Thursday, July 27, 2006

too much to do, too little time

It has been too long since I've posted anything here. Since we came back from Utah and Rigby passed away I have been busy, busy, busy! Plus we are enjoying our last few days before the boys come back from their dad's in Arkansas. We spent Monday thru yesterday up in the mountains at hubby's family cabin. It's always nice to go there and relax. It rained and was no hotter than 70 degrees the whole time we were there. We also visited with some old friends that live in Ruidoso that we haven't seen in way too long.

Summer is winding down. We have received the registration information for the boys and by the 14th of August they will be back in school. I love the summer, but I always look forward to getting my quiet time back during the day. Maybe then I can get back to some kind of routine and do some painting!! I have many paintings swimming around in my head right now. Can't wait to get them out!

This week is also a somber one as a very good friend of mine lost her dad earlier this week. I wish I knew what to do to help her out. I'm not very good at dealing with death.

Anyway, by next week I hope to be back on some kind of schedule and post more regularly here. Until then.........

Monday, July 17, 2006

Arches National Park

Ready to post the photos I took in Arches and Canyonlands. The trip was absolutely amazing, we hiked over 9 miles and I took around 75 photos. I could have taken thousands and it would not have been enough to capture the beauty and size of the rock formations. I would have to recommend going there in person as that is the only way to fully appreciate the experience! I plan to do several paintings of different arches, I can hardly wait to get started! We purposely didn't see all of the arches, that way we HAVE to go back! Besides, after the first 8 miles, my knee started bothering me so we were unable to hike further. It sucks to get old.

I am working on putting together a collage of our greatly missed puppy dog, Rigby Roo. Most of the photos I have of her are on regular film, so I have to scan them all first. I will post it once I get it done.

Below are a couple sample photos from the trip, I will post more later.

Delicate Arch, taken from across the canyon. By the time we came to this arch, I was unable to hike so we viewed it from the opposite cliff.

North and South Arches, the rocks are watching you!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Back home

Back at home late this morning. Had a great trip, inspired beyond belief! I will post more photos on Monday.

Today when we came home we had to deal with burying one of our beloved pets, Eleanor Rigby. She was almost 14 years old and lived a long, good life. My husband had her from puppyhood and I was lucky enough to be her human mom for 11 years. We have been expecting this for about a year now, but that doesn't make it any easier to take. She was part of the family and we will miss her tremendously!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings!

Fortunately, it turns out there is wireless internet in the room! Today was an absolutely amazing day! We made a great start with our first stop being Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings in SW Colorado. I have wanted to go here for many many years. My mom told me today that I had been there when I was 8 years old. Don't remember that at all! So, anyway, it was an absolutely stunning place, I took some cool photos, I'm posting a few here and now, I will pick the best later and write more about the trip. Tomorrow we hike in Arches National Park here in Moab, Utah! I can hardly wait...I need to sleep!!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Summer has now taken over!

In case anyone was wondering or cares, summer has taken over and I am having a hard time fighting back anymore! It has been a struggle but I have decided to just let go and relax!

My mom and her husband have invited my husband and I to take a trip with them to Moab, Utah next week. Tuesday, my boys leave to visit their dad and Wednesday we leave for 4 days/3 nights in Moab and then down to Durango and Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings. I have been to Durango before, but never to Moab or Mesa Verde, so I am soooooo excited. I plan to take the camera and laptop, so I will come back with many pictures to share. If the hotel has internet connection I may post some before I come home. I'll have to wait and see.

Anyone who knows me just a little will know that Moab and Mesa Verde are like candy to me, I can hardly wait to see the rock formations and cliff dwellings!

I think the best part is getting away from home for a little while and hopefully I will be inspired to come home and paint, paint, paint!!! I seriously need a change of scenery and some inspiration!

So, depending on the internet situation, it could be a week before I post again. I promise to get into a more regular posting schedule when we return. Until then.........:)