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Doing What Mom Asked

I have been painting and I helped the gallery decorate a tree for them that they gave to a local charity.

I want to call my mom many times during the day and remember there is no longer a reason to pick up my phone, I just look up instead.

Here it is the 12th of December and our first real snow is falling yes it looks pretty but it will be a mess to move to make it safe underfoot.  JT will love being out with me as I clear pathways and wait for me to throw her a snowball.

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The tree above was adorned with the members of the Seacoast Artist Association in Exeter NH and sold for over $200.00 which went to the charity for children locally.

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I had a wonderful time at the 2 craft fairs I set upadobephotoshopexpress_15e2575b8e184cc480e64374f0804edb for and made so many sales I was shocked.
Really thought I was on Candid Camera lol
I offered cards like the scene above far from a traditional Christmas card but they loved them.

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My girl is hurting and getting old but I was determined to let her see her favorite spot before we were in the depths of winter, buried by snow.  She was so happy which filled our hearts as well.

Merry Christmas to you all and Happy Holidays to those who celebrate a different one.
Stay safe

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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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Some Down Time Needed
Some Down Time Needed

It is Saturday morning and time for some coffee and run through my blog roll and to let you know life’s twists and turns are still happening but trying to find silver linings all the same.

Mom’s surgery to fuse her leg will be next Wednesday from what she told me about her meeting with surgeon it will be 3 to 4 hours under sedation as they place a rod from her hip down the leg to her ankle wonder how they will account for the inches in height each year 😦  yes I am always left with these type of questions as it is my brother and sister in law that are handling all of moms affairs. I had no car for 2 years so hard to take her to and from constant appointments.

I had a shocking call as well just before the fourth seems I have not heard from my stepson for 2 years and in that time he was addicted to Heroin.  What happened to meting friends for some pizza and beer 😦 the call I received was to let me know he had overdosed and was gone.  Just 42.  Kind of old I thought for such heavy drug use but seems it is all the rage which yes which has me enraged at societies who do nothing to stop the influx of poison on it’s people sort of as if they have the opposite plan 😦  He was laid to rest two days ago no longer will he suffer with feeling so useless and lost that a drug of this caliber could make him feel whole. RIP Jimmy how I wish you were still a little boy.

I still take photos and paint but with all that has been going on it has become somewhat forced as a way to walk away and chill.  I like when it is fun and this has not been a god run on fun.

I did enter 2 of my Watercolors in a Themed Art Show “Coastal  New England” at Seacoast Art Association just to try one out 🙂  I would rather sell each piece for $45.00 and let the buyer mat and frame to their liking.  They will hang till Aug.1st with an Artist Reception on Friday,  the 17th though not sure how my mom will come through surgery so I will not plan on attending unless all goes well.

Hope you are all doing better than me man has it been a rough stretch.

Stay safe and see you soon!

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CHURCHILL’S part 2

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I attended a free talk today on Orchids.  What a beautiful and peaceful place to enjoy, on a winter’s day.  You need to swing by if you are local and have never stepped inside.  They are all very friendly and you will get a warm welcome from all including Oliver

 

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He will say Hello and even laugh when you do.  Not sure he liked my flash but he never stopped talking and even said Good-Bye.

 

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Baby Tears sit here with Venus flytraps

 

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Cactus too

 

 

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Are you looking for COLOR now that your Christmas tree is down these are very pretty.

 

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Plants of all types can be found here.

 

 

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Lush Green Plants are great for cleaning the air you need to breathe

 

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I wonder if this will hold my monster Spider plant

 

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Orange and Yellow pop and the pretty fountain too

 

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So precious placed in a beautiful garden.  I must shop for my new English Garden I will be adding here at home.

 

 

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I must say Oliver has the prettiest home I wouldn’t mind staying her either.

 

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Thanks to CHURCHILL’S for allowing me to take photos of their beautiful shop in Exeter, New Hampshire.  Stop in I am sure you will love it as well and if you are reading this from another part of the US stop in one of your local garden centers and for those of you who follow me from all over the world should you find yourself in NH call me I will show you around.

 

PEACE

Eunice

 

 

 

 

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CHURCHILL’S OFFERED A FREE ORCHID TALK TODAY part one

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It is mid January here in New Hampshire and Churchill’s advertised a “FREE” talk on growing Orchids, I had to attend.  Nancy told us all about different types of orchids and their needs.  Water, food and light and airflow.   They are delicate but there are so many we can grow here, if we can give them the right mix of all of these.

