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Kerry Kate Octobereffigies What is an October Effigy?
October is a reference to times past and decaying of autumn. An Effigy is something that represents another being. I call them Effigies because my dolls seem to be more stuffed canvases with a spirits
Betty Pillsbury ~ Crazy Quilt Artist I lost Betty for awhile, she redid her site! I found her again! I have taken a couple of classes with her, she is a lot of fun! If you have the opportunity do it! : )
You are just required to send something to your PenPal, and only once...most do more. Some over acheivers try to do everyone in the group. I won't be one of those since I work full time. I just can't. But I am having fun and feeling good every time I go to the mailbox! Great mail vs bills!
The power of GOOD bombing, Lindsay came up with the idea of bombing someone with a health issue, personal reason, or because they have had a shitty week...I nominated my daughter Desi and she got bombed with what she called "Pretty Mail"
We have decided to dedicate a Facebook group to this and we will do it all year long! It just makes you feel good to focus on someone else and making them feel good and smile for a moment instead of thinking of yourself!
WOW Danny Gregory posted in Every Day Matters (a sketch group I belong to on FB) and I was SO blown away to find out it was Gil Zamora!!!! He was San Jose PD's sketch artist, and I worked with him a lot from 94 (when he wasn't very good, just starting out and being mentored) through 2011!! Where he was amazing! He even did a few sketches for co-workers before they retired, where I was in one back in 2000.
It was just SO moving to watch these! I grew to love him over the years, he had a great spirit...and was so talented! What a gift to the women he touched doing this project!
I didn't sleep much last night...maybe a couple of hours. So I am feeling raw anyway. But I found out this morning that my friend Gary Leinweber passed away at 6:30 am...
I am grateful he is not in pain anymore. But I am going to miss knowing he was in the world.
So, I am sitting here, listening to the rain...and remembering some fun times at work. He was always inspirational, he went after his passion and changed his life up. Always made me believe it was possible that I could do it too!
I will always remember his laugh...and when his wife Jeri started to quilt, and how we would talk about the love of quilting. AND when he would share with me when her quilts were in shows!
I haven't had a family photo with my kids since they were little! I was so excited that we were able to get them and have them taken at Shoreline Park, and the Rengstorff House. I used to party in that house when I was a kid, and before it was fixed back up to its beauty...this place has powerful meaning to me.
I have been wanting to do this so here some are! Desi and G-boy are out for a visit so I pounced!
Man...what an emotional day! I got an email from my 3rd cousin from Ancestry.com! Come to find out I knew her as a kid! She sent me a photo of my grandmother who raised me...and I broke out in tears! I had never seen a photo of her when she was young. In this photo it is 1940 on the Russian River, with her family, goofing on each other. She is the one in the middle.
It freaked me out because I can REALLY see myself in her. Its hard to believe she was 35 in this photo! It TOTALLY is eerie to me...because while I knew her she was always wrinkly and old looking...I have never seen her this young...and wow! Just Wow! And the fact that I do look like her...crazy good realizations.
This just made me so emotional all day. SO many questions came up. Again, I miss her so much, she passed when I was 19 and I sure wish I could have asked MORE things about life... For instance WHY was this the first photo I have ever seen that shows her young? For what I know about her life, only a couple of years later, 1942, she lost he 18 month old son AND the love of her life, her 2nd husband (my grandfather) from TB, WHILE she was pregnant with my mother. I think this was pivotal and I think that she never fully recovered from this.
My cousin Dee wrote me this:
In your grandmothers earlier years she and her two brother along with my Mom and dad did a lot of things together they loved each other dearly, your grandmother was a lot of fun.
You would think I was eating rocks! Another cracked tooth...but can't get it fixed until after January when the money kicks in for a new year of insurance! bleh! The good news is the fact that other than another cracked tooth, I'm healthy! And everything is looking good! All the flossing, the electric tooth brush and the going to the dentist even though I have to get mediated because I have such anxiety...it has paid off! I have a healthy mouth this year! I am so grateful! AND goes to show you 6 months ago it was a wise of me to get that night guard!
"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope." - Barack Obama
One thing I have figured out this time, is that the twice a year art retreat I go on with my art sisters, has the power to transform my crankiness from life kicking my butt into joy and happiness again. MARS Mountain Artist Retreat Sleepover...occurs in Spring and Fall...6 months apart. There is usually 20 of us and ALL personalities!
