Friday, November 18, 2016

Make new friends, but...

Annie, Ida, and Cynthia - Renaissance Faire 
...keep the old - one is silver and the other gold...

How many of you knew Annie could milk a goat? Hmmm... Yep, she could. And very well, thank you! I know this because Annie had helped me with a bit of "goat sitting" now and then. There was this one time...

I was in a hurry - always a recipe for disaster with me. I put oil and three pop corn kernels in a pan on the stove, then went outside to load stuff into my truck, came back into the house and smelled "it"... I turned off the stove and set the pan aside. Then, for some reason, intelligence departed and I lifted the lid on the pan.


I dropped the pan which landed directly on the "puppy papers". Stomping on the smoldering "puppy papers", I looked at my arm to see why it hurt... Oops - my sweatshirt had melted onto my arm. I whipped off the sweatshirt (ouch!), and beat the "puppy papers" until they stopped smoldering. Tossing the melted sweatshirt in the sink, I let the cool water run over my my burned arm. I also actually kind of took inventory to see if "I could take care of this myself..." Intelligence had not quite returned yet. Yikes! I still had two horses to feed and a goat to milk... What was I going to do? Call Annie!

I left her a message, and then called Ida and told her what had happened. She said she would get a hold of Annie, and told me to head to the hospital - she and Annie would take care of everything. In the truck, with the engine running, was when I realized that the water was still pouring out of the faucet in the kitchen sink... Please laugh with me over all of this chaos! I dashed back into the house and beheld a flooded kitchen... But, because I knew my friends would love and forgive me, I left it all... All.Of.It! And I drove myself to the hospital...

Page Two... Both Annie and Ida came to my home and took care of all my animals, cleaned up the wreck in my kitchen, and then...then! they headed to the hospital to make sure I was okay.

Nine days ago, Ida called me to say that her beloved sister, Annie, had died suddenly. What? What... I lost all my words... But I know one thing for sure. If Annie were here, she would be quick to wrap her arms around us - each and everyone one of us - and love us. Oh, how I long for one of those hugs right now...

But life goes on... a friend's husband has a hard diagnosis... another faces tremendous challenges with an adopted child... another struggles with life - just day to day life... And in the bumps and bruises of this day to day life, I will remember Annie - her smile, love, forgiveness, and her tremendous hugs. And I will pass them on...and on...and on!

Rest in peace, dear friend! Thank you for being you!


Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Funtry Sunday?

There is just something about the rain...

All the years of living in a desert have given me an appreciation for the rainy days. When others are depressed because there are clouds, I will be found by a window lost in the beauty of their wispy trails and mountains of blue and grey reaching high above the desert hills. Rain mesmerizes me like the ocean does other people.


It is a call to race around outside, puddle jump, and get happily soaked!

Of course, there is a bit of a "sog factor" that comes with the rain. Soggy horse, soggy me, soggy... well soggy everything!

And close on the heels of the sogginess is the mud...

Lots of mud. Everywhere...

You will note that I did not post any pictures of the mud in the chicken coop... Let your imagination go and you still will probably not come quite close to the soupy concoction in there.

You are welcome.

Rain isn't the only thing we have had lately - we have also had fog!

There really are hills out there! Fog is so rare here that it takes me quite a while to register exactly what it is that I am seeing.

Today? No rain. Today we have glorious blue skies and sunshine!

And mud...


The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Psalm 121:8

Sunday, January 18, 2015

January what?

Seriously. The calendar says it is January 18, 2015. Am I the only person who has "WHAT????" ricocheting in the grey matter between the ears?

Now that I am a little bit more settled, I have been catching up with some of my online world. Among the places I have visited is my Etsy Blogging Business Artisans group where inspiring monthly challenges are posted - just in case we need a nudge to create or write something.

*cough* Wake up call!
Welcome to January's challenge:

January - Goals or hopes for the New Year
What do you hope to accomplish this year? What are you looking forward to doing in 2015? Do you have plans to travel some place exciting, move to a new home/city or how about get a kitten? Will you be taking your shop in new directions? Let us know or give us a hint of your year to come!

Can I possibly get a little "class credit" for some stuff I did last year??? Bwahahahaha!

