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Finding My Groove

For too long, my sense of well-being has been marginal, to say the least. I feel as if I have lost my sense of direction. I want so much to have my vim and vigor back — to relish going for long walks and to find joy in doing the mundane tasks. But most of all, I feel a need to find my way artistically — doing what I love most.

On Sunday, we finally had the long awaited get together of Terry’s extended family with mine. Her son-in-law, Cayo, moved here last year with her daughter, Emily, from Ecuador. He is an architect and wants to figure out how he can get in to the filed here in Portland. My son-in-law, Jack, is an architect. So, we wanted to get them together with the possibility of Jack providing some help and encouragement for Cayo. Cayo and Emily have a 2 month old beautiful baby, Sofia. I had planned to get pictures, but I was having so much fun holding the baby and visiting — I neglected to get any photos.

I did get these photos of the salads that I made. The first is one of my favorites: black bean, corn, tomato and avocado.

And a pesto pasta salad with grape tomatoes.


Here are M & M engrossed in their mini-litebrites that I bought for them. Mia is wearing the vest that I knitted for her with the tie dye skirt I bought to go with it. Don’t you love Milo’s summer haircut?


Yesterday, I had to catch up on 3 weeks of homework for my EFM class – whew!

So, today, I thought I would get in to the studio and do something very creative — not! But, I just couldn’t get in the groove. I did some work on the SDA web site. Played some computer solitaire. I shortened the sleeves on a new shirt and added some elastic to a new pair of pants that don’t want to stay up. Played some more solitaire. Arranged an art date with Terry and June for Thursday.

Then, I decided to do a little thread doodling ala Kristin. She is posting one every day and is improving her technique. So here is my only creative endeavor for the day or the last two weeks, actually!


I guess you can tell what these items are, but I have a long way to go so I shall join the doodle a day, maybe!

6 Responses to “Finding My Groove”

  1. kimberly says:

    Yummy looking salads! Especially the first one! I make pasta pesto with tomatoes and sometimes peas about once a week lately, so it is slightly losing it’s appeal to me.

    I hope you get your groove back soon!

  2. Gerrie, GREAT scissors! Loving those thread doodles!

  3. Judy says:

    The salads look so yummy!!! Can you share the recipe for the pasta and pesto recipe? Did you make your own pesto, is probably the better question. Milo’s haircut looks great, and little Miss Mia looks adorable in her new vest and skirt. Three weeks of EFM work would be enough to make me get out of any groove…not to mention your recent illness. Take it slow, you’ll be your old self soon enough!
    I love the thread doodling. May have to give it a whirl!

  4. terry grant says:

    We really enjoyed our get together and getting to meet Mia, Miles and the rest of the Barnes family after “knowing” them from your blog. And yes, dear readers, those salads were yummy!

    I too feel I have lost direction with all the “stuff” of the past few months. Maybe we can encourage each other. I played with some discharging yesterday, which I will probably post on my blog in the next day, but I am floundering around a bit.

  5. Kristin L says:

    Oooh, I haven’t done a rotary cutter yet! With the multiple lines, yours are really expressive — that’s fun to look at. I hope you are on your way to getting your groove back.

  6. KT says:

    I really like your thread doodles. Have you ever seen Jim Dine’s tool drawings? They will make you weep with joy. I was lucky enough to see them at the Henry (in Seattle) years ago. If you look for the images, I think you & Mr C will both really love them.