Monday, December 31, 2007
Mom has her old tap shoes in the garage closet - she started tap dancing at 70 or 75 and kept it up for a few years. She won't do it anymore, her balance isn't good enought. Why keep these shoes? This was a short stint on the local community stage, there can't be too many memories involved in these shoes. Should I sneak them to Goodwill? Someone could probably use them.
A needlepoint that I did when I was about 13 is carefully wrapped up with "Miri's needlepoint - green frame" on it. I'd throw it out but appreciate that my mom wants to keep it. It's a clumsy needlepoint, not worth keeping even for sentimental reasons in my view point.
My grandmother started painting when she was 62 and newly widowed and we must have 30 REALLY BAD paintings of her's in the closet - the better ones hang on the walls. Are we hoping that she can become the next Grandma Moses, or can we simply not get rid of these paintings by a well loved mom and grandma. I may take pictures of all of her painting and follow one of Lynn's idea and do some kind of a quilt.
I keep momento's too, and also like to keep them in unorganized fashion but for a reason. I like to stumble upon lost moments. I open a drawer and find a diary with the date circled of my first date with Tony - I'll always remember that night. I know that I should be a bit more organized about keeping things in some order, but most of my life is ordered and this is my secret and loved chaos.
When my sister in law died two years ago, we didn't go to help clean out the house, which I really regret. Not because we were really needed - there were a ton of people there, but because MIL is NOT a pack rat and she threw out so many potential cherished items. She just told me the other day that she threw out 30 years worth of letters that Lucile kept from friends and boyfriends. I was literally heartsick to hear this, what a legacy this could have been for her children - for them to continue to learn about their mother in later years. MIL only kept things that she felt were "valuable" or that she knew the provence of. That's the type of throw away that I don't understand. Yes, keeping valuable things is good, but keeping priceless items and memories is even better. Sorry Lu - I wish I could have prevented that random toss. I love MIL but she does do random tosses yet goes to flea markets and buys chipped china. Go figure.
So OK, this is another end of year, end of trip review. Sorry. But it all had to come out.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
New Year - is Switchsky shutting down? Maybe. I am not a big fan of change, and fight like hell to keep an even keel in my life, but stuff changes - right? Or maybe I can do a Pleasantville thing to keep things the same ALL the time. Imagine writing the same posts over and over again. (minor claim to fame; Bill Macy went to Goddard at the same time as me - that's where it ends)
Something tells me that this will be a year of change for alot of us. Sort of a tickling in my toes right now.
Ah well, time to go home for a few days, work awhile and then come back for Dad's 94th. Grant him many more, oh ye the great birthday giver.
Heart - continue to be open to family and friends, be supportive of my husband and LISTEN to him with a more open mind. (30 some-odd years can dull the hearing abilities). I want us not to regret any moments spent together - and to treasure each other for the individuals that we are. Have fun with him, and try to keep up with his activies.
Tall order, neither one of us is an angel - but it's worth a try isn't it? He really is my whole heart.
Family - help my family go thru the changes that come with aging, at all ages! Be supportive and helpful to mom and dad as they both go thru the next year, try like the dickens NOT to tell them what to do, but to work with them to make sure they are happy, healthy and that the bills get paid. (that story is for another post). Be there for my nieces, two of whom are going thru personal growth issues and changes. Treasure my nephews and see them as much as possible this year. (love those boys like crazy)
Wallet - be a little bit more frugal this year Stella! Stop buying unneeded art supplies. Try to sell some quilts. Diversify. Invest wisely, or at least as wisely as possible. Right now there are no looming costs, but being prepared for a rainy day is always in my sights.
Health - Get this weight issue taken care of once and for all for goodness sakes! I don't know exactly what will work, but that darned honest mirror just won't lie to me! I did make some inroads recently, but we're talking major changes here in lifestyle. With our February move to a work site MUCH closer to home, I plan to get back to the gym and begin a regular routine again. But health isn't only about weight is it? Work on the other stuff too - get back to the Dr. and get going on other delayed issues.
Create - sign up for more art classes and complete 3 projects. Go to Virginia in May for Art and Soul. Enjoy art. Draw. Don't worry about the outcome. Have fun.
Work - Do a darned good job but LEAVE work at work and keep home for home. Remember, no one ever regretted not spending more time at work.
Spirit - I don't belong to any organized religious group, and don't plan to start attending temple. I simply haven't found one that meets my needs in any way. What would do my spirit good is to get a dog. Work on this. Use my journal more as a guide to how I feel about issues, and my resolutions.
I think that's the main issues covered. There is still the list which includes things like: clean my closet, find all the tops to the tupperwear containers etc etc etc. but all that can wait.
Happy New Year to all
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I digress - we have been having fun - but I'm not a cook!! or a computer person, and not being able to use my iPod makes me nutty.
