View Full Version : Weekly Scumble - Aug. 16 - 23

Kathryn Wilson
08-16-2004, 12:02 PM
Mornin' y'all - welcome to the weekly chat thread in the Pastel Forum. Pull up a chair, grab your favorite beverage and tell us what's happening with you this week. If this is your first time joining us, this is the thread where you share your thoughts, dreams, challenges, woes with your neighbors across the world - so come on in and tell us about what's happening -


Well, I think the rain has finally stopped - it rained all day yesterday - we are a soggy mess, but so fortunate we didn't have problems from Hurricane Charley. My mom made it through okay, but she was more than fortunate - someone was looking out for her as she was only 10 miles from Punta Gorda, FL.

Check out the two classroom exercises that Sue and Deborah have put in their respective forums - lots of good info, help and demos!

Hope you all have a good week!

K Taylor-Green
08-16-2004, 01:58 PM
OMG Kat, I'll bet you were out of your mind about your mom, until you found out she was safe. With all the dead and missing, she was very fortunate indeed.

We spent the weekend remodeling our sun porch. We are turning it into a permanent art studio. Yeah!!! :clap: It is a great place to paint in the summer time, but when winter comes, I have to move inside, spread all over the place. We took out the porch windows, replaced them with good house windows, insulated, paneled, the works. It will be easy to heat in the winter, and easy to cool in the summer. I can't wait to finish it up, and move everything back in........and paint!!!!

08-16-2004, 04:08 PM
My sunflowers are in full bloom and I am determined to do a pastel painting of these beauties. There is nothing more cheery than a big bouquet of sunflowers.

I am taking 3 days off this week and with the house to myself, I plan to do some major art therapy. The only negative thing this week is that I have to have a root canal on Thursday. (The cost is more painful that the procedure.)

Other than that, life is good.


Kathryn Day
08-16-2004, 10:40 PM
Glad your Mom is ok, Kat. I bet you will enjoy your new studio Kate. I have a small craft table in the living/dining room. Not much room to spread out.

I have been having fun with my grandsons, although my left hip started hurting when we got back from Albuq, after doing go karts, amusement park rides, etc. Went to the dr today and have sciatica and bursitis of the hip. I received a big shot into the hip joint, that is supposed to help. I need to feel better before Santa Fe!!!!!!!!!!! I also spent most of the weekend adding all my software back to my computer. Got a virus and had to do a "destructive recovery". Doesn't that sound awful. It puts your computer back to the state it was in the day you bought it. Luckily, I back up my work, picture files, etc. so it was just very time consuming.

I am really wanting to paint, but since the boys will only be here till Thursday, I am trying to give them my attention. They live in Montana, so I don't see them very often. Hope everyone has a great week.

08-16-2004, 10:59 PM
Hi, y'all--so glad you and your mother came through the hurricanes okay, Kat! they can be scarey!!!!

Kate, your new studio space sounds lovely! show us pictures when it's done, eh? I'm a "traveling artist" when it comes to pastels: set up in the livingroom, diningroom, or out in the front yard, throw a sheet on the floor, and work from the pad of paper or my drawing board! My painting easel doesn't tilt forward, and the kitten gets into the box if I leave it open--multi-colored tracks everywhere! worse yet, she can easily tip it off if I'm careless and leave it near the edge of a table; I'm still dealing with crumbling pastels from the first time it happened. Maybe if/when I start producing some frameable work, and if/when I am working on an every day basis, I'll reclaim my sunny corner of the living room where I painted with acrylics, but my work habits are too haphazard at this point to justify using the space.

KATY, have fun with the kids, but take it easy, too! I've heard sciatica pain is nothing to sneeze at!

I am fairly pleased with my week so far: finished a still life that's been sitting around for a week or two, which I will post later, and made some good progress on this week's WDE. I have a lot of projects in mind, and some great photos earmarked in the reference library, so I could stay busy for a long time.....

08-16-2004, 11:55 PM
Kat, glad your mum weathered that awful storm! Just a terrible thing. I'm not sure I could stay in a place after that happened, but I know many folks just take it in stride.

Kate, the art porch sound FAB! Yes, DO post pics when it's done so we can drool!

Katy, I've had sciatica before and you have my most heartfelt sympathies! They didn't give me anything but motrin when I had it, tho, and I will NEVER forget that three months as long as I live...horrible horrible stuff! Take it VERY easy, hear?

Libby, I can't imagine juggling my pastel stuff the way you are right now! I have four rompin' stompin' dogs that would play havoc with that kind of setup, too! Glad you're getting some pastelling done, tho! Can't wait to see!

Sherry, can't wait to see your sunflowers, too!

I'm in the blocking in stage of a shorescape (for want of another word). I HOPE it'll be fun...it should be, but sometimes the fun looking ones wind up being the worst pain to do.

Good luck to everybody with their art and other endeavors this week!

08-17-2004, 12:12 AM
Yahoo!!! I got out of the house tonight and mosied over to the adjacent dreadful little burg for a seafood dinner out and a movie...My first time in 10 years to step inside a theatre...I forgot how loud they can be, but it was fun...( I think I'm set for another ten years, now)

Kat...thanks for starting this thread so faithfully every Monday morning. We're lucky you're here.

Kate.....a painting place to call your own....I know your happy and are looking forward to being fully moved in and set up.

Sherry....If my memory serves me well, it seemed forever from the time of sunflower seed planting to the time of sunflower blooms,( I tend to be a bit impatient) ...then the blooms seemed so short lived :( ...so be sure to get some good pics and share with us. :)

Katy...I have been lucky so far with computers...your story reminds me I still have to do the back up thing...what a frustration you must have felt.

Libby....I haven't been in the studio yet, but I'm going to look for your post.

Sooz....Looking forward to that shore scape.... :cool:

Now if I may do a little bit of advertising :eek: ....I want to inivite each of you to participate in the weekly sketch thread.. While I would love to see each one of you submit a sketch, I realize this is not realistic,........ but do stop by and visit. Your words of encouragement to fellow artists is highly valued. We had some great submissions late last night in last week's thread, so check it out too!!!

08-17-2004, 05:52 AM
Hello all
I am here to grumble...........:D..........I am totally knackered........soo tired. I keep on waking up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. Must be the pregnancy hormones or something. My blood sugar has always been a problem for me, but the past few weeks it is all over the place so in the middle of the night I have to get up and eat and then I can't get to sleep at all.
On top of that the decorators are taking their time. They have done my living room and dinging room - that took two weeks. Then they left me alone for a week and now they are back to to the hall, stairs and landing. They are now in the third week (so five in totall). They are painting all the doors so I cannot shut one and I really feel they have taken over the house. No privacy, no naps. They don't always do a good job, so I have to check what they do all the time and point out any errors or untidy finishes. I am soooo tired....I want my house back.......the whole place is a dump (sanding dust in every corner, in my new computer and new phone, one of them knocked a cup of tea over my brand new laminate floor, my cream bedroom carpet is looking rather black) and I cannot clean until they leave. I am sooo fed up with it all!

Right, sorry.......... :rolleyes: ....Had to get that off my chest. I hope they'll finish this week. I've got a wedding to go to this Saturday (if I make it, might be too tired) and my mum is coming next week from Holland.
On a brighter note: it will look good in the house!

Kat - sounds like a lucky card for your mum - good stuff.
Kate - sounds brilliant - sounds sunny and a great place to paint. Do show us photos.
Sherry - ooooh.......piccies coming up.....sunflowers! Looking forward to them!
Katy - oh, I know about computers and stuff - what a pain - hope the virus is gone now! Did you manage to have all your software and files backed up so you can put them back?
Bogbeast - sounds like you're full of plans! :)
Khadres- looking forward to the scape,
And presonsaga - am planning to participate but never get round to it! am so tired now, maybe some quick sketches will do me good...

08-17-2004, 06:06 AM
Well, I think the rain has finally stopped - it rained all day yesterday - we are a soggy mess, but so fortunate we didn't have problems from Hurricane Charley. My mom made it through okay, but she was more than fortunate - someone was looking out for her as she was only 10 miles from Punta Gorda, FL.

Unlike all of you on the other side of the Pacific, we here on the east coast of Australia have our tongues lolling out waiting for it to rain. Our drought has been going on for months and months and months ... and it is supposed to be winter here! It is raining in Sydney at the moment but not in any of our catchment areas where it is desperately needed. Our dams are down to under 45% capacity and we are all on severe water restriction.

On the bright side - I really have a great excuse not to wash my car :p

08-17-2004, 06:09 AM
On the bright side - I really have a great excuse not to wash my car :p


It's raining here all the time. Yesterday freak floods in Cornwall - very dramatic.

08-17-2004, 06:29 AM
It's raining here all the time. Yesterday freak floods in Cornwall - very dramatic.
Just saw the news about the flood that went though Boscastle today. You're right, very dramatic. You had all better get the weather back on track before January, because hubby and I have a cottage booked in beautiful Porth Leven for a week and he promised me that we would stand still long enough this trip so that I can do some painting.

Cheena K
08-17-2004, 07:45 AM
It's my first time on the scumble, I feel so much out of place writing in...you all seem to know eachother so well, that I feel like a complete stranger :confused:

well, it's "monsoon" time here, that's what we call the "seasonal rain". It pours badly and certain states even get flooded. But we all seem to wait for this time of the year! The clouds look heavenly and we get to see a rainbow almost daily!!!

I was dreaming the other day that I am in a pastel workshop and I could meet all of you!!! It seemed so nice :D I saw all the shades of pastels I can ever imagine ;) and guess what hubby dear said when I woke up..."let's place an order for the colors today!!! what a coincidence, no?? And today I placed an order (finally) for a set of 90 landscape shades (Rembrandt) I am soooo happy!!! though it did cost me a lot...but just waiting desperately!!!

