Saturday, July 17, 2010

My Shining Lights......


First off, I am so grossly overdue on new WELCOMES to the blog, I am quite mortified! Normally I have that up after one or two new faces join......and I do apologize with all my heart. It has been extremely hectic here, and yes, Blogger still is throwing me curveballs whenever it is most inconvenient!!! Please make yourselves at home....we sometimes lose our marbles, but eventually they are found through a lot of laughter!
As I have been too lax of late with my blog and visiting others, this post is dedicated to my blog friends. The ones who, without any cajoling, visit and comment even when I am in a blur of too much to do. The hearty souls who have been with me since day one and still continue on this wondrous and delightful ride called BLOGGING! The people who may wonder if I will ever post art again, but come back anyway for the brain dribblings in between. Those who know my taciturn moments and send me a silly e-mail to make me laugh until my sides split. Those who really know me, deeper than the words on this blog page because they can see past the words on the blog page. Those who respect my silence and know that there is something going on either in real life or in my studio that demands my full attention (which, by the way, seems to be getting shorter as I age!). Those who have respect for me as I have for them; that indeed, it is a two way street. Those who hold me up when I need it most, even if I don't really know I need it!
Friends are treasures more valuable than any precious metal, warmer than the crackle of a winter fireplace, more delightful than a summer's night with the moon illuminating the landscape and fireflies dancing in the velvet darkness.
Friends are my compass, my plumb line, my sounding board.
And above all, they are the bright lights in my life.
I am blessed.
And perhaps I do not say *thank you* enough, because everything else gets in the way......which is no excuse.
So for you all, thank you for being my true, honest friends here at El Milagro. And in e-mail. And on the phone. And through art we share. And letters. And Facebook. And just being there!
You are blessings.
Mille Grazie!

Pax....

54 comments:

*Ulrike* said...

Awwww, it is friends like you who make blogging fun!! I'm glad that I can finally leave a comment. Have tried several times, and either blogging isn't working right (I've tried on other blogs too) or it has something to do with FireFox. Guess I know what I'll be doing today!
Take Care!
Ulrike

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Ulrike, it is not Firefox; it has been Blogger. I could not even leave a reply on my own blog the other day! (or load photos....)
Thank YOU for coming by....even for the brain drivle! LOL!!

XXOO!!
Anne

marianne said...

hope you have time to take a breath soon- i know how it is!i've missed you too:)

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Missed you too MArianne!
I am just treading water right now---hoping it all settles down in a couple of weeks.
And I have enough flower photos to FILL a couple of weeks! LOL!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

Ces said...

What a beautiful loving post. Thank you for this. This post speaks for me too, for I have been blogging for a while. I have met so many incredible and beautiful people through blogging. Almost all of those who have visited me at one time or another have made me smile. Most of them find me for I seldom go and search. I am grateful that they leave comments to say hello, for it gives me the chance to return their visits. I do sometimes take the first initiative, especially, if I notice them visit everyday. Some of them have been very shy and were grateful that I said hello. There was only one time when I ignored a blogger, I found him offensive. It was an insecure and pathetic man who through his sychophantic folderol tried so much to appear knowledgeable but it only revealed his insecure and henpecked ways, pure risible. He provided entertainment for my blog visitors who wondered what I would do. My most effective tool was to make him a persona-non-grata and eventually a non-persona. I ignored him and he finally dropped off. Good riddance.

As for my pure true gems, they are the ones I plan to keep for the rest of their lives or mine. I call them sisterfriends, and what a group of extremely gifted, beautiful, wonderful women. There are men too, who make me smile and I appreciate them.

I think only people who blog will understand why close friendships happen. My friends (who never comment) have been wary and protective. Some of them actually follow the comments and bear witness on my journey through the blogs.

I just re-read an article "The More Social Sex - Why do women form more powerful friendships than men." I see myself and my coworkers-friends and friends who have been there with me quietly for 23 years since I moved to Texas. And now I see my sisterfriends.

I have so much to give thanks. The past year alone I was so prolific that even I could not believe the amount of work that came out of my non-studio (Hahah - I have no studio). Some of my sisterfriends inspire me so much that I drew those acorns while walking!!! Now that is inspiration! And you dearest Anne, feisty, scythe-wielding, honest, eloquent, courageous and brave woman, I love you, my sisterfriend. Thank you!!!

studio lolo said...

