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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Missing a dear friend...

 As I scrolled thru my photo roll, I happened upon this pic, taken on Easter Weekend, 2018...I  spent the late afternoon shooting with a dear friend, I have known him for 6 years...We love shooting sunsets together...He has since left the US for India..To build a life near his family..I miss him and our adventures..

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


I have been visiting YouTube ALOT in the last 24 hours..My laptop, which is one of my favorite photography tools is currently a brick..I eliminated a virus or malware from it a few months ago, when I erased its hard drive and reinstalled an upgraded version of its operating system..This older laptop was working fine until yesterday...

When I began to fix my laptop, I quickly realized the operating system that I installed last time, was not going to let me erase my hard drive..

None of the YouTube remedies I researched are of any help thus far.. Until I can find a DIY fix for my laptop, I will be blogging, editing, etc from my IPad Mini..

While browsing YouTube, I happened upon this video compilation that I made a few months back..I decided to save this video / write about it HERE in my blog / journal before my IPad goes kaput, lol..

This video is a series of pics I shot of Oscar and Simon ..The timeline of these shots spans from 2007 to a few weeks ago..

My fur babies had such a sweet and close connection, they were best buddies and partners in crime..

Simon and I do our best to make each day a good one.. We both miss Oscar...

Friday, April 13, 2018

Liberate your Art 2018 Postcard Swap

This is the art that I liberated this year...Heidrun Seibeneiker in Germany received my "Walk in the woods" postcard.
Anderea Farthofer in Austria received my "Leaves" postcard..
Sharon Lane of Houston Texas received my "Romeo  Robin"
Beth L received my "Follow your heart" postcard
I do not know the destination of my remaining postcard sent..
If I remember correctly, lol, Kat received my "Abstract flowers" postcard :-)

Art spreads good feelings, tidings, and memories in every soul it touches..Art can cross /endure dimensions such as distance and time when shared..

My participation in Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap, hosted by Kat Sloma, is what began my pen pal art sharing adventure .. Kat's website is She writes about the Liberate Your Art 2018 in her blog..

This will be my fourth year to participate in LYA..

Pictured is postcard #6,  the postcard I received from Kat..The paper weight is
a raw volcanic peridot..
In order to participate in LYA, artists-photographers from around the world must make postcard sized prints of their art to share/swap with other artists...

We also share greetings, verses, poems, and encouragement along with our art.

My very first postcard received, is from Natasha Papousek of Lemon Grove California..I love the soft serenity of the flowers, their pastel colors are gorgeous :-)

Pictured with Natasha's postcard art is a crochet scarf I made out of 100% linen..

3-27-2018  Postcard #2...  Beautiful card on the left was mailed to me by one of my partners in the Global He(art) Swap..                
The stunning postcard on the right is from Colleen Froats who is participating in this swap..Neither of these senders gave me details about location, art or website...Both of these beauties put a smile on my face..
Thank you!

My happy snail mail was the added icing on the cake of an already great day..I spent the early part of the morning having coffee with my two best friends..I bought myself these colorful tulips on my way home :-)

 Simon, at 15 yrs old, loves to check out my new plants when I water / repot them...He keeps me company when I work on my projects..I adore our patio time together :-)
A couple of weeks after this pic was taken, just before the LYA Blog Hop started, Simon sustained a back injury that put pressure on his spinal cord temporarily.. The day I took him in to see the vet, he was unable to walk due to pain...The vet told me he had herniated a disk...Simon is on meds and 24-7 crate rest for the next few weeks to help him heal / avoid surgery, because he isn't a candidate for surgery..
Even though Simon is doing well with crate rest and meds, he needs lots of TLC which I love to give......Prayers and healing energy are needed and appreciated!

March 31, 2018 Postcard #3
Received this lovely postcard from Jane Ross.
A digital manipulation named  "Rainy Day Sunshine".
On the back it reads "Making art brings sunshine to any gloomy day."

April 2, 2018 Postcard #4
Received this beautiful whimsical postcard from Madeline Jones
On the back it reads;
"May your treasure chest be full of excitement"

April 7, 2018
Postcard #5

Beautiful art from Donna Draper..Like me, Donna is a nurse. Recently she has been practicing her art in a big way.. She calls herself Kindness Tree Art..She can be found on Instagram under this name ...I am so glad that one of her art pieces landed in my mailbox 

Donna's postcard art is pictured with a work in progress that I am crocheting..I am crocheting this
scarf from hand spun yarn I made with a drop spindle.


