Many Thanks to RESA for sharing my Watercolors with her followers. Resa was so kind to do this for me so please go and check out her blog if you have yet to follow her or be introduced.
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!
So Fast Indeed……. sorry lousy FAST photo, pretty color though 🙂
It was windy and cold so we stayed home. JT was tired of staying in so I slid my boots on and wrapped a warm scarf across my head and face lol I must be getting old 🙂 and when I grabbed the camera she ran off to get her Frisbee. She is too smart but I must have told you that before. Most of us are now old friends. I still didn’t have my coat on and she was running back and forth from the door to me in the kitchen. Going on 8 but some days more like a two year old.
As you can see by the shadows it was a sunny day but very cold, too cold to go to walk the beach in Maine as we had planned. Besides between VT and Maine over 100,000 were having Christmas with no power. Most people up here in the northeast are smart about having two sources of fuel to heat their places with. We have propane that almost ran out before he showed up Christmas Eve at almost 6 PM and back up is nut coal, I love coal heat. We use propane for cooking too and now we have an electric water heater I have never had one of them before but with gas stove I can light the burner with a match and boil water in a pinch.
Maybe if we follow these tracks we can catch him being a busy beaver seems by the vegetation here where the tracks lead to that he has chewed off most of my beautiful Forsythias. They are tough and will grow back but I did not want them PRUNED!
Swim out from under the ice climb across the land down to grab more of my beautiful bushes then back to his damn DAM!
And head right for my seriously “WEEPING WILLOW TREE ” where JT is on it’s scent! she is such a good girl but she is a herder not a hunting dog.
We hope you had a Wonderful Christmas.
We had our Christmas Ham with Baked Potato, Acorn Squash and Carrots to end the wonderful day spent together at home. No babies, no presents from a store but a warm home and hot meal what more could we ask for. We have all we will ever need except for Peace On Earth so tonight after dessert, a simple brownie, when we close our eyes that is what we will hope the world can get as it’s gift from all of us.
With Love from me too you and a wish that you and your families travel safely so we can all await the New Year TOGETHER
Until March I had never gone away, well from anything besides my home and I shared it with the love of trucking. I had two pups then that traveled coast to coast when loads took me that far away.
Then again there was one occasion when we had six of the seven from their litter and they were small but weaned, that I packed up them up into the van and left them with my brother. There were their four children and the two of them perfect as that left a pup for each of them to dote on. I took the parents of these pups overnight on a run to Maryland with my then husband, as we needed the load there quickly and he could not do the hours alone.
So as we jumped into the rig and headed down the road I could not get them out of my head. They were the most rambunctious English Springer Spaniel’s, already with names. Remington and Diamond showed no signs of missing them, as each mile south was behind us. I was not very good company I missed them so much. We delivered the load and grabbed or return haul and headed north once again, me calling my brother at every truck stop, no there were only payphones back then. He told me when I called they were having so much fun not to hurry back , can you imagine. Many of you know me by now I just put the hammer down and got back home, as quick as I could get those 18 wheels moving!
So that brings me back to March. This year. I knew the cat and dog would be fine here with their Dad but JT has been my constant sidekick and if I was hurting so bad, I knew she would never understand why I was gone.
So while I missed the man in my life, he understands why I went away but my furry babies would be top on the list for me to be Home Sweet Home!
I must say when I go down the list of who I follow through my blog at Living and Lovin I see so many who are just like me. Like minded. Nature lovers. Pet owners. Gardeners of flowers and food.
I once wondered if anyone of my friends would bother to read what I had to say and share by way of a photo here and there and quickly got a true lesson in life, not many if any, take the time to read what I have to say but among the thousands here at WordPress I have a circle of friends who have stuck with me, as I began this journey and are still there just over a year latter.
Blogs come and go but I seem to have enough photos or strange stories to keep a few coming back. They are all eclectic and lived a full life, the same as I did and seem to appreciate all life has to offer.
Poems, story-telling and news breaking stories worthy of my re-blogs I love them all, for with each post they write they share just that little bit of themselves.
I may get lost in all I have going on at times but the real connections are there and for that I am so grateful..
This place online I sell my prints well am trying to sell them Fine Art America is having a contest for images to share on their TV Commercial and they need people to vote.
It is open for our family and friends to vote and I think you can vote on 100 single photos
If you happen to LIKE any of the 3 I chose to enter could you click on vote in the contest for me. I have thousands of photos and so hard for me to get to these 3 put they are ones I use for cards and I personally remember each day as I shot them.
