Monday, January 27, 2014

Painting Number Five

This is picture number five in my animal collection.  I worked on this today during another one of
our snow storms.  I can see by taking a photo of it that there is still a little work to be done on it but for the most part I am satisfied with it.  It gave me something to do today since we didn't have school
today. (Actually I did the drawing and background over the weekend) 

 I wonder if we will have school tomorrow?  I hear that we are going to have low temps with
wind chills around -30.  I am thankful for a nice warm apartment.

Thanks to those who have read my stories.  I really appreciated your comments.  I wish there were
still magazines where you could send short stories to be published.  I don't know of any, so if you do, please let me know.  Actually, for myself I dislike reading short stories....they always seem to end to
soon so I much prefer books...and yes, I read a lot....something like 4 or 5 books a week.  What is your favorite...a story, a book or a movie?

Well, it is time for dinner....thinking of making a pot of chili...sounds good on a cold snowy day!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Another snowy day

Good morning!

Well, it is another snowy day here in my little town in Michigan.  Big fat flakes are coming down at
a rapid pace.  I haven't even checked the weather, just tried to decide what to do today.  I have laundry and a box of papers to sort out.  But I discovered a new website where I could publish my stories for review by whoever.  Yes, I also like to write.  So I decided to post a few on this site.  You will find them as tabs on my home page.  Let me know what you think of them.

My other project for today will be to work on my newest painting.  The last ones were pastels on paper.  This one is acrylic on canvas.  It is a work in progress and a challenge for sure.  I will post a pic when it is looking better...right now I only have put in the background.  I was kind of discouraged about doing this art show project.....maybe, I thought, it is too ambitious a plan for a 66 year old lady.  Maybe too ambitious for someone who has never shown her art to people.  Maybe I should just give up?  Then last night I was watching my favorite funny show...The Big Bang Theory...when all of a sudden my television automatically switched channels to Joyce Meyer.  She was talking about the Bible verse that says we, as Christians,  can do all things though Christ who strengthen us.  She said that if grocery stores sold miracles in a can we would probably all go to the grocery store and buy a case.  Then she said that miracles came in cans...I CAN.  not in I CAN'T's.  So many times she repeated I can, I can, I can.  She went on to say that we need to believe we can, to speak it, and to do it.  Then we have our miracle.  So I am just saying that I can...and you can whatever you have always wanted to accomplish.  I guess I was meant to watch that show.

Now to get ready to do that laundry...have a great day and stay warm!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

I've been trying to convince myself to write a blog.  I have been keeping a journal since the 1st of the year but somehow blogging just hasn't happened for me in a while.

It is very cold here in Michigan and school was delayed for two hours this morning.  Personally I think they should have cancelled it since when I came home the wind chill was -24.  But they won't because of all the days we have already missed due to bad weather.  We have had our fair share.  I think this is the worse winter that I have seen in a while.  I finally turned the heat on in my apartment and even have a small heater running and it is still cold in here.  All I really want to do is lay on the sofa with a blanket.

My knee is much better.  My new year's resolution was to quit using my cane and I have been successful.  I still don't have the range of motion that I should and wonder if I will ever get it now.  I see the surgeon for my six month check on February 6.  He will be proud that I am walking so well but not so proud of how I can't bend my leg...makes putting on socks and shoes very difficult...and forget about cutting toenails...I will be getting pedicures from now on I guess.

For those who aren't on facebook with me...I have gone back to my painting.  I decided to try to get enough paintings done and to try to have an art showing of my work.  I need to start searching for a place to do this.  So far I have four paintingd done and am working on the fifth. 

Here is the one I posted on facebook....

This was just before I finished it....I added some land above the water...rounded the first zebra's body and straightened out some of the stripes.  Now I need to get it matted and framed....where I have some extra cash.   The next painting is an acrylic....easier to frame than a pastel.  All the painting in this collection will be of animals.

So between being a Grandma at school, painting...and the occasional trip to the casino that is about all I have been doing. (Oh, and trying to stay warm.)  Have a great weekend!