Friday, January 28, 2011

On Another Artist Roll

I am on another artistic roll.... I finished my doodle yesterday. I put on make up for the 1st time in awhile for the artist guild meeting. I wore the new necklace Kristina gave me for Christmas. I took my doodle with me to show my new artistic abstract friend Bobby Jones. He said it looked like something he would do.

The art meeting was interesting and inspiring. Diane Osborne paints houses in the Columbus, Ft. Benning area as well as all over the world. She has lead such an artful, creative life. She is an excellent speaker also.

After the meeting, I showed my doodle to Yuri, a colored pencil artist who has won awards. Bobby has also. Yuri liked my doodle. He paid me the best compliment. He said he'd like to have it! He suggested getting copies made at a printing place. I took his advice. When we left the meeting, I went over to Office Max and made some. They turned out really well except the flesh colored tones did not show up. I can add them to each copy. I had it shrunk down to fit on piece of cream colored linen textured paper. It looked really good on it, but by shrinking it, some things were cut off. The colors alterd a bit as well. So it would probably look good placed on a matt that color. The guy at Office Max who helped me really liked it. I told him it took me months to do it. While there I got one of those Kangaroo keepers for my purse cheaper than they advertise it on tv! It was $9.99. I also got a green alligator business card holder on sale for either $1.79 instead of $5.99 or 79 cents!I can't remember now. Still it was a better price.

We went to the store for my folks, got something for a late supper. After I ate, I carved what I thought would be a zebra design on an art gum eraser. It was really easy to do with a pair of scissors. I used my zebra skirt as an example to go by only it didn't turn out exactly like a zebra print! It is just a design. I stamped it repeatedly on a piece of notebook paper. It was just ok. Nothing to jump up and down about, but still art. Finished art at that. I used a blue marker to join some of the lines together. I trimmed it down to my liking. I figure it will be a background for something some day....

So I feel pretty good today. Once again my art made me very happy. Plus we get to wear jeans again of Friday at work!

I tried a Zataranin's shrimp alfredo. As Mr. Food would say... "It is so good!" Almost as good as the crab or shrimp alfredo at Red Lobster. I am just a walking addvertiser today! LOL

Hope your day is going well and you have a great weekend doing things you love to do. If it involves art, all the better.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Not a Good Week

This has been a not so good week for me. Problems arose as they always do, but I survived them. Many times I could have cried this week, but I did not given in to my tears. I had no pity parties of one. My faithful friends where my encouragers this week and I am truly thankful for all of them. My friend Bob still calls me a "Steel Magnolia" although I don't really think of myself as being that strong, but I guess I am. I must be. I am still here. I can recall many times in my life when I have been unbendingly strong like steel. Moments I am proud of. What my friends said made me feel good as did all the other "hang in there's" and "it will get better's" I received. The reminders of my many blessings of family and friends as well as the good Lord watching over me and my family

Yesterday I took Daddy to the foot dr today. Once again momma got the appointment wrong, but she says it was that dr's office that called changing the appointment. One of the receptionists worried that Daddy might have had dr's appointment elsewhere and would be charged for it. No time to call all of his docs. I was still mad because of what I had gone thru at work the previous day. Luckily they took him on back instead of making us come back on the 31st. They were not busy. I am now the person they call for his appointments.

They put Daddy's feet in whirlpool bath. I haven't seen my Daddy's feet in forever. Mom told me they were swollen at the ankles. When I pulled his socks off, I was so shocked and horrified. His feet are purplish due to his poor circulation. His toenails have always been knarly. They cut them. He has tender toes. Then it was much like when I get a pedicure as they filed off some of the nail. Betadine was put on his toes and in between them then lotion was added. His feet were going good.

Dr. Bernie was very forth coming with me without signing a hippa form & I was thankful. He asked if I was the granddaughter. LOL I guess I should have taken that as a compliment. I told him "Nah, I'm the daughter." They are treating him much like a diabetic due to his very poor circulation. Like a diabetic, he has to careful not to get an sores or ulcers on his feet. He has to go to this dr every 3 months. Because of his poor circulation issues Medicare pays for it.

Now I know why older folks tell younger folks to enjoy their youth. Aging is not pretty.

Communication is also good thing. I was charging my phone in the car because it was dead. Don was off today due to the cold, but I didn't know it & he forgot about Daddy's apptment. He forgets a lot of things now. He could have taken Daddy although it was probably a good thing I was there because I CAN hear whereas my parents cannot. He was able to pick up Rhett for me.

So when does life get easier?

A small blessing for me was hearing the song "Precious and Few" on the radio this week. It was as if a old, old friend visited me.

The week wasn't all bad. I had an exciting phone call.... I was asked to be Program chair person for the other Art Guild here in town IF the other lady does not want to do it or doesn't reply. Even if I don't get the position, it was an honor to be asked much like being nominated for an Academy Award. Even though I was unsure of myself in that position, I was told it was a learn as you go type of thing. Isn't that what life is all about? I will probably find out at the meeting tonight. My friend Bob gave me his vote of confidence that I would be good at this. Let's hope so. I could see myself doing it... lining folks up, introducing them at the meetings.

