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Thanks everyone for the good wishes, we're fine here.

I was so excited to see Jenna drawing again. Jenna I totally understand about losing your muse. I think the hot weather this summer has people totally zapped. They even got up into the 100's in Canada and even Russia is burning up. It's been a strange year weatherwise.

We had another monsoon rain yesterday that dropped our temps from the 90's to 78o, and all this will happen in a space of 30 minutes. Nature is an amazing thing.

Wed. we went to Tucson to visit my sister and her husband. Joan and I played bingo and then went and gambled in the casino. She has MS and that's about the only recreation she can do. Ran into several old friends there and we had a good time. I also took her up a bag of novels that I had already read.

You know I sure don't miss having to deal with all the traffic up there. It is so nice to get back home to country living. Ok, off to look around...........Lenore
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Hey folks.
Great to see Jenna drawing.
Lenore, it's been hot here. We live in an old house and the fuse box blew-up. Is there actually a word "blew-up?" Anyway, no electricity for four days. I've gotten a new computer! The old one [eight years old] had a thirteen inch monitor. This one is like sitting in front of a drive-in theater. It's going to take time to get used to. Doc
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Glad you got a new computer Doc. I'm sure you will enjoy it. I also have a wide screen monitor and it does take some getting used to. Gosh, we had a fuse box when I was a kid. I didn't think they were still in use. As a kid our old house was an old farm house my folks bought after WWII. I remember sticking a penny behind the fuse to make it work. Pretty dangerous, I guess. Maybe you should get your house rewired. Stay safe..........Lenore
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Hello all--I'm back home from San Diego and trying to get caught up on everything, well, a little anyway. . . . We had a packed schedule and so I'm resting up a bit, especially since we returned to the usual 90's temps and 90%s humidity. I don't mind the heat--it is South Dakota after all--but this humidity is just crazy. And we had another storm already, the same one that swept across MN into Wisconsin and zapped Jenna it seems. I was looking at the trees blowing around and suddenly everthing on the deck just started moving--an iron table with a large plant on top of it, chairs, my Buddah statue, all crushed and wrecked, along with the grill and some other stuff. Nothing too serious though. The horses are fine and no structural damage.

I need to get my photos loaded onto this computer and up for viewing--I think the best ones were the tractors from the local parade, not San Diego! I saw some beautiful foliage in the canyons when I went running, but didn't have my camera.

I didn't mention it before because we're superstitious about horse racing (it's a superstitious culture), but we went to SanD last weekend in hopes of seeing Zenyatta race at Del Mar--and she did, and she won, her 18th in a row, no losses. Some of you may follow racing and know her--it was the highlight of my summer. She broke the record for consecutive wins at 17 races. She'll probably run the Breeder's Cup in November (at Churchill) and maybe one more before that--hard to tell. My boyfriend correctly guessed weeks ago that she'd be at Del Mar. We didn't know for sure because they've had some troubles there with the polytrack.
We went to the morning breakfast to watch the workouts on the main track and even saw her then--one of her handlers just quietly brought her out and walked her around the track. She brings us to tears. Mike Smith is her jockey and we got to see him up close too. He was signing jerseys, but for one hundred-some dollars, so we didn't get one.

Lenore--I hope Bob finds some good care with the doctors. My dad has had serious breathing problems for over a year and finally found the right doctor.

Jenna--Let's see your artwork; I read some mention of a show or a display??

Deb--I'm so envious that you have all of that beautiful country and those trails to ride on. I have another colt to start next summer--if it weren't such a long way, I'd send him to you! Maybe I could just pay triple and bring my other horse and stay for the whole month. I'm handy with chores and I like sleeping in a tent. Indeed you have to do what you love. I know so many people who are wealthy and miserable. You have a wealth of beauty of nature and commune with horses that the vast majority do not.

Jim--Indeed we all know your passion for the West. I'm glad you found us and have a new supportive group of friends. Paint on!!

Thanks Ron for posting our photo threads to the "lost" thread. I'm missing seeing so many of them and need to get caught up on the past couple weeks.

Happy weekend to all. I'll be back on after I get the photos loaded and organized. --lis
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I'll post a couple of photos from the parade--5 of my dad's John Deeres that we drove. We were going to pull implements as well but Dad didn't have time to ready all of that and get everything to town since he and Mom run the Legion post and had things to do for that as well. They're enjoying their semi-retirement. I have a few more close-ups if anyone wants some. Just let me know. The "big" one my dad bought in that form; it was lengthened by 1 foot with some sort of motor added to it. I can get the details if anyone wants them.



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Here are some more of the tractors:






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Brings back memories ... we had a Ford 8N and a John Deere ... one of the "tricycle" types I guess you would call them ... front looked like the one at the far end in your photo.

