Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Made in the USA

I received this email today, I thought it was a good idea! >
This is a good read, real food for thought. I'll be thinking about itthe next time I'm in the box stores like Lowes, Home Depot, and especiallyCostco or Sam's Club. > Subject: One Light Bulb at a Time.... > > > One Light Bulb at a Time.... > > A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while > one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very > much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the > following, obviously written by a good American. > > Good idea .. .. one light bulb at a time . . > > Check this out . I can verify this because I was in Lowes the other > day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the > hose attachments. They were all made in China . The next day I was in > Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose > attachments there. They were made in USA . Start looking. > > In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do > affectssomeone else - even their job . So, after reading this email, I > think this lady is on the right track . Let's get behind her! > > My grandson likes Hershey's candy . I noticed, though, that it is > marked made in Mexico now. I do not buy it any more. > > > My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico .... now I have > switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything. > > This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60 W light bulbs and > Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to > the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, "Everyday Value. > " I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats - > they were the same except for the price ... The GE bulbs were more > money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me > the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday > Value brand was made in - get ready for this - the USA in a company in > Cleveland , Ohio . > > So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day > that are made right here. > > So on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets .. yep, you guessed it, > bounce cost more money and is made in Canada . The Everyday Valuebrand > was less money and MADE IN THE USA ! I did laundry yesterday and the > dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for > years and at almost half the price! > > My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for > everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - > the job you save may be your own or your neighbors! > > If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address > book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! > Stop buying from overseas companies! > > We should have awakened a decade ago. > > Let's get with the program help our fellow Americans keep their jobs > and create more jobs here in the U.S.A. > > I Passed this on ........ > will you ??????? > > > > > > > > > > > > >------------------------------------------------------------------------------- > > > > >

Friday, March 11, 2011

Haircut Time!


Maybe if I look away, she will not see
She'll think I am a bush or a tree
Oh my goodness, I think she can see
that it is Me.
Why, oh why, did I jump up on this table
look away, look away, for the rest of the day
she is pulling at my collar
maybe if I look sad she will take pity
and give the haircut to Little Kitty!
Does this hairdo make my butt look big?
Here Kitty Kitty

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

This is Jer's prize winner, Mt. Dora, Florida show -won 1st in 3D, and in Jupiter's ArtiGras won 1st in wood. Next we go to Tampa and then St. Petersburg, Florida. Only 4 shows this season, still has the day job.
I have started back to my Thursday group, what an amazing group of artist, Get so inspired. I am working with fluid acrylics and watercolor. Cant find my gouache. Want to get some of that Aqua board, wipes off really nice.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Handmade


For Christmas my son made me an easel, (billboard) with tube lighting. The only problem my paintings are all too big. It really isn't a problem, I have been wanting to display this giclee for over 2 years (no more wall space) and this easel is perfect!!!!!! Love both!!!! Giclee by C.L. Cunningham and easel by Kevin.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Color

Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and a BEAUTIFUL New Year!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Art Miami

Went to Art Miami yesterday, what a treat for the eyes. We saw the complete show, and were we tired. Across the street was Red Dot, but we were just too tired. Drove to Hialeah horse track and watched the Quarter horses race. I love that place and am so happy they are not going to tear it down.
Pictured- a sculpture outside the building, I thought I would play around with Microsoft Picture it and change the color.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bonnard

The artist noted in his diary on 14 February 1939:
Observe nature, and work on the canvas, indicating the colours: the climate of the work transcends all else. For Bonnard, art was the result of a deeply personal experience, a perpetual dialogue in harmony with nature
Pierre Bonnard
Bonnard is one of my favorite artist. the Les Nabis Artists-"In the palm of your hand, my word and thoughts" En ta paume, mon verbe et ma pensee

I love this quote, I have problems translating what I want to say, my art seems to do what my mouth doesn't, but I find that other artist (most of the time) translate what my mind is thinking.
Many years ago I entered one of my paintings in a show, Mary Todd Beam was the judge. I was amazed when she talked about my painting, it was like she entered my mind.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Happy Halloween------
Do they bob for apples anymore
go out for trick or treats
candied apples
cold crisp night air
costumes, so much fun to create your own, a do it yourselfer
hayrides, parties, tricks and treats
go to houses that you know
nice to get candy, quarters and apples
ring doorbells at scary old houses, run to the bushes watch and see
----------WHAT?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Went away for the long weekend, NC< took loads of photos.
I cleaned both my hummingbird feeders and put them out, in a matter of seconds, they came a swarming.
Fascinating to watch
buzzing here and there
getting ready for the flight
with not even a care
Little tiny legs and claws
and little bitty wings
body extended in air
with not even a care
Posing for photos
how far will they fly
maybe to Florida
and maybe stopping by.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My water heater broke yesterday, water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink! It was fixed this morning, now for carpet and putting things back. I found things that I forgot I had, If I ever buy another purse, please someone commit me.

