Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Strange Wonderful Day

Today started out like any other day on the road - waking up in a strange room, breakfast on the run, meetings and more meetings. The days tend to run together. But not today. It started with a phone call that I shouldn't have answered. Then after lunch, an earthquake – in DC! DC!

After abruptly ending our conference call, we were ushered out of the building and on to the street with all the other people who work in the area. They decided that they needed to examine the building for damage so we had to leave. It was 2:00 – what to do? My coworkers and I decided that we should take the water taxi to Alexandria. What a wonderful night for a cruise on the Potomac! After a lovely dinner, we ended up in the middle of a yacht race at sunset. It doesn't get better than that! Sometimes, this job is pretty cool.

Now, off to finish that work that I should have done at 2:00…

Friday, August 19, 2011

Glass Class Projects

Today, I picked up my projects from the Alice Benvie Gebhart class at Wired Designs. They turned out really nice. I love the colors on the green one and I love the depth in the ocean and the cool sky on the beach scene.

I learned a great deal and can't wait to start using some of the techniques. I already have lots of ideas. Alice is a great teacher and a fantastic artist! We made a meadow landscape and a beach landscape. We focused on depth and used metal oxides. Fun, fun fun!

Monday, August 15, 2011

New Visitor – Part 2

My dad is home from his stay in the hospital and is doing very well. While I had the puppy, I decided to practice my dog training skills and I taught him to sit. Here he is showing off his new trick and wishing my dad a happy birthday.

I remember being so overwhelmed when we got our two dogs from the shelter. They were older, hyper and had never been trained. Having been a cat person all my life, I was not used to all the jumping and licking and overall misbehaving. We all went to training and learned how to get along. Now, we have two mostly trained dogs who are wonderful pets. I still get licked from time to time if my face is too close to Lulu's - she just can't help herself!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Alice Benvie Gebhart

So excited!

Tomorrow is a glass class with Alice Benvie Gebhart at Wired Designs Studio in San Antonio. Her art is so colorful. I've been waiting all year for this! I hope she doesn't melt in our Texas heat.


New Visitor

We have a new visitor here at the ranch. My father found himself in the hospital yesterday so I went to pick up the puppy that he had rescued a few weeks before. He was dumped on the side of the road and was starving before he was picked up by the Humane Society. He is adorable and friendly and eats like it is his last meal! He has made friends with our dogs and is having a great time running around the back yard. In the picture, he is enthralled by the deer - something that a city dog doesn't see that often. We are enjoying him but hope he will be back at home with my dad soon.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Flying Lessons

It is brutally hot here this August. Most of the garden is brown as we have had to let many things die. We are focusing on keeping our trees watered and hoping that our well doesn't run dry. This is a picture from last year when things still looked happy.

With it so hot, I am focusing on doing things inside. I have started a taking Kelly Rae Roberts' e-class called Flying Lessons (kellyraeroberts.com). She is going to be showing us how to grow our creative businesses. I am very excited! I have admired her work for a while now. And, the class has artitsts from all over the world. So many fun people!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Boys of Fall

The deer are getting more and more bold as they search for food in our drought stricken Texas. These guys have been coming in the evening to see if we have put something out for them. Sometimes, we treat them with deer corn. They usually get our produce scraps that would normally go in the compost. I figure that they are composting for me - just at a faster pace.