After doing all the yardwork I sat down to take in the view as did my visiting Ruby Throated Hummingbird on the swing I put up for them.
I have so many objects in this yard that birds use as well as dragonflies as we all need a rest don’t we.
After doing all the yardwork I sat down to take in the view as did my visiting Ruby Throated Hummingbird on the swing I put up for them.
I have so many objects in this yard that birds use as well as dragonflies as we all need a rest don’t we.
The garden veggies should begin in earnest now though these peas will begin to wain as this heat turns up and beans do their things.
Have a great July and a Happy 4th for those here in the states.
It really is hard to focus after watching our teams send off rally it really is when you are a true fan as many are here in New England. Like our quarterback reminds us the world hates him except us ❤ and it brings him strength.
Now for a subject you all love to hear about SNOW yes more is promised but for us close to the coast our amounts will be so much less than northern areas of our region. Then cold air but not as cold as some of you will deal with I heard -50 F in the Dakotas now I remember those bone chilling temps from when I was trucking it was crazy and we had to keep our trucks running so the fuel would not gel. Brrrrrrr
Ok here are some shots from my yard which is mostly ice and small patches of snow after all the rain we have had.
I took JT for a stroll and will again today while we wait for snow she loves snowballs crazy girl she is 🙂
Thanks for stopping by it felt good to head out with the dog and my camera to see some of the things happening in the end of January this year.
The cold is worsened by the winds that have been fierce here lately.
Every bird in the forest is here filling up on beef fat and Sunflower seeds and warm water I offer them in a heated birdbath.
I clean the house and take bird counts for Ebird do you do that? I list their numbers for a certain time period and some photos of my visiting species
some I can tell if they are males or females others I can’t.
I have been painting but not 5 a day anymore lol trying new things some are not what I wanted but I have fun anyway. This one I loved but then did not stop now to continue to play just for the sake of play. It is lighter but a bad photo.
I will be giving a free 2 hr class to students during February vacation I asked for the 9-15 year old range maybe I can turn them on to art and fun and keep them off the street 🙂
I took JT out for a half hour walk it was all we could stand.
Have a great weekend!
GO PATS! lol You know I love our team and Tom “The Goat” Brady
With my girl not doing well we had been sticking close to home for the last year but it was nice out yes in the mid 30’s F and I surprised her with “Do you want to go for a walk in the woods? To which her reply was a wagging tale as she ran to the door to wait for us.
So much to do as fall is upon us with the winter season fast on it’s heels, weather wise anyways.
My flock of visiting Juncos have arrived which is a sure sign of snow season getting closer and closer and our northern neighbors have already received theirs. Soon I will be able to hang up bird feeders without constant worry about the neighborhood bears wanting in on the action as well. We now have a resident Bobcat not sure if it is male or female but I will keep the camera charged and ready for its appearance.
I have been teaching Watercolor classes I know can you believe it 🙂 I have so much fun doing the classes as I take all I struggled with being mostly self taught and let the watercolor take center stage as it should. No bells and whistles just letting it mix and mingle until it speaks to each students heart. It is about fun and joy they can find enough to stress about as can you and I.
I had the first of my two craft fairs and it was very successful and the Boy Scout troop made some much needed cash. I sold signed and numbered Giclee prints and lots of cards mom must be watching over me as we come up to the second anniversary of her death. The holidays are hard having no family left to speak of but I know I am not alone.
I promised some photos of what I have been doing to get my property ready to open it up for Art Shows and Classes as well as Plein Air gatherings.
Here are a few before and after shots as I just rented a machine to cut down all the brush so I can begin to put down paths of wood chips for visitors to follow down to the river banks and out into the forest though flowers will also be available with all my new additions this past spring.
So though it looks messy I can finally walk around without being covered with ticks from all that brush and I now have more land to fix and make suitable for growing old and others enjoying one thing I am excited about is friends have offered to build me a ranch home 2 Bedrooms brand new so I can knockdown my old home I no longer want to climb up on the roof to clean 🙂 I am blessed.
