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Sadly Rolling With The Punches

Life is hard isn’t it truly I just do not know what will happen next only that my hope is to get through it.

Sorry I have not been here of late Facebook is easy from phone to check on those on my list but I can not blog from it yet.

Still sitting with Mom for 10 hours a day with just under a hour each way to travel from my place not complaining though as it was 2 1/2 hours each way when she was in rehab.
Still sitting is taking a toll on not only my knees but with her still in a cast unable to use her $200,000.00 knee it is getting crazy :(.

Then Friday night my man and best friend called me while I was with mom and said he lost feeling in left arm and hand I thought stroke and begged him to call 911 but he chose to go see his primary care nurse who then called me to inform me they were calling 911 and sending him to hospital mind you I am all alone with mom and unable to leave.  I still don’t drink or have gray hair but I swear there may be a chance for both.

Sister in law came in and I took off for home and hospital.  First I had to let the pets out and then feed them.  I called a friend to bring me to pick up his truck at doctors office then it was time to drive further east to see what was going on with him.  It was so late in the day I had just missed him in ER and had to wait till they had him in ICU before seeing him which by the way almost did not happen as visiting hours were now over.  I walked in to seeing him lying there and so scared and worried he was not using what little oxygen his heart was making to think clearly he told them he wanted to die. REALLY? Not on my watch!  I asked what was wrong and they said one part of his heart was not talking to the other half he was in big trouble and he had already refused a way to help himself.  I begged him to stop worrying and let them help him and in the end he did.
They placed a temp. pacemaker to make the two halves of the heart get along   I got the call just before 1 AM that it was a success and his heart rate was now 80 and not the 25 I had last seen him with and them with a crash cart ready to save him over and over till a team could be called in on a Friday night to save him.

He hates doctors and hospitals I explained we all do but to be happy when they can fix a problem so dire as him within a hour he should be thanking not only God but all of them who even had me scared.

Last night while getting into the hospital parking lot the phone rings and it is Mom in tears.  Seems her 14 year old house cat taken from his home to live with my mom at my brothers place had been allowed to exit the home.  He doesn’t know the world outside and as of last night still no kitty.  Mom is so sick with worry and I am so sad as I know this will be yet another huge setback in her plan to get well.  I always say my prayers for others and never ask anything for myself but today I am asking for no more bad news here or in the world my heart just aches.

So if you think I have been ignoring you I haven’t been I just am never here to catch up with all of you.  I hope you are well and staying safe.

xo
My cat better be good she is 14 and wise but there is still evil that lurks waiting to pounce on her :(

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Still No Good News

Hi Everyone.

Still no good news about my Mom she is now done with third surgery on new knee only this time she came out with it wired together and is now in a 30 lb fiberglass cast and she has no muscle left after a year and a half in and out of rehab hospitals.  We pulled her out of last one because we were scared for her even though we liked the people just not enough help when one is helpless.  Just been a plain nightmare for all of us but mostly Mom.

The snow all 8′ of it is just about gone and even with that huge melt we were under a severe red flag warning for fires.

We are getting the place ready for Spring /Summer so much to do but am looking forward to flowers blooming and not the store bought variety I bring Mom.

No bears have stopped by and my male turkey must be off hunting for a bevy of girls lol isn’t life simple at times.

The stress even with Watercolor painting almost daily has done a number on me.  5 pounds gained and no covered with red spots they say is Psoriasis.  OH joy itchy, scratching and just trying to smile and de-stress :(  So many lotions and potions will now be lathered on.  I hate it when our bodies fail us.

Sorry not much good news well then again the snow is gone  :)

Here is one of my latest paintings you can see I am trying to find Peace.

Spring Peace

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Mom goes back into surgery for the 3rd time on the same knee we pray she will be strong enough for yet another attempt.

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I have been going back and forth to Boston suburbs to visit my mom and when I come home to the snow and a hungry man and cat and dog I am tired.  Sometimes I paint a small piece to chill/unwind and de-stress all the worry within as mom doesn’t seem to be moving towards going home which saddens me.

I continue to pray for a miracle that will bring her back home to us and her cat it is all I can do.

Some good news for those who have followed me for a few years my son the artist entered a contest and guess what he WON lol I needed good news :)  you can click on this link and read the article and see his winning entry.

http://www.jacksonhole.com/latest-news-detail-TIERNEY-ART.html

I will stop by to see what you have been up too so please take care of yourselves.