I have a lot of things to look forward to... the meeting tonight. Seeing some fellow artists that are friends. Hopefully being inspired. Like I need more inspiration. I did paint a little Sunday night. I completed the doodle I'd been working on for months so I now have a series of these doodles.

I loved my friend Anne's interpretation of my doodle. Paulie, I promise I will upload it this weekend! LOL Her interpretation was so positive that it made me feel better about my life. As always my art is full of hearts. I like to think it is full of love. Anne mostly talked about the train coming in from the right. At least it was not leaving! She thinks it is an omen of good things on the way for me. There are 3 boxcars. This made me think the 1st car or gift was my being Vice President of the art center where we live. Anne says there are more and better things to come. I sure hope so. She also thought of "Soul Train". I took it to mean soul literally not like the tv show. Maybe because I poured my soul into it. There are a lot of eyes in it now. I need to ask her what they mean. It had lots of dots but I chose to come some of them up giving it a very texturized background making some things really stand out. It is like deciding when we should be in the background or when we should come forward. I cannot wait to hear what my artist friends have to say about it. Once again my art made me happy. I am thankful for this artist gift the good Lord saw fit to bestow upon me.

Hope your week has been better than mine and you had only blessings happen in your life. If you had problems, I hope you survived as I did and realized there are others out there who care for you especially ONE in particular. Jesus. I hope life gets easier for you if it has been hard for you lately. Keep the faith. There is always something to look forward to tomorrow....

What are you thankful for this week. Care to share? Then join us at the following at Lynn's place...

Lynn, I served my father, my parents and my Father this week.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

First Odd Shot of 2011


Bet you can't guess what this is!

Dear Blog and blogging friends,

I am sorry I have been away for what feels like forever and a day; a year quite literally. I knew I had a sinus infection but did not go to the dr until I had an upper respiratory infection that kicked my butt for awhile. I did not feel like sitting at a computer, reading nor writing emails so you know I was sick! I am better now but still have that nagging cough. I cannot get too hot or else it will bring on a coughing spell.

A lot has happened since my last confession. LOL My life as I knew it changed when my Daddy fell a few days after Thanksgiving. He is no longer able to drive and has been told he cannot drive anymore. My mom doesn't drive either and I am an only child so I am their only means of getting things done. We have been trying everything to keep Daddy's spirits up and keep him eating. After being sick, I lost a few pounds so he now weighs more than me, but not by much. He has been on a heart monitor for over a week now due to an irregular heart beat. The monitor had been a royal pain especially for my parents who don't know a lot about such devices.

We went to Indy for Christmas where we had snow. I was able to take some pics there. One I had pre-thought and prepared to take. I got the shot I wanted so I was like a little kid who had just opened a cool gift on Christmas day. The shot was taken on Christmas Day at my sister-in-law's house in Birdseye, IN. Got some cool pics of our Granddaughter Shelby.

Our New Years was rather uneventful. We stayed home and rang in the New Year with a glass of sparkling grape juice.

I was sick on my birthday which sucked, but I was still able to have lunch with my friend Anne who drove all the way down from Carrollton just to take me to lunch. Later I had my first meeting as Vice President of the PC arts. I had to ask if I could say stuff. I could and did. I am excited about it my position. Rhett & I took an art class where I nearly coughed my head off but we created art. It felt good to be creating it again as I had not felt like it nor had the time. I am collaborating with another artist. I took something she started and went with it. It has turned out pretty cool. It looks like a lot of snakes. I may call it the "The Snake Pit". LOL We'll see...

My art and blank canvases have been calling to me. Almost yelling my name or screaming "Paint me! Paint me!" I have 3 or 4 ideas I want to work on so badly I was able to begin one of them today. I let the paint dry. I uploaded pics and sent them out as emails as is my Sunday ritual. Well, it was until I got sick. It was nice to be missed by two of my friends. They knew it was usual not to get an email from me. The fact that they noticed made me feel good.

My Aunt in Montgomery passed away. We went to the funeral last weekend to represent my mom since she would not leave Daddy to attend. A former co-worker passed away also.

I haven't been taking as many pictures, but it hasn't really bothered me or made me feel as if I must take a pic every day. Although that is a thought. I feel like I need an artistic challenge. I used to participate in several things with other blogs and bloggers. I was thinking I need to re-connect or find a blog that is doing something creative with photography. Like I have time. Then I took this really odd shot today. It made me remember Odd Shots and wonder if others are still doing it. But most of all, it made me happy as my photography usually does. So I am content. Tired but content and now ready for bed.

I remain ever thankful for all my many blessings. Thankful to be blogging again although I know I am leaving a lot out like yesterday's key incident. At least I can still laugh at myself and the crazy things I do. But it's all good. It is my life and I love it.
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