The most important part of being a part of this extradinary group of women artists is that our unique voices in our art, are shared, appreciated, and taught. We are handing eachother our talents, our love, our acceptance, our willingness to be vulnerable and real. To talk about our lives with eyes that are not judgemental or seeringly uncomfortable. Even if all of us don't always get along and there are bumps and mini bruises of ego...it is a true experience of love and acceptance.
This time many of us had heavy things happening in our lives...but the time together was that of laughter and love. A coming together over meals...laughs...stories...sharing...and being ourselves.
We ARE a tribe. We are all different but ALL alike. We are strong women, with voices in our art. Various political views. Various life experiences. Various places in life. ALL healing time for wounded souls beat up out there in the real world where some times we are all misunderstood.
What a fascinating story...I love the thought of Paris, and this is just so intriguing! I would love to have some of those items they found in the apartment. Check out the link.
What kept her away even after the war? Was she running away from someone or something other than the Nazis? For all those decades, her rent on the elegant apartment in a flourishing city had been faithfully paid, but it was left it to freeze in time. It all sounds like the perfect mystery.
Well, I have been having a VERY hard time. I had over a year of pain free (mostly) from the medication I was on, but the doctor wants me off because of long term side effects. So I am four days into no anti-inflamatory meds, and its a little ugly.
Of course this is on top of the 10,000 step day on the 5th that whacked my back out. It is just tough living with an injury...and then doing something stupid like walking in the wrong shoes 5 miles...I am SO paying for it now.
I saw another back doctor on the 13th, still the only options are medications like Lyrica, and Celebrex, that have ubber side effects too, or shots in the back...no thank you... he did give me some pain patches that act like novacaine and guess what my co-pay was? $40! I had to sit down after being handed the bill!
I am really frustrated with this, but I am not giving up, even in pain today I did 3,668 steps and I did some resistance bands tonight. I am trying to deal with eating right as well. I just have to move more on the weekends...I hurt so bad over the weekend I really did not get up and move much...I was hunkered down trying to recouperate!
So you know its bad when I don't even use my time off to do art...
Big huge thank you to Angie making my day a little brighter with the coolest autumn hat!!! Love you girl! It came on the day I was flat out from my back feeling all sorry for myself! It reminded me that life is so magical, and when you feel down on yourself there are others out there that are loving you. She wrote a sweet little note telling me that I have inspired her and touched her life more than I will ever know. It made me cry. Sometimes I don't think I do enough to inspire people or mean something to them. Feelings are not reality...just a reminder!
You know it only helps to WEAR your fitbit to improve your weekly stats! While on vacation I think I wore it two days! Forgot it a lot, I guess that is what vacation is for. It was a rough week. But I am glad I did wear it the day I hit my first 10,000 steps in one day! I do feel that I accomplished some thing good, but it has really tweaked my back!
Today I received my trade for the Altered Cabinet Card! Hysterical that I got Miss Luna's card! Lisa said ours were Wonder Twins! LOL
Here is his back story: Virtuoso: REAL IDENTITY: Victor Virtue, mild mannered music teacher in a small Midwestern town middle school where he struggles to make music available to all children in spite of apathy and government cuts to funding of the arts in schools. On school breaks and holidays he travels the world over hobnobbing with writers, artists, musicians and has been credited with numerous muse like inspiration of those individuals.
I was in a Swap in FreakWerks SO nervous! These are major artists! But I am finally after several mock ups happy with my unconventional Super Hero!
Here were the instructions: Based on this idea by Alex Gross: http://www.alexgross.com/mixed-media/index.html Find a vintage cabinet card. These can be found at antique stores, or on eBay. Make sure it's a cabinet card, and not the smaller carte de visite, trading card size. Cabinet cards usually measure about 4¼ by 6½ inches. Please use a REAL cabinet card, and not something printed from the internetz. Alter your card to turn the figure into a super hero. These can be modelled after comic or graphic novel super heroes, or made up. Please be sure to include somewhere on the card, front or back, your name, and the name of your super hero.
For most people that know me really well, know that I have a thing for naughty nuns. So today when I was searching for more Nun photos I came across this really sweet article...she was not naughty but she sure loved! I had to share....
Well its confirmed WGB had a mini stroke... next step MRI, and one for the arteries, also he will have an ultra sound of his heart. Neuro wanted his numbers on his cholesterol...so he has to have another blood test...HUGE deal for him, he hates needles! Its a warning shot...so now the doc wants to figure out what caused it and how we can prevent another one. He suspects he has had high blood pressure for awhile now, and he had some allergies kick up last Friday and took some Sudafed...apparently that can spike your blood pressure, and the doc thinks that is what caused the mini stroke... I am hoping all is well in his veins...and we will find that out on the up coming tests...
