Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Lord Is Risen

From the KJV Bible - Matthew 28
1. In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
2. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.
4. And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
5. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
8. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

Rejoice with me this Easter Sunday! Celebrate the Resurrection! Tell those you meet, "The Lord is risen!"
The proper response is, "He is risen, indeed!"

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

Thank you, Jesus Christ, for dying on the cross for my sins. I am so glad your suffering is over and that now you are reigning over everything! I am so glad to celebrate your resurrection this coming Sunday!
Happy Good Friday to all my post readers! (FYI- the term Good Friday is peculiar to English and may be a corruption of "God's Friday", like goodbye is a corruption of "God be with you") 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Firefighter Fundraiser

This last Saturday we went to my husband's parents' farm to cut wood...our house is heated by propane and the bills were so high this winter that we had to start using our fireplace insert instead! In two months, our bill was practically a thousand dollars- something has to be wrong here! Anyway we are practically out of wood for next year and Galen's dad has been inviting us out to cut wood on one of his properties. The kids helped, and Grandpa too, and we got a great trailer-load to bring home. Saturday evening a little community close by had a fundraiser auction for the volunteer firefighter station in Orion, OK just down the road from the family farm. BTW it is pronounced here as ORE-ee-on. Mom made two coconut creme pies, a chocolate cake, and a chocolate-chip pecan pie to donate for the auction. There was a nice turnout from the community- lots of cakes and pies were brought, also other home-made food items and some handmade cutting boards, a fishing pole rack/holder, etc. One of Mom's coconut pies brought over $200.00 !! I bought a jar of home-made grape jelly that went for $12.50. They served grilled hamburgers and roast pork, potato salad, baked beans, and desserts too- you could eat for free or give a donation for the meal. The auction was fun and brought in, I believe, just under $8000.00  for the station! Very successful evening. The little children got to take rides in some of the firetrucks. We got to see Tom Edwards who used to work with my husband, and his wife Becky and son Cody. They are still "pumpers" with a route of about 80 wells all together. Cody is a volunteer FF and pumper also, and Tom is chairman of the board at the Orion Fire Station.
Tom in front, with the fire can see some gear in the background

Cody, and the truck is taking off with a load of children for a ride
with the siren going

My David with one of the Orion trucks

I got to talk quite a while with Cody. He said they rely heavily on donations of equipment- one of the trucks was an old military vehicle that came in done up in camoflage, and the Orion volunteers had to do their own paintjob. Cody had done the inside of the truck and was showing off his finished work to me- he did a job to be proud of! One of the trucks was a former Forestry vehicle...Cody is two years older than my son, and I had babysat him years ago when we used to live in the area. My son is a volunteer firefighter also, in another part of Oklahoma, so I have a special place in my heart for all these special men. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Tea Cup Swap- Teacup Tuesday

Look at what came in the mail!

I joined an Easter Tea Cup Swap that I happened upon in blogland- -

My partner turned out to be from California and here is what she sent me... 

Such a lot of goodies!An oversized teacup and saucer that I love! The "basket" was a yellow-painted tin with a large pink-ribbon handle! A little package of colorful napkins, a little teaspoon with a teapot embellishment, and a box of Earl Gray tea from Trader Joe's... a bonnet-wearing bunny  with chocolate eggs in his tummy...

Just admire this beautiful handcrafted egg covered with quilling/filigree! My swap partner sells these in her etsy shop. (the link - )

She included a handcrafted tag...

Thanks, Marilou, for the beautiful and fun basket !
(here's a link to Marilou - )
Also, Thanks to Martha and Terri at
for hosting this blog swap! It was FUN!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Art Workshop Pictures

Here are the pictures from the art workshop I attended in Berea, Kentucky at Mitchell Tolle's Gallery and Studio. It was a five-day watercolor portrait workshop. We all painted Mitchell's grandson so everyone's problems would help the entire class, instead of all doing a separate work and having so many different issues to resolve. This is the first time he did a class this way, and I think it really went well...he did a line drawing and printed it very faintly on the watercolor papers we all had brought- 300lb 100% rag. His reason for this was that it usually takes at least one or two days for everyone to get their drawing just right, and this way we would be able to start painting on the very first day. It was so interesting to see all the different ways the same picture was rendered! Some had a very light touch, some took a very realistic approach, and others did a more impressionistic take on the details.
Here we are on the last day, out on the front porch of the gallery. I am on the second row on the end in the teal blue shirt. Morgan on the front row in pink shirt took the pictures labeled with her name. She is a wonderful artist! Here is a link to her website-

This is me with my new friend Pat- one day she came in bringing me a gift of a brush I needed, and a larger palette for me to work with! She has been all over the world, just lately to paint in The Louvre last fall I think. I was the only one in the class with no previous watercolor experience! The very first day, by the end of the day I was so frustrated I went home and cried! But the second day I started making progress...a lot to learn for a beginner in a class where everyone was so much more advanced! But that really was a good thing because they could all help me and I could watch the way everyone approached the process differently.

Here I am, hard at work...My biggest difficulty was not knowing anything about how to mix color. Now that I am back home, I've got a little color wheel to study and learn from, although we did a little of this in the class. One exercise we did was to create a value chart of red, and Mitchell told us we needed to do a chart of all the colors.

These are the paintings from the class, all in varying degrees of completion. Some are totally finished, others still have a ways to go. Mine is on the bottom with the suspenders still white. My background here is also not finished, nor the top of the hat. I am practically finished now, still have the top of the hat to complete. See how different they all look?! This photo makes them look small; actually my paper measures 22" by 16".

My good friends Dan and Angela put me up in their home for the week- I am indebted to them for so much! We had good times in the evenings with good conversation- we played games with their son Darren too. The drive to Berea took 40 minutes on  winding Kentucky hilly roads- such beautiful scenery! Really a joy to travel back and forth everyday...past old tobacco barns, some practically on the road! No shoulders on most of the roads, mailboxes so close to the road it's a wonder they are not hit more often than they are...these are definitely roads where you cannot text and drive  at the same time! The stone "slave fences" were a neat thing to see- here's some photos of one.

The weather was typically early spring- cold one day and warm another! We were able to eat supper outside one evening on their new picnic table. Angela always had a nice supper for us everyday.

All in all it was a very enjoyable week for me. My host and hostess were so kind and hospitable- there is no way I can repay them for their hospitality. Except to give them my love! Being able to watch Mitchell Tolle at work and learn from him was an invaluable, wonderful experience. I am so grateful to God and my husband and these dear friends for making it possible for me to attend his workshop.Here's a website link 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Back Home

I am back from the week-long art workshop- had a great time and learned a of the main things I learned was that "I do not know very much" !!!! As soon as my fellow workshoppers e-mail me their pictures, I will tell about my week and share the photos. I only have my camera on my iphone so I didn't use it very much. I did get to capture this one, of a tree in bloom with the sign to the art gallery behind it.

I joined an Easter Tea Cup Swap and today I mailed out my package to my partner who lives in California. While in the Post Office, I saw this interesting sign....
It reads: 
"If the Federal Government shuts down,
we will be OPEN for
Business as Usual."