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Sunday, September 14, 2014

WINDING DOWN

 
 
Today was a beautiful, unseasonably chilly, breezy day.

This evening, before Sunset.
 
 
Summer really is winding down. But it just got here!
And I'm not even over the "trauma" of  last Winter....
 
I have a theory. On the 1st.day of Summer, which is, the longest day of year,
I believe It shouldn't just show up then after a mere few days, "turn back around" (days begin to get shorter)
 The days should continue to get longer and longer, till September.. THEN turn back around.
Who do I need to speak to about this?.. 
 
  We've had a pretty mild Summer, as Summers go in Cleveland. Usually, we have a week or two of 90+ days... not so much this year. It would heat up, then quickly cool down. That works just fine for me. I'm not a fan of sticky, hot weather. Oh, there was a confirmed Tornado, that touched down, about 1/4 mile from my apartment...... I was about 4 miles away at a grocery store at the time, I could hear thunder and actually parked my cart for a few minutes, so I could go outside to take pictures, of the Clouds. To me, it was just a simple Thunderstorm.
 
Taken just about the same time this storm was producing an EF1 Tornado,
just 4 miles away.
 
I  came home unaware. As I got in, my phone was ringing. It was our city's reverse 911, "Red Alert" it said a Tornado had touched down on Andrea Rd. What???.....  It was strong enough to blow the roof of several homes.  About 2 weeks later and 2 miles away the other direction, another Tornado skipped through. My friend Nancy had Roof damage, but luckily nothing serious.  I love Storms.. but not when they're severe......  Those were a little too close.
 
This Summer has been pretty laid back. I'm a homebody, so my big excitement, is a weekend all to myself and sleeping in.
 
We finally got to go out to celebrate sister Deb's birthday, 2 months late.
We had fun going to  Ferrante Winery, in Ashtabula, Ohio. 
 
 
 
 
Stopping at the lake. I was taking pictures, of the trees and the Lake..
 
 
 and the squirrel, in the tree just over our picnic table, that was pelting me with Acorns!
 
 
When we were leaving, I turned around to take quick glance at the lake, and noticed a couple,
who was sitting at a table.. in perfect silhouette. I snapped several pictures, and my sister Deb was taking some too. When I was done,
I walked over to the couple and told them I had taken a few pictures of them and asked if they would
like me to email them. the Woman said "yes! thank you!" She told me it was their 10th. anniversary... how cool is that! She gave me her business card,  thanked me again and gave me a hug.
I emailed her  the pictures and she responded, that is was a very kind gesture and how it made their anniversary even more special. awww.
 

This is one of several, I took

 

This one, was taken by my sister Deb.
It's perfectly  composed. I love this!!

Out to dinner, then a PJ party at Rita's.
We hung out on her porch till 2 a.m. just drinking Wine, and laughing or heads off.
The next morning Deb made us all breakfast, that we enjoyed on the porch.
 
 
Then..........we all did the ALS "Bucket Challenge"..... yes, it was recorded..
but.. no.. I won't be posting it .. {smile.}
 

Preparing for our ALS "Ice bucket Challenge" YAYA style



 
I'm off this weekend. yay me! I got up 7:30.. and got started with making some new bracelets. Tomorrow, I will clean out the kitchen cupboards before the Browns game.... I know I'm a wild Woman!
So.. now you're all caught up with my
non-stop exciting life. Woot! Woot!
 

 

 
 

Thursday, July 03, 2014

JULY!

 
                                    


 Okay, I never have been good at keeping up with my Blog.
But... I do like having one! even if no one's reading it but me. I like looking back...

Today... officially?.. I'm on Vacation! 6 days all to myself, (including the 4th. of July holiday and weekend) unless someone discovers I'm home and tries to infiltrate my space. Sounds mean, but sometimes, I just need ME time. When I don't HAVE TO DO ANYTHING, GO ANYWHERE. And I'm free to stay in my "in the house clothes" all day and night.
So.... Summer did arrive.  Spring?... well, it made a half-hearted attempt. But... the Snow did
finally stop and the Cold was finally replaced with WARM. That's all that matters.

Since my last post?.... besides the weather. We've had Easter, Mothers Day, and oh yes My Grandson Garrett's FIRST BIRTHDAY!!!.... the year absolutely flew by!! I'm pretty sure, he's the cutest little boy ever! So I've posted a few birthday pictures
I made a little "Garrett" banner, and designed SPECIAL wrapping
paper. (www.zazzle.com)

I made his birthday card too.

See?... cutest baby EVER!

 

He's a sweet little boy, and even "shared" his birthday cake
with Mom & Dad
 

He really wasn't quite sure what to do
with that cake. If he only knew!
 
 
One of the gifts from me.... ART SUPPLIES!
they're never to young.
 
I can't wait for our first ART Day! xoxo
 

I got him the Baseball cap too... so darn cute!!

Chillin' with his birthday guests lol!!!


I've also posted some ART I've done. Mostly doodling at work. Oh, I finally got up my new
"ARTkissed" hand painted letters, above my window, complete with the twinkly lights I've been wanting for a long time.... oh and a new mini blind too.  
    

Still not sure about the paint colors, but works for now.



Metallic paint, and faux "screws" washed with
Brown paint, for a "rusty" look.


