Art On A Limb

Monday, December 27, 2004

Our girl is gone...

Our little dog, Greta, passed away on December 26th. We've had her most of our married life and I can't begin to express the pain we felt. Watching my husband cry was breaking my heart and my crying was killing him. It felt like parts of our hearts were ripped away and it's very difficult to face moving forward without Greta. She's always been our constant "safe" place. She has comforted us when we were sad, made us play and laugh, and always, always loved us with the unconditional love you wish you had just once in your life.

Here's our girl... she's the one on the left (Gracie is on the right).



God bless our precious pet. We hope she greets us when we leave here.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

MeMe Tuesday

Holiday celebrations...

1. Do you celebrate a religious meaning to this season and if so, what (Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.)? If not, why?
Yes, I believe Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

2. What does this holiday season mean to you and why?
On top of being a season of spiritual awareness, it has also become a season of "family" and kindness. Why? Because people truly are nicer and it allows families to join together in their busy lives and just be families.

3. Which do you enjoy the most: giving presents or receiving presents and why? Giving, definitely!

4. Name two holiday movies that best describes the season for you:
"It's A Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol" (the George C. Scott version)

5. Name two holiday songs that best describes the season for you:
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing!"

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Sunday Goings On

Today is a whirlwind day - cooking and cleaning for the holidays along with finishing up the wrapping. Finally! I am done and can do my Unconscious Mutterings...so here I go:

  1. Perfect Gift:: Made with love
  2. Santa:: Claus
  3. Lucy:: and Linus
  4. Buckets:: of coal
  5. Recital:: Away In A Manger
  6. Stamp:: Mail
  7. Teacher:: Student
  8. Matchbox:: Hot Wheels
  9. Spit:: Fire
  10. Feeling:: Happy


Today I got an email from one of my friends at work. Seems one of our coworkers was shot by her ex-husband last night. From what we hear, he shot her through the back of the neck and it exited her jaw. Life Flight was called and that's all I know. If , per chance, you read this, please send good thoughts and prayers to Monika and her children.

You just never know what's going on in someone's life, do you? Appearances and what people choose to let you know can be far off the real path. God bless those in pain and may they have the courage to talk.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Strange

Fresh from the FridayQ, an adventure in strangeness:

FQ TOPIC: Strange.


FQ1: What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten? Sea turtle (it's a long story and it wasn't done willingly)

FQ2: What's the strangest thing you've ever read?
I have read so many books - it's hard to choose... however, I will come back to this question once I have a moment to give it a good thought

FQ3: What's the strangest thing you've ever seen?
This question is perfectly inline with the next one for me, so see that one.

FQ You: What's the strangest thing you've ever done?
This is a combo answer with the prior question - all of which I have already answered here:Two Weird Moments

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Halfway

Yes, halfway through the work week and sailing into the weekend and holidays. Love it!

Here's my latest creation. Click on it to see a larger version:



Vision

I've been into creating lately so I will share as we go.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Well, here I am doing my Tuesday Twosome...

Winter Wonderland...

1. What two things do you "have" to wear when it is chilly/cold outside?
Gloves and jacket

2. What are two good things about wintry weather? It's not hot and it feels like Christmas

3. What two things do you really dislike about wintry weather?
The lack of pure sunshine and the mess

4. On average, how cold does it get in your city/town and how long does the cold weather last?
It rarely gets cold in Houston, so any "wintry" weather is really something special

5. Would you rather be stuck at home because of a blizzard or flooding?
Well, I've done the flooding thing - I think I'd like to try the blizzard.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Twelve Days...

...till Christmas, and, I don't mind at all! It feels great to have all our gifts purchased, wrapped, and under the tree. Got all that done this weekend which left me time to do a little more artwork. I found a printer that might actually be able to print my work so I have ordered three selections to try it out. If they come out well, I'll leave the info here so others looking for this service can get in on it, too.

This morning I had enough time to create another piece that I find a bit appealing. I don't even know how I do these things - they just sort of "flow," so liking one is just a matter of taste. Not only did I get this done (I'll post it once I get it URL'd somewhere), I had time to do a bit of blog surfing and found a few more I want to add to my "read" list. It's very enjoyable to find well-written posts.

In fact, I think I'll go read some more...







Sunday, December 12, 2004

Observations

I have been doing some blog surfing. I have found a few that have caught my attention and held it (see the "Reading" column to the right) by clever, witty, and interesting posts,however, I had to wade through a LOT of, well, plain old snoozers.

Maybe if I were still in my teens or twenties, drugs, dating issues, and school papers would be a high priority. Fortunately, I have successfully made it past both those decades and another one to boot. (I've recently turned 46.) Anyway, let me get back on track - (see, those drugs you do at 20 can have lasting effects)- it seems there are a great number of these youthful blogs, an equal number of politically motivated blogs - left and right, and an amazing number of first time "testing" blogs.

Randomly finding the blog that keeps me coming back seems to be as difficult as winning Monopoly at McDonald's.

Certainly, I am open to a blog by anyone of any age... if the substance holds my interest. Politics? Not my particular cup of tea. I can get into it when I feel so directed, but right now my compass is not headed in that direction. Seems at this point in life, my North is adventure, humor, and intelligence. Oh, and a dash of art and the artistic perspective.


Mary

Thought I would share my image of Mary which I created a while back. Click on it to see the full-sized version:



Happy Holidays!

