Tuesday, November 18, 2014

At the pumpkin patch

Trying to create those Autumn memories for the grandchildren and family. Choosing a pumpkin to carve is always so much fun; these photos were taken a couple of days before Halloween. It is a challenge to get Kai to stand still long enough to get a good photo of him. He is always running or climbing to his next destination! Dylan and Zoe are growing up way too fast. Eeeek! All of the grandchildren are!!!
I think this watercolor painting will be the last Autumn art for this season (this is a cropped version of the original). It was inspired by our local park, that Sophie has affectionately named: The Duck Park.  I have been busy working on a lot of Christmas art as well; several projects at once (been totally loving it, being so absorbed into the art that I lose track of time). Trying to get those done (and dried), so I can share images with you here, and to list some of them in my Etsy shop. I also have been occupied with the grandchildren and family, which is always a good thing! :)
I hope you are all enjoying the beauty of the Fall Season. I have been enjoying seeing the leaves change colors (finally), and loving the cooler weather. I did take a few Christmas decorations out of one of our boxes, mainly for a photo session with some of the Christmas artwork I am creating. I am trying to hold off on the rest of the Christmas décor until after Thanksgiving. Every year it is a little hard for me to hold back on it. Are any of you in the same boat with me?
  Our oldest daughter Candice has her (artificial) tree up already and many of her Christmas decorations out. She has always been the Christmas girl at heart. Listening to a Frosty the Snowman album on her red record player as a little girl. Such fond memories of her singing those tunes and putting up her own decorations in her bedroom (just like the little girl on the movie Prancer... :)).
Happy day to you!
Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Desert Beauty in Utah

 Some of the pretty views I was blessed to see while visiting with my mom, and family in Utah. These photos above were taken at a family friend's home. Photographs can only show so much you know, but you try your best to capture what you can. The beautiful memories of feeling the refreshing raindrops will stay with me though. I didn't catch any of that with my camera, due to dancing in it. I wish all of my family and friends that have been living in drought-stricken California could have been here to share in the joyous experience with me!
Below: Hope; a mixed-media/collage painting that I just listed in my Etsy shop. Candice, our oldest daughter says this one reminds her of cotton candy! :) I have been making quite a bit of polka dot artwork as of late (some that I still need to photograph to share). I believe my mind and heart must be imagining them to be a bit like raindrops!

Friday, October 10, 2014

October Views, and a Rain Dance Memory

I am enjoying Autumn, I hope you are too. Cooler at night, but we are still hoping and praying for more rain! 
Speaking of rain... I forgot to tell you that I was able to dance in the rain (a mild rain dance...I didn't go too wild and crazy, it was just a mild sort of rain shower). Not in California...in Utah, while visiting with my mom and family. My sister Julie even took a video of it on her IPAD, which was another reason I didn't get too wild and crazy! ;) The shower was a wonderful sight to see and feel...the rain coming down; the sun gleaming through the clouds. Out in the amazingly beautiful red desert!! A few minutes after the sunshine-filled rain drops had fallen a full size rainbow magically appeared over the desert landscape. I kid you not! A blessing indeed. It felt like it was a true gift from God, and I honesty raised my hands in thanksgiving to Him! Now, as I type all of this, I am wondering why in the world I didn't post some of the desert rainbow pictures instead!? Oh well, maybe my next blog post will have to be of those photographs. :)
Happy weekend!!!! :)
blessings to you,

Monday, September 29, 2014

There is no place like Mom's home

This place up in the mountains...
-woodsy surroundings-
-familiar family faces-
-relaxing on the front porch-
-early Thanksgiving dinners-
-laughter among siblings-
- playing dominos-
-walks up to the cemetery-
-late-night talks-
-goodnight hugs-
-raindrops going pitter-patter-
-the simple life-
Just a few of the comforts of my mom's home.
xoxo....Love you mom, most of all!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Earth, wind (MORE wind), and fire

I know Fall is almost here, but I thought before it arrived I would share some photos from one of our summer trips with you. The grandchildren had a blast here. They always love these memories of: tent camping, sunshine, water, dirt, food, & fire-pit-marshmallow-roasting (not so much the primitive bathroom facilities; spiders, and creepy crawlies), but just about everything else.
It is very beautiful, I admit, the great outdoors...:) I do love the peaceful views!
 However, this place (Madeiros Recreation Area) can deliver a ferocious wind that picks up at night that is very far from calm & peaceful. If we were in a reality t.v. series I am sure all of you (and us) would have had a tremendous laugh watching our night replay. Us (four) adults didn't sleep very soundly listening to the wind rustle over the tent all night long.  Accompanying the whistling wind, and waves lapping against the shore; I could hear the sound of Richard's trusty hammer pounding tent stakes every half hour or so into new locations (even tying ropes from the tent to our car). His plan: to hold the tent in place so it wouldn't fly off into the night sky with the family in it. Or at least in the hopes it wouldn't topple over on all of our heads! We have camped here a few times before, we experienced this in the past. We just hoped the winds wouldn't choose to visit us so strongly again. You just never can tell?
When we talked about the noisy and sleepless night the next morning the grandchildren asked, "what wind!?, Grandpa was up all night hammering new tent stakes?" ... "Oh, really? We didn't hear a thing!" 
As Fall, Winter, and Spring approaches our (adult) memories fade. Then grandpa may say,,,"it would be a good, and fun memory-maker to take the grandkids camping. Don't you think!?" :)
I am getting ready to hit the road again. I will be meeting up with my little sister on a flight; then the two of us will be shuttle-busing it to go visit our mom, and a couple of our siblings & their spouses. I am pretty excited to be able to spend some time with them. It can be hard on a family when you live in different parts of the Country far away from each other, which so many of us do these days. You have to cherish the opportunities you are given!
Have a happy week! :) Thanks for your sweet visit!