Thursday, June 3, 2021

Long Time No Blog

I've been taking photos every day with the intention of posting them on the blog, of even getting back into blogging.  But I don't use my time for that lately.  I miss blogging.  There for a while, blogging was my therapy.  But I got away from it.  Now I need it again.  So this year, I started by taking daily photos, thinking that would prompt me back into blogging. It didn't quite work. I keep thinking I'll get back into it, but it's hard for me to find words on the hard days, and there have been a lot of those lately.  
Now the kids are home for summer break, and I couldn't sleep, so I am getting back into it.  
Let's go  with yesterday.  
It was a day of failures, but I did manage to find some joy. 
The plan was to go to the Zoo. I even registered, and picked up tickets to go first thing, well, second thing.  But Jacob objected to practically everything we told him to do to get ready in the morning. Finally, I decided to leave him.  Then he got pathetic, and begged, literally, for us to take him. It broke my heart.  But I was prepared to leave him.  Until Eric told me he had to actually leave the house for a lunch meeting.  Gasp!  I hadn't considered he would actually have to leave the house.  We've gotten so into a routine of him working from home, I never considered otherwise.  I sat in the car, Torn.  I even loaded Jacob up to take with us.  He got quiet because he finally understood he could not be allowed to fight us anymore.  But then I stared to back out, we were late, it was raining, and it just didn't feel right, because I felt like he'd just start another fight at the Zoo, and I couldn't deal with it alone. I pulled back in. But by cancelling the Zoo trip, the big boys were crushed. I hadn't considered they would be so excited. Lately whenever I ask if anyone wants to go to the zoo, they say no. This spring I went to take pictures of flowers by myself.  And our membership is going to expire, and I won't be renewing. 
I am so sick and tired of fighting. 
I have to choose my battles. 
And I've choosen to leave them at home. 

Later in the day, they found some joy snuggling with the dog on the couch. 
So that was good. I have to focus on the good moments. 

The high point of my day became when my friend Jess spontaneously showed up on my doorstep with flowers.  I was so surprised, I may have gotten a little teary. Of course, she didn't know the morning I'd had.  Or that this had been one of a string of rough days.  It was Perfect timing. 

After the kids went to bed, I took the peonies to the dining room for a little photo session. 
They stink so good, the whole room is perfumed.  

My Scarlett O'Hara Peony already bloomed and gone for the season. 
But these look different, their petals are more plentiful than mine.  
They have a more traditional peony look to them than mine do once they open up.
I love these better.  Mine is beautiful, but it's different.  These are gorgeous in their own right.

Check out that hint of dark pink. 

These really were Happy Flowers, and just what I needed. 


Friday, February 5, 2021

Thankful for a salt, sand, and a safe home


It's funny how I can get the kids off to school and my days are Quiet. 
I made a good dent this morning with a warm Cuppa Cuppa and my Diamond Dot Christmas project.  My nails were even still looking good, with my Crantastic Color Street.
They match my mug!  Ha Ha.

Then we got some more snow yesterday. 
They were only predicting rain. 

Even though the old stuff hadn't melted yet. 
Being snowed in is kind of lovely.  
This snow was ok enough to be managed by salt on our steps and sand in the street. 
I choose to just stay home... and maybe blog.

Friday, January 1, 2021

2021 - Happy New Year!


HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank goodness 2020 is Over!

We pray that 2021 is a Better year! 

Gearing up for the new year, we watched the Rose Parade this morning.  
We are 'hopefully' gonna need to prepare for our  big trip to Macy's this coming fall. 
So let's get used to Parades! 

Her Royal Highness takes over the couch when the boys aren't looking. 

She didn't want to do much but lay there.  
I don't blame her, I think she spent most of the day Recovering 
from everyone staying up so late last night.

I'm so Close, I spent most of the day finishing this hat that Jacob asked for. He finished knitting his first scarf, and he wanted a hat to go with it.  Reminds me of a Mouse a Cookie book. 

We played games. 
Here we're playing Apples to Apples. 
It's fun now that everyone is old enough to participate in most games. 

The Family tradition is to do Ham and Cabbage.  
We mutated it to Grandma Willman's Ham Balls and Cole Slaw. 
Some folks use other meats for good luck, or black eyed peas, but E's fam swore by ham and cabbage. They used to just do a huge crock pot / boil.  But we've changed it over the years. 
I missed having the fam around for the holidays. But it's kind of nice to have the quiet too. 

I was a woman on a mission.
I finally finished it, nearing midnight.  That counts right?!
Maybe yellow is my color too? 

