Friday, April 3, 2009

Back in the saddle again....

So the folks who've been following my blog know the financial challenges I face after my divorce and dealing with the fact the ex gets a chunk of my monthly pension.  

I never really wanted to but I'm putting on the basketweave again.  The economy has struck even our middle class neighborhood and part time jobs have been hard to find.

I was offered a gig that I cannot refuse.  A guy who worked with me at my old PD called out of the blue and asked if I wanted to work at a new prisoner transport company.  I was hemming and hawing because I thought I was through dealing with that part of society.  A few days ago, he said he had a job if I wanted to start right away.  It may be a one time job or I may decide the money is good enough to work once a month until my bills get paid to a more manageable pile.   

I'm leaving today and I'll be driving with my partner to Dayton , Nevada; picking up someone in Las Vegas and transporting him to Colorado.  We then have to go to Kansas, Oklahoma and back to Nevada with a couple more pick-ups and transports.  I should be back by the 7th or 8th at the latest.

I hope I'm back by the 8th because I promised my daughter I would take her to the SPCA volunteer training class that evening.  She's been bugging me to sign her up.  

The only other negative (besides not seeing my kids for that time) is not being in contact with my blog pals.  :o(

My Facebook and Twitter pals can see what I'm doing because I'm going to try and load photos of where I am while on the trip with my mobile phone.  

So please don't forget about me while I'm gone.  I'll be back and hopefully have some more interesting stories to tell.   Oh, I wonder if they'll say anything about the new equipment I want to bring with me.... HUGS!

37 comments:

Cynthia said...

Sheila, take care...did I ever tell you that I worked in a military prison for 5 years? When you wrote about the pick up and transport I had a flashback feeling...that work has a lot of stress...may you be surrounded in a protective and healing light for your journey. And may the stories you bring back be illustrated! <3

laurens.paint.palette said...

You do what you have to do, Sheila! I hope it is not too stressful for you! We'll all be right here waiting for you to post some more great art and cheerful comments!

Carrrie Jacobson said...

Hey, Sheila, the photo of the basketweave with the paint as gun is so funny! Thanks for making me smile this morning.

And congratulations on your commission and your cat-food commission - great idea! - and on being asked back to paint at the store. I love the two new paintings on the blog. You're a wonder.

xo

Tracey Clarke said...

Be safe, Sheila. We will miss you...can't wiat to hear all about it and see what sort of creatie juice you get out of the trip.(and....what the crap?! how is that he gets part of your pension!???)

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Stay safe Sheila and take your sketchbook. We will be here when you get back.

The Bull said...

Don't paint yourself into any corners! ;)

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Have a safe and pleasant trip..
The photo is funny and smart as you are.
Keep the spirit upppp see ya soon.
Big hug, IB

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

I understand the money and bills part. Be careful and we will "see" you on your return!

Madd Sketch said...

take care! try to find the funnie side of things, even if that might be a challenge. be safe! (>'.')>

Lori M Rowe said...

Hi Shiela, you, as a represenative of AFSA have been given an award. Go to my blog to see it. http://artbylorirowe.blogspot.com/

dominique eichi said...

Be careful out there, don't forget to take something else other than paint brushes and tubes because you could always give them a new color hairdo or face painting. Well be here waiting don't worry.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Be safe, Sheila!

Chris Beck said...

Hope you've got a safety on that tube of phthalo blue, lady, or you'll be wearing blue in more ways than one!! Stay safe and come back with great stories!!

L.Holm said...

Oh, Sheila, damn! Big big hugs and be safe!! Will definitely miss your shining presence in blogland. And anxious to hear of your adventures. xoxo

Mary Paquet said...

Hugs, Sheila. You are amazing! I will miss being in touch while you are gone. Take care and hurry back.

sam said...

Well done on the pet portrait! See word of mouth and you will be inundated with commission request!
You will be missed over the next week, keep safe and keep smiling:o)

Trevor Lingard said...

Wow Sheila
This seems different. I hope its what you want. Take care.
Will expect some pics when you get back off your adventure...I mean paintings!!!
Regards

artbyakiko said...

Sheila, take care and be safe!! Will see you next week! xxx

Sheila Wedegis said...

Sheila I'll be sending poitive energy for you!!! Be safe! Hugs from the other Sheila

Marco Folchi said...

Hello Sheila, take care and come back soon.

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

Best of luck with you new adventure. Everyone will miss your posts.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

...hope you bring back more stories to share, Take good care beautiful!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Sheila, You are one tough cookie, and a great artist, friend, mother, blogger. Hang in there, we will be waiting to hear your newest adventure!

Manon Doyle said...

We'll miss you Sheila! Be safe and good luck! We'll keep your blogging seat warm until you come back!!

James Parker said...

Hey, Sheila...good luck and take care in any event. Have a safe trip and take a lot of pictures.

Douglas Hoover said...

Hey Sheila, keep your creative side going and we'll be waiting for your return. All the best to you!

r garriott said...

Hi Sheila, sounds like a good opportunity. Hope it works out for you. Take a sketchbook with you, and see you on the blog soon! Big Hugs!
PS, love the photo!

Paula Villanova said...

Safe travels Sheila, we'll be waiting for you to return to the blogosphere!

Dean Grey said...

Sheila!

Love that pic with the paint tubes in the holster. LOL

If those prisoners get out of hand poke 'em with some pointy paintbrushes!

I hope your financial troubles ease up on you. You seem like such an optimistic person that I'll know you'll do just fine.

-Dean

Judy Mackey said...

Sheila - love that photo - your last dog post painting is wonderful!
I gave you the lemonade award on my blog.
Judy

Cathyann said...

Will miss you Sheila. Keep safe.
Love the paint packin holster!
And the last post. You are on generous lady! Someone to emulate for sure. Best.

Deborah Ross said...

Sheila, I know you must hate taking time away from painting to deal with people who don't respect the rest of us ( or themselves). I'm glad your commissions are coming in. Your portraits have a lot of soul in them.

Maryanne said...

Hi Sheila -- be careful out there! Bring your camera and take some great reference photos for some paintings.

simoart said...

Hi Sheila
Have a save trip, take care and I will be waiting for you. I miss your art.

Gwen Bell said...

We'll miss you Shelia! You have such an interesting job!!!! Great photo...you should paint it for all us Gun Toting Painter Chicks.

Stephen Gardner said...

Come back safe Sheila, we are all facing such times it seems.

Dean H. said...

Be safe my friend. Vaya con dios...go with God.