With wind chills well below -20F we need the south to funnel some warmth to the north!
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.
I have reopened my Etsy shop at:
If you see any paintings that you would like to buy one or more cards of let me know in an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add image in store then send to printer. I will also offer mixed boxes of notecards say 5 images 4 each for a total of 20 cards if you are one who loves to add a card to gifts you give be it for this holiday or Mother’s Day, birthdays etc. They will sell for $3.95 each and when you buy multiples I can offer deals.
Thanks again for all your support.
on my FAA site you can buy cards and add your own words inside soon I will offer mine here on Etsy with quotes from nature inspired writers 🙂
Just wanted to say hello. Sorry I have not been around but besides being busy I blew my knee. Finally surgery is now just a week away! It has been a long miserable month but I kept it full with a Scarecrow Contest, Plant Sale and not one but 3 craft fairs the last of which will be Saturday in Rye, NH.
I never put my garden truly to bed as it is now just getting cold at night with warm days and a gimpy gait lol I decided to just let it be I have to laugh as last night I asked him to see if he could get any of my carrots out of the ground as I made a cabbage soup for my week worth of meals. THEY WERE HUGE! I had a full warm belly last night.
I have been painting up a storm as I find myself resting a lot more and trying to stay out of pain. Having lost my mom a year ago the holidays no longer hold family importance. I know it maybe sadness from loss which is normal but I continue to paint as she asked me to. I will make some hats for men and women in the military and add to our towns tree.
I am also in search of an attorney to help me conserve my place for the arts when I am gone. Staying focused helps me continue on the path best for me.
Hope all is well in your world this is a new computer so unless you reply I will not find you again though I will see what the Reader comes up with.
Here are a few of my latest attempts of Watercolor. So many now available as cards.
With that last image let me wish you a safe and wonderful holiday season of fun get togethers with your family and friends. Travel safely as you shop and try to buy a few things from starving artists, as I am one who appreciates it greatly.
Fluidity is what I am going for in this my 3rd year of painting. Lay it down on a wet piece of paper and walk away. One on left is on it’s way to being a card for my fall displays and the one to its right I am not sure yet.
Hope you are all doing something you love if even just one hour a day. Happy September.
To those in TX and now all in the path of these hurricanes lining up one after another know we are praying for all of you.
Another day in the garden with my friends helping me with bug patrol. Who needs poison when you have gorgeous dragons patrolling for you. 🙂
Here was yesterday’s haul just before the glorious rains began to fall and man did it rain and blow, some are still without power and will not have trees cut and cleared or wires back up till maybe Monday afternoon when another batch will come through. Growing up I do not remember violent weather but in 60 years my has the world changed.
I have been living on Ratatouille
even for breakfast with a poached egg on top. This was a supper for him he needs meat he said lol
We are still in a drought but not like other parts of the US or world. For now I get enough to eat though hardly any Apples, Pears, Peaches and Plums can be found since we had such a cold snap when they needed warmth and bees the most.
Hope you are all doing OK. I will go through my reader and see if your posts show up.
Have a great week!
Goodnight from us all here in NH
The garden measures about 16′ X 24′ I have flowers mingled inside with all the veggies as well. Bring the birds, bees, dragonflies and butterflies to eat the bugs and pollinate was my plan.
I forage for greens each morning with my coffee and JT she is never far from me. I go back out again to get things for my dinner though I better start adding chicken or eggs to my salad or I will loose all my muscles, which I will need come the end of the season, to put this place to bed.
Radishes, Summer Squash, Zucchini and Sugar Snap Peas with Raspberries were my fixings that went in with my Rainbow Swiss Chard and Spinach Salad. We are in a drought here but that soil I bought is amazing just the perfect amount of compost makes all the difference. It is light and fluffy still. I wish I had grown one of everything. I have beets, carrots, string beans,corn and spaghetti squash yet to show up but they are growing like mad.
Always have extra help when I go inside the gate.
I have been painting a bit too, here is one of the last three I have been working on.
We got heavy rain for a bit tonight it was glorious and the earth soaked it right up.
