Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Sunday Pears/Pairs


Sunday Pears/Pairs
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Someone asked me what Sunday Pears would look like so I messed with that idea a bit and this is one of the drawings that I did. I know that Sunday pears would look much different to those who are not of the Christian persuasion.



Today I'm going back to town to do more errands and shopping, seems like I'm always on the go these days. I found that I can wear Cold Water Creek clothes again! I am so excited about this because they have wonderful stuff that suits me well. So I found some stuff yesterday and wanted to think about it for a bit before I bought any. I have to be careful that what I buy will still fit when I reach my goal weight which should be in another couple of months or so. I love basic clothing that can be used for many occasions, I never buy clothes that are for just one event. And I don't like to shop a lot but let me say that having one pair of jeans that fit and even my undies are too big is getting old. This is that time when I am forced to make a few well thought out purchases to get me by.

Besides that I've got a visit and lunch with my dear friend and framer, a Dr. visit with Paul, buying a birthday gift for one of Tanner's friends and some groceries to get. Arg! So my day is full beginning with my work out this morning.



I'm still working on getting used to the glasses, leaving them on my face all day to force the issue.



So anyway, I'm off again to get things done.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Monday in a blur


Monday in a blur
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I guess you've noticed that I've explored this idea quite a bit lately? These little drawings were fun to do.



I ran out of decaf and I'm buzzed on coffee this morning- I'm super sensitive to caffeine. Got my work out and then my last physical therapy session and then I'm going to go look for the perfect dress for the holiday festivities and wedding. I like to shop alone for this kind of thing since it could take a while and I want to shop selfishly for only my needs.



I worked for hours on the Christmas card idea and didn't get near finished. If my printer printed out exactly like the drawing on card stock it would help, instead it doesn't look as crisp and so I have to make adjustments in a program that I'm not very familiar with. Oh well, I'll be back at it tomorrow I suspect.



I'm in a hurry this morning to get Tanner to bus on time, arg, rush, rush, rush!

Have a happy Monday kids!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Super Sunday


Super Sunday
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
It is such a great day today! My company along with Paul and Tanner are gone to a team roping all day and I have time to myself to work on my Christmas card project.

It's sunny and bright outside and my house is full of light- I love this kind of day!



I've nothing else to say but Yippee!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Myself in Glasses


Myself in Glasses
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
What can I say? I am a middle aged woman and I can't hide it. Don't I look smart in my glasses, lol!

My Holly has gone again....


My Holly has gone again....
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Holly and Elton left this morning, we had them at the airport at 5:30 am. I hated to see them go, we love having them around. I was so happy that we got to have them more than expected and I actually got a little time alone with my Holly Berry. They did leave stressed about homework that didn't get done while they were here but I think it was almost impossible to do hours of homework with so much other stuff going on.



We had a lovely Thanksgiving at my Mom's, it was simple and enjoyable. She sent us home with leftovers which we have enjoyed a lot.



Today I cleaned house again since we have company coming tonight. It was actually pleasant cleaning because the house was filled with bright sunlight which we hadn't seen for over a week because of the inversion. In fact we got a nice storm with wind, rain and snow yesterday and so today is sparkling clear and beautiful.



I'm so anxious to get moving on making my Christmas cards, it seems like I've had so many other things to get in the way. I'm hoping tomorrow I can get to it and spend most of the day at it.



Oh, I am now one of the people who wear glasses all the time. Got them yesterday and I am in the process of adjusting to progressive lenses. I've worn the kind of reading glasses you buy at the store without a prescription for several years but finally needed more. When I get a picture of me with the new ones on I'll post it and see if you think the style I chose is flattering. Holly and Elton both liked them so that made me feel pretty good! Ok, that's it for now, I'll try and answer e-mails and comments in a day or two when I've got some time alone.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The last of the Christmas card candidates

Been real busy with various stuff, Holly and Elton have been here the last 2 days. It's so nice to be able to talk and be together.



Tomorrow I have it real easy since my mom is making the biggest part of the feast, this is the first time I've had it this easy in years and years. I will go over early to help her with the last minute details as well as bring a dish myself, seems almost effortless compared to getting the whole thing almost single handedly. How about you? Are you cooking or what?



Did a couple of drawings yesterday while Holly carved on her homework project (remember, she's a printmaker), I love it when we can both be working on art at the same time.



It has been absolutely ugly here, fog all day and the air quality has been really bad because of the inversion, dreadful for those that get depressed without sun shine. I have to put it out of my mind or it makes me feel anxious. Sure hope we get a storm of some kind to blow this nastiness out of the valley.



I have a few minutes to look at my LJ friends postings, it's the first time in a couple of days so off I go!

