Friday, September 30, 2005

Movin', just gotta keep movin'

So, here I am sitting down at my computer for the first time today and almost 4 PM. I've been doing some errands and also getting ready to take some stuff to a friend's yard sale. I'm happy to say that there is quite a pile of my old clothes that are to big now and I'm getting rid of them. I bought me one pair of jeans that fit to get me by for the next couple of weeks until they too are to big. *grin*



That's all for now, just got to take a load of stuff across town. Later Paul is taking me out for my favorite fried oysters, yummy!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

I thought yesterday was hump day?

Dashing out as usual- geesh, am I on the go all the time or what?



Tonight is the opening for an Idaho Watercolor Society show which is being held at Rembrandt's Drop Leaf Gallery. I'll be going to that while Tanner is at Soccer practice.



Do you remember times when you didn't like your child? I remember when my kids were little that there were times that I thought I couldn't believe how I felt about my kids, I mean, since they were my flesh and blood shouldn't I LIKE them? Well, it's a good thing I have that experience because right now I don't like Tanner at all. He's been putting forth a huge effort to see if the new way of doing things is for real, pushing every button reputedly and making life uncomfortable regularly. The strange thing is that he alternates between making an effort and having a great attitude to acting like a little demon.

I am hanging tough, I know we can do this, I just hate the rough parts so bad. No matter how he turns out in the end it won't be because we didn't do our best. Parenting is such a big and complicated job isn't it? Bleh. I seek wisdom from God daily.



Glad I'm off to the pool to take some of my angst out.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Hump Day


Hump Day
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I've had such a fun morning, it's 1:30 and I've only just come home after leaving for the Y at a little after 8 am. Great work out and then I invited a few ladies from the class to go have coffee at Rembrandt's. We ended up being there on the patio drinking coffee and then had lunch too. It was so fun to get to know these gals and visit on this gorgeous sunny day! I needed that, I really needed that. Now I'm ready to get started on home projects again and I feel good about it. I even did a little drawing while there in the sunshine today, I've been getting more drawing in by taking my sketchbook with me to soccer practice and outings like today.



Now I'm off to try and respond to current comments that should have had a response sooner. Oh, I've now lost a bit over 25 pounds! Woo Hoo! I'm officially 1/2 way there.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Tuesday- staying put


Tuesday- staying put
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
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This is one of my favorite drawings from recently. Heh, I call it "Hello from the Coast"



Yesterday we had a rough morning with Tanner, he and I clashed badly and I handled it badly- I felt bad all day because I lost my temper, not because he didn't deserve my wrath but I don't like to lose it with him. However, today he was a different child and was on good behavior before school. Hmmm.....



Anyway, I did my workout but never felt very well all day and today I'm a bit puny so I'm not going to the Y but just taking a walk with Paul this morning. After that I will enjoy being home until soccer practice. I've been printing out the best pictures of the last 6 years so we will have hard copies and I can eventually put them into albums, it sure is fun to look back and have all those memories. I've run out of photo paper and ink so I'm delayed today unless I want to spend the time and gas to run a about a 30 mile trip. I think I'll wait till I have to go in tomorrow.



I think I may even have some time to check into my LJ friends lives today!

Tuesday- staying put



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This is one of my favorite drawings from recently. Heh, I call it "Hello from the Coast"



Yesterday we had a rough morning with Tanner, he and I clashed badly and I handled it badly- I felt bad all day because I lost my temper, not because he didn't deserve my wrath but I don't like to lose it with him. However, today he was a different child and was on good behavior before school. Hmmm.....



Anyway, I did my workout but never felt very well all day and today I'm a bit puny so I'm not going to the Y but just taking a walk with Paul this morning. After that I will enjoy being home until soccer practice. I've been printing out the best pictures of the last 6 years so we will have hard copies and I can eventually put them into albums, it sure is fun to look back and have all those memories. I've run out of photo paper and ink so I'm delayed today unless I want to spend the time and gas to run a about a 30 mile trip. I think I'll wait till I have to go in tomorrow.



