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Tuesday, August 23, 2016      7 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      11 comments

My lovely niece Anna. ... Read more
studio (aka part of my kitchen)
Wednesday, August 10, 2016      6 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
Sunday, June 26, 2016      6 comments

Confession: I've been pretty down in the dumps lately. After spending most of my time alone for the past year and mostly enjoying it, I've been finding myself feeling very lonely and a little hopeless these past few weeks. Partly I think t... Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016      5 comments

I mentioned in my status the other day that I'd seen where someone had created a meal category in their tracker called "sweets and grazing" and I decided to do the same. Here's my rationale: I already have categories for breakfast, mid-morn... Read more
My dad
Sunday, June 19, 2016      6 comments

I was inspired by TWEETIE's post to write a father's day blog. My dad was almost a stereotypical 50's dad. He went off to work every day in his hat and overcoat looking like one of the guys from Mad Men or a Humphrey Bogart movie. When he ... Read more
more adventures in exercise
Saturday, June 18, 2016      5 comments

So about a week ago I tried swimming laps and noted that it did aggravate my knee a little. It was also the day that I did all the exercises the physical therapist gave me, several sets of each twice a day as he had recommended. Well, by the end... Read more
I have a staff!
Thursday, June 16, 2016      6 comments

Well, my sister has been acting as my agent and has done a really good job of talking me up, helping me drum up my first commission and helping me set prices, things I'm terrible at, and now my daughter announced yesterday that she's appointing ... Read more
Wednesday, June 15, 2016      5 comments

I started feeling under the weather last Thursday or Friday and had to tough it out through the big weekend on Ibuprofen, with my daughter visiting and my family all coming up for the show. It was still great having them all, but I was feeling p... Read more

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