of art, but that turned out okay. I made lemonade again. Since the year is cut off, it can be used for anytime so that was a good thing! Another small blessing for which I was thankful.

Don didn't feel like going to church due to his dr not calling in his high blood pressure pills. My friend Nancy told me I need some time for me and I do.

The burglar alarm went off at my aunt's and the security called the house. I am sorry but my aunt is gone now. I do not have to put up with this every time the alarm goes off! This is my other cousin's responsibility not mine.

Every little thing bothers me. If my husband tells me one more thing I have done wrong, I may loose it.

Today I am getting off a half a day to take my parents to my uncle's funeral. I think if someone asked me one more thing of me, I might scream! I am trying to maintain, but it is hard. I so need your prayers. Thank you. Finding funny things seems to be my saving grace. Like this morning, Chaney Brothers called with a delivery. The man on the phone had a thick accent. I thought he said "Chaney Boogers"! LOL

If you would like to participate in Thankful Thursday, please go to the following...
It is a wonderful post by Iris. One which I needed. It is about my friend/blogger Denise. It made me feel bad about what I wrote; the trials I have been through this week compared to Denise's. It made me sound selfish especially since I don't praise the Lord as much as she does all the time.

Quote of the Day:
Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual,
you also have an obligation to be one.
~Eleanor Roosevelt~

I loved this one! It made me smile 1st thing this morning. It was just what I needed. It is so true and so me! My friend MikeE put this in his parent emails that went out. That made my morning! Another small blessing.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Friend's Funny Fairy Tale

Once upon a time there was this guy... He liked chartreuse WAY to much, and boy, was he bitchy. One day someone said to him "Hey, fairy, you are looking extra gay today. Why? " and the fairy responded, "Project Runway starts it's new season tonight and I am SO excited."

and everyone lived fairily ever after.
Mike E.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Today Is a New Canvas

Today is a clean slate
to do good for others
not for self.

Today is a new canvas
just crying out for colors.

Today is new canvas
on which to create a masterpiece
of your life.

Becky Bristow Voyles
aka ~theRAV~

Saturday, October 31, 2009




This is the mask I drew with colored pencils I wrote about in a previous post. That is me modeling it in the bathtroom mirror. I did not even try to make a foam one like it to wear for this Halloween as I went as a hatless "WICKED" witch of the south. I'll upload those pics tomorrow and this will make sense once you see the pic of me. I also FINALLY got a picture of a raven! Not the best but it will do for now.

Photo taken by Rhettman. Happy Halloween!
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Beware! Scarey Halloween Pictures!





These are for the not so strong hearted! LOL Sorry Paulie!
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Halloween Witches




I decided to put all my witches in order... tee hee!
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Happy Fall, Ya'll!


This is the pumpkin I 1st created at work for an inter-office envelope. It got good to me and I had to perfect it; make it my own. Notice the vampire teeth and the two tiny drops of blood? LOL This came from my journal. I have since then photo copied it at Walmart, framed it in one of those tiny plastic see-thru frames and taken it to work to adorn my desk. One co-worker asked me "Who did it?" I got defensive and said "I did! Who else?" Why would I buy someone else's artwork when I can do it myself?

As I was finally uploading pics today, even Don asked me that same question. I wasn't as defensive about it so maybe my new HRT pills are working! LOL NOT!!!

I like this one. I think it is cute. Not too scarey.

Today I FINALLY emailed all my Halloween pics I have taken the past few weeks from places I have been all over town. I will add a few here also as Halloween is not over yet.

I agreed to participate in an art exchange. This is a first for me although I have participated in a postcard swap before. Yesterday I went through some photos I had with me and thought I'd picked out a good one or two or three. I asked my friend Janet of the Lavendar Loft if she knew the person I am supposed to send my art to in this exchange. Luckily she sent me a link to the person's blog so I could check the person out. Her blog was indeed a blessing to me today. Katelen is an artist/poet like me. Her words spoke to me. In fact, they sounded very much like my voice. She lives in Alabama too so she is practically a neighbor! I had my friends go to her blog as I read all the through it. So if you would like to check out a blog that spoke to me today, please go to the following...