Enjoy the rainbow...infact there are 2.... :D just clicked it the other day (a view from my office rooftop)


08-17-2004, 09:25 AM
lol Cheena, its been so long since Ive commented, I feel like a stranger too ..... been soooooooooo busy of late, hard pushed to find time to breathe :D .... the other weekend my parents celebrated their 80th birthdays... so we did a wonderful dinner party out in the garden ..... beautiful weather.... candelabra's .... champagne... silver cutlery..... the lot.... my mum said it was the BEST birthday she ever had.... awww, so all well worth the time and effort... last week suddenly decided to move.... found a house, and they accepted :eek: (first time thats ever happened) but they stipulated they would only wait TWO WEEKS......so we then went into manic mode of gutting the loft (20 years accumulation), cleaning ....... tidying.. didnt stop all weekend....... ordered a skip to finally remove the fire damage from the garden... a whirlwind......... and we hadnt even got ours on the market.... first week was taken up by the prior, and this week had people viewing all weekend :p ... Im running out of the deadline time wahhh :crying: .... even more incredibly busy at work, having to take more on ......... and you may remember last year around this time my company had a Staff Arts & Craft Show, well they are doing it again ........ I wasnt going to participate this time, as was a smash hit last year...... erm :o ..... they dropped one of my pictures........ I enquired if they would make things more secure this time, and had an email saying that they are now hiring specialist exhibition displays for me :( :eek: :( ......... so I will now have to panic into buying some frames.... and participate grrrrrrr lol ....... works have to be in on Friday!!!

08-17-2004, 09:34 AM
I'm so glad that your mother is safe and sound, Kat. That must have been scary.
Sophie, that sounds lousy and typical...just hang on...it should get better. And I know anytime we have work done on our house there is that point that we wonder what we got into. It should be worth it once it's done.
Dawn! HOw exciting...and crazy...a new house is exciting but boy, that is fast. But it sounds like everything is falling into place. Maybe the key word here is falling! :D And happy birthday to your parents! SOunds like a lovely party.
Beautiful rainbow, Cheena!
WE are still waiting for test results for my mother. She has not had any more TIA episodes of late though so we are hoping it still turns out it was just the medication change and she will not require any surgery. My father is running himself ragged though. He insists on unpacking stuff and is not resting enough. Apparently the nurses at the hospital threw him out yesterday...told him to go home and rest and not to go back and visit my mother last night. I told him he does no one any good if he makes himself sick.
In any case, I am feeling a bit more hopeful about my mother. Last week I was feeling like we would be having a funeral and wedding in the same week.
Wedding is 12 days away...things go along smoothly. Next Monday all 7 people who are staying at my daughter's tiny house arrive. Oi! At this point she is excited, nervous and occasionally a bit short tempered...all normal I think. :D
The sun is out...yay! But we have appointments all day. Oh well.
YOu all have a good week!


Kathryn Wilson
08-17-2004, 10:03 AM
Typing slowly and hoping to remember what everybody has said - so if I leave anyone out, forgive, please.

Thanks for all the kind comments on my mom, it was scary, but from past experience on my part through numerous hurricanes and a devastating tornado here in North Carolina, I know the aftermath is very stressful - no water, no phone, no a/c, no food, no electricity - at 82 she is being challenged.

Kate - I know you will just love your new studio when it's done - a place to call all your own.

Sooz, can't wait to see how your seascape is coming along!

Preston, what movie did you see??? Thanks for the invite to sketch - I'll see what I can fit in to a very busy week - you are doing a great job on getting people to participate!

Holding Sophie's hand - you are tired because of all the changes going on in your body - you need to find a quiet place somewhere to wind down and destress - even if it's a slow walk in a park to find a bench under a tree. Be kind to yourself - the house stuff will be there when you get back.

Robyn, sending some rain your way - you can have it! :)

Welcome Cheena! Good to see you in here - love the rainbow - we all need it this week. Sooo glad you are getting your pastels - you'll be in seventh heaven when they come. I just treated myself to 14 Sennelier LeGrande OP's - have a very large painting in mind.

Dawn, what on earth are you doing to yourself! Are you self destructing - :D Who's loft were you gutting - their's or yours?? Literally, when it rains it pours IRL - glad you are taking time to participate in the company's art show - that will be a memory you will have for a long time.

Sandy, quietly praying that all goes well with your mom and the wedding. You sound like you are getting through it though. Daughter sounds like she is right on for all the emotion she is going through.

Whew - I think that's it!

08-17-2004, 11:47 AM
.lol Cheena, its been so long since Ive commented, I feel like a stranger too ..... been soooooooooo busy of late, hard pushed to find time to breathe :D

Ditto to all the above! :D I have managed to peek in here a few times, but not to post. If it wasn't weddings, trips, company, the WDE, getting daughter sent off to Europe, every now and then we'd actually get a nice day and would be out in the sailboat or I'd be huddles over my pastels doing plein airs.

Julie had a blast in Greece, bumming around some of the islands with the two older teens from her host family (Swiss), and has been in school in Switzerland for over a week now. Her classmates tell her her German is already better than some exchange students after a whole term. She was put into an artsy stream and is enjoying it- doesn't need any credits as she has already finished at home. We miss her!

Preston, what movie would entice you out after 10 cinema-free years?
Kat, sounds very scary, glad everything is ok. Sandy , you must be experiencing a lots of stress, even though some of it is the happy kind. Hope you get a chance to rest up soon.
Sophie, I was having a similar sleep problem (but NOT for the same reason lol). Valerian helped, but it says not for expectant mothers, except on advice from a doc. I know how frustrating and tiring it is, though.
Robyn, hope your trip goes wonderfully, and you can have some of our rain, too. It's surprisingly green around here for August.
Looking forward to Sherry's sunflowers, Sooz' seascape, pics of Kate's studio, results from Cheena's new pastels, pics of Dawn's new place (hope you get it).
Libby, I hope you don't have a white carpet lol!
Katy, I went riding in a kite-buggy in the Magdalen Islands.. gentler than go-karts and rides, I think, but still fun, and thankfully, no resulting injury. Sorry to hear about your sciatica!

We loved les Iles de la Madeleine. (some pics in my WDE just past). And the houses are painted in colors some would call garish, most pastelists call yummy. I've never seen so many shades of purple and peach used to paint houses. I got some plein airs done; will post some in the weekly threads I guess; some are in the weekly plein air threads.

Another gloomy day today, so I'll try to get some painting done indoors. I sold a bunch, and have to scare up some more, as people are asking for local scenes, and they're all gone.
Have a great day, everyone! :)

K Taylor-Green
08-17-2004, 12:35 PM
Yeah Preston, What was that movie? Must be a really, really good one to get you to go to the movies after a decade! Though we hardly go either. For ourselves, we went to see part 3 of Lord of the Rings, and then Hidalgo when it came out. We usually buy the vidios.

Sandy, Glad your mom is holding steady. I pray she continues.

Cheena, Welcome to the scumble, and thanks for the rainbow!! How beautiful.

Sophie, I remember those days, well, maybe not clearly . My youngest just turned 27!!

Dawn, You are a sucker for punishment! My impulse purchases usually center around a new outfit, not houses! :eek:

Today, we are putting in my new ceiling. In a couple of days, if Mr. Murphy doesn't get involved, I can move back in!! I'll take pis, for sure!

08-17-2004, 01:37 PM
"Preston, what movie would entice you out after 10 cinema-free years?"

Kat, Wendy, Kate......Lol.....Now for your Decade-ly Movie Review......my going to a movie was motivated for a desire to break out of my "normal" routine more so than the film itself. The one I saw was "Little Black Book" a comedy-drama co starring Holly Hunter and Kathy Bates, two of my favorites....it is a heart warming story of the "chic-flick" genre. Very entertaining with a surprise ending and surprise appearance by someone we haven't seen for a while (*I'll leave that as a surprise)...well worth catching on DVD if you can't make the cinema.

Dawn, Sophie, and Sandy....sounds as if ya'll will be due for a quiet vacation after all this activity (lol @ Dawn = "smash hit" )

Wendy.. I saw the multicolored houses in the WDE, and you are right, as a painter I found them to be a treat to the eye.....In my part of the country, light yellow, tan, and white are the order of the day :(

Cheena..great photo....you are not allowed to feel like a stranger.....that is reserved for those with less than 3 posts!! :evil: lol

Robyn,,I gotta remember that car washing excuse :D

08-17-2004, 04:43 PM
I want to respond to you all, but just don't have the time right now if I'm going to post anything AND get painting done today--and the rose I scored yesterday (pics in another thread coming hereafter--help yourselves) won't keep if I want to work from real life for once! Know that I am thinking of you--and Cheena, it seems the only way to get wet with things like the scumble is to jump in--at least, no one has kicked me out yet! :p

No, I don't have white carpet, and the sheet goes down in the LR, where we have a very pretty (but not very expensicve :D ) oriental rug--besides, the larger dog already knocked a full cup of strong coffee on that. Miss Maus the Mischievious Manx is the trouble-maker around the pastels, pushed the whole thing on the wooden floor, would happily carry each one off and roll it around....but it's an 80-year-old student apartment, and the floors were ugly when we got here!

Off to post and then paint! :clap:

Deborah Secor
08-17-2004, 06:45 PM
I came in to...not cry..not complain...maybe to emote--will that do? My son took off for his first day at 'college' today. You may remember he's going to the School of Ministry this year to explore music ministry, and he left today to go on a 4 day retreat. While we were all praying together before he left this morning I just lost it! Now mind you, I have not been worrying about the 'empty nest' syndrome 'cause my nest won't be empty yet. He'll be living at home and commuting. So my emotions surprised me! I braced up before he want out the door and said a sunny goodlbye but somehow the mood has hovered all day... I'm really delighted with his decisions and applaud what he's doing. It just seems like a change somehow.

Okay, I should just get busy I guess. I did an interview with an artist today and it went well, happily, so I need to type up notes now.

Thanks for the rainbow, Cheena! I needed it today...

Sandy, you're gonna make it to this wedding with bells on. Hang in there with your mom and dad, too.

Sophie, enjoy every moment of being a mom--even the blues and the not sleeping and the hormones and all. It's worth it all, trust me! :)

Hurricanes, droughts, floods, oh my! Everyone hold tight!