Travel plans? I racked up a lot of miles traveling from my previous home to my current home.... That should count for something!
Move to a new home/city? Done! I can smartly check that off the list and I have the boxes to prove it.
Get a kitten? Well - no, I didn't get a kitten, but I did move two cats (and the rest of the zoo) and I have a friend who got two new kittens... Okay, maybe only partial credit for that one.
Will you be taking your shop in new directions? Yes. Open would be good... My little Etsy shop has been on vacation since I began the slow moving move. Some of my art supplies have surfaced, though, and I have done a little, tiny bit of painting. *whew* Finally!
Let us know or give us a hint of your year to come! Unpacking boxes? Seems like someone did say that I really should write what was in the boxes somewhere on the outside of the box...

Okay, really - at the top of my list for 2015 is this:

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
Psalm 27:4

Sharing the beauty of God and His creation has always been my goal - and it remains my goal for this year, too.

What will all the rest of 2015 hold? I will have to wait and see what the Lord unfolds before me. Just like one flower petal opening at a time, some things can't be rushed - nor should they be rushed!


PS - Thanks to Sharla at Beaded Tail for the "nudge" to share my thoughts for 2015!

Monday, January 12, 2015


Remember this little painting? Welcome back to the continuing saga of "what color will I glaze with next"???

And, the answer is.... warming up with a bit of quinacridone rust!

But, it wasn't quite right either, because now the background was too... too... "solid".  soooo....

I lifted some of the background color. Ummmm.... Looks like puffy clouds or fuzzy something...

Speaking of puffy clouds - we had some. And some rain, too. When it rained, the garden woke up! Last week it was freezing (literally) and this week it is blooming.

Love these iris! They smell as lovely as they look. This will show up in a painting, soon!

But, for now, something needs to be done to those weird clouds in my little painting. At this point, what do I have to loose? On with the cadmium yellow!

Hmmm... not nearly enough color... more!

Getting closer! Things are warming up a bit! Or maybe it was the radish break...

Did you know that if you let icicle radishes go to seed in your garden, the squash bugs will leave your zucchini alone? We have no squash bugs! Well... okay. We have no zucchini either because it froze. Completely. I can say that we have a lot of icicle radishes... and they are HOT! Maybe that's why it is warming up around here. *cough* Pass me a glass of water, please!!!

And a paint brush - I'm splashing a little quinacridone gold on there and reaching for a pen to sign this little painting!

Ahhhh! Now off to admire the Christmas tree once more. Yes, I know it is the January 12th. Haven't you ever heard of the 12 Days of January???

Happy Monday!


Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

Friday, January 9, 2015

Funtry Friday splashes!

Oh. You thought it was rain? Ummm.... No. It was cloudy this morning, though. No rain... and I'm sure you don't want to know how warm it was either - especially if you are digging your way out of a multitude of snowdrifts!

Back to splashes - this Funtry Friday I revisited my little painting of the cone flower. I told you that it would change a lot... haha - are you ready?

Today I had fun with some watercolor glazes. First I decided to tone down the background a little bit.

Then, after it dried, I decided that the background still wasn't right - maybe warm it up a bit? Oh, and fix that one lopped off petal! Argh!

The, the dogs were all excited over something... quite possibly the fact that I stood up with a camera in my hand. Why did I think they would pose for a group photo???

Well... maybe this is their idea of a group photo!

Back to painting! At this point, I decided that I hate the background. Bwahahaha! *cough* Welcome to the "ugly stage" of creating - that place where any color might be possible and the name of the game is "wonder what will happen if...."

Well, here is "if" number one...

Whoopsie! By far not enough of a change to make me even think about liking this little painting. Hmmm.... dumpster or dynamite?

So much for my idea to practice "negative painting"! But, saying goodbye to the background shapes did make me happy.

If you think that was all the dynamite color applied to this little painting, guess again - and stay tuned! As a hint - there were quite a few more changes to this little painting!

Hope you had some splashes of fun in your corner of the country! Happy Funtry Friday!


But let all who take refuge in You be glad, 
Let them ever sing for joy
And may You shelter them, 
That those who love Your name may exult in You.
Psalm 5:11

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year!

