Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Ear is under water?


The Ear is under water?
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I've had fluid behind my eardrum for a couple of weeks and it's not going away. I've decided to go to the doc because it's driving me crazy, my own voice sounds odd to me when I talk and some other sounds are odd too. It feels like it's "stuffed" up. I hate to have to go and pay a doctor but since I don't know what else to do, I'm going to do it today.



I've designed a cool image for another pair of jeans and will try and get started on it this evening. I'd say I'm off on a bit of a tangent but it's fun!



No other words today, I'm feeling sort of "drippy" with the ear thing. Besides, I've got to leave in a few minutes and don't have a lot of time. I will say thanks for all the kudos about the embroidered pants! I'll reply to comments later today.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Busy Day


Busy Day
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I've been gone most of the day, arg. Worked out in the pool and it was fun, we had races across the pool in teams along with the regular stuff. Then I had lunch with a friend and we had fun visiting. After that was the memorial for Bob Huckins. It was long and I didn't even stay after for food, but it was a good celebration of his life with lots of remembrance from family and friends. It gave me much food for though about the things I'd like to be remembered for. Bob was a wonderful man and his life was really quite beautiful, same wife for 49 years, 3 grown sons with wonderful wives and families and many friends and much more.



Tonight my guys are all going roping together and I'm going to watch the Olympics by myself and also work on a little project I've got going. I love evenings to myself.



I've had 5 hard work outs this week and I'm feeling a bit on the tired side right now so I'm really looking forward to the peace and quiet.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Bundle of Potential


The Bundle of Potential
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I took this picture yesterday as Tanner was working on his spelling homework. Thought I'd post it since I was writing about him in the previous post.

Reflecting on the past


Reflecting on the past
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I love this drawing! I did it while we were at the Indian reservation for Doctor appointments which was a very slow process. I guess I've mentioned how much I love doing pen and ink drawings.



So today I decided to take a day off of working out since I plan on going tomorrow and I feel that 5 days a week is unrealistic for what I can sustain on a regular basis. So I offered to walk with Paul this morning and I was thinking a casual 30 minute walk would be fine. Instead we ended up doing a 45 minute walk with lots of hill work and we both enjoyed it and were glad we did. Geesh, it's so nice to be in good shape again! Let me say to any of you who are struggling to loose weight and get in shape that it is well worth the effort, it adds so much to life to feel good, have energy and eat right. This year I'm looking forward to playing baseball with Tanner and kicking the soccer ball with him.



Also, I had a neat experience a few days ago that struck me as one of those "being in the moment" kind of times. Tanner and I had been doing some shopping and stopped at Taco Bell for lunch. As we were sitting there he mentioned that he and Paul (Papa) had sat at the very same table the night before when they stopped on their way to roping practice. Then it occurred to me that Paul and I had sat at that very same table the day after we found out that Tanner had been conceived. On that day almost 10 years ago I was grieving deeply and felt extremely fragile emotionally because 11 days earlier I had lost my dad and then greatly grieving because this child that had been conceived was not planned, our son was just barely 18, the mother was .... well lets say it seemed an incredible tragedy at the time. We were discussing what this child would mean in the life of our son, in our lives etc. We were in shock that we were going to be grandparents. Well obviously as time as passed the full impact of this child's life has had a huge effect on our lives. Now we share that same table with a beautiful little boy who we adore, we have become the guardians of this little one and share wonderful experiences with him that will never be shared with either parent, he is a little bundle of enormous potential that's been placed in our hands to raise. It's so strange how that same table in Taco Bell reminded me of those experiences. It was wonderful to reflect back on those incredibly difficult emotions of the time in the past and have a "marker" to remind me that grief gives way to growth and hope.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Just a day


Just a day
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Great workout today! Had lunch with Paul and then did just a wee bit of shopping. Didn't buy a thing which is real good.



The weather has taken a turn for the better, it's sunny and in the 40's, it's really nice to have a change from the cold and grey of the recent weeks.

Not much else to say for now.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Just babble


Just babble
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Just had a lovely walk with Paul, we walked fast in a really ritzy part of town where the houses are enormous and surrounded by ponds and trees and stuff. We enjoyed ourselves and then had coffee and conversation before coming home to get to work.