So glad things are going well for Julie, Wendy! How wonderful for her to be going to school in Switzerland! I bet you miss her a lot, though.

Preston--dinner and a movie, for a change? You sound like me! It would be great...

Good grief, Dawn--this pace is too crazy! Hope it all works out as you want it to.

Okay, gotta go type now. Maybe paint a little too. I want to do a couple of demos for the ESP thread.


08-17-2004, 07:07 PM
((Deborah)) I do understand...we surprise ourselves sometimes. It is both wonderful and hard to see them grow up and get on with their lives. I am so happy for you though that he is in a place you are happy with.

So far the reports on my mother seem to be good. It has been one of those wacky afternoons where no one seems to connect quite right on the phone but I have it sort of third hand that they are not planning any artery surgery for my mother. They are going to start her on heparin, but I am not sure for how long or anything. IN any case she seems to be doing well and hopefully will be home soon. So that chapter seems closed for the moment at least.
Whether she gets to the wedding is another story but in the scheme of things it is more important that she is doing well.

Everyone seems so busy around here...so many exciting things happening. I am sure I am missing some stuff but I hope everything goes well for everyone!

Lisa Olivarez
08-17-2004, 07:29 PM
Just wanted to say hi. I got back a few hours ago from an impromptu camping trip in Canada without my hubby and with my 4 kids. It was actually lovely! Now I'm itching to paint and it's my night out!!!Bye!

08-17-2004, 07:35 PM
I pop in most days to see what everyone is upto but not being one of many words and my life sounds pretty boring compared to all of you lol so dont usually post anything......but have spent last couple of days with my boyfriend and his kids and me and my kids in a very small flat all getting under each others feet and kids all winding each other up was a nightmare glad we dont do that too often :D anyway hope you all have a good week.

08-17-2004, 11:38 PM
HI..........half past three in the morning.......couldn't sleep......
Thanks for all the heartwarming comments!
Deborah, I'll try to 'enjoy' it......I know......all for a good cause, but I wish my body would let me get some rest! Monday is my first scan and I am really excited about that!! I am going to meet my child! I hope it will be clear to see.

It's been rain, rain all day here. I want to go out tomorrow as the decorators are glossing every door in the house and I won't be able to move and my dog will be locked up in the conservatory (only one without wooden doors), but if it raining like this.....I might drive to my inlaws and try to get a nap there...

Sany - boy, you have a lot on your mind! With the wedding this close.....good that mother is alright and not in surgery soon so you can enjoy the wedding! I remember the venue looked great!

Deborah Secor
08-18-2004, 12:27 PM
Thanks for understanding, Sandy. Here's a (((hug))) back.

Hey, Sophie--you can come in here and 'enjoy' griping about all the physical stuff too! A lot of us understand intimately, and we also appreciate the need to share it. We just have the 'big picture', so to speak, and mine included a kid who is starting to fly the coop! It isn't always fun to be a mom, but it's the most important work we do. I'll pray for you to get some sleep!

Lisa, hope you painted...show us what you did!

Lori, mixing families can be such a challenge. Hang in there... ;)

I feel sunnier today, thoughthe skies are gray and gloomy here. I sure hope it actually rains. I watched the BBC news last night and saw the floods in Cornwall--what awesomely scary footage that was! We want rain--but not that much at one time...

Have a great day all.


08-18-2004, 01:08 PM
Deborah - sorry to hear the nest is emptying but don't worry - you know he'll always be in your heart and in and out of the refrigerator. He's a good kid and learned a lot from you and now it's time to learn some more...

Mind you - all this comes from a woman who didn't get the opportunity to raise children but I think it's how I'd want to feel.

Sandy - I feel like we should start a countdown thread for the Mother of the Bride and have you post daily pictures of yourself in the act of preparation.
Glad to hear Mom is doing better and that surgery may not be required.

Sophie - the idea of sitting in a conservatory all day - sleep deprived or not - sound delicious - but I do love me sleep. Get your rest.

Dawn - may you find some peace in all that mayhem at the moment. cleaning out an attic of 20 years accumulation sounds like a good project with a glass of wine but not in a rushful state.

Dexon Babe Gotta tell you camping sounds just wonderful - I miss the outdoors.

Preston - we have to talk about movie selections sometime... hmmm...

Oh shoot - I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch of you but there's so many postings here. Forgive me.

So is everyone enjoying watching the Olympics?

Ok - off to catch up on the daily routine of life. Be well and let's be careful out there.


08-18-2004, 01:51 PM
Deborah, i do understand--it's about their transition into adulthood, even if they are still at home! (((hugs!))) I spent about a year suffering what could only be called empty nest syndrome--but it was while Kevin was in his last year or so of high school, and in spite of knowing that he would be commuting to the state university from home, on much the same schedule that he had kept for years (between his dad's and my houses)! It defied logic, but the emotions are real.

Now we are half a continent apart, I haven't physically seen him since Christmas and talk to him every couple weeks, but don't miss him terribly. we are still close, and we both know we love each other, and that's what is important. I do miss the day-to-day banter, mother "harassment" (oh, I suppose it DOES go both ways, but... :evil: ), really awful puns, etc., though--the stuff that you only share a little over the phone... :crying:

K Taylor-Green
08-18-2004, 03:36 PM
Deborah, I feel for you. It's hard when the last one leaves. It was easier for me as a divorced woman. The girls were back and forth between 2 homes for so long, it made the transition easier when Megan went off to college. Of course, Ohio State isn't the other side of the world. We visited often, and with Micki raising her family close by, I think I have managed pretty well. Of course, having a life of your own is the biggest help. I know women whose whole lives were wrapped up in their children, and were just lost when they left home. How sad that would be.

Sandy, I think Barb's idea has much merit!! :D If you can scrounge up the time. You know we are going to want tons of wedding pics.

No work on the studio today. :( Had to go to Lowes to pick out trim. Oh well, tomorrow is another day, so they say!!

08-18-2004, 04:03 PM
Sandy, I think Barb's idea has much merit!!

:D Sure...here's a picture of me looking harried. Here's a picture of me writing another check. Oh! Here is a picture of me looking somewhat harried. :D
I think you'll have to wait for wedding photos.

My mother is home. Whew! They go next week to meet with the doctor and discuss what might be done. They are still talking about surgery but apparently it is not quite as serious as we thought. Well, it is surgery but anyhow, we'll have to see. For now they are both resting and taking it easy. I hope!

08-19-2004, 04:28 AM
LOL, Sandy......

deborah - LOL, empty nest......I can only imagine.......am only 30 and cannot imagine anybody leaving my nest any time soon.....Don't worry when it will happen......it is a healthy thing to leave home and be independent.

So many messages here - I cannot possibly respond to all.

Nice to see you here Barb noonan! How's life?

This will be the last day of the decorators but unfortunately I'll have to start the day by telling them what they did wrong, not do, or haven't done properly. It's such a shame, I pay good money to have a 'specialist' do this and I feel I could have done it better myself. If I don't point out to them that 'there's a drip', 'that hasn't been painted yet', and 'that needs filling', they just won't do it. It is as if they just don't see it. I found a reddish stripe on my cream wall (why oh why I wonder) and thick brush hair painted in the door frame, a accidental blurb of paint that fell of a brush which has just been painted over (could have wiped it when it was still wet, or sanded it down, but no.....they just look the other way when painting) etc etc.....And I have been pointing out things since the beginning!
I am at the stage now that I just want them to go. I'll touch up whatever needs it myself. But my partner wants them to do it right and me pointing out all the errors............ :( :eek:

Gonna drop my dog off my mother in law so she can move more freely. In the mean time we're busy trying to sell my 89 year old father in law's house (he's too old to live on his own there) so lots of enquiries, sign up in the garden, leaflets printing etc etc...busy busy..

Hope everybody is painting all those things I can't seem to find the time for! Enjoy!

Lisa Olivarez
08-19-2004, 01:12 PM
Dee, I didn't paint, except with ground up stones and campfire charcoal on the beach. I had visions of a whole show of "earth pigment paintings". LOL I may yet do it, but man, is it hard to find a rock to be a mortar, another for a pestle or mulling thingy, and then find rocks soft enough to grind. We had fun, though, and I had my rock book along which made it official homeschool. OUr science is totally nature based.

We have a family tradition of painting our bodies with "warpaint" on every vacation. It's really fun.

Anyway, I'm getting discouraged about my upcoming show. The typical "Am I good enough?" questions. What is that all about, anyway? Lisa

Mikki Petersen
08-19-2004, 01:15 PM
Whew! Hi all! I'm back from the nightmare of going to court. It has been an exhausting week and the worst part was missing all of you. Well the court was 2.5 hours away and the first day (Monday) we had to be there at 8:30am. Being nervous and wound up, we managed about three hours sleep Sunday night. As soon as court is called to session, the judge banishes all prospective witnesses from the courtroom. So I spend the day in the hall with Hubby's x-spouse's significant other...awkward. BTW, for those who missed my previous wailing, this is about a reduction in Alimony request because Hubby has retired. Tuesday was spent at home, running errands, trying to get ready to leave on our trip to Santa Fe. Yesterday, we did not have to be at court until 11:00am but still only managed a couple of hours of sleep. After getting there, the court docket is backed up and our trial does not get under way until after 2:30pm. So frustrating! Anyway, our attorney is quite pleased with the way the trial went but we don't get a judgement for 30-60 days. So, that's over and now we are in full trip preparation mode.

Oh yeah, the trip...remember last week when I told Hubby that if he didn't take care of his finger (saw blade injury), I would go to Santa Fe without him? Well he has been very good about taking his antibiotics and keeping his dressings clean and his hand dry and he has an infection anyway. He goes to the doctor tomorrow and if they decide they have to go in and do surgery to clean the wound, the trip is off. My heart will be broken! All I have thought or talked about for months now is the Santa Fe trip. He says I should fly there without him but, of course, I could not leave him here on the hill without the use of his dominant hand. Please send out those positive vibes to his finger??????

