Leaves on this Family Tree

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Time to Share

I remember how hard it was for my body to adjust when we moved to New York 10 years ago. I put it down to having retired, sold a house, moved and set up a new house all between May 1 and July 4, 2006. I honestly don't think I recovered until the summer of 2007.

I thought this move would be easier; moving home, seeing people I know, shopping in familiar places. Now I'm not so sure. We've been home a little over 2 months and my mind is still mush. But, then again, I'm writing this as I am starting to recover for either a cold or sinus infection. It didn't knock me out but it sure has sapped my energy this last week.

That said, I was lucky enough to take 2 painting classes this week. I took my 1st in December, with my niece, and it was a blast. 

The girl who was the art teacher in the middle school I taught in retired the same year I did. Then he and her husband started spending 100% of their time in her art studio/gallery.

Over the years she has moved to a much larger building and the business has blossomed.

Last winter, I think, she started to give "Pop a Cork and Paint" classes. I was eagerly waiting to  move home so I could take them. I finally got signed up for the "Snowman" class in December. funny thing about it is I had commented on a friends "Snowman" painting from a class she took this summer. She gave it to me s a Welcome Back present. So now I have my Snow Man and her Snow Woman.

Paula's Snow Man and Peggy's Snow Woman

During the December class my niece and I signed up for the January "Pop a Cork and Paint a Penguin" class. Again,  it was a blast . . . even though I was in that part of the cold/sinus infection where my body was really fighting to throw it off. Several people asked if I was sick. I said, "No, I just have to concentrate on breathing and that is slowing down my painting." LOLOL

I wanted him to look like he was "waddling" down a snow bank.
I also told people I wanted him to look like he had been on a "bender."
I think I accomplished that. Doesn't he look like he is a "Weeble?" 
Earlier in the fall I had shared a picture of an old piano that had been  made into a water feature in a garden. A friend form high school decided she wanted to schedule a painting class with the same teacher and asked if I wanted to join. Well, it was today. A LOT harder than the other two, but still fun.

Not so sure about this one.
Teri said that we kind of become "numb" while painting.
So, have someone hold it further away and it looks better.
Told the girls in the class I might have to have Gene put an addition on the house
so I could put it s REAL LONG DISTANCE away.


One day I would like to take some one on one classes so I can develop the knack of painting without brushstrokes. For some reason I just can't get that down :(

Sunday, January 1, 2017

It's a New Year . . . Thank You Lord

This has been an interesting year:

  1. We owned a house for the first 10 months but didn't live in it.
  2. Gene had a 10 hour surgery for a cancerous "ulcer" in January and spent a month at Roswell Cancer Institute.
  3. I had a D&C which "discovered" 2 polyps. Since once was a precursor to a cancerous polyp I opted for a complete hysterectomy in June.
  4. A month after the hysterectomy, in July, I had emergency Gall Bladder surgery.
  5. Finally, in September, both of us were released from our three surgeons.
  6. October 24 the movers came to pack us; October 25 they loaded us up; October 26 we loaded the fur-children up for our trip to Indiana and on October 27 the movers unloaded our old house into our new house.
No wonder Gene and I are worn out . . . we've had a relatively busy year. I know some people have had a lot more "activity" in their year but this was enough for us.

So, New Years Eve in our new house brought PURE excitement. Can't you tell from Marcus and Matthew? Guess the idea of welcoming in the New Year wore them out.



Gene and I ate cold boiled shrimp and Club Crackers with cocktail sauce, while playing a "rousing" game of Monopoly until 10:00 pm. Then tried to find one of the "New Years" shows on TV. Basically, we thought all of them sucked, but we ended up with Carson Daily and Mel B . . . best of the worst for us.


After Christmas Brunch, our nephew's wife sent everyone home with a loaf pan of her egg casserole. I didn't want to return it empty so yesterday I dried some Hawaiian Bread out, then soaked it in custard and, this morning, made a Bread Pudding for her family and one for Gene and I.
The one on the left did get a little dark but the "gift" on the right looks real good :)

What I do is, as soon as it is cool, I slice it in the pan, take it out and let it throughly  cool then place in plastic freezer bags so, any day we want French Toast, I fry the slices in a pan and they are the BEST FRENCH TOAST EVER ! ! ! ! Can you tell how much I like this stuff.


I finished my last doily for the year, starched it and let it dry. Took it off the blocking board yesterday. So I'm counting it as the 1st doily for 2017. It is called Scalloped Doily. The pattern can be found here.

Hope your New Year is all you expected it to be.