Thursday, December 27, 2012

Gorilla day 1

Ok today I have claimed my iPad and sent Einstein to his!! And found some great apps for my iPad purpose and reason.
But today is the first day in gorilla fitness
4 rounds of 4
Squats, lunges and push-ups
And my do them twice!
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Ok so another cartilage piercing and still 155 or 157 but who is counting!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

My oh my

I have wanted an iPad for sooo long! And my Einstein won the lottery I had my piece of it spent! I was so excited to buy myself an iPad and probably one with a blue cover!
Einstein's first surprise of the season ---a blue covered iPad
Christmas came early so we could all be together for a Christmas celebration and feast! Actually it came and went so quickly that it left me a bit taken a back.
So as I move thru the decorations so ready to be put away and food to be prepared and packing to relocate it astonishes me that every single time I turn around my Einstein is on my iPad picking new games or playing one. He has put more hours on this little monster than I ever could.

So tonight as he slyly asked me to sit next to him while I played on it and he started playing my game till I handed it over to him.damn an hour goes by and he has added four more games and tells me not to delete them -- it's my iPad he has a super mega soul sucking computer but he wants my iPad too

What if I said no!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

an afternoon when a great feeling came back to me

Watching our latest and greatest western (yes i love westerns and i do love clint eastwood)

anyway one of the characters very handsome long haired cowboy southern soldier gallops across the land .  The camera is at an angle that reminds me suddenly of what it feels like to go really fast across the field on a horse.

My horse riding days were brief but very much appreciated.  Against all better judgement my Einstein  helped me purchase a young horse.  I spent several months of learning about and caring for my horse, Shadow.  These where some of the hard days of having 4 children and 2 wild crazy teenage boys - ESCAPE to the barn was mental therapy.

Then one day my own cowgirl voice said get on a let him run...
it was the most amazing feeling I have ever experienced.  So much so that i did it several times just in that one afternoon and fell head over hills in love with my Shadow.

Another afternoon he was way out near a large creek and I had to walk  out for him (honestly i loved walking the pasture as well as riding in it)  Any way I happened near a fallen tree that I stood on and called for him.  When he came to me it just felt right to just climb on - bareback - simple head harnessed.  a few steps and a couple of click sounds and we were trotting ever so smoothly back to the barn for saddling up and cleaning for a good rumble across the open land

And i had almost forgotten that amazing feeling....

Thank you memory cell!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Summer leavin'

Summer colors give way to fall breezes and long shadows instead of long days....

*************************Doodles from the driveway*********************************


we all long to leave our mark here so others will know we were here....
but it is truly hard to know who is being remembered here the tree or the fence?


and yet some are so grand it takes a while for them to be let go-(the tree not me)

And while it was a good summer it was a hard summer.  So hot and dry in july and August that my small garden fruit battled daily to survive.   So i will not exactly "embrace" this season but live it! yea I will live it like a vacation! (stolen from my son)
Here's to living fall!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

not gonna be a cry baby

When you sink your life,  your 24/7 for 30 years into someone,  well, you get attached.
 it is hard to step away and embrace the shell you become when they are not a part of even your long weekend life. especially when you truly enjoy their company.  but hey i can be a big girl too.
Note to reader: I had beg for the oldest son pic 

so i promised you that i would be your dragon slayer for all eternity and you NO longer have need for dragon slayers.  So what you are enjoying yourself with out me AND dont think you need to include me in any of your visit plans - ha - i just want you to be the happy healthy adult that you are despite my best mistakes!
Note to reader: I had to invite myself over to his friends pool for a visit with  him --- thankfully i love his BFF and BFF's wife:

***I would share text messages I got from my daughters but I don't know how to take a pic of the screen but i need to learn that because texting is a HUGE part of our communication****

Embrace it? No not my terminology, I say Fuck it! I am over qualified (new term for old)
and it sucks but not a damn thing I can do about it.

My art space is exciting to me

AND very exciting to FATCAT (Alias "Ollie" and "Toby")
getting all the accessories in view and know exactly where they are-- (Ok maybe not exactly but a good idea of where they are:

love this little collage of Brave Girls Club Art  

and here is to small bottles:

Saturday, September 1, 2012

arts*ing around

After the kids finished moving out and leaving what they didnt want in their house well my house was a mishmash of such random things in random places.

So today I took some of the treasures to the rooms i think they belong in and started my own art room (right now it is more of an art corner but it is in front of the window)  and during the blue moon weekend nature has taken on a fall tone even though it is still very hot and humid.  There is something different  something particular about the shadows and how they fall now.  I had to sweep of the driveway 2 times today just to keep the leaves from getting in the house through the garage -

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weigh in Wednesday-- hump-day hollers....

