Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Busy Days

So it has been a very busy few days. Lot’s of family togetherness and only a few stolen moments for artistic endeavors. That’s OK because I do like what I accomplished artistically. I guess I’ll start there then I’ll continue with my other stories. ‘n’ had a party that required no purchased gifts this weekend and we decided to make her little friends a gift. Right away I thought of all the silkfusion I have been working on-some with ‘n’s help. We decided on Friday to make beaded bracelets and embellished book marks for her friends. Well needless to say I did most of the beading for the bookmarks and one of the bracelets. We finished or should I say that I finished just in the nick of time before we had to leave for the party. We were in such a hurry that I didn’t take pictures!! Oh well. I’m going to make another on for ‘n’ and I will take and post pictures. Last night I realized I needed a card to send to a friend and I didn’t have anything made that I wanted to send so I used some silk fusion and some paper towels that I had painted with liquid watercolor and left over textile medium. I like the finish product.

I’m going to try to finish this post quickly as I have been working on it for days and have yet to post anything. We were finally able to make it to Chatham for a visit this weekend. Unfortunately ‘J’ and Grammy are processing the loss of their car. It was finally removed from the garage by ‘J’s daughter and son-in-law. ‘J’ however does not remember signing it over to them and thinks that they stole the car and has threatened to call the police and report the car stolen. I guess he was ranting and raving so badly on Saturday that his daughter sent her husband over to try and calm the situation down. Well that totally backfired and ‘J’ became even more agitated and got in his son-in-law’s face yelling and demanding his car be returned. What a mess! We got a call Saturday evening warning us of the situation. They spoke with the police department who advised returning the car and disabling it so that at least ‘J’ had the security of knowing where his car was being stored. Sounded like a good idea to us but on Sunday I got the call that Grammy didn’t think it was a good idea. She called ‘J’s daughter and had a rather heated discussion about not wanting that car in her garage or in her house etc, etc. Seems she is afraid that the car is going to spontaneously combust, even though the car has been stored in the garage all along. Not sure about the rationale behind this fear. Anyway I was warned to try not to bring the subject of the car up during our visit just to avoid any agitation. We arrive at about 1pm and you’ll never guess what the first topic of conversation turned out to be…. You guessed it the CAR!!!!! Well sure enough don’t we go through the entire thing with ‘J’.

“Who told me I can’t drive? The doctor. How do you know? You weren’t there. Well the doctor wants to keep you safe. No he doesn’t. I’ve never had anyone with authority tell me I can’t drive! Who the hell are they.”

Well this went on for a good while until we finally changed the subject to the dog. Later on it was brought up again by Grammy. It seems like she is definitely showing more signs of confusion and memory loss herself. I don’t think that she remembers what happens when she brings up these sore subjects. I’m not sure what to do to help them. The visit did turn out OK in the end. We had a meal together and spent a good part of the day visiting. I must say that I was happy to come home.

On a more positive and productive note I organized a bunch of art supplies: papers, soy fibers, card making supplies etc. I had been stock piling things in my living room and finally took the time to sit down and sort and bag everything. I’ve stored it away in what will be my future art room. ‘R’ is motivated to get it done for me so it is good to start organizing. I can’t wait to have my own space!! Yippee

One last thing: Does anyone know how to add pictures to the middle of a post? I'd like to have the flexibility to put the pictures where I want them! I've tried uploading and then cutting and pasting and it isn't working for some reason. I'd appreciate any help. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!


Pentha said...

If you go to "edit html" you can cut and paste the html code. Then you have to play with how the text wraps around the photos, but it's doable.

Thanks for commenting on my blog, btw, and for putting a link to it on yours. I'm not sure how you found me, but I'm glad you did!

Barbara said...

Pentha, thanks for your help! I went to the edit html and was able to move my pictures.

I'm happy to have found your journal. I found you through Suzann at Journey to a New Live, (whom I found through Fran at Sacred Ordinary) and I was intrigued by your name. You are one of the few journals I check regularly. I'm happy that you've found me and taken the time to help me out. Take Care

Karyn said...

Hi Barbara,

I'm happy to have found you; thanks for your kind comments on (one of) my blogs...

Looks like you found your answer! I have had greater luck uploading photos to Flickr (free) and then pasting the html code into the body of the email where I wish it to appear; it seems to work okay...

What up with this rain???

Barbara said...

Karen, Thanks for the tip. I'd love to try Flickr when I get a minute to upload my pictures.

I don't know about the rain! April showers I guess. At least it isn't snow like northern New England.

Have a great day!

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