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Monday, September 19, 2016      8 comments

I noticed KOTWBB has joined a challenge that poses this exercise: "List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track... Read more
latest painting
Wednesday, September 14, 2016      9 comments

This is a model from a portrait group and I added the south american blanket from memory. Trying to work on smaller paintings that someone would wan... Read more
the difference between cats and dogs
Monday, September 12, 2016      9 comments

KITTY I'M HOME Oh, have you been gone? I hadn't noticed. ... Read more
An interesting book on the food industry
Thursday, September 08, 2016      10 comments

I'm reading a book called "The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite" by David Kessler. I'm only about halfway through and some of it has been a little repetitive, but he has some fascinating interviews with ... Read more
good news on mammogram technology
Tuesday, September 06, 2016      7 comments

I'm writing this blog in case anyone else has had the same experience. About 6 years ago the place where I was getting my mammograms got new digital technology, and all of a sudden I was having lots and lots of false positives. For several ... Read more
Thoughts on addiction, continued
Tuesday, August 30, 2016      5 comments

I've been writing from time to time about trying to come to grips with my compulsive relationship with ice cream. Recently I wrote about how I had gained a new understanding from a Spark article on food addiction. It explained that things we are... Read more
Tuesday, August 23, 2016      8 comments

This is always an exciting time of year for me, waking up to cool mornings and a hint of autumn in the air. Because summer is my least favorite time of year, something I endure, and then here comes fall which I love so much, a big treat. And I a... Read more
Sunday, August 21, 2016      12 comments

My lovely niece Anna. ... Read more
studio (aka part of my kitchen)
Wednesday, August 10, 2016      7 comments

Two paintings underway, with good photos to keep working from and both people coming back for a second sitting. I am a happy camper! Having this to work on just gives me such a feeling of satisfaction. ... Read more
Anyone else becoming wary of tomatoes?
Monday, August 08, 2016      5 comments

I love my homegrown cherry tomatoes and I've been eating a lot of them every day for a few weeks now. Also this week, I had a terrible flare-up of arthritis at the base of both my thumbs. This happens occasionally in one thumb at a time, and usu... Read more
This may be the coolest thing anyone has ever said to me
Wednesday, July 27, 2016      11 comments

I couldn't wait to come home and tell my Sparkfriends about this one. I tried out a different water aerobics class at the Y this morning, and I went up to the instructor beforehand and asked her what equipment I needed. So she's deciding which w... Read more
new habits
Saturday, July 23, 2016      4 comments

It dawned on me today that I've finally reached the point where I just don't feel like myself if I go more than a couple of days without exercise. I don't think I'll ever be as consistent or prodigious as some, but it's definitely become an impo... Read more
new painting
Saturday, July 23, 2016      9 comments

I've been taking a little hiatus since my show, mostly because I didn't have anyone to paint - the portrait group where we hire models doesn't meet in the summer. Anyway, found an open-to-all-comers show I want to enter in Frederick, closer in t... Read more
still ticking
Thursday, July 14, 2016      10 comments

Today I turned 66, and I can't help but find myself taking inventory. As I sit here I'm adorned with my two black knee sleeves that I wear all the time except to sleep, my black thumb brace because the arthritis at the base of my thumb flared u... Read more
The long view
Wednesday, June 29, 2016      7 comments

Don't ever doubt that our Spark friendships have real consequence. The responses to my last blog really helped me to snap out of my funk and look at things with more perspective. That's part of the problem with spending too much time alone I thi... Read more

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