Hope you are all having a wonderful and safe week, this world we live in is going crazy so glad I have these things to keep me away from TV and more bad news. Pray for Peace on our beautiful earth xo
Still no good news about my Mom she is now done with third surgery on new knee only this time she came out with it wired together and is now in a 30 lb fiberglass cast and she has no muscle left after a year and a half in and out of rehab hospitals. We pulled her out of last one because we were scared for her even though we liked the people just not enough help when one is helpless. Just been a plain nightmare for all of us but mostly Mom.
The snow all 8′ of it is just about gone and even with that huge melt we were under a severe red flag warning for fires.
We are getting the place ready for Spring /Summer so much to do but am looking forward to flowers blooming and not the store bought variety I bring Mom.
No bears have stopped by and my male turkey must be off hunting for a bevy of girls lol isn’t life simple at times.
The stress even with Watercolor painting almost daily has done a number on me. 5 pounds gained and no covered with red spots they say is Psoriasis. OH joy itchy, scratching and just trying to smile and de-stress 😦 So many lotions and potions will now be lathered on. I hate it when our bodies fail us.
Sorry not much good news well then again the snow is gone 🙂
Here is one of my latest paintings you can see I am trying to find Peace.
Looking out to sea I feel her pain on a day like this
A point where the waves splashed over and took some of this back out with it.
A popular section of NH along the ocean “what ocean”you say lol we said the same thing we go to the beach all winter you know that as followers but this day in order to take a ride along the sea and actually see the horizon or waves you would have to climb these snow banks and I was wanting to see it bad enough to try but there was no place to park. This is where hundreds of surfers begin to park on days when the storm surge is crazy see they love crazy lol
I found a spot I could see the sea 🙂
Boy he or she must be hungry with storm after storm 😦
Just driving and shooting so photos could be so much better
Now for a few from Massachusetts
Storm battered summer homes
Much work for us hearty souls who call New England home 🙂
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Have you read in your local papers all about the saga playing out here in New England? The story of a family run business in turmoil? Where one cousin was in charge and all kinds of money was being made and new stores held “Grand Openings”, then the new shareholders wanted the other cousin to run the show.
Well it has been a well known fact about this families inner turmoil for those who grew up near the where it all takes place. I have looked on from the outside and as a trucker I have delivered loads of goods that would be placed on the shelves in their stores.
When I moved to my home in 1988 I made 20 mile round trip runs once a week, to do my food shopping. No they were not the only game in town just a place that toted “More For Your Dollar”. I have shopped at their many stores since I was 18 and now 58 I would say I have been a very loyal customer. From the very old original stores to my towns brand new one, I love them all, what I don’t like is that family squabbles, yes we all have them, have to interfere with the shopping public.
You see back in July they told Artie T. he would have to step aside to let his cousin Arthur S. run the show. The store was about to take on a look and feel unlike the last 40 years I shopped. The workers were upset and unrest began pretty quickly. The workers said “Bring Artie T BACK!” You see he cared about the company as well as the workers and maybe just a little less about the bottom line as his cousin maybe. The worker’s made signs. Some stayed home but most worked their shift and then stood outside for a month boycotting the way Artie T. was told to go. They rallied behind him in a way that makes me so proud. You see they stood up for a man they loved to work for and held their ground to the point where almost all customers showed their support for them and refused to enter any of the many, many stores of this famous New England supermarket chain. Have you shopped at one of our Market Baskets/Demoulas stores?
Day after day we had to shop elsewhere. Customers would bring their receipts to their local boycotted stores and tape them up as a reminder they had to eat and that this is what their beloved stores were loosing in revenue. Store after store windows were covered with receipts how could management not see? It has been going on for so many days that it is usually the lead story on our local news. The duel being played out by the two Arthurs.
Well the recent news on this fiasco is that they will all will be fired should they not go back to the stores and warehouses. Managers told to CLEAN UP the properties. Signs of BOYCOTT must come down! Receipts too! See they have had enough, well so did the workers.
