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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 :)
Originally posted on Meanwhile, back at the ranch...:
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!
Originally posted on Anderson Cooper 360:
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.
Teach your children well and live by example
Originally posted on Melissa I. Hassard:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
or mail to:
2014 D.V. Essay Competition
P.O. Box 4345
Cary, NC 27519
1. Deadline for submission is November 30, 2014.
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If you can would you please vote for my very talented friend :) as I did.
today has gone to the dogs lol
Originally posted on fox4kc.com:
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.”
Originally posted on KFOR.com:
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.
A must have for all of those with woman in their lives because each and everyone of us shall go through this.
Originally posted on 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 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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Originally posted on Lulu's Musings:
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.
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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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 email@example.com. Sorry for bragging but I do adore him and want him to be even more successful than even he can dream for himself.
Hoped you loved the sample of his latest work, I know we all did.
Originally posted on FOX6Now.com:
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It aired once, and it would never air again. An ad featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales hit the airwaves during the Super Bowl of 2002. It was a tribute to the horrific terror attacks of September 11th, 2001.
Despite the fact that it would never air again — many have never forgotten this moving commercial.
FOX6’s sister station, FOX2Now in St. Louis says AB Global Creative came up with the concept, and “moved heaven and earth” to make the commercial happen.
FOX2 reports they had to get approval from Congress, the ad community and New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani.
“We filmed in New York City. We had a helicopter going over the Brooklyn Bridge. Mayor Guiliani let us into the city. The only film company of any sort right after 9-11 to actually come into air space with our helicopter to film the Clydesdale — the hitch coming…
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The link above explains it all. Have fun time is running out!
I signed up for a free, 6 or 8 week class, presented by a local newspaper here in New Hampshire. It is about writing Memoirs.
It is about TRUTH ( though the publisher of Million Little Pieces could fill you in on more of that)
Our first homework is to write a piece on a harrowing experience lol how do I choose? We could also do it on a person we had a relationship of some kind with and how that changed us. Both tough for me as most of my long time followers know.
She went around and asked us to say why we were there and who we are. There was a 83 year old man who said he came as he would like to tell the story of his family in a fun and lively way I can only hope I make it to that age and have his spunk :)
There was another who had written lots of poetry and was interested in this writing form. The lady on my right new our teacher and she was not sure if she wanted some day to write a novel, autobiography or memoir but she was all in. I said I was there to learn the art of telling a sad story and capturing the reader and in the end finding joy in the read :) I am always looking for the Happy Ending. The woman to my left has many amazing stories to tell as she has also lived a life such as mine full of very colorful people. The next lady wrote on her laptop the whole time in class maybe she will write of her day in class as I am :) The last student that arrived a half hour late was close to the other man’s age and seemed to have the same intent leaving a story for those in his family who followed so the story of who they all were would not be lost. I want that too but that will be in a different form I think but this class will teach me a way to keep the reader engaged as they flip the pages of a book I hope to write you know the type old photos, family stories and recipes passed down through the ages. No war stories for me as sadly I fought a long war and it left me broken but here. So yes I had fun and I came home to quickly write three pieces that we will read aloud and discuss so we can learn what to do to make them better. Here on my blog it is easy I am talking to friends.
Now comes the good part she says to me “Eunice you have some extra homework I want you to read Liars Club” lol maybe she didn’t believe me :) Have you read it? Is it good? I must head to the library and see if they have it and hope I can get through it to the end by next Wed. night.
Have a great weekend
I am off to see my son tomorrow and sadly mom has bowed out from the drive down she is just not feeling well with all her medical issues I am sad but OK and he doesn’t know I am going so he will not be disappointed in no meeting her.
I will shoot video of his show and bore you all with too many photos I am sure :)
I will also be down the street from the 9-11 Memorial in NYC and maybe as I leave the city for home I can see the lights in the night sky. I continue to pray for Peace around the world and for countries to get along but after the speech last night I am even more scared of the future for our people and the babies coming into the world today.
I have a dear friend who saw me starting out to paint with Watercolor and she gathered all kinds of things for me.
There were tubes of unused watercolor paints, a couple of brushes and some wonderful paper that I am still afraid to use as I seem to be saving it for REAL ART. Funny how a simple gift of her left overs and hand me downs has empowered me to paint daily, oh wait did I tell you about the books! She gave me beautiful books on Watercolor techniques that I read and try to copy from. I thought I would never want to look at another’s work, I am trying to do it on my own as I am too much of an individual, setting a course out on her own from what resides in my head, yes it is full after being away from any kind of art for 40+ years.
I am so grateful for my friend Jane who always has my back in such artful endeavors see her work at http://www.janercapone.com
Thanks Jane for the gifts of what you no longer needed xo
Originally posted on fox4kc.com:
NEW YORK– A list of 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords appeared on a Russian Bitcoin forum Wednesday
It is still unclear how anyone obtained the vast collection of usernames and passwords. Google says its servers were not breached. The list appears to be a collection of passwords exposed in previous hacks — likely on users’ own computers, not Google’s systems.
“We have no evidence that our systems have been compromised,” said Google spokeswoman Caroline Matthews.
In fact, there’s no telling yet whether the list is even authentic, the company said.
However, Google is warning affected users to take steps to further protect their Gmail accounts, such as creating a stronger password and using an extra security feature called two-step authentication.