It's awful coming here toward the end of the week and trying to catch up...I can't possibly do a decent job of responding to all of you. It sounds like everyone is quite busy and things appear to be on the upswing for all.

I like the additional emoticons :wave:

K Taylor-Green
08-19-2004, 01:51 PM
Aw, Mikki, That would be awful. (Sending good vibes John's way)

I can relate to the court thing. I went with my brother a few monthes ago, for moral support. By the time we could leave, I thought I was getting an ulcer!!! I hope all is resolved in your favor. Why some people think they have to take and take and take, instead of sucking it up and making a new life, is beyond me.

Kathryn Wilson
08-19-2004, 02:02 PM
Awwww Mikki! Sending a big hug to you {{{{{HUG))))) and John. Sending good vibes your way - you can't miss that trip!!!

08-19-2004, 02:20 PM
((Mikki)) I hope things work out with hubby...surgery is lousy anyhow.
I'm glad at least your lawyer is pleased with the proceedings.


08-19-2004, 02:30 PM
Busy week for everybody, sounds like! Hugs, Deborah! I know it's a hit when you realize the child is no longer "your" baby and can manage on his/her own for good or ill...it's a rite of passage that HAS to happen, but still...

Glad for the good news about your mom, Sandy! Now take a deeeeeeeep breath and try to enjoy the wedding fever...will be done before you know it. Best of luck to all.

Ewww, I hate that kinda stuff, Mikki...court et al. And it's like they think we have NOTHING better to do than stand on one foot while they make up their minds what should happen in our lives! I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Also sorry to hear about the hubby's finger! That's my kinda of luck. I'll be sending good vibes and healing thoughts his way for sure!

As it happens...I'm not entirely sure I'm going to make the Expo after all, either! The problem started last night and is somewhat bizarre...

My husband (Gary from here on out...tis shorter than typing hubby, my husband, spouse, old man, other half, the old ball and chain, the grumpus, etc. etc. etc.) hasn't been feeling well for quite awhile, but the docs haven't applied themselves too well in trying to figure out the problem. He's had a pinched something in his shoulder since last winter that's proven itself more persistent than a whole regime of physical therapy treatments and chiropractor visits and intermittent pain meds and many shrugs from the Primary Physician. It's somewhat better now, but far from over with. Along with that for the last three months or so, he's been running down like an old clock...it's gotten to where he's actually trusted the daughter to use his lawn mower to mow the lawn for him and any other physical effort seems to leave him completely exhausted, etc. Add to that that he's FINALLY decided to quit smoking and started taking this Zyban stuff to help him with it (he's always panicked at the very thought of stopping before)...well, he's been doing very well with the effort this time, BUT he's suddenly not able to sleep through the night. Exhaustion was wearing him down and down and down.

He HAD an appointment for a thorough going over at the doc's this afternoon and I had encouraged him to make a list of all the stuff that's bothering him lately. And last night, as I was taking my evening meds and stuff...I decided to get out my little oximeter to check my blood oxygen level...asthma had really been bugging me; about then Gary came downstairs and I said, hey, why don't you try this oximeter and let's check your oxygen level too? So he did. Oxygen level was 98...very good...but it also measures your pulse and THAT was 160!

I figured the gizmo was on the fritz or something so everybody in the house tried it and came up normal...he did it again and it was 155. This while at REST. So....long story short we made a hasty trip to the clinic thingy and after they did an echocardio, they sent him down to the ER to get some blood tests, etc.

They gave him some meds which were supposed to slow him down to normal, but that didn't work either. They checked for heart attack evidence (BTW...today is the 11th anniversary of his heart attack and bypass surgery in 1993!) and there was no sign of damage to the heart or anything, so they decided to keep him overnight. Diagnosis was that the upper chambers of the heart are beating faster than the bottom half....ACK!

Upshot is that he's still there with a shock procedure due to be done at 1:30 to try and zap the heart into a normal rhythm...sounds VERY scary to me! So Melissa and I will be heading down there shortly to be on hand. Hopefully, this will fix the problem...we'll just have to see. ALSO...they credit the Zyban as the cause of the problem, so if any of you are tempted to try that stuff...beware! It can cause insomnia and tachycardia (sp?).

Anyway, we can sure use good vibes on this end! As for the Expo...we'll just have to wait and see...

Mary Robinson
08-19-2004, 02:48 PM
I quickly skimmed over all the news, don't have a whole bunch of time these days. Khadres and Mikki, hope everything is up to snuff with your spouses very soon, *hugs* to both of you. Deborah, it's a lovely feeling to have your children able to take care of themselves, :D once you get used to it. Sandy, enjoy the wedding :) . Soap, hope you are able to get some rest soon, but it's all worth it in the end.

As I said, nowadays I only get a min here or there to come take a peek at all the goings on and look at the lovely work you all are doing while I'm missing the feel of the pastels in my fingers.

But I do have some news, some company out there has decided to let me drive a big rig :evil: . I'm the newest itty bitty truck drivin' mama (if I can get the seat up high enough to see over the hood), or will be soon as I get through training :evil: :evil: :evil: . I was worried I'd go nuts just sitting while the hubby drives for the next 7 yrs. We got an offer on our house too, was $10,000 under our asking price so we turned it down, we then received a counter offer which turned out to be bogus, apparently their realtor took it upon himself to add $7,000 to their original offer. And yes that is completely unethical according to our realtor. My new laptop is on the way, I'll have it loaded with software and all the things I need to stay in touch. I got another chip for my digital, I'm now up to 400 mgs of chips :D , so there should be tons of pics coming. And we plan to be gone by the 6th or 7th of Sept, regardless of whether or not we sell this place. I'll be :wave: as I'm driving past all of you.

I called my sister and told her the news, all she said was 'let me know when you are in the neighborhood so I can be off the road and you can park in front of the house' :D


08-19-2004, 03:46 PM
Mikki...... dont envy you, court would be a nerve racking experience :p .... do hope hubbie's finger heals good enough for your trip...... that would be wicked to miss ......... Aloe Vera is good for skin, cuts etc.....

Sooz....... Scary stuff....... am sure hubbie will be fine.... a woman I worked with's hubbie had a heart that raced too much, was a straight forward procedure though dramatic..... thoughts are with you both ......

lol Aka, I would make sure I was off the road too :D
...... look forward to your piccie up dates

Im still racing around like a blue ar*e fly ...... Hairdresser talked me into becoming a RedHead.... :eek: .... which Ive decided he is changing be back to a Natural blonde at the weekend :wink2: hee hee ...... though I am a natural Brunette, before I went Grey HA HA HA :p :p :D

I was just about to give up on Sales of my work, when this week have sold two .... well a Sale is going through for my Horsie pic (fingers crossed) at a price Im happy with ..... but the other, was with mixed emotions as I got a reply from the buyer today..... the purchase price wasnt very good, but just relieved to have a Sale..... it was for the BlueBell Wood (am still totally unsure of any landscape works I do) .... would of liked more of course..... until I read why they bought.... ....... felt quite honoured..... as they said that BlueBells are significant to their family as are a symbol of remebrance of their daughter who died earlier in the year :crying:

.... am shooting off now, for another whirlwind...... got to load up my pics in bubblewrap for the works exhibition, and tidy up the house etc, as have potential buyer coming to view the house tomorrow.....

at this rate I will of forgotten how to use pastels ........ bye bye for now :wave:

08-19-2004, 03:55 PM
((Sooz)) I hope everything works out alright...it does sound like a big worry and you sure could use some good vibes...some are on the way!

Too much going on around here! I don't it's my imagination either...maybe we need to pack our hubbys and parents and kids away for a while so they stay healthy and stop trying to chop pieces off.

THings seem to be moving along very swiftly for you Dawn! And a redhead at that! Whew! I cannot keep up with you lady!

That sounds like fun, Mary! I hope you enjoy travelling...you'll have to learn to sketch wihle you are in the car! :D

Okay...enough family difficulties around here...you all stay healthy! Ya' hear!!!

08-19-2004, 04:15 PM
Dee....hope your nest if feeling less empty today :) .
Mikki....good to see a post from you again...now the party can start! I'm a firm believer in the power of positive thoughts and the ensuing effects.....I envision the healing process being accelerated wiith the body's defenses winning the war against invading pathogens...no pain
Mary..."truck drivin' mama"...lol...what adventures you'll have!!! I see a truckstop series in your future!!! (Night scenes with beconing neon lights, truck stop diner, staff and trucker portraits, tight crops of the rig itself....and shows sponsored by a big truckstop chain...lots of vacationing potential clients seeing your work and ready to spend money!..I am gettin' hyped just thinking about it!)
Sooz....160 bpm!!!!! yikes...that had to cause your own heart to race. Take care of yourself too, as we see Gary's health improving, ok?
Dawn....and I see you smiling all the way to the bank!!! :clap:

08-19-2004, 08:17 PM
Ohhh ohhh lol forgot to tell you ...... for some reason I have this sort of business head on at the moment, thoughts of exhibitions and displays...... JohnnyRed used to live in the same town as me and told me that our local library used to put on Exhibitions....... I emailed them to enquire about it.... was really shocked!!!! .... they Do!!!...... (thats not what shocked me lol) but the price they charge...... it appears to be DIRT Cheap!! ....... so they would have all the room and display stands...... not sure if they promote the exhibition..... will find out more in time hopefully ..... but the lady has put my name forward already ..... she said that the committee sits in October and looks over the listings for applicants which will now be 2005, they only have 10 exhibitions a year..... and they will invite you to submit some of your works for viewing for potential exhibition........ hmmmm something else for me to ponder over....... dont know if you guyz libraries do that......

Ok, where is that Self distruct button :wave: .... gotta be round here somewhere

08-19-2004, 08:55 PM
Congrats on all the sales and potential shows, DS! Our library does allow exhibitions if they like your stuff, but they expect a fairly large number to fill the spaces and gals who've shown there said they never got much response. Still, it's a thing to consider if I don't find another venue by the time I have the stash of work.

