Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Where Are You!

 It seems that summer is having a hard time leaving and letting fall have her way this year.  Yet, I did find some color in our backyard, through the looking glass.  Around our backyard The Hubby has mounted lots of different mirrors on the fence.  He finds them at estate sales, flea market and garage sales.  There is a restaurant here called Sonoma we love to eat at and in there is a wall of mirrors we love to look at.  The Hubby got the bright idea and so we have a fence of mirrors I love.  Anyway, I noticed this shrub through some of the mirrors and was in love with it.  A bit of fall!  The weather people are saying temperatures in the 90's for the next few days.  Wow, shorts still.

We also have some planters with some flowers still peaking their sweet heads.  Gonna have to paint this I think. 

I know I haven't posted a Rio picture lately but it's because I haven't seen my darlin' for nearly a week.  Seems she and her momma and daddy have been quite ill.  They have had the dreaded FLU I think and I have steered clear.  Poor babies.  YUCK!  Yesterday I finally got my flu shot and tetanus and hopefully I have not been exposed.  I have to see Daddy and I can't be sick around him.  
So next week it will be back to watching her again and I can't wait for the hugs and kisses.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Workshop Time

Yes it was again workshop time with the wonderful Kelli Folsom.  
I'm very pleased with this one.  It was fun and I really got into it this time.  There have times when I get so frustrated in these classes but this time I seemed to have a lot more confidence in my ability and I think (hope) it shows.  

This one is called:
"Four P's:  Pumpkin, Peppers, Persimmon and Peppers

Then Saturday I was asked to set up at the Grilles and Grills in Broken Arrow to just do a painting demo.  I could also sell if I wanted.  That didn't happen, but I did get a lot of painting done and visited with lots of people.  I was great fun. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


I can't believe it but for the past two nights now I have slept, slept like a baby!  Dreams and sleep, awwwwww, I feel great this morning, actually I'm a bit groggy with SLEEP!  It is  a wonderful feeling rested.  

(OLD pictures)

I don't know for sure if it's the weather change or just that my body is doing it, but one thing I did change was meds.  No, not sleep meds, but several months ago a friend was talking about her blood pressure medicine, the same one I take, and she said that she started taking it at night because of fluttering heart when she took it in the morning.  So I started taking mine at night too.  Well, a couple of nights ago I went back to the morning regimen and think THAT may be the key.  I know it's only been a couple of nights but so far so good.  This being said I have always had the sleep issues.  When a young I didn't sleep well either, being the only one awake in the house for hours and hours and hours.  Let's just say my mother didn't like doors shut in the house and Sis and my bedroom was RIGHT NEXT to my parents more explanation needed.  

Here's to SLEEP!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Change Is Good

This week I decided I needed a change.  I have been growing my hair for a couple of years now and really love braiding it and wearing it up in a ponytail.  I just got tired of the flat the top of my head had and the blandness of my hair.  The really bad side was that I was so tired of washing it and you know long hair takes a lot more shampoo to clean it up and on that subject, I have horribly oily hair so washing it meant every single day.  Oh, I would go a day but the greasy was too much for me.    
So bye-bye to the long and braided...
Someone on Facebook suggested Locks Of Love but I color my hair and that is not accepted. 

Here's to the new me and I LOVE IT!

(Wish the bra strap was hidden!)

Monday, October 06, 2014

Sleepless, YET AGAIN!

Sleepless in Tulsa, YET AGAIN!  Last night I dropped off to sleep about 11:30 but 12:30 my bladder decided, "UP, UP, UP!" So I obeyed but when I hit the pillow again it was toss and turn, toss and turn.  Then The Hubby's cell phone he left in the living room kept dinging with text messages.  Until finally at 2:30 (yes, I tossed and turned that long) he woke up and I told him about the phone.  Who the HECK was sending him texts at that time.  It was a group one from some of the dance people.  Figures.  Finally, about 3:30 I drifted off but of course the cell phone alarm goes off at 4:45 for us to get up and work out.  EGADS!  I thought I could roll over and dose off but the living room television was then on and LOUD and the bathroom light left on and the ceiling fan had been turned off......I'M UP ALREADY!  