I think I may even have some time to check into my LJ friends lives today!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Feeling a wee bit Cranky


Feeling a wee bit Cranky
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Silly rant ahead, skip if you aren't in the mood to read dumb stuff:



Here's why I'm feeling cranky: When I go to the Y I start class at 9 am (that is the earliest I can get there after putting Tanner on the bus) and by the time I get out of there it's 10:45. Then invaribly I've got some kind of errands to do in town, today pick up a birthday present for a party Tanner will attend on Saturday and go to Costco for the snacks for the soccer team tomorrow since it's my turn. Well of course I need to stop and get lunch too. Finally I stopped at Paul's office to pick something up for him and came home. When did I get home? Almost 3 o'clock. Tanner get's home at 3:55. So any time to get my own things done has to be late in the day after doing the after school snacks and then there is dinner to prepare. Do I sound like a big whiner? I am, I can see that I need to make some changes because my frustration level is getting higher and higher. I live nine miles from the nearest town and about 25 miles (through town and traffic) to Costco. The problem is that I can't do all my errands for the week in one day and still get home for Tanner getting off the bus.



I say to myself that I am taking time to work out 4 days a week and that is just for me but I want to do more stuff and I don't want to do my things after Tanner gets home all the time. Yea, I know this is a dumb rant but I feel better for having written it down.



However, the good thing is that Tanner is a sweet little guy, Paul is a great husband, I have a wonderful home and lots of blessings. I just get a bit frustrated with time management.



Geesh, what a pathetic post. At least there is a funny drawing for your viewing pleasure.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Quickie


Quickie
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I think she levitated and then realized it was risky to come back down. What?



Just have a minute to post this and then I've got to run. Hope your day is good, mine will be a busy one as usual.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Hubba Hubba!


Hubba Hubba!
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I had drawn this one on the 4th and not looked at it again, now she seems so funny to me- geesh!



I had the crankiest little boy here this morning, I have no idea what makes a kid cranky in the morning but it sure is unpleasant. Both Paul and I are cheerful and happy in the mornings 99% of the time but Tanner is usually not. Do you think this is just natural, a personality thing or what? Sure makes mornings challenging.



Yesterday I skipped the pool and walked with Paul, it was so nice. I miss those walks with him that we did for years. My foot doesn't seem any worse for the walking so I will probably try and do at least one a week for some variety. The weather is nice too so that helps.



Nothing much to report at the time so I'll get movin' on some stuff that needs seen to in my domain.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Random Thoughts


Random Thoughts
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
After a rushed and overly busy morning with company I am left alone and decided to spend a little while on line before I go to clean up the big breakfast mess.

Some of our friends spent the night because they are roping this weekend in our area. (They are from Nevada) So I got up and made muffins and scrambled eggs and Americans to feed them. It was one of those mornings that didn't exactly "flow", I dropped a carton of eggs and they broke all over the tile, I over-ran the coffee pot with water and it ran all over the floor and counter and I found that it is difficult to be making breakfast and espresso drinks at the same time. Nevertheless, I did get it all taken care of and got them fed before the whole bunch including Paul and Tanner took off in a whirl to go compete. Sure hope they do well today!



Yesterday Tanner played soccer and it rained the whole game! It was a bit unpleasant to sit out in the rain watching but he played well and his team won so that made us feel better about it. As luck would have it the sky cleared and it got beautiful as soon as the game was over.



So I mentioned that I had been sorting 32 years of photos and getting them in order, right? Well I was thinking of putting them in albums, nothing fancy, just getting them stored in chronological order for now. So a friend suggested that I go to a place called The Paper Cottage to check for albums. Well! I had no idea what scrapbooking was all about and no desire to get into a new project but this place was amazing. Geesh, I had no idea there were places where you could buy all kinds of fancy stuff like that for making picture albums that are works of art. I didn't take the plunge completely but I am thinking about trying a small album to see what I think. I can tell it could cost a fortune and take many, many hours to create really great scrapbooks , and it could be so fun and satisfying to see them all complete but I think it is overwhelming to consider starting with 32 years of photos. For now almost all my photos will be put away in photo boxes but it will probably bug me until I do just one small book with a limited theme. We'll see. ( I did buy a photo trimmer and The Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking.)



