Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A lot of drawing to get done . . . .

I’ve got a lot of drawing to get done in the next few days092711_001.  One pen & ink watercolor wash, and two pen & inks.  I’m ready to start on the watercolor wash tomorrow.  I’ll post pre and post pics of that in the next couple of days.  ■  Tomorrow morning I’ve got my weekly chamber networking group meeting.  Up early for me.  Then tomorrow night we have to drop Holly’s car off at the dealership to get a wheel bearing fixed.  It should still be under warranty.  ■  Time for bed.  Goodnight.  ■ 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ribs . . . Mmmmmmm

Six racks of ribs

Cookin’ . . .

I’m busy cooking six racks of ribs for our neighbor’s birthday party tonight.  I wasn’t sure I was going to get all of them on the grills (I borrowed my neighbor’s Weber), but I did.  I’ll take a quick picture and post it in a little bit.  ■  And now I’m hoping the rain will hold off.  No fun grillin’ in the rain.  ■

Trying some watercolor washes . . .


It’s our next-door-neighbor’s birthday tomorrow.  Her husband is throwing a surprise party for her.  I have to bbq six slabs of ribs for it – gonna take some time.  I drew their home for them quite a few years ago and thought I’d do it again, but this time do a watercolor wash over the pen & ink.  What do you think?  TFB.  ■

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Great Chili Fest–#18 . . . . .


It was a great Chili Fest.  18 years of Chili Fest – that’s a long time.  (pictures to the left are a portion of the pictures that were taken by RockHeart Photography (http://www.rockheartphotography.com/) ■  This year’s music was probably the best we’ve ever had.  Great musicians.  Thanks for playing everyone.  ■  Next year I’m thinking a live webcast of the music.  I’ll have to see how to set that up.  Technically I don’t think it’s too hard, but we’ll see.  And would you tune in to it?  Hmmm.  ■ 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Great Chili Fest

It was a great Chili Fest.  Some pics tomorrow.  TFB.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Finished painting . . .

My neighbor and I finished painting my window sashes.  He did the lion’s share of the work – going up on the ladder to the second story.  I’m not great with heights.   ■  Chili Fest in coming up in a couple of days.  I still have to make my chili.  Lots to do in prep for the fest.  ■  Tomorrow I’ve got a Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting.  That’s 3 chamber events for me this week.  Too many.  ■  TFB.

Monday, September 12, 2011

House painting, Chili Fest & other assorted stuff . . .


It’s been very busy here lately.  My neighbor, Steve, is helping me paint my window trim – it badly needs it.  Actually he’s doing most of it – bless him.  I’m not real comfortable with heights and doing those 2nd story windows puts one up higher than I’d like.  ■  I’ve got 3 chamber of commerce meetings to attend to this week.  One tomorrow on social networking for business; a presentation of my business to my networking group; and then a chamber breakfast on Thursday.  I’m trying to find time to clean the garage and make my chili.  ■  And my wife pointed out that I have a “bruise” on my right shin.  She says I’ve had it for a couple of weeks.  I hadn’t noticed it and it doesn’t hurt at all.  The only think that hasn’t completely healed is my left big toe.  I still have to soak it in some medication that starts with a “B”.  ■  I’ve started work on a book for myself of my paintings using the iPhone/iPad app Brushes.  It’s going slower than I had anticipated and right now I don’t' have a lot of time to devote to it.  ■  Got a text message from our son – he starts training for duty in Iraq in October and then goes to Iraq after the first of the year.  We don’t know any more than that at this point.  ■ 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Good news and not so good news . . . .


Good news – I received a thank you note from the recipient of one of my pen & inks.  That’s it to the left.  I’ve removed their name and address to in the name of privacy.  The drawing was of the home they had just sold in Cary.  The drawings are great – they hold so many memories . . .  ■  The not so good news . . . Abby has heartworms.  The vet is running a 2nd set of tests, but he’s assuming that they’ll come back positive.  It means 3 shots for her and caging her for awhile so that she’s not active during the healing time.  Hopefully it won’t be too bad.  I’d hate to see her hurting.  ■  And it’s getting towards the time for our 18th annual Chili Fest.  That’s coming up pretty fast.  Got to get to bed.  Good night.