Thursday, July 2, 2009


Hello all--Gone a long time again, things are just very busy. But I thought I'd give a little update even though, as usual, I have no photos to back up my story.

Let's see...son Chris graduated from high school at the end of May and turned 19 the next day, so there was a lot of celebrating going on. He now has blue hair. Don't ask. He also won a 2nd prize ribbon for a really nice reduction print at the county student art show, we're very proud of him.

Dylan is enjoying the summer. He's had tennis lessons for a month, goes to the water park, and is participating in the library's summer reading plan.

Our married kids, Adam & Emily, are doing fine. They seem to have adjusted well to being wed.

David and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary in May. My parents observed 50 years just last month and all my siblings and their families will be here in a couple of weeks for a reception and family dinner in their honor.

I have a busy summer and fall planned art wise, with several shows and artist-in-residence opportunities. I recently had the honor of being asked to exhibit my jewelry in the gallery of a noted sculptor, Dr. Richard Bergen, whose statue "Ad Astra" is atop the dome of the Kansas State Capitol building. The reception/gallery walk for that is actually this evening. Here's Dr. Bergen's website

We have decided to convert more of our basement area to studio space, more for my son and husband (both into glass) than for me, although I will set up my 2 kilns in that room. David enjoys stained glass and we're all anxious to explore fused and slumped glass, plus Chris can have his torch permenantly set up.

So life is busy but good. I will make a valiant effort to take and post more photos. Especially of Chris's hair.

Oh, I forgot to mention I have lost a total of 37 lb. to date, with the help and support of my nutritionist Suzanne. I'm doing Pilates, walking, and gardening for exercise.

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying summer or winter, whichever hemisphere you're in.


Genie said...

Hi Susan
Glad to see you are still alive.
congrats on losing weight and exhibiting your jewellery,
take care and hope to hear from you again soon.

Julie said...

Wow, Susan, well done you for your weight loss! It sounds as though you are enjoying life and living it to the full. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary and enjoy your family celebrations. It's good to hear from you again. :-)

CG said...

WOW!! You have been busy! Congrats on the weight lost and your artistic successes. I am embarking seriously on healthy eating myself. We should share hints and tips!

Debbi Baker said...

All fabulous news Susan and the weight loss is awesome!! Well done. Great to know that your blogging absence is just because of a busy life - can't think of a better reason!

melicia's fiber art and mixed media said...

Love the idea of a big family studio. How fun. Glad you are having a good summer.

liz said...

Hi Susan, just saying hello. It sounds like you are too busy to blog:)