Just having some fun with a package to Alison, one of my sisters -in-law (??? or is it sister-in-laws???) Living with chronic Lyme, and healing from it, is like a roller coaster. But, about twice a year for the last , I don't know how many years, for a few hours, I can see clearly. Don't get me wrong. I'm not blind or anything, and some would say that my sight is way better than others. But, it's this feeling, that when I can see clearly behind my eyes, even the 6 panels in the doors look amazing to me. My head clears, I can focus, I feel positive, and feel like I can do anything.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
This one's labeled 'Dad grunting'.tehe-one of the kids labeled... A few years back at some match.
Ken and his baby sister visiting from Hawaii, a couple of years ago. Yes, my hubby wears his work/gardening pants out. I know women who would never allow this from their hubbies. Hahaha...it was just on a trail up to a monument in the middle of nowhere.hahaha...Ah, what the heck. He's got fabulous legs.:)
He called me back a short while ago, and said with confidence that overall he is stable- which is what hubby wants to hear. Of course, I'm waiting for more healing.
Ken with his Mom about 7-8 +- years ago in Hawaii for his sister's wedding.This is before the cancer.
So hubby got the date wrong, but I can't blame him. He had his scans on Monday, and it is typical to see the Dr. on Wednesday. But when we got there, the receptionist said that his appointment was next Wednesday! That was frustrating, and Ken didn't want to wait to hear, so we asked the Dr. to call.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I'm weepy. I'm coming out of a fun head cold, and I'm weepy. Ken got scanned on Monday. Showering, packing up a gift, post office, and go to the chiropractor's. Haven't been in ages, and I need it with this cold to heal quicker.
Monday, April 27, 2009
...this little girl was inside my belly, at the end of the first trimester. I normally would've travelled to the USSR, but for this trip went to Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia. I drank the milk, ate the salads, and the cows were dying nearby us from the winds coming from Chernobyl, in Ukraine, in the former Soviet Union where the worst nuclear disaster occurred.
And as you can see, here she is all grown up and gorgeous. She has been extremely good at mind over body in healing herself always. She is so motivated to be healthy for events or things that she wants to do, that her body follows suit. When she's had enough of , say a cold, she gets on and gets going, and gets it out of her. She's good and stubborn, like her parents:)
Sunday, April 26, 2009
So this is little cutie, my great/grand niece, in hubby's arms. She was watching Transformers on TV at her Christening party yesterday. She's 3 months old, and observing so much. So strong, she loves to stand up and her new thing as of yesterday is bouncing/dancing while standing up(especially for her Mama:) ).
Friday, April 24, 2009
So I'm so visual, that I like posting pictures to go with the words. This is one of our paintings in our home that we snagged years ago, an oil painting. I like it.
This is a very simple Russian porcelain piece that I picked up 20+ years ago, that I always liked. And I'm not really a 'delicate' art person-ie. I don't like too many fragile , porcelain, etc. pieces. I'm drawn to folk art, and other unique pieces. But , I do like mixing styles, elegant next to rustic,etc...
This is a tambourine that I painted more than a few years ago, in the vintage style- kind of repro-like. You can't see the tamborine edges because of the cropping, but this guy is all hand painted, and I always liked him. I have quite a few Halloween art pieces that I love and put out , when I'm in the mood for decorating at Halloween. Lately, it's all quite a bit of work to pull all out, and put away every year. It's the stress from our family situation w/my hubby's lung cancer, and the lack of energy from the Lyme.
This is a 3-D art piece that I made on an Ikea wood floor sample. She's raised, and the Russian words on the bottom, say Little Red Riding Hood, or 'Krasnaya Shapochka'-and you can see her little red hat. The grass is from Russian print. These pieces are a lot of quick fun. Great to make personalized pieces for birthdays, etc., using photocopies on other bodies.So, I 've been a bit frustrated because all week I've had so many errands and chores to do for the family, and now am under the weather, which rarely happens. Yet I still have to do the bills, etc, when all I want to do is relax and say, sew in bed, or settle in for some artwork. Thus the title...
Cheese Paskha during draining/folding in process (round)
Serge and friend Owen mixing Kulich (sweet bread), Paskha in cottage cheese container forms (Wooden forms not able to be used after many years usage now-w/out a proper form, I make them in these containers-new form hard to find , except one, which is very expensive)
Boys mixing yeast bread, Kulich
6 year old neighbor friend, Saxon, made and brought me this fish- isn't it adorable?
