Be kind to our Earth it is the only one we have.
I painted Trees all evening
These are NOT PAINTINGS :)
Have a great day!
Macro Spring Pansy
A Pansy bud that shall open soon
Another attempt at Watercolors hoping I do not loose my following by SHARING lol
I may try to merge a few together but just wanted you all to know in case you come across it :)
Time to make pretty things for sale and get serious it is SPRING!
So they say to describe our view out the back door or window to a stranger not sure any who stop here any more are strangers.
You have all seen the barn where I like to hide and do my Art work.
You have seen this place from up on the roof when it is covered with many feet of snow in winter.Most if they have been here have seen the wild birds and pretty flowers too.
So how would I describe this place to a stranger from another world?
Simply stated these days it is my piece of Heaven on Earth
The last day of March I was not allowed a midnight snack as I would finally go in to have the shoulder addressed.
April Fool’s Day no wonder I was moved up no one else wanted to take a chance I on the other hand was hoping for less pain and more use.
I had PT the next day yes real quick and tomorrow the stitches come out and more work twice a week for 6 to 8 weeks will begin in earnest.
I have a ice cuff I put on after exercises so I have no need for medication.
Life is good!
My son had another show last night in WY and I sat at home painting Roses he had Rose Art to sell and neither of us planned any of it I just decided to chill before surgery with a few hours of painting with a Artist from Russia that lives here locally in NH her name is Marina Forbes.
So all is well just been doing nothing much at all really
Today the plan is to ride down into the city and meet one of the Bloggers I met when I first started mine here. Maybe a quick lunch somewhere and my man can hunt the coastline and JT can meet one of her admirers :)
I will stop by my Moms on way out of Boston as she just had a procedure the same day I did.
Love to all of you
What I did before surgery they did not turn out looking like the Rose in my course but I relaxed and that was my only mission in all that pain
I know I know what kind of TITLE is that! lol
My world actually want to see?
Yard is taking a beating, as well as the road
Let’s have some hot sun
We will need it to dry out this mess!
So many others much worse off but this is not what I want on my mind as they put me under.
Have a safe week everyone!
Earth shaking, Creeks rising, Snow falling, Storms blowing through, if you see Noah send him my way!
Do you believe in fate or do you believe you can control your own destiny?
I always thought I was in charge of who I would become or where life would take me but in the end, as those who have followed me from the start know, in my case, it was to be.
Yes life was fun and I had a blast then it was hard so very hard but I made it.
I ran from evil and got strong enough to be blessed with a life that was in the cards for me.
I am so happy with what fate had in store for me :) though everyone would be better off with less pain in their lives I think.
Hope you are like me and find yourself just where you are meant to be. We all deserve to BE HAPPY!
No morning and actual Wild Turkey greeted me as I woke late this morning.
A few ducks joined in as well and a random Hawk and a bunch of my small birds who love the full feeders I hang out for them.
I even saw a male Finch and he was wearing his bright Yellow outfit. I can now relax. Surgery is set for the 17th of April. Everything is just about perfect except we are set to get slammed again this time some snow but 40 to 70 mph winds depending on which station you listen too. So I will fill the feeders and keep the shovels by the door tonight and come morning be prepared to feed a flock of 25 to 35 wild turkeys along with all my doves, juncos, black birds, blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, woodpeckers, nuthatches, robins, titmouse and the ducks. When it is nasty they all stop by to see me for something to eat now all I have to worry about is keeping the hawk from picking them off. I have trained JT to bark and let me know when she sees one and then I just step outside and off it goes. I have hundreds of acres beside and behind me it can shop at.
So here is a couple of shots of the place today.
I took one, three hour class to see if I would like painting again and to see what Watercolor was all about. My teacher was terrific and from Russia. It was during the games in Sochi.
I had signed up on really a whim and on the night I attended, at a local high school adult education course I was not alone. There were seven of us and one of which was there to learn Acrylics so as she learned so did we. The class was fun and fast paced as I would soon learn so was the art of Watercolor.
She taught us about resist, loading up your brush with a juicy mix of pigment and how important it was to have lots of fresh, clean water too.
At the end of the class we had new skills. We had been taught a way with in which to relax and let go. To feel your work as it flowed onto our 140 pound cold pressed paper. Life was good till I got home then the fun began!
Each day I try to take an hour sometimes more and sit with my brushes, pigments and a huge bucket of water and do some technique.
I have a friend who is amazing with her paints and she gives me tips and links to videos on YOUTUBE to help me learn even more. So I am learning and watching and trying and will do so probably for as long as there is paper for me to lay a stroke of paint onto.
