Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Good News

Yup, Tuesday's trip down to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston was a success! My husband was cleared for kidney transplant surgery! 😀
He said when he walked back out into the waiting room and gave me the thumbs up, he could see the relief sweep across my face.
It was still early at this point, and we were in the city, and I really wanted to go see the Henri Matisse exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the hubby was in a good mood, so we went over  to the T station (The T is the Boston subway system), and headed over to the museum for a few hours.
The Matisse exhibit was wonderful, and I have photos to show you another day once I go through them. It was actually  a banner day at the museum because there were a couple of other amazing exhibits to see also.
More on those another day also. 
But while the hubby sat in a comfy chair and texted with our daughter, I disappeared for a little bit and went up to see the 4 Van Gogh paintings that the museum owns. I also got to see a couple of Gaugin's, Monet's and Renoir's. And a few other paintings too.
After just reading the book about Van Gogh's Ear (by Bernadette Murphy), I was curious to see in real life 2 of the paintings that she included in the book's color plates. 
(And Jeanie if you get around to reading this, I did see the Secrets of the Dead episode on PBS about this woman and how she found the info to describe what actually happened. I appreciate you mentioning it.:)
The people in these portraits were described in the book as his friends in Arles, France.

 This is the postman, Joseph Roulin.
 Plus there were 2 other Van Gogh's which I was not familiar with.

It was cool to see the stylistic differences between different painters of that era and those of Matisse.
It was a good day, for sure.
I hope you had a good day too, and you have a good day today too. (Or tomorrow, if you re reading this in the evening/night.)
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Monday, April 24, 2017

T Stands for Sunshine and Spring

Happy T day everyone.  It is already Tuesday again. Our sunshine has disappeared and the rain is coming, but the last couple of days have been just gorgeous.
 Here's a couple of shots from my Monday morning walk.
And some shots from a Sunday evening drive.
 Ice out on the the big lake near my home was last week. That means its almost boating season. :)

I've spent the last 3 days doing yard work.  Monday's project was spreading back mulch.
Monday night I was ready to go to bed early! :)
I was pretty worn out Sunday evening too after some outside work. The hubby had gone off during the day to do his favorite spring chore, uncovering his boat which he stores up at his mother's house. When he got home we decided to go get some ice cream, but then decided we were so hungry we should stop and have dinner instead.
They make the BEST brick oven pizzas.
I washed mine down with a 603 Winnie amber ale.
I like how it was served in a Pats glass.
The hubby had a rum punch.
I noticed this photo gave his face a weird coloring. Not sure what that was all about, but the punch was that orange red color.
Then we were naughty and stopped for an ice cream.
I worked so hard today I certainly burned off dinner for sure.
And it was YUMMY! :)
So stop by Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to see what the T gang has been up to. And maybe you'd even like to join in the T day fun. All you need is a drink photo.
So I might be a little late getting to some of your blogs since the hubby has one more pre-surgery test in Boston. Keep your fingers the results are good news. 
And have a happy T day every one.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Was

I spend the second day of my vacation cleaning out the screen porch and getting it set up for the season.  The floor needed to be swept and vacuumed and then washed. The furniture needed a wiping down. 
It was a gorgeous day with perfect temperatures and lots of sun and every now and then I had to stop and go soak up some of that sun and read a while. 
Its too early to move plants out there but its still looking good and I'm excited to have it ready to use.
It means the good weather is a coming.
The only art I did all weekend was a couple of pages in my drawing journal.
One more outside work day tomorrow before the rain comes and my week changes directions. 
The kidney transplant doctors decided at the last minute my husband needs one more test. Its scaring me. If this test fails, then there can't be a transplant. Tuesday we go down to Boston and hopefully, HOPEFULLY, everything goes in my husband's favor. Kind of mad these doctors couldn't do this two months ago before they even sent him a letter saying everything was all approved and we have set up so many pieces to this ordeal. 
I could say a lot more about this, but it will just me negative and down., since there's nothing I can do about any of it right now.
So, I am going to focus on doing some more yard work tomorrow and maybe even finding some art time too. :)
Have a great start to your week everyone. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day Recap

Its Saturday evening. It was a damp and raw day here in New Hampshire  I started off my day with a walk and then moved onto some yard chores. 
I think that was a good way to spend  part of Earth Day. 

One of the things we did was unloaded all the yard furniture out of the screen porch and then the hubby took the plastic off of it. When I'm home this upcoming week I am going to give it a good cleaning and then set it up to use on those nice spring days.