I hope it speaks to you as well.

I saw my aunt's lawyer yesterday and got really, really depressed afterwards. My aunt only left her two oldest children $1 each in her will. It hurt my feelings so I know it must have hurt them although my oldest cuz says it doesn't bother him. It bothers me along with other things, but I have to stop worrying about all the things I have no control over. My mom was mad at me because I couldn't do something about it, but I cannot do anything to change my aunt's will. The only thing I can do is proceed to have the lawyer write the girl who wrote herself out checks and signed my aunt's name that she must return that money or else.

Today I was just thankful I got to upload pics, email some of them, then do our annual Halloween thing with our granddaughters. We couldn't afford to go the American Legion as we have the past couple of years. I will tell more about Halloween when I upload those pics...

Happy Fall, Ya'll!
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Friday, October 30, 2009

Art Has Time For Me

This week I had a friend ask me "How do you have time for art?" I pondered this for a day or so and emailed her various ways I create art. First of all, I keep a journal with me at all times. It is filled with some of my best small pieces. I doodle at my desk daily. I throw nothing away unless I really don't like it. I never know if some of that may be used in another piece of art months later. For instance, I stamped with saran wrap and blue ink almost a full page on my doodle pad. I didn't use it until I was making fish for VBS. That one piece made several fish. Some of my prettiest fish which was placed on a photo of Elisa's pool. So cool.

Yesterday I had a left over piece of seran wrap from lunch. I have 3 micropore ink pads in blue, red & black. I folded a piece of paper like a card. I used the blue ink 1st. When I overlapped the stamping of the saran wrap, it formed a pattern. I saw sunshine rays so I used a pretty yellow highlighter than looks like a goldenrod color. I colored almost all of the center of the sun itself, but left the bottom part white to represent the white hot heat or the blinding brilliance. I filled in the parts that looked like rays flowing outward. Of course going over the blue ink turned it green, but that was ok too. It was just an experiment anyway. I got the red pad out and put one single strand to represent the red intense hottness of the sun. It made it pop. So now I have 4 primary colors - blue, yellow, green and red plus the white in the background. No one else may see it as the sun, but that is how I see it. The eyes of the beholder. It is very abstract which is just fine with me. It only took a matter of minutes as a lot of my art does. It may not be a Picasso, and no one may buy it, but it is still creating art. That is how I have time for it. It calls to me and it must be done. Just looking at it makes me feel good. I love the colors. I love that I created a piece of art yesterday.

I guess I never think about making time for art because art just seems to make time for me. You may quote me on that!LOL

I did not take a picture of this yet.I forgot to take it to Walmart to make a print of it also. Sorry for no pics again. One of these days...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Lot to Be Thankful for....

Last Saturday night, Rhett and I had the best laugh. We were playing a game at mom's after I'd cooked tacos per mom's request. Rhett was trying to tell me what the subject was by playing charades. I wasn't getting it. He'd peel something I thought was a banana. He'd keep singing "Happy Birthday" then do something to let me know that was a cup. Cake - cup. I'd keep saying cup of cake. Still not getting it & getting irritated. He finally told me it was cupcake and I'd kept saying "cup of cake". We laughed so hard till we were crying. I will never be able to look at a cupcake the same again without thinking of this and smiling. We still keep saying, "cup of cake" and busting out laughing. I know I will be thankful for this memory for many years to come...

This week I am so thankful my aunt's visitation and funeral went as well as it did. There was no fussin' and fightin'. My Daddy did good, but then he knew what shape she was in and she is better off now. I did good until some church friends came walking in. Just knowing they came for me made me lose it for a moment. There were some funny moments as well. Until my friend Nancy from church walked in with her teenage daughter Tiffany, there was no one Rhett's age so he was bored. Nancy asked him about this and he said, "There was no one there but a bunch of ole geezers!" which cracked us up. The Deputy sheriff's were standing guard on either side of my aunt's casket paying honor and tribute to her which was really touching. One of them overheard my son and tried not to laugh unsuccessfully. I told him if he was one of the palace guards in England, he would lose his job! He shook his head yes. We were thankful for that much needed laugh.

