Thursday, October 30, 2008

Living for Today

Long distance relationships are hard. I find myself living in the future. Always looking forward to the next visit. Ok…1 day till I see him again, then 3 weeks till we go to Aruba, then Christmas…. And in always looking forward I seem to be missing the present. I am always saying, live for today so I am going to try and stop living in the future and live for today. I am going to enjoy whatever life brings me today. I am going to get my camera back out and I will be taking pictures of what life has to offer me today....I say....bring it on!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

There are always 2 sides to a story.....

I have been pretty quite this last week or so. Life has a way of taking a priority. I have been doing alot of thinking recently due to some family issues. My grandmother has been in the hospital and we just found out that she has stage 4 colon cancer. She is 96 years old and has led a full and good life. But it just seems not right for her to go out of this world that way. I haven't been close with my grandmother through out my life. That is part of my story...the second side to the story....My parents had issues with my grandmother and so through out my life I always heard all the negative things about her. And as I grew older I guess I just decided that I was not going to question what my parents had always said. I never made an effort to find out on my own what my grandmother was all about. But this last May, for my sister's 50th Birthday, all 5 of us kids went to see her. That was a feat in itself. I don't know if my grandmother had seen all of us in one room during our whole lives. But as we were all talking, I started to listen to the stories from when we were kids. And I heard the other side... And now that I really know what my parents are like, I regret that I did not find my own truth. That I took what they said for face value. That I missed out on having my grandmother in my life for most of my adult years. The lesson I learned here? I will never take anything for face value. I will do my own investigation. I will find my own truth and base any decisions on what I believe.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Thoughts I am thinking....

This past weekend, I went to meet my man's daughter and his sister and her family. No pictures for this post, but I will be posting some pics of some of the things I saw. So anyways, back to my thoughts that came to me this weekend.

Thought #1. During a conversation with Ed's sister, she made a statement about the person we were talking about and said, "My life was not made any better or happier because I knew her." Well, I don't really want that being said about me. I would rather have people say that it was nice knowing Cindy and that she brought some kind of joy to their lives.

Thought #2. I make ALOT of assumptions on a daily basis. And these assumptions lead me to make up things in my mind that are not necessarily the case.

Thought #3. It's not all about me! LOL I know that this would make my brother-in-law happy to hear me say that, but that is not for him. LOL...anyways, this has to do with thought #2. When we assume things then we make it all about us and in's not. Everybody has their own reality. We just don't always have all the information and we try to fill in the blank spots and when we do this...we make up all kinds of stuff in our minds. So...I am going to try not to base my decisions off of assumptions.

I learned alot of things this weekend. I am going through a period of self discovery. I hope you don't mind joining in on the ride....

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Quote for today

I saw this quote this morning and I really liked it:

It's tempting to sit and wait for life to come to you. But it can't, it's too busy. Life is out there. You have to go for it.

That is how I am trying to live my life right now. It's not always easy and things don't always go my way, but when I have been knocked down, I just get back up at try again! I am taking it one day at a time...enjoying every bit of today's moments. I have started a gratitude journal also. I am writing down 5 things I am grateful for everyday. No repeating so each day you have to think and really look around for good things in your life. Try's pretty cool how aware it makes you. I leave you with a pretty picture...I am grateful for my I can see all the flowers bloom with their bright and vibrant colors.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Art & Soul Day 6 and Final Night

The final class I had was with Judy Wilkenfled. It was called Aging Gracefully. I learned techniques in this class that I will be using alot! What a great class. What a great teacher. She is such a kick.I made her take a picture with me and this is what she did...LOL I told her it was going up on my blog! If you ever get a chance to take a class with her do it. You won't be disappointed.

Later that night, my sister Lynn and I went to dinner with Catherine Witherell. We have been wanting to meet for some time now. We had a blast talking about everything under the sun. I am glad we finally met. I didn't get any pictures of us which I wish I would have. But I am sure we will meet again somewhere sometime.

And that is my final post on Art & Soul 2008. Now, I am getting my submission to Belle Armoire ready, then this weekend I take a trip to see my man again, then I come back and I am busy busy busy. Life is good right now. I am just taking each day as it comes and enjoying what it has to offer.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Art & Soul Day 5

On to the next class. On Sunday, we took Beryl Taylor's Mini Quilt class. It was alot of fun. We sat with a lady name Joanna. What a kick she was. She took my teasing and gave it right back to me! I love it when that happens! LOL Here is the project progression.

It's not quite done yet but you get the gist. I have some ribbon to add and then tack it all down. I really liked this class.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Portland Sightseeing

On Saturday, Lynn and I took the day off from classes and decided that we would sight see around the Portland Area. I am so used to the color tan, brown, beige, sand, khaki, cream, toast, bronze, ecru, camel that when I see green, I am a picture happy girl! Also, we hardly ever get rain in Vegas so when I see clouds and's such a novelty that I notice all the little things about them. Like the little wispy bit of cloud that gets stuck in the trees. It's like they don't want the little cloud to leave them.... So we head down to see Multnomah Falls. I love water falls. The sound of the water rushing through the rocks reminds me of when I was a kid and we used to play by the streams and the rivers. I am a water girl. Streams, Lakes, Rivers, Seas, Bays, Oceans...I love them all. The first waterfall along our way was Wahkenna Falls.
It was sprinkling a little but I didn't care. Good thing I wore a headband to control my hair! LOL or you would probably would have been scared of this picture! So on to the next stop. But before we left there, I had to take a picture of the locals. He looked and me with the little eyes poking out from his head and asked me what the hell I was looking at. It must have been before 10am! I told him that he really reminded me of someone from Las Vegas. That her name was Jen and they had much in common! They were both VERY VERY SLOW and that she was not a morning person either!!!!!! LOL Love ya Jen!

