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K Taylor-Green
03-10-2008, 01:18 PM
Hi everyone! It's a new Monday! Welcome to the Scumble, our weekly chat thread where we talk about the happenings of our everyday lives!

The snow is melting. Everything seems like business as usual today. I'm glad I took so many pictures because this storm is soon going to be a faint memory.
The temps are up and there is rain in Thursdays forecast. Here comes the mud!

03-10-2008, 01:36 PM
Ha Gee i forgot it was monday :o I posted on last weeks thread:eek: today should i redo it here?
Kate Mud is Bad!:(

will we ever get the weekly sketch thread again? it made me practice!

K Taylor-Green
03-10-2008, 02:53 PM
Betsy, you know, I'm not sure what happened to the Sketch Thread. Let me ask the rest of the staff.

03-10-2008, 03:49 PM
was another busy week--i did a one day class in the new gallery, and think it was the best yet. the ppl who came were really interested in learning, and it was held in the back of the gallery so we were able to relax and work. i caught the crud tho., from doing cow stuff in the rain and i sounded like a toad the whole day.

its been off/on with cold weather, but enough warmer stuff to make me really itching to get outside to ride and paint! thought maybe today, but argh, i had other inside junk to get done. blah!

my goats are really making some full jars now, lots of milk. and my youngest is going to be able to do a show n tell with the little buckling next week in school if i bring him in. the kids will love it, he's just soo cute!

its must be spring for real, i seen a few robins and the horses are dropping hair by the handfuls! can't walk past them without getting some on you! then of course they roll in the mud, and look sooo bad! (tar and feathering isn't much diff. than gumbo and hair!)

we finally are done with puppies, the last one left last night. hard to see them go, but we sure dont 'need any more here! i am hoping to spay the female.

i spent some time and updated my website--just put on a few pix of the studio. i get asked alot about it from those who took my class, and that was the easier way to do that. i dont' feel like its a mess right now, but geesh, looking at the photos, eek!

its sure great to see the sun again, hope you all are having such fine days as here! have a great week!

K Taylor-Green
03-10-2008, 04:50 PM
Chris, I sure agree that pups are a lot of work! We kept one from this last litter. I am going to place him with someone in our Hunt Club on a co-owner program. They will train and run him and our kennel gets the recognition when he gets his titles.
We only have two litters a yr, but since they have 8 to 10 at a time, that is a lot of puppies!
The baby goat sounds adorable. The kids will love him.

03-10-2008, 05:30 PM
You people amaze me. How on earth do you have time to paint with all that animal work to do? What are you, Super Women? :lol:

03-10-2008, 06:13 PM
idahohat---if only!!! hahahah~! in fact if you know of a super woman for hire, i need her!

but really, those animals keep me grounded. i do not see my 'chores' as chores--i see it as my time off. they ask little of me, but give me all they got. i love to simply watch them eat or play, or to just rub them or brush them or sit with them. not what i call work! and when i do have to put out some effort (like cleaning the barn!) its a 'good tired' at the end of the day.

now laundry, dishes or any other housework, blah!!!!

03-11-2008, 09:10 AM
Goats! I remember a family near us that had a goat...what a hoot! It has been over 50 years but i still remember us kids getting a big kick out of that goat...sometimes literally! :D
It does seem like we have some superwoman here, but I do know they truly love their animals and I get how it all works.

Just wanted to let you know my dad died a couple of weeks ago. It was a very hard few weeks as he deteriorated but in the end he did not have too much pain. He was just very weak and tired and feeling helpless. He spent the last 5 days at Hospice and I have to say they were as wonderful as I had always heard. The staff was amazing. The place was beautiful and they made us all comfortable. I don't really know that my dad ever knew he was there but I have no doubt he was more comfortable and peaceful than had he been back at the nursing home.
It's been a rough winter for my family. Our preemie granddaughter is still in the hospital. She is now 16 weeks I think. Her due date was Feb. 27. I know it is very hard once you pass that due date. There is nothing specifically wrong but she is just not doing as well as they had hoped. She gets too tired too easily and doesn't feed as well as she should, therefore isn't gaining and growing as quickly as they would like. She needs to get bigger so her lungs grow and she will get stronger. They are arranging for a pulmonary specialist to come in tomorrow. My son and DIL are so tired and frustrated. Son called yesterday afternoon and sounded pretty freaked out by it all. It's very hard watching your kids go through something like this and there is really nothing I can do but listen and try to be supportive. The hospital is great. I don't think anyone is doing anything wrong. There is just no simple answer. We are just keeping our fingers crossed that it all turns out okay.

