Half-way Thru October Already!

It’s Thursday the 14th of October already! October is half over which means Christmas is almost here! Ack!

Life is busy, interesting, lot’s to learn, experience, and see and it sometimes wears me out. And yet at the same time I am loving the activity. I feel like my body is getting stronger and healthier and my brain is too. Activity and change take time to get used to and they force us to grow and that is exactly why most of us resist it.

This week I started teaching watercolor classes at the Recreation Center and I was kind of dreading it because the class didn’t start till 8pm and I wouldn’t get home till 10. But after making it through 2 classes and surviving it, I think it’s going to be ok. The location is about 7 miles from where I am living so it takes about 15 min. To get there and get home. Driving in the dark and the rain was something I was a little concerned about, but my car is good and the roads are too. So it’s all good.
The next day I sleep in a little and all is well.

Above is a video I took of the Mill End Fabric Store I work in. I am adjusting to the full work days. Each one get’s a little easier. Good people to work with and the endless possibilities and ideas in this store are really making me wish my sewing machine was not in California! Oh well, eventually we will be reunited and I have plans. 🙂

It is raining about every other day or so and it is getting very chilly. I bought the dogs raincoats over the weekend and new cozy beds to sleep in, and today they go to the groomer for a trim so they are pretty much set. I will take a picture of them in their coats after the grooming to share with you.

Lisa and I took the dogs walking in Hoyt Arboretum which is over by the zoo. Beautiful trails through every kind of forest. It had rained in the morning so everything was fresh and we all just really enjoyed being out in nature. It really helps to keep me grounded, these walks, I still take the dogs for walks before work and that helps as well. Everyday the trees change colors a little more, like a painting that intensifies as the artist progresses. Here are several photos from the arboretum, including a garden called the Garden of Solace which is a memorial to the Oregonians who lost their lives in the Viet Nam war, such a beautiful place.

This weekend is Open Studios in Washington County which is where I am and where my gallery is. I will be there Sunday morning doing a drawing demonstration for the public. I have had little time to spend there so far so I am looking forward to being there.

So that is pretty much it for this week. Yes, I know it is a lot. I’m am adjusting as I said. It’s a challenge to fit all the pieces together and I miss old friends and family. Thank goodness for texting and Facebook so I can keep up at least a little. You are all continually in my thoughts. I hope you are well and life is good.
Have a happy day!

Published by cherylmcdonald

Thank you for taking a little time to get to know me. Making art has been my life, I love to tell stories through words and pictures. I am a multi-media artist working in photography, watercolor, various drawing media, and sometimes digital art.

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