Eunice

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“By bringing together these two iconic companies through this transaction, we are creating a strong platform for both U.S. and international growth,” said Heinz chairman and 3G managing partner Alex Behring. “Our combined brands and businesses mean increased scale and relevance both in the U.S. and internationally. ”

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wildlife-trust-insect-hotel A bee house mad out of stacked pallets

 Custom Condo

Attracting bees with the right plants is important, but what about inviting them to make a home nearby with attractive ready-to-move-in housing? A custom condo became my project in the winter for solitary mason bees, otherwise known as orchard bees, because they are excellent at pollinating fruit trees.

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Curb Appeal

Mason bees start looking for homes in early spring so I wanted to have it in “move in condition” with lots of curb appeal  in early March. They use clay to make partitions and seal the entrance to their nesting tubes. This unique building behavior leads to their common designation as masons.

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Springtime Blues

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Springtime Blues Watercolor on 140# cp I think it is Indigo I used for color on this one

I have decided to just let the weather be and not be in a rush for spring to arrive as only our winter season is long here in New England

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Springtime Blues

Puddles of paint never go to waste :)

I am adding them onto cards in my stores as well as selling the Original Watercolors framed or rolled in a tube.  I accept PayPal too

Thanks for looking it is the only way I get feedback here in the woods
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Distant Mountains

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Mom is back in rehab after hopefully a successful repair of the new knew replacement. I find I have settled in using calming colors for me as I pick up my wet brush and being to try to unwind I pray she will be better than ever soon

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Zazzle Now Offers Custom Fabric!

You know I have a store on Zazzle where I sell items they offer with my photography and Artwork on.
So much to see and so many very talented professionals can be found on Zazzle.com

Here is the link to what is now being offered over there for the home owner, designer and decorator.

I am sure you will find just what you will need to finish your project.

Polyester Poplin

Our Polyester Poplin is a durable fabric with a beautiful draping quality. This fabric is wrinkle-resistant and durable, making it great for home and craft projects. The tight weave of this fabric and sublimation printing provides a vibrant and crisp print quality.

Product details
Care instructions
Machine Wash Separately, Cold Water, Gentle Cycle, No Bleach, Tumble Dry Low Heat, Cool Iron
How it’s printed
A heat transfer printing process that uses colorfast, water-based inks to achieve bold prints with superior clarity. This sublimation technology embeds the ink into the fabric, ensuring the vibrancy of your designs will not fade over time or in the wash.

Cotton Twill

Our Cotton Twill is a high-quality, medium-weight fabric that’s soft to the touch and features high breathability. This versatile fabric is ideal for home décor projects, upholstery, and accessories.

Product details
Care instructions
Machine Wash Separately, Cold Water, Gentle Cycle, No Bleach, Tumble Dry Low Heat, Cool Iron
How it’s printed
A direct print process that uses colorfast, pigment inks. Our state-of-the-art finishing process produces beautiful fabric prints with great clarity and a soft finish that will not fade over time or in the wash.

Pima Cotton

Our Pima Cotton is a high-quality, luxurious fabric made from one of the finest cottons in the world. This fabric is extremely soft to the touch and easy to work with. Select the Pima Cotton for high-end quilting, apparel, and appliqué projects.

Product details
Care instructions
Machine Wash Separately, Cold Water, Gentle Cycle, No Bleach, Tumble Dry Low Heat, Cool Iron
How it’s printed
A direct print process that uses colorfast, pigment inks. Our state-of-the-art finishing process produces beautiful fabric prints with great clarity and a soft finish that will not fade over time or in the wash.

Combed Cotton

Our Combed Cotton is a basic, lightweight cloth that is super easy to work with. This versatile fabric is perfect for sewing projects. Try out the Combed Cotton for quilting, appliqué, and other craft projects.

Product details
Care instructions
Machine Wash Separately, Cold Water, Gentle Cycle, No Bleach, Tumble Dry Low Heat, Cool Iron
How it’s printed
A direct print process that uses colorfast, pigment inks. Our state-of-the-art finishing process produces beautiful fabric prints with great clarity and a soft finish that will not fade over time or in the wash.