Monday, November 21, 2005

The last Snowman


The last Snowman
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Ok, I think this is my first choice for the card- I think this snow person looks jolly and I like the colors and all.



Today I goofed off most of the day! I did my work out and physical therapy (which is getting harder because the therapist adds stuff each week) and then had to drop something off at my mom's. Well, my dear cousin was going by there also and one thing lead to another so we went out to lunch, chatted for a long time and then went to Costco. We had a nice time and it's a good thing Paul was here to get Tanner off the bus. I felt very irresponsible goofing off all day but don't feel bad about it at all.

Hmm....

By the time I got home Tanner had his homework all finished and we should be able to coast for the evening, nice.



The weather is so yucky here, we are having an inversion of the worst kind, it's been going on for days and the air is thick and soupy, it gets foggy in the early evening and although the sun shines most of the day there is a terrible glare that makes the eyes hurt. We need a storm to blow the nastiness out of the valley but it doesn't look like we've got one coming for at least another 5 days!



Sorry I've not responded to the last batch of comments or e-mail, I just a gad-about these days. I think I'll be home quite a bit tomorrow. Hopefully Holly will be able to come home too. She and Elton are helping in every way they can with his family. Gotta run.....

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Another Snow Man


Another Snow Man
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
According to some peeps here this snowman is a bit spooky, what do you think? I like the snowflakes on the drawing.



Holly and Elton spent the night last night, it is so good to be able to talk face to face and hug one another! Holly and I got a bit of time this morning before they had to leave to go be with all the grieving people. I know it will be a tough day for the family and then the funeral is tomorrow. I don't know when H and E will be back, we know that they need to be there and are putting no pressure on them to be with us. Tanner is so excited to have them around that he's been acting like a goof ball, good thing he's a cute goof ball.



This afternoon we are going to see Harry Potter in the Imax theater, just can't hardly wait! It sure is nice to have the house all clean and today it is sunny so my house is like a warm and sunny haven. My favorite thing about my house is the southern orientation which means in the winter if the sun shines my house is full of brightness!

My houseplants love it too!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Maybe my first choice? A Snowman

Well today I've been paying for my slothfulness around the house. I have been neglecting my housework in a big way and today I decided it was time that I get the joint cleaned up. Naturally because it had been so long there was twice as much work than if I kept up on it regularly. Now I'm exhausted. I did a great job and got almost everything done, I even got the laundry finished. Tonight Holly and Elton will be staying here but leaving to be with his grieving family in the morning. After they leave I will clean the office and studio and it will all be finished! I should sleep like a baby tonight since H and E don't even get in until after 11 PM and we'll visit for a while before we go to bed.



Today is Paul's birthday and I've got a cake made for him (another project today), it just needs the hot fudge icing and then he can dig in. We went out for Mexican food tonight and he had fried ice cream there so he should be overly sweetened as he goes to bed tonight.



I made another little collage in my sketchbook last night and it was fun, it will come up in the drawing line up in a week or so. Right now I'm going to go finish the cake and then sit down and draw until time to go get H and E from the airport.



Hope ya all are having a great weekend!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Do you recognize this guy?


Do you recognize this guy?
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This is one of my favorites for my Christmas Card design, I like it because it's a bit different.



I'm posting this on Thursday night because I'll be up and out early tomorrow and I know I won't have time. Tonight I'm going to go to bed early. Even though I've been lacking enough sleep lately I've felt sort of revved up and wired, kind of hyper. It's been that way for quite a while and I have no idea why. Anyway I felt like that this morning, like I was really wound up from the minute I woke. I went to my work out and worked out really hard, got my mom and we went to lunch and then Costco but as we were finishing up in Costco I crashed and got really tired and that's how I have been the rest of the day. I'm pretty sure I'll sleep good tonight and I am looking forward to it. I don't know what's up with me but I want to get back to an even keel if you know what I mean.



Anyway, I've finished tonight's drawing and I'm going night night.

Over the hump day


Over the hump day
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This was a fun little drawing to do, I ended up doing several like this.



I've been having trouble sleeping, it seems like I wake up at 6 no matter when I got to bed and I always have trouble getting to sleep too. Last night we went to bed at 11:30 and I don't know when I finally drifted off but again, I was awake at 6 am. I seem to manage energy wise ok all day but I've noticed that I'm kind of emotional and teary. Hmmm..... Right now I'm up before the boys because I couldn't sleep any longer.



Today after my work out I will be going on the Costco run. I'm amazed at how often I need to do that.



