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I just spent 2 hours or better hitting I don’t know how many of my beloved followers and probably barely scratched the surface if I have not been by I promise I will try :)
I have been painting everyday but 3 this month I just wish they were all masterpieces :) can not wait till I can sit and take my time on a piece but for now they just keep coming out of me so I am going with the flow and trying to learn when to stop.
I go out daily 5 or more times with my girl and we play Frisbee and I take a camera out to walk with us. This place is a jungle as well as a ZOO!!! We are never at a loss of things happening here.
I actually left her home the other night :( we have been inseparable maybe since I went on that silent retreat but I need to do some walking too much sitting has my knees screaming so I told him I wanted to hunt for treasure with him I think he was shocked being night and all. Felt god to go and when I came home JT was beside herself with joy crying and whimpering like a wolf pup does with it’s Mom. I made a big deal about what a good girl she was and then she ran to get her toy she did not care that I was tired and it was late so I threw and threw and then it was his time to play with her. We need to do this more often so that is the norm for her it is too hot to take her in the afternoon unless we run the AC and one of us stays in the running truck with her while the other shops and beaches here from on dogs and with fireworks legal as well as illegal she is better off safe at home. I know this but I miss her.
So today we watched this one work
Have a great week everyone!
So what is new in your world? My life is quiet but never boring :)
Wildlife visit in droves even with hundreds of acres of land surrounding me they still want to be up close and personal with me lol what’s up with that! I was outside just now talking on the phone with Mom she is doing awesome by the way she may drive tomorrow when I get down there, and I had 6 huge male wild turkey making pretty sounds talking to me asking for seed :) even with the dog and cat there they knew they were safe I like the young being brought here and calling my place home but I sent them off to search for ants and beetles ticks too like wild turkeys are supposed to do. Yesterday before heavy rains began to fall they were along the edge of the property here pulling fresh raspberries one after another I am just worried those Black Bear are on the other side of the vegetation, ten foot wide or more in some parts, eating their way inward towards me :) I must buy a can of compressed air made to scare bears away as these ones have become so bold and I do not want us to get hurt or one to die needlessly.
I must get a few new lens for the Nikon so I can capture better detail. This is a mix of 4 different cameras hope you enjoy a poke around the place :)
Enjoy the rest of July
Off to read more of your wonderful blogs I really do hope you are al truly OK I miss being here 2 and 3 times a day
The site I sell my photography on http://www.folsommillstudio.com is giving out $100.00 worth of FREE WINE is you BUY ART. Please support me by entering my store and seeing if there is an image you would love on a card for an upcoming holiday or birthday and tell me the name of the image and I will chop all the prices so you can get in on the deal I am tired I have done 6 pages of images with many more to get too so if you decide grab the title and I will get right in there to lower the price for you and you can get FREE WINE :) Perfect Deal for up coming weddings, parties, BBQ’s or save for the Holiday gift giving which will be here soon enough Thanks again if you are you who can support me if not maybe you can pass my link to those who can and would love this deal LOL Yes On Free Wine!!!
Originally posted on crafty supermarket!:
Are you searching for indie craft shows to do for the holiday 2014 season? Here are all the upcoming fall and holiday craft shows we know about for September to December! We’ve included application deadlines when we know them, and we’ll add more show dates as we find them.
These shows are all within driving distance of Cincinnati, so we’ve got shows in Ohio plus major shows from around the Midwest and Eastern U.S. (Note: We only organize Crafty Supermarket, so we can’t answer questions about these other shows! Apps for our show in Cincinnati are open July 15 to Sept. 1!)
- Sept. 6-7: Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago, IL
- Sept. 13: Traverse City Makers Market, Traverse City, MI
- Sept. 13-14: Renegade Craft Fair, Brooklyn, NY
- Sept. 14: Second Sunday on Main, Cincinnati, OH
- Sept. 20: City Flea, Cincinnati, OH
- Sept. 20: Cleveland Bazaar, Cleveland, OH
- Sept. 20: No Coast Craft-O-Rama, Minneapolis…
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Writing Process Blog Tour has been making its way across WordPress and Christy Birmingham over at Poetic Parfait has asked me to join in by answering a few questions. I hope I do it correctly as I am rusty in this department.
Thanks again Christy!
The questions are:
What are you currently working on?