I will also add a new roof to the barn/studio and a new front glass door to let the sunshine stream in to the work tables. Not sure where to go to find the perfect door that will sit behind the sliding barn door but so happy for GOOGLE 🙂 I will paint it in the spring I was hoping my son would put an artistic scene on it but not sure where he is and what he is up to these days just hope he is also happy.
Flooding continues to be a problem here but I have folks working on that as I update my blog first make them aware then demand change 🙂 stay tuned!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends and safe holidays to the rest of you from so far away.
Trucks now long gone now to find a new home for the Antique RV.
As I contemplate what my space can be I work hard to lay out a design for gardens, privacy screen and structures to dine under as well as paint at.
You saw my workhorse and soon you will see my pathways and many new trees and bushes for the wildlife to nest in as well as many varieties of berries to sustain them naturally all the while setting a scene for others to paint. I have 200 bare root specimens
to get into the ground this weekend daunting but exciting as well as garden club plant sales for more perennials.
New roof and new slider going on the studio hoping to get a wild paint job by that artistic son of mine. Maybe I will add a deck to the front as well. I will keep the place rustic but when visiting artists come to learn from teachers they follow I can get them to the mountains, sea as well as lakes and streams we have it all here in New England. I will have my own organic garden as usual but will be able to offer nice midday meals to the class attendees.
Having a dream is worth all the hard work though many say to me you can do it now your place is so quiet and welcoming but I want it to be a sanctuary for wildlife all the while gardening and painting my way through what is left of my life.
Thanks for stopping by to see the before photo lol
Just relentless it was and our almost 30″ was not the worst hit area the coast of Massachusetts has been destroyed storm after storm with protection gone the flood gates remain open. It was just before 2 storms ago I was shooting photos of buds and bulbs with a t shirt on no wonder I am sick tonight 🙂
We sure will welcome it after #quinn
I 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.
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!
Playing before bed with Phthalo and Water helped me sleep like a baby 🙂
From up here in Patriots Nation GO PATS! 🙂
Feb. 1st’s Splash of Color
via Daily Prompt: Stifle
Our team boarded their plane after saying goodbye to their rabid fans. With so much of the country having an opinion on our team and its players as well as coaches it is no wonder why we show up, fill the seats and parking lots for each and every home game.
We are aware there are idiots among us as you may have heard. A talking head for WEEI Radio Station in Boston is now on vacation after voicing his opinion on our quarterbacks 5 year old little girl. You know if he said it outloud and was recorded there is even more of this mentality within him. The GOAT will have all he can do to STIFLE THE NOISE.
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.
More Tuesday they say. I will have had my stitches out by then and first PT appointment and be ready for anything lol I think.
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.
Well, I chickened out in the 90+ degree weather to try to attempt a watercolor masterpiece in downtown Portsmouth. Maybe tomorrow at 5 AM 🙂
I have been getting this place together for many years of future use by the local artists as well as ones from far away. Think retreat. I do get pulled away easily by the visitors here.
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.
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.
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.
Have a wonderful day. After I am done outside I shall paint after all it is #WorldWatercolorMonth #watercolorchallenge
Painting with the rest of them and doing my best to follow the prompt.
I am looking forward to trying my first Paintout coming up soon in Portsmouth NH
not sure anyone will see it never mind offer it for sale but I have to try Plein Air and keep trying to get it right, it is how I can grow as a painter.
I now have art hanging in Epping, Exeter and Portsmouth not mind blowing art mind you but putting myself out there to be judged even though this is my third year of painting if I push myself it is only then that I will excell.
I have met so many really nice people out there. A few so full of themselves which is good as they will end up keeping themselves company, just wish they could see what could be. I will stay open to possibilities and not close myself off to the world outside my door.
I will teach a group my love of Watercolor on Tuesday wish me luck as I thought I was teaching children 🙂 I have made up 60 blank bookmarks out of wc paper and even punched a hole for them to take home and add ribbons too. I will teach them about a wet into wet wash then add salt for texture and then when dry have them finish a scene from their own mind which we all know is limitless. I just hope I can make them happy for an hour and a half or two.