The Deere was pretty temperamental, the only time I used it was to haul the hay skid that we used to pick up bales in the field and get them to the stack. Had a flywheel on one side ... and always backfired when it finally caught and started.
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I have not been able to come here much ... but I looked at all the pictures and they are all very beautiful! Specially your horses Deb. The scenery is stunning too.


I also liked at your mural Robert, it turned out beautifully!


Yesterday I went to a job interview. I am thinking of taking the job but is a full time, and I am worried I will not have as much time to paint!
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Hi Lisa, nice to see you back. Sounds like you had a nice vacation in California. Thanks for sharing the tractor photos.

Hi Sharon, good to see you drop in.

Hi Maria. Hey, good luck with the new job. I hope you still have time to paint. Right now I am working on one of Deb's photos. I'll post it later and see what you think.

Have a good weekend everyone..........Lenore
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Uhoh! this campfire almost burned itself out! I'd better throw a BIG log on it!

I haven't been around much, as we've had to spend alot of time in Ft Collins at our rental property. Our tenants turned out to be a real problem; we finally agreed with them that it would be best if they moved out. Fortunately, they did before we had to go through eviction process, but, of course, they left the place a mess and about $4000 worth of damages, including flooding the garden level floor. Thankfully, we had put tile down and sealed it good, or we would be faced with ripping up the floor and replacing it. As it is, we think we will just have to take out sections of the drywall and refinish the walls. Grrrrrrrrr! I dislike being a landlord, but have no choice until the housing market improves.

Naturally, this happened just before we are scheduled to leave on our vacation....isn't that always the case? Anyway, we are still leaving today to go camping in the Big Horns (northeast Wyoming), and will worry about the rental property again when we return. Get to go to the Ian Tyson concert in Sheridan Thursday night with David's brother and his wife, so am really looking forward to that.

Yikes, Lisa! That sounds like it was quite a storm! I'm glad no major damage occured; bummer though that things on your patio got smashed. So glad you got to see Zenyatta run! She is certainly causing a stir! I've waited so long to see the next Secretariat.......do we dare consider? Probably not, but this is fun, for sure.

The tractor pics are super......even if they are John Deere's! (just kidding!) It's just that tractors should be red! Should we paint them?

Yes, come on out next summer! I'll have another colt to start then, too. I haven't gotten very far with the ornery buckskin, as the rental property has unexpectedly taken up my time. I guess he will wait......and probably just get ornerier (is that a word?)

Sunface, let us know what you decided about the job. Selling art isn't going so well right now; I've pushed around in my mind the prospect of looking for work, but then I realize I'd rather have my time than the extra money. Don't know how long I can think that way, though!

Well, best get busy packing the rest of our stuff for our trip. Take care everyone, and I'll talk at ya when we get back next week!
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I thought tractors had to be green so they would blend Worth the background!

I still have not made up my mind. We definitively need the extra money right now. The thing is that my husband has been waiting for a year to be called to work offshore pipeline, and since the company is buying a new barge, we have been waiting, and waiting. Is really driving us nuts. I have a feeling that if I take the job, he will come and tell me he is finally leaving. Murphy's law.

Meanwhile on Saturday I am getting reading to have my test to become a Federal Certified interpreter. Wish me luck! The exam is really difficult.

I have been through the tenants situation and said NO MORE. That can really become a nightmare. I was blessed with good tenants, but I accepted for them to have a cat in the house, and had trouble getting rid of the smell. I am one of those people that are obsessive with clean! , so I hope you can solve the situation. I am guessing you have a deposit you can use for the repairs?
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Hey guys and gals! Sorry I've been away so long. I was on vacation last weekend and took a couple of days to catch up at home. It was a nice vacation...but no one caught any fish. Oh, well. It was relaxing, anyway.

Thanks everybody for the encouraging words about me drawing again. It inspires me to get back to it.

Sorry to hear a storm got your computer, Doc, but your new computer sounds pretty amazing...think how good you'll be able to see everyone's paintings and artworks, now! I can imagine it would take some getting used to...

Lisa, yikes! Sounds like you've had a bad set of storms too. Glad you stayed safe.

It's so neat that you got to see such a legendary horse! I don't follow horseracing, but those horses must be especially gorgeous!

You can see my sketch in the August Monthly Challenge. It's got a long way to go.

Wow, your dad has some beautiful old tractors! Thanks for sharing the pictures of them!

Maria, good luck with the job! Hope the right decision will make itself clear to you.

Deb, good save on the campfire! The tenants sound so desctuctive! That's got to be beyond frustrating!

