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July What A Month You Have Been

July started with a new way of eating, actually a 28 day plan that ended today.  For a scale that had stopped moving long ago I was tired of the madness and told the right person, a new friend who had an idea and ordered me a book titled “The Fast Metabolism Diet” by Haylie Pomroy

I have never been a reader of self help books though with the world wide web I could seek out anything I wanted to know more about.

Well I read this book, as I shopped for the essentials I would need for the first week and began.  First two days I went to bed early so I did not have to eat anymore food, yes this is the truth it may have been 3 days.  On this third day a funny thing happened I actually heard my stomach growl for the first time in 20 years.

You see I would wake at 5 am have 2 cups of coffee no sugar and not eat anything until maybe noon then dinner at 6 or 7 pm then bed by 10 or 11.  On occasion I would snack before bed or have a dessert. I was so out of whack not drinking water, burning the candle at both ends never giving my body the nutrients it needed to function properly.

When I was trucking I ate better, I guess it was when I got hurt and could not afford lots of different foods and depression took hold from it and being poor for really the first time that I began this journey.  It was time to live again!

So the deal is you must give up white flower that many have already as well as pasta, rice and rolls as well as baked goods.  I also gave up all sugar and quit drinking coffee after 45+years it was not even hard to do so.

I began to drink my water all day long, eat within 30 minutes of waking and having a snack then lunch then later a snack then finally supper.  Most meals consisted of 3 or 4 cups of salad which is easy as this time of the year I grow my own.

Well I must say I was shocked to see the scale move when I felt I like was eating like a pig 🙂 Imagine that!  Inches more noticeable, skin better and sleep was wonderful which I am grateful for because in this period of time I was under so much stress as you see a person I trusted with my art, a neighbor with a consignment store, had closed up shop and took all the vendors goods and never told us.

I searched and searched for her and finally she popped up 2 towns away.  I showed up after having my boyfriend go in as a shopper first and when he got back to the car he said “None of your art is in there.”  I was sick and mad and headed inside by myself.

She told me for 14 min. she had nothing of mine so I reminded her when I sell items I get 60% as I put out my hand.  Then she remembered something she had and went out back and came in with 5 pieces of my work really?  I asked her if this was really how she wanted to start a new business then asked where this painting was

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She said “I do not have it and I reminded her it was $180 and told her to give me cash for it and the check she bounced back in May.  Long story short I did what I could to help others get what they could, as she stole theirs and wrote more bad checks to boot.  It will be hard for me to trust another but all I can say is I stayed on my plan even with all this stress and continued to lose.

The moral of this long story is eat to be healthy and drop weight give up the crap food that is no good for you and always I mean always really know who you are dealing with when you let things you love out of sight.

I will now just sell cards and prints locally as I do online and the originals will be here beside me safe and sound.

She should have named her new shop BAD KARMA after what she took from the 20 of us.

I am blessed to have lived the life I have lived, always full of lessons to be sure.

Come on August I need to do something fun!

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Seven Years With You

Thanks to those who started this journey with me and to the followers who popped in along the way wow seven years.

Plant Sales and planting have been keeping me busy this spring and of course watching my forest grow.

Here is a Iris I dug up from our family home before mom passed isn’t it the prettiest color.

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How mom loved her huge variety wish I had taken more but if the new owners like them maybe they will be loved there.

Here is a shot of my tiny forest as it begins, it is even taller now.

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This is the area I am concentrating on.

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Wild flowers to the right of this mound as well as perennials that spread.  This mound is a holding spot of rich organic soil to help them on their way and it runs 200 foot to the gate and on the other side of the drive as well as under the mature trees for shade loving beauties.  One more weekend full of local plant sales supporting those who give their time volunteering for their towns garden club as I do here.  I bring along a neighbor and boy do we find so many beauties for our places for $1 to $5 each trust me we are bargain shoppers and fill my tiny car to the gills 🙂 as a side note the horrific pain has let up 70% and with all that I push this body to do I am grateful 🙂

Have a wonderful day everyone.

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Some Days We Just Need To Rest

Memorial Day here in the US can be confusing what with everyone saying “Happy Memorial Day” when in fact it is to remember those we lost on battlefields not so happy at all in fact a rather sad day to reflect upon.

Here most enjoy a parade and a cookout and who knows maybe as we gather more can turn their thoughts over to the family members who never came home from war it is wear to start in my opinion.  Now Veterans Day is to celebrate all who have served and no parties for that day as most work it to get the day after Thanksgiving off truly confusing.

Now to confuse you I have a shot of one of my visiting squirrels contemplating the day before him or her and maybe reflecting upon life while atop of my carved Cardinal.

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Planting and More Planting

I must have gone off the deep end trying to do it all in phase 1.

So many trees and bushes and now starting this weekend looking for Perennials till 1st weekend in June.  I will attend all the local garden club plant sales within 50 mile radius to my place to show my support we all must stick together in our mission to make our towns as pretty as we can.

I have been icing the knee and in between wearing an old brace I have to get it all done.  I can not wait to get back to painting with leg up. It does help for me to rest it so I grab my camera and wait for the action to come to me.

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Doodlewash Have Your Heard Of It?

I was approached by Charlie O’Shields from Doodlewash and asked if I would like to be Featured on his blog and website. I told him I was new to this and not sure I was ready as his site is gorgeous and has professional artists on there I look up to .  He assured me it was time and asked me to send him some photos and words.  Looking back at the should have, could have, would have, I wish I had shot a few works in progress to show my style lol who knew I had one.

I wanted to thank all of you who knew my story and watched this journey and yes I am so very happy and working on my future back when I started this blog I was not even sure I would have one so thank you.

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Please if you paint with Watercolor and do not know Charlie stop in and say hello and tell him Eunice at Folsom Mill sent you 🙂

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A New About Page

26678684_10212716363158664_5792194805692809999_oI have updated my About page with news of what is happening around here.  This should keep me busy and smiling 🙂 Thanks everyone!

Time for a bit of an update I would say it has been awhile.

