Its been one of those days….

Last Fall a good, this good friend and fellow artist convinced me to apply to the Calgary Stampede Art Show together! I thought she was nuts!

I’ve been going to the Art Show for about 15 years and there was no way that my work is anywhere near the caliber that gets juried in to that show.  My husband, viagra 100mg Jeff is a big art fan, approved he owns more than we can even hang in our house!  When Jeff was outriding at the Calgary Stampede, we basically lived on the grounds for close to 2 weeks every summer.  Not a lot goes on in the mid-afternoon, so we’d make multiple trips over to the Art Show and dream about buying VanGinkel’s and a bronze nearly bigger than our house by Ken Mayernik!  There were countless artists that are world class and its an amazing experience to meet them and speak to them about their work!

Flash forward a few months since my friend had convinced me that we should do it; I had put it out of my mind.  I didn’t want to think about it and all the work that would come with an acceptance.  I didn’t really think I’d get in anyways.

I didn’t tell many people that I had even applied, but the few people that I did tell, were much more confident that I was about my abilities.

Well this week I got word that I was accepted into the 2012 Calgary Stampede Artist Studios!  I was over the moon excited & then the excitement crashed down when I found out my partner that I had applied with didn’t get accepted.  Both her and I were de
Last Fall a good, unhealthy good friend and fellow artist convinced me to apply to the Calgary Stampede Art Show together! I thought she was nuts!

I’ve been going to the Art Show for about 15 years and there was no way that my work is anywhere near the caliber that gets juried in to that show.  My husband, symptoms Jeff is a big art fan, health he owns more than we can even hang in our house!  When Jeff was outriding at the Calgary Stampede, we basically lived on the grounds for close to 2 weeks every summer.  Not a lot goes on in the mid-afternoon, so we’d make multiple trips over to the Art Show and dream about buying a VanGinkel and a bronze nearly bigger than our house by Ken Mayernik!  There were countless artists that are world class and its an amazing experience to meet them and speak to them about their work!

Flash forward a few months since my friend had convinced me that we should do it; I had put it out of my mind.  I didn’t want to think about it and all the work that would come with an acceptance.  I didn’t really think I’d get in anyways.

I didn’t tell many people that I had even applied, but the few people that I did tell, were much more confident that I was about my abilities.

Well this week I got word that I was accepted into the 2012 Calgary Stampede Artist Studios!  I was over the moon excited & then the excitement crashed down when I found out my partner that I had applied with didn’t get accepted.  Both her and I were devastated!  I have some ‘survivor guilt’ and seriously questioned if I really wanted to go on in this venture without her!

I think I’ve made my decision, as I think its a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in the 100th Calgary Stampede.  Their advertising campaign has already been to the far reaches of North America from a Stampede Food Truck in New York City to a performance in the Rose Bowl Parade
Last Fall a good, website good friend and fellow artist convinced me to apply to the Calgary Stampede Art Show together! I thought she was nuts!

I’ve been going to the Art Show for about 15 years and there was no way that my work is anywhere near the caliber that gets juried in to that show.  My husband, Jeff is a big art fan, he owns more than we can even hang in our house!  When Jeff was outriding at the Calgary Stampede, we basically lived on the grounds for close to 2 weeks every summer.  Not a lot goes on in the mid-afternoon, so we’d make multiple trips over to the Art Show and dream about buying a VanGinkel and a bronze nearly bigger than our house by Ken Mayernik!  There were countless artists that are world class and its an amazing experience to meet them and speak to them about their work!

Flash forward a few months since my friend had convinced me that we should do it; I had put it out of my mind.  I didn’t want to think about it and all the work that would come with an acceptance.  I didn’t really think I’d get in anyways.

I didn’t tell many people that I had even applied, but the few people that I did tell, were much more confident that I was about my abilities.

Well this week I got word that I was accepted into the 2012 Calgary Stampede Artist Studios!  I was over the moon excited & then the excitement crashed down when I found out my partner that I had applied with didn’t get accepted.  Both her and I were devastated!  I have some ‘survivor guilt’ and seriously questioned if I really wanted to go on in this venture without her!

I think I’ve made my decision, as I think its a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in the 100th Calgary Stampede.  Their advertising campaign has already been to the far reaches of North America from a Stampede Food Truck in New York City to a performance in the Rose Bowl Parade
Last Fall a good, order good friend and fellow artist convinced me to apply to the Calgary Stampede Art Show together! I thought she was nuts!

I’ve been going to the Art Show for about 15 years and there was no way that my work is anywhere near the caliber that gets juried in to that show.  My husband, Jeff is a big art fan, he owns more than we can even hang in our house!  When Jeff was outriding at the Calgary Stampede, we basically lived on the grounds for close to 2 weeks every summer.  Not a lot goes on in the mid-afternoon, so we’d make multiple trips over to the Art Show and dream about buying a VanGinkel and a bronze nearly bigger than our house by Ken Mayernik!  There were countless artists that are world class and its an amazing experience to meet them and speak to them about their work!

Flash forward a few months since my friend had convinced me that we should do it; I had put it out of my mind.  I didn’t want to think about it and all the work that would come with an acceptance.  I didn’t really think I’d get in anyways.