So until WGB told his dad and step mom, and that I got his ok, I haven't said anything publicly. But I could use some good thoughts, white light, prayers, and some support. Which is why I posted this good light photo of WGB.
Last Friday when my girlfriends and I were on our way home, WGB had a minor or mini stroke. What that means is he has half of his tongue that is numb and food tastes metallic, a spot on his thigh is numb, he keeps hitting the left side of his arm especially the elbow around corners, but to look at him he looks as normal as WGB can be! Giggle
On Monday he finally went in to see his doctor, who sent him to O'Connor Hospital ER. They did a Catscan, not sure why really since it won't show anything stroke wise…he didn't want me going down to the hospital…I let that go until he told me they put him on an IV I got in my car and went anyway! Just in time since they were releasing him! GRR But I felt better going anyway!
The tech and doctor said it wouldn't have made a difference if he went on Friday or on Monday…it was minor. We followed up with his doctor on Tues…and we have been waiting for Health Net to approve the MRI/MRA … well we have an appt finally on Tuesday Afternoon for the Neuro Doctor…and I guess we have to consult with him BEFORE we can get the MRI/MRA.
The annoying thing is the doctor did not place any restrictions on him…just put him on high blood pressure meds and an aspirin a day. And he is NOT letting me forget that! Anyone that knows WGB knows just how stubborn he is, and he found out Tues what it is like to battle the Carmelita when she puts her mind to it! Suffice it to say it was a draw and he did what I asked him to do. We never fight because we know it would be to the death…so we compromise a lot with each other… that is hard part of being one half of a very stubborn pair! And since I am not a shrinking violet this can be challenging for me to find the balance of him being safe and happy with his own decisions.
Let's put it this way, I scared him twice. Once when I told him I was going to get our friend Stephen Mello to marry us while he was in the ER, and the second time was when he said we could move to Montana and his stress would go down, and I said ok, lets pack! Then he knew just how worried and scared I was! Because I wouldn't do either without being under distress!
AND I laughed so hard when I talked to him while he was in the hospital, he said, "Hey, I got some one to take photos of me for you!" He SO knows how I document everything in photos! I laughed! He even took this cool one of his IV...So I couldn't be too mad at him!
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So shall I share how my day started off? I go to get into my car and some one, most likely my EX for a reason husband who lives in my area, poured OIL all over my car! Yup! One big fat mess...so I spent the first hour of work driving through the car wash and the WGB driving me to work!
Some times the worst thing you can do to a person is to live well and happy! This weekend was the 12th anniversary of when I left him! you would think, if you were a rational person, that he would be a little more happy AND grateful...considering her bought his mobile home, harley and god knows what else with MY retirement money! But no...since his life is going south I guess its all my fault again!!
I am just going to act like it is a fly buzzing around my head pestering me and not give it more power...I was JUST annoyed...and documented it just in case it escalates.
I have learned MANY lessons in my life and one is not stressing out over people that want you to. I don't give my power away anymore. And my spiritual practices seem to be helping me to remain calm. Seriously gratitude is HUGE in my life and I just don't want to give up my healthy energy to bad behavior. When I left him 12 years ago the first thing I learned, Things are JUST things! THE most important things in my life, are people that I love. Not objects. It is just reminding me of that again!
Ok I finished Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter...hum...did not like the ending and I am not sure I will see the movie...there are a few GORY more than my taste (hahahaha) scenes! And the ending...anyone else....what are your views if you read it?
Were you as confused from the beginning of the book and how it ended???
I have the best friends! Big Big SMOOCHES! ♥ It arrived and it is LOVELY I adore it! And I adore you Mizz Corinne Stubson!!! I so needed your love and kindness!
You always know how to make me feel special...and I LOVE this hat!!! Its a great beach hat! Corinne was nice enough to crochet this for me since I still don't know what I am doing when it comes to crochet!
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter...because I want to see the movie I need to read the book...its a strange concept and its fun so far...AND Tim Burton bought the rights to bring it to the movies, so it might be a good movie IF it isn't too gory! Check out the write up.
Wow, I would LOVE to find one of these dolls and own it! I especially love the details of the stretch marks...thank gawd I didn't get any while pregnant! It would be fun to put her in some kind of art shrine...Check out this link: here