I began my blog as a way to connect to others as life for me was so different as the hustle and bustle of trucking was over after 3 million miles. Not bad for a female and I must say there was never a moment in the 30 years I held that commercial drivers licence that I was sexually harassed. I never had to lower myself to get work I am proud to say my work ethic was all anyone had to see to know I was up for the run.

I went from sharing lousy photos to then honing my skills to actually selling many each month on the different platforms out there. I then shared stories with you about life and it’s struggles and victories I must say what a ride it has been.  I took a Watercolor class one night, 2 hours and my world changed.  I once again shared with you all my early attempts and for those who stopped by to encourage me Thank You.  I have just begun my 4th year of painting and learning all I could about play.  Before my mom died last year she asked me to retire from trucking and to keep painting. Doors have begun to open and I no longer fear stepping through them.  I enter shows and never worry about what others think of my pieces you see I love each one.  They come from within and pour out onto that wet piece of white paper, each a piece of me and the life I have led.

I have set up a website here at  https://uni356.wixsite.com/folsom-mill-studio  with all the links for getting a print or card of anything be it photography or watercolor. I have joined Instagram as well under Folsommill where I will post videos, works in progress and shots from here in New England.  I am bad about putting down the brush and adding to stores never mind blogging to you all I am sorry, I am caught up in creating more than sharing I will try harder because I love connecting with you.  If you see me post something that speaks to you send me an email and tell me which store you want me to add it to. Zazzle has items FAA doesn’t sell I make a $1 or $2 for most items some just 10 cents it all helps to keep me in paint and paper.

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This link above has a drop down menu so you can find me.  I appreciate each and every one of you who has bought something I have made, you have helped me greatly.

Now for some better news I am trying to conserve my property here in NH for the Arts and will in time look for Artists to hold workshops here where their followers can come and learn.  First I conserve and do all the legal things and then I build a place for the teacher to stay and there will be a motel minutes from here for the students to book their rooms.  I will cook for the teachers and provide lunches for the workshop attendees and a ride to and from the motel if they do not want to rent cars though most will as New England is such an amazing part of the United States they will want to take it all in and maybe even setup trips for Plein Air excursions. It is an exciting time for me and I will blog as changes begin here on the property and I start booking their stays.  Do you create? Do you have favorite teachers you want to learn from? Yes it is hard work but nothing like trucking 🙂  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

Eunice

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I Finished My New Website

Wet into Wet Watercolor by E. Miller
Our Walk

You can find it here with a drop down menu of all the places you can find me at I am also giving lessons on the magic aspect of wet into wet watercolor here in the seacoast area of NH.

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I will try harder to BLOG here on WP and update my website with new artwork I will be offering for sale.

Here on Living and Lovin I will share photos and art but not bombard my posts with them as I create too much.  I am having so much fun, FINALLY I hear some of you saying 🙂

Have a wonderful day.
#gopats #letsgooo

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My Instagram Is Back Up

Instagram is Follsommill and my Wix Blog is functional at Folsom Mill Studio man this creativity is hard work never mind Zazzle at Eunice356 and RedBubble etc.  I work hard to make pretty art worthy of a print or a simple card and with 5 sales this week I am so blessed.

We are covered with snow and ice I mean rock hard and slippery ice so I stay in and keep my bones safe as well as my dogs and  I paint then upload images onto products you have all seen, as you have followed me from the start.

Today out of the blue someone from Boston bought a B&W photos I took of sailboats moored here on the coast of New England.  I love that photo but adore Boston.

By now you all know we will once again play in the Super Bowl.  From what I hear 60 % of those who watch football or say they do hate our team and want to see us lose. I get it I do, same old same old right,  lol  NO!   Who wins games like our team we either make it look like the other team never showed up or they come back in the last quarter and make the others cry as they leave the field.

Our team is fired up they want it bad who knows maybe Philly will this year but my heart is with the GOAT. Yes I am a rabid fan.

Here is a few new pieces I have been playing with as I watch them boys come from behind.

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Happy New Year

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.

 

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Practising and Shoveling

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I forgot I am not supposed to paint boring scenes with everything the same height I will rectify that in the future.  🙂

Pats won again I am a happy lady.

It is now Christmas Eve here in NH and places are closing up early for workers to have time with their own families which is nice to see.  Besides sending out cards I did nothing for this holiday since mom died last Thanksgiving I really just spend the holidays here at home with boyfriend and the dog and cat.  I like having no extra stress as it is a sad time already.  I did keep the wild birds fed during our ice storm and today before the snow begins to fall.  They say we will have 4 to 8 inches I hope for 0  🙂

Less than 90 days left till spring I will keep reminding myself.

I will spend time cleaning out old paperwork, donating clothes/coats and giving away many items I no longer have the need for as it is a good time to purge and I have a whole week to make a dent it in before the New Year.

I am trying to decide if I should build a new home(without stairs) or redo this home so it flows better and a large storage room can replace where the bathroom now sits 4 stairs down. My knee is good but I know I will need replacements down the road so why not plan now.  Also have to lose weight and remain focused so I can do more as I get older.

I will continue to paint and take photos and in January I also begin to teach watercolor basics.  I can not wait to share the magic.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas can not wait to hear what you all did.

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Shop Is Now Back Open

I have reopened my Etsy shop at:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FolsomMillStudio

If you see any paintings that you would like to buy one or more cards of let me know in an email at:  folsommillstudio@gmail.com  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.
Eunice(nutsfortreasure)
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 🙂

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Still Hard at Play

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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.

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Another Week In The Garden

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It has been hot and very humid but not like our poor west has been enduring.

I have lots of dragonflies here in the yard all posing for me and watching my every move.  Maybe I am blessed with so many beautiful things wild included, because I spend time watching out for them.  I pick up and move turtles from roadways I also throw on my hazards(4 way flashes) when a mother bird is walking her babies across a roadway yes I do it for humans too 🙂  even in my rig for endless mile after mile I tried to always look out for others.  Being aware is all I know are you that way do you really see?

