Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Cathey has blessed me with another award! Thank you, dear one!


Here are the rules:

1) Only five people allowed.
2) Four of them have to be dedicated followers of your Blog and one has to be new and live in another part of the world.
3) You have to link back to who gave you the award.

But ... who to pass this on to??? Some may be repeats ... sorry! Shoot ... who DOES read my blog as a "dedicated follower"??? *lol*

Of course, Cathey ... If you've never read her blog - please do! She's a talented stitcher with a wonderful sense of humor and a huge amount of courage & strength.
My buddy Renee ... she better be a dedicated follower or I won't go to First Watch with her ever again! ;o)
Sandy (yeah, again) ... truly, she's my inspiration when I play with my journaling
Milly - Ms. Smokin' Needles herself!
Carol - a very talented artist - and, as I've told her, I really like her "job" portraits down the side of her blog

Again, thank you, Cathey!
To ALL of you who read my ramblings - be you old or new - THANK YOU!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Thank you, Kim!

I received this award from Kim. Thank you! What a fun award! Now to choose 7 ... oh no!!!

The rules of the award are:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of those you’ve nominated.

Renee - one of my bestest friends ever!
Cathey - a wonderful survivor with an awesome outlook!
Mercy - a longtime 'net fellow stitcher
Sandy - another longtime 'net friend & now, a fellow art journalist (she got me hooked, bad!!)
Meari - a talented stitcher with an enduring sense of humor while in single-land
Nicolette - absolutely love her doodles!
Julie - she shares beautiful pictures from nature

Now, the problem is, I'm too lazy to go to these blogs & leave notes about the award! *lol* So, if you're reading here & want to let one of these talented women know - cool! I'll love you forever! If you're one of these women & you're reading here - let me know, 'k?


this morning, in an attempt to beat the heat of the day, i went into the garden to pick beans. tom had turned some of the plants over to allow the sun to get to the beans better ... it worked as i picked 3 large colanders full of green & yellow beans & will have many more to pick in another day or two. then the plants will be done...

i didn't plan on doing any weeding as at this point, we pretty much let whatever weeds want in, to grow. but of course, there were some in my way, so i pulled ... sans gloves. and there's one little prickly stuck in a finger that i can't see but can certainly feel.

i've been reading 'plant seed pull weed' for the past week or so .. a good read. very calming, thought-provoking ... reminded me often of why i love to garden. the tranquility of sitting there, feeling the sun beating on my back, hearing the birds at our feeders chirping away to lend music to my time out there. feeling so full of appreciation for our harvest - we'll have canned beans & frozen tomatoes all winter long. and maybe canned tomatoes as it looks to me like we're about to be overwhelmed with ready tomatoes. the joy of knowing what we eat comes from our own labors!

there are lots of gardens around our neighborhood, but they're all flowers, shrubs & trees. it looks like we're the only ones with vegetables growing, at least in our quantity. with the lot sizes we have, it's a bit sad to me that more people aren't using their yards to grow edible things. if nothing else, we're all hearing how much more expensive everything will be this winter ... but, more importantly, how can so many people choose to be so dependent on grocery stores? how can so many people choose to live off of processed foods? i'm not the most healthy person nor the most weight conscious, but when a small investment of time yields so much?

and i always go back to ... how can someone not want to absorb the pure pleasure of time in a garden? no phones, tv's ... no sound but the birds with an occasional car driving by? how can we not each need that quiet time to replenish our overloaded senses? i thinned the carrots this morning ... it is so incredible to see those baby carrots developing and gives such a feeling of anticipation of the sweet flavor they'll have when fully grown! a few years ago, we planted carrots & had a few little boys we know jumping up & down, wanting to help pull them. we all agreed nothing tasted better than those carrots!

five years ago, when mom & i agreed to build this house, to live here so k could finish school in this system, we talked of moving when she was done. in my head, i've always thought i'd move some place out further. t & i talk about it often, he looks at land often. we've seen places that appeal to us, but ... nothing goes further than that. yet. seeing the bounty we've gotten from the garden this year, knowing all of the work t does every year to enrich our rock-filled soil, slows us down a bit in our desire to move. for now, i accept that this place is where we're to be. in a rambing aside - the house we had before (k, me, my mom, my ex) had a great garden, too. it was a place in our yard that had been a garden years earlier, so we worked to bring it back to life and had great harvests each year. we even had deer who liked out corn enough to nest in it. the house isn't far from here and we each frequently drive by it. k exclaims each time, about the present owner, "she's let the garden go back to grass! she left the ornamental grasses but nothing else! how can she do that???" *sigh* though k isn't one to spend a lot of time helping in our garden, if she has a choice, it's nice to know she appreciates the labor as well as the fruits of the labor ... and recognizes the sadness of land not used for a garden.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

my baby

yeah, i had to create something about today ... about the 'butterflies in the stomach' we were both experiencing.

