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Yearly Archives: 2014

My First Art Walk…

Friday, June 13, 2014

…was one I’ll not soon forget. I wasn’t planning on being open for this month’s Art Walk, but travel plans changed and it seemed like a good idea to get some art together, whip up some refreshments and be there to meet and greet. Anna, my faithful helper, and I loaded the car and set off for town on this beautiful summer day. We hung our shingles (my other daughter, Elizabeth, is sharing the space with me – she’s WildBloom Studio): studio signs
We hung art and set the table: studio 1st art walk

This was the kick-off and statue-unveiling for the Children’s Art and Literacy Festival, so we were watching the parade from our 2nd story window. There go some vintage cars. Horses! A group of children waving flags, some floats, storybook characters…..wait… they come again…the other way…And then this happens: rain

And then this happens:
car front hail

And then this: car back hail All hail broke loose! Everyone’s car looked just like mine, or worse.

Elizabeth drove from her neighborhood, which was not hit, parked and ran into the studio just minutes before the storm. In her words, “All I did was put my car in the hail!” She and my grandbaby, and several other people dressed up as I don’t know what, waited it out with us.
Sooooo, all did not go as planned, but everyone was safe and that’s what matters. Good call, Abilene Police Department, or whoever made the decision to reverse the parade and get people off the streets.

I’m already thinking about our do-over next month and it does NOT include bad weather. But, we all know about the best-laid plans.

Country Living Fair – Rhinebeck NY

Sunday, June 8, 2014

CL Fair Rhinebeck 2014

Thank you, Rhinebeck NY and Country Living Magazine, for another great show. We have so much going on right now, lots of good and some sad, that it seemed one of us should stay close to home. David went all by himself! He did a great job setting up the booth and running it during this very busy show. We (hopefully, we) will be in Columbus OH in September and Stone Mountain GA in October for the other two Country Living Fairs.

{The sad: Our parents are aging and becoming more and more frail. It is hard to see it happen and them become increasingly dependent. It’s a fact of life, one we all face if we’re fortunate enough to live that long, and it would be heart-breaking if not for this promise: Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4. I believe this with my whole heart.}

[The good: I've leased a studio downtown and hope to begin classes next month! More info soon.]

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Thursday, May 29, 2014

We call them scissortails. These are, maybe, my favorite birds. To see them in flight is spectacular, perched on a wire or fence, beautiful. They nest in the trees by our gate and, walking past in the early mornings, the trees sound as though they’re full of chattering monkeys. The prettiest part, that you rarely see, is the bright salmon pink underneath their wings. So many delightful, little things to help make up for the Scissor Tail Final Edit Lt 12-30-13 hard, sad things.