Sunday, July 9, 2017

It has been awhile.......



Dear old world... you are very lovely, and
I am glad to be alive in you.
                                                    Anne of Green Gables

I find these words quite fitting for me as of late. Once again this Spring
I had to have my cardiologist do a little work on me.I am now the proud owner of three stents (total), one last year and two this year. Now I love my doctor but I told him we won't be meeting like this
again.
I highly recommend the Fitbit watch. It has made a world of difference for me. My son bought it for
me so I could track my steps and heart rate (BPM). It also is fantastic for tracking your food intake. I named it Coach as thats what it does.( I name everything...car is the Silver Fox, etc) Back to the Coach. It lets me know when I need to get more steps in, alerts me when I have reached my goals,
even tracks my sleep patterns. It just offers so much and I am really loving it. There is a park near by that is built around a cow pasture, that I love to do my walking on. It has a one mile path around it and I get to talk to the cows and one lazy lamb.LOL The views of theCascade Mtns and Mount Si are all around you. A really fun place to get ones steps in. I try for 8500 a day and yesterday did 13000. I knew it when I woke up this morning. But Im right back at it or I'll  hear from the coach. All in all I am feeling great.
Am finally finishing up all the log home restoration, which started last Nov. I thought it would
never end. Now on to the landscaping. I am still thinking about selling. Houses are being snapped up almost immediately here. But not sure where I want to relocate so am taking my time.
My painting was on hold for awhile as there just was to much happening around here with workmen , etc. But I am starting up again. Mostly cards for now. My studio still needs to be gone through and organized. Yes I know... but it will be done, I promise, maybe....😉😉  .
Cooper and Max are still my sidekicks and into everything.
Don't they look like innocent angels, NOT. But I wouldn't have it any other way.
Will be back soon , I hope, with paintings. 
Hope you all are having a wonderful summer.
Hope to hear from you soon if you have not given up on me.😊

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring is Coming! (fingers crossed)

The bunny has spoken. Enough of the snow and 
rain. Enough you hear. Warm weather must come
soon. It is almost tulip time in the Skagit Valley.
I have a sneaky feeling it may be a bit late.
But it will come.
These are my new cards I just put on Etsy.
I am sure you all have had enough of winter.
I have had enough for the year. We have had snow, snow and more snow.
Now we are into rain and warnings of mudslides.
I think this has been the strangest  year for weather.
How has it been for all of you?

Friday, February 3, 2017

Cupid and Hearts Time


 Yup it's that time again...


 So I had to get busy with cards and paint...
and Ley my imagination roam...
I just kept coming up with more....
hearts....
and then just for fun...
I am still re-organizing the studio. I took before pictures
which I will try to find the nerve to show you once I am done.
You will then realize all that I have been going through. It 
requires lots of chocolate and snacks....LOL
During all this time I have been having the house glass
blasted removing all stain, etc on the logs and then totally 
redoing it. A great crew working in all kinds of nasty weather.
They have had to stop and wait for warmer weather to do the staining.
What they were able to get done before the nasty weather looks fantastic.
So you can see I have been busy. But I will catch up more soon. 
Happy hearts ,flowers and CHOCOLATE day!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy 2017!

A chilly 21 degrees welcoming in the new year.
But oh so beautiful!
Spending the day reading, painting and telling myself to
RE-ORGANIZE MY STUDIO.
(thought by using caps, I might actually start to do it)
😏😉
Happy New Year Everyone.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Wishing You a Merry Holiday




Weather has turned cold again
so we may have a white
Christmas!
Have fun and enjoy this special
time of the year!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Life Just Gets in the Way Sometimes

Hi and yes I have not put anything on the blog 
since July. Not that there wasn't anything to 
"bark" about...actually there was just to much going on. I  
decided to have the house totally redone on the outside.
it took a great deal of time to find the right company to do
the job. They are glass blasting all the logs right down,
removing all the stain and redoing the whole thing. This is really a process.
We had one more day of blasting and things ground to a halt
do to freezing weather and then unexpected snowwwwwwww!
On top of all this I had cataract surgery on Thursday and driving was
not good. But my son came to the rescue again.  The surgery was a lot easier
than I thought it would be, with great results.
I guess I won't be working in the yard today.LOL But it sure is
beautiful. It is turning to rain and then back to snow later.
  
I have been busy painting cards and making journals for the local shops
and Etsy.

an enjoying the Christmas lighting over in
Snoqualmie. I shall try to be more prolific with
my blogging.