This will be a long day as I'm watching Rio from 8:30 till about 2:30 while her momma teaches.  Plus The Hubby is having his dance partner and her mother over for practice and dinner, so that means, I have to clean house.  Fortunately we are having Papa Murphy's Pizza so that is easy yet the house,  THE HOUSE!  It will all work out.  My plan today is that I will pick up Rio as her momma has to take a cat to the vet who is sick.  We will come back to the house and Rio can play with her "truck." 
She runs through the house with this thing ninety to nothing.  The house is big, wood floors and she loves it.

This picture was from a year ago, on Rio's 1st birthday.

Last Wednesday our little precious package turned 2.  Her great-grandmother, MiMi had her birthday the day before and Rio's mommy's was the Wednesday before.  September is full of birthdays for us, sister-in-law included.
Saturday they had an official party to celebrate!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

It's Over

The reunion is over and the 30 day painting challenge is nearly over.  I am going to enjoy taking a break in October.  What a grand weekend we all had.  The Friday night get together was packed with over 85 people in attendance with a few representatives from other classes joining in the laughter.  So many hugs and cries of joy were heard during the evening and many continued the evening in the hotel concierge room till about 3:30 in the morning (not me.)  

Saturday night was at a place called the Stokley Center and boy was that place a HUGE hit.  It used to be a billboard sign place where they made them but they have since turned it into this event center and couldn't be more perfect.  Neon signs everywhere you look along with pinball machines to play.  We had a video I created and tons of music playing.  Laughter, screams of recognition and stories galore.  

One shock for me was seeing an old friend that wanted to be my boyfriend so bad in high school.  He was just a friend in our group but he chased me and chased me.  When he walked in with his wife, I didn't recognize him at all.  One of my classmates sitting beside me asked, "Who brought their parents." OH MY GOSH!  I thought that too and then I realized it was HIM!  I could not help but turn around to that friend who knew him and gasped saying that it's LC.  "What!"  Yup, could not believe it.  Plus he was a hunkered down cowboy hick, cowboy hat and all (I know that is mean but that is what my mind said.)  I gathered my courage and walked up to him to greet and give him a quick hug.  Oh my, oh my oh my.  Later he came up to me while I was talking to one of our committee members telling him that I was his "Sweetie" in high school, or wait he stepped back in that statement and said, "or at least I wanted her to be my sweetie."  He was a friend in high school and was a cutie but I actually got the creepies right then.  I felt bad by my gut reaction but that is the truth.   I know, I know I have changed too and he may have had the same reaction.  I mean, I'm not the svelte girl I used to be 40 years ago, soooo.  Food for thought.

All in all it was a fabulous reunion weekend and I am reunioned out.  The Hubby's was last weekend and now this.  I need a break.  This morning was one more event, brunch and then DONE!  It's Over.

Two more days of painting too.

Friday, September 26, 2014

More 30 Painting Challenge and MORE

And the painting challenge continues.  As of today I have 4 days left of paintings.  Whew!  It has been quite awesome and I have a LOT of paintings to sell now.  I have GOT find a venue and after this it will be easier.  What with painting, working, organizing my 40th Class Reunion (this weekend) and watching Rio, well, I'm a bit pooped.  Doesn't help that two nights in a row I have not slept.  I woke up at 2:30 on Wednesday night not to sleep again until 5 am.  The same thing happened last night which will make me have to get a quick nap in today, hopefully if I want to keep up with my fellow classmates.  I have a feeling they are all on the same page as myself with bed early, I hope!  I think it's just the excitement of the reunion.

First is a photo of Rio strutting her stuff at her Momma's work.  It was International Fashion Day at the junior college and Rio got to wear this darling little outfit.  Bri said she was styling and walking the runway, even with a little twirl.  She is just so stinking cute!

Painting Challenge...continued.