Here we are - the first Sunday in 2015! This week I finaly "got my brushes wet" and started a little painting. I decided to work with watercolor pencils and watercolor together - just for fun.

Here is the beginning...

Don't let the pale colors decieve you. Once you get the watercolor pencils wet, the color is much more vibrant. If you use an artist grade watercolor pencil, you can also move the color around just like watercolor paint. You can even use a wet brush on the tip of the pencil to pick up some color. Oh, yes - those pencils are fun!

(*cough*  I could show you how intense the colors become when water is added, except I got really excited about adding some washes of color to the background that I forgot to take a photo... so....)

Here is the little painting after adding a bit of color to the background.

Definitely very much a work in progress - and no doubt it will have a LOT of significant changes as I try a little of this and that - "just to see what happens" as a friend says. Unpredictability is an exciting part of painting with watercolor!

One great way to jump start your creativity, is to try something new - like watercolor pencils. Another is to do something fun - or funny. A friend of mine shared this little exercise on facebook. It sounded fun - and simple.

Step one. Draw a box 5 inches square. Now fill the box with as many animals as you can draw in five minutes.
Step two. Draw a box 5 inches square and spend five minutes letting all the critters out of the box.

Lots of possibilities! This is what mine looks like.

Step one on the left, step two on the right.

There you go - a little frenzy of sketching fun. I admit, though - I did take a little longer than five minutes. I was too lazy to set a timer... Hey - and I still color outside the lines!

Happy creating!

God bless you all in 2015,

I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 34:1

Friday, November 14, 2014

Surprise! Funtry Friday!

When you live in a place called Surprise - you should expect a few surprises!

Like very fun rocks piled up by children...

Interesting volunteer garden plants...?

Garbage trucks...

... in reverse. I am so easily amused!

Oh, and did I mention the always beautiful sunsets?

Hope you are having a fantastic Funtry Friday in your corner of the country!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Places to go and puddles to splash! Pretending it's Friday again!

Welcome to another issue of Time Warp Funtry Friday! A special day when you can pretend it's Funtry Friday even if it isn't. With the continuing saga of moving, I am ready for LOTS of Funtry Friday breaks whether it is Friday or not! Fortunately, we have them around here.

Remember how I said it rained out here? Hmmm... yeah! It rained some more. and more. and more!

Our "little red wagon rain gage" registered "half way there" on my pointy finger. Also known as just about one and a quarter inches (3.18 cm) - which is a lot of rain for a desert.

And it got a little soggy here... ummm... and watery... deja vu...

Our road looked like a miniature version of this...

Yes, someone did try to cross this wash a couple of roads south of us. No, they did not get across the wash. Yes, as far as I know all the people are fine. Final score: Wash, 1. Car, 0.

We stayed home. So did the postal service, delivery truck, and just about everyone else. After all, there were puddles to splash - which were a lot more fun than a long list of places to go! (And, yes, the four year old donned her jacket for the cool 80 ish degree (27 C) weather...)

In the matter of a few hours, the thirsty desert had enjoyed it's drink of water. This was all that was left in the wash.
Then God gave us a beautiful rainbow in our big Arizona sky!
I have placed my rainbow in the clouds.
It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth.
Genesis 9:13
Happy Funtry (any day) Friday!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Oh, just pretend it's Friday... Funtry Friday, that is!

Oh McGrammy had a farm - eei-eei-oh! And on that farm she had a horse - eei-eei-oh!
With a move move here and a move move there...

here a move...

Billie Jane

there a move...

May and April

everywhere a move move!

Yes, our soil ground is one step beneath concrete.
Oh, McGrammy gave a yell: Ee-yi-yi-yi-oh!!!
And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, just about sums it all up. (insert hysterical laughter)

Although, in the midst of moving chaos, there are also moments that inspire healthy hilarity. Um, like this little snack time trio...

Waiting oh so very patiently...
Or the recent marvelous episode of Pizza TV...

And, no. That photo was totally not staged. Jubilee brought over a chair and got Naomi to help her with the bench so they could watch the pizza cook. Last night we had episode two - Taquito TV!

One day we got to watch Rain TV - a rare desert special!

And when evening comes and everyone is ready to "hunker down"...

...we get to see our beautiful big Arizona sky.

Just have to love this place!
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