Archive | April 2007

Anniversary Bouquet

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Randy remembered that I wanted dogwood and Redbud to decorate the church for our wedding and nothing was blooming the end of April that year, it was one of the late winter ones, unlike this year. So the other day he brought me an anniversary bouquet that he cut in the woods on the way home. Wasn’t that sweet?! 24 years! How time flies! πŸ˜€

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Painting outdoors

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This is Joy Wiltsee, a local watercolor artist of some renown, giving us a workshop today. We painted some local-ish scenery in a lovely spot down-river. for those few of you familiar with the area, it was at Big Bar on the Trinity, west of Weaverville on 299. A nice lady, a nice lesson, a lovely setting, and lunch was also nice.
I managed to roll with my chair down hill, showing my wrong side to the group and managing some nice bruises but all in all, a pleasant day. My painting isn’t finished so I’m not posting it here yet. Joy says that when you are within 10 minutes of being done, go put it under the bed for a week, then when you get it out you’ll see exactly what you need to do to finish! Seems like good advice to me. πŸ˜€

A little still life

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We got back from San Rafael last evening and barely unloaded the cars. Randy is unloading the tools out of mine so I can go on my filed trip later and he can go to work earlier. I brought this little bouquet back from his Dad’s place. I will see if it’ll root tho I don’t expect them to winter over. Never saw ice plant used a a house plant, but it might work, may start a new rage! πŸ˜‰
Randy has his ‘new’ truck. Our first diesel, but it has all the stuff he’s been wanting and the price was good. His old one was only running on three ‘squirrels’ and they were not feeling well any more so it was time.
But it’s good to be home. Sis is coming down later this week to spend a few days. She hasn’t been down in quite a long time now so I am looking forward to that.
Oh yeah… the artichokes are also from Dad’s. They are really pretty thistle plants.
Looks like the sun might shine today, which is good because it’s al fresco painting today! No, lets see… my artists vocab says it’s plein aire… I think! :laugh:

Another pertty picture

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Took this one at the Swift Creek Bridge. The red bud is thick there and all in full bloom. It never looks as bright in the photographs, but I’ve noticed when I try to paint it into a picture it looks gaudy and fake! lol Well, in the first place, it’s not red, so whoever named it must have been color blind! But it’s pretty. The yellow post in the background bears a sign that says, “Watch for snow”. I see that CalTrans has turned it away. I hope that’s a prediction. πŸ˜‰ It’s sunny and (to be) warmer today but the coming week is going to be changing it’s mind for better and worse from the look of it. I have two new large bags of potting soil ready to go when Mother Nature decides to quit fooling with us!
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Have a nice week!

Cozy hidy-hole

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Robin discovered Randy’s hamper empty… a rare event and decided to try it on. I sneaked the picture from the top, which accounts for the vertigo when viewing it! :hehe: Took this guy to the vet yesterday and Spent $80 to find out he’s healthy. He’d been coughing and hacking for longer than I thought required for a hair ball, but that’s the docs diagnosis and now I find he isn’t coughing anymore so I guess nature took care of it. Well, I had envisioned lung cancer or whatever rare and exotic diseases cats can get so I guess I just got an $80 reassurance that my baby is okay. πŸ˜› I’m sure he’s worth it! :laugh: Tho I can remember a time I would not have dreamed of being able to spend that much on a cat. But I can also remember a time (most of you won’t be that old!) when $80 would buy groceries for a month. πŸ˜€
Today it’s raining and shining and shining and raining and both at once and the snow isn’t very far up the hill. Springtime!

Home again!

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We got back today from a week long trip to anywhere. We went though the north eastern corner of California, into eastern Oregon, Idaho, Washington, back into central Oregon and home. Our third try at visiting Crater Lake was successful! We always manage to go too early but this year the south entrance was open. Lots of snow still be we made it to the lake. And there was quite a lot of other people there, too. It was worth the trip, too. It is just fabulously beautiful! You can see what a great mirror it was that day, in my photo. Hard to tell if the clouds are in the sky or in the water!
Anyway, we had a great trip, saw some beautiful country and have decided to go again. But now we’re home again for awhile.
Happy Easter πŸ™‚