I love that photo! I'll bet your home is beautiful and filled with artsy touches.

I feel I haven't posted much art lately either and in some ways I feel like my blog lost it's way. I need to get it back on track and make it mostly about art.

I like coming here to read your brain dribblings. You make me laugh!

Have a super (cool) weekend ;)

xoxo
Lolo

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Ces, you said it better than I could!
We are lucky to meet people this way, to connect with others that share our passion for life and art and blogging!
I am glad you are my sisterfriend!
Otherwise, you would throw nuts at me.....hahahahaha!!!!! :D

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Lolo, yes there are artsy touchs but there is also the severe touch of the Dust Bunnies!!!
This has been a hard summer for everyone to keep blogging---I think it is a combination of things, the least of which is the sweltering heatwave we had/are having.
I think come FAll we will all be more productive and back in some sort of swing......maybe! hopefully!

XXOO!!
Anne

yoborobo said...

Anne - you are much-loved. :)) As is only right! :) As for Blogger...I feel like I am dealing with some awful genie every time I post (which is why I haven't been posting as much as I should have). I am trying to train myself to copy my comment before I hit enter (and do the word vert) because 90% of the time it screws up. So here goes nuttin! xox

Ces said...

Speak for yourself! I am productive! Bah Humbug. HAHAHAH! I do not have dust bunnies. I have dust rhinos!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

WHOOO-HOOOO Pam!!!
You must have made the genii happy because it let you post!!!
I have had the same problems, and that is part of the reason I have had less posts on here....which is frustrating!
CONGRATS on STUFFED!!!!


XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Okay Ces.....I have Dust Elephants, and they have left other things around the house too....hahahaha!!!!

TSUP!
A.

Linda Moran said...

Dust elephants...LOL:) I really love blogging, and when a few days go by, especially if I'm not reading other blogs, I feel kinda empty. And Anne, I love starting my day with you!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Linda, I have felt so disconnected from everyone...time has been short and I need six hands to do everything!
I am so glad you like starting your day with me---you are a BRAVE SOUL!!! LOL!!!
And I miss the leisurely time I had earlier in the year to visit everyone and comment.....
I will be glad when grass mowing season is OVER!

XXOO!!
Anne

Jan said...

No one says it better than you, Anne. I need to copy some of your words to savor later, thanks for all your loving expressive thoughts, made me feel good.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Jan, I was so glad to just sit myself down and write this. It has been long overdue to all my sisterfriends out there in blogland, and of course in our e-mail land too!
I have felt like a dog chasing it's tail lately, and I really felt like I let everyone down not getting posts up, but dang. There are not enough hours in the days and too much to do in summer. You know that one!
So....yes, I miss the joking and candor and love we all share here, and I miss making fun of myself in my *great adventures*! LOL!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

Karen S said...

What a nice tribute (and way to elicit comments...) -- I was just going to say that I liked the lamp.

I haven't been online much lately and I miss my cyber-friends. It's easy to get busy and forget to check. I have a friend who's been my friend since she was in fourth grade (of course,I'm MUCH younger, tee hee) and lives far away, so email is the way we communicate. She says I'm "good for a while, then seem to fall off the face of the earth." But I always come back. That's what friends do. Glad you're back.

Bunny said...

Hi Anne I just love to come and visit you always have something profound to add to my life. Your sense of humour, art, life and love. It is so nice to have been a part of your blog life this past year or more. Please take care of yourself. We all need to take time to refresh.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Karen,

yes, today I figured everything could go to rot and I would visit my friends for a change!
It is really sad that life can get so crazy that we don't even get time to e-mail or post on blog. (of course--crab-crab--Blogger has not HELPED that.....)
I miss the *voices* here daily! And not the ones in my head...they're all still there!
HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Bunny,

I too am glad that we were along for the ride together this past year---through all of it.
I hope that after a few more weeks, things will calm a bit and I can get back in the regular habit of blogging. There just have been so many things needing attention NOW.
You know that story!
I am glad you are here!

XXOO!!
Anne

Queenmothermamaw said...

