Saturday, March 19, 2016

Chloe's journey to Greece and upcoming events

This has been spring break for my kids all week long. Chloe left for her big trip to Greece with her class early last Saturday morning.


We worked hard to make the payments for her trip of a lifetime. Someday we can only hope to see Europe as well....



Early morning on one of the islands.



Here she is on the right, writing in her journal at dinner on the cruise ship that toured the Greek islands.


Looking groggy as they tour a site on one of the islands.


It looks like an amazing trip.


I'm sure we'll hear all about it on Monday when we pick her up.


She did tell us though that she was down to only five euros for the next few days! They sabotaged her by stopping in at a book store. At least some of her meals are pre-paid!


In other news I've been selected to recreate my painting "Beneath The Waves" at the Park Place Chalk Art festival in Tucson. The event is April 9 and 10th. Hopefully this will all work out as I'm meeting with my surgeon this week to schedule my gallbladder removal very soon. With any luck I'll be up and recovered enough to pull it off!

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Mutant Piñata Show, a day in the ER and a return to the Renaissance Fair


Last Friday night was the opening of "The Mutant Piñata Show" at the Chartreuse Gallery downtown.


And this is me, posing with my submission, "Kissy Fishy". I was thrilled to discover she had sold when I arrived at the show.


Apparently the buyer will be hanging her from the high ceiling of his townhouse!


The show had some great submissions. Naomi liked the ugly faced fish.


Not all of them hung up!


This flower one was awesome.


It's an excellent show this year and is up for the rest of the month!


Saturday morning I woke up with A LOT of pain. I've been in and out of urgent cares for a while now trying to figure out what was going on. This time I went to the ER. I was there all day getting tests. Finally I know that I have gallstones and need an operation. There's also a small mass on my liver so more tests for that. Unfortunately my doctor can't even see me until March 21st when he'll refer me to a surgeon, then I need an appointment with him... this is all going to take a while. 



Since I'm not one to hide out because of some pain (also the ER gave me drugs), we went to the Renaissance Fair the very next day!


Of course, straight away we headed to the bathrooms.


Quite honestly this was the perfect day for the fair. Not too hot and even some clouds in the sky.


A nice quaint shot of the village ruined by the lady on the left staring at her cell phone.


This is a man who did sculptural portraits while you sit for 15 to 20 minutes. It was pretty amazing.


Mike and I handed the kids some cash and wandered the fair alone. Keeping track of three teens in this setting was such a headache last year! This worked so much better!!


Me by the climbing wall.


Here you can see the pretty canyon behind the fair. Arizona is always a stunning backdrop!


One of the "processions".


We met up with the kids at the joust. This is the red rider that we cheered for incessantly.


This is the blue rider who we passionately booed at (except for Phoebe who felt bad). This was decided by our seating, we sat in the red section. :) Anyway our guy won!!


A long day at the fair was well spent. Have a fabulous week.





"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut

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