Tuesday, August 14, 2012

sorry we lost our connection....

 My favorite friend...tried and true...my 14 year old GEO with almost 75,000 miles.   Yes there is a scrape on the back right fender but she is a dear friend!
 I must be the only Democrat in the complex where my studio is downtown. 
 I made some lesson examples today while I contemplated the upcoming changes... time marches on for us all...
 Happy Birthday Kya!  Jodie brought the girls down for Kya's 9th birthday.  Gabby is looking snazzy in her sparkle cap!  I love these girls!
 J-bear came in for a visit...we even practiced our "Thriller" dance in the central gallery.  He made a new book mark for the beginning of the school year! 
 This collage is super Justin!  You are a rock star!
 Three kids from the school district where Ken teaches...their classes begin tomorrow for 2012/2013!  I do not think they are ready to start back yet.
 Mom is a teacher here...her children do not start back until next week.  I think I met another couple of upcoming artists!

Here is my evidence...the odometer...an almost empty gas tank.  But I was getting about 30 mph here in the city driving...gas is almost $4.00.                                                                                       

The evidence is here...a beautiful red leaf...Fall cannot be too far away.   I will share my information about the choice we made tomorrow.

I am not sure what DSL is...but somehow we lost it for about 48 hours.  I never thought I would say this but I felt lost without the option...my choice...to make a connection with the artists I love even though it through the internet.  Ken has been urging me to consider giving up my 14 year old car...my Geo has almost 75,000 miles on it, some new tires, a new windshield, and proper oil changes.  But it is costing me a little bit more with each year.  Ken has researched ...gone on line...gone in person... checked several options and sales in both Newark and Columbus.  I personally hate to but a car...that may be why it has taken me 14 years to consider this once again.  In the winter Ken has really want ed a larger 4 wheel drive car ...to help insure safety and to be able to drive up our steep hill during snowstorms.  He wants to trade in his SUV and my GEO plus a down payment  to make the payments reasonable.  He cleaned out my front seat,  my backseat, the trunk...anyone who knows me knows that my car is my art locker.  Now it looks pretty great..to me but honestly it is just a thing... a car...a necessity for getting to and from my Art activities.  I worked in the studio and Abby and Justin came down for a visit.  Justin made a great bookmark while I shared some of my ideas for Wednesday nights / family nights.  I had several families come in to "check out what I was doing in this busy space" and asked about my work and the Dawes Arboretum "Whispers in the Trees" exhibition.  It is remarkable that the totals came out this week for the damage from the June 29,2012 ....443 million dollars of damage.  The arboretum had another article about how many months it would take to clear trails and harvest the downed trees for the future New visitor center.  I am ever so grateful that I have only lost three whisper panels ...they are still holding up but the leather straps are the most vulnerable part of the actual installation.  I am still learning from this unique process.  I hope you have a great week in your studios!  I am counting my blessings.  Peace,  Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart


  1. Good luck finding a new car, it's hard to give up those old faithful friends of the road. Hope ypu can sace ypur pieces in the aboretum and rehand them. xox

  2. In the last 17 years...I've had ten cars. My head started to hurt when I tried to remember any further back. I have a van now, before that I had a VW Beetle, which I loved and hated. I loved driving it but it had SO many problems! Then when the tranmission started to go out, I traded it. I emailed a dealership with a list of "must haves". I was thinking of a Honda "Element" but....I couldn't afford it. Instead they called me and said to come down , they had the perfect vehicle for me. When they pulled around a van I almost screamed! I mean A VAN?!?!? I don't know why but I've always loved nice sporty or stylish cars and here's this VAN! and you know what? I love it. It's perfect for me. I can load that thing up with any and everything. Good Luck! Car shopping!
    XOXO - Cindi