move in day

and so it begins ... k's life at college.

we got there first, so went ahead & arranged the furniture the way the girls had discussed ... MUCH better arrangement!

ah, color! ;-)

today's the day

the rental's 99% packed ... everyone's awake ... soon, we'll drive out our driveway to begin her journey to college.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

counting down

i'm probably boring you all to death ... but, having my one & only go away to college is sort of consuming me right now. (yeah, that's called an understatement) i thought i'd have more time to sit & journal about it tonight, but haven't had as much time as i wanted ... and i'm rambling. regardless, i did do this page tonight. it's hard enough for me, but it's harder for k ... she's having to say 'good bye' to a lot of her friends. the joys of growing up ...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


We're back from Michigan .. tired, somewhat relaxed ... I played a bit in my journals, but not much. Felt too good to sit & play with the kids, canoe, swim in Lake Michigan.

I read "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield while gone - wonderful book! And as I read, I thought about my dreams ...

There are wonderful trees around the 'resort' T's son manages (a row of 9 cabins, access to the Platte River) - had to try drawing them.

We discovered Monday morning that a tree limb had attacked our van - shattered the back window & left a big dent in the back door. MAJOR grrr!!! It doesn't show well in the scan, but I tried to draw a big purple monster first .. one we'd seen on top of a car dealership (ok, it was actually a purple gorilla) ..

A number of years ago, I was visiting my ex in NC. We stopped at a pull-off (western NC ... beautiful mountains) and I had a sort of epiphany about me, at some future time of my life.

Is it time to go back to MI yet?!?!?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

here comes the sun

It's a "half theme" day in Blissfully Art Journaling land with "here comes the sun". Since I'm stuck here at my desk, not seeing true sunshine, I used my anticipation of the weekend ahead ...
Hmm ... is this what I'm "supposed" to do? Ahhh ... it's what I wanted to do. *lol*

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Over the past couple of days, I've had roses running through my head & some of my emails, especially as in "smell the roses" as I begin this journey as a mom with a daughter away for college. I was anxious all day to get home & create page(s) - but, of course, had to go to the dentist first, have dinner, etc etc. And, as Tom, Mom & I sat outside after dinner (which was all homegrown veggies - corn, beans, tomatoes, melon - yum!) we talked about growing roses. A bit spooky, I can tell you!
But, I finally got to sit down & play ...

the photo here is my mom, many years ago ...

this photo doesn't show too well, but ... the 'writing' is an email i sent today ... again, about having & taking the time to smell the roses ...

waiting for my friend ...

i doodled ... there's been a lot of talk about zentangles & such in the "everyday" group i'm in ... so, as i sat in the parking lot last night, waiting for my friend, i played. i found out one thing - the pocket size moleskine & an ultra fine sharpie aren't necessarily made for one another. oh well ... it's a beginning ...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

frustrations vented!

Wish I could just pour this OUT of my head as easily as I put it all on paper!!

2 weeks

Friday, we went to see "Mamma Mia" again .. and this time, I couldn't hear "Slipping Through My Fingers" without crying. Way too apropos right now!!

Schoolbag in hand
She leaves home in the early morning
Waving goodbye
With an absent-minded smile
I watch her go
With a surge of that well-known sadness
And I have to sit down for a while
The feeling that I'm loosing her forever
And without really entering her world
I'm glad whenever I can share her laughter
That funny little girl

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see what's in her mind
Each time I think I'm close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Sleep in our eyes
Her and me at the breakfast table
Barely awake
I let precious time go by
Then when she's gone
There's that odd melancholy feeling
And a sense of guilt
I can't deny
What happened to the wonderful adventures
The places I had planned for us to go
Well some of that we did
But most we didn't
And why I just don't know

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see what's in her mind
Each time I think I'm close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Sometimes I wish that I could freeze the picture
And save it from the funny tricks of time
Slipping through my fingers -

And last night, it hit hard ... two weeks from yesterday, we take her to college ...

I almost forgot!

I added the picture/link the other day, but forgot to mention the "why" ... If you've not discovered the "Journal Revolution" you should! *lol* This is one of the first sites Sandy sent me to when I expressed an interest in journaling (especially after seeing hers!) - and I've been hooked ever since. Enjoy the visit!

Saturday, August 09, 2008


We have 5 finch socks out back (hmmm ... pictures in another post, maybe?) that are filled with only thistle/finch food. But every once in awhile, the finches get curious about the bird food we keep in the front yard (songbird food). The finches are just so pretty!
new toys ... had to play!

this is in kel's book (ok, obviously) .. found inspiration in a book (uh oh .. which one? i've gotten so many from the library lately!)

a quickie from the other day ... do indeed love our garden!


