Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lately, 5.4.16

Wow. It's been a while. Time is definitely getting away from me lately, that's for sure! It's been "go, go, go" around here lately and I don't see it letting up until the official end of the school year, which, thank goodness, is just around the corner. So, here is what I've been up to lately...

Making: Creating has been taking place in different ways around here, lately. I'm a little more focused on getting this house in order and painting and stitching have been put on a bit of a back burner for the past couple of weeks. And more home projects are in order for the summer, so stay tuned for that!

New flowers in old pots. Love this color combination.

Refurbishing a vintage metal tray. This shows layer 2- a collage of magazine images. The next layer will be more paint, then a final glossy coat of sealer.

Drinking: iced tea, coffee infused vodka

Eating: too many sweets, such as this famous mile-high-meringue pie from Cowan's Restaurant in Washington MO., taco stuffed green peppers (new recipe- so good!)

Watching: The Revenant (just "okay"- sorry, Leonardo, but I liked you better in What's Eating Gilbert Grape), and re-watching the beginning of The Sopranos series (I miss James Gandolfini!)

Spreading Joy: In this case, the joy came back to me, which was so great! One night last week, I got a phone call from a woman who found one of my abandoned paintings in Joanne's craft store. She later noticed my name on a sign at the Art Walk and tried to thank me in person, but I wasn't there at the time. So she grabbed my business card and called me. Imagine that. She actually picked up a telephone and called me. It was SO nice! She said that she, a painter herself,  had heard about the art abandonment group and thought it was such a cool idea, but never thought she would ever be a recipient. She was so excited to find my painting and told me she was in the process of finding a frame that was just right for it. That pretty much made my week. Art abandonment is not about getting a "Thank You", but when it happens like that, I'll take it!

Listening to: The Lumineers, Chris Stapleton

Thinking about: The great time we had in Excelsior Springs, helping to host a wine dinner at Willow Spring Mercantile. Great food (made by the owners, Jim and Daphne Bowman), great company and great lodging at The Elms historic hotel.

We loved staying here and plan to come back soon. The Elms has a pretty interesting history, which you can read about here.

Willow Springs Mercantile bistro.

M., giving a bit of history of the vineyard/grapes/wine before each course.

Cute little town :)

Laughing at: The look on two of my students' faces when I told them they could build a Lego stadium (of their own design) for their final project.
Both boys brought in their many bags full of random lego pieces and have been completely focused on their project for the past week. This is the first time that has happened all year! So funny!

Disliking: Sweating. I'm sorry. I know it's good to sweat, but I just don't like it. At all. It just makes me feel gross. *See the next section for a partial explanation :)

Loving:  These bobby pins from Mindy Renee on Etsy. They are perfect for my baby fine hair, especially when I'm trying to grow out my bangs as the weather gets warmer. One thing I can't stand is my hair sticking to my forehead when I'm sweaty!

And... having our first family dinner night in way too long and having all of my kids and grand kids and my parents under the same roof for a few hours. HEAVEN!! This shot of my mom and her 7th great grandchild pretty much says it all, don't you think? LOVE this.

Great Grandma Joanne and Lyla :)

With what I have:  Hmmm...Well, we have a tie wall that is literally disintegrating at this moment and since we aren't handy people and are having a hard time finding someone to fix it for us for a reasonable price, I've resorted to disguising it. Just for now. One day soon, it will cave in and we will be forced to fix it. Seriously. It's bad. But, for now, I spent a little time in the garden department at Lowes and digging through our basement stash and came up with a good combination of plants, bushes, flowers and plant stands that are working out perfectly as a disguise until we can replace the wall. No photos- sorry! It doesn't look THAT good, it just looks better than 'awful', so I'll just let you use your imagination!!

Well, there is my lately. Hopefully the blog posts will be more frequent once summer break begins. Just 2 1/2 weeks away!! Yay!!  Have a great week :)    Juli

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