The past few weeks have passed way too quickly for me. I thought once the holidays were over, that the hustle and bustle would slow down a bit. Hmm – that hasn’t happened!
The page below is of a fun night spent with our 11 year old granddaughter. She’s quite the artist and so when a Skill Pop class schedule appeared in my email, listing a Valentine watercolor class, I thought that would be the ideal gift for her. And, it was a gift for me too, getting to spend several hours with this sweet child!
We started off at Capishe – a new little restaurant in Charlotte. She loves spaghetti and meatballs and so that was her pick. I like the pasta with lemon and pancetta plus a salad with divine lemon vinaigrette so we were both stuffed and ready for class! We lingered a bit over supper a little too long – she was explaining something new to me about the French Revolution. Did you know that Marie Antoinette really didn’t say, “Let them eat cake”? Although she did spend lavish amounts on clothes, etc., and was increasingly unpopular with the French citizens. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a French author, had written a short story which published about the time Marie was 10 and this phrase was in his book. Wondering why I didn’t learn that in 5th grade?
We then raced down the road to class. We found our seats next to the teacher and were given brief – and I mean brief instructions of how to proceed in the creation of our valentines. Dagny jumped right in to experimenting and letting the colors mix in the little hearts that she drew on the paper. I just kind of sat there waiting for some sort of inspiration to smack me sideways! I an one of those that needs guidance and a step by step lesson. She spent the most time drawing teeny tiny little prickles all over the cute cactus and then painted in a pretty script that said “Hug Me”! I painted a couple that I could leave for Arch and then give to my sister for her birthday.
What I didn’t add was that my D Drive on my desktop – yes, I am a desktop lover from way back, had died the Sunday of our virtual crop. And with it went my ability to create anything in Artisan or reach my memory vault in Historian. I knew that they were backed up and so we ordered a new huge new drive which the ‘Zon promised would arrive within hours. Not! So the next day we started the restoration process. Couldn’t believe how slow – just 18 kb a second. Whaaat? It was my sister’s 82 birthday and so while the computer was doing it’s thing, I made a fast trip to Florida, thinking that when I returned, all would be backed up on my new fast drive. That would be no. We finally complained and IDrive informed us that there was a bug in their system and it had to start all over again. That was 2 days ago and it is now at 13% even with the speed at 19GB per second. AAAARRGH. So out comes the laptop and although Jan is sure that I will grow to love it, and she’s right on most things – but I am highly doubtful!
Just so very grateful that everything important was backed up. But I could just weep at the stress and the time wasted. So you all back up, ya hear?
Happy memory making, Anne
Watercolor Blends Papers Collection, Watercolor Blends Paper Pak by Cottage Arts
Almost Spring Bundle by Designs by Laura Burger
Font: Annie Use Your Telescope