Monday, September 8, 2014

Just Checking In~

I'm spending lots of time in the art studio now that school has started!

Good afternoon, My Lovelies!  I have missed y'all so much, but I have been one busy mom!

First of all, I want to thank you for all of your kind comments and emails.  They have meant so much to me!  Y'all are all so kind.  I couldn't reposed to everyone but I did read each and every single one, and I appreciate them more than you will ever know.

I want to update you on what we've been doing since I last posted here.

We've started school, and we're getting into a nice routine.  Shelley loves her art classes at the Red Dot Gallery, and she's also enjoying her art extension classes at Auburn University.  Her IEA team looks like it's going to be fierce this year, and she's looking forward to another season of competition.

Shelley's first day of school

Team practice

Finlay likes to attend school.  He's waiting for me to come upstairs and begin the school day.

Shaney Belle is back in school, too, and she's a senior!  So hard to believe…..
She is on year-round j-board for Alabama's Panhellenic, and she was privileged to have helped a lovely young woman with CP navigate sorority recruitment last month.

Shanley during 2014 recruitment, front row, right.

New KD pledge class

Shanley and Becca in golf cart

Shanley and Becca @ KD House.  Welcome home, Becca!

We've been spending time at Lake Martin, and our backyard is FAR FROM BEING FINISHED.  Truly, it's getting on my very last nerve.  I'll post photos once there is something not involving mud and dirt to post.  :/

For those of you who follow me on social media, you'll notice that I haven't been very active with the exception of Pinterest.  I've been a pinning fiend, but mostly I've been pinning to garden, landscaping, and patio-related boards.  I'm trying to decide what we want, and I think the boards will help the hardscape and landscape designers.   Here are a few of my favorite pins:

We're still in summertime mode around here due to the heat, so I'm still decorating for late summer and back to school.  I know when the weather cools some I'll be interested in fluffing the nest for autumn.

Although I have been reading a whole lot lately, I've completely neglected my Goodreads account.  When I post books over there, I'll update my blog with links.  In the meantime, I highly recommend this book:

I know this will make my best-of list this year!

I'm also LOVING this one, too.  It's a collection of short stories that are incredibly well-written and creative.  Beth, you must read it, although I might have gotten this recommendation from you….

I've been painting a little, and I was able to show three paintings in Red Dot Gallery's Tenth Anniversary Show.

The show will be up until the end of October.

Here is my most recent painting, but I didn't finish it in time for the show:

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Peonies in a Mercury Glass Vase
9" X 12"
oil on canvas

I would love to hear from you!  I'm going to try and get back into blogging in a few weeks, once we're a bit more settled into our routine and our backyard is finished.  If you've posted something you know I'd love to read (most of you know what I like) please email me with a link because I don't want to miss out!

Until next time…

Ricki Jill