Polyester Weave

Our Polyester Weave is a soft, elegant polyester fabric with a linen texture. Appropriate for home décor projects, this fabric is printed with sublimation technology, providing great vibrancy for bold and bright designs.

Product details
Care instructions
Machine Wash Separately, Cold Water, Gentle Cycle, No Bleach, Tumble Dry Low Heat, Cool Iron
How it’s printed
A heat transfer printing process that uses colorfast, water-based inks to achieve bold prints with superior clarity. This sublimation technology embeds the ink into the fabric, ensuring the vibrancy of your designs will not fade over time or in the wash.

Ivory Linen

Our Ivory Linen is one of our most luxurious medium-weight home décor fabrics made with blonde flax. The all-natural composition of this traditional linen fabric provides a full-bodied drape and produces prints with a soft, organic look.

Product details
Care instructions
Spot Clean & Dry Clean
How it’s printed
A direct print process that uses colorfast, pigment inks. This process produces beautiful fabric prints with great clarity and a soft finish.

Natural Linen

Our Natural Linen is made with traditional flax fibers for a beautiful distressed finish. A luxurious fabric, the Linen Natural is lightweight yet durable, featuring a nice body. This fabric is ideal for home goods, tablecloths, and napkins. Designs are printed with soft color saturation, making this fabric great for achieving a rustic look and feel.

Product details
Care instructions
Spot Clean & Dry Clean
How it’s printed
A direct print process that uses colorfast, pigment inks. This process produces beautiful fabric prints with great clarity and a soft finish.

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I know I am now painting with the thought of Fabric in mind.  Pillows were one item I loved making but this is much different check it out!  Have a great day!

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Work Needs Something, Stay Tuned

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Watching for her returning fisherman

Looking out to sea I feel her pain on a day like this

A point where the waves splashed over and took some of this back out with it.

North Beach

A popular section of NH along the ocean “what ocean”you say lol we said the same thing we go to the beach all winter you know that as followers but this day in order to take a ride along the sea and actually see the horizon or waves you would have to climb these snow banks and I was wanting to see it bad enough to try but there was no place to park.  This is where hundreds of surfers begin to park on days when the storm surge is crazy see they love crazy lol

looking towards Hampton Beach

I found a spot I could see the sea :)

Hungry Gull

Boy he or she must be hungry with storm after storm :(

RYE

Just driving and shooting so photos could be so much better

Shot from above

Now for a few from Massachusetts

Reservation

Toothpick Salisbury MA

Just months from summer visitors

Storm battered summer homes

FOUND and Marked lol

Much work for us hearty souls who call New England home :)

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Making Mixed Media Pieces

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Making Cards and Pillows
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Anyone can watch what we are dealing with on this link for the beach camera as #NEPTUNE is blowing hard and dropping lots of snow to add insult to injury

http://www.hamptonbeach.org/webcam.cfm

You can also type in http://www.hamptonbeach.org then click on live webcam and watch the scene unfold along with us.

Here is a link for Maine that is also taking a really bad hit

http://rocklandharborlights.org then click on webcam

And one from Salisbury Beach in Massachusetts though right snow the south camera is the only one free from snow
http://75.147.25.221:8080/

Just copy and paste into your search bar to watch the storm #NEPTUNE live but stay warm!

See you in spring :)

Roses And Another Blizzard

Hi Everyone.  We have been flat out getting snow removed from roof on the house and the RV and the very old truck, my Dodge broken, sits under a very heavy load.  I was looking to have it towed by a local junk yard for cash but the place burnt down.  So I will wait.

I have that male wild turkey here and as I watched him get spooked by the wind he tried to fly over the barn but his judgment was off really off and he came down hard onto the snow packed roof of my barn/art studio.  It was not until I ran out to see if he was OK that I saw how much snow was still on the roof of the barn.  Here I had taken thousands of pounds of snow off the house but had thought the barn was Ok with it’s much steeper pitch.  I was wrong. There was over 3 feet deep snow on both sides of my barn.  Buildings were collapsing all over New England and if we did nothing I could loose everything.  Our roof rake was not long enough to do much here so I searched the local shops and found a $50 model 12 miles up the road so off we went.