Weigh in well that sux!  diet has gone to hell and hell again- who wants to diet let me see a show of hands!  didnt think so!  Now i am miserable and dont like myself and certainly hate getting dressed~~ got on the scales at the Drs office and right back where i was pre diet pills
Christmas 2008
Sept. 2009

june. 2010
April 2011
August 2011
and now same damn big arms and i cant turn my head enough to hide the chins:

SO weigh in at 155- and i am not happy with myself- 

so perhaps I need to stop giving myself permission to start dieting tomorrow....cause to day is the tomorrow i was waiting for.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"all art is magic...." Andrew Schweigert

one dried and pressed leaf -- August is folding into September.  The heat of summer spills over into the cool changes of fall and creates magic

I woke early 5:15 (before my 5:20 am alarm) and now I am going to be late!  well not late but not early - 
so much to do to get ready for the long weekend - my job is in my way!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

nature is my nature--

when i was a stay at home mom of 1 then 2 then 3 then 4!! i thought i needed more hours in the day to get all of them well fed, washed, edumacted, (I home schooled a couple of the smartest kids in the universe!) and groceries and cook...and blabla bla

Now the oldest is about to get married at 31 just before he turns 32! shewwww I had 3 by then and 11 years under my belt!  love you guys!

Our oldest Daughter (22) married 2011 and just recently moved out of state!

Our second born and our second son- moved away in Feb of this year- it was a sudden job transfer and it was very hard for me but man has he made a wonderful wonderful choice
He is not a cowboy and he is not a redneck! he is very successful poser!

and last but certainly not lease is the remaining college student that traveled 4 hours away from home to go to college!  She teaches Ballet to little ladies and studies, goes to the library to use the large screens for PINTEREST! 

So my point in all of this bla bla is that they are all moved away and I STILL need more hours in a day! to work at my job 8hrs, go to the gym/ run (slim down for that wedding) water my flowers

*******************Feed the wild things!************

And think and create for the Ode to Nature class offered by Alisa Burke

***********************and doodle and water paint***********************

And low and behold try to mingle with others in my class--when suddenly i remember I have to pack!!! I am going to see by married daughter for the weekend!! HOORAY!

destined to be behind the rest of my life but oh am i loving it!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

time for some ... rambling?

Believe it or not I think of this blog at least once a day and often more times than that- I want to share something important (or not) something funny  or at least something with someone.

Life after four kids and 33 almost 34 years of marriage and i can still be lonely.
I have a burning image of an art pic i want to create but i can't put others on hold and focus.

The people in my life, my family, my extended friends and family are very dear to me.  Like my own mother, i can drop anything in a beat when someone comes by or asks for my attention to show or tell me something.  If it is important enough for them to call me by name (mom or jennifer) then it is even more important to me.

Text messages hence are very important to me!
even from espn! - mlb - updates on Braves!! (whitney added it so i could stay up with andrew and the braves)

This weekend was spent in mode of "ummm" not like a zen "om" but a so this is life "ummmmm???"

wandered so old neighborhood in marietta where a home owner ( suspect an elderly) lost his wife to eternal rest so he lost his flare for life and his garden--
Home after love is gone:

It caused alot of thinking--

looking thru my own window of time always causes a mix of emotions-
Cucumbers. tomatoes, and okra ablaze---

a barrow filled with memories of weddings and a day of shopping for the right plants with morgan not to mention a MASTER PIECE panted on the side of wheel barrow - love on wheels!!??!

ahhh days on the deck with with those i love---

Sunday, July 29, 2012

i love my phone and i want to marry it!

i have had crappy phones every since we got the cell phone oh almost 10 years ago.
It wasnt until recently as my babies moved further away that i thought of the cell phone as a very necessary part of my life and the better the phone the better our communication - it is worth working 40 hours a week in a small gray cube just for this amazing tool

yesterday it was love all over again as i left the house with a recently downloaded "couch to 5k" app.
Time to get into shape or in better shape before the oldest child of ours marries in September.  

I pressed the start training button and this nice lady said "walk briskly" So i did! and then i wondered if i could hear pandora radio while the training lady was around - and yep!! DMB began singing "Bartender" 

and i was moving briskly when the nice young lady said "Ok let's jog" so for the next minute I did-- and I was smiling and taking notes of things i wanted to take pictures of and share with my kids on the way back---

 so or 2.09 miles I jogged when she said jog and i walked when she said walk and sang all the way with DMB.  Turned around at this sign and this was plenty far for my first day

As I turned around the phone buzzed that i had a message-- It was from hard working beach baby party monster son  "Started early this morning"

So we shared a few moments of chat and pics
His view
and My VIEW

Shared a new experience his baby sister was in the middle of -- yes it is a sewing machine! lol
I walked in the door this morning after a jog and a long walk and a chat with one of our babies and said I LOVE MY PHONE it is awesome and I WANNA MARRY IT!

Friday afternoon we heard from Chicago Dears shared new rug pics!!

and we shared we are all out to eat picture

It was a great weekend with close enough to touch babies and even with those far away

Thursday, July 26, 2012

it is all about attitude....

a hot day.... another day in summer!  
busy or not in my cubicle

 or wandering the crowds in disney.

went i sat on the deck tonight just before dark it felt like a warm embrace (with mosquitoes of course)  It reminded me that nature mother earth will embrace you no matter your attitude and changes it.  ahhh love the lap and shoulder of nature