Being Busy

I’ve been a little busier than usual. I have been working on author related stuff. I have also been busy dealing with family related stuff. Then, there are those day to day things that usually take up your time. However, time still goes by slower than I want it to here in the desert. It’s only been a year and two months here and thinking about having to spend another almost two years here isn’t a happy thought. So, I hope I can keep myself busy with enough things to forget really about where I am. Though the glaring sun every day makes that rather difficult. Anyways, I’ve been busy with a bunch of stuff.

Eventually, I intend on posting a recipe/instructions on how to make filet mignon for dinner. It’s something I do every week and it always come out nice and tasty when I make it. I make my husbands med-well while I always take mine nearly well done. That is a little taste of the article I will be posting soon. Hopefully this week sometime.

If you don’t already know it, I run two facebook pages besides my own personal facebook page. Then, I am also an administrator on another facebook page that another person created and is the main boss. All three aren’t really large facebook pages, but they keep me busy. I also maintain my author website which I created and designed myself. Right now, I am working on a new children’s book. I wrote the story, but I am also doing the illustrations this time around. I have about 1/3 of the illustrations done but none are actually colored in yet. So, I have lots of stuff going on that I am doing. I intend on having my new children’s book published sometime next year. I’m setting the deadline to June 2016, but I know issues will arise that will probably set me back to publishing in August 2016.

If you would like to enter a freebie/giveaway, please see the pinned post on my author facebook page for details. My author facebook page is the first link below.

Enjoy the rest of your day. 🙂

Kathleen Ivan

My facebook pages that I work on:

https://www.facebook.com/KathleenIvanpinkboatadventure

https://www.facebook.com/ReflectionsToNone

A facebook page that I help with that isn’t mine:

https://www.facebook.com/PromotingPictureBooks

My author website:

www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com

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Heavy Rain in the Desert is Problematic

Yesterday, I witnessed first hand the problems of traveling even a short distance in the desert when it rains. Where I was driving, the rain wasn’t bad at all. Only when I stopped at Starbuck’s to get a drink and a sandwich did it pour for 10 or so minutes. I was rather annoyed trying to get my stuff from the drive-thru window because of the pouring rain. So, I was happy when it stopped just when I pulled away from Starbucks to continue my journey home.

It was still raining a little bit as I continued along my way, but it wasn’t bad. So, when I was only ten minutes away from home, I was rather chagrined that traffic had slowed to a crawl and then a total stop. I sat in my car for a half hour before I decided to put it in park and shut off the engine. I had to get out and stretch my legs. I was rather bored so I decided to take some photos. This is what it looked like.

This is the car line of stopped/idling cars behind my car.

This is the car line of stopped/idling cars behind my car.

Originally, I had thought that it was an accident. However, it turns out the road ahead had flooded with water and tons of sand. They had the plows out there and some police officers. I was not able to know about the plows till the line of cars were able to move again and I was able to continue on my journey home.

Here's my car. You can see how the sand is on the road. That's from the rain.

Here’s my car. You can see how the sand is on the road. That’s from the rain.

You can see little drifts of sand on the road in the picture above. That’s my nice blue Ford Escape in the picture. It’s the first car in the picture.

The line of cars in front of my car.

The line of cars in front of my car.

Another view of the line of cars/automobiles looking in front of my car. I love the look of the sky that I was able to capture in the photo above.

People were getting restless. You can see them starting to get out of their cars and looking around.

People were getting restless. You can see them starting to get out of their cars and looking around.

This picture above is fuzzy but I think it’s an interesting picture in that it shows the people.

After a while, more people got out of their vehicles to walk around.

After a while, more people got out of their vehicles to walk around.

I think this is an awesome image because it shows the attitude and feelings of the people being put at a disadvantage because of the rain. The guy whose image is reflected in the mirror to the right side of the image made me shake me head and laugh. Him and his buddies were saying “oh my God” over and over again. Then, I heard them saying they had to “go piss” and that they couldn’t wait any longer. They actually lucked out because the car to the side of them had pulled away and went in the opposite direction of the line. So, these guys ended up being able to get out of the line and probably felt really relieved that they could “go piss”. 🙂

The long line stretched both ways.

The long line stretched both ways.