I found a Blue Jay in the drive way when I came off the roof and set up an old Parakeet cage for it to get it warm and give it food and water
He watched me paint all day but sadly he either was so hurt inside or just to old to fight and I lost him.  Even though I was so sad having not gotten to see him fly off with the others, just outside the door, I am glad he had a peaceful day with us.

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He was so pretty

This winter is hard, see it came all at once, usually we get a system pass through drop some snow and leave us to clean up but this one all we do is remove, snow day in and day out even the wildlife are finding it hard to get by or get around in 3 to 4 foot deep snow.

I cleaned off the home with this newest tool and then him and I headed to the barn with JT coming along with her stick but she saw little action as we had so much snow to drop to the ground and then to move it all before it sat and became ice.

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The snow is very high up on most of our windows

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Seriously we have had more than our share of snow and now a foot of more and then another storm on this weekend’s heals.  If you live on the other side of the Atlantic please let me know what happens to these fronts as they head out across our ocean and head for England, etc.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day

We will go see my mom in the hospital her knee surgery went great but during rehab her ACL let go, praying she will heal up and get her other knee done so she can be whole again.

I am so tired I have to sign off for now here is the art I was working on while caring for the wild bird.
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Yes more trees and paying homage to nature and the love of my wild birds red or blue,  grey or black,  I adore them all

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The photo above is where a Tom Turkey Face Planted on my barn roof because he could not judge the depth anymore

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JT Listening to something

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My driveway is cleared now to clean the roof come morning before the sun makes it too slippery we are delirious hearing the sun will come out

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I placed two beautiful out door dining chairs seat to seat for the Junco’s to have shelter from the weather and local Hawks now they dine in an igloo

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The moral of the story is to never let your plow truck die here in New England

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What a game #SB49 was,  well if you were a New England Patriots fan anyway.

Our team played hard all season.
Then we were called cheaters once again,  I am sure you have heard all about #Deflategate  no matter where on this planet you reside.  Sad for an accuser to run their mouths and ruin what the team did all season, which was show up and play 60 minutes each game. Good bad or ugly they won their way into the biggest game of the year!  Super Bowl 49!

Our Quarterback #TomBrady  terrific as he is,  threw not one but two interceptions which ended up putting us behind the Seattle Seahawks on the scoreboard.  Our team never gave up and continued to play the game they loved.  The game was close but Seattle had the ball and made the dumbest call I personally have ever seen.  When they could have hit the ground and run in for a touchdown someone told their quarterback to throw the ball,  maybe it is all on him if he is that good,  I am sure he made the call dumb as it was.  The ball ended up in the hands of our rookie Butler and who was quickly overcome by the emotions in his heart.  He had just come to play the game he loved,  for a team that asked him to step up and play when no others had wanted him.  Now that is one cool cat from a” who is that to YOU ARE THE MAN! “.  Tom got the MVP though many say Butler or a few others deserved it but Tom always says it is a Team Effort!  We love our sports teams here in New England and they love us the fans.

We will soon find out what went down with the balls in the Indy game but so far it was 12 soft footballs in first half of that game when we were behind :) to now one of 24 being too soft for regulation. #NFL shined a bad light on our team which was uncalled for and wore our teams sprits down and our team started to get sick real sick and not only unable to get sleep due to coughing and fevers but the fire alarms that were pulled on purpose to further beat them down.  Shame on the #NFL for not coming out and saying there was no cheating on the Pats parts, Let’s Play Football.  I say Karma has a way of righting wrong and today we have another Super Bowl Ring and soon Boston will throw a party for the team and fans Duck Boats and all.

See you next season Super Bowl Champs!
Tom we love how hard you work and how much fun you have too!

Home

After Shovelling The Roof

Plenty of room to put it

Boy Did We Get Hammered!

Photo taken from the roof

Photo taken from the roof

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Boy from the ground it looked bad but once I climbed the ladder to begin to shovel man there were spots over 3 1/2 feet so close to 4 feet as the winds blew 60 mph for the better part of the storm

More snow coming Friday through Monday oh joy.
Bring on Spring lol I know I sound like a broken record but it was 60F on Christmas which was my BEST PRESENT!

