Friday, July 03, 2015

I'm a Ramblin'

This pocket used to adorn my hip-hugger jeans of bygone days.
Hello again.  It just takes me longer and longer to finally post anything here lately.  Life has been a whirlwind for months now and I get bits and pieces of down time.  

Of course work, work, work.  In fact, work has been oddly very slow and we attribute that to the fact that we have an abundance of clients that are in the oil business around here.  So since the price of oil is so wonky they are holding off spending any kind of money.  We are usually so busy in the summer that we hardly have time to turn around but that is just not happening and is incredibly weird.  I so hope things turn around soon, we have a building loan to pay off...hahahaha! :( 

Before good stuff, some bad stuff.  Yesterday as I was walking into my house from art I received a call from my niece.  Not good!  She asked me for a favor because she could not reach (bad cell service) her mother because they were at the lake at her uncles, fishing.  She had been picked up on warrants and wanted me to bail her out.  I asked if she had her uncles phone number and she said no.  I totally lied, but I responded that we were almost to our cabin and that I couldn't help.  My gut wrenched for lying but you know she has burned me and I just don't know if she is on the up and up yet.  She said her mother was going to flip out.  I asked her what she was doing to get arrested and she said walking.  Hmmmmm.   I just could not let my stomach rest so I sent a text to my Bro and he responded, "BS!  Call Sis." He was probably right.  So I called her and she answered on the second ring.  I asked where she was and she said, "home." EGAD!  Duped.  I told Sis about the conversation and her response was to let her stay in jail over the weekend, if she was telling the truth.  And that was a possibility, the truth.  What if I said sure and then how do I go about bailing you out.  She might have come back with meet my friend somewhere with the money.  Yup, could happen, then she would have the money and I would be labeled soft touch.  Even still I could bail her out and she would skip and I would be out.  Probably not much money but NOT MY PLACE OR CHILD!  It's just too bad that if she is on the up and up, still sober and still working to make her life right then THIS is the time to help her.  Sis would be doing the TOUGH LOVE thing too late in the game.  Who knows.  NOT MY PLACE OR CHILD!  Still breaks my heart.

I've been staying busy a lot with watching little snicklefritz which I LOVE!  She will be 3 Oct 1 and so personable and interactive now.  Last Tuesday I just told her momma to bring her by the house on her way to the office.  I decided to watch her while I cleaned out my closet and painted a bit.  It was such a fun day and I totally wore that kiddo out.  Of course she had Clayton at her side most of the time.  
I think I have figured out why she calls him Back.  We just could not understand and then Wednesday afternoon I was unloading my car with a giants supply of groceries with the garage door open and the kitchen door open.  Clayton is good to stay in the doorway and watch but occasionally he steps down and into the garage and I'm afraid he will run.  Well, he stepped and I caught myself saying, "back, back, back" to which he steps back into the doorway...BACK!  Eureka!

The weekend rolled around and B&B2 needed to go shopping for a car without Rio.  I said I would keep her overnight, which I love to do.  She loves to come to Anny's house too.  
Blueberries on baked chips!

Our patio is awesome for her to play on her "bikikle."
Her word for helicopter is "heliclopper." ADORABLE 
Again she has an almost constant shadow! 
Clayton and My Little Ponies.

In between the work and kid watching I throw in a bit of painting.  I've had several commission pieces and fun ones too.  



I love this one!
"Bentley and Banks"

Then this is for the Cattle Baron's Ball Auction:




Finally, a play piece that just came together in a couple of hours.




Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy Anniversary

Guess what today is.  Today is my 9th anniversary of posting this blog.  It started as a way to work through my grief of losing my best friend Gail and the impending passing of my mother.  It has worked.  I have healed and with the help of finding my art I am happy again.  I tell people that I have found my happy when I paint.  The writing here is another happy, where I have found new friends and am able to express myself.  Now though since some family members I fear have found my voice here I have to pull back on some of my words but that is okay.  You don't need to spill everything that is on your mind.  So I will just say Happy Blog Anniversary to ME!  Happy 9 years of letting it all hang out.  
  

Monday, June 22, 2015

Turning 30

 Today my BABY turns 30!

Oh My Goodness, I can't be old enough to have a 30 year old but I do.  She is a beautiful talented soul that I'm so glad is my baby.  Happy Birthday Afton!  I love you to the moon and back!
 

















Friday, June 19, 2015

Flower Shop

Our flower shop is going to get very busy this next week.  I'm sad.  The lady I posted about the other day, our right hand man's wife, Jamie who probably had three more months to live, well, yesterday she passed.  She just had had enough.  Her body was tired of the fight and she let it go.  So, so very sad.  The Hubby is taking it very hard to the point he is upset if we can't spend time together, a lot.  The hugs and kisses he is giving are almost unprecedented.  

This morning I received a phone call from one of my high school classmates and he said there was some bad news.  The parent of one of our committee members passed away and not in a good way.  I've known that lady, Barbara since I was about 6 years old.  They lived next door to my grandparents and they own one of the banks in town.  Her daughter, Kelli is on our reunion committee and a friend for over 40 years.  Kelli's mother was walking across the street in downtown Broken Arrow and a trash truck I guess did not see her and turned and hit her.  She didn't die right there but soon after.  How very, very tragic for Kelli and her family.  

So my flower shop is going to be very busy this next week as we call in the flower orders.  I would prefer birthday or wedding flowers....something else.  Sad heart today.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Whirlwind

Whirlwind, that is what this week has been!  The youngest flew in last Friday and we've thoroughly enjoyed her visit and have been busy, busy, busy.  We started the visit with pizza at the oldest girly's house with pizza and Cards Against Humanity.  What a hoot!  She is staying with her sister this visit in their new abode and babysitting Rio while Bri teaches.  Getting a lot of one on one time with her niece!

Sunday it was a huge family gathering to celebrate all the June birthdays in the family (both sides) and the upcoming father's day.  Burgers and a LOT of rain, it was an awesome day.  

This visit was all about family which we all loved.  Instead of her going to various people to visit we brought them all together in one place.  

The friend thing we accomplished with her performing at Main Street Tavern last night.  Not even the rain held friends and family from watching her perform.  






Look who got to finally see her perform....,my DADDY and Mother-in-Law!


Her flute teacher many, many years ago Debi came to support!  How awesome to see her and goodness gracious when her husband walked in behind her The Hubby said, "Hey, that's our renter of our old shop." What!  How oddly weird was that.  We have not seen Debi in probably 10 years and find out her husband is our renter.  What a small world.  

Besties!


One of the reasons for the visit was the show at The Brady of Tears For Fears.  Woo HOO!  What a great concert.  It was the first time they had been to Tulsa.  Afton toured with them a few years ago and they are still friends in California.  This was our first chance to meet them.


Again, a whirlwind visit but alas she flies home, her home tomorrow morning.  We will miss her truly but her love is in California.