Friday, August 20, 2010

http://www.allright.com/Poems/TOLRailway/TOL.htm I received this email this morning and it couldn't have come at a better time.

Jer and I had two friends pass away this week
Len, was one of my watercolor friends, and Jerry's woodturner friend.
Manual was 102 years young, a beautiful person and so loved.

They both "Drove the Train"

Monday, August 16, 2010

I used Retro camera to get this shot, (new Phone gadget)
Red is our Australian Shepard, her real name is Betty Boop. It isn't easy taking pictures of our dogs, they are hyper. It has been sooooooooooo hot lately, they seem to have calmed down enough to get some nice shots.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Our Little Secret

I'm so fast
Red can't even see
that I get there before
the three
I eat my mangos
then I am free
to do as I please
Luckily Red doesn't see
that I am faster than she!


Tuesday, July 27, 2010


My name is Red
and I love MANGOES
so there, I have an addiction
and so, I have gained a little weight
So what, I am happy
What am I going to do
mango season is almost through
forget about the other two
their not fast enough
and neither is Suz

Thursday, July 15, 2010



Let me make this perfectly clear
This is my space and I have no fear
Under MY umbrella I keep cool
and when your not looking I swim in your pool



Monday, July 12, 2010

Lizard

OK, I know what kind of lizard the top one is but have no idea about the other.
In south Florida we call the bigger lizard a Jesus lizard, they walk on water, some people call them Cuban lizard.
The smaller lizard, ?.! Looks like a cross between a lizard and alligator or snake.

Monday, June 28, 2010

MGTD


Well, I am not enjoying the stock market, and before all my inheritance is gone, I thought I would buy me a car. A 1953, MGTD. I have always wanted this car. My first car was a MG 11000, I borrowed the money from my grandmother to buy it, paid her back every week. Worked really hard for that car. My parents worked really hard for this one, I think they would approve. My mother would have loved to go to lunch in this car.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Old House

Does it ever make you sad, when you pass an old empty house
Thinking of the mysteries and what it's all about
Wondering who lived there, and why they had to leave.
Only in their mind, could they relive the past, maybe in a nursing home or maybe they have passed.
Time & time again, I think about my childhood house
Wondering who lives there
and thinking what it is all about
hoping they will love it
and bring happiness once again.
Here's to old houses, may they live again

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Check out the books I made, not bad for being out of it all weekend with a migraine headache. How bout that stitching!!!!! We used regular paper for the inside (signature) and inside the little book I made wraps for each signature to match the pretty paper, outside. The instructor was wonderful - Joyce Sievers.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dahlonega, Georgia

I took a bookbinding class at the Campbell School over Memorial weekend, it was so much fun. Made three books, two came out really nice, the third was a bit lopsided.
On our drive home we drove through a small town in Georgia, called Dahlonega. I have visited this town before and really loved it. On Memorial Day the town put up flags and crosses with the names of the fallen soldiers, back to World War One. I gotta tell you it brought tears to our eyes. What a wonderful tribute. Gotta love those small towns.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Labyrinths

A meditation labyrinth, based upon the ancient Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France

FYI-Labyrinths are circular pathways within the great outer circle reflecting the spiritual journey of life. The difference between a maze and labyrinth = Labyrinth there is no wrong way to walk. Thousands of years old, a metaphor for one's journey to the center of understanding and to God. A sense of peace, can inspire change, a deeper connection with the divine. A sacred place and a universal symbol of peace.



Sunday, May 23, 2010

Everglades


Peacock - isn't he a beauty. Spent my birthday taking photos of birds in the Everglades. I am just sick about what is happening in the gulf, wish some of these brilliant minds could think of something. Maybe sometimes brilliance doesn't cut it, and you need someone with imagination, I don't know.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dupuytren disease

Dupuytren disease
May 20, 2010 - Sorry I haven't posted lately, hard to type. I went to the hand doctor yesterday about my little finger, (I had a fall last month and my little finger made a right turn, ) I have to keep my two fingers bandaged for a month, go back in a month. While I was at the doctors I showed him the palms of my hand, he said that I had Dupuytren's Disease. Check out - http://DealingWithDD.com There are injection that can help. It tends to run in families. It is more common in individuals whose ancestors are from northern Europe. Now I know what is wrong with my brothers hands.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Last Egret

www.TheAdventuresofCharliPierce.com Just received a gift of a wonderful book, written by Harvey E. Oyer lll-The Adventures of Charlie Pierce The Last Egret" Wonderful childrens book about the adventures of one of South Florida's Earliest pioneer settlers. Love it, we are all children at heart, right?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Swans







Lakeland, Florida, what a beautiful place, although it is very hot there. The lake is full of swans and ducks and the homes and the oak trees, wonderful. The swan pictured above was white with tan, I don't know whether it was a young one or a different varity.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakeland,_Florida#History I love history and enjoy looking up the history of places I visit.




