Thursday, October 30, 2008

Marauding Halloween-Costumed Grandsons came Trick or Treating

Guess what showed up on our doorstep tonite! A Star Wars Boba-Fett type character, a baby monkey, and a banana! *L* The grandsons came a day early so they could enjoy their own town's Halloween activities tomorrow night.

I had found some really cool special candy treats for them too! Something that boys seem to enjoy more-so than girls do... Some gummy bats and roaches, some candy snot, Dracula mouth pops, and eyeball candy! YUMMMMM

The boys had fun sampling some of them while they visited for awhile...and then it was off to visit other relatives in town.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My daughter, Kasey's latest painting.....

Here's a little "Mom bragging" on my daughter's talents...Kasey has been having some inspired painting time lately... this one I really like...called A Moment of Embrace.

Can't wait to see it "in person".

LOVE this one Kasey!!! xoxoxoxo

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Membership Privileges (wine cork assemblage)

This is a fun one.... I found some wine corks that were in a frame, some were missing from it... I had found a small sculpture of the Last Supper a year or more ago, and had been collecting some items that would go with it, so when this frame fit the sculpture I knew it HAD to be done... *L*

Membership Privileges is a light-hearted look at the sacrament of Holy Communion, aka Holy Eucharist (Eucharist meaning thanksgiving) and being a part of the Body of Christ - the Church. Of course there is much more to being a Christian, and God's blessings are way too many to try to expound on.

The letters are a bit hard to read because of the glare, they say, "Wine Tasting" on the top, and "All Welcome" on the bottom. At the top is a corkscrew, along side miniature bottles of wine with glass grapes attached.

Monday, October 27, 2008

New & Improved "Step 9 Right Foot Conversion" Assemblage

As I sat and looked at the latest assemblage I had posted here the other day, I decided it needed more.. so, here it is..with added improvements. I think it's done now.

Incase you didn't notice the changes... I added another arm on the side, and the base parts, which look like legs.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Step 9 - the Right Foot - A Conversion

Here is another of those right feet I bought a few weeks ago, which I've put into an assemblage piece.

Also in this piece is a # 7 billard ball (7 is considered to be a holy number in scripture) with a crucifix hanging from it. A key hangs on one wall which says, "Pray one for another" and "Prayer is the answer".

On the opposite wall is a framed Chi Rho Cross, a monogram and symbol for Christ, consisting of the superimposed Greek letters chi (Χ) and rho (Ρ), this particular one uses an anchor at the bottom, which symbolizes Hope, hence Christ is our Hope.

At the top is a head of buddha with a fleur de lis symbol, often associated with The Holy Trinity (Father, Son & Holy Spirit), a hand reaching for God, with a heart/cross held in it denotes Christ's love and sacrifice for all has been grasped and realized, surely a conversion experience.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Jesus, Light of the World Assemblage

Here is something I'm sending in for a Call to Artists at The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts site. There is still time for others to send in an entry...check it out!! Nov. 1st is the deadline for entries.

"The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned." Isaiah 9: 2 and Matthew 4:16 have held a special place in my heart. Many years ago, just before Christmas, my husband's step-father took his life. As I mourned his death, and what must have been the agony he had been in, God's words in those passages comforted me. Louie was a Christian, but he was in the dark despair of depression. God seemed to be reminding me that Louie knew Jesus as his Lord, his Savior, as the Light and somehow I knew that I would see Louie again in heaven.

This piece reflects Jesus as The Light, that came into the world, FOR the world ...who came to die, so we can live.... lighting the way for those who reach out to Him, out of our own personal darkness, whatever it may be.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Getting off on the Right Foot....

FINALLY, I have a new assemblage done... I had purchased about 10 - 12 of these right feet a few weeks ago, and have finally finished doing something with ONE of them. I am just calling this one, for now, Right Foot. I have a lot of symbolism in this one, but it's meant for me, my experiences... I'd love to hear what others "see" in it. Please post a comment, tell me what you see. Thanks.

Click on the pictures for a closer view.

Friday, October 17, 2008

ChOmP, ChOmP, ChOmP!!

It's Friday and that means it's grandson day!! I have just one of the grandsons today, Jeff, since the others are in school now. After breakfast we headed to church so I could drop off some work, pick up mail, check messages...and then we headed to "the scary Good Will store". This time of year the Good Will is all decorated with Halloween stuff..the one in our town has spiders as the theme, and Jeff loves to look at all the spooky stuff hanging in the entry...although he sticks close to me too incase one of those spiders "jumps down and bites him"..*L*

Today's great find was a shark tent ... one of the games my kids, and now my grandkids love to play is to pretend that the floor is the ocean, and all the chairs, footstools and rugs are either islands or boats, and are safe spots. When they want to go from one area to the other, if they hear the "shark is near" warning music... usually chanted by me... you know the chant...Daaaaah Daaa...Daaah Da...DaaDa-DaaDa...dada-dada-dada-dada...CHOMP! CHOMP! CHOMP!!! When they hear that, they run like crazy to get to the safe spot before they hear "Chomp!", because when they hear that, it means a part of their leg or foot or hand has just been biten off by that imaginary shark! hee hee. My oldest grandson, when he was little would start to cry if I just hummed that chant..*L*...mean gramma Berta! ha!

