Monday, October 25, 2010

Cats and trees and my girl I call Nan

So rare to get all 3 cats in one spot. 

Mike was preparing the chicken for or from the chicken stock and we decided to give the cats a little chicken meat. We really don't feed our animals table food, but Mr.Cooper Ellis the red male we adopted awhile back really likes table food and begs from Mike when Mike is preparing food.
Oreo aka Chunk said he prefers what comes from the bag every morning at 6am
Cactus Renee was enjoying it until she looked up and realized she wasn't alone and ran out.

A photo of Hannah and me after hanging Nathan and Maria's trees
This time of year always makes think about the story "The fall of Freddie the leaf"
I am off to finish up some Halloween things.
Love to you all on this beautiful autumn day

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Do for one as you would have one do for you.

I was raised in a home where hate was a common word. where bigotry was a daily topic. and love? well that never seemed to show up much, not sure it ever least the kind of love that I vowed to have with my own family. Here I am at 42 1/2 and can see with my 21 yr old son and 15 yr old daughter, that Mike & I have done it. we raised a loving, fair, open, honest household. I guess why this comes to me early Sunday morning is that yesterday Hannah spent the day at wheelchair basketball, then out to have her nails done with three other girls from basketball and then to a surprise party for one of the players. I saw some of the photos from yesterday and as much as I have already known we raised them right, seeing Hannah with these kids really brought it home for me. We are all equal.

Nothing comes overnight.

Mike has been with out work since early August, so life has been a bit upside down, my brother in law still battles this awful ugly cancer. My good friend aka my mother in law has been in GA to help where she can. Life right now seems so unfair.

We lost Jake over 11 yrs ago and that taught Mike & I a little about life early on.

You have one life to live and doing it with fairness and love will only supply you with the same back.
My Matilda Rae (9yr old blk lab) developed a bump in her mammary gland early this year and as we watched it and tried to do what we could, it continued to grow. I told Mike & Hannah, that we might have to put her down. This bump grew from her sternum to her pelvis. Our vet, who happens to live across the street and knew of our situation preformed surgery this past Monday on Matilda, and cut the bill in half and I was told I can pay when I can pay. In my heart I believe this has happened because Mike or I have done good for others. Weather it was equal to this or not, one will never know, you just have to go at it with a blind eye I suppose and know that doing right will make right come your way also.

I know there is a company out there that is going to find Mike and take him on, in the mean time we keep living as we have always done, spending less of course. I know for Mike he feels bad when we have to tell the kids no. I believe sometimes that all that life has sent our way has made us stronger and with fairness and honesty being important in our home, we have learned to be a good couple. We fight, we love, kiss passionately, slap each others butts, I may even tug on his hair!  :  )  we both know when we have hurt the other and 99.9% of the time we'll step back and walk away for a breather or apologize right away. We realize we are partners here in our one time life and we want to make the goodest of it!
I once heard or read...Don't take more then you give and I think that is what keeps us going through this life. 

I read a post the other day on Jennifer's blog about judging people, how we might offend people by what we post on our own blog. The first thing that came to my mind ok, say what you must, just as I have today. If people are offended by anything I have said, well then just don't come back. It will be ok. Maybe we just wouldn't be friends in real life or on line and that's ok, I know I don't care for EVERYONe or everything. You should not worry about offending...just be yourself.

I started this post early Sunday morning and today is Wednesday.
 I did this small wood block painting for a friend this week...The little kitty I got for Mike for a little Halloween gift...made me think of his kitty Oreo aka Chunk.
 We have never had such a social cat! He is just wonderful.

My tree painting is complete. This weekend Mike & I will take it to its new home. Then Monday will come and I'm not sure I'll know what to work on.

Have a great evening
Lisa D.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happenings in the art room

 What will history say about Me always painting these trees?
 Here is the top of my large ikea cube shelf thing...I don't know why I just love painting letters and I found these letters 1/2 price. I did EAT recently and sold that on ebay  :  )  maybe next I'll do pray. The tin next to the LOVE (seeds) I got in one of my favorite antique malls in Michigan. I miss those days Granny. My life has been consumed with Hannah and this painting and after years of doing art I realize I still need a little rule breaking art even when times are stressful, so while I've been working on my trees I have made the alphabet in atc's for my atc carousel. My fellow artist friend LEE had a post the other day about how many pieces you work on at a time...The post made me smile, I am capable of working on gosh I cant even say at a time, 10 maybe. So the abc atc's was a fun outlet and it helped fill my carousel :  )
 Do you recognize the Lisa sticker Dawn  :  )   and Mystele's Omo girl...that shelf is probably 5 things deep.
 I plan on adding my ornamentation to the trees this week and here are some things that came to me.
                                                        I found this girl looking at me.
Well, Mr. Mike is calling to me that my...don't laugh now...beef bourguignon is ready...I know...he just keeps cooking it for me and tonight he has made me flowerless chocolate cake. I fill the house with color and laughter and he fills it with good smells and oh so yummy food.

Happy evening to you

Thursday, October 7, 2010

It's already Thursday!

A few fun photos
When I see this pic I think to myself
How do I work on that table?
Even this past weekend with our party...
...I cleaned the house
even my bathroom : O
but at the end of the day before people began to arrive
I looked in the studio and thought
ehhh...its fine, everyone will stay in the other rooms.
Half of the party was in the studio! and of course when Nathan and Maria came I sat them right across from their painting while they ate Mikes beef bourguignon.

 My Zack turned 21 last month and his sister will be 16 in 6 months
I just love this shot of them.

Zack & I at my sisters wedding 2 years ago
I cut it out of an 8x10 with hopes to glue it down in one of my journals.

I'm off to continue working on the trees.
Have a great day!
Lisa D.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The party...The Team...The winners and The trees

I'm opening my blog post today with the only 2 photos that were taken at our party Saturday.
Above is the bouquet my neighbor Maria brought...from her own beautiful garden! 
Below is one of the dishes Mike prepared for us, beef bourguignon  the other dish was homemade pot pie, crust and all :  ) YUM!
This photo does not even come close to how fricken good it actually tasted. I don't know what Hannah & I would do with out Mike.
And the party was a blast!
These 2 photos are of Hannah playing wheelchair basketball. A team of kids that she met this summer and is now on their team. GO Jr. Bulls!

Of course the winners of my give away


I'm moving along with my painting
I feel like I have to get a solid feel for the trees and their branches, then I can go back into the background a bit or just paint over the whole thing and start over, something I've been known to do. I told Mike today I will give it till Friday to come together better for me, if not, then it just becomes another layer. We'll see

Thanks everyone who posted in my giveaway! I came across to ATC Halloween cards if anyone wants to do a trade.
Eva & UpstateLisa drop email me your info and anyone wanting to trade do the same.

Back to my trees before my girl gets home from school.

Lisa D.