——so the calendar says.   After the rough winter we’ve had, everybody will be glad to see some sunshine, flowers and warmer weather.   Yesterday, officially, was the first day of Spring.  The sun was shining most of the day, and the temperature got into the 60’s. My camelia bush is the prettiest it has ever been since I moved here.  The blossoms are much larger, and there are considerably more of them. FullSizeRender The weather prediction for most of this coming week is for partly cloudy days and some rain showers.  I noticed the plum tree in Carol’s garden area had turned white, and the daffodils are starting to open up.  Hope to see some dogwood blossoms by next week. Enjoy!


Winter Freeze

I don’t know how cold it is where you are, but the high today is supposed to be 17 degrees. Keep warm wherever you are.

I have been taking it easy the last few days.  Had a nasty fall on Monday of last week going out my front door.  Have been dizzy ever since, so went to the doctor on Monday.  She ran a lot of blood tests, and I don’t have the results for those yet. Late Monday we got ice and sleet that made walking rather treacherous, especially with the low temperatures.  Yesterday afternoon we got some snow on top of the ice. Today the sun is shining, but with that temperature, there won’t be much melting.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing some of my favorite Zentangles — making Zendalas.  Here are a few patterns I have drawn using various degree spacing around the perimeter.

My Mandelas 4My Mandelas 2

My Mandelas 4 Unfortunately, I forgot to save some of the patterns before doing the Zentangles.

Here are a few of the finished Zendalas:My Mandelas My Mandelas My Mandelas 1


Don’t forget — Spring will be here in a month.  Thanks for stopping by.

Stained Glass Painting

I look at a web site quite often called Paint My Photo,which allows you to use any of their photographs as a reference for painting a picture.  Recently they had a challenge to do a “Stained Glass” painting from one of their images.  Here is the photograph I chose:IMG_1018

I had a 12 x 16 canvas on which I had been “playing”, so i gessoed it all over to cover up what was on it.  Then I proceeded to use this reference and paint it with acrylic paints.  Some of my paints were old and beyond use,but I found enough to paint the following:IMG_1017  I had some black India ink which I used with a small brush to separate the sections, and then painted a black acrylic border around, covering the sides of the canvas so it could be hung without framing.  I like this, so I think I will try a different one on watercolor paper using watercolors.  Will let you know how it turns out.

Thanks for stopping by.


Many animals hibernate when the weather gets cold and come out again only when it gets warmer.   One prime example –the groundhog.   It will be Groundhog day next week, so I decided it was time for me to come out of hibernation.

I have not been that busy –just a blah, do-nothing situation.  One thing happened during this time that i had wished for a long time. If you really want something for Christmas that is too expensive to ask Santa to bring you, you should go ahead and give that gift to yourself.   Example –  I have wanted to get an I-Pad for quite some time now, so this is the year I decided to give one to ME  as MY Christmas present from ME!IMG_1016

I have been busy learning to navigate this device since the system is quite different from my desktop MAC.   My desktop has the Snow Leopard system, and the I-Pad has the new Yosemite.  It is great, makes wonderful pictures, and I can sit in my lounge chair with my feel propped up and view all the sites I wish.

Have a good day.  See you again,(as soon as I get up from my lounge chair!) Tthanks for stopping by.


As most of you know, I am not a big fan of Facebook.  It is my belief that some of the hackers use Facebook to get into your emails, etc. I do know of one instance where my email was hacked and I traced it back to a Friend Request on Facebook.   Usually, I would open Facebook two or three times a week.  Recently, it has been once a week.  Now I have decided it might be even more infrequent.     So, if you are getting replies or comments  a little late, that is the reason.

Some things I learned from this “Facebook Fast” is that it can be such a theft of your time.   I would open it, intending to read one comment or post, and maybe an hour and a half later cut it off.  Most of what I had read was not pertinent or important to my every day life, SO—-I have decided to open it even more frequently. If you have a message that you want me to see or respond to, it would be better to email me.

I am not criticizing those who are on Facebook constantly, but just wanted to express my feelings about it being such a time stealer.  Enough of my soapbox for today.    See you later.

2014 in review

This is what the WordPress helper monkeys came up with as my recap of 2014.   Enjoy!!!!!              And a HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people.

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I just realized it had been over a month since I last posted.  Have been busy with the usual holiday activities.  The family here celebrated Thanksgiving with a dinner at Carol’s.  On the first Saturday in December, I had my annual Holiday Art Sale.  Sales were good, but very few people came.  It was the same day as the Chatham Open Studio Tour.  Will try to have it earlier next year.  Here is one picture of me talking with one of the customers.IMG_0905  Then on Monday of the following week. my painting group came for our annual Christmas luncheon.  Lots of yummy food and good fellowship!  Unfortunately, I forgot to make any pictures.

On The following day my Bible study group met to make Christmas cards for the visitation list at our church.  Here is Sue Klase with one of the cards she made.  Our Bible Study group leader, Nell, has a broken ankle from a fall in her home, so she couldn’t be with us.IMG_0907  Today, Saturday, the annual Christmas party of the Newnam family (Carol’s in-laws) was a busy day with about 46 at the luncheon.  We had a few snowflakes this morning, but it didn’t last long.  Here are some shots of the biggest crowd I have ever had in my house at one time:IMG_0910IMG_0915IMG_0914IMG_0912IMG_0911IMG_0908 Since there was a big UNC basketball game at the same time, Mark rigged up a device that would show the game on the wall of my living room so the folks would not miss the game.  It worked out well, and UNC WON–yeah !IMG_0909  Don’t know if I will have time to post again before Christmas.  If not, hope everyone has a wonderful day celebrating the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.     MERRY CHRISTMAS!