Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer in my garden

It's so hot outside. I guess it is this hot every summer in Austin, but somehow it just feels hotter right now. I am beginning to get into a nice habit of making myself breakfast and then spending some quiet time in my garden either watering or weeding, or just sitting. This morning there was a gulf fritillary butterfly flittering around. I sat outside eating my cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese. mmm... One thing I am realizing right now is that what I focus on is really what I feel and see. I am feeling very peaceful at the moment. I miss terribly some people from my life, but I know I will see them again. I can't help but laugh, and smile when I think about them. Here are some pictures of my little pumpkin nursery and a bit of my newly emptied and cleaned up patio. Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. I want it to rain so that there is water in the rivers for rafting...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009


My silly grandmother.  :-)

I've been scanning dozens and dozens of photos of my grandmother and family from 90 plus years ago to today for my grandmother's upcoming 90th birthday celebration. We're planning on making it a big event. Anyway, I am in charge of scanning and cleaning up images to show during the party. It has been a lot of fun seeing all of these photos scanned. Close up, all of the details pop out, and suddenly they are no longer photos, they are images of lives lived. I can almost hear the talking and laughter, smell the food, and even feel the heat (there wasn't any a/c in some of them, and it's Texas). I have even found many photos of my family that I hadn't ever seen before. I'm so lucky to have a grandmother and uncles that photographed our lives so now we have such a rich record.
Here's one of me with my mom. She looks so pretty.

Here's one of me and my sister. I'm very lucky to have such a cool sister too.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Ok Then...

One of my first grade students made this necklace for me, then demanded that I PUT IT ON! ... hahaha... so I did. :-P

Getting Faster With These Little Sketches