It comes down to power plays and greed. Artie T. from the moment he was told to go home said he would buy controlling interest from his cousin. There came a point where this group of CEO’s stated another local food chain was interested in sweeping in to purchase the whole package. I for one watched that store put a Mom and Pop run small chain out of business when they moved in 3 miles away, with great prices and as soon as the other one failed up went their prices, which is why I traveled the 20 miles round trip each week for 40 years. So should they sell to them I will continue to shop my local Farmer’s Markets and Meat shops yes it will be more expensive but I have my priorities and principles as well and my allegiance is to my much loved Market Basket store.
We miss you Artie T.
Rock on to all those workers who held their ground and brought this company down upon their knees, begging for customers and for their workers to return to their posts, when maybe they should stayed on theirs knees just a bit longer and gave thanks to God for all they have enjoyed for so many years here in New England.
I will miss you so much if you go.
A valued customer indeed
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By contrast here, Mrs Tootlepedal reported snow on the lawn when she got up. By the time that I had unearthed myself, the snow had all but disappeared. It was that kind of day. One minute there was sunshine and the next there was a hailstorm. Out of the back window, we could see snow on Whita.
Out of the front window there was not a flake to be seen. There were birds to be seen of course.
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The best day for me to linger would be the day the horrid winter, truly gives up it’s strong hold and allows spring to arrive with all of it’s beauty.
You know the kind of day, snow banks filthy from too many months of winters cold, when the earth lets out a sigh and you witness it begin to drink up the moisture that once would only allow more ice to form. When the frost beneath the yard was just too thick to allow for drainage of any kind to begin. It is the kind of day I wait so long for. I hear about it coming on the news and I get ready. I bring out the table and chair from the barn, yes we are tough here up in the northeast.
As the morning arrives I will be ready. The sun will come up and greet me at the kitchen window, beside the coffee maker where I will stand and wait for it to finish all the while I will soak in the first rays of this special day. By the second cup JT and I will make our way to the table and chair lying in wait for me to sit and linger.
The birds will be signing their absolute prettiest tunes and the Apple tree will have swollen buds as will the Forsythia. This is how I will spend each morning after that first day of warmth, lingering in the yard with my girl, soaking in the suns warmth only from now on with sunscreen.
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As I wake to this world I am apart of each day I am struck by it’s beauty. Now you know I hate the snow and the extra work we need to do in order to clear it from our path but you know I adore the land.
So first off without a doubt I believe in God. I know without a doubt as it is hard to at times when we look out at all the evil that abounds.
It pains me to see hurt and destruction and so much loss but I believe in God.
I also believe that if man continues to destroy this earth at the rate it has been we won’t exist as a planet for thousands of years to come.
Now they ask for three things we believe in on this challenge and for me I will end on a lighter note.
I know without a doubt each animal I have shared my life with has loved me as much as I loved them.
Be kind to one another and to God’s animals as surly all you need to do is look at a full bird feeder to see so many others can get along with each other.
Ok now I know if I was good I would have added photos to get the point across even better but they are just plain ugly as is cancer of any kind.
Please don’t use sun tanning beds.
Don’t roast and roll as I did for years.
Always wear SUNSCREEN!!!!!
8 Stitches on my face
Huge amounts of swelling
All are a reminders of how careless I was about my health.
Please protect your children as well.
They did not have sunscreen when I was young but I know I never would have worn it anyway.
I was out for the glow!
Blondes look pretty when they are tan you know what I mean.
Well if I have any more scars than this one down the road I know I did it to myself but it is too late for regrets
So protect your SKIN
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Well it is a Big Football day here in America. My team is not in it so I will listen to the music watch the half time show and raise my eyes to catch the commercials they paid so much for. Eat and drink, no not so much, not like the old days when it was a party to throw that kept me busy. Today I am beading. Feet up working with Size 8 beads in the colors Purple as it is my friends favorite color hope she likes how it will look on her wrist. I am worried about her. She is going to be 68 on the day my son was born and she has been having lots lot heart issues. So I hope my small token of friendship brings a smile to her face. She is ten years older than me and I have known her since the 90’s when a man from my neighborhood started dating her out in OH. So she moved here and we had some fun times together. She now lives in GA and since I do not see me getting there anytime soon this gift will be a surprise of sorts. See when we lived close to each other we would do things together on our birthdays, without men just us girls. Mine is two weeks after hers so it was a never ending party. We would go out for Prime Rib dinner and dance the night away. So thinking of her and my love of Kumihimo I am almost done. Want to see?
