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SUMMER Yes Really

Permaculture “Herb Spiral”

Summer is really here at least on the calendar. It has been a sad but perfect spring as I push myself to finish my projects, shopping, digging, planting and then as if timed perfectly the rains arrive and do the watering for me.

I tore the pretty patio out last year man even with a machine it was hard with a machine and this fat old age lady at the helm and filled bucket after bucket with bricks and concrete and dumped them out of the way. Along came spring this year and the thought of snakes entered my mind as I looked at that heap, nope don’t like snakes so time to do something.

I saw a piece on Permaculture on Facebook yes that damn time sapping thing many are now lost without. Well I use it for the right things for me anyway. Photos, Art and keeping in touch with our other garden clubs and all their happenings. I keep in touch with friends near and far as well as a few family members and some I met on there how exciting just as I was running out of loved ones in come new.

So back to this garden above, it is called a Herb Spiral that I made in 4 hours with that pile and my Deere. I then filled it with super soil and organic compost and let it sit for just about a month to let it settle as the directions I read said to. Then came the plant sales by other garden clubs and I went in search of some lovely items to grow for my kitchen needs. As you can see in a photo I took a week ago they are healthy now to get me back in the mode of eating right. I lost 20 pounds that month I worked the gardens and seem to have found half of it back as sadness I never thought would feel like this really kicked me hard.




Raised beds new and old now are filled with all kind of yummy veggies just needing SUNSHINE

Raised beds are the only way to home garden.
Sugar Snap Peas

My life is so not what it has been the last 12+ years with JT now gone but I can not think about raising any more animals so the wildlife and Watercolors will have to someday fill the void though I swear this is so hard and those of you who have shared a life of constant companionship with a pet know all too well, others who haven’t will never get it.

Female Whitetail Deer my new weed trimmer

Signing off for now I should go pick some greens and peas and begin my diet in earnest once again.

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Filling My Days

I have been filling my days non stop since April 2nd and I am getting things done.

I have fed the the flowers all over town and stood up in a fight over our local library edition
and still fighting Liberty Utilities proposed 2.5 Billion gallon LNG tank project in my tiny town.
I was just sworn in as the new Treasurer of our NHFGC (State’s Garden Club Group) added a new door to my future art studio and got my garden ready for adding plants on Friday in between getting a float ready in my yard for Monday’s parade. I will then try to rest Monday Night and Tuesday and head to the coast for Watercolor class at Strawberry Bank. No matter how hard I try to work she is still missing from my side I am hoping the 3 daily trips to the ocean and painting in a style unlike mine will get me back on the right path with just caring for myself will be the main focus.

The colorful birds I share my world with are now starting to bring their young all the while raising more clutches. These are the bright spots.

Friend's of the Epping Library support their friend and leader Charlie who is trying very hard to keep within our $600,000 budget for the addition.
Friend’s of the Harvey-Mitchell Library
Working with Building Owners and Shop Owners to bring even more color to our town's Main Street with 4 new self-watering containers. Epping Garden Club of NH

Pulling Main Street Together

Folsom Mill Studio under construction
Studio gets a new door
Getting ready to plant Memorial Day
Now to add soil and compost. I said I have been trying to stay busy.

I will continue on this journey plugging away and in June will take some time to see loved ones and a special blogger along the way.

Happy Memorial Day though it is a solemn day not sure when HAPPY was added.

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Missing My Girl

Lone Male Northern Cardinal
Bird watching without JT just not the same

So is he a visitor sent to remind me of my loves and those lost or simply a gorgeous male I call out to and hear him coming closer and closer with each call he returns, until he is 10 feet away. You know I love my place as do all wildlife.

I am hard at work when the weather allows me to lay groundwork for my dreams of a place to paint for others as well as classes to be held with me and other artists .

I know tears will lessen but when you involve your pet in so many adventures and everyday tasks the void left is something I did not see coming. Damn they need to live longer and I blame the pet food companies as I always gave her what was said to be the best.

Thank you to everyone who has sent messages here and on Facebook I know you feel my pain but I am determined to find joy here, one day at a time.




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Not Good At Being Selfish

No longer wanting to see JT, my beautiful border collie, living on pain pills as her only option we said goodbye just before supper Tuesday night.

I am trying so hard to remember the joy she brought us from the moment we laid eyes on her almost 13 years ago. The house is so quiet without her and she was a quiet dog but there were those times when she would bark when squirrels came or company. Her squeak toys now silent and she had over a 1000 toys knowing the name of each and every one we lovingly name for her.

You pet lovers have all been through this, as I have 16 times before her, but each one leaves me sobbing one minute and pushing through daily routines the next. I miss her so much my beautiful black and white shadow who loved me just as much. It would have been selfish had I filled the prescription again and kept her comfortable as I have been doing since the vet placed her on them in late Nov. Once I could finish her grave(had to wait for the ground to thaw) I called a vet I had for years, no longer being JT’s but knowing it was time he came to the house so she would not be scared.

Thank you all for following us through photos of our trips here there and everywhere.

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My little beach bum
RIP JT
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Another Year Older and Time To Vote With Conviction

A Shy Male Northern Cardinal

Well I made it through another birthday not quite something to sing about but 63 and doing more now than ever before it seems. I believe I have finally accepted what life has thrown at me and once again found a purpose, for me that is huge.