I had not been doing any painting since my dad was diagnosed back in the beginning on January. I did finally at least start to sketch out a new painting yesterday. I know if I wait too long I will be in trouble!

Anyhow, sorry to be here whining but sometimes it helps to vent a bit. I know everyone here has been through really tough times at one time or another.

I hope you are all doing well and have a good week!


Deborah Secor
03-11-2008, 11:04 AM
(((hugs))) Sandy, I'm sorry to hear of your dad's passing. So hard. I'm glad it was peaceful. And I'll keep your granddaughter in my prayers. It must be the hardest thing your kids have ever gone through. Just keep encouraging them. I'm sure it means more than you can know. Hang in there--and do go get a little dusty when you can! Painting can be such a great stress-reliever in some ways.


K Taylor-Green
03-11-2008, 02:49 PM
Aw, Sandy, such sad news. I hope your granddaughter improves and I am so sorry you lost your dad.
I know just what you mean about not painting in a time like this. When my sister passed away last April, I didn't paint again till late Fall! I just couldn't concentrate or sit still. You will, when your heart is ready.

03-11-2008, 03:22 PM
My condolences to you, Sandy, in the death of your Dad. The days do get easier if you focus on all of your wonderful memories of him So pleased that he had hospice care; it can make all the difference in those last few weeks.

Our prayers are definitely going up for your little grandchild and her parents. I know they appreciate having your shoulder and heart to count on. One of my children is going through a very difficult time now as well and we burn up the cell phone minutes for sure.

I know you appreciate the sweet words of Katherine and Deborah. There are some great people here, so go ahead and vent!


Kathryn Day
03-11-2008, 05:15 PM
Sandy, so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Please take good care of yourself, as you are under great stress with your loss and your granddaughters health. Hospice was wonderful when my Mother passed away. It would have been much more difficult without them. My prayers are with your family.

03-11-2008, 07:38 PM
I know it's been awhile but i have been here lurking occasionally and also, have been doing pet portraits somewhat regularly.
Sandy, big hugs - I lost my Dad last fall and hospice was wonderful - he refused treatment and died at home. Also, have had major scares healthwise with my 1 yr old granddaughter in Belfast, Maine this winter. Will keep yours in my prayers.
Oh, here is my lastest portrait - a tight crop but it was just a 8 X 10 of a cat who has since passed - Mr. Kee was 21 1/2 yrs old!
Softies on Wallis.
I will be around more as soon as we can open the windows - love pastels, but my breathing does not!:rolleyes:

03-11-2008, 09:32 PM
Sandy, so sorry to hear about your father, I'm glad Hospice was involved, they are the most wonderful people the world over. :grouphug:

Sorry too that young Sydney isn't doing as well as you would all have hoped for. Drop me a line and tell me what is happening as their Journal on her doesn't really say very much. If I know what is happening I may be able to reassure them in some way. :rolleyes::rolleyes:

Take Care, I look forward to seeing some more of your paintings sometime soon. :)

Lots of Love Carolynn :):):grouphug::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:

Deborah Secor
03-12-2008, 12:26 AM
Oh, and CJ, on that note, the preemie I mentioned several months ago has been released from the hospital and is home with his mom, grandma and grandpa. He had two major surgeries but tolerated them well and now he's thriving, I hear. :clap:


03-12-2008, 02:13 AM
Sandy, I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's death, as well as your granddaughter's health problems I hope it is some comfort to know that he didn't suffer a lot of pain, and that he was well cared-for---I know that has helped me some while dealing with my mother's death in January. Take things easy, and take good care of yourself--you have a lot on your plate!!! And please, don't consider sharing your difficult times to be whining. People care about you, and want to be able to support you when things are hard.