I am not proficient of course having just had a three hour lesson but I am having so much fun that I signed up to go to my teachers studio twenty minutes away and see what else I can learn from a pro. I am having trouble with pine trees as I do not want to paint a real tree but really an obscure, sort of abstract one. I know it will come in time as I pick up new equipment here and there I am sure good brushes will really make the difference. My friend usually does her masterpieces on 300 pound cold pressed paper but for now till I learn the steps in getting the image in my head out onto the paper and I am happy I will stick to the cheaper ones.
I can not leave you without sharing one I did now don’t laugh I am new to this usually I just paint the house and barn!
Take a lesson on something new at a local school and just have FUN!!!! Life is hard enough on most of us. I am calling doctor today to book my surgery for shoulder to get it done with to hopefully lessen all the pain of the last seven months the heck with the snows that fall and trust me there will be snow here in New England but as I have been watching the birds pair up and chase each other I know I can handle what ever mother nature throws our way.
I also have visitor’s not like you all do mine usually are very wild, here are a few lousy shots through the window as light was leaving for the day. A Mother Deer and her young. She looks healthy but not pregnant so maybe there will be no fawn prancing in the yard but I must remember this winter was brutal for not only us but them as well.
Have a great week everyone and stay safe in your travels.
Boston Flower Show Blooms
Happy Spring Everyone!
We made it those who have to deal with harsh winters we spring has sprung but snow will slowly melt is my prayer so nasty floods are kept at bay.
Not sure if you have all seen or heard about this video or about the cause, all I could afford to do was share the smiles with all I know
It continues through lots of cities when you are feeling down watch and share it pass along the HAPPY
Love you guys!
Originally posted on New Hampshire Garden Solutions:
People who collect maple sap the old way in buckets like these are becoming a rare breed. The sap is flowing but syrup producers say it’s coming slowly, in fits and starts, because we’ve had so many cold days. Daytime temperatures need to be in the mid-forties and nighttime temps at around 28 degrees for optimal sap flow. Though some days and nights have been perfect it hasn’t been consistent. We’re still seeing below zero nights and, since the 4-6 week season ends in early April, each cold snap brings a renewed sense of urgency. Last year New Hampshire produced 176,000 gallons of syrup. In the abnormally warm winter of 2012 producers didn’t even see half that amount, and this year it might be cold that hinders production.
When we have the kind of cold we’ve had this year it drives the frost deep into the ground. In…
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Taken inside at the 2014 Boston Flower Show
The best day for me to linger would be the day the horrid winter, truly gives up it’s strong hold and allows spring to arrive with all of it’s beauty.
You know the kind of day, snow banks filthy from too many months of winters cold, when the earth lets out a sigh and you witness it begin to drink up the moisture that once would only allow more ice to form. When the frost beneath the yard was just too thick to allow for drainage of any kind to begin. It is the kind of day I wait so long for. I hear about it coming on the news and I get ready. I bring out the table and chair from the barn, yes we are tough here up in the northeast.
As the morning arrives I will be ready. The sun will come up and greet me at the kitchen window, beside the coffee maker where I will stand and wait for it to finish all the while I will soak in the first rays of this special day. By the second cup JT and I will make our way to the table and chair lying in wait for me to sit and linger.
The birds will be signing their absolute prettiest tunes and the Apple tree will have swollen buds as will the Forsythia. This is how I will spend each morning after that first day of warmth, lingering in the yard with my girl, soaking in the suns warmth only from now on with sunscreen.
Having got to the age I am, there are many things others can not make me believe for I have found the truth in living.
That the words our country rises and stands for, All Men Are Created Equal is a lie. All you have to do is step out onto the streets of where you live and it is there for you to see, if you open your eyes.
I believe in my heart there are without a doubt just plain evil people who walk among us, as I found myself married to such a person of ill intent, mostly towards himself as a man but sadly it spilled over onto all he said he loved.
The final one of these things I believe in my heart to be false is believing it is what it is. It is not!. We can change for the better and for the better of all mankind, yes it is not easy but life isn’t but one thing for sure is that you can change yourself, the place you call home and little by little the world we share.
As I wake to this world I am apart of each day I am struck by it’s beauty. Now you know I hate the snow and the extra work we need to do in order to clear it from our path but you know I adore the land.
So first off without a doubt I believe in God. I know without a doubt as it is hard to at times when we look out at all the evil that abounds.
It pains me to see hurt and destruction and so much loss but I believe in God.
I also believe that if man continues to destroy this earth at the rate it has been we won’t exist as a planet for thousands of years to come.
Now they ask for three things we believe in on this challenge and for me I will end on a lighter note.
I know without a doubt each animal I have shared my life with has loved me as much as I loved them.
Be kind to one another and to God’s animals as surly all you need to do is look at a full bird feeder to see so many others can get along with each other.
I stepped into Spring yesterday in Boston and it felt so good!
For the first time in just about 50 years I attended the Boston Flower Show without my Mom.