I have been working with other concerned citizens here in town to stop a huge energy company from coming into our town and placing a very large LNG tank and pipes that will in time leak, into our rural as well as residential area.

In a time where we should be working to move away from fracked gas and oil and turn to wind and solar they pick our town, well for me they will not without a fight. Which means writing letters, attending meetings up in our State House and spreading the word to all who are ready to hear. Today I will go door to door passing out info on a warrant article on Tuesdays ballot, that we fought hard with a petition to get on in time.

I live in a town that is very apathetic and not many even go out to vote. I hope many will care enough to show up this year and vote yes to tell the PUC and SEC our little town says NO. It is hard when you are fighting a company with billions to pay to get their project through. We have one thing on our side there will be no weather system they can use for an excuse. 🙂


Male Eastern Bluebird

I have been teaching Watercolor privately and even taught 16 children the other day at our local library, this class was free and I bought the supplies for them to paint their masterpieces.

This Monday I have a student who is now a friend having me to her home to give a lesson to her and a friend, I am excited to show another person some magic. On the 22nd I can teach at the local gallery if anyone signs up for the class.


JT is still holding on

JT is still hanging in there with sheer will but I will lay her to rest by May I think, which is when she will be 13. I will be in bad shape when she goes but she has had a wonderful life and given us one as well and I need to do what I think is right. I am not sure how I will heal after this as she has been my world since I first laid eyes on her. We all know the pain of loss.


Watching Me

I will sign off for now in order to get ready to greet my neighbors I hope you have a wonderful weekend, for those up here Spring is coming!


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It Was 60 on Tuesday Not Today

What a weird winter this has been here in southern New Hampshire.
As you all saw on the new in the mid 60’s for our parade but then today just 2 days later we were covered in Ice.

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Ice covered White Pine in NH

The beauty still comes through but damage may follow tomorrow. Today I captured shots of some feathered friends and some natural food for the and a shot of JT from the warm day.


Rose Hips under ice.
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More ice.
Hanging from the weight of the ice.
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Pretty birds brightened this dreary day.
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With a snowball her dad had tossed earlier after our walk she ate it all 🙂 She loves catching and eating snowballs but this one had sat there so she ate it.


Rose Hip
The birds and red squirrels love these in the dead of winter so now I leave them till early spring then cut them all back.
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Side View of a visiting Cooper's Hawk
Pretty birds and squirrels attract attention.

So the action on screen and out my windows has kept me amused but the weather well it has just been nuts!

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So Hard To Stay Focused

It really is hard to focus after watching our teams send off rally it really is when you are a true fan as many are here in New England. Like our quarterback reminds us the world hates him except us ❤ and it brings him strength.

Now for a subject you all love to hear about SNOW yes more is promised but for us close to the coast our amounts will be so much less than northern areas of our region. Then cold air but not as cold as some of you will deal with I heard -50 F in the Dakotas now I remember those bone chilling temps from when I was trucking it was crazy and we had to keep our trucks running so the fuel would not gel. Brrrrrrr

Ok here are some shots from my yard which is mostly ice and small patches of snow after all the rain we have had.

I took JT for a stroll and will again today while we wait for snow she loves snowballs crazy girl she is 🙂


Our Border Collie
Waiting for me to put the camera down 🙂
Along a frozen river that borders my land in NH
Favorite location for troublesome Beavers 🙂
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Snow and ice but the river beneath it is flowing.

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Yes I am still painting 🙂

Bluebird in backyard here in NH
So many Gorgeous birds call this land home.

Thanks for stopping by it felt good to head out with the dog and my camera to see some of the things happening in the end of January this year.

GO PATRIOTS!!!!

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Art, Photography and Football oh wait and a SNOWSTORM!

Wow today was truly the calm before the storm with snow to begin soon this one just to aggravate the morning commute but then a day tobuy up all the milk and eggs at the store maybe water in case the power goes out on Sunday, when we will receive 1 to 2 FEET of SNOW!

We better not lose power with the call for high winds and so much snow forecast as the whole country, except for New England, praying for the Patriots to be knocked out of the playoffs but my money’s on the 5 time Superbowl Champs led by the GOAT, Tom Terrific I call him. 🙂

Male Bluebird in Epping NH
They love my heated bird bath these pretty Bluebirds

We walked around the yard looking for items that could potentially go through the snowblower and JT sniffed the ground to see who had been in her yard.


JT our Female Border Collie in NH

For those in the path of this storm stay safe out there have a plan set and stay warm.

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Cold Will Continue Till Monday

The cold is worsened by the winds that have been fierce here lately.
Every bird in the forest is here filling up on beef fat and Sunflower seeds and warm water I offer them in a heated birdbath.

I clean the house and take bird counts for Ebird do you do that? I list their numbers for a certain time period and some photos of my visiting species
some I can tell if they are males or females others I can’t.

I have been painting but not 5 a day anymore lol trying new things some are not what I wanted but I have fun anyway. This one I loved but then did not stop now to continue to play just for the sake of play. It is lighter but a bad photo.

I will be giving a free 2 hr class to students during February vacation I asked for the 9-15 year old range maybe I can turn them on to art and fun and keep them off the street 🙂




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Watercolor Daisies in an abstract work in progress
Work in progress 🙂

I took JT out for a half hour walk it was all we could stand.


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JT a 12 1/2 yr old female I love to pieces
JT




Future spot for artists  set up in the gardens
All new gardens sit under the layer of ice hope I chose tough plants.

