A Few Vacation Days–

Took a couple of vacation days to recuperate from what I knew would be a horrific week without my co-worker and I was right. I was exhausted–but not enough not to create some art. I have been working on my studio/office space as well as creating some ATC’s and other work as well. Below are some of the most recent. –Only what I really liked when it was complete.- Hopefully later today I will take the pictures of the first 3 of a series I have started on 18/19th century American Writers/Poets. An earlier post showed my original version of the Whitman piece, which I have revised slightly. Anyway~~~ The first is a 5″X5″ piece that will eventually go into a shadow box frame-

I have been trying to incorporate some of Sally Jean’s creative process by altering most or all of the elements in my pieces using her some of her “Abracadabra Collage Technique” from her beautiful book “Pretty Little Things”. Below are a couple of the ATC’s–

Published in: on July 15, 2008 at 11:47 am  Comments (1)  
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Happy 4th of July-

9:55 pm, Central time-The official City fireworks display has just finished at the Stadium a few blocks from us. We watched it from our patio-There was also several neighbors who were putting on their own Fireworks display. These neighbors had fireworks that rivaled the ones we used to see at our town 4th of July celebration when we were kids-50’s/6o’s.

Today–prior to sundown-was so quiet. The kids went out of town to visit relatives and we were alone for the first time in ages. When I came downstairs this morning I could feel the absence of energy in the house. They are having a great time canoing and visiting their Great Grandfather on his birthday, but I miss them.

I have been working on my ATC’s and collage. I did a couple more 5X7 collages using some illustrations I found in a magazine, so I won’t put them up since they probably are copyrighted. I am uploading the newest smaller collage 4×6 below


Published in: on July 4, 2008 at 10:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Thank Heaven it’s Thursday

I feel like I live my life in two day increments. Monday and Tuesday I work at in the world-9/10 hours depending. Then on Wednesday I am off!!! and I do so look forward to it. Then Thrusday and Friday, back to work, then THE WEEKEND!!Yeah!!!. I work to be off. During the days at work I never feel really alive. Just having to go through the motions. When I am at home I can create, make my art, be with my kids and husband-which I love.
Below are a couple of my recent pieces-The large one is a foray into larger collage it is 5X7 inches. The smaller is an ATC of the Great Brando-I found the picture in a magazine and I knew I had to do something with it.

Published in: on June 19, 2008 at 8:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Few Days Off

I had a couple of vacation days that I needed to use or lose, so I have had a several days of creating -I joined a couple of swaps on one of my groups so I needed to… Here is one of the cards for a 40’s,50’s, 60″s style pinup swap..
This is not my usual type of card, but I liked the pic and she does look naughty.

Published in: on June 12, 2008 at 12:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I am an orphan now

In my previous post I said I was doing some catch up–Because my Mom has died. She passed away on Wednesday, March 26 in the early afternoon. My brother happened to get off work early and went over to the nursing home around noon. She had not been doing very well for several weeks and that week had been going downhill quickly. She was unresponsive-catatonic really for about 3 days prior. Anyway, Terry got there and she was obviously dying then, so my sister-in-law came over and the nursing staff all took turns coming in and saying their farewells, giving her a good bye kiss and there were prayers. She finally just gave up and died quietly with Terry there by her side. God bless him, he is such a good son.

We buried her next to my Dad in Pana, Il where she was born and raised. It is an old cemetery on a hill outside of town, my grandparents are buried there as is my baby brother. It was a small wake and funeral, but nice. Her pastor from Rantoul came and spoke-he did a nice job even if he did the “repent now” kind of thing –not quite as bad as when he spoke at Dad’s funeral. I was pretty upset for several days, but only feeling sorry for myself. I am really happy and relieved that she is finally at peace. I am sad for a lot of things but not that she died. The picture in this entry is one taken about 5-6 years ago at the very beginning of her journey into Alzheimers. I took the picture at my home and It is by far my favorite photo of her. This is how I remember her. Love you mom–

Published in: on April 7, 2008 at 2:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Mom’s 85th Birthday

This is catch up–My mom turned 85 on Feb 1, 2008. Her time in the Nursing home is so hard on her. She cries all the time and is afraid of everything. She is now having a hard time swallowing food of any kind. She mostly drinks.


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Finally have a moment to sit down and update this blog.  Still can’t believe that I actually do this.  And thought I would comment on our vacation in Michigan a few weeks ago. 

We had not had an actual vacation for several years,mostly due to finances. Selling our old house and buying our grand new house.(which turned out to be much more expensive than we were led to believe. Taxes are triple what we were expecting.) And last summer I was taken quite ill suddenly, and had to have surgery!

