Archive for November, 2007

Mission Accomplished!

Posted in Artistic Endeavors, Everyday Stuff on November 30, 2007 by Patti

Well, it is the 30th of November. I have reached my goal of posting to my blog every day this month. Yay me!

I’m afraid that I will not have access to a computer while I’m in Europe, so it will be awhile until I post again. I have to say, I will miss my daily visits here to share. I shall return after Dec. 10th with stories of my travels.

It is just short of 2am, and my packing is finally done. I have my new camera all ready to go & play, and my ipod is almost ready to sync one last time so that I will have video goodies for my long plane flights. Time for tired little artists to go to bed.

I’ll leave you with a photo from my last trip abroad…


Bis Bald ~ that’s German for See you soon


I hate deadlines!!!

Posted in Artistic Endeavors, Everyday Stuff on November 29, 2007 by Patti

Those of you who know me well – or even casually for that matter – probably know that right about now I am running about like a crazy woman trying to pack and do last minute errands… for instance, as soon as I finish with this post I am off to Borders for a German phrase book. There is also a Trophy Ball at the dance studio tonight, so the updo took up a good portion of my afternoon. Am I packed, you might ask? I will offer no answer except for a slightly manic giggle.

At any rate, the point is that I do not have much time to share this afternoon. I thought I might just post a spread from my art journal…



Posted in Artistic Endeavors on November 28, 2007 by Patti

If I am rushing around & unable to create anything right now, I can at least contemplate creativity…

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. – Carl Jung

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. – Joseph Chilton Pearce

Be Excellent to One Another

Posted in Everyday Stuff on November 27, 2007 by Patti

I was trying to track down some lost paperwork this afternoon while in the car on my way to an appointment and had to call information on my cell – thought I had brought the necessary business card along, but had not – and as I was asking for the listing, the operator apologized to me for cutting me off as I was saying ‘please’ because “I’m not used to anyone saying please” I didn’t mind being cut off & frankly didn’t really take note of it, but the exchange got me thinking…. Are we really too busy in our daily routine to use basic good manners?

Honestly, what does it cost us to say please & thank you as we go about our daily errands? Would it kill us to wait in line for more than 15 seconds without being snippy to the clerk who is backed up half a dozen customers with no other registers open? Is there some compelling reason we can’t wish the stressed out postal workers a Happy Holiday instead of complaining about the line when we are mailing our packages? During this season of peace & love, perhaps we should remind ourselves to show some consideration for those people who help us through our days.

I don’t mean to go off on a rant here, but the notion that the word please is so alien these days that it comes as such a surprise in an interaction as to require comment is something to take note of. I’m not pointing any fingers here, just making an observation. Lord knows, I have days when I am sure plenty of people regret having come anywhere near me, so I’m not perfect with this whole manners & consideration thing. I like to think I score in the positive column most days… perhaps I have just stumbled upon my first resolution for the new year.

Thank you for listening. I shall climb down from my soapbox now and return to my frenzied pursuit of laundry so I can pack clean clothes for my travels.

Countdown to Europe

Posted in Everyday Stuff on November 26, 2007 by Patti

Well, it’s only 5 days until I drag my butt on a plane to Munich. The Hubster is doing a program in Germany, and I am tagging along with a friend of ours to play a bit. We are exploring Munich until Hubby finishes work and then hopping a train to Prague to explore for the weekend. I am way excited & a little overwhelmed because as usual, I am pushing deadlines. I haven’t really gotten started on the travel preparations yet, so that is pretty much how my week is going to go… laundry, packing, making sure bills & such are up to date before I fly away. You know the drill.

Oh, the fun! 


Posted in Artistic Endeavors on November 25, 2007 by Patti

Maybe just one more pic from yesterday’s excursion…


Antiques & Stained Glass

Posted in Artistic Endeavors on November 24, 2007 by Patti

Today was fun. We went on an antiquing safari with some friends – had brunch then did some trolling in the countryside. My favorite stop was an antique & stained glass place about 30 mins from here… huge stock! … beautiful pieces! They deal primarily in salvaged windows, doors, etc. Of course, I had to bring my new camera…