Tuesday, June 29, 2010


As luck would have it, the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is Tropical Storm Alex...and he is here in the gulf...already causing problems.

It's windy out, and oil has arrived in Pascagoula with gusto, even spilling out over the seawall and into the road. Part of Beach Blvd is closed and BP clean up crews are on the scene.


This sucks...for the record.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Wish you were here, little boy...

Written on the sands of Daytona Beach a few weeks ago:
Max Edward 10/17/95 - 6/18/96

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Busy, tired, etc.

Wow it's been a week since I've blogged...sorry for the hiatus. I've been so exhausted, yet so busy since returning home from my business trip. I feel like I could sleep for weeks (but in too much pain to sleep even for hours like a normal human being, as usual) and I haven't felt like blogging a whole heck of a lot. Just keeping up with my Bob Ross Painting Workshop blog has been challenging enough lately, and then my internet connection died for three days, putting me behind even further on things. Thankfully I have a geek brother who rules internet connections, so he got me back up and running today.

Lots going on here...constant "oil spill" news...preparing for and teaching new painting workshops...back in college half time...still trying to get my car running right...Bob the psycho-cat is gone (dead in the woods, we're assuming at this point)...dealing with my health and 100 degree weather already...family reunion...lots and lots going on. Too tired to really stop and think about it all, so I'm running on auto-pilot as usual.

I still have my business trip to recap with a bazillion pics...I promise I'll get to that soon. I miss NSB and the folks at the Bob Ross Art Workshop. I would drive back there tomorrow if I could. But reality awaits...college classes to pass...workshops to teach...bills to be paid (somehow)...life on the Gulf Coast is rarely dull, it seems. Especially during hurricane season, which is upon us. Praying that we will be spared, as any tropical storm in the oil-tainted gulf would be bad.

Time for a midnight snack and meds. I'll get back to my normal bloggin' self soon. At least that's the plan, anyway.

Hope everyone is well...please leave a comment and let me know how you're doing.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cut the crap, spammers!

Dear Spammers:

Since you obviously haven't figured it out yet, thought I would let you know that my blog is moderated.

Your comments and links will never, ever, EVER be seen here.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Save The Gulf of Mexico

As I'm sure you've all heard, there was a terrible tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, resulting in millions of gallons of hazardous oil continuously gushing into our waters and spreading.

My cousin was working on a rig when the explosion happened. He was one of the first responders, and is still out there now. I am so thankful that he is alive, but others are not. First and foremost, please pray for the loved ones of the eleven people who lost their lives in this terrible accident.

And of course, those of us who live on the Gulf Coast greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers as the oil arrives on our shorelines. I live right on the Gulf of Mexico on the Mississippi/Alabama state line, where my family has been in the seafood industry forever. We are heartbroken to see our coast once again devastated, less than five years after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina. This one is a little different, as it is a man-made disaster that continues to get worse every day, and there is little that we can do to help. I wish it was as easy as going to the beach with soap and towels, but this is an extremely complex situation involving uncontrolled hazardous material. Only those trained and licensed to handle the oil, tar, and affected animals are allowed to lend a hand. I understand this completely, but it doesn't make it any easier to sit back and watch our livelihoods at risk yet again.

On top of daily weather forecasts on the news, we are now receiving daily "oil spill forecasts". It is truly sad.

Pray for us, friends. If you would like to stay up to date on the oil spill from a local Gulf Coast source, there is a group on Facebook that is going strong. Click below to check it out.

Many thanks to all around the world for your thoughts, prayers, and support during this stressful time.


Monday, June 7, 2010

Home from Florida

The drive home was pretty traumatizing, but I'm home safe and mostly sound. In bed recovering from an overwhelming three weeks.

I have my certification and I am more thankful than words can say. I already miss the Bob Ross Art Workshop. Love those guys and I hope to see them again someday.

Real update coming soon, with a ridiculous amount of photos.