After I spend time in the library I pack up and go to my own class to make the next attempts on this one yes very blurry but was giving my Facebook followers a sneak peak 🙂 (Folsom Mill Studio) can not wait to drop in the next layer.
Thanks for stopping by I am trying to get back into my reader and blogging. Have a great week!
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 🙂
I have been with my mom a few days and my brother who live in the south came up to see her as well. She mad it to see her 81st birthday yesterday surround by her family.
Try as she might the cancer has grown to such a size she can not swallow and keep it down. How long can someone live this way? I hope she speaks to hospice if not for herself but for those of us who feel so helpless.
This is so hard to watch and I know so many of you have been through this as well and bless you if tried with all your might to make your loved one comfortable. I will be with her God willing next weekend and then the following one she will watch her granddaughter wed. It is what has been keeping her going.
This will be moms last year so seeing summer end it will have at least left us with beautiful colors.Take care everyone.
Mom is off chemo as it was making her too sick. My youngest brother and his wife are doing all they can to keep her safe. We will get together on Sunday to watch Tom return to the football field and we will dine on lasagna, made fresh by my brother with hopes mom will eat like our last visit. So hard as we age and no longer care or have the need for eating. You find it hard to sit by, doing nothing. There is nothing human about suffering when your body is under attack. I continue to pray for her to feel no pain and to close her eyes one night and leave us peacefully but you all know the suffering most bodies are put through and I worry sick about her though I continue to put on a smile as she needs to be no sadder than she already is.
I had to go and unwind and that has always been on the road, so with dog water packed and batteries charged for all the cameras off we went across the lower half of NH and into VT.
Lots of pockets of amazing color kept my mind busy. We are supposed to enjoy each of our four seasons though all of you know winter is not my thing.
I am getting cards printed for 2 Holiday Craft Fairs I will set-up for. They will be of images that will make winter cards. I will sell some original watercolors, I have sold 4 this month already. I have a roof to re-shingle so I hope the sales continue. I will also offer some baby items(crocheted) I will also try to make my table as pretty as I can for the holiday fair. I did not want to do these shows but mom reminds me I need to live and get my name out there. So for her I will keep plugging away.
Thanks for always being there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another day in the garden with my friends helping me with bug patrol. Who needs poison when you have gorgeous dragons patrolling for you. 🙂
Here was yesterday’s haul just before the glorious rains began to fall and man did it rain and blow, some are still without power and will not have trees cut and cleared or wires back up till maybe Monday afternoon when another batch will come through. Growing up I do not remember violent weather but in 60 years my has the world changed.
I have been living on Ratatouille
even for breakfast with a poached egg on top. This was a supper for him he needs meat he said lol
We are still in a drought but not like other parts of the US or world. For now I get enough to eat though hardly any Apples, Pears, Peaches and Plums can be found since we had such a cold snap when they needed warmth and bees the most.
Hope you are all doing OK. I will go through my reader and see if your posts show up.
Have a great week!
Goodnight from us all here in NH
The garden measures about 16′ X 24′ I have flowers mingled inside with all the veggies as well. Bring the birds, bees, dragonflies and butterflies to eat the bugs and pollinate was my plan.
I forage for greens each morning with my coffee and JT she is never far from me. I go back out again to get things for my dinner though I better start adding chicken or eggs to my salad or I will loose all my muscles, which I will need come the end of the season, to put this place to bed.
Radishes, Summer Squash, Zucchini and Sugar Snap Peas with Raspberries were my fixings that went in with my Rainbow Swiss Chard and Spinach Salad. We are in a drought here but that soil I bought is amazing just the perfect amount of compost makes all the difference. It is light and fluffy still. I wish I had grown one of everything. I have beets, carrots, string beans,corn and spaghetti squash yet to show up but they are growing like mad.
Always have extra help when I go inside the gate.
