Serenity

It’s amazing how quickly I can forget all the frustrations with a project once it’s done.

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This weekend is my annual church retreat.  I have been going to the Our Lady of Calvary Retreat House since E was a year old.  The only year I missed was the year we were in New Jersey, so this will be my 17th retreat.  (a fact that both stuns me and makes me feel rather old, LOL)  It’s a wonderful weekend apart, a refuge of  friends and prayer and serenity.  One of the most precious gifts of this weekend is the opportunity to tap into a well of inspiration.  It doesn’t happen every year, but when it does, it’s amazing.

See you next week.  I’ve got a great Studio Snapshot ready for Monday.

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Can I take a nap now?

It has been something of a relentless week around here.  I had a stomach bug over the weekend so I started the week behind and dragging.  I have been very low energy all week, so I have accomplished next to nothing.  You know the kind of week when short bursts of errands take twice as long as usual, and you feel completely sapped afterward?

It didn’t help that I got the results of my submissions to the National Polymer Clay Guild’s Annual online exhibit, Progress & Possibilities.  None of my pieces were accepted as finalists.  I am disappointed, but I am okay with it too.  I would be more frustrated right now if I hadn’t even submitted anything.  I am happy with the direction my work is going.  And I appreciate that the Art Jewelry category is the most competitive category.  Still, the news didn’t help my overall malaise.

Wednesday was metals class at the Guilford Art Center with Lanette Barber.  In keeping with the tenor of the week, the soldering gods weren’t with me.  I managed to get one piece out of four soldered.  I’ll have to redo the rest next week.  Fortunately, Lanette spent a lot of time going over various techniques for stone setting, so it wasn’t a completely wasted morning.

Tonight I am enjoying the slow pace of Halloween in our neighborhood.  We get just enough trick or treaters to make it interesting.  Our old neighborhood was much busier and required a much larger candy purchase.

You know your kids are growing up when their costume choice becomes an excuse to go around wearing pajama pants all day.  M wore pj pants and a comfy shirt, stuck a tiara and her head and declared herself Sleeping Beauty.

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Family time

E flew home from college for a few days last night, so I am taking the long weekend off for some family time.  She looks and sounds great!  It is so wonderful to see her.  I’ll be back to dig into some creative work next week.  Meanwhile, I unearthed a really cute picture of the girls from 2001.

And for contrast, a picture from this past summer:

Maybe I can sneak a picture of them this weekend.

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