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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Happened to think of this proverb when I saw this.

 

‘Let sleeping dogs lie’, means for one to not disrupt a situation that is going well as it will lead to problems.

It’s hard for me to catch my dog sleeping. As soon as he hears me, he is up and wanting to play!

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May 19, 2011 Posted by | art in the av, av local art, frames lancaster, frames lancaster ca, palmdale custom framing | , , , , | Leave a comment

BEING MOM

At the conclusion of another Mother’s Day, I have a few thoughts…. 

I miss my mother, she’s been gone for 25 years now. She was a fun-loving, no-nonsense, great mom to have when I was a kid. To those people who still have their mothers -APPRECIATE them!

I love my kids, who are now twenty (soon to be 21) and twenty-five. They were great kids growing up (most of the time-hah!), did fantastic in school and are just really nice human beings. What’s interesting to me is this: I was NOT going to have children. As a young woman, I loved my life as it was and had no desire to change it. My “plate” was full with a fantastic husband, family, many friends, a great job, and continual joy in all! I had no “biological time clock” that was ticking or anything remotely like it. I thoroughly believed I was not going to have kids and I was happy with that decision. I went through my twenties and up to my 31st year of life and something happened that turned the earth on it’s axis. I unexpectedly and shockingly became pregnant. OMG! I had spent years and years avoiding just that. How did this happen? OMG!!!

I became a mother just two weeks shy of turning 32. I LOVED my little baby. She changed mine and my husband’s life totally. I loved holding her and feeding her. She was a sweet baby that turned into a sweet child. Well, we couldn’t let her go through life being an only child as we both came from large families (I’m the middle child of five kids, my husband is the youngest of eight). When she was nearly four years old, we thought O.K., let’s have another. This time – on purpose!  We had fun making that happen. We had never done that before, TRY to become pregnant! It was always the opposite – NOT to become pregnant. Weird…

When I was 36, I became a mom for the second time. Wow, two kids now. A lot more work. A lot more joy. They grew older and occasionally would have nasty fights, as most siblings do. I always remembered my father telling me “When you have one kid, you become parents. When you have two, you become a referee.” It’s true. So, I became a very busy mom. Working, child care issues, school assemblies, being a “band mom” for four years for one child, going to volleyball games for seven years for the other child, all of those things and more. Living 25 miles out of town didn’t make it any easier. When I turned 45, I had a 9 year old child and a 13 year old child. I never, in a million years, thought that’s where I would be at that age. WOW.

Now that my kids are young adults, I cannot perceive my life any other way. We are a tight family of four to this day. I sometimes still can’t believe I gave birth to two children. Every Mother’s Day, I’m reminded of how LUCKY I am…

Chris Calaba

May 11, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley local art, av best framing, frames lancaster, lancaster art gallery, palmdale custom framing | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Fun

Sunday started out with a great breakfast @ Jackie’s Cafe with my family of four. Have you ever eaten there? They have a great menu with one of the BEST breakfast selections. For the first time, since my husband and I became parents, our daughters actually paid the bill for us. A monumental occasion for us! Dennis said he could get used to that very easily. They said, “Don’t, Dad!.” Ha ha…

We made our way to the Poppy Festival, got there early, and the crowds were already there. Saw Mark Bozigian and Bob Greene right away. I teased them about the piano being “stolen” from the front of the Graphic Experience, said I almost called the police. Fortunately, I found it here with some kids happily playing on it.

It’s very rare that my family of four does anything together,as we all live busy lives. It was nice to be walking around, looking at everything the Festival has to offer. Have a friend that was part of the dog sheepherding show. She is great at what she does. Saw lots of people I know, some had booths, some were enjoying the day as I was. I ended up buying a new, cool, corian cutting board and some great, exotic pastas. Do you get the idea that I love to cook?

After a few hours, one daughter said she had a headache, the other had to go to work, my husband was itching to get back to a painting he’s been working on.. My family said they were ready to leave. I wasn’t!  I told them, “so long, I’ll see ya later.” They asked what was I going to do?  Keep having fun, I said to them. They know better than to worry about me. Besides, I wanted to hear the Eagles tribute band. Off they went.

I hung out with Nick West and his museum “posse” for a little while, even sold some raffle tickets. Visited with Donna Termeer for a bit, hung out with Bob Alvis in his booth and did one of my favorite hobbies – people watching ! I also visited with Jeff as he watched over the Palmdale Learning Plaza plane. I even climbed in. Made me want to go flying in something again, whether it’s a small plane or a hot-air balloon. Even a helicopter is fun.