I climbed aboard a van here in NH with 15 strangers and took the 52 mile ride southbound, yes no wheel in my hand, another first!
It was a day full of sunshine and after surgery on Monday I thought about not going with the wound on my face and bruises too but I said the hell with it GO you won’t know a soul and if they want to stare or look away that is about THEM. I was surprised by how many actually asked me if I was OK. Many kind souls I met on my day away from home.
It was a Friday and the place was packed! Many like me just needing to SEE SPRING!
The theme this year was about romance in our gardens and we were greeted by a symbol of Love Hippie Style!
They were standing in between 2 stone birds and gorgeous flowers of Purple and White.
Remember Romance is the word of today and yes there were beds of flowers and actual beds placed within the gorgeous gardens.
Flowers in many spots
Pups wanted to go on rides too
Flowers of every color
Ideas for your home and yard were also plentiful at this flower show.
Actually not enough plants and flowers for this girl after having attended so many years when it used to be about the BLOOMS.
Every thing is just getting so commercial I want to have a show where it is Plants, Trees and so many flowers your senses are on overload and they could fill booths with ways to grow your own favorites, raise your own bees and be kind to our earth that is what is really needed isn’t it?
A Beekeeper and the delicious nectar from her local bees.
Now a booth like this will always grab my attention as it was bright and cheerful and had a good message for all of us who grow flowers or our own food because we need bees to pollinate so much of what we depend on for food and beauty don’t we.
Support your local garden shops as well as farmer’s markets every chance you get and tell them their hard work is appreciated.
Have a great weekend
SPRING IS COMING I swear!
Today I am back home to reality, which is 3 to 7 foot snow banks but the sun is showing now and then and melting is happening ever so slowly for which I am thankful for or we would be faced with horrible floods.
Ok now I know if I was good I would have added photos to get the point across even better but they are just plain ugly as is cancer of any kind.
Please don’t use sun tanning beds.
Don’t roast and roll as I did for years.
Always wear SUNSCREEN!!!!!
8 Stitches on my face
Huge amounts of swelling
All are a reminders of how careless I was about my health.
Please protect your children as well.
They did not have sunscreen when I was young but I know I never would have worn it anyway.
I was out for the glow!
Blondes look pretty when they are tan you know what I mean.
Well if I have any more scars than this one down the road I know I did it to myself but it is too late for regrets
So protect your SKIN
JT with a stick not so easy to throw and capture
Daily Prompt: Time After Time
Traditions: we’ve all got ‘em. They might be family dinners on special occasions, or having a particular kind of cake on your birthday (Jeanne Cake, natch), or popcorn at the movies, or meeting your friend for a 5k run in the park, rain or shine, every Sunday morning. What are your favorite traditions, large and small? What is it about your traditions that keep them going strong for you?
You made me think this morning Daily Prompt
I grew up with so many Family Traditions.
We used to go to both sides of our family, for holidays. They would split them up so we would know our Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles as well as our Cousins.
Many miles were laid down. Traveling from our state to theirs. Even with family scattered our parents made the effort for us to be together. I never knew there was any other way to live.
Flash forward fifty eight years from yesterday and really I have no real family. No closeness. Brothers, well two of them, moved to the south and one lives 20 minutes from me but I may as well be on the other side of the world. He is the baby, now 40+ years old but clearly in charge of our mom. I was born first and always cared for the three of them but since dad passed away ten years ago I have been left to make my own traditions as each holiday comes around.
Traditions are a part of each of us, be it currant or just a memory.
I now place a large turkey in the oven, stuffed with deliciousness, no longer getting dressed to see the family for holidays but getting dressed to head out the door. I go for walks with the dog and my special guy. We time it perfectly to arrive back home, as a turkey really just needs one nice basting to crisp up the skin, so it will look beautiful as I sit it at the table for two well the cat and dog will be allowed some on their plates when dinner is done. I make all the traditional side dishes from my childhood and some he remembers as well, see he has no family left at all. We have each other. We happily set out making new traditions together.
Here in the US IHOP is serving up FREE PANCAKES!
Tonight I will make a favorite from Bourbon Street
Jambalaya, I will pass on the King Cake as I am already
Sunday was my best friends birthday who I heard each year
growing up say “I’m 3 days older than you! Well I would remind her
when she turned 50 I would still be 49
Just keeping it real even back then.
Next week the skin cancer on my face will be removed and then I have to take my marriage certificate to the government agency in order to prove I am entitled to my ex-husband SS check. I was told he passed away after Christmas. So many things I could say but it is best to just pray he now rests in peace as now I finally can.
Not sure I will be any better off financially, as I do not know what he has been doing for work if anything, since last seeing him in 1997. Even $10.00 more each month will cover one month electricity each year.
