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Another Painting is Finished ..... see the photo

Monday, March 26, 2012

I've finished my second acrylic painting. A completely different subject matter than my first one was -- and I'm giving it to my daughter. I like it, so I'm sure she will too as we think so much alike in many things.

I've put it in twice as the coloring seems a bit different:

and again --



What do you think? Shall I give all this up? Or is it a hobby worth continuing?

  
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SUGARSMOM2 3/29/2012 6:06PM

  why would you give up something you enjoy ? keep it up . only if you want to give it up .

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4_MY_LIFE 3/28/2012 11:30AM

    You did a great job, you should not give it up!

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TRISTAROSE 3/28/2012 6:56AM

    I love your painting and keep up the good work. I feel that being creative is good for our minds and also relieves stress. I'm sure this is something your daughter will treasure for a long time.

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STILLFLYIN 3/27/2012 5:07PM

    Stay with it! You are doing great.

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STARLIGHT615 3/27/2012 3:43PM

    Beautiful!!!

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PUDLECRAZY 3/27/2012 3:20PM

    Continue! Continue!

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OLDERDANDRT 3/27/2012 3:02PM

    Oh, my goodness this is really quite beautiful so NO!!!! Please never give this up!!! Obviously it is a pursuit you love and you should carry on!!! Way to go!! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 3/27/2012 11:06AM

    You enjoy painting and you're good at it!! Why would you give it up, silly girl! The painting is very cool... emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/27/2012 8:00AM

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Keep painting if you like to do that your doing great love the picture
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ARTJAC 3/26/2012 11:18PM

    very nice emoticon

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CATLADY52 3/26/2012 6:07PM

    I think you should keep painting until you either get totally bored with it or you decide to work in another medium. You aren't doing things because you are told to do them. I like this one. emoticon

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KINEPS 3/26/2012 4:42PM

    I love it!!! I think you did wonderfully on the eyes and nose. My daughter is a graphic design major and she is always drawing and painting . . . so I know what's involved. I think you should continue - as long as you love doing it. I'm sure your daughter WILL love it! What a wonderful gift.

Hugs,

MaryannR>

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Just One of Those Wonderful Days!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

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While most of those flowers aren't in bloom yet -- at least not up here in the mountains as we are at our summer home, there are other benefits. The cherry, plum and pear trees have started to bloom out with their beautiful pinks and whites framed against a very blue sky! I see daffodils and iris in bloom, and the hearty little flowering bushes we just planted have not been taken down by the freezing weather and snow, they don't look quite as perky, but the lavender blooms are still there. And the roses are beginning to show signs of life.

As I took my dog on our usual 1.2 mile loop around the neighborhood she loved it all. She acts like she has never been on this route before, and it's all filled with new and glorious smells and new things to be discovered. It's the highlight of her day, and seeing her so happy and excited makes it the highlight of my day too!

emoticon It's like seeing things through the eyes of a child -- sometimes we forget the wonder of the blue sky scattered with fluffy white clouds. Or to look up and see a jet leaving a trail of white across the sky as it breaks the sound barrier. Or watching the tiny blooms and leaves as they begin unfolding into the lush fullness that will be summer. It's exciting to walk with it being only 68F instead of a sweltering 102F, so I can actually enjoy my walk, and not come home with water dripping down my back. As cool as it gets at night we are not yet bothered by flies, so sitting outside with a beer or green iced tea is pleasant too. And if 68F seems cool, just try working in the yard raking or blowing leaves, or turning the dirt in the flower beds -- soon you will feel it is VERY WARM and you'll enjoy that iced tea!

It's so peaceful and quiet, and if you want to be lazy it's the perfect place. You can sit quietly and watch as a cardinal comes swooping down from nowhere, a squirrel may appear on the top of a rock, eyeing you critically as though you are invading his space, and if you are quiet enough and still enough, soon the birds will be busy at the feeders and not even notice you are there. SPRING IS THE SEASON, THIS IS THE REASON!
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PSMITH3841 3/26/2012 9:49AM

    Hmmm...I was with you every step of the way....Loved just relaxing with my feet up, Iced Tea in hand, enjoying the flora and fauna! I absolutely LOVE Spring, the season of renewal! Thanks for the journey. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/25/2012 7:36AM

    emoticonI love spring and summer and fall and sitting on our back porch before the bugs come - enjoy the new smells
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ARTJAC 3/24/2012 10:50PM

    sounds great lovely and peaceful i like days like that lovely

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DISPATCH91 3/24/2012 10:41PM

    Sounds like aperfect day in the perfect place.