Stay safe everyone

HUGS

Man Is She Going To Blow

I am sure if you live in the United States you are hearing all about our plight.  Yes it is winter and yes I live in New England but really a BLIZZARD come on two feet plus of snow in one dump and to top it off where I am to add insult to injury 60 to 70 mph winds.  It will be crazy in these parts so I cried uncle and hired a young guy with a new truck to plow here he will be worth his weight in gold.  I will still need to go up onto the roof but that will not be while those winds are around  though with high snow banks I won’t fall far :).I will say a prayer for all of those in her path forget it’s name what’s with all these foolish named storms this could out do our famous Blizzard of 78.  Mom goes into surgery on Thursday so I hope the Gov. of MA doesn’t shut the roads down for too long.  That is it for now from me as I will go back to painting and staying safe as can be.  I have water set aside for us, the pets, the toilets and to paint with and we have heat, batteries and candles as well as canned goods, we are well versed in this winter thing :)

Stay safe everyone!

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(WITI) — Does McDonald’s use real potatoes? Why do the fries always taste so good? Are they mashed and formed in a mold?

There are a lot of questions about McDonald’s fries.

You asked — they answered.

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(CNN) — After freezing rain and snow glazed roads across the Northeast, leaving five dead, more misery awaits Monday.

Winter storm warnings are in effect through the morning for upstate Vermont and portions of New Hampshire, Maine and western Massachusetts.

In Vermont, there could be between 3 and 7 inches of snow and 10 inches in the state’s highest elevations.

Ice storms hit Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania over the weekend, prompting the mayor of Danbury, Connecticut, to hashtag them #Icezilla.

“Still slippery, but calls are slowing down in our 911 center. #Danbury #Icezilla,” Boughton tweeted.

Pennsylvania deaths

A messy mix of ice and rain left bridges, overpasses and interstates coated with ice Sunday. Two people died in accidents related to black ice in the Philadelphia area, state police said.

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Popping In

Just wanted to pop in and say hello.  Between what is going on in the news and having picked up some nasty coughing bug I have been staying in bed or painting close to the stove.

Please stay safe out there, the world is a crazy place and I have so many of you from all parts of our world.

Peace

Eunice

Crunchy Flourless Chocolate Cake

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This cake is oh so rich! The amazing Dorothy Greenspan came up with this one – she always nails it!

Ingredients:
14 TBSP butter, cut into small pieces
7 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
5 eggs at room temp
1 c brown sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
4 TBSP cocoa nibs

Preheat oven to 400. Spray a 9 inch glass pie dish.

Combine chocolate and butter in a glass container, microwave at 30% power in 40 sec intervals, stirring until smooth and shinny. Let cool slightly.

Whisk eggs in a stand mixer, add sugar and cornstarch, whisk until smooth. Stir in chocolate butter mixture and cocoa nibs until smooth. Pour into pan.

Bake 28 – 32 minutes until skewer comes out almost clean. Cool to room temp.

Makes 12 servings.

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Man We Had Been So Spoiled

The 60F Christmas is long past.  The frigid air of January blew in and on some days took my actual breath away.  Use the inhaler and breath into a scarf or a gloved hand BRRRRRR damn it is cold.

I had a wonderful Christmas with family after 9 years I saw a true miracle.  Feeling so blessed.

As I sit on this Sat. morning looking through your blog posts I am so cold and yes I have to coal stove going but it is doing little in this room where my desk sets time for a new window and take out that 30 year old plant window and place her into the barn on the east side.  I have it covered with plastic still to cold.  I paint in the room with heat source or my watercolors would freeze lol before they dry.  I could turn on the furnace run by propane but we paid almost $5 per gal. for it so I am trying to make it last. :) Wonder how they feel screwing us all for so many years now that our market has dropped lol you know what they say about pay back!

So how is everyone?  You cold or warm or just right :)

I actually took a ride to the coast I must have been out of my mind.  It was -16F here and maybe 7F when I stepped out that afternoon at the beach.  I actually got to see Smoke On The Water as the warmth of the Atlantic Ocean met those nasty cold temps.  I was too cold to jump out for a photo at that moment though.  So here is a few from our day we got out of the house as all I seem to do these days is cook, clean and paint.

