Monday, January 29, 2007

What A Day !

What a day ! My mom , oldest daughter and I were going to visit my Aunt Beulah today.We were traveling the same road were our friend wrecked two weeks ago today , and another lady had just wrecked within seeing distance of the friend's wreck. A logging truck had passed a mailman that was pulled over putting mail in a box in a no passing zone on a inclining hill , the lady came over the hill and met the truck in her lane and took the ditch rather than hit the truck. She was o.k. but very scared.The truck didn't stop .We waited there with her til her husband arrived , he arrived before the highway patrol did. I hope they catch the person that caused the wreck.

We had lunch with my Aunt and enjoyed our short visit.She was doing well and her daughters are taking good care of her.

I did watch Frida this weekend . It was a great movie , enjoyed learning more about her life. I did finish my Frida ATC. Need to work on my self portrait.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Updates and Moving on !

I finally feel like posting . My Aunt Beulah is home and doing well after her surgery . Beulah is my mom's baby sister . We are very close , she is only a couple of years older than me.

My mom's oldest brother had hernia surgery on Friday , while his sister was having the bypass surgery .They are both doing well and I am very thankful for that.

My daughter has had a really difficult time dealing with her friends death . We have known her since she was a baby , her mom and I worked together when they were babies and now these young ladies worked together as adults . She has 2 young sons , they have different fathers and will be separated , the oldest is going to live with his Dad , the youngest will live with her Mom . My daugther is very distraught over the arrangement with the children , because she knows their mother would want them to be together . But , legally this can't be.

The world can be so difficult sometimes .I pray these children will be o.k.

I have been working on the Frida swap . I've got the Frida movie , I plan to watch this weekend . I love Salma Hayek , she has a bubbly spirit and hopefully it will lift mine . I'm enjoying learning about this artist , there is something about her that touches me and I can relate to.
Although I haven't figured out what it is yet .

I'm behind on my 365 Days of Nature , last week I just couldn't get motivated with so much going on . Hoping to catch up this week .
The drawing I posted was something I did awhile back . The lady is wearing a peace sign necklace and wrapped in a blanket , I was trying out the new watercolor pencils I got for christmas .
Thanks for your comments , they were heartfelt . May each one of you be blessed in a special way !

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sad Heart

Sunday morning , my Mom called to tell me , they had taken my Aunt Beulah to the hospital , she was having chest pains. Last year she had a heart attack , so we thought she was having another one. Test results showed she had a 60% blockage in her main artery and more blockage in a small artery.As of today , they are waiting for the blood thinners to get out of her system before doing surgery.

Monday , my oldest daughter's friend was killed in a car wreck.She was 27 years old and had two small children.This just breaks my heart.It's really hard to write about it , I don't know how people put these feelings into words.Our lives have been touched by so much grief this past year and it looks like 2007 will be the same.
This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago.Very gloomy , not sure if that is an orb or the sun behind the clouds ?, it truly represents what I feel today.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers .

Love Ya ! JoyceAnn

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Hectic Days

Haven't posted the last few days , things have been hectic around here.I've had Curious J this week and we've been working on potty training.

I'm planning to start on the Frida Swap tonight. Maybe I'll get the chance to create something tonight and tommorrow.

Hope everyone is having a great , creative weekend !

The photo posted is from my "365 Days of Nature".This is my favorite pic of the week.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Art Swap / Frida Kahlo

I'm pretty excited about the Frida Kahlo art swap. I had read something about her at Violette's Creations. She was discussing the famous mexican artist , her unibrow and her self portraits.But , I never took the time to look at her art.
When Pam suggested this swap , I decided it was time to research her art. Turns out she was a very interesting lady.Her art is somewhat disturbing and sad , but so was her life.
I've really enjoyed learning about her and hope to see the movie soon. Yesterday I did a sketch , a self portrait of her. I'm not very good at portraits , but I tried. Well , I was going to post the sketch , but the batteries are low in my camera. So I will post it tommorrow.

Thanks Pam for hosting this swap. I'm really looking forward to seeing the art it brings forth.

Sunday, January 07, 2007


I finally finished these mixed media ATC's. I believe I have spring fever .The weather has been wonderful.I got watercolor pencils for Christmas , I'm enjoying using them.

I took Curious J to the park yesterday.We had fun exploring the creek , a crawdaddy was crawling along the path and that really fascinated him.
That's the wonderful thing about young children , they find adventure in the smallest things.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Feels Like Spring

Today felt like a spring day. Curious J and I were outdoors today , the flowers are budding. My camellia is in full bloom. Very strange weather for January. Although I have to admit , I love it.

I didn't get a chance to finish my ATC's today.

I'm posting # 5 of my nature photos.

Hope everyone had a great day !

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Special Blessing

I went with my sister-in-law to have an ultrasound today. When we heard the heartbeat and saw the movement of the baby , it brought us both to tears. She is due July 21st . Such a special blessing , I'm so excited for her.

I'm working on a couple of ATC's , will post tommorrow if I get them finished.

My thoughts and prayers are with Lisa Oceandreamer.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

365 Days of Nature > Challenge for the New Year

Glitter Sis Janet has inspired me to try a 365 project. I plan to take a picture of something about nature each day this New Year.

I have always wanted to try something like this. My plan was to take 12 pictures to create my own calendar.After reading about Janet's challenge , I thought I would try the 365 days. Then I could pick the 12 best.

I'm no photographer and my camera is not top of the line , but I'm still excited to see what I can capture.

The picture above is 1/365. It will be called Winter's Ripples.

I did take 4 photos , liked this one. I will be posting some of my favorites this year.

Hope everyone is having a creative day !

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year !!

Wishing everyone a peaceful and blessed NEW YEAR !
We had a small family get together last night to watch the ball drop.
Pictured above are my 2 daughters and Curious J in the pink furry hat , this picture was taken as the ball was dropping.
I'm on my way to my Momma's house for the traditional New Year dinner.

Happy New Year !!