I am enjoying spring flowers here--daffodils and some magnificent magnolias this year. I hope we get at least one more good storm this season, tho: last year was very dry, and we haven't really caught up.

On the other hand, warmer days mean I can go outside to paint. It is hard to do much inside, as my only area is the dining room, and little mouths want to be fed frequently--with clean-up time, I rarely get more than an hour to paint during naptime, and it's hard to focus and accomplish much. Plus, I've been really tired lately, and need to rest when they do! I have actually gotten a little dusty this past week, tho, so I am making progress.

Don't know if anyone is in the market, but someone is selling full sets of pastels on e-bay right now: Great Americans, Mt Visions, Giraults, some Ludwigs and Unisons too if I remember right. Wish I had a few hundred dollars lying around, and a big enough box to put them in!!:D

03-12-2008, 01:49 PM
Sandy a sorry day to loose a parent. Your granddaughters a fighter to get this far....keep up your hopes. It seems as everyone could use some stress release, I hope you can allow yourself some.

Bogbeast i know what you mean about having little ones running around and having the time an energy to paint. I didn't do anything for years until they got older. My hat is off to you that, you can still find time to paint that is very good!

It's snowing here again in New Hampshire...we still haven't seen the grass yet...our stack of dry wood for the stove is getting pretty low. we are going to have to buy some dry wood this summer. My husband takes a few trees down from around the area...usually someone who doesn't want to pay for and we haul it away. The wood stove has been burning non stop this winter. Russ even bought a pellet stove to put on the opposite side of our house to even up the temp. as we need sweaters over there.

Deborah Secor
03-12-2008, 02:51 PM
Gang, if you haven't seen the recent post about a coupon offer from Richeson, take a peek at this link. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6622928&posted=1#post6622928)


03-12-2008, 03:53 PM
Sandy: I'm so sorry about your dad and know how difficult it must be. My dad is 95 and still driving, scares me tevery time he takes off from Calif. to Washington state. He is on the road today actually. He seems okay but has had a few small strocks since my mom passed last year. I had been looking at the blog on your grandbaby and pray she will be home soon. Take care.


03-13-2008, 09:01 AM
Thanks, everyone for all the kind words. I know a lot of you have been through it already.

The baby is doing a little better...when I have a minute I'll write you Carolyn. She actually had the flu earlier this week! Aiyiyi!

I am working on a painting so I figure I am holding my own! It's slow going but at least there is something on the easel.

I hope to be around more in the coming weeks! You all take care!


CM Neidhofer
03-14-2008, 09:04 AM
Sandy, so sorry to hear about your father and grandbaby. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

We pulled in from vacation early Thursday morning. There's now six or more inches of snow on the ground this morning. We left a week ago Sunday in a snow storm and have retuned to one! It rained all across east TX, all through LA, MS and AR on the way to FL. It was cold, rainy and windy in FL. We did get a day with my son and his wife at Busch Gardens, but it rained off and on throughout the day. The morning we left, it was 38 degrees and windy. We drove to the east coast to see Kennedy Space Center. Then up the coastal highway through Daytona Beach, up to Savanah, GA. Over to Chatanooga, TN and on to Nashville. We wanted to see the Grand Ole Opry, but President Bush was arriving that morning for a speech so we couldn't get near it. :rolleyes: Then on to St. Louis. We spent a little time there seeing the arch and gambling a little on a riverboat casino. We hauled it on in back to Colorado from there. Quite a trip and tiring. We'll do that one a little differently next time! :p lol I have some pics I'll post later when I get some time to download them. It's back to work and life as usual this morning. I'm READY for Spring!!! :wave:


03-14-2008, 11:43 AM
Deborah, so glad the little Pretermer you had told us all about last year is now home and doing well.

Sandy, I so look forward to hearing from you again. I've triued to drop the odd line or two to your Son and Daughter In-law but for some reason even though I logged on it won't accept my comments :confused::confused:. If you get a chance can you PM me an e-mail address so as I can drop them a line. I'd love to be able to chat to them and get some more information from them about Sydney.