Cooler temps. are on their way they say for 2 days with periods of rain so I will continue to work at the pile of dirt with my hoe and shovel and yes a wheelbarrow we need muscles bad.  I get so out of shape painting but making new friends in the art world now and have even said I will join in on a local “Wet Paint Out” this month and yesterday I taught 17 others at my local library a few things about Watercolor, all fun but I need to put my yard first 4 days a week.  My hope is to offer a place for visiting artists to come and teach.  We have a motel 10 miles away for the students and the instructor could stay here and I would provide meals and bed and bath.  It is early in the process but it is my desire to leave my place for the arts.  I will need an attorney and a business plan to set it in motion but it is the way I intend to leave this space if I can. So time to continue planting pretty spots for them to find inspiration while visiting.

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Growing these in a pot. Cardinal Flowers grow along my river here now they will have new ones in a place where they will make an impact on my lower yard.

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My Yucca blooms each year around the 4th of July

I always have loads of Annuals for splashes of bold color close to the house with my veggies.

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Have a wonderful day.  After I am done outside I shall paint after all it is #WorldWatercolorMonth  #watercolorchallenge

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Create(creating everyday)

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I seem to create things every day. I think that is what we are supposed to do and no NOT DRAMA 🙂 well unless it is in our art or in my plantings as you can see I am wild about color yes ALL OF THEM 🙂

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Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Father’s Day!

via Daily Prompt: Create

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NH and Heat Waves in June

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This has been one of those years so far and it is only June when it comes to weather in New England.

During January and February, we were spoiled many times with not so much a winter feel.  I should have started plants in March and added seed to my garden in April but there was still frozen ground.  Almost the whole month of May it rained so I hope the seed and plants I put in will give me bounty to live on like last year.  My Sugar Snap Peas are only 8″ tall so far.  Yes, so far not the norm.

The flower above is one of many different takes on my “Starry Nights” Petunia.  I will be making cards for sale for this falls Craft Fairs.  You see them all but not many others do I usually only share to Facebook, do you?

Stay safe out there even if we can not get the weather we want we can do all we can to stay safe.  I learned a long time not to push my luck 🙂

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It’s February

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Not much snow to deal with this year just enough to remind us we are in New England.

Took this the day of Superbowl, as we took a walk into the woods to make up for all the sitting we would do when the game started at suppertime.  We had a nice walk with JT but she comes back more and more lame at just 10.  I hate drugs and since I do not take them I feel bad about giving them to my girl, so we go for gentle walks less leaping for her favorite toy and more of me just kicking a stick for her to chase god I will miss her when she is gone.

I have been painting now with more purpose.  I enter shows not to win but to be seen and grow from the experience.  I am gathering the ones I love and making more cards for this years craft fairs.  I have ideas on what to do with my 3 story barn maybe an artist  in residence,  maybe just a gallery with many artists selling their pieces here.  The dreams are endless thankfully or I would buy another rig and hit the road again.  I promised mom I would stay off the road and continue to create but it is hard when I can no longer pick up the phone to call her.

Not sure if I will keep this blog but if I do I have to remember to add small photos to posts after I just had to delete so many from prior posts that I go and add a huge one.  I will figure it eventually till then I will be here in the background reading yours.

Take care time for me to watch our Superbowl Champions in Boston celebrate once again!

Take care

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Now Selling Here

Eunice Miller

http://shopvida.com/collections/eunice-miller/products/water-and-ice you may remember this image I took.

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Now to learn to smile for photos 🙂

This one I just messed with.

I had so much fun selling in Dover NH with a pop up gallery Myrtle Street Gallery
in downtown Dover NH in front of The Chop House!
I also showed my Watercolors off and made more sales in Maine at a Yard Sale and since most shop for Antiques there it felt good.

Mom is hanging in there but hate that her days are numbered I guess all of us are going to be there sooner or later I am just praying she will not suffer horribly.

Happy September to all of you who were wanting cooler temps.  For you who will just be receiving summer I hope it was a nice as mine was.

Fall colors will fill my world then dreadful snow.

Have a wonderful day!

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The Season Will End Soon

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The season will end soon enough for these beauties as the drought has been rough on the land and my well.

Mom started Chemo yesterday so far so good but I am just trying to keep the faith.

I was invited to show my Watercolors last Wednesday in Dover NH and will again this Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Myrtle Street Gallery on the sidewalk outside of the Chop House come by if you are in the area.  Mine is a starving artist sale very inexpensive art so I can continue to paint.

My town celebrated it’s 275th Birthday with a day long celebration so much fun after working on committee for almost 2 years.

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We even ended the night with our very own Fireworks show.

I am joining a friend on Tuesday and we will paint our dogs well I should say attempt to results here if it looks something like JT.

Hope you are all doing OK I will see if I can find you on my WP Reader.

Good night

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Kind of Lax

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You would never know we are in a severe drought here in New England.  My garden is lush and producing easily 20 pounds a day of food perfect when you have no money for the finer things in life, others take for granted.

I have stayed at home to tend to me and the fruits of my labor.  This totally organic all non GMO and mostly heirloom garden of mine.  With so much sun damage, skin cancer I bought my very first pair of sunglasses and a floppy hat. I go into the garden early and late in the day with my girl and her toy.  She rests while I pick and after rinsing them it is her time to play.  Friends say she needs her own Facebook page 🙂 I think a chapter in my memoir will be enough as you all know her.

I received really bad news last week, that after the 2 year battle to get mom back up and walking on her own she has been kicked down bad with hearing she has cancer.  She had the tests every 6 months on her esophagus but had always aced them.  This time the news was bad, it is elsewhere.  She now has it in her liver as well.  She is terminal.  She is trying to hold on to attend her granddaughter’s wedding in November  I say move the date up and let my mom go peacefully, but hey who am I.  I am angry after her fighting so hard to go back home with her cat that this is how the story will end, sad about her being scared but putting in another 6 to 9 rounds in this ring of life.  We made a big deal last Oct. on her 80th birthday as she made it, to now being doubtful for a 81st.  Life is not easy we all know this don’t we but not fair as well.  I will see her tonight and try to speak of old times, fun things and bring soft, yummy stuff, to eat.  Hope she loves Ratatouille and cheesecake.
I have some amazing tomatoes as they are her favorite and at this point there is no reason to avoid any food I want her to delight in their amazing flavor while she can still taste.

