Tuesday, November 25, 2008
On a side note, I am nearing getting caught up with events/pictures from October (now that November is nearing the end). I had hopes of at least getting through October, but I had to put that aside to work on some Christmas gifts as I wanted to take as many as I could home with me now so our vehicle isn't so crowded at Christmas. Incidentally, a lot of my gifts were handmade (no one need worry about getting a Barbie sized bedspread) and took some time to complete (which is why I'm still not totally done with gifts, just mostly done). We'll decorate the house and put up the tree while we are at home. It truly will be beginning to look a lot like Christmas (hopefully without the snow, though--I'm just not a big fan of snow--too cold for me!).
A shout out to Pooker and his peeps. He went to be with his family this Thanksgiving (and who I miss and have called at least four times today (in my defense, he was driving all day and I thought it might help break up his drive and I could somehow be a part of his trip)). I am going home (with Brownie who has stuck close to me all day so she doesn't get left here by herself) to see my family, especially to get a visit in with Grandad who, according to doctors, is in stage six (of seven) of dementia. He was fine before surgery in September and now he is in stage six of dementia and had to be put in a nursing home on Friday because they cannot regulate his medication and he isn't able to function normally. Bizarre. That would describe this whole roller coaster (which I want off of). I'm hoping he recognizes me and we can visit and I can tell him how much I love him and he can tell me how much he loves me. I hope I'm not too late (not too late in that I put off telling him I loved him--I always told him that and he told me he loved me, too). I mean I hope I'm not too late to say that one more time and be told that in return. That's all we want, isn't it? Just one more time.
So, with all that, this Thanksgiving I'm just thankful for everything--God, my family, friends, Brownie, health, life in general. Just to be alive, to have one more day of possibilities, to sit in the sun and stroke Brownie's beautiful fur, to create, to love. May you, too, see the many things you have to be thankful for and all the possibilities that are open to you. Happy Thanksgiving!
I absolutely loved this lovely, glowing caterpillar. The sun was reflected off him just so and made me gasp and immediately stop to get his picture. I love the little touches of orangey-brown on his back (presumably the spots where the hairs grow out of). Amazing.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Here are the pictures from my booth at Art in the Square on October 18th. This one was juried to get in, so I felt really happy (and honored) to be a part of it. It was a beautiful day and was a lot of fun. It also happened to be my niece's birthday and her (and her parents and her brother) stopped by my booth. She picked out a Barbie sized bedspread and a matching throwpillow (which you see clutched in her hands) and pulled money out of her little tiny pocket to pay me with. Incidentally, it turned out we we both wearing the same color of jeans (which she announced to me after sidling up to my leg to get her pants as close to mine as she could to confirm that indeed, we were wearing the same color).
My art teacher from college stopped by to see my paintings (he was the one who taught me watercolor and oil painting--not at the same time). It was his enouragement of my work, of the "wet-on-wet" technique, that gave me the freedom to explore what was inside me which results in a lot of what you see today. He was very complimentary on my paintings now and he graciously purchased a painting from me (becoming the first person to actually buy a painting from me at a show) entitled "Infusion of Grace." I'll always be grateful to him for being such a wonderful, encouraging teacher and I'm glad to be back in contact with him again.
All in all, it was a wonderful day and I'm looking forward to this show again next year (once you get in, you are automatically invited back!!!! Yeah!!!)
Friday, November 21, 2008
To top it off, our power will sometimes flicker which will turn off the tv and vcr and computer, etc. When those things go off, they make a small noise which sounds a lot like the noises we heard during the storm. She will go hide in the bathroom for a while until she feels like everything is okay then she'll come out. I think it is interesting that she automatically hides in the one room in our house that is the "safest" (no windows, center of the house) without anyone telling her, "Now Brownie, the bathroom is the safest room in the house."
She's a smart one, that one. Of course, I don't want her to be scared of those things (it is amazing how powerful the mind is), so I'm praying over her and believing that she is healed and whole. And yes, prayer does work over little doggies!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
These mushrooms really resemble the pancake looking mushrooms, but we actually ran across these on a different day and in a different place. I'm sure they are the same type of mushroom as the pancake ones, but these look more like dried apricots, especially the smaller ones toward the bottom in this second picture.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
A little more than a year ago, I was vacuuming and I smelled a burning smell and saw blue sparks and smoke come briefly out of the electrical outlet it was plugged in to and then my vacuum cleaner died. Granted, my vacuum cleaner was at least eleven years old. I felt a little better about over ten years of service, but still.
And again, while I was still working full-time I used a heat sealer to seal packages closed before shipping. It had been giving me trouble for some time, so my boss came over with his screw driver to open it up to see if he couldn't figure out what was wrong with it. He wanted to poke something inside there and asked me if it was okay (okay because I did have a back up sealer) and I said sure. Well, he poked and orange sparks flew up and we heard a very loud "POP" and there was a lot of smoke coming out of it. All we could do was laugh. It was truly awesome (it wasn't my machine, so therefore didn't cost me anything leaving me to fully enjoy the moment).
My sister and Grandma have these types of challenges with hand held mixers (they've each burned up the motor on at least one). But I don't think anyone else in my family has shorted out any of their machines. Or if they have, they haven't mentioned it. I think sparks and smoke are definitely worth mentioning. I did end up replacing the vacuum (very necessary as both Brownie and I seem to shed a lot of hair), but I haven't replaced the hair dryer. I'm still disgusted about its lack of service and don't know that I want to shell out the money to get another one. Do they make them in pink? Now that would be cool (but I won't pay more than $20 because I don't need one that badly).
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
This is the fashion show that took place at the Indie Emporium (we took our booth down early along with everyone else in the middle so they could set up the stage). I put half the pictures in this post and I'll put the other half in the next post.
This was my first fashion show to attend (besides being in Fashion Shows while I was in 4-H and those were usually garmets made from wool). I can't say I'm really up on fashion as I tend to buy what works well on me (and even stuff I like that doesn't work so well on me).
It was a very interesting experience to be at a fashion show. I enjoy watching America's Next Top Model on TV (and sometimes catch Project Runway), but I didn't know what to expect at this live show. I have to say that the designers were all excited to have their collections revealed. And the models, well, it looked like it was some of them's first rodeo. Some of them were really trying for fierce and ended up with what looked more like farce.
I enjoyed Tony Li's collection the best as they looked classy, yet like something you would choose to wear (although to a dressier event than I usually attend). As these pictures are in no particular order and I'm not even sure we caught every model (some of the pictures just really didn't turn out well), I couldn't point to every picture that was his, but his collection was centered around basic black. For those of you up on fashion, you may be able to tell which ones are his by looking at them.
Unfortunately, I missed the really wild crazy designer whose clothes centered around 80's fashions (that I had a blast with in the 80's, but wouldn't choose to wear again today) as it never entered my mind to take pictures until Pooker poked me and said I should be getting pictures of this. Probably because he was as stunned as I by what is now in fashion and by the farce of some of the models. All in all, an enlightening experience. And one in which I had my first taste of the local fashion scene.