Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Update - And the Bear

Okay, lets give this a go again. First off, I'm sorry I haven't been around much of late. I think I've been in my usual seasonal funk for one. Much shorter this year though, which is good.

I had surgery in late August. And I have been doing just great ever since. Caused a bit of fuss to begin with when the Doctors found out I had a bi-fascicular block in my heart. The anesthesiologist just threw up! It took some doing, but my specialist said it wasn't going to cause any trouble and I could go ahead with the surgery. We did, and all is well. Doctors are so excitable.

The other day my son Fritz had to return a snow blower he had borrowed from a friend, and the only way he could do that was my pickup and trailer. Since I don't loan my stuff out, I hitched the trailer and went to pick him and the snow blower up. When I stepped into the pickup, I stepped wrong I guess, (don't even remember), and really hurt my right knee. Actually it isn't my knee, but behind the knee. The bend in the back. Hurt like a son-of-a-gun for several days. My son Hans fixed me up with an ice pack, then a heating pad and some Advil. I settled into my lounge chair and was there pretty much for the next two and a half days. I'm getting around pretty good now. Doesn't hurt just to hurt, but when I step a little off, I know it is still there.

Christmas Eve was fun. Had an "open house" for the kids to come and go, and as usual, when we are all together everything gets really funny. They are such a fun bunch. (Goobers actually!) Then Christmas Day I was invited to dinner with a new friend. The dinner was in an Assisted Living Center and we were visiting her mother. My what an elegant place that was. They had hired professional chefs to prepare the dinner, and was it ever good. The place was lovely. After dinner we sat and talked a while in the library by the fire place, then went upstairs to the theater and watched "White Christmas." Very nice day.

The new friend is Charlotte, (Charlotte's Web), and she is the Web Designer for the local Art Association. I had been a member many years ago, but signed on again. Not sure why. Just to be in a more social art scene mostly. Anyway, I got to talking with Charlotte, and she was kind of at a stand still about the idea of every member having their own page on their site. I volunteered to help her and have ended up with the job. But ... I'll get paid a little for each page I do.

I really enjoyed being a part of the SAA art shows this year. The annual Society of Animal Artists was held at the Neville Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin. I was energized to complete the small cougar piece below. It was accepted in the SAA "Small Works - Big Impressions" show held at the "Wildlife Experience" in Parker, Colorado. The show will run from November to February.

Otherwise I'm just keeping busy trying to keep up with everything and keep my head above water. You might like to know that my laundry is all caught up. ::grin:: I have to tell someone! That is one of my mother-in-law's superstitions, and for the fun of it I played along. It has sort of stayed with me. She always said that you had to be caught up with all your laundry by the first of January, or you would be behind with it all year. And I'll tell you ... that was an enormous project for that woman. She really let things go. I had a lot of laundry with four kids, at least one in diapers for a long time, but the apartment was too small to let it ever pile up.

Now I have to pay the bills, and I will have everything caught up for the year end. Whew!!!

Now for the bear part. The original painting was 14" x 19", watercolor painting and was commissioned for a calander. It was a favorite. As luck would have it, I had 8" x 10" transparencies made of four of the paintings. Years later when I tried to inquire about buying them back, I haven't been able to find the company. The transparencies are very good, and hopefully this month I'll be able to have a few giclee's made.

"Fishing the Shallows"

Until next time! Looking forward to getting some poetry written down. Its been stirring around in my head for a while now, time to get it out.


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