My zinnias survived the moving van. I lost a couple plants and about 30 blooms, but honestly, that's a drop in the bucket of what is out there. It still looks beautiful. The neighbors did move out. I thought this would mean that our neighborhood would be quieter, but instead, they are fixing up the … Continue reading Sunshine on a cloudy day
Stay the course! Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Be positive. Stay positive. Don't let the messed up world we live in get me down. Remember my blessings. Always remember to be good and kind. Remember I am unique and my situation is unique and my marriage is unique. I love my husband. He … Continue reading Note to self
This time of year, in our neck of the woods, zucchini are everywhere! They grow so fast and furious when the heat comes on and boy have we had the heat. We have been eating zucchini since May. I have been thinking about making chocolate zucchini cake for a couple weeks now. My mom used to make … Continue reading An afternoon of baking: Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Sunday's "take me away" painting, 16" x 20", oil on canvas Not sure why Sundays are so difficult for me, but considering how many times I have written about it, it is a real thing. I am actually looking forward to Mondays these days as we get back on a schedule. Sundays should feel open … Continue reading Take me away
I did it. I finished my first oil painting in nearly six years. I completed the actual painting in one day. I prepped the canvas a couple days ago. Before this year, I have never watched TV while painting, but Wimbledon is on and well, to be honest, I am a bit obsessed with men's tennis. … Continue reading Cherry blossoms in July
There are a few reasons I am feeling much happier today. First, Blue Eyes and I had a long discussion this afternoon regarding taking a break from couple's counseling. At first he thought we should continue because I seemed to be in a better mood when we left counseling each Tuesday afternoon. After I explained … Continue reading Oh happy day!
A gorgeous tea cup given to me by my grandma. Somehow I ended up with her entire bone china teacup collection and I'm never giving it up. One of my favorite happy activities is baking. It reminds me of my grandmothers, but especially of my maternal grandmother. She was such a sweet soul and I … Continue reading An afternoon of baking: Banana Bread and Blueberry Scones
I haven't checked in on the physical health front for a while, so now is as good a time as any. I started slipping back into old ways and my weight started edging back up to the 190 mark and my fasting blood sugars were on the rise. I have my next doctor appointment the first … Continue reading Accountability Report: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Years ago I took a friend to tea at a cute restaurant about an hour's drive from our house. The restaurant is on a working farm, they call it a living history farm, and is in a quaint, old farmhouse. The kind of place you might see a grandma knitting a blanket in her rocker on … Continue reading An afternoon of baking: I wanted my cake, and to eat it too!
Okay, guys. I'm really putting myself out here for this one (on my mostly anonymous blog, ha!). Be kind, be kind. Just kidding. I already put my weight on this blog, what could be more humiliating than that!!! Actually, I love constructive criticism, especially since I am a work in progress and everything I do … Continue reading My first acrylic