Strawberries just look so yummy in their bowl:)
Flowers to me & hubby from Lara & Serge
Baked Kulich with glaze
Flowers for our anniversary from Mark , Alex's boyfriend- Aren't they GORGEOUS?!!!
26 Flowers from Hubby for 26th Anniversary!!! Heavenly scent!!!
Alex and Mark Easter Eve night, ready for Midnite serviceSerge w/best friend Owen (Serge has the long hair)-mixing Kulich dough
Bet you never thought that a grapefruit cake could taste good, right? Well, this is Ridgewell's Grapefruit Cake, which is to die for! Mark works for Ridgewell's, a high end catering place that even does White House Events. His dad used to be a student of Ken's years ago, and periodically would get us a cake. All are SUPERB, but this one is interesting because of the grapefruit. We remembered it, and I asked Mark about it, if they still made it. I got one for my birthday last year, and this year got another. Look at the size of this thing! Well, it's so light, and the grapefruit are sweet, and they top it off w/some pistachio nut slivers. But w/ the pistachio recalls, they just used almond slivers for this one. Makes a great breakfast meal-Oh , Yeah, that's right-tehe-fruit and yummy cake, w/a layer of a very light custard , w/buttercream on the outside.
What a fabulous batch of Kulich and Krendel' we were blessed with. This is the big kulich. It was so good, that there's nothing left after just a couple of days. I mean, it was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good! That's because of the great help I had in the kitchen.
Mark serving up cake, and Ken enjoying it, Easter day.
Larissa ready for Easter midnite service.
Alex ready to dive into the Paskha. She has to have it with her strawberries. Easter morning, I was woken up by her crying (yes crying) for the fresh strawberries. She didn't know where they were. She couldn't have her Paskha without her strawberries. This stuff is just THAT GOOD!!! Unique. I can guarantee that you've never tasted anything like it, if you haven't tried Cheese Paskha, and my grandmother's recipe for that matter.:)
Paskha and Strawberries, just haven't yet smoothed out the cheesecloth lines. Typically, the form that is used is a pyramid, with the top 'chopped off' look. And in days of old, they would hang the Paskha from the rafters in the chesse cloth. I had one that looked like that, because I had nothing else to use for a form, so I took our double fine mesh strainer, and placed it over a pot(hanging , so to speak). This is from the cottage cheese container form.
Miniature rose bush I got for my birthday!
"Cancer Awareness Ribbon Poster"
"Our campsite (Mark made the amazing poster)"
"Our team around the campsite"
"My friend Lauren and me (she was the chair who planned the whole event)"
"Emma, Sarah, Larissa, and Me"
So my daughter, Alex, along with her team including sister, good friends, boyfriend, had great results last month at her Alma-Mater's hosting of Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Christ is Risen ! to all those celebrating Eastern Orthodox Easter !
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Run, run, run, personal prop. tax forms, grocery store, daughter to college, counsel good friend on phone, Alison just came over, make signs,... and now we're off to a Tea Party.We'll meet a bunch of friends there. Hope you will join us! :)
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
So I didn't work, and was able to sleep in. But of course, as is the tradition in our home, the cake and gifts come in the early hours before the first person has to leave the house. My son got up early and made me cupcakes.(I'm saving mine for after Easter). I fell back asleep after the singing, cake, and gifts.Lucky me- I'm not always able to sleep in.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I just joined Skype, through my brother's invitation and 'pushing' :). It is cool. You can talk to and see the other party half way around the world for free, when they also have Skype. You can also talk to landlines and cell phones. These cost, but are so very cheap!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Here are some backs of little fabric ornaments. I grommet the top, then give it a nice vintage rayon ribbon. I seal the pictures/paper with Diamond Glaze or similar glazing product. These are not yet glazed or finished. These are atc size- about 2 1/2x 3 1/2in.Here are a slew of them. I trimmed them up after sewing. They are not yet finished. When done, they have their own vellum envelopes. Just some more catch-up work.
Sorry I haven't been posting much. I've been doing little itty bitty artwork catch-ups,running around, and getting ready for taxes-Yuk- Does anyone like them? Also had company.