I didn’t tell many people that I had even applied, but the few people that I did tell, were much more confident that I was about my abilities.

Well this week I got word that I was accepted into the 2012 Calgary Stampede Artist Studios!  I was over the moon excited & then the excitement crashed down when I found out my partner that I had applied with didn’t get accepted.  Both her and I were devastated!  I have some ‘survivor guilt’ and seriously questioned if I really wanted to go on in this venture without her!

I think I’ve made my decision, as I think its a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in the 100th Calgary Stampede.  Their advertising campaign has already been to the far reaches of North America from a Stampede Food Truck in New York City to a performance in the Rose Bowl Parade
Last Fall a good, order good friend and fellow artist convinced me to apply to the Calgary Stampede Art Show together! I thought she was nuts!

I’ve been going to the Art Show for about 15 years and there was no way that my work is anywhere near the caliber that gets juried in to that show.  My husband, Jeff is a big art fan, he owns more than we can even hang in our house!  When Jeff was outriding at the Calgary Stampede, we basically lived on the grounds for close to 2 weeks every summer.  Not a lot goes on in the mid-afternoon, so we’d make multiple trips over to the Art Show and dream about buying a VanGinkel and a bronze nearly bigger than our house by Ken Mayernik!  There were countless artists that are world class and its an amazing experience to meet them and speak to them about their work!

Flash forward a few months since my friend had convinced me that we should do it; I had put it out of my mind.  I didn’t want to think about it and all the work that would come with an acceptance.  I didn’t really think I’d get in anyways.

I didn’t tell many people that I had even applied, but the few people that I did tell, were much more confident that I was about my abilities.

Well this week I got word that I was accepted into the 2012 Calgary Stampede Artist Studios!  I was over the moon excited & then the excitement crashed down when I found out my partner that I had applied with didn’t get accepted.  Both her and I were devastated!  I have some ‘survivor guilt’ and seriously questioned if I really wanted to go on in this venture without her!

I think I’ve made my decision, as I think its a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in the 100th Calgary Stampede.  Their advertising campaign has already been to the far reaches of North America from a Stampede Food Truck in New York City to a performance in the Rose Bowl Parade
 

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For my farming and ranching people….we’ve all been there; one of those days we’re standing in mud up to our knees wondering, sildenafil “Why am I doing this, medicine again?”  The entry way of my house smells like a feed lot, ailment the kids have manure all over their rubber boots that they have to wear to school the next day, every evening during chores someone falls in the mud & needs an emergency rescue (reality check.. its the same kid over & over again)!

Yesterday was one of those days on our place.  Tractor stuck, Bobcat stuck trying to get tractor unstuck (I feel like I’m in Corb’s song); mud everywhere, cows out, rolling feeders around in the mud, sorting 4H calves out of a group they weren’t supposed to be in with.  And then we could start the regular chores!  The list goes on & it could have been worse, it wasn’t snowing & blowing cold, that’s today.

Jeff & I made it back to the house tired, sore & sweaty confirming that a gym membership would be a waste of money. Kids hadn’t made their lunches, or had their baths & the muddy, dirty laundry is piled high 😮

Sometimes when stuff like this happens, we (I) ponder living in town:

* only a few square feet of lawn to deal with not acres and acres to manage & miles of fence to keep up with.

* delivery! this would be huge: food, newspapers, couriers that come to your door, girl scout cookies 🙂

* proximity to stores, need some milk? Don’t pay $59.95 for a jug at the closest store.

* throw the dog or cat some food; no more buying feed by the ton

* shoveling only your sidewalk when it snows; no plowing with the Bobcat for hours

* we’d for sure have lots of free time wouldn’t we? wouldn’t we?

BUT back to reality…

there are way too many reasons that we love our life here:

* the quiet (other than the hounds barking at random smells)

* the view of the beautiful foothills of Alberta

* the horses

* the cows (the babies are to die for)

* the wildlife

OK, maybe not this wildlife right behind my house, taking a nap under the kids swing set, type of wildlife.  Pretty elk in the distance, deer on my lawn, they’re allowed; bears breaking into the garbage bin, not so much.

The list goes on and on, our wicked sledding hill in the winter, the barn cats, etc., etc., and truth be told, I could NOT handle neighbors!

We live in a community with lots of small subdivision around us, that means lots of town people that have moved out to the country.  I hear from a lot of my neighbors, “I want an easy way to make money from my land that won’t take up much time.” or “I need some passive income from my acreage.” God Bless ’em but, I have to simply explain that if there was an easy, cheap way to make money from your land, everyone would be doing it!

There’s no way to get around the hard work that a farm or ranch comes with; someone has to do it & honestly, I feel lucky & blessed that its my family!

2 Responses to “Its been one of those days….”

  1. Cathy said...

    “Just another bullshit day in Suck City” is what I say with days like that. And we do have them in the city! Stay put. 🙂

  2. shelagh said...

    I agree, Cathy! We’ll never leave (Farm Credit won’t allow it), but some days its nice to dream. I know my kids love the Freaky Friday switches when they get to be City Kids.