Have a great weekend!
GO PATS! lol You know I love our team and Tom “The Goat” Brady

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Purging

I have been plugging away at purging all that is no longer needed and no good to anyone else.

I have been making headway with packing up most of my art supplies that will not freeze out in the uninsulated barn that will soon enough be a artspace.

Today it is snowing and because I now own the tractor I am left with so much time to call my own. So today I will toss more things out, reorganize and pack containers for another trip to the barn once the temps clear the freezing mark.

Have you all done your end of the year cleaning and tried to begin with a clean slate?

Loose Sunflowers in Watercolor.
Not happy with my attempt on these Sunflowers but I had fun painting.


Bluejay here in my NH Yard


Time to get back at it hope you have a wonderful day.

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Off Into The Woods We Went

With my girl not doing well we had been sticking close to home for the last year but it was nice out yes in the mid 30’s F and I surprised her with “Do you want to go for a walk in the woods? To which her reply was a wagging tale as she ran to the door to wait for us.


My Girl JT soon to be 13

So with camera in hand and a happy dog the two of us old folks set off for a trail that runs off behind my barn(future studio) to begin our walk.

It is a mixed forest with so many varieties of trees and plants.

There were places where snow was still visible as well as patches of icy areas we had to be careful of none us needed another injury.


All the rain and cold temperatures made for a pretty landscape.

I spotted something round up in a tree a little further ahead and pointed and asked “You know what that is to Ron?” he had no clue I did but used my zoom to make sure.

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This one is though

Porcupine in NH Forest
Ever get that feeling you are being watched well we were.

We kept walking and did for just about an hour as she is not well and it had been a while it is all about my girl these days




Border Collie in the woods
On the scent she tends to get a bit to far ahead so I call her back you never know if hunters have set traps out here.

I think I needed to get out here more than she did. Just so pretty in these woods I have called home for 30 years.


NH Forests
Round rocks remind me here in the Granite State of possible floods as we all know I deal with constantly do to a lake further back being released.




Vernal Pool in NH
Vernal Pools dotted today’s walk in the woods. Don’t let the ice fool you it was so beautiful out.



Tree Tops
Trees, what can I say you all know I dig trees.

Thanks for joining me.

Merry Christmas
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Wishing You All Safe and Very Merry Christmas

Our snow has just about disappeared here in southeastern New Hampshire but there is word out tonight some flakes will be in the air this week ahead.

Our garden club sold over $1,000 worth of Poinsettias and Wreaths and a few Kissing Balls as well. The last order will go to a church here in town on Thursday so they can get their alter ready for the Twelve Days of Christmas.  We will make between $300/$400 for our effort and make the town that much prettier this spring.

My girl(JT) has been put on meds to help with her pain I also and taking her for gentle walks to help with our ongoing weight loss plan. 🙂

Trying to get into the holiday spirit by getting out and doing things with others in town and making an effort to get dressed and show up no matter what so many gone from the family table this year as many of you it is not easy.

 

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I have been adding cards to a local shop here in town where I teach too and making some art to tuck into Christmas Cards for family and friends.


Three on a Hill
Wild color fills this 11 x 14 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.


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Thanksgiving

My dog and I were single ladies for this special day but between cooking and cleaning we took the time for some walks outside and though the temps were setting records and the winds were howling we were warm and stuffed just like the turkey I prepared for future meals.


My Girl JT on Thanksgiving 2018
So very cold I scattered food all day for the wildlife.
Yes snow fell before Thanksgiving and the temps dropped to below zero with wind chills but we had fun.


My bareroots from spring are growing nicely which reminds me I have much to be thankful for each and every day.

Have a wonderful weekend!
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Autumn Given The Bum’s Rush

Yes sad to see Autumn pushed out by our first snow which for me is always too early 🙂

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But with this monster I made it all go away quick as it fell.

These shots are from the day before

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Yard is now under water that froze
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They filled up before the snow arrived.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you here in the States.

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Before the Snow Flies

So much to do as fall is upon us with the winter season fast on it’s heels, weather wise anyways.

My flock of visiting Juncos have arrived which is a sure sign of snow season getting closer and closer and our northern neighbors have already received theirs.  Soon I will be able to hang up bird feeders without constant worry about the neighborhood bears wanting in on the action as well.  We now have a resident Bobcat not sure if it is male or female but I will keep the camera charged and ready for its appearance.

I have been teaching Watercolor classes I know can you believe it 🙂 I have so much fun doing the classes as I take all I struggled with being mostly self taught and let the watercolor take center stage as it should. No bells and whistles just letting it mix and mingle until it speaks to each students heart.  It is about fun and joy they can find enough to stress about as can you and I.

I had the first of my two craft fairs and it was very successful and the Boy Scout troop made some much needed cash.  I sold signed and numbered Giclee prints and lots of cards mom must be watching over me as we come up to the second anniversary of her death. The holidays are hard having no family left to speak of but I know I am not alone.

I promised some photos of what I have been doing to get my property ready to open it up for Art Shows and Classes as well as Plein Air gatherings.

Here are a few before and after shots as I just rented a machine to cut down all the brush so I can begin to put down paths of wood chips for visitors to follow down to the river banks and out into the forest though flowers will also be available with all my new additions this past spring.

