KDYLOSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KDYLOSE KDYLOSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Peter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366095 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/716dd060-28fc-4c2f-b35b-dda8500a488c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> An interesting character, he owns a farm and a small printing business and also paints with us sometimes at the YMCA. We just started a new summer painting group in the upstairs workroom of his print shop, (the Y kicks us out in the summer because they need the room for summer camp) and until we get more members and money he's volunteered to model, so there may be more of studies of him to c... Wed, 24 May 2017 13:22:59 EST more men in my studio! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365561 My work was very female-heavy so this is nice. Guy on top left is daughter's boyfriend, the others are models. Girl is the one who couldn't come for her second sitting because she got arrested. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9e78970-57d7-438f-85a3-69802421c7c7.jpg"> Tue, 23 May 2017 10:03:24 EST fallen expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355952 I'm going in to take down my show today, this was the last weekend. I gallery-sat for three Saturdays during the month it was up, and it was a disheartening experience. Mostly I just sat there and watched people walk by my work without bothering to look at it, then go to other parts of the gallery where they scrutinized things attentively. I wasn't necessarily expecting anybody to buy my paintings, but I wasn't expecting them to be dismissed outright. <BR> <BR> Sitting there for hours watch... Mon, 1 May 2017 06:42:33 EST I have outsmarted the cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351986 So I'm gallery sitting again today, but this time I drove to Frederick an hour early and visited this cool health food supermarket where I made a big, scrumptious salad at the salad bar with hummus, tuna salad, pea sprouts and edamame beans. For crunchy bought a bag of spiced roasted chickpeas and for sweet, an 80% chocolate bar. This is what I needed to do, instead of bringing the same old foods I always eat from home and then wanting the goodies in the basement. <BR> <BR> Next time, stop... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:04:40 EST motivational surge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351477 After all these years on Spark, I feel like I know exactly what to do and how to do it to lose weight in terms of what foods to eat, tracking, and exercise. For me the exercise component is where I lose motivation and don't do enough to lose, only to maintain. And that's the sometimes missing ingredient - motivation. <BR> <BR> Just this week I seem to have gotten into a motivation groove and am suddenly feeling very in charge and confident about losing my winter weight. What is the change? T... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:16:23 EST doubts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345932 Yesterday was my second shift gallery-sitting at the my show (gallery is open Fri, Sat and Sun and I take my shifts on Saturday afternoons so I can drive back home over the mountain before dark). <BR> <BR> Turnout was pretty low, and once again most people totally ignored my work and spent their time looking at other things. I got one guy who really appreciated it and asked questions but he turned out to be another artist. Then this woman, on her way out the door, turns indignantly to her h... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 09:46:30 EST Show opening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342561 Well, my opening reception was about what I was expecting. Though unfortunately the turnout was low - the gallery has these receptions each month in conjunction with an event called Downtown Frederick First Saturday, which has live musicians playing on street corners and usually has thronged sidewalks in the historic district. But last night was pretty sparse, and most people think it's because of the Final Four basketball tournament on tv. Still, about 120 people wandered in and out over a p... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 07:59:34 EST Kate 1, mountain 0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340896 About a month ago I wrote that I'd gone for my first spring mountaon hike - crazily early- and had to turn back halfway. Well guess where I am right now, at the top of the overlook. Only had to stop for one long break, which I used to download the spark phone app. But I can only type so much with one finger so bye. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:40:20 EST That extra padding I put on that was kind of comfy in winter really bothers me in the spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339600 Yes I'm talking about you, extra six pounds of belly, and it seems like my face is fuller too. It's a good sign when I start to become very discontent, it means I will actually go the extra mile (kind of a pun there) and do something to make it go away. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:57:31 EST My daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338918 I am so immensely proud of her. This is what she posted just now on Facebook. I was worried all day about her being out alone in Death Valley. <BR> <BR> <BR> I hiked DESOLATION CANYON at sunrise (it feels like it must be in all caps). It's the quietest place I've ever been. There are no plants to stir in the breeze, no animals to make noise. Nothing lives here. It's strange to think a place so serene was created by violence - the bright colored sediments were deposited by ancient volcanoes ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:50:52 EST duh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338795 I like my little apartment on the edge of town, it's small but well kept up and has everything I need. My one complaint has been that I can't just step out the door and take a walk. There's a great city park a mile away, but the way there is through an iffy neighborhood where nobody walks and I feel conspicuous. So I've been driving to the park, but that tends to make me procrastinate. <BR> <BR> This morning it suddenly dawned on me that if I walk a block the other direction and cross the h... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:06:43 EST reactions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338277 I wrote an entry a few days ago about how I am having a problem when I have to gallery-sit alone, spending hours in boredom and isolation in a building with cookies and candy in the basement. I keep no sweets in my home, as I am unable to control my intake. When I'm around sweets, it's usually at social occasions with lots of people around and I am able to abstain or have a small taste. <BR> <BR> First of all, nobody responded. <BR> <BR> Then somebody gave me the helpful suggestion that I ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:50:31 EST yet another portrait http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333495 This is Barbie, my sister's husband's sister. She sat for me late last summer and then never got back up for a final sitting until this week. Barbie's husband died suddenly of a heart attack about ten years ago. She had never worked outside the home. Now she's a manager at Panera and takes in roomers at the home that she's kept up. But last fall at her son's wedding she met a man, the divorced father of her son's bride's best friend, and they are having a big romance. He is well off and has a... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:46:12 EST Start Page - we have won a small victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331471 In case you didn't notice, due to our complaints, now when you go to the Start Page and filter the Community Goal Feed for "People I Follow", after you select that option a teeny tiny box will appear in the top center of the feed where you can check "make default filter" and shazamm, that nasty feed is filtered forever. It's still a totally useless waste of space, but at least it's constrained. <BR> <BR> So much for SparkGuy's glorious vision of one big, happy family singing kumbaya and shar... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:07:18 EST Visited one of my favorite places today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330471 The cemetery on a hill overlooking Harper's Ferry, where two rivers come together. It's so peaceful up here. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a00659e7-e6d7-4bcc-8f0b-358c59d0c50f.JPG"> Thu, 9 Mar 2017 20:21:33 EST I'm really happy with this one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323452 Now on to framing with my extremely limited woodworking skills. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16b6fed4-bf23-491d-bc2c-afeb40347312.jpg"> Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:13:22 EST sunburn in February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320977 Seeing as how the weather today was what it should be in mid-May, I had no choice but to set out on my first hike of spring on the Appalachian Trail. Boy, really saw how out of shape I'd gotten over the winter. The same climb that I could do last November with no rests, I had to stop for two long, sitting-down rests to wait for my lungs to stop hurting and my heartbeat to slow down. Leg muscles were up to it from strength training, but aerobic component is a little rusty! Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:32:40 EST Lot of people staring at me in my kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320899 Maybe I should pretend they're saying Nooo! Nooo! Back away from the refrigerator! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68e81f69-13c6-41e9-baa1-4acb7a645ae9.jpg"> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:59:22 EST thanks for your answers about doctors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313911 Sometimes it really helps just to know that other people have experienced the same thing and that you're not overreacting. This is the good side of the internet for sure. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:41:10 EST This one took me back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312957 I felt like a dirty old lady while I was painting this young man - as I worked I was transported back to when I was his age, 25, and remembering what it felt like to cuddle up to my strapping young mustached boyfriend. I wonder if this is what all those male artists are thinking... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ea65951-e36e-4cf4-b2d4-7ad8209c60b1.jpg"> Wed, 8 Feb 2017 16:22:16 EST doctors, doctors everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312284 Is anyone else getting a bad attitude about having to go to more doctors as you get older? I went for my wellness checkup today and because of this visit I now have to see four more doctors - a urologist to determine if there's a reason I'm getting so many UTI's, a gyn exam, a sleep study to see if my CPAP is on the right settings (because I told the doctor I feel tired when I wake up in the morning, and that was his immediate response, not even considering any other reasons) and a colonoscop... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 11:34:34 EST more paintings for my show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306139 This model I only worked on for about two hours, then decided to leave it alone. My show will be a mix of paintings that I worked on for longer and shorter periods of time, showing both the underdrawing phase and the more finished phase. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c24cd1f-7b94-4454-b038-1dada3a5a78d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The wall of smaller still lifes will be for those who ask "Is that all you do is paint portraits?" <BR> <BR> Very frustrating trying to get the ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:50:30 EST Spark nutrition experts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304911 Most days I don't read any of the Spark featured articles - I just track, check my friend feed and page/blog comments, and maybe blog. But lately I clicked on two articles that left me dismayed. It appears that in some cases writers are being paid to just churn out stuff that they know little about. Or it certainly seems that way. <BR> <BR> The first article was about 'fake foods' that are bad for you - processed cheese, etc. Included on this list was fake chocolate chips, which, the writer ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:52:34 EST the march http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303433 Wasn't sure I wanted to blog about this because of who might leave comments. Then it occurred to me to set my page to private and post this, and by the time I set my page back to public the next day my blog won't be showing up in the Recent Blogs list. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was amazing to be part of this enormous crowd of people, the largest crowd by far that I've ever been in, just a massive sea of people united in being appalled by Donald Trump. I especially enjoyed seeing the other women ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:10:03 EST me and Amy at the mall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302728 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d7a4cda8-f090-4f78-ba43-b0a5eef63b73.jpg"> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:48:01 EST sick but stayed on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301837 I'm very proud of myself this week. I've been the kind of sick - sinus infection or bug, I'm not sure - but the kind where you're too sick to do anything but lie around feeling miserable, yet not sick enough to lose your appetite. And you have lots of cravings for salt, sweet, fat and carbs coupled with feeling like your stomach can't handle proteins (except cheese!) or vegetables. <BR> <BR> Always a challenging place to be. And usually in the past I've just let myself go, gaining a few pou... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:01:35 EST pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299070 I have finally found my purpose in life: I am the Funny Mom on Twitter, like George's mom on Seinfeld. <BR> <BR> She takes screenshots of my text messages and posts them on her Twitter account so her friends can laugh at us old people. Now I know why she was bugging me to get a smartphone! <BR> <BR> (I should add, 99 percent of our communication is still done by old-fashioned phone call, so it's not an invasion of anything private.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:36:56 EST my new habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296692 You know how they say it takes 30 days to create a new habit? Well, I think it's working. I went back in my blogs to find the date, and since Dec. 1 I've been copying my Evening Meal of two hardboiled eggs and a tbsp of peanutbutter into each day's tracker ahead of time and eating it at 8 pm. There's been a few evenings where I was short of calories and dropped the peanutbutter, and one or two where I wasn't hungry and didn't eat it at all, but mostly I've just been eating this meal automatic... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:11:47 EST learning to change all or nothing thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295652 I'm very pleased with myself today. It was one of those days where I was hungrier than usual in the first half, and could see by afternoon that I was not going to be able to stay under 1550 calories. <BR> <BR> Many times in the past I have used this situation to stop tracking for the day, giving myself permission to go off track, eat whatever I want, and "start again tomorrow". Because the day was already ruined, right? My choices were 1550 calories or failure, and I had already failed. <B... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:54:07 EST Be the third donkey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295090 If you can paste this in your browser and see it, I think it's a beautiful example of thinking resourcefully to find new solutions. <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpsG8OVt<BR>zcM Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:58:58 EST Soup's on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294605 I created a new favorite soup a few weeks ago. It started out when I had all this homemade beef-vegetable soup in the freezer but never seemed to feel like eating it. So I decided to hop it up. First I added some of my homemade split pea soup to add body, then I cooked down a head of cabbage and a big sweet onion in it, then I added two chopped-up sausages, chorizo and anduille, which I get at my health food store and are only 220 calories for a hotdog size, then some mixed vegetables at the ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:50:26 EST 15 minutes of fame in the internet age http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290953 Well, a weird thing happened in my family yesterday. My daughter, who works on Wendy's social media, had a Twitter exchange with an obnoxious customer that went viral. I mean, within the space of half a day it was all over Google news, it was read aloud by Anderson Cooper, it was written up on dozens of big media sites - People, Cosmopolitan, Ad Week, Buzz Feed to name a few, with titles like "Wendy's Just Won the Best Twitter Feud of 2017 So Far" - and it was all over Facebook. Probably good... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 07:19:05 EST Just have to share this pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288190 Benny, my granddog, is ready to party! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c676846d-9243-4ba4-9fa0-c3cad1a7fcc7.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:26:44 EST plugging along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287853 So, after my renewed committment to reaching 140 I had about two weeks of perfect tracking, had weighed myself once and seen a 2-pound loss, then I put off weighing again because I felt like it might throw me off. But one morning I just couldn't resist and got on the scale, and there was my two pounds back. <BR> <BR> Now I know I fluctuate a lot with salt and water weight, and I know it means nothing, but it threw me off psychologically to where I kind of gave up and had a couple of bad day... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:40:39 EST good fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283898 I'm a big believer in good fats, but in my current push to get to the 140's I'm finding the only way I can consistently stay in my calorie range is to cut back on them temporarily. Where I normally use a tablespoon of olive oil to toss with my broccoli or brussel sprouts or cook my eggs, I've cut back to a teaspoon. And real mayo is something I'm never giving up, but right now I'm using a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon in my mayo-yogurt dressing. This is only till I get to my goal, then tha... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:42:55 EST a new word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281630 I've been talking about how fiddling with the numbers on my tracker helps with my mental attitude. Well, I'm finding that the words I use to talk to myself can too. <BR> <BR> SPARKS07 wrote the other day that she was home on a staycation and was feeling more "snacky" than usual, and I told her this is a great new word. Now maybe this is used widely elsewhere. but I've never heard the term before and it just struck a chord with me. <BR> <BR> Say I'm sitting at home, have eaten fairly recentl... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:01:53 EST a new reason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281142 I think most of us have a number that is the line we won't cross, the weight we'll never go back to, and for me that's been 160 for about a year and a half. Thus my panic when I realized I was no longer fluctuating in the low 150's, or even the middle 150's, but right up at the boundary line. The morning I saw 159 I was horrified and it brought back a rush of helpless fat-person feelings. <BR> <BR> Well, I've buckled down, drank all my water, tracked honestly and completely, and this morning... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:12:02 EST and in brighter news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279830 Thank you for your comments on my blog yesterday. I knew hearing from you would help, and it did. <BR> <BR> Now for the good news: one of my paintings made it into a show in a MUSEUM! Now it's only a small museum in Hagerstown, but it's very nice. They have minor works by some of the big artists. They have an annual juried show, the Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition. Last year I didn't get in but now I did! <BR> <BR> Here's a pic of the museum. It's in the big city park where I like to... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:09:49 EST Yikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279329 Since I started Sparking in the fall of 2010, I've tended to have spurts of weight loss for a few months followed by long, long periods of just maintaining. But in those six years I have never gained, only fluctuated 3 pounds or so above whatever weight I was holding at the time. And the holding weight was slowly moving downward - glacially, but in the right direction. <BR> <BR> When I moved here a year ago I was at my lowest weight in about 25 years,152. Over the next six months it crept up... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 06:59:06 EST she offered to bring her horse too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277620 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8d9279a-6e3c-4da2-ad9c-19809ee60069.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6aabbe35-dbb6-4a80-9d8a-3e926d84555a.jpg"> Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:27:49 EST so far so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276821 I'm very pleased with my mid-evening meal idea so far. Instead of eating dinner and then seeing what I have left for snacks, I'm doing it the other way around - when it's time to think about what to have for dinner, I sit down and pre-track my mid-evening meal, then see how many calories I have left for dinner. In a way it's all mind games I guess but it's working better for me. <BR> <BR> Tonight, coming up with a satisfying dinner for under 300 calories was a little challenging but I did i... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:19:30 EST evening eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274964 This has really been an issue lately, where I eat very carefully and controlled during the day and then go beyond my calorie range in the evening - not by that much, but by enough to stop me from losing. I try to leave about 300 calories after dinner, but somehow as the evening goes on I have a little snack here, a little snack there, and then somewhere before bedtime I get to "oh what the heck, I'll stick to my range tomorrow." <BR> <BR> This gets worse now that the evenings are dark and I ... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:31:01 EST Thought for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274206 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/790f394f-ede9-4926-9e8e-c0b4e030fc09.jpg"> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:06:04 EST My first and probably only themed painting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273440 This one is a little different than most of my work. It started with a model I painted last spring who was wearing this rather garish costume she had sewn, but then I worked on it some more recently - I needed a painting for January, when my gallery is having a show called "It's Not Always Pretty", with work that is supposed to be "thought-provoking and confrontational looks on hard subjects including pollution, climate change, injustice, human rights, immigration, war, politics" etc. <BR> ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:01:16 EST A new show! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273154 So this co-op gallery I joined, I wasn't supposed to get a solo show until 2018 but somehow a slot came open this April and nobody in line ahead of me wanted it so I got it. Time to start churning out some work, and nothing works better for me than a deadline! <BR> <BR> There's two solo shows each month, the two artists divide up the front space of the gallery and do their publicity together, and apparently it's like junior high school - nobody else wanted to move up and take this spot becau... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:32:48 EST Thanksgiving roundup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272312 As I sat at our big family Thanksgiving and looked around at my nieces and nephews who are in their twenties now and just really launching their adult lives, it struck me that I'm the old aunt they will remember mostly from these family gatherings. I thought about how we are creating memories for them now, how it's not as much about us as when we were in the middle of our lives. And for my daughter, I feel it's so important that she has a sense of our family and its values, because we've alwa... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:13:10 EST maybe the last fall hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269083 Sat up here for a really long time today and just let the silence soak in. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4712fe05-3fe8-471d-b6b1-94911659efcb.jpg"> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:59:57 EST after that blog I got my butt out in the woods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262878 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5095921d-d4f3-464e-91e9-3b371fcb00fc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On the hike to... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45bfd4c6-f5a1-48a9-a353-b9d777f2de34.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wolf Rock overlook in Catoctin Mountain National Park Sun, 6 Nov 2016 17:01:56 EST just checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262657 It's been mentioned that I've been absent lately. I do come to the site and see what my friends have posted, I just haven't had much to say. I seem to be in a very introverted, homebound period here lately. I emerge every few days to go to my exercise class and painting group, or to visit my sister or sit/attend meetings at the art gallery, but the rest of the time I can't seem to get myself out the door. I'm not depressed or anything, just feel like staying in my little cave. I tell myself I... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 07:36:13 EST Having a productive October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255791 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6582b5f-5056-489b-95ae-5424be202aac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5138ef9e-77d0-4674-a2a2-ab3671dd6006.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Still life is actually much smaller than portrait, uploader has a mind of its own. Am working on a series of still lifes I'm going to call October Window. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7467d5be-0874-485f-9df1-40640a9d769b.jpg"> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:20:50 EST