A Promise to Me

On a warm day last spring, as we sat sipping coffee under an umbrella at our local Starbucks, my daughter shared the news that her partner had decided to accept a spot in a PhD program in Vermont – some 25ish hours NE of home and an unfathomable distance from ME. I’ve spent the time between then and now diligently trying not to think…

Home Sweet Home

Well, here I go again with the “furniture” rearranging.  My first husband used to tease that he dare not go to sleep lest he wake and trip over the couch.  Ah well, I like to keep things new! As you’ve no doubt discovered, my home page here on onejanuaryday.com is now a gallery of current and past artwork.  The way I get things to…

Thoughts in the Aftermath

Since I returned from vacation in Tucson last week, I’ve been making a point of getting outside to walk every morning, on Sunday at the nature park and today at Lake Hefner, and I have been amazed at the level of the water – we’ve been under drought conditions for so long I’d forgotten what it looked like to see them full and fat….

Destroy to Create!

A few days ago, I realized I was going to come completely unglued if I did not do a little organizing in my studio!  I started with the first logical step – DESTRUCTION!  I think I have a talent for it. 😉 In truth, I started with thinking about how I use my space and the things I keep in my space.  I took…

Spilling Over

For some reason, I always seem to get a little emotional the day after Thanksgiving – in that way that being all filled up makes tears and laughter sort of want to spill over.  We had an amazing day with close family!  All the girls showed up early and I literally had an ARMY in the kitchen helping me!  And when I say “all the…

Art Wreck!

This is something new I’m working on – another shadow box sort of thing where I’m experimenting with dimension and found objects.  I’m not sure why I’m so intrigued by shadow boxes.  Maybe it’s something about collecting things and preserving them under glass.  When I went to the fair a few weeks ago, I spent a lot of time investigating the butterfly collections.  The…

How to Raise a Kitten

Before… After… Step 1:  Rescue kitten from certain disaster. Step 2:  Ensure resident cats aren’t going to eat kitten. Step 3:  Learn how to SLEEP when kitten thinks sleeping is supposed to be done during daylight hours. Step 4:  Learn to love kitten despite her really poor sleeping habits. Step 5:  TEACH KITTEN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FURNITURE AND SCRATCHING POSTS (I simply cannot emphasize…

Sunday Rambling

There are times when the journey seems more uphill, which is definitely harder than downhill, but always more rewarding in the end.  I usually just have to convince myself to trudge forward and not get bogged down in the fog and funk. Cold, wet mornings haven’t helped much, but I haven’t missed a single morning walk and today I was rewarded with a glimpse…

Sunday Rambling

A crazy, wild windstorm came through night before last, blowing away the heat and bringing at least a temporary taste of fall!  It’s actually been chilly in the mornings and I am oh-so-grateful for the break!! I got a sneak peek at the State Fair yesterday morning when I ran down to drop off my Creative Arts entries.  Sorta fun to see behind the…

In the Name of Love

In my last post, I wrote about “possibility” in terms of quantum mechanics, but at the back of my mind I was really thinking about possibility in general.  I was thinking about how we live in a society where virtually anything is within our reach, where every human being has a right to go after whatever dreams he or she hold dear.  I’ve seen…