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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Let us be grateful...

I love November! I feel more alive with the Autumn chill..

Lately, I have taken to wandering, exploring the local trails and parks

  • Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom ~Marcel Proust~




"Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” – Karl Barth




“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson





"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air..
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~



"The beauty of a morning glory is the patience of its wait for the sun to rise in the morning.."
~Mary Kate~ 




“Thanksgiving creates abundance.”
– Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts 




Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
– W.T. Purkiser






“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
– Thornton Wilder, The Woman of Andros 



A heavenly Thanksgiving Eve sunrise





To close out the holiday weekend(and the month of November), I plan to abandon a scarf that I crocheted..
On Friday, Nov 23rd, I will place this scarf in a safe spot frequented by lots of people (shopping mall or park)..It will be wrapped and tagged, identifying it as a free abandoned piece of art..This is the group I joined
Flood the Street with Art VI
I want to do this post and random act of kindness /art abandonment in honor of a dear artist friend/pen pal who very recently lost her father..






I like the excitement of getting ready for the winter holidays...I LOVE spending time with my family near and far..We celebrate our blessings and the fact that we have each other in our lives..We also remember our loved ones who are not able to be with us...



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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Greeting the sunrise 

It has been many moons since I last visited Armand Bayou Nature Center..
They offer monthly guided sunrise / sunset photo walks ( register ahead of time, pay $10.00 per outing ) from September thru April..
This morning was a heavenly day to go on one of these walks :-)




Go to the people and places that ignite a spark in your body, mind, soul...

It is your time to shine...


When I’m out in nature, I can take a deep breath and smile..






I opened two gifts this morning, they were my eyes..
~Zig Ziglar~




When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion
~African Proverb ~








What sunshine is to grass, smiles are to humanity...
~Joseph Addison~




It's easy to be grateful for a pretty day :-)



   




  • I like the muted sounds, the shroud of mist, that comes with fog. ...




Saturday, October 13, 2018

Morning Star

"Good morning. Life is like a mirror: it will smile at you if you smile at it"

"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."

"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." – Henry David Thoreau

"Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them." – William Arthur Ward

"The sun is but a morning star." – Henry David

Early morning, is my favorite time of day, especially if I’m not in a hurry..
I like to sit quietly on the patio and collect my thoughts over a cup of hot black coffee..It is relaxing to watch Simon happily chase squirrels or look for the perfect spot to take care of business..
Most mornings a mockingbird will perch nearby and sing to us..
These simple things often make me smile  :-)




Thursday, September 6, 2018

Summer Fun

The last few days have shown me that the dog days of summer are becoming less relentless..The past three days have brought nice breezes and clouds both of which I enjoy during a walk outdoors :-)
Hopefully my newfound motivation to get out and about in nature, with my camera, will last...






This cloud looks like a snow man and a snow woman are dancing the tango..The snow woman(left) is wearing bunny ears.













Saturday, August 25, 2018

Odd Summer

This has been one strange and stressful summer so far...The early months had me not leaving the house very often, unless somebody else was home..Simon, as you may have read about earlier in this blog, injured his spine..His healing and strict crate rest, continued into the early months of summer..


When Simon was well enough to be alone for a little while, I enjoyed morning walks..I also enjoyed get togethers with my family and besties..

Once Simon was healed, it was my turn to be under the weather, which I have been for a little while...

I found it essential to find stress /anxiety relievers...


Although Simon had to be on strict crate rest, we sometimes took outside patio breaks..I would
have to keep Simon on his pad on a very short leash and minimize his footsteps..


This beach is within 10 minutes of my home (by car)..One of my favorite morning walks..


         These gulls and I love to zone out on the beach..

     


It is refreshing to my body, mind and soul to take a morning walk shortly after a rain



I love the wildflower season anywhere..One of my favorite wildflower locations is this state park, very close to my house (by car).


A good stress reliever for me is to watch an incoming storm, especially at sunrise or sunset...







Coffee at a favorite local cafe with a friend..This was the view outside of our window..


                             A small pretty church across from the  cafe / tea room


While indoors at home, I enjoyed crocheting and spinning on my drop spindles..

Spinning wool yarn


Spinning yarn (singles) from a fiber blend of wool and roses

Plying my singles into a two ply yarn





A lotus scarf I crocheted using my hand spun wool yarn








A lotus scarf I am presently crocheting from silk yarn...








Last, but not least, a bracelet I quickly beaded..






I will have lots of fun wearing or gifting the projects that I have crocheted, spun and beaded :-))



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

Reminiscing

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"
postcard..
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 kateyestudio.com. 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.


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3-20-2018
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.

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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.


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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 https://iamchandralynn.com
Christine Brooks
Janice Darby https://janicedarby.blogspot.com
Kelly Warren https://happyshackdesigns.blogspot.com
Louise Mamet Dropsofeverything
Lynn Forester
Gloria Mercado Martin https://www.instagram.com/goldeglo/
Sheila Delgado sheiladelgado.com
Michele Matucheski http://sweetleafnotes.blogspot.com
Sherry Harmes
Suzette Rothlisberger http://desertskyblue.blogspot.com
Terry Owenby
Val Van der Poel https://mellowood.ca/art/index.html
Kathy Mac Intire Soul Sister Studio




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