Friday, December 30, 2011

Train Station turned Art Gallery

This is one of my favorite spots. I stayed in Black Mountain for part of a summer to work on my photography in a different location. The revision of this photo got away from me. Couldn't remember the steps by the time I finished. So I decided to show you the before and the after.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Today while trying to organize my thoughts (a considerable feat) for the upcoming start of the New Year, I hit on exactly how I want to approach it. I thought it was such a good idea that I decided I would blog about it.

I was out running errands at the time, and as is usually the way of all bright and wonderful ideas, it disappeared by the time I returned home. So, I worked on my other blog for a while.

After a couple of hours, my mind still wouldn't budge... so I started making my rounds of the blogs I follow. Luckily, I popped onto the wishstudio blog where the Dec. 27, 2011, post was about a word of the year.

Intrigued, I clicked a link in that post to a 2007 post by Christine Kane. There it was ... an idea that was a bit different from mine but with enough similarity to remedy the log jam in my brain.

Her idea was to concentrate on a word rather than a New Year's resolution and have that word tell you how to be rather than how to live.

My idea was similar, but I had personalized it by picking my word and seeing myself using it to slow life down a bit.

Before I continue.... to satisfy your curiosity, my word is   ... DELIBERATE..., and here's how that one word is going to make a difference in my new year.

First of all, 2011 is all but over and I feel it never really started for me. I mean, I never got a firm grip on it.  Whoosh!!! It passed me like a speeding train, and I was too disorganized to slow it down or jump off.

I realize that the reason the year went too quickly is because I have just too many major projects going at once. For example, I have six blogs and am currently trying to eek out the time to write three books and keep up with my photography. I'm not looking for any sympathy here. I have done this to myself and I do love everything that I'm doing.  However, what I don't love is that it all seems out of control. word is ... DELIBERATE...

Everyday, deliberate will be the first word I say in the morning.(oh... some mornings I realize that "No Biting!!" will be the first words out of my mouth.... I have two new kitties I'm training and they do love to wake up my toes first); but most mornings I will remind myself that I'm going to approach life in a thoughtful and deliberate manner.  No more "piling on."  No more saying yes to everything. And, there will even be some priorities set and some activities eliminated or at least postponed.

I'm not sure how this will all work out, but I'll post an update now and then to let you know how I'm doing with it.

How are you planning to approach 2012?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Never too late for a poinsettia...

I almost forgot to use my poinsettia shot. I've been saving this for a long time. Last year, I forgot to post it. This year, I meant to post it earlier. I love this shot. I usually like the red ones better, but this one does pink proud.

And here's a shot a little closer to the flower.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Bugsy's Dream

I just finished this one for my brother for Christmas... 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Deck the Halls

My friend Cindy brought this to my attention. Hope it brings a smile to your face too.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Quilt Cat

I put this guy up in my Etsy Shop a few days ago... He's a quilt cat for sure....

Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Decorations Not Needed

So... it's time to get creative and decorate for the holidays.

Now, I could get a tree, but my boys (Knuckles and Bugsy... cats) would have just too much fun stripping it of all the ornaments....

And I could put lights around my windows, but the boys (K and B, again) would have too much fun chewing through the cords (fun until they electrocuted themselves).

And I could bake cookies, but that would be bad for me (not the boys this time).

So I think I'll just put up this picture of the ornaments, go put the wreath on the door and call it a day.

Hope you have a bright and cheerful holiday season... with or without decorations.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Writing in cursive is important to our souls

I just bought a new fountain pen.  It's the Noodler's Ahab Flex Nib Piston Fill Fountain Pen...  I bet you didn't know that a fountain pen could have such a specific name. Well, it does. And here's a picture of it.

My friend George, who started me on this obsession, sent me an email that I should wash the pen out with soapy water and ammonia before I use it. It'll make it work better.  I'm off in a few minutes to buy ammonia. That's how dedicated I am to writing.

So, now, the news is telling us that the schools aren't going to teach cursive writing much longer because the kids are all using their thumbs to communicate.

Wow... A whole section of my life would have been obliterated if I hadn't learned to write in long hand.  I hope those great developers of the school curriculum reconsider.  Everyone should have the opportunity to learn to write, the joy of feeling a new pen in their hand and the utter bliss of making scribbles turn into something beautiful once in a while.

That's just what I think about that....

What do you think?