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Friday, January 7, 2011

A Better Week Next Week

Well, it's the end of the first full week of the new year and I guess I'd have to say, I hope they get better than this one.  My husband had a nasty cold, which I now have, despite all attempts to keep it away. He also had some foot surgery yesterday, so is laid up for a few days.  He's quite a trooper though and is in good spirits and very little pain.  I'm just tired of coughing, as this thing has gone straight to my chest.  Needless to say, didn't have much quality time in the studio this week.

I went down late this afternoon, telling myself I'd have an hour to work...precisely the wrong thing to do.  Isn't it funny how we just never seem to learn?  I know this much about myself....I need plenty of open time ahead of me...time that is free and clear, without pressing things on my mind that need to be taken care of and without a deadline....which is why it seems I don't let myself get down there.  But for me, saying I have an hour to work, is like telling someone..."go ahead explore this new city with all the places to see and all the things to do, but be back in an hour."  At a time like that I'm just trying too hard to make something happen.  I should have just spent the time reading, but I feel like I need to produce and so I produced a few royal messes on some new seasons cycles pieces I'd started!  I took a picture, but I won't bore you with it...I know we've all been there.  But here are a couple pictures to share!

This is the beautiful handmade glass pen that Johntimothy gave me for my birthday over ten years ago.  It's such a lovely, delicate object...and it writes and draws beautifully!  I have new inks to play with and I've just cut down a small stack of Japanese paper...

...and plan to allow myself to play over the weekend.  I'll be back on Monday with a more upbeat report I'm sure!  Until then, have a great weekend...see you in a couple of days.


  1. feel better
    beautiful pen

  2. Nance Marie...thank you!!! My pen thanks you also!

  3. Oh Patti - that sounds miserable; I hope you start getting better soon. I know that feeling of "why did I push it" I get so crazy with myself when I have that little voice telling me I SHOULD be making,because I've only got a short time blah blah blah; when what I would really do well is sitting in the studio, flicking thru books or doodling. Best wishes as you recover.

  4. That pen is just gorgeous! I'm a firm believer that the tools we use have lives of their own, and one so special and cherished must surely create beautiful things!

    Feel better, you! There are still at least 50 more weeks to fill with art, so get some rest and allow yourself to recover properly.

  5. Time passes through even the roughest day. I hope you feel better soon.

  6. Thanks Carrie...wise words to remember when things do get rough. All things considered, having a bad cold, isn't too terrible! Hope your year is going well!

  7. What a beautiful pen. I hope you feel better soon. I also have a cold and it makes me not a happy camper.. LOL

  8. Thanks Katelyn...the same to you...feel better soon! I'm not a happy camper right now either...tomorrow should be better!!!

  9. Sorry to hear of the illnesses there. Hope you are all well and walking soon.

    I so understand about not being able to work under limits. If I know I have an appointment at 10:00 in the morning, I know it is worthless to try to get into the studio beforehand. Time must be spread about in front of me. It is a good time to get small tasks and studio cleaning done, though.

    And yes, reading would be good, too. Hope this week is good for you.

  10. I hope you feel better, lovely lady! Do what your mommy says and drink your fluids, get plenty of rest! xox

  11. Thanks Kira...getting rest and fluids...a little better each day!
    Hope you are well by now too!


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