Good Saturday morning! It is quite dreary out and I'm happily ensconced inside, at home, with Snicklefritz and The Hubby! Fall is truly here, and winter, the weatherman says, is closer than we think. This morning The Hubby couldn't stand it anymore and turned on the heat. I planned on going to the studio this weekend and spend some quality time at my easel but decided to have the kid-let instead. The studio has been overrun with Plein Air Tulsa stuff and people all week long and not much painting has been going on there anyway. Next weekend it is over and Linda and I can focus on our most important show at the Equality Center. I think I have enough paintings, but not quite sure. I need to count, organize, list and make title tags to put with the paintings. I've been working a lot at the office this week too and will need to be there on Monday to fix a MISTAKE I made. I messed up a FICA deposit, crediting it to 3rd quarter instead of 4th quarter. I've never messed that up before and have to call. I hate doing that stuff but it is what it is.
The Hubby has been quite busy dancing the past few weeks, like four nights a week. This weekend is Fall Fling put on by Tulsa Swing Club and next month is state competition that he has been practicing for. It's a tri-state competition in OKC for two days and he's looking forward to it. Doesn't leave much time for us but I'm okay with that as I've been busy with gearing up for Plein Air Tulsa, the show in November and planning my 45th class reunion in June. Lots and LOTS of meetings and I'm kind of struggling to keep it all straight. My calendar doesn't seem to have a break lately, except for this weekend, and I'm totally enjoying this bit of down time, and time with Snicklefritz.
Cabin time will have to be made up next month when there will be a fire in the fireplace, a pot of soup on the stove and clinking glasses of fine wine with friends.
I have been able to get a couple of fall paintings done and hopefully I will get them sold at the show. I've even got a commission I need to get working on! On top of all of this we are also throwing our HUGE Christmas party December 1. Yes, surely didn't see my life being this busy when I planned on doing it a year ago. At least I've got the bedroom done and just need to do a bit of clean up, hang a few paintings I've purchased and have a party. BUT, I do need to work on invites for the show and Chistmas party, and MAYBE a few Christmas cards.
I've been thinking about all that I am grateful for lately. My life, my wonderful life. I will not complain. I have a fabulous husband, children, granddaughter, siblings, extended family! The people and families that are dealing with the hurricane's and flooding from the Carolina's to Florida, I cannot imagine what their lives are like now. Just heartbreaking. We also lost a friend recently, my age, Bud, who had been dealing with dementia for 12 YEARS! So very sad for his family and his loss to not be able to grow old with his family or even REMEMBER IT! Another couple we know, Tim and Kathy, just sold their businesses here in Tulsa, moved back to Chicago to begin retirement with their daughters and grandkids. They had been there probably 2 months and Tim was riding his Harley and was hit by a car and has been in the hospital fighting for his life with the possibility of brain damage. You thank your lucky stars for your life. Love your family, kiss the kids and grandkids and cherish all that you have in your life. I certainly am right now. It can be snuffed out so quickly.
Have a cherished weekend and life with family and friends.