I did get a lovely sketch book from Hubby that is so lovely I don't want to draw in it!
Friday, December 21, 2007
It's all so sudden. One minute you're fine and shopping at the Stop and Shop and the next minute - you're on the floor. Then intensive care. Then doctors with grave faces. Bad news, some hopeful news, bad news again. The family gathers and waits.
You can't say anything in these situations except to hug and send prayers, possibly provide food for the family. We've all experienced the sudden bad news situations, and we all pray that it doesn't happen to our loved ones.
What has me so befuddled is how to reconcile the day to day and the extraordinary. How can one be a human being in this crazy world, and yet truly take the time to appreciate family and friends? How will you know who will be around tomorrow? How can you tell everyone how much you love them, and to not sweat the small stuff, and to enjoy life, to dance, to sing, to draw to enjoy. How do you not worry about a dirty floor, or chores to be done, or work to go to.
Greater minds than mine have struggled with these questions and there are probably dozens of self-help books that guide one thru some kind of process. I don't know - I don't read those books.
So, to write my own self help book - or to try to live a bit of a better life, I plan to kiss more, to love more, to stop criticizing, to cuddle babies, and old people and to try like hell NOT to sweat the small stuff. I WILL enjoy my folks more, I will smooch with my husband more, I'll stop obsessing about paint colors, and with all of this angelic behavior, I'll still remember that I am human and that I have to love me most and first.
Happy Holidays to all my friends out there. FY - have a wonderful Oz trip; Deb - I'll see you in Sarasota. Switch, Michelle, Kerstin, Mr P., Sarah - and all who read this - I have come to depend on you and appreciate knowing you all so much; the exchange of ideas, and feedback from all of you has made me so much braver than I was a year ago.
Off to Florida tomorrow to visit my folks and I plan to have a lovely time.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
My basement "studio" is almost finished, we just have to put up something on the ceiling and get down a warm cozy rug. I've been itching to sew and don't have a table to do it on! I was using an old dining room table, which was hurting my back and was a bad shape (round) for sewing on - so I forced myself to put the table somewhere else and force myself to buy some kind of a sewing table. Any suggestions from sewers or quilters? I was thinking of one of those craft tables, but it would be nice to have a place to store the machine and threads also. I don't want one of those old fashioned sewing cabinets like my grandma had, I didn't find them very useful. I've been looking on line at the cabinets that fold up into nothing and then open up to show some great space. So any hints or suggestions would be appreciated. I have two or three quilts waiting to be constructed and also need to finish the quilts for my nephews.
I'll show a picture of the finished basement soon, I'm also thinking of doing the white lights around the ceiling edge. Trite, but pretty.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
While cleaning the basement I found a lot of old doggy stuff that I decided to give to the local no kill shelter. Gave them a cat carrier, and a doggy door and a few other items. And of course, I stuffed my usual money into the bin and bought dog treats for all of the inmates. I go along the line, talking to all the dogs and giving them little treats and pets. Buddy Dog is a great place to find dogs - not that I have gotten one from there, but I do know people who have. I don't know how Bernie does it - it just breaks my heart to look into their eyes. There was one dog who gravely took the treat that I offered and went off to nibble on it. When I came back around to his cage, I offered another treat and he rejected it...all he wanted was to be petted. He gave me his paw, and offered up his back for a scratch. He was a solemn dog and very serious about having human contact. There was a gorgeous chocolate lab - who gave me that special Lab look, but when I went to ask about him at the desk , it turns out that he is part of a duo - his other half is a Weimaraner- not my favorite dog. There were two Boston Terriers there - another set of dogs, and they were so cute together!
Lunch is over - back to work!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Not that much different. To me the difference is between having to drive in it or not. We stayed home today all day, cleaning the basement, while the snow fell on and on. I understand that it has now turned to sleety rain - all the more reason to stay inside - altho snowshowing in this would be alot of fun.
Craftland was not what I expected it to be. Perhaps they were all sold out by this time, but I really didn't see 150 artists' work - at least I don't think I did. I'd say more like 30 artists. And it was mostly kitch-craft. And I don't mean kitchen. I tried to analyze what was disappointing about it and finally realized that there appeared to be little design thought. Mostly low end fridge magnets and kitchy address books. I am exaggerating of course, and I could tell that there were some pieces that were thoughtful and took alot of work. I guess I was expecting a higher caliber of work since I was in Rhode Island School of Design land. I did buy a nice little fused glass pendant and a hand made sketch book - but that was it.
Across the street was a bookstore, a magnet for me. loved it the minute I walked in. I have spend so many years buying books at Borders, and at an airport and this was more of an independent store with very interesting stuff. This is the first time in years that I have seen "Howl" by Alan Ginsberg on a shelf in plain view. I picked up a few things that should fill the snowy day today with some good relaxing hours.
