There would be world peace if everyone canoed

"Pears on Blue Cloth," oil on gessobord
30" x 30"

What a busy couple of days! Lots of gardening, weeding, working, and now the hamstrings are barking! I finished the pear painting (above). In April, I did this painting for an Alzheimer's benefit in acrylic. Since that was auctioned off, I wanted to do one in oil for an upcoming show. I'm still working on the same size eggplant painting. That one is almost done also, just another couple of hours. I hope to get a whole 2 days this week at the easel. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Yesterday (Sunday), Jeff and I joined John & Debbie Thompson in canoing the Waukerusha River (or creek). This creek rises and falls with every rain. It rained hard on Friday, so the creek was just starting to get low by Sunday. It has lots of small rapids, tubes, and stuff. It took us 4 1/2 hours. There's a rip cord to ride. Of course, Debbie and I did that a couple of times. Only thing is to get a person back across the water, the other one has to pull them in by the attached rope. I think my arms are 3 inches longer!

The creek is so beautiful in its lushness and bluffs. One of the bluffs looks like the face of a lion. It startled me when we came around the bend and saw it. You could see the fish swimming beneath us. Hard to believe that only 40 minutes away from acres and acres of corn fields is this Illinois paradise.
Debbie and I broke in her new canoe. The seats in this one are teak slats and now we have very sore butts! We laughed so hard at times we almost tipped over. Of course, we had a couple beers to keep our spirits up.

This was Jeff's first canoe adventure since, I believe, 7th grade! He and John had a harder time with the shallower water. They are a tad heavier that Debbie and I...heh heh.

I hope to get a lot more of this kind of activity in this year. Last year my schedule didn't allow me to enjoy canoing. We live on the Rock River and the Thompson's are renting a cabin farther up this River this summer. It's a perfect place to stop while canoing down the river. I think I'm going to totally dig this summer.

Jeff and I got home arond 8 pm. It was a "2 Aleve" night. This morning was my first class with a real gung-ho instructor at the Y. It's a body sculpting class and we did a lot of lunges and triceps. I'm taking that 3 mornings a week. I hope I make it through. It took a lot of will power afterwards to go into my studio and paint. I just wanted a nap, but I'm one of those people who can't sleep very well at night when a nap is taken.

Well....time to watch some crappy television and order postcards for the Grand Detour Art Show. We send some to all the artists juried into the show.