Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
How things have changed! When I was a child this was the most exciting night of the year. The whole family got together. We ate our traditional dinner of potato latkes, brisket of beef and all the delicious side dishes. Afterwards we would light the menorah, sing songs and than open our first present. Since we got a present for eight nights there was always more to look forward to.
There are no traditions left. My family members (mom, dad, both grandmas, cousins, aunts and uncles) who kept these wonderful traditions alive, are no longer with us. My generation and my grandchildern's generation are no longer observing the holidays. We have so many mixed marriages that Christmas has become the holiday of choice.
It's funny how things work out. When I was young, I always wanted a Christmas tree. I felt a bit left out. Since most of our neigbors and friends
were not Jewish, they got to celebrate all the festivities of Christmas.
Christmas morning was just another day for my family .
Be careful what you ask for. Now I have the tree I wanted, celebrate the holidays with the rest of the world and have no one to participate in what I yearn for now, a real Hannukah celebration.
I'm going to light the first candle by myself! I can still keep the traditons
Friday, December 19, 2008
winter to keep me from going stir crazy....
Anyway, getting back to my unfinished post from last night.
Bob will not be going to Phoenix this year. I need to decide when I am going...(If at all)
Perhaps I might use the money and apply it towards Art Unraveled this summer or Art and Soul this spring. Decisions, Decisions!!!!!
Everytime I look outside, my trip this winter to a warmer (snow free) climate becomes more inviting.
I wish I could do it all! Maybe I'll win the lottery.....
Sunday, November 30, 2008
This Thanksgiving was a different. I cooked the entire dinner from scratch! It actually turned out delicious. Mia, Paul, Alex and Kay celebrated with Bob and I. The rest of the family was spread out all over the place. That's what happens when there are extended families.
Anyway, it was a nice day and enjoyed the company of who was here..
IT'S SNOWING! They are predicitng 6 to 8 inches. I really hate winter
and have fantasies of being in a warm climate .
Again, Bob and I had plans to be in Phoenix this winter, but unfortunately the economy sucks and we're afraid to spend extra money right now.
If all goes well, we might beable to go for a few weeks in January.
I'm trying to think of positive things to get me through this dull grey period. I'd like to get involved with a creative project that I've never done before. The creative process keeps my mind preoccupied and I love learning new things. All I'm doing right now is stitching a needlepoint canvas, but it's not challenging enough .
A new idea will come my way. It's perculating in my mind.
I guess my issues are nothing in comparison to what happend in India.
It's so sad and my heart goes out to anyone directly involved . My only wish for the Holiday Season is to see PEACE ON EARTH! What a gift that would be.
I don't understand why people have to be so violent.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The above picture is of Mary and Terry hanging out in a local coffee shop
working on their colored pencil drawings. I sat around observing the people going in and out. It's difficult for me to create in public. I'm too distracted.
Chambersburg is a quaint town in South east Pa. Actually, it reminded
me of New England. The arcitecture was very similar. There were also many Victorian homes which were magnificent. The down town area
had a lot of resale and antique shops as well as restaurants and small businesses. Could I live there? NO. Not enough going on.
Anyway, I'm home. I spent all day yesterday sleeping on the couch to catch up with my lack of sleep.
BACK TO REALITY!
Sunday, November 02, 2008
He will be graduating high school this year (sigh). At the moment he is applying to different colleges . He has already been accepted to two.
I guess I can go on and on as a proud grandma , but I wont. All I can say is he's a good kid!
The election stuff is finally getting to me. Enough is Enough!!!!!
I sure wish it was over so we can get on with our normal lives.
I know one thing, if Obama doesn't win, I want to move to another country..... I can't imagine living here with McCain as President and worse yet, Sarah Palin as a possible president. What is going on? Are people blind? Only three more days and we will know the future of our country.