This shark tent is pretty cool... the older boys would love to have their safe spot be INSIDE of a shark..*L* Jeff just thinks it's fun to scramble in and out of it's mouth as fast as he can before it may bite him, or else throw in a token monkey or other toy for the shark to feed on!
Ahh yes, yet another fun toy to spoil the grandkids with...*G*

Dali-ish Finds....

I found this child's desk/table, already decorated with some pictures from one of Salvadore Dali's paintings on it. I have also had "The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory" picture for a few months... other things I found at Good Will too...old clock, eyeball, fish... Now to actually USE these in an art piece...that will be the feat!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday wasn't a day of rest....

Today I worshipped, then celebrated a wedding feast with my Sunday School kids, picked up other ladies who were doing the CROP WALK representing our church and helping that worthy cause,
after a delayed time of getting back from that (another story for real time telling), I was suppose to make apple crisp for a dinner party we were going to at a friends home, but since there was only 30 minutes before we were to be there, by the time I returned home, it was pumpkin bars from the local grocery bakery. But we DID have a good time eating ribs, prawns and enjoying our friends before heading home and crashing on the couch! It was a good day!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Diocesan Convention....

Friday and Saturday was our Diocesan Convention... since I had screwed up my back, I missed Friday's workshops and banquet... heard that it was a good day from others however, and I was sorry to miss it.
Saturday was the continuation of Convention, which I DID make it to. The business end of Convention are things that need to be taken care of... I suppose... however for the most part, it seemed to be a lesson on "Rules of Order", and in some aspects it's good to have order...but at times it seems to me, to get a bit ridiculous. Maybe other churches need to have such strict rules, I'm glad our church members at Christ Church, can get along and are able to rely on caring for each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, and good manners, rather than strict rules to "keep us in line".

It seemed we debated, voted and discussed some issues ad nauseam... and others that I thought would have some debate zipped through passage immediately....go figure?

I can't recall exactly how many Conventions I've been a part of, but I think it's been about 25... and to the best of my memory, this one ended earlier than any of the previous ones... I was on the road by 2 p.m. Thanks be to God!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Another Trip Upnorth to the Son's Apartment...

I spent the afternoon and evening at my son's place today. I had been looking and found some great deals on things for Kaine's apartment. A very sturdy wood coffee table, which needed a bit of refinishing on the top, which I did and it looks good as new! Also a brand new sofa I got for only $52.50, it was damaged, the side board was cracked and bent in with an inch rip in the bottom of the material. I bought it anyway, brought it home and John fixed it in less than an hour. I also got some material to use as a cover over the top, it's a pretty light colored sofa, and if it were in my daughter's apartment, I'm sure she'd like it just as it is, but for a young man's apartment, the covering looks good and will protect it more when he comes home from work and flops on the couch before changing out of his work clothes.

I also found a nice new round rug for his kitchen, and a shelf thing I spray painted tan for his bathroom.

Kaine and I also spent some time hanging some of the curtains that he hadn't gotten around to doing yet, and some of his wall decorations, which involved many signs he's collected or I've found at a sale.
He still needs a bed (right now he has a mattress on the floor), and he could use a chair as well in his bedroom, and he needs to finish setting up his spare bedroom, but it's looking really GREAT!

While I was there I also got to see Jorden and Erin for a little while, which was a wonderful treat as well!! Jorden wasn't too happy about leaving and being in her infant seat in this pic.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Hunters are home!!

John and his hunting buddies came home a couple of days early... John walked in the door early this morning at 12:20 a.m. They had a good time in Northern Ontario, bagged 2 bull moose, and enjoyed their time away.

I'm sure I'll hear more stories galore, but for now John was up early, heading out to unload the trailer and take the moose to the meat packing plant... looks like our freezers will be full of corned moose, moose sausage, hamburger and roasts for the winter...yum!!
Oh yeah, and I will probably have to clear a space on one of the walls for a new set of moose horns. (Why do I feel like I'm married to Mr. Sarah Palin?? ..*L*)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Excellent Adventure Ends - Day 4 - Back Home

Today was the last day of our Road Trip. It was a LOT of driving, we started out at 8:30 a.m. and arrived home in WI by 8:30 p.m...and Kasey still had to drive about 2 hours further, back to her place in IL. Because of that, we didn't stop at many places, but we still had a nice day, good weather, and a safe trip. (Thank you God!)
Had we known that the rest area an hour or so from where we stopped for the night had FREE accommodations we would have slept there for the night... Kasey tried out the "luxury suite".

Kasey also drove part of the way home....

BUT, while I was sleeping, I think she took a wrong turn, and we almost ended up in Houston!!

(no, NOT Houston, TX)

It was good to finally cross the Mississippi and get back into good ole WISCONSIN!

Along the way, we found roadside sites which offered us cheese to eat, so we parked and had a small snack.

It was a very, very great adventure, and something I hope that any, or all, of our kids would be able to come along on again sometime soon!