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Friday, September 2, 2016

Back For Another Round

It seems that we've just blinked and August is over. Did I sleep through the last three months? And what did I do with my time?
   1. Planted my vegetable garden. Harvested my garlic and continuing reaping sauce tomatoes and            beans. A few summer squash, zucchinis and tasty asparagus Beets and carrots are coming along.
   2. Had a lawn sale...starting to downsize in anticipation of a future move. What did I need all that
       all that stuff for anyways? You know what they say..."Use it or loose it."
      what they say..."Use it or loose it" And I found more to sell  afterwards and planning another sale
      for next summer. More to downsize.
   3. Continuing my Bible College courses. Sent for what I thought was a Hebrew language course.
       Surprise! It turned out to be a Biblical Hebrew course. Not disappointed. I love the challenge!
   4. My art buddy and I are continuing to sketch on location when the weather isn't too hot. And
       and hasn't it been this summer?
Across the River

Gazebo at Central Square

Last week we took a day trip to visit the Golden Paints art gallery and store in New Berlin,NY. On the way back home we stopped in Sherburne, NY at the Rogers Enviromental Education Center.
We didn't have time to go through the whole park but we did take time to get some interesting pictures. Here are some of mine.:
That's a whole lot of lily pads!

Maybe these fish thought we were going to give them lunch.

The water was so clear we could see lots of fish in both ponds.

I'd love to go back and spend a day just exploring that place and sketching, of course.

The weather is cooler than it has been so I'm spending the afternoon outside playing with my pastels...while my unfinished quilt continues to glare at me as I walk past the doorway.

Happy Rosh Chodesh!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

And Here I Am Again!

My last post was only 9 days ago. If I can manage to keep posting this often I will consider my return to blogging a triumph. I'm still trying to get more into a routine but, alas, the veggie garden calls and I have to dodge rain, heat and weeds. (Didn't I weed that area just this morning? Well, they're b-a-a-c-k  before 6PM) The tomatoes are looking happier and the beans are up. However, my pepper plants were not thriving (the wind last week left them looking like they had been weed-wacked) so today they were plucked out and replaced with much happier plants.

I've been out and about this past week looking for things to photograph. A friend and I went to a local village to sketch. The object of our sketching was the lighthouse in the following photos. This is located near the mouth of Oneida Lake in NY State.

You can see a little bit of the river on the right side of the picture.

I won't show you my sketch but I plan on doing a watercolor painting of the lighthouse soon.

I also spotted a stand of pretty flowers at the edge of the wooded area.

Have a great week and, God willing, I'll be back sooner than later.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


It's not that I wanted to neglect blogland but distractions come and distractions go. And since life's distractions are in a lull, blogging has come closer to the forefront . At least, I'm going to give it a try again. So what have I been doing since my last post in October?

I've just finished up my Bible college class for this semester. Got 100% on my final and doing my victory dance! With that major item out of the way, my next class doesn't start until July 10th. So I have 5 weeks of playtime. Of course, there is always housework, cooking and working in the veggie garden but I think I can find time to play in blogland.

I'm still working on the quilt I shared in a couple of posts again. All winter I kept putting it off but have started quilting it again. (Yes, I am further along on this but I haven't a new picture of it.)  I figure that if I spend at least a half-hour a day on it, I'll be able to get it off the frame and on to the next quilt top in short order. I have two more tops to quilt and then I'll be putting the quilting frame up for sale. Hand quilting anything bigger than a wall hanging takes too long for me. I'll be quilting-as -you-go on the sewing machine for quilts in the future.

I've gotten my camera back out to use. Would you believe I forgot how to use some aspects of it? Duh? Had to get the manual out to get the instructions.

While I hunt out some new subjects, I leave you with a couple of pictures taken last year of the wildlife in my yard.


Have a happy day and thank you for visiting.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Some Different Art

I think I might be able to get back into regular blogging again, now that cool weather is settling in and the thought of that white stuff covering every inch of ground is something I'm trying to avoid. The garden bed is ready to plant garlic tomorrow. And with the last clean up of the patio clutter, I'm beginning to get that 'nesting feeling' again! That means more cooking, baking and creating.