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So though it looks messy I can finally walk around without being covered with ticks from all that brush and I now have more land to fix and make suitable for growing old and others enjoying one thing I am excited about is friends have offered to build me a ranch home 2 Bedrooms brand new so I can knockdown my old home I no longer want to climb up on the roof to clean 🙂 I am blessed.

I will also add a new roof to the barn/studio and a new front glass door to let the sunshine stream in to the work tables. Not sure where to go to find the perfect door that will sit behind the sliding barn door but so happy for GOOGLE 🙂  I will paint it in the spring I was hoping my son would put an artistic scene on it but not sure where he is and what he is up to these days just hope he is also happy.

Flooding continues to be a problem here but I have folks working on that as I update my blog first make them aware then demand change 🙂 stay tuned!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends and safe holidays to the rest of you from so far away.

Eunice
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Watercolor from my imagination or long ago memory.

 

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Witch Hazel blooms for Halloween and my abstract take on our Autumn Leaves.
I may work some more on the veins if I get bored 🙂

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Learning Something New With A Friend

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We signed up to take a class with Ceci at Good JuJu by Ceci in Newmarket NH Here she is explaining Alcohol Inks to us.
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Time for us to play
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My first is an abstract like all the others but ours were all so very different please excuse the glare from the shiny wet tile.
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I then did a simple landscape and put it aside to dry.
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Now this one above was on Yupo paper not sure what I had planned for it to be but I can still work on it or wash it off and begin again 🙂
Now it was time to use what we learned and pull of a landscape with trees.
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I will leave it be as an example of what I learned and try to pull it off again down the road this winter after all my art shows and fairs are over.
Now back to the one I let dry now we learned how to stamp on top of our scene.
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Not many stamps would go with my scene so I chose 3 and went for it.

Now playing with Watercolor is my addiction and now this comes along being so bold and bright and so easy to do.  I can see me doing several and adding them to do my own back splash as I love color but you all knew that 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

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Weather in our mountains
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We Went In Search of Color

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BRRRRRR it no longer feels like summer but late fall I may step outside and find all my annuals have succumbed to frost as we have had no hard freeze here on the seacoast as of yet.

My swamp maples had their gorgeous reds along the river and some rain and wind has taken some of the leaves down in preparation to their winter slumber and a long one it will be.

Parts of our country have either been under fire or water for far too long some with no power for weeks to come and ocean water so filthy all species have washed ashore 😦 I pray for this world we call home.

So what do I do as fall takes hold well of course I charge my camera and we go for a ride yes we got ready rain and all and grabbed JT for her annual foliage ride.

It had not yet hit peak in the 300 mile day trip we took but the clouds and rain made it look spectacular.  Thursday I will try again this time I will head into VT for photos of Barns and Cows always sought after shots.

Hope you enjoy the few snaps I decided to poke my camera out into the rain for 🙂
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This last one I will try to capture with my Watercolor.

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Trying My Hand At What I See

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Taken from a quick sketch I did in Exeter NH along the Swazy Parkway downtown.
Actually just before I added the final glazes and popped it into a frame not sure if I will show it or not.

Here is a bad photo and it is not in the right Mat or Frame but just to show you I finished it.

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Too much of the painting covered and lousy photo

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NH Grown

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It’s September now the fields are full with Sunflowers in these parts they make it a tourist destination actually along with corn mazes.

Today our garden club passes out the mums and cabbages supporters bought as well as plant the 8 large self watering containers throughout our town.

Since I was up just 3 1/2 hr after going to sleep I think I will take a nap out on the swing.

Have a great day!

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September and the Heat Continues

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August made it onto the top 10 list for the hottest of all time here in NH and September continues to look the same here on Labor Day, we are in the mid 90’s.

One good thing about the 12 inches of rain that swamped up this summer is all of the gorgeous garden flowers we have.

I took this a a friends home where a fellow garden club member lives. He decided upon moving into the new house he did not want a lawn so soil was roughed up and seeds purchased from  Vermont Wildflowers with whom I am getting ready to place an order with as well.

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His sea of yellows and oranges were offset with pink, purple and white Cosmos like these beauties above. I could spend days in a meadow like this and never get tired of trying to capture their beauty.

Happy Labor Day to all of you from the States hope you had the day off and cooked on the BBQ.

Eunice

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Making Giclee

I have decided since the theft the best way to sell my watercolors for now is as a signed and numbered Giclee print.  I will make some of my original pieces available in runs of just 250.

So my shop on Etsy is open with the first 5 being offered.  FolsomMillStudio

Now that the printing process has been completed by a local couple and I can offer exact images for my art I feel so much better. I am offering them for $35 each.

I am working each day on my space here mowing, weeding, planting and dreaming of what is to come.  My knee pain is just about gone with this new diet so slow and steady I will work to get strong again.

You poor people with fires pushing you out we seem to be getting your rain and trust me we do not need it.  Some of our local fire fighters have been sent to help so yes we all know about you being in harms way.  We are so sorry please stay safe.

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Working Hard On My Dream

Still working hard on my land and what a warm summer it has been to do so.  During breaks I find time to wet my brush and get lost on my white piece of paper.

Watercolor July 2018

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July What A Month You Have Been

July started with a new way of eating, actually a 28 day plan that ended today.  For a scale that had stopped moving long ago I was tired of the madness and told the right person, a new friend who had an idea and ordered me a book titled “The Fast Metabolism Diet” by Haylie Pomroy

I have never been a reader of self help books though with the world wide web I could seek out anything I wanted to know more about.

