Sunday, July 17, 2016

Weekend with Snicklefritz

 Life this weekend is with a 3-1/2 year old and their black lab and it couldn't be better.  Snicklefritz's mommy and daddy aka B&B2 are attending Woodyfest in Okemah, in that celebration and to celebrate 10 years of when they first met.  We have had a fantastic time and I'm sure they have too.  Snicklefritz loves to spend time in my room with my art supplies and I love to share.  I painted, watercolor and colored pencil this little gem and she fell in love with it.  She asked if she could take it home and I said, "Certainly!"  I attended a bachelorette party on Thursday and took pics of some of the flowers that abounded and this was one.  

We've only had one tiny spat and it was at dinner time after NOT having a nap.  She started to go full-tilt unwound when I ACCIDENTALLY took the straw off her chocolate milk her parents brought her.  Wow, I immediately looked her in the eyes and said, "We DO NOT allow whining like that in Granny's house." Man, she welled up and put her hands over her eyes and tears were a flowing but not sobbing.  I think I hit a nerve and it did not escalate at all.  I hugged her, told her I was sorry about her straw and that it was an accident, that I didn't know.  She was okay after that.  She finished the straw process, ate her meal and was a delight after that.  WHEW!  

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

Good Thursday morning all.

Man when I finally do get some rest I can NOT wake up.  On Monday night I drifted off to sleep and within 30 minutes I was awake for three hours so my total sleep time was about three hours.  UGH!  This meant painting day (Tuesday) I was a  bit sluggish but I managed to make it without a nap and not really feel tired.  This morning, I woke up, or at least tried to wake up, at regular time.  I just could NOT get my eyes open at 4:45.  I finally made myself wake up at 6:30 just as The Hubby was leaving.  I decided it was ponytail day and wash my face day even though I have a bachelorette party to attend tonight.  It's a pool party so I'm good.  

Last night was book club but just as I was getting ready to leave B2 sent me a text asking if I saw on Facebook about a daughter of a friend on mine, that is in our book club.  NO I DID NOT!  Egads, I knew Donna was not coming but assumed she was not coming because she was at her daughter's to play with the brand new granddaughter.  Well, she was not coming because she HAS to babysit.  Her daughter, Jacq is having her first chemo today.  WHAT WHAT WHAT.  Oh no no no no no.  Jackie was one of our youngest best friends in high school, her mother, my friend was her government teacher and now book club friend.  Anyway J was pregnant, due in May but in March was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  Friends she was 7 months pregnant.  Anyway, I guess they did nothing until May, after the baby came when it was upgraded to stage 2 and today, July 14 she starts chemotherapy, with a 2 month old baby.  Oh my heart aches for them all.  She did say that prognosis is good and as I did some reading on the diagnosis there have been some major steps to have a good outcome with it.  I hope so and will keep the positive thoughts going on for Donna, Jackie and sweet Cora.  

Monday, July 11, 2016

Birthday Pic's...Finally

Finally, the photographer has gotten us the family pictures from my birthday "DAY."  It was such a full and fun day.  The photos were taken at the house my father pretty much grew up in that is now a hospice office.  We then went to my Daddy's and that house is where my mother grew up and we grew up so tons of memories and family history by the locations alone.  Enjoy.

B & B2, Snicklefritz and Mondo

Daddy and siblings


My fabulous beautiful fantastic wonderful girls




Boy we had fun!

Friday, July 08, 2016

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Life in June and Beyond

Oh gosh, what can I say, "I'VE BEEN BUSY," and that's the reason I have 
been AWOL here on Jill of All Trades. 

Of course I have been painting with this sweet little one finished finally last week.  It's The Hubby's cousin's son's daughter, 2nd or 3rd or 4th cousin, something like that.  Anyway, he has a small family so we are all kind of close.  The girl is named Lillian and I so totally missed making her a baby blanket and the sweetie is 3 I think and now they're going to have a son. I decided to paint her picture and send a baby blanket for him.  They don't know yet so MUM's the word!

Also, while painting the extensive realist topiary painting I have to take a break to create some of these with my watercolors, pens, and markers.  Such fun and a huge hit.  Hmmmmm, thinking of changing my focus, really I am...