I have been inside on hot days crocheting with maybe only two days where I painted but not because I do not want to but because our town is celebrating our 257th birthday and I will be adding a table at the craft fair.  I will have a couple of  fused glass bracelets, some Watercolors and baby hats and booties for sale.  My heart was in it before mom’s news but now not so much.  Push forward and carry on as I gave my word I would take a spot of a now sold out show.  I have all kinds of hats and booties to complete and then package them for next Saturday.  After the 20th, everything the all volunteer committee I have been on for two years, will be behind us.  We will have a parade, craft fair, fun and games for the children and fireworks to complete the celebration.  I pray I am around to see what the younger folks do on her 300th.

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I hope you are all doing ok.  I hope for those in the US you have not gone crazy over the presidential race.  We have to know by now what little difference will either make.  My wish is to kick everyone out of Congress/Senate, strip them of their monthly stipend for life and get new blood in, allow them 2 years at a time do something or they are gone.  No carrying the financial burden our country does for those who care so little for their country and those of us who reside here.  Yes I never speak of the crap out there but I am paying attention.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Please be kind to one another.

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Garden Filled In and Feeds Me Daily

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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I Finally Set Up An Etsy Store

I will now be offering all my Original Watercolors for sale.
They will come unmatted  and with no frame for you to finish them just the way you like.
I am not asking what others do for their work because I do not need to.
If you like one enough to purchase I will get it out into the mail asap.  I will also offer free shipping within the USA.  After a few pieces get shipped Internationally I will get a better idea on what costs are.  If you have an Etsy store let me know so I can follow you.

I set it up last night and just have to pieces there but I will add all others in time.  They are pieces of me I hate to keep in a dark bag never seeing the light of day.  I love creating so the store will be tough as all my others I have do everything for you.  Prints from Original Artwork will be available at my other shops but this one is for Signed Originals.  I may if time permits sell a few baby items there as well as custom jewelry but that will be once the Watercolors are uploaded onto the site.  Thanks for always cheering me on you are such a great support group.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/NUTSFORTREASURE

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Our area went from warm and wonderful to rainy and raw day after day but with Alberta CA sections burning up as well as other places here and abroad I have very little really to complain about.

This is my Bleeding Heart that sits facing the east in my yard wonder if she would like just a tad more light. 🙂  I know I would

I have still been at it with Watercolors but not at such a breakneck speed now I think and mix color with clear intent and try to catch a couple of lessons a month but with art gallery having their grand opening and a few shows I entered in their Theme Show format I am doing a little more photography infact joined a meetup group right above studio to join in on some challenges as it is a low key group that seems willing to share ideas on sharing your shot in a better light as well as places to meet up and shoot like they just had a meetup at a Steampunk gathering.  I have not done any of that yet but just entered my 3 shots for this month “Body Parts”  I will not bore you with photos but will tell you I had one of my bare foot in the freshly tilled soil of my organic garden yes my feet were clean but frozen by the time I was done working, JT my Border Collie most of you know from photos and stories of course had a spot this time a close of her beautiful eye how I love this dog now turning a year older today I swear I do not know where the time went.  The third shot I took was of my boyfriends 1950’s truck then I did some wild processing on photo just so they would be all different and not boring like my Birthday ride oceans scenes I shared with them last month for “Power”  has the sea has a hold on me, that lighthouse will be above where my ashes are spread and the force of a wave is anything but weak but you know where my head is at most days.

I will try to get more photography printed and hung in local shows and online they sell well enough to pay for my painting supplies so others must like the plain simple beauty of what is.

Hope you are all doing OK I am off to read some of your blogs have a wonderful week!

OH I forgot I took a night with a friend and tried Acrylic photo latter

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Turning Back Time

I had a wonderful 60th birthday and then it was time to turn the clocks ahead one hour.  Getting older and losing an hours sleep  in one week has me tired but so excited for spring!  We will look back on this past winter and ask where winter went, a far cry from New England last year, this one was more to my liking 🙂

Here are a few shots from my world in recent days. Having trouble with uploading images I will try some single posts or put them on my Folsom Mill Studio blog

Thanks

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Even More Art In The Gallery

I added 2 framed pieces of Watercolor to the Theme Wall at Seacoast Artist Association.  This month’s theme is Wild With Color.  Now I could have framed some of my amazing Sunrises even Sunsets or Pink Peonies.  Maybe my popular monster Sunflowers even but I chose two of my colorful landscapes filled with tree trunks with pretty bark 🙂

No longer laid out against my red countertops but are in pretty rich brown frames under glass.  I will miss them if they sell but even looking at them here as I type I can see I have grown much like a tree 🙂 ever changing and it make me so happy.

Still not comfortable with others judging me or my artwork but I can not sell it if I do not put myself out there 🙂

My town is celebrating it’s 275th birthday and the committee group is trying to raise monies for a parade and fireworks so I donated one of my framed pieces as a raffle gift hope enough like it to raise $40 or $50 for my part of the cause.  All starving artists have is what they create.

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I did straighten out the title lol

Mom is doing great I have more good days and the pup my sweet little girl rests more and loves the pumpkin cookies I make for her 🙂  Going grain free myself and hoping her and I will be back at our fighting weight 🙂

Do you know I did not climb up once on the roof and only raked it once shhh it is only March and I will finally turn 60 I can not believe it myself lol there were many close calls and still not gray!

Here is what I did the other day thinking of taking my girl for a walk to go find some 🙂

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Still wet as I posted it to Facebook and it sold 🙂 now I can do an oil change 🙂

Have a great March everyone soon I will share photos from the Boston Flower Show which opens in 2 weeks!

