Friday, July 30, 2010

right on the nail head!!

this was forwarded to me by my sister after a weekend of trying to get my parents to use facebook......priceless! I know this is exactly how they feel.....

I thought about the 30 year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a Blackberry that played music, took videos, pictures and communicated with Facebook and Twitter.

I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world.

My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it's red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife as everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. Seems I have to take my hearing aid out to use it and I got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, "Re-calc-ul-ating". You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then when I would make a right turn instead, it was not good.

When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven't figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden "Paper or Plastic?" every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused but I never remember to take them in with me.

Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, "Paper or Plastic?" I just say, "Doesn't matter to me. I am bi-sacksual." Then it's their turn to stare at me with a blank look

new strokework designs

I worked on three new designs yesterday and finished 2 of them.....I love contemporary strokework! I will post pictures later today.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Glass of Wine and a Good Book

I am working on a new still life......such fun! The bad part is that we leave Thursday for another Gunmakers Gathering....but they put on a wonderful feast Friday night.

Thanks to my Ipad and my 3G network I can still get some work done while Timmy looks around.

My two sisters and hubbies are coming on Friday from Texas and North Carolina.....there is something so special about sisters!! Cookout on is hectic during the summer months BUT winter comes way too fast and then we are stut indoors!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

A painting for my hubby!!!

This is a still life of my husband's powder horn.........

Location:Snoke Hill Rd NE,Lancaster,United States

I am working on a still life for my husband and remembering how much I love realism......

Have a paint filled day!!!!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

My grisaille color mixes

Grisaille Traditions Colors and Mixes

Carbon Black

Light Grey Value 8 - Carbon Black (1) + Titanium White (30)

Medium Grey Value 6 - Carbon Black (1) + Titanium White (8)

Dark Grey Value 3 - Carbon Black (2) + Titanium White (1)

Medium White  -  Titanium White (14) + Raw Umber (1) + Yellow Oxide (1)

Medium Beige -   Burnt Umber (1) + Yellow Oxide (1) + Titanium White (1)

Warm white - Titanium White + touch Yellow Oxide

Titanium White

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Joshua 1:7-9

Trust God in everything that you do. Obey His commandments and read His word. The Lord is faithful to never leave or forsake us in good times or in bad. Praise be to God!!

The instructions to Joshua here do not address military matters at all. This might seem surprising given the battles ahead. But his success depended more on his spiritual state and his degree of obedience to God than on any military strategy. The spiritual demands preceded the martial ones. The idea here is that one should reflect upon God’s Word in a thoughtful way, appropriating its truths personally and applying them to life

1:7Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”