You are free to vote on anyone on FAA but each one that gets 250 votes gets a chance at the powers to be seeing their work so they can get images for commercial.
I will ask FB friends to vote but you all know me better 🙂
Thanks so much if you can you know I already appreciate each and every one of you and do not vote if you dislike photo 🙂
I have had so many awards here on WordPress bestowed upon me and I feel so blessed to have each and everyone of you followers liking and leaving comments and finding each other through some of my posts. Bless you all
The Very inspiring Blogger Award rules are as follows:
- Display the award on your blog
- Link back to the person who nominated you
- State 7 things about yourself
- Nominate 15 bloggers, link to them, and notify them about their nominations
To accept the award, the rules are: -Link back to the person who nominated you : Thank you again Cristi !! Also I would recommend to check out her awesome blog (http://traveltimetalk.com/)
-Post the award image to your page – Done
– Answer the questions. This is designed to help people get to know you better. – here they are
1. Favorite color:
2. Favorite animal:
3. Favorite number:
4. Favorite Non-Alcoholic drink:
5. Favorite Alcoholic drink
6. Favorite a Facebook or twitter:
7. My Passions:
8. Giving or receiving gifts:
10. Favorite TV Show
-Nominate 10 other blogs and let them know they are nominated : Although I would love to mention a lot more may be few hundred but as per the rules here are some of the blogs that are very interesting and lovely to read.
Best Moment Award
Awarding the people who live in the moment, The noble who write and capture the best in life, The bold who reminded us what really mattered – savoring the experience of quality time. (Please check out MomentMatters.com).
RULES: Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded. Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardee’s! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.
- What makes a good acceptance speech?
- Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way
- Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
- Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives
- Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in MomentMatters.com/Speech
- Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~Buddha
I wish to express my sincerest thanks to Moment Matters in selecting my blog for this prestigious honour. It is my privilege to receive this wonderful recognition of my work, an award which I am very honoured to accept and will proudly display on my blog. I am very grateful to my friends on WordPress from whom I have found inspiration and encouragement when life has thrown some “slings and arrows” my way – they have given me much-needed strength – Thank You My Friends!
This award is so important as it reminds one to appreciate when a special moment presents itself, to savour it, not to let it pass without fully embracing it – life’s too short, isn’t it? I know that in the past I’ve been guilty of letting a special moment go unrecognised because I was so preoccupied with the problems life can throw at one. This sincere recognition of one’s work and the reminder to embrace that which is magical in life helps one to see the other side, to find love and beauty in something worthwhile and wholesome, to have belief in oneself and to pass this belief on to others so they may also have an added chance to see what life’s golden treasures are.
A special moment may be a random occurrence, it may be an exciting event long-awaited with many people becoming an important part of the experience. For me personally, I regard the best moments to be the ones shared with other people! Live in the Moment and remember –
“Never do anything that you wouldn’t want to explain to the paramedics”
It is my pleasure and great honor to present this award to my super friends who live in the Moment, congratulations to you all!
I want to thank you all for nominating me for so many many beautiful awards I really appreciate them but mostly you.
I know I have been blogging less but trying to sell prints, cards, IPod skins is hard work and if I was not so poor I would just give up lol
I am doing awesome honest I am that 100 hours of Mediation really was just what my heart needed.
I am busy with gardens, painting the rest of this house, taking rides with my honey and pup and she will turn 7 on Mother’s Day where has the time gone!
I want you all to know these awards are being passed out to all of you I can not follow rules lol so if there is one you do not have already follow the direction not like I did and enjoy the limelight!
Life is so beautiful for me these days I do not want to bore you so I will look to post some blogs on the adventures of my past liking trucking, motorcycles, travel and pets and try to find a place here again amongst all you wonderful writers and poets and photographers and storytellers too!
Thanks for stopping by and saying hi or leaving me a LIKE my reader #@%&s so I miss so much learning to dump COOKIES lol
Have a wonderful day!
