Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bits and bobs...

I hope you're all enjoying the days leading up to Christmas! I'm sure enjoying your blogs and all the photos of Christmasy things.
My Christmas plans are beginning to take shape. Micah and Adam have several sets of grandparents to visit over Christmas eve and Christmas day, so I will be joining them on Christmas morning for breakfast and gift opening. I guess that's what we've done for a couple of years, so that's our new tradition! :)

On Christmas eve I might just stir up my courage and attend the Christmas Eve celebration at the Nevis Church of Christ. There will be singing along with a community Christmas meal afterwards. It might be a good way for me to socialize with some of the locals.

Life has been fairly uneventful since my last post except for a leaky toilet, which took a couple of days to figure out. Fun! And now we've had a couple of days of light snow and slick roads. I look forward to just staying home tonight after we pick Audrey up from school.

Otherwise, I finished some cards for a Pick-a-Theme swap. I've been slowing down on these swaps, hoping I'll then have extra zip for doing some "other" paintings. We'll see how that goes! I have dreams of craft fairs in the summer, but that would require actually finishing a bunch of art to sell. Just a dream? Hmmm... I have very little confidence when it comes to painting. I'm making it up as I go and I don't enjoy turning it into an academic subject of study, so I just do my own thing. If something turns out well, it's just a happy accident. I guess that's what they call "folk art"? :)

 Below is my 5"x7" canvas for the monthly swap. The lady I made it for likes 1950's rocket ships.

Sully says "Hi!"

He must have been crying before this was snapped. Aw...

You guys have a good day!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Guess the breed!

I think it was GM (Granny Marigold) who asked what breed Lucy (my son's new dog) is. She seems to be one of those lovable mutts you find at the shelter, which is where they got her. I'd guess she's a Lab/Terrier mix? Maybe even Lab/Border Collie? We had a Border Collie years ago who gave birth to a litter of pups, sired by our German Shepherd/Husky/Wolf mix. Two of the pups looked very much like this one. But nobody will ever know for sure. :)
It's just been a day of reading, messing around on the computer, doing a little art and some laundry. I think after I post this I'll try to get off the computer for a while and do something "real". Of course, you folks are real, so I'll probably check your blogs first, lol! :)

I might do a little culling in my book collection. I also want to read some Word and do some other reading. Anyway, nothing that sounds too exciting, but it will be a pleasant evening, I think.
Uneventful days can be a good thing!

Blessings and shalom to all!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

All clear!

My doctor gave me a clean bill of health after my colonoscopy this morning. Yahoo! Thanks for the prayers!

You know, it's kind of a nice experience to have your doctor pray with you (and the nurse) before a procedure. Mine (Dr. Vern) also told us a quick story about a trip he took to Romania where he gave a talk on healthy living, and 500 people were baptized! He's a Seventh-Day Adventist, so it was a missions-type trip. But kind of a different experience than you get in many hospitals. Nurse Jane fed me toast with pb&j and milk afterwards. It was almost spa-like! The anesthesiologist did a great job. He shot two syringes of "stuff" into my IV port and I was out like a light. So, I did some worrying needlessly. I try not to, but I don't always succeed. Oh well. Just keep working on that. Thanks again!

Micah and 3 of the kids came and picked me up afterwards. I made the mistake of explaining to Hazel what a colonoscopy involves. I thought she would be fascinated since she likes "gross" subjects. But now I'm wondering where that information might resurface, lol! Whoops!

After the "all liquids diet" yesterday, I have a craving for some meat. I've started a roast in the crock pot and I'll add potatoes, carrots and green beans later. I slather cream of mushroom soup all over the roast and add a little water. Yup. I'm a fancy cook. But it's GOOOOOD.

Just the roast and cream of mushroom soup so far...

Son Jordan just called. He was on his way back to work after running home to let the dog out at lunchtime. They just got a new dog named Lucy, after the Chronicles of Narnia character. So, now they're learning the in's and out's of taking care of a dog when they're not home all day. Brooke has flown to Portland (her hometown) to attend a Christian women's conference. It was good to hear from him. It's been a while.

 And because I was so obsessed with the thought of food yesterday, I started watching this little YouTube series. This video is about the origins of breakfast, and the next two deal with lunch and dinner. It's English. What more do you need?

And I will say farewell and shalom here, since I can't seem to get Blogger to allow me to type under the video. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't!

Shalom, friends and family! Love y'all!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Batten down the hatches!

There are rumors of a blizzard tonight. In fact, they postponed the K-3 Christmas concert until tomorrow night. So, I won't be able to go and watch Audrey perform since I begin my preparations for my colonoscopy tomorrow and need to stay close to home (if you catch my drift...). But Micah will take lots of photos and the little gymnasium is so crowded she wouldn't have seen me in there anyway. Still, I wish I could go.