Day 23
"Bathing Beauty"

Day 24

Day 25

Day 26
"Final Harvest"

Monday, September 22, 2014

30 Day Painting Challenge Update

If you don't follow my art blog I am updating everyone on the 30 day painting challenge I have been doing this month.  This is also why I haven't been blogging.  Between watching Rio, working, planning my 40th class reunion (that is this next weekend) and this painting challenge I have had absolutely no time for anything else.  So here is the updated ones starting day 16.  By the way my art blog is Artist In Training if you want to follow my journey.  

Day 16
"The Barn"
oil on cotton panel

Day 17
"#43 (aka Go Tigers)"
oil on cotton panel

Day 18
oil on cotton panel

Day 19
"Fall Solitude"
oil on cotton panel

Day 20
deep gallery wrap canvas

Day 21
"Oh, Bass"
oil on canvas

Day 22
"Daily Swim"
oil on canvas panel

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Painting and Rio

My life lately has been nothing but painting at every little opportunity I can get and watching Rio.  Her momma and daddy are in the process of moving.  First a lot of painting, new carpet and floors and then today MOVING!  Today is the day but in the meantime I have been watching Rio, a lot of Rio.  She is a pistol but frankly I am pooped and so are her parents.  It is a rough and busy time but it will pass, soon.  

The painting challenge is ongoing too and it has been a bit tough but I am halfway through the 30 day challenge.  I thought I had one for this morning but after looking at the photo I took to post I realized I'm not finished so this afternoon I will fix it.  Sleep next and painting and back to workout next week is on the order, back normal.


"Guitar Man"
(My little brother)


(my little cousin)

"Black-eyed Susans"



gallery wrapped

Have to paint this!  What a dumplin'. 

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Rainy Days and Saturday's

Yes, this morning it is raining.  A soft Saturday rain this AM and I'm loving it.  Sadly it's not at the cabin but that is okay, I'm okay with that.  It has been a very, VERY busy couple of weeks, as is the norm lately.  Sleep has been a bit lacking but this morning I slept in to 9!  That was GREAT!

 I did take time out on Sunday to go by and see Daddy, pay some of his bills and get some quality lap time with his new baby.  Her name is Susie!  What a little beauty and he is just thrilled to have her in his world.  He took her from living under his house the day before his surgery to his vet and we had her spayed, shots and they kept her for a couple of weeks.  It was good to give her the calm INSIDE life before we brought her home.  She will forever be safe and sound in his house now.  The vet said she is only about 6 months old and unfortunately when he got in there to spay her she was, in his words, "EXTREMELY pregnant." So sad but it might have killed her to even have the kittens because she was so young and thin.  She is the sweetest little thing and Daddy is happy he has company.  
This week has been doctor appointments for Daddy which Bro has taken one and I took one.  Both, Dr. Hippy and Dr. Heart were fabulous.  They were very pleased with his progress.  YEAH!  He's even back to driving again.  Amazing man really.  

I've also been doing my fair share of watching little Snicklefritz while B&B2 get their NEW house ready to move into.  They've been painting fools and carpet pulling up nuts.  There is still a lot of painting to do, mainly the walls now.  The dang place was full of painted trim and that is what has taken so long.  The walls will be a snap to get finished.  They have this week left to finish as they close on their old house and MOVE next weekend.  This morning new carpet is being laid in the bedrooms and during the week the new bamboo floors will be laid in the living room, front room and hall.  The peel and stick tile will be laid in the workroom/laundry room too.  While all this is taking place we have all been working during the day, me babysitting, and then working at night, me babysitting.  We all look forward to just sitting and saying, "WHEW!" 

Side note on the niece that has so many troubles.  She posted on Facebook that she was going to rehab for 40-60 days in Michigan.  I was skeptical but texted Sis and she said it was true that the niece set it all up herself and one of the last post on FB was she was getting on the plane.  Wow.  So glad and I hope it works.  This kid.  I pray it works for everyone's sake.  

Lastly, I've been working on the 30 Day paint challenge and today is day six.  It has been a challenge (duh) but I've enjoyed it and hope I can continue.  I have even sold one of them, the "Wishing Well." Wow, did not expect that but I will take it.  It is great practice for me.  
Day 5 

"A Longing and Winding Road"
11x14 oil on gesso board
$ 100