So in winter of 05/06 I decided we would have a summer vacation again.  Twice in the past we had rented a cottage in Michigan from an aquaintance. So I contacted her and she had a week available the first week of August, 2006.  We budgeted and reserved the cottage and so were on our Summer Vacation August 5-12 on Silver Lake, in Mears,Michigan.   It is a quaint little place. The cottage was part of a family compound, and now the daughter owns it and rents the three cottages out. It is decorated in funky furniture and she has games, books, TV/VCR/DVD player. But our main attraction is really not Silver Lake itself which is right out the front window, it is Huge and beautiful Lake Michigan which is about 1 mile down our little road.  We went to the beach everyday and got totally burned and wind blown.  It was great.

Besides our little family of 4, we brought our two grandaughters and a friend of our son.

Above is the Little Sable Lighthouse, which is on the beach where we vacationed.  It is a great attraction, the kids love it, and of course, a popular subject for all kinds of postcard and souvenier stuff.

Not the greatest Lake Michigan Sunset, but it is always beautiful at Cedar Point, which is another beach we frequent, just north of Silver Lake, on the way to the town of Pentwater.

We had a number of overcast and cloudy days and nights along with a tremendous thunder/lightening storm  while we were there. But for the most part our days were wonderful. 

Famous for the Sand Dunes, this picture is from the top of one of the dunes along the shore, on our last night of vacation.

This shot is from the top of another dune, looking down on Silver Lake.  Our cottage is actually smack in the middle of the picture on the far shore of Silver Lake.  I don’t know the statistics surrounding the dunes, but they are constantly shifting and moving, and we were actually standing on top of what was once a farm, but had been totally covered by more than a hundred feet of sand.

Anyway, trying to figure out how to have 2 full weeks up there next year.  We were just getting into a relaxing routine, when we had to head back to reality and Life here in the midwest.

Published in: on August 26, 2006 at 6:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ebay update

I have been selling stuff on Ebay for about 2 months, and doing ok.  I am not breaking the bank but added about $300-375 to my bank account.  I have emptied some boxes of stuff in the basement that have sat there since our move 19 months ago.  Guess we don’t need that stuff ! I sold some vintage bottles and some old Pez dispensers that were my son Toney’s.  They had been in a box since he moved to Arizona in 1986 !! Gosh I  AM a pack rat. 

I do know that about myself. I keep stuff. If only it were money-ha.  I do keep stuff, and am very sentimental about some things.  I keep cards and trinkets that I find.  I collect a lot of different things, though so far in moving to our NEW house I have kept that under control. I love old, vintage things.  Quaint liitle trinkets, smalls and toys. Hubby and I used to scour flea markets and antique shops all over for antique wooden bowls and I have several dozen, some quite old.  I also like pottery bowls and have a large collection of various color vintage mixing bowls.

WHY???? I don’t know.

Well, I forgot this post was waiting for publishing.  It has been languishing in WordPress land.  I have continued to  sell on Ebay  sporadically, when time permits and have done ok.  It is always exciting at auction ending to see how the snipers come out and finally bid on stuff.  I think if  I could devote more time to it I could make more money. But full time job, family and life get in the way. Certainly can see me doing this on an expanded basis when I retire, which I hope will be in the next few years! 

Published in: on August 26, 2006 at 6:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mom, August 19,2006


Mom, August 18,2006, originally uploaded by lal3509.

B and I went down to Decatur to visit Mom yesterday. We left Joliet around 7 am and made great time.  Terry had gone to pick her up at the nursing home so she was at his house when we got there.  The top picture I took right away after getting there.  She is a bit worse, she knows me, in as much as she knows I am someone she cares about, but my name, no-what the relationship is,no.  And something sad happens when she asks you to explain who you are-which she will do.  She just cannot comprehend our relationship, as she totally cannot fathom that she was ever married. ON ONE LEVEL.

She did however spot an old wedding picture of her and my dad and piped up,”there is a picture of Toney and me”. So it is too confusing. 

Part of the day she just talked nonsense and the rest she asked the same questions, or made the same comments over and over again. 

Physically she is doing ok, with the exception of her feet.  She has diabetic neuropathy, and while her diabetes is under-control and she doesn’t have to take medicine or insulin, the disease has taken it’s toll on her.  She has some ulcers that must be cared for by a podiatrist-get this-medicare will only pay for part of her care because she doesn’t take diabetes medicine.

Mood wise, she is pretty good.  She gets kind of weepy at times, and worked up when we got ready to go back to the nursing home. But they won’t continue to medicate her like she was at first, because it is not in her formulary and there is no generic.  Terry says it costs a $50 co-pay and she can’t afford to be on the medicine all the time.  It is only used PRN.When she gets very agitated, and fortunately that is not often.

We had a great visit. Went out to lunch and Mom ate like there was no tomorrow. Terry & Chris and I talked ourselves out I think.  I can never repay my wonderful brother and his wife for all the care and concern that have given my Mom.  Terry goes over nearly every day after work, and takes Mom out some weekends. They do her laundry and generally advocate for her. Terry has stepped up and done so much for our Mom.  He has been my shoulder and strong rock to lean on.  I really love my brother.

Below, after I curled and combed out her hair and lipstick on her. 

Published in: on August 20, 2006 at 7:23 pm  Leave a Comment