Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day -- for Daddy (this is a photo of his parents)

In Memory of all those men who died
Who served their land in forces strong
Who fought the fight and saved our peace
Who loved our country all life long.

In Memory of our father's fathers
Who came from countries far away
Who became Americans in all their glory
Who came to love the USA.

In Memory of their sons and grandsons
Who labored long and hard and true
Who fought and died beside each other
Who saved the country that they knew.

In Memory of all patriot people
Who share the love of this great land
Who shed a tear when the flag has risen
Who by our country they do stand.

Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Jelly Jar -- Al Sato and Tom Metcalf+6

Jelly Jar Band...jazz, blues, swamp, folk, country combined!
A real movin' band!

Just got back from the Cypress Creek Cafe in Wimberley, Texas, where we caught Al Sato and Tom Metcalf...plus 6 others...playing way cool music. If you haven't heard them, you need to. They are tremendous!

This was our main reason for coming to Wimberley this weekend...John came with us, too.

We also saw luthier, Jamie Kinscherff, tonight, too!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Rose from John


Rose from John
Originally uploaded by siouxsue42.
John Christian gave me pinky-white roses for Mother's Day, 2006.

Sorry for Illustration Friday


Sorry for Illustration Friday
Originally uploaded by siouxsue42.
The challenge this week was "sorry"...and this tune kept running through my head.

Monday, May 22, 2006

IMT-Abstract Art--Birth of a Butterfly


IMT-Abstract Art
Originally uploaded by siouxsue42.
Inspire me Thursday's challenge for this week is Abstract. I don't know much about abstract art...but this came to me...so here it is.

Friday, May 19, 2006

4X5 Chunky Book -- North Texas Group



I have just complete my pages for the North Texas Mixed Media Group's Chunky Book Swap. I will ship them out to Sherry in Edmond OK today, and she will bind them. Then we will exchange them at our face-to-face meet-up in Granbury TX on June 10.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday - Journaling

This is for Inspire Me Thursday challenge about journaling. I went to the H2JO Coffeehouse here in Mineral Wells, and while we had our coffee I drew these daisies sitting on our table.

EDM Challenge #67 Mother


This is for the EDM challenge #67 Mom. This was my first Mother's Day without my mother. She died on August 12, 2005. If was an odd sort of day...the priest even forgot it was Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Cloth, Paper ,Scissors Blog Swap

I see the moon, and the moon sees me.
God bless the moon, and God bless me.
Fairyland above the earth
Where dancing brownies swoon
On glowing mountains made of cheese
And stardust swirls upon the moon

I made these two ATC's for the Cloth, Paper, Scissors Blog Swap. They are putting together a book of 1,000 ATC's. These two are being entered as possibles.

Christi's Dragonfly Jacket

This is on the left shoulder of the jacket

This is on the back of the jacket.

Friday our baby, Christi, will be 36! Wow, time does pass quickly. Margaret suggested I post the embroidery I did on the jacket for her birthday.

Happy Birthday, Baby. We love you!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Lindsay Tagged Me!!

OK, here goes these highly interesting details of my life (remember yesterday we returned from a month-long trip).

1. 5 things in my Fridge
1. a moldy, shriveled white eggplant
2. sealed carton of Tazo Chai Tea
3. three jars of yeast
4. container of limp butter lettuce
5. package of shriveled cherry tomatoes


2. 5 things in my closet
1. 3 pairs of shoes
2. many belts
3. many slacks
4. many blouses/shirts
5. a few dresses and skirts


3. 5 things in my car
1. a laptop Dell
2. 2 laptop MACs
3. 2 cameras
4. backpack with portable art supplies: paper, journals, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, watercolors, brushes, pens, etc.....
5. 5 folding stools, 2 folding tables, first aid kit, plug in icebox


Now I tag Lin and Jan.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Pine in Bloom--and home, again


Pine in Bloom
Originally uploaded by siouxsue42.
When we were in Texarkana in April, the pine flowers were just blooming. Now, the pines are in full leaf with cones.

We had a wonderful trip, and we are very glad to be home!

I will try to draw this later and post...tonight we are just chilling!!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Almost home...Thursday night

These iris were in the garden at the RV park in Dickson TN where we always stay. They have beautiful flowers in the spring and summer.


Well, we left Findlay OH yesterday in the pouring rain...traffic was absolutely TERRIBLE. We took 8 hours to reach Dickson TN...west of Nashville. Raf slept for 11 hours, and we made it on in to Texarkana at 6pm this evening. Traffic was not nearly as bad today...YEAH for the South!! Don't know where all those trucks were going in Ohio, but I really don't want to be in that sort of traffic EVER again! Nothing like it in PA or MD or TN, etc. Anyway, it should take us about 4 hours or so tomorrow. We will have kitties tomorrow night, grandchildren, children, and HOME. We have really had a wonderful trip, but we will be GLAD to get HOME. Taked to John today, and he will be home this weekend, too.

Love to all who read this, hugs, blessings, good wishes, prayers...

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Monday night...Tuesday


Don Hindenach came out to the campground last night so that he and Raf could meet and sing and play together. He is such a nice guy, and he and Raf really enjoyed each other's company and music.