I have been painting a bit too, here is one of the last three I have been working on.
We got heavy rain for a bit tonight it was glorious and the earth soaked it right up.
Hope you are all having a wonderful and safe week, this world we live in is going crazy so glad I have these things to keep me away from TV and more bad news. Pray for Peace on our beautiful earth xo
Hi there how are you all? I have been very busy with doing marketing for the local art gallery and putting in my wonderful garden. JT and I play outside a lot as we watch it grow. We are in a drought after really no winter or not compared the the one before and very few days of a good soaking rain. So thankfully I have a well and lots of patience and faith.
My first cucumber and radishes are ready to eat as well as spinach and rainbow swiss chard.
Tomatoes are appearing and the corn is indeed knee high even before The 4th of July!
I entered my photo of a heart, as it appeared overhead maybe a year or 2 ago, to the Theme Show “Sky Images” maybe here in New England the one of the great white one would have gone over better but seeing the world as a much crazy place these days I titled my heart “What the world needs now” hope they GET IT.
From the BEFORE above to
To mid June growing nicely.
I had to get away from all the work here for a day so we took off in early afternoon for me to see how wild things grow.
Have a great summer!
The temps will soar today to 80 so getting out quickly to make the remaining boxes to be added to my garden so when I shop at Friday and Sat. plant sales I will have a place to add all my beauties.
Do you grow your own food? I am so excited it has been three long years since we tilled the earth and dropped in a seed yes being organic is harder but what is the point of eating things not good for you.
I have spinach to go in as well as lettuce and swiss chard that are a month late along with peas due to all the frosts and freezes we had. I will not complain about working out with black flies to get it in now as so many places right now have it so bad with our world’s weather.
After the work is complete today I will try to scrub my filthy hands and pop into the Seacoast Artist Association for a class Doris Rice is having on spring blossoms as the sit on branches. I will take a Forsythia branch as well as a branch section with just opening Apple Blossoms on it and maybe a Lilac too, it should be fun last week it was beach with small shoreline birds. I do love Watercolor and I will sleep like a baby after working hard all day with my boyfriend and then painting always drains me but in a good way.
Stay safe out there and find something you love doing and make time for YOU I love this new me 🙂
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
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 🙂
before it got crowded 🙂
I have even been crocheting again
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 🙂
I want to wish all of you who celebrate the birth of Christ at this time each year, a very Merry Christmas. To all those who follow another religion may you find Peace On Earth in your daily travels.
Here is what I painted for my Mom, now today in between all the cooking I will try to mat it as well as frame it for her.
What are you doing to celebrate?
Can you believe here in New England we will be enjoying spring and even close to summertime temps. You know each day winter stays away I am a happy lady not having to shovel the roof but reality shall arrive soon I am sure as you have all had some horrible weather to deal with. Stay safe as you gather with loved ones and I will see you in the New Year!
Peace to all of you
Looking out to sea I feel her pain on a day like this
A point where the waves splashed over and took some of this back out with it.
A popular section of NH along the ocean “what ocean”you say lol we said the same thing we go to the beach all winter you know that as followers but this day in order to take a ride along the sea and actually see the horizon or waves you would have to climb these snow banks and I was wanting to see it bad enough to try but there was no place to park. This is where hundreds of surfers begin to park on days when the storm surge is crazy see they love crazy lol
I found a spot I could see the sea 🙂
Boy he or she must be hungry with storm after storm 😦
Just driving and shooting so photos could be so much better
Now for a few from Massachusetts
Storm battered summer homes
Much work for us hearty souls who call New England home 🙂
Hi Everyone. We have been flat out getting snow removed from roof on the house and the RV and the very old truck, my Dodge broken, sits under a very heavy load. I was looking to have it towed by a local junk yard for cash but the place burnt down. So I will wait.
