Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Very slowly going Greyhound, and a new family member

Last week Chloe came home from a youth program in California. I arranged for her to travel home on a Greyhound bus, which made me nervous, so I told her to wear baggy clothes, and pack lots of food since the bus will take 8 hours. Chloe the ever perceptive teen says, "Ok Mom!  The bus takes 8 hours, eat lots of food and don't dress like a whore!  Got it." (I could hear eyes roll.)

The bus driver got sick, so the bus was delayed for an hour. She brought a cup of coffee (because she "wasn't hungry"), and boarded for the slow journey East.  The bus stopped at the seediest places, so she didn't want to buy any food.  Then it was delayed again at the Mexican border when a woman got ill and they had to call an ambulance....

11 hours later this very hungry teenager arrived in Phoenix!  Naomi greeted her with a pretzel she and Phoebe made for her (it was in the shape of "The Deathly Hallows" symbol from Harry Potter).

Two days later we headed into the mountains to meet Mike's newest little cousin.

Little Joyce Dubisch was well worth the drive.  Mike loved her immediately!

She's quite the sweetheart!

After lunch the girls reconnected with their cousin Roy Peter.

Roy and Naomi working hard on a puzzle.

The kids with Aunt Kimberly (their mom).

Little Joyce with her Daddy.

Roy pondering another bounce on the trampoline.  

   The journey home was a bit treacherous.  As we headed down the mountains we were hit with a huge ☂monsoon and did some white knuckle driving back into the city.  After all the wind and the rain it was shocking to step out of the car in Phoenix into 110ºF heat at 8pm at night. The city was as dry as a bone.

In other news I've been teaching art almost constantly lately, but I still managed to wrap up 2 children's books projects.  This is the cover to one of them! Coming Soon..."Catch a Dragon"  by Ginger Nasser!!! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Beetle

©Carolyn Watson Dubisch

©Carolyn Watson Dubisch

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer camp madness and the radio show

Phoebe's month long theater camp with the Valley Youth Theatre came to a smashing end with the kids big production of "Dear Edwina" last Friday.  They were great, but my photos of the event went with the camera I gave to Naomi on Sunday as she left for church camp up in the mountains of California...

Here she is with her carpool as they set out for the 5 hour drive.

Chloe also came home from her 2 weeks at camp on Friday. The bus was an hour and a half late to arrive.  They hit traffic near a large accident and did that slow and nauseating  stop and go thing for 40 minutes.  At least 11 kids on the bus started vomiting from  motion, but not Chloe!  It must have been a struggle for her, as she's been getting car sick since she was very small.

Yesterday I brought Phoebe in for her camp physical as she's leaving for "Glee Camp", a  week long overnight camp in the mountains.  It was ....awful.  She first failed her eye test and it seems she needs glasses, but worse than that she had a curve in her spine and the clinic nurse diagnosed her with scoliosis.  She has to get scanned and may need physical therapy.  We don't have health insurance, but we have been signed up for a local discount program, so I guess we'll see how that works out.  In the mean time, I'm trying to remain calm.  (Not that, that's working so well.  Both Phoebe and I did the exact same thing when we got home, looked it up on the internet and saw the most extreme cases online.... stupid internet).

On Monday we had our radio show.  Joining us this month was puppeteer and puppet fabricator, Matt Cotten from Tucson.

We also had landscape artist, Pam Adkins from Maryland on the show.  It was a good episode and the first one with a puppet maker, but we're still having some technical difficulties that are driving me batty.

This week Mike has started selling prints of his latest painting "Cthlone", for inquiries write to him at DubischNY@aol.com

The good news is that June is OVER!  Just 2 more summer months here in desert, and then we have cool evenings again!
“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance”-Calvin (Calvin and Hobbs)


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