Just got back from the hospital (lord, I HATE those places with a cold and unrelenting passion!). The procedure they did on Gary's heart seems to have done the trick, so far, thank goodness....he was still a little groggy and VERY hungry and thirsty when we left, but otherwise seems okay. They should let him come home tomorrow if all goes as it should. So THAT'S a worry over for now, at least. I've had no sleep either and feel as if I've been on a treadmill too long! Hopefully, I'll sleep better tonight. I have to laugh, tho....all four dogs keep looking at me suspiciously like they're CONVINCED I hauled Gary off to the knackerman...they'll sure be glad when he comes home, too!

As for the Expo, a few days away from his job might be just what he needs...we'll plan on going unless something unforeseen crops up. I just hope my back feels a bit better by then!

Mary....you're braver than me, becoming a truck driver! The idea of driving one of those monsters gives me the shivers! I'm just real happy to drive my sedan down the road without mishap, let alone a semi! It definitely WILL be an adventure, tho!

Thanks to all for the good vibes...they seem to have worked very well, so far!

K Taylor-Green
08-19-2004, 08:59 PM
Sooz, Hope Gary is ok. Positive, healing vibes, coming your way.
I think Sandy has the right idea, pack em all away til the moon goes out of the phase it is in!!

Mary, I somehow can't picture you as a "truck drivin momma" Hope you have fun. My hat's off to you both for making such a drastic life change.

Dawn, Girl, you're gonna burn out if you don't slow down!! But it sounds like you're mostly having fun.

Later, all. :wave:

08-19-2004, 09:31 PM
Dawn..how timely your post re.: library art show. This is the announcment in this week's local fish wrapper,...uh, I mean newspaper. We aren't a large community at all, but our local librarian took it upon herself to put this show together. This is the first time I ever recall there being any kind of community art exhibit that wasn't connected directly with the school. We seem to be getting support from the community and I hope we can establish an art organization of sorts. When I stated that I had almost enough works to do a one man show, the librarian said, "Good we can do that next month!"
PS.. I grew up here going by my middle name, Timothy and when I became of age and set out on my own, I chose to be called by my first name, Preston...old habits are hard to break...lol

" the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step......(paraphrased)


08-19-2004, 10:29 PM
Dear Timothy - You Make Us So Proud as Punch!!!

Congratulations on the press and the show - it's fun to share that stuff.

Wow - what a group - Sooz - a friend of mine was researching have an abblation (I think that's the name of Gary's procedure). Glad it worked and that you didn't have to take him to the knackerman (whatever that is - but it doesn't sound good). Take care of yourself - that's important too and I'm glad you'll be able to do your trip.

Mikki - I'll be watching the threads to read that you are packed and on the road with most luck ahead.

Mary - Love the idea of a truck driving pastelist in the group. I did my bout with driving 44 passenger school buses in the arctic and I have to say it's fun to be sitting up high. Have fun and do share a photo of you with all that picture memory you have.

Dawn - you've had enough fire around you this year - no self destruct buttons allowed!!!

Sandy - thinking of you and your gang and hopefully things are settling down a bit in anticiaption of the wedding. How many more days left????
You don't look so harried from here. :)

Kate - I'm fine - how about you? this is sure an exciting place to be right now.

Cheers! Barb

Deborah Secor
08-19-2004, 11:00 PM
Good grief! I leave for the day and find all this when I return!

Sooz, Gary is in my prayers. Very scary circumstances--but what a good thing you hooked him up to your oximeter! Glad you think you'll still come. :D

I was reading the little newspaper clipping before I read what you wrote and thinking, uh huh, no Preston--what is this about??? LOL Okay, Timothy it is. Hope it's great fun! (And Bill Murray lives in your town? Didn't know he was an artist... :p )

Oh, Mikki, I just pray that you'll manage to make it somehow! I'll definitely keep this infection in my prayers--that it all just miraculously heals overnight!

Okay Mary, this I gotta see! We need pictures and lots of 'em!

Lisa, you ARE good enough or you wouldn't be doing this show! It's going to be a blast, just wait and see. You're stuff is going to sell too, I bet. Hang in there. Getting there is the hard part, trust me.

Dawn, how do you do it all?? this is too much--houses and shows and moving? Yikes!! Have fun--I'm wondering if redhead wouldn't suit you!

I'm going to go feast on my half cup of sugar-free cherry jello. I've been on the South Beach Diet for a week now and am already wearing my 'skinny' pants! Yay! I don't have a scale so I can't tell you what I might have lost, but the pants tell the tale... I'm going for size 10s next... (That'll never happen, but why not dream, right???)


K Taylor-Green
08-19-2004, 11:32 PM
Hey Barb, I'm fine too! LOL the most exciting thing around here right now, is finishing up this studio, and turning my 3 year old wolfdog, Raven, into a house dog... uh wolf. I think it's working, he likes the couch.

K Taylor-Green
08-19-2004, 11:33 PM
Ah, almost forgot, Way to go, Preston Timothy!!! :clap: :clap:

08-20-2004, 12:25 AM
What she said! Congrats, indeed! :clap: :wave: :clap:

08-20-2004, 03:50 AM
Dawn..how timely your post re.: library art show. This is the announcment in this week's local fish wrapper,...uh, I mean newspaper. We aren't a large community at all, but our local librarian took it upon herself to put this show together. This is the first time I ever recall there being any kind of community art exhibit that wasn't connected directly with the school. We seem to be getting support from the community and I hope we can establish an art organization of sorts. When I stated that I had almost enough works to do a one man show, the librarian said, "Good we can do that next month!"
PS.. I grew up here going by my middle name, Timothy and when I became of age and set out on my own, I chose to be called by my first name, Preston...old habits are hard to break...lol

" the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step......(paraphrased)


Oh my goodness Preston........ I cant believe you kept this excitement under wraps..... albeit Fish ones ha ha ...... arent you bursting at the seams, with nerves, anticipation.... bile .... lolol ...... want tons and tons of info, pics, etc...... and in your own thread..... how many pics..... which ones...... I expect a full report time I come back :D ...... am just off to get dressed for work (yup am in here in me jim jams)........ cant believe its another day already lol ...... Ill check in on your lunch time :D

Cheena K
08-20-2004, 04:19 AM
Hi Sooz! I hope your hubby will get well soon, I couldn't resist writing this....my sis is a doc. in alternative medicine, and knows a lot about traditional cures. You can write in to her any time, just give her the details and I am sure she will be able to help. She is too good!! She may tell about some acupressure points or mention some herbs, something you can do yourself, or something on similar lines, Her i.d. is [email protected]

08-20-2004, 04:29 AM
Bly me, this is an active bunch. Sooz, so sorry to hear your story. Hope things are going well now.
Mikki, same story - really sorry, those things make life hard.

All the others as well - my god, everybody is busy, busy - Dawn - you're mad, but good luck with the library expo! If I was nearer I'd come and have a look!

I feel great as yesterday the decorators left. Finished. Phew. Finally, I've got my house back. I don't dare to go round and check everyting they did yesterday. I am just going to enjoy the fact I've got my house back. It's a tip and in desperate need of cleaning, so I might start on that today. Also finishing off the curtains I was making for the dining room (it is amazing how much money you can save by making them yourself).
It is a grey and rainy morning (and no doubt day) but I am really going to enjoy my day by my self.

Oh, and I bougth a good pastel storage system as well. Will show a pic when I filled it up.

Monday, monday....I've got my scan.......cannot wait.....!!!!

Mikki Petersen
08-20-2004, 06:24 AM
(((((Sooz)))))! After our little visit to the ER last week and two days haunting the halls of justice this week, I so sympathize with the ordeal you and Gary have been through! Good catch on your part, girl! Really hope Gary is up for the trip...vacations can be very regenerating!

Dawn, you amazing little dynamo! Congrats on the sales! Congrats on the work show and the library show possibility! Also, good luck with the sale of the old house, the move to the new house, whatever hair color you end up with...whew! Now I'm worn out! You and Sandy are whirlwinds!

Well, just look at what our little Preston Timothy has done! Okay, gotta ask...if first name is Preston and Middle name is Timothy and Last name is King, what is sega? Are you a gaming guy? Anyway congratulations on the show. May not lead to direct sales but will surely get your name out there and it's a show to add to your resume. Seems like library folks are very conservative with their money...

Deborah, there are milestone moments shared by every parent and child and going off to college even while living at home is surely one of those events. I'm sure those tears are tears of pride but there is an element of grief at the end of an era...your little boy is off to meet the world but you get to have a wonderful friend in the young man he's becoming. As for empty nest...my home is more filled with people and activity every year as the family grows and grows...my nest is not empty often enough, seems like. You'll see, as time passes and you are blessed with a grandchild, you get to relive all those milestone moments again as the new generation passes by. (((Hugs and warm, fuzzy feelings))) heading your way.

Sophie, how nice for you to finally have some peace and privacy and a redecorated space to enjoy it in, to boot! Looking forward to your story of meeting you baby for the first time. You'll be astonished at how well you see everything in the scan. They move, make faces, act like babies. One of my grandsons was actually sucking on his thumb in the scan. I bawled!

Lisa, your idea for a show of art with natural materials is a terrific one. I just got finished reading an article in the "The Artist's Magazine" about silverpoint (drawing with sticks of silver wire). Never heard of it before but the result is lovely. I began thinking about all the things that are around us to make art with...and here you are doing it!

John's (Hubby) finger looks much better tonight so I'm crossing my fingers for the outcome of his appointment later this morning. Santa Fe, here I come!

Mary! I get such a visual of you using a step ladder to "mount" your big rig. Folks, referring back to the photos of my visit with Mary and SBJ last June, you will see that she looks normal and I look like a giantess. Reality is that Mary is very tiny and petite as is Julie...I'm only 5'7". You are going to stop the show at truck stops when people see the tiny driver dismount that huge machine! Good for you! I think you two will have a great adventure!

Mikki Petersen
08-20-2004, 06:32 AM
Oops! One more tiny bit of news... We went out today and turned in my regular cell phone for one of those new wireless GSM phones that I can hook up to my laptop and get on the internet anywhere there is cell service. So, I will be posting updates of the happenings at the Expo along with photos, I hope...if John's finger cooperates!

