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.
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.
This is the area I am concentrating on.
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 🙂
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.
Wish I had a shot of the flag or of soldiers lost but not forgotten.
We have so many 2 and 4 legged visitors to watch what is beginning to occur slowly but surely here. Arbor Day says my 17 specimens should arrive next week 🙂 and I am making the rest of my raised vegetable beds on Mother’s Day. I was going to ride down to Bourne MA where my parents were laid to rest at the Veterans Cemetery on Cape Cod but I know both of them would prefer I continue with my vision and to smile, they liked to see me smile. Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mom’s. Miss you Mom xo
Follow me on Facebook(Folsom Mill Studio) for more adventure 🙂 till I learn to size these right as I do not know all there is about photography 🙂 just know it is a pure delight to interact with these wild ones daily.
I dropped of two watercolors matted and ready for hanging at the Wild Women’s Wellness Center in Chichester NH where the art of many hope to raise funds much needed for the animals of all sizes and shapes up the road called Live and Let Live Farm.
They give homes to animals with life to live but no home to live at. They need food and care never mind love. They open the farm up on Sundays at 2:30 PM for tours to see all the animals if you are in the area vacationing or if we have too much snow on our slopes 🙂 take a spin and a walk around the place.
So the particulars on the Artist Reception are go to RTE 4 and pop into the lower level of the brick building where Wild Woman Wellness is. Plenty of parking around back as well. We will be there from 5-7 PM Saturday there will also be raffles, food laughter and fun as they hope to sell all the art to bring in money for the farm. I have donated these two watercolors and am donating 100% of my personal sales.
Both of mine are framed and ready to hang as are the beautiful works of art that have also been hung up for the show. There may be bins with cards or prints I left before it was set up but will be there Friday night but I teach a class on Sat. so I will have to miss that and then run up to get them if they do not sell.
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 🙂
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.
It is a given I love the outdoors as well as trying my best to capture it in photos. I will begin tomorrow trying to capture what I see with my watercolors. I am hoping for loose works that are pleasing enough for the judges at NHAA here in Portsmouth who are holding a Paint Out this weekend. Never having painted a scene from outside or photos well except for that one of my dog the border collie, it has all poured out from within now some time for fun! It will be in the 90’s so I will bring squirt bottles to keep my paper wet. Some for me too. I will probably find a garden with shade but paint the tree 🙂
Photography is another thing I challenge myself with like getting up close with a totally wrong lens and never using a tripod maybe I should start using one and work towards getting lenses to do what I want.
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
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 🙂
Held our plant sale (garden club) we had a few different types of plants for summer. I also went to 6 other garden club plant sales to show my support as well.
We were hired by 900 Degrees to complete their outside dining area.
I had placed Pansies there on Mother’s Day and in June hanging baskets and pots of fresh herbs of all types were added for scent and maybe their kitchen staff to use.
Such a pretty spot to watch the sun go down on a gorgeous evening in New Hampshire.
The Hummers and Orioles have returned to my back yard to join all my fulltime feathered friends also blossoms have begun to open as well. I refuse to complain about cold rainy days when one of our states is under horrific flooding, just is not fair, so much loss in the stat of Missouri.
Signs are up all over town here telling of my Watercolor show. Not sure I am ready then would I ever be. Maybe 15 people will show up and we can just have fun.
Photos later I am sure.
It has been awhile since writing a post here. I miss everyone.
It is spring so it was all about the Pansies 🙂 We sold 160 this tiny little group of ours.
The town and two businesses look so pretty.
I have not painted much as I have my first solo art show coming up. I will hang my Watercolors in my town library here in NH. So I have been busy trying to decide what will make the cut and what I should frame and what I will attach to a wire. Art that is affordable will be on display. Maybe the name of show should be “Hung Out to Dry”
🙂 it is wet media after all.
Here is one that will not be included as I was commissioned to paint it.
For a five year old’s birthday.
Life is good but different finding myself listening to my mom’s one phone message I kept and missing her.
Here is where I go no matter the weather to find peace.
OH and I have attended a few releases of birds of prey, that were brought back to good health with her team.
Off to find your blogs when I do this I find so many no longer exist 😦
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
Mom’s surgery is over today was a day to begin recovery and it was horrible to watch her suffer in horrible pain and me being me I demanded they start caring for my mom as much as I cared for my dog. They got the message and started doing all they could to stop all the break through pain that was gut wrenching to watch as a helpless daughter. So yes big mouths are good 🙂 When my brother went after work tonight he said she was in a better place and enjoying a North End Cannoli yes from the North End of Boston. I can sleep better tonight knowing the insanity will soon be over and she will be sent home where I will do my best 12 to 13 hours a day to see to her needs. Honor thy Mother and Father.
Some good news I got on my way to Boston the two paintings I did and worried about sharing in an art show well the man said the one titled Maine sold today 🙂 show goes till the AUG.1, hope I sell both and they love them hung in their home or office 🙂 The meet and greet is tomorrow night.
Depending on how life goes I will try to keep up here but by phone it just doesn’t work well for me.
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.
Waiting on Mom’s fourth knee surgery appointment to be set up, so while my brother and sister in law took her to doctor appointments in Boston we set off in search of used picture frames, for my first public(besides all of you lol) Art Show. I did not find what I wanted so today and tomorrow I will search and then buy new if need be. I must drop the 2 of them off by next Saturday. I will take a photo of them up with all of the other artists entries in this themed show New England Coast.