I love this picture above also. You can see the people’s attitudes and the plow/trucks in the distance fixing the road. You can also see the sand and water on the road. I didn’t know how awesome of a picture this would turn out to be until I got home and saw it on my computer.

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People got back into their cars to listen to the radio to combat their boredom. Plus, it was starting to drizzle again. I stayed outside even while it was drizzling. I was actually walking around outside of my car taking these pictures.

You can see a little bit of how the sand and water got all over the road.

You can see a little bit of how the sand and water got all over the road.

It took a whole hour for them to get the road good enough for us to be able to drive on. Even then, only one lane was safe enough to drive over. Good thing it was a two-lane on each side of the road. I was so happy to be able to step on that gas pedal.

The problem of rain in the desert.

The problem of rain in the desert.

Of course, I wasn’t gonna step too hard on the pedal though. There was still water puddles and sand here and there. Puddles are bad enough, but when u have sand in there also it’s another story. My car has sand all over it now. It needs a car wash, but I’m gonna be leaving on vacation soon. Tomorrow is prep day for my vacation to the Mid-West.

One side of the road was blocked off because of the accumulated sand and water. It was pretty thick in some places.

One side of the road was blocked off because of the accumulated sand and water. It was pretty thick in some places.

You can see my graduation tassel here. It says 2012 and that’s the year I graduated from my Bachelor program at the University of Phoenix. The time is wrong on that clock there….it’s three hours ahead and five minutes behind, so it was really about 6:40 pm at the time of this picture.

Well, that was an adventure. Annoying, but what can you do? It’s the desert and the sand just goes where it wants to when it rains.

Did you find this interesting? Did you learn anything about desert living/desert problems from this post? I hope you did.

This blog post may give me some story ideas.

If you would like to see the first book I’ve ever published, the amazon link is below.

http://www.amazon.com/Pinkboat-Adventure-Kathleen-Ivan/dp/1491874589/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437427741&sr=8-1&keywords=a+pinkboat+adventure

Some Art by Other Artists that I Like

These are some pieces of art that I, in particular, liked at a current art show that I went to. If you like art, you might want to take a look at these.

I liked this one because of the way the broken bits of sunglasses reflected the light in its environment. Those bits of lighter portions everywhere are reflections of light in the room. Otherwise, it would be total black.

Artist: Ichiro Irie Title: Refracture Made with Broken Sunglasses

Artist: Ichiro Irie
Title: Refracture
Made with Broken Sunglasses

This is a close-up. You can see the light reflections and the texture a little better. I actually met the artist. These are rather average in size: 25″ x 25″ and 12″ x 12″.

Artist: Ichiro Irie Title: Refracture Made with Broken Sunglasses

Artist: Ichiro Irie
Title: Refracture
Made with Broken Sunglasses

I also really liked this dark colored one on the left. It mimics the color of night time and it is relaxing to look at. For me anyways. 🙂 I met with the artist and she said that most people don’t like the red one but are more drawn towards the brighter colors of the green one. Evidently, I was the exception. 🙂

Artist: Maggie Tennesen Title of Red one: Eternal Dialogues, 2013 Title of Green one: Rent Time, 2009 Materials are Acrylic on Canvas

Artist: Maggie Tennesen
Title of Red one: Eternal Dialogues, 2013
Title of Green one: Rent Time, 2009
Materials are Acrylic on Canvas

Another view of the same art pieces. I took all the pictures with my Nikon D3200.

These are rather large. They are 48″ x 48″ and 72″ x 48″.

Artist: Maggie Tennesen Title of Red one: Eternal Dialogues, 2013 Title of Green one: Rent Time, 2009 Materials are Acrylic on Canvas

Artist: Maggie Tennesen
Title of Red one: Eternal Dialogues, 2013
Title of Green one: Rent Time, 2009
Materials are Acrylic on Canvas

This one is really interesting also. It originally had ice in the empty spaces between the frame and the containers. However, I didn’t have my camera at the time. So, this is a picture of the art display after the ice had melted. You can see evidence of the melted ice in the brownish residue beneath the sculpture on the right. As the ice melted, it dripped and some of it collected into the containers.

This is rather small. It is 7″ x 7″ x 5″. I was told that the artist sculpted the containers.