Luckily we got the yard work done before it started to drizzle, I spent the afternoon cleaning out some clothes.
Before I took a nap.
Not a bad Saturday.
And here's a page for Hazel's awesome challenge at Art Journal Journey. Magical Mystery Tour  is the theme and I think swimming under the sea is certainly a magical tour. And what you'll come across is surely a mystery. 
Thanks for visiting. I always appreciate it!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 

Friday, April 21, 2017


I woke up listening to the rain falling this morning. Sometimes that is a wonderful sound. Like today. I know when the sun comes out it will help bring on the green. :)
Plus the day before vacation, it MIGHT keep the kids calmer as they'll be half asleep.
Or at least I can hope. :)
Thought I would send all you wonderful readers in blogland a little spring bouquet. today.  I don't know what the Asian letters say, but hopefully its something kind and wonderful.
Happy Friday everyone.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Art Inspiration

So I recently read a book about Vincent Van Gogh.
This is the story about Vincent Van Gogh and (mostly) about his life in Arles, France. Van Gogh moved to Arles towards the end of his short life and besides creating many of his most famous paintings, he tried to create an artist colony. Paul Gauguin was the only artist he attracted, and that did not last very long.
But this book is also the story of Bernadette Murphy and how she discovered the actual story of the famous cutting off his ear story. It was a fascinating piece of detective work, and the author's style was quite readable. I really enjoyed this book.
Besides reading, I have also been doing some stash cleaning lately, doing a little here and a little there. To my surprise, I came across a couple of Van Gogh stickers that I had bought several years ago the Art Institute in Chicago and forgotten I had.  What a great art museum that place is, but I won't get off track.
So I decided to use those stickers to make  a page in my calendar journal.
I stamped the sunflower, painted it and added it to my page, and then I wrote in a Van Gogh quote.  
No fancy backgrounds, but I still am happy with the page. 
So we're getting closer to the weekend. The weeks been flying by but it always seems to slow down right before a vacation begins. We shall see.
Hope everyone has a fantastic day-and thanks for stopping by my blog.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


 Old news for many of you, but  my crocuses are finally blooming.
Its so exciting!

I've seen some early daffodils blooming around my world, but mine haven't blossomed yet. Yet the buds are getting very large with just a tinge of yellow so I know it will be soon.
So I have another page for Hazel's challenge over at Art Journal Journey.  This month its a Magical Mystery Tour, and I think this man (on my page) looks a little magical and very much a mystery, especially since he managed to put a butterfly on a leash.
I bought a package of Liquitex paint markers recently. I found them on a markdown table at 40% off so I thought I would try them, since I had never used a artist quality paint marker before. The tulips in the background are made with me playing with them. The gentleman is a TH image and I made the butterfly myself with some doodling, stamping and a little bit of paint.
Rain is due here today, but the week is flying right by. Its getting closer to my spring break. That's as exciting as the flowers starting to bloom.
Thanks for visiting, and have a wonderful day.

Monday, April 17, 2017

T is for Delicious World Food

 Happy T day everyone. Its Tuesday again and that means its time to visit   Elizabeth's blog   and see what all the T Gang members have been eating and drinking lately.

So last Tuesday I went with one of my teacher friends out for a late lunch after school. She couldn't believe I had never been to this restaurant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire called Street 360. Its specializes in world street food.
It was a gorgeous afternoon so we went and sat outside in the little patio area which you can see off to the left of this photo. I didn't know what to order as so many items on the menu looked good.  I finally settled on this giant Korean dish called Bibimbop.
It was HUGE, (big enough to bring some for lunch to work for 2 more days) but so delicious. It was made with sticky rice, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, carrots, bean sprouts, some spring onions, sesame seeds and a fried egg. You had your choice of protein and I choice Korean marinaded steak.
These photos all come from the restaurants web site as I was so busy chatting with my friend I forgot to take any photos. This is the link up : Street 360.
My drink of choice was a diet coke.
I'm not sure borrowing all these photos is in correct form but I wanted to share this yummy meal with you. 
I want to go back and have it again sometime. Next time won't you join me and I will remember (I hope) to  take some actual photos. :)
Happy T day.

A New Week

Hi everyone. Its Monday already after a busy weekend. Between the nice weather and the list of things that we must get done before surgery, the hubby and I spent the weekend doing too much. I raked a lot of my yard and gardens, until the wind got to be a bit too much, and we went out and picked up at the store some flooring as our bathroom floor is crumbling so badly it is getting dangerous.  Maybe we'll install it before surgery, or at least that is the plan. Plus we still needed to carry all our Christmas decorations into the attic and do our federal taxes, but now those chores are also done.  :)  Feels good to check those off the list!
Plus a friend of mine from North Carolina was around at the beginning of weekend. So my weekend had some fun too.
I hope everyone had a nice Easter too if you celebrate. We had a nice dinner at home and kept it low key, even though we were invited to eat with some of my husband's family, we decided we would take advantage of the beautiful weather.
Oh yes, and we have a more definitive surgery date, May 9, which isn't very far away. Hopefully none of our pre-op checkups won't change that.
So its back to work today, but its the last week before my spring break. As long as nothing throws off the surgery, I only have 2 more weeks of work for this school year.
I think. 😸
So today I have a journal page for Art Journal Journey. This month Hazel is our lovely hostess with this fun theme of Magical Mystery Tour.  I think life is a mystery as we never seem to end up where we think we will. That''s the magic of it.:) 

