Yesterday I had the day off from the Summer Reading Program so I decided that I had better do what I had planned from the beginning and head out to Toledo and go to my painting group. In the beginning I was volunteering 5 days a week and then realized that the artist club had painting times on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings. So I asked to change my scheduled days to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays so I could paint with others. For lots of reasons. I had been putting off going. I always have been a little bashful in new situations so that is one of the reasons. Another is my preparations for the Florida start new idea. So yesterday I had a talk with myself and kind of got after myself and headed out.
It is about a thirty five mile trip to the Toledo Botanical Gardens (where the Toledo Art Club calls home). I was still not certain that I should go so right away a little voice inside kept listing more reasons not to go. The main one that popped up was about my car. My car is old. It was purchased for cash after I had to let my wonderful Prius go back. I had intended for it to be a temporary vehicle and to get a better one down the road. Now it's going on 5 years and I still have it. Lately it has developed a problem. When it gets to between 49 and 52 miles per hour, it flutters. Acts like it might stall out. Scary. Again I gave myself a little push and decided I would just have to have more faith that I would make it there and back. (I did, by the way.)
I actually got there a little early (8:45am) so I checked facebook on my phone. I waited and waited. It was 9:15 then 9:30. I tried the door it was locked tight. At 9:35 I decided to leave. I went across town to the large shopping mall. I tried on a lot of clothes and vowed to go back on my diet. I did find one dress on sale for half price and since it was sleeveless I had to buy a shrug to go with it. Then I went to chic filet for lunch and told myself that I would get serious about that diet tomorrow. Lol
After that I was pretty worn out but I wanted to go back to the artist club. To get some answers about the painting group but also to see my paintings hung in their gallery. I knew the club Secretary would be there at 1pm. So I went back across town. When I got there I saw a lot of cars in the lot. This didn't surprise me as I knew that there was a different class in the afternoon. I went in and asked the secretary and she told me yes that they did have people painting there in the morning. ????? I told her my situation and we surmised together that it must have had a really late start. Probably the people who regularly attend this were aware of it..but not someone like me...a first timer. So although disappointed I understand. I went in to look at my paintings and to compare to the ones who won. (I didn't). I guess I took the theme wrong. It was the road less traveled and mine were the only ones with roads in them. Most of them were paintings of farms. I guess farming is done less nowadays but I wasn't thinking like that. If I was part of that morning group I might have known.
So I left and drove home. No incidents. Yeah! When I got home I was beat. I sat on my sofa for a moment and awoke with a start about an hour later.
I was contemplating watching some tv and putting my feet up when I remembered that I had promised someone to go to the local opera house to view a play. So I freshened up just in time to leave. The play was "Catch Me if You Can" . It was a movie but I had only seen parts of it. The interesting thing about it was how they handled the many changes of scene. I think there must have been about 14 scene changes. The disappointing thing was that it was mostly a musical. I must say that most of their plays are. I would like to see a drama sometime with maybe only one or two songs.
One gal (toward the end) was a really great singer....I would have liked to hear more from her. The lead male was good but kind of a boring voice and persona. I got home at 11:30pm....a busy day and late night....made getting up today a little difficult.
Today I did the reading program this morning and am heading out to get my prescription and any groceries and then the rest of the day I will take it easy....maybe paint a little, read a little, stare at the tube a little. Tomorrow Ann Arbor Street Festival and Art Shows...4 in total.