Saturday, April 29, 2017

Nature Walk

new page in Simple Journaling notebook

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Afternoon of Errands

  •  periodontal appointment 
  •  shoe repair shop
  •  Hobby Lobby
  •  The Learning House
  •  Tuesday Morning
  •  Walmart
Cardstock, small paintbrushes, pens, and package of design sheets were needed supplies from HL. My only other art purchase was an assortment of art tissue sheets from TM.

Added this new cover design to Volume Five

The errands were yesterday, and today was art time. I painted over a picture of a church I had done and started again. This one pleased me more.

Son Jason gave front porch bench a fresh coat of paint.
This bench is one of my favorite finds.
So glad I didn't pass it up.

 short walk on this pretty day 

Can't believe tomorrow is Friday. Where did the week go?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Simple Journaling

Sometimes timing plays a major role in matters of life-changing events and even in small everyday occurrences. Case in point, this lovely book for one dollar at the Goodwill Bargain Center. 

This art book cost me more at the main Goodwill store next door, but I wanted it for ideas about journaling. And this brings me to the topic of this post.

I have been recording, pasting, and drawing inside art notebooks for awhile.

You may remember when this journal appeared several years ago.
I am still working on mine. Below are a few pages from it.

 Have a lovely day. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Staying Home

It's a rainy Saturday, and I'm staying indoors. Have I mentioned that I moved my journals once again? Decided one night rather late(Corkey had already turned in)that I wanted them back on my closet bookcase. 

I like these shelves much better without the many journals.

I like to change things around, and that can be both rewarding and frustrating.

I've been over in the art room working on this abstract. Also did the still life below.

I think it's time for tea and a new book.

Glad you came by.

Friday, April 21, 2017


This book (which I finished today) will make you think about charms. My high school charm bracelet will always be special to me, but now I find myself wishing I had another one for my later adult years. In this novel the following charms are featured

  1. half-heart
  2. dragonfly
  3. sewing machine
  4. kite
  5. puzzle piece
  6. loon
  7. ice cream cone
  8. snowflake
  9. shooting star
  10. mustard seed 
  11. tiara
  12. book
 You would have to read the book to know the meaning and significance of these charms. It's an enjoyable story about three generations.

I glanced back inside this notebook to find these two pages.

In an old post I shared my charm bracelet and my mother's. See the label charm bracelet for three past posts.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


See the picture in the center of the mantel. It is a favorite painting of mine for two reasons...
first, the scene itself and then because of a family connection.

On the back of the portrait is her name and signature.
She would later marry, become Clara Crum, and raise five children, one being my dad.

In this photo is Clara's brother Walter with his wife Ethel.
Ethel was an artist.
I am pleased to have three of her art pieces that I acquired from my late mother.

Ah, sweet homes in this chalk picture...

My photos of Ethel's art do not do them justice.
Her pictures are truly outstanding.
I enjoy them every day.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Thanks to a dear friend's phone call, I am feeling much better about life in general. She has inspired me in many ways throughout our long friendship. 
She reads my blog faithfully and knows me very well. Today we discussed health, children, changes in education, high school days, plans, etc. It was a long conversation. When we talk the years melt away. We feel young again.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Garden Stroll

A few blooms are starting to appear in the garden areas of the yard.

In time there will be more blooms...hopefully!

Love looking up and seeing all the green.

Across a field a neighbor's red barn


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