I really hope she feels the love as she wears it. I don’t have a lot of money but beads I have and a skillset to make something handmade and they say those are truly the most thoughtful gifts right?
Have a wonderful day!
Sorry so many posts lately, as I post too my Custom Pieces blog I also re-blog here and over on 20 Lines D Day.
Want to keep you up with what I am doing to get through the winter months. Photography and Jewelry making and selling them as well.
I had to go see the skin doctor yesterday for my shot and I really thought I would be in and out. Stupidly I asked a question of her “What’s This?” she precedes to tell me we will know for sure when the results come back on the procedure she is about to do. HUH ? Me the SUN LOVIN GIRL? I will not stress and I will start to behave. I am just a few years from 60, YIKES did I say that! I am so NOT 60 LIKE 🙂 That used to be so OLD!!! ! Wait so many of you who I adore are also over 50 so maybe I AM, damn how did that happen lol so yes I am going to continue to have FUN!
After we left we headed towards the sea I always feel better when I can walk and breath in the smells from the salty air. I felt it was right to go there as it is where all the sun damage came from.
I hooked JT to her pretty leash and put a camera into my pants pocket and one around my neck just incase. I know, I am laughing too, when don’t I not put it up to my eye.
Her and I could not legally go onto the beach here with her Daddy, you know the rule breaker I am, well today I was not going to push that envelope. Be good Eunice. So off we went for our walk along the coastal route even though darkness was close I had light colors on so we should be safe though an awful lot of drunk drivers take this road so I was extra careful to keep a watchful eye on my little black pup. I had said to him maybe I will see the sunset and he laughed and said it is already almost done, you won’t see anything except maybe the moon if we stay late enough. Doubting Thomas he is! See I know this world I live in and yes had I been at my regular spot it may have been better in some way but again I was on a beach I spent every day on in my 20’s where sunburns, really bad ones, were this norm for this blonde, blue eyed girl.
As we started out JT found a stick for me to kick for her to scamper after and pick up and give for me to throw again and again or she would drop it up ahead and I would kick and she would chase on her long leash, yes I held it with my good side. Left shoulder too trashed and painful to chance it. So up along the Mansions we went, very few with signs of life in them as it is winter and if you are rich why would you stay.
That box you see off in the distance on the right side of photo is not for birds it is an alarm in case the Nuclear Plant down the street fails then these alarms which are all over the area, will go off letting the residents run for their cars and make a run for a safer place not that I think it will really matter if a Nuke Plant has a failure. None of us will ever be safe.
So much better in person I really wish I had taken some classes on how to take pretty photos as the light disappears.
Yes you can clearly see it is cold in New England.
Just a stunning way to end a day or in my case as the sun comes up or hangs around all day or it sets I love this gorgeous Sun we have to make our life feel so much better, yes I swear it is where I get my Sunny Outlook on LIFE!
While reading your blogs I realized how much I missed mine. Each day I want to write and share but usually nothing comes. Since April it has been very hard. Seems before it was easy to express myself and now being cleared of all the CLUTTER within me leaves me wondering if I really have much to say.
I am so happy poor but very, very happy. I am at peace and seems I had posts so full of sadness and despair oh yes Joy as well if you looked deeper within it was there but really I was just not whole.
I still see things others will never get and it is OK maybe they are not meant to.
Ok on with today’s RARE BLOG really from me NOT A RE-BLOG he he READY?
So I have not seen much of my Mom since my return from retreat and she has not ben well so I made it a point when I got my check this month to take the $30 in gas right out and go spend sometime with her after I was done with Shoulder PT appointment. Ron and JT came with me as even she is feeling more like herself never will something from China be consumed in my home by ANY OF US!
So I get to Mom’s and she is doubled over unable to stand up straight I tell her to use the cane more to hold herself up though her hands are bad and I understand why she doesn’t. She has had RA for 40 years or better been crippled then better now her spine is worsening as she has lost so much of her height. She now has 2 cracked or broken vertebrae she will never tell me as too many years I was broken so she tries to toughen it out. She actually said she was ready to go. What the hell does that mean? Ready to go she is healthy as an ox except for the pain and she refuses anything but Tylenol and we all know the dangers of that drug.
