I can’t believe summer is basically over and fall is quickly approaching (at least in some parts of the country) the only way you’d know it here is that the mornings and evenings are getting significantly cooler.
Although I haven’t had too many teaching trips the last couple months, I have been very busy in other ways.
In July, I celebrated one year since I met my sweetheart Phil. He gave me this wonderful carved lizard to mark our special date. As much as I have always loved these sculptures, I have never owned one, I’ve only painted a quilt in homage to them, so this was such a perfect gift!
and then we drove to a reception in Santa Barbara
for the wedding of my friend and wonderfully funny author Kathy Hepinstall.
I also had the chance to catch up with several old friends along the way. My friend Ildi in San Louis Obispo, my friend Sue in Avila beach, who I last saw when I was 14 and living in Maine, and Linda in Pacific Grove, who I last saw 22 years ago.
Then we had visitors from England. Penny was one of my students from IQF Houston several years ago when she was 17, she and Indigo hit it off immediately and have kept in touch over the years. You can see some of Penny’s beautiful floral painting in this postIt was such a treat to have Penny and her family come to our home for lunch and then in the afternoon drive out to the sierra foothills to beautiful Helwig winery
The following weekend me, Phil and our kids spent a day in San Francisco, going by the ruins of a Victorian bath house, taking in the beautiful view of the golden gate bridge and wandering in the shops of Height Ashbury.
Then we met up with this fun guy, it turns out that during a conversation Joe Cunningham and I were having, that he and Phil have a few musician friends in common, so we all got together for dinner. It’s amazing how small the world seems sometimes.
In early August, Phil and I spent a lovely weekend in Calistoga at a wonderful B&B, the Calistoga Inn.The next day we went on a 20 mile bike ride through gorgeous Napa wine country from Calistoga to St Helena and back, then followed it up with a couples mud bath at Golden Haven Spa & Resort.It felt like wiggling into a vat of hot oatmeal, lol, then after a shower, we soaked in a hot mineral water jacuzzi and then blanket wrap. We were so relaxed after it was amazing. We had a fantastic late afternoon lunch and drove back to Sacramento over scenic back roads past the Monticello dam.
I finally finished a piece I started a year ago painted with acrylic inks. I missed the deadline on the exhibit I was making it for this spring when I was really busy. I entered it into PIQF, so we’ll see how that goes, it’s been several years since I’ve had something to put in a show. I’ll write up a post with photos and details about it after it’s been in a show.
The hardest time this summer has been Indigo’s ongoing health problem, she’s had terrible hives since March. She’s allergic to something in the environment here, because when she goes outside she gets worse and when we go away from the valley she improves. Tests have shown she’s allergic to trees in this area, 2 types of weeds, Bermuda grass and mold. She’s had to be on prednisone continuously for 5 months to keep the hives under control, and because of that, one evening her potassium levels dropped to dangerous levels and she had a tonic seizure. Basically she had a full body Charlie horse that escalated so rapidly that she lost consciousness, it was terrifying. We spent the night in the ER while they found out the cause and got things got stabilized.
The long term stress of not getting the help we need to resolve this has been exhausting though and feels very overwhelming sometimes.
We should have better insurance any day now that will allow us to get proper health care so we can hopefully get to the bottom of this soon.
A week following the ER trauma was my birthday and what a blowout celebration we had.
Phil, his son Scott, and my parents came over, joined by my ex and his girlfriend who came up from LA as well as my son Ty, his girlfriend Sierra, and Indigo were all here to share the meal, toast champagne and throw back a few tequila shots, while music played, laughter was plentiful and a few tears were shed.
this beautiful little painting she made says it all.
-to life, love and creativity my friends! xo