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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

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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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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

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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 Snow Fell And There Went The Feast

My last post sounded so nice right lol well I cooked and prepared for our family feast but so did the weather.
On Wednesday as the last of my cooking was complete the snow began to fall.  I even went out with another Garden Club member to hang 30 swags we had made on Sunday throughout the downtown.  We were wet and cold but please with the holiday color in town taking shape.  We swung in for a cup of hot chocolate to warm us on the ride home.  Tomorrow we have 84 tropical Poinsettias arriving for delivery OH BOY!  You see Wednesday night we lost all power due to the heavy wet snow and just our first of this soon to be winter season wait it is still fall right.

Today is Sat. and this morning we got the power back  It was 32 degrees F. brrr  we did have one warm spot in the house the 4 us cuddled up in and lots of veggies as we never did get together with family down the road as they too had no party and moved it 50 miles south so we stayed home and off the nasty roads.  Maybe we will get another chance at Christmas.

I painted during daylight with melted snow 🙂  over on Folsom Mill Studio blog I will post the results this is a shot of Spicy Cranberry Sauce I made and second shot of our world today 🙂

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In The Old Days We Travelled By Foot

In The Old Days We Travelled By Foot, no wonder we all got to grandma’s house on time, for family gatherings.

Family and friends now live with so many miles between they must travel by air and rail as well as packing up the family car. No wonder today in the United States has become a day of nightmares for all even if you are just making the dinner, you begin to worry about all of them travelling to you.

Today will be one of epic weather events up and down the east coast,  in fact I am not even sure of any other disastrous  weather  across the US as we are just getting bombarded with news of doom and gloom and traffic nightmares.  Is it too late to hope for it to stay out to sea 🙂

I am hoping you all have a wonderful day tomorrow either at work or with family and maybe you will watch football and nap after the huge meal or go shopping for all the deals each store is trying to out do the others with, for your hard earned buck just please stay safe out there,  I do not have to tell you it is crazy out there.

We will clear most of what we get for snow tonight so we can get out of our yard by mid day and travel not so far to my brothers home for just a few hours of laughter and fun with family.  I made fresh cranberry sauce with a zip.  I stuffed the butternut squash and mushrooms no green bean casserole for this girl.  I made a hot artichoke and spinach dip that is so very cheesy not sure I will have room for the BIRD!

Tomorrow I hope to be the start of a new family tradition of loving and forgiving one another for being human with our own heartache and pain and know that life is worth fighting for and that family is all we truly have.  We all have faults and problems of our own and you know what it comes down to the miles in between.  No longer sitting around each others tables and seeing what each other are going through on a day to day basis makes misunderstandings more probable.

Cal your family and tell them you love them very much.  Swing by if they are close enough and give them a really good hug.
I swear if after 10 years I have been invited to be apart of my once loving family before Dad died anything is possible.

Keep the faith!

Should you find yourself alone stop at a shelter to help feed the people who have lost their way and families or go to a local hospital and spread some love and tell some stories and watch the difference one person can truly make, what ever you do please do not spend your day alone dwelling on what others have done to you.  That would be better than any turkey dinner.

Peace and Love to each of you and a big hug too!

Travelling by foot is the easy way
Travelling by foot is the easy way
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Sparkling or Still

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Having each day to do as I please is really too much time.

I may have driven a rig across country and racked up all those miles, not only 5 days

a week but usually 7 though now I feel busier as I learn new things

to fill my hours of daylight.  Then again maybe I always did

too much, just packed my day from the moment I opened my eyes till

I could no longer hold them open.

I saw highways filled with traffic and streets filled with people.

Now with each new day I see my yard filled with wildlife on the ground as well as in the trees.

I cook every meal no longer depending on a roach coach.

I never curl my hair like I used to when I drove with the big boys,  makeup no longer

desired as well.

Some days as I paint I look down shocked to see I never truly got dressed to

welcome the day.  Yes life is good being still but my world still sparkles all around me.

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Filling The Gray Space With Color

Hi Everyone!

Surgery went OK and the patient came home the next day but has had a horrible headache since so we will see the doctor in a few hours to find out why.  Seeing the doctor 6 days before his appointment is not really a great sign but I would rather be safe then sorry.  OH wait it is HIM lol but he makes ME 🙂

As you can see by my re-blogs here from my art blog I have stayed busy and upbeat since the last of the colored leaves are falling with this horrid wind.  I swear I will not complain too much with what I see just 6 hours west of me.

Trying to catch up little by little on all of your spots here in the blogosphere nice seeing what you are up to.