This is a beautiful compilation that Kat made to commemorate LYA 2018..Every year she makes these videos from photos of participant's art e-mailed to her for inclusion .. I save these videos as souvenirs, they are very lovely to watch.

804 pieces of art "liberated"; 134 artists; 10 countries; 31 states.


This is a video compilation of my side swaps received thus far..
Full names and websites listed below :-)
April 15-May 1, 2018

Chandra Lynn
Christine Brooks
Janice Darby
Kelly Warren
Louise Mamet Dropsofeverything
Lynn Forester
Gloria Mercado Martin
Sheila Delgado
Michele Matucheski
Sherry Harmes
Suzette Rothlisberger
Terry Owenby
Val Van der Poel
Kathy Mac Intire Soul Sister Studio

May 2nd, 2018..My most recent side swap surprise...From Deanie Houghtaling of Phoenix Arizona :-)

Thursday, April 12, 2018


"Spring is when life is alive in everything."
~Christina Rossetti ~

Needless to say, Spring 2018 has been an especially comfortable beautiful one for our neck of the woods in Texas..

Early Spring is almost always my favorite time of year because people and nature come alive after a winter hibernation..Festivals and celebrations seem to happen every weekend for a while.. 

In my video are photos I shot this spring, during various walks I enjoyed alone and with friends :-)

Explosion of flowers seen on my most recent excursion at Maas Nursery with my besties :-)

I love a gorgeous spring day..

Be Always Blooming :-)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

"A good friend knows all of your stories...
Best friends have lived them with you! "
~ Unknown~

My besties make life in our neck of the woods a fun one for me..I always look forward to our weekly meet ups..

I decided to make this slideshow of memories as a Valentine's Day tribute to our fun and connection with each other...

Enjoy your friends, they are a treasure and a blessing!

My besties possess all of these qualities in abundance :-)


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Rocky Inspiration

Yesterday, my besties and I celebrated our city's emergence from a deep freeze..We met up and shot photos at a favorite nursery, after our coffee hangout.. Most of the plants there were in a dormant state, few flowers were in bloom.. My goal was to find interesting textures to photograph..I had a beautiful fun time with my friends..


Fast forward to today..My day began benignly enough..
Housework, laundry, that kind of thing..
Patio time for Simon and I...

The minute we stepped back into the house, I could SMELL that something was off..
Simon had rolled around in, had bathed himself in cat poo..

So I had to count to five, and

After a thorough bath, Simon was happy to smell like a pina colada..

And I could

I had kicked a potentially poop-a-licious day in the butt..

Here is to wishing everyone a day full of



Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Little Snowpeople

 I love the winter holiday season!!! Some days are best spent hibernating in my blanket, keeping warm..This time of year is so festive, a perfect time for me to celebrate and count my blessings..Cold weather, especially snow, is extremely rare in my neck of the woods :-)

When I have real snow to play with, I mold little snow people until my supply of snow melts....

I may freeze or melt before it is all over with, lol....

Just so y'all know, a once in a decade snowfall happened on December 8, 2017 in the wee hours...Here on the Upper Texas Coast!!! By sunrise, when I shot this picture, I could already hear the snow melting..

After I had my fill of playing outside, I went back indoors to warm up..My hands found themselves pleasantly busy with needle felting..While I sculpted my woolen snow girls and bugs, my thoughts drifted to what I love about the holidays :-)

I love to hang out with my besties during the holiday season..We catch up on each other's lives..

Family get togethers also leave me feeling fabulous with a full heart :-)

When I drink too much Christmas cheer, something has to give ;-)

My antidote for too much Christmas Cheer is a good sleep and coffee outside on the patio :-)

I like to put cookies and coffee out for Santa on Christmas Eve, he needs all the extra energy he can muster to wing his way around the world :-)

A water color I received from a dear friend who lives out of town..She received one of my felted snow girls in the mail..

As you go about your holiday preparations, please remember to take good care of yourself..

During a quiet moment, take a listen to this wonderful Christmas Carol, vocals done by an artist friend I interact with online

The life of a snowflake

May each and every one of you feel love and peace this Christmas Season, and New Year, doing what you love most with your favorite people :-)

Monday, November 6, 2017

International Quilt Fest Houston

Last Friday my dear friends and I enjoyed a day spent at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.. It had been several years since I had last attended..

