Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cycle Of Life - Round and Round We Go

Boy it's been a long long long week of "take another shot". Started with my PC crapping out completely and when I got it to repair fairies and letting them know it was imperative that it be fixed by day's end because, you see, I have to arrange for the bleeding thing to be delivered and picked up from said shop in next city over 1 1/2 hrs away - and being assurred no problem.....well you can guess where this is going. Meanwhile a phone call from my bro in Van letting me know aged parent was in hospital after bad fall and things not looking good so I packed hurredly and caught bus out for a days travel to get there. When there finding out the aged parent was going into surgery for pacemaker (at 89?!?) but within 3 hrs he was sitting up and eating and complaining about not having his teeth and flirting with the nurses......what a guy. But he's very confused and rambling...it's distressing to see your parent failing before your eyes.
So I'm thinking a lot about life and it's journey for each of us......and how in our society getting old really sucks. We are so removed from what the end game is like, aren't we? I think that is what is most terrifing for us - we remove our elderly away and just don't know what to do when they are nearing the end of their life. It must be a scary thing to be surrounded by strangers.
Quite depressing this.......
I sure hope each and every one of us takes every opportunity to tell our loved and cherished how much we care.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Artist Life - Coles Notes version

Wow - didn't realize it's been so long since I've posted here. Well, I do have excuses - artist kind. First it was Halloween. I've been asked to decorate the town hall pretty much every year since ,oh, 2001 maybe, so I have a lo-o-ong history doing this. The first few years it was a volunteer gig but turned into me pretty much doing it all...making props and setting up, so as of last year, when I completely ran it all by making the huge old town hall into Harry Potter Hogwarts with a Diagon Alley mock up, I started asking for a small recompense. (My time being valuable too and I think I provide a good money's worth of effort) That just about did me in and took 3 weeks of creating props in my tiny living room to accomplish but I did get BC Hydro's "Smart" award because I did it all from recycled materials...yay me.....anyway, the point being is I DO enjoy it but often wonder if I'll still be staple gunning bats and owls and what have you when I'm 80....are there really no other creative souls around here that could do just as - if not better - job of this? (by the by - that's my Dracula i made from old clothing and recycled fabrics plus a $7.00 mask)
And that leads me into the other thing I'm doing which has kept me occupied and not blogging lately; to whit: The Christmas Craft Fair which I've been organizing for 12 (?!) years now. And the one year I took off, the person who did take it on alienated most folks so I was requested to please do it again.
I like to be acknowledged for having an orginizational gift and I like to think that I'm good at what I do but every so often I really wish I could just...PAINT.

Ok - really this is just silly to complain about. In some ways I love the pulling together of people and things to make a cohesive whole but in other ways it's just so much chaos in my otherwise singular life.
Yes, well, maybe I'll someday get "Citizen of the Year" if not leave behind a veritable plethora of great props.

Hello, Hollywood...?
PS..I did also manage to paint a new painting....

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