Monday, November 22, 2010

Words of Caution. Lots of Togetherness Ahead.

If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around. ~Will Rogers

One thinks one has a way with animals when their own pets behave, sort of like children. Call the neighbors' wayward Husky or teach a class of elementary students and you will immediately understand this isn't so. You really hold no sway over anybody else. Your pets and family love you. They put up with you and roll over for you.

One thinks one is pretty powerful. Lol!

With that in mind, a word of caution: try to keep your opinions to yourself this week. If you don't, can't, won't do something yourself let somebody else do it without your comments. Keep your lips sealed unless they are opened to allow a beneficial high alcohol content liquid pass between them.

With that in mind, have a designated driver, a designated turkey carver or designated knife sharpener. Play it safe this Thanksgiving.

With that in mind, I am thankful for all of you who take a minute out of your day to read my meanderings. Blessings to all.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Just a Little Snack Ahead

Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails. ~Max Eastman, Enjoyment of Laughter

As the holiday pace begins I am going to streamline my blog. I know everybody is busy and has little time to read paragraph after paragraph while planning their meals and shopping in addition to all of the things they do in the real world. With that in mind the next two months I will post an image and a quotation I feel is particularly apropos. I hope you will enjoy a little "snack" of blog.
With love...Beth

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Even Big Dogs Can Be "All That"

This beautiful mastiff was in Austin at the Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival.
My son, brother, mom and I went to check out the fare while we were in the city for my sister's wedding.

The sky was as brilliant and clear as a fall day should be in Texas. Therefore thousands of folks turned out for the event. The food was delicious, the music was loud, and the dogs were plentiful. This was, after all, Austin. If you are outside you must have your dog with you, because they love this kind of thing. Really? I can only speak for the dogs we have had.

Back to glitter.

While in Austin we saw so many dogs not only at this food truck festival, but at the Pit Bull Parade on Sunday. Photos of glittered pit bulls are still to come.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Coming Home and Visiting Kirby

The glitter addiction is continuing in the studio.

This is our friend Kirby. Honorable pug and all around nice guy. We visited yesterday so he could model for me. He is a good boy. He smiled, he posed, he napped and best of all he didn't chase the UPS truck when he had the chance.

I have just returned from a trip to Atlanta to survey neighborhoods we would like to settle in. We are moving to the area once we sell our home in Florida.

Looking at the very cute bungalows (translate small) and ranch style homes (translate, we have lived in ranch homes and know we will need to do a lot of updating) I realize what a great house we have.

Several years ago we added a large studio and patio so I could enjoy the tropical garden filled with hummingbirds and butterflies and the woods that give me total privacy in my hidden art world. How will I find that again?

Sigh...I may have to muster the strength to create another, but there will never be another like this. The fountain has provided water for squirrels, birds, and lizards and soothed a ragged soul plenty of times. The patio has hosted numerous coffees and glasses of wine. This space is my safe harbor, my artist studio, my retreat, my sanctuary. I will miss it very much.

But the art comes from within so will be with me wherever I go.