If you've been following this blog for anytime, you would know that I love to create, be it quilting, making art, crafting, etc.

Last summer an artist friend and I played with wax painting. This is a new medium to us and we started out with inexpensive supplies such as leftover mat board, beeswax, crayons, etc. These are what I did in the summer of 2014.  Remember, this was just play. I wasn't trying to create anything recognizable, just trying to wok with something new.

Embellished with ribbons and findings.

What to do with that odd earring.

Shells and cheesecloth.

And this was this summer's endeavor:

Alcohol ink and glitter embellished.

Alcohol ink and gold leaf. I placed a ribbon hanger on this one and it hangs on a hallway wall.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Quilter Activated Again

Hi Everyone! Did ya miss me? It's been a busy year.  My dear husband is still on the mend from his stroke last April and is permanently retired now. It's been an adjustment not being on a upside down work schedule for both of us, a new chapter in our lives. And next summer, oh do we have a honey-do list for him to work on around the house and yard.

And as for me, after more than a year of not quilting, the quilts have been calling my name. We disposed of our spare bedroom set and that gave me the space to set up my quilting frame again. The following pictures show my latest quilt project, a quilt top that had be languishing in a drawer for untold years. There is another, larger one awaiting it's turn on the quilting frame too. And then there are the unfinished UFOs. shall I go on? LOL

This is just a teaser post. I have more to share...flora, fauna, art projects and whatever else I can cook up. I love all of you who follow my blog. It's good to be back in blogland. Hugs!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

It All Started When...

You probably wondered why I hadn't posted since March. I have no excuse for the time period between March 17 and April 15 of this year. Perhaps it was lack of motivation or creativity taking a vacation. Or I was still suffering from the doldrums and hadn't found my 'Spring' wings yet.

Now back to 'it all started when'...  First my husband's car developed a steering fluid leak. To the repair shop and a $2000 bill later.

Second, a bird flew into the roof vent for our stove hood and apparently got stuck. It could be heard off and on for 2 or 3 days making a racket, then silence. It must have escaped because there has not been any bad smell coming from the stove hood. 

Third, the worst thing happened. My husband Jerry suffered a stroke. He spent about 3 weeks in the hospital but he's been home now for a week and is well on the mend. The doctor was surprised and pleased at yesterday's office visit because my husband walked into the wheel chair or walker to assist! We are praising the faithfulness of YHVH for carrying us through this!

I came home from the hospital at 1 AM the first night Jerry was there and drove through deep puddles in our driveway. Yep, you guessed it. Something happened to the wiring in my car and the dome light wouldn't go out. If something wasn't done, it would cause the car's battery to drain. And I needed the car to get back to the hospital in the morning. Panic! Who could I call at 1 in the morning to fix it? Again, asking Heavenward, the idea came to take the light bulb out of the socket. Whew! I'm not the mechanical type so this was a major breakthrough for me. LOL

And lastly, while hubby was in the hospital, the thermostat for the furnace stopped working. 

You know that saying 'stop and smell the roses'? Well, it's too early for roses in our area so I'll just show you some spring flowers from my garden.

I forgot I planted these. These minis are about the size of a quarter.

One of my favorite sights in the spring.
 Hugs to all my followers. I won't be so long in posting next time. Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Who Doesn't Need A Touch Of Spring?

Well, it's raining right now and the snow is slowly melting. The driveway has turned into mud and even though that's very annoying (muddy boots and all) at least we can see some bare ground again. The squirrels have chased the birds away from the bird feeder so it has been removed until next fall. This winter we were entertained by the antics of the different birds. The sparrows and wren can get pretty feisty with each other just like human siblings. They all claim the birdseed as their own. We were delighted with the cardinal population this year. At on point we had 2 females and 4 males out there at the same time. And quite often there would be at least 3 males showing up all at once. I'm sorry I didn't take pictures but every time I got near the window the birds would spook.

However, the geranium cuttings I took last fall and brought into the house have started to bloom. I guess that will have to hold me until the spring bulbs make their entrance.

I just heard a roar and looked up at the window. The rain has stopped and the snow is at it again. Sigh....

Hugs everyone! Have a great week.