Jury Time for Commnwheel 2015 Art Festival

June 8 – Monday
–Got up 7:30 am, early for me, to get ready for the Festival Jury Session. Put out food, washed fruit, etc.
–Good, but long session. Some disagreements of what belongs in the Art Festival and what bad booth shot could mean for what they would show up with. Some easy decisions. Too much food and drinks that weren’t right for who showed up. My bonus for the next week for eating and drinking pleasure.
–A couple members had to leave. One had not realized the envelopes that the apps were in were the return envelops, so another member had to fix it. Got the checks ready for depositing tomorrow.
–The couple & Sam stayed and we chatted with wine for a bit about the history of the Festival and its financial help for the gallery in years past. Pleasant conversation and lovely people.
–Checked emails & the sites I had updated the Theme had lost their headers. Fixed that and added dates for Parrish Gap Band.
–emailed the info about the checks and the office supplies and food bought to Pres., accountant and marketing. Probably should have sent to Treas.
–Saw email about Commonwheel’s rent being raised. Wonder why he didn’t talk to us in person when out here?
–And email about a note on a member’s car that was a threat to tow it from the place our landlord told us we could park. Strange, no signature, just a threat.

June 9 – Tuesday
–Aine session about blessing energy. Invite them in and let them do what they wish.
–Took the checks to the bank. NO errors! Yeah!
–Had an Etsy order for a Calico Cat Mask. Just when I was giving up on seeing orders from there.

Calico Cat Mask on Etsy
–Stopped at Commonwheel to copy the receipts and checked my inventory. Later in the day got a call that I had sold 4 masks today, so am heading to my studio to make some more. Some very easy to replace: Winged Tiger, Irr and Calico Cat.
–PO dropped off all the applications.
–Took some more Iris photos.
–Walked up to Itallian Gallery. Hit the Jackpot for interviews for Creative District and have 2 people interested in that Task Force or the Manitou Springs Art Council
–Home and interview by another Creative District Task Force person. Have my 3 now also.
–KM and got the Module 6 updated. Interviewed her also for Creative District.
–Webinar about creating Video Member Sites.
–Ordered supplements. Really low on many.
–Mel brought home Chinese food for dinner. Better than the cold pizza I would have had.
–To my studio now. Created 3 masks: Winged Tiger, Winged Calico Cat & Winged Irr.

June 10 – Wednesday
–Got up early again. Early for me. But not early enough to ship mask before going to CMWL.
–Packed the Calico Cat mask and took four masks to Commonwheel Artists gallery.
–Wasn’t really needed at Commonwheel for the video shoot. JC upset about a note, and I don’t blame her. Members can be so thoughtless some times.
–PO to ship mask. Had many applications that needed more postage. Told him to send them on “Postage Due” and I paid partially for one that had NO postage. They need to learn some lessons about paying what is required for the apps to be returned.
–It was drizzling when I left CMWL, quite by the time I got home. Called my hiking friend and she was up for a hike as it did look like it would clear up.
–Dashed to the bank with my Diamante investment check.
–Decided to try a hike I had never done, newly opened route up Iron Mountain instead of the Bevers Lane one I had thought to take.

Iron Mountain Flowers

It started out looking a bit like the Manitou Incline, but that didn’t last for long.

Iron Mountian Incline

It was really a good, not to hard and great views in all directions.

View of Manitou Springs from Iron Mountain

 Lots of photos of flowers and a new perspective on other hiking areas we could see from this uphill climb.

Iron Mountain iron deposits

The rusty deposits gave clues why this was called Iron Mountain.

Yucca about to Bloom

–There were many flowers beginning to bloom.

Iron Mountain Flowers

Iron Mountain Flowers

Including the dreaded Toadflax. So pretty but considered a noxious weed.

Toadflax on Iron Mountain

–Cold pizza on the porch because I was hungry. Short nap.
–Greek friend had come by as I was preparing for hike, then called later to tell me of some beautiful Iris and yellow roses she saw. I think I am going to take a drive tomorrow to photograph some really spectacular Iris I saw today.
–Typed up the Creative Interviews, downloaded photos from camera and caught up on emails relating to many things, including updating Parish Gap web site with show date.
–Should put some things on Facebook from today and maybe another series of these as posts on my blog.

June 11 – Thursday
–Festival Tasks of emails and sent some images to DropBox for someone to do a Gallery of accepted artists on the Festival Web page.
–Got some images of Clouds done for the Dream Journal. Need to determine how the best way to create Black & White images really is.
–Walked to Commonwheel Artists Gallery and then MAC for Creative District Session. Left a feeling a bit disconcerted from one comment made when we were asked to write down goals. “Create an Art Festival” What?!? Commonwheel’s 40 years of hosting art festivals doesn’t count?!? Brought up a bunch of emotions around this after the PARAB encounter and made me really question what I have been doing advocating for the arts and artists for the years I have lived here.
–And then there are some odd comments relating to Essential Oils in emails that are confusing. Really, we shouldn’t connect the healing properties of the the Oils to specific illnesses or health issues or the FDA will shut down Young Living? Essential Oils and herbal healings have been around for centuries and have very few side effects but rather many positive ways of healing people without any side effects that most FDA approved drugs come with. Weird world concept going on with big $$ people making the rules that harm fellow citizens.
–Facebook Garden post and Parish Gap gig added.

June 12 – Friday
–Didn’t feel well all day. Maybe the Almond Butter I ate yesterday was rancid. Threw out the rest of the jar.
–Festival Tasks. Did some sizing of photos for web, FB and PR.
–Talked with tenants about cat-sitting. Suggest they talk to her brother who was staying with their Mom until he found a place that he might want a place to stay on hi own for a week. (On Monday, they told me he loved the idea and would do it.)
–Can’t remember what else I did during the day.
–Rested a couple of times.
–Posted that I would have squash starts for people soon and 2 said they would like them
–Did go to dance to Sugar Bear. Had nice talks with the 2 Judy’s. Danced, but didn’t last until the end of the second set.


June Is Bursting Out All Over

–June 1 – Monday.
–Got what I needed to talk about at the meeting written up. Revised what we need to talk to CMWL Landlord about written up.
–Looked at all the Fest Jobs and what needed to be still handled. Then forgot to bring the Job Sheet to the meeting.
–Emails – some images from one vendor that was missing images.
–Rause did send a short description for “Frog” book. It will work, but now can’t work on that until later this week.
–Walked to PO and got 3 more applications. Put them into CD for Joy. Later at the shop found about 10 more applications. Will have to put those in the excel and then images for Joy tomorrow.
1 hour of Proven Content listened to before the meeting and then finished up after the LOOP.
–Questions about if someone could still apply from Ace, said yes, but need to have the apps in the PO or at the shop by Friday, Saturday latest.
–Commonwheel monthly meeting got stuck on some points that just didn’t make sense to me.
–Going to have the Jury at my home. Got some help agreement from Jon to help PR with signs before the Festival.
–After meeting went to LOOP with Arlene, Sam, Nancy & Ace. Sam bought me a birthday drink. Nancy bought Nachos. Good girl conversation and some about Commonwheel Artist Co-op.

June 2 – Tuesday—-.
–Thought there was an Aine session, but next week.
–Green Webinar from Small Business Association, really all about loans.
–JC came at noon to get the FaceBook Permissions sorted out. Wasn’t simple, but we got it done.
–My “Discover the World of Squirrels” Book came. It looks great!

Discover the World of Squirrels on Amazon
–Someone in one of my groups had trouble with the bonus piece. And said I couldn’t say it was FREE, then ask for an email address to get it. That doesn’t seem right. But there is a problem with how it looks on Safari. Will really have to check this out soon.
–Stamped checks from jury and took them to Chase and checked the PO. 1 more application
–2pm the Chamber Marketing Task Force Meeting.
–Transfered cash to HGB from Fantafaces because my Fest Coord check wasn’t at the shop and Accountant hadn’t told me when it would be.
–Greek friend was at my house as I was leaving, walked to CMWL as she was headed to Rockey’s. Gave me a box of Organic Saltines. Always feeding me.
–Met with Richard and Nancy. Went into the basement and discussed what needed to be done. He really wants to get it done right and soon. Has person to do the concrete and someone to do the rest to meet with tomorrow.
–My check was in my box. Still no message from accountant. Frustrating.
–Swamp Cooler has died. It is our responsibility. We own it. Expensive to replace and probably not fixable.
–Walked back to house and was late for the Laidig webinar. Seems like he had been talking about other things and just got to the focus on “Favorite Plugins” when I got there.
–Shell had wanted to hike today, but suggested Wednesday would work better for me, so set that up.
–How many meetings/webinars can a person have in a day?
–Got all the images to Joy from Monday’s applications earlier. She tried to send a PowerPoint to Fest email, wouldn’t go thru. Had her send it to the Fest gmail and it worked.
–Inputted all the rest of the data from the apps.

June 3 – Wednesday
–Woke with a good vision of how I will do the Jury Set-up on Monday.
–Took time to get ready for the hike.
–Stopped at both banks with Fest and my deposits.
–Cheyenne Canyon hike. I should post more images on my Spirit Renewing Hikes blog, maybe next hike . . .

Cheyenne Canyon Waterfall

Hot, but not too bad. Lots of water running there. Great waterfall pictures.

Cheyenne Canyon Waterfall

Got some really good cloud photos. Maybe one will be a cover shot for the Dream Journal.

Clouds for Dream Journal

Clouds for Dream Journal–Picked up another Fest App at the PO on the way home.
–First Session of the Tony Laidig Inner Circle. Ended at 8:45pm. Lots of information. Really need to figure out how to monetize what I do have. Some really good ideas.

–Went out to test the watering system as it had been hot and wanted to water some sections of the garden. Really hard to turn on the valves. But got them.

