Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Outside my window tonight.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Good Monday Morning !!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The bluebirds had fun playing in the birdbath today.
Rest in Peace
Anna M. Theiss
8-23-1923  ~  9-10-2014
Casey's Paternal Grandmother has been living in a nursing home in South Carolina close to Casey.  After 91 years of life, on Wednesday afternoon the Angels took her home to be with our Lord, her husband John, and her son Jim (Casey's Dad).

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sending wishes to Ohio to you, my dearest friend of 50+ years.  You've been my confidante, my secret-keeper, the one who has held the bucket for my tears to fill, the one who has made me snort from laughing too hard, the one who was ALWAYS there to do everything with, to share everything with, to fill my life with joy and love.  Thank you for filling my heart with each and every memory.  It is difficult to live 400 miles away after having always been just around the corner.  But, I know that with one call, one email, or one quick visit, the months and miles melt away, and it's like I never moved away. 
Jan., 1968 at BGSU

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday

1967 ~ College Days at Kent State University

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


We dropped Jake off at the Vet's at 7am this morning.  Just picked him up.  It has been a month since his accident.  He had Xrays, nails clipped, teeth cleaned and a tooth extraction, plus all the normal 6 month tests.  Having anesthesia and several medications throughout the day, he is feeling quite groggy.  All reports good, but one more month of inactivity and crate rest for the little guy.  So very happy to have him back home with us. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

One Human Family, Food For All

Based on an ancient story about hunger and sharing...   The "allegory of the long spoons" teaches us that when we struggle to feed only ourselves, everyone goes hungry.  But when we focus on our neighbor's hunger, we discover there are ways to feed everyone.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Whirlwind Week

I suddenly can breathe.  It has been a whirlwind week.  Getting the finishing touches done for the Floyd art show had me quite stressed.  My sister and her husband have been here from Ohio.  We spent two days in my consignment spaces reworking them and getting many items ready to take in for Autumn and Halloween.  Jake had a vet appointment and I had a doctor appointment.  And, of course, the day to day tasks are always with us.
I am going to take it slow today, enjoying every minute of the day, feeling no pressure to get anything in particular done. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Oddfella's Cantina ~ Floyd, Virginia

 It was off to Floyd, Virginia, early this morning to hang our Living The Creative Life Art Show.  I hung the following 9 pieces in Oddfella's Cantina where they will hang through September and October.
8" x 8" Acrylics
 "Floral Pop"
8" x 10" Mixed Media
 "Remembering The Hostas"
9" x 12" Mixed Media
6" x 6" Acrylics
 "Beaded Tree"
8" x 8" Mixed Media
 "Sunshine Fire"
                         Mixed Media                        
"Heart of Mine"
6" x 6" Torn Paper
"Sweet Song"
8" x 10" Mixed Media
18" x 36" Mixed Media

Thursday, September 4, 2014

1933  ~  2014
Actress, Comedian, Writer, Producer and Television Host

Throwback Thursday

Audrey with her "Miss Sniff" book

My sister, Patty, took this photo of me in August, 1952 (4 years old).  She entered it in a contest that the local newspaper, The Canton Repository, was having.  She won!  This must have been the beginning of my love for books.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014


This was a fun piece to make.  I cut up some old wood and made some sunshine!!!
My dear old friend, I wish you a colorful day and your best year yet.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mixed Media Piece for Floyd, VA, Show

 We hang the Floyd show in one week.  At this point, I will finish what I can and hope for the best.  I finished this mixed media piece last night. 

The Sweetest Surprise

I received the sweetest surprise in the mail.  I ordered a print from my friend, Constanza, who lives in California.  The beautiful print arrived yesterday along with a small package.  When I opened the little package, there was no stopping the tears.  There, wrapped with love and made by Constanza, was this adorable little pin.
It is attached to a tag that she drew a frame around and at the bottom ~ the sweetest sentiment ~ "for Jake's recovery".
How sweet is the little dachshund that she stitched on fabric?  There is a "J" charm attached and a beautiful little "Our Lady Miraculous Medal".  
I showed it to Jake and he touched it with his nose.  How could he not heal completely with Our Lady watching over him.
♥  Constanza, thank you.  You have touched my heart.  ♥
Not only does Constanza paint beautifully, she also stitches on fabric, making the sweetest art.  You will enjoy a visit to her Blog.  Click here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Not sure of the year or who the two girls on the right are ~ probably neighbors.  I only posted this photo because it is such a cute picture of Patrick.  I do NOT look happy about being in this "car washing" group.  Patrick looks VERY happy.  Perhaps he was supervising ~ cheering me on to scrub harder?  Always the good "big" brother, watching over me.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jake's Special Vet