Well I read this book, as I shopped for the essentials I would need for the first week and began.  First two days I went to bed early so I did not have to eat anymore food, yes this is the truth it may have been 3 days.  On this third day a funny thing happened I actually heard my stomach growl for the first time in 20 years.

You see I would wake at 5 am have 2 cups of coffee no sugar and not eat anything until maybe noon then dinner at 6 or 7 pm then bed by 10 or 11.  On occasion I would snack before bed or have a dessert. I was so out of whack not drinking water, burning the candle at both ends never giving my body the nutrients it needed to function properly.

When I was trucking I ate better, I guess it was when I got hurt and could not afford lots of different foods and depression took hold from it and being poor for really the first time that I began this journey.  It was time to live again!

So the deal is you must give up white flower that many have already as well as pasta, rice and rolls as well as baked goods.  I also gave up all sugar and quit drinking coffee after 45+years it was not even hard to do so.

I began to drink my water all day long, eat within 30 minutes of waking and having a snack then lunch then later a snack then finally supper.  Most meals consisted of 3 or 4 cups of salad which is easy as this time of the year I grow my own.

Well I must say I was shocked to see the scale move when I felt I like was eating like a pig 🙂 Imagine that!  Inches more noticeable, skin better and sleep was wonderful which I am grateful for because in this period of time I was under so much stress as you see a person I trusted with my art, a neighbor with a consignment store, had closed up shop and took all the vendors goods and never told us.

I searched and searched for her and finally she popped up 2 towns away.  I showed up after having my boyfriend go in as a shopper first and when he got back to the car he said “None of your art is in there.”  I was sick and mad and headed inside by myself.

She told me for 14 min. she had nothing of mine so I reminded her when I sell items I get 60% as I put out my hand.  Then she remembered something she had and went out back and came in with 5 pieces of my work really?  I asked her if this was really how she wanted to start a new business then asked where this painting was

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She said “I do not have it and I reminded her it was $180 and told her to give me cash for it and the check she bounced back in May.  Long story short I did what I could to help others get what they could, as she stole theirs and wrote more bad checks to boot.  It will be hard for me to trust another but all I can say is I stayed on my plan even with all this stress and continued to lose.

The moral of this long story is eat to be healthy and drop weight give up the crap food that is no good for you and always I mean always really know who you are dealing with when you let things you love out of sight.

I will now just sell cards and prints locally as I do online and the originals will be here beside me safe and sound.

She should have named her new shop BAD KARMA after what she took from the 20 of us.

I am blessed to have lived the life I have lived, always full of lessons to be sure.

Come on August I need to do something fun!

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Happy Fourth of July

So much life happening at the moment it is hard to fit it all in.

I lost my cat on Monday and after 17 years together it is hard though I know she was so very sick 😦 I still wish she filled our space with her beauty xo

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JT misses her as do we.

Phase one of my Artist retreat was slow with knee but it is in and mulched to protect is from this heatwave that is consuming so much of the United States I am not complaining mind you, as you all know I despise winter 🙂  I love a week and a half of high 90’s which is better than the same below 0 degrees F.

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If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you know I am also painting but with pain till my brace arrives I will vary my sitting and walking but soon hope to ride a bike no not another Harley but a pedal bike with a baskets so I can go off and sketch and paint in different places as well as my yard.  I think in Aug. I signed up for a week long Plein Air
right here close by with an amazing teacher. I hope I get the hang of it 🙂

I stepped out of my comfort zone a couple of weeks ago and painted live as a Featured Artist during a Farmers Market.  Met some very nice people and sold some cards.

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Have a wonderful day and stay safe.

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Seven Years With You

Thanks to those who started this journey with me and to the followers who popped in along the way wow seven years.

Plant Sales and planting have been keeping me busy this spring and of course watching my forest grow.

Here is a Iris I dug up from our family home before mom passed isn’t it the prettiest color.

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How mom loved her huge variety wish I had taken more but if the new owners like them maybe they will be loved there.

Here is a shot of my tiny forest as it begins, it is even taller now.

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This is the area I am concentrating on.

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Wild flowers to the right of this mound as well as perennials that spread.  This mound is a holding spot of rich organic soil to help them on their way and it runs 200 foot to the gate and on the other side of the drive as well as under the mature trees for shade loving beauties.  One more weekend full of local plant sales supporting those who give their time volunteering for their towns garden club as I do here.  I bring along a neighbor and boy do we find so many beauties for our places for $1 to $5 each trust me we are bargain shoppers and fill my tiny car to the gills 🙂 as a side note the horrific pain has let up 70% and with all that I push this body to do I am grateful 🙂

Have a wonderful day everyone.

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Some Days We Just Need To Rest

Memorial Day here in the US can be confusing what with everyone saying “Happy Memorial Day” when in fact it is to remember those we lost on battlefields not so happy at all in fact a rather sad day to reflect upon.

Here most enjoy a parade and a cookout and who knows maybe as we gather more can turn their thoughts over to the family members who never came home from war it is wear to start in my opinion.  Now Veterans Day is to celebrate all who have served and no parties for that day as most work it to get the day after Thanksgiving off truly confusing.

Now to confuse you I have a shot of one of my visiting squirrels contemplating the day before him or her and maybe reflecting upon life while atop of my carved Cardinal.