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We were taught to pick between bark and charcoal mix or long moss for growing orchids in.  We need to feed them so they grow strong with bright green leaves but not real dark leaves though.  We learned that after the blossoms are gone and after a short rest,  we can gently remove it from their pot and trim off any soft, unhealthy looking roots, and give them a little bath to remove all old bark mix and prepare it to go back into the pot with fresh mix added.  A great way to give them enough humidity she said was to set out a tray of stones,  deep enough to hold a little water and sit the plant on top of the stones,  just not in the water.  These are plants that love tropical surroundings, so the more you can do to your home to get it as close to the real thing,  the happier your orchids will be.  They will show you with beautiful blooms and bright green leaves.

 

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This plant was so beautiful,  forgive me for the light, after all  we were in a beautiful greenhouse that was so warm and toasty. A perfect place to spend a few hours shopping for plant for your home.  They are having a sale right now and with the photos I will add to the two blogs I am doing on Churchill’s , you will see that they have so many beautiful choices. More on part 2

 

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This orchid is growing in a clear pot and you can clearly see by the roots that once the blooms have faded and rested a new pot with fresh bark mix will be on order as well as a pot just a little bigger.

 

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A beautiful plant looking for a new home to grace,  as well as the supplies you can buy here to keep it beautiful,  for many years to come.  Who said New Hampshire is too cold for pretty plants.

 

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After the talk we went shopping.  This greenhouse is filled with all different kinds of plants for your home.  African Violets are on my left,  some Boston Ferns on my right.  A pretty plant stand holds a fern.  It is not just about plants,  it is about your home.  Statuary and fountains as well as gorgeous pots are  here too.

 

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For me and the others who attended the talk today it was all about the ORCHID

 

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So pretty aren’t they and 25% off

 

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I swear these are my prettiest house plants, don’t let my enormous Spider plant hear me.

 

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This one found a new home with me!  I think it will look lovely in my Turquoise living room with all the windows.

 

 

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Tiny ones and Tall ones

 

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OH I want to make one of these, see them sitting on the table here.

 

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This is a Pitcher Plant have you ever seen one before?  Do you have one?

Ok time to post this part one and start on part 2 of my afternoon at CHURCHILL’S in Exeter NH

Stop by and see the wonderful people who work here.

 

Peace

Eunice

 

 

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Signs Seen While Walking JT

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Something about this doorway is intriguing JT

she wants to step inside I think her daddy taking her shopping too

much. Pet stores and the Tractor Store now she thinks

all door lead to a new toy.

 

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Very nice store but JT helped to keep me on track

with weigh-ins on Tuesdays I must have a Apple

and not CANDY.

 

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Another tasty place, if you are in the neighborhood stop in.

 

 

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Fun store for TOYS that the children will love!

 

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Wonderful drinks can be found just inside the door.

This is a place you must stop in for a snack and a pretty cocktail

or a local beer.

 

 

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Downtown Exeter NH is always a busy place.

 

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Another section along the block.

 

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Art Classes offered too.

 

 

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All Day Breakfast  I must try this someday.

 

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Masons Meeting Place

 

 

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Old buildings line the downtown area.

 

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We are so ornate in these parts  but not to worry we are not unfriendly as some would have you think.

We really are a friendly bunch who call New England home.  Do not let the horns bother you it is how we say

HI

 

Peace

 

Eunice

 

 

 

 

 

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Water and Ice………… Ducks too!

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We have had some really bad floods in our area.

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I should  have shot video as the water was flowing under the ice

it was awesome to watch.

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Huge ice was breaking apart

 

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Freezing to brush, small trees and others moving with the flow of the river.

 

 

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I Love the color combo on this home.  In New England we have areas

where only colors from the Colonial Days can be used on homes  in the

Historical Districts.

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Falls where water levels are controlled

 

 

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It was a cold day but the walk was just what we needed wish he had taken longer

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Smart Ducks sitting in the sunshine

 

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Silly ones in the Shade and Water

 

 

Exeter NH
The town I live in used to be a part of this town.
So much history in this area of NH. This is the river that flows through it.

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A little HISTORY took place here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each year the Town of Exeter NH  goes back to a time in our history

we should never forget.

July just after the 4 TH  so if you are in the area after the holiday is over CHECK it  out!

 

Museum  is in downtown area so park and take a stroll and stop in.