Saturday, March 29, 2014

Just don't know what to post...

I still love to blog, it just seems that I don't do it as much as in years past.  People change, things change, yada, yada, yada.

One of the things I promised myself I would do this year is frame and hang my own art.  I have finally gotten around to doing this.


Here you see a copy of a Monet that I did in acrylic...


Here is a still life that I did in soft pastel...


Here is the final version of the view of the stormy sky from my sister's driveway, done in pastels.

I call this one Carlsbad at Dusk.  I painted it in 2010 with pan pastels, using a photo I took in California as my reference.

I framed and hung this little color pencil drawing and decided that the laundry room was a good space for it.

Here is the pastel that I did of the old home place, showcasing my grandmother's flowers.  This was done from a small Instamatic print from way back when.

Speaking of Kodak Instamatic prints, this was painted using an old vacation picture taken in Florida by my husband's brother when they were kids.

Here is a small piece that I copied using one of my favorite pictures (painted by my sister) as a "go-by".  They say you learn by copying the masters...enough said.  Oh, and say hi to my little cardinal friend, an original by Karen Pender at Countryfolk Keepsakes.  Gotta love her! (Karen and the cardinal)


Here is a quick shot of the barn paintings that I currently use as the banner for my blog...


And last, but certainly not least here is a quick shot of where I have been doing my mat cutting and framing.  After spending almost $300.00 having two pieces framed professionally, I decided to save some dough and do it myself.  Maybe not exactly as precise, but sometimes it really is all about the Benjamins.  If I can make my are look presentable for half the price, you know I'm going to do it.  That leaves more money for art supplies...I'm just sayin'.

Sorry if some of the pictures are hard to see because of the glare.  I'm way too trifling to take them off the wall to get a professional looking shot of each one.  My house is finally looking like my own personal art gallery.  I still have lots of wall space and that means there will be more art to come. 

In the meantime, I may be taking a break from art and setting up the sewing machine or making some funky jewelry.  Who knows, with me?  I keep my needlepoint station set up to work on and I've always got at least one book that I'm reading and I'm learning to do Sudoku puzzles.  I stay busy and hopefully soon, Sister Peri will soon be visiting so I'm looking forward to that.  I'll try not to wait so long between posts,  but I can't promise.

Love you bunches and we'll talk soon.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Just to name a few...

I stay very busy.  Whether it is just sitting at home watching a marathon of one of my favorite shows, or going shopping, or cooking or whatever, I consider this being busy.  I am never bored (or boring either) and I thought I would just toss out some pictures to show what I've done since my last post...

 I posted a picture from 2000 for throwback Thursday...
 I got a new ring that was TOTALLY on sale at Macy's...

 I baked, making cheese danishes from canned croissant rolls...
I cooked, making a yummy sloppy joe, pasta sauce concoction...

I manipulated and printed out a picture of a wild looking California sky in Peri's neighborhood for a possible painting...

I took a picture of a really beautiful sunset sky in my neighborhood...

and I wore wild socks with flip flops to the grocery store....because I can.

Of course, I have done a lot more than that, but I don't want to overload your donkey.  We had a beautiful day yesterday with temps sky rocketing to about 76 degrees but our forecast for today is serious, severe weather with very high winds and rain and a 40 degree drop in temps... starting about three o'clock and lasting all evening.

I didn't get my newspaper delivered this morning and since this has happened several times in the past few weeks, I went online and registered a complaint with the newspaper.  My doorbell just rang with a newspaper being personally delivered to make up for the mistake.  Have to admit, even though we only have one major newspaper in our area, that is a nice touch.  Guess in this day of computers, the print industry (no matter how small) will do whatever they have to keep the readers happy.

Speaking of keeping readers happy, as far as my comment section goes I only hear from one or two of my readers. I'm not concerned, as I truly believe that you, all my loyal fans are still reading so this is for you....

Thanks so much for staying with me for all these years.  Through all my ups and downs you've been there.  You may have not really known about the downs because I am a great believer in "rolling with the punches"..."brushing myself off"... "pulling up my bootstraps"...and "rubbing some dirt on it"...to get past whatever has me down or miffed or confused.  Those of you who know me, know where I feel that my strength actually comes from, so I wont go into all that.  With all that being said, I want to say "hey, you, thanks for checking out my little blog" and "even though you may not have time to comment I know you're still there."

Take care and be sweet. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I'm waiting for spring...