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Planting and More Planting

I must have gone off the deep end trying to do it all in phase 1.

So many trees and bushes and now starting this weekend looking for Perennials till 1st weekend in June.  I will attend all the local garden club plant sales within 50 mile radius to my place to show my support we all must stick together in our mission to make our towns as pretty as we can.

I have been icing the knee and in between wearing an old brace I have to get it all done.  I can not wait to get back to painting with leg up. It does help for me to rest it so I grab my camera and wait for the action to come to me.

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Knee Elevated Ice On

We have so many 2 and 4 legged visitors to watch what is beginning to occur slowly but surely here. Arbor Day says my 17 specimens should arrive next week 🙂 and I am making the rest of my raised vegetable beds on Mother’s Day.   I was going to ride down to Bourne MA where my parents were laid to rest at the Veterans Cemetery on Cape Cod but I know both of them would prefer I continue with my vision and to smile, they liked to see me smile.  Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mom’s. Miss you Mom xo

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Follow me on Facebook(Folsom Mill Studio)  for more adventure 🙂 till I learn to size these right as I do not know all there is about photography 🙂 just know it is a pure delight to interact with these wild ones daily.

Have a wonderful weekend HAPPY MOTHER’s Day

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Almost 200 In The Landcape

Boy am I getting some fresh air.

I bought bare root plants for my piece of property from the State of NH on Thursday yes it is only Monday, lol.  I used my tractor bucket to haul them fresh water and saved my knees many hours of back and forth time.  Then it rained a nice gentle rain all night I think.

These trees and bushes were ready to plant as many had their leaf buds all swollen I hope at least 1/2 take though my real hope is that each will thrive here on the seacoast of NH.  The wildlife will love this place even more and there will be so much greenery and blossoms for painting inspiration.

I bought a Song Bird package with 25 plants, 5 each. Such as Elderberry, Hazelnut and Cranberry.  The next package came with 10 Ninebark, then a bag full of 25 Dogwoods Red, Silky, Yellow, Gray as well as alternate leaf variety.  Another has my Deciduous  beauties Red and White Oak 5 each, Silver and Sugar Maples 5 each, Black Walnut and White Cedar too I also ordered 10 extra White Cedar for screening. I also got 10 Spiceberry Bushes.  Then a Christmas Tree package of 5 different varieties for another 25 trees yes I know I should have paced myself doing some in spring and fall but you have to get them when available as most years they sell out.  They ran out of White Birch which I wanted ten of for the rear of my piece of land I will hunt for babies in my yard 🙂

With the trees and bushes in place and my tractor and pile of compost and loom still large I will add shade loving perennials under my grown trees and sun lovers at the bases of others.  I will hit all the local garden club plant sales as I always do being a member of our towns club it is good to support others making this state as pretty as they can.

I have just one more drawing class tomorrow and then I can get back to my watercolors as I sit outside with my girls(cat and dog)and take in all the new scenes this place will have to get inspiration from.

Have a wonderful week!

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Changing The Scene

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Trucks now long gone now to find a new home for the Antique RV.

As I contemplate what my space can be I work hard to lay out a design for gardens, privacy screen and structures to dine under as well as paint at.

You saw my workhorse and soon you will see my pathways and many new trees and bushes for the wildlife to nest in as well as many varieties of berries to sustain them naturally all the while setting a scene for others to paint. I have 200 bare root specimens
to get into the ground this weekend daunting but exciting as well as garden club plant sales for more perennials.

New roof and new slider going on the studio hoping to get a wild paint job by that artistic son of mine. Maybe I will add a deck to the front as well.  I will keep the place rustic but when visiting artists come to learn from teachers they follow I can get them to the mountains, sea as well as lakes and streams we have it all here in New England.  I will have my own organic garden as usual but will be able to offer nice midday meals to the class attendees.

Having a dream is worth all the hard work though many say to me you can do it now your place is so quiet and welcoming but I want it to be a sanctuary for wildlife all the while gardening and painting my way through what is left of my life.

Thanks for stopping by to see the before photo lol

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Partake In The Sunshine

The daily post prompt Partake

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Partake in some sunshine if you are here in New England as tomorrow rain will once again fall.

With so many brush fires and even more warmth headed our way rain will be needed even after all the snow that fell this season.

I am about to partake in a bunch of planting as the compost arrives, yes totally organic
and I will add lettuce and peas to my NH garden. Soon the Baltimore Orioles and Hummingbirds will replace my Juncos and Snowy Owls.

Hope you all get the weather you so desire so you can also partake in what you enjoy doing.

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Drawing Class Don’t Laugh No Go Ahead

Yes I finally signed up to learn how to draw again.  Taking classes with a great artist at the same gallery where I try to enter the monthly Theme Shows.

I know my problem with a pen I hurry too much! I am excited to learn but scared at times to fail but really who am I actually failing as you already know I am screwy and unique lol trucking, photography, watercolor now drawing it is all who I am time to embrace me and let go.

You can laugh when you take a gander of these first attempts as I know I do but the journey to a better painting will keep me laughing, practicing and practicing some more.
These are done blind well the hand and binoculars and the other students I did fast and blind to start then we moved on to grid work now I can see the possibilities ahead.

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Pen to paper look at object and draw never look down to see what you are doing.