I'm staying home the rest of the day and just doing stuff here that needs taken care of. It's all gray and cold and actually kind of ugly outside so it's nice to be warm in the house. It's been nice to send Tanner off to school this morning, he had a good long weekend with good attitudes for the most part, lots of fun with a friend for hours yesterday but it's also nice to send him off to school.



You know how kids can say funny things sometimes? Well, the other night while Tanner was with the babysitter he watched a show he likes and was trying to tell us about it, he said it had "hillbillies from the 70's that wore astro hair". Hah! Of course he meant "hippies from the seventies that wore afros". I loved it and have laughed quite a bit about it.



We know there will be a funeral this week, just don't know when. Thanks for the condolences concerning Bob, I appreciate it.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Loss


Loss
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This drawing is about how difficult I find it to get to that quiet place of inner contemplation. There are so many things that break into my attempts for solitude, so much complexity in life.



This morning Tanner and I dashed off to the "Y" and enjoyed our time there. As I usually do, I called Paul when I got out of there to tell him what was up next on my agenda. It was so sad to hear that he had gotten the call that our friend Bob Huckins had died at 1:30 this morning. This is my friend that was the gallery director at Drop Leaf Gallery in Rembrandt's Coffee House. We have known Bob and his wife for quite a few years, Bob had been Holly's spiritual father in many ways and Paul had sold he and his wife their home. I'm not sorry for Bob who I believe has now looked into the face of his Savior, but I am heart sick for the loss of his wife and family as well as many close friends, etc. He was a good man and will be so missed.



Now I'm off to try and reply to quite a list of comments and e-mails. Hmmm, they do build up when I don't take time on the computer.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Going to the "Y" yippeee!


Going to the "Y" yippeee!
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I love doing pen and ink drawings like this, it's just so fun for me!



I'm feeling quite well and am so excited that I get to go work out today!



Yesterday was a nice day with my Paul, we had a drive, looked at some land we bought for investment, had more driving to goof off, went out to lunch and also ordered a very rustic bed (lodge pole frame etc.) since the cal king sleep number doesn't fit in our old rustic, lodge pole set up. All in all it was a lovely day.



The bed will be like the one here in the upper picture only the upright posters are taller and it's has a bit more character. http://www.pinepride.com/



Gotta run for now.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Collage


Collage
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This is a little collage/drawing that I did in my moleskin a while back. Did I mention that I finished that moleskin, did a drawing on each of the 120 pages.



Today I'm feeling a bit better and will be spending most of the day with my dear Paul. We haven't had much time to goof off together for a while so we are going to take a little drive today and just hang out. I love this kind of day and will enjoy every minute with him.



Toodles!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentines Day


Happy Valentines Day
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Happy Valentines Day to all my LJ friends!

Flickr

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Laying Low


Laying Low
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Well I'm laying low today and trying to get well. I'm not feeling really, really awful, just a cold with cough and stuffiness. The worst part of course is knowing that it will get worse if I do too much. Yes, I know this from experience.



This morning I made delicious Ricotta pancakes and bacon for breakfast for the boys- since it's Valentines day. I set out boxes of chocolates for each of them too. Tanner was thrilled and promptly put his in his backpack to take to school and share. Paul gave me a 90 minute massage gift card, isn't that wonderful? I don't know when I'll go and have the massage but it will be a special treat when I decide to do it.



Today I'm going to make a large batch of Borscht and freeze it in dinner sized portions for future use. I love having food in the freezer to have later. Other than that I'm not going to over exert myself at all. It should be a pretty low key day until 4:00 when the little one comes home. That's it, pretty boring post but it's all I've got right now.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Yesterday was better...


Yesterday was better...
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
So yesterday was such a nice day and I enjoyed it until the early evening when I started feeling lousy :-( I had babied myself all last week because I was sick and didn't want it to get worse and yet last night I started feeling quite a bit worse, cough, stuffed up and overall crummy. Bleh, is it just because the cold is breaking up or is it that my body caved in and got it in earnest? I felt like a wretch this morning with a headache and all but right now I feel pretty good. I'm afraid to go to the "Y" to work out because I have the cough. Need I say how frustrated I feel?

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Peaceful and Productive


Peaceful and Productive
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I did this drawing the night after Holly and Elton got married, since my sketchbook is sort of a visual journal sometimes too. Do you see their names?



