Archive for October, 2009

A fun weekend and now another life question

October 26, 2009

I was lucky enough to go to the art educator’s conference this weekend in Hutchinson. I took off Friday and Jim and I headed out. I missed the keynote speaker but got there in time for the first class. It began with layering three pieces of coe 96 glass and using an underglaze between the layers. The layers were then fused. It turned out so-so which one might expect as there was no time to sample how the glazes might look ahead of time. It was then on to a computer class.

The evening reception was at the Cosmosphere. I accidentally ran into a plane twice trying to look at the pieces at the silent auction. I guess you could say that the spy plane attacked me. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was nice to be at a place where people felt happy to be in their profession and many were supported by their administrators. After a great dinner, it was an IMAX movie which was interesting but it gave me a headache and motion sickness. I was afraid that would happen.

I got to take an enameling class on Saturday. I made a bracelet. It took longer than expected so I missed the second class. The third class was using water soluable oils and acrylics. The teacher was from the Savannah School of Design. It was interesting how one could erase color to capture highlights.

I am trying to upload some pictures to show you but it is taking so long…………I guess I will have to give up on that for tonight.

The questions, when being with other artists and making art makes me so happy, how can I have more of that and less of the pain my current job gives me. Do I out and out quit and have us live on one income? That cuts down our opportunities. Do I find an art teaching job which may involve us moving?

Isn’t this fun

October 25, 2009

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Another weekend spent napping

October 19, 2009

This is the second weekend where I planned to do something and instead napped. I don’t know if I am just that tired or just that lazy.

It was parent-teacher conferences this week so the kids were only there through Wednesday. We had to stay until 8 pm that night and then had to be there all the next day until 8. I had one set of parents drop by and I tracked down another parent in the building so I got to talk to at least two parents. Conference-wise, it was a big waste of time. I did get to get some sorting done.

We got up and got ready for church today only to walk out and find frost on the windows. We scurried around trying to find the scraper but finally had to give up on the idea of going as it was late. It is supposed to be 70 tomorrow so I guess I didn’t figure there would be frost in the picture too.

The art educator’s conference in Hutchinson is coming up. It will be nice to be around people who find art to be important. I have never been there before so it will be interesting to see what the town has to offer.

IWIG has a reprieve. Thanks for all the prayers. We don’t know how long this reprieve will last but hopefully it will be for long enough for things to turn around.

I just finished the book “The Shack”. It is an interesting book that you might enjoy. Some people at work reading it so I will be interested in hearing their ideas on the book.

So much for plans

October 9, 2009

I signed up for a personal day on Friday. My plan was to go to Valley, Nebraska to a rug hooking event. It sounded like so much fun. Jim isn’t feeling great though so I guess we will stay home. It wouldn’t be too much fun to drive all that way by myself or with him not feeling well.ย  I told him I can only rug hook tomorrow. No work, no chores, just me time. We will see if that works out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pray for IWIG Dairy/Drink Milk

October 6, 2009

My son-in-law works at Iwig Dairy and unfortunately, milk prices have dropped severely this year andย  the dairy may go into foreclosure. The newscast said that the dairy would be 100 next year. I hear that dairies all over are failing because of this. I pray the owner can get something worked out before the 14th.

If you click on the link you will see the report off the news. My son-in-law is the first guy.

Heather’s enameled bowl

October 5, 2009

When Heather and I went to the enameling class in Lawrence, we both made bowls. Hers was the prettier of the two and I am glad to finally be able to show if off.

Heather's copper bowl

Heather's copper bowl

A crisp October Morning

October 5, 2009
Walking to the Festival

Walking to the Festival

It is finally fall. The air is cool and the leaves are starting to turn. On Friday, I was blessed by my secret pal with two tickets to the Apple Festival at Ward-Meade Park. Jim is still hacking but we thought it would help for him to get some fresh air.

We saw some interesting displays. There was an old school building, a pharmacy, someone making rope, beautiful flower gardens and crafters.

A dulcimer player performs in the church.

A dulcimer player performs in the church.

Flowers in the garden.

Flowers in the garden.


Mums in front of the store.

Mums in front of the store.