Sunday, April 26, 2009

Kitty TV

Every morning the cat sits at the bottom of the steps and patiently stares at this spot on the wall, waiting for the shadows to show up. With any luck there is enough sun to give her some interesting stuff to jump at.

I'm enjoying Shadow Shot Sunday so much (over at Hey Harriet) that I'm playing along this week!

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Its My Party

My sister and I both have birthdays within a week of each other in April, so we tend to celebrate together. This year, our parents came in and our other sister came down with her two girls for a family get together.

At one point, during all the very noisy bustle, it was announced that I had a birthday surprise, and had to cover my eyes for a few minutes while they brought it in.

Now, I've been campaigning hard for a new puppy, but want to wait until after summer vacations are over. When they were all talking about how heavy my present was and did they need a dolly to get it in, etc, and then there were lots of shhhh-s-ing noises, I was pretty convinced that, OH NO, they had gotten the dog early.

So when I turned and looked, I looked for a dog crate. None. A big heavy box. None. They all stood there in their "ta-da!!" poses and ... nothing. Then a voice said...

Total shock.

My daughter had come up from Florida for a birthday surprise.



It was a great weekend, even if it was over with too soon, with everybody going home on Sunday.

Best EVER. (Good enough that I'm willing to show the totally unflattering photos!)
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009


This evening, cleaning house one minute, then out in the yard cutting flowers the next. Thinking back, I honestly don't remember going from point A to point B ... I mean, really! I can't think of what made me put down whatever I was cleaning and wander out into the yard. I must have accidentally looked out the window.
:-D So, I'll be sketching this little bunch of flowers I think, probably tomorrow. (And if you are in one of those locations that isn't blessed with spring flowers right now, feel free to sketch along...)
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Tuesday, April 07, 2009


Brrrr! Flowers and snow... a pretty combination early this morning.
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Sunday, April 05, 2009


What a beautiful weekend! Friday evening I got to visit with my parents who were in town for the evening, which started the weekend out right. Saturday morning my friend Ruth brought some flowers from her yard to our painting group, so I just had to do a quick sketch of them. I wish you all could have smelled those lilacs -- heaven. Later, after a diet-busting lunch with Doug and a nice long talk with my daughter on the phone, I got to meet up with Diahn to go see some great art and then hang out at the coffee shop (busting the diet even further) until nearly dark. Simply gorgeous.

And the gorgeousness continued today with lunch at Cosmo's and a new little piece of furniture and getting the wireless printer all set up, then opening the windows and turning on fans while doing a total rearrange of the guest room closets, my study closets and making a good dent toward cleaning and rearranging my painting space. All being done as I get ready for a piano to be delivered into the same area where I paint and (YAY!) company coming in next weekend. I worked like a dog but had a blast doing it, with the fresh air and the music blaring and knowing that the end result would be fantastic.

Tomorrow it's back to work, and I'm looking forward to a great week.**

**NOTE -- even if it snows. You guys, I've said it and said it... in east Tennessee we ALWAYS get cold weather and usually a touch of snow on April 7, 8, or 9. ALWAYS. Stop acting all surprised about it! And the flowers will be FINE. The cold makes the blooms last longer. And if you're working on your lawn, get up early tomorrow morning and scatter out some grass seed. TRUST ME...
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