On this day, Houston was also hosting a Parade to celebrate the Astros win....Thousands upon thousands of happy people and I shared the same 5 mile radius, lol..

The quilts that I admired in person / had an opportunity to photograph with the inclusion of the artist's  name are pictured in this story..Many of these quilts took years to complete.

The videos and links to articles posted here are from exhibitions that I did not see in person..Due to the HUGE size of this event, it was very difficult for most people, including myself, to see everything they wanted to see in one day .....
Cecilia Kopperman "The Golden Window"

 OLD BLUE by Michelle Jackson

Danny Amazonas "Rainy Night"
 Danny Amazonas "Pinky"


There were many quilt galleries / exhibition groups within the huge quilt festival at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston..Showcases such as "A Celebration of color",  "Her Story; A Celebration of Strong Women",  "In Full Bloom 2017", were present..Below are links to some of these showcases...

Winners of ribbons and prizes Please click on this pink link to see thumbnails of the featured quilts for this year's Festival :-)

Another showcase of fabric arts here at the International Quilt Festival Houston 2017
Showcase of fabric arts

A SPRING TWIST by Karlyn Bue Lohrenz
"Sunset Trees" by Sandy Curran
Jill Kerttula "Urban Voyeur: Union Station." 

Kate Themel’s “Gotta Hava Cuppa”
“Arches” by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

Friday, October 20, 2017

Hello Autumn Sunrises

Good sunrise therapy motivates me, energizes me..So does Autumn, my favorite season of the year..

Hello Autumn, all gold and mellow...
I am fascinated by your long shadows and fading light...
My soul takes a breath of fresh air...
I begin to feel more alive...
~Lisa Comperry~

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dealing with Harvey my unwelcome intruder

I moved to Texas from Tennessee...

I  have been living in my home for 30+ years..I spent roughly 2/3 of that time being barely aware of the hurricane seasons that came and went.. I never felt the need to stockpile bottled water and canned foods..I didn't keep a power generator at my fingertips...

To my knowledge, everybody around me lived in a similar fashion..

Fast forward to Hurricane Rita, 2005..

As part of a mandatory evacuation process, I had to head north on our evacuation route, out of town.....With a few million other people..The most horrific traffic jam in history..

I lived out of / drove my car for 40 continuous hours...

The music of Coldplay kept me energized while the miles slowly crept beneath my tires....

During this trip, I had nowhere to hide.. Nowhere private to sleep or pee..

Gasoline was not available for those first two-three hundred miles of our route..I couldn't safely make it back home without having a brake job done on my car..

Nevertheless, my doggies and I made it thru this surreal experience with our lives and sanity intact..

We have had many quiet years since....

Until Harvey came into the picture..

Harvey was born as a trough of disturbed weather that was most likely headed to Mexico...

As he began to blossom, Harvey decided that he wanted to head my way..

Once Harvey made landfall near RockPort Texas he stalled...August 25-26, 2017...We in the coastal community of La Porte Texas found ourselves on the dirty side of the storm.. Harvey spent 4-5 days dropping torrential rain on Houston and many other parts of Texas..In excess of 50-65 inches in spots..

By the time Harvey's torrential rains faded to showers, many lives were forever changed..In Houston..Not to mention ( or forget ) some 50 other cities east and west of us, up and down the entire Texas/West Louisiana coastline..

I have close friends and relatives who suffered immensely during Harvey's intrusion into our lives..

I am in the process of spreading the word of what happened to these friends....Below is a list, that will be growing as time passes, of people in need of financial help... Named, are the people who have already given me their mailing addresses, along with consent to spread the word about them..

My hope is that they will receive a substantial amount of relief money from us to help them rebuild their lives..

One such friend is a nurse who lost everything to the flood waters of Harvey, while she was working to help others..

As of today, it is only Mary who has provided me with her consent and her info.. Those who would like to donate money to Mary, please make check or money order payable to

Mary Baily Casper

send to:

Mary Baily Casper
Po box 841618 

Pearland TX 77584

Needless to say, there were countless strangers who came together..They shared their compassion, strength, knowledge, resources with each other

With each high water rescue that took place, the heroism was dramatic..

There were many quiet acts of heroism as well..

In the affected areas, nurses and other health care personnel braved the dangerous roads to make it to their respective hospitals..They spent days in lockdown, with little food other than cold soup and crackers to eat..

I evacuated ( as per voluntary evacuation orders ) on Friday August 25th..

