Monday, May 04, 2015

Weekend in Review

This weekend was just AWESOME at the cabin.  The weather could not have been more perfect.  It was filled with lots of friends, laughter, food, sunshine and rest.  My mind was relaxed and not on the impending surgery tomorrow.  I was also able to get a bit of plein aire painting accomplished and find more subjects to possibly paint.  I think I have several here to keep me occupied while I recuperate at home.  Time to heal in front of my easel.  

These sweet puppies I hope will be on my easel soon.


I did paint this one.  It was awesome to just sit quietly and create. 

The barn swallows were plenty in the rock crevices here.  Above me the turkey buzzards circled and it occurred to me to move occasionally to let them know I was not "DEAD!"

Finished painting and as I was driving back to the cabin I spotted my friend Jeanne's son-in-law, husband and grand kids fishing on the low water bridge.  Just as I pulled up sweet Dax reeled in this monster sand bass.  He was screaming and jumping up and down, thrilled for his first fish all on his own. 
After I caught this sweet photo of him and plan on painting it.

What do you think?  I think this would be an awesome painting.

Along with water scenes there were flowers aplenty.  My peonies were in full bloom with more to come.   

Then I spied these lovely iris's along my golf cart ride.  More paintings!!! 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Time Keeps On Ticking

Time is clicking away...tick tock tick tock...

This morning I woke up early, as usual.  I could have slept in a bit but Oh NOOO, that is not happening as my mind won't stop.  I had to hit the bathroom and once my eyes are open the mind starts going, so up I am.  Dang it!  This week seems to be going by so slowly.  Surgery is Tuesday and the days are just dragging by.  Don't get me wrong I'm in no hurry to have stuff ripped out of me but I do want to just get it over with and start the healing process.  

Last night was my book club and we had a great time.  We went to another new place downtown called Sisserou's, a Caribbean style YUMMY restaurant.  I had a jerk chicken that was so moist!  Parking was a bitch because of some show at the Brady.  I pulled into the parking lot and there was a space but a guy was standing in it waiting for someone.  I rolled my window down and said, "Excuse me, I need to park there."  What a dirty look, but hey, my car was there first, so the spot was MINE!  We just finished the book Deadline by Sandra Brown and really enjoyed it.  It was suspenseful and a fast read.  Since my surgery is the first of May we decided to skip May and move on to June for the next meeting with a couple of books on our list.  The June read is Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.  The second book was for July and has a bit of tooth so we're getting a head start.  It's supposedly a modern day classic, The Women's Room by Marilyn French.    Set in the mid 70's it delves into the feminist movement, fictionally yet with hints of French's life.  Should be very interesting.

Tuesday I went to art and was incredibly productive.  I started these two paintings a few weeks ago but finished them and put them on Facebook.  WOW, the response was incredible.  
"Egret" 11x14 oil on canvas

"Winter on Spring Creek" 18x24 oil on senso linen canvas

The winter scene hit an all time high for likes and comments for me and I may have it sold already!!!!  If not the original sold I can surely sell giclee prints of it.  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunday Doin's

Yesterday was a wonderful day as I got to STAY home and enjoy resting.  Yes, I know I'm getting ready to have about 6 weeks of "resting" but I needed to be home, in my yard.  I finally planted some of my pots before the rest of the plants I bought died.  I piddled in my yard and found these lovelies.  My pink peony was blooming!  I really wanted a double one but I love this just the same.  Sadly, we may miss the blooming of the ones at the cabin.  Not sure if we will get there before my surgery next week.
Then as I moved on to the tomatoes, I was pulling weeds and look, LOOK what I found.  One of my Juliette tomatoes had babies!  Yeah!  I'm not much on small tomatoes, i.e. cherry, but these Juliette tomatoes are quite yummy, and prolific.   

Well, on to my week.  It will be a week of trying to get all done at the office and Friday payroll.  Stock up in the refrigerator and freezer.  I may try to get some casseroles in the freezer so The Hubby can feed me.  Hopefully he doesn't feed me too much BBQ, his go to pick up food.  

