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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.
Here is a piece I am working on in my studio(where it is warm)
Hope you are all OK
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 better be a toy or you will have to call Santa back!
Wait for it :)
I throw it raise the camera and try to capture my toss before I capture her catch
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!
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
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.
This post is for my Mum today…
Happy Birthday Mum!
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!
However, the rockery continued to look fabulous with the Perovskia taking…
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Indeed they did :(
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).
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 :)
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!
Learning how to cast…
And how to reel the line in…
Finally, his first cast of his own!
He found out letting go of the release at the perfect time was NOT easy.
Well, if you can’t get it to reel in…just pull it in. smile.
Looking like a little pro.
Look Papa, there is a fish under the pier!
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?
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
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.
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.
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?
Next, 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.
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Check it out!
I love graffiti writing. It dates back to Ancient Egypt, Greece & the Roman Empire.
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!
Pics taken by Resa, May 9 – 2014
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 :)
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!
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.
Maybe I can get him to shoot a quickie with JT and I :)
One of my favorite parts about making and performing music is meeting the people who have found they can relate to the songs I write. I’ve been performing out and about in support of my last album “Nothing’s Forever” since it’s release in 2012.
Since then I’ve hosted CD release parties, been hired as the opening act for big names, have been the main event myself, joined up with another band of great musicians, sat around campfires and house parties, performed at bars, major events, and festivals surrounded by so much intimidating talent it made my heart beat out of my chest and,
To the songs about rural living. To the cowboys in the music. To leaving the light on for the people they love. To the weather so cold it…
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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.
Seriously an outhouse is what I ended up with!
I shall clean and get it stocked up for others who may
pay to use this beauty. I can’t be the only one who would pay out
hard earned money for it.
Lovely :( gas prices down now fuel cost shall rise :( never getting ahead must be the plan lol stay safe everyone!
Heading out for some inspiration but wanted to share what I have been working on while I await my boyfriends surgery on the 14th. Please say a little prayer he will come out of this OK He has blocked Corroded arteries(neck) he doesn’t smoke but has type 2 diabetes and loves French Fries :( I am hoping when he writes out his power of attorney to me as well as a will this week it becomes real and he changes his diet :)
So I paint now to de-stress
Hugs and Love
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.
Adding Paintings for sale and their prices + shipping PayPal and Money Orders are being accepted.
This one $12.00 Christmas is coming so I am offering them for reasonable prices so you can afford to finish them for gifting
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.