View Full Version : Weekly Scumble April 30 Thru May 6

K Taylor-Green
04-30-2007, 08:58 AM
Good morning everyone! Welcome to the Scumble, our weekly chat thread, where we share the happenings of our everyday lives.

Had no real plans for the weekend. I just wanted to relax and enjoy the glorious sunshine.:rolleyes: So Jess talks me into going mushroom hunting. A nice walk in the woods usually sooths my spirit, and with the promise of mushrooms, ummmmm, I love those things. So, off we go, into the woods behind our farm. After tramping around for a couple of hours, Jess found one mushroom, I found none. :(
On the way back, Jess is driving around the edges of the horse pasture, just checking things out, when I noticed that one of the horses is on the wrong side of the fence! We had put him back here when my BIL came to pick up Seyn, our young Half Arab stud. We didn't want Stega to be alone. We drove around looking for the break in the fence. Instead of putting him back, we decided to move him back to his usual pasture and bring one of the mares, Sillouette, with him for company. So we come back to the house, get the truck and trailer, move both horses up, and repair fence. So much for relaxation! To put the icing on the cake, the mare is in heat! I was thinking of breeding her for a next Spring foal. Now, my stud is servicing my sister's mare and I have to wait a month.
How was everyone's weekend?

04-30-2007, 09:32 AM
Poor Kate! Doesn't sound relaxing at all...but at least yo were outdoors and it sounds like it was nice out.

We have had lots of intermittent rain, which after all our heavy downpours, is just too much. Enough already! I think we may get some sun tomorrow...then they are talking more showers. Bleah!

After spending much of last week with sick grandkids I now have a sore throat. Funny how that happens! But the kids seem better anyhow.

Things have been slowly getting put into place in the house in Maine. I still have things I have to go through and find places for and stuff I still need to get rid of but it's feeling a little better. Not so many piles just sitting waiting for me. Downsizing is good...but I think you are supposed to get rid of more junk than we did! Or....I think we had so much junk that even getting rid of as much as we did, didn't quite do it! :D We are both inveterate pack rats!

I hope everyone has a good, productive week!


Pat Isaac
04-30-2007, 10:46 AM
Sounds as if you did a lot of WORK, Kate.
Yeah, Sandy, we have your weather also. I don't think we are supposed to see any sun until Thursday. I had my first spring concert this past weekend and it went well. I have two more next weekend and then the concert season is over for this year.
Need to put in some studio time today.
Have a great day everyone.


CM Neidhofer
04-30-2007, 11:26 AM
Hi everyone. :wave: It's been a gorgeous weekend here in the Rockies. Temps in the 60's and 70's. We went fishing for a little while when I got off work Saturday evening, but I didn't last very long...only about 45 minutes. Soon as the sun went behind the mountains it got cooooold!!!

My job at the casino is going to a four day, ten hour work week in a couple of weeks. Can't wait.....three days a week off!! :clap: So great with summer coming. :)


04-30-2007, 02:46 PM
happily, i've had a quiet week with super weather. i am working on a painting for myself to show come mother's day, where my mom is coming from iowa to have a show iwth me here in town. ( she is also an artist, doing oils, acrylic, watermedia, and pastel) the painting is of my hubby and a friend on horses, overlooking some hills/cattle.

i haven't finished the mural yet, and waiting for hubby to pose as both lewis and clark! i have no ref. for those and altho i did ok 'winging' it for the hills, i do not 'wing' ppl very well!

today i discovered my little car has a small leak in the gastank, ugh! just what i didn't need, i'm almost going to make enough this month to pay something off, but now this! grrr! now to find someone who can/will fix it.

today the radio is going to call me, to set up doing an interview for my art show! the last show i did fell flat terribly cuz i depended on the local paper for advertising, and they 'forgot' to put the ad in! i was sooo angry, but now at least i won't depend on them so much, or even at all. this time i put an ad in a diff. paper that goes over the surrounding states, and i dont' know many who don't read it. i will do some flyers, and the rented room has one of those lighted signs that flash words and they will put the ad on that as well. now with the radio, i think i may skip our local paper althogether, as they seem to botch up stuff on a reg. basis! anyone else have other ideas to advertise?

hope the weather keeps up, but not too hot yet! have a great week!