–A couple of Poppies bloomed. Hope I didn’t tear up others that might have bloomed. Then saw others that were very dead still in the garden. Will enjoy the few that bloom.

-Took photos of Iris.

Beautiful Iris in Manitou SpringsSo really beautiful. Tried with a brown cloth covered board behind some.

Beautiful Iris in Manitou Springs

 Really hard to hold onto, but may have worked for a few photos

–Catching up with this journal and will download photos to end the night.

Beautiful Purple Iris in Manitou Springs

–Maybe do a post on Facebook.

June 4 – Thursday
–Stray Grey kitty in the back. Gave him/her some food. Little One had a “hissy fit” on the other side of the window.
–Set appointment dates for working on Module 5 of Craniosacral Course with Inner Health and scheduled my Inner Heath Tune-up tomorrow.
–Emailed my first Inner Circle Question regarding the concept of Free, but ask for email addresses with all the webinars about what the FTC is cracking down on. TL thought what we are all doing with bonuses in books is just fine. Still, need to check it out and be sure how I word it and if it needs to change at all. And the person who started this concern listened to JJFast webinar and backed off a bit too.
–PowerPoints came in, but she wanted to do some as pdfs as too large to send. I suggested break them into 2 parts for the larger ones. Worked great.
–Couldn’t get the projector to work with the Fest Computer. The other computer doesn’t have PowerPoint on it and won’t connect to the Internet.
–Called MacSuper Store and they have the connector I need. Decided to drive there with both machines. Good thing I did. First clerk tried to get me out the door with a connector that looked like the one that didn’t work last year. Waited until Lee was finished with another customer. Tried a few connectors and got it to work with a different one than first given to me.
–Stopped at Commonwheel and straightened out my masks. Left the old computer there. The person who made copies for me folded the original for the legal sized one that I needed more copies made.
–Stopped at Staples and ordered the Deposit Only Stamp, got more copies made and found 2 plastic storage boxes with handles to replace the broken ones for Festival.
–Got some more canned cat food for Little One.
–Took photos of clouds on my iPhone. Gotta figure out iCloud to share someday soon!
–Worked on the Jury sheet and sent email asking what people wanted for food on Monday for the jury session. Have food challenges: Gluten-free, no chocolate and I have no coffee maker . . .
–Module 6 of Proven Content with Tony Laidig went until almost 8pm. 3 hours!
–Watered the garden and took more pictures of the Iris.
–Worked on setting up the Jury Sheet with all the Artist Data . . . still have to check PO a few more times to be sure I have everyone on there and in PowerPoints.
–Downloaded more of the PowerPoints and emailed to be sure I have all that she sent and am awaiting a few more categories.
–And then there is email checking, posting on FaceBook (my Squirrel Book cover) and other communications I needed to do.
Will post a few more days of May on LifeUpsideDown-WriteIt – this blog.

June 5 – Friday
–Walked to PO, got last apps. Put all the data in the spreadsheet and finalized the Jury sheets. Printed them out. Filed what needed to be filed. Sorted out checks to deposit.
–Decided I could not volunteer to help at WineFest on Saturday.
–Walked to Tune-Up and took some more Iris pictures.
–My favorite stealth proofer handed me my Squirrel Book back that needed some fixes. Mostly “grey” and “gray” mixed up. And some mis-spellings of course.
–This guy that got my book still hadn’t gotten the Bonus. Emailed telling him I had to make corrections on the Book and would send him the Bonus tomorrow.
Went to Celebration of Environmental Day at Seeds. Really nice food. Won 2 tickets to a MAT performance. Think I’ll share them with my stealth proofer.
–Connected with someone at the Community College about Sustainability. Hope to have coffee with him next week.
–Driving home, sheets of rain made it a scary drive home. Safe!
–People saw my letter to the editor in the Indy and liked it. Self-promotion relating to Nicole’s article about MeadowGrass and recycling. (I got lots of positive feedback from this letter to the editor for the next couple of weeks.)
–Posted about book yesterday, now had to admit it was delayed.

June 6 – Saturday
–Quick trip to the Farmer’s Market. Not much local produce. Some asparagus, organic strawberries, and some peppers from California.
–Cleaned up parts of the kitchen, my office, living room and took coats upstairs.
–Walked to PO and no apps were there.
–Fixed the mistakes in both books.
–Did some changes on the web site and aWeber. Added a follow up email sending them to get the book on the web site. Too big of a file to just send off. Really need to understand Redirecting better and get the plugin to do it.
–Updated Socrates on HieroGraphics Books site. Maybe that will fix the problem the critic guy had.
–Sent the bonus to the critic guy. He liked it. But thinks the pictures are fuzzy. Had tried to add an affect to make them more like a children’s book illustration. Gonna leave them like that.
–Uploaded to Kindle. Still going to wait a day to republish the Paperback version. Changed some spacing on it. Want to make sure I like the new look.
–Really want to go work in my studio for at least an hour or more. Got a Calico Cat Crown and a magenta Queen Fantafaces created.
–So glad it did not rain on the WineFest!

June 7 – Sunday
–Major Multi-tasking day.
–Mel did some housecleaning. I moved some items. Put a cooler with ice packs in my car to go shopping.
–Stopped at CMWL to make copies, drop off newspapers and . Parking space in the back by garages! Score! One more application was in the Festival box.
–Shopworker was having trouble, as always when I come in it seems. Shipping and was about to charge way too little. Then had both the shipping items & the not shipped items on one receipt. Sort of worked. But I couldn’t check my inventory.
–Staples for the Check Stamp and scored $0.50 of large paperclips & small clips.
–Kings for most of the jury groceries. Ran into Marcy M and had a positive chat about the Park and our town. Worried about the public restrooms not being cared for properly. Mostly at Soda Springs Park.
–Dollar Store, then Safeway and I bought some wine, in case we want to have a drink at the end of the day.
–Mel & Don had bought me lasagne from Adams when they had dinner last night. Made a quick lunch and dinner for me tonight. Added asparagus for dinner, the roll for lunch.
–Got the last app into the system. Too late for the print outs.
–Did some reformatting of the CreateSpace version of the Squirrel Book. Added a photo and changed how some pages were laid out. Sent it off to be approved.
–Printed out the 2 versions of the park layout with booths. Probably just use the same one we have used for years. Wanted one more look at it with the numbers in place.
–Watched the Tonys as I put up material on windows to block sun tomorrow. And a white cloth on a wall for the screen. Tested the projector again. Need help tomorrow to get it set up.
–Update Parish Gap’s performance dates and the Socrates Theme. Had some errors on the site. Checked it against the Facebook calendar. Not sure how that happened.
–Was hoping to get to bed early for my early morning rise for the Festival jury . . .


New Fence Section and Old Rose Removed at the End of May 2015

May 25 – Monday—-.
–Kept falling back to sleep, so I guess I really was very tired.
–The sun was shining. Called my hiking friend. She wasn’t up for a hike. Didn’t trust the weather to not rain hard today.
–Something told me to open the Festival email. Committee members working at the gallery needed direction about inventorying the T-s and how to put them out and where to find the ones that were not out. Called and got that moving in the right direction.
–Dug and dug and dug . . . about to give up when I got the really old, dead rose bush’s roots to come out of the ground.

Dead Old Rose Root Removed

It was very dead and very deeply planted.

Dead Old Rose Root Removed
–As a “Reward” I fixed my self a decadent holiday breakfast. Einkorn pancakes with raspberries & dark chocolate bits and berry syrup. YUM!
–Sitting on the porch eating my meal, I watched two dudes talking, throw a jacket on the most unstable part of my front fence. I thought I need my camera, then I should go tell them to not lean on it, then one of them did . . . and it crashed with him on it into the garden. Stinky dudes, they did put it back up. I asked if that had looked like a safe place to lean? “Gee, didn’t think about it.”
–I called my handyman who had been suppose to fix this weeks ago. He came down and screwed one of the long boards behind the most bent board into the posts. Will come tomorrow and work on this some more. He had had food poisoning AGAIN! from food he ate at his own home. Was looking a little green still today.

–Looking at the root, it made me think of Star War creatures. What do you think it looks like?

Dead Old Rose Root Star Wars character

Dead Old Rose Root Star Wars character
–I then worked in the garden until 4pm. Cleaned up more of the dead poppies.

Shredded Poppies after hail storm

–Moved 2 Hollyhocks and a large different type of Poppy out of the garden bed that we want to plant herbs in this year. Hope they all survive. Put them in the corner bed behind the Poppy bed next to the Trading Posts wall.

Shredded Hollyhock

–Then I started pulling weeds along the back area. Freaky as I was right along the edge of the wall with the creek roaring below. Kept reminding myself to be careful every time I moved my feet to not fall in. I was obsessed.
–When I took bundles of weeds to the back, I moved a shovel and discovered the dead blind squirrel my housemate was going to bury. I dug a hole where we have buried kitties before and but him in the ground. We had fed him for many years, but his eye suddenly looked worse, then we never saw him again until they found his during the backyard gutter project.
–My body is a bit sore . . .
–Tried to do a bank transfer for the Tony Coaching program, but bank site was wonky.
–Finished setting up the Squirrel Bonus using Aweber and on my HGB web site. Hope this is the start of a list. Maybe not perfect, but at least it is there.

Mama Squirel Climbing a Tree
–Posted on Facebook about the rose root and gardening I did today.
–Posted on a couple of Groups about the Squirrel Book. A few comments showed up.

May 26 – Tuesday—-.
–Woke late, but just in time for the Aine meditation.
–Karl was out in garden working on the fence replacement for 2 sections. No concrete under the post nearest the Ruxton Trading Company building. Cut up the old fencing into burnable pieces. My hiking buddy doesn’t want them. Will ask others with a fireplace if they could use the pine and cedar to burn.
–Momma and baby squirrel playing in the yard. Took some pictures.

Mama & Baby Squirrel at Play

Hopefully some will be useful.

