Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life


Flowers and impressionism painting

Here are my latest paintings. A large and small impressionistic painting done with a palette knife so LOTS of texture. This was my last OLLI class.  The little tiny flower with blue background was done at a Kym Easter class at White Rabbit and is acrylic and it is about 4″ square. The other two are the first ones I have worked on at home on my own with my new water based oils paints. Lots to learn here with the canvas being very rough and learning how to mix the paints. Most of the time paint was too thick and I had a glop to work with but learning. I just added the $2 bill so you could get and idea of the size.



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Chihuly at Biltmore Estate

Went to the Biltmore Estate yesterday for the Chihuly glass exhibit. The photos don’t do it justice. It is a one of a kind beautiful experience. Greenville has one sculpture and that cost $300,000 so that gives you an idea what this is worth. It will be there until Oct. 7.   Enjoy the pictures.   Here is a link to the one in Greenville.   I can’t believe Bob and I haven’t seen it yet.  We will soon.

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My Dad’s World War II artifacts find a home

My dad Harold “Randy” Randen served in the army and was part of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He brought back quite a few artifacts of the war both German and American and I have been trying to figure out what to do with them since he died 40 years ago. I decided I didn’t want to sell them and wanted them to go to someone who would appreciate their historic value.

It would have been one thing to donate them to a museum near Nicollet MN where he spent his life but it is a whole other wonderful thing to have them near me now that I live in Greenville.

My patience paid off and yesterday I took all of the items to the new Greenville Military Museum. It is in an old hanger at the downtown airport across from the Runway Restaurant and playground. It is open on Sat. afternoon and some Sundays. They are still remodeling but I was quite surprised to see all the exhibits they have. Admission is Free. They will focus on military action from the Spanish American War to now.

Their curator with loving care went through every item. What I gave them will go in their permanent collection and all things were items they did not have so no duplication. Bob and I learned quite a bit about the items so that was pretty interesting. I am 110% sure these special military items could not have gone to a better home. My dad would be very happy to know how they will be shared with the public. We might even get one whole display case for his things. Whatever they decide, I know I made the right decision. Enjoy a few photos. They have much more and will feature people bringing in their special collections too. The hospital unit complete with an ambulance is pretty neat.

They also have as part of their mission to do education especially for 5th grade students. They have “hands on” items that the kids and adults can interact with. They have a ways to go to finish the place but it is already well worth a visit.…

About 10 years ago my cousin Larry got very interested in his uncle’s service in the Battle of the Bulge and did quite a bit of research on it and he shared it with me.  He said he really got mesmerized and drawn into something he previously had no interest in.   The same thing has happened to me in the last few days.  There were two books written about the 84th division that he was in during the Battle of the Bulge.   For now I kept them because I want to learn more.   Eventually they will go to the museum too.   Larry’s work gave me a great starting place.   This battle was the biggest one of the war so lots has been written but I found I also needed to know the story leading up to the war.   I have already learned so many interesting things.
Photos of my Dad and a few of the museum.scanDSCN1397DSCN1396DSCN1395


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Fairy Garden also becomes a Memory Garden

I am having lots of fun thinking of what else to put in the garden.  Of course I need plants and there are many companies that have them. Here is one possibility.   I want to wait until it gets a little warmer to order something.


Years ago Bob’s mom gave me a bag of agates that she had polished when he was a kid and I have hung on to these all these years.   I can see these as a path or glued together as a wall or even to decorate the house.


These Siamese cats I have had since I was a little girl so definitely think my fairy would like the kitties.


Also, when I was little I had a rock collection, see rock behind the cat, and have quite a few of them so I can see rocks as boulders in the garden.


My friend Kris gave me this fairy years ago so she will now have a new home.  Each of the eggs were gifts, Bob’s mom painted the blue one, so maybe there will be a place for at least one of them.   I like the fairy cat but I think she will be too big.DSCN1304

This ballerina was also something Bob’s mom had and she is pretty tiny so perhaps she would like to play with my fairy?  What do you think?


There is an endless amount of stuff you can find for fairy gardens on line so will see how things come together.  Many are made of wood and twigs and oh so cute.

When I was cleaning out drawers I also found a couple heart shaped rocks so they might be a part of it too.   I don’t have much room but everything is small.  I am having fun.



My latest oil paintings

My latest art work. Here are some photos of my paintings the last couple months. The first one is the new display system in the guest room so we don’t have so many holes in the wall. The last two are 4 little 6″ pictures that I can’t wait to do more of. They are all oils paintings. I found a great instructor here in Travelers Rest.


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Celebrating the Solar Eclipse

Fay and Bob and other volunteers from STEAM Tech Teams had a wonderful time at the Furman Solar Eclipse event on Monday. Furman guesses they had 12,000 to 14,000 on campus but not all of them came by our table. I would guess we had about 5000 people between 9:30 and 1:30. Featured 3 D Printer, drones and FPV Glasses. Lots of interest in all areas. FPV glasses were a BIG hit with young and old and something most people had not seen. Eclipse was so spectacular, it is hard to explain. We definitely needed a nap by 4 p.m. Thanks to Randy Ryan from R3AERIAL for his great exhibit to help us spread the word.   It was a tough day because of the heat, over 90 the whole time.   We had fans thank goodness and most of the time some shade from our tent.IMG_3031