Hi everyone. No I am not lost but usually I shovel then suffer in pain but it is the workouts that have me seeing consistent success now at the scale on Tuesdays and is getting me closer to goal which will be a HEALTY weight never scrawny . I need my strength to make it through my meditation as well as that new English Garden I will be working on if winter ever let’s go of her death grip up here. No don’t worry just hard on old broken bodies but my sense of humor such as it is will get me to spring oh and the rains! Today NH is under the spell of another huge storm and why I am getting rains when others are getting twelve more, heavy wet inches of snow I have no idea but you know I am so grateful for each and every drop for it is melting our snowpack and snow on the roofs is shrinking too he said it was too slippery to climb up yesterday which worried me with the weight of heavy wet snow ruining so many homes and businesses elsewhere. Well I sold my conversion van and made another friend. She too is an author with all of you here I follow and follow me I can surely get my three written! I sold the van to get cash to fix my pick-up the one with the PLOW kind of late now as the birds are already singing their hearts out looking for the prettiest girls in town. I will scrub hummingbird feeders again to make sure no dust has gotten into the bags I store them in and get the seeds started for my garden even if I have to grow in 5 gal. buckets or a pallet have you seen that on Pinterest? I think this year I will even start Sunflowers in egg cartons or yogurt cups as I have plenty of empties and this way after the diet of black oil sunflower seeds I have been going through with my wildlife so far almost 400 lbs. of seed, they will not be able to dig up the ones I hide to line my yard with. Hard to outsmart wildlife though I am sure something hungry will come for the green growth like us and our salad greens!
So how have you all been? Life good or hard right now? I love hearing from you all and that some of you are regular visitors to my Portfolio Blog please me. You can comment on any blog. Tell me if you like certain photo or what you don’t like remember the only thing I have ever been a professional at is a driver, a big rig driver so you can help by chiming in . Some of you know I have been selling my photos on FAA under Eunice Miller and that I even set up a Facebook page that will link my photographs I have placed for sale right to their site in most cases. If you are artists that have begun to follow my blog thank you. Blogging has made me a better photographer still not anything to write home about but me and my little Kodak Easy Share once in a while capture something pretty and moving to some besides me for which I am thankful for isn’t that why we decide to step out of our nice comfy spot at home and reach out to the world at large with art and words. I would not have gotten to know you all had I not taken that very first step last Memorial Day weekend. I am blessed by each and every one of you and I think you already know that by what we have shared.
Now it wouldn’t be a Living and Lovin blog without a photo or two so this is what I have been thinking of
My Lilacs in full bloom calling out to all the insects and pretty butterflies that adore them as much as I do even Ron loves them JT loves to smell them she is a girl you know and all girls love pretty flowers.
For the bees to arrive so my fruit trees will bless us and the wildlife who also love fruit.
Now the Forsythia that are all over this place we call home are sure signs of SPRING arriving.
Now for this year along with the new English Garden area Ron will make me a sculpture as he was a welder for 35 years before retiring early with injuries. I am thinking something in pretty copper but maybe a mix if they can be put together with the arc from his welding rod. He is the pro so I will let him do his thing and praise the heck out of him because he is a good man to put up with me and so much sadness though it has gotten so much better since I have stopped hiding. So look for a blog on his artist work in the future here.
I will also divide my Hostas for an upcoming Garden Club Plant Sale in early May and take some new Lilacs and move them to my berm on the eastern side of my property I will add some shoots of Forsythia on berm as well because they will look beautiful as they grow and drape along this area with the Lilacs up above with a few little pretty shaped Pines. It will provide me with Privacy yes but mostly block the Orange Fence(plastic snow fence) from my view while I sit and tend to my garden since I do not see her as ever taking it down, even though it sits on the towns right a way.
So for now I will look and deal with the CRUD of Winter with visions of a beautiful spring!
We will hang out by the sea a lot till them even on a lousy weather day we can always find a ray of hope here along the water’s edge.
Take care everyone and again stop in at anyone of my places here on the world-wide web, you are more than welcome.
I guess when I thought I had posted it maybe I did not as some followers were not aware I had started a new blog just for photos so I can do more writing here with you and over on 20 Lines.
Here is the link for the new place should you feel like popping in and taking a peek I love this format they put out for us photographers and I needed a place I could say send a banker to see what I had to offer for their walls 🙂
Thanks for all of the support you all give me daily
How do I pick again? I will leave a list of ones I follow and ones who follow me and just remember to collect your stars and LIKE the page on Facebook if you are on that too.
OK most of these I have never gotten to and a few of you always support me and my place here but I love each and every one of YOURS!
You all GET A STAR and thanks again Ivon over atTeacher as Transformer again for my latest STAR and for always stopping by XO
The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:
- Select another blog or other blogs who deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award;
- Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award;
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There are stars to collect! Yes, there are stars to collect!
Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!
When you begin you will receive the 1 star award, and every time you are given the award by another blog, you can add another star! I think this is my 3rd or 4th star
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The blogs I follow are an eclectic group, but they share one thing: they bring joy into my life on a daily basis and I am thankful for that. Here are the bloggers and their sites I would like to nominate:
‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
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Do you have special blogs that you love to read?