Baby Squirrel Eating
–Drove to bank with tenants rent check, picked up Festival apps at the PO.
–Sat down to my decadent lunch and the phone rang. Food vendor needing a application that wasn’t at the shop. Told him I would print it off and he could come get it. Reheated my food and enjoyed the comics on the front porch.
–Realized I needed to add copyright info to the workbook. Then added some more info. Reloaded it into the bonus download section. Also put it on the HieroGraphics Books web site.
–More positive comments on Facebook about Squirrel Book in the groups.
–Write a letter to Indy for Sustainable Festival relating to article about Meadowgrass. Too long, asked to edit it.
–Eye Migraine just before Expert Media Show and now another one at 10:30pm.
–Expert Media Show was on editing videos. I bought the Fire Sale video package and the upgrade. Both can be resold and have trainings with them.
–Created the letters for the jury process for the 2015 Art Festival. Update & changed all the information. Will read them once again before I publish them.
–Posting on Life Upside Down-Write It the 2nd week of May. Almost caught up.

May 27 – Wednesday—-.
–Made the “parking spaces for the art Festival” phone calls. One person wil call me back, another yes, if . . ., message for Briarhurst.
–Fest job for BH suggested again.
–Copier Jam when trying to print the Legal sized letter. Bought this copier to do legal sized items and it has frustrated me since. Got it done.
–Quick lunch before walk with hiking friend up Cañon Avenue to the Governor’s ribbon cutting for the Phase 1 & 2 Mitigation Flood work in William’s Canyon.

Colorado Governor Hickenlooper

Colorado Govenor Hickenlooper, Manitou’s Mayor, Mark Snyder and a few other officials cutting the ribbon.

Flood Mitigation in Manitou Springs

Dedication Plaque Phase 1 2 Flood MitigationCompletePretty impressive work.

Flood Mitigation in Manitou Springs

Great that so many governmental agencies helped fund and worked together to get this done in a timely manner and on budget.

Above the Flood Mitigation Channel

  My camera battery died! Just recharged it. Used Phone for the last photos of people speaking and cutting the ribbon.
–Stopped at PO to pick up 2 more Festival apps. Will bring what I have to AM at the Board meeting Thursday night. Really wish about 25 more would show up!
–Wanted a power nap, but Little Kitty was hogging the bed. Her shedding has made her very Hissy lately.
–The fence is done and looks great. Wider spacing for the slats, more light and visioning into the garden area.
–Got the copies printed and matched with the colored paper and someone to do them next Monday for the Festival Jury. Had to reprint them when noticed hadn’t changed the name from “Arts & Crafts” to “Art Festival”.
–Put together info in case BH can be convinced to get some prizes.
–Said “No” to doing the Art Walk Map for volunteer time. Emailed Nat that decision.
–Downloaded photos from Celebration and did a Facebook post with them.
–Mel did a “leftover” dinner. I did dishes.
–Emailed AR our pictures from the Mona Lisa outing and the Squirrel Book with cover and the Bonus workbook.

Ann and me at Mona Lisa's
–Answered brother’s email about doing a forum for Ellis. Had some other suggestions for using the Blog that already exists. See what happens.

May 28 – Thursday—-.
–Will she, won’t she buy Rockey’s book?
–Decided to do the year-long $97/month coaching with Tony Laidig. Make it or lose all is sort of my concept right now.
–Did some Fest Computer Tasks for Jury.
–Walked to the PO, then took the Envelopes to the Shop for Ace. Also took the items to be copied. Didn’t want to get caught in a rain storm with all that precious cargo.
–Spent 3+ hours on getting the Fest office area more sorted out. Some things to just give away discovered that belong to me. Still not perfect and one of the plastic “shelving” units is collapsing. And things are in sepearte areas, not in notebooks, nor are they in “date” order. But there is actually some space there. Gonna keep the colored papers that were from Marketing for the Festival. Saves new purchase and plenty for what we need. I did use my own legal paper for the jury Artists Accepts.
–Got caught in a conversation with the “Hippie” Shop owner. Started talking about the missing Star sculpture, then went many directions. He mentioned having “grant envy” or confused why Commonwheel got them and he didn’t. “We all suffered from the flooding.”
–D’Vine Wine wasn’t open until noon, so went home for a short time. Then back to ask for the “10 person tasting” prize for the Art Festival. She will talk to the owners, but pretty sure it will be a yes. And then I mentioned the “Save Rusty” campaign and asked about doing a label for him, maybe donate some for the House Concert, of for some sales.She mentioned they might have some bottles that would be fun to label and donate. Still need to talk to the owners.
–Put “Save Rusty the Snowman” on Facebook and shared it a few places.
–Had to skip the Laidig training for Proven Content to go to the Board meeting that got moved from Memorial Day Monday to tonight.
–Was told the Ts can be on the top shelf by Wall Artist. Not sure who said differently.
–Never opened my personal computer . . .

May 29 – Friday—-.
–Started my morning out in an unusual way. Skipped protein shake and shower. Went directly to the garden.
Worked until Greek hiking partner showed up. Walked and had lunch. She had something for Rockey, so she did that afterwards.
–Stopped at PO, a few more apps. Later apps showed up at the shop and Shop worker had cardboard for me and brought that and apps to my house. Grateful for that.
–Decided to go back and work more in the garden.

–I am so sore . . . Got everything planted: 2 rose bushes, lavender, other flowers, the Cherry tomato plant and herbs.

Herbs planted in Manitou Garden

I had some hesitation about where to put thing, then just did it. Moved more Iris from where the Roses were going to be planted.

Weeds gone and raspberry starts planted in Manitou Garden
–Fence talk with neighbors. Encouraged them to just go for an option they have to buy a home that had much love from its previous owners. Would be really exciting if they do it. And they would still be close neighbors. Bonus.
–Haven’t heard back about Rusty or Art Festival from D’Vine Wine. Breath!
–Two loads of laundry done also.
–Pictures of beautiful Iris in the garden and at the Episcopal Church on my walk.

Iris Twins In Manitou Springs
–Pictures of a raccoon being cute.

Raccoon on Guard in Manitou Springs

And a few of a squirrel early in the day.
–Just as was about to get the hose all laid out in the garden, began to rain. Went in and washed my hair and showered. And it had quit raining. So went out and finished the hose project.
–Yelled at a young boy about to do a daredevil trick on slippery pipes above the raging creek. He backed off. I really didn’t want to see a human disaster in front of my eyes today.
–Fixed Chilli Relleños for dinner. Had 3 matched pairs, so just did it. And had a Tequila drink. Feeling it now. Really wanted a Hot Fudge Sundae, but resisted. There are brownies from Mel in the kitchen.
–Catching up here and then will put some on the web site.
–Feeling like most of the gardening is in place. Just need to water and weed during the next few months.
–The House Concert’s date needs to change and maybe a new venue. One person’s relative is very ill and another member is getting married that day!
–Really feeling sore as I catch up with my web site. Time to head to bed and rest in hopes of feeling great in the morning.

May 30 – Saturday—-.
–Farmer’s Market wasn’t there . . .
–Rockey’s Book of Love Day #1. Yes, I bought it.
–Walked to CMWL with a folded item & change in instructions for member to do when copying items for the Jury of applications.
–Visited with Rockey a bit. But other ladies were vieing for his attention.
Stopped at the PO and picked up a few more applications.
–Ace dropped off the box with the ones she had opened and put into Excel just as I sat down to eat lunch.
–Decided I would buy the book. It is just to beautiful to pass up. And lovely stories inside along with the illustrations by Rockey. It will be treasured by me and hopefully by someone in my family in the future. If no younger family member wants it, it is sure to increase in value and be sold when I age . . . after all the stories are read.
–Opened the other applications. Emailed people who made check mistakes. And a couple of food vendors whose apps I did not see. Everything in Excel and filed.
–My right leg has been really bothering me, today was no exception. Printed out Excel.
–Greek hiking friend wanted me to join her in some of the activities. Said I would come out for some of the music later perhaps.
–Created 7 pairs of earrings, then went to the Cliff House to hear the Storys play. Chatted with Rockey as the 2 musical acts changed out. Gave him a kiss on the cheek.
–Chatted with David Ball in the hall before leaving. Really need his story for the updated version of the “Flood” book. After seeing the mitigation work, maybe am about ready to do that.
–Home and 3 more pairs of earrings. Cut up 29 mask boards from the cardboard delivered yesterday.
–Walked out to dump cold water on plants just as Greek friend was walking up. Offered a bathroom break and the phone to call home.
–Head to bed or clear up the living room a bit or check emails and facebook for 30 minutes? Went too look up some info on Comcast email and got lost in FaceBook instead.

May 31 – Sunday—-.
Four hours of working with Joy on getting the application images into the computer.
    Hardly any problem children. Still took that long. She brought brownies and gorp, which she left.
–Wanted a break and laid down, had to talk myself into getting up and going into my studio for a few hours.
–Studio time. “Got the Blues” music and lyrics. So much more time to make masks with the feathers not as quality as in the past. And the new White Feathers will also be challenging.
–Made 3 Fantafaces masks using the crown concept that I had set-up the other day.

Mixed up Masks & Earrings

Nearing the End of May 2015

So sorry for the duplicate posts of May 15-21. :(

At least had some different pictures, not sure how I mixed that up . . . but going on now.

May 22 – Friday—-.
–Checking emails for Festival. Attended to some tasks.
-Realized I had missed a meeting at Commonwheel to look at the basement. Haven’t heard back from the person I was to meet. Maybe she missed it too . . .
–Emailed a B&B owner who makes great muffins and asked if she would make some for the Save Rusty, the Snowman fundraiser. Realized the MSAC website isn’t totally functional, so didn’t want to direct people there yet for this fundraiser.
–While Roomer & her BF worked on the gutter fix, I planted tomatoes, squash, berry starts and more in the front garden. They put in the proper flashing and then created an amazing gutter configuration to take water away from the foundation back there. Maybe this will also help with the water in the basement problem . . .
–Showered and Took a short power nap.
–Listened to a webinar by Jeff Herring.
–Changed and went to StarGazers for Tiny Barge and the Big Chill. Danced the night away.