This week has been filled with creative ideas, but nothing has been executed. I have been cutting up magazines for images. I'm planning to make a mini soul collage deck. It's kind of a challenge to go so small. Actually, I'm going from 5X7 to 2.5X3.5 (ATC size)
I'm also stitching alot. I want to finish a canvas I started many years ago.
I'm off to Pennyslvania this Thursday for a visit with Terry. She is an art friend who moved a couple years ago. Mary G. and I are taking a train and plan to stay about 4 days. It should be relaxing and fun. I'm looking forward to the train ride. There's nothing to do but relax on a train .
I'm sure I'll have stories to tell when I get bcak!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Shari, Sandy and I decided to take advantage of the wonderful weather we were having and went to Cantigny Park in Winfield. Of course, we stopped to eat lunch first.
The grounds are so beautiful and peaceful. We had a great afternoon,walking, talking,and taking photos of the beautiful plants and flowers.
Today is Bob's birthday! Can't believe he's 66. He's doing what he loves best, Golfing 18 holes.
I started a new canvas today. I guess I was in the flow. The whole day flew by. Still have alot to do before it's finished.
My friend Kay came over to visit in the evening. We've known each other more than 3o years. It's fun to reminisce and have a few good laughs
over some of the goofy things we did when we were younger.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Anyway, in spite of it all I decided get out and to do stuff this weekend. I got together with the Saturday group and did some art. It's nice when a group of women can sit around and talk about anything. The topic of the day was Sarah Palin and the election. Actually, we were on the same page. I'm glad we all had such negative feelings about the McCain-Palin ticket.
Today was the Bead Show. It was OK. It wasn't very big and there was not much I wanted to buy. I purchased a kit for a Nedeble stitch bracelet and a few cabochons that were on sale. It took about 1 hour to get thru the whole show and see everything.
Cindy and I went out to eat afterwards. I was home before 4:00.
This week has been slow as far as creativity goes. I'm just not feeling it.
I sure hope this coming week will be more productive.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
We're doing it again next week.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Sandy and I had a good time creating today. We made paper cloth following the instuctions in Berl Taylor's book. Well, I deviated a little.
Actually, it wasn't so bad being down there. At least I don't have to worry about ruining anything. All I need is better lighting and dry wall and I'd probably use it more.
They are still very wet and it's difficult to imagine how they will look dry. So far I like what I see.
Above is my newest collage. I did this the other day. I like the saying on it "Soothe My Soul" That's exactly how I felt after my mishaps last week.
Buster is gone. I think I really miss him. He was here for three weeks.
I have some cute pictures of him and Sunny. I'll upload them later.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
DONE! This bracelet is for Gloria (Shari's mom). It's a Thank You gift for her hospitality when I was in Naples visiting.
Actually , it turned out better than I thought. I was very critical of it as I was making it. The end product looks good to me. Hope she likes it....
I have to compliment all parents who chauffer their kids around. I have spent the past five days driving and picking her up from various activities (not complaining) . She's very social and loves to keep busy.
I hope I haven't been too over protective with her. I make sure I know where she's at and who she's with when she's out..
I'll miss her very much,but not all the driving.
Isn't she pretty? I have a right to brag. It's OK for GRANDMAS to do so.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I finally received my "DIVA CUSTOM CORD MAKER" from the the Fiber Goddess. I ordered it at the Bead and Button Show. It took forever to get.
Above is a sample of what I've been making:
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Went to the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee with Cindy. Had a great time and spent lots of money. We stayed two days.
I would love to go back to Milwaukee and spend time sightseeing. So far, all I've seen is the downtown area and the convention center.
Of course I'm beading again. I got some great ideas at the show. I'm creating a bracelet from a kit. I'm actutally following the instructions word for word. It 's turning out well.
I'm leaving for Naples, Florida on Saturday. Shari's mom lives there. We are going to visit her for a week. It should be an interesting trip.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
I have many books on Adobe Photoshop elements, but do I use them? Of course not.
