Monthly Archives: June 2014

Garage Sales, Simplifying, People Watching and Graduation Parties…


We are having a garage sale this weekend.


Garage sale

we had it Friday and Saturday because those are the best days…and now I’m laying here on the couch having my cup of coffee on Sunday morning, trying to decide if I will open for a few hours TODAY.

What I like to do on SUNDAY is TWO FOR ONE…NOT 1/2 Price…2 for 1! You gotta take 2 things. You buy a $2.00 dress, you gotta take ANOTHER $2.00 item. It really confuses people but it’s FUN and it makes for LESS for me to PACK UP tonight! Come to think of it, maybe I should call it BOGO (Buy one get one free). I think people might be more familiar with that concept. I might try that today!

We also have two graduation parties we were invited to this afternoon, so I have to decide if I want to do the Sale AND the parties.  So proud of our friends…

Skyler graduated from High School and College at the same time! (Well, there were TWO different ceremonies!) He graduated from Clackamas Middle College with his High School Diploma and from Clackamas Community College with an Associates Degree – He’s 20 I think, and an amazing young Artist, Musician, and Deep Thinker

Skyler and his proud Mama, Cheryl.

Skyler and his proud Mama, Cheryl.

Ethan has graduated from Warner Pacific with a B.A. in Christian Ministry. Another amazing young man who will do whatever he sets out to do. He will be changing lives, I’m sure of it!

Then there is Ethan’s sister Elise. She graduated from high-school with a 4.18 GPA while dealing with 3 concussions and way too frequent migraine headaches. 4.18….I didn’t even know that was POSSIBLE! Absolutely spectacular young lady who has some serious determination and stamina. Can’t wait to see what she chooses to do NEXT!

Ethan and his sister Elise

Ethan and his sister Elise

I am so proud of these young adults and excited for how they will each continue to touch people’s lives – as they already have been doing – Great Kids, all three, and NOW, Great Adults embarking on a new part of their journey. Congratulations you guys.


Opened the garage sale for 4 hours today. Super slow as I knew it would be and yet some very interesting conversations with great people…and met 2 of our neighbors that we may have only met once before in the last 10 years of living here.

Garage sales are a lot of work…but I love the great mix of folks that show up.

We went to both graduation parties and all in all it was a great weekend…




e x h a u s t e d…..








Grand Re-Opening


At my mom’s house in Milton Freewater, Oregon, the birds and the cows wake up at 4:30 a.m.

Well, if they are like ME, they might wake up at 4 a.m. and then have a cup of coffee – but they start CHIRPING and MOOING at 4:30!

Mama "Pearl" and a baby from Daddy "Rebar".

Mama “Pearl” and a baby from Daddy “Rebar”.

And when I say “if they are like ME“, I do NOT mean that I wake up at 4:00 a.m. – I only mean that the first thing I do WHEN I wake up is have a cup of coffee.

The 4:30 a.m. time is significant this morning because today, June 1, 2014 marks the day for some big changes for me.

For my birthday this year, my husband bought me Kelly Rae Roberts‘ e-book Flying Lessons. I have been reading that and getting inspired and excited to delve deeper into my art and explore art as a business. There is a Facebook group for those who have purchased the book and from that page and the folks on there, I have gleaned even MORE great information and met some WONDERFUL artists.

Someone posted this TED Video and asked us if we wanted to begin a challenge on June 1, Art 101: Artists Supporting Artists, it’s called. Making art over the next 101 days and networking with the other artists in the group, each sharing the other’s work, creating or re-starting our Facebook Pages, Twitter accounts, Blogs, and Etsy shops. Here is the Facebook page for that wonderful group: Art 101: Artists Supporting Artists

So, here I am, June 1st, 2014 saying Welcome (Back) to Expressatory. I am on a fast-track to learning about badges, blog rolls, banners, buttons and widgets. My specific art commitment is to create a new piece of artwork each week for the 101 days. Here is a birthday card I made for my mom’s birthday yesterday.

Mom and her two sisters. My mom is the youngest one.

Mom and her two sisters. My mom is the youngest one.

I look forward to getting to know YOU along the way,.