So I had gone down with the full intent to scrub floors, clean refrigerator, scrub the stove things you ought to stand to do and need to do for more than a minute. I went around the property of this home I grew up in and admired all the flowers she grew. She had some beauties. I went out to the front yard and saw a section of the garden beds I had done so much work on my whole adult life now looking so pitiful. I asked what she wanted to do about it as she insists she loves her home and doesn’t want to sell and move in with one of us or her own apartment with little she would have to do but care for herself. She says “I can’t do it anymore”. I have known this for a long time hell I can not do what I used to and I am 20 years younger. So I get her garden cart, shovel, rake and a bucket with soil and proceed to dig every last Iris and Lily mixed in with weeds and grass out of the front bed. I took each one and trimmed back the green growth and cleaned the roots and set them aside. I worked for 2 hours on them alone I did that sitting on the same front stairs as I had when I was a little girl all the while watching Mom insisting on sitting outside with me and JT she sat in a plastic lawn chair. Same kind I did my retreat in not that comfortable.
After I had them done I moved on to trim a bush them I really trimmed it pretty much till it was just above the soil as there was so much dead branches soon she would lose them anyway. As I worked on my feet she tried to play a little with JT. It was warm so the dog did not mind resting a lot.
I got to this beautiful bush and knew if it was up to me to add a fresh coat of paint to the front of this house I could not have shrubbery against it so again I began a hard prune taking out many dead branches. Well This is usually covered in bees and yes it was a beauty but so out of control. I came across something that saddened me. Seems our world is so full of filth and debris and so many slobs our little birds have learned to cope the best they can. See?
So much plastic trash was a part of this poor Mother Bird’s nest
I swear it looked as if it were a home in the projects it made me very sad.
Now wait till you see what her front yard looks like now.
We had not seen that last window for years she will have to pull the blinds down now till she decides if she wants to let it grow back or if we can make this place pretty with something easy to care for. I am not getting any younger either and with injuries even worse. Ron is in no better health he has lost so much weight and muscle and he is diabetic to boot.
All was not worrisome at Mom’s some of the day was delightful which is how I will end this post UPBEAT! 🙂
Mom painted this rock years ago and we thought the bees thought her artwork was real but then a guy I went to school with thought maybe they were just wanting to grab hold so they could get a drink. I told her to place a shallow dish with rock in it so birds could have their baths again 🙂
Remember she loves flowers like me so here are a few I took after I did all the work so they are not that good but still pretty
Thanks for coming to Mom’s with me.
She would love all of you. Each one is so very special to me XO
This makes for lots of HAPPY BEES
I am hoping for some yummy goodness from this plant the flowers are Beautiful
Even these are so pretty if you can get in real close boy I wish I had not lost all my MACRO ability in my camera but hitting re-format 😦
Safely behind the garden fence where hungry Turkey and Bear could easily get into but so far have not.
Finally something for all my effort.
Shortest Corn on Earth
Sad looking Sunflower too much rain and clearly not enough Sunshine.
Not only does the cat enjoy this beautiful plant but the Bumble Bees and these Hummingbird Moths seem to love it as well!
Can’t get a great Macro with Easy Share will have to see if I can get a local camera shop to fix what I have done to it.
You can get an idea about what is happening here in my yard just before Aug. We have frost that arrives in Sept. and Oct. so I hope this garden starts taking off SOON!
Have a wonderful day!
You know I love my wildlife and you know I feed my birds and I have spoken about this Bear before and since I moved my computer out into the quiet kitchen area of the house and am no longer set up overlooking the lower yard and river. I miss a lot.
This morning I slept in till 6 AM as I went to bed real late. I put the coffee pot on and filled up my containers with fresh sunflower Seed to take out to fill the feeders so they could have breakfast while I read your blogs. I have been leaving the feeders empty to not entice this big black bear and any others with it from destroying the set up my darling made for me to feed them all. We recycled and used an old umbrella fabric removed and holes drilled in ends to hang feeders and suet from oh and a BELL since he destroyed it a couple of weeks ago so I can tell when he is out they’re messing with it so I can get PHOTOS after all it is what I DO right.