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My poor teacher done by me FAST SKETCHING and I mean fast!  30 seconds to get then down on paper or really their essence.  They were all female but in mine they appeared to be men 😦 try and try again.

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Another Blind Drawing I did here at home for homework

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Worked on Bob Dylan using a grid but drawing it while it was upside down.

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Now Showing In Chichester NH

I dropped of two watercolors matted and ready for hanging at the Wild Women’s Wellness Center in Chichester NH where the art of many hope to raise funds much needed for the animals of all sizes and shapes up the road called Live and Let Live Farm.

They give homes to animals with life to live but no home to live at.  They need food and care never mind love.  They open the farm up on Sundays at 2:30 PM for tours to see all the animals if you are in the area vacationing or if we have too much snow on our slopes 🙂 take a spin and a walk around the place.

So the particulars on the Artist Reception are go to RTE 4 and pop into the lower level of the brick building where Wild Woman Wellness is. Plenty of parking  around back as well.  We will be there from 5-7 PM  Saturday there will also be raffles, food laughter and fun as they hope to sell all the art to bring in money for the farm.  I have donated these two watercolors and am donating 100% of my personal sales.

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Both of mine are framed and ready to hang as are the beautiful works of art that have also been hung up for the show.  There may be bins with cards or prints I left before it was set up but will be there Friday night but I teach a class on Sat. so I will have to miss that and then run up to get them if they do not sell.

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Stay warm we hear we may have another 3 to 8 inches of snow due Wednesday night OH JOY

Come on Spring!

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Many Thanks To RESA

Many Thanks to RESA for sharing my Watercolors with her followers.  Resa was so kind to do this for me so please go and check out her blog if you have yet to follow her or be introduced.

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Skyler Was A Nasty Winter Storm

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Just relentless it was and our almost 30″ was not the worst hit area the coast of Massachusetts has been destroyed storm after storm with protection gone the flood gates remain open.  It was just before 2 storms ago I was shooting photos of buds and bulbs with a t shirt on no wonder I am sick tonight 🙂

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Doodlewash Have Your Heard Of It?

I was approached by Charlie O’Shields from Doodlewash and asked if I would like to be Featured on his blog and website. I told him I was new to this and not sure I was ready as his site is gorgeous and has professional artists on there I look up to .  He assured me it was time and asked me to send him some photos and words.  Looking back at the should have, could have, would have, I wish I had shot a few works in progress to show my style lol who knew I had one.

I wanted to thank all of you who knew my story and watched this journey and yes I am so very happy and working on my future back when I started this blog I was not even sure I would have one so thank you.

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Please if you paint with Watercolor and do not know Charlie stop in and say hello and tell him Eunice at Folsom Mill sent you 🙂

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A New About Page

26678684_10212716363158664_5792194805692809999_oI have updated my About page with news of what is happening around here.  This should keep me busy and smiling 🙂 Thanks everyone!

Time for a bit of an update I would say it has been awhile.

I began my blog as a way to connect to others as life for me was so different as the hustle and bustle of trucking was over after 3 million miles. Not bad for a female and I must say there was never a moment in the 30 years I held that commercial drivers licence that I was sexually harassed. I never had to lower myself to get work I am proud to say my work ethic was all anyone had to see to know I was up for the run.

I went from sharing lousy photos to then honing my skills to actually selling many each month on the different platforms out there. I then shared stories with you about life and it’s struggles and victories I must say what a ride it has been.  I took a Watercolor class one night, 2 hours and my world changed.  I once again shared with you all my early attempts and for those who stopped by to encourage me Thank You.  I have just begun my 4th year of painting and learning all I could about play.  Before my mom died last year she asked me to retire from trucking and to keep painting. Doors have begun to open and I no longer fear stepping through them.  I enter shows and never worry about what others think of my pieces you see I love each one.  They come from within and pour out onto that wet piece of white paper, each a piece of me and the life I have led.

I have set up a website here at  https://uni356.wixsite.com/folsom-mill-studio  with all the links for getting a print or card of anything be it photography or watercolor. I have joined Instagram as well under Folsommill where I will post videos, works in progress and shots from here in New England.  I am bad about putting down the brush and adding to stores never mind blogging to you all I am sorry, I am caught up in creating more than sharing I will try harder because I love connecting with you.  If you see me post something that speaks to you send me an email and tell me which store you want me to add it to. Zazzle has items FAA doesn’t sell I make a $1 or $2 for most items some just 10 cents it all helps to keep me in paint and paper.

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This link above has a drop down menu so you can find me.  I appreciate each and every one of you who has bought something I have made, you have helped me greatly.

Now for some better news I am trying to conserve my property here in NH for the Arts and will in time look for Artists to hold workshops here where their followers can come and learn.  First I conserve and do all the legal things and then I build a place for the teacher to stay and there will be a motel minutes from here for the students to book their rooms.  I will cook for the teachers and provide lunches for the workshop attendees and a ride to and from the motel if they do not want to rent cars though most will as New England is such an amazing part of the United States they will want to take it all in and maybe even setup trips for Plein Air excursions. It is an exciting time for me and I will blog as changes begin here on the property and I start booking their stays.  Do you create? Do you have favorite teachers you want to learn from? Yes it is hard work but nothing like trucking 🙂  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

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Tend To The Ice

We had a very bad 2 week stretch of frigid cold here in New England this January but really just one or two snow events this winter but the ice, we must tend to the ice.