Have a great weekend and Happy Father’s Day to all the Daddy’s out there.
With all the medical stuff going on with all of those I love, I still try to unwind. Sometimes just getting caught up on the happenings within Facebook and other times I push Mom outside to sit in the sun and throw a toy to JT. She hurt herself bad and hobbled for 3 weeks. She is a little better today and with rain coming tonight and into tomorrow I may take her to sit with my Mom all day unless my honey is doing something a lot more fun and she will stay with him.
I do bring my paints in car daily and sometimes the stress I feel has me going out to the car and bringing them in and painting while I watch my mother sleep. She will be eighty this fall and did her first Watercolor with me last week. I think she had fun.
I will show you a few of my recent ones and maybe a few photos too I will have to see what is still on my computer to share.
Trying to catch up on life in the world of blogging 🙂 It will be fun reading all I can of yours.
Here are a few updates on my world if you have been following along that is.
May had me busy with Mom daily from 7 AM till 7 PM except days my brother took her into Boston to have her cast changed, about every 2 weeks or so. Last time I posted was on the 17th I think.
With a new Pacemaker keeping my man’s heart beating properly I am still fearful for him who has diabetes, High blood pressure, arteries filling with crud faster than a new diet plan can fix.
He is home and feeling better and just had another birthday which would not have been possible had he not said yes to the surgery. On the day after his return from hospital stay I rounded the corner to home only to see loose dogs in the roadway and a man on the ground appearing to be looking under his truck but something just said to call out “Hey you OK?” no reply so I dial 911 and ran to his side with my man leaving JT in the car and joining me. Others joined in when they saw me run and then yell towards the home where he was parked. A woman with severe anxiety said she had taken a course long ago in CPR so as the 911 responder and I counted she pumped on his poor chest. I had seen him take his last breath as his arm slowly fell to the ground, his mother in disbelief kept walking back into the house leaving us with her son.
In the end we would learn he had recent heart issues and had come home to tell his mom “I may make it to my 42 ND birthday” he died the day before and in doing so I hope all the while my man was paying attention and feeling a little more grateful and not thinking of the pain he was in. I swear I can not make up this life I live.
Now I was so stressed with leaving him home alone to recover while I sat with Mom and called endlessly for her cat Ralfie to come back home. I prayed as well as made promises and got a call from someone who saw his photo on Facebook Missing Pets pages, many of them I added his photo too, though knowing in my gut he was close and just scared to show himself, indoor only cats are like that but I never gave up. I filled traps that caught my brother’s cat and a possum but not a gorgeous black cat.
Some were getting angry I am sure for trying to keep mom positive about finding him after all he was just a cat right, well no he was her world. He kept her going after dad died needing food and fresh litter and lots of hugs how could I tell her to give up when he never gave up on her for those 4 months she spent away from him in hospital and rehab facilities.
So back to the call and the text of a photo of a cat just like him. He was really just a town away and after 17 days gone surly he could travel the 4 miles in the woods but cross the river I doubt it but I wanted to return him so badly to mom who was loosing her mind with worry as well as her will to get strong and go home. I went two times to try to coax cat out and into the cat carrier but last attempt with my brother was the saddest. We had taken 2 cars so he went back home to mom and I travelled in tears to my home arriving long after my due time praying the cage I left would soon have Ralf inside. I was not home but 5 min. when my brother called to ask me to just go back to that couple’s home and retrieve his carrier. It was as if I was the only one who believed he would come back to her. I prayed not only for God to show him the way home but closed my eyes on the way home asking my daddy to show the knucklehead the way back to Tom’s home. So I asked are you giving up too? He then says” actually Ralf is sitting on moms lap as we speak!”. Are you kidding me I went from such despair to such joy all within moments HE WAS HOME!
Seems his daughter was in a new car with her boyfriend who was learning to clutch again and as he stalled out the headlights stayed on and they saw his beautiful green eyes shining brightly just 2 doors down on steps that looked just like the ones he ran down as he had made his escape. They came home got a towel to wrap/catch him in and he was home! He was so emaciated having lost 1/3 of his weight and his hind leg was out of its socket but he was in moms lap.
Now to get them both on their feet and as healthy as they can be with her almost 80 and him next weekend turning 15.
Oh and I think I see my first gray hair growing at my hairline in front, stayed tuned more to come trust me lol
Forgot to upload his AFTER photo sorry I will add later.
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 🙂
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)
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 better be a toy or you will have to call Santa back!
Wait for it 🙂
I throw it raise the camera and try to capture my toss before I capture her catch
Hope you had a wonderful day and a beautiful Boxing Day as well to my visitors who celebrate it that way 🙂
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.
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.
Today in the States it is Labor Day a day in which we celebrate the worker mostly with yummy BBQ’s Though as I see most retail spaces are open which means the holiday unless celebrated on Sat. and Sun. their days off, well you get the point. I am retired from 100 hour work weeks in a big old truck so I will celebrate for those who can’t. No beer or burgers though but I may roast some yummy New England Sweet Butter Corn on the grill and cut it off the cob and add to my salad. You see having your favorite store of 40 years closed for 6 weeks had me buying takeout or eating weird things, time to watch the waist once again with hopes of whittling it down some more I hate being so inactive I must get strong to battle that damn roof in another 2 months :).
My wish is for September to be kind to all of us we have enough on our mind with the woes of the world and the evil who resides within. Scary times my friends scary indeed.
Stay safe in your travels and I will try my best to keep up with you all.
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.
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.
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
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