I have that male wild turkey here and as I watched him get spooked by the wind he tried to fly over the barn but his judgment was off really off and he came down hard onto the snow packed roof of my barn/art studio. It was not until I ran out to see if he was OK that I saw how much snow was still on the roof of the barn. Here I had taken thousands of pounds of snow off the house but had thought the barn was Ok with it’s much steeper pitch. I was wrong. There was over 3 feet deep snow on both sides of my barn. Buildings were collapsing all over New England and if we did nothing I could loose everything. Our roof rake was not long enough to do much here so I searched the local shops and found a $50 model 12 miles up the road so off we went.
I found a Blue Jay in the drive way when I came off the roof and set up an old Parakeet cage for it to get it warm and give it food and water
He watched me paint all day but sadly he either was so hurt inside or just to old to fight and I lost him. Even though I was so sad having not gotten to see him fly off with the others, just outside the door, I am glad he had a peaceful day with us.
He was so pretty
This winter is hard, see it came all at once, usually we get a system pass through drop some snow and leave us to clean up but this one all we do is remove, snow day in and day out even the wildlife are finding it hard to get by or get around in 3 to 4 foot deep snow.
I cleaned off the home with this newest tool and then him and I headed to the barn with JT coming along with her stick but she saw little action as we had so much snow to drop to the ground and then to move it all before it sat and became ice.
The snow is very high up on most of our windows
Seriously we have had more than our share of snow and now a foot of more and then another storm on this weekend’s heals. If you live on the other side of the Atlantic please let me know what happens to these fronts as they head out across our ocean and head for England, etc.
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day
We will go see my mom in the hospital her knee surgery went great but during rehab her ACL let go, praying she will heal up and get her other knee done so she can be whole again.
Yes more trees and paying homage to nature and the love of my wild birds red or blue, grey or black, I adore them all
I am sure if you live in the United States you are hearing all about our plight. Yes it is winter and yes I live in New England but really a BLIZZARD come on two feet plus of snow in one dump and to top it off where I am to add insult to injury 60 to 70 mph winds. It will be crazy in these parts so I cried uncle and hired a young guy with a new truck to plow here he will be worth his weight in gold. I will still need to go up onto the roof but that will not be while those winds are around though with high snow banks I won’t fall far :).I will say a prayer for all of those in her path forget it’s name what’s with all these foolish named storms this could out do our famous Blizzard of 78. Mom goes into surgery on Thursday so I hope the Gov. of MA doesn’t shut the roads down for too long. That is it for now from me as I will go back to painting and staying safe as can be. I have water set aside for us, the pets, the toilets and to paint with and we have heat, batteries and candles as well as canned goods, we are well versed in this winter thing 🙂
Stay safe everyone!
The 60F Christmas is long past. The frigid air of January blew in and on some days took my actual breath away. Use the inhaler and breath into a scarf or a gloved hand BRRRRRR damn it is cold.
I had a wonderful Christmas with family after 9 years I saw a true miracle. Feeling so blessed.
As I sit on this Sat. morning looking through your blog posts I am so cold and yes I have to coal stove going but it is doing little in this room where my desk sets time for a new window and take out that 30 year old plant window and place her into the barn on the east side. I have it covered with plastic still to cold. I paint in the room with heat source or my watercolors would freeze lol before they dry. I could turn on the furnace run by propane but we paid almost $5 per gal. for it so I am trying to make it last. 🙂 Wonder how they feel screwing us all for so many years now that our market has dropped lol you know what they say about pay back!
So how is everyone? You cold or warm or just right 🙂
I actually took a ride to the coast I must have been out of my mind. It was -16F here and maybe 7F when I stepped out that afternoon at the beach. I actually got to see Smoke On The Water as the warmth of the Atlantic Ocean met those nasty cold temps. I was too cold to jump out for a photo at that moment though. So here is a few from our day we got out of the house as all I seem to do these days is cook, clean and paint.
Here is a piece I am working on in my studio(where it is warm)
Hope you are all OK
My last post sounded so nice right lol well I cooked and prepared for our family feast but so did the weather.