I used some Infusions to create my red background. Then I painted the roses, stamped and colored the feathers, added the transparency from an old sheet in my stash, and finally added the quote which I cut out of an old Flow magazine.
Yesterday it was summery hot, but we're cooling off this week. Back to spring. As long as it not back to winter.
Hope everyone has a wonderful start to their week.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter

Hi everyone. Here's an Easter page from my calendar journal.  The background paper didn't hold up when I glued down the basket, and the wrinkles really shows up in the photo. 😞
The bunny on the right is hopping quickly to get over to the basket because he's got to go hide those eggs before the holiday is over. I tried to hide the mess with some  clear glitter which of course doesn't show up at all in the photo.
I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter (if you celebrate). Hope its a wonderful spring day for everyone in the northern hemisphere, and a wonderful fall day for everyone in the southern hemisphere.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Hi everyone.
Today I have a page for Try It On Tuesday.  The newest theme is add a quote. I've got a stack of journal pages with painted flowers, as its been my obsession lately. Some of them have quotes, like this one.
My background is a Gelli printed page (time to make some more, my stash is about gone), and I used acrylic paints and some Distress crayons to make my flowers. 
So speaking of flowers- I looked out one of my back windows yesterday and saw the little tips of some crocuses popping up. I painted a whole thick row of bulbs last fall, and now there are tips of green in that spot. :) Maybe by later today there will be a bit of color. 
I am ready for that.
Hope everyone had a wonderful day,
and thanks for visiting.  I appreciate it.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Hi everyone. The last couple of days have been like summer and all signs of the snow  we got a couple of weeks ago are gone. :)
Today it is going to cool off and rain. But I think spring has really arrived here in New Hampshire, so its OK to rain since April showers bring May flowers, as the cliche goes.
So today I have a page for Moo Mania. The latest challenge is Egypt. It was a lot of fun to make a page out of my ordinary.
I am also linking up to Art Journal Journey. This month Hazel is hosting and her fun theme is Magical Mystery Tour. I think traveling back to Ancient Egypt would would a really magic tour.
My page is made with some Paper Artsy Infusions, a bunch of stamped images and then the Anubis figure cut out of an Egyptian playing card.
Today is the last day of third quarter at school. 3/4 of the way through the year. Its always exciting to get to this point of the year-with the arrival of spring and summer lurking just a few months away.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

Monday, April 10, 2017

T is for a Trip Back to the Diner

Happy Tuesday ladies (and any gentlemen who stop by). Its time for T for Tuesday again. Stop by   Elizabeth's blog and join us with any drink (and food included if you'd like) post and see what the T gang has been up to.
Last Tuesday I needed to go to Manchester (New Hampshire) to the airport so I could pick up a friend who was flying home. Since her flight arrived around 5:30 in the evening, we needed to stop and have dinner before driving the hour home from Manchester. The  Airport Diner seemed the perfect place since it is near the airport, has good food, isn't expensive and is relatively quick too.
 You might remember this place from a T Day post a couple of weeks ago,
Tuesday is Meatloaf Day.
Here's a little different view from the last time I showed you this place.
 I did not have an alcoholic drink but I got a kick out the names of some of them. MHT is the airport code for Manchster, the 157th is the Air Force refueling group at the airport in Portsmouth,NH (about an hour away),  Grenier refers to the former Air Force Base in Manchester, and the p-47 was a World War II bomber plane made here in the US and then later sent to England. I learned a few things myself studying this list and then looking up what some of these were.
So let's get to my T drink and meal.
Comfort food for me. I had a yummy turkey pot pie (as it was a cool and rainy night). I think it was the best one I ever had with lots of veggies, big turkey chunks and not a lot of gravy filler.
And my drink of choice was water.
I think my bill came to $12.99-or maybe it was $10.99. My friend Vicky bought me dinner since I drove down to get her. I gracefully accepted.
Stop by and see what other T Gang members are eating and drinking. Hopefully Elizabeth is getting the bugs worked out her blog as Blogger seems to be having some issues for some people lately. I will admit, I can't get anything to open when I click on her page, nor is Mr. Linky letting me link up this post.  I've tried using both Google and Internet Explorer. So if I don't make it into the list, I am there in spirit and here is my post.
Hope its a great Tuesday everyone.