We just returned home and put Jake back in the crate.  I think it did him some good to get out for a bit.  I was very happy to see his weight back up to his normal 6 pounds.  He was getting quite thin after the accident, but he is eating on a normal schedule now and has put the weight back on.  After examining him, Dr. Mitchell says Jake is doing real well.  She did, however, stress how important it is that we keep him in the crate and keep his activity at a very low level for a good while yet.  One jump and he could do a lot of damage to his healing fractures. He will be spending the day at the Vet's in a couple of weeks - they will be sedating him to take X-rays, cut his nails, and clean his teeth.  I hope those X-rays show a big improvement in his pelvic fractures.
Dr. Mitchell has been wonderful in her care of Jake for the last three years.  Unfortunately, this was our last visit with her as she is leaving the Pet Hospital that we go to.  Just married last Saturday, going on her honeymoon, and then starting a new job ~ She has much to look forward to and I wish her a lifetime of happiness.
Jake says "thank you" Dr. Mitchell!!  You will be missed. 

Checkup Time

Taking sweet baby to Vet appointment for checkup this afternoon. It has been almost three weeks since the accident.  Hoping for a very good report. ♥

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lunch with Friends

As always, lunch was wonderful at Nawab Indian Cuisine today.  But the real joy was time spent with Tricia Scott and Ibby Taylor Greer.  Laughter was the main ingredient ~ something we all need a good dose of from time to time.  Thank you girls for a fun lunch.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Morning Fog

We woke to heavy fog this morning.  As it settles over the valley in back of the house, I have to appreciate its short lived beauty.  It is like magic hiding the mountain that lurks beyond the trees ~ a tease showing me what it would be like if the mountain was truly not there. I sigh with relief as the mountain appears, while like more magic, the fog disappears. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday

July, 1951 ~ Enjoying an ice cream cone with Patrick on that good old back porch.  It was small, but we sure put it to good use.  We also had a wonderful front porch on this little bungalow.  Spent a lot of time out there, as well.  Back then, all the houses had big front porches and in the evening everyone sat out on them.  Neighboring was a big part of our life growing up.  I believe my love of porches came from my childhood.  Notice I have no shoes on again.  To this day, I prefer not having shoes on.  
Wishing I could be enjoying a cone with Patrick right now.
Thinking of you today with love, my Oregon friend.  I find it comforting to know that I have a friend who lives way over on the West Coast.  
Knowing you will be celebrating the day of your birth makes me wish I could be there to join you.  I hope the day brings you much joy and love.  You are so deserving.
I had planned to send Mom's Coreopsis seeds to arrive on your Birthday.  Sad to say, they are still setting on my desk.  On the bright side, every time I see the little bag of seeds, I think of you.  You will get them one day.
Have a special beautiful day, Jan!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


I've long wanted to have a studio somewhere other than in my home.  I have found that creating at home has way too many distractions and it takes me a long time to finish a project.  Having a studio alongside other artists has many benefits - comradery, support, inspiration - to name a few.  I'm thinking I might be more apt to make some "messy" art if my studio was elsewhere.  
I toured the Art Studios at 202 Market Gallery yesterday with my sweet friend, Tricia.  We were both SO excited, met some lovely friendly artists, and discussed the pros of renting a studio there. One nice benefit is that our art would be hung in the Gallery and on the walls outside our studio.  202 Market also participates in Roanoke's Art By Night, which draws a nice crowd.  There are only a few studios empty and decisions need to be made. Tricia jumped on one that she loved, and I found one that suited me.  There are many things I have to take into consideration and I am having a difficult time deciding.  I will take some time to hash this over and I hope to make the right decision.
Even if I don't rent a studio, I will visit 202 Market Gallery often.  It has been one of my favorite places to go for many years.  Over the years, I have dreamed of having a studio there.  Opportunity is knocking on my door!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Heart of Mine

I am  frantically working on several art pieces that are all in unfinished stages.  Our Creative Life group will be having a show hanging at Oddfella's Cantina in Floyd during September and October.  I need to get myself in high gear.  Thank goodness, I can use my hand.  I knew about this all summer, but life insisted on keeping me out of the studio.  I finished this torn paper piece yesterday ~ "Heart of Mine".

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Do you think this man loves this dog?  
He has barely left Jake's side since the accident.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sweet Jake's Recovery Time

 "All I get to do is rest, rest, and more rest!"
 Checking out the neighborhood
 "We have to go back inside ALREADY?"
 Daddy's Tender Loving Hands
"But WHY do I have to stay in this contraption?"
Jake is recovering.  He is able to walk a little when we take him outside to do his business, but his back legs are a little off kilter and shaky.  He has been SO good about staying in the crate when we can't be right with him.  He is not going to be happy about being kept inactive once his fractures start to heal real well.  Vet said 2-3 months!  We will be nutcases. He has some intestinal woes we are dealing with.  We hope to get that back to normal quickly.  Jake says "thank you" for the well wishes and prayers.