Saturday, February 22, 2014

Neglect.....

....this is what a neglected blog looks like. I think of blogging but never seem to get around to it. Summer turned to fall then winter and now the cusp of spring.

May 31 everything turned upside down for Robin and I focused my energies on helping her. And of course there was my life too. In a nutshell, Robin is now divorced and living in Arkansas and I'm here flying solo. The honey is still on the road and gets home about every three to five weeks. In his absence life goes on and I try to be a good wife taking care of home.

Here's hoping I can finally establish some sort of schedule that allows for creativity and blogging. Time will tell.....

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Already a Year?



One year ago yesterday I became a homeowner. I signed mortgage paperwork and entered deeper debt but I now have a home to call my own. Somewhat hard to believe it's already been a year.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

On the Road Again....



The honey is back on the road...different company this time. So far he seems happy with them--says they actually seem to care about their employees. Time will tell! They arranged a bus ticket for him to Birmingham, Alabama for three days of training and then off he went. He thought he'd be going to Dallas to get a truck but was routed to Wisconsin. And they even sprang for a rental car for him and two others there.

He is currently on his third or fourth run--I've already lost count. And he's already got time off scheduled. He will be home in a little over two weeks for his birthday. At least he's not scheduled to be gone months at a time as before. And he should be banking some money soon.

It took a day or two to get used to being home alone again but I don't guess it was that difficult. I'm back to doing very little cooking and eating out a lot--though I shouldn't. It's just so much easier to just grab something. The problem is that generally it's just crap. I was spoiled with the honey home and cooking for me.

On another note, I sold the Taurus. Somewhat sad to see her go as she was a really good car. Lots of good times. I might have even been able to get more miles out of her but it really was time. At least now the honey won't have to worry about my transportation with him gone. I have something reliable, with good tires and AC. And it's fun to drive! And now someone else can enjoy her...the new owner seems quite pleased.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Still Playing.....


I finished...or at least I think I've finished my first art journal entry. Not sure I'm that excited with it but at least I've started.

I have started on my next entry. Coated the pages with gesso and after they were dry I started adding sprays of various inks..Heidi Swapp-though I didn't shake them too well and then Ranger Dylusions which are the rich colors--love them! They can be picked up at Hobby Lobby in sets of 2 for about ten bucks. The can also be found at Texas Art supply for under 5 bucks each which is the cheapest I've found them but I seldom get to Texas Art Supply. It's something new to play with.

I added some washi tape which does not really stick to the gesso/sprayed pages so I used Close to My Heart Crystal Effects as adhesive. I think that's all I'm going to do for the night. Perhaps I will find some time and feel creative tomorrow and can/will add another layer.

Monday, June 10, 2013

More play...

Though I didn't take (or post) any pictues I played a bit more tonight after dinner. Added some more color and then some stamping and words and bad drawings. I'm not really happy with my end result and I don't know that I can or will add anything more. I will sleep on it but at this moment I'm thinking it's time to move on to the next entry. I also wish I had more time to sit and play with paper and pictures and paint and such. Honestly by the time I get in from work I don't always make the time to sit down to play. I'm usually busy with dinner and then poof, it's time for bed. Just gotta learn to balance it all.

And trying to get better with keeping up with things like this blog. It's time to get some structure, develop a plan of action and excute it. I've been in the house since August and there is still so much undone. I need to slow down enough to do the things that should have already been done. And take time to rest and relax.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Playtime......



Seems like forever since I've sat down to play. I've wanted to, planned to for the past few weeks but just never managed to do so. I've been busy at work and pretty much fried by the time I get home. Add to that some other turmoil and everything has been chaotic. I'm working now to find balance with it all...home, work, supporting a loved one and finding time for me to play. One step at a time.

It's been a fairly low-key weekend. Visited with girlfriends till late Friday night. Despite all that needed attention this weekend I spent time just hanging with the honey. Other than going out for breakfast and dinner we did nothing Saturday. It's been so long since that happened and I enjoyed every second. Today I've tried to get back in the groove for reality but have not been in too much of a rush for that. And as is my norm, as bedtime draws near I finally sit down in the studio to play.

I was dertermined to start play in my art journal and tonight I finally took the first steps. I prepped my pages with gesso then sat down with some paint and water. Once my pages dry I'll add my next layer though at the moment I'm uncertain what that will be. I have accepted that this is a process that may take a while. I cannot rush the process. Granted the day my come when I sit to play and go till I feel I am finished but that is not the case at the moment. For now I am going to take my time and let it speak to me.....

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

MSversary and other assorted rants....

Hard to believe May is here. So much has been going on that seems there is hardly a spare moment and when there is I don't seem to accomplish much if anything. April brought a trip to Austin and the annual loan conference. It turned out Rush was there that week and with nothing really happening in the evening with the demise of private lending over the past years I decided to see the show. I knew my buddy M was coming and though we wouldn't be able to sit together we could at least travel to and from the show together. I didn't get my ticket till Saturday before the show so imagine my surprise when I found myself just to the side of the stage with a great view.





As expected, it was a great show. Glad I made the decision to get a ticket!

It's always fun being in Austin and seeing friends. Normally these conferences give me a new focus and energy but this year I only felt stressed by it all. All the new regulations and proposed regulations and the overall day-to-day. The timing of the meetings from Tuesday to Thursday was a bit odd too in that I had to go back to the office on Friday. It was late before I got away from Austin and then just outside Sealy my car kinda sputtered and then a light on the dash came on. Here I am driving 70-75 down the road trying to dig out and check the owners manual about the light. Overall the car seemed to be running fine but the light was staying on and I was growing uneasy. I made it home, parked the car and there it sat for the next week.

Bill said he would check it but it would be Friday at the soonest. It worked out that I could take the honey to work and take his truck so I wasn't without wheels. When he got off we made a dash into Sugar Land for a little (used) car shopping. We didn't have a great deal of time since it was after 7p when we arrived. We did what we could, had dinner with the Myers and I took their jeep home to return it the next day.

The plan was to get a used vehicle and that was my focus. Granted I have hoped when the honey got settled job wise we could think about a new vehicle but fate stepped in and moved that deadline. After about and hour at the car lot picking cars Bill decided we needed to go check the local dealership. On a bit of a whim he pulled into the Ford dealership (which if you know him is a big deal-LOL) and found a salesman he's known for years. Within about an hour we were headed to lunch and waiting on a return call to pick up my new vehicle. It was less than 30 minutes when I got the call telling me to be there in about an hour to get my new wheels--a 2013 Ford Escape. So much for used!



And I'm loving the new wheels though it's somewhat bittersweet saying bye to the Taurus. It was a good car..took me over 277,000 miles. Lots of memories, lots of good times. Who knows how much longer she will go and hopefully be loved by another (the honey drove it in to get it sold and he said she ran perfect so who knows).

And now the meaning behind my post title. Five years ago tonight I was in Hermann Hospital awaiting the first of many tests that would lead to my diagnosis the next day (May 9, 2008) of MS. And so, I now refer to May 9, as my MSversary. What a ride it's been the last five years.