08-20-2004, 08:52 AM
awwwwww thanks guyz for all the good wishes..... its lunchtime so I came to check up on Preston....... hmm where is he.... hopefully getting all he's info and pics into a thread :evil:

..... lots of noise going on out in the antirim, the hired exhibition stands are being put up ........ they are actually 3 BIG walls ... will have to remember to bring in camera next week.......... ha!, Monday afternoon have a champers opening :)

Kathryn Wilson
08-20-2004, 09:02 AM
I can't believe how this thread grows day by day - I can't keep up!

Sooz and Mikki - sending good vibes your way. You just gotta make it to NM and the Expo!

Preston/Timothy - congratulations! I know you are going to do very well at this show and your solo next month!

Dawn - you are amazing at what you can accomplish - you go girl!

:clap: :clap: :clap: - for Deborah's diet!

If I've forgotten anyone, forgive me!

08-20-2004, 10:55 AM
First, congrats on all the upcoming shows! And crossed fingers for lotsa sales, too!

Thanks for all the good vibes! I just talked to Gary on the phone and he sounded SO much better this morning...had actually slept through the night and had just eaten a good breakfast (this hospital has surprisingly good food, btw...kinda odd, eh?) Now it's just a question of waiting for a doctor to pronounce him well enough to go home, hopefully!

Thanks for that info, Cheena! Maybe your sister can think of something he can use to help him stay off cigarettes without killing himself into the bargain! Bless his heart, it's his ONLY "vice" and very difficult for him to give it up.

Come to find out, there's been a very good reason why both of us have been having asthma problems lately...all the rain we've had has made ragweed season, etc. early and extra bad this year! Colorado Springs also (this from the nurse I talked to yesterday at the hospital) is also notorious for the most asthma DEATHS each year! The altitude combined with the hay fever triggers can actually be deadly (well, I KNEW this, but didn't really know it was THAT bad!) Gary's also begun to agree lately that we both probably should be looking for a lower altitude place to live in the coming years, especially if/when he gets to retire. Anybody have any good places for us to look into? If I had all the money in the world and could move anywhere I wanted it would be 1. England (of course!) or 2. one or another coast near the water, etc. or 3. the Portland, Ore. area. Wish those places weren't so "pricey"!

I'm at that stage where you figure you SHOULD be packing stuff up for the trip, but it's too early to pack the toothpaste! I think we'll spend the weekend catching up laundry and straightening things up here in the house so I can pack Mon. and Tues. I ALWAYS wind up packing more than we need, especially after one noteworthy trip where Gary was supposed to pack his own clothes and completely forgot underwear! First stop after arriving at the airport was Walmart! I'd MUCH rather spend my travellin' cash on art goodies than underwear! Woohoo! :evil:

Again, thanks for all the support during this week's crisis! You guys are such lovely people! :clap:

08-20-2004, 04:20 PM
Thanks for all the positive feedback guys.....like I said in my post...this is a small community so I'm not really very nervous, particularly since its not the solo show.

Mikki....lol.....yes, Preston Timothy King..named for a grandfather on each side of my family. I'm just glad the article didn;t read "Timmy":D ....... and sega??? South East Georgia (S E GA ).......

Dawn...I am not sure how many or which paintings I am going to enter. This is not a competition show; it is for library PR and artist exposure. I'll probably submit some figure works that I have done....I have just resumed painting the Mailman and am trying to get him finished. I'll post what I have in the thread I started a few weeks back and get feedback from ya'll before I go into my last ( :rolleyes: hopefully) painting session.

Sooz,,Kat, Kate, Dee, Barb, and anyone I may have missed..thanks for the kind words!

Mikki Petersen
08-20-2004, 05:01 PM

John just got an all clear from the doc and I'm packing the trailer now! Santa Fe, here we come!

Sooz, I think God just wanted us to really appreciate this opportunity for commaradery (sp) and for the men who love us!

Preston, I'm so glad sega is not for a video game machine...you seem like such a bright literate person that it would be a real shame if your self image was attached to gaming. So sorry for confusing you with my grandkids. :rolleyes: . Isn't it lovely living in a small town where everyone is like extended family, the good and the annoying? After living in a major metropolitan area my whole adult life, I still get a thrill when people on the street, in my small town, smile and say hello!

Sooz, Arizona is supposed to be the best place for asthma sufferers ar any desert area, but who needs average temps in the hundreds????? Oregon was our first choice for retirement, before we realized we could not move that far away from our babies. Portland and surround is pricy but the rest of the State is very reasonable and they have the most beautiful coastal villages! Whatever you do, stay away from California! Not because it's not a lovely state but because the tax base would eat you alive! We are one of the top three highest taxed states in the country and it's only getting worse.

My sympathies with Gary's efforts to quit! Those cancer sticks are my only vice also and I keep trying to quit...the kids and grandkids keep begging me to quit...so far, I haven't found the magic key or even the old fashioned will power.

Dawn, your show will be lovely and your colleagues will be so impressed with the growth since last year! I always used to laugh when fellow employees found out how crafty I was and would make statements like that. They are so unaware of how many artistic people there are in the world and how few people there are will pay a realistic price for art. Even artists have to pay the rent!

Thanks so much to each of you who sent wishes out for John and for Gary. I truly believe there is a healing energy in that! AND we are off to Santa Fe in the morning! Better get packing!

08-20-2004, 06:04 PM
Oh good for you, Mikki! Good good good!! I'm so glad for you- I can imagine how thrilled you are now after the hell you've been through this past few weeks. Congratulations. Tell John I said he's a smart man bullying his body into getting rid of incipent infection post-haste. Have fun- and snatch up so many feebie pastels you have enough to send some on to me; with Mary gone now, I'd hafta drive up to Dan'l's myself and that's no fun.

I'm waiting for Mary to drive-by here, in fact- I'm pretty sure she won't miss the opportunity to show off a big rig pulling up into this drive- hahaha! Hope it's got On-Star, though....

Way to go Preston! Now get some slides taken, hear me?

Good for you and yours, Sooz- the whole cardiac/pulmonary thing is so complex- and Gary's right- that altitude is hard on the heart. While Folks with pulmonary issues often do much better in the drier air, the decreased oxygen content wears excessively if cardiac functioning is at all compromised.

Dawn- wear your crown at work with self-assurance and pride, you deserve it. Your work is good, and you ARE an artist. Get LOTS of pics- we'll risk forum flooding....

Life goes on here- s'posed to start raining here this weekend- fine with me- it's waaaaay humid- by evening it feels like being locked in the bathroom after a particularily hot shower. My Dancing Star is back- I think it's Naos- it's a very bright, colorful, pulsating star in the early evening southern sky that quite literally swoops around- makes your eyes twist around to watch it. Bittersweet thing to see; means another season is turning.

Be well, Y'all

08-20-2004, 06:23 PM
What a relief, Mikki! Have a good, safe trip...relax and enjoy yourself. YOu certainly deserve it after all you have been through.

08-20-2004, 07:24 PM
awwwww ya all too kind, what did I ever do to deserve you all :)

..... ok, you all gotta stay used to me being a redhead for awhile longer..... lololol :D ....... partner to hairdresser called he's ill :p ...... but good news ..... that means most of tomorrow is FREEEEEE time .... woooooo hoooooo ..... I might get a chance to paint something

... the exhibition stands went up today..... quite impressive.... 3 7' appx Walls .... I have half the length of one.... havent really had a chance to look, but a couple of my co-workers came back into the office and really liked the Lion ......

I surfed round the webring tonight..... Sandy love the addition photos of your prints and cards..... looks well good .....

Sooz love the additional photos .... hadnt seen some before either.... not sure, but you may want to put in a size code for your pics..... my server may be slow, but they took awhile to load....

DFGray has some new paintings and photos too ...... looked really good

Mikki, so glad, that you now have a better half lol

Hugs to you all...... ya a great bunch

08-20-2004, 07:36 PM
There is just too much going on around here...I missed Preston's exciting news before! COngrats and good luck. Let us know how it all goes.

And when do we get to see our redheaded exhibitionist? :D It all sounds wonderful, Dawn. But I don't know how you are keeping up with your life right now! :D

Thanks for the ncie words about the website...by they way, I did the cards and prints using Paypal's new free thing where people can pay by credit card and don't even have to sing up for Paypal. Not that I really expect many orders but you never know. It does make it easier for people. ANyhow, if anyone is interested check Paypal's site. It was easy enough to do, albeit a little tedious putting them all in. But for free, who am I to complain. There is a small fee if people but but listing costs nothing.

08-21-2004, 01:47 AM
Hi, everybody. I haven't been around for a while and was feeling pretty awkward about posting again, not having any work to post and thinking I've become an outsider looking in. Reading this thread has given me a new outlook on that.

This past year has been a real "annus horribilis" for me and my extended family - just one unpleasantness after another. The crowning event occurred in May when my husband, Richard, who was already in poor health, fell down the basement steps onto a concrete floor and got a severe concussion. He was in hospital (actually three hospitals but I won't go into that) for a month, most of that time not knowing who he was or who I was, unable to understand anything that was happening to him or why he couldn't go home. For a while it looked as if I would have to sell the house, and I was trying to prepare it for sale while visiting him in the hospital and at the same time taking a training course at work because my job was changing to the point where I would be unemployable if I didn't take the course. And through most of this I just couldn't sleep. Still don't get more than six hours a night. HUGS to all you sleepless ones!

Needless to say, I didn't get any painting done, and it got so I couldn't even bear to log on to WC to see everybody else displaying all the lovely things they're creating in their lovely, stressfree lives (or so I assumed). Sorry I was so self-involved. Everyone has their own stuff to deal with. That's something I always know deep-down, and this thread has really illustrated it. I'm not at all sure I'd trade my latest bundle of cares for any of yours. I'm certainly glad that neither I nor any of my loved ones were in a hurricane or a flood, glad I didn't have to go to court, and I'm glad that in the end I don't have to move, since Richard is home now and completely recovered from the concussion.