I have been thinking I want to build a Coyote/Hawk proof chicken coop, on skis or wheels, so they can safely free range the property eating all the bugs from one spot to the next. Eggs are a big part of my diet. You see protein helps to keep you full and satisfied longer than empty carbs say like a bag of chips :) I have a friend who is a Body Builder and has been a inspiration to get back into shape pain or no pain and she devourers a dozen a day! I could also sell them for $3.50 a dozen for Organic Eggs and still have plenty for me and cover the cost of anything I would feed them over what they find in the yard.
Can you just picture me outside with my Watercolors watching the chickens peck the ground and clucking all day while that cute little Border Collie begs for yet another toss of her FRISBEE, yes friends life is good, well till I look outside and see RELAITY! It is below 0 temps F and snow up to my head or higher in some piles but seeing where some gradual melt has occurred under trees up on the sunny hill, where there is DIRT!
Always hopeful that is me in a NUTSHELL!
Stay safe everyone
Eunice aka NUTS FOR TREASURE!
Finished Kumihimo for my friend and a fused glass piece I sent along as she loves Purple
I have to thank you for doing the poll on Orchids for me. A couple came about ahead but not by a landslide I think it says you are all so kind lol or that you also adore Orchids. I am in good company. Again thanks for your help. Now if it got warm I could take their photo in natural light :)
For all of you facing mudslides, heavy snow and monsoons please stay safe. I will say a prayer as March begins that weather settles down this is going to be a scary thaw otherwise.
HUGS & Love you you all
We have had a few days where it got warm, well warm after what we have dealt with. Then we had ice and I mean horrible stuff! We would chop and chop when the sun warmed it and then while we rested each evening, it would freeze up all over again.
I know before long it will be just and ugly memory. Soon we will be seeing joy spread across our country and gardens bloom once again. It will fill us with hope and warmth, which is where I am at today.
Some of you who follow me on Facebook know the story, as do most who have read my stories from long ago. You know I got hurt bad but I survived. I have loved and lost only to love again. It really is just basic life isn’t it. Ups and downs, give and take.
Well the electric bill is so high and 100 gal. of propane cost over $440 and lasts but 3 weeks if we are lucky. We live on a fixed income, as we are both retired and the checks we get each month are divided up for all of our bills. Sometimes we can do something fun and other times we find fun close to home. We are better off than many but still poor when it comes to income brought in, so when they refused to bring me more propane on Friday or even to let me order another 100 gal.because we had a $160.00 balance and no income till 8 days later I had to ask the town for help and then I had to do what I tried not to do. I had to ask for fuel assistance.
Now if you know me you know that it angers me to have to request help. I am hit by someone doing something wrong and left unable to make the income I used to depend on and they go about their business, still driving a bus and making good money. I guess I go from angry to sad but on this day something changed. I mentioned to the woman taking our application for help that maybe when I hit 60 I could get the Social Security I worked so hard for, as I was the surviving spouse. She looked at me and asked if they said those exact words to me and I answered yes. She asked me to go home and call the government office as she believed it meant my ex-husband had died and I was entitled to it now. Well I did and they confirmed he had indeed passed away and I would now get his check if it was more than mine. So I made an appointment for after my birthday and in between surgeries to bring in my marriage certificate into them so they had proof we were married the required amount of years. Now remember I drove a rig over three million miles and worked hard and missed out on so many things others enjoyed, because I LOVED trucking. So once I go in with this certificate, I will find out if I can come off State aid and really that is all I am praying for. I want to be independent again.
While going through paperwork looking for a piece of paper I thought I had thrown away in 1995 I came across so many documents I would no longer need. So out came the paper shredder and I began to rid myself of all that really no longer mattered. With each piece that got fed through the blades, the weight of it all was not only freeing but sad. I guess after having a restraining order for over 15 years on him and holding on to all of our records just in case I would need them was 14 years too long. I made a dent in the massive boxes of trucking paperwork we had amassed in our 15 years of marriage. The first load was placed into the compost bin where it will sit and be covered by kitchen scraps and breakdown into something good. It will become beautiful rich soil, for new life to grow in. I could not think of a better way to deal with all of this.
So with all of this on my plate I will wander in and out of my blog adding a new one here or there as time allows for and a few interesting blogs from those I follow. I will do more of this purging and cleaning and letting go and spend my days feeling free from worry. I will smile more I am sure. I am sad he destroyed so much and in the end himself but I will pray for him to finally be able to rest in peace, as it is what I wish for each and every troubled soul.
I will continue to read your blogs in my readers, WP and Feedly and try to keep up, as I love you all and what you do is important. You keep it real, you show us pretty places and you write so eloquently. I love the poetry and the stories you tell and I will forever be thankful for the kindness you have shown me. I am not going anywhere just trying to get my act and home in order so I can have the procedures done and put my feet up in the sun with all of you and enjoy what life has in store.
Talk again soon
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