Next was the reason we came this way. Multnomah Falls! Here is what Wikipedia says: Multnomah Falls is a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, located east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, along the Historic Columbia River Highway. The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542 feet (165 m) and a lower falls of 69 feet (21 m), with a gradual 9 foot (3 m) drop in elevation between the two, so the total height of the waterfall is conventionally given as 620 feet (189 m). Multnomah Falls is the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States after Yosemite
We walked up the trail and across the bridge. What a neat feeling to be up on that bridge and feel the mist from the waterfall.
As we walked back down, I saw this view from the trail. It is my favorite picture from our sightseeing! So we decided to go further down the road a bit to see what else there was and we ran into Horse Tail Falls. As we parked, I noticed the railroad tracks and I decided to go take a few pictures. As I was climbing over there, my sister got a few shots of my rear end taking these pictures! LOL Thank god she can't post to my blog! On to the Falls...As you can see, it does kinda look like a horse tail. I think this one was my favorite, not because it was big or anything, but that I could go play on the rocks by the water! When I was younger any time I came upon a river or stream, the first thing I would do is go walk across the rocks. It's no different now that I am grown up. I still love playing on the rocks. Nature is an amazing playground and I think that as adults, we tend to forget about how wonderful it is to let go and be a kid again. I like to look at everything around me with the curiosity of a wide eyed little kid. Seeing the world for the first time. Try it one day and you will be amazed at how much you see, feel and hear....

After the falls, we went to the Portland Saturday Craft Market. It was very interesting.

Then we went down to Alberta Street, bought some great ribbon, headed over to Claim Jumper to eat lunch and then back to our room for a quick nap before we went down for Vendor night at Art & Soul. A very tiring day indeed.

I leave you with this last picture I took of the day.

Notice the little black clouds against all the big white puffy clouds? are the big puffy clouds....don't let the little black rain clouds ruin your parade! You are bigger than they are! Kick ass and take names! The sun always comes back out and brightens the day!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Art & Soul Day 2 & 3

So the next class I took was Nina's "Step into the Story" class. She taught us a ton of jewelry techniques. The first day we worked on learning how to drill in porcelain and rocks and we worked with resin.The second day, we learned all kinds of wire wrapping techniques, such as the "Nina Knot" and the Cocoon bead, and her honeysuckle wrap. Then she had Shirley McCutcheon come in from next door to teach us the bird nest technique. Nina said that is who she learned it from.There was so much info to absorb. I did finish a necklace but I haven't taken a picture of it yet. It's not great, but there was so little time to finish because of all the stuff we were learning. After the second day, my sister and I invited Nina and Misty to dinner and they graciously accepted. We went to have Sushi! My first time ever eating Sushi. There were some things I liked and others that were just ok. But we had a blast. The Sushi place we went to had the little conveyer belt thing and you had to grab the little plate you wanted pretty fast. It was hysterical! They got to listen to my whole life story! sweet is that? They listened to us talking.
It was a great evening. Nina is the sweetest person. Her work is so much more incredible in person. She is someone who I look up to and admire. My sister became a big Nina fan after her class.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I'm Back from Art & Soul

Goodbye Portland: Hello Las Vegas....home sweet home.... It's always so exciting to go away and play but it always feels SOOOOOOO good to come home. I had the most fantastic time at Art & Soul. I met so many wonderful people and had amazing teachers. I am starting to get back to my normal state of mind. Every year I go to Art & Soul, I learn another lesson. It's not to take too many classes because by the end of the week you are completely spent. So much information so little time!

Day 1
Our first class was with Kelly Rae Roberts. She is such a sweetheart! If you ever get a chance to take a class with her....DO IT! You won't regret it. I totally loved her class. Me and my sister Lynn had the best time creating our paintings. The techniques she taught are something that I will use in future art for sure. Here is a progression of one of my paintings. First you collage old letters, cards etc and then add paint...The piece is not quite finished but you get the idea.

After class Lynn and I went to dinner at this great seafood place and I got my favorite thing...Steamed Clams!!! and then when we came back, we hung out in the lounge area, talking with Kelly Rae, Stephanie Lee, Then Judy Wise came over. She is just the cutest thing! She was wearing these striped socks with thong sandals. Stephanie made her take this picture! We had tons of laughter that night. Isn't it amazing how good laughing can make you feel? Stephanie Lee has got the quickest wit I have ever seen. She is soooooo funny. A total kick to be around. All the woman I met there are so amazing and talented. I felt like a little minnow in a bowl of goldfish but I had a great time. It was a great end to the first day...I will post more on my other days later. I am tooooooooo tired tonight! I need to go to bed and rest, rest, rest!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Happy as a clam

I am having the best time ever! I have lots of stories to tell and photos to share! I feel like a little kid who has finally been allowed to move to the grown up table! LOL