Well, I've let too many days go by without posting. I guess I've let the Christmas frenzy grab me and not let go. First of all, Greta has liver problems - it's possibly cancer, but we just don't know, so we muddle on using all the tools the vet gives us and heavy dose of care and prayer.

I went to the gym and worked out with my trainer, Rick, on both Friday and Saturday. Typing is painful thanks to my workout, however, it feels good, too. I need to get more dedicated and am going to do that.

Last night was my office Christmas party, but for some reason, we just didn't feel like going so we didn't. I am anxious to hear who did what, though.

Being as it is Sunday, it's time for Unconscious Mutterings, so here we go:

  1. Plot:: Thickens
  2. Farce:: Quirky
  3. Unexpected:: Surprise
  4. Siren:: Music
  5. Ben:: Hur
  6. Freshman:: Fish
  7. Quicksand:: Give me a stick!
  8. 24 hours:: In a row
  9. Spunky:: Determined
  10. Vicious:: Hurtful


Gotta fly!

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Tuesdays are good days, too. Monday is over and we're heading toward Wednesday. Well, I took Greta to the vet and he drew blood, so we won't know any definite answers till tomorrow. It sounds like it might be a form of renal failure. I hope it's "fixable" in some sort of way.

Today was another late day at work and that seems to be going really well, too. I never thought I wanted to do collections again as long as I lived, but it's really not bad at all. There are quality people running the show and that does make a difference.

Well, here's my Tueday Twosomes...

1. In your opinion, does the news media focus more attention on good or bad news?I think the news media focuses on what is attention-grabbing. What will keep "the people" tuned here?


2. What two things would you change about how the news is reported?
I would have the news be reported factually without editorializing and I would like to see it categorized.

3. Do you tend to watch the same news stations or do you change it around depending on the day? I don't necessarily "watch" the news as much anymore, but I don't surf around too much.

4. Do you generally believe most of what the news media reports or do you tend to dismiss their reporting? I would have to say I do believe it to a degree, however, I realize it is usually slanted.


5. What are your two main sources of news (local TV, national TV, internet, newspaper, etc.)?
Newspaper and internet

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Monday, December 06, 2004

Greta and the Vet

Monday, Monday... I love that I have "late days" on Mondays and Tuesdays which means I work from 11am til 8pm. Kind of makes getting up Monday not so bad. Tomorrow, however, I have to have Greta at the vet at 8:15am, so that means getting up really early. Houston traffic makes sure you have to start over an hour before you want to be somewhere.

Our poor little dog is getting old and is losing so much weight. It's beginning to get frightening. We can see her ribs and feel all the ridges of her backbone. I am praying the vet will be able to do something to help her. I know all people with pets believe theirs are special, but I don't just believe it, I know it with Greta - she has some kind of magic powers that entrance you and make you love her. I've seen it happen over and over again. Of course, the only ones immune, or at least resistant, are cat people. But we won't go there today.

I'll update with a vet report tomorrow. Since no one really reads my posts, it won't matter, but just in case you do, think a good thought about a little mutt named Greta, please. Oh, and I promise not to be one of those "pet people" who only blog about their animals.


Sunday, December 05, 2004

Sunday Mutterings

Sunday! My favorite day of the week. Yesterday involved working out at the gym and getting the house decorated for Christmas. If I say so myself, the place is looking good. Today, the tree goes up and all that entails. Now, it's time for those Unconscious Mutterings:

  1. Delightful:: Unexpected happiness
  2. Impact:: You're gonna' feel it
  3. Consolation:: Easing the way
  4. Donation:: Willing gift
  5. Blue moon:: Rarity
  6. Grinner:: Silly
  7. Smoker:: Stinker
  8. Muse:: Calling
  9. Tweet:: Sparrow
  10. Guitar:: Strum


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Friday, December 03, 2004

The FridayQ

It seems I have let a few days pass by without an entry, but it doesn't seem to be rocking worlds so I guess all is well. I had today off from work and just enjoyed the day - got quite a bit of Christmas shopping done (yea!) and spent the evening with my sister and friend, Lynda, at the ceramics studio. We had big fun. Hopefully, our projects will be a success. For now, let's do the FridayQ:

FQ TOPIC: Blogged.

FQ1: Which entry in your blog is your favorite so far and why is that? "Two Weird Moments" is my favorite so far. Why? It's just plain weird!

FQ2: Which entry in your blog has gotten you the most attention and why do you think that is? Well, I haven't had any attention - I am a new blogger.

FQ3: Which entry in your blog do you feel was overlooked and why should people have read it? Oh, why not read the whole thing - it's new!

FQ Reveal: Which entry in your blog do you think is most indicative of who you are and what makes it so?
Probably "Art 1" which isn't much of a post, but a glimpse at my art which is the "real" me.

Visti FridayQ here!


Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Wednesday With the Dentist

Not necessarily the number one choice on my list, but today was a cleaning day at the dentist's for me. Fortunately, all is well and it was trauma-free.

Tonight was a late night at work for me. I am training a newbie who has been with the company since June. Good Lord... he wears me out! I feel like I am in kindegarten, but not quite as sophisticated. There is great potential, however, I think only time will add the maturity needed to harness that unbridled energy.

Okay, this is a post with no substance, but I am tired and doing my best to get into the flow of posting regularly.