On Wednesday as the last of my cooking was complete the snow began to fall. I even went out with another Garden Club member to hang 30 swags we had made on Sunday throughout the downtown. We were wet and cold but please with the holiday color in town taking shape. We swung in for a cup of hot chocolate to warm us on the ride home. Tomorrow we have 84 tropical Poinsettias arriving for delivery OH BOY! You see Wednesday night we lost all power due to the heavy wet snow and just our first of this soon to be winter season wait it is still fall right.
Today is Sat. and this morning we got the power back It was 32 degrees F. brrr we did have one warm spot in the house the 4 us cuddled up in and lots of veggies as we never did get together with family down the road as they too had no party and moved it 50 miles south so we stayed home and off the nasty roads. Maybe we will get another chance at Christmas.
I painted during daylight with melted snow 🙂 over on Folsom Mill Studio blog I will post the results this is a shot of Spicy Cranberry Sauce I made and second shot of our world today 🙂
Surgery went OK and the patient came home the next day but has had a horrible headache since so we will see the doctor in a few hours to find out why. Seeing the doctor 6 days before his appointment is not really a great sign but I would rather be safe then sorry. OH wait it is HIM lol but he makes ME 🙂
As you can see by my re-blogs here from my art blog I have stayed busy and upbeat since the last of the colored leaves are falling with this horrid wind. I swear I will not complain too much with what I see just 6 hours west of me.
Trying to catch up little by little on all of your spots here in the blogosphere nice seeing what you are up to.
Will being having a Thanksgiving with Mom and my brother which has not been done for 10 years so you know I am happily planning on what goodies I can bring to the table to celebrate together seems just good enough for me. Can we kiss and make up I pray that is in the cards. The day for me will be all about giving thanks as it should be.
For all of you in the States and great sides you think maybe different but perfect for my first foray into the family fold again 🙂
I will make my spicy Cranberry sauce for sure as we love a little heat as does my baby brother.
I have been a painting fool to say the least and add a few now and then into my online stores to be used as a print of phone skins and even baby clothes 🙂 you can follow my Facebook page at Folsom Mill Studio if you need to be flooded by color.
As the days get gray in color here and we wait for the first big dump of snow I will just add water and mix my colors well and fill the days with COLOR and good will for mankind.
Please take care of yourselves and those you adore.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if I get busy and can not pop in before next week.
Hi Everyone! Our first snow is due to fall between tonight and Monday and they say the winds will be fierce at times 🙂 maybe it will blow it off the roof! Yes tis the season once again one day raking the next shoveling never a dull moment in New England.
We put the yard to bed. Ran the mower out of gas and brought the snow blower up to shed closer to the house and stored the rakes for the garden hoes too and brought up snow shovels and ordered coal to keep us warm. We use propane but they charge an arm and leg and it never keeps this place warm.
I cook and clean and seldom leave the house these days. You know I love making things be it beaded pieces or glass items crocheting even but with painting it is sheer happiness. Not a care or stress just wet and let it go 🙂
Today I completed two pieces I had in different stages of completion and then whipped up a bunch of Abstract Watercolors I will sell for others to mat and frame and cheer up a spot on their wall or table or maybe even a piano!
I will share with you then add to my blog My Portfolio with sizes and prices. It was a stress free first day of November here in NH as I hope it was with each of you.
My son had his show in NYC Curated by Peter Doig, who by the way was so nice. He likes Mike’s work with spray paint and that speaks volumes. He is an Artist first so he gets what one puts into what they do, you know the true passion for the medium in which you choose to create with.
Some other things happened yesterday about suppertime. I walked in before even seeing Mike and introduced myself to his Mom you know the one I chose from the Couple Bio’s at the adoption agency. To say she had no clue as to who I was is a understatement but as I said her name and reached my hand out and said my name the question on her face became a smile.
Two Mom’s meet for first time(he is 37 lol). She then introduced me to her friend also an artist in her own right as well as a dear family friend of theirs and then her husband, Mike’s Dad and then came a chance to meet the daughter she had after adopting my son. Then her son in law and two precious grandchildren. She asked if Mike knew I was there and I assured her no, that was the best part after not seeing him in five years and him being so close to us I had to come see him and his show.