Besides caring for a home and pets most of you know I am prolific when it comes to photography. Many of my shots can be seen at http://www.folsommillstudio.com as well as on Zazzle products, Redbubble and now Crated. So I read blogs and re-blog ones I want my followers to get a chance of seeing and every now and then I pop in with an up date on life in my world. I have not written a poem in a long time for 20 Lines but I think there will be some in the works soon. I have taken up Watercolor painting and now with three lessons behind my I am ready to set about making art not craft. So I am busy all the time updating images for products.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I am not sure that mine is any different from all of yours. I sit and share my world with not only words but a few photos too like most of you I follow. I think all story tellers of life are the same, though my life may be a little more open than others.
Why do you write what you do?
When I started my blog over at Living and Lovin I really never knew the direction it would take but as I look back on the last 3+ years of posts I see it has taken as many turns as I did in my big rig.
I was so broken wanting more and little by little as I shared the stories and read yours I knew which path it was I had forgotten to take, the one where I would be Living and Lovin myself as I did everyone else.
How does your writing process work?
Well I can tell you as I sit quietly either early morning or after my day is done I put my feet up at the desk with that cute girl of mine at my feet. He is in watching the TV and in fact he knows none of you and has never read my blog oh wait he did meet one of my blogger buddies from CA> when she was in Boston, MA He was worried about me meeting a stranger lol see he doesn’t know you are friends. It is not a secret but he lives with me and knows me and has since I was a young teen. For the longest time he never saw the photos he watched me take but when he did he insisted I DO SOMETHING probably the real reason I do not bring in the computer and sit it in his lap, for a good read. Words come easy when I am talking to you. I have such a great group of bloggers, you feel like friends who stop by to chat for hours over iced tea. I know some have write’s block to deal with but what I write about is my world, which means I am never at a loss for something to say. I am blessed and for that I am so very grateful
I will now add a couple of the writers on my Blog Roll please stop by and tell them I sent you for some Iced Tea
Mom is hurting with swollen legs once again but they say she is OK not sure what is going on but I will go as often as I can the 45 miles south and back till it resolves or I am broke :). She is doing good except for this issue so we will see what they have in store for her next.
We tried to sell a few things yesterday at a yard sale in Maine but not too many buyers were out so money spent trying is at best crazy :)
I think I will cut my beaded bracelets up and place seed beads into their containers and use them in just two different types of beading projects and then charge triple :)
I will focus on Photography and Watercolor painting and getting the ones I love the best ready for a showing of just my pieces. Time to strip old frames and lay down fresh paint on them to make the photos POP. Not sure I will want this artist reception but I do want sales to help with my future.
Here are a few from the last few days
Have a great week!
Now off to catch up on YOURS!
Just finished catching up with over 300 more blog posts :) I am trying but life seems to keep me from doing what I love to do a lot of the time so trying to relax and enjoy a nice Sunday night with all your pretty words and pictures. WOW so many and I thought I was prolific :)
We are all fine yes even Mom though she is causing us to turn grey and I have none! She is independent I know that doesn’t surprise any of you who know who I am. She has a list though of things she can do and a bigger list of NO GO! seems she has lost them in her hurry to get strong for us.
Reality is no setting in watching my Mom age is not going to be easy for me not saying it should be but if only she would just kick back and relax so we can :( she says she will just scrape this one off really is that how cancer is remove last piece took 8 stitches :( Where your sunscreen! I bought my first bottle in a lifetime and being blonde blue eyed you know I was looking for trouble maybe she can scrape away wrinkles too :)
I have painted and planted in between time with Mom some photos too if you follow me on Facebook or G+ I am sure you have seen them as I post easy from phone for family and friends to see but I will add a couple here for you to see :)
Hope you are all well
Now the next one is of my cat who is 13 I think she is pretending to be TAKE OUT! I brought this box home with some annuals and she sleeps in it all the time we are out side :)
I will take her cat the same age as mine to the vet tomorrow after I take mine first thing in AM mine comes outside with us and hers got just Mother’s day on a leash though now he is always trying to get outside we created a MONSTER :)
JT hates summer being Black and all so we play in early morning outside and evening what’s one more bite mark on me. I have had over 40 ticks and my man the same but the dog had one and the cat 4 looks like we should try Frontline too! I even had to take a one time dose for tick bites. The lawn has been mowed 5 times so far and really just to keep the Lyme carrying ticks at bay.
I saw a few butterflies whip through the yard but not enough in bloom to keep them here lots of rain and cool temps till this week has stalled things a bit.
