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Lemon Drop Time!

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Here is a little commissioned piece I was working on the other day.  Thought it would be a perfect time to post this.  Today is totally a "Lemon Drop" kinda day!  The weather is a balmy 87 degrees, the sun is shining down, and it is absolutely gorgeous outside!  I love, love, love it!  Since we don't get this very often, I am making my blog post quick so I can get out on the deck!

We have another busy week ahead.  Tomorrow is the market, then Dan's parents will be staying with us for the week.  I love when company comes to visit.  I get to play tourist and enjoy the wonderful activities and sights of the local area.  Western Washington is so beautiful with its looming mountains, salt water coves, and all these evergreens.  I really do love where I live, even though I constantly complain about the weather.  I have the whole week planned out with a ton of activities and am starting to wonder if we over-booked ourselves yet again!  I have a bad habit of always being on the GO!  The summer is coming to an end and it has been such an exciting whirlwind of adventures!  I will honestly be glad to see fall roll in, have a schedule again with the kids back in school, and take a break. Until then.........

Cheers to a Happy Summer Day in Anacortes!  Hip-Hip-Hooray!

Here Comes The Sun………

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Yahooo, it's here, it's here!  The sun, that bright orbital circle in the sky, is FINALLY shining here in Washington!  The temperature hasn't been very warm, but I will take anything I can get.  The forecast for the next few days has a sunny outlook as well, yippppeeeeeeeeeee! We have been on the fast track here at the house.  Still going, going, going.....just like the energizer bunny.  We have been selling paintings at the market on the weekends.  I was able to fit in a few paint days here and there to get caught back up on my inventory.  Dan and I have been running everyday to keep up with our exercise, and gosh knows I need it.  I have gained 5 pounds since our trip to Belize.  How is that even possible?  We signed ourselves up for a half marathon in October to stay motivated.  July has zipped by in a flash, I cannot believe we are moving on to August.

We are taking this next weekend to relax.  We plan on hitting the beach, and checking out the Anacortes Arts Festival this weekend.  I will be sure to take lots of pictures to share with you.  If you haven't had an opportunity to check it out, it is a MUST SEE!

Here are two of my latest paintings:

Happy Tuesday!

Ragnar Relay – Northwest Passage

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Last weekend Dan and I participated in the Northwest Passage Ragnar Relay Race.  It was a 12 person, 200 mile relay that started in Blaine Washington, traveled south and ended in Langley, on Whidbey Island.  What a BLAST!  We were both pretty nervous for the race due to the fact that our training went right out the door when we went to Belize.  We did no type of training 3 weeks before the big event! AGH!  I highly DO NOT RECOMMEND preparing for a race this way, ha! ha!  I was really excited to be able to run in something like this.  I have done some half marathons, but I have never had to worry about someone waiting for me on the other end of race.  Another big concern I had was that it was in three legs, we would be up and awake for 33 hours.....taking turns. It sounded like our whole team "Chafing and On Fire" was pretty nervous before we started.  We all seemed to be second guessing ourselves, and wondering if we could actually pull it off.  Once the race began, we all settled down, and what a party we had!  I have never in my life had so much fun goofing off with people.  When you are piled in a car for hours at at time (and with no sleep) things just start getting goofy.  We were all making jokes about Body Glide, making fun of Dan (the only male runner), and laughing the whole way.  I only knew one other person on our team besides Dan, and I felt like we were all best friends at the end!  This race was amazing, challenging, and something I will never forget!  Dan was totally shocking pulling in 8 minute miles and powering over mountain hills.  I had no idea he could run like that! (I don't think he did had any idea either!)

The month of July has gone by in a flash.  Between the trip to Belize, and the relay race, I haven't had much time for art.  We have been to a few markets, but need to get back on track.  I am so excited to get back in the studio and back to creating!  Art is something that is such a big part of me.  I always feel like something is missing when I cannot spend some time in the studio.  There are some wonderful ideas that our roaming around in my head, inspired from my vacation.  Stay tuned!  For now, check out these crazy pictures of our race.  Dan and I have been smiling ever since we have been home. We just keep going over the memories......... My friend Clark described it the best: "Welcome to the bizarre world of running."

One Word.

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How was the weekend you ask?  One word.  SUNNY.

Need I say more???? Ohhhh ya baby......that bright orbit in the sky is a rare thing around here. We Washingtonians need to soak it up while we can..... :)