Mike was down a hallway and as her and I began to walk towards him he looked up and was floored first by the fact I was there in person and second because both he and his Mom were side by side laughing. We hugged and I leaned down to pat his sweet dog, who had also made the trip east while my little girl(JT) and her daddy were just steps away from all the action in our truck. I had sent him in to let me know if my son had arrived yet and he came out and said boy had he changed since he had come to the house that day we first met, he no longer looked like the man who had fathered him but now more like one of my brothers:) yes life is good! So after we were done hugging I told him I was going outside so Ron could come in as JT was in the truck to which he replied “Let’s go!” Now I felt bad as people were streaming in to look at Art and meet the Artist’s and here he was looking to bail. He hates shows, he hates the spotlight on him though when asked questions I would swear he is at ease or maybe last night was different maybe by 2 worlds colliding because I was once enough brave enough to do what was right, it helped him to smile. I hope so and anything one can do for their child no matter how old they are you do right? We talked and hugged and I met some of his friends as well.
We left home at 11 am and stopped in CT to see friends and let JT walk around and do her thing as we stretched out legs for the last leg of the trip. The show was from 6 to 8 pm and we made it to the gallery at 5 and found a spot in the shade of the cities huge skyscrapers. It was warm just 4+ hours from NH but nice. I walked JT along the NYC streets for a change of pace as we had time to spare I hate being late to anything.
I would say the show was a success. As I said my goodbyes at 7:45 the place was packed. People pumped on Art within the walls of White Columns Art Gallery on Horatio Street not far from the 9-11 Memorial, which many of you may have seen all over the TV the day before. I had hoped to see the lights shining upward but they were not on when we got there even though night had fallen over this beautiful city, yes Boston is my home but NYC is a close second and even more special now.
Time for some lousy photos taken with phone inside the gallery should you fall in love with a piece and want to call it yours you can contact the gallery for details as I never thought to ask what the prices were. He also does custom work so if you want to have something done by a Graffiti Artist and not on the side of your building, lol here is his email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry for bragging but I do adore him and want him to be even more successful than even he can dream for himself.
Hoped you loved the sample of his latest work, I know we all did.
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
That is after the heavy downpours have moved off towards the coast.
The lawn gets mowed when it reaches 6 inches and is tamed back to 4″ high lol so I can spot SNAKES!
but it has been wet enough down here to grow these and many other different varieties.
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.
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.
So what is new in your world? My life is quiet but never boring 🙂
Wildlife visit in droves even with hundreds of acres of land surrounding me they still want to be up close and personal with me lol what’s up with that! I was outside just now talking on the phone with Mom she is doing awesome by the way she may drive tomorrow when I get down there, and I had 6 huge male wild turkey making pretty sounds talking to me asking for seed 🙂 even with the dog and cat there they knew they were safe I like the young being brought here and calling my place home but I sent them off to search for ants and beetles ticks too like wild turkeys are supposed to do. Yesterday before heavy rains began to fall they were along the edge of the property here pulling fresh raspberries one after another I am just worried those Black Bear are on the other side of the vegetation, ten foot wide or more in some parts, eating their way inward towards me 🙂 I must buy a can of compressed air made to scare bears away as these ones have become so bold and I do not want us to get hurt or one to die needlessly.
I must get a few new lens for the Nikon so I can capture better detail. This is a mix of 4 different cameras hope you enjoy a poke around the place 🙂
Enjoy the rest of July
Off to read more of your wonderful blogs I really do hope you are al truly OK I miss being here 2 and 3 times a day
Truly everyday is indeed Saturday for the two of us, well the pets too! I know I am funny but it is true, being retired and me disabled we have nowhere to go. We get up when we want and hit the bed when our eyes will not longer stay open.