The yard is filling in nicely, birds are loving the place and all the food the bears have left for them to devour
They found more cancer on my face last week really I am the one finding them anyone need a free cancer screening for basil cell :(
Just checking in and reading blogs I follow adding a like to say I have Been There!
I have been busy as always here in thee yard then again not as busy as when I am putting in a huge garden this year they are growing in pots as I did not know how surgery would go. No longer do I set myself up for disappointment yes I can still find myself there but not of my doing. :)
Mom is doing good! We went down to have dinner with her and I moved things up and away she doesn’t need right now and lowered items to make it easy for her to reach while holding onto the walker. She is doing so much better I swear I never would see her come back as she has it reminds me of the will to live and how truly strong it is.
I will be adding photos of her place and mine as things begin to explode into color here over on my other blog at http://folsommillstudio.wordpress.com/
Have a wonderful weekend
Truly everyday is indeed Saturday for the two of us, well the pets too! I know I am funny but it is true, being retired and me disabled we have nowhere to go. We get up when we want and hit the bed when our eyes will not longer stay open.
I was thinking about this as I continued to plug away here in the yard, trying the best I could on my own to ready this place for summer as he decided he would do the maintenance on our truck. It is a huge undertaking when it is a Honda. Back 30,000 miles ago he was supposed to change the timing belt well he started yesterday at 10 AM and stopped at 7 pm and back out there this morning by 9 or 9:30. He will do the water pump at the same time. I suggested we trade it in as it looks beautiful and runs great as I knew it would be very involved, sad thing is we are stuck here no matter what happens to JT or Mom or even us, as I sold my van a year and a half ago and my pickup sits with a leaking, ruined transmission still. So I will keep my fingers crossed he does a great job on her and we can go see my Mom over the REAL weekend. She is to coming home tomorrow! I am so happy.
I went to bed really tired and hurting last night but got a great nights sleep and got so much done, so it was a good tired. This morning I had my yummy healthy breakfast and prepared for a full day in the yard but first the house. Dishes and floors! Then time to get outside with JT and my shovel and rake and her toys. I decided I would regain my front driveway after many years of plowing and leaves piled up. So long in fact it was now rich soil, I love free dirt! See where the new dirt is there were deep ruts all along the drive.
It had begun to get so small of an entrance so I worked further up out of this shot and dug all of that out and took 5 loads in the wheel barrel around back to another spot I am trying to build up and add plants that will set out roots to hold it all up. I am now thinking I should have got a pallet of cement blocks but I am so frugal I used boards from my old chicken coop and fence posts to hold it all in place till I can afford to have a few loads of clean fill added under the green growth of bushes and trees to take back more of my land that all the flooding year after year has swiped from this beautiful piece of land. I will add a pretty tree that sends out deep roots and add here too but I will prune so it stays away from the house.
This was at one time all level with the backyard not the lower yard though, just never so dramatic, so I will do this in stages, yes pace myself, add a little soil and a tree then add bulbs for spring as this is on the south side of the house nice and warm. I may get some blocks designed for this for the section you can see from the front driveway just to give it a finished look and not wooden pallet and boards :) maybe I will add a bird bath here as the center piece once soil has had a chance to pack down and I can make it good and level.
All the while I worked and JT played this is what we got to watch in the river
Maybe you can’t see it but there was a Great Blue Heron working the river, thankful for the dam being pulled so it could fish once again. I love that they love my place and feel safe to raise young with the rest of the critters that do.
I worked for so many years 80 to 100 hours each week out on the roads dealing with all drivers do, to have a place like this, so for me it is worth the hard work to keep it and as much as it’s beauty as possible.
Some flowers in bloom here today
Yes I am blessed but thankful for the rains that began to fall so I could put my feet up and write to you. I will hit another 50 blogs hope one is yours :)
So far behind I saw I have 300 of your blogs I have yet to see. Getting this place squared away is becoming a full time job and all I want to do is create. Don’t feel bad :) I work around here potting up flowers and cutting the lawn and am now thing of building a set of stairs leading down to the lower yard so I can weed whack easier. We had a small straight tree fall one day and it has laid where we left it after cutting off all the limbs it is time for me to re-purpose. I will make some cuts into the hill and add a piece of tree then cut a little further down and do another level till I am at the bottom and have used the whole tree! Yes eventually it will rot and become one with the soil but it’s OK by then I will not want to mow this place anymore. My man misses mowing so I have him do things around here I can’t. Like he is taking the pieces from our gazebo and re-purposing them into a structure I can use as a greenhouse. I will ask him to dig a root cellar too! He has taken apart a generator for one piece to use on our windmill so we can do away with that bank of HUGE batteries and go direct from wind to plug I like the idea of living green and using things till they are trash and even then I recycle them into their proper container at the town dump.