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CATLADY52 3/24/2012 7:08PM

    We just had two and a half days of rain and everything is so bright and clean. I know that in another month all the trees will have leafed out, but right now they are on the verge, waiting to pop. I think of all the Seasons, Spring is best. emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 3/24/2012 3:28PM

    oh, it sounds so beautiful--I'm looking fwd to heading south

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SPARKPEOPLE ...... My Version

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

S = Starting out and staying on a healthy lifestyle
P = Persistence, it's what it's all about
A = Attitude, it's what makes us who we are
R = Repititions, do lots of them to help stay in shape
K = Kale, and other green stuff, fill your plate with it
P = People, there are lots of them on here who are supportive and friendly
E = Energy keeps building up the more you exercise
O = Old is not an excuse, exercise, eat right to feel young
P = Proof is in the pudding, but just don't eat too much of it
L = Love this site, it's the best
E = Enough for now, get out there and EXERCISE!

  
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ARTJAC 3/23/2012 2:01AM

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/22/2012 7:19AM

    emoticonblog I will have to do one on my page one day
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TRISTAROSE 3/21/2012 4:31PM

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Great Blog!

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PSMITH3841 3/21/2012 4:26PM

    I love your version of Sparkpeople....it's what it's all about! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 3/21/2012 3:50PM

    LOVE IT!

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The Road to Success . . . . or...Which One Are You?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Too tired for the gym!

All my friends had dessert, so I did too!

As soon as the holidays are over, I'll get healthy (start my diet) have more time for working out, blah-blah

I'll have more time to get healthy once the house is clean!

Didn't have time to cook so we just went to the drive-thru

As soon as I lose some of this weight I'll join a gym

I hardly eat a thing!


Well, the pictures could go on and on, but you get the drift. There are a million excuses and we've all used a few of them. The only REAL way to lose weight, tone up, and get healthy is to eat a balanced, healthy diet (diet meaning food plan) and get a minimum amount of exercise.

by minimum exercise, I mean a 20 or 30 minute walk every day -- all at one time! Or a 20 minute gym workout, going through an exercise DVD or something similar. And most of you know what a balanced diet consists of. If not -- look it up on Spark People. They will spell it out for you, and even plan your meals for you if you like.

The alternative? SEE YOU AT THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE!

  
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OLDERDANDRT 3/19/2012 2:13PM

    These are great! And a great wake-up call, too!! So let's get up off our good intentions and DO something!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PSMITH3841 3/19/2012 9:54AM

    Pictures and words...no doubt about what you're telling us! Great reminder and some of us need need that reminder!

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/19/2012 8:16AM

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Keep up the good work
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ARTJAC 3/18/2012 11:15PM

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CATLADY52 3/18/2012 7:50PM

    Thank you for the pep talk. emoticon

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ARNETTELEE 3/18/2012 6:35PM

  Excuses are the easiest thing to make..... glad you've made up your mind. Be strong!

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Additional Photo's of Kitchen & Family Room

Friday, March 16, 2012

As long as I was in the mood for taking photo's, I thought I would add these of the kitchen and family room since I've painted and wallpapered. As I chose a gray with streaks of tan granite, I thought gray would go best with the walls. Pleated cellular window coverings were a pinky/mauve so gray would go well there too. And my family room furniture is a very light creamy yellow. Here's the results:
South wall of Fam Rm

Facing SE corner

Fam Rm toward Kitchen

North end of Kitchen

Moving left from the North wall you see the refrigerator, and one of the doors leading to the hall

And last but not least is my prize antique rooster -- he's BIG and he's HEAVY!

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DEBSZOO74 8/4/2012 12:48PM

    Wow! Your home is beautiful!

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WIFEALF 8/4/2012 12:25PM

    beautiful pictures...

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PSMITH3841 3/19/2012 10:04AM

    ...and he's beautiful....just like the rest of your home!

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ROEANDGO 3/18/2012 1:25PM

    You have very elegant taste! I love the ducks over the kitchen cabinets and your antique rooster!! How cool !!


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CATLADY52 3/17/2012 5:56PM

    Looks very friendly, comfortable, and invitiing. The rooster takes the cake tho! emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 3/17/2012 2:05PM

    Beautiful house!

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/17/2012 7:56AM

    Very nice House it is so big should be in a Mag.
very pretty
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MEEZERMOM2 3/17/2012 7:37AM

    Wow, your home looks like something our of "house Beautiful"! Stunning...

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TRISTAROSE 3/17/2012 7:27AM

    Your home looks so nice. Love your Rooster ....

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ARTJAC 3/17/2012 6:11AM

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UNICORN212 3/16/2012 10:55PM

    Wow! It all looks great!

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