Oh, and last Monday I had a physical and boy was I scared.  For the past 2-3 years now, since I have been on blood pressure meds my BP has been high when I go in.  Makes me even more anxious to know that it's going to happen.  Usually it goes down when we chat and especially when we talk about the art.  Well, this time he said it was FREAKING FANTASTIC!  I was so over the moon happy.  I guess the eating differently has really made the difference.  Kind of fallen off the wagon this past month and have GOT to get back in the game but I think it is showing in this picture, don't you! 

On top of birthday partying this month I also attended a Friday bash for the classes of 1970-1979.  It was actually hosted by my brothers class of 1976.  It was fun plus my class had a cookout which was kind of mehhhh.  My heart was not into that one for sure. 
Also, on the calendar was a sweet backyard wedding of our old good good dear friends son.  I knew them before they even got married and now their youngest was getting hitched.  He had a scare a couple of weeks before when after, AFTER the big bike race, Tulsa Tough, when he and his then fiance' were riding their bikes home down 15th street and stopped alongside the road, later in the evening, he was run down by a hit and run driver.  Poor Sarah was there, saw it and thought he was dead.  Luckily a bunch of bruises, cuts, stitches, a couple broken bones but nothing life threatening.  STUPID DRIVER!!!! 

I've also been a reading fool yet again.  Well, there's nothing on television during the summer so I have my nose deep in my books.  I'm already up to I think 38 or 39 since January 1.  Check out my read list to the right.  I've read some good ones lately.  Elin Hilderbrand's latest is great along with Mary Kay Andrews.  

Voting was also on the agenda for the month of June.  I VOTED and was proud to be the first in my precinct.  

So now onward to July and looking forward to the youngest to come back for a visit along with her guy.  Then next up will be EEEEKKKKKK our trip to Rome!  Can't lie, I'm a bit nervous and excited.  Just need to get the world to stop being bad and naughty please.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pushing My Limits

I must have rocks in my head but I have jumped off the deep end in my painting life.  
I have gone from painting realism to a touch of abstract and now THIS...
yes, I'm painting this thing and so far so good.  In fact my instructor, Ross actually said on Tuesday that he was concerned that I would not be able to focus on something as intricate and intense as this but was pleasantly surprised by what I had accomplished in a few hours.  I was over the moon happy with it so far.  I have definitely pushed myself outside the box, so to speak in my world of art.  What fun and a major accomplishment if I can really pull this off.

Did you vote on Tuesday!  Somewhere on Tuesday there was a vote and I certainly did my civic duty and voted and am thrilled to have some new young blood in office.  Next...November and PRESIDENT...that is making me crazy.  Hate, hate, HATE the choices out there.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Blogging Anniversary

Exactly 10 years ago today I started posting here on Jill of All Trades.  I cannot believe it has been 10 years.  When I started spilling myself out here it was because of the depression and sadness of loss, the loss of my best friend Gail, then the loss of my other dearest best friend, Momma.  I still cry sometimes and feel it in my heart like a dagger but I am finally mended.  So much has changed in these 10 years.  I have found my new happy in creating my art and little Snicklefritz has entered our lives, our little ray of sunshine.  Life is so wonderful now...

I have to backtrack just a hair, life is a bit precarious right now with work and that is making things a bit tense but all in all my life is good and happy.  

Saturday, June 25, 2016

More Paint Play

Saturday...yes it is time to play in the paint stuff yet again.  Last weekend I painted some pretty in pink kind and immediately sold them on Facebook.  Decided to try my hand at the first two on Monday and the last one this morning.  The first two are watercolor and pen.  

This morning I did this with watercolor, pastels, pen, markers.  I'm kind of diggin' it.   

Started another but suddenly I developed a headache and it's promising to be a migraine possibly or I'm getting sick like B and The Hubby....YIKES!  I certainly hope not because they have been icky sick with a summer cold.  

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My Baby

Yup, my baby!  My baby is having a birthday today.  A turns 31 today.  I CANNOT believe that I have one that old, well, the oldest is coming up on 37 and that is just too darn close to 40.  Wow!  Well the HAPPIEST of BIRTHDAY'S to our dear sweet A.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Watercolor and Pen

I have to tell you I am on a bit of a roll with my new stuff.  I did these at the cabin, sitting on the screened porch yesterday on watercolor paper and I have to say...I LOVE THEM!  The added bonus was when I put them on Facebook and SOLD them within a couple of hours, including the one from Thursday to the same friend!