Well, I have a lot of catching up to do on this website. I'll catch you all later.
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Hi Everyone.

Sorry about all the damage Deb. I don't think I could deal with renters, but in this economy you don't have much choice. Houses are just not moving unless you are giving them away.

Hope you all enjoy your vacation. You'll need one before winter sets in again. Have fun.

Maria, good luck with the test. I'm sure you can do it. Sorry about the worry about your husbands job. That gulf spill has effected a lot of people in one way or another. I hate to see our young people struggling so much. Tough times all around.

Hi Jenna, glad you had a relaxing vacation and to see you back in the forums. I thought of doing a painting of the one you are drawing, but that is such a hard perspective for me to get right. Your doing a wonderful job on it.

Well, here comes the winds and rains again and my papers are blowing all over. Better shut down and catch ya all later........Lenore
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Doc Jim- hows your new computer working out?

Lisa- glad you had a good trip. Did you guys do any salt water fishing? Great tractor photos..... your dad is a fella who takes pride in his tractors!!! They are awesome. Seems everytime I see the weather radar, there are big storms in your area heading east to Jenna's area!

Maria- tough situation for you guys. Way things are going, I personally would take a good opportunity if it came along.... you just never know, better to air on the side of caution. Good luck on your test, Im positive you'll do great.

Jenna- glad you had a good trip! Now get to work on that drawing!! LOL

Wyoming depends so much on mineral royalties from coal, oil, and natural gas- I'm getting nervous because the federal gov right now is so anti coal and/or oil. Also, the feds are thinking about listing the sagegrouse as endangered species which would devestate Wyo. because 3/4 state is suitable habitat....... these yahoos in Washington make decisions for political reasons....... and I dont think they care about the unintended consequences

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Hi to all; I'm still bummed and miffed that I can't see many of the images posted. . . . Guess I'll have to live with it. My computer updates are current, so I know it's not me. Grrr!!!

Ron--We did go fishing for a half day outside of San Diego. The big tuna are far south and out to sea right now, and even the 2-day boats aren't finding them, so we settled for bottom fishing. We got a bunch of sand bass and some scorpionfish, and others caught a few barracuda. Pretty "meh" in my book, as the kids like to say (or maybe it's my weird friends who say that). We'll go again--much farther south next time. Our distant plan is either Ecaudor or Argentina. I know--they're not really related at all, but both have cool things we want to see and do.

Deb--Have a fun trip! That drywall will be there when you get back. What a nightmare; my parents did a contract for deed once and ended up reclaiming the farm when the people didn't pay for nearly a year. Now my sister owns that farm and it is immaculate, though she has no horses. Her late husband was my only and dear cowboy buddy in the family, but she fears them. Thanks for the invite--I just might take you up on it next year. I'll even forgive the comments about the tractors. I know, I know. Same thing with trucks--it's all Fords for us. I did spend countless days as a kid though driving the "little C" International raking hay and such, and Dad has a Farmall too (also red), but he and Gramps both sold their big Internationals because they were turds. I don't know much about them anymore, myself. I was just glad when Dad took over my tractor in the parade so he could make some noise and show off. He just mostly loves having all of his kids (and grandkids) there to support him.

Hm, what else. . . . Jenna I found your drawing--you know how to pick the tough ones! Looks good so far. I don't know how you can do that without grounding him!!

I did a horse painting today but it, like the fishing, is a bit "meh." I see a couple things to fix and then maybe I'll post it. I still might try the little boy in the Aug. challenge too.

New Jim--I've been studying your work on your site. Do you have some low pixelation or are all of those "squares" of paint true to the paintings? I'd love to see a WIP sometime. I'm trying to figure out how you get so much character with so few strokes.

Doc Jim--I hope you like your new computer! I missed your msg. about the old one but gleaned that it was wrecked. Maybe you just wanted a new one.

Maria--Just curious; what is a Federal interpreter? If it's a language interpreter, what other language(s) do you speak? I think the French-Creole influences in the South are fascinating, though I've never been there myself, other than Texas and previously, South Carolina just for Army Basic Training. I've not been able to explore the culture myself.

Ron--I think we're free and clear re: the weather, finally. I can open the windows and turn off the AC! Must mean fall is looming. Bummer.

Enjoy the rains, Lenore! I didn't post it in the challenge, but I like the painting of the little boy. You got the movement of his walk with those long chaps.

Well I've probably pestered everyone enough for one day. I should fix up the painting while it's still on the easel. (Cat destroys everything; must put pastels and paintings away even just to go to the mailbox. --Yes, that adorable sleepy one in the cute photo awhile back. . . . )

Put another log on the fire. . . . It may be chilly this evening!
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