Update on Mom she finds out today if she can come home which means I will go stay with her for 5 days a week at her home. I will cook and clean for her. I will take her through her rehab moves and get her to appointments and do shopping for her. My brother needs rest and less worry he is not well and if I can do this for the two of them it is the least I can do. Since Dad died we have not been a close family pain and hurt and loss can do that or in some families it can make your stronger. I will do all I can and not kick myself for things I can’t. I have come a long way in a year and for that I am so grateful.
Just got word from son that the piece he sent to NYC Art Museum for a auction to help the gallery sold for more than $6,000.00 my wish is that he now sees himself as a true artist and not a troubled soul. Good news from all sections of my life and yet more reasons to be filled with joy.
The birds greet me each morning with beautiful songs and the bears have not bothered us for awhile but I bring in seed for the night but then mice came in for seed and cat worked overtime :) all is finally right and hole repaired! Way I see it if a mouse can come in so can a SNAKE and that will not happen on MY WATCH!
I have been taking photos and adding them into my online stores with early morning coffee while the home is full of sleeping sounds from the three of them and in the evenings while watching my music shows The Voice and American Idol I paint. I am trying to do a body of work as my teacher asked me to do. I have chosen trees for now but have no idea of the best way to preserve them and keep them clean and ready to share when I am ready. If you are an artist how do you do this? I am too prolific to fame each piece and really just want them ready so when asked to show portfolio they look as nice as when I signed them. Not sure what to do. Most of mine are made to float not for mats. So much easier to take a photo and sell them as prints or as a shower curtain or some bedding or maybe a card. 50 to 100 pieces of Watercolor Art is ALOT how do you do it?
I will leave you with one I just did and a photo or two of my flowers and my wish for you all here in the US is for a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend it will be my BLOGS anniversary when I first met some of you dear friends another reason for gratitude. For those in other countries you know I wish you well and what ever the weather in your part of the world I hope you are enjoying it and getting out as well. Life is too short to let it fly by.
I am working on catching up with as many of you as I can. Have a great week!
Hi everyone! Can you believe it is already mid May I want to stop the clock now days are going to fast! I have had so many things going on as you know so I wanted to let you know things truly are a little better. Mom was removed from hospital and they found a bed in a rehabilitation place for her to get help with horrid pain and get her on her feet to recovery. Pain is a life changer if you have dealt with it you know what I mean some days you just don’t think life is worth living and we are grateful she now does. I have not really been close to my brother since Dad died he went his way in sadness and me in mine but on Mother’s Day we had a great one! He even snuck in our Mom’s cat which I swear was the turn around in her sadness that and we laughed together for 4 hours it really is the best medicine isn’t it.
I did not ask if I could make them famous with adding their photos here so I won’t but they are just what my heart needed. I am so blessed and grateful for all the prayers said.
The yard is coming back slowly but surly after one nasty winter. I have mowed one section the part down alongside the river twice already. The bears are causing a ruckus up and down the roads in the area I call home. The birds are full of the sweetest sounds. You can not help but feel joy when sounds of nature fill you head from sun up till sun down.
Why do I paint the house lol for them to move in I guess. I am happy they love my place just wish they were not so messy :)
Yes I am still taking photos but I have been painting up a storm as well, no surprise for you all I am sure :).
I received a message from a friend that she wanted to commission me for a piece of Artwork. I laughed and said “I am no artist” I am just chilling :) She insisted she wanted me to do a painting with just two trees with a lively background so I whipped out 2 watercolors for her to choose from. They are for her granddaughter’s 2 nd birthday she is creating an art collection for her. With each passing birthday she will acquire a work of art depicting the age she will be in the subject matter. This will not be an easy thing in my eyes to pull off after 5 :) so this year being 2 she wanted two trees from me. I did them on 11×15 in the vertical way on 140lb paper. I will let you see.
Now for the finished products I think lol she better come quick!
It was stressful to make something for someone personal but I am sure in time I can relax more and just do my thing.