Well Annie dear, as a counselor said to me one time, " You have a hard time being average, don't you?" So, don't be so hard on yourself. We love you. I am so aggravated with blogger too. That is because so many people just love using it,I think it is overloaded. They need to update. Love your acorn.
QMM

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Average???
What's that??? :D LOL..
You know, Blogger needed to work out all their BUGS and get more bandwidth before pushing down the new templates. I still have trouble with the pages that use those loading properly. In fact, some don't load at all.
Sometimes it is better to leave thigns alone until everything WORKS...hahaha! Then implement the new items!
Oh, that would be if women were in charge! ;)
Off for the average *mowing day*......pfffft!

XXOO!!
Anne

Georgina said...

Oh, sniffnarcle (made up word), you know we who are your pals know stuff happens...life gets in the way and you have to attend to it...just common sense, but then the world lacks too much of that great gray matter!!

You are also a bright light in my world, ya know, you've been there, and count you as one of my bestes and wonderful buddies...damn lady, do we ever chat when we do one of our marathon phone calls.

So do what you have to do and we'll always be here. Hey, you've put up with some of my caca too, we all have it.

Love ya mucho.
G

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Yeah Georgina...we CAN TALK!!! LOL!!! And if my stupid phoneline ever gets FIXED, we can do it again! (I can hear nothing but static now. $66 a month for static....what's wrong with this picture?)
I hate it when real life gets so vexing that I don't have time for the pleasures of communication...
BUT!
You know the routine too!

XXOO and sniffnarcle!!!
Anne

Deborah said...

Awe, I haven't been around since the very beginning, but I do Love a blurry blonde and have a good heart; not so sure about my liver...teehee! I was just reading Ces' comment about Social Sex and got all excited but then realized I misread it!!! Dust elephants? I have enough Kitten hair floating around right now to make another cat. My heart is living outside my body, in three different cars driving east and west. **blows kisses** Deb

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Deborah....ahem....are we needing to get bifocals???? :D
Hey, I read it wrong the first time too but was not going to fess up to it! hahaha!!!
It must be time for me to bleach my hair....get the grey matter going again!
Well, Dust bunnies, rhinos, elephants, and sabertooth tigers....how about that???

XXOO!!
Anne

Marilyn said...

It is blogging sisters like you Anne who make it easy. You are a sweetie!!
Have a Great Weekend!
Love,
MArilyn

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Marilyn, I just got in from whipping the hay field into submission (i.e. mowing the yard!) And I am not a *sweetie* right now.....I'm thinking it is more like a *STINKIE*!!!! :D
Glad you're back blogging as you feel like it.
I guess we really do NOT have to do it daily....

XXOO!!
Anne

Deborah said...

I forgot to say how much I love the lamp!!! Oh, and that Ces fertilized my crops out of the goodness of her heart!!! SPAM FRY WITH HOT LINKS.
**kisses** Deb

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

LOL!!! So Ces fertilized your crops huh!!! (anne is having naughy visions....oh! BAD ANNE!)
I got that lamp at Hobby Lobby when they had them 50% off. Always wished I had bought another, and will if they have them again....it is so pretty in there in the evening, especially in winter. Casts a lovely warm glow.
Ask Ces about hot links! (or hot dogs.....)

XXOO!!
Anne

Gloria said...

Hi Anne. I too am not posting right now, but I am visiting from time to time and commenting. I've got too much going on right now and already I miss not posting but hey, my blog will be there when I get back. I hope you have a great week. Now on to checking other blogs and mail and then I'm off for another round of "too much going on." Take care. Beautiful post.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh Gloria....
I sooooo hear you! It is like everything went crazy at the flip of a switch! Today is the first day I have been able to have the luxury of sitting here any amount of time. I miss my blog-friends!
And yes, the blogs will still be here where it becomes far to hot for outdoor work and thankfully, WHEN FALL ARRIVES!!!
Have fun!

XXOO!!
Anne

Robbie said...

To have a friend, you must first be a friend! That you are and it shows by all the friends you have..cyber ones too1

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Robbie, I have met some wonderful people thru the web, and that includes YOU and MAndy too! (who I hope is recovering quite well)
Well, as per the normal afternoon, the storms are rolling in....I have to get out my flying monkeys and het their vests and hats on! LOL!!! :D

XXOO!!
Anne

audrey said...