I am thankful for all the old friends and family we got to see and talk to. I am so thankful for my friends who are always there for me. In a time like this, you find out who your true friends are. One even drove all the way from Carrollton, GA! Thank you so much, Anne.

I am thankful to Janet who furnished out meal after the funeral. The buttermilk pie was heavenly and far better than mine. Makes me want a piece of it right now.

I am thankful Don has a temporary job with his friend Michael. It may only last a week or so, but it is better than nothing.

I am thankful for art that is my outlet. Rhett had a poster due today. I am thankful for his ideas and creativity. Wonder where he gets it from? Lesson learned: Don't buy blue posters ever again! My acrylic paints didn't cover it well. Some turned out a totally different color! A Cape Cod blue was brown! We ran out of red paint. Almost everything that could go wrong almost did. Rhett made a mess by spilling the dirty water on the carpet and this really upset him. He hid behind the couch crying. The carpet is old and stained anyway. What is one more stain? He said he felt like he messed everything up. I told him he didn't. Accidents happen. We will get new carpet eventually. I know he was tired and it was an "I feel sorry for myself " thing to say. But thankfully the poster is done. Hopefully he will get a good grade even if his perception was wrong in one section, but it was his poster not mine. I am learning to let go and let him do things his way not mine. Sort of like His way not mine.

I had my annual ob/gyn appointment. I am going to try HRT so maybe I won't be so dang grouchy all the time! I am going to take the generic ones as they are far more cheaper. I will have to have a colonoscopy now. It kills me that my husband was right about this! The good news is my dr will see my mom now. He gets patients every week from her old doctor. I felt relieved my doc would see her.

My Daddy fell out of bed the day after his sister's funeral. It was a blessing my cousin was there to help him up as mom was not supposed to strain after her colonoscopy. Daddy is okay just sore. Lance brought in some of the bathroom equipment my aunt had to go around the toilet and a chair for the tub. We are thankful for him and those items. Rob is keeping his mom's wheelchair should we need it later. I hope that day doesn't come.

I have gotten good feedback from my art on the web (Please see previous post). I doodled a funky roster yesterday. A friend asked me how I have time for art. I just do. I save every doodling for it may eventually end up in another piece of my art.

What are you thankful for on this Thankful Thursday?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Rav Art on a website

Well, I needed an uplift after my aunt's funeral today and I found it... and I am So excited! At the last Artist Guild meeting, a page was passed around that had the page # our artwork from the recent show which was to be on the Artist Guild's website. We were given business cards we could write this info on, but so far I have only passed out one card to my good friend Jimmy. I just went there to the site and saw MY arwork displayed!!! I guess # 7 is my lucky number! It looked far better than any photo I took of it. If you would like to check it out, please go to this link below....

a very excited Becky aka theRAV

P. S. My artwork is entitled "The Intersection" and is the abstract located in the center.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Entitled to a Pity Party

I have a lot to catch up on... The good Lord answered my prayers and did not let my aunt die on her son's birthday last Friday and I am so thankful. We took him to Logan's to eat and had an enjoyable time, stayed at my folk's to watch "Ghost Whisper" and "Medium". The next morning, I had to meet folks at Lowe's got get stuff to fix my aunt's roof. Then my friend Cheryl had a yard sale which Rhett & I went to check out in the cold, cold morning air. I should have worn a big jacket instead of a thin sweater. I got some little things and Cheryl gave me a discount! LOL I got my mother-n-law's Christmas present. I visited a bit with my friend. I'd turned down the wrong road which was very serendipituous because it was the street where I first lived as a baby. I got to show it Rhett. The house is painted a mustard yellow color on the outside. Yuck! Lance used to live next door. He too has been by there.

Saturday I didn't accomplish much. Didn't upload pictures like I had planned. My mom was preparing for her colonoscopy on Monday. Lance was a big help to her and I was thankful for him. I checked in on her Sunday. I laid on her bed with her and we talked until time for church.

We went to Walmart after church, but we forgot Rhett's big coat at mom's so I had to go back over there after Don put fluids in my dry car.