Pat Isaac
04-30-2007, 06:14 PM
Congratulations on the show, Chewie. How nice to have an exhibit with your mother. I hope all goes well for your both. Publicity promos often tend to be very troublesome.....sorry about the car...:eek:
Fishing???....I forgot that you like to do that. how nice that you will have ore time off....woohoo...


05-01-2007, 10:45 AM
Kate, I know how things get off track & turn into something totally different.
Sandy, I'm glad things are getting more settled. My mother is planning to move & downsize- not exactly looking forward to the process of it.
Pat, what kind of concerts are you doing? We've had more clouds & rain here than I really like. I'm a sunshine gal.
Chewie, how excititng -an artshow. And with your mother. :)
I've finally found out some info on how to get into the First Fri Art trail here. Different venues (galleries & studios) display art on the same evening all over town. They even have a trolley that goes around to the ones downtown. I need to check into some more. I don't have enough volume for galleries but I'd like to have somewhere to show & possibly get a sale that way.
After a slump in the first part of the year, I've gotten going again. I've been working on a mission painting that's getting closer to being done. I'm trying to decide if I'm ready to call the plumber who wants me to do a commission for him.

05-01-2007, 03:28 PM
Congratulations Chewie....I hope you get better results this time.

I finally gave in and went to the doctor this morning. The sore throat was not getting any better. Good thing I did....it was strep. Hmmm...I guess I do feel as lousy as I thought. No fever, just this crummy throat and real draggy. Ah...the joys of grankids! :D

What a beautiful day we are finally having!

Pat, I didn't know you did concerts...what do you play?


Pat Isaac
05-01-2007, 05:31 PM
Sorry about the strep throat, Sandy. No fun.
Sounds like an interesting venue for selling and viewing, Tammy. I know of several areas around here that do that, especially in the cities.
I play flute in a philharmonic orchestra. I am the principal chair in the second section. We play a mix of classical and pops music. There are about 70 members of the orchestra and we rehearse every week, Sept. - June. It is great fun and I have been a member for 32 years. I hadn't played my flute since high school and then picked it up again after 25 years, even took a few lessons to get back in the groove.
Weather is good and things are blooming and growing, even the grass now.


05-01-2007, 06:08 PM
That's great, Pat. It's nice to have a venue where you can put the skill and the enjoyment to good use. Good for you!


Deborah Secor
05-01-2007, 08:49 PM
Hi all! :wave: I haven't come in to visit here in a while... good to keep up with you.

I got a note from our friend Mary Brigid and she's having a tough time, so I thought I'd let you all know that she needs some prayers! She has Lupus, which is such a baffling and challenging condition. She's being treated (but sometimes the treatments are as devastating as the disease, I think) but is unable to type much at the moment. The one bright spot she mentioned is that she can hold a pastel in her fist so she's painting a little whenever she can manage it! She wrote, "I have started a large painting and when I have some energy I fiddle about with it. I thought if I start a small painting I would be annoyed about taking it so long to finnish. This way I can be patient and watch my painting grow. I will post it when ever it is finnished." That's the art spirit! :D She asked me to let all of you know she's still reading threads, so she's 'here' in a manner of speaking. Please keep her and her family in mind...

Now, Mary Brigid, if you're reading this, just know that you don't have to type any response, you can just smile and wave, okay? Save your strength to paint, not type, and know that we're all pulling for you! You know I'm keeping you in my prayers. (((hug)))

As for my life, I'm anxious to go to the IAPS convention next week. It's so neat that it's coming here--how sweet can you get? The world of pastel coming to your doorstep! It's a five-minute drive, if that, to the hotel where it's taking place. I'm so glad we moved. I can scoot home for whatever I forget, or bip in to spruce up before the banquet. Wish ALL of you were coming!!! I'm going to try to keep things posted here as it goes on, but don't we'll see how that goes... :D


05-01-2007, 09:16 PM
MAry Brigid! I'm so sorry to learn of your illness! I hope you are feeling better soon. In the meantime I will be thinking of you and sending good vibes your way!
Take care of yourself!


Pat Isaac
05-01-2007, 10:05 PM
My thought and prayers are with you Mary and hope that you will be feeling better soon.