New babies, new studios, art shows, are more like the kind of stress I'd like to have, but I'm not denying they take their toll, so I do sympathize.

Things have settled down a bit for me. I'm finished the training course, although I didn't absorb much. I'm trying to continue with the home improvements, so I don't get caught short again if another disaster happens. That's going very slowly, mainly because my vacation time got all used up while Richard was in the hospital, so I only have weekends. Sometimes I feel like I'm running in quicksand. Nevertheless, I'm starting to think about painting again. Actually, I'm longing to paint, but I can't summon the energy to get started and haven't a clue what to start on. Maybe I'll try to put something in the weekly sketches.

Anyway, it's been so nice to touch base with you all. Believe it or not, your stories have given me hope. Thank you.

K Taylor-Green
08-21-2004, 02:49 AM
My gosh, How awful for you, and especially for your hubby. Glad things are looking up again. I know you and I have never "met", as I have only been here since April, but I think that is about to change. I know all your old friends will be glad to see you.

Mikki Petersen
08-21-2004, 02:50 AM
Hi Agnes! Boy you have had your share of woes this year for sure! Glad everything has worked out and things are coming around to normal again for you. I fyou need some inspiration for getting back into the painting mode, why not check out the WDE (Weekend Drawing Event) tomorrow in the All Media Art Events forum. Each week a different member posts 15 photos (or is it 16?). Then everyone gets 30 minutes to select a photo and begin work. At the two hour mark, you post your work finished or not and everyone compares what they've done. No stress, no critique, just fun and encouragement. If you are not available on Saturday afternoon, you can do the event any time in the week, or any time at all actually.

Sandy, thanks for the interesting info about Paypal. I may look into it if I ever get around to selling something.

Dawn, I just keep remembering the photo of you with the fire red wig :D :p ! I'm sure the red coloring in your hair now is much more attractive.

Julie, you've got to get a photo of Mary driving a big rig to post for us!!! I promise whenever I come to Seattle, I will get in touch so we can shop. Oh, and I'll keep you in mind as I browse the Expo, too.

Thank you to everyone for the good wishes! The trailer is packed and ready to go first thing in the morning. I will be checking in from the road now that I have my fancy cell phone to hook to my laptop! :music: On the road again... :music: I can't wait to be on the road again :music: :music: ...

08-21-2004, 04:36 AM
Well, this is the most aggravating thing to happen to me in a long while! This is Sooz/Khadres and for some stupid reason the system insists that I go by a very old username I used eons ago before I knew my way around here and gave up on the site temporarily. When I fired up this machine tonight, WC no longer knew the Khadres username or password and when I put in my email address...poof...I'm now stuck with this old "handle". Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I dunno what to do about it and at this point I'm too upset with everything to care! It's just the last straw at the moment, I guess.

I'm really glad your situation worked out, Mikki, and that you will be making the trip! As for me, it's looking VERY doubtful at this point... Gary was sent home from the hospital this morning, but WHY they let him go I don't know! His breathing is horrible and he's very shaky and scared and so am I. He wanted to try and get some rest in his own bed tonight, but if he's no better by morning, he's going back in. I had to put him on my oxygen machine since his air level was down in the 80s percent-wise. His heart rate is still over 100 and he looks AWFUL. I'd have taken him back in today, but he kept thinking he just needed rest--he hates hospitals almost as bad as I do, too, poor man. Trouble is, he can't GET any rest because he can't really lie flat and can't really sleep sitting up either! I'm so worried and exhausted I can't sleep either! He tried calling his Primary dr. but they were "all booked up" for the rest of the day and recommended going back to the ER which is like sending a sick man to purgatory on Fridays and weekends...you get to sit amongst handcuffed rowdys with blood all over and around 'em and people with upchuck bags noisily using them, etc. He was just too worn out to go through it all again, but unless he's vastly improved by morning, I don't see anything else we can do. Shoot, I just said that before, didn't I! sighhhhh

And I guess the sleep aid medication they gave him last night sent him into some sort of psychedelic thing where he was fighting them and thrashing around...he's got bruises where he hit something; he says he doesn't remember any of it except that all the doctors and nurses looked like the zombies in Michael Jackson's Thriller thingy...needless to say he didn't get much rest then either!

Anyway, the upshot of it all is that I don't see me making this trip unless a miracle happens over the weekend. He wants me to go and take Melissa with me if he's not up to it, but I can't imagine leaving him like this! So we'll have to see what happens...I'll keep ya'll posted and thanks for any prayers and well wishing you can spare. This really has me rattled right now and I probably sound like an idiot for which I apologize! I do hope someone can find out how I can get my normal username and account back...I feel like I'm in some bizarre dream too at this rate!


Mikki Petersen
08-21-2004, 04:53 AM
Awwwww Sooz! That's terrible...every part of it, but most important, Gary's condition. I worked for thirteen years in a major metropolitan Trauma Center ER and the scene you describe sounds so familiar. In fact that is just what it was like when I took John in for his finger at rush hour...yikes! If he is still struggling though, he REALLY needs to go back and as a former heart attack patient with vital signs that out of whack, he should get triaged right into a treatment room. If things aren't better by about 4:00am, take him in then. There is usually a lull around then...the drunks are off the roads...the bars are closed...the gang bangers are zoned out... Good luck to both of you and I guess a trip is not really a likely thing right now. That's so sad! (((HUGS))) to you both!

Oh, regarding your changing name...e-mail Scott. He'll figure it out.

08-21-2004, 06:24 AM
Agnes, welcome back to the fold :) .... glad to hear things are getting back on track..... sometimes we just need to 'be still', and let the outside world whizz around us..... participating and painting will come back in time..... you've already made a start ......

Mikki.... ha ha..... how funny you remember THAT Wig, hee hee, I still have it lolol.... and for ages tried to convince my hairdresser to make my hair the same..... loooolllllolol loved that wig ha ha .... well with each wash, my hair is getting lighter..... got a wedding next weekend, and even bought a HAT :eek: :)
ohhhhhh you are all loaded up and ready to go....... sounds so exciting and fun, dont forget loadsapixs

....... ohhhh eck Sooz didnt recognise you there with your long hair ....... Do hope hubby recovers soon

K Taylor-Green
08-21-2004, 11:38 AM
Aw, Sooz, I'm praying for Gary. I hope he gets to feeling better, soon. How scary this sounds.
I'm sure Scot will turn you back to Khadres soon.

Deborah Secor
08-21-2004, 12:56 PM
(((((Sooz))))) There will be other chances to come to conventions and Expos and things--right now the most important thing is for you to be right beside your husband. I'll keep your husband and you in my prayers.

Agnes, glad to see you back in the forum! I really hope life settles down even more for you and you'll be sharing some work in the sketch thread or the WDE or wherever. I understand that place you were in, thinking that everyone else has a lovely, happy, settled life while mine is in total turmoil. Been there, felt that--but I'm really glad that our ramblings about our lives have helped you see a little differently. Welcome back--don't be a stranger...

My son is home! He had a wonderful week at the retreat with his class. He tells us there are 40 students, fairly evenly divided in age with half 18-25 and half 40-70! One woman has been a missionary from England for over 20 years and signed up to go to School of Ministry this year. I told Chris to be sure to sit down with her and just LISTEN. She just has to be a goldmine of experience that will be a real blessing to the class. I'm so glad he's back, safe and sound, with tales of climbing the Alpine Tower (some 85 feet high <blanch>), marshmallow fights at 1:00am, and off roading his 'new' (old) car on mudbog roads with two 40-year-olds egging him on (MEN!) He loves all the people in the class already, he says, and is looking forward to classes starting on Monday. (Bet he won't like the morning commute that turns a 35 minute drive into an hour, though!)

Hope the day holds lots of painting for everyone...


edit: Wow, Kate, what a pretty photo you have for your avatar now! :)

08-21-2004, 04:13 PM
Well, at least I'm back to being ME! YAY!

Hubby went back to the ER this morning and I figured they'd stick him in the hospital for sure, but then here they came back home with him looking SO much better and clutching a bottle of Lasix for dear life! Yep, congestive heart failure. They're not sure what triggered it, but the Lasix has already vastly improved his situation for now. He came in and ate a big lunch and is now watching the Olympics and planning a nice looooooooooooong nap! What a relief! At least, bad as it sounds, there's something to be done for it.

He's to see his regular doctor early in the week AND the heart specialist, too. No waiting any six weeks this time, by golly. Anyway, he seems almost like his normal grumbly self and I am so glad! Thanks for all y'all's prayers and good vibes!

I still haven't been able to get on as Khadres upstairs, but I'll worry about that later. At least I'm okay on this machine.

Agnes, I haven't met you before, but you sound as if you've had a year much like the last two for us! Hugs and here's hoping you can get back to normal and enjoy your art again! Thanks for the good wishes!

Mikki, I hope y'all are having a fun trip! I know it's a LOOOOOOOOONG way, but with luck you'll get to shoot pics of Ship Rock and all that en route. At least you can stop wherever you want and take a snooze if you have to!

Everybody else....take CARE....we don't need ANY more crises around here for awhile!


Kathryn Wilson
08-21-2004, 04:36 PM
Oh, Sooz, been reading all your posts and I certainly hope things are still going well with Gary. Sounds like he has been through the wringer, and you too! Positive thoughts coming your way - (wish they had a huggie smilie on here) HUGGGGGGGGSSSSSS

Agnes - you've been missed! And never hesitate to come here to tell all - we're here for you!

Deborah - hooray! son is home! You can play mama again - :D

K Taylor-Green
08-21-2004, 04:57 PM
Sooz, What a relief! Not that congestive heart failure is anything to fool around with. But, like you said, it's treatable. My father-in-law has had to deal with it for years, had to take early retirement. He will be 81 in November. :)

Thanks, Dee, Thought you guys might like to see me instead of my horse!!
Especially since I got my hair cut last month, and look like that again! No more blonde highlights, just brown with some grey highlights. Oh well, L'oreal will take care of that!!

