Friday, July 28, 2006

Life's Ups and Downs

Life's Ups and Downs
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Reno on the day he got neutered. This is my favorite picture of him because of the funny look on his face, it looks like he knew what was coming doesn't it?

This morning Paul and Tanner and I took the canoe and had a wonderful time paddling around in the reservoir. We went further than we had gone before and when we got to the murky, slow moving part where there is lots of plant life in the water we saw Blue Herons and Plovers, Eastern King birds and heard frogs and stuff! It was great. We also found a couple of sand bars where it was fun to swim (where the water was clean and nice). We were out for 2 hours and my shoulders and abs can sure tell! We had a wonderful time though and look forward to going again.

Daniel got here just a little while after we got home and the day went from Up to Down real fast. His beautiful Australian Shepherd, Reno, had to be put down today. It is so heart breaking, my eyes still feel sandy from crying.
Reno was so smart and a perfect gentledog with us but he was very protective in Dan's pick-up. He has bit several people who reached in to pet him. Gah, we've tried everything and in fact had even given him to Dan's ex-girlfriend because it seemed a better home for him where he'd not need to guard. Unfortunately he got out of her truck one day at a rodeo and bit a woman. So, Dan took him back and has been trying to find a solution that didn't include the dog being put down. He tried a muzzle for when Reno was in back of the truck but the dog just hated it and spent all his time trying to get it off. Last week while the muzzle was off a girl reached into the pick-up to pet the dog and he bit her. He's never done huge damage but that's beside the point, he's a liability and this time he had to be put in quarantine for a few days which was very hard on him. It's so incredibly difficult to have to come to this. We all cried so hard, especially Daniel and Tanner. We had a funeral and buried him where we can keep his memory right here on our property.

I've spent some time arranging a cd of his best pictures to keep his memory alive.

Monday, July 24, 2006

It's not even hot here in Idaho..

Compared to Central California that is! Just talked to Holly and she said it's 114 degrees today! Geesh, it only got to 103 here today so I have nothing to complain about. Well, I could complain that I miss Holly, didn't like it that she wasn't there with me in the pool today.....

Got to spend a good part of the day at home working on homeschool stuff! It's so nice to be home and it's real nice and cool right here in front of my computer.

Tomorrow morning Paul and I are going to get up early and drive to a local reservoir to go out on a canoe. We tried it out while in McCall and enjoyed the experience so we are going to see what it's like early in the morning. I'm thinking it's going to be fun to do a different kind of exercise for a change. I'll take my camera so I can take a few photos. Hmmm, have to figure out a way that I won't get wet... I'll bet they sell waterproof cases for just such a purpose.

Nothing else newsworthy, just moving along in life and trying to continue with the simplicity plan. (real slow in progress)

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Dog Days?

Dog Days?
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Oh my, it's so hot! It was about 103 degrees in the middle of the day and just going up, up, up! However, it's nice and cool in the house where I'm staying for the most part.

Life's been on full speed ahead as usual and doesn't show signs of letting up. Holly and Elton are getting ready to go which makes me sad and yet..... There is so much to do to get ready for homeschooling Tanner since I've not done it before. I want to learn all I can so I can make it as successful as possible. I make lists of things that need to be done and then as I do them (or before) I remember more things that need added to the list. I suppose that's how it is for everyone huh? One thing for sure, there is never a dull moment!

I've been gone running around a lot, with Holly and even just by myself so it's a big deal for me to be home all day today and get a few things done around here.

Well, just wanted to post a drawing after all this time, I only do about 1 a week or maybe less these days.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Summer's long days

Summer's long days
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
The days of summer are so long! I feel like the days are never going to end and I get frustrated that my sitting and drawing time are almost non-existent. I suppose it would be great if I could sleep in but I'm not wired that way, I always wake up early and go to bed after 11pm. Here in Idaho it stays light until 10 pm in the middle of summer!

Today my friend and I will be taking our boys (both 10) bowling. I like to do this weekly and see if Tanner and I can improve.

Yesterday I got some stuff done but not nearly what I had planned, what's up with me anyway, I used to be so focused and I was like a tornado, maybe I just have different priorities now and I've not come to terms with it?

This summer I had a yard sale and while getting ready for it I ran across some journals that I had written when my kids were little. I had never gone back and read them since. Holly got really interested and so I started reading them to her and it's been really fun. Gosh, I'm so glad I recorded some of those memories and feelings from so long ago. It is amazing the details that one forgets if you don't write them down. It has also been really good for Holly to get inside my head when I was a young mother and wife with 2 little kids and one of them very ill and near death. I had also recorded some thoughts and feelings about long distance running at the time and that was pretty revealing about how out of balance I was concerning diet and exercise. I've not made it all the way through the five years or so that I journaled, we have that to look forward to. So, now I'm journaling again, I've got lots of things that I'm working on, the simplification of life, learning to practice some of the spiritual disciplines, parenting and teaching Tanner and on and on. I just need to learn to keep it short and concise so it doesn't take loads of time.

I'm off for a walk with my darling Paul and Tanner (who keeps up on his bike).

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Yes, I'm still kickin'

Yes, I'm still kickin'
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Hello to my LJ friends!

Since a few of you sweet gals have posted comments to check on me, I thought I'd just check in and say that yes, indeedy, I am fine. Life is just extremely busy (for all of us I'm sure) and summer has been fun but not a good time to be on the computer much. I have had Holly and Elton here for the summer, am getting ready to home school Tanner (which is a big undertaking), am still working out and have lost a total of 63 pounds (not trying to loose more), I look 10 years older now and that is difficult to adjust to but I'm trying, I'm not doing much art, just drawing a couple of drawings in my sketchbook a week and we've taken a wonderful weeks vacation here in Idaho.

The picture was taken last week on that vacation while we hiked and enjoyed a beautiful marsh called Lily Marsh in Ponderosa State Park. We had rented a condo right on Payette Lake in McCall and had a great time. The condo had a pool too so we were never without a nice way of relaxing. Tanner had the time of his life and our kids came up and spent part of the week there too, it was hard to come back home. I'll try and post some more images soon.

Right now I'm in a big hurry to get going to the "Y" but just wanted to let you know I'm still around:-D

Thanks so much for checking on me!
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