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Thankful For This Unusual Winter

Wow what a difference a year makes and in so many ways!

There is very little snow on the ground yes I know it can still just be a tad late but I personally am through the worst part of winter, with spring arriving in what, just 4 weeks!  I am dancing even with sore knees.  lol Not so sore I took a shot in each and it helped a lot and will give me time to get my pup cared for and guess what Mom’s surgery on left knee was such a success she is being allowed back home early!  Wow see what I mean about being thankful.  So many prayers said and great thoughts and energy how could she suffer again.  Thanks so much.

Our garden club will attend the Boston Flower Show next month so heads up there maybe flower photos soon lol  We are now taking orders for Pansy Bowls at just $15 for a full 12/14″ bowl brimming with pretty little flower faces I can not wait for mine to greet me each day as I arrive home.  Maybe I will try to paint them 🙂

Having Mom be in a better place my man doing OK with his pacemaker and my knees not hurting so bad now to get my pup feeling better all will be right in my small world.

Not sure about my reader so many I left a like on today I had not seen forever and ones I usually see were missing 😦  I will keep searching till I find you 🙂

I am going to try to add this video here not sure if the video will work 🙂

Just a moment in my world lol

I made an attempt at getting comfortable at a gallery I belong to and attended a Feb. 14 Art Party where I had a Black and White Pen and Ink / Watercolor hanging as well as Wolf Moon on a special wall our local Watercolor teacher invited her students to show thire piece of winter watercolor.  I actually unwound and had fun 🙂

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before it got crowded 🙂

I have even been crocheting again

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This is for my son’s old girlfriend who got married and is having her first baby.  I had so much fun as I had never done any of this type of crocheting before 🙂  yes indeed learning so much than I ever thought I could.

Have a Great Day you can see I have every intent too 🙂

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Two Watercolors Hanging

I have added not one but two Watercolors I did to the local Gallery here in Exeter NH that I belong to.  Seacoast Artist Association which sits at the end of Swasy Park, downtown.

I have been creating so much art it is crazy but I must not complain as it is good for me to chill with wet paper and my brushes.  Working on new website as well in my free time 🙂  http://eunice356.wix.com/artist-painter

Mom had her 5th surgery on her knees yes we have but two so 4 on the right and hopefully the only one just done on her left.  I got bad news last week as well seems all the pain in my own knees while caring for her was not just what I was doing I need two knee replacements and I am not 60 for 2 more weeks 😦  Guess I beat the hell out of them jumping out of my rig and with DNA seems it was bound to happen.  The dog needs surgery as well so after Mom then her then it will be spring and I will do at least one of mine and heal out in the sun here.

In a few weeks the garden club I am in will attend the Boston Flower Show now if you have been following me for even a little while you know I can not wait though winter so far here in New England has been OK 🙂  some snow and this weekend brutal outside with dangerous windchills but sunny.

Happy Valentines Day Everyone
Stay Safe too!purple trees

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Adding Art To Upcoming Shows

'Wolf Moon" by E. Miller

I have been asked by our Watercolor teacher Doris Rice, along with her other students, to hang a piece of Watercolor with a winter theme so I shall enter my piece titled “Wolf Moon” which will also be for sale.

On the other wall in the Gallery at Seacoast Art Association in Exeter NH there will be a Theme Show also for anyone to enter any kind of work that is “Black and White”. Mine is Titled “It’s Black and White” 
I am new at this part too.

I hope I become more comfortable sharing what I do with strangers Facebook friends are one thing, the public judging is another story.

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Wishing You All The Very Best

Hi Everyone!

Life is moving too quickly at this time of the year I am already missing the long lazy days of summer and all that lovely light.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving a very long day for me but so worth my effort.  Got up early add the cold sausage stuffing to my cold turkey and place it into the oven to roast while I drove down to my Moms  to take here and all of her tools like wheel chair, walker and even the toilet well some stand alone one with legs no good for stairs or sitting on chairs with no arms for leverage I wanted her to feel safe here.  so one hour down and one hour back safe and sound.  She then made the gravy for us and I did more preparing and readying the place for a small feast.

I invited a friend who is in our garden club with me to join us as well.  The dog was so happy to have so many people around the table.  The meal came out perfect and we had so much to be thankful for as surly you all did.  After all the desert had been tried I loaded her things back into the car for the hour ride back south this time I took the dog to keep me company on the way home.  Like I said very long day but so happy she could hang out at my peaceful place one more time as it had been years since her last visit shortly after we lost Dad.

On my way back down to Moms my friend and I finished what she had started for decorations around town while Mom and the dog watched from the car.  All lit and off we went.

The world is so scary these days and it makes me that much more  grateful for days like we enjoyed.  I hope you are all safe in light of the world’s uncertainty.  Stay aware of your surroundings as the holy holidays are upon us for there are those who want nothing more to take that from us.  Lone wolfs or full fledged attacks no one is safe.  I hate war.  I hate that countries  continue to posture and display might to the detriment of so many others.  Taking freedoms from anyone is just not right.  Can you imagine if there ever was to be Peace On Earth Goodwill Towards Men.

May you be filled with Joy and wrapped in Love we all deserve that.AdobePhotoshopExpress_91aa4982322245f093cc5bdd56146e95

I also had over 14 inches of hair cut off so I could donate it to #LocksofLove for a child to receive a wig should they want one.    I love my new grown-up hair cut lol

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays Everyone

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I know it has been awhile since my last post but

but WP not letting me LIKE your posts but will let me comment odd very odd anyone know what I maybe doing wrong?

Mom is now 80.  She made it!  We all had had our doubts after this long year of medical woes.  We took her out to a wonderful place in Salem NH called the Tuscan Kitchen where we all made wonderful food choices and loved them all.  They have more openings happening so if you live near one, pop in!  Check them out online too  maybe just to drool lol I had a half order of 2 different pasta plates one made with butternut squash the other wild mushrooms I was a very happy girl.