I thank you for the follows and hope you have a wonderful weekend! It will rain here damn I wish I could send it west to put out all the fires but since I can’t I will clean the house, paint and see Mom.
I know I am a day early but it has been crazy in my world as of late.
My Mom suffered for 8 moths with a horrid back pain and finally on the same day I had my shoulder surgery she got a much-needed injection. Mine was a success as was hers!
Problem is when we, who are independent and having spent so much time in pain, finally feel relief , WATCH OUT!!!! Yes she could not believe she could stand up and walk without a cane or walker and I was in so much less pain I had a yard to ready for the impending spring weather. So she did something she shouldn’t have, like yanking a plastic wheel barrel and doing some raking and I helped build a concrete wall with my sweetie taking turns to mix cement now that may have not been so bright but it was a good workout! I also went around with the help of JT and picked up all branches that had fallen this winter and piled them up yes a HUGE PILE! I then gathered all the clippings from garden club plants now filling my food garden area and readied them for a fire as well. Yes I have been working hard not only in the yard but at PT as well I finally get to see the surgeon on Monday morning.
Back to my Mom she tweaked her back and then rested but after I left she showered and went to get into bed with her aching back and swollen knee(HUGE KNEE-torn meniscus they now say) and as she attempted to slide into bed with protecting her bum knee she ripped her whole muscle off her Tibia and the hip socket area she says she wants to die. The pain is that bad all as she lies in a rehab hospital in Boston I spend most of my days in tears and praying for her to recover though she insists she wants to join my Dad. I fail when it comes to giving her the will to live. I told her growing old is not for sissies. Pain no matter what age sucks we all know that and I feel helpless.
So I have spent the recent days looking up into the heavens for answers as well as capturing its beauty.
Sorry I pop in only once a week for the most part but I do use 2 readers and go through a list you are all on and if you show up on that days section I LIKE you :)
I will travel to see Mom for a little while on Mother’s Day you what will you do to celebrate the day?
I also sit with my large container of water a few brushes and paint and try to relax from all this worry.
Take care of yourselves if you are young and be extra careful if you have had lots of birthdays like me
My son’s Art has made it to NYC. For those who visit local galleries there stop in and check his work out here:
Stopping in to say hello to all of you wonderful bloggers and followers. I have had no computer issues just trying to clean up the place from a nasty winter and a year of shoulder pain. A month ago was the surgery and yes I know I can not expect miracles but seems in some positions it is better and others there is horrid pain where there wasn’t any before surgery I still have two weeks to go before seeing the doctor to get my questions addressed so I continue with my Physical Therapy and keep trying to get back more use with less pain. Life is good though.
We have been doing some repairs here on the weather-beaten house and 4 more bags of concrete and a few more fires and the yard will be ready to enjoy. I shall share with you two shots of the yard from today May 1, also a photo of my watercolor I have been trying to get to my liking seems I never am DONE :( I swear I am NOT a perfectionist lol. When I showed my work I have been doing to my teacher Marina(3 classes now)she said “PUT THESE ON FABRIC!” so I did over in my Zazzle store. I added this one of trees onto an oblong pillow.
Then she gave me homework of sorts. A mission actually. She thought I should FOCUS lol who me :) and begin work on a Body of Art. 50 to 100 paintings of Trees in the Forest different colors but always add my Birch Trees. She loves them. I love making them so this will be easy for me to focus on then she wants me to find fabric people to sell them too. I told her I am good at sharing but not good at selling anything but my ability to drive a rig. She then said wouldn’t you love to see this in a leather drivers seat? Now that in a shiny black rig would keep you awake wouldn’t it :) I am happy just painting and not thinking about pain. I have added it to a canvas print and pillow so we will see if it is just her and I who love trees :)
I am saying a prayer for all of you to stay safe and healthy out there. So many places are destroyed here in the US I can not help but think we need to live differently and be kinder to our place we call home. So many trees and vegetation taken down for more and more homes and businesses just plain crazy what will hold our beautiful countryside together. Washington State had a landslide, where my son lives in JH WY has a huge slide as well and now AL and FL hurting once again never mind Washington DC with flooding. Seems we keep taking hit after hit, tornadoes flattening whole communities and townships. Lives lost. Plant a tree for me if you can, be a rebel, pick a spot where it will be able to dig deep into the earth and be a place of beauty for many years to come. We need to save our earth we need green space and most of all we need to breathe.
Here is my world today May 1 2014
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