Saturday, November 28, 2009
I am known for not wrapping presents until 2:00 A. M. Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day, depending on when they are going to be exchanged. I am also known for buying presents early and forgetting where I hid them. Well this a first, not only did I remember where the presents were (in the back of my car), I also wrapped them. Thanks to the Bookman, who not only leaves books, but other good things to buy in our faculty room, I got a head start on my shopping and I didn't even have to brave Black Friday. No cleaning got done, but in addition to wrapping presents, I cut about 30 small rectangles out of old Christmas cards to make a garland, and did some shopping on line.
Friday, November 27, 2009
It is the day after Thanksgiving and as I am unloading and loading the dishwasher
to finish up the dishes from Thanksgiving dinner, I notice some spots on the cabinets.
Wondering what it is and how it got there, I take a closer look only to realize that it is fingerprints left from the last time my granddaughter was here and we painted together.
After painting she was ready to look for a snack, as only she can, standing on the counter to
open the cabinet and find something to her liking on that particular day. Would I have allowed
my daughters do that? Pondering what to do on this cold, dreary day, I had contemplated
doing some house cleaning and I'm thinking that if I do clean, I will have to skip over the fingerprints and let them stay awhile.
This morning I have been thinking about what I am thankful for. I don't know why, I'm thinking more about it today than yesterday.
I am thankful for my loving family. I am thankful for my dear husband, who is also my best friend, and the many things he has brought to my life. I am thankful for the fingerprints on the kitchen cabinets and the little girl who made them. I am thankful for her little big voice from 400 miles away this morning as she excitedly says, "Grammy!! I miss you." I am thankful for my two beautiful daughters who have driven the 400 miles with a 3 year old to spend Thanksgiving with my mother who turns 80 today and the others of my family who were able to join them. I am thankful for my amazing mother and for the 80 years she has been blessed with. I am thankful for my 2 sisters and 6 brothers and all of the memories we have shared. I am thankful for my extended family, too many to list. I am thankful for a wonderful son in law who is a good husband and father. I am thankful for our two ex-step granddaughters and the joy they have brought to our lives. I am thankful for my friends who share my interests. I am thankful for our warm and comfortable house, and the food we were able to have for our Thanksgiving dinner. And I could go on and on, but maybe I'll go clean around the fingerprints and think about
Thursday, November 26, 2009
It is usually I who is snapping pictures, but today it was my husband who asked for the camera to take a photo of our Thanksgiving dinner. It was just my husband, his brother, and I who were here for dinner, a quiet, simple meal, but one still steeped in tradition.
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Monday, November 2, 2009
Artists gather to create
Beginning the day
Journaling in the garden
An adventure awaits all
Art Is You, the East Coast Art Retreat, was a wonderful adventure which started with anticipation in March when I selected my workshops and culminated with a week end in October filled with friendship, inspiration, and learning. My daughters joined me for parts of the week end making the experience even more special. We started by attending a showing of the film,
"Who Does She Think She Is?"on Friday evening followed by shopping with the vendors. The days conisted of journaling in the morning, an all day workshop, including a delicious lunch, and an evening workshop. The morning journaling workshops were conducted by Loretta Marval. I took workshops with Janette Schuster, Taryn Reece, Kecia Devaney, and Keith LoBue. Working with metal was realitively new to me and I enjoyed every minute with Janette and Keith. I learned new collage techniques with Kecia, and made charms with Taryn.
Nichos in Progress
From Janette Schuster's Posperity Nichos workshop
Working on Nichos
Marcy and Christy getting ready to work in Kecia Deveny's Layers of Clarity workshop.
Layers of Clarity Projects
In Keith Lobue's Paper Over workshop we learned many techniques.
Unfortunatley, I don't have a photo of my Cupie, altered to be one of the Gardener's painting the roses red in "Through The Looking Glass".