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My First Completed Acrylic Painting

Friday, January 13, 2012



OK, this is it! Obviously the setting is just after sundown, still lots of color in the sky, but the mountains show a range of colors, darker and darker as they get further from the sunset. There are 3 evergreens, very dark, almost a black-green. One is on the far left, and two are just past the center toward the right, at the bottom. Almost indiscernable in the dark.

What's your opinion? You won't hurt my feelings. I have also put it in "My Photo's" so you could click on it and make it bigger. (on my Spark Page)

  
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SGTSUNNY 1/22/2012 10:06PM

    Very nice! I love it and the colors! You should make it your background picture for your page!

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PSMITH3841 1/17/2012 12:07PM

    Pretty! Nice job....this was your first? Hmmm, keep on painting, my friend... you're good at it! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 1/15/2012 5:33PM

    I think you've done a very lovely job!!! From what I can see, it looks very professional looking! And like you thoroughly enjoyed creating it!

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PANFRIEDTROUT 1/14/2012 6:19PM

    That's a very lovely painting Eve! You should put a photo of it in your gallery ~ that way, when people click on it, it would be larger & easier to see.

Thanks for sharing it with us!

Marie

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4_MY_LIFE 1/14/2012 3:37PM

    Great Job!! It is beautiful! emoticon

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CATLADY52 1/14/2012 1:37PM

    It's very good. Something I'd be happy to hang. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/14/2012 7:47AM

    emoticonso pretty your a very good painter you need to enter it in a contest you would get a award keep up the good work
V

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ARTJAC 1/13/2012 10:18PM

    very good nice job

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STILLFLYIN 1/13/2012 6:34PM

    Nice job! You followed the basic rules and it looks like what it is supposed to be. I especially like the sky part with the lovely clouds and sky colors. With the front mountains and trees so dark, I would have made the very top of the sky a bit darker, but that is just me. It is something to be proud of as is.


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DMILLE40 1/13/2012 5:43PM

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Update on the Kitchen (with pix)

Friday, January 13, 2012

I've wanted granite countertops ever since I first heard about them; but like lots of people, the house I was living in wasn't always conducive to putting them in. First there is the cost. Secondly, you don't want to over-improve for the area, blah, blah, blah! I never had it listed as a goal of mine, just something in the back of my head. I finally got them on Wednesday, the same day as my 1st wedding anniversary!
This photo shows the majority of the kitchen. About 4 feet left of the stove is one of the entries into the kitchen. And to your right (if you were walking in) is a door leading to a walk-in pantry. Next in line is a black refrigerator, and beyond that another 4 or 5 foot counter.
In this photo, the camera has turned slightlly and looking toward the sink and you see the two very large windows the kitchen features. The one over the sink is 59 inches wide and the one next to it is even wider at 84 inches. So you can see there is a LOT of granite counters. They even did the window sills.
In this shot the angle comes from within the family room, and angles so you can see the low wall that separates the kitchen from the family room. At the end of the wall, it is similar to a pillar as it is quite a lot larger, forming about a 20-inch square. I keep a large flowing plant on it. The granite people suggested covering the top of the wall with granite too, and it looks great. When it gets over to the counter, it steps up about 6 to 8 inches, and continues on the depth of the counters.
This angle shows the refrigerator area and the only counter on that wall. Then there is a doorway leading into the living room. And another doorway next to it, leading to the back patio. The refrigerator, the oven portion of the stove, and the dishwasher all are black.
This is the island, which is between the stove and the kitchen table.
Here is a close-up of the kitchen sink. Love the new faucet, and it has a matching dispenser for soap.
Last, but not least, is a shot of the sink area in the Master Bath. It's the only place we had the granite added to that room.

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PSMITH3841 1/17/2012 12:04PM

    The counter tops are absolutely beautiful!!!!! Lovely blending of colors....Enjoy!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/15/2012 5:31PM

    Granite is certainly lovely! Congrats! It looks marvelous!!

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SGTSUNNY 1/15/2012 10:55AM

    Very nice, I love the pictures. The colors are great and your kitchen/bath are lovely!

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TRISTAROSE 1/15/2012 8:04AM

    I just love your kitchen and your counters are beautiful! Enjoy!

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Carol

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4_MY_LIFE 1/14/2012 3:40PM

    Beautiful kitchen! I love granite counters, I miss mine.