Don't forget to read the post below this one about an art swap.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Debra Kay and I think that it would be a great idea to exchange art stuff, supplies and things like that - not great value - maybe $ 8.00 t0 $10.00 and just swop them around. So...if you sign up here to join, I will coordinate the addresses. We should probably stop at 5 people otherwise it would get burdensome and expensive. What do you think? I think it's a great way to trade supplies, without getting all worried about it. Paper supplies, glue sticks, embellishements - whatever! Since I am in the middle of cleaning the basement and I have some great stuff left over I'll all for it!!!
So post here, or email me and we can have some fun!
When I think of all the things that I do in this room, it really isn't so bad. I paint, and craft, and draw and sew. All of our important papers are stored here in plastic bins - like 2004 tax returns. All of Tony's old art materials, old sofa and chair. It will be nice when it's done and I've purged all the stuff I don't need. I still do need a sewing table and am looking for one of those ones that fold up into a nice little space when not being used.
At least I still have my sense of humor! That counts for alot I think.
Have a happy weekend! We're expecting another storm so today will be Christmas shopping and tomorrow - MORE CLEANING~~~!!!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
I started thinking about stacking or stacked, and then racks and deer and stacked deer - and on and one. So this one got born. It's like "Attack of the 50 foot Woman" - anyone remember that Sci-Fi film?
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Even more amazing is the fact that I can't change all the lovely links that I put into this post - Blogger won't let me and they don't show up very well. What a drag! So I'm putting them in bold - perhaps they'll show up better - let me know OK?
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
But it's Friday, which is great. I have all weekend to clean out the basement to get it ready for painting, I'll do some little drawing and relaxing.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
It could be worse - eh?
Monday, December 3, 2007
We got here and yes, there is snow on the ground and it is COLD! Thank goodness for down jackets. This should be an interesting week.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
It's fun to stitch and embellish and glue and find things to put on top of other things.
One other piece for another student - I like the little paper quilt.
No time for other thoughts/ writing - I am off to Prince Edward Island for the week - and bringing my warmest coat!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
My mom went hysterical laughing over the flying saucer oreo cookie, and I went hysterical over the egg that looks more like a haystack. The "almond" also started out as an egg - but turned into an almond pretty quickly. Eggs are hard to draw. What the hell color are they? The tomato-y thing is supposed to be an orange which I didn't buy but PICKED in the back yard.
I did offer to do the grocery shopping and while my actual list did not include all of these items, I liked drawing them so made allowances.
Please check out Casey's blog - she's joining the project with her wonderful style. We hope Ms. K will still play as she is about to be a published artiste.
So the question is this (and it has nothing to do with a grocery list) . Does your significant other/husband/wife/lover/whatever, know that you have a blog and do they ever read it? or leave comments? Kerstin you can't answer cause we know B is very blog-supportive.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
1) I too am a member of the mile high club
2) Underneath my frantic activities I am lazy, lazy, lazy!
3) I love early mornings, before anyone get's up, before the cars are driving.
4) I think I suck at just about everything but that makes me try even harder.
5) I like and love my family from mom and dad to littlest grand niece.
I am not going to tag anyone cause they've all been tagged! Maybe later -
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Picking my favorite tree here at this house was easy, we mostly have pines around the house and I'm not in love with the tall white pines, but do love the Blue spruce so drew that. I was tempted to go back to my old house, as that house was surrounded by wonderful trees. We had a giant, beautiful, useful maple right in front of the house. Besides being beautiful, it shaded the house in the summer and let the light thru in the winter. I just love(d) that tree. We also had a beautifully flowered catalpa tree, a horse chestnut, a plum tree, and two apple trees, two butternut trees, a rowan tree, multiple ash trees and for many years, an old and wonderful elm tree that had not yet succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease. That tree was just magnificent - tall and reaching it's branches upwards, just inspiring to see. It finally did succumb to the disease and we had to have it cut down, if it had fallen it might have taken the house or barn down. I didn't go home the day it was cut, and then had a young cousin come over to split and stack the wood.
So, the decision of which tree to draw here was easy. I would have been hard pressed to choose at the old house - each and every tree was my buddy.
We're back from Florida, and I'm now feeling exhausted. I have the sort of constitution that will keep on going until I get a chance to relax and them ....wooph. Down time needed! So Sunday will be a true day of rest for me this week, before going back to work.
But I did get a chance to do alot of 100 things this week. Here are examples from "Drawing Red Things" ;
Red Grapes (kinda purple)
A red silicon potholder - more about the words later
and of course, Cranberries
and an apple...
Here is the link to Kerstins latest post. I got a giggle this morning comparing our two notebooks. Mine is becoming smudged and worn out. Kerstins still looks beautiful and clean. There is more to this project than just doing drawings and posts. I'm likin' it.