I am thankful that we swiftly found a dog friendly hotel to evacuate to..Without having to drive halfway across the country..

The unknown can be maddening.. I won't know what kind of damage I will have to deal with until I have eyes on my house.. For all I know, an alligator family has taken over my yard, lol..

With that said, as I write this, I am safe and dry..My two sons( and their families) are also safe and dry at their respective homes, nobody sustained property damage...

At this hotel in Lufkin, I am able to go to sleep at night without flood danger pounding on my roof or creeping in at my front door..

I sheltered at this hotel for a week...Until the major interstates leading back home were safe to drive....

In those pre-dawn hours of my days spent here at the hotel, I was jolted awake by the blare of flash flood / tornado warnings erupting from my phone ....These alarms always triggered me to turn on the news...I felt a new wave of panic and despair with each new story of additional communities being evacuated, people being rescued by boat..

The rains were most unrelenting in the darkness of night, for several nights..

I am grateful to God for sparing me the direct/physical impacts of Harvey..

Last night, I was the recipient of a very touching act of kindness..My insurance agent (and friend) texted me, offering me the use of her empty house, in the event I need a place to stay..

Once I begin to weave my way back home, I will shoot and upload more pictures of Harvey's aftermath..I am anxious to see my friends and family face to face...I can't wait to give them big hugs and to help them in any way I can..

Seen in these top three photos are snippets of my life in the hours - days before Harvey hit..

We  had a partial eclipse the Monday before Harvey hit...I shot this scene Aug 21, 2017 at 13:16

Sunrise 24 hours before Harvey's rains moved into our area..

Enjoying my last morning of nice weather, before Harvey hits....
For sure, I miss bits and pieces of my everyday life..I miss meeting up with my besties for coffee, walks on the beach..I miss patio time with my Simon..

It often takes a major disaster or loss to make us realize that our creature comforts / abilities aren't to be taken lightly or for granted..

My Simon feels very displaced during (and in the aftermath of ) Harvey..He misses his routine..

During one of our walks Simon and I stumbled upon a Lion's Club group having a barbecue..I learned that they had been barbecuing different meals every day since Saturday..To provide us (the Harvey refugees) 1-2 hot meals a day..
We took walks several times a day, despite the non stop rains..

Friday September 1st, we checked out of our hotel room and made our way home....Hwy 59 South from Lufkin to Houston was clear and looked as if nothing happened...Very surreal..

We arrived home to no AC..Musty smelling house... I found a few dead worms on the floor...
Water on the carpet where some weather stripping( at the back door) was broken..This was the extent of my damage..
I was also suspicious of a roof leak in my bedroom closet, but quickly ruled that out..

     As I begin to resume my normal life, I see and hear military helicopters fly over me every hour.....


                                 My neighbors across the street in the post Harvey aftermath

                             Even in a state of emergency there are moments of beauty.....    

"Storms make trees take deeper roots."

~Dolly Parton ~                            

Below are videos of rescues from the affected areas..I decided to heed the voluntary evacuation orders issued by the City of Laporte, for fear I would find myself and my Simon in a similar desperate situation..


A song by Coldplay..A tribute to Texas in the wake of this disaster....

Peak Atlantic hurricane season 2017, (August - September) has been an especially cruel one.... As Texas begins to breathe and recover from Hurricane Harvey, there are three more active storms that we who live on the Gulf Coast have to keep an eye on...

A couple of days later we see this graphic..It boggles my mind how active this Hurricane season is :-(

Sept 14, 2017...Jose turns north north east and decides to invite more friends to come in behind him..Grrrrrrrrrrr..The older I get, the more I want to move into a dwelling built for floods and hurricanes or else live well north of the Gulf Coast...Either choice is gonna involve a major life change :-/

Today is Tuesday Oct 3rd..

Cities in Florida are still trying to recover from Hurricane Irma, as we are from Harvey..Puerto Rico was decimated by Hurricane Maria which came later in September after Irma made her debut..There are a ton of news stories on the internet about Puerto Rico.... Ongoing is discussion and controversy as to whether our government responded with aid to Puerto Rico in a timely manner..

As far as I can tell, we have not had much more than 24 hours go by without an area of concern (for the US) to watch for in the tropics..

I for one can't wait for Fall and Winter to make their appearance..And I pray that that next's year's hurricane season is relatively quiet..

Linking with :

tumbleweed contessa/what did you do this weekend?

I wish each and every one of you peace and light........