On Monday morning, I went back there with mom as she was getting ready for the procedure. She started crying on me. I was holding her hand like she used to hold mine as a child when I was sick and had to go to the doctor. I really do feel like I am the parent now and my parents are my children. She did really well; better than Don did with his and I am thankful. They found one tiny polyp, but when they sucked it out, it couldn't be saved for testing. Lance bought us all lunch which was good. I took leftovers to Aunt Pearl's. She is starting to give her possessions away now. She gave me some of her jewelry. Then I came back to check on mom before I went to the store to get stuff to make beef stew.

Mom wanted to help and so did Lance. I am like my mother in the sense that I want to do it without help. Lance's help was to add salsa to my stew! No way! I told him to get out of the kitchen! He laughed. I enjoyed "General Hospital" and "Opra" which was really funny whiled I prepared the meal. I did get tired and had to ask Lance's help getting my silicone muffin pan in the oven. He used strong tin foil and it worked! So I was thankful for that small blessing. The carrots were not completely done & the frozen pie wasn't like my pumpkin pies, but it was good.

The doctors told us it was just a matter of time with my aunt. She'd had more strokes, was comatose and unresponsive. Tuesday I met with my aunt's lawyer who did her will. He seems very nice although there was not a real reason in my book for the meeting except for him to size up my character and tell me I am to be the executress which I already knew.

At 11 pm on Tuesday night, hospice called Lance to come up there. My aunt passed away at midnight. We will have a family visitation on Sunday. She has not been embalmed and the casket will be closed, covered with a "horse blanket" of local flowers with a hole in the center for her picture. Not sure what local flowers will be. Lance made a joke about the horse blanket - that she didn't win the Kentucky Derby! I told him the funeral people probably talked about him after he left. Vistation will be Sunday evening. Her funeral will be on Monday.

I know her death has to be hard on my Daddy as she was his only sister. One friend said she felt like she had been orphaned when her mother died. I think I'd feel far worse! My dad may feel the same way, but he still has us. Please pray that we get through this funeral without her children fussin' and carrying on. Our preacher said he and his wife will be there at the funeral for us. My cuz asked why. None of them have a church life like we do so they do not understand this kind of Christian love where our church friends are like family. Always there for us. I am sad for them, but oh so thankful for us. Then I thought, what if nobody came to her funeral?

Don has been working on our house because this insurance company threatened to terminate us unless he paints the boards underneath the roof, fixes the front steps and puts up a board underneath the carport! I have asked him to do the first two for years now. If he would listen to his wife, he wouldn't have so many problems. LOL I still can't understand what painting would have to do with keeping nsurance.

Today has been a rather hard day for me. I have to do resumes for my husband in hopes of finding a job and I made a mistake so I had hear about it this morning. It was a little more than I could bear. I just stood in the bedroom while he complained in the dining room because I couldn't take his complaints anymore. He complains constantly about everything. He says I never noticed before, but I strongly disagree. Rhett agrees with me. I know I was feeling sorry for myself this morning, but I think I am entitled to a small pity party at this moment in my life. It put a damper on my mood although I have laughed hard several times today. I am thankful for my laughs. I am just tired of doing things, hearing constant complaints and feeling unappreciated. My friend Patti tells me to be strong. I know that I am since this was brought to my attention last week from my commentors. Thanks commentors!

Don will be working at the concession stand along with our oldest daughter and her husband at the football game tonight so we don't have to pay full band fees. It is the final time he has to do this. Our granddaughter broke her thumb so she cannot play in the band. Rhett can sit with her. I have an artist guild meeting which is supposed to make me laugh; which is what I need. Still I will worry about my son.

Last night when I told the kids in Rhett's Bible class my aunt died, they all went "Awe!" One younger boys told me to stand up! I asked what for. He said so he could give me a hug. Then they all gave me a group hug. It was a great moment and I didn't cry. I wouldn't take anything for it.

Birds keep popping up in my art since Lance has been here!

People keep asking us if we need anything. All I can think of is prayers.

If you are thankful and would like to participte in Thankful Thursday, please go to the following....
I don't think my words here made anyone go "Hmmm" as Lynn's did, but oh well... LOL