Artist: Robert Miller Title: Untitled, 2015 Composed of Ceramics, Green Tea Ice, and Wood Frame

Artist: Robert Miller
Title: Untitled, 2015
Composed of Ceramics, Green Tea Ice, and Wood Frame

There were lots of other exhibits, but these are the ones I liked the most.

Sun, sun go away!

Sun, sun go away.

Don’t come again another day.

I wish you would hide away.

Behind a cloud all morning long.

You can tarry and stay gone.

You are so bright, I wake a fright.

To see you in my room alight.

I hug my pillow close and tight.

But still, I see your light.

Sunrise is way too early to be a fright.

And wake from my nice sleepy night.

The awful sun.

        The awful sun in my backyard.

I am not a morning person, so I wrote this quick poem to display my adverse/complicated feeling towards the sun. I really don’t like the sun waking me up every morning before eight thirty in the morning. However, no matter how I cover the windows, it still wakes me too early. Blinds and curtain don’t avail unless I use ugly thick drapes. Drapes I will not have in the bedroom. I like pretty curtains, so the fight with the sun goes on. Can I ever win without the use of drapes?

What I’ve Been Up To…..

This is something I did in art class recently.

This is something I did in art class recently.

I’ve been busy with a bunch of things lately. I didn’t think that I could be busy out here in the desert. Yet, I am.

I have an art class that I have been going to twice a week. Then, I also go to Art Club meetings once a week. With Art Club comes volunteering opportunities which I will be engaging in soon at the end of this month and in November.

I’ve also been advertising to get actual reviews for my book, “A PinkBoat Adventure” on Amazon. I can’t change the price, so the price is $3.99 for digital format. My family is not internet friendly and others don’t see that it is valuable to leave a review. I often post reviews on Amazon for things I buy regardless of whether it’s a book or not. I feel like it’s valuable and helps others decide what product they will choose to buy.

I also have other daily things to do like grocery shopping, cooking dinner, etc.

I am also working on some art projects. They will be displayed for sale at art galleries in the local area. Hopefully, someone will purchase them as I am just a beginner “artist”.

It’s time for me to get some food….dinner time. 🙂

Later,

Kathleen Ivan

Link to my amazon book:  http://www.amazon.com/PinkBoat-Adventure-Kathleen-Ivan-ebook/dp/B00JC16JAI/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412986053&sr=1-1&keywords=a+pinkboat+adventure

Link to my author website: http://www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com/

Art Class & The Importance of Book Usage

I decided to take an art class to brush up on my painting “skills”. This is my second class so far. I originally thought that this was going to be an all book or mostly all book class. However, it’s not. So, I was rather annoyed when the teacher said that we didn’t “need” the book. What is up with teachers not using books? Books are so valuable.

Also, I want to learn something: the methods and processes involved in painting. I just can’t do something without learning how to do it first. I already tried that in my other class. 😦 So, I was rather annoyed after my first two days of class ended and I felt like I didn’t learn anything. So, I decided that it was up to me to “figure out” the concepts that go with the assignments the teacher was giving us.

So, I picked up the book that was suggested for the class but not “required”. I compared it to the syllabus and ended up figuring out that the syllabus actually goes with the material in the book. So, I started reading the book and things started fitting together. The book was explaining concepts in much better detail than the instructor did in her 30 minute lecture.

Books are so important. Don’t neglect using them. Especially you teachers. Students are students for a reason. Students want to learn. They don’t have the knowledge. They take classes to learn stuff they don’t already know.

My point: I love books….I wish everyone did. Question 300 dpi

Bye Bye North Carolina

Well, I’m on my way to California because of my husband’s job. We’re not going to be anywhere close to the beach either. Instead, we’ll be out in the desert. At least there’s no staircase/upstairs in the new place. 🙂 

I’ve also joined night owl reviews. So, when I get all settled in at our new place, I’ll be starting doing some book reviews. That’ll most likely be some time in early July. 

I also intend on writing more books. “A PinkBoat Adventure” isn’t my one and only book. However, I may just decide to do e-books only. I’ll see how it goes. I’m looking around at various online sites to see what they offer and for what cost. Well, I was looking around until we had to pack up and move. So, I’ve put that to the side also until we get settled into our new place. Again, that will be sometime in July that I’ll resume my “looking around”. 

Basically, everything is on hold until sometime in early July.