I'm not wishing my life away, but I am ready for Spring.  I don't have much to post tonight, just a few selfies and some other stuff...

As you know I spent a week with my sisters in San Diego.  I took selfies there  (it's what I do) and you will notice that I apparently wear this orange blouse all the time.  You see it here in the sunshine of California and you see it here as I wallow in my new shoes that we shipped home...

You see it yet again, as I show you the blue sky that contributed to the melting that finally went on here after the snow...

Sometimes my favorite orange shirt isn't visible....


I'm pretty sure I was wearing it in both of these snowy shots that I took before I was attacked by food poisoning later this snowy evening...

Here's a fun selfie that I took back in California...

In this shot I'm wearing my newest favorite shirt that I got when Peri and I indulged in a bit of retail therapy at a shop called Fairen Del.  It's such an interesting shop and I try to always stop in for something new.

OK, enough about me.  Here are a few shots of some of the cool art pieces that Peri and Peg have in their home.


Here are two really cool sculptures...( I include my hand for size and perspective)

This is a really interesting piece...

She has many other pieces which I will try to show you as the weeks go by. 

Here is a mosiac piece that will certainly catch your eye...

It has several companion pieces...


Peri is like so many of us are, her tastes in art are constantly changing and usually very eclectic.  She, being an artist herself, finds the art of others interesting and motivating.  Sometimes we fall in love with an artist's work because it reminds us of our own style, or perhaps because it is something completely different from what we do.

Whatever the reason is, most of us have favorite styles of art, be it jewelry, dolls, painting or quilts.  Art is in the eye of the beholder and I also love seeing what is out there.

Well,that's it for today.  I'll keep going through the hundreds of photos that I took, in hopes of finding something fun and interesting to show you.

Take care and stay safe and creative.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Winter storm PAX

Oh My....what a week it's been here.  I fully intended to do lots of posting here showing the progress of the snow and going outside and taking pictures of what I was sure would be about 6-8 inches of snow. I settled in when the snow started about 2:30 p.m., right on schedule.  I sat in the snow/sun room watching it snow and eating everything that I could get my hands on.

Here is the first hour of the storm...

Not too bad a start.  I'm thinking 6-8 inches and it will be an adventure...

Well, my adventure arrived about 10:30 Wednesday night, after Chelsie and her boyfriend walked to my house in what was then 7 inches of snow.  It was cold and her hair was frozen and she was having a blast.  Ahhh, the enthusiasm of a nineteen year old...

The urge to run to the bathroom hit me right as she and Jordan were playing in the snow and fortunately for everyone involved, they didn't stay long.  I began a very long night of being sick (both ways) in the bathroom.  I wont go into the details, obviously, but I was pretty sick.  Short version, it lasted all night and most of the next day, as did the snow.  We ended up with 22 inches. Ugh.

TD called me a couple times the next day offering to bring ginger ale or something, but I really didn't want any company at that time.  Later my next door neighbor showed up with food and ginger ale, I stayed on the couch until bed time and I made it through another night.

Friday I was able to get up and take a shower and blow dry my hair, which is probably why I didn't realize this was going on in the driveway...

The sky was blue and it was about 55 degrees. The snowplows had to concentrate on the main roads, so these guys (TD and son) shoveled both of their own drives and mine and another one of their friend's.  They said to call when the snow plow came through so they could make an opening for me to actually get out of the driveway afterwards, but I'm slow to want to get out anyway. I know those guys must be sore today.

Well, that's my pictorial description of the snow.  I know that I fared a lot better than my friend Karin, who lost control of her jeep and had quite a scare.  Glad she is OK.

Now we have high wind warnings.  I'm so over this, just waiting for everything to get back to normal, whatever and whenever that will be.

Take care and stay safe.

Monday, February 10, 2014

I know, I know...

Well, believe it or not I've been back from Cali for a week and I'm just now popping in to say hello.  In between getting back in the groove, going to the grocery store, meeting up with friends, anxiously awaiting the purchases that I UPS'd home (suitcase included) and doing laundry,  well, I've been less than motivated to make a blog post.

I thought it would be fun, though, to give you some of the pictures of the trip in the order that they happened.  I took so many that I think it would be tedious to continue on with that style, but for this post that's the plan.

Here is a shot of how lightly I packed. (sorry, the plastic bags are not supposed to be in this shot) In addition to the small suitcase, I stuck the books and such in my handbag/tote and I was ready.

