Life Part Two

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

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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

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Rough week at the Choban home

This is turning out to be a not very good week at the Choban house. Our gas bill has been sky high the last two months. This is summer so we aren’t heating the house.  Had Piedmount Gas out two months ago and they said meter reading was ok. Got our last bill Thursday afternoon and it was $170 when it should be $15. There is clearly a gas leak. Had fire dept. out Friday because Piedmount Gas couldn’t come out till today. Fire Dept. couldn’t find a leak so we are thinking meter is faulty. Piedmount Gas comes out today and finds a nail hole in gas pipe in attic from when our new roof was put on. Apparently this is not rare. So now gas is turned off while we wait for repairs this afternoon. Next our 9 year old 50″ TV is dying and needs to be replaced and last Bob has been complaining about itching bites and we couldn’t figure out what was causing them. Gas man goes out to check meter and tells Bob not to come because he has sandles on and English Ivy is full of poison ivy. Bob has been out there cleaning up the area so his bites were really poison ivy. He is very lucky it wasn’t worse. Now we have to find a company to get that all cleaned out and probably replant with new ground cover. Things could have been MUCH worse. House could have blown up or we could have died.


Recent art projects

Most of my news goes on facebook but I thought a blog post on what I have been doing artistically might be fun.

Here are three of the most recent oil paintings that I did in classes.  I have another class coming up in a couple weeks that is lilacs on a black background.   Having fun, that is what is important.

This was done with a pallet knife and has lots of texture.   I didn’t even know what a pallet knife was when I went to the class.  It is 12 by 16.    Have to get a frame for it yet.


Here are two more.DSCN1257


Here are three greeting cards I made yesterday with four of my girlfriends at a class at Hobby Lobby.  The paper is all cut out so really makes it fun to do.   Each card takes about half an hour.




Here are some acrylic paintings I did awhile back.