I was thinking about this as I continued to plug away here in the yard, trying the best I could on my own to ready this place for summer as he decided he would do the maintenance on our truck. It is a huge undertaking when it is a Honda. Back 30,000 miles ago he was supposed to change the timing belt well he started yesterday at 10 AM and stopped at 7 pm and back out there this morning by 9 or 9:30. He will do the water pump at the same time. I suggested we trade it in as it looks beautiful and runs great as I knew it would be very involved, sad thing is we are stuck here no matter what happens to JT or Mom or even us, as I sold my van a year and a half ago and my pickup sits with a leaking, ruined transmission still. So I will keep my fingers crossed he does a great job on her and we can go see my Mom over the REAL weekend. She is to coming home tomorrow! I am so happy.
I went to bed really tired and hurting last night but got a great nights sleep and got so much done, so it was a good tired. This morning I had my yummy healthy breakfast and prepared for a full day in the yard but first the house. Dishes and floors! Then time to get outside with JT and my shovel and rake and her toys. I decided I would regain my front driveway after many years of plowing and leaves piled up. So long in fact it was now rich soil, I love free dirt! See where the new dirt is there were deep ruts all along the drive.
It had begun to get so small of an entrance so I worked further up out of this shot and dug all of that out and took 5 loads in the wheel barrel around back to another spot I am trying to build up and add plants that will set out roots to hold it all up. I am now thinking I should have got a pallet of cement blocks but I am so frugal I used boards from my old chicken coop and fence posts to hold it all in place till I can afford to have a few loads of clean fill added under the green growth of bushes and trees to take back more of my land that all the flooding year after year has swiped from this beautiful piece of land. I will add a pretty tree that sends out deep roots and add here too but I will prune so it stays away from the house.
This was at one time all level with the backyard not the lower yard though, just never so dramatic, so I will do this in stages, yes pace myself, add a little soil and a tree then add bulbs for spring as this is on the south side of the house nice and warm. I may get some blocks designed for this for the section you can see from the front driveway just to give it a finished look and not wooden pallet and boards 🙂 maybe I will add a bird bath here as the center piece once soil has had a chance to pack down and I can make it good and level.
All the while I worked and JT played this is what we got to watch in the river
Maybe you can’t see it but there was a Great Blue Heron working the river, thankful for the dam being pulled so it could fish once again. I love that they love my place and feel safe to raise young with the rest of the critters that do.
I worked for so many years 80 to 100 hours each week out on the roads dealing with all drivers do, to have a place like this, so for me it is worth the hard work to keep it and as much as it’s beauty as possible.
Some flowers in bloom here today
Yes I am blessed but thankful for the rains that began to fall so I could put my feet up and write to you. I will hit another 50 blogs hope one is yours 🙂
I know I know what kind of TITLE is that! lol
My world actually want to see?
Yard is taking a beating, as well as the road
Let’s have some hot sun
We will need it to dry out this mess!
So many others much worse off but this is not what I want on my mind as they put me under.
Have a safe week everyone!
Earth shaking, Creeks rising, Snow falling, Storms blowing through, if you see Noah send him my way!
The best day for me to linger would be the day the horrid winter, truly gives up it’s strong hold and allows spring to arrive with all of it’s beauty.
You know the kind of day, snow banks filthy from too many months of winters cold, when the earth lets out a sigh and you witness it begin to drink up the moisture that once would only allow more ice to form. When the frost beneath the yard was just too thick to allow for drainage of any kind to begin. It is the kind of day I wait so long for. I hear about it coming on the news and I get ready. I bring out the table and chair from the barn, yes we are tough here up in the northeast.
As the morning arrives I will be ready. The sun will come up and greet me at the kitchen window, beside the coffee maker where I will stand and wait for it to finish all the while I will soak in the first rays of this special day. By the second cup JT and I will make our way to the table and chair lying in wait for me to sit and linger.
The birds will be signing their absolute prettiest tunes and the Apple tree will have swollen buds as will the Forsythia. This is how I will spend each morning after that first day of warmth, lingering in the yard with my girl, soaking in the suns warmth only from now on with sunscreen.
I don’t think so