Friday, October 24, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wimberley Drawings

While we were in Wimberley, I spent quite a bit of time drawing and very little visiting. Here are some of the things I came up with. Hope you'll enjoy them.

Tinker had published a photo of her tomatoes, and so I took the opportunity to draw them. Thanks, Tink!

Someone had drawn gourds, so I thought I'd give it a shot.
And I am really trying to work on facial parts.

Of course, Raf and all the musicians had beer!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

In God We Still Trust

I decided to add this after my last post. I think this is a tremendous song and goes along with the previous post. So here is Diamond Rio singing In God We Still Trust.

Friday, October 17, 2008

My Conservative Tendances

I got both of these videos today in emails, and, while I'm probably just "preaching to the choir", I had to share them, and I ask cajole, plead, implore, beg for everyone to take the time to watch them. The first is about the election, the second about 2nd Amendment rights. Both show that not all the Hollywood actors/musicians are hell-bent on destroying our country.

From Alfonzo Rachel's mouth ...

... to God's ears.

Here's the second on the link!

Boston Legal's Dancing With Wolves

I copied this from Hearts in 1 Accord blog. It is also worth a read.


Another great e-mail I received today and wanted to pass along as we increase our prayer urgency with just 11 days until this election

A Word About Sarah Palin

45 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. subpoenaed the conscience of America and drove the injustice of segregation like a wedge into the soul of the nation. The wedge has been driven again. When Senator John McCain courageously chose Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate, he drove family values back into the conscience of America.

The liberal media played into the hands of a Higher Wisdom when they injected former Vice President Dan Quayle into the debate by comparing Governor Palin to Dan Quayle. Now, everyone is beginning to realize that this election is not about a man’s charisma or his nebulous notion of change. No. This election is a battle for family values and to the victor goes the soul of this nation.

Governor Palin is more than just a brilliant choice for Vice President. She and her family stand as a sign and a wonder for life and for children. They are a living parable parading in blazing Technicolor before the eyes of the whole nation. This goes way beyond elections. This is about us healing our families, regaining moral responsibility, and exhibiting forgiveness.

Palin boldly stood by her conviction that all life is sacred and chose to have her Down Syndrome child while leading her state. Senator Barack Obama, on the other hand, declared that the first thing he will do as President is pass the Freedom of Choice Act, which will remove every restriction from all abortion procedures, including many restrictions that most Americans agree with. By doing this, he will open up the doors to promote deviant sex education to kindergarteners and exclude even parents from their right to know of their underage daughter’s potential abortion.

When the pregnancy of her 17-year-old daughter became an insensitive liberal media circus, we were given a rare view into love and support as Governor Palin embraced her grandchild in her daughter’s womb as a blessing. Again, on the other hand, Obama was once quoted as saying that if his two daughters made a “mistake” and became pregnant, he would not want them to be “punished” with babies. What a stark contrast of the value of human life!

The ideological beast of Obama’s worldview has been drawn out of its lair and now stands naked and exposed by Palin’s compassion and conviction. The beast is not just Quayle hunting. It is hunting our children, our nation’s destiny, and us. The rage of the media against Palin simply further exposes the moral bankruptcy, bigotry, and lack of compassion of liberalism. The media, Obama’s court prophets, have become Selma’s new sheriffs of the South beating the new heirs of the civil rights movement – the millions of unborn children attacked in the womb and countless women hurt by abortion – with their journalistic Billy Clubs and loud hectoring.

With his choice of Governor Palin as his running mate, John McCain has once again gone to war. However, this time, not in the distant lands of Vietnam and Iraq, but he has gone to war for America, for our families, and for our children. And this war, we cannot afford to lose.

And finally a photo from my friend, retired Marine, Carroll:

I Won!!!

I just won Lila's Birthday Giveaway above, entitled Autumn Song. Wow, I am so excited! I can't wait to hang it on my living room wall. This is just tremendous!! Thank you, Lila!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Skywatch Friday

This was taken at the side of the road on I-20 west of Cisco, Texas, a week and a half ago. It was taken with my iPhone, and it shows what a West Texas sky looks like when it is building up for a cold front. This was facing north at about 3 pm.

Check out other Skywatch Friday posts!

Friendship Poll

Toby sent this to me, and I passed it along...thought I put it here, too. Try it, if you'd like to!

