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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Reading, Resting and Recouping

Is it a luxury to lay around and recoup, or does some sort of frustration creep in... I should, could, maybe not, but...
So on advice from lots of friends, I am walking around the house many times a day, sitting in the sun, for short periods, breathing deeply and trying not to see the items I would like to dig my hands into,, like the dirt, weeds etc.
Thankfully, I was reading this first of 3 books. It is by a German Author, and translated very well into English. The second in the series will be out in Sept.
I have read her other series, The Glassblower, Paradise of Glass, & The American Lady.
I like to read about strong women, their challenges, a touch of Romance,and about an industry I
know little about. How it started or the trials behind a product.. In the Glassblower it was about, just like the title says. Where and how life was for women in that time, and the strength it took to overcome a tough life and be creative.
Her new series is about simply bicycles. I have never had thoughts about  how they came about, how the women had to fight to be able to ride them. What some men feared as women took to the bike.

Liberty, Independence, and a new way of Life, the Threat to Mankind. 

We take so much for granted in our lives now, the pleasures we can have at our finger tips.
Speaking of Fingers:

I have not had long finger nails in eons. Not that I can not grow them, they just get in my way. Typing on the computer, etc.  I don't know how ladies do it.. Tomorrow, these get filed down. 
Slowly getting some things done, as the fog from surgery starts to clear. Hope to be in the studio soon!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Art of Abstraction- by Trowsers Akimbo

Yosemite Western Artists has demonstrations once a month  at Gertrude School House.  And while I am recouping from the surgery, I thought I would sneak in the watch this demonstration. 
Trowsers Akimbo discussed and painted one of his Abstractions. Telling how he saw it and the influences from great artists.. Bill, as he is sometimes called, told about his history of becoming an artist, computers and who has been an influence on him and his artist life.
It was great fun to watch this true Master make decisions while the live model sat, and the rest of a full room of artists watched as he laid one bright wonderful color after another on the canvas..
Sadly, I could only manage to stay for about an hour, but it was such fun.. If you have never been to a demonstration at YWA, it is a fantastic group of welcoming artists, with lots to share. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Recouping, Healing, Grateful, Lessons.

Thank you everyone, for your prayers and thank you for all your support.  A week ago Sat. I had a slight pain in my right side. So I left a great class given by my artist friend Shannon Grissom half way thru. GRRRR.. Drove home and called my hubby. I suggested he drive me to the ER. in Fresno.
 And as I thought it was appendicitis. It was about noon, and surgery was scheduled for 7 PM.. so much for having eaten a cracker before I went,  first thinking it was indigestion. .. Surgery started at 10: PM and by then it had burst. So I spent 4 days in the hospital and now recouping at home.
Interesting, I really am not in the mood to do anything and not motivated. Which is not me.. Maybe the fact that I am usually up showered and dressed by 8 AM at the morning. And now can only wear sweat pants with wide waist, is making me lazy. Or it could be the 1/2 little pill they gave me for pain. I must honestly say, it is not the surgery at this point it is my back for being so "lazy".  

The floral photo above is of pots, my friends brought, and love how colorful they are. I put them on a chair out side, and then computer enhanced it.  Friends kindly supplied food, which is a blessing as my hubby lacks any kitchen skills. And he usually does not eat during the day. At least food is not a high priority with him.. Good for me most of the time.
Learning lessons as I go... I always thought that when one was in the hospital, one should not disturb them. Of Course, it depends what you are there for.  In my case it was a delight to see some friends drop in.. I had to look like a crazy women, they don't exactly pay attention to ones hair. Which by this time was standing straight up, as if I had been dragged thru a pig pen of grease. But it was encouraging to see them. Also had a chance to chat with a lovely artist, that I would never had had a chance to "really " talk to, on so many levels.  The stack of cards, Facebook and Blessings that were sent are greatly appreciated. 
This year  I decided that I would plant nothing but sunflowers in all the pots in the yard. and I am partly there. In  my absence, they are starting to sprout... Can't wait to get the rest of the pots filled and seeds started... This is my sunflower year. 
Lots of lessons here, don't put off if you have the energy to do something you want to do..Just do it.
Off to rest and reorganize in my mind, just what I want to do next..  But first it is healing and getting my energy back! One step at a time!
Again thank you everyone for your support, healing thoughts of love, cards, and food. And best of all sharing your precious time.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Love, Daisy Hearts

Love Daisy hearts!  Hearts can be used for any occasion. They are happy, thankful, caring and carry so many meanings of Love.
Tomorrow is a special day to say Thank you to ladies that have helped and supported me in my P.E.O. GZ Presidency.  I have had a wonderful time, but especially because this group of ladies are amazing.  So I decided I wanted something that they could keep and hopefully enjoy. Daisy's have special meaning to all the ladies. I found some on line and ordered the fabric.  Then drew out several size hearts, chose one, cut them out, batting and backing. Added ribbon for a hanger, stitched and later zig zagged around the edge. I took white fabric and held it over different fonts I had written on the computer, and traced the words with a colored Pentel  Permanent Pen.
Used some Misty Fuse to tack the fabric and lace down and stitched around it.  Added buttons and beads to finish. I hope they like them!
These make great gifts to lift a persons spirit, knowing that someone is thinking of them and wishing them well.. or as a Thank you. It is the memories that we make that make us smile.
Make it a great day.  

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Rain, 2 in., Lightening and Thunder,

Rain storms are amazing and usually not so wild in our part of Calif. But about 2 AM, the wind, rain, and thunder woke us up.  Our usual quiet meandering Fresno River was going wild.   This is the view from our house. That little speck in the middle is/ was our future burn pile. Thankfully, it had been burned down and very few sticks were in the middle of the sand.

The gate you see at the bottom is what we use to access the sand and beachy area, we call this our island. No, island now!  About 5 years ago we had to have a tractor come in to cover the roots of the oak trees, because the sand had all been washed away. Thankfully, they survived.  

This is usually an area where we can walk with the river being on the far side about 15 ft or more from the branches in the middle. The water is rushing next to our fence posts, that surround the llama's field.. We are hoping that it does not wash out the fencing again.  More rain is expected for the next week.. Oakhurst/ North Fork had about 4-5 in. last night/ early this morning.  Thankfully sun the rest of the day!  Hoping that the water goes down a bit, but it will be awhile before we can get out that gate.. I am hoping our old Oak trees survive, and the big Cottonwood, manages to stay rooted also.. This is after about 4 years of a dry river bed... Nature in all it's glory..  Pretty amazing, we really needed this rain.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Crystal Bridges, Arkansas

Yes, that is my Love. When we visited Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Arkansas. This photo is from our long distance drive toward Maine, last summer. Wish we could do it again this year. But other commitments call,  perhaps 2017. Oh, that seems so long from now.. Time flies.

This is an amazing museum on many fronts. The water, buildings,  views, sculptures, gardens, and now a Frank Lloyd Wright home on site.
We were in ah over the collection of art.  Only one style was missing, fiber ( quilt) art. So hopefully they will address that in the future.
If you are ever near Arkansas, and have the opportunity to see this lovely museum. Do stop in.
Another of the benefits, no major traffic to deal with. If we were 20 years younger, we would give consideration to moving to that area.
Be sure to check out their site: Below is a video on the topic of Artists and how they find art for exhibits.  

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