Tuesday, April 12, 2016

My Lap Dog

This is my second Boston Terrier.
The first one was Petie who passed after 16 yrs.
Now I have Katie another Boston Terrier who
will be 8 this year with us.  So to celebrate her
Birthday I tried to create a poem.

More than Just A Lap Dog

She keeps me still, she keeps me quiet as she sits upon my lap
She follows me where ever I go, even my bed when I take a nap.
I know how much she loves me, and it is easy to return it back

She listens to my every word.  I tried to listen to hers, a whimper,
a growl, a bark or a look, she makes me understand.

This love she gives me is comforting I know she understands
for my lap would grow much colder without her
Katie, my comforting pet.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

You Turkey!

Taking a look about our community on a beautiful Spring day, my husband spotted turkeys.  Now, it certainly must be Spring, even though the weather has been somewhat erratic, as these turkeys were gobbling about.  Notice the plumage on that big turkey.  Yes, that is the male.  He is getting ready to find himself a female to mate with, just like the birds are building nests.  It is that time of season.  So, I thought it was just like this turkey to show off and find his female.  I enjoyed these photos so hope you do too.

 Boy, are they in for a surprise come Fall season!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Awakening Site

A surprise this morning upon wakening
Pulled open the drapes
Snow is falling!

Why not?  It is Winter here in Tennesse
Just a surprise that is all
No weather report last night to say

Snowflakes were larger than normal,
Unbelievable that each snowflake can be different.
Falling into the warm street they melt
 Still roof tops and yards getting whiter by the minute

Red Cardinals seeking the feeders
They linger in the trees so bare
Calling to their females to gather
He sees the feeders at last

Snow still falling, landing like a blanket
Pristine and white
as far as  I can see
From my bedroom window its a welcoming sight to me.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Window Watch

                                                              A Picture Window


Very cold today. But I stay inside cuddled up in the chair with a blanket and my dog,  watching the birds outside trying  to keep warm by eating out of all the three feeders I have out there.  

This reminds me of another picture window. Many times Dave and I would go to Maryville from home and drive up 4 11. 

There was a house facing the road, a very neat, nice home . Every  time we went by I would look out at this house towards their large front window. I could see a hospital bed and somebody elderly laying in that bed, not looking out of the window, just quietly laying there.

l would tried to wave, hoping that this person would look my way but never did.  Every time we pass over the period of months maybe a year or two it was the same thing. I was just wishing that someday that man or woman would turn their head see me and waved back. That never happened!
Recently, we drove past that same house. I noticed there is no person laying in the bed looking out the front window just the back end of the couch or sofa appearing now.
That big picture window would overlook a porch which would have potted plants and out further, bushes where I am sure birds would be flitting about. Now the drapes are drawn, the shades are pulled down on that same picture window and on the front porch instead of potted flowers there are different kinds of sitting chairs and kids toys, so different.

A regret I have, that I never took the initiative to walk up to that house, ring the doorbell, and ask if I could come visit whoever that was laying in bed by the front picture window.  Years ago that would've been the thing to do but now people are so frightened of anybody who rang the doorbell or knocked on the door for fear it might be Intrepid and that did cross my mind.
I have heard people on TV or even people I know or meet that say they have their no regrets. I think it would be wonderful if you could leave this earth without any regrets . We all have them whether they be small ones or big ones and I know I probably have some of both. That person in the window, never know to each other, will never know a stranger cared.


Friday, January 15, 2016

Yes, Happy New Year!

The New Year begins:

I was surprised that I have been able to have 80 years of saying Happy New Year, well, at least the years I was able to know what the sayings Happy New Year meant and able to say it.

The end of 2015, December, was very gratifying to me.  Mainly because I got to take a trip to Florida to see my children, grandchildren, relatives, old friends.  It does get tiring hopping from one place to another, they live in different cities, but gratifying to see their faces and spend time with them all.
I was glad after three weeks to get home though.  There is no place like home! as Dorothy said.

We just bought a new camper and this was her maiden voyage.  We have had campers for years. all size campers, but this small one was the most coziest and comfortable to be in and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  You see, I do not  like to put anyone out by staying in their homes.  As a youngster living at home, my parents never visited relatives for more than a day.   The only time I remember staying in someone's home was when I was eleven.  There was a beach house my mother, father, and sister and I stayed at for a week. It was because my father was a house painter and his friend offered the home to us while Dad did the work of painting it.  That does not count.

I didnt make any New Year's Resolutions.  I always forget about them by March anyway.  You know the ones, lose weight, exercise, join some art clubs, etc.This year I have noticed on Facebook and several other websites that we are asked now to pick a word that will reflect your attitude towards 2016.  I picked the work BRAVE.  I feel that at my age now I must be brave enough to accept my future of maybe getting weaker, not being able to do some things because of aches and pains.
Maybe, losing some old time friends. Politics in 2016, as it ends scares me.  I just felt that I heard the words Be Brave Diane as I read what others were using for their word of the year and Brave just fit me.
I will try!  So pick a word for 2016.

                                               In Savannah, Georgia State Park

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October favorite month.

Our trip for four days in a cabin outside of Dahlonaga Georgia with favorite couple to share with was so much fun
Our dear husbands took us to about 6 winery/vineyards waiting patiently as my girlfriend and I tasted probably 30 plus wines but not all in one day/  I bought home 4 bottles while she did 10.

In the town which was just filling up with tourist I found this delightful store. I do like to try different herbs in vinegars and olive oils so this was perfect for me and bought six different kinds of oils and balsamic vinegars. 

 We then managed to have them drive us to Berts Farm to pick out some gourds or pumpkins.  Did you ever see blue pumpkins, or pink pumpkins?  The entire several  acreage had all sizes of them, big. huge, medium and small. Most fun for me was the little house we rented on a river with trails to walk .  We weren't there an hour and my husband went fishing and immediately caught this trout (and threw it back).  It was a fun trip that we take once a year, they from Florida and we from Tennessee.

Monday, October 19, 2015


I guess I started to try my hand at quilting several years ago at the insistence of my quilting friends. I joined a swapping group that had many different ideas on making blocks and sending them to each other.  I also managed to do lap quilts for most of my 9 grandchildren and some for just hither and there.
I did not considered  myself a quilter as they were but it was creative and I loved creating.  However, I found that I was a proficient sewer and decided it was time to put away that creativeness and go for my true love of painting and several other paper type challenges like Artist Trading Cards, Fabric(yes) postcards, homemade envelopes which I still do.  Journaling has always been a way for me to express my feelings and I have been doing that on and off for years.  Now I am doing an Art Journal to express my love of color, design and the art supplies I have gathered.

Now this quilt I show here is my last to do.  I did the top of the quilt and my BFF took it home with her on a visit to Tennessee to see me, and put the backing together for me and also as a birthday gift had it quilted.  I really did like doing these blocks mainly because of my artist eye of color and to tell the truth rather easy to do.  The hard part my friend did for me.  The top and back are my design so I will take credit for that but the quilting of it is outstanding.  I never quilted the tops and she wanted me to see how nice they come out when you finish it with quilting it together.

In my "sewing" days I also made those fabric postcards, pin cushions,wall hangings and even a calendar of months for my grandson Matt.  I may even have those in this blog somewhere.  So here it is.  My final!

The back is black and white with dark mauve around it.