Friday, April 28, 2006


Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I'm glad it's Friday, are you? I guess the weeks seem so busy to me that I like the idea that there are no work outs on the weekend. I actually really enjoy staying in shape but today I'm tired and sore and just want to do something different.

I'm trying Arbonne skin care, since I've lost weight I really do look older in the face and when I sampled Arbonne products I was impressed but felt like I didn't want to spend a lot of money on skin care. Since then I've noticed the skin of several of my friends that looks remarkably better, only later finding out that they are using the products. So I've taken the plunge. It's worth a try in my opinion and if I decide it's not worth it then I won't buy more.

Tonight we are going to watch some really good team ropers for a while and tomorrow night we are going to watch the PBR (professional bull riders) so it's going to be a weekend with a western flare, maybe I'll need to dig out my old tight Wranglers and cowboy boots huh? There is also a soccer game tomorrow and the weather is supposed to be wonderful for it. So even though it's the weekend there won't be much sitting around, we stay so busy. Still, it's a different kind of busy than the schedule we keep during the week.

I've still been drawing a few days a week and enjoying it, just not daily like I used to. I feel like if I gave up my drawing I would be very unhappy. I use my drawing for therapy and sort of treat my Moleskin like it's a journal, sometimes I use words but more often I express my emotions or an idea in there. I'm pretty sure that in years to come I will be able to look back at the Moleskins and remember what it was that gave the inspiration for certain drawings. There are plenty of drawings that are just fun, colorful bit's of art/playing too, but many these last days have been art therapy recording in visual code what is going on in my heart or emotions or what is causing it. It's a wonderful thing to be able to record in visual form to look back on later. Today's drawing, by the way, was just a fun drawing with the idea of embroidery on jeans in the back of my mind. I'll bet you can always tell the ones that have a deeper meaning.

Sure hope all my LJ friends have a great spring weekend!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Posting for a change

Posting for a change
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I feel like you may be wondering about this drawing. Remember when I said over a month ago that something had happened and it was awful? Well, this drawing was done right at that time. It was an icky deal then and we still have stress over the ongoing trauma but things are getting better. At any rate, without disclosing the nature of the problem, this drawing is about some of the feelings we have experienced. I do like the drawing, I hadn't looked at it for a month or so and now when I do I really like it.

(Actually the problem was not nearly so serious and shouldn't have caused nearly so much stress, it was the way it was handled that caused the stress and shame to us.)

Today my deep water class at the Y had a luncheon at the instructors home. It was so nice to have time to visit a bit and get to know some of the women a little better. And it's such a beautiful spring day! Our valley is green and flowering and wonderful today. It's just in the 60's but when it's sunny and no wind the temp seems just perfect to me!

Still thinking about the simplification process these days. I've made a wee bit of progress but the more I think about it the more I realize that it's not going to be easy to render life down to the basics and learn to be content with that. Our culture is such a do more, have more culture that simplifying will go against the tide. Still, I am feeling like it is absolutely necessary for my mental and emotional health. So far I've gotten our bills set up to pay on-line and I've been reigning myself in to be home more. I think the biggest thing so far has been a shift in attitude and the decision to make changes. It's wonderful that Paul is right on the same page with me in agreeing that this is necessary.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Popping my head in...

Popping my head in...
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Ah, my life is just full of things to do, constantly there are too many things to do. I miss keeping up with LJ and "cyber" friends but I know I need to keep my nose to the grindstone and make progress in the "here and now".

Yesterday I missed my work out at the Y so today I am determined to get there and spend my hour in the pool. I feel frustrated when there are interruptions but sometimes it's unavoidable. Yesterday it was a problem with my computer that required that I take care of it immediately.

Today I plan on coming right home and getting to work on our financial stuff, that's what I'm trying to focus on right now as part of my simplification project. The progress is very slow but at least it's progress. I have to learn as I go. This evening we have the little guy's soccer practice, I sure hope it stays sunny and nice, that makes it so pleasant to be out at practice.

I've been drawing most evenings but I only finish a drawing every second or third day, the time to sit down on work on it is just too short these days. Still, I'm glad that I can keep up this small amount of drawing which keeps me going. So, I'll post more drawings in the near future!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Long time no post

Long time no post
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This drawing is from way back on Feb. 18th which was of course my son Daniel's birthday. He doesn't look like this, he's actually tall and slim and has the mustache and is a cowboy but this drawing makes him look dorky which he isn't. (Well, in my opinion which may be a tad biased!)

I've been super busy with all kinds of stuff including tax preparations, soccer practice, soccer games, life, life and more life. And it seems to never end. Now I'm finally getting started on the simplification process that I spoke of what seems to be a long time ago. I know it will take a while but I'm up for it.