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Workshop Time

The past three days I have attended a fabulous workshop hosted by Rachel Wimpey from Willowbrush Studio and Gallery.  It was the first where she brought in an artist and I must say it was a 10!  She got Charles Ewing to come and spend time with us.  Wow what a fabulous guy and instructor.  He charges usually $300 a day and I think that is all we paid for 3 days.  It was well worth the money.  
It was magic watching him create using a totally new medium, india ink.  I am not going to go out and buy the stuff as I'm happy with what I do but it was awesome to watch. 
The next day we watched him paint this mountain guy with oils.  Charles had all kinds of photos we could paint from, photos he took.  My he has met some very interesting people over the years.  This guy was a true mountain man from Colorado. 
I almost always choose to paint from my photos or my girls.  

This photo is of my oldest when she was in college.  I've always found it beautiful and wanted to paint but not sure if I could.  
Well, there you go...I did it!
The final day, yesterday we had a live model.  One of the ladies that we paint with a lot was terrified.  We tried to tell her to do it more often, that the nerves would pass and it would be come easier.  She finally gave up.  I have a lot more to do on her but I love what I have done so far.  

This will be the last workshop for a bit as I recuperative from surgery.  My scheduled date is May 5.  I'm told that it is hard and recovery will definitely be about 6-8 weeks.  I certainly hope not.  I do not have time for down time.  I need to paint, work and watch snickle-fritz.

Monday, April 20, 2015

It's ON!

Yes, it's on.  Surgery that is!  I met with the surgeon today and let me tell you I have been a bit nervous and walking into the building was really scary.  It was the new Tulsa Cancer Center off of the Broken Arrow Expressway, 51st & 129th.  Nice building but a little intimidating walking through those doors and see the word CANCER.  I don't have, they don't think, it's just the doctor works out of the group that is there.  The people there could not have been nicer but my tummy was definitely flip-flopping.  I was so sure my blood pressure was up, up, UP.  While "checking in" there was a huge CLANG of a very large bell around the corner that made me jump out of my skin.  The girl behind the desk was quick to let me know that it meant that it was the last treatment for a patient!  Yeah, that didn't help the "cancer scare" nerves.  I was fashioned with a pretty blue hospital type bracelet and then ushered upstairs to the doctor offices, a very nice waiting area to sit with all kinds of people, some who obviously had cancer with bald heads, protruding growths on a guy's neck and ME, scared to death.  I was early, as usual and still had to wait 30 minutes past my appointment time but I'm okay with that.  I'm a very patient waiter.  I tried to read but it was difficult when I was so unsure how the appointment was going to go.  Finally, I was taken down a very long hallway to a nice cubicle where I was weighed (down 3 pounds and that with my boots on) and my blood pressure taken (also down, surprisingly).  The blood pressure is probably because I have been a new medicine that seems to be helping!  

So with a ton of questions it has been scheduled for May 5.  He said I could probably drive in a week depending on how I was feeling and not on pain pills.  I would not want to overdo it and no lifting over 10 pounds or excessive bending.  So I will be able to do payroll and probably attend an art workshop at the end of the month, hopefully!  Maybe I'll be blogging a bit more with some downtime.  Life has been so very crazy for me lately, maybe I need the slow down.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Weekend Getaway

Weekend getaway with some of my fav people at the cabin.  Rio and her DadDad seemed to have a grand time.

She even got some golf cart drive time! 

She is growing up way to fast.   

Saturday, April 04, 2015

To Have A Hysterectomy or Not to Have, That Is The Question!

I've been dealing with some of my own health issues as of late, and now that most know about them I can share with my bloggy friends (guys, you may or may not want to read.)

I have been dealing with a yearly occurrence for about three years now where I go just over a year without a period, then "HELLO," let's visit her again!  I've had three vaginal ultrasounds, and the first two my GYN just said we will watch it.  Well, this time, the "spotting" has not stopped.  So the third vaginal ultrasound showed that my endometrium has become very thick, to the point she said we need to either do a D&C or a biopsy.  EEK!  BIOPSY!  That is an extremely scary word and it freaked me out for sure.  That phone call was on a Thursday.  I was given the choice of either or, and I chose the in office biopsy, but that meant I had to wait till Tuesday for the procedure and then wait for results.  Oh gosh it is a good thing I am a patient person and am quite practiced in waiting.  So while I am in art class Thursday morning my cell phone rang and it was the results.  The nurse said, "You have complex endometrial hyperplasia with atypia and Dr. D says you need a hysterectomy ."  I specifically asked, "is there cancer" and her response was, "NO, there is no cancer!" Whew, that was such a HUGE relief.  The Hubby has been so scared, and of course me too.  It has been intense.  I immediately called those I needed to and let them know, especially The Hubby.  He of course wants me to do some research before have my plumbing taken out.  I did research the EHw/A and found that I have a few reasons why I need to have it, such as obesity (RATS) and thyroid issues and high blood pressure.  It is not cancer, but that can develop.  That is quite enough for me to have stuff ripped out.  Now though I need to really do some in depth research.  The Hubby's main concern is sex, of course, mine is TO LIVE!  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring and Sun Tea

