Sunday, April 22, 2018

my happy place

Some people go to a beach or a mountain when escaping to that happy place in their mind. Mine happens to be a bookstore. Usually the bargain bookrack in the corner!! Ahhh. It’s a wonderful little spot. Quiet and so relaxing! And full of half-priced art books ☺


This week has been such a mix. First, we had spring, then we had winter, then we had spring again. Now we are having a lovely rainy weekend. I think spring is here to stay. Lord, I hope so!

I started working at our local community college last summer. I really enjoy it. Fun people and so full of energy all the time. Well, this week, we’ve been registering all the high school students in the area – by the busloads! My job mainly is setting up and tearing down things. Part of this detail involves the after lunch clean up. We serve pizza. Lots and lots of pizza. Which means leftover pizza. I have absolutely no willpower when it comes to pizza. I know I’ve put on some weight this week. I’m really afraid to step on the scale!! Thank goodness we are nearly done!! It’s torture!

Ok, so this happened to me last night. I thought I was losing my mind. Which happens more and more lately.

I made some hamburgers for dinner. Earlier, I had pulled some buns out of the freezer to thaw. So my burger was cooked and ready to be bunned. But no buns in sight.

Did I put them back in the freezer? No.
In the fridge? Not there.
I checked all the cabinets. Even the trash. Nope.
Where did I put them?
I thought to myself, I’m probably looking right at them and just don’t see them. (I do that a lot.)

I glance into the living room and see a torn-to-shreds wrapper and not one bun. The dog had eaten the whole pack!! No wonder she wasn’t hungry for dinner.

So I ate my bun-less burger which is better for me anyway. Darn it.

Have a wonderful week. See you soon.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hello


I’d like to say that I’m back for good. But let’s not go that far.

Once again, I’m trying to find a new normal. One that includes making art.

I take a sketchbook to work everyday. It usually takes me a week to finish one sketch. And 99% of the time, it’s crap. But this is one that I like.

Working with a pen can be so calming. I’ve needed this.

So, friends, hello and I hope to be back again soon.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

sunday sketches :: summertime

I would say this is a self-portrait but I don’t get out in the sun so much anymore. Not after a scare last summer.

I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my lip. I just thought it was a zit that wouldn’t go away! It took about 12 stitches and there’s a scar from my nose to the top of my lip. So in order to avoid more scars – I’m staying out of the sun!

Just give me a foo foo drink and I’ll stay indoors!

My first week at the new job went really well. In the summer, we work four 10-hour days. I love Fridays off but those long days are killer. I miss my afternoon naps. And real shoes hurt my feet. No more sandals or bare feet. They really frown on that!

Sharing this week at Sunday Sketches.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

scribble picnic :: melon


…and Happy 4th of July!!


Some of you might remember this drawing from last year. I submitted it to Kathy Temean’s blog. She had put out a request for 4th of July-themed drawings. I saw on her blog today that she has done the same…so you’ll see my drawing there again!

Just so happens that melon is the theme this week at Scribble Picnic. So if you don’t mind, I’ll share my summer-y melon drawing again.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

scribble picnic :: fox

Fox is the theme this week at Scribble Picnic. Thanks to Michael for hosting.

Here is Mrs. Fox all dressed up for date night with Mr. Fox.


Please take a look at others who joined the challenge this week and see how they interpreted the theme. Next week’s theme is “Watermelon” if you want to start working on something and join us!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

sunday sketches :: puppy practice


This week for Sunday Sketches, I’ll share some sketches I’ve been working on. I wrote a story about a cute dog, so naturally, I used my dog as the inspiration for this sweet pup!

Do stop by Alexandra’s blog to check out other Sunday Sketches.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

scribble picnic :: bird


Bird is the theme this week at Scribble Picnic. Thanks to Michael for hosting.

I signed up for a Pen & Ink class at our local wellness center for the month of June and “bird” just happened to be the theme for our class, too!

Give me a pen and a “Fixer Upper” marathon on TV and I’m content for hours!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

sunday sketches :: lily on the bookshelf


“Well, now. How do I get down?” That’s what is going through this little troublemaker’s mind!

I’ve been making more and more time to sketch and paint lately. It feels good.

Mostly I have to study the weather and plan when I can mow the grass. It grows so darn fast! I have to work around rain and extreme heat. Who knew it would be such a challenge!

I’m 58 and never had to cut my own grass. In my defense, I grew up with 4 brothers and that was their job. Later on, I lived in a series of apartments and townhouses where the yard work was part of the rent. Then when I married, that was something that Bob enjoyed doing. But now…it’s my job. My dad came to visit and taught me how to do it. I do believe I’ve lost a little weight. It can be a good workout!

This week, the string on the trimmer/edger ran out so I had to figure how to get it working again. I watched a video, refilled the cartridge and was back to work in no time! What did we do before YouTube?

I hope your weekend is good. Me? I plan to stay indoors today where it’s nice and cool. A good day to catch up on my fellow bloggers!

Do stop by Alexandra’s site to check out other Sunday Sketches.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

sunday sketches :: where’s lily


I haven’t done a Lily drawing in a while. She’s not a very good hider! A good sleeper, yes!!

Sharing my Lily painting on Sunday Sketches. Thanks to Alexandra for hosting!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

scribble picnic :: books


Books are the theme this week at Scribble Picnic. Thanks to Michael for hosting.

I’m slowly settling in to the new “normal” that is my life now that Bob is gone. I have good days and bad days. And that is normal.

Last week, I did some sketching for the first time in a long while. I’m trying to incorporate that back into my life.

Yesterday, I started cutting the grass. It was cloudy and cool. Then it started sprinkling. Then it started raining. So that was the end of my mowing for the day.

Instead I ended up indoors and decided to focus on the theme for this week. I settled down near my nightstand and sketched the books and knickknacks there. I always have several books in the queue. This little shelf is not really a bookshelf. I think it was meant to hold DVDs or something but it works perfect for books.

I decided to draw everything on the table so you can see all the little things that I need at bedtime: photo of Bob and my grandson on a hike, cherry flavored chapstick, box of Kleenex, cat dish for holding eyeglasses, tin of cough drops, melatonin gummies, current book and my hot pink Kindle.

Is there a book or two on your nightstand? Now I’m off to see other Books at the Scribble Picnic. Then out to finish the yard work!