Me again, yes the birth mom of a very smart and oh so talented guy. He has put his nose to the grindstone as they say and has made a connection with a very important person in the art world. Anyone who has seen what he can do with a spray can, will not be surprised that he is making it once again into the big time, NEW YORK CITY.
He was there once for a charity auction, one painting on the wall making a huge statement and bringing in so much more money than he ever dared to dream. They had to give him a exhibition :) This one is being curated by a man by the name of Peter Doig have you heard of him and the records he set with the sale of a painting titled “White Canoe” never mind the rest of his body of work. My hope is he is a good man with only Mike’s best interest at heart. From what I have read about Mr. Doig I am sure he will be in great hands but moms worry and most only want the very best for their child, don’t they. So yes I am so very proud of him and all the years he has worked hard to get noticed and now he has made it to the ultimate place to be seen, NYC!
So if you are free on Friday, September 12 and are in the neighborhood of White Columns Art Gallery please stop in for his Exhibit Opening from 6 to 8 pm. I will add the link to gallery page for the dates his works of art will be shown with them.
I wish him the very best and a wonderful showing! Yes he has had plenty out in JH WY with all of the friends and locals there but NYC and say London are the place to be!
Blow Their Minds Mike!
Thanks for letting me brag about him
Happy September Everyone!
Today in the States it is Labor Day a day in which we celebrate the worker mostly with yummy BBQ’s Though as I see most retail spaces are open which means the holiday unless celebrated on Sat. and Sun. their days off, well you get the point. I am retired from 100 hour work weeks in a big old truck so I will celebrate for those who can’t. No beer or burgers though but I may roast some yummy New England Sweet Butter Corn on the grill and cut it off the cob and add to my salad. You see having your favorite store of 40 years closed for 6 weeks had me buying takeout or eating weird things, time to watch the waist once again with hopes of whittling it down some more I hate being so inactive I must get strong to battle that damn roof in another 2 months :).
My wish is for September to be kind to all of us we have enough on our mind with the woes of the world and the evil who resides within. Scary times my friends scary indeed.
Stay safe in your travels and I will try my best to keep up with you all.
Originally posted on Children Of Light:
The amazing photography of Louie Schwartzberg –
(Photographers be warned: There is no other video to compare with this on you tube)
Louie Schwartzberg bio
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Check your sliced cheese if there is any left after your cookouts :(
Originally posted on KFOR.com:
NORTHFIELD, Ill., — Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling 7,691 cases of select varieties of regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product.
A supplier did not store an ingredient used in this product in accordance with Kraft’s temperature standards.
While unlikely, this could create conditions that could lead to premature spoilage and/or food borne illness; therefore, the company is issuing the recall as a precaution.
Kraft has had no consumer illness complaints for this product associated with this recall.
The affected product is limited to four varieties with “Best When Used By” dates of February 20, 2015, and February 21, 2015
The affected product was shipped to customers across the United States. It was not distributed outside of the United States.
To see the specific varieties that are being recalled, visit the press release available on the Kraft News Center website:…
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I told you about our little battle with a CEO the board put in charge and the beloved ousting of a true leader that all loved working for in https://nutsfortreasure.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/the-end-maybe-near/ here is the rest of the story……….
The walkout/boycott lasted 6 long weeks. Speaking personally for me I just used almost all I had up in the cupboards. I made just a few trips to Wal-Mart for canned dog and cat food, coffee and Half and Half, toilet tissue, I shopped the farmers markets for veggies and one steakhouse 3 miles away has a butcher shop and they had a mega sale on hamburger at just $1.99 per pound. On that day I picked up 10 pounds, there goes the diet :). I will use it for pasta, meatloaf, tacos as well as a couple of days for burgers on the grill after all it is Labor Day here in the US were we celebrate the American Worker.
Now you see we do have a story for us to look up to. Our area of the US known as New England is full of very determined people and after 6 long fought weeks we did what businesses here never thought could happen. We by standing together as one workers and customers alike we brought this family run grocery chain to their knees and made them yell uncle lol no not really but they did indeed see our resolve growing stronger and not weaker as they had hoped and finally in the 11th hour approved the sale of the whole business to the ousted CEO Artie T DeMoulas. of Market Basket fame. The only leader the workers and customers would come back into the stores to shop for. Have you heard the news where you live? Give a Thumbs Up for the little guy WE WON! We have Unions scratching their heads and other companies realizing the same could indeed happen to them if they don’t play nice. Be fair. Be kind to people and not always make it about the billions you will earn. Here is a link to a real writer’s story though I bet his cabinets were not empty when he sat down to compose his.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-market-basket-ceo-arthur-t-demoulas-20140828-story.html The motto here has been NEVER GIVE UP, Never ever think there is nothing you can say or do! Stand up for what is right.
In the end he bought his cousin out for over 1.5 billion dollars US while his cousin also an Arthur was over in Greece getting married. I love my brand new Market Basket store and will shop tonight for the upcoming week and set about filling at least 2 cabinets with canned goods :) you just never know when an emergency will arise when you must live off them. Grandma always canned and I would have but with all the injuries and surgeries this year a full garden just was not in the cards for us.
I will end this by saying POWER TO THE PEOPLE WE DID WHAT THEY SAID COULD NOT BE DONE, we stuck together to right a wrong and I am so proud of each and every worker and more so for the customers of Market Basket you joined in to have your voice heard and indeed they were! Happy Labor Day to you all.