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CATLADY52 1/14/2012 1:45PM

    That is a KITCHEN!! You'll have everyone else wanting to have a similar kitchen before you know it. emoticon emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 1/14/2012 11:06AM

    Love them!!!

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/14/2012 7:45AM

    emoticonso pretty now enjoy cooking on them
V

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ARTJAC 1/13/2012 10:28PM

    beautiful you have plenty of working space enjoy your new counters jacque

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LYNETTEMOM 1/13/2012 10:03PM

    What a gorgeous kitchen! The granite totally fits in.

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UNICORN212 1/13/2012 7:34PM

    So cool to have those windows! I am jealous!

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STILLFLYIN 1/13/2012 6:28PM

    Wow! Pretty and pretty fancy looking.


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RAPUNZEL53 1/13/2012 5:19PM

  Enjoy your new counters! They are beautiful!

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An Exciting, but Tiring Day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

GRANITE INSTALLATION DAY! This is the type of thing that really get my juices flowing! Actually any improvement to my home is exciting to me, and to get my dream of granite counters was right at the top of the list!

I was told the granite guys would arrive between 9 and 11 a.m. Great! Don't have to get up early. Unfortunately, I was so excited I couldn't sleep. Got up at 3:00 and tried to read, didn't help. Finally dozed off about 6:30 only to waken again at 7:00. I dragged myself to the bathroom, and had just climbed back into bed when . . . . was that the DOORBELL I just heard? Jumped up, put on a robe, and went to the door. Right! It was one of the granite guys!

I said, "Uhh, I thought you were coming between 9 and 11."

"Oh, yeah," he answers. "But I live close so I thought I'd come on over. Do you want me to wait in my car for awhile?"

So I tell him to come on in, he can always do the kitchen first. I go get dressed, and hear him happily yanking up the existing counters. I tell him I'm just going to make a smoothie and then I clear the VitaMix off the counter. In the meantime my DH isn't too happy either. He didn't sleep well either, so both of us were kind of walking around in a daze. But things were happening, so it's the way it goes sometimes.

Finally at 2:30 they were finished. It looked spectacular (photo tomorrow, I promise!) and DH was so impressed he said he'd like his bathroom done next, plus another area I thought would look good with granite. Well, that made my day!

To top it off, today was our 1st wedding anniversary..... but, we were both too tired to go out and celebrate. We decided we'd enjoy it much more if we did it on an evening when we didn't feel half dead. So tonight I am tired, but happy!

  
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UNICORN212 1/12/2012 10:16PM

    Happy Anniversary! Nice gift - granite counter tops! I have granite too.

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OLDERDANDRT 1/12/2012 6:11PM

    OMG! Has it been a whole year already? Wow! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and btw, yay granite!! emoticon

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CATLADY52 1/12/2012 5:30PM

    Congrats on the anniversary and the counters. To get both on the same day is wonderful. emoticon emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 1/12/2012 1:06PM

    Happy Anniversary! Glad the counters look good, I love granite counters. Look forward to the pictures.

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PSMITH3841 1/12/2012 10:45AM

    Happy Anniversary, you two! emoticon Here's to many more adventurous years together! Congrats on the Granite countertops, what a great addition to the Kitchen Decor! Can't wait to see the pics. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/12/2012 9:29AM

    Happy Anniversary
Glad the Kitchen granite is in and you both like it
I love to redecorate wish I had the money to do every room in my house so doing one room at a time
Have fun redecorating the house
V

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STARLIGHT615 1/12/2012 9:12AM

    Happy Anniversary!!!

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TRISTAROSE 1/12/2012 5:52AM

    Happy Anniversary !!

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Carol

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STILLFLYIN 1/12/2012 1:15AM

    Happy Anniversary! I can't believe it has already been a year.

I look forward to the picture of the kitchen counters.


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ARTJAC 1/11/2012 11:08PM

    happy aniversary pleased to hear your counters are in and you are happy with them jacque

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Finally Going to Meet Some Members in Person!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

emoticon I really am thrilled that I checked into another team, and now I will be able to meet others who are members of SparkPeople. It's good to have at least one "local" team, if possible, so you can meet person-to-person.