May 23 – Saturday—-.
–Walked in the rain to the Commonwheel Gallery to bring mask boards & the “Care & Feeding” info pieces I forgot the other day. Took note of what I had sold so I could make items to bring in tomorrow.
–Stopped at the PO to pick up applications. Still need to see at least 40 more to even feel slightly happy about the number of booths we can have.
–Sun came out. Almost talked self into working in the garden, but didn’t. Rained again.
–Talked with upstairs tenants about what I had planted and where they could plant some of their tomato starts in the front garden.
–Talked also about the bathroom project they are working on.
–Did a schedule fix for Parish Gap. Quick email check & Deja Vu greetings.
–Sized all items to go on Etsy and the CMWL web site. Retook the photos for CMWL web site. Realized I need to use a different background for the jewelry items to make it work quicker than the black one that needs to be cleaned up of dust.
–Put items on Etsy.
–Worked in my feather studio. Only 2 masks, but got Crown one’s set-up and Wings for more in the future.
–And here I am catching up with computer items.

May 24 – Sunday—-.
–Made 4 more Mask Boards. Walked them and the notes to add items to inventory for the web site and 2 masks to Commonwheel. Sprinkled, almost sun, then drizzle of rain on the way home. Getting the info in the computer on my return also took longer than I had anticipated. And I think I made some errors. Discovered I had put in a Blue Macaw necklace when it should have been Green. Will have to fix it next shop visit.
–It got busy as I tried to do this. Helped WM out.
–Came home to “lunch” created by my roommate. I never have been a fan of many foods mixed together, but that is how she cooks. It was a meal I didn’t have to fix, so that was good.
–Got the sabre saw from the basement for tenants to use on their bathroom project.
–They had heard racoon sounds in the chimney, but never mentioned it to me. Need to spray some YL Purification at the bottom to discourage them.
–Wrote emails about muffin donation for Rusty, asked MZT for info if she had any Cripple Creek hotel prize and others relating to the Art Festival. And asked a member if she could do some help for the Jury as she won’t be around during the Festival. And trying to get the projector for the jury which is now at the shop, found out after I got home.
–Gathered the letter info for creating the Jury letters.
–Thought I could finish The Bonus for “Discover the World of Squirrels” but it took longer than I had expected. Illustrations refined for the poems and getting it in order with a table of contents. Then the maze alone distracted me for over an hour.
–For some reason I am really tired. Not sure I can do the AWeber part for the bonus.
–Think I will put some more of these posts on web site, then play on Facebook for a moment.

May Gardening And Park Challenge Addressed

May 15 – Friday—-
–Call from JC that no one was at the Gallery, could I go and work for a few hours? Hesitated -immediate money- Said NO. Had other plans for the day.
–Festival emails sent and answered.
–2.5 hours of moving Lilies and trying to make space for the Rose Bushes. Not even halfway there.
–Art Walk. Looked like rain, but never really did. New challenge at CMWL-bags are “disrespectful to the wall artists” according to MH. She has been moving them without consulting with Festival and never wants them back hanging where they were selling.
–Nat was worried about doing the confrontation with PARAB chair in public would “embarrass” her. That was what she meant by a “car wreck” about to happen.
–Green Horse had a lovely opening with lots of people from down south of the Springs.
–Home and watched Amazing Race.At the end, the TV, just this channel went black. Could hear, but not see the finale. My favorite team came in 2nd. They were ahead, and I can’t figure out what happened at the end from just hearing it.
–To bed, read more Brunson – may be too big a concept, keeps talking about his team. Then a few pages of “Violin” and off to sleep.

May 16 – Saturday—-
–Checked emails. Fest had reply from Zeb to meet Monday after my Hearing appointment. And the person who has my healing triangle brought back by Aine from Brazil can meet happily after that meeting at Trader Joe’s near Costco where I have to go also on Monday. Good series of errands set-up for Monday morning.
–Walked to MAC for local Garden Club Plant Sale. Spent $23 on Cilantro, some flowers, Cherry Pepper and Winter Squash start. Saw Karl A, getting over the flu. Walked back with Nancy, stopped at PO and then home. Iffy Weather.
–Gardened early until rained a bit. Lunch break. Got the rest of the Lilies moved. Now to figure out the placement of the roses with the plant Mel has in the middle of the bed from last year.

Where the Lilies moved to

Where the Lilies moved from
–After lunch, clipped and pulled out much of the dead poppies. So very sad. Depressed I am over not having them bloom this year. So many dead heads . . . Some Iris have survived and blooming. And picked a few strands of Lily of the Valley to sniff at my desk.
–Caught up with this journal. FB post with photos of dead poppies . . .
–Feather studio 4pm until . . . 8pm. Masks for ETSY! and the Commonwheel Gallery.
FACEBOOK POST: “Trying not to cry . . . but I don’t think any Poppies survived the SIX inches -yes 6″- of hail the other day. I was able to cover some of the bed, but couldn’t get the sheet off to keep them from freezing that night. And the Rhubarb was shredded also.
–Still will probably have a great mint crop . . . it seems to be coming back just fine. Along with the weeds . . .”

–Spent about 2 hours clearing out the easily removable broken Poppy leaves, stalks and buds from the garden. Still have more to do, but after soaking wet the 3rd pair of gloves, had to quit.

Shredded Poppies After Hail Storm

Poppies Tried to bloom then froze
–Besides I need to get into my feather studio and play with colorful feathers to cheer myself up a bit. People walking by asking, “What are those?” “Dead/Frozen Poppies.” Not my favorite answer after so many years of having such a glorious riotous display of orange flowers each spring. OK, can’t dwell on this, will just have to plant more flowers if the weather ever gets warm . . .
–Brought in 3 sprigs of Lily-Of-The-Valley. Smells so lovely. Live AromaTherapy.

Lily of the Valley Hail Storm Survivors
–Got only 4 masks created and 2 more set-up for Peacock Party Masks.
–Ended the day watching Survivor and catching up with emails.

–My back is sore, so time to get some sleep. Then did a little work on the Squirrel Bonus instead for 30 minutes.

May 16 – Sunday—-
–Took photos of FantaFaces items that I want to put on ETSY and Commonwheel Shop Web Site. Pulled some out of storage. Discovered some Hat Clips that I had thought were all sold, not sure what to do with them . . .

Irridescent Green Blue FantaFaces Mask
–Mel didn’t like my saying the rose was dead, wouldn’t leave it at that, had to push to make me say she killed it, just didn’t want to go there. Came back to solution of how to get it out of there.
–Got Squirrel Book downloaded to Kindle & CreateSpace. In Review Process. had to redo the cover in Quark. Too big when created a pdf from the PhotoShop version.

Discover the World of Squirrels Kindle Cover
–Greek Hiking friend showed up at the house. Walked up Ruxton with her. Took pictures of beautiful lilacs. Deer in a yard also.

Deer in Manitou Yard
–Fixed Turkey Burgers for dinner for Mel & myself.
–Tried to get Sinister Frog into Kindle. Missing pieces: description and keywords. Also noticed some formatting needed fixing. Also reworked the Title image on the cover.
–Need to ask TW & Rause for ideas.
–Little Kitty has been a pain today. Shedding, won’t let us brush her, wants fed constantly.
–Upstairs tenants and request for payment to cover cost of Bathroom floor & paint fix. OK. Also want to paint the kitchen area . . .
–Posted more about Squirrel book on FB and blooming Iris.
–Up really late tonight . . . busy day tomorrow.

May 18 – Monday—- Very Full day.
–Hearing Appointment.
–Zeb Confirm with TrP at least Restorative Justice work, if not a booth.
–Hobby Lob – glue & Silver Sharpie for masks
–Picked up my Healing Triangle & met J from Aine Group. Learned a bit about Casa in Brazil and how life changing going there can be.
–Costco, gas & groceries. More groceries at Kings. PO Stop for apps.
–Worked on Westword ad & online banners. Information glitch. Which size should the ad really be? Emailed that question.
–Connected w/ Fest Com member about apps.
–Mask Boards, Masks & hair clips to Commonwheel.

E_HC-Macaw Blue_Hair_3421
–MSAC meeting. Brought rice snack from Costco. Mentioned the idea about Pleinair event again. This time others had more ideas. May happen next year. Need to ask some people for donations to help with the fundraising concert – muffins – Rusty Wine – later this week.
–And it is still raining.

May 19 – Tuesday—- Very Commonwheel day.
–Slept later than normal.
–Learned about how to work on Weebly to do updates on the Commonwheel new website. 2.5 hours of training
–Raining and more rain. Drained the container in the basement once.
–Got Westword ads and web headers done and sent to Westword. Hope I have them all in the correct formats . . .
–Laidig webinar. What is your Legacy? The Art Festival? Questioning that myself lately.
–Walked to and from City Hall in a misty light rain.
–City Council. Bit my tongue as PARAB’s Chair basically lied about how they felt about festivals and much more. Saying nothing of what she said to me or published in the paper. But PARAB should be very clear now that they are an Advisory Board and can’t make decisions about planting trees or more in the park without sending requests and info to City Council first. Still was hard to listen to her act as if she had never said any of the things she raged at me during the Lantern Parade.
–Talked to Chamber L afterwards. She does realize some of the new requirements for placement of food booths and portalets and trash might not work logistically for the Winefest because of the Shuttle stop and other considerations of how to fence them. Gonna walk the park with Police Chief and my map in hand to look at options. And if it doesn’t stop raining soon, the park will not be dried out and damage can occur.
–Home to the finale of The Voice and easy dinner.
–Really tired. Time for a bit early sleep.

