Love deeply. Laugh. Cry. Talk to God. Be realistic about the to-do list. Stay in touch. Hug. Dream. Smile. Break Bread often with Family. Spend Time with your Girlfriends. Shop til you Drop! Extend Grace. Be Quick to Forgive and Slow to Anger. Walk. Breathe. Sing. Dance. Read. Eat Chocolate. Savor a Good Glass of Wine. Wiggle your Toes. Sleep well. Life is Good!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Who's due first?

What a couple of whackos! Would the real pregnant person please sit down?!!!
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Monday, June 22, 2009

Still draggin...

It's after three o'clock. I'm still draggin. I had a very brief burst of energy mid morning and was eager to go to lunch....just on a whim. Didn't go. Should have. Maybe the rest of the day would be productive. Finished the acrylic. Kind of whimsical/folk artish. Included a close-up shot of border and, Yes! Candy Corn! Did a couple of laundry loads. That's about it. The "to-do" list will just roll over to tomorrow. I've gotta get my iron prescription refilled. Feel like someone let the stopper outta my sink!

Draggin my backside today...

Today's Must-Do List:

Wake up ... already.
Clean the bathrooms!
Water the droopy plants on the back porch.
Prepare application for Grand Festival.
Finish dominecker acrylic.
Finish Trix watercolor.
Call all the patients and check on them.
Clean the litter box.
Gather all tax stuff and take to Taylor.
Walmart run.

Such an exciting day.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Friday Night to Remember!

Steely Dan Tickets: $325
Dinner at Guy Harvey's: $250
Fifty year old getting carded: Priceless!!!

I don't remember Steely Dan being so instrumental. Breeze was nil. 100% humidity. Jazz instrumentals by a band we'd never heard of - for an hour. Then six LONG songs/instrumentals by Steely Dan before they played something I was familiar with. Poor Jen. At 37 weeks pregnant, she was so hot and her feet were swelling and the baby was kicking away. I don't think it was the music that got her moving....but all the fans stomping on the bleachers. Yes! Bleachers. Other than we wanted to shove the girl with the bug spray down the bleachers, the highlight of the evening was when TK stopped for beer and water at the entrance. He didn't have his license on him. They wouldn't sell him beer without checking his I.D.! He pulled of his cap and showed them his gray hair!!!!!! "No I.D. No beer, mister" The only one of us with a license was Tyler! So our youth ministry son-in-law had to buy TK a beer!!!! Priceless!!! We left probably half an hour before the end. They still hadn't played "Rikki Don't Lose that Number" by the time we got to the car. TK pulled up to the curb. It was nice and cold in the car and when we turned on the was the "concert after the concert" with Steely Dan. They sounded much better in the air conditioned car! And the tall ice-cold coke and Cheetos snack on the way home was priceless too!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Tiiiiiime is on my side.....yes it is!

It is... now that I deleted Jewel Quest from my computer! That game is as addicting as Zuma! Quick check of email and you realize an hour later you've been playing games....trying to beat your last score. Do that a few times a day and what a waste of time. It was great for when I couldn't sleep at night or while I was waiting around for someone or just killing time. But it got ridiculous! Gotta find a new way to keep my mind sharp and my hand/eye coordination strong. Good thing I zapped it.....I've finished two paintings this week and have started another! I think I need to focus on getting ready for grandbaby's arrival and keeping the laundry caught up and yanking weeds and ..... well, it never ends!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Keller's Art Collection!

This begins Keller's art collection. It's called "Pals" and is a watercolor of George, GiGi and Fisher....her Beanie Babies. I'm disappointed in the photo. Too dark and doesn't show the green rug with pin polka dots. I forgot to turn on the flash. It's framed already so....oh well.

By the way ...

Today is our 30th anniversary! I did. Still do. Would do it all again. Went out for dinner! I changed my mind about going to Ruth's Chris. Then I flip flopped about Mikato's or Carraba's. Carraba's won! So did I! My husband gave me an Alwand Vahan bracelet with the fleur de lis design for our anniversary! It is BEAUTIFUL! We are also going to see Steely Dan at the Wharf Friday. Well, that's sorta a Father's Day thingy! It'll be interesting to watch eight month pregnant Jennifer maneuver 30 steps to our seats. Yikes! Can you believe less than four weeks before our grand daughter "Keller" arrives!!!

Gold Foil Stars

There must be a special place for caregivers in Heaven. It may not be full time job for me, but to be on call for every need can be exhausting. I just take it as it comes and fit it all into my art deadlines and shows and housework and other demands. I suppose we all earn our gold stars somehow. My aunt started chemo today. We sat at he infirmary from 7:30 this morning until 3:30 this afternoon. She had a five hour drip after seeing the doctor and then was sent home with a 48 hour infusion pump. Aunt Lawana had surgery for colon cancer and outside the colon last December but no chemo follow-up because of her age (82 or so). The cancer returned aggressively and they are gonna try to shrink it before doing surgery because of the organs involved. Fortunately my mom is finished with chemo for now. God's timing is amazing. Hopefully my mom will stay out of the hospital for a while. Her blood counts were low this morning but Dr. C decided to wait until Thursday to do another transfusion. I hope they can do it outpatient instead of admitting her. He is likely gonna schedule another bone marrow biopsy soon because they are concerned about her blast counts. Keep the prayers up!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Happy Birthday TK!

Surprise!!! My husband's 50th birthday. We launched birthday week with a surprise "sushi" party this past Sunday. With all the hospital stuff, etc, I couldn't have pulled it off without the help of the kids and the Dawkins'. Thanks ya'll for all the love and joyful help you offered! We had around 50 friends here to surprise him when he returned from out-of-town...thanks Noma for the distraction! The Pastry Shop made the cake and Mikato, the sushi. Awesome time had by all! Next......our 30th anniversary is June 16th! Woo Hoo!

Playing Catch-Up!

Mom was discharged from the hospital today after a three week stay and will likely resume her chemo regimen next week. I haven't painted in nearly a month. I was at the gallery today and have the itch really bad! I'm working downtown tomorrow and hope to be inspired to get back to the easel as I have several commitment deadlines to meet. ArtWalk in next Friday, June 12th. Cathedral Square Gallery will be featuring their photographers in a "Here Comes the Bride" theme. Of course there is all kinds of art hanging just waiting to be taken to new homes!

Jennifer had her first baby shower this evening and received some really precious pink outfits and other precious things. Buttercream Dreams provided an awesome cake!
While all the girls were doing the baby thing...all the husbands devoured sixty pounds of crawfish on the dock!