T.D. came to the house about 5:30 a.m. and had coffee with me.  We then headed out to the local airport, very close to us by the way, and he took my luggage up to the TSA area for me.  I had already gotten my boarding pass the day before to streamline the process.  He couldn't believe how I had packed and mentioned that he had never seen a woman go on vacation without a ton of stuff.  Needless to say he was impressed.  He also made a joke about the lumberjack shirt that I was wearing.  That dude, he's a laugh a minute.  (Later his daughter told me that he was so nervous about getting me to the airport on time that he stayed up all night, just to make sure he didn't oversleep)

The flight from Roanoke to Atlanta is only about an hour, so afterwards, I kept my self amused taking photos of the airport and such...

Here is a shot of some of the folks hanging out waiting for their flight.  I was able to take shots of people by acting like I was taking selfies.  Sneaky, I know.


Here is a shot of the departure board for my flight.  Glad I wasn't headed any where on Alaska Air.  I missed the storm that hit this airport in Atlanta by a matter of hours.  Gulp.

Of course, no travelogue would be complete without a shot of the mode of transportation...

The flight to San Diego was delightful.  I had a wonderful seat mate by the name of Carl Smith.  We talked and talked and really hit it off.  We had so much in common that we really enjoyed each others company.  He was headed to San Diego to speak at some sort of a seminar/meeting and said that he was going to incorporate parts of our conversation into his speech.  I'm still so surprised when I make an impact on anyone.  He was a really interesting guy.

Had I not had such an endearing seat mate, I would have take shots of the food, but photos of airport food are a dime a dozen, making a new friend is a one time event.

After I landed, I debarked in the incorrect area of the airport, not knowing that the building had been remodeled in the last year.  Sisters and their driver Mark finally found me and we were on our way.

This is pretty much how it was when I was in the front with Marc.  He put up with my antics quite admirably.

After we got to Peri and Peg's I was raring to go.  Not tired at all, so Peri and I hopped into her new ride and off we went...

I was there for eight days, so I took lots of pictures.  In the next few posts you will see beach pics, pictures of homes, furnishings and food.  It was great fun and she is truly an amazing sister.  My sister-in-law, Peg is a pretty cool chick, too.  She had her arm in a cast the entire time I was there, but she was a real trooper.  She hung in there with us and when we finally offered her a day off, I'm sure she gave a sigh of relief.

Well, that's all for today.  There will be more to come.  We are supposed to have a really big snow on Wednesday, so hopefully if the cable doesn't go out, I'll have plenty of "down" time to make another  post.  I really want to post more often, I'm just such a slug sometimes.

Take care, friends and enjoy your life, whatever it is.  Love ya!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

What's up with me...

Well, first off, I'm typing this post from my new MacBookPro.  I have been a PC user for years, but I'm game to try and learn a new system.

A fun thing will be happening to me very soon.  Monday morning at 7:00 a.m.  I will be in the air headed to the West Coast to visit my sister and sister-in-law.  No doubt there will be many interesting things happening that I will eventually blog about.

T.D. will be taking me to the airport and will be keeping an eye on my house while I'm gone.  I'm hoping that keeping an eye on will include installing a tile backsplash in my kitchen and if I'm gone long enough, he might have time to install new lighting in my living room.

In any event, I may make a post while I'm on vacation, but if I don't get to, fear not - I'll be returning soon with new pictures and amusing stories.

Until then here is a fiery sunrise taken from my studio window this week.


The saying "red at morning, Sailors take warning" may apply, as we had snow storms all day long after this gorgeous sight.

Hope you like my first attempt at posting from my new computer, which may have involved using iCloud to import this photo from my iPhone.  I'm really not sure just how I did it.  Slowly, but surely, I'm learning.

Any way, I'm already packed and if I forget anything, I'm just going to replace it when I need it out there.

Short version, I'm probably going to be taking a break from blogging while I'm relaxing in the warmth that is California.  So try not to miss me too much.  I'll be back in a week or so.

Take care and stay safe and warm.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Here I am trying to post a video...

How can I ever start doing more youtube videos if I can't figure out how to even record the crazy things.  Here's hoping this works.

Sorry, but at this point I was getting tickled because I kept flubbing things up.  I do not envy celebrities that have to do this on a regular basis.

In any event, here is a one minuted video of me say hello.