 


 

Before distressing


I love my LIPS light!
 

Prisma Colored pencils I love how vivid the colors are.
This one looks like a Tattoo, to me

 
 
Pressed wood blocks



STILL trying to organize my ART room


Prisma color abstract

Prisma Colors.. one of my favorites

details...

details...

details...

Prisma colored pencils.. "homage to Spring"

Prisma colors.. and a great reminder


 
Sooooo.. that's about it. All caught up. It is 4:36 already and I got up at 5:30a.m! vacation days
fly by. But if I were at work right now?... it would only be about 10:30 a.m... right?
Okay.. going to back to today's art project.
Have a happy 4th of July!
 
 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Waiting for Spring

I'm anxiously awaiting Spring. Although it hasn't officially arrived yet, I needed to put some color on my ARTkissed Banner... and liven it up with some COLOR!
Next  weekend, we'll get Daylight Savings Time back!... yes!

I spent most of my only day off, doing nothing...... what a surprise.
I'm just not motivated, to clean, organize or even do ART, on my one day off. I want to.. I really do.. but I just need to do nothing.
  I did throw in a load of laundry, that counts.. right?
and I did "attempt" to detangle a box of ribbon.... that lasted about 1/2 hour.. and I got bored.

 
We had more Snow over night.. but nothing big and by afternoon,
we had Sunshine... or "Veiled Sunshine" as our local TV Meteorologist, calls it.
Hey...it's SUNSHINE!  I'll take it!
 
 
 
 
WINTER'S DAYS ARE NUMBERED....
This made me really laugh out loud...
 
and I really do feel JUST like that!!!

So, as my Sunday winds down.... I'm thinking about what to have for dinner.
I'm thinking Pork Fried Rice.. and Teriyaki Chicken.. hmmm. maybe. Then settling down to watch the Academy Awards. Yes... I only watch to see the Dresses. I've only seen one of the movies nominated... "August Osage  County" I had mixed feelings about it. I do think both Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, deserve their nominations. ... in my opinion

So... that's it.. another lazy Sunday almost gone. I have one more weekend day to work.. But then I get to see my little Gar-Bear next Sunday!!!! AWESOME!!!
 


Enjoy your week!


 

Friday, February 14, 2014

BE MY VALENTINE

 
Absolutely THE BEST 
Valentine, I've EVER received... oh!!!
It brought me to tears!
With the help of his awesome Mom,
Garrett "made" me this sweet Valentine.
I will love it forever!!!!

 
In heavy concentration!

 
 
 
I LOVE those CHUBBY LITTLE HANDS!!!!
 
 
 
I don't think Valentine's Day is just a romantic day,
I think it's for everyone who loves someone. It's just a little reminder of how much.
Also, a reminder of how much we're loved.
 
Just my thoughts on Valentine's Day.
 
 
 
So... we're exactly half way through February. This excites me.
January, was the longest month on Record.
Cold, Snow, Cold & Snow, Snow.....that was January.
February isn't really much different.
In all my "___" years... I don't recall such a long period of
below freezing temperatures. I know.. .it's that
"Polar Vortex" thingy.. .but. man!!!
Before.. I'd say "I can deal with the cold.... it's the Snow!"
having to drive in it, the ICE..... but I've changed my mind
I can't deal with any of it!!!
You'd think, living here my whole life... it wouldn't phase me.. 
But "we" complain about "IT".. from the minute the very first
Flake falls.. to the last one melts.
WE HATE WINTER!!!!
Funny, I'm so quick to grab my camera to take Snow Pictures.
I really appreciate the beauty of it's White-ness... the way it turns
everything lacey and beautiful.
Snowflakes continue to mesmerize me. And I love Glitter snow.
So... I only like to LOOK at it... not walk in it.. not drive in it
and NOT scrape it off my car.
 
I just heard on the news this morning, that 49 out of the 50 States, have snow.
Crazy right? And now, I'm questioning which State has none. I'm sure they
probably meant Hawaii?... but even there ( according to a lady in Hawaii I spoke with today, )
they have snow in the mountains. Maybe that doesn't count.
Anyway..... We swapped weather info... She was enjoying a warm 85..
and we're at a (Cleveland Winter) "warm" 25.
 
On that note.. I will share some Winter pictures I've taken, from the cozy warmth of my
apartment. I even had one of my photos featured on our local TV channel.. (that was cool!)
Snow pictures taken January 25th.... when we really got dumped on... and had to
cancel our PSMWG... grrh!
 
Picture shown on our local TV channel....
the two photos were actually taken 13 minutes apart
(according to the time stamp) amazing!

check out my "name" top left corner  ha!





It really was a WHITE OUT!!!





 
CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
So... let the  countdowns begin...
first..
for Daylight Saving Time.. on March 9th.
(no more driving home in the dark! yay!)
and then SPRING.... about 32 days away!
hurry!
 
 
 
Doodling hearts at work. Using
 my current favorite medium, Prismacolor, Colored pencils.


My "Hot Lips" T shirt that I wore today.

And a must-have Valentine Socks
 
 
 
From last year
 

And a collage done, several years ago
(sold on Etsy)
 
It's Friday!! and I have a 3 day weekend! yay!
My company is actually giving us a "floating holiday"
on Monday, Presidents day... yippeeee!!
Enjoy your weekend.. I will!