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Finished Paintings for the Art Walk

"Figs" watercolor on tengucho papers 

 "Mountains" mixed media

 "Forest" mixed media

 "Ocean" mixed media

 "Red Bicycle" watercolor   (sold)

"Floats" acrylics

What a fun beautiful warm sunny night for the Art Walk in Snoqualmie.
My paintings are at the Bindlestick.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

I am a New Lady...............!

Flowers from my dear friends in town


Me
                                                      I have been away but not by choice...
                                                  On Fathers Day my son and I were walking
  1. up our long driveway when I had to stop
  2. because I started having pains in my chest and having trouble
  3. catching my breath. Then my mouth went numb.
  4. So he drove me to emergency and they thought I
  5. was having a heart attack. So by ambulance to the big city hospital.
  6. Tests after tests came back normal but the
  7. cardiologist were not buying it and wanted to do an 
  8. angioplasty. So they scheduled it and had surgery the 
  9. next day where they found a 99% percent blockage.
  10. Long story short I have a shiny new stent inside me 
  11. and I am now feeling much more better.
  12. Glad to be alive!!!! 
  13. I usually don't write about all this stuff but I felt there
  14. were a few things I could point out.
  15.  For weeks I was always feeling tired.
  16. I had had some chest pain but thought it was
  17. acid reflux.
  18. My jaw had been sore on the right side for 
  19. some time.
  20. I was winded going up the stairs.
  21. My complexion was pale.
  22.  
  23. I just didn't add it all up. I had had a physical
  24.  and all was fine. So ladies be aware our 
  25. symptoms are not the same as men's.
  26. I was so lucky that my son was there, that the
  27.  doctors were not fooled by my first set of tests
  28. and it was caught in time.
  29. So take the time to listen to your body.
                                                                  It will pay off big time.
  1. I am anxious to get back to painting. 
  2. Sorry about the numbers on the left. This happened once
  3.  before and I can't remember how to get them GONE.....!*** :-( 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Where Did May Go................

 Wow we are into June already. My Dogwood is heavy with beautiful blooms.
At night they light up the  yard magically. 
 Over in Snoqualmie  the train running again on its summer
schedule and is fun to watch especially the children.
 I was asked to do some Fathers Day cards. Why I always 
equate fathers day and fish I don't know...but I like this fish 
as he is very colorful.
So I made some funny and some serious cards.
 I survived by the skin of my teeth finishing up
Every Day In May for the sixth year in a row.
I had so much going on this year it was hard to keep up.
But so worth it in the end. Can't wait for year seven for me.
The first year I made a case for my work and after that
the next five years were made into books.
I know, I know you've seen this before...
but I need a nap now!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mothers Day at Kubota Garden

 My son took me to the Kubota Garden in Seattle for a 
mothers day stroll. We spent hours there just marveling
at this beautiful peaceful place.
Fujitaro Kubota (born 1879 in Shikoku Island, Japan)
emigrated to the US in 1907 and started the garden in 
1927,  The garden was completed in 1962.  Fujitaro Kubota
passed away in 1973 at the age of 94.
 I am totally amazed at all that this one man completed. It is 
now a historical landmark. It was acquired by the
 city of Seattle from the Kubota family in 1987.
 I found it to be so peaceful and beautiful it was
hard to leave.There were so many pathways to 
travel .So many bridges and waterfalls, ponds,
magnificent stones and unusual plants.
 My photos do not do it justice.
Many Koi all different colors.
What a wonderful day with my son. He is a keeper.
I hope you all had a wonderful day too!

Friday, April 29, 2016

New Cards and Gift Tags





Cards are on Etsy and gift tags are at local shops
and I am going to take a nap!
More later it has been a very l-o-n-g week.
Have a fun weekend everybody.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Continued from Last Post.

More of the old but glorious cherry tree.


So many big blossums,

Purple mini rhodie


A lovely peach rhodie with bell shaped flowers.

My favorite "face flowers" the pansies. I worried 
about them as one day it was very warm and the next
morning they were covered in snow. :-(

Bellflowers

The flower in this photo belongs on a 
ground cover that spreads quickly. 
Has varigated leaves and I use them in some of my pots as
they trail nicely. Can't remember the name, sorry.
I had them in a garden and they took over so ripped 
some out and tossed them in part of our shady woods. I underline
tossed and two years later they had become a lush ground cover.
Last but not least the start of my crimson azalea patch.