Cold Day Everywhere

Cold Day Everywhere

Tall Grasses blowing on a still breeze

Tall Grasses blowing on a still breeze

Sitting still for the photo she clearly is not wanting to be taken lol

Sitting still for the photo she clearly is not wanting to be taken lol

When The Sea Freezes You Know It Is Cold

When The Sea Freezes You Know It Is Cold

Here is a piece I am working on in my studio(where it is warm)

So many have seen this and thought it was other than what I did I LOVE THAT! :)

So many have seen this and thought it was other than what I did I LOVE THAT! :)

Hope you are all OK

Christmas Was Great How About Yours?

Well we woke early to let JT open her gifts and then we got ourselves ready for the half hour ride to my brothers.  I made a 10″ Cheese Cake, with a home made cranberry sauce topping,  just enough to swirl into the top a letter M, either for our last name or MERRY lol.  Sorry no photos I promise next time I will.

JT started to open this first gift and had the same look on her face as I did as a child upon opening CLOTHES on Christmas lol

This Is NOT A Toy!

This better be a toy!

This better be a toy or you will have to call Santa back!

About to catch her favorite toy

Wait for it :)

Mid Air

I throw it raise the camera and try to capture my toss before I capture her catch

Never misses!

Never misses!

Hope you had a wonderful day and a beautiful Boxing Day as well to my visitors who celebrate it that way :)

Take care of yourselves

The New Year is getting close!

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Merry Christmas Everyone

I will be busy wrapping and baking today for our family gathering tomorrow.
Church tonight but not at midnight just the fact I am going is a miracle, so long ago I just stopped making the time. Mind you I never stopped praying or giving thanks but this will be an odd but beautiful evening of wonderful music and uplifting words I am sure.  One of the members of the garden club asked me if I would like to go with her and I said yes. :)

Please remember our families are made up of many personalities and as you come together or spend it alone know you truly are not alone and that no family is like the TV SITCOMS, that is just writers wanting a perfect family as well :) we see how the actors truly are not who they portrayed, so keep it real and try to have a wonderful holiday.

I will be with my family for the first time in 10 years and though I am worried,  I was mostly saddened as I shopped for the perfect gifts for them because I do not know them anymore.  People change, tastes change and even their needs change.  I felt like I was shopping for strangers and that hurt, which sadly I did not think I would feel these emotions when I am so happy to be included.  Mind you they no longer know me either do they.  Some of you know more about me than my family ever will.  You have read the stories saw the pictures and know who I am and I am glad you are there, you will continue to be the presents in my life :)

Stay safe in this crazy world of ours,  hold those you love tightly because we all know we are not promised a tomorrow.

Peace On Earth for you all

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The third and final part of my series of a Garden Review for 2014 looks at late summer and autumn. (If you missed the previous posts, here’s a link to Spring, and to Summer). Before I begin, many thanks to those who have been joining me in showing a review of their garden year. It has been very enjoyable looking at all your lovely photos of flowers and insects. I’m adding links of your reviews at the bottom of today’s post.

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This post is for my Mum today…

Happy Birthday Mum!

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Mid-August: Autumn came early this year, and there were very visible signs of it in August already. The normal heat stayed at bay and it was very cool and damp for the second half of the month. Look at the acer changing colour already!

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However, the rockery continued to look fabulous with the Perovskia taking…

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Indeed they did :(

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These two, huh?

Today, just about every theater in America decided against screening the upcoming Comedy “The Interview”. A violation of free speech? Perhaps. A grim look at the future? Maybe. Completely and totally a dick move on the part of North Korea. WITHOUT A DOUBT.

I’m not here to argue or nitpick about the first amendment and whose right it is to do what. No, instead, I am here to mourn the end of a terrific streak. Far mightier than Cal Ripken’s consecutive start record. Way cooler than the Undertaker. I’m talking about the streak of movies I’ve had my butt in the seat for which starred Seth Rogen.

Not a single one has let me down!

And yet, now it is broken. It will lay in the annals of time as one of the most historic days of our lives: the day the beautiful, wonderful, Semitic Superhero…

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Things seem to be more than a bit ‘busy’ right now with Christmas visiting, shopping, doctor’s appointments and the general everyday activities. I’m just a wee bit more than normal, ‘discombobulated’.

I’m sure many of you find yourselves in similar circumstances. I love this time of year for the various traditions and busyness that happens, but maybe it’s just that it takes more concentration and energy to do it all, the older we get.