1. What time did you get up this morning? 9 am
2. Diamonds or pearls? diamonds
3. Mountains or ocean? mountains
4. What is your favorite TV show? Project Runway
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? was french toast, yesterday a bagel
6. What is your middle name? Sue
7. What food do you dislike? cottage cheese and buttermilk
8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? "Who is?...Chris Stern"
9. What kind of car/truck do you drive? both are Fords
10. What characteristic do you despise in people? Lying
11. Favorite clothing? comfortable and loose
12. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would it be? UK
13. Where was your last vacation? Alaska and Wimberley TX
14. Where would you retire to? Texas (already have)
15. What was your most recent memorable birthday? every one when we go with lots of friends and John to celebrate at Avention's
16. Favorite sport to watch? Olympic sports and World's Strongest Man
17. Furthest place you are sending this? Norway
18. Person you expect to send it back first? don't know
19. When is your birthday? December 18
20. Are you a morning person or a night person? night
21. What is your shoe size? 8 1/2
22. Pets? 4 cats
23. Exciting news you'd like to share with us? John graduates from college in December!
24. What did you want to be when you were little? a forest ranger...but girls couldn't!
25. What is your favorite candy? chocolate
26. What is your favorite flower? iris
27. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? Thanksgiving and Christmas
28. What is your full name? Johnette Sue Ficke Seibert
29. What are you listening to right now? nothing
30. What was the last thing you ate? cheese and tomato sandwich
31. Do you wish on stars? no
32. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? purple
33. How is the weather right now? cool and sunny
34. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Christi
35. What is your favorite soft drink? Dublin Dr. Pepper
36. Favorite restaurant? Lili's on Magnolia
37. Color of your hair? red and gray
38. What was your favorite toy as a child? guns and other cowboy things
40. Hugs or kisses? Both from those I love.
41. Favorite pastime? reading/computer
42. Do you want your friends to email you back? Yes
43. What is under your bed? stained glass window
44. What did you do last night? watched tv while Raf was at choir practice
45. What are you afraid of? flying
46. How many keys on your key ring? about 10
47. How many years at your current job? I am retired
48. Favorite day of the week? Sunday
49. How many towns have you lived in? about 10
50. Do you make friends easily? no, I don't think so...wish I did
51. How many people will you send this to? 10
52. How many will respond? whoever feels like it.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Chris Stern, English Folk Singer

Today Chris Stern sang in concert. He will be singing in concert in our home in Mineral Wells next Saturday, October 18, at 7:00 pm. Chris has a new CD, and those will be on sale then, too. Contact us if you'd like to hear a tremendously gifted singer from Across the Pond!

Old Oaks Ranch, Wimberley, Texas

Marilyn, Jenny, Norma, Susan, and I went to the Bella Vista Olive Farm and on to the Old Oaks Ranch for yarn. We had a great afternoon. We're back now to go to the Al Evans and Chris Stern concerts.

Show and Tell Friday

Show and Tell Friday: We are in our trailer in Wimberley at the 9th annual Texas rmmga gathering ( We have come all 9 years, plus going to the EC (East Coast) gathering once and to many D/FW (Dallas/Fort Worth) mini-gatherings. Rmmga also has gatherings annually in the Pacific Northwest and in England.

When we travel we mostly take our 29' Prowler trailer, and this is a photo of our kitchen table. Raf is taking a shower, so you can see his pants and his glasses on his book, plus his wallet and card holder. There is an electrical strip into which we plug our laptops and our iphones. There's my Alaska hat (a purple baseball-style cap with sequins), a baggies with art supplies, two draing pads (moleskine and hand•book), a glass for drawing cicles for mandalas, the edge of the movie camera case, etc., etc., etc.

This is our communication/art center.

Today is cloudy but the temp is supposed to be 87˚F in a little while. The place is very dry with burn bans in effect and wild fires warned about.

Soon we will go eat breakfast, and then Raf will have another day of pickin'. I will draw, crochet, and go to a yarn shop.

See ya!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Lunch in Wimberley

Originally uploaded by SiouxCiySue
We just sat down to my shrimp salad.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Skywatch Friday

I took this last Sunday afternoon when rescuing our two grandsons whose cars broke down 7 1/2 miles west of Cisco, Texas. This is about 70 miles southwest of our house. It took 12 hours and 6 people to get is sort of sorted out, plus several hundred dollars! The temperature was in the mid-80˚F's.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

First Zentangle

first zentangle
Originally uploaded by SiouxCiySue
I came upon a zentangle on my friend, Bonny's, flickr page, and decided to try it for myself. Thanks, Bonny, for always pushing me to do more art...don't know what I'd do without you!!

Monday, October 06, 2008

The Winds of Restoration are Blowing All Around

"God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God."