Yesterday while Paul was getting his M.R.I. I sat in the waiting room and did my daily drawing so last night I decided to do something different in my Moleskin and I did a little collage, it was nice for a change. I think doing the collage for Holly got me going and now I'm kind of into them, Fun!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Another Santa


Another Santa
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This was an attempt to make Santa seem more jolly.



Lots to do today, more than I can accomplish I'm sure.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The first of the Santas


The first of the Santas
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
My husband thinks he's not jolly enough but I kind of like him, I did a card with Santa last year also.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Green


Green
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
These are edameme pods. I had them sitting in my lap when the sun hit them and it made a striking picture. Just had to share my image with people.

Christmas Tea?


Christmas Tea?
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I like this one but it doesn't have Christmas-y colors. Did I mention that I will be adding text to any picture I choose? I've got quite a few more coming.



It is windy, rainy and wonderful outside today. Tanner had a great morning and is now off to school, I'm ready to go to the Y and will be thrilled to work out again. I've lost another couple of pounds and I'm feeling pretty good today! After the Y I have loads of running around to do before I come home.



The other night as Tanner was about to go to sleep he said he thought that he and I should make some art to send to Holly so she won't feel so homesick. We did that yesterday, we each made a collage for her and I am hoping to send them this week. It was so fun and I ended up spending quite a bit of time on mine. I'll take a picture of it this evening and then post it for you guys to see.



That's it, gotta run.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Feeling better finally


Feeling better finally
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Well I don't feel as good as this little fairy but I am way better, thank goodness. This has been a doozy and I don't want to get anything like it again.



Been taking it easy and will continue to do so today because I want to get back to my regular routine tomorrow. It's so frustrating how far behind one gets when illness strikes. Today it's gray and rainy outside, I love it when it's like this. What I love most is how cozy it seems inside when it's cold and blustery outside.



It was fun to watch movies last night and the night before and not worry about doing other things, a nice side to being sick I guess. Last night we watched Master and Commander and the guys loved it. I was drawing as usual but looked up often enough to see what was going on and also got to listen- that's how I usually watch movies.

I plan on watching Super Size Me today, I've heard it will dampen any desire to eat fast food that may still linger. I confess to loving Taco Hell and eating there quite regularly.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Sick and Tired of being Sick!

Went to the Y this morning but didn't work very hard in the pool, then to physical therapy and to lunch. Now I feel so icky that I just came home and tried to take a nap, my head is aching so much I couldn't sleep well and when I cough it aches worse. Honestly, I am so pathetic, I was sure I'd be feeling tops by now. I'm discussed to say the least. I'm going to lay low all weekend and continue on meds and maybe I can get over this. Bleh.



I didn't draw last night because I went out to coffee with a cousin who came to visit. It's a cousin that I grew up with and we were always pretty close, she moved away from Idaho years ago and is now considering moving back. We had fun chatting for a long time and then looking at photos. It was nice to just leave P and T at home watching football.



Ok, just shoot me and put me out of my misery.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

The usual busy day, what else?

I'm beginning to feel better but low on energy, bleh. Oh well, this too shall pass. Tanner is home today so we will try and finish his school project, I will be glad when it's finished and I can clean up our considerable mess in my studio. I'm happy that he is taking much more responsibility for this project than he has for past projects, I'm trying to let him do it himself as much as possible.



We also have parent/teacher conference today. Sign up for spring soccer, have a friend over etc, etc. There is rarely a day that's not filled with lots of things to do in our lives.



Nothing else to say today, I'm in a bit of a muddle mentally this morning.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Christmas Images


Christmas Images
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
As I said, I've been doing Christmas images lately in order to come up with my Christmas card design for this year. There are several coming up in the next week or so but I haven't decided which one to use. This is the first of my ideas, it's not a contender but I still like it.



Feeling really lousy today, my face hurts and my head aches- I have started on antibiotics but it will take a day or two I think. Tanner now has the cough but he's got a long (4 day) weekend so hopefully we can get him feeling better before school next week. Paul seems to be a bit better and had to go to work today regardless, he has out of town clients.



So, things around here are looking pretty bad, the house is a mess and so is my studio because of Tanner's school project. I feel perfectly justified in letting it go for now.



Yesterday I took Holly's print to be framed, I'm so anxious to get it back and have it hanging where I can look at it regularly. I have a couple more beautiful prints that she has done also but I choose to get this one framed because it had the most meaning. I do want to get the other's framed eventually also.