Well it was raining and JT grabbed her Frisbee and me the seed and off we went out to less than 100 feet from the back door maybe 60. I toss her the toy off she goes to catch then go potty and right back she comes to me for another throw. All the feeders full and us wet after 20 more throws we head back in. My coffee smelt great poured a cup and brought up the new reader to find all of you.
I am enjoying the coffee and reading and laughing and crying as some were real touching when the dog starts going NUTS!
Barking and carrying on. He was still asleep but he yelled BEAR. I go to grab my camera and both are plugged in and charging. I grabbed the Easy Share and I get into the living room where there was only a screen between us and the bag of seed and him and the feeders full of seed. He broke one arm but when JT scared him and our human voices he started to beat feet out of here. Thankfully. Then he stopped and start to turn to look our way and I screamed “Get out of Here” all the while JT going nuts and the poor cat who was outside took off and was not seen for 6 hours.
So here is the only shot I got.
Not sure if you can make him out but this is when he stopped and turned and looked at me and the dog seeming to not be worried about us much. I may end up not feeding the birds there goes my Dragonflies 😦
I swear I was just saying life was so CHILL lol then heart beating what would I do if he came through the screen wanting the whole bag of seed 😦
I shall load the shotgun and have it ready with the camera and fire over its head with hopes of making him change his address.
OK I am officially no longer bored
Back to School
If I could go back and start over where I messed up if I actually really did I would start here.
I would study hard and fool around less.
I would LISTEN and not know it ALL.
I would read more.
I would write more.
I would pay more attention to my teachers and less on my classmates.
I would be so different now.
I went from being a cute little girl with eyes out the windows in school all day to growing up
with my eyes still glued to what was going on outside of my RIG
I could have been anyone.
I could have been a Hairdresser with my own shop.
I could spend the rest of my life thinking should have, could have but you know what, I am OK with what I learned and where I went and OK with all that money I made and all the hours I worked because you CAN”T GO BACK so finally I am HAPPY going FORWARD!
Wonder if I can cook this one?
Well here in New Hampshire some at higher elevations got a few inches of snow we had temps. in the 20’s F.
I came home sick from the 10 days of meditation then got better and poked around the yard with JT. I sent him out detecting as he had her for 12 days. They went on walks and hikes which was so nice for them but he missed his treasure. So JT would grab a Frisbee or a stick depending upon her mood and me my camera, rake and shovel. It was spring and things had to be done before the Black Flies arrived. So I took a stool into the garden and set about digging out more rocks that had surfaced from the fall tilling he had done for me and threw something for the dog to chase. She will be seven on Mother’s Day do Border Collies ever slow down?
Now I took the larger stones out and the peas are in now to add some peat moss and compost and move that into the soil then I will lay a tarp over whole garden bed to kill all weed seeds but not the Peas!
I have some time to get crops in as we can have frost up until May 30. Yes a short season compared to the south. I decided I will grow tomatoes in Pots and 5 gal. buckets with the mix I whip up. I will grow peppers, herbs, lettuce the same way. In the garden I will grow sweet corn, squash, potatoes, garlic, onion, kale, spinach and lots of Zinnias, Sunflowers and Cosmos.
I have yet to dig up my Ruggosa Roses(Beach Plum) and move them I also have Forsythia just starting to bloom so when they are done I will move some to the berm area. I am trying to get my plants picked out for Cottage Garden area and today I went to a yard sale with boyfriend and JT and bought two trellises from a man who came down from Maine to Massachusetts and had almost sold out by the time I chose mine. They are made from cedar but I want to coat with sealer so they will give me many years of use.
I tried to pressure wash front of home but could not start my machine shoulder killing me from FRISBEE lol He will get her started so I can spray with bleach mixture and get the green to wash off the paint on east side of home under the pines. Must take one tree down but with willow having to come down I hate to lose another tree so I will hold off but not too long as a new roof I can not afford it is just 3 years old now. I have cedar shingles I need to replace so I watched a You Tube video on how it is done now to look for that tool they used.
