Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Read me a story

It's already the middle of the week. This week is just flying! More rain is due today, so it will be another dark and dreary day. Hurricane Jose (now tropical storm Jose) is making its closest path to us, but it shouldn't be more than a little  wind. But hopefully the humidity will blow on out with this weather when Jose moves further east into the Atlantic.
The news on the doggie front is that she is home. The vet said her surgery went well and the edges seemed pretty clear and the tumor didn't show any signs of growing inward. Now we just need to wait for the pathologist report which should be in later this week. She is a little lethargic and has a big incision with lots of stitches but she's up and about. 
So today I have a page from my calendar journal. 
The black and yellow is part of the calendar and I added the plaid, the polka dot tape and the white paper ribbon trim at the top. The little girl is a TH found relative and I drew in a chair for her to sit on. Otherwise standing in a sitting position can't be too comfortable.
Once again the colors of my page are those you see in the fall, so I am linking up to Yvonne's excellent challenge over at Art Journal Journey.
And here's a few more photos from my Saturday afternoon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Who doesn't love sunflowers?

Hope you're having a great day!

Monday, September 18, 2017

T Stands for A Gorgeous Garden

Happy T Day everyone. Once again it is Tuesday and time to share a drink related post.  Stop over at                            Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to join in the fun or to see what the T Gang has been up to.
So I mentioned in my last post that I got together with some college friends this past weekend. There was suppose to be 10 of us meeting for lunch, but we ended up with only 5 of us.
I really don't like this photo of me wit the double chin and it looks like I weigh 20 pounds more than I do.  Remind me not to pose in that angle next time please. :)
We met for lunch at the Portsmouth (New Hampshire) Brewery and you can see my beer in front of me. It was a very good red beer made with local sugar kelp seaweed as part of a sustainable industry.
 After lunch we went for a little walk around downtown Portsmouth. We wandered down to the water and out to one area full of very old homes.I think this was one of the first areas of the city to be developed. The city was incorporated in 1653 and I think many of the homes in this area are from the 1700's.
(I looked up the history of Portsmouth and found out it was named after the city the founder was from. He was from Portsmouth England. Since Portsmouth was originally the capital of my state, and since the original Portsmouth is in Hampshire, England, our state took on its name of New Hampshire.)
You can see this old home is really right on the  narrow street and right up against its neighbors on the side. Yet still the owners planted this fantastic garden.
 It attracted so many butterflies. I was trying to get a good photo but they flittered so quickly. Can you find the one in the photo below?

I took lots of other photos on our walk. More to share another day.
And please keep your fingers crossed for me. Our 4 year old dog needs a cancerous tumor removed today. Hopefully, the area comes out clean and she cured.
Happy T day everyone.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Best Friends Forever

Happy Sunday everyone. The fog is burning off, but it is rather humid and that is not my favorite type of weather. To make it worse I have a major case of the hives. I've been battling them for the last 2 weeks, but they feel worse in this humid weather when you  get a little sweaty. I think they are becoming chronic (something I've had on and off most of my life) so I guess this week I need to call a doctor. Not sure if I should call my allergist who I haven't seen for years or my my primary care who might just say go see the allergist. Hmmm.  All I know is I am sick of being itchy and just feeling plain old yuk from them.
So yesterday we went out and spent the afternoon with some of our college friends. It was a fun time. My friend Jennie brought some old photos to share and I thought (although it's scary) share one with you.
That's me on the right, my husband on the left and Jennie in the middle. We had gone to Florida during our spring college break. My husband was not my husband at that time, in fact we weren't even dating at that point. We are hanging out at Daytona Beach.
But yesterday before we went to lunch I had some art time and I made a page for both Try It On Tuesday and their My Friend challenge, and also for the Colour My World challenge at Art Journal Journey.
I used a background I had made and added lots of various photos from photostrips. Some of them are from TH and some of them come off of some postcards  in a set of photostrip cards I had.
OK, time to get myself moving. Hope you have a great Sunday or are having a great Sunday or even had a great Sunday, depending where you live. 
Thanks for visiting.

Friday, September 15, 2017

One More Paris Visit

Happy weekend everyone. I am glad this work week is done and I am looking forward to a little down time. 
So I wanted to show you one more Paris tag I have made for the latest Tag Tuesday challenge.
This time there's some more stamping, some stickers and a little bit of coloring.
Paris is such a beautiful and interesting city. I can see why it inspired so many famous artists.
And to wrap up my post, here's a few views of the Tour Eiffel.  No ladies on bicycles though.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

And the Color Is?

Hi everyone. This is the day we teachers in my school are all dreading. It's parent open house. It means we don't finish up until after 8 PM so it's a very long day.
But I can check it off the list once it is done. One step closer to next summer vacation.
Ha ha ha!
And today I have a page for Yvonne's Colour My World challenge at Art Journal Journey. The light washed up the upper right corner a bit when I went to photograph this, but you can see the swirly doodle lightly in the background. I really like the rainbow colors in the background.
My sparkle glue I used to attach the little stars doesn't look very sparkly in this photo. Once again, it was that evening light and the artificial light I needed to photograph.

I don't think I ever showed you these photos from my trip to New York State last August. On our way home we stopped at Saratoga Battlefield. Saratoga was a Revolutionary War Battle when the original 13 British colonies here in what became the US were fighting for their Independence from Great Britain. It was the turning point of the war when things started going in the way for colonists.
The battlefield was actually a very pretty place.
 This little house was the American army's headquarters. I believe it is the actual building. Before the war it was a family's farm house.