Ok kids, I've got a few things that must be done today and after that I intend to lay low. Thanks for the "get better soon" wishes, I'm working on it!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Holly's Print


Holly's Print
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This is the print that Holly sent me! I am going to get it framed very soon, I love it. The rabbits represent her and I and she used the symbol because rabbits are a presence in the night here in Idaho. The electric line between us is our unbreakable bond. The night sky is symbolic of the sky the night we had a very wonderful experience together and I taught both her and Dan some of life's most important truths. On that night so long ago I taught my kids about God's presence in their lives and helped them understand the significance of that incredible truth. I remember the night and how privileged I felt to be the one to teach them but I didn't realize that it had made such an incredible impression on Holly.



The color is actually a deep blue and not black but I couldn't get it to look like blue here. Image size is apx. 12" x 9" The title is, The Night You Gave Me Life



I am so blessed.

Bleh with Bright Spots!


Bleh with Bright Spots!
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Hi there LJ friends. Not feeling better so today I am going to the doc. Geesh, I hate giving in to sickness. Yesterday I stayed busy all day and last night I felt like I'd been drug through a knot hole or something. So today I just give up. I'll bet I can't work out all week, EEK!



I did do a Christmas drawing that I liked last night while we watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. A bright spot- I love to draw so much that I can't imagine not drawing every day.



Also worked with Tanner last night on a project for school- making a model of a Bannock Indian sweat house and environment. We did a little research and then set about making the model, I think we got the hard part done anyway.



I got a most wonderful gift in the mail yesterday also. Holly did a beautiful print that is about her and I and the Idaho night sky, she sent along a beautiful description of what she was thinking when she designed it and we both wept as I read it while we were on the phone last night. It is about a particular experience I had with her when she was about 6 or 7 years old, a very precious and spiritual experience that I didn't realize had made such a huge impression on her. Some gifts are so incredibly full of meaning that they are priceless, this is one of them. I feel so blessed to have a daughter like Holly. I will show you the image when I get it photographed.

Monday, November 07, 2005

More Pears and whining


More Pears and whining
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Good morning. I just got back from driving down to put T-boy on the bus and since it's been raining off and on the last few days the air is pungent with the aroma of sage brush, beautiful! Paul and I are both sick, maybe even need to go to the doctor because I'm pretty sure I have a sinus infection etc. Bleh. I'm most frustrated because I think it would be a mistake to go work out this morning. Drat and double drat!



I've continued to work on Christmas card designs but still not happy with what I've come up with, it won't be long before I put the images up here and I can get some input from you guys.



Holly and I are missing each other a lot, we haven't gone this long ever before without seeing each other. (Last March I got to go to Chicago, remember?) It will be late in December before she and Elton come home for a couple of weeks and that's when they will be getting married. (January 8th I think) I'll bet it will be hard to get some quality time with her at that time. I may have to take another trip to Chicago in the spring. Hmmm... by then I'll be "the mother-in-law", I hope Elton can stand me.

Actually he is a great guy and we seem to be quite compatible, the three of us had a blast last spring when I visited.



So here I am feeling rotten, not able to work out and hating to just sit around- don't you feel sorry for me?

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Saturday Pears


Saturday Pears
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
More pears, I find pears to be a good choice to draw when I don't want to think very hard.



I'm sick, I thought I was over my cold mid week but now I feel like I have a sinus infection and I have a cough too. Boo. So today I'm not doing much, tidied up the house and put some beautiful persimmons in the dehydrator and now I'm letting myself goof off on the computer for a while. Tanner has a friend over and they are content so all is peaceful at the moment.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Drat!


Drat!
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I didn't sleep well, stuffy nose and uncomfortable all night long, boo. So I'm up before the boys needing a hot cup of coffee.



Tanner is home today because of Parent/Teacher conferences, he and I will be doing some running around together and goofing off.

I've sort of decided that I should skip the work out today since I am feeling a bit under the weather, I suppose I can get some exercise tomorrow if I feel better. I'm just worried that if I go today I may make it worse and then I'll have to lay off longer. Drat!



I've still been drawing, lately working on ideas for my Christmas card, I haven't come up with the perfect one yet. I hope I can get to it this year like I did last year, it was fun to send out a design that I'd done myself.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Leaves again


Leaves again
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I never even made it to my computer yesterday, just too busy with other stuff!



I had fun going out to lunch with a couple of my friends from the Y and then I had errands and by the time I got home it was time for my little guy to get home.

Oh well, it was a nice day.



I'm just taking the time to post this picture this morning and then I'm off again to do the morning routine as usual.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Walking Tuesday


Walking Tuesday
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Here is another witchy looking woman for today.



Tanner had such a good time last night, he went trick or treating with a few friends and got a load of candy, then the boys did lots of trading. He came home happy and saturated with sugar. I took some pictures of the little group but haven't downloaded them yet.



Today is my walking day with Paul, we always enjoy our walks together.
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