I've lost about 24 pounds now, my old pants don't fit any more so I've bought just a couple of pairs of new ones to get me by for a while. I'd been too heavy for so long that I'd gotten rid of almost all of my smaller clothes. I'm almost half way to my goal and very pleased about it. Still working out 4 days a week and really enjoying it, it is becoming a life style thing like it used to be in the past. Paul has lost some weight too and I'm feeding he and Tanner healthier foods so we are all benefiting from my new way of dealing with food.



I've been listening to a book on CD called Love and Logic Parenting and it is changing my whole perspective on the subject. I have been feeling for some time that we were not getting the results we wanted to see in Tanner and knowing that we needed to change something about the way we parent. Paul is 57 and I'm 51, we tend to be sort of hovering/policing parents (all with the very best of intentions) and it doesn't fit well with Tanner's disposition so we were getting much opposition and not enjoying life with Tanner as much as we could. To actually watch us parent most people would think that we are good parents, and we have been diligent and put a lot into it. But as soon as we made a few changes with this new perspective on dealing with Tanner it has made life way better and we are seeing much better results. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I'm enjoying being Tanner's Parent much more now. Here is a link to the sight where I got the book and some tapes: http://www.loveandlogic.com/ In a nut shell the basic and very simple idea that seems so obvious that I feel silly that I didn't fully get it sooner is that we give kids more power to choose instead of deciding what's best for them (within carefully thought out reason of course) and then let them learn life's lessons by themselves. This means letting them make mistakes and not bailing them out or using any more control than we absolutely have to. It's about actually hoping that they make certain mistakes early in life while the consequences are not so costly so that they will have learned to make wise decisions before they are older make mistakes that cost them huge amounts of suffering and struggle. Tanner has needed more "power" and is really doing well with this style of parenting and I feel like my prayers for wisdom in dealing with him have been answered!



Does anyone else feel like time is flying by so fast that it's hard to even catch your breath? I can't believe that the year is over half gone, geesh, where has the time gone? I really have to put it out of my mind or I feel so overwhelmed and frustrated. I am accomplishing stuff every day but there are so very many project ideas that I carry around that I feel like I'm heavily pregnant with a litter of 10 babies at least. There is a constant battle for the ideas to take form and be actually born, they struggle among themselves with no one ever maturing to reality. I feel like the burden is in itself keeping me from giving birth to anything, like it's gotten to big to push it out, it's stuck in there squirming and growing and holding me back. That sounds pretty dramatic, huh? Every feel like that?



Well I've prattled on long enough, there is a big mess in my kitchen that is calling to me to be taken care of so I guess I'd better get it done so I can move on to the next issue that needs my attention.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Just more of the same


Just more of the same
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I know this is sort of a strange drawing, sort of like a 60's band poster or something.



I'm only managing a drawing about every other day at this point. Still losing weight, very slowly, still working out, still working on the organization project slowly but surely. When life is too much we long for the boring days and when it's boring we long for some excitement, I guess I need to appreciate the current state of things.



I'm checking in with my LJ friends when I get a chance but not often, sorry. Maybe when we get cold weather and I stay home more?

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Home Day


Home Day
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I've been more tired than I think I should be so I decided to skip going to the "Y" today. Yesterday I never did perk up. Anyway it's so nice that I can stay home until Soccer practice.



I've been working all morning upstairs and now I'm ready to continue my fall organization project.



It is still so hot here, it's supposed to be around 90 degrees today, we are so anxious for some cool refreshing rain and crisp air.

I'm really boring right now, don't have anything much to say so I'm outta here. Hope you all have a great day getting "it" done.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Shopper


The Shopper
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I'll bet you've seen this lady at the mall or down town huh?



