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 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!

Monday, September 8, 2014


 I have been spending a lot of time up here, in our bedroom. We have a big window above the desk and it allows me a ton of natural lighting, it is also in the safest spot away from little grandchildren who are very eager to reach for anything I may be working on (including hot wood burning tools). When my desk is full, art (in process) gets stored on my dresser top. It can get a little messy at times, and I will need to figure out some better system of organization at some point. I felt I went through a phase in earlier years that I would get to a point on a piece of artwork, not finished but had to put all the supplies up; then I wouldn't have the motivation to drag everything out to start on it again. With it in our room I have the privacy and motivation to get back to the original work.
 Richard is such a trooper in all of this. He use to say he would love coming home and seeing a big mess on my art desk. I am sure I am putting that statement to the test! He is an Artist himself so he probably is more understanding of the chaos due to that. I am so grateful that he will cheerfully cut pieces of wood to my specifications and act like he doesn't even notice my cluttered corner(s) of our room.
The wood burned tree picture (which was taken in soft effect mode on my camera), ornament, and little cross necklace were gifts he made for me. The cute Halloween pumpkin picture is one he recently listed in his Etsy shop. If you would like to see some more of the beautiful handmade items he is selling click on this link: Richard's Wood Designs
If you have any questions on any of his wood designs or about shipping to different destinations feel free to message him in his Etsy shop. Or to me here, and I can pass that along to him. :)
Thank you for your comments and for stopping by and checking in with me over here. I appreciate your time, input, and thoughtfulness!
Blessings for a happy week...Gloria