Spring has sprung in earnest here in Idaho and it's been beautiful in all those blossom popping, green grass growing, puffy clouds racing across the sky sort of ways, it's so energizing I think. Today it's sort of cloudy but warm and dry which I hope holds for the Easter weekend.

I don't have time to write more at this point but I'll be back soon I hope! If I don't get a chance to say it later then please let me say now that I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Easter!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Chit Chat and thoughts

Chit Chat and thoughts
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I'm just waiting to go to a group that I go to every Tuesday night so I thought I'd just post a drawing and say hi.

I finally got back in the pool today in spite of a bit of a sore throat, so far I'm no worse for the wear and I was feeling anxious to get back to it.

It's been raining like mad around here and Tanner's soccer practice was canceled because of it, sure hope it's not raining on Saturday morning when there is a game.

From what I understand it is the effects of La Ninja that we are experiencing. We have been dealing with drought conditions here in the high desert of Idaho for a number of years so at least the rain is a relief from that. It is such a frustration though, we're not used to it hindering our activities.

Part of our roof was blown off twice in the last week in high winds and rain storm, luckily we had it repaired quickly. Also I got my windows washed yesterday and am real glad the guy and I decided not to do the outside ones until there is a better window for dry weather. It is so nice to have both windows and blinds clean though, it makes me feel better anyway.

I've been drawing regularly since we got back from California, some strange faces appeared in my sketchbook while Paul, Tanner and I listened to The Goblet of Fire on CD this last weekend. I wasn't really trying to draw anything in particular and yet I guess faces are something that I do without giving it much thought. I suppose those who look at my journal know that though, don't you? My drawings are still the only art that I'm turning out these days and that makes me a bit sad. However, I have been doing some reading and concentrating on other things which I feel are vital at this time, I know I'll get back to drawing and painting in earnest when other things in life are in order.

I'm interested in simplifying our lives. Are any of you into doing that? I really don't know what all it will take but I know that it's a key to our lives being more meaningful than just living by the tyranny of the urgent. I've been told that setting up as many bills as possible to pay on line is a huge help, anybody know for sure? From what I understand it takes a huge commitment at first to get things in order and then it gets easier to work through the simplifying process. It seems like there are so many commitments and obligations in life that it will take a long time but you know, when I get old I want to look back and be glad about how I lived and what I spent my time on and right now I can't say that I'm where I need to be. I think both Paul and I are guilty of just shooting from the hip and going through the paces, we have plenty to be thankful for and to enjoy but we don't take the time to give it much thought. We've got 9 more years until Tanner is 18, then I'll be 60 and Paul will be 68, we want to be ready for that time and not be on the gerbil wheel still. We are committed to raising Tanner to the best of our ability but lots of the changes we want to make will be healthier for Tanner also, different values and time management to name two. So when I say I'm not doing much art you understand that it's because I'm clearing the way to do more art later. (I don't intend to wait until Tanner is raised, just need to get things in order now.) I know this will be an ongoing process and will be like swimming up stream in many ways, it will take self discipline and courage but I think it will be worth it. Like I say, not sure what it will actually look like but I know it won't look like our lives currently look.

Whew, well, I guess I'd better get moving, it's almost time to go to my group and it's something I really enjoy. Tanner is going with me lately because it's not much fun for him to go to roping practice with Paul mid week. The lady who has the group in her house actually includes a little lesson for the kids who come and Tanner just loves it.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Another Bird!

Another Bird!
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Good Morning!

Finally another bird drawing, I think this one would look great on a pair of jeans but sadly I've not been able to get to doing another one of those for quite some time.

Tanner trotted off to school happy to be back to the old routine in spite of having a nice spring break. I'm pretty happy to be back to that routine too. I can't believe it's not that long until school will be out for summer vacation, eep.

I'm feeling a bit under the weather, and very frustrated about it I must say. The main reason for being upset is that I am missing my workout in the pool. Drat! Hopefully tomorrow I'll feel up to it. Besides that all is boring with nothing to report besides trying to get life in order on the homefront. I should have pruned roses 2 weeks ago, need to be outside doing stuff and inside doing stuff. Oh well, in time I'll get to it all right? Ha!

Hope you all are having a good start to your week!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

An image from Valentine's Day

This is a valentine drawing I did for Tanner. His nickname is Sniggler.

We had a wonderful morning this morning. We slept in which is rare and was especially pleasant since it was raining. When we got up we decided to go to town and have a bagel at our favorite bagel bakery, all three of us love to go there. Then since it was raining we decided to do our walking in the mall, we hadn't done that in years and it was fun. We ended our little outing with a piece of See's candy each and then came home. Now Tanner is at a friends, Paul has gone to work and I have some errands to do.

I've got to run but hope to come back later!
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