Monday, December 1, 2014

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like...........

  Started to or rather just completed my d├ęcor for the holidays and would like to share them with you who will not see them in person.  Some photos are of the front and back of my house and then a tour of the inside.  All self explanatory.

And then there is the most uninterested one, Katie, who I found snuggled on my bed.  Can you find her?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Leaves of Autumn

A beautiful Fall day with a walk to my favorite place all seasons, in Maryville, Tennessee is the 18 Mile Greenway.  I don't do the 18 miles, in fact the most maybe a couple of miles.  But hopefully I will gain enough stamina to do more.   I usually take photos but this day I was just walking my dog instead and started to pick up a leaf or two that looked interesting enough to take home and do a watercolor of.

I can figure out what the name of some of the trees are for these leaves, but not all.  Do you know?

 Before flattening them overnight, they still had some color left in them, then  the next day the color was diminished. Not as pretty.  I am sure the leaves of Fall in Vermont are more colorful as they are in Pennsylvania and moving on down to us in Tennessee.  These are just on one walk through a GreenWay.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Tomorrow is Halloween and I went past this home nearby where last year I showed you all the front yard of the house for his Christmas decorations. 
I thought this was so cute that he did this year for Halloween that I needed to share it with family and friends who check out my blog ONCE IN AWHILE.

So for those who celebrate enjoy! For those who like creativeness, enjoy! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Roads Less Traveled

Just a beautiful Fall day in Tennessee.  Time to take a ride and explore.  I have lived in this area about 9 yrs. this time, and 9 yrs.again  back in the 1990's.  We still find roads less traveled.

I have this love of old barns.  In a few years they may be but a stubble on the ground.  Let me share a few relatively close by, that I hadn't seen before.
.  Some are barns that are still used and others homes abandoned. Let me share!

Monday, October 13, 2014


There is a woman I met on the internet that is such a wonderful artist and always gives out tutorials and ideas and an "at a girl" to artwork you do.  So, on Fridays she puts in her blog, ideas for you to try to sketch.  This past Friday were sketches of your dog.  So I sent to her the sketches I just did hap hazardly while sitting on my deck and catching my Boston Terrier Katie trying to get comfortable in the sun.  Sketching for me is the easy part, it is producing a painting that is hard for me. 

So here I present my sketch of Katie on the back deck of our home. Everyone should do a journal with sketches in it.  It gives you such pleasure to look back and remember that day I sketched my Katie Dog, its a journal.

Friday, September 12, 2014

I think too much, I think!

My back deck is my favorite place in my home in all kinds of weather.  We have a patio cover of it so it protects from some weather.  However, I have sat with coffee cup in hand being sprayed upon while sitting there by light rain.  In the winter, rarely am I there as snow can always find a way to creep under that patio.  But today I was watching the sky and this poem ran across my mind and I wanted to share it with friends, family knowing I am not a poet,  just a thinker. Can't think of a title for this, care to help?

I hear the sound of thunder in the distance.
I fear a storm approaching

Clouds' appearing in different shades of gray, light, dark, some with an
outline of blue.

Just between two gray clouds, a whiteness opens up between them.
The sun is hiding behind them, trying to push its way through.

Clouds are moving now from West to East.
A cool breeze blows over me gently as I sit and watch the sky.
This breeze feels as if autumn is trying to arrive, some trees
are shedding their leaves.,

It does not last for long, the thunder no longer heard in the distance.
Clouds are now changing shape and closing in on that speck of sun.

Wonder if it will rain, the sky still darkened by these clouds 
They closed out the bit of sun but move slowing toward the East, while
training whiter clouds behind as if to follow to another place.

No more thunder sounds, nor darkened sky of gray.  The sun appears
as if it has won, as the sky is blue again, the clouds now a pristine

It is my favorite place to sit and think about the wonders
around us all, this deck of ours.

Friday, September 5, 2014

In Rememberance

Today, after hearing of Joan Rivers passing, some interesting thoughts I had.

I didn't know her, but as a comedian, when even then there were times I didn't car much for her humor.  Yet, it saddened me very much.  My thoughts were:  Is it because she looked like 30 yrs. old?  She was really 81. Would I have felt so sad if she looked like 80 yrs old?  Probably not as sad.  Yet, I am still thinking about how sad n her family and those who personally have known her, the real person under all that cosmetic surgery.  Is it because so near her age am I?
If Betty White died tomorrow at her age would that create an everyday sadness for me to get over, No!  Betty living  a full, funny, and a  non-surgical changing look.  Is that why?  Can I possibly live as long as Betty is living?

Then, Robin Williams.  Took me a week to get over that one.  I watched him grow from Mork and Mindy into a fine serious actor along with his comedy over the years. I didn't know him personally, why then did it affect me so?  A tragic passing?

Then Lauren Bacall.  Such a lady and her passing was without fan fare.  I thought about her too, in such a way.  I thought about her and Boggie, mostly their movies together as they were THE Movies in my generation. Didn't know her personally either and she didn't look 30 either.  But I still was so saddened by her passing.

Now who could forget James Gardner.  What a shock also!  All of these wonderful entertainers of my generation gone all within a few weeks, even days of each other.  These I have mentioned are but a few from my generation.  The ones who entertained, made me laugh, made me cry, kept me company when alone.  They are slowly leaving us these good ole actors and actresses. 

Glad to have them back once in awhile appearing on the TV screen in old movies or shows. Leaving a legacy behind they are!  WOW! Miss them!