Will being having a Thanksgiving with Mom and my brother which has not been done for 10 years so you know I am happily planning on what goodies I can bring to the table to celebrate together seems just good enough for me.  Can we kiss and make up I pray that is in the cards.  The day for me will be all about giving thanks as it should be.

For all of you in the States and great sides you think maybe different but perfect for my first foray into the family fold again 🙂
I will make my spicy Cranberry sauce for sure as we love a little heat as does my baby brother.

I have been a painting fool to say the least and add a few now and then into my online stores to be used as a print of phone skins and even baby clothes 🙂  you can follow my Facebook page at Folsom Mill Studio if you need to be flooded by color.

As the days get gray in color here and we wait for the first big dump of snow I will just add water and mix my colors well and fill the days with COLOR and good will for mankind.

Please take care of yourselves and those you adore.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if I get busy and can not pop in before next week.

HUGS

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Happy November!

Hi Everyone!  Our first snow is due to fall between tonight and Monday and they say the winds will be fierce at times 🙂 maybe it will blow it off the roof!  Yes tis the season once again one day raking the next shoveling never a dull moment in New England.

We put the yard to bed.  Ran the mower out of gas and brought the snow blower up to shed closer to the house and stored the rakes for the garden hoes too and brought up snow shovels and ordered coal to keep us warm.  We use propane but they charge an arm and leg and it never keeps this place warm.

I cook and clean and seldom leave the house these days.  You know I love making things be it beaded pieces or glass items crocheting even but with painting it is sheer happiness.  Not a care or stress just wet and let it go 🙂

Today I completed two pieces I had in different stages of completion and then whipped up a bunch of Abstract Watercolors I will sell for others to mat and frame and cheer up a spot on their wall or table or maybe even a piano!

I will share with you then add to my blog My Portfolio with sizes and prices.  It was a stress free first day of November here in NH as I hope it was with each of you.

Take care and thanks for looking I love feed back you know.
Yellow, Blue, Green and Purple Abstract

Purple Abstract

Yellow and Blues and Green too Abstract

Random Blooms By Me

Badly cropped piece :(

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Size Matters/ It was on a dead-end street

Far from the city we had known.  Suburbs of Boston.  No longer a rental in a three story but a one level ranch.  It sat on just an acre of dirt where it was new and still void of grass.  It was a great family home situated on a quiet dead-end street.  Mom still lives there and we do what we can to help around the house so she can stay.  A true family home.

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Essay Contest for H.S. Football Players on Domestic Violence

Teach your children well and live by example

Melissa I. Hassard

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In order to bring more awareness to the issue of domestic violence within the football culture, and open up the conversation with young players,Jacar Press, a community active press, and Women Writers of the Triad are teaming up to host an essay competition for high school football players on “Why Domestic Violence is Wrong.”

Student essays may be submitted in the body of an e-mail sent to jacarassist@gmail.com.  While there is no fee to enter, we suggest a $1 submission donation. Winning essay will awarded a $75 prize, and all proceeds raised will go to the local domestic violence shelter in the winning writer/athlete’s hometown.  Submissions are open from September 30-November 30.

Donations can be made here:

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2014 D.V. Essay Competition
P.O. Box 4345
Cary, NC 27519

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Watch: Dog who loves to swim throws fit when told to get out of the water

today has gone to the dogs lol

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At one point or another most of us have seen a small child get upset when they have to stop swimming, but how about a dog?

In a video posted to YouTube by America’s Funniest Home Videos, a German shepherd does not want to stop swimming and throws quite the vocal fit when asked by her owner to get out of the water to go home.

The video description read: “She got to keep swimming after her wonderful theatrical performance. No dogs’ hearts were actually broken in the making of this video.”

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Budweiser’s new heart-wrenching commercial shares a message everyone should see

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One of the highest selling beer companies has released a new commercials and it’s doggone cute!

In their newest commercial Budweiser sends a heavy message promoting responsible drinking.

The company’s brilliant use of man’s best friend will make you think twice before drinking irresponsibly.

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Letters for my Little Sister | A collection of letters

A must have for all of those with woman in their lives because each and everyone of us shall go through this.

Melissa I. Hassard

“Her little sister is so lucky,” says my 10-year-old daughter, earlier this evening, as I was explaining one of Sable Books’ latest releases to our beloved piano teacher.  As I got home, I realized I hadn’t shared it with all of you.

letters_for_my_little_sisterLetters for my Little Sister began as a real letter — one that Cecilia Gunther had begun to write to her younger sister as a way to help with navigating the journey of aging and menopause. Their mother had died when they were young, you see, and there had been no one to really turn to to ask questions about this stage of their lives, and while Cecilia had been old enough to have observed their mother some, the memories were scarce.  And there was really no one else around to give them this very personal advice.

