Thursday, May 11, 2017

Preparing for Piyo

It's a dangerous thing to be up late night watching infomercials. It was about midnight and Piyo came on, which I had never heard of before, so I decided to watch it it for a while. Wow, low impact, no extra weights used, use your own body weight to build strength and tone up. Combination of Pilates and yoga, and it was a seven day a week DVD set, Wow! yeah, I'm in!!. Okay, so I buy it, within that 20 minute "buy it now" window so you get a special deal. Not even sure what the "special" deal was..... So now I am currently waiting for it to be delivered, only one problem, I needed to buy a dvd player.... I ended up at Walmart during my lunch break yesterday and picked up a cheap $30 Sony dvd player, took it home and my husband was like "there's no HDMI cable". I'm like "so what, just hook it up!" Yeah, it's not going to work with the 12 inch multi color wires that came in the box unless I want it mounted on the wall next to the TV so the wire can reach....... I guess since my understanding of cable wires and the technology behind them is pretty much none, he is taking it back to get the "right" DVD player, which is probably going to cost twice as much as I wanted to pay for it. I am looking forward to this exercise program to arrive, but I have read from other people that have used this program that the first two days of workout are good and pretty easy, then 3rd day kicks your butt... Let's see how that works for me, going from completely sedentary to this workout. I know that I need to move my body, I don't want to get sick. My mother, father, brother and sister developed diabetes by the time they were in their early fifties and since I am edging up there I would like to do some preventative care.
That will be me, with the chair, doing the alternative moves....

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

feels like summer but it's only spring

I wonder sometimes why I can dedicate myself to my 8-5, repeatedly doing the same thing everyday, year after year, pushing papers, typing, answering the phone and being content with all of this (the majority of time). I understand it is called making a living, however I can't seem to commit myself to myself. I feel like I have had thousands of "great" ideas over my lifetime that come to me in a moment and leave just as fast. I also wonder if it's just me, or if other people think this way. I talk myself out of following thru each and every time creating obstacles in my mind of why I can't go through with this idea, or that idea, or how difficult it would be if I did try, and would just fail at it.... The mind is a wonderful thing isn't it? or is it that I am just being lazy? Okay, so enough about that. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous lately. I love May, it feels like what summer should be. Mid 80's, low humidity, cool refreshing water in the pool, and flowers blooming. Sunday morning I jumped in the pool for the first time this season and it was wonderful! I enjoyed relaxing and just drying off in the sun while drinking my coffee.
Saturday I worked all day preparing my house for the intense summer heat and humidity that should be arriving in a few weeks by purchasing curtains for the bedrooms. I was pretty happy with just the blinds because I love the sunlight shining through, but the electricity bill shoots up so high to keep the upstairs cool that I had to do something. Now, just a run down of my Saturday to get what I wanted/needed: I went to two different Targets (4 times), two different Tuesday Mornings and two different Walmarts (3 times). So basically I spent the day driving back and forth trying to decide what to buy and where to buy it. I needed the longest curtain rod that I could find at all the stores they stopped at 120" which was too short. I found the best deal and the right size at Tuesday Mornings, the curtain rod stretched out to 144" and only cost me $25. For that measurement I couldn't find them anywhere else and even the shorter ones (120") where twice the price everywhere else. Bought the sheers at Walmart, and the actual curtains from Target. Of course I had to go to the multiple stores because there was never enough of what I needed at one location. It all worked out in the end and it already feels a bit cooler in the house.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Terribly sad day

I received a text from my daughter this afternoon as she worked on her final project. The text read: "5 people just got stabbed on campus- he ran into Jester" Jester is a dorm building, my daughter lived in her Sophomore year. One person died and three taken to the hospital. They are saying that the person doing the stabbing is a student. This is all 2 weeks before end of the semester. My heart sank for the student that got killed and the family that has lost their child....

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Announcements

This has been a busy weekend and it's only Saturday afternoon. Yesterday evening the graduation announcements arrived and I wanted to make sure that I mailed them out today since my daughters graduation is on May 20th. I went out last night and printed a collage of pictures to include with the announcements, staying up until midnight stuffing envelopes and addressing them. I can't believe graduation time is near. My daughter is graduating with a 5 year professional Bachelor degree in architecture, and these years have flown by. I still look at her first little piglet ballet costume I saved and have hanging up in my closet from when she was three years old, now she is 23 and has grown into an amazing young woman.
So here is an update of our new pathway. We added lights and I just LOVE the pattern they make when they turn on!
Okay, so now some exciting news about my artwork. I was accepted to display my glass art at Whitworth glass art gallery in New Braunfels, Texas. I spent the morning up there, and Cindy, one of the owners, had set up a beautiful table for me that could be seen as soon as customers come through the doors. The table itself is pretty special since it was her husband Jacks grandmothers table, Jack is currently 70 years old, so I can only imagine how old the table is! My penandts were place a beautiful curio case and they showed very nicely.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spring in the works

I've been working a large doodle painting again for my "music" series. It felt pretty good working on it, and I'm almost finished! All thats left is the outline and some details left to go! After I'm done painting it I still need to figure out the design of the frames I want to create. It's one of my more brightly colorful paintings and this is the one that makes me hum the "Happy Day's" theme song as I paint.
The past two weekends my husband and I have been working in the front yard and created a walkway. We added Mexican Heather on either side to make it more pleasant looking. I have never seen this type of plant before and it's very interesting to me because the little purple flowers bloom all along the edges of the leaves. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome, even though I didn't line it up with the front door, I just lined it up with the path we had created walking on the grass!
My potted flowers that I received last month for my birthday doubled in size and exploded with colorfull flowers!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

feeling blah

I'm not sick, I just have this blah feeling..... Easter weekend was nice and easy. Cooked a small dinner on Easter Sunday for my husband and oldest son. My younger two couldn't make it home because of their homework/projects, which I can understand. Other than cooking, I just kind of just sat around Sunday thinking about all the things I could do, but just felt like I was holding myself back for no good reason, other than laziness and lack of motivation. I feel a huge sense of boredom in my life. Not sure what to do about it. I ended up painting a bit Sunday night, then watched a movie, which I thought was appropriate for Easter.... Heaven is for real. Anyway, today is a typical Monday at my day job, sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours..... I just feel like I need some happy excitement right about now....
My cactus finally bloomed and smells BEAUTIFUL. the bloom will only last a couple of days...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This and that

I started working on my painting tonight. It's been a long while since I worked on it. I started the painting at the end of February and didn't touch it at all through the month of March as I was preparing for the art show creating smaller glass art. Tha painting is very colorful and the song that pops in my head while I work on it is the theme song from "Happy Days" which makes me smile as I hum the song and paint. I can't wait to finish it and see it on the wall! This past weekend was the 5th annual festival of books with over a hundred authors speaking about the books they recently published. The schedule was jam packed throughout the day. I looked forward to this event every year, and this is my the third year attending. I prepared my list the day the calendar came out and I had my schedule of authors ready that I wanted to go see. I didnt have anyone listed from 10-11am so I walked around the festival and had such a great time just looking at all the wonderful books all these authors had published! I ended up buying a few books and left just a bit early and skipped the last two authors I wanted to see. I ended up going to an antique/classic book store not too far frokm the library and picked up a couple of Charles Dickens books, "The Pickwick papers" and "The old curiosty shop". Lets see if I can Get myself to read them now. overall it was a fun weekend!