What a September!

September 30, 2007 § Leave a comment

Today is the last day of the month, and so much as happened.

This month found me noting birthdays for these people: son-in-law Yancy, ex-sister-in-law Debra, friend Tom, husband Ed and friend Toni. My stepson Derek and his wife Kim celebrated their 2nd anniversary.

Val and Tom…birthday time!
Above: Val and Tom

I went to the Young Living Essential Oils convention in Washington, D.C. with Tara and Carolyn. It was a long plane trip.  We stayed at a quaint and historic Henley Park Hotel, right across the street from the convention center. We were saturated with aromatic oils the whole trip and riding very high! Fabulous!

Tara, Kat and Carolyn in DC
Above: Tara, me and Carolyn, our first night in D.C., beat after our long plane trip!

The convention was as I expected, brimming with enthusiasm and conviction, gratitude and praise. We learned about new products and heard antidotes from Ecuador.

Young Living Essential Oils Convention stage
Above: The Young Living Convention stage

We stayed on longer to do some sight-seeing and took a twilight tour of the monuments and memorials highlighted by the White House and the Capitol building. I had sprained my knee the week before we left to go to this convention, so walking was not as easy as usual, but we walked to the Smithsonian several times.

The U.S. Capitol Building
Above: The Capitol Building

Ate at many great restaurants, but the highlight was the art! Carolyn and I made our first stop the National Portrait Gallery. We planned on staying only for a couple of hours, but it was just too good to pull ourselves away from. It was a whole day excursion.

Above: A great portrait of Richard Nixon

The following day Tara joined us to see the National Gallery of Art. I was totally awestruck at the art, the immense talent! There were a handful of great pieces that brought tears to my eyes, but the one that stood out the most for me was Jon Vermeers’s “Girl in a Red Hat”. Teary eyed, I could not pull myself away from the painting. It was magnetism. I also viewed some Rembrandt’s, Van Gogh’s, Renoir’s, Monet’s and Manet’s. Another great painting I saw was Albert Bierstadt’s “Among the Sierra Nevada”, a massive oil painting.


Once back home I entered the Watercolor Artists of Sonoma County’s Aqua Areas show, and received the Rod Lee Memorial award and a cash prize for “Day Dreamer”, a portrait of my grand daughter, Ashlyn.

“Day Dreamer”

It was announced at the Artist’s Workshop of Sonoma County meeting (AWS) that I would be their next president, my duty starting next January.

Last week I hustled to prepare paintings for entry to the annual Harvest Fair. They have to go in the first of October.

I saw my YLEO business partner Sherri, and had a great lunch at Latitudes with former Barefoot Cellars co-worker Toni, and had a goodbye lunch with fellow artist Phyllis Rapp. Networking, of course.

Preparations were under way for my trip to LA next month to attend a Dani Johnson seminar with Tara and Caroyln. And, beyond all this, I did projects for KatGrafix clients. Jen, a client and winemaker just won a gold medal from the Harvest Fair for her J. Lynn 2005 Chardonnay. 

Whew! Tomorrow starts another great month!


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