Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Poolside

My walk took me by the pool area. No, not going swimming, just enjoying the sunshine and flowering plants.




 

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Sunday, Fun Day

Washing windows was not on my dance card today but I felt whimsical, so why not. Painting was on my list so I'm multitasking.   




Friday, April 12, 2024

Frayed

Not me, I'm cool as a cucumber! Life is still lifey. 



Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Eclipse

It was a very veggie day with some eclipse thrown in. I had eclipse glasses so I was able to view the partial eclipse but alas, none for my phone or camera so eclipse shadows are all I have photo-wise.





Monday, April 08, 2024

Blowin' in the wind

This little froggy is the top of a small wind chime. He used to hang outside my kitchen window in my house in Georgia. Then he stayed in a drawer at my previous apartment because they had a 'no wind chime' rule. Now he hangs on my porch and happily swings in the breeze. 

 


Saturday, April 06, 2024

Enthusiasm

"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm." ~Sidonie Gabrielle Colette


Enthusiasm and creativity, I'll take a cup of each, please. 


This photo was taken because I was perturbed (enthusiastically) that the neighbor's visitors had left their shoes scattered (creatively) in the breezeway.



Happy Saturday!

  

Friday, April 05, 2024

Inspiration

Inspiration requires seeing, looking, noticing.

It was a Thursday.  The first Thursday in April. Changes needed to be made. Healthy changes - physical and mental.

Later: Couldn't fall asleep so I read some of my old blog posts. I used to share much more of my thoughts and feelings than I do today. What's changed? Life. Death. Loss. Getting older. Fewer shutter clicks. Have I ceased to recognize the inspiration all around me?

Sigh, so much work to do.


Meanwhile, inside the china cabinet:



Monday, April 01, 2024

April 1





April. I had an enjoyable Easter, spent with family. And yes, Angie was missed very much. Each holiday brings sorrow anew; milestones we'd rather not meet. 

It seems 2024 is on track to proceed at full speed, so hang on to your hats.

Almost forgot the blueberry, feta, and caramelized onions pizza!




 

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Shell Game

Mixing neutral colors was an interesting exercise, as well as discovering the different hues of the shell.



Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Monday, March 25, 2024

Be a Berry

This project is a work in progress. The basic idea is a color study of - whatever.





Sunday, March 24, 2024

Take a peep

This will be a series. I have been stuck - both with the camera and the paint brush. I found inspiration from @gardenercook on Instagram (Lorene Edwards Forkner) and I have so many ideas for this color study method.



 

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Spring


Spring snuck up on me this year. My thoughts have been elsewhere. But here we are at the vernal equinox. The temps are near freezing this morning but due to recent warm days, everything is beginning to bloom. 


I read this morning that Frans Lanting passed away a few days ago. He was an amazing photographer. I first saw his work at the LOOK3 photography festival several years ago. https://lanting.com/

 

Monday, March 18, 2024

Biscuits

I can't tell you how many different biscuit recipes I have tried over the years. None were light, flaky, tasty. So many recipes. So many failures. Well, I believe I have achieved a biscuit worthy of the name.  March 18, 2024 - a day to remember.

Disclaimer: I found this recipe on YouTube 


The recipe:

2 cups sifted self rising flour
1.5 cups heavy cream
Work dough, folding several times
Press to .5 thickness 
Cut Biscuits 
Put in pan, sides touching
Brush tops with beaten egg
Bake 450 for 15 minutes 
Brush tops with melted butter


Monday, March 11, 2024

A New Week

A new week has begun and I'm hoping my emotions will be on a more even keel. It has been very hard to accept that Angie is gone. So hard. The slightest thing can have me in tears. 

This photo is from 2002, one of the windows on the Ponce Inlet lighthouse in Florida. I believe this was taken with my Sony F707.



  

Saturday, March 02, 2024

Clockwork


 The porch lights will come on at dusk,

And they'll go off four hours later.

Like clockwork.

I'll manage to fall asleep

And dream strange dreams.

I'll wake before dawn,

like clockwork.

The day will pass,

Somehow.

Each hour like clockwork.

Distractions, so welcome,

Move me forward. 

And yet, time has stood still since you left.

The sun and the moon continue their dance

Across the sky. 

The stars shine and the waves crash, 

Like clockwork.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Let there be light

"I can do it myself." It's difficult for me to ask for help. If there is any way possible, I will do it myself. I know my limitations though, electrical problems for example. Sometimes, I have gotten into trouble. Like when I painted my entire great room and ended up with bursitis in my shoulder. And more recently, pulling two heavy bins out of the storage room. That was months ago and I'm still having shoulder issues. I've lived alone for fifteen years now and I've learned that if I want it done, I'll probably have to do it myself. And so, this morning I was on a ladder, replacing burnt out bulbs in my patio lights.



 

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Worn

I realized yesterday that my bible is 70 years old. It was given to my sister on her eleventh birthday. After she passed away, mom gave it to me. It's full of memorabilia- wedding notices, funeral cards, birth announcements; all the milestones of life.

The zipper is coming loose, c'est la vie. 



Friday, February 09, 2024

Rose and Rose

This is a rose from one of Angie's funeral bouquets, lying on top of a watercolor rose that I painted earlier.




It takes concerted effort not to allow grief to envelop you, keeping you rooted in a place of sorrow and heartache. 
 

Thursday, February 08, 2024

Dearest Angela

My beautiful, precious daughter-in-law passed away suddenly. We are devastated; our hearts are broken. She was loving, caring, thoughtful. She loved my son completely and was his best friend. Her son was her pride and joy. He's grown into a wonderful young man. 


The sun will rise again in a few minutes. And we will wonder how can that be, that the world goes on without our precious one. 



Wednesday, February 07, 2024

Now you see it

This blog may have outlived its public availability. I thought of leaving it as is and creating a new, private blog but more than likely I will make this one private. 


Thanks to those who have checked in over the years. Peace.  


Update: I've decided not to allow ONE person to have this much negative  impact on me. 

Sunday, January 14, 2024

This and That

Miscellaneous photos from the weekend. An Eastern Bluebird (2012), soft pastels, two work areas (photo editing and painting), and Saturday's pizza. 






Thursday, January 11, 2024

Northern Cardinal

I miss my bird feeders. If all other photo ops failed, I could count on a bird or two showing up for a meal. This cardinal is from January 2011, shot with my D700/80-400mm lens. I loved the bits of snow on his tail feathers. 


 

Sunday, January 07, 2024

The Starburst


I watch the sunrise.
The sky is all kinds of color
But I wait.
I want to see the starburst.
When the sun breaks the horizon
And I know for sure that
It's a new day
Because that's something, 
Isn't it?

 

Thursday, January 04, 2024

KIA Care



Took my car in for service today. Service department waiting rooms are always a unique experience. Besides the coughing and sneezing, the TV was turned to ancient game shows; one of the prizes was a color tv. Anyway, oil changed, tires rotated, and the daytime running light is working once more. I need a nap.
 

Monday, January 01, 2024

New Year?


This is a photo from January 2008. We were on top of Stone Mountain in Georgia.  I miss my dark hair.

Here we are - 2024. As expected, I did not stay awake until midnight. Ready or not, a new year has begun. However, according to some theoretical physicists, time is a social construct and is not an absolute. It's all very Einstein-ey, but I like the wibbley wobblyness of it. So, welcome to 2024 or maybe not.