Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Package in the mail yesterday!! (Which I just walked down and collected at 4am--I know--crazy hours.) I won a copy of Elisa's book, so I knew that was coming...
...but she also sent me a CD of her and her hubby's music!!
Thanks so very much, Elisa!
I recently met Elisa through the November art and blogging every day that I was doing. What I know of her book is that it was from a journal she wrote when she lost her baby--something that I came so very close to myself. I think I'll know a lot more about Elisa and who she is after reading this. I believe she is in the process of writing a couple more books, too! I am so glad I won!!
Thanks, Elisa!! :)
Meanwhile...Miss Karma was having a tough time with the new loveseat. She loved sleeping up in her cat bed once she got up there, but it was the getting up there that was driving her bonkers. The catbed is too high for her to jump into from the floor. She didn't trust jumping up beside the catbed because there's a crack there between the two cushions and she got her foot caught and fell down. So, after that dreadful experience she was extremely reluctant to walk across that very crack from the foot of my side to get to her cat bed. But if her cat bed wasn't up there she didn't like being up here at all because she's used to sleeping in a smaller space or it's too hard or something. I've never seen her go up onto the loveseat without me being there first. But then she will sleep in her catbed whether I get up and down or not once she's made it to the promised land--usually with a lot of human assistance--LOL!
Since she couldn't safely make it to her cat bed--next she was trying to go back to her old position between my legs when the foot rest is up. But there's one big problem...that big old gap with some saggy fabric--LOL! (Notice her staring at it because she's never seen it up like that without me in it--and she doesn't trust it.)
She fell into the abyss trying to find a way to lie down. So after that she tried to just sit up and lay across my leg...
...but she could never get comfortable and wouldn't stay long.
I felt badly for her. Came up with a possible solution. Got the little blue plastic stool and set it by "her" side of the loveseat. Karma had no trouble jumping directly into the beloved cat bed.
Now I have one happy cat. ;)
I've still never seen her come up here if I wasn't sitting here already, but I'm sure that won't take too long now. The things we do for our furry companions--LOL!
Anywhoo--the Painting Skies class was pretty interesting. First, I didn't realize it was 1pm eastern. For the heck of it I was going to see what happened if I tried to log in super early and tried it at about 11:20am. It said I was logged in and there was this recording that said it wasn't started yet...that played over and over. I turned the sound way down and figured I'd just leave it there for the hour and a half and see what happened. Much to my surprise I heard a different voice around 11:30am...and I was actually in the streaming class!!
The first hour was in the web link that came in the email. It was a lecture, really. Interesting, though. I never knew any of the hints he gave us and especially never thought you'd paint light to dark on a sky using oils. He used an acrylic undercoating and then oils on top. He could show us a painting and draw circles, lines, arrows, words on it...like an overheard in college. Was pretty cool!
After about an hour we took a break for ten minutes and then we had to switch to another site where he was doing actual painting demonstrations. There were about 1400 people watching and I think it was overloading the system or something. There were several times that things froze up and had to be re-started and things got out of sync over two minutes delay between voice and picture by the end, but it was still worth the time for novice me. I've never had a painting class. Own a couple DVDs and have watched a lot of PBS painting shows. Lots of watching and little actual painting--LOL!
Next week he is supposed to show how to Paint watercolor and pastel skies. Our homework: he posted two pictures of cloudy sky photos and we are supposed to use those for reference and try to paint a sky. All I have done so far is print them off--LOL! Well, you know my sleep is goofed up and I haven't had near enough yet to feel rested. But I will try to do my homework before Saturday and the next class.
I had to pass with shopping at the fabric store with Leah on Monday night. We'll aim for next Monday and see how it goes. I also had to pass tonight for our Wednesday night get together with Dagan and Leah, too. I am sleeping during the day and into the evening and need to sleep whenever I can right now so we'll try for next week on that, too. I'm sure with it being a bit frigid right now that they won't mind being able to just go home this week. They're talking -1 to 7 degrees highs for the next three days. Good weather to be home cuddled up on a new loveseat--ROFL! ;)
Okay. I'm not sure if they are showing this Campbell's commercial nationally or not but every time I see this one shot I always think of Iggy. Orange cones (OCHAs) always make me think of Iggy now.
This one is for you, my friend! :)
Oh, and I forgot! I've been puttering with starting a separate journal for SOAR. Lots of cut and paste fun...like I'm back in grade school. :) I'll have to show you later. Forgot to take pictures. ;)
Hope to sleep long and well today.
Happy Wednesday, everybody!! :):)
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