The yard was treacherous before yesterday’s snow and freezing rain arrived now not sure it will move until we have a week in the 40’s to warm the earth so she can begin to percolate and suck all of it in.

This photo is from 2 days ago when I cleared the whole walkway this morning it is covered again by thick ice once again.  Our Boston Bruins could practice out in the yard there is that much ice.

Temps. have to be above 32 F for some products to break it up and with my dog and concrete in between these red bricks it makes it also impossible to use chemicals and besides my yard is totally organic and I like it that way except when we could easily fall and break a bone, it is really that bad out there 😦WP_20180205_12_31_51_Pro  Stay safe with whatever you may have under foot. New England weather if you hate it wait a minute and it will change. via Daily Prompt: Tend

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I Finished My New Website

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You can find it here with a drop down menu of all the places you can find me at I am also giving lessons on the magic aspect of wet into wet watercolor here in the seacoast area of NH.

https://uni356.wixsite.com/folsom-mill-studio

I will try harder to BLOG here on WP and update my website with new artwork I will be offering for sale.

Here on Living and Lovin I will share photos and art but not bombard my posts with them as I create too much.  I am having so much fun, FINALLY I hear some of you saying 🙂

Have a wonderful day.
#gopats #letsgooo

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Stifle The Noise

via Daily Prompt: Stifle

Our team boarded their plane after saying goodbye to their rabid fans. With so much of the country having an opinion on our team and its players as well as coaches it is no wonder why we show up, fill the seats and parking lots for each and every home game.

We are aware there are idiots among us as you may have heard.  A talking head for WEEI Radio Station in Boston is now on vacation after voicing his opinion on our quarterbacks 5 year old little girl.  You know if he said it outloud and was recorded there  is even more of this mentality within him.  The GOAT will have all he can do to STIFLE THE NOISE.

GO PATS!

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My Instagram Is Back Up

Instagram is Follsommill and my Wix Blog is functional at Folsom Mill Studio man this creativity is hard work never mind Zazzle at Eunice356 and RedBubble etc.  I work hard to make pretty art worthy of a print or a simple card and with 5 sales this week I am so blessed.

We are covered with snow and ice I mean rock hard and slippery ice so I stay in and keep my bones safe as well as my dogs and  I paint then upload images onto products you have all seen, as you have followed me from the start.

Today out of the blue someone from Boston bought a B&W photos I took of sailboats moored here on the coast of New England.  I love that photo but adore Boston.

By now you all know we will once again play in the Super Bowl.  From what I hear 60 % of those who watch football or say they do hate our team and want to see us lose. I get it I do, same old same old right,  lol  NO!   Who wins games like our team we either make it look like the other team never showed up or they come back in the last quarter and make the others cry as they leave the field.

Our team is fired up they want it bad who knows maybe Philly will this year but my heart is with the GOAT. Yes I am a rabid fan.

Here is a few new pieces I have been playing with as I watch them boys come from behind.

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Happy New Year

It has been so crazy cold here.  I am so sick of listening to the furnace and space heater run but grateful I have them and a roof over my head.

Since our last 10″ storm the cold set in, record breaking cold I need my January Thaw but nope we are going to be under a blizzard warning tomorrow and through the weekend. They say we may see 4″ to 20″ hello after 8 it is horrid unless you ski or snowboard which I can assure you I don’t 🙂

Today it will be in the 20’s F and will feel like spring this better not be my thaw but I will use it to buy more bird food and suet, dog and cat food and I will make a cabbage/veggie packed soup I can heat by lighting a match on my kitchen stove as power outages are always likely here even though it is 2018.  All those beautiful and frozen trees just will not withstand the 40+ mph wind and wires will come down.  Stay safe as as there will be ice from the deep south all the way to Canada.

When I am not shoveling and snow blowing it away I will paint. I will sit in the quiet and let my creator guide my heart and hand and see what shows up on my wet piece of paper.  This is what my place looks like now before this coming storm and what I did to rest my aching back.  I am so happy to have Watercolor in my life.  I am in 2 new shows
though I will not sell mine, they will just be for show as I grow.

Stay safe everyone.

 

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Practising and Shoveling

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I forgot I am not supposed to paint boring scenes with everything the same height I will rectify that in the future.  🙂

Pats won again I am a happy lady.

It is now Christmas Eve here in NH and places are closing up early for workers to have time with their own families which is nice to see.  Besides sending out cards I did nothing for this holiday since mom died last Thanksgiving I really just spend the holidays here at home with boyfriend and the dog and cat.  I like having no extra stress as it is a sad time already.  I did keep the wild birds fed during our ice storm and today before the snow begins to fall.  They say we will have 4 to 8 inches I hope for 0  🙂

Less than 90 days left till spring I will keep reminding myself.

I will spend time cleaning out old paperwork, donating clothes/coats and giving away many items I no longer have the need for as it is a good time to purge and I have a whole week to make a dent it in before the New Year.

I am trying to decide if I should build a new home(without stairs) or redo this home so it flows better and a large storage room can replace where the bathroom now sits 4 stairs down. My knee is good but I know I will need replacements down the road so why not plan now.  Also have to lose weight and remain focused so I can do more as I get older.

I will continue to paint and take photos and in January I also begin to teach watercolor basics.  I can not wait to share the magic.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas can not wait to hear what you all did.