 That body of water down in the valley is actually the upper end of the Hudson River.
 And I love the corn flowers.
That's all for me. Hope everyone is having a great day.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lots of Paris

Hi everyone. I'm back to Paris again today. I have another tag for Tag Tuesday and the fun theme of Paris. I had so much fun playing with some stamps I had the other day. On this tag I wanted to have the colors of the French flag plus show the activity of the city. 
I stamped lots of assorted images and words and added metal looking the fleur de lys.  
And I want to show you some roses. My bushes have decided to have one last blast of summer. They are blooming as though it is July again.

 The bees sure love it.

It's feeling more like summer again for a few days. The only thing is the shadows appear so early now that it cools off quickly by dinner time. And the nights are nice for sleeping.  So no complaints here.
Thanks for visiting.

Monday, September 11, 2017

T is for A Labor Day Cookout

Happy Tuesday ladies (and gentleman). Another T for Tuesday has arrived.
Tuesday is a good day to share your drink (and also food or adventure if you have some) stories with the T Gang over at  Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog
So the first weekend in September is the Labor Day  holiday weekend in the US. Although not the astronomical end of summer, it is the end of the summer season.
So in the summer we keep our boat in the field of a local marina. It allows us to just pop the boat in the water when we want to go out for a ride and not have to tow it back and forth from home. (And leaving it in the field is substantially cheaper than renting dock space and leaving it in the water. It's also cheaper than the extra gas we would need to put in the truck to move it every time.)
Every year over Labor Day weekend the marina has a cookout for their members. They provide the food and some live music and it's a nice evening to sit and watch the sunset.
This year they had barbecued chicken, salad, coleslaw, potato salad, bread and some sweet treats.
 For drinks, they have water, soda, wine and beer.  I had a delicious cup of Allagash White Ale, though you can't see much more than the foam on the top of my red plastic party cup.
 The company was great though, my daughter
 and my goofy husband . Although the dogs went out in the boat with us that day, they didn't get a cookout invite and had to wait in the car.
 And the view was awful pretty too.

My thoughts are with all those folks in Florida and the Caribbean  who took damage from Hurricane Irma. And my thoughts are with you who are now dealing with the tropical storm. Hope you stay dry.
Happy T day.
Thanks for visiting!

A New Week

Monday again already. Where does time go to? The weekend came and went in a blink of an eye, as the cliche goes. 
Keeping this post short since Monday means I need to get myself off to school again. Another week of adventures is about to begin.
So I want to squeeze in a piece for the Stitch It challenge at Try It On Tuesday which ends today. Nothing like just making it to the party before it ends. :)
And so yesterday I had a few hours of play time and I made this tag. The latest challenge at Tag Tuesday is Paris. I decided to combine both both challenges together.
I will admit I had a lot of fun playing with some Paris and France stamps I have. I haven't taken them off the shelf in a very long time, and it was like discovering some new toys. 
I think you'll see a little more of Paris in the very near future. 

Hope everyone has a great new week.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Questions about Life

Hi everyone. I'm having a lazy Sunday morning. We're trying to decide whether to go boating or not. It's a little cool today, and we're both on the fence whether to go or stay home. If it was earlier in the season we would just stay home,  but the season is quickly waning so we say, how many more boating weekend days will there be? Too bad since tomorrow  is suppose to warm up and be summer like. Of course it will be Monday and we're at work. :)
No art today to show today, but thought I would share some late summer, early autumn photos from my walk yesterday.
 There is some color starting to show.

 It seems early this year. 

But I found some gorgeous colored berries.

 Plus the fall wild flowers are in bloom.

 And did anyone say fungi? These were on a tree trunk.
And this one that has already released its spores was on the ground.
I also noticed that some tree stumps in our front yard looked interesting. These were little saplings we cut down about a month ago when we were putting up a fence for the dogs.

So after my walk yesterday I became an ambitious person and went up into my attic and did some book cleaning. Many years ago a friend suggested that if I had books I loved that I didn't want to get rid of but didn't want taking up all the bookshelf space, I should box them and put them in the attic. At least I could get to them if and when I wanted them again. It was a good idea, BUT, after 20 years there were a lot of books and they needed to be cleaned out. 
Amazing how many good books I'd read that I didn't even remember. :)
So after going up and down the drop down attic stairs about 100 times, I ended up with 10 garbage bags of books that went off to a local charity last evening. Now I just need to go up there and do something with the empty boxes and maybe organize the keepers just a little bit more, but that will have to wait until another weekend.
But I did find some of my all time favorites.
They include:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Steig Larson
11 22 63 by Stephen King
The Shipping New by Annie Proux
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
lots of the Stephanie Plum mysteries by Janet Evanovich
All the Harry Potter Books
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Some of my childhood Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
A bunch of mysteries by Agatha Christie and Anne Perry
a paperback version of Gone with the Wind I bought in high school (still in really good shape for a huge book that I read at least 3 times)
The Bean Trees and its sequel from Barbara Kingsolver
along with a lot of books that I did remember loving. It was good to bring them into the light of day and see them again.
But strangely enough, another one of my favorite stories seems to be no place in my house.

It's Barbara Kingsolver's book the Poisonwood Bible. Since 2017 has been the year of the book purge, and I can now say I have been through all the books in the house, I wonder where it went. I can't imagine I would have gotten rid of this book.
So I guess there is always a mystery waiting to be solved.
Enjoy what's left of your weekend or the start to your new week-depending when you get to read this.
Oh and before I forget, good wishes and safe prayers go out to those you you in Hurricane Erma's path. What horrible storm for many of you.