I have ben pulling dirt away from exposed wood were it rots it away and will add plants far from foundation so it doesn’t happen again.
Well this week I will be busy getting plants ready for our Garden Club yard and plant sale first Sat. in May but it will be over by noon so I can run to local racetrack to get my pick for the Kentucky Derby in and get home for watching the Fastest 2 Minutes in Sports! We will offer lilies, annuals and perennials. Can’t wait to see how much we make as we already added some color to our town but want to have plants done by us in downtown along the bridge and at major intersection as you come through town. We only have 5 older woman in our group so we do the best we can.
Here are a few photos of what I have been up to lately. I will go through the reader and try to catch up with you all though most of you never seem to show up on it even though I am one of your followers.
Lilac(above in bud)
Ruggosa Rose Bushes (above in bud)
The grass is green
I went through over 400 pounds of bird seed this winter yes it was a bad winter.
Looking forward to getting all the yard and home done by Memorial Day so I can sit back and reap all I get back in return for the 6 months that will follow. I will make more jewelry and take different kinds of photos I will even use the tripod more.
So nice to sit and share life with you once again. Can’t wait to see what you all have been up too!
Here is one of the more recent birds to visit here in flocks along with the small cow birds or black with orange and yellow stripes on their wings. Boy they love the seed but they come and Cardinals leave and I miss them though they call to me each morning from where they have been busy building their nests.
Oh I placed my half full hummingbird feeders out last night just incase they arrive early and the Apple Tree has yet to open.
Can’t wait till they come back home.
Have a great week everyone!
Now is the time to order for Christmas!! 🙂
And thanks again for all of your encouragement!!
- Cooking With Honey – The Book (romancingthebee.com)
I think after weigh-in today I shall sit outside and enjoy the rain over my head while I play with wire and Sea glass.
I am thinking of some pretty earrings, if I can find pieces from my collection that will work as a pair.
I will also work on caged beads for earrings too.
With rains last night and some still to fall today, I must wait to add more paint, to this old home of mine.
Miss my beading. I have been so busy with life. Must get back into the groove so I will have items to
offer for holiday shoppers.
I am going to do more of the beading I love, which is Kumihimo. I will shoot for Neutrals for bracelets and
necklaces. I hardly ever do necklaces and I am finding only some people actually like things on their
wrists.. Who knew, lol I love them on mine!
I will try to do a blog showing the steps of making something pretty from beginning to end.
Have agreat day!
Hummingbirds and me go back a long way.
I love the little jewels who make this long
journey here each spring.
They arrive just about the time my Apple tree blooms.
It is one reason the tree is still here how would I know when to get their sugar-water
ready and hang out the feeders. I always have the place ready for them to rest, fuel up
and build their nests and raise their young.
The photos here are taken with an Kodak Easy Share , no tripod and some just in the wrong light
for such an inexpensive camera but I wanted you to see some of them who call this
place their 2nd home.
Salvia is always here waiting for them too.
She is so tiny and beautiful as she sits and watches me
She will soon have her strength back from her long trip
and ready her nest and raise her little ones.
A young male sits on a Lilac branch.
I always keep feeders close enough to a bush, for them to take cover in.
I wonder how I will capture them on a tripod
as they dart to and from flower to feeders
must learn to use flash to stop their action!
I use a variety of feeders for their nectar.
Always near plantings or real flowers they love.
As you can see the sugar trumps the Petunia this time.
Always waits for its turn at one of the open spots in the feeder.
Right now the bees and this female are sharing nicely
Hoped you liked my Hummingbirds
27 years ago when I had to pick a CB Handle this
was it, Hummingbird is what the truckers knew me by
coast to coast.
I have just one tattoo and it is a life-size one, yes
Born to be Wild!
Have a nice day
Don’t forget to plant or place a feeder out for these little ones.
Sorry to add so many just figured out why so many did not know what Blog I was talking about I put them on 20 Lines a Day and for got to re-blog them 😦
I am so sorry to over welm the system 😦
These girls do!
VT Dairy Cows
Watch the world go by
till its Milking Time!