Extremely Wet Not So Merry May 2015

May 15 – Friday—-
–Call from JC that no one was at the Gallery, could I go and work for a few hours? Hesitated -immediate money- Said NO. Had other plans for the day. Proud of myself!
–Festival emails sent and answered.
–2.5 hours of moving Day Lilies and trying to make space for the new Rose Bushes. Not even halfway there.
–Art Walk. Looked like rain, but never really did. New challenge at CMWL-bags are “disrespectful to the wall artists” according to MH. She has been moving them without consulting with Festival and never wants them back hanging where they were selling.
–Nat was worried about doing the confrontation with PARAB chair in public would “embarrass” her. That was what she meant by a “car wreck” about to happen.
–Green Horse had a lovely opening with lots of people from down south of the Springs.
–Home and watched Amazing Race.At the end, the TV, just this Channel went black. Could hear, but not see the finale. My favorite team came in 2nd. They were ahead, and I can’t figure out what happened at the end from just hearing it.
–To bed, read more Brunson – may be too big a concept, keeps talking about his team. Then a few pages of “Violin” and off to sleep. An Artist friend just posted an eerier painting of a violin. Asked her if she had read this book . . . no, she hasn’t.

May 16 – Saturday—-
–Checked emails. Fest had reply from Zeb to meet Monday after my Hearing appointment. And the person who has my healing triangle brought back by Aine from Brazil can meet happily after that meeting at Trader Joe’s near Costco where I have to go also on Monday. Good series of errands set-up for Monday morning.
–Walked to MAC for local Garden Club Plant Sale. Spent $23 on Cilantro, some flowers, Cherry Pepper and Winter Squash start. Saw Karl A, getting over the flu. Walked back with Nancy, stopped at PO and then home. Iffy Weather.
–Gardened early until rained a bit. Lunch break. Got the rest of the Lilies moved. Now to figure out the placement of the roses with the plant Mel has in the middle of the bed from last year.
–After lunch, clipped and pulled out much of the dead poppies. So very sad. Depressed I am over not having them bloom this year. So many dead heads . . . Some Iris have survived and blooming. And picked a few strands of Lily of the Valley to sniff at my desk.
–Caught up with this journal. FB post with photos of dead poppies . . .
–Feather studio 4pm until . . . 8pm. Masks for ETSY! and the Commonwheel Gallery.
FACEBOOK POST:

Trying not to cry . . . but I don’t think any Poppies survived the SIX inches -yes 6″- of hail the other day. I was able to cover some of the bed, but couldn’t get the sheet off to keep them from freezing that night. And the Rhubarb was shredded also.
–Still will probably have a great mint crop . . . it seems to be coming back just fine. Along with the weeds . . .
–Spent about 2 hours clearing out the easily removable broken Poppy leaves, stalks and buds from the garden. Still have more to do, but after soaking wet the 3rd pair of gloves, had to quit.
–Besides I need to get into my feather studio and play with colorful feathers to cheer myself up a bit. People walking by asking, “What are those?” “Dead Poppies.” Not my favorite answer after so many years of having such a glorious riotous display of orange flowers each spring. OK, can’t dwell on this, will just have to plant more flowers if the weather ever gets warm . . .
–Brought in 3 sprigs of Lily-Of-The-Valley. Smells so lovely. Live AromaTherapy.
–Got only 4 masks created and 2 more set-up for Peacock Party Masks.
–Ended the day watching Survivor and catching up with emails. My back is sore, so time to get some sleep. Then did a little work on the Squirrel Bonus instead for 30 minutes.

May 16 – Sunday—-
–Took photos of FantaFaces items that I want to put on ETSY and Commonwheel Shop Web Site. Pulled some out of storage. Discovered some Hat Clips that I had thought were all sold, not sure what to do with them . . .

Silver Pheasant Pendant with Rhinestones part of a new collection of work at Commonwheel also. And I actually have some items on our web site to sell now. Exciting for me and Commonwheel Artists.

FantaFaces Pendant

 

Red Queen Mask for Etsy. Really need to figure out some stories to go with my FantaFaces Masks on the heads.

FantaFaces Red Queen Mask
–Mel didn’t like my saying the rose was dead, wouldn’t leave it at that, had to push to make me say she killed it, just didn’t want to go there. Came back to solution of how to get it out of there.
–Got Squirrel Book downloaded to Kindle & CreateSpace. In Review Process. had to redo the cover in Quark. Too big when created a pdf from the PhotoShop version.
–Greek Hiking friend showed up at the house. Walked up Ruxton with her. Took pictures of beautiful lilacs. Deer in a yard also.
–Fixed Turkey Burgers for dinner for Mel & myself.
–Tried to get Sinister Frog into Kindle. Missing pieces: description and keywords. Also noticed some formatting needed fixing. Also reworked the Title image on the cover.
–Need to ask TW & Rause for ideas.
–Little Kitty has been a pain today. Shedding, won’t let us brush her, wants fed constantly.
–Upstairs tenants and request for payment to cover cost of Bathroom floor & paint fix. OK. Also want to paint the kitchen area . . .
–Posted more about Squirrel book on FB and blooming Iris.
–Up really late tonight . . . busy day tomorrow.

May 18 – Monday—- Very Full day.
–Hearing Appointment.
–Zeb Confirm with TrP at least Restorative Justice work, if not a booth.
–Hobby Lob – glue & Silver Sharpie for masks with a 40% off coupon I actually remembered!
–Picked up my Healing Triangle & met J from Aine Group. Learned a bit about Casa in Brazil and how life changing going there can be. Not sure I could be that much into meditation to actually go there.
–Costco, gas & groceries. More groceries at Kings. PO Stop for apps.
–Worked on Westword ad & online banners. Information glitch. Which size should the ad really be? Emailed that question.
–Connected w/ Fest Com member about apps.
–Mask Boards, Masks & hair clips to Commonwheel.
–MSAC meeting. Brought rice snack from Costco. Mentioned the idea about Pleinair event again. This time others had more ideas. May happen next year. Need to ask some people for donations to help with the fundraising concert – muffins – Rusty Wine – later this week.
–And it is still raining.

May 19 – Tuesday—- Very Commonwheel day.
–Slept later than normal.
–Learned about how to work on Weebly to do updates on the Commonwheel new website. 2.5 hours of training
–Raining and more rain. Drained the container in the basement once.
–Got Westword ads and web headers done and sent to Westword. Hope I have them all in the correct formats . . .
–Laidig webinar. What is your Legacy? The Art Festival? Questioning that myself lately.
–Walked to and from City Hall in a misty light rain.
–City Council. Bit my tongue as PARAB’s Chair basically lied about how they felt about festivals and much more. Saying nothing of what she said to me. But PARAB should be very clear now that they are an Advisory Board and can’t make decisions about planting trees or more in the park without sending requests and info to City Council first. Still was hard to listen to her act as if she had never said any of the things she raged at me during the Lantern Parade.
–Talked to Chamber L afterwards. She does realize some of the new requirements for placement of food booths and portalets and trash might not work logistically for the Winefest because of the Shuttle stop and other considerations of how to fence them. Gonna walk the park with Police Chief and my map in hand to look at options. And if it doesn’t stop raining soon, the park will not be dried out and damage can occur.
–Home to the finale of The Voice and easy dinner.
–Really tired. Time for a bit early sleep.

May 20 – Wednesday—-.
–Took the Festival Apps to Ace.
–Went to the Fine Art Center for Free Day. Liked the Kevin Sloan bird paintings more than I expected. Based on Audubon’s birds with a twist. Helped a lady bring some things in from the parking lot.
–Shopped Kings & Dollar Store. Said “Hi!” to the 2 Sisters in the parking lot. Learned friends trying to purchase the B&B that they closed a few years ago. Hope it all works for them both. A perfect fit for the young couple’s future plans.
–Laundry 2 loads.
–Shelley Hitz NAMS webinar about writing books. Lives in CS. Didn’t buy the offer.
–Turned down a walk with my Greek hiking friend. But still late in getting the Chili Relleño casserole in the oven for dinner with G&R as we watch Survivor Finale.
–Wasn’t the best guest. Talked of my challenges. But we had a good meal together and enjoyed the finale with laughter and conversation about the program.

May 21 – Thursday
–Woke up to seeing a 6” bubble of water above the non-functional door in my bedroom. Had a bit of a panic attack. Skipped my normal morning routine.
–Climbed into the attic. No moisture there. Good!
–Mel called. Warned me to not get on a ladder alone, she’d come home early to look at it with me.
–Didn’t want to wait that long. So went outside on a shorter ladder. Couldn’t see a problem on the roof above. Having really hard thoughts about the house and all the work it needs. Where to find the financial $ to change my life is a high priority.
–Caught up with the Proven Content webinars by Tony Laidig.
–Roomer asked her BF to come look and they discovered a hole under the roof, above the gutter, but couldn’t figure out why water was getting in there. He suggested putting some flashing there. She went and bought some as a gift. Then discovered she had been sold the wrong product. Not bent, still put it in to divert water as best as she could.
–Attended the Proven Content webinar live. Got excited about what I could do with illustrations and bought JixiPix. Realized I had missed a couple of steps. Need to watch the webinar again. But have some great ideas for illustrations and coloring book to go with the Squirrel book.
–Mel told me she and BF would come tomorrow and do a real fix on the gutter as a gift to me.
–Mel also fixed dinner. Really trying to make up for Easter gaffe I think.

