Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Day off

Today Wednesday is my Sunday.  This is my 3rd season at the Timpanogos Cave National Monument. I am debating whether I will return for a 4th. I have been exhausted every day and spend so much time sleeping.  I have been crabby and just not enjoying it as much.  I have made lovely friends and would miss them..but I am not painting. And the pay is bad. I am tired. I realize this has a lot to do with some back and arthritis issues. This morning I woke in so much pain that my hands were useless. It took an hour for the 2 tramadol to work. I get 2 days off and need at least 3 to recover. Going to foot doctor tomorrow and hoping to get a cortisone shot to relieve swelling that new expensive orthopedic shoes have not addressed.  Back issues are chronic. I feel like a complaining baby!  And customer service is the pits. Even  a fun place gets angry impatient people. Parents who are either impatient with their kids or kids ignored by parents and tearing thru the bookstore.   Sad situations unfold everyday here from neglect of children, grandparents, pets and general pissiness of entitled  yuppies, and people who challenge the rules for safety.  It is not so much fun and I admire those fellow employees who maintain their enthusiasm. But even the  best of these are showing wear and tear.  
But I am going to a plein air event August 29, 30 and 31st. Going with a great new artist friend..sharing expenses and looking forward to the time away. And September at the end of the season..I am going to Oregon for the birth of my first grandchild. So things to look forward to even if I am going to be doing it on a shoestring.  
Lets see if I can find some fairly recent art to show you. And thanks for letting me vent about my tiny problems.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I have been really remiss on even reading blogs..much less posting! I have been on facebook and pinterest, went back to work at the visitor's center on May 25th. Still getting knee back up to snuff...feels great today!
I have done some plein air and am in a new series of acrylic on YUPO..had to blow away hard drive on this old laptop and have to reload pics but here is what I have done lately 

Have a great day everyone.
Beach is Open
Feeding Frenzy
The Pier
The Island
Beach Party
Flying Before the Storm
Rocky Beach

Rockin Surf

Inlet Out


And best news ever...I will be Grandma for the first time in September..and no they don't want to know boy or girl!  My son Shane and his girl Alisa. Moved to Eugene Oregon in September...Happy day


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

wow..it has been a long time!!!

I have been very negligent of this blog but I think I have a few excuses!!! Lets see...at the end of October I had the injections for pain in my back and it seemed to help. I flew to Ohio for three weeks to visit Mom just 2 days later. I had a very nice visit..even if my youngest brother tried to pick fights over the then upcoming election. I finally had to tell him that I had already voted by absentee ballot and there was no going back!!! I took my 87 year old Mom to vote and it was pretty awesome. We didn't have to stand too long in line and she took her time. She refused to vote early, was prepared to stand in long lines because she loves to go to the polls. And we had a wonderful election night..my brother's Romney/Ryan sign disappeared very early the next morning. After spending 3 weeks in Akron...I flew home and 2 days later had my right knee fully replaced. What an experience that has been!!! I went straight from the hospital to an inpatient short term rehab facility on Thanksgiving day. wow...I felt like the queen of everything. Private room, private bathroom w/shower. kitchenette, beautiful dining room, great food, a therapy staff that was awesome. I decided not to eat in my room and made some fun friends. I was in a wheelchair for one day..then a walker...4 weeks later I was barely using a cane. I went home and started outpatient therapy the next day. I have been going there 3 days a week. If it hadn't been for them I might have never gotten this far. I was using painkiller as prescribed but got addicted anyway! That never happened to me before although I have used these same drugs in past surgeries. I wouldn't wish the feelings of withdrawal to my worse enemies...well maybe!!! I got worked hard in therapy and that did help. so 8 weeks later the sciatica pain returned and I went back today for another pain management session with injections. The knee is very good and I am planing hiking and walking and snowshoeing in my future! I just found out that I am going to be a grandma for the first time in September of this year. I have been lax on painting but hope to get to it. I am posting 2 little plein air watercolors I did a few Saturdays ago with a paint out. These were done from the 4th floor of the Main City Library in Salt Lake City. They are 8x8 inches. so now we are caught up with me I will go back and look at your past posts. As soon as I get the taxes done!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

well the roosters are staying as the new home did not work out..suffice to say it was a situation I wouldn't leave an enemy in! Much less the roosters I raised from chicks. Going to the hospital today to get an injection to help for a bulging disk that is pinching nerve. Hope that eliminates the pain so my flight to Ohio will be more comfortable. Making postcards from some seriously bad paintings! Passages I like I am leaving and then doing texture and more color. Hopefully friends will like them. Snowflakes this morning with the cold rain...brrrrr. have a great day everyone!

Monday, October 22, 2012

A painting I developed from an experiment in color. The more I look at it the more I like it!  Look close up and it has a lot to offer.
Today 3 roosters are going to a new home.  It is finally definitely fall here.


Friday, October 19, 2012

What exactly is it that I want? What do I get from posting my "stuff" here and on Face Book? At first Face book was a way to be part of the study abroad group that was going to Europe in May of 2008. But really it didn't work very well. But once I was on..I was posting, liking sharing all that "stuff". Then I decided to have a page just for my art. I also decided to have an ETSY shop. that has fallen by the wayside. The Face book thing has become a place where I offend people with my liberal thinking and postings. So less than satisfying and some days just frustrating. I actually have 3 blogs. One that has never had a post, One that has 4 posts, and this one where I appear to have problems with posting my whole life and boring my followers. I actually meant it to be a place for just my art...but that didn't happen. I don't seem to be doing much art lately and I have the constant nagging voice of one of my University teachers saying "one in 10 of you will be doing art in 10 years". I was so determined I would not be one of the 9. Already I know of several fellow students, young ones, who have given up art and gone on to other things..as if all that painting was too difficult and too much expected by others, by themselves. What was I expecting of myself? I wanted to finally concentrate on art..supposedly my first love. But I have to face the facts of being me...I love lots of things. I think I may have a poem in me or a short story. I think that art will always be a part of my life but why do I think I need to make money at it? I know I often thought that I would be single again and need to make a living..so I had thought to continue on with school and get a Masters so I could teach college level art...but at my age..I am just not that interested in that idea. I have worried that my husband may not be around long because all the men in his life died young, he has many medical problems. So I thought "make this pay" But my commitment level has leveled off and I find I am not an everyday artist. I suppose I could say that the orthopedic problems I have been dealing with have caused me to slow things down. And it could be true. I have had sciatica nerve pain in my left leg for months and it has made working 8 hrs. a day standing so painful I was relieved when the season for me came to an end early. Turns out I have a lower back problem that is causing it and an epidural the other day did nothing to stem the pain. Also the right knee is being replaced on Nov. 19th and I have lived without cartilage in that knee for a few years. Amazing what you can used to but not realize how it is truly affecting your life! So I suppose I can blame pain but I know how I am...flitting from one thing to another..I hope that giving up my studio at Poor Yorick is not the end of my art "career" such as it was. So I am flying to Ohio on the 27th of Oct. to visit my family and I hope to spend time not worrying about art. I get back on the 16th of Nov. and get ready for surgery on the 19th. Here is hoping the pain gets dealt with and my mind can focus again on a more creative life. I feel a need for a complete makeover...at age 59 is that crazy? Maybe what I mean is I want to let the me loose that I have always held back... what would you do if you let yourself truly loose and did whatever it was that you love,love, love? I do know that part of me wants the support that I get from many of you. It seems strange to need that from well people I have never met...but it is nice! Have a great day, a great weekend, if you have words of wisdom...I would love to hear them!