08-21-2004, 05:09 PM
Thanks Kate, Kat, Deborah, everybody! Well, I'm finally getting more info as I go along....he says they think this whole dreadful episode was triggered by an OVERactive thyroid! So that will be the first thing they address next week, I guess. (I KNEW there was a reason he could cut out only one slice of bread a day and lose 20 lbs in a month! :D

Anyway, he's taking a nap and even tho his oxygen is a little low, I think he'll be fine once the Lasix does it's job completely. I have to take the stuff when my ankles do the ballooning thing, so I can just imagine what it must have done to the rest of his body....he certainly knows how uncomfy swollen feet can be now, too!

Kate, you look like a hoot! Your fun disposition just shines in that photo. Hey, grey highlights look a lot like blonde ones from a distance so just LEAVE it! :wink2:

08-21-2004, 05:51 PM
Welcome back Agnes. I'm sorry youhave had such a rough time of it...glad to se eyou back anyhow.

(Sooz))...I'm glad hubby is home and feeling better but what a lousy thing to have to deal with. I hope the medication helps him and he continues to feel better. Try to take it easy....hugs for both of you!

08-21-2004, 07:07 PM
Sooz............ glad to see you back, but did you change nationalities :confused: :D

08-22-2004, 09:33 AM
((((( Agnes and Sooz )))))) Sorry to hear what you and your husbands have been through - how frightening. But Agnes, it is super to see you here again - I hope you'll be back sharing more of your lovely sketches with us soon. Sooz, hang in there!

It was my birthday on Friday. I got a wonderful gift from one of my friends (who you may remember from the double portrait I did some months ago) - a quilt she made specially for me! The blues and greens and the patterns on the fabric she's used represent the scenery of the Lake District where a group of us spent a fun few days back in May: the moss, the dry stone walls, the blue of the lakes, etc. I was really touched.

Another totally cool present was the Heilman backpack pastel box that Paul bought me! It's the newest, smallest Heilman and I remember Maggie recommending it some time ago. It is beautifully made, with clasps to hold the dividing panels tightly in place so that my pastels won't fall all over the place when I'm on the move. I've spent a blissful couple of hours cleaning all my pastels and organizing them in their new home :D


I was working on my birthday but a few of us had a day out in London on Saturday - a picnic in Hyde Park and a lot of eating, drinking, strolling and laughing :)

08-22-2004, 09:42 AM
Ohhhhhh EJ, sorry not to mention your birthday........ erm, what happened to all the reminders for us this year :D lol ..... anyway HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY..... sounds like you had a great time, and some wonderful gifts

08-22-2004, 11:22 AM
Sooz............ glad to see you back, but did you change nationalities :confused: :D

Wow! Thanks for pointing that out! I'm not sure what happened to this system, but EVERYTHING seemed messed up and I don't even know where the heck that country IS, much less how the flag got changed! Nahh, I'm still an American, from the land of neverending political campaigning and pizza coupons! :wave:

Well, Gary slept through the night and feels a good deal better today, so things are looking up...I hope. I think if he can just get to the appropriate doctors and they can figure out just what the culprit is, he'll be fine...well, as fine as sixty-something folks GET, anyway.

I actually got more than a couple hours sleep too, so I'm mostly rid of that tunnel visiony feeling you get when you're totally exhausted. We were talking yesterday and realizing that the last two to four years for us have been far too filled with crises and unforeseen complications! It's as if we haven't had even a month without there being some extreme test of endurance and spirit. It's definitely taken a toll on us both, health-wise....mentally-wise too, I'm sure, but that's harder to gauge since crazy people seldom realize how crazy they really ARE! :cool:

Anyway, we've promised ourselves to begin planning a simpler, less stressful future...not sure yet what that will mean, but I'm at least hoping it will mean less overwork and more golf for Gary and less worry and more art for me! We do know that a lower altitude environment will be necessary at some point along with a house with FEWER STAIRS! (we must've taken leave of our senses to buy a four-level abode at our age....of course we WEREN'T this old back then....ah, well.)

Sounds like the Expo folks are shifting into travel mode already! It's fun to think of all those folks flying, driving, hitchhiking, etc. across the world to get there. I wonder where Mikki and hubby are this morning? And Jackie and her friend! Maybe those who travel on the ground will get some neat photos along the way!?

Oh, and a belated Happy Birthday to EJ! I really like the way you have your pastels arranged in that box! I like the dividers....my boxes just have two large spaces with the various hues rubbing shoulders. Harder to keep 'em really clean that way. And you say this is the SMALLEST box? Wow!

OK, I'm off to gather up laundry and do other back-to-normal, mundane endeavors. See y'all on the flip side in the next week's scumble!

Deborah Secor
08-22-2004, 02:15 PM
It was an 'exciting' night for us last night, when at 9:30 our son called to say he'd had a "little accident". Oy! It was a small thing--made a too-fast turn, his Big Gulp started to spill, and he decided that driving the car was less important than spilling the coke all over his pants and the interior of the car, so he ran up onto a curb going about 25 MPH and destroyed his tire, rim and alignment. Mind you, the tires are less than a month old... Soooo, hubby was livid. I reminded him that the sermon last night at church mentioned that love is long suffering, and he said, "Yeah, right after I kill him." Needless to say I was picturing jail time--but it all worked out. A testament to the power of prayer, trust me. My son and I talked until after midnight, discussing the lessons to be learned here. He has his first day of School of Ministry on Monday and only gets 3 absences before they kick him out... Double oy! Great way to start, doncha think? I know, it's small, it really is. No one died, no one was even hurt, money can fix it. Thank God (and I mean that.)

E-J, happy happy! What neat gifts. Show us the quilt too, sometime!

Glad life is evening out some for you, Sooz. Sleep helps immeasurably. Plans to simplify appeal to me right now too. Less house would be nice.

Okay, I don't know whether to nap now or later. Is a nap at 11:15 legal? I think maybe so. I hope I wake up with the energy to do what I'm supposed to acomplish today! G'night--sorta.


08-22-2004, 02:47 PM
Wow - what a week this has been (for all of your I mean).

First off Happy Birthday EJ - I think I've just decided that would make an excellent gift for my birthday too ... providing I can get the message across. I love those boxes and while meeting Maggie checked out her set and really was impressed. Have fun and do great things.

Sooz, my heart goes out to the two of you and all that you've been through. Sounds like there is a message that you are receiving about simplifying life and I applaud you for listening. It's so easy to get caught up in day to day stuff. In fact I was just thinking about how a walk in the woods would be a marvelous grounding agent for me.

Dee - well he tried not to soil his pants... Oh boy - well I guess it's an easy lesson to learn and early on in his life. Perhaps it's something he'll need to use in his future ministry work - a life lesson he can pass on to others. Enjoy your nap - sounds like me... "happy hour" by definition - a nap.

Not sure who all I'm missing here but I'm thinking of all of you and haven't found a way to pull off a trip to the EXPO without spending lots and lots of money. Guess I'll have to save it for another adventure.


08-22-2004, 04:34 PM
EJ...HAPPY BIRTHDAY! and wishing many more...what a cool pastel box... :envy: .

Sooz...those of us that arent going to make the expo ( :( might have to come up with something extra fun to do here online,,,don't you think?...give it some thought and get back to me.

Dee,...scary as this was, perhaps your son's accident was a reminder all of us to pay closer attention. Your post may have saved a life!

Barb..Sooz and I will be here to console each other this week..sounds like you'll be with us too... :wink2:

08-22-2004, 07:20 PM
Deborah, glad your son's okay...like you say, the car can be fixed! Reminds me of giving Mel a nice little used Toyota for graduation and her promptly rolling it two days after she got her full license! Was a miracle that a fence post stopped it just so and kept her and her star bunnies (they were on their way to the county fair) from being hurt. She got an object lesson in why NOT to push the speed on loose gravel roads which she's never forgotten. I'll bet your son felt much as she did...she said the very first thought she had once the car came to a rest and the dust began to settle was that there was NO way she was gonna be able to hide the whole thing from Mom! LOL
(That little old Toyota got turned back over, its tire put back on the rim, and ran like a top despite a bowed back window for several years after that...it was a rust bucket but it just never quit.)

Preston, I'll help you think up some kind of trouble for us stay-at-homes to get into, assuming a miracle doesn't happen and I do get to go after all....will just have to wait and see.

08-22-2004, 07:56 PM
Many Happy Belated Returns of the Day, EJ- sounds like you had a nice birthday.

ummmm- I think while everyone is gone, we who have to stay at home should have a party in the back row. I'll bring margaritas, salsa, homemade chips and those little quiche thingies (I gotta make 'em anyway for Kitty's class, and y'all can be guinea pigs- errrrrr.. taste-testers). Sooz and Preston, you work on entertainment (Note: I do not do karaoke, but I bet we could talk Augusto into it.... :music: "Baba-loooooooooooooooooooo!" :music: Hey- to these ears, the accent's the same) Dawn can dance for us on tables - I'm kinda betting she's good....

Mulling an idea in my head- it's a goodie, but I can't quite figure out the background- might hafta ask for some help here. We'll see.

Be well- Happy Sunday!

Kitty Wallis
08-23-2004, 12:35 AM
Looks like whatever attacked Sooz's avatar has gotten Carly AKA CH Clements. Did you see the blue man replacing her picture with her article about underpainting? And her posts have no picture at all. Unless I'm missing something.

08-23-2004, 12:43 AM
not sure what is grabbing all our ID's!! but I have the old standby just in case....so it will just be 'carly' until the boss checks things out around here....LOL

08-23-2004, 02:21 AM
I like the Carly one anyway! Took me AGES to figure out CHClements wasn't some high falutin' official person or other! Nice pic on that one too!

Well, hubby heads back to work tomorrow much as I'd prefer he stay home...we'll see how he does. If the doc thinks he's gonna be alright I might still make it south with the kid for company, but if I do go I'll be sure and send you guys losta pralines for dessert in the back row! If I stay, I'll bring ummmm....something sinfully fattening!