Have been very, very busy lately so no time to jot down thoughts here.  Finally we got away to the cabin this weekend for a little R&R with friends.  We hosted the Saturday night doin's with BBQ ribs, bologna and everyone else brought the sides.  It was a wonderful evening of food, laughter and general chatter.  Since the sun was finally making an appearance I decided to channel my mother and make sun tea.  
Unfortunately no one enjoyed this fine brew.  Wine was the beverage of the evening.  

We had cocktails at J&S's cabin and got some wonderful snapshots that I hope to paint.

Oh how I love spring. 
I painted Thursday and was just not in the mood and could not find any inspiration but found a lovely shot of some purple pansies I took last year.  So my canvas went purple and after putting on Facebook it was apparent everyone loved it.
I just was not feeling it but I guess I done good!

Just adorable!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday Ramble

 Isn't this beautiful.  It's a crappy picture but the orchid is stunning.  Last year I bought three of them and put them in the window of our master bathroom suite.  They were blooming when I bought them and then the flowers dropped off, then this winter this happened.  They all three began to bloom again.  I know nothing about how to grow the things and didn't cut the, what I thought was dead, stem.  There is also a white one and a purple one which I broke off the flower stem and they all are blooming.  The window is south facing but towards them are the french doors to the north.  Success!


Since back from Scottsdale I've joined a portrait group to get some exposure in painting portraits.  Sometimes it is quite challenging.  When I'm in the moment of painting I like what I've done but when I get home and look at the picture I take (to finish) and the actual painting, well, I see the flaws, oh the flaws. 
This poor guy, "Martin", seems to have grown his face might long.  I'm not sure how to fix it and someday will attempt to fix it.

Also, we are back in the usual Ross class and Thursday he was surprised by a lady who came in to meet him.
She had this painting that she purchased at a local antique store and looked him up to find out about "the artist."  He was flattered and everyone was in awe.  He said it was done in the early 80's sometime for a bank somewhere.  Ross Myers is an amazing artist and I am lucky to have been under his tutelage the past few years! 
It was an amazing painting. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Aftermath

I have been home from Scottsdale two weeks now!  It seems forever ago yet just yesterday.  I hit the ground running that Monday and it seems like I just can't get down time.  Between work, watching Rio and more art stuff (that is the fun), I feel exhausted.  Could be it's because I'm still fighting off a upper respiratory thing I got two days after being home.  In fact two of us have been sick after going to Scottsdale.  Sleep has been an issue too with Clayton being so very restless at night which wakes me up and then I just can't go back to sleep.  Last night it started off like that again with me getting an hour into the night sleeping like a baby then AWAKE!  He could not get settled after The Hubby came to bed and then both of them were snoring like logs while I lay there looking at the ceiling in the dark.  Toss and turn, toss and turn I was uncomfortable then the next thing you know the alarm is going off and it's morning.  Yeah, sleep!  

Since Scottsdale, I've been really interested in pursuing the portrait thing.  I have even joined the Whiteside Portrait group where we just do it.  It is a challenge.

This is one of the ladies that went to Scottsdale with us.  On the lunch break one day she posed in the model chair and we snapped pictures.  I decided to paint her this weekend.  It is not done as she looks a bit dead without color on her face but I like it so far, too bad it doesn't look like Lana, maybe soon.

I did work on Robert and think I have him finished but I'm not happy with it. 

Then in the Whiteside group we painted Hubie yet again as our model for the day did not show up.  He is such a sweet man but now I have two paintings of Hubie.  This one is okay except I have got to carve his ear down. 

Now, my favorite muse, Rio.  I am working on her in my regular art class with Ross and I am loving it so far.  It will be finished on Thursday I think.