Then, it was time for the music to start !  Made my way over to the main stage, got a good seat, and enjoyed listening to the long list of songs by the fabulous Eagles. The band did a great job of just that – paying tribute to them. I did note that it took 6 guys to try to imitate the great original 4. It was very entertaining with some great guitar players. I never tire of good musicians.

My day there ended chatting with Dan Munz, a another great guy I’m lucky to count as a friend. What a fun day I had. It was another day that reminded me of how blessed I really am….

April 18, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley custom frames, av best framing, frames lancaster ca, lancaster poppy festival, palmdale custom framing | , , , , | Leave a comment

Jim Seargeant and Don Blumenshien at the Rock Inn

If you are a music lover, then the melodic, dynamic, and talented duo of Don and Jim are a treat to listen to ! They have been playing together for 30 years now and have a real “connection” to their music. Jim and Don first met way back in 1971, attending the same high school here in the Antelope Valley. They started playing seriously together in 1980. Since then, they have played on numerous occasions in numerous places ! This includes the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, and just about every public venue ( The Rock Inn, Cedar Art Center, Lakes and Valleys Art Guild and many more) here in the Antelope Valley and beyond.These artists have played at many private functions as well.

They have a CD out called The Goods but unfortunately is sold out . It has all original material and they have so many more new compositions, Don and Jim hope to put out another CD soon. Jim’s earlier influences are Paul Simon, James Taylor and of course, the great Eric Clapton. Which leads us into other types of music these great musicians, Jim and Don play. When Jim was asked which type of guitar do you like best, “electric or acoustic ?”, he thought about it and honestly said he loves both ! He had a blues band for a while that was absolutely great. In addition to the blues, Jim plays literally all types of music. Don, like any great musician, loves all music too. He has been lately really enjoying playing Spanish guitar, not to be confused with flamenco guitar. It’s all in the fingering and Don has the talent to do it all ! If you have an opportunity to hear these two together, apart, or with other musicians, be sure not to miss it !

Graphic Experience 661.945.1718 624 W. Lancaster BLVD http://www.graphic-experience.com/

 

March 31, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley custom frames, av best framing, frames lancaster ca, lancaster art gallery, palmdale custom framing | , , , , | Leave a comment

Treating OTHERS as YOU would like to be treated.

Just thinking about the strife and tribulation that goes on among people that I know and it makes me sad. Hence, this blog…. The title above is really the ONLY way to live your life and if you live it that way, gee, a lot of unhappiness goes away. And happiness will come your way, in many ways. If only the people that really need to HEED this, would, life would be so much more simpler and enjoyable!!

We all know people that love to “stir the pot”, create trouble and turmoil, and others are actually happier being mad about something. Some of those individuals I have eliminated from my life to bring more peace to myself and my family. Some I can’t eliminate. To those, I wish peace and harmony within themselves. I rise above their unhappiness and hope that one day, they “see the light”.

PEACE TO ALL !

 

 

February 23, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley custom frames, antelope valley local art, av best framing, lancaster art gallery, palmdale custom framing | , , , , | Leave a comment

Art, Valentines, & Chocolate (maybe a little wine too)

Graphic Experience

 

Art, Valentines, & Chocolate (maybe a little wine too)

 

Time: February 11, 2011 from 4pm to 7pm
Location: Graphic Experience
Street: 624 W. Lancaster Blvd
City/Town: Lancaster
Website or Map: http://www.graphic-experience…
Phone: 661.945.1718
Event Type: valentine’scelebration
Organized By: Graphic Experience
Latest Activity: Jan 27

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS: Bring in a creation of something you LOVE to share with all of us, whether a painting,photo, or? Bring it in from the 7th to the 9th so we can set up a nice display to share just for the evening of the 11th.

CALLING EVERYONE: Come join us for evening of exciting new art, new artists, fun company and good conversation.One catch- we are charging admission ! A chocolatey treat, big or small, to share with us. It’s GOT to be chocolate !

(p.s. guess who the valentine couple is?)

 

If you are looking for a personal approach to framing, combined with top quality and professionalism, come see us, a custom framing shop AND art gallery in Downtown Lancaster. We have been serving the Antelope Valley ( and regions beyond !) since 1977. We pride ourselves on providing very personal attention to each customer and their treasures, whether it is a childhood drawing or a Picasso ! We try to make custom framing a pleasant and affordable experience with a beautiful result.

We have a GREAT selection of over 1500 custom frame mouldings, a large inventory of “ready-made” frames, hundreds of mat color / texture choices. We help you with designing a frame package that makes your art piece stand out !

Be sure to visit our art gallery page to see our wonderful gallery that features predominately LOCAL ARTISTS.

 

 

 

 

February 1, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley custom frames, antelope valley valentines day, av best framing, lancaster art gallery, palmdale custom framing | , , , , | Leave a comment