The Second Week Of The Merry Month Of May

May 8 – Friday–
–Emailed Gwn with what I had spoken at City Council and a written summary of what I had told the Chamber Marketing Task Force at the meeting she had missed. Thanked her for offer to meet, but maybe next week would work better.
–Still haven’t gotten FB new request handled. New wrinkle, for me to post on the shop FB I need to use my personal FB also. So don’t want to set up that until I have the Fetival one set-up.
–Found some images for showing what crowds look like at the CMWL Art Festival. Will do a page hopefully when working Sunday.
–Discovered cash and 2 checks that should have been turned in after last year’ festival for t-shirts bought. Hid the envelop so very well from myself, I forgot it. Do remember thinking there should have been more $ to turn in, but accounting didn’t even question it when comparing to the t-shirt sales report. Need to handle this differently this year.
–Scanned and sent off the PARAB report to City Manager & Public Works. Confirmed our Monday 9am meeting.
–Fixes for Future of Wellness web site.
–Finished Squirrel Crossword Puzzle w/ solution page.
–Finished the 3 Squirrel Glossary Word Searches and solution pages.
–Rewrote one of the poems for the Squirrel Bonus PDF.

May 9 – Saturday–
–Hail, Hail and more Hail today. Yesterday areas of Colorado Springs got pummeled by hail and Manitou actually had some sunshine.

Hail on the stairs May 9, 2015
Today Manitou got pummeled and it is still on the ground Cold and nasty day. There was about 6” of solid ice when it ended. Couldn’t lift the cover off most of the plants when it ended.

Hail Storm May 9 2015

Hail Storm May 9 2015
–I ran out and tried to cover poppies and other plants with the cloths I had on the porch from doing this last year. Now they are being bent over under the weight of the cloths and hail upon them. Hope some survive. So very odd weather this late in May. But I doubt that they will.

Shredded Poppies & Rhubarb
–Made sure the bucket that doesn’t empty itself in the basement got emptied early today. The pipe is draining a lot right now and nothing should be melting. Really wish I could figure out where this water is coming from!

–Put together a PowerPoint for the Creative District Convene report. Meant to spend no more than an hour, but took at least 2 hours with hail tasks interruptions.
–Gathered some photos for my meeting on Monday. Put them on the Fest Computer to create the report when I work at Commonwheel ALL day Sunday, Mother’s Day. And the weather is predicted to be just as bad, so may be a quiet day at the shop.
–I think I have all the images I need to finish up the Squirrel Bonus PDF. Turned them into illustrations by using layers creating the bottom one with Poster Lines and the top or middle one using Dry Brush and then making it transparent. Will be interesting to see how they look. And yes, I got more involved in doing this than planned.
–Posted the Squirrel book cover on FaceBook. Wonder if I’ll get more posts than my weather images and video?
–Posted the Pre-April Awesome Posts on LifeUpsideDown-WriteIt.
–Published my HieroGraphics FB page! and posted the Squirrel cover there.

May 10 – Mother’s Day Sunday–

–Sad shredded items in the garden. This Poppy almost bloomed just before the storm. Frozen now.

Poppy that tried to open just before hail storm

–More shredded plants. Poppies, Hollyhocks, Kale and Chives all shredded by the hail.

More Shredded plants after the hail storm in May

–Worked Commonwheel all day. The sun actually came out. Lots of people in town.
–Beat my goal of $500 when I thought the weather would get worse. Almost doubled it.
–Got many pieces for the Monday morning meeting created and printed.
–Took the night off at home. Popcorn Dinner, “Once Upon A Time” 2 hours, 2 drinks and raspberries.
–Went to bed early to sleep well before 2nd of 3 early morning in a row.

May 11 – Monday–
–Did struggle getting up. But got to City Hall early. Realized I had left the map on the printer at home. Luckily I had driven. Went to get it and just on time.
–L was there presenting his idea for a Labyrinth on the raised area in Memorial Park. Kept saying it would not interfere with Festival needs. Need to go talk to him about this.
–They gave me an hour and some direction for next steps.
–Gave the new Flood manager my books after Jason asked if I would leave them there. Yes, gave away 2 more books – “How to Plan a Sustainable Event” and “Lessons from Past Floods” book.
–Stopped at Chamber & talked with Leslie.
–Got the proper number to call about the Mason Lodge and Parking at theFestival from Daryl who was volunteering today.
—Driving errands when I purchased Tian Gi from Vivian Rice, Kitty food & Litter bought and some treats from Kings for myself.
-Noticed the front steps were scrapped up. Had to have been from when renter had shoveled hail off of them using the wrong shovel. Not good. They are not wood, but a very expensive material that can’t be filled in.
–KM called. She will bring a thumb drive and do the corrections herself on the version I had fixed the jpgs in last week.
–Went to Mona Lisa Fondue with good friend AR. Had a really lovely time catching up. Really miss having more time to spend with her. Split a salad, a pot of fondue and a bottle of wine. Came home an fell into bed and read a bit, then a good night sleep.

May 12 – Tuesday–
–9 am Aine session. Had a hard time getting up, but glad I did, then was fully dressed by time for this session.
–Worked on Agenda for Festival meeting
–KM didn’t need my help, so that time was cancelled.
–Person I was to meet at the shop for office planning also canceled.
–Put the info for City Council onto a CD rather than Thumb Drive.
–Found old paper copies of all the measurements I did in the Park.
–Didn’t realize how warm it was outside until went to leave to take CD to City Hall and then go to the Marketing Task Force Meeting. Manitou Springs App creator was very passionate, loud and interesting.
–Had a call from the gallery saying she was selling 3 masks, but not enough mask boards. Couldn’t do much to fix that while I was at the Chamber. Sale did happen.
–Cleared some newspapers after eating dinner while watching The Voice.
–Listened to Proven Content #2 Webinar.
–Added some Awesome April posts to LifeUpsideDown-WriteIt.
–Rained at night. Hopefully not so cold it will turn to snow . . .

May 13 – Wednesday—-
–Agenda for Festival Meeting. Email time of meeting. At Park if not raining.
–Created Mask Boards, printed Care & Feeding, gave to JC to take to Shop & staple.
–Gave JC a chair to use at CMWL new office space.
–Gathered maps to take to Park.
–Checked bad emails, found 2 real ones I hadn’t answered among them. Answered.
–Sent out emails to ones I could correct and some cards in my office.
–Drove to shop, copied agendas and a bill for Ribbons. Checked what sold yesterday.
–Safeway for Festival food. Chicken, cookies, berries and cheese. Easy.
–Box prepared for Open Apps Job. Later did Excel and instruction.
–Updated Job List and printed.
—-Ordered Feathers at 2:45. Michael gave me good price on the White Cocktails, so ordered 2lbs. Ordered 1 lb of white hackles also. And Irr Cocktails, 3 Ring-neck pheasant skins, Wings & #2 Silver Pheasant (swore wouldn’t, but easily can make $25 from it). This will be an expensive order, but need to dye feathers in colors I am missing for earrings and masks, and the best price for white feathers in awhile.
–Had hoped to meet at the Park to look at layout, but raining . . . AGAIN! The sun came out after I emailed & texted everyone to meet at the house, not the park.
–Small Festival meeting- 1 person called in sick, another traveling. Accomplished things. Some good reports and helpful ideas.
–Doing dishes, shut down computers, watch TV or read for an hour. Maybe do the minutes . . .

May 14 – Thursday—-
–Shop worker having computer challenges. Said if couldn’t find the other person who can work on it remotely, I would come down after a phone call was finished. She found him and got it up and running, called just as I was putting my shoes on.
–YL order of items for injured friends: Pine and Deep Relief for myself. Used points for the products and shipping. Asked about the Thieves Cleaner that had not ever been sent me after the March Denver workshop. Will send that also.
–Festival Tasks in the morning
–Discovered the original poster art wasn’t there as layers – emailed to get it from creator & asked person who changed to be more careful in the future.
–Noon until 1:30 worked on Westword ad – created new ad layouts to use. Sent for ideas.
–Creative District meeting at 4pm, means missed Proven Content Live show. Did watch the other episode. Did a report on the Outdoor Art in Ft. Collins. Contributed many “Strengths” to the discussion. Connected with Steve Wood & Chi about moving the Little Library. Gave my card to a Junior in High School Student to connect with for the Art Festival and volunteers. Told her of the Commonwheel Scholarship no one applied for and will make sure she knows of it next year.
–Dead Dogs Playing – Pot Luck in Chrystal Hills with friends of A&C. A’s Mom was there, so glad I brought the Gluten-Free crackers and cheeses. Got her a “desert” of fresh fruits that made her very happy. Really funny “concert”. Great lyrics we couldn’t hear, but were on printed sheet. Just silliness played. Smiled a lot.
–Home and read some of Brunson’s Book, then fell asleep.

Entering the Merry Month of May

May 1 – Friday–
–Had an emotional breakdown in the shower. “What if BE won’t head up Transition Town’s efforts for Waste at the Art Festival over this tree and park vision disagreement?”
–Had pulled myself together and about to get ready for an early meeting with my client when she called to cancel. I didn’t handle that too well either. Especially when she said “why don’t you just give the Festival to someone else to run?” Yeah, give up my most steady income and I am sure someone would want to take it over now that it has new challenges, when couldn’t find anyone in the past to last more than a year or two.
–Not sure I want her to work on my for Tune-up day . . .
–Walked to Tune-up and had a short session of Japanese Acupuncture. Very different. Did go for the lymph session, we just didn’t talk about much.
–Walked to a Transition Street meeting. My neighbor bought me a “drink” -An Italian Soda- when she heard of my breakdown. And in caring about the response she had seen from BE, which when she mentioned that brought out my breakdown story.
–Was going to go to Sun Water opening, but had an hour to wait and my camera battery was low, so walked home with everyone.
–Got home and the exhaustion and dizzy factor the Japanese Treatment person had warned me about took over. Could barely function. Watched TV and ate a mango and some bread with Almond Butter for dinner. Early to bed.

May 2 – Saturday–
–Started in the backyard with my tenants to unbury two old wheelbarrows. Had to clear fallen trees and rocks. But got them out. They will plant Kale in them and keep them in the back to see how the sun works there for Kale.