Today after my workout I had to go to the swim and run shop and buy a polyester bathing suit. I wore the last one about a month and it is loosing it's elasticity because it was lycra and the chlorine ruins it. So, then I had to make a couple of other stops and I didn't get home until after 2 o'clock. I don't know why but I was so tired I immediately laid down and slept for an hour. So, I feel like my day is shot in some ways. Oh well, there is always tomorrow.



Tanner doesn't have soccer practice on Wednesdays so we get to spend the evening at home which is so nice! I've got a chicken in my new fancy crock pot that I bought today. I had the old one for 32 years and it finally got to where it would only work on high. I hope this one lasts that long. Anyway I'm doing the chicken in Mexican spices so we can use it for quesadillas or enchiladas.



I've been so domestic, I've only got the office left to do and it won't take me as long as the other rooms. It took hours and hours to clean out and reorganize my file cabinet in my studio but it's all done and beautiful now! When I get done with the domestic stuff I will be so ready to use my studio for art again! I love the fall and winter because I'm so much more inclined to stay home and do art.



So anyway, I think I'll try to get a few things done for a jump start on tomorrow's list.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Blue Girl


Blue Girl
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This is not me, I'm not blue at all, I'm feeling good about things actually.



Yesterday I worked all day long and got lots done, my studio is clean and I am now organizing my file cabinet and throwing tons of paper away. The last room will be the office and it is a daunting task. Maybe by Thursday I'll get to it.



Today I'm back to the "Y" and I need it to keep the weight coming off. I've been loosing about a pound or two each week which is perfect.



Didn't sleep well at all last night and I know why. We ate at our favorite Mexican restaurant last night and had lots of diet cola, it had to be the caffeine that did it. It was almost nine when we left the place because Paul had roped late. That's a mistake I won't make again. I'll probably need a wee nap today.



I've been drawing each night after we put Tanner to bed, finishing a drawing maybe every other day. These little drawings are keeping me going artistically these days, but in the future I'll be painting again and I'm looking forward to it.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Holiday Weekend?


Holiday Weekend?
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Paul is roping again today so we got up and had our Americanos and granola and as he got ready to go get his horse Tanner got up and rushed out with him. That leaves me to continue my project alone for the day!!!! Yippee, I may even get finished today. Yesterday I ended up doing food prep and cooking for the week ahead so I don't have to worry about that. I made some really delicious and healthy granola, spaghetti sauce, salsa (with my fresh, home grown and very tasty tomatoes) cut up the many vegetables for a batch of Minestrone and a few other things. I was busy until late and my feet ached but today I'm free to do a deep cleaning in my studio and Paul's office.



It is like a holiday to me to have a couple days to myself to get things done that have been nagging at me for so long. So I'll be back later when I need a break.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

My new rug


My new rug
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Oh well, I'm so happy with it that I had to share even if it seems silly. It's amazing what one great accessory can do for a room. The color is truest on the left where you can tell the background is a deep coffee brown and the greens are warm.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

A day out and a day in


A day out and a day in
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Popping in to post this little guy, hope you like him.



Yesterday I had a very full day of running around town and it was fun. I took the day off from my workout and it was nice. Did the Costco run and lots of other little stops so now my pantry is full, I've got a new cute top to wear and a really incredible area rug for my dining room as well as new soccer shoes for Tanner. It was an expensive day to be sure.



Today I'm staying home all day and working and I'm really looking forward to it.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Small rant about frustrations

Another funny character for your viewing today :-D



I'm not getting my things done. I go and work out after taking Tanner to the bus and then I do a couple of errands (today I had lunch with Paul) and then I'm too tired to do much before Tanner gets off the bus and we have to do school work and have soccer practice. I don't know what's up with me but it's frustrating. I should be in a lot better shape after working out since June. And I had scheduled to go do a Costco run with my mom tomorrow and now I realize that Tanner doesn't have school because of the holiday. Boo. I guess I'm a whiner today but I'm feeling pretty well frustrated and irritated. Hah, and I'm supposed to be on top of things because school is back in session. Double Drat!
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