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Would you like to give them an award this year?
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The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:
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2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…
Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!
Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!
When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!
There are a total of 6 stars to collect.
Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!
‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Badges
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And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – thumbnails
Here are the 6 awards in thumbnail size for your sidebar – feel free to Right Click and save any of the images on this page:
OK this will take a while to read and I would appreciate it if you took the time to do so and check out some BLOGGERS I follow
I want to thank Emily or at http://bellaremyphotography.com/ for giving me the Super Sweet Blogging Award Thanks so much to Emily over at Hoof Beats and Foot Prints xo
Lorelle over at email@example.com (Musicgal2012) has nominated me for Beautiful Blogger Award
Thanks so much Lorelle xo
OK not sure what the questions were but if you go to my past awards and check out my answers I swear they will be the same 🙂
OK let me ask 5 SIMPLE QUESTIONS none of which should FREAK YOU OUT
1. Favorite Color?
2. Favorite Movie?
3. Favorite Book?
4. Favorite Meal?
5. Favorite Song
See simple ones give it a shot if you find YOUR NAME BELOW go ahead you can certainly answer 5 simple questions 🙂
OK the names here are Nominated for the Super Sweet Blogging Award
I’m grateful to my blog followers, readers, and author pals for your support.
In keeping with the rules of this gift, I’m sharing seven things about me you might not know.
1. I LOVE COLOR
2. Black was once the only color I wore.(no not Gothic just REALLY BLONDE,lol)
3. I have a collection of Dolls from Childhood.
4. I still have my Girl Scout Sash, loaded with badges
5. I once shared my home with Nine Springer Spaniels
6. I collect anything the sea washes ashore, it is MY Treasure
7. I am with the first boy I ever loved.
Now here are the bloggers I am nominating for The Beautiful Blogger Award.
Simple rules 7 things about you say thanks to me though you really do not have to 🙂 and then pass it out to as many deserving followers you have that are Beautiful Bloggers like yourselves Enjoy your reward! I have loved following your BLOGS 🙂
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 😦
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine more than 10 followers and those would be friends I BEGGED to check it out!
You are all (maybe 2 I know personally ) really strangers with who I do not know except for what you share as well.
Thanks so much for checking out and “Liking” my photos and words it means more than you will ever know.
Peace and LOVE
to each and every one of you
Thanks go out to http://curlsandq.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for this award. Still not sure how to really do this right so here goes another attempt!
1. I am with the man I loved when I was but 16 years old
2. I rode motorcycles
3. I was a girl scout
4. I was a Rainbow Girl
5. I taught Sunday School to wee ones, so very long ago.
6. I lost my ROSE COLORED Glasses
7. I was abused each year I was married, 16 of them.
Enjoy your awards!
The beaches along New England are constantly being battered.
Storm after storm starts to change the landscape.of our shore.
Wave after wave rolls in with a fury.
We have sea walls to keep it from our homes, though we continue to build in harm’s way.
Homes are lost, lives are changed, personal items lost to the sea.
As a home is lost, plans to rebuild get underway.
This story will have updates along the way, as it is forever changing in these parts ,we call home.
Millions are spent to save the homes of those, who just had to get as close to the sea, as they could.
Permits are given out to build another in its place.
Taxes are spent on baffles, to try to keep erosion at bay.
It as you can clearly see it is not working.
Just a waste of money in my point of view, to fight a force so much stronger than man.
The more beach we have left the happier she will be lol
Reader Appreciation Award
I’ve been nominated for the Reader Appreciation Award by: http://boomiebol.wordpress.com/ You have to check him out, he write in English and Dutch I believe. Great stuff always. Thank you again and again for all these kind awards…a bit overwhelming .
How It Works:
1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.
2. Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to.
3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.
4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.
5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.
- What is your favorite color? Today it is ORANGE
- What is your favorite animal? Hard one so I will say “ALL”
- What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Coffee
- Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
- Favorite pattern? TYE DYE that is a pattern right RANDOM 🙂
- Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Giving.
- Favorite number? 38
- Favorite day of the week? Everyday is Sat. for me.
- Favorite flower? Lilacs and then Crepe Myrtle and anything else that may be in bloom!
- What is your passion? Photography
Thank you again so much for this nomination http://boomiebol.wordpress.com/ and it is a pleasure reading all the amazing posts from blogs I follow and come across. Keep up the great work!
Here are the nominees:
Thanks to all of these Bloggers above and all of you for making me feel welcome and commenting on my photos