Boulder Festival Update

The rain, hail and wind didn't disrupt a great day for the festival in Boulder. After the storms blew through the weather was great and so were the crowds. I stayed busy all day—too busy to take more than just these few pictures. Everyone was very pleased to meet the artist who designed the logo and shirts and hear about my work. I was thrilled to sell a few paintings and bunches of pendants, cards, magnets and prints. The Boulder festival will definitely be on my calendar for next year.

Etsy Store Updated

I've added many new paintings and prints to my Etsy shop. This painting image is available as a print reproduction on both 8.5 x 11 and 11 x 17 paper, as are many of the other images. If you see an image that's not listed in the size you want, or as a card or magnet, send me an email or Etsy convo with your request or question. I'll do my best to get you what you need.

In Praise of Teachers

In the midst of graduation preparations I decided to add another project to my list. My daughters both were fortunate to have been taught by a long list of caring, dedicated, wise teachers throughout their time in the public schools. As Rachel leaves high school I want to show our gratitude to the teachers there who helped to shape the person she and Hannah have become.

I stayed up into the wee hours a couple of nights ago painting a tribute piece to them. Along with card reproductions of this I'll be giving each amazing teacher some yummy chocolate to let them know just how sweet the high school experience was for both girls. Funny how both Hannah and Rachel have always been interested in going into education themselves. The Henry Adams quote on the front of the card reads "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence will stop." Hannah and Rachel will make sure their influence continues for quite some time.

It's really happening

My baby is graduating. I spent the day designing and printing party invitations, and then stuffing envelopes with announcements and senior photos. They'll go out in the mail tomorrow and then there's no turning back. We'll celebrate her 18th birthday and the end of high school, which has been a very fun, exciting time for Boyd and me. In August she'll head off to Peoria to study Spanish Teacher Education at Bradley University. In the meantime, I'll enjoy watching her head off to prom Saturday night with a great group of friends, celebrate at the orchestra banquet, finish up the last few weeks of school and rejoice at her accomplishments these past four years, and the 14 wonderful years before those. Mingled with all of the excitement will be tears—both of joy and sadness. Time has gone much too fast and I'm not ready to give her up. I don't know if I ever will be.

Olathe Youth Symphony Spring Concert

Flowers for our star cellist.

The final bow with OYS.

Rachel with her directors, Mr. Gregory Ferguson and Mr. William Detrich.

Rachel played in her final concert this afternoon, after six years with the Olathe Youth Symphony. The music was wonderful, but it was a very emotional day. We've watched seniors cross the stage every year and talked about how Rachel would do that one day. Today was the day. My baby was called up to be recognized with the rest of the seniors. I am very proud of her and have enjoyed so much all of the music she has brought into our lives. Practicing the challenging music and going to rehearsals each week hasn't always been easy, but in the end I think she is glad she persevered. Bravo Rachel!

Betty Jane Bolter

August 22, 1932 - February 19, 2009

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 12:00 noon, my mother-in-law, Betty Jane Bolter slipped peacefully away from us surrounded by her family. We were supported by Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care and the staff of Delmar Gardens and would like to thank them along with the nurses, aides and doctors of Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

We believe she is going to a place where Teddy Bears play and Double Whoppers are on the menu every day. She will be missed by her family, friends and the loving staff and residents of Delmar Gardens. Donations to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care can be made in her memory.

We will miss you Betty.