Friday, November 20, 2020

Lillian, Pics from Puerto Rico, Hello Grandma, Art and Ranch Scenery! Catching up....

 I have good news about Lillian!
On Thanksgiving afternoon I will be visiting her in person!!
I'm so excited! She knows I'm coming but thinks it will be a 'through the glass door' visit when I bring her some groceries and things. She is going to be so surprisd when I go to her room!

pic from February

I had to jump through hoops to figure out how I could schedule a visit using the nursing home's Sign up Genius website. I finally figured it out - I think - and then called the nursing home to make sure I'm on the calendar. I must arrive 30 minutes prior to my visit time in order to take a Covid test and I must wear a N95 face mask. This will be the first time to visit with her in person since March 10th.

I have news from Puerto Rico!

Summer is having a ball!!
They went on a hay ride and have done lots of  other fun things.

But the best part is simply BEING there.

The island is so beautiful and I look forward to visiting there someday.

I like this pic!
Two friends on a walk together.

Summer is doing the homeschooling and this gives Sabrina a break since she works full time from home and has lots of other responsibilities.

Chandy keeps us in the loop with her family.....

Husband Chris and Jaxon Dean!

We are looking forward to seeing them next month!

I've been a happy camper this week.
One thing I like about being here is that I do not work hard like I do at home.

One job I did on Wednesday took the better part of two hours - filling our med boxes!

Our truck AC/Heater motor went out so I dropped it off  at the mechanic's place Wednesday evening.
Dean teaches Karate in Waco so they picked me up and Sherry and I ran errands while Dean had class.

We finished early enough to have supper at Casa Ole!

Thursday I did art all day long.

Right before I went to bed last night, I took these pictures of our LED lights.

Louis Dean loves the circles!

When we drove in from Waco on Wednesday night, it ll looked sp pretty!

This was the sunset this evening.
Dean and Sherry were gone so Louis Dean and I walked down to put the ducks up.

This reflection is on the duck pond.

The light doesn't stay long so you have to catch it at just the right time.
Same duck pond but the other end.....and just a few minutes later.

I worked on seven paintings this trip and they are all done now except for the drying and glazing.

Santa #1

Santa #2

Santa #3

Santa #4
I think this one looks a little like Sean Connery!
One year when I was teaching class we all did Santas and one of them looked like Robin Williams!
They all seem to take on their own personalities.

I've had fun with this one.

And this is the canvas for Brenda's September birthday!
Character traits will be printed on the jars once it's dry.

I cleaned my brushes and packed all the art supplies up to take home with us this time.
Just in case I need to do some last minute strokes.
I did one other painting from a photograph but I will save that to show later.
It's a surprise for someone.

We've been here in the country a week today.
Tomorrow we will start the tasks of cleaning, packing and loading up to go home.
I think we will go ahead and leave on Sunday.
I have much to do when we get back.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I need to get the house all dressed up for Christmas.
Plus I need to put up my Santa wall.......

Sunday morning I will do the random number selection thing and announce the winner of this year's Santa Claus. The paint's still wet so I will be setting it in the sun to dry so I can glaze him, dry him again and then mail him off!


Ginny Hartzler said...

What wonderful surprise news for Lillian!! My favorite painting is the last one, of the flowers and birds. It is gorgeous!! Your lights are beautiful!

Jan said...

You do such beautiful art work

Joyce F said...

Lillian will be so happy, as I am sure you will be to see her. My friend in nursing home says their facility is in lockdown again and it must be what prison is like.

Love your Santa paintings, as you say different personalities.

Have a nice Thanksgiving.

Sandra said...

I told you you have inspired me to order some new lights for my hip and they've been laying on my table for 5 days now and I'm supposed to do it right now as soon as I finish reading a few blogs but I just can't make myself do it I wish you were here to hang them for me. The reason I don't decorate my house is I really really really really hate doing it if I had someone to do it for me then I would have decorations. If I were rich I would hire a decorator but I'm not so I just do it out if I ever get those lights up I'll show you the picture

Changes in the wind said...

So happy you will be able see Lillian in person. The reflections on the pond were amazing and all your little lights just twinkle away. You are a gifted painter and loved the one with the hummingbirds.

peggy said...

Your art is just beautiful Linda. I don't always tell you and should more often. The home visit is such a blessing, someone put a lot of thought into working that out. I am happy for you.

JBen said...

Your art is fantastic! So glad that you will be able to visit Lillian in person...she will be thrilled. Can't wait to see your home all decorated for Christmas.

MimiG said...

Oh my gosh - Lillian is going to be the happiest woman around on Thanksgiving! She has such a sweet soul and I know she is suffering from not seeing you. As well as your suffering! I read something the other day about people that are huggers (me too!) are really having a hard time right now. And, it's true.. One of the twins is home for quarantine - it's been 9 days since he was exposed in school, no symptoms. The teen that was tested as never had a single symptom except fever, so praying that's it's all good! My DIL has a cold, but still insists on hostessing Thanksgiving. And, to be honest, I'm glad. With my broken foot, just not up to as much this year.
I'm with you on all the signing up things - I needed to take my car for service and the dealership had put in a new service program. Well, after 2 days, I broke down and called the manager and said - When can I bring it in??? So, my sweet Iris goes in Tuesday to get all oiled up! I told Barry I needed a tutorial on the program, but he said just to call him and he would take care of things when I needed something.
Those sunsets, they could be a painting! And the Santas - Ho Ho Ho.. Can't wait to see your wall this year!
So very glad Summer is getting to spend time with her girl - I know that all three of them are better for it.

Kathy said...

Hooray for seeing Lillian! I hope you can give her a hug. What wonderful news. I so miss the ladies I used to minister to in the nursing home and hope that things open up soon so that I can see them again.

That sunset picture is gorgeous. I love sunrises and sunsets.

You are so fortunate that you can eat out and travel around a bit. None of that here. We are locked down tight. If you are coming from out of state, you need a COVID test to get into PA.

Have a safe trip home.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It astounds and looks like a great week at the camper. Have a safe rep home and enjoy your decorating!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

So glad you get to visit Lillian, Linda. It will be wonderful for her and for you too!! Loved all the news on your blog today. Just like a visit.( almost)

VintageCrafter said...

Oh I am so happy that Lillian will get to see you in person! How wonderful for both of you! Can't wait to hear all about it!
Stay safe :)

photowannabe said...

My goodness where has this week gone?
You have been one busy little Bee.
Thrilled to hear about Lillian and your chance to actually visit her.
The absolute best Christmas gift ever!

Love that gift painting you are doing with all the character traits on it..a treasure.

Susie said...

Linda, You have a lot of news. :) I loved seeing Rayne, she is growing up. Lillian is going to be so happy. Tell her hello from all of us. I love all your paintings. Your lights look very cheerful. We all need some of that now. Take care of one another down there. Hope you and LD are healthy and safe. Enjoy your fun times together. Blessings, love you, xoxo, Susie

Carole said...

christmas! I haven't even thought about it yet! Glad you had a good time in the country. Cheers

Sue said...

WoW, Linda, You will be the best medicine for Lillian, I am so happy for both of you!
I have an aunt in a nursing facility who I haven't seen in 10 months.

Beautiful family photos, you have shared!
I stand in awe of your artistic talent, so beautiful. I have two children who are gifted in art, they sure didn't get it from me. ~smile~
Btw has Lewis Dean taught you Karate yet/ Wink~
Thanks for visiting, I am so sorry for being so late in visiting,I just can't seem to find time for blogging, I blame everything on age, just takes twice as long.