This one looks like she is camera-shy
Maybe they never saw a blonde before,lol they are very curious
or maybe territorial
Some called out others moved towards me and I grabbed these
before the farmer had to come see what the ruckus was all about.
Support your Local Dairy Farms these girls are counting on you.
As he searched for treasure in and around the boulders and gravel I found GOLD in a
friendship with Marie.
There may have been 3 vehicles parked in the shade along this stretch of route 112
but the woman in both made their way over to say hello and to say h to JT.
This part of the story will focus on Marie. She said she was from MA in an area I used to go to once a
day, in my Big Rig.
I was siting in a chair throwing sticks or a frisbee to JT and told her about my back and she said she
knew my pain.
In fact today was the first time she had left the home with her husband for fun in 8 years. She had been
hurt in an accident at work, boy could we relate.
We talked and talked and tears flowed from both of us.
We knew each others pain.
She saw me as strong . It was not till we spoke she knew I too, was broken.
She has to go through exactly what I had gone through for 10 years for her ,now
8. years of hell. I told her to hang on it would soon be over.
It is what they do to hard workers who get hurt and go after them for damages.
They want us to give up and God knows I came close more than once.
She has to fight for disability. I told her how. I asked her to please just not to give up.
After hugging her and telling her it would be OK my mate saw us crying and said
“Do you know each other?” he was smiling as this happens so much he is used to it.
Marie told him I was so special and he smiled again and said he knew. He also told her
this happens to me a lot now that I have started to really LIVE my life again. I am glad
it is with him.
So I let Marie know how to reach me. I do not know if she will but one thing I am sure of
is the fact she left that river’s edge a little stronger inside. She needed to meet someone who had gone
through the pain and depression and had come out the other side. Yes battered and bruised but no
longer busted and broken. I refused the drugs finally and am finally Living and Lovin ( the name of my
I LOVE the sea but you have already figured that out, in this short time I have been doing my BLOG.
You also know I love cool and interesting but different things as well.
Quirky yes maybe lol, but I am NOT ALONE!1!
There is this Artist who is out there! Really OUT THERE!
Check this out!
Now come on isn’t this just the COOLEST thing you have ever seen!
It is made with Mussels, man they ate a lot of them!
I love my camera and the life I have , well maybe not yesterday but 9 out of 10 days it is a TRIP I am on, with cool things just there in my day, waiting for me to capture it the best I
can with my little Kodak Easy Share !
Now what can you do with shells you may have after dinner is done?
My take on Mother Nature and her fury, in one of my favorite places to walk and fish.
Just the other side of Newburyport MA is a place called Plum Island.
This is a place you will see just before you go over the marsh and hit the island.
We have a nuclear plant in Seabrook ,NH and when all the protests
were going on, residents knew that there would be No Way Out!
Sign stands after all these years as a reminder.
Well it seems like the Nuclear Plant is safer for these residents,
than the sea they love to live next too.
The ocean is taking more and more of the beach that used to be their buffer.
Homes have been undermined by the surf and ultimately pushed by machines onto the beach at low tide and then
picked up and placed in rigs and taken to the local landfill.
The politicians keep throwing money at this situation.
Permits to re-build these homes maybe issued.
This problem that will only become worse as the worlds oceans rise, as predicted they will.
They installed these a few years ago, to save these homes but surly you can see no mater how much sand and barriers are brought in
the Atlantic Ocean will take what it needs for space.
They warn people who love this place to Stay Away!
These were once completely covered with sand and the beach built back up, by sand hauled to this area, all at the taxpayers expense.
This is just for this one stretch of ocean front property.
Who came up with the plan years ago to allow homes here?
So many places we can not go near now because of the dangers these
homes present and we can’t forget the Nesting Plovers!
I will continue to come here month after month to document the loss of a beautiful stretch of beach.
I have so many fond memories I can not help but watch and see what time has in store for this wild place.
I will miss this place when she is gone.
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7 things about me…
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2. I am on a mission to be whole again.
3. I am truly blessed.
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5. I LOVE Sunrises
6. I HATE SNOW, lol ( in too much pain to deal with it)
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