Thursday, August 21, 2014

I'll Be Back

I do plan on posting again. Things are just busy now, but I will be back. And when I get my new camera installed on my computer, I will have lots to share. Just so you know, it is August and it is hot. Last night at 9:30 we came out of a building to discover it was still 90 degrees outside. As Mr. T would say, "Yuck!"

I gave a speech at a homeschool meeting earlier this week. My purpose was to encourage parents to do a better job and set the bar higher. So I put on my English teacher hat and read poetry to the audience. I think they liked it.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Week in Review

Well, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, nor is my arm broke. I just have not blogged lately.  Last week was a busy week. This week should be quieter. Last week Mom had cataract surgery. I went with her and then stayed the night. Last spring when she had the first eye done, she was one of the first patients early in the morning. We were in and out in three hours. This time she was the last patient. Her appointment was supposed to have been at 11:30 AM, but it was 1:30 PM before they even took her back for the surgery. We did not leave the hospital till after 4 PM. Mom was hungry - having not eaten all day.  We stopped at Scotties on the way home for a burger. Then I spent the night, although Mom was doing well.  The next day we got out and did a bit of shopping. Mom is wanting two chairs for her front room. We did not buy any chairs, but Mom bought four pair of sandals - as Toby would say, "Just to keep other ladies from buying them."

Also last week, I went to the doctor to see if he could do something about this sinus problem I've had since May.  I skipped the regular PA that I have been seeing and went straight to an ENT doctor. Hopefully he can get me well. I also did my yearly mammogram.  Halliburton brings the mammogram bus for three days of free exams. It is fast, easy, and cheap, which describes me pretty well.

On Saturday, we went to Lawton for the Lawton Rangers parade - to kick off their rodeo. We have been campaigning for our friend Josh Creekmore, who is running for District Judge. There is a group of us who all wear our yellow shirts and make a big showing at different events.  Mr. T and the GGs walked the parade with us - handing out candy and being pretty darn cute. Mr. T stole the show by walking independently (refusing to ride in his stroller).
  Toby and I are not in this photo, because we were a bit late, but you can see the GGs and Mr T on the far right. That is Josh and his cute family up front. It was one hot day with temps hitting 100. I was afraid we were all going to be melted into little yellow puddles.

After the parade, we went to WF to check the Moms - as usual.  We also did some shopping for a new washer/dryer set, since mine bit the dust this last week. The good news is that I am getting a new washer/dryer set. The bad news is that it won't be here until next Sunday. The good news is that I don't have to do laundry this week. The bad news is that I will have a big pile to do next week. I could go to the laundromat in town. That would be really bad news.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Empty Bowls

Toby had to work on Saturday. Rather than wait around on him, I went to WF with Jesse to throw pots for the Empy Bowls of Wichita Falls.  It was great fun. When we arrived a little before noon, all the wheels were taken up.
Lots of people turned out to make bowls. The wheels were set up in a large U shape. This photo only shows half of the wheels. So there were probably over ten wheels. Someone gave up their wheel for Jesse when we arrived. Not too long after that, people started leaving for lunch, and I was able to grab a wheel. For the next four hours or so, we cranked out some bowls. I had a great time.  Jesse was probably worried that I talked too much and distracted others (Oh my gosh! What did my mom say now?!) Maybe I did, but part of the fun is the visiting. It is not like we were creating masterpieces. People came and went to help make the bowls. Some were there to help gather bowls or pass out more clay and just aid the potters any way the could. Others threw pots. There were fewer of us in the afternoon. Some were just beginners, and it was a learning process.  It was a good way to get lots of practice. I don't know how many bowls we actually made, but I would bet it was close to 200. 
They will have another bowl-a-thon in September. Apparently the goal is to make 500 pots.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

1st Attempts

In this months Pastel Journal there was an article on artist, Nathalie Picoulet. This link is to her Facebook page, but you can Google her and get lots of pics of her paintings. Be warned that her work is considered nudes. Sometimes I see art work that makes me catch my breath; Picoulet's art does that. It makes me say, "I want to do that!"  I've always been enthralled with painting/drawing people and portraits. Picoulet's nudes are more than portraits. They seem to catch pensive moments in time. I love the light in her art work as well as her technique.  And so I tried one. I searched for a photo on the internet that had good light and yet the model was covered. Nudes are not a problem for me, but I like the drape and fold of the clothes and coverings. And, I do have friends who would be offended if I painted or posted a true nude.  Anyway, this is my 1st AttemptI'm not quite satisfied with this one and will try again. This attempt was a bit over-painted. I do that sometimes trying to get the right color, value, or tone.

Next weekend Midwestern State University is having a bowl-a-thon where they will open up the ceramics department to let students and artists come throw some bowls for a good cause - Empty Bowls of Wichita Falls, a fundraiser for homeless, food bank, sort of thang. Anyway, I took advantage of the cool rainy weather here in OK to go out to the barn (where my potter's wheel is) and practice throwing pots. Here is my attempt. It went okay. My second pot was going great, and then it wasn't. Since it is cool today, I will go out and trim my first pot and maybe practice throwing another one.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Yep, I'm Good

This morning I got up early (for a Saturday) and helped Toby load three bicycles into the truck. I helped him round up all the bicycle gear - helmets, water bottles, sunglasses, gloves, etc. Then I watched as he and Jesse drove off to ride in the Duncan Dehydrator. This is the first time I have not done it with them. I had to check my feelings as they drove off down the driveway. Yep, I'm good. 

It's not that I could not have done it this year (just want to go on record with that). After all, I did walk for three days to get to Machu Picchu. What's 25 miles of bike riding? The thing is, I've spent a large part of this summer recovering, and I was not sure I wanted to be sore and recovering after the bike ride. Since May, I have struggled with some sort of mucus-gone-crazy in my chest and head. I am so ready to be well. After the Peru trek, three my toenails fell off. That is the good news, because now I can where my tennis shoes without hurting.  My knee was sore for a while too, but I babied it and it is better. Now I am back to exercise class with a vengeance, trying to get back to where I was before Machu Picchu.

Up until Thursday of this week, Toby had not been planning on riding the Dehydrator. With all my various aches and pains, I have not been riding my bike at all this summer. I really could have done the 25 mile ride, but then my bottom would be sore - probably my legs and arms too. I just did not want to do it this time. Although, it would have been nice if Toby had asked rather than assuming I would not go (miff).  He did ask our son to go. This will be the first year that Bo has done the Dehydrator. It would have been fun to have ridden with my whole family. Oh well.

The ride starts at 7 AM. They will be finished by 10:00 for sure. It's a good thang, too. It is suppose to be 105 today - a true Dehydrator. Yep, I'm good. 
Old photo from past Dehydrator

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mr. T Spends the Night

Toby brought the GGs home with him Monday night so that they could spend the night and stay with us all day Tuesday. Mr. T was supposed to go with his parents to the City. Unfortunately, Mr. T did not want to be left behind. His mom said he stood at the door and cried after the GGs left. He pulled a bag with him and said, "I pack." He was so pitiful, that I had his parents bring him out so that he could stay with us too.  It was the first time that he had spent the night with us. He did pretty well. The GGs did well too. Here is a photo of Mr. T sitting in the morning sun.
He was a busy boy making lots of messes, but no real harm done. He fed the dogs two bags of chips at two different times by pouring them out on the floor. He poured my coffee on the floor.  He dumped the watercolor water over himself and the floor. He is quick. Or possibly, this grandma is slow - slower than she used to be, anyway.