I have no real news, but I had some colorful photos on my camera and thought I'd just post them. I've shown some of these before. They're from Sara Midda's South of France-A Sketchbook. I just think they're fun to look at! Be inspired! (Click on them to see a larger version.)

I'm doing an ATC swap called the December Pick-a-Theme. I have to make four cards for my group. So far, one gal has requested a dog and another requested a clown. These are my drawings. I'll use some watercolors on them later.

I hadn't intended for this to be a scary clown, but I think it's turning out that way, lol.
I've stocked up on provisions to carry me through the storm. It was just raining earlier, but now that it's dark I can hear the wind picking up. I'm glad I don't have to go anywhere tonight! Time to get my hygge on!

Love you folks out there! Stay warm and safe!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A gift for myself...

I was so long-winded in my last post, I don't have a lot to add, but...
I just ordered myself a Christmas gift. Thanks for the idea, MK! I saw this on your list of favorite books and I hope it's as good as the description sounds. What could be better than a childhood in an old castle in Tuscany! I'm looking forward to reading it! :)

I'm heading over to Micah's soon. I'm going to give her my left-over wrapping paper. (I'm all done!) Dollar Tree had some cute paper for $1 per roll, of course. But watch the labels! Some are 20 sq/ft and some are 50 sq/ft. All the same price. I got the bigger ones, so I have lots left over. :)

God bless and shalom, everyone!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A bird, a house and a procedure...

No internet all day! Finally, it kicked in this evening, so here I am. :)

I got a visit from a pileated woodpecker a couple of days ago. They are one of my favorite birds! There were actually two of them, but I only got photos of one. They're kind of fuzzy, but it was exciting to see it so close!

I wish I had been able to catch him in flight. He's much larger than he looks here, but my camera isn't capable of catching anything moving.

My son-in-law, Adam, and his dad have been working evenings and weekends on a new house for my kids. I promised my step-dad some photos and finally remembered to take my camera along to my daughter's house! This may prove boring for some of you. Sorry! It's kind of confusing with all the wall studs, but hopefully it shows something about their progress.

This is the front of the house, facing south. The two windows on this end are Sully's bedroom (left) and the girls' bedroom on the right.

The back of the house, north. There aren't many windows on this side. Just the sliding glass doors to the dining room area and a small window way at the other end in the mud room.

This is looking through the big back door into the living/dining area.

This is the door into the mudroom on the east end of the house. See the small north window on the right? They're eventually going to attach a garage on this end.

This is looking in through the mudroom door. There is a pantry and laundry room on the left, I think. (I get confused about what's what with all the little stud compartments, but I have a copy of the plans below. Hopefully you can see what's what there.)

Here I'm standing in the living room with the front door to the right. Straight ahead is the master bedroom The ladder is blocking the doorway. That's the front door frame leaning on the wall. It has the glass on both sides of the door. They paid $15 for it at a garage sale! Micah and Adam have a walk-in closet and bathroom.

Here I'm looking the opposite direction at the kids' rooms. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom in that end. The living area is right in front of me. There will be a fireplace to the left.

Here I'm standing by the front door looking out the back door. (See the barn?) The dining area and kitchen will be over there.

Here I'm by the back door. The kitchen and mud room will go down that hallway to the rear. Part of the kitchen will come out around this corner.

This is looking out the front living room window. The fireplace will be to the right of the window.

I THINK this is looking through the walls at Micah and Adam's bathroom and closet, with the bedroom in the background.

Another view from the front door to the back door.

Front of the house to the left.
As for the "procedure" part of my post, I have an appointment tomorrow to see my doctor in preparation for a colonoscopy next week. I'm a couple of years overdue for one. Just routine. I'd appreciate prayers that all will go like clockwork. It's always a little strange to be put under general anesthesia, so prayers for skill for the anesthesiologist and the doctor would be great. And a good report! My doctor is 73 years old, but seems to have steady hands and lots of experience. ;)

It's getting late so I'd better sign off for now. Thanks for reading all of this!
Everyone keep on enjoying Christmas preparations!
Shalom to all! :)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A creche crush...

Our Chinese dinner didn't pan out. Apparently, the folks at the Super Buffet decided it was about time they gave their employees the day off on Thanksgiving! Well, good for them! :) We ate at Country Kitchen instead and the kids loved their pancakes with a chaser of Oreo sundaes. Can you say sugar high? Well, it was a meal they all approved of.

So, now I'm rushing onward to Christmas! I don't intend to do a lot of extensive decorating. I think my tiny dwelling needs some scaled down decor. I've been collecting creches for a few years. I don't have a huge collection, but maybe just enough to fill some space on my counter. So, I'll be doing some decluttering to make room for them.

Meanwhile, I'll put a manger scene in my header...and here!
Blessings and shalom to all!