She realized the taboo and silence around the subject of menopause, (“even typing…

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Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese

MY Favorite!

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lobsterYou know that 2 pound lobster that was on my plate earlier this week?  Well, it didn’t all get eaten, and the claws came home.   Luckily, there was just enough meat in them for lobster mac ‘n cheese.

I read somewhere that Ina Garten gets the credit for popularizing lobster mac ‘n cheese, but I’m thinking a Mainer would tell you it started right here!  What makes it such a great dish to prepare is there’s no end to the possibilities. You can use a variety of pastas and the cheese combinations…..well, use your imagination!  The only consistent ingredient is the lobster, a little or a lot depending on what you have on hand.  Here’s my combination of ingredients this time around.

lobster mac 'n cheeseLobster Mac ‘n Cheese

8 oz. pasta, your choice

2 T. butter

3-4 T. shallot or red onion, finely chopped

2 T. flour

1 c. milk + 1/2 c. heavy…

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Son and Art in NYC Was Perfect

My son had his show in NYC  Curated by Peter Doig,  who by the way was so nice.  He likes Mike’s work with spray paint and that speaks volumes.  He is an Artist first so he gets what one puts into what they do,  you know the true passion for the medium in which you choose to create with.

Some other things happened yesterday about suppertime.  I walked in before even seeing Mike and introduced myself to his Mom you know the one I chose from the Couple Bio’s at the adoption agency.  To say she had no clue as to who I was is a understatement but as I said her name and reached my hand out and said my name the question on her face became a smile.

Two Mom’s meet for first time(he is 37 lol).  She then introduced me to her friend also an artist in her own right as well as a  dear family friend of theirs and then her husband,  Mike’s Dad and then came a chance to meet the daughter she had after adopting my son.  Then her son in law and two precious grandchildren.  She asked if Mike knew I was there and I assured her no,  that was the best part after not seeing him in five years and him being so close to us I had to come see him and his show.

Mike was down a hallway and as her and I began to walk towards him he looked up and was floored first by the fact I was there in person and second because both he and his Mom were side by side laughing.  We hugged and I leaned down to pat his sweet dog, who had also made the trip east while my little girl(JT) and her daddy were just steps away from all the action in our truck.  I had sent him in to let me know if my son had arrived yet and he came out and said boy had he changed since he had come to the house that day we first met,  he no longer looked like the man who had fathered him but now more like one of my brothers:) yes life is good!  So after we were done hugging I told him I was going outside so Ron could come in as JT was in the truck to which he replied “Let’s go!”  Now I felt bad as people were streaming in to look at Art and meet the Artist’s  and here he was looking to bail.  He hates shows,  he hates the spotlight on him though when asked questions I would swear he is at ease or maybe last night was different maybe by 2 worlds colliding because I was once enough brave enough to do what was right,  it helped him to smile.  I hope so and anything one can do for their child no matter how old they are you do right?  We talked and hugged and I met some of his friends as well.

We left home at 11 am and stopped in CT to see friends and let JT walk around and do her thing as we stretched out legs for the last leg of the trip.  The show was from 6 to 8 pm and we made it to the gallery at 5 and found a spot in the shade of the cities huge skyscrapers.  It was warm just 4+ hours from NH but nice.  I walked JT along the NYC streets for a change of pace as we had time to spare I hate being late to anything.

I would say the show was a success. As I said my goodbyes at 7:45 the place was packed.  People pumped on Art within the walls of White Columns Art Gallery on Horatio Street not far from the 9-11 Memorial, which many of you may have seen all over the TV the day before.  I had hoped to see the lights shining upward but they were not on when we got there even though night had fallen over this beautiful city, yes Boston is my home but NYC is a close second and even more special now.

Time for some lousy photos taken with phone inside the gallery should you fall in love with a piece and want to call it yours you can contact the gallery for details as I never thought to ask what the prices were.  He also does custom work so if you want to have something done by a Graffiti Artist and not on the side of your building, lol here is his email tierneypaints@yahoo.com.  Sorry for bragging but I do adore him and want him to be even more successful than even he can dream for himself.

Tetons Jackson Hole  WY
Tetons
Jackson Hole WY

Mike's Work

Graffiti Artist Mike Tierney's Work

Stunning work yes even if he was not my  son :)
Stunning work,  yes even if he was not my son 🙂
He loves adding flair to everyday objects :)
He loves adding flair to everyday objects 🙂

Hoped you loved the sample of his latest work,  I know we all did.