I believe in knowing the enemy, especially if this enemy is The Enemy, Satan! And I believe in knowing him well. That's why today when I turned of Fresh Air, the NPR program on KUT in Austin, Texas, that I often listen to as I paint or sew, I continued to listen to the filth that came from the mouth of the person who claims to be the rightful presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, or as we so un-loving call her, Kitty. She was speaking about the harsh treatment several of the American dioceses have used "against" the homosexual community. She was stating the our diocese, Fort Worth, along with San Joaquin, Pittsburgh, and Quincy, are the only people in the whole of the Anglican Communion who have a problem with avowed homosexuals being ordained as priests or being married in the church. She said the rest of the world, including Africa and South America, are too worried about feeding and clothing their people to care one way or the other about homosexuality. And, as always when she speaks, the truth is nowhere to be found.

It is the very African and South American dioceses who are standing with our 4 dioceses in our fight against The Enemy. Many, many years ago we sent missionaries to those places, and, do you know what? They believed what we told them...and they still do, to this day! Yes, they are concerned with food, clothing, and health, but they are more concerned about the spiritual health of their and our people.

Kitty then went on to explain that the biblical account of creation was no more important that that of scientists, and that she learned to be a priest(ess) by first learning to be a scientist.

Our Fort Worth Diocese will meet in convention on November 14-15, and we will, at that time, vote, as will have the other dioceses before us, to leave The Episcopal Church and become a diocese of the Southern Cone (South America) until which time we can form an orthodox province of North America with other orthodox churches for all North American countries.

To this end our bishop has asked us to pray the 40 days prior to convention for disernment, and we, in our parish, St. Luke's Mineral Wells, have taken that quite seriously and are devoting two days each week to this undertaking, as well as individual prayer and fasting.

Some of our younger priests have put up a blog called What's Really Going on in Fort Worth, for anyone who would like to read their thoughts and comments.

May God's will be done!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Who are you Spending Your Free Time With?

I was catching up with the blogs I follow. I found this post at The Cookie Sheet: "Who are You Spending Your Free Time With?" She found this on another blog and decided to play along but didn't tag anyone else in particular. She just suggested that anyone who wanted to pick it up do so. So, here goes.

The rules are: Get the book that is on your nightstand or wherever you happen to read. Open to page 56 and find the fifth sentence. Post the next two to five sentences and these instructions on your blog. You may not go find your favorite has to be the one you are reading now!

She managed to avoid the door as it swung open and wedge herself between the now open door and the driver's seat, so I couldn't get in myself. Slick. I considered slamming the door on her, but balked at outright personal injury. Besides, I'd spent twenty years in PR and Marketing, I could handle one small-town reporter.

I stepped back and, reassured I wasn't going to bolt, Kate moved out from behind the door: "I understand that you're a suspect in Patricia Harper's murder. Do you have a comment?"

That's the novel I'm reading, but I also have this new title on my table:
The only words on page 56 of this Alisa Burke book are the following:

Painterly Pouch: Making purses out of my canvas paintings was the beginning of my concept to remix canvas. This little coin pouch is an example of what you can do with a small piece of canvas and a lot of creativity.

Found this book, as I often do, through Violette!

Why don't YOU share with us who you are spending your free time with!

Show and Tell Friday

Raf and I are starting a line of belts and buckles. This one we made for our grandson John's girlfriend, Arsi, for her 24th birthday. When we get our etsy shop open this will be one of the different colors, and the buckles are one-of-a-kind. This one is copper.

Check out other of Kelli's Show and Tell Friday entries!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Vancouver Sky...Vol. 8

Check into Sky Watch Friday to see more sky photos.

Vol 7...Holland America Line or HAL for short!

Just received this from Donna and Don in New Jersey, two of our dinner mates on the cruise. This was the night of the chef's dinner, and each of us had a chef's hat to wear. Holland America always ends the cruise to Alaska with the "Parade of the Baked Alaska" as well as a special meal.

And here I am in the hot tub on the Lido deck. Bonny and Rob saw to it that we found a swimming suit place so that we would have suits for the trip!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

More Canada...Vol 6

Bonny and Rob took us to Granville Island in Vancouver. She and I took lots of photos of flowers. Granville Island has something for everyone. There are food and flower markets, artist supplies, art galleries, theatres, clothing shops from all over the world, jewelry shops, a shop with many pieces of carved wood, shops with fabric and fiber, restaurants, varied musicians playing all over the name it! If you go to Vancouver, Granville Island is a MUST SEE!

Thanks, again, Bonny and Rob, for a beautiful day in Vancouver.


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