Wheelbarrows for Kale
–He chopped up lots of tiny branches and hauled them up the hill to the “compost” area. He also moved a new big rock that had fallen on my long gutter extension crushing it. And I mean a BIG rock!
–We took 2 pallets to the front, added a plywood bottom to an old shelf unit I had brought out of the basement and the first raised bed was created. They brought home 2 more pallets they found free on Craig’s List to start the second raised bed. Not sure what will plant there, but will keep dogs off, not sure about people. No tomatoes for sure. Too tempting when they get ripe.

Raised beds in front yard
–Brian Webinar at noon for a break.

–They also made an old log at the bottom of the stairs into a large planter. Was happy to see the chocolate mint was thriving here from last year’s planting.

Log Planter created by tenants.
–Meeting at CMWL at 6pm. As I walked down there realized I was very stiff.
–Catching up with emails and Facebook, not time for an early night and hopefully won’t be too stiff in the morning. Want to do some more gardening, but also need to do computer work. Must finish Bonus for Squirrel and get those books published.

May 3 – Sunday–
–Went to Memorial Park to meet ThL & SH. ThL arrived and I looked at my phone. Text from SH, “something came up, meet at noon?” No, we were at the park. ThL and I looked at the new idea for configuring the stage on the raised area. Big memorial rock a bit of a challenge, but it can work. Measured distance to electric. Workable.
–Took some pictures and other measurements relating to the Memorial Tree Challenge. As difficult as I thought it would be.
–Home made pancakes with berries. Looked at schedule. Realized was missing the Mayan Chanting I had wanted to go to. Walked back, took pictures of beautiful Iris.
–Got there just as going into the chanting. Missed the explanation. Still was good to be in that meditation state.
–Lunch by Adams Mtn Cafe- snacked a bit there also.
–Blessing of an ancient Juniper – 1,000 years old or more — was what I really wanted to participate in today. Walked up the path. Beautiful ceremony. Came time to plant some seeds, tobacco and water around the 4 directions at its roots. “We are one person short, Julia, would you like to do this?” “I would be honored.” Really special moment. I so love trees. Especially meaningful with all the drama around the Memorial Tree.
–Chatted with AR for a bit about the challenge and let her talk about a challenge in her life also. Good exchange of caring energy.
–Leaving, my hiking partner & Communidance friend outside chatted.
–Walking home, deer above by the lilacs. Got a few good pictures.

Deer munching Lilacs

 

Deer framed in Lilacs

The lilacs are just so very gorgeous this year.

Beautiful Manitou Springs Lilacs
–Home, rested, phone call from Housemate, so happy I talked her into going to the horse training today. Just what she needed.
–Tenants finishing up the raised bed in the front of the house. I went out and planted some peas and flower seeds. Old seeds, will see what happens.
–Did some more weeding. Noticed that the berry bush Mel had planted last year had lots of babies. Really need to plant the ones given to me this year and the roses.
–And then at dinner a wave of depression came over me. Other people devaluing of the Art Festival, all the wrong choices I have made for giving myself and my money away, trusting so many people that were conning me on many levels, just not feeling good about myself right now. Where to go with this? Not sure . . .

May 4 – Monday–
–Created letter for membership to sign, sent it out for corrections.
–Took photos of the garden areas & posted some on FB
–Sent note to PPB about Creative District Convene in Ft. Collins as requested.
–Gathered what I needed for presentation about what is going on in Memorial Park.
–Walked to CMWL meeting at the MAC. Was raining when I left.
–Went to bed and read “Violin”. Really makes me want to write my story.
–My back pain happened again.

May 3 – Tuesday—-
–DT called and met to discuss Memorial Tree situation. Talked about many things about other events she is part of. Make it more visible by painting the poles. If need to move it, have to do it after this year’s festival when it is dormant. Talked 2+ hours.
–Collected mail at PO. Left my keys in the box. Realized it when got home. Walked back to get them.
–Replied to email from new City Manager about time to meet next week.
–Set time with Marta to meet next week also
–Reconciled Bank Accounts and paid some bills
–Watched Expert Media Show with Daniel Hall speaking about email marketing
–Tried to figure out how to create line drawings in Adobe Illustrator. Not very successful. Can’t download Pixelator – need higher operating system.
–Did get some squirrel coloring images that I like.
–Stayed up way too late. Then read Violin – still haven’t started my story yet, but need to do that.

May 6 – Wednesday–
–Woken by Mel’s boss at 5:55 am to ask if she was going to the client at 7am. I was in a deep, deep sleep. Had no idea as Melody is house-sitting, not hanging here.
–City meeting will happen on Monday, suppose to have been my day off, going to it.
–JC came to look at chairs. She likes one, good to open some space in my office.
–FaceBook wants a new set-up for business pages. Tried to find a way around it. Couldn’t. Will try to have to set it up tomorrow. Really frustrated that need to use personal FB to be the admin. Shared info w/ JC and seems she has done this now.
–Nat & Restorative Justice–doesn’t make sense to me. Need to deal with bigger picture, not just D and the raging conversation.
–AnR and set date to meet on Monday to use the Gift Cert at Mona Lisa’s
–Dinner, watched TV – 2 drinks, why was I trying to turn myself off?
–Tony Laidig webinar touched a cord deeply. My world of chaos has come to be how I think is normal.
–Multi-tasking when he was speaking of things I had heard before. Sized images for FB posts about Rest & Creation on Festival FB page tomorrow.

May 7 – Thursday–
–Went to Home Depot for 4 Tomato Plants for $10 and a few other items for the garden.
–Stopped at Ln’s. Chocolate and Jelly Beans, not a good lunch. She has a new RV for camping. So very beautiful and she will use it a lot!
–At King’s bought some treat foods for myself. Can tell I am not in my frugal or careful eating mind. But really need something to eat different than what I have been eating lately. Same old, same old has gotten very old.
–Didn’t get FB new request handled.
–Listened to the last half hour of Laidig webinar. Yes, festival situation is a log jam. But how do I walk away from something that has been a part of my life and livelihood for almost 41 years?
–Saw an email about the Works Session being cancelled & this was moved to a regualar Council Session just as I was about to leave for the Ruxton Incline meeting. Called L at Chamber. She had been stuck in the nasty hailstorm across town & was still there. She had just left a message for the Mayor saying we need a work session, not to do this at a regular meeting.
–Knowing I will be late, walked out the door. A car hails me and it is Shrl from the Creative District group. I ask if she is headed to City Hall, past it yes, but she gave me a ride, so wasn’t too late.
–Talked with City Manager and confirmed our Monday morning meeting. He hadn’t read PARAB’s report. Send it to him tomorrow.
–Talked to the Mayor and emphasized why we need a Work Session situation, not a regular Council meeting. He there was only 1 other agenda item for the regular meeting. Then he said in the past there have times when a Work Session happened before a regular meeting and he would try to set that up. “PARAB’s wings need to be clipped.” was a statement made also. Gives me hope we can reverse some new rules and future plans PARAB is proposing to keep festivals financially & logistically viable in Memorial Park.
–Ran into Gwn on way home. Mentioned I would like to talk some things out with her. Invited me to come Friday. Get home and realize I have 2 days of no meetings, then all day Sunday at CMWL shop. Probably not going to work.
–Eating rather unusual way. Did end with a nice salad for dinner.

Awesome April Comes to an End

April 28 – Tuesday–
–Technical glitch kept me & others from joining in the every other Tuesday meditation/healing circle. Instead of getting upset, Awesome Julia focused on sending white light and healing energy to my friend in Nepal and all who were affected by the earthquakes and avalanches during that time.
–Later saw a post from my friend saying he and his team are doing well and trekking back down the mountain to work on an exit plan from Nepal.
–Festival task of a specific bit of advertising for artists addressed. And sent out reminder emails to everyone on our list about the deadline just a month away. Took the rest of the morning to re-write and fill out the form properly and send the emails.
–Two opposite responses from a group about the PARAB challenge. Actually most of the group said I wrote a very thoughtful and solution-based note. One was arguing more in PARAB’s favor and said I should not “demonize” these hard working volunteers and be willing to cooperate with them. Odd, I try very hard to look at solutions and I removed the harsh words that had been raged at me the other night. And I have over the years offered to meet with them many times and never been contacted. Hard to work together when not invited to the “party.”
–And that email is making me think twice before doing what the newspaper reporter called and asked me to do today, send her a shorter letter than what I said at City Council. When I do go to the paper, I need to be sure I don’t have anyone interpret in any way but looking for solutions that can work for all parties. So postponed that letter awhile.
–Discovered a client’s web site was down. Called Springs Hosting and a tech helped get it back up. A glitch on their server. Since it was caused by the WordPress update, he then made sure all my other sites were OK and they are. Awesome technical support!
–Walked 1/2 mile to & from Branding meeting for CMWL.
–Time to go and do a different healing meditation for myself tonight.

April 29 – Wednesday–
–Walked 1/2 mile to & from an early (yawn) morning meeting for Art Walks in Manitou.
–Got a tour of the beautiful new Sun Water Spa building that opens Friday. Awesome energy put into this building. Can’t wait to see it open and in full use. And get a soak in the mineral waters.
–Called my plumber friend who I owed lunch and he was available today. So did that. Ethiopian Restaurant in Old Colorado City. Bought some expensive chocolate as late birthday gift to myself.
–Worked on how to present Memorial Park use to City Council. Will look at it once more then send it to the Chamber to get feedback, as she will be at the meeting also and it affects their events also. Using the map of the park with notes on it to make my point. Visuals always seem to help. Put the $ value of booths that will be lost in those spaces. Making a very big suggestion to designate that park as the Event/Festival Park which would mean coordinator would always be invited to discuss changes.
–Got told by the person I asked to read my point by point response to consider not sending the response to the person with an opposing view. Still thinking about that . . .
–Did chat with someone else who brought me starts for berry bushes and saw the other person’s response to my carefully worded speech. She too was confused by the reference to me “demonizing” PARAB. Didn’t read what I had said that way at all.
–Breath & stay calm. Stand in my Truth. Keep working towards a viable solution for all.
–Worked on client’s web site request. I really don’t want to do web sites for other people, but have a few clients from the past that still want me to do the work . . .
–Paid a pledge to our local PBS radio station-KRCC. Made sure could afford it by paying as many bills that were due and projecting ones that will arrive soon in Quicken.
–Dinner and TV, kitchen cleaning and adding pieces to the Council presentation. Sort of took the evening off, but got tasks accomplished also.
–Used the Celusizer for 1/2 hour also!