I have new toys to play with! I placed an order with ArtChix last weekend & received my goodies today. What wonderful papers & vintage goods & all I got! I'm going to work on a page tonight, which I'll share when it's finished ... but I want to play with it all NOW! :o)

We picked beans, tomatoes & onions from the garden today. Got 2 big bowls of beans but decided to let others grow in the sun another day or two before picking. There might actually be enough for canning this year. Yea!! The tomatoes are starting to turn quickly, so most of those are being put in the freezer. Tom keeps hesitating on picking the melons .. I just might have to sneak out tomorrow & pick one. They look soooo good! I've got to remember to get out in the lavender early in the morning, before the bees take up residence.

Kel filled one of hummingbird feeders this evening - with one of the hummers hovering over her shoulder, watching the process. Hungry little boogers! :o)

Thursday, August 07, 2008

one more...

looking at this this morning, i need to at the very least put a glaze over this ... good ol' glare ...

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

can't stay away from the journals!

(looking at this post this morning, 12 hours later, i've got to apologize for how dark these are! i'll try to remember to re-do these ....)

kel & her recent experiences with a friend & the friend's mom instigated this page ... it's not done ... know what i want to add but haven't found it yet

someday, maybe i'll really be able to draw faces!

the joys of gardening

the bounty has begun ... hallelujah!

can't you just taste these? especially warmed by the sun, with a salt shaker in your hand?

we forgot to plant sunflowers this year ... but the birds (and their food, supplied by us) apparently decided to make sure we had a few ...

our finches ... we've got yellows, too, but this guy was just too pretty ...

more to come ... yea!!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


I've joined an art journal group (ok, more than one) ... but the "assignment" of journaling about a favorite prayer grabbed me, immediately. So ... here's what I sat tonight & created. If I do say so myself, I like what I did!

I've often realized that growing up in the church I did, I've felt "more" tolerant of things ... and, I've understood that we were taught - both at church & at home - to do things in moderation, to understand that God loves us, no matter what. I remember well - but probably not often enough - the overwhelming sense of peace I've always felt, sitting in those pews. Our church isn't big ... it's warm, welcoming. And I could always look up at one of the crossbeams & smile with pride, knowing my life began there, that my parents were always involved, that our family was always there. I remember my dad being confirmed when I was (what an awesome experience!) ... the loving grace our minister laid out to all of us ... the hymns sung in joy & with full voice by everyone. My dad was buried from this church ... what bittersweet memories. "When the Saints Go Marching In" resounded through the church as his casket was taken out ... the pride I felt at being one of his pallbearers ... Wow ... what memories are sitting here, flooding through my heart ...

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Thank you, Shelleen!

I've known Shelleen a long time .. between different Yahoo groups & Amy's PALs group. She's such a sweetheart & now she's nominated for this award. Thank you, Shelleen!!

The rules for passing the award on are:
Here are the rules for this award:
• The winner may put the logo on her blog.
• Put a link to the person you got the award from.
• Nominate 5 blogs.
• Put links to the blogs.
Leave a message for your nominees.

Now ... I look at LOTS of blogs & many have received the award. And, truthfully, I don't want to pick out just 5 of them ... and I love all I read ... so, I'm going to be bad ;-) and not nominate 5. Ok - I'm too lazy to figure out who has received the award already & who hasn't! *lol* So, to any who read this - I nominate YOU!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

the geeks

We got Kel's laptop for college *sigh* ... another confirmation that she'll be traveling away from home. It happens ...

One of her best buds was having a rough time at home, so she grabbed her own computer & came over last night. Cracked me up ... geeks, at home on a Friday night, playing with their computers, checking out new music, MySpacing like idiots, giggling & gabbing away. Love my girls ...

Friday, August 01, 2008

Ahhhh ... Friday!

I am so thankful it's Friday - which means no office work for me! Oh yeah ... feels good!

Today won't be the most pleasant of days .. in an hour, I'll get in the van & go to Lancaster for the funeral service for my friend's boyfriend. J's still in shock ... As with all things, there's good & bad through this - maybe now, J will let herself have a "life" again ... That sounds cruel, maybe, but she's spent so much time tending to him, often not spending time on herself.

Kel & I will spend part of this weekend shopping for her dorm room & school supplies. *sigh* I catch myself walking past her room, sometimes thinking of the things I can put in her room (my art supplies *lol*), but more often thinking how quiet that room will be without her music, laughter & chats. The steps to adulthood ...

We're finally harvesting tomatoes from our garden. YUM!!! We're losing our cucumber plants & at least one zucchini plant, probably to some pest. Grrrrr!! Tom works so hard in the garden - makes me angry to see his work get destroyed - but we've certainly had tasty harvest this year. Can't wait to taste one of the melons!

Shelleen's given me a blog award - thank you!! I'll post more about that later...