So to catch you up even more with this horrific year of failed surgeries and all we did to keep mom safe, I still have no gray hairs as I approach 60 in March, so in a week I will donate my, now very long hair, to Locks for Love.  I will go very drastic with either a Pixie, Bob or Stacked Bob hmmmm maybe a Shag.  Out with the old in with the new lol I am excited!

I still paint but not as I once did.  I have been busy around here(home) what with my man building a race care for my friend, well just the metal parts within to keep him safe, out on the quarter mile track at over 150 mph.  I want to take just one run 🙂
I worked this summer with a few of the Garden club members on our local plantings adding Roses and Ornamental Grasses to each planting so they will be less care in the future. I did very little here but mow since we had dry conditions for most of the growing season.

We did take a ride to see Fall Color in Vermont.  It was a 400 mile trip that it took days for us to recover from but I want to see my country again so I better work back up to sitting with bent knees a little more so I do not end up like mom.

Hoping I can catch up on your blogs and leave a like if not I will see if I can leave a comment and even get yours.

Here is a few shots I still have on my computer to share.

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Autumn In Vermont

Watercolor on 140# cp
Watercolor on 140# cp

Fabricating A Roll Cage and Inside

My 1st attempt with watercolor canvas
My 1st attempt with watercolor canvas
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Caring For Mom

Well she came home from a stint in rehab after her fourth surgery on her right knee.  It is fused in the straight position which makes it hard to stand up or sitting or getting into bath tub but hey the leg is still there right 🙂

So I was here on Tuesday to watch her walk up her stairs for the first time since January she stepped over the threshold and said “I’m Home!”  Big smile on her face the nightmare behind her and now to get strong and heal.  So I have moved here to help settle her in and schedule her appointments so once the ball is rolling I can go back home and come down to shop and have a meal with her but for there to be rest so healing happens I will have to be gone as it is too easy to just lean on me and get lazy. It is scary and very painful but I am strong and so she feels she must be as well.  She will be 80 in October I think that calls for a huge party 🙂

I am missed I can assure you by all who love me but since they love me they knew I had to try to be there for her after all of the BS that has gone on.

I paint and weed then cook and clean then eat and laugh and talk about the old days and I miss you all and am now finding time to try once again to catch up with you little by little I will.

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I Forgot To Share My Beach With You Dress Warm!

Watching for her returning fisherman

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.

North Beach

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

looking towards Hampton Beach

I found a spot I could see the sea 🙂

Hungry Gull

Boy he or she must be hungry with storm after storm 😦

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Just driving and shooting so photos could be so much better

Shot from above

Now for a few from Massachusetts

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Toothpick Salisbury MA

Just months from summer visitors

Storm battered summer homes

FOUND and Marked lol

Much work for us hearty souls who call New England home 🙂

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Christmas Was Great How About Yours?

Well we woke early to let JT open her gifts and then we got ourselves ready for the half hour ride to my brothers.  I made a 10″ Cheese Cake, with a home made cranberry sauce topping,  just enough to swirl into the top a letter M, either for our last name or MERRY lol.  Sorry no photos I promise next time I will.

JT started to open this first gift and had the same look on her face as I did as a child upon opening CLOTHES on Christmas lol

This Is NOT A Toy!

This better be a toy!

This better be a toy or you will have to call Santa back!

About to catch her favorite toy

Wait for it 🙂

Mid Air

I throw it raise the camera and try to capture my toss before I capture her catch

Never misses!
Never misses!

Hope you had a wonderful day and a beautiful Boxing Day as well to my visitors who celebrate it that way 🙂

Take care of yourselves

The New Year is getting close!

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In The Old Days We Travelled By Foot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep the faith!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I could no longer hold them open.

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

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

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

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

desired as well.

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

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

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Making Christmas Cards

Watercolor Christmas Cards

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

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Happy November!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purple Abstract

Yellow and Blues and Green too Abstract

Random Blooms By Me

Badly cropped piece :(

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Son and Art in NYC Was Perfect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jackson Hole WY

Mike's Work

Graffiti Artist Mike Tierney's Work

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

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

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The End Maybe Near

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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ABUNDANCE

Enjoying August to the fullest.

Practicing Watercolor painting still.

Taking lots of photos as well just not blogging much.

All is well some may say boring I say wonderful.

What a gorgeous summer we are having just sorry so many others are far from enjoying their weather.

Sunny days we have had

Sunshine

That is after the heavy downpours have moved off towards the coast.

JT is so tired of all this heat

The lawn gets mowed when it reaches 6 inches and is tamed back to 4″ high lol so I can spot SNAKES!

River is behaving.

but it has been wet enough down here to grow these and many other different varieties.

Dangerous?  Must be the Turkey have not botherd with them.

Speaking of Turkey just my 6 boys stopping by for breakfast and dinner a few seeds and lots of bugs!  Miss my girls and their fluffy chicks but the hawks are never far from here and we have lots of unsafe open space for chicks to be snatched.

Delightful Day Lilies

So I will enjoy the summer and prepare for fall.
Too soon to discuss that horrid season 🙂  JT’s favorite to walk the beach in truth be told mine to for that activity it is the shoveling I could do without 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe where ever you may be.

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Summertime

SUMMERTIME

Happy August to you al!

Not much going on in my world of late been kind of a slow easy pace which is always nice isn’t it.
We are all fine and Mom is back driving herself!

This is really what I would call the last month of summer in my part of the world and I intend to enjoy every moment.  I will hit the steams for gold and the beaches for coins and rings.  I will take a few photos lol and yes I will continue to try and be the best Watercolor painter ever  🙂 well from where I sit!  I am not sure how others feel after painting but I am exhausted after 3 or 4 hours.  I hope as I learn more that will lessen.

The few items I planted are producing nicely but miss my garden full of goodies.  My favorite place to shop has been shut down pretty much for a month as the owners and CEO bicker back and forth,  you may have read about it or seen it on your local news as it is that big of a story.  Sad the place will never be the same I fear.  I had been traveling 10 miles each way to shop there till they opened one in my town.    We will see what happens now as they are loosing so much money and customers. 