I'm looking forward to 2021 being a quieter and calmer new year.
Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

New Year's Eve - 2020


Ahsoka has the right idea. 
New Year's Eve is a good time to relax and chill. 
It was a little weird this year not to have any fam come over. 
With the Pandemic, we opted to stay in, and just put on a spread by ourselves.
It ended up being quite nice. 

I did my nails with some Colorstreet from my friend Jess.  
It's Berlin It To Win It with a Coming Up Rose God overlay. 
Now I'm ready to PAR-TAY! 

Grandma and Grandpa got the kids a Drum Set for Christmas.  
And it is loud.  We put it together yesterday, and the kids couldn't wait to play. 
Thank goodness Santa also brought headphones. ;) 

The kids played hard. 
We also watched Avatar: The Last Airbender 
The movie isn't nearly as good as the tv show. 

Though New Years' is always about food. 
Since we were staying in, and just being home by ourselves, we put out quite a spread.

As on any special occasion, Eric started the day with a special breakfast. I love how we do this as part of our regular routine. We used the leftover Christmas bacon to put on egg, cheese, and honey flakey biscuit sandwiches. Oh My Goodness! They were heavenly. 

Our Charcuterie tray (s)
Since we were going to be home by ourselves, we put out a Charcuterie tray... or 3. 
Honestly though, we've been doing fruit/cracker/cheese/meat trays for years, we just never called them Charcuterie. 
These were pretty "cute" though, weren't they?  
And more importantly everyone ate!  

As a treat for me, and a nod to Mom W, Eric got me some shrimp cocktail. We picked up a small pack of frozen shrimps and had some St. Elmo's cocktail sauce from my Dad on hand.  Dude.  That sauce packed a punch.  

As another nod to Mom and Dad, we included veggies. We don't often remember veggies, that's usually Mom's job on New Years to make sure we remember to eat veggies. We did do a good job on our own. 

Eric found some toasted treats, some Brazi Bite Brand Empenadas. 
They were a little different from my traditional Brazi Bites.  I think I prefer the originals better.

We got a sprinkle of snow, and that made Ahsoka go nuts. 
She loves to bound and leap in the snow. 
And she insists we always go out with her. 
She's a maniac, but she's really been a great joy for our family this year, she really refreshes our lives, and makes us laugh every day. 
Like when she does stuff like this. 
She's a nut with a frisbee. 

Or when she sleeps like this. 
It's not the most flattering shot of the kids, but the dog is hysterical.

Or this. 
If you're getting tired of pictures of Ahsoka, I'll stop now.  

We stayed in, stayed up, and simply watched the Ball Drop together. 

Cheers with our Sparkling Grape Juice.  
The kids love it and so do I! 

Happy New Year! 

2020 Christmas Cards

This was my favorite photo of our family that we put on our Christmas card this year.
It seems appropriate for 2020, we're all Done, so we're on the floor.  And we're also all in our Jammies.  It seemed perfect. 

For our actual Christmas Cards this year, I did something different.  I hand painted watercolor cards.  I've been practicing watercolor painting over the Quarantine.  I'm not fantastic, but enough that I could create some basic stuff with my watercolor pens and water brushes.  

For every person to whom we sent cards, I made something special.  I don't know if they loved them, and I repeated a few styles that I enjoyed making.  But Eric told me that I should take photos of them before I sent them.  So I did. I missed a couple, so if you got one you don't see here, please take a pic for me. ;) Anyway... Here you go.  Feel free to tell me if you got one, or which one you like best. 

Christmas star filled with love

Christmas Star - also a cross. 

3 hanging ornaments

Rainbow Tree

Holy Family

Impressionistic Christmas tree with Blue Angel on top. 

Christmas tree - wet first

Christmas tree - wet brush

Holy Family with evening sky. 

Christmas tree with golden angel and gold sparkle

Christmas Star over blue mountains

Christmas star in starry sky

Peace wreath with berries

Watercolor trees

Holy Family with Christmas Star

Tree sillouettes at Sunset

Joy wreath

Christmas star/cross

Choral Christmas Tree

Watercolor trees

Christmas Tree with Gold Angel

Joy to the World with Wreath

Magi Find the Child

Gifts under the Tree

Christmas tree

Christmas star cross

Watercolor trees with a touch of gray

Rainbow tree wet first

Christmas Star with Cross

Christmas tree with two tone swooshes.

Wreath of Peace

Kathy's dogs got paw print balloons for Christmas - 
I had a friend in mind when I painted this.

Ahsoka on a card with trees- my first dog
Little wonky, but Lisa said she wanted it, sight unseen.

Sunset at Lake Michigan 
This one was for Uncle Rick and Trish who joined us in Michigan City this past year.

I know it's a lot of photos, thank you for checking them out.  
I'm quite proud of myself for completing these.  I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Maybe next year, I'll try again... but start before December.