It is quite late here and I should really be in bed, I was but got up for a drink and sort of got side-tracked and Monty is on Nights tonight so not here to pull me into line :D.

The weather is starting to cool down here in the West so I hope it is here to stay. Maybe in some future year when I have won the Lotto I will come over and move in on someone who has lots of snow through the winter,:D any takers (only kidding) but seriously I would love a full winter of lots of snow, just for the experience. :lol:

Take Care and keep Dusty.
I should be catching up with Susan next week (Palettetalk from Canada), I think we are supposed to be spending Wednesday 19th March together. Must phone her daughter up and confirm it. I look forward to meeting up with her. :rolleyes:

Lots of Love Carolynn :):):heart::heart::heart:

03-14-2008, 11:46 AM
Carolyn, I sent you an email about half hour ago...hopefully you got it.
I'll send you my son's email.


03-14-2008, 12:57 PM
Does anyone know what's with the log in now? I can't pull anything up but
two forums without loggin in and I can't even find that now? I believe its
the work there doing but I can't get an email out to the administrators to ask if its a one time thing. Help please.


Deborah Secor
03-14-2008, 03:24 PM
Merriel, I've had to log out and back in after about a ten minute wait on some mornings. When you have problems now, try that. I just go have a cup of coffee and wait a bit, and usually things are back to normal....


Shirl Parker
03-14-2008, 06:17 PM
Group Show

Here's a link to the thread I posted in Watercolor about our Group Show.


03-14-2008, 07:14 PM
Thanks Deborah: I did that, and have waited and all I get is this page and the soft pastel page. Anything else doesn't recognise me says I'm not authorized.
I can keep trying though. I have relogged in several times now and waited.
Actually, these are my favorite pages, but sometimes I roam around.


Deborah Secor
03-14-2008, 07:30 PM
Let me see if someone else can help you out Merriel. Back atcha sometime soon, I hope!


03-15-2008, 01:45 PM
Thanks Deborah. Do you think I should re register with a new name? I don't like doing that actually. That would be confusing.


Deborah Secor
03-15-2008, 02:09 PM
I don't think that's 'legal', Merriel... I've reported your problem in the WC Site Discussions and Yorky is trying to find out about your permissions now, but this place is pretty funky at the moment. There are those who are trying to give you a hand, at least be comforted in that!


K Taylor-Green
03-15-2008, 05:05 PM
Right now there a lot of glitches in the system that Admin is trying to take care of. I know it is a hassle, but hang in there. Hopefully it will all be fixed in a few more days.
And as Deborah has said, two accounts are against the User Agreement. I don't know why some people are having more problems than others.

Deborah Secor
03-15-2008, 08:33 PM
Merriel, here's what Bob Adkins, an Administrator, said:

I would suspect the cookies, or the browser security settings.

From our perspective, it should be impossible to have these kind of symptoms. I believe the user is having the problems she describes, but the problem is not likely due to the site code.

Have the user to review her security settings and to delete her cookies.


So give these two things a try and let us know how it works out...


03-15-2008, 08:33 PM
Sandy, any change for your granddaughter? Has the pulmonary guy provided any news? This must be hard on all of you. That little girl is a real trooper, though. And pretty!

I'm so sorry to hear about your father's passing, and grateful it seemed to a peaceful passage. Still, I think that no matter how old we are when a parent dies, we still feel orphaned. That child feeling that parents are forever.

Deborah, I am so happy to hear that the little preemie you told us about is doing well! After so long without news, I wasn't sure if he'd made it. I'm so glad he is home with family now. Hope that happens soon for Sandy's grandbaby too.

CJ, you are sure welcome to come share my snow with me! Plenty this year. Can't say about next year though! The western mountains are probably a better bet on snow.

Well, I was worried about my Lyme disease relapsing- been struggling for the last several months. I finally gave up on my local doctor, who was not taking me seriously, and went over to New York to see my Lyme specialist. Turns out I probably have a new infection (to go with the old one). Now am on the full assortment of antibiotics with the possibility of IV if these don't do the trick. I think they will though, and then once the infection is under control and the symptoms have abated (knock wood), I can transition to an herbal protocol for a few months.