I drew this to send to Martha and Dick. We were in Olive Garden taking Mary Lynn out for dinner.

This was from a tree outside Mary Lynn's house. There were goldfinches in their beautiful yellow and black feeding beside the tree.

Today we went to Toledo to get Mary Lynn a new i-MAC. Then we came back through Bowling Green so that Raf could see his university...saw loads of places he had worked and played. Then we went back to Mary Lynn's apartment and got her all lined out on the new computer. Thursday the Time Warner guy will come to hook her up to the net.

Tomorrow we are heading for Texas...should stay in Dickson TN tomorrow night and Texarkana the next night...then HOME!!

May not have the "net" tomorrow night, but we surely will the next night...so stay tuned. . .

Monday, May 08, 2006

Monday...Findlay OH and Mary Lynn



Today we have been running around Findlay helping Mary Lynn sort some things out. Tomorrow we will run up to Bowling Green to see the university and on to Toledo to get Mary Lynn a new computer. She will be going with Time Warner internet service, so everyone needs to be watching for a new email address from her.

We are in a coffeehouse...the campground, once again, has no wifi. Will write another installment later.

ALSO...the Pittsburg photos are on my flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/siouxsue/ ...I have just uploaded a batch...more tomorrow...or so!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Findlay OH--Sunday

Will post more tomorrow. We got into Findlay about 4:30 and picked Mary Lynn up at 6:30 for supper...checked out her computer a little after dinner, but will do lots more tomorrow...stay tuned. No wi-fi in the campground, so we are sitting in the car in front of a coffeehouse....SO............

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Celebrating Seibert 29 and Wonder 45 Anniversaries

We and Martha and Dick celebrated our anniversaries by eating at a wonderful restaurant and then going to the top of Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh to look out over the city. GOOD ANNIVERSARY!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Zenieopole PA--29 years of married bliss!!




We are at the Indian Brave Campground in Zenieopole PA, just northeast of Pittsburgh. This morning we went to Coraopolis PA to visit places Raf remembered as a child.

Raf's cousin Martha and her husband, Dick, have a camper here year round. Cousin Barb came down from Warren PA, and we had a lovely meal last night and talked, and talked. Then today Martha and Barb went with us to Cory and we saw Dick; we came home; ate lunch; talked some more. Then Barb's husband, Bob, came to get to her to go to their son's home.

Today is our 29th anniversary...tomorrow is Martha and Dick's 45th anniversary. Tomorrow also is Joey's 17th birthday and Kat and Steve's anniversary...Love you all!!

Tonight we are going out to eat with Martha and Dick. Tomorrow Nancy and Bob are coming up and we are all going to Keith's house for Bob Koebley's 70th birthday.

We are having a great time. Raf is so thankful to finally reuniting with his family up here!

So happy whatever to one and all, and us especially, love and hugs and kisses all!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Wednesday in Ellicott City, Catonsville, Towson MD

Today the Sisters were in retreat, so we couldn't go to the convent. We got up late and went to Forest Diner for breakfast. We have been to a couple of diners, but this one really looks like what I, as a Texan and unused to diners, expect one to look like.

Then we went to Towson, which is north of Baltimore, to visit Plaza Art. This is the same chain we visited in Nashville...boy, I wish they would come to Texas! They are wonderful. While in Towson, we went to Barnes and Noble and got books and magazines.

Then we went back to Appalachian Bluegrass Music, as well as Jim's and Bill's, all on the same block in Catonsville. Also on that block was the Seafood Hutt, and I had a fresh soft-shell crab...delicious!

We drove back through Ellicott City because it is such a wonderful little town...then back to the campground, where I washed a load of clothes and Raf took photos a glued a loose strip in the trailer.

Now for a quiet night and on to Pittsburgh tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

A Day with The Sister Julia Mary of All Saints

This afternoon we spent time with The Sister Julia Mary of All Saint's Convent in Catonsville MD. It was a beautiful day, a beautiful visit. I really don't want to leave. There is such a peace and God's presence at the convent. I encourage any of you who do not know about this convent to visit the website, learn about this monastic order, order their cards, and support them with your prayers. May God bless them, renew them, and hold them close. They are some of the blessed remnants of our Lord. They are fighting the good fight. They need our help and our prayers.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Catonsville--All Saints Convent

Today we had a leisurely drive from Montross VA to Catonsville MD. You would never have known that there was Washington DC on our left and Baltimore MD on our right. The traffic was good. We got in about 3 pm and made it to the Convent in time for Vespers at 5pm. At 6:30 we met Sister Julia Mary for about an hour and had a wonderful visit. The Convent is the most inspirational, meditative, full of God place I have ever visited. The chapel is beautiful with a huge rock altar and a wonderful rood screen.

Tomorrow at 1pm we will go back and visit until 4:30pm when the Sisters begin their week of silent retreat there at the Convent. We are hoping to take a lot of photos and to create a more useful, modern website for the Sisters.

For those of you who do not know, the Sisters have a Scriptorium with lovely greeting and holy cards. They can be ordered. Click on the link above, and you will find the phone number to order a cataloge.

More photos tomorrow including one of us with Sister. Also Raf wants to find Appalacian Blue Grass Shoppe in Catonsville.

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