Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My Before 30 List.

I want to re-learn how to enjoy life the way my daughter does.
I turned twenty-nine back in August, and I've been working on my goal list for the year before I turn thirty.  Here is what I've got so far:





  1. Six-pack Abs.
  2. Daily Yoga.
  3. Learn to Sew.
  4. Enter a Juried Art Show.
  5. Can Some Garden Produce.
  6. Start a 365-Project.
  7. Write a Short Novel.
  8. Explore 5 New County Fairs.
  9. Go to 5 New Art Galleries.
  10. Visit 2 New Museums.
  11. Paint an Extra-Large Painting Just For Me.
  12. Hang Up All My Collected Artwork.
  13. Start and Keep to a Cleaning Schedule.
  14. Go to a Play.
  15. Go Camping.
  16. Find a Deer Antler Shed.
  17. Buy a Potter's Wheel and Kiln.
  18. Build a Garage.
  19. Explore an Abandoned House.
  20. Reach 550 Sales in the Shop.
  21. Make a Quilt.
  22. Get Dressed Up and Go Out.
  23. Take a Class/Workshop.
  24. Make a Habit of Going to Estate Sales.
  25. Move Chickens to New Coop.
  26. Buy a Piano.
  27. Be More Spontaneous.
  28. Make a Printing Press.
  29. Go to the Junk Gypsy Prom in Texas.
  30. See the West Coast.
  31. Travel to Maine.
  32. Daily Painting/Drawing Habit.
  33. Read Fifteen Books.
  34. Blog on a more reliable basis.
  35. Pursue the John Deere Building into Art Space Realization.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Snow, Winter Farm Chores, and November.


This time last year I was teaching two first-time momma cows how to let me milk all while learning how to milk them.  It was quite the steep learning curve, but we all came out in good shape.  They'd both calved heifers (girl calves), and were doing a very good job raising them.  Fast forward and the calves are a year old, mommas are bred to a Hereford bull to have spring calves, and they are all out grazing in the woods lot tonight.  We hit a cold spell this past week here in Southern Indiana.  It is actually snowing as I type.  Farm chores take twice as long this time of year.  Ice is broken, fresh water is poured, and animals are checked over well while they eat their feed twice a day.  What normally takes all of a half an hour in the summer takes about two full hours in the winter.

Things are really heading quickly into the end of the year.  Doesn't seem possible, but I'm sure 2015 will be here in a blink of an eye.  The chores won't get easier until things thaw out next spring, but at least I have the hope that two more adorable calves will be here in about five months.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Have no fear, I'm not lost.

So, it's been a busy summer / fall.  Again I seem to have abandoned my blog.  Have no fear, I am back, and (will hopefully) be posting on a regular basis again.  Here is a quick glimpse of some things I've been up to.  If you want, you can follow me on Instagram for more images like this.










In other news, I'm doing my first craft fair this weekend.  I'm excited, nervous, and hoping for the best.  Stick close, and I'll write again soon.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Illinois Gallivant and Updates.

When I took my artwork to The Open Gallery last week, I decided to celebrate with a gallivant in Illinois.  One of the first towns I came across was Bird.  It was sort of a ghost town, but still lovely and every street had a bird name.
Road Signs in Bird, Illinois.

I also drove through Palestine, and they had (at one time) and Opera House, how amazing is that?!


Fife Opera House, Palestine, Illinois.

My favorite part about any gallivant are the forgotten and rundown places.  This church wasn't as dilapidated as most that I photograph, but I thought it was interesting.


Abandoned Church on a Back Road in Illinois.

This grain elevator caught my eye from clear across the town of Palestine.


Grain Elevator, Palestine, Illinois.

On the home front, Joelee is growing like a weed.  She has matured so much these past few months.  Most days now she can be found (usually barefoot) outside playing on her swing, or hauling her poor kitten around under one arm.  It is amazing how much I love this no-so-little girl.


Joelee a little over four and a half years old.

And I don't think I ever wrote about it, but directly after my grandfather passed away last year, this Hollyhock started growing near our kitchen door.  It might not be that shocking, except we don't have ANY Hollyhocks on the property or nearby that I know of, and Hollyhocks were one of his most favorite flowers.  It's looking like it might bloom on the anniversary of his death.

My mysterious Hollyhock.

And it happens to be my favorite time of year.  The Catalpa trees are blooming.  They have always been my favorite tree, and seeing them bloom every year makes me so happy.


Catalpa Trees are blooming.

In one week and one day is my Art Show's Artist Reception.  It is such a dream come true to have a solo show, and I'm really looking forward to getting to witness other people looking at my artwork.

If you are in the Vincennes area next Friday, stop by The Open Gallery at 329 Main Street, Vincennes, IN from 5-8pm.  I'd love to see you.