In the meantime, I keep trying to do art, but am having a hard time concentrating right now and lose my focus. However, I did finally get my plein air easel, a half-box Jullian. The first time I put it up would have made a hilarious U-tube video, but the second time went like a charm. Wish my paintings would go as well! The irony does not escape me that I got my easel just as when I am unable to get out with it! But this will pass, and I am looking forward to being able to really get out and do plein air!

Dayle Ann

CM Neidhofer
03-15-2008, 10:43 PM
The weather is starting to cool down here in the West so I hope it is here to stay. Maybe in some future year when I have won the Lotto I will come over and move in on someone who has lots of snow through the winter,:D any takers (only kidding) but seriously I would love a full winter of lots of snow, just for the experience. :lol:

Lots of Love Carolynn :):):heart::heart::heart:

Carolynn, you can come get all the snow you like out of Colorado and take it back home with you!! We're under another snow storm warning starting Sunday night through Monday afternoon. 5-12 inches expected, could be more here in high country. I'm off work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. :music: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.....:music: LOL


03-15-2008, 11:48 PM
Dayle Ann, that stinks that you have to deal with a new Lyme infection on top of the old one!!!! I have a friend with long-term Lymes--she was even wheelchair-bound due to the arthritis for 2 years. She usually can keep ahead of the worst of it (greatly helped by her Type AAAAA personality!!) but has a lot of immune trouble: lots of everchanging food allergies--even spices!--and catches colds that go bad immediately. It's a real tough one!

My CFIDS has been acting up lately, which is getting in the way of doing what I want. It's stress-sensitive, and between my mother's death and the kids... I get tired of being tired, though!

But, my sweetie took the kids for most of the day, and I got out to paint some, until my fingers got too cold. So, there is progress!

K Taylor-Green
03-16-2008, 01:34 AM
Libby, you are a strong and special person for doing what you do, your partner as well. I truly admire you while wondering, just sometimes, just how nuts you are! No, seriously, it is amazing what you do for these children. God will bless you.

DayeAnn, I can't believe you get to deal with this twice! I hope the meds help quickly.

Tomorrow, Jess and I are driving up to New Madison to visit our Lab who is there in "school". Acording to his trainer, Carol, he is an amazing dog! Well, I knew this, but she was able to bring it out so that everyone knows this. He has come so far in just two weeks, He will stay with her til the end of April.
As well as he is doing, he will have his Started Title by mid May! This would be an acheivment for any young dog in training, but Harry is 5 and had never been taught anything by his previous owner. I am so proud of him show me what he's learned,
Can you tell I kind of like him?:D

03-16-2008, 12:01 PM
Deborah: Thank you Yorky did get in touch with me and I have done all that was asked. I still get no admission. I
'll live with it, it will hopefuly, work itself out. I can't see how its my Mac but of course maybe. However it only hapens here so think its probably like you say the reconstruction of the site. thank you though so much.


03-16-2008, 07:40 PM
Kate, thanks for your sweet comments! My dad thinks I'm totally nuts, and I certainly have found it more challenging, patience-wise, than I ever expected!

But if you choose to have kids, you do whatever you can for them, right? That includes learning to breathe deeply, on occasion, instead of starting to yell immediately.... For example, this morning when it was too quiet and Melissa found them spitting into the big container of cat food (the discovery of spitting is the current bane of my existence!!!!!).

And I just discovered what a sweet sweetie I have--she tried bidding for both the complete set of Giraults AND the almost Full Monty of GAs that were up on E-bay! Not that she expected to get both, I'm sure. They both ended up going up too high, anyway, and I haven't the foggiest idea how she planned to pay for them!!! But when I got back from painting yesterday, she was watching me finish a little re-organizing of my pastels, and even she could some holes in the selection (I've got them by value one direction and color the other, and the darks go up and down like a sine wave across the rainbow). She really wants me to paint more, but it's been tough this winter to do any at all.