Thursday, May 19, 2016

What have you been up to?



First of all I want to talk briefly about my latest addiction(s) and who is to credit for them. Not that this is any kind of excuse for not putting my thoughts down on a more regular manner. Well to tell the truth I've been laying it down on Facebook a lot lately. But not necessarily on my wall. I have been spending my time in a private group of 5000+ of my newest friends. All thanks to a lady who goes by the pseudonym of Brittany, Herself. You can check out her refreshing flavor of opinions and energizing, inspiring stories at; http://brittanyherself.com/

After following Brittany's blog and Facebook page for over a year I decided to treat myself to something I have always wanted to do for myself, take Art classes, stretch myself. Now I know those who have followed me and those who have known me for not very long will be asking yourselves. What kind of Art doesn't she do? Since I sculpt, crochet, weave, sew, garden... It's not something I've never done before and it was originally taken on as a means of improving my sculpting skills. Some time ago someone suggested that if I learned how to draw or paint faces that my sense of dimension would improve and I would become better at my sculpting. Last year I tried by challenging myself to draw a figure at least once a day for a year. At first it was interesting but then my habits slipped and eventually it was an accomplishment if I doodled on my meeting notes occasionally.

Late last year I was avoiding my art on FaceBook, when an ad popped up for an artist named Tamara Laporte. I followed it out to her Blog at http://willowinglove.blogspot.com/.

And from there became enthralled with the idea of taking an online year long art class from her. Tam has hosted these classes called LifeBook since 2012. I just knew I had to sign up for the 2016 class. So we made it my birthday gift last year. Signed up practically at ground zero for launch because she launched the class on January 1st with a special welcome class and has emailed out a link every week for that week's class. For the past 21 weeks I have been swimming in fabulous, enchanting inspiring art. Lesson after lesson. Then two weeks ago, to celebrate her move across the UK to her dream house in Devon, Tam held a sale and I bought three more of her One Time classes (Fabulous Faces, Lettering with Willowing and M3 the Mythical Beasts class series.)

This sounds so much like a commercial and maybe in a way it is. But I have felt like I so need to share with everyone these two fabulous Women and their Blogs.

How is each adventure is working out. Well that's for another Blog.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Do what is a Wine Camp

Last time I was here, I posted a list of 16 things I'm grateful for in 2016. One item was Wine Camp, with a promise to explain it.

Dear hubby and I have hosted a Wine party the weekend before Thanksgiving practically every year since the year we got married. Why that weekend? Because that is the weekend that the New Wine is released (Beaujolais nouveau) and is considered the start of the New Wine year. So we call it our New Year's party.

Last Summer we found a wonderful rental house in Northwest Michigan on Sutton's Bay. A community that is surrounded by some of the best Wineries in the state of Michigan. It was a three bedroom with plenty of space. We invited our usual group of party attendees. While only two other couples came up, the six of us had a wonderful time. Hanging out and sampling the wines at a few different wineries every day for eight days. Gourmet dinners cooked in the house by various members and fire side views of Lake Michigan made for the perfect vacation.

That brings us to this year. In an attempt to find a rental in the Windsor, Ontario wine area I may have goofed and rented a place too far north. Except hubby pointed out that this place puts us close to Stratford. We will get to insert at least one play, plus explore wineries in Canada.  I am really looking forward to this trip.

And the actual details will be for another Blog.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

16 Grattitudes

Guess it's that time of the season. Political season that is.  When I need to start turning off all my information feeds to save my sanity.

Problem is this year I really think this thing is a ticking time bomb and all reasonable people need to stay focused and ready to fight those who would destroy our country with their hate filled rhetoric.

In light of trying to avoid, yet again, more politics.  Here is my list for 2016 of those things I have  gratitude for;  So here are all 16.  In no particular order

1. Hubby's job has saved us from yet another horrible tax year.  Yeah Ford!

2. This year's tax process was way less painful than I thought it would be.

3. My medications seem to be on point in terms of treating my chronic pain conditions and multiple  chemical sensitivities.

4. Grand baby #1.  Did I forget to mention that last September I became a Grandma!

5. LifeBook 2016 - An online year long art class I gifted myself with this year is a spectacularly wonderful experience. (http://willowing.ning.com/)

6. New people who inspire me are entering my life at a break neck speed.

7. Peace of mind is achievable.

8. Looking forward to a bunch of fun Summer activities (Wine Camp II - Needs some explaining but that's another blog.)

9. Post doctorate degree hubby's cooking skills are finally returning to what they were like when we met. Lots of Yummy food.

10. Bells especially outside on a breezy day.

11. Bird song, especially in the spring

13. Crocuses in my lawn.

14. Spring

15. New job opportunity

16. Time & money to do what I'm moved to do.

This is my raw unsorted list of what I'm grateful for in right now in 2016.