Having a great weekend, staying home and cleaning house for one thing, that always makes me feel so good. I also had a nice lunch out with a friend yesterday and nice time with Paul and Tanner too. Today Tanner has his favorite friend over and they have been having a really good time, it's so nice to see kids have fun and get along well.



Right now I have a chicken in the oven and it's starting to smell great in the house. I'll add carrots and potatoes and make a simple but yummy dinner and then we'll sit down to watch some of the Olympics later this evening.



I'm real happy that I'll be going to the Y in the morning. I've missed a whole week and I'm feeling anxious to get back into the routine. I did walk with Paul this last week though and I lost another pound. I'm not losing very fast now but it's still steady, I have six pounds to go to reach my goal. I'm almost over the cold which has been holding me back in some ways, so glad to see it go.



So, that's about it for now, nothing exciting but I'll take peaceful over exciting any day, kwim?

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Sick


Sick
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
My nephew was sick when he picked me up from the airport last Friday in Seattle, now I'm sick. I was feeling a bit like I was getting it the last couple of days so Paul and I walked instead of me going to the pool. Drat, now I'm fully sick and I'm not going to work out at all today. Boo!



It's really hard for me to sit down and be still when I'm sick, I feel so frustrated. Oh well, at least we know it will pass.



I've been a bit out of control recently. Way too much shopping is taking place and I feel guilty about it. Yesterday I had a fun lunch out with my mom and my cousin and then we went to the mall because I wanted to take some earrings back. Well, I bought more than I took back including bedding for the new bed.

I had to go back last night because the duvet cover wasn't right. Bleh, it's good that I'm staying home today and not spending money.

I've been into buying and wearing earrings with plenty of "bling" just because it's fun to wear them with casual clothes and not just to dress up, I've been enjoying the sales at Macys, it's been fun to fit into clothes that are cute and stylish. However, I realize that a person can only wear so many clothes and even if the prices are amazingly low I still don't need very many. So I need to stay home and quit the shopping until I actually NEED something. So there, this is a confession about my silly, shallowness and my decision to curtail my sins.... or at least modify them ;-( Today I'll just putts around the house and make soup, I won't even need to wear cute clothes or new shoes and sparkly earrings.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

My Sister and I


My Sister and I
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
No drawing for now, I just wanted to drop in and say that I've been gone to Washington. My sister had her 50th birthday and it was a surprise for me to come and see her over the weekend. I left on Friday at noon and got home yesterday. She had no idea that I was coming and was very happy that I got to be there for her party. We had so much fun together. This picture was taken at the restaurant where we had a little celebration in her honor.



Now that I'm home I've got lots to do but I just wanted to post this picture of the two of us. ( I couldn't say anything about leaving in case she read my journal.) You guys know that I'm the blond and she's the redhead, right?

Friday, February 03, 2006

Birdie


Birdie
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Not much to say this morning, I've got my nose to the grind stone. Both of us slept well on the new bed and feel rested this morning, it's quite wonderful.



Busy day as usual.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Portrait of a Snow Lady


Portrait of a Snow Lady
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
After I made my snow woman earlier in the year I did her portrait, isn't she cute?



I'm spending a day at home today and so glad. Yesterday was fun, it was a Costco day with my mom, now I need a stay at home day too. We put together our Sleep Number Bed last night and spent our first night on it. Paul slept better than he has in years and woke up without his back hurting! He's so thrilled. I on the other hand I did not sleep well but it was because I was all wound up and somewhat caffeinated from drinking diet coke with dinner, not the smartest thing I've ever done. I think I'm going to take a nap on the bed today though since I'm sort of bushed.



Paul and I did have a lovely walk today, it was crisp but not too cold and we enjoyed it a lot. So that's already the 4th day this week that I've exercised.



Tanner has had such a wonderful week this week! I changed his med back to the old one (Concerta) and he is not nearly so oppositional. I'm sure that the Adderal was too aggressive. Will have appointment with the Doc on Monday so we'll see what he has to say. I'm also giving the little guy at least one day a week (on the weekend) without any medicine. It really breaks my heart that he doesn't function successfully without the stuff, in a perfect world he wouldn't have to function in a school setting like the one he's in. I'm also considering (in the seedling stages) home schooling him. Just starting to do a little research.



That's about it for now, my world is a little small right now, just trying to get things in order and set priorities instead of living by the tyranny of the urgent.
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