Hi Anne.
You have written such a beautiful post on friendship. I think you pretty much summed up things that we all think and don't put into words often enough.
Blogging has opened up an entire new world. Friends, photos, tutorials on art and more, new art hanging on our walls, so much joy, some heartache, education on many, many things, shoulders to lean on, counseling, and much laughter. I really could not imagine life without blogging and blog friendships.
We started blogging right about the same time and I have enjoyed every single post and email of yours. As busy as your life is, you always make time for your friends - even if it's only a quick little "hang in there". That quick little "hang in there" could be what makes all the difference for someone.
You are loved by many and I am proud to call you my friend.
♥♥♥ audrey

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Thank you Audrey.
I put this post up for everyone else, and you sum it up better than I can!
Yes, it has been a richer world thru blogging....and I cannot imagine life without it now! :)

XXOO!!
Anne

Jennifer McLean said...

What a nice welcome, I feel the same about my blog freinds. Keep up the good work, I look forward to stopping by again. :o)
Best,
Jenn

~Babs said...

It seems like everyone has a bad case of the busys.But staying in touch as we can is important,,,and we mostly do, don't we?
Love the lamp ,,,(love Hobby Lobby's half price sales)
and I also love the little heart art on the wall.

Marie S said...

NO... Thank you!! LOL!!
You are a light in my day and I want you to know that!!
Love and hugs.

Serena said...

No worries, Anne. I've been the same from time to time where I've just had too much going on in my personal life and have found it difficult to keep up with my blog and bloggy friends. I think it happens to us all.

Btw, LOVE your photo!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hey Anne,
Glad to see you back in blogland with the funniest comments ever!
Hugs,
Anna

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Jennifer!

I will be soooo happy when things get back to *abnormal* and I am blogging full time again!
I miss my blog-buddies!!!
And hey--I finally was *allowed* to follow you! LOL!! :D

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Babs,

The little heart on the wall is a piece I made...actually, I did several of those and sold most.
Yeah, this summer has been crazy-busy; it is the first time I cannot keep up!
And I ahve not even VISITED HOBBY LOBBY!!!! (probably why things are not right...LOL!)

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Marie!

I know you are as busy as a hopping flea---miss chatting but work comes first, yes?
Take care and get some rest.... ;)

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Serena!

Yes, I guess I just get frustrated because I am no longer Wonder Woman that can *do it all*.....hahaha!!! But soon...soon...things will slow a bit.

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Anna,

My blog posts may be few, but my sense of humor never disappears! LOL!!! In fact, sometimes it ought to...... ;)

XXOO!!
Anne

Deborah said...

No bifocals...I have selective vision. I see what I want to see. Especially in the mirror when applying make up. Please do let me know when it begins to look like Bobo did my make up! Anne, once again, you are the life of the party in the beer truck, chugging straight from the keg after losing your mug...at least it's nice and cool in here.
**kisskiss** Deb

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Deb---LOL!!!
Mee too! So I am not a good make up advisor. I guess when it starts to look like Tammy Fay....wellll.....then back to the truck for both of us! :D
Off to try and get something done---church just over! (it rocked!!!)

XXOO!!
Bobo

Miss CT said...

Anne, we have you to thank as well. You are a true blogger friend who remains "faithful" to us, even in the times we all "slack" in getting around to visit, too. hahaha :) Love you much!!

PS and LOVE that lamp. Oh so pretty and cozy! I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE dark reds. hee

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Miss CT,

I think this summer we have all had a case of *Slacker-itis*!!! Gosh--it just seems there are not enough hours and too many people I don't want to miss!
And yes, I ♥LUV♥ dark reds too! ;)

XXOO!!
Anne

Ces said...

Good morning! It is Monday! I go to work...

Silke said...

Oh, dear, I am falling down on my sisterfriend job - didn't even find this until today to comment! Dear Anne, you and those commenting have said it so well. You are a bright light for me as well! I cannot imagine my life anymore without my sisterfriends. It is so hard to explain, but that's how it is... I hope you are doing wonderfully and the bad weather is leaving you alone... Love, Silke

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I feel the same way Silke. It is like a great support network of the finest souls, yes?
And I am so far behind on everything....I don't know where to start!
Maybe with tormenting the roofers again, or AT&T to get my phone fixed!
TSUP!!

XXOO!!
Anne

Sandy said...

Beautiful post and wonderful photo, love that lamp/light.

Tomorrow I must and have been meaning to post my "winnings" from you on my blog. It's so beautiful. But when I am on a creative streak, sometimes I get sidetracked.

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