Well that is pretty much all that is happening in my world these days so I will settle in to enjoy August to the fullest as there will be Sept and Oct to prepare this place for that other season.

Take care of yourselves

 

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BLOG TOURING

Writing Process Blog Tour has been making its way across WordPress and Christy Birmingham over at Poetic Parfait has asked me to join in by answering a few questions.  I hope I do it correctly as I am rusty in this department. 

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Thanks again Christy!
http://poeticparfait.com
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The questions are:

What are you currently working on?
Besides caring for a home and pets most of you know I am prolific when it comes to photography.  Many of my shots can be seen at http://www.folsommillstudio.com as well as on Zazzle products, Redbubble  and now Crated.  So I read blogs and re-blog ones I want my followers to get a chance of seeing and every now and then I pop in with an up date on life in my world.  I have not written a poem in a long time for 20 Lines but I think there will be some in the works soon.   I have taken up Watercolor painting and now with three lessons behind my I am ready to set about making art not craft.  So I am busy all the time updating images for products.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I am not sure that mine is any different from all of yours.  I sit and share my world with not only words but a few photos too like most of you I follow.  I think all story tellers of life are the same, though my life may be a little more open than others.
Why do you write what you do?
When I started my blog over at Living and Lovin  I really never knew the direction it would take but as I look back on the last 3+ years of posts I see it has taken as many turns as I did in my big rig.
I was so broken wanting more and little by little as I shared the stories and read yours I knew which path it was I had forgotten to take, the one where I would be Living and Lovin myself as I did everyone else.
How does your writing process work?
Well I can tell you as I sit quietly either early morning or after my day is done I put my feet up at the desk with that cute girl of mine at my feet.  He is in watching the TV and in fact he knows none of you and has never read my blog oh wait he did meet one of my blogger buddies from CA> when she was in Boston, MA  He was worried about me meeting a stranger lol see he doesn’t know you are friends.  It is not a secret but he lives with me and knows me and has since I was a young teen. For the longest time he never saw the photos he watched me take but when he did he insisted I DO SOMETHING probably the real reason I do not bring in the computer and sit it in his lap, for a good read.  Words come easy when I am talking to you.  I have such a great group of bloggers, you feel like friends who stop by to chat for hours over iced tea.  I know some have write’s block to deal with but what I write about is my world,  which means I am never at a loss for something to say.  I am blessed and for that I am so very grateful

I will now add a couple of the writers on my Blog Roll please stop by and tell them I sent you for some Iced Tea
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http://restlessjo.wordpress.com/
http://4writersandreaders.com/
http://naomibaltuck.wordpress.com/
http://beebeesworld.wordpress.com/

 

 

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Good Morning

Mom is hurting with swollen legs once again but they say she is OK not sure what is going on but I will go as often as I can the 45 miles south and back till it resolves or I am broke :).  She is doing good except for this issue so we will see what they have in store for her next.

We tried to sell a few things yesterday at a yard sale in Maine but not too many buyers were out so money spent trying is at best crazy 🙂
I think I will cut my beaded bracelets up and place seed beads into their containers and use them in just two different types of beading projects and then charge triple 🙂

I will focus on Photography and Watercolor painting and getting the ones I love the best ready for a showing of just my pieces.  Time to strip old frames and lay down fresh paint on them to make the photos POP. Not sure I will want this artist reception but I do want sales to help with my future.

Here are a few from the last few days

Have a great week!

Now off to catch up on YOURS! 

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Almost June

Just checking in and reading blogs I follow adding a like to say I have Been There!
I have been busy as always here in thee yard then again not as busy as when I am putting in a huge garden this year they are growing in pots as I did not know how surgery would go. No longer do I set myself up for disappointment yes I can still find myself there but not of my doing. 🙂

Mom is doing good! We went down to have dinner with her and I moved things up and away she doesn’t need right now and lowered items to make it easy for her to reach while holding onto the walker. She is doing so much better I swear I never would see her come back as she has it reminds me of the will to live and how truly strong it is.

I will be adding photos of her place and mine as things begin to explode into color here over on my other blog at http://folsommillstudio.wordpress.com/

Have a wonderful weekend

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Been Busy

So far behind I saw I have 300 of your blogs I have yet to see.  Getting this place squared away is becoming a full time job and all I want to do is create.  Don’t feel bad 🙂 I work around here potting up flowers and cutting the lawn and am now thing of building a set of stairs leading down to the lower yard so I can weed whack easier.  We had a small straight tree fall one day and it has laid where we left it after cutting off all the limbs it is time for me to re-purpose.  I will make some cuts into the hill and add a piece of tree then cut a little further down and do another level till I am at the bottom and have used the whole tree!  Yes eventually it will rot and become one with the soil but it’s OK by then I will not want to mow this place anymore.  My man misses mowing so I have him do things around here I can’t.  Like he is taking the pieces from our gazebo and re-purposing them into a structure I can use as a greenhouse.  I will ask him to dig a root cellar too!  He has taken apart a generator for one piece to use on our windmill so we can do away with that bank of HUGE batteries and go direct from wind to plug I like the idea of living green and using things till they are trash and even then I recycle them into their proper container at the town dump.

Update on Mom she finds out today if she can come home which means I will go stay with her for 5 days a week at her home.  I will cook and clean for her. I will take her through her rehab moves and get her to appointments and do shopping for her.  My brother needs rest and less worry he is not well and if I can do this for the two of them it is the least I can do.  Since Dad died we have not been a close family pain and hurt and loss can do that or in some families it can make your stronger.  I will do all I can and not kick myself for things I can’t.  I have come a long way in a year and for that I am so grateful.

Just got word from son that the piece he sent to NYC Art Museum for a auction to help the gallery sold for more than $6,000.00 my wish is that he now sees himself as a true artist and not a troubled soul.  Good news from all sections of my life and yet more reasons to be filled with joy.

