Thursday, January 18, 2018


It is COLD and blowing out there this morning.  I have a DDS appointment I would rather not be going to.  Slipped on the driveway ice yesterday and fell.  Very sore!!  Lucky I didn't break any bones.

Monday, January 15, 2018

January Mantel

On my mantel this month: Seth Apter, Elizabeth St. Hilaire, John Sokol, Robynne Engel-Pirkle, Kristen Powers, and Maggie Barbour.
I am SO very happy to be fortunate enough to own many beautiful works of art by many talented artists.  I am going to change my mantel every month to showcase the lovely art I have.  I will share each month.

 Seth Apter 
 Elizabeth St. Hilaire 
 John Sokol 
 Robynne Engel-Pirkle 
 Kristen Powers 
Maggie Barbour 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

365 Somethings 2018 Challenge

Day 1 - Manatee
Day 2 - Crab
I have my South Carolina friend, Pam, to thank for getting me involved in this challenge.  365 little pieces of art ~ one for each day of the year!  We plan to keep each other motivated.
I have chosen THE SEA as my theme.  I am pretty sure there are at least 365 things under all that water!  These little paintings/drawings are done on 4"x6" index cards ~ not a lot of time involved. It can be done daily or weekly.  Having been sick right out of the 2018 gate, I am behind already.  But, I will catch up.  It will be fun to have 365 little paintings on Dec. 31, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Another Special Christmas Gift

My great-nephews know me well.  The Sokol poster was a great Christmas gift, but this jigsaw puzzle from my other great-nephew is just as exciting to me.  I love doing jigsaw puzzles and how apropos that it's art supplies!!  Thank you, Jonathan.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 2nd and 3rd in my January Journal

This project is part of the Let's Get Makey Premium Group that I belong to.  It is intended to make us devote at least 10 minutes a day to painting during the month of January.
A beautiful end to a beautiful day.

🎶 Oh What a Beautiful Morning! 🎶

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Christmas 2017

One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year.  Quite the surprise from my great-nephew ~ Poster designed and signed by my high school/college friend, John Sokol.  Thank you, Samuel.

Day 1 January Journal Entry

Day 1 January Journal Entry  
Only 6 pages to go to catch up!! 

And Then There Was Light

Being sick cost me the entire first week of the New Year.  Happy to say I am feeling much like my old self this weekend, with just some coughing left to deal with.
The past two evenings I've worked on making a January Journal out of a jewelry catalog I received in the mail.  After a lot of gesso to reinforce the pages, some paint, and time ~ the cover is complete.  Now to fill it with 31 days of art!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Another Day Down

My view from the couch where I've been laying continuously (if not in the bed) since Saturday morning.  
Whatever this is, cold or flu, really hit me hard.  This evening I can finally sit up without my head pounding and the coughing is not every 2 minutes.  
Thank you for your get well wishes.  I sure hope to be back to normal in another couple of days.  Mr. Magic is doing better, thank goodness.  He was able to go to the grocery store today.  Our cupboards were bare!!

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year Colds

This is day 3 of Mr. Magic and I spending our time either in the bed or on the sofa.  We've been sick with colds ever since returning from Ohio Friday night.  Dear little Jake is just going back and forth sharing his time, hoping one day someone will play ball with him again.  His unconditional love makes being sick a little easier.

Sunday, December 31, 2017


I wish my family and friends a New Year of BLESSINGS, JOY, and GOOD HEALTH!  May each day be filled with light.  Live each day of this New Year with positive thoughts and let us spread PEACE everywhere we go.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Cold Bug Got Us

This is what the 3 of us did today off and on.  Jake is not sick, but Mr. Magic and I brought colds home with us from Ohio.  We are coughing and doing all we can to not let these colds get out of hand.  We are headed to bed for the night, hoping the coughing will not keep us awake.

Thursday, December 21, 2017


Couldn't help myself ~ bought this adorable "Jake" ornament yesterday!

Monday, December 18, 2017


WOW!!  So glad I watch the sky.  Early this afternoon I noticed rainbow colors in the cloud right under the sun.  I was blessed to have captured it as it wasn't there very long.

Spring in December

More like Spring than Winter today.  Sunny and 60*.

The Smell of Christmas

Nothing beats the smell of fresh cut pine!
High atop a mountain in Roanoke on Saturday.

Sunday, December 17, 2017


Climb the steps and imagine what/who you would like to find at the top.
It's your time to be Princess for the Day.  Celebrate YOU and your life.  And if you can, extend that celebration for a week or so.  I always do!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Annual Cookie Package

I just opened a package that came today from my dear friend in Ohio ~ Susie Spear Bruhn.  She never fails to send a box of her home made Christmas cookies!  They are SO pretty and always delicious!
Thank you, Susie!!!!!  

My Christmas Collection

 I had a fun time yesterday unwrapping my vintage altar boys and angels that I display every Christmas.  My collection has grown ~ not enough room on the mantel anymore, so I stretched them across the top of the bookcase.  Took closeups so you can see their sweet adorable faces.  I put some of the angels on the mantel.