Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Mentally, I'm still in vacation mode....

Wow! I can't believe I've been to sunny FL and back. I've missed so much on everyone's blog. It will take a while to catch up with everyone. Although with my daughter home for the summer I have a feeling that my blogging as well as my artwork is going to slide a bit. So forgive me if I don't post or comment very often.
Spending time with her right now is more important as I've realized kids grow up way too fast and take off on their own so quickly that I'm going to savor time with her this summer. She may not come home at all next summer. She's thinking of staying at college and working. So I'll take a bit of a break from art and blogging. Not totally
withdraw but step back a bit, so I can be available to take off and go with her to the lake or shopping or even go to yoga together.
As I promised on my last post, I am posting photos from my trip to FL.
First photo is from the back deck, looking out over the intercoastal waterway at sunset.
Next photo is Mr. Turtle. He lived in the dunes between the house and the beach. He had a few companions also. He came out with his friends several times a day to chow down on vegetation.
Then he would slip back into his huge hole in the sand. Isn't he cute?

Next photo is a storm brewing over the Atlantic Ocean. It was taken from the front
deck on the house we stayed in. Just love the ominous sky. It looks like someone is pulling
a dark curtain down over the light sky.

And FINALLY... The grandchildren in the new outfits! I stamped dolphins on my grandson's and seahorses on the girl's dresses. The girls really loved their's.
I took a ton of them so I will pick the best ones and frame them for their
'pap' for Father's Day.

Why is it that vacations always feel too short? I think vacations should be a
minimum of 2 weeks.Although with all the stuff you have to do when you get
back home it would be even worse.Acclimating back to reality and laundry and grocery shopping and on and on really makes the vacation slip further and further
from your mind.
Maybe if I goof off with my daughter this summer I can extend some of that
'vacation state of mind'.
I will post a few pieces of art that is in progress just to prove I AM doing something. The question is... will I finish all the pieces in progress?
I do have some projects that are a MUST! So when I get to those I will
definitely show you those.
For long and hope to see you within a week or so. I will probably do
more looking at sites, then posting. Time is precious. Enjoy it!

P.S. I found out when I got home that I was the lucky winner of a giveaway over at my new friend Janine's blog. If you don't know her, please go check out her blog.
And wish her a speedy recovery as well,because she just had surgery on her foot.
But because of her inability to be up and about, she is creating some wonderful paintings! There is always a bright side to any little mishap in our lives!


Janine said...

Dear Cathy, looks as if your vacation was awesome. What a sweet photo of your darling grandchildren with that cute dresses (I still can´t believe that you are a grandmum).
You are perfectly right!
Go and share your time with the ones you love.
Your painting is one the way.
My mum brought it to the mail- office today.
Have a great time

Terri Kahrs said...

Welcome Home, Cathy!
Someone once said that if you can have that "vacation feeling" last at least 1/2 a day after your return, it was a successful vacation! I think it was a woman! Nothing like daily errands, shopping, cooking, cleaning and washing to put a damper on a vacation buzz!!! Just take time to remember all of the sweet memories you just created in St. Augustine.

Loved all of your pics, but the one of your grandbabies wearing their beautiful, handpainted clothes is my absolute fave!!! OMG, Cathy, they're beautiful!!! I'm sure there were a lot of laughs, hugs, grins and giggles to be shared.

RE: Art & Blogging - Everything will still be here after your daughter goes back to school. Enjoy her being home!!! It's w-a-y more important than anything else.

I truly appreciated all of your lovely comments! You totally made my heart sing when you said that you could pick my work out of a line-up!!! Yay! I'm beginning to have a style of my own!!! And when I read that there's a book on Rhett . . . . . well!!!!
Sounds like it's a gotta-get-it book for sure!

Thanks for your blog visit and your kind encouragement! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Cathy Mendola said...

Thanks Janine! I'm looking forward to receiving my beautiful piece of art. Which reminds me I have a few pieces to finish up and mail out for a giveaway I posted a few months ago!
Thanks to you also Terri! I will take it easy this summer and not push myself to create. If I have a moment to do so, I will worries! Thanks again!

deb did it said...

such a precious photo of those little ones on the beach, sporting darling new clothes!!

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