The birds greet me each morning with beautiful songs and the bears have not bothered us for awhile but I bring in seed for the night but then mice came in for seed and cat worked overtime 🙂 all is finally right and hole repaired!  Way I see it if a mouse can come in so can a SNAKE and that will not happen on MY WATCH!

I have been taking photos and adding them into my online stores with early morning coffee while the home is full of sleeping sounds from the three of them and in the evenings while watching my music shows The Voice and American Idol I paint.  I am trying to do a body of work as my teacher asked me to do.  I have chosen trees for now but have no idea of the best way to preserve them and keep them clean and ready to share when I am ready.  If you are an artist how do you do this?  I am too prolific to fame each piece and really just want them ready so when asked to show portfolio they look as nice as when I signed them.  Not sure what to do.  Most of mine are made to float not for mats.  So much easier to take a photo and sell them as prints or as a shower curtain or some bedding or maybe a card.  50 to 100 pieces of Watercolor Art is ALOT how do you do it?

I will leave you with one I just did and a photo or two of my flowers and my wish for you all here in the US is for a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend it will be my BLOGS anniversary when I first met some of you dear friends another reason for gratitude.  For those in other countries you know I wish you well and what ever the weather in your part of the world I hope you are enjoying it and getting out as well.  Life is too short to let it fly by.

I am working on catching up with as many of you as I can.  Have a great week!

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Our State of NH flower has opened as well
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May 16 Already

Hi everyone! Can you believe it is already mid May I want to stop the clock now days are going to fast! I have had so many things going on as you know so I wanted to let you know things truly are a little better. Mom was removed from hospital and they found a bed in a rehabilitation place for her to get help with horrid pain and get her on her feet to recovery. Pain is a life changer if you have dealt with it you know what I mean some days you just don’t think life is worth living and we are grateful she now does. I have not really been close to my brother since Dad died he went his way in sadness and me in mine but on Mother’s Day we had a great one! He even snuck in our Mom’s cat which I swear was the turn around in her sadness that and we laughed together for 4 hours it really is the best medicine isn’t it.
I did not ask if I could make them famous with adding their photos here so I won’t but they are just what my heart needed. I am so blessed and grateful for all the prayers said.

The yard is coming back slowly but surly after one nasty winter. I have mowed one section the part down alongside the river twice already. The bears are causing a ruckus up and down the roads in the area I call home. The birds are full of the sweetest sounds. You can not help but feel joy when sounds of nature fill you head from sun up till sun down.

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Why do I paint the house lol for them to move in I guess.  I am happy they love my place just wish they were not so messy 🙂

Yes I am still taking photos but I have been painting up a storm as well, no surprise for you all I am sure :).
I received a message from a friend that she wanted to commission me for a piece of Artwork. I laughed and said “I am no artist” I am just chilling 🙂 She insisted she wanted me to do a painting with just two trees with a lively background so I whipped out 2 watercolors for her to choose from. They are for her granddaughter’s 2 nd birthday she is creating an art collection for her. With each passing birthday she will acquire a work of art depicting the age she will be in the subject matter. This will not be an easy thing in my eyes to pull off after 5 🙂 so this year being 2 she wanted two trees from me. I did them on 11×15 in the vertical way on 140lb paper. I will let you see.

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Watercolor Trees #2

Now for the finished products I think lol she better come quick!
It was stressful to make something for someone personal but I am sure in time I can relax more and just do my thing.

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I thank you for the follows and hope you have a wonderful weekend!  It will rain here damn I wish I could send it west to put out all the fires but since I can’t I will clean the house, paint and see Mom.

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May First

Hi Everyone

Stopping in to say hello to all of you wonderful bloggers and followers. I have had no computer issues just trying to clean up the place from a nasty winter and a year of shoulder pain. A month ago was the surgery and yes I know I can not expect miracles but seems in some positions it is better and others there is horrid pain where there wasn’t any before surgery I still have two weeks to go before seeing the doctor to get my questions addressed so I continue with my Physical Therapy and keep trying to get back more use with less pain. Life is good though.

We have been doing some repairs here on the weather-beaten house and 4 more bags of concrete and a few more fires and the yard will be ready to enjoy. I shall share with you two shots of the yard from today May 1,  also a photo of my watercolor I have been trying to get to my liking seems I never am DONE 😦 I swear I am NOT a perfectionist lol. When I showed my work I have been doing to my teacher Marina(3 classes now)she said “PUT THESE ON FABRIC!” so I did over in my Zazzle store. I added this one of trees onto an oblong pillow.
Then she gave me homework of sorts. A mission actually. She thought I should FOCUS lol who me 🙂 and begin work on a Body of Art. 50 to 100 paintings of Trees in the Forest different colors but always add my Birch Trees. She loves them. I love making them so this will be easy for me to focus on then she wants me to find fabric people to sell them too. I told her I am good at sharing but not good at selling anything but my ability to drive a rig. She then said wouldn’t you love to see this in a leather drivers seat? Now that in a shiny black rig would keep you awake wouldn’t it 🙂 I am happy just painting and not thinking about pain. I have added it to a canvas print and pillow so we will see if it is just her and I who love trees 🙂

I am saying a prayer for all of you to stay safe and healthy out there. So many places are destroyed here in the US I can not help but think we need to live differently and be kinder to our place we call home. So many trees and vegetation taken down for more and more homes and businesses just plain crazy what will hold our beautiful countryside together. Washington State had a landslide, where my son lives in JH WY has a huge slide as well and now AL and FL hurting once again never mind Washington DC with flooding. Seems we keep taking hit after hit, tornadoes flattening whole communities and townships. Lives lost. Plant a tree for me if you can, be a rebel, pick a spot where it will be able to dig deep into the earth and be a place of beauty for many years to come. We need to save our earth we need green space and most of all we need to breathe.

Here is my world today May 1 2014

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Heavy rains no yard work today off to my PT and then home to clean the house and PAINT the yard work can wait till Saturday hoping you all have a wonderful weekend.  Stay safe out there.

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