Sunday, February 17, 2019

Artist Trading Card

I received my first artist trading card for our group's latest theme: Land Sleeping - Hibernation - Rejuvenation.
Thank you, Mariette Hebert, for this art card with the sleeping deer. It is so sweet and perfect for the theme. ♥ I'm pretty sure you intentionally sent me the deer because you know how much I love them.
I love the added papers - especially the "birds" napkin. Thank you.

Friday, February 15, 2019

J. Daniel Bernard Jr.

Sunday was not a good day. On top of losing my good friend, Susie ~ my cousin, J. Daniel Bernard also died on Sunday.
I will always remember him as energetic, fun, loving, always smiling, and positive thinking. I have good memories of time spent with him. Rest in Peace, Dan. You left your mark on this world. You will be missed and remembered by many. 

 Click this link to see Dan's obituary in the Canton Repository:

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day 2019

Loving Valentine Wishes to my Family and Friends!! 
♥ ♥ ♥ 
 Sharing some vintage "love".


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Susan Louise Spear Bruhn

The writer. The poet. The dreamer.
Her heart was large. Distance meant nothing to her if she loved you.
Her almost daily emails were fun, humorous, inspirational, informative. There were many emails, for many years. I loved receiving them and looked forward to them. I came to rely on her amazing memory. She could recite details from our childhood that brought tears of joy to my eyes.
She sent me Christmas Cookies every December that were the real thing. Nothing out there on the market can compare.
I hadn't seen Susie since High School. In 2008, she reached out to me via email, and our journey as good friends picked up where it left off many years ago. Thank you, Susie, for finding me. You enriched my life over these past 11 years and you've left me with wonderful memories.
I thank God for the Spear family ~ an example of true family love. God sent people like you to nurture others and show them the way.
Farewell, my sweet friend, until we meet again.
May Angels keep you wrapped in love.
 Click on this link to see Susie's obituary in the Canton Repository:

Susie with husband, Roland

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Susie Spear Bruhn

Susie Spear Bruhn
CCHS Class of 1966

My heart is heavy. I received news this evening that a dear old friend died this morning. Susie had been fighting ovarian cancer for several years and she lost her fight today.
My love goes out to her heartbroken family. Susie was SO special in many ways. I will miss her humor and her long emails. She loved keeping me informed about our grade school and high school classmates, as well as old friends from our neighborhood. We loved reminiscing about our days growing up in the northeast end of Canton, Ohio.
I am very happy that she was able to attend our 50th high school reunion and our class 70th birthday party. It was important to her to be there and I was happy to spend time with her at both events.
Keep watch over us, my dear old friend.  You were loved and you will be missed.

Thursday, February 7, 2019


 I am looking up at our pretty sky right now.  SO happy that at 5:45, it is still light out.  I did not like those dark at 5:00 nights!

Living the Creative Life

Wally, Margaret, Audrey, Tricia, Terry
 Our Living the Creative Life group met last night at the Grandin Village Co-op. Over the last month, we made valentines for each other and we had a lot of fun giving them out and gushing over the artistic touches each of us added to them.
A lot of laughter, good food from the hot bar, and our valentine exchange made for a great night.
We will meet again at the Co-op in March. Our theme is ANTHROPOMORPHIC.
 Handmade Valentines
These are the Valentines that I made.
These are the Valentines I received.
This is the inside of Wally's valentine. He drew the light of my life inside a pop-up heart ~ Jake!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A Fun Day with my Sister

 My sister and I took today for our alone day. We had a wonderful lunch at Olive Garden and then went to several places we've been wanting to. It was 74* out - so beautiful, warm, and Springlike! Loved it!
It was evening by the time we headed home.  It was an enjoyable day, but Michael's and ACMoore's cash registers have a lot more money in them now!!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Art Play Prompt

My interpretation
Week of 2/3/19 Art Play Prompt

Gorgeous February Sky

 After the big cold spell, the last three days have been Heaven - sunny and with Spring temperatures. Yesterday, I worked in the garage and did some raking in the flower gardens. Before coming in, I noticed the beautiful sky out back and in front. What a gift!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

IMBOLC Celebration

Yesterday was a gorgeous 60* February afternoon ~ a group of us celebrated IMBOLC - also called Brigid's Day (Feast Day of St. Brigid of Ireland) at Wally and Therry's.
We were welcomed at the door by this wonderful Brigid Cross that Wally made. The many different foods that graced the table were colorful and tasty. Wally made homemade chocolates that are always divine.  I brought a fresh fruit plate.
Imbolc is a Gaelic traditional festival celebrating releasing winter and welcoming spring. It is held on February 1st or 2nd, or about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
Thank you, Wally and Therry, for another fun celebration!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Angel Mother

HAPPY BIRTHDAY my beautiful angel Mom!!!
This is a photo of you when you were 21. You were a woman of beauty in all ways ~ physical, inner, and spiritual ~ every day of your 96 years here on earth.
You are loved and missed SO much.
Those of you who see me on a regular basis, will recognize that gold heart on mom's necklace. Her father gave it to her on her 21st birthday and she gave it to me many years ago. It never leaves my neck.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

While taking a piece of furniture into my consignment booth yesterday, this one calmly watched me drive by.
Hoping my Ohio friends are staying warm.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

On My Mantel

 On my mantel today:
Robynne Engel-Pirkle, John Sokol, Karen D. Milstein, and Debra Keirce.
I need to frame these, but wanted to display while waiting for that to happen. I truly love the paintings I own ~ I don't have the wall space to hang all of them, so I rotate on the mantel.
 "In Due Time" by Robynne Engel-Pirkle
 "Afternoon in the Weeds" by John Sokol
 "Roses" by Karen D. Milstein
 "Forecast for January" by John Sokol
"Instinct" by Debra Keirce