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Up, Up and Away

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It took a little doing, but we’ve managed to get our ducks in a row, and now Mike and I are actually going to be getting away for a little vacation. Just us and the mini-wolf pack. And a stack of books, a bunch of art supplies, a guitar, a yukulele, our swimsuits, and our fuzzy slippers. (Shhh! The fashion police aren’t invited!)

I’ve been busy crossing off things on my Do-Due! list and have a couple of updates for you — in no particular order…

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I got all the Leftovers prints hung. Most of them are in the stairwell going down to Mike’s studio. I wish the lighting were better. Next house. Tall walls, better lighting — I’m getting my “must have” list together.

We did end up selling our faithful 2001 Subaru Forester, “Wasabi-Ru,” to a terrific family and buying the 2015 Forester in Jasmine Green. Had to wait for it to come in in that color — no substitutions, thank you very much. We LOVE her, and have named her “Roux” in anticipation of adding New Orleans to our mix since we will be driving there when we go next February.

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We have booked our home away from home in New Orleans! We’ll be stayingin a perfect little Pied A Terre Uptown, three blocks off of St. Charles directly behind the Columns Hotel where they filmed the movie “Pretty Baby” a million years ago.

I am very excited because our neighbor on the same property is the artist Rebecca Rebouche. (Some of you will appreciate the strides I am making in the art of understatement.) Among other things, Rebecca designs for Anthropologie….

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Anyhoo…had to stop and catch my breath there for a minute… things are shaping up nicely around here with Monsters! put to bed, and “Water Works” (the next TVAA show coming up at Track 13 in Nampa — juried this time!) posted and open for submissions, and all my personal art commitments under control.

I’m sure I’ll hit the ground running once we get back, but for now it’s all blue skies and happy clouds and colorful balloons…just like these we saw just this morning in Ann Morrison Park.

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And we’re up, up and aaAAWWAAAYYYYY!

Happy Birthday Lina!

I know I often complain about how quickly the month has flown by, or even that if I’m not careful, before I know it the year will be half over.

Actually the year is half over. Dang it.

I apparently live in a state of perpetual chrono-shock, so it should come as no surprise to you when I say I can’t believe it, but MY BABY GIRL IS 26 YEARS OLD TODAY!!!!

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I’m not sure how that’s possible since I myself was 26 only a short time ago.

But in fact, it is true. This amazing creature has grown from adorable baby, to rodeo cowgirl…

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to, er…twins…?

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to high society dame

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to someone who spends a lot of time counseling people on couches…

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and (you can actually see her in action here)…

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I can honestly say she was the easiest child I ever raised. She never talked back once!

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Now that she has moved to Chicago and has found full time work counseling the clergy…

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and stunt modeling for album covers…

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her Dad and I are confident she will continue to grow and AMAZE US EVERY SINGLE DAY!

We love you Lina-Lou!!! Happy Birthday!!! And Many Moooore!

Stitchin’ Time

I’ve been so busy stitchin’ I forgot to do my daily “at least one photo” post for the past couple of days. So, to make up for it, here are six photos of the item I’ve been stitchin’ — the sash for my collaborative piece with Barbara Bolling — “The Abdication of the Sylvan Beauty Queen on the Occasion of Her Epiphany.”

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Run Beauty, run!