I live in the West Valley of Phoenix, AZ and finally had an "ah-ha" moment in that respect -- I knew there must be someone out there who lives close to me who had also found out about Spark. It's just too popular for me to be the only one. And one of the people I talked to just today lives maybe one mile from me. How lucky is that? WooHoo!

  
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4_MY_LIFE 1/11/2012 1:57PM

    Sounds like fun, enjoy yourself!

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LIS193 1/11/2012 11:13AM

    Have fun!

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STILLFLYIN 1/11/2012 10:52AM

    Yay! A mile - you could meet in the middle for walkies. :-D


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OLDERDANDRT 1/11/2012 10:44AM

    That's great! Have a great time when you get together with them! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 1/11/2012 10:44AM

    It should be a lot of fun getting together with a Sparkfriend...I have one very close to me too, but we haven't been able to get together yet, but it will happen! I can't wait, the friendships you make on this site are important ones... you can be sure if I ever get to AZ you can expect to see me on YOUR doorstep! emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 1/11/2012 8:36AM

    Isnt that just amazing!! I found a spark friend well actually 2 friends, one that is literally 10 houses away from me and another that is 1.5 miles away!

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/11/2012 5:48AM

    That is cool have a good visit and someone on my other team lives in AZ will ask what town and let you know
V

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ARTJAC 1/10/2012 11:45PM

    lucky you enjoy your meeting and hope you become friends outside of spark people jacque

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The Advantage of Short Goals

Sunday, January 08, 2012

That's how I felt when I first started out on SparkPeople. Sure, I wasn't actually obese but it's how I "felt." It was so unlike my normal growing-up and adult years that I just felt out of sorts and kind of tired. You know what I mean.

I discovered healthy cooking, and read lots of interesting articles when I joined this site! But although the weight was coming off, it seemed so far in the distant future that I was discouraged at times.

emoticon I guess it was time for my "ah-ha" moment, when I realized that when it too far on a long-distance goal, it's hard to stay enthused about it. And worse yet, I have the habit, like so many of us, of yo-yo-ing. Lose a pound, feel good, look at the scale the next day, and it's up .2 or .4, doesn't really matter, it's the fact that it's UP that's depressing. It may continue to go up a bit at a time, then there would be the slow .2 drop every day to get it back down. It's a tough life to yo-yo. It's different for these people who stick to the business of eating right and exercising and getting to their goal. Then they go back to their old habits and gain it back, usually plus a little extra. emoticon

These are NOT the types I call yo-yo, because to me yo-yo is more of an almost daily thing, which I suppose is natural. Too much sodium one day, not enough protein the next. Geesh! You have to be very detail oriented to keep track!

But starting out 2012 I did my usual projection, and figured I would take things easy by figuring I could lose a half pound a week. I even wrote about it. But the MAIN GOAL was 125 pounds and it still loomed way - way - WAY in the distant future. I'm a gal without a lot of patience! What to do? I decided to make myself a bunch of "short-term goals." Maybe I went overboard as I decided on writing down my WEEKLY GOALS.

Each Sunday on my calendar I penciled in the new weight I expected to be at. And when Sunday arrived I was able to write in -- with a PEN -- my actual weight which this Sunday happened to be 1.4 POUNDS below goal. Woo-Hoo!

Team-mates! Start making your own SHORT TERM goals, they work so much better that looking at something so far off you don't know if you'll ever get there.

  
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LYNETTEMOM 1/9/2012 3:10PM

    I'm participating in a group using the Beck books and one of the great ideas from her is that your goal should be to lose 5 pounds. Don't look too far ahead, just focus on that milestone. I find it very encouraging. Unfortunately, when I have gained, it has been more than 5 pounds but I just keep plugging at it and it has always come back down. Slow and steady........

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PSMITH3841 1/9/2012 10:11AM

    Congrats on making your goal and then some! emoticon I think you have something with the Short Term Goals..Great idea.

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ARTJAC 1/8/2012 9:55PM

    short term goals are the way to go emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 1/8/2012 4:55PM

    Great advice! I, too, have been learning this lesson!! My long term goal still seems worlds away, but little goals are going to be such happy times, when met, I'm hoping to meet the big one almost by surprise! hehe
Let's DO this thing!!! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/8/2012 1:02PM

    Short term goals is a good idea think I have to do that
Great Blog
V

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