Friday, September 16, 2016

Autumn day at last

finally, fall seems to have expressed her self. Took a little while to warm up to but the moon seemed to say time to change, my dear, it's time. Autumn shook off summer and pulled on her gray cloudy hat. "So, there!" she said and stamped about the green leaves kicking them a lighter shade of pale yellow green. She had started the change and the sigh of seasons could just catch our breaths away because we knew, something was up. "It's all good," said the bears and deer in the woods. The birds blinked wonderingly. Was it time for them to begin the Southern move? They were ready as the air already held a certain chill they did not like. Their Northern cousins laughed at their sensitivity, happily plotting out which were the best trees for seeds and which would be the best people to fill their bird feeders. Older squirrels thought of days gone by, remembering they need to start stocking up for winter and keep the young ones on their toes.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

won second place in a local show called the Dark Arts Show!

Very surprised and glad to enter with other great local artists! I feel honored.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Thought I'd share some of the art class art I've been teaching.

This one is based on Hamilton the musical

Based on a flower bouquet 

Princess Bride

Wizard of Oz

And another Hamilton piece. 

Harry Potter

this was for a painting class based on Harry Potter. I think it came out really cool! :)

my sweet and sours

still cute but with a mean streak, just the way they should be.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

reworking some older art pieces.

Thought I'd add some shelves to this "canvas" and then try some other things to add. Probably will repaint, at least the front. My middle kid tells me that hearts are outdated. geesh

teaching bad habits

but it's tasty, mom!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The few weeks before school starts and tips on a happy shopping trip for families

A feeling of unease has crept into my stomach as it dawns on me that school is on the horizon. It's not that I hate school, rather it's that feeling I got as a kid knowing that free time, my time would be over. I know my kids are feeling some of this as they are thinking about backpacks, supplies and clothing. We went clothes shopping today. We don't do this often because it is expensive and usually I get some basics as the summer goes on. However, having my feet out of commission from healing from blisters and now I sprained my ankle, we had to wait.

So, after being stressed out at the store, frustrated at kids who seem like the most annoying cats on leashes (if we leashed cats in a store) and wandering around like aimless shopping zombies, I came up with a list of things for shoppers with a family in tow or just with a spouse or friend. This list is #1 list for shopping. Feel free to share and to print. It will save you stress and anxiety.

1. Always eat before you leave to go shopping. You will need food. You will need food and drink for walking around aimlessly searching for basic stuffs. You need sustenance and hydration. If you are lucky you will be in a store that has food nearby. This is handy. Use it. If not, eat before you leave. If you have a child under 15, bring snacks in your bag. If you have someone 16 and up, bring snacks in your bag.  If you bring someone who is under you elbow, bring snacks and a stroller. Do not let the little one scream at high pitched volume and ignore. Give them snacks/drink place in stroller and then either leave or sit and rest with them. They are your alarm that you are hungry too. You just do not know it.

2. Write down all the sizes of crucial body parts to get proper clothing sizes. Do not let them talk you out of it. This is golden material. If possible, take the list and go shopping minus the bodies and have some free time for your self. Taking a teen shopping who is cranky, hungry, either glued to your back or wandering around in the clothing isles is not fun for you or anyone in the radius of 20 feet...30 feet. It is stressful and annoying.

3. You spouse, your team players, your pose will become some strange echo chamber that will have all their worst attributes on parade for you for no other reason then the lighting is different from you home. They will stagger about in strange steps, whine, complain, if possible cry. All because we are looking for shoes.

4. Don't bother guessing. Don't. Don't look at the prices (though, look and shake your head in dismay). get someone to measure your kids feet. Ignore their stinky feet from their crocs. Just get it done and get out. Look for the lowest price, if possible but get out fast.

5. Do not respond to any complaints. This should be the second in the list, probably. If you respond, your blood pressure will go up and you will feel defeated to get through this. Just turn off any responses you would have made and ignore. This is a good quality to master for most any occasion regarding a teenager. Look sad and try to empathize but move on.