April 30 – Thursday–
–Finalized the map with comments & the idea sheet for the talk with City Council about how to work with Event/Festival coordinators that have used Manitou’s Memorial Park for 15-40 years. Shared a “Big Idea” and suggestions of how PARAB could work with us better. Sent it out to different groups for feedback before the May 12th meeting.
–Cleaned up a door I want to paint different colors (white & black) on each side to use as a backdrop in my outdoor Photo Studio.
–1 hour in the garden. Cleared most of the weeds from one raised bed and some other areas in the front garden.
–Getting excited as the Poppies are about to pop and create a riot of orange for so many people who walk by my home to enjoy.

Poppies about to Bloom

 

Poppies about to bloom in the front garden.
–Arranged times to work with a client who waited until the last minute to work on her manual for a class that starts on May 12 & she is traveling for a week before.
–Got the Kindle version of the Squirrel book created & made corrections in the CreateSpace version that I found while doing the Kindle. Added some words to the Glossary. Both are ready to publish.
–Made progress on the bonus piece for the Squirrely book to invite people on to a list.—Listened to a recorded webinar and missed a live one-didn’t see the email for it.
–Started to get lost in FaceBook and need to get to sleep for early appointment in the morning.

Awesome April and the Creative District Converge

April 21 – Tuesday–
–Packed most items for my trip tomorrow in the morning and will go finish up after posting this.
–Lunch on my sunny porch to get revitalized.
–Drove to PO, Bank and and the Chamber Task Force meeting. Didn’t have time to walk. :(
–At end of regular agenda Shared the PARAB drama with the 2 members who didn’t know about it. Quickly read my letter. Totally supportive of Commonwheel & me. Chamber person asked I leave off the last paragraph and let her ask at Council for a Work Session on this subject.
–Another friend had called and asked to have me practice reading the letter to her after that meeting. She suggested I take out one sentence. It sounded personal and was afraid it would distract from the message of this Awesome letter I had written. So I removed it, and have to admit she was very right about that.
–Multi-tasked a bit listening to Tony’s webinar. Glad it was one that I didn’t have to take lots of notes as it was more philosophical than detailed training.
–City Council and I was a bit nervous, but read the letter and when Chamber asked for the meeting, they gave us a date sooner than we expected. Really good as it will be before her WineFest and may be able to get some things agreed upon to make setting that up easier for her. And most Council members expressed shock and surprise of what PARAB was saying and doing. “They are just an advisory board, they shouldn’t be making policy or deciding what is to be done in our parks without Council’s approval.” was the best comment we heard all night. Glad I stood in my truth and presented it in a way that was heard by all parties at the meeting. Will do an interview with the newspaper next week upon request from the reporter there.
–I knew I wouldn’t get anything done on my Squirrel book today, so didn’t waste time or energy trying or worrying about that. Did get lots accomplished and feel so much lighter after the Council meeting. Really looking forward to spending 3 days with Creative District folks learning and networking with positive art oriented people. The awesome Julia is taking my “How To Plan A Sustainable Event” book to share and promote.

April 22 – Wednesday–Earth Day
Left Manitou Springs with 5 friends crowded into one car to drive for 3.5 hours to Ft. Collins to attend the Creative District Convene. Manitou is a candidate in its first year of a 2 year process. I have attended all but the first one of these conferences, this made #3 for me to attend. Always exciting to learn new things and share what we have been doing as a Creative District. I always try to sit at tables and in groups of people from other towns to learn what they have to share and plans for their Creative Districts.
–The event was held in an old Carnegie Library that had been transformed into an event space centered around the arts.
–Keynote speaker was interesting and has a book we should all read.
–Had us do a couple of exercises mixing with other reps.
–Another set of speakers talked about how they funded large projects relating to affordable housing and work spaces for artists. Very exciting. Our Creative District manager will be talking more with them and invite them for an evaluation of Manitou Springs.
–Dinner was at various restaurants that we were to chose from and mix with other reps from Creative Districts around the state. I went to one with a fish based menu. Interesting people.
–A visit to the art center and back to the hotel for a good night sleep.

April 23 – Thursday–
Awesome inspirational ideas.
–Did a walking tour of the Creative District in Ft. Collins. A solution they came up with how to stop “tagging” of Municipal Utility Boxes was ingenious. They found a renewing grant to use to pay artists to paint the boxes. Each year more are painted.

Ft. Collins Creative District

 

–Then there were the pianos that were painted, placed around town where people would play them. Artists are paid to paint them, pianists play them. And as we walked around saw a little girl playing one and having a great time. Brought a smile to all of our faces. The pianos last about a year or two being outside and get moved to different locations.

Painted Piano in Ft. Collins Creative District

Many types of murals were painted in various areas all around the Creative District.

Spring Garden Mural in Ft. Collins Creative District

–Gala food and drinks on the rooftop at the end of the day. Lovely locally distilled whiskeys.
–Dinner where I had just desert and a drink as had eaten plenty at the reception. The desert was huge. Shared it. Had a glass of wine which was also larger than expected.
–Another rooftop bar and performance by musician that had been at last year’s conference. Unusual style. Has a new book about dinosaurs out and looking to do a concert at the Woodland Park dinosaur attraction.

April 24 – Friday–
–Marketing sessions. One was not very interesting, the other had some great suggestions of how to get noticed by art editors in newspapers.
–Awesome Poetry Slam high school student and older poet were the keynotes at lunch.
–Came home from the Creative District Conference in a less crowded car.
–Full of ideas and conversations to be had with each other and the rest of the team that is working on the Creative District application and formation. The poets that performed at the Governors Award Luncheon were awesome. So glad I traded rides home with someone who absolutely needed to get back by a specific time.
–Our group of 4 survived a long rush-hour traffic ride and stopped at an Outlet Mall where the driver needed to purchase a specific type of squishy down coat at a bargain price for her trip to Brazil later this year.
–And I gave myself an early birthday gift of a new fleece coat for under $30. My favorite one has become a bit rag-tagged, good for hiking, but not so much for every day wearing.
-Inspired by seeing so many Creatives working together and sharing these last 3 days.

April 25 – Saturday–
–Woke to a horoscope that echoed the feeling of exhaustion I was having.
–Praying for an incredible artist (potter) friend in Nepal. Just now read a post that he was a distance from Katmandu and safe, so that is good news. Not sure what that means for the trek he had planned for many years.
–Met with my upstairs tenants to discuss gardening plans. Will create some raised beds, use an old log for a herb bed, and two old wheel barrows to plant Kale.
–Gave them some YL Thieves and Eucalyptus Oils to help her and her visiting parents battle a cold they are sharing. No hugs though.
–Gathered some items out of the basement that can be parts of raised beds.
–Had the wrong time for the Trust Funnel webinar. So catching up with Awesome posts
and other things.
–Feeling a bit better after a short nap.

April 26 – Sunday–
–So many posts from friends on Facebook celebrating my birthday today! Feeling Awesome and very much loved!
–Sweet voice on the phone singing a birthday song. Instead of going out today, will plan a sunny day hike and lunch together. I have never been date sensitive for celebrations.
–My friend who rents a room from me took me to breakfast within walking distance using umbrellas. She ended the meal with gluten-free chocolate “birthday” cake. And a gift of sipping Tequila.
–Best FB wishes came from my cousin who included Tim Hawkins Musical Old Rock Star Songs that made me laugh and smile with thoughts of our Awesome family connections.
–Still praying to hear some good news from Nepal about the potter friend who was near base camp when the earthquake happened yesterday. Sending Light and Love to all in Nepal.
–Rainy day start to my birthday. Holding the belief that the flood mitigation will do all it was planned to do, even in its unfinished stage . . . and protect Manitou Springs from flooding again.
–Tried to figure out where the water in the basement could be coming from by looking outside. No clue! And it is predicted to rain for days. Need to keep the smaller container bailed into the one with the sump pump. Good stair exercise is the only benefit from this challenge.
–Sent out in emails my notes from the conference to different groups. Sent some images out also. Posted some of my favorites on Facebook. Did this so I can start my week without these tasks hanging over me to get done.
–Took a nap to recharge a bit. Got unpacked from my trip and did laundry. Had to battle the visiting kitty to let me remake the bed-Hissss! Had an easy dinner, watched a TV show and finishing up on the computer to get to bed early tonight.

April 27 – Monday–
–Health appointment and errands in the morning. I don’t enjoy shopping, so do as many errands in one trip as possible.
–Met with the sponsors of the Beer Garden at the Commonwheel Art Festival. They came up with an Awesome suggestion of how to rearrange the stage & garden layout. I can see it working so very well and something I would never have thought of-collaboration is so Awesome.
–Received an unexpected check in the mail. Plus I am having a really good month of sales at Commonwheel of my Fantafaces feathery masks and jewelry. Will allow me to be a bit more relaxed financially for the next few months.
–At the CMWL Board meeting I contributed to an idea of how rearrange an area that became the solution for creating an “office” space for our new Marketing person and at the same time would resolve another challenge we were having regarding artist spaces.