Kathryn Wilson
05-01-2007, 10:59 PM
Mary, if you are reading this, hugs for you {{{{hugs}}}}}

I finally am feeling much better and planning on attending IAPS - it's something I really need to do for myself.

K Taylor-Green
05-01-2007, 11:21 PM
Mary, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kat, that's great! Since I can't go, you will have to go for me.

Lisa M
05-02-2007, 11:48 AM
Chewie--congrats on the show! You were wondering about advertising--have you looked at the South Dakotans for the Arts site? They have a listing of local art events. And I think that tv listing via SD Public Television is free. You just call and add your event; sorry I don't know the number or directly how to get it--maybe their website.

Chewie it's funny that we (actually Stac) named our filly after your daughter, in a way :) . Stac didn't like the name Tigger for the colt, so he was adamant about naming the new Cassidy (I think he chose that name while the stud was in the pasture last year :rolleyes: ). Now he calls both babies Tigger. Men:confused: .
Well yesterday I bought some milk replacer for Cassidy, because momma Tess never lets her nurse until she's full. Tess is very ticklish, and does all she can to bear the nursing I think. The bottle feeding had limited success, and Cassidy will be okay without it--she is putting on weight and getting more perky, but I'll keep trying with the bottle to supplement nature. Tigger calls across the fence to her; he wants a playmate! But the vet said I should wait another 3 weeks to let Cass get bigger before returning them to the big pasture with the other horses. These little guys are so fun. Tigger carries around the rubber feed dish in his mouth, along with any errant corn husk that happens to blow through the pasture, his "training" feed sacks (empty of course), and anything else. He's growing fast; I think he's going to be very big like mother Gem. Okay I'll stop now. . .

Pat--It's great that you play in the summer symphony!! I can hear that lovely flute!! I played piano and clarinet, the latter in the university symphony and orchestra and the SD Army Band, but gave it up for working too much and everything else during grad school. It's my one regret in life. I know, "It's never too late," but it would take probably 2 hours a day for 2 years to get back to where I was, ready to audition for the SD Symphony. Now I do art and horses and gardening instead.

Mary--I hope you feel better very soon. It sounds as though you're keeping up your spirits and finding a way through it. A number of years ago I lost a lot of mobility and physical strength due to a back injury, and I know that having to slow down gives one time to do a lot of thinking. That positive attitude and working on a large, "patient" painting will keep you moving toward recuperation. I'm sending good spirits your way.

Take care all, and happy May Day a day late. :heart:


Pat Isaac
05-02-2007, 11:57 AM
You are right, Lisa...never too late. I went back after 25 years. It did take awhile to get back, but not as long as I thought.
Now that I am retired, I seem to have less time to do all the things I want. Better than nothing to do at all, I guess.


Dot Hoffman
05-03-2007, 10:02 AM
Mary, hugs and prayers.

Everyone sounds so busy, but isn't that the life of an artist:lol:?

I'm gearing up for the trip to Albuquerque, my lists have lists. I look forward to seeing a lot of you there.

Today is my last session of Drawing class at the college. It's a good thing I'm auditing; otherwise I'd flunk for absenteeism since their policy is really quite rigid. I do it for the fun of it, not the grade. Biggest challenge: parking is so far away from the visual arts building that I don't think I'll take any more art classes there; schlepping materials a quarter mile in the wind isn't fun. They could put in closer lots, but bureaucracy, you know.

Enuff -- gotta get ready for class:)

K Taylor-Green
05-03-2007, 08:27 PM
This is my city fancy dog, down on the farm! She has needed groomed in the worst way. My groomer, Joy, really goes all out.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-May-2007/41107-Poppy6.jpg

Pat Isaac
05-04-2007, 08:17 AM


CM Neidhofer
05-04-2007, 10:12 PM
It's snowing again...arrrgh!!! :p :mad: Been snowing since this morning. About six inches so far.


Mary Brigid
05-06-2007, 10:38 AM
Hi Everyone,
Thank you all for your good wishes. So kind of you all. I am improving bit by bit and hope to be back soon. I enjoy popping in to see all the lovely work on here and to see how you all are.
Regards to you all
Mary Brigid :wave:

05-06-2007, 11:10 PM
Just wanted to stop by and wish all those going to the convention a great time! Wish I were going but had to make a sad unexpected trip to Colorado last month.

I'm looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back.