6. It is all right to take breaks. Do not do a full nine yards of shopping. it is too much to ask. No one was made to conquer this in a day, let alone an hour or two, let alone with 2 teens and a kid and a husband who's gone into shopping shock.

7. After shopping, get food treats. Munch on the way home. Give people a good feeling for shopping and remember to feed before you leave the next time. It's life, a learning experience. It's okay.

8. Take a nap. Sleep will heal all. If possible, get teens to nap too...most likely, they won't but at least nap for your self. That is the balance part of life. Everyone needs a nap.

There you go. My list for shopping with a family. Don't take to heart what is said in shopping trips. Try to focus on good things. Positive feelings. Always feed before leaving and nap to heal. I hope most of you have gotten all of your supplies already. I still have to get notebooks but the shoes and stuff are done. woo hoo! And I got a good long nap too. :)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

painting and school and subbing

So, stuff is happening. School is starting up...for me and the kids. I've agreed to student teaching next semester...oh, I hope I can do this and speak loudly for the class to hear me. I know this is my weak spot and apparently, is connected to hypothyroidism. However, I can yell and talk loudly when annoyed...however, do I want to be that annoyed? Probably not. I think I'll have to practice vocal lessons to at least try to sound a little louder. Great, I'm back to remembering what I learned in speech therapy. Argh! If I have warm tea or even warm water, this helps. Or cough drops, I guess. Otherwise, I'm excited about this.

Hopefully, I'll get all the paper work for subbing together for several districts in my area. I hope that works out well. I also want to finish up some observations for schools and take a full 8 hours and get that done.

My other goals are to keep working at building our community garden at our church...this is a project we started about May. I'm very pleased at how it's progressing. The biggest joy was when we donated 3 bags of food we grew for a local food bank. We're planning on doing a winter garden. Something that will extend the growing period at the end and beginning of the year. We're working with several organizations:the junior high, boys and girls club, as well as directly with the community. It's a learning experience for sure.

I did an art camp this summer which I learned so much from. I LOVED it! My biggest learning part was I'm out of shape and need to wear good walking shoes as I got the worst blisters of my life. Otherwise, I was walking pretty good at the end but dang, I wish I knew that tying your shoes tightly, keeps your foot from moving around/creating massive blisters. I lost the balls of my foot but am happy to report they are healing well.

I also taught a class at the Palmer museum. This was so much fun and I had two wonderful docents to help and show me how to draw out children. Really a good experience.

The biggest change is my feeling of comfort from new experiences. I don't know if it's me getting used to my medication for hypothyroidism or just growing as a person or what, but it's a good feeling not to feel anxiety. Now, if the weather would get a pinch cooler, I can start walking again and feel even better. Today the rains came and we went out for a bit. It feels about 20 degrees cooler! So, it's happening just taking some time. The smell of the Earth is amazing after the rain/coolness and the bugs are singing happily.

With all the politics happening, I feel like this has been the fastest and strangest summer. I don't watch main stream news or TV because it usually speeds things up. And man, just the little I get from I can feel the stress going up for everyone. I must say, I'm so grateful for our church and how it is evolving. I really am. Even if we don't have the same ideas, it's great to be doing things and feeling connected.

I also am grateful for being back in school...even if I get stressed out. It's not that bad, really. Plus, I got to go to a Bernie rally. I feel really blessed.

There does feel like holes...people we've lost, I'll think about them and miss them. My anxiety isn't totally gone as more family have gotten sick and from serious conditions...cancer. My brother's wife having colon cancer is terrible. But, there is is good in that she is getting treatment and is strong. I do wish we could all have our genetic codes read/understood so we can find out what we might be more likely to get and to do preemptive treatments. I'm sure it will happen, some day.

And that is my overall feeling...that there are good and bad things. However, I do believe there is mostly good. And I'm learning to see things from others eyes. Listening and not being reactionary to someone's varying opinion, let's things get aired out, patience develop and hopefully, learning come from this. I'm learning, little by little.


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