I still am not sleeping very well, as the one issue that needs addressing now won’t be done until the middle of January. It’s amazing what the body can be pushed into doing, even though for all intent and purposes it shouldn’t be able to.

There are of course many that deal with much more than I need to, so that is always uppermost in my mind whenever I start to feel overwhelmed.

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What a hoot watching ducks walk on ice. It seems like certain conditions call for adaptations from all of us. Even funnier was watching birds fly in for a landing on ice. All things considered, a graceful slide while remaining on his feet (although the tail does seem to be dragging).

MSU Bird Sanctuary 078-2 I am so thankful for the two times I have been able to get out with camera in hand and the companionship of friend Julie. When in Florida, I forget how hard the cold weather is on my body and the grey sky is on my morale. I know what I need to do to keep pain and fatigue at manageable levels but there are still times when I do everything right and still have a bad body day.

Yesterday was one of those days when my firm footing became precarious. I don’t know why – maybe just a…

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So cute :)

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Papa told Little Man, he was going to teach him how to fish. So we bought him his first fishing pole for his birthday a few weeks back.

Can I tell you how excited he was to go fishing with Papa?

Of course, it didn’t hurt that he had the cutest fishing pole ever…a superman hero rod!

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Learning how to cast…

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And how to reel the line in…

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Finally, his first cast of his own!

He found out letting go of the release at the perfect time was NOT easy.

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Well, if you can’t get it to reel in…just pull it in. smile.

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Looking like a little pro.

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Look Papa, there is a fish under the pier!

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After seeing Papa do the Texas crawl position, he thought he would try it. Monkey see…monkey do!

Can I tell you how hard we laughed?

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Well, they caught him!

His first fish!

I hope he never forgets this great experience he…

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Please help if you can

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This is our daughter and Stephen from this Thanksgiving

I am sharing a link that is really important to me. Our son in law was involved in a hit and run accident when whe was running along a road near his house and is in intensive care . He has a lot of injuries and his recovery will take a long time and the family has lost thier source of income while he is recovering which could be a full year. They have three small girls and things are going to be pretty hard for them this next year.

Our son in law is a member of the National Guard for 12 years now and one of his militiary buddies has set up a gofundme campaign to help them with expenses .

here is the link it is for the Clemmons family.

http://www.gofundme.com/ie5d94

I hope you will share this and help them…

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The world is filled with too much evil let’s all do our part to fill it with Joy and Love.

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Today Australia is is mourning, for one who hid under the guise of religion. One who sent letters to Australian families of our soldiers killed overseas, after just 3 days saying these soldiers were child killers. Whilst on bail, was endited on 40 charges of sexual assault. He was accused of murdering and burning his ex wife. We ask? We must ask about our legal system. Why was this man walking our streets at all. He thankfully has left our world, in the early hours of this morning.

But he left, after he murdered a young mother of 3 children, who was trying to protect a pregnant friend and the Manager of the Lindt Cafe in Sydney who was trying to unarm him.

Also today – A 21 year old was arrested in Melbourne, murdering a man who was being a good Samaritan, intervening in an argument between the man…

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Love seeing how others complete a look?

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Linda  064Walking up to my friend Pam’s front door, I could almost smell and taste Christmas. I know that inside it will be cheerful and that she will have added her special creative touches to every room.

Christmas decorFirst thing I notice is her mantel (remember I have mantel envy) which is a repeat of the garland treatment at the front door.  In an understated way, it gives the room a perfect holiday feel.

Christmas decorNext, my eye is drawn to a table top where there is a wonderful painted gourd surrounded by a bowl of clementines and a vase of dried hydrangeas.  Again, so simple, effectively demonstrating that less is more.

Linda  059As we move to the kitchen where Pam is preparing for company, a little Christmas tree surrounded by packages stops me.  Somehow its smallness   seems so right.

Christmas tableThere’s never a time when Pam’s table is lacking, and her guests tonight are in for a treat. She has cleverly arranged an…

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My Wish

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My WishMay the stars shine upon you and fill your life with love, light and happiness! Have a glorious holiday season!

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I love graffiti writing. It dates back to Ancient Egypt, Greece & the Roman Empire.

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These garage doors are in an alley west of Ossington, north of Queen W. .

Thinking of a line from a “Simon & Garfunkel song… “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls, And tenement halls”!

Now they’re also on garage doors!

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