This week-end is Memorial Day. You would never know it! The weather is abnormally cold. I can't believe I'm still walking around with sweaters and socks.
I'm hoping to have my family over Sunday for a Barbeque. I still don't know what I'm going to serve. I have one more day to decide.
Not much else going on or worthy of talking about. Except the economy and the price of gas (OUCH!)
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
of learning to do.
Somehow, I love the challenge and when I get to the point where I think I've learned enough I move on to something else. I guess that's why I never perfect anything. I don't give it a chance. BOREDOM sets in. This newest obscession will go to the wayside also. I guess it's just who I am!
Barb returned to Phoenix and life is back to normal.
I'm trying not to drive anywhere I don't have to. Instead of going on road trips, I've decided to stay closer to home and just drive when necessary.
The price of gas is ridiculous! I hate contributing to the pockets of thieves!
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
I pulled out my sewing machine and made a fabric book. It's a combination of fabric and paper. All the pages inside are papers I've made in workshops
Friday, April 25, 2008
I feel guilty that I keep buying stuff when I have so much here.
Aside from needlepointing, my brain has
been busy thinking about making a fabric journal , using fiber , paper and fabric. Of course I'll need to quilt some of it.
My challenge to myself is to only use what I have accumulated and put in the basket. (Attached photo)
Oh, I need to include beads too!
I love the planning stage. I think even more than actually making it. It's exciting and stimulating. The creative juices are flowing.(In every direction)
We will see where this project goes.
Life has been fairly normal. SPRING
has sprung and so has my mood. I think being in Phoenix really helped. We got back just as the weather started improving here. Snow birds have the right idea!!!!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
It feels good to be home in my own house, but I miss the weather, abundant sun , beautiful flowers and of course Barb. She will be in Chicago next month and twice this summer.
If all goes well ( if I don't change my mind again), we will spend the winter months in Phoenix next year..
I'm trying to catch up with chores and business. I'm almost done. One more thing to do tomorrow and than I can start relaxing.
Attached are pictures of my newest needlepoint I finished and my new collection of heart milagros . Like I need more stuff!
Friday, April 04, 2008
I've also started collecting little metal milagros. The other picture above is from one of my many quests to find milagros and other hispanic artifacts. This is the Pedegral shopping mall in Cave Creek. Went to the "Town Dump" also. What a place! I hit the mother load. I found a wood santo , a tin nicho, an etched tin mirror and of course more milagros. I hope there is room in the car to bring home all my new acquistiions.
I found more milagros in Old Town Scottsdale yesterday.
Went to Stampers Frenzy and Old Town Needleworks! What fun! I needed more time to browse. Bob was outside pacing.
My class is this coming Monday and Tuesday and than I guess we will be heading home. I have mixed emotions. I want my own house, but would like to move it here. If I could only bring my family and friends here, LIFE WOULD BE PERFECT!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Life has been great here. Bob and I do something different everyday and we feel very relaxed. Haven't been to the Grand Canyon yet. That's on the agenda for this week. I really am not looking forward to going home. I'm liking it here more and more. I seem to have more energy! There are a ton of houses for sale in Phoenix and surrounding areas. I thought the prices would be crazy, but they are not! Some are very affordable and really nice.
Haven't been doing much art, just stitching, eating, watching movies and touring the area.
I miss my Chicago friends, but not the weather.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Alice and Carol were enjoying cocktails before dinner. Nancy, Martha,.Barb and I were also there on the other side of the bar. We had a delicious dinner and a good time was had by all.
We have been enjoying beautiful weather. I'm so glad we decided to come. Bob has been doing his golf thing every day and I'm stitching, beading, shopping and just relaxing...
My car is still in the repair shop. We were given a Toyota Prius as a rental. It's really a nice car and we're saving on gas. I guess the damage on my CRV was more extensive than we thought.
The repair man couldn't believe we actually drove from Albuqurque to Phoenix without problems. We were probably stupid to do so.
Off to Old Town Scottsdale today!