Friday, May 7, 2010

Quoth the Raven, Nevermore

My mother always read to us as kids, she loved to read. The poem that really stuck in my mind was the Raven. That is what inspired me to paint this painting.

Raven by Edgar Allan Poe -

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."
Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend! I shrieked, upstarting-
Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!
Le no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!
Quote the Raven, Nevermore
And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door:
And his eyes have all the seeming of a Demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted-nevermore!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Where there is a will there is a way

Where there is a will there is a Way-
My little friend comes each day-takes my food then runs away-not caring what anyone says-hanging around without a care. Doesn't work or pay the bill-all he wants is his fill.

The birds come first to see if it's safe-then little friend comes in for the chase-takes the food and runs away-eating along the way-spilling seeds for later that day. Making sunflowers you might say, where there is a will there is a way!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wine

Out with Sister Dearest today and look what she bought for me, love it. I am trying it out tonight, hope it is good, and yes I am the middle child, but that's a good thing, right. I am a touch eccentric, I guess. Well gotta go it's almost Happy Hour!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sony Cyber Cyber shot



Is this too cool! Just found out my camera can do this!!!!! So excited, wow wow wow dee wow wow!

While watching TV last night I saw an advertisement of a camera, looked really close and they were talking about my camera. This morning i looked outside and the leaves were blowing off the trees, weather like a perfect fall day, then I remembered about the the advertisement, just think of the possibilities, had to share. I need a little practice.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fooling around with those small canvas, kidda fun, good practice. Think I will start doing one everyday, yeah.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Golden Paints Color Poster ooooo


ooooooooooooooooooooooo, check out this blog http://thriftycollageartist.blogspot.com/ and the color chart! Made by http://goldenpaints.com/ gotta have it even if you don't paint, to beautiful!


Have to find a place for it on one of my walls, maybe the ceiling?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Look who is enjoying our pool!!! Well at least there not in the pond, snacking on koi, like the great big beautiful Heron that came to visit, leaving with two Koi.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ibis?

While out strolling with one of our dogs< I happened to notice a flock of birds. They looked like black Ibis, I always thought Ibis were white, except for the young ones. I will have to check that out.
Continuation of the park that use to be a dump-
The picture was taken at a nearby park, this park, the one that use to be a dump. It has been turned into a beautiful park, with playgrounds, kite flying, a horse corral & trail, model airplane strip, even the people that fly those one seated, little motor, wing thingies that fly strip.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

spoiled dog

Spring is here!!!!!! This picture is Jerry and our dog, who is getting a bit spoiled (the dog) Thought we would take her for a walk and give her full attention. Yes this is south Florida, we have a really nice park that use to be a dump.

Friday, March 19, 2010



Jerry calls me a "button pusher" While fooling around with my new purse size camera, it took on a mind of its own=it shot this photo all by itself. Think it's trying to tell me something, like clean up this stuff. The painting on the wall is something I did awhile back, it is called "Moo Cow" the little fish painting I did about a month ago and framed it with a wooden ruler.

Wanted to post a photo on the other blog but the computer has a mind of its own too, go figure.

This weekend Jer is showing some of his stuff at a wine and food thingy in West Palm Beach. Nice part is that it's going to be inside and we will probably use only the pedestals. :) Of course it has wine and food and that is another plus.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Camera-testing testing

I love my Sony Cyber-Shot 12x etc. etc. but it is too big for my purse! Went out today and bought a small Sony 7x zoom to carry at all times.
This last weekend we took a trip to Punta Gorda for a car event, took some pictures with my cell phone, not the same.
I took this photo to test out my new camera, one of my self portrait paintings.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Creative


The weather here is going to be rainy and stormy, have to stay inside, so I thought I would set the mood to get creative= good smelling candles, the smell of rain, surrounded by neat stuff, OK, need to create a masterpiece.
The following is one of my favorite poems that really inspires me-
By Javan
WE ARE BORN INTO THE WORLD
LIKE A BLANK CANVAS
& EACH PERSON THAT CROSSES OUR PATH
TAKES UP THE BRUSH
& MAKES HIS MARK UPON OUR SURFACE
SO IT IS THAT WE DEVELOP
BUT WE MUST REALIZE THERE COMES A DAY
THAT WE MUST TAKE UP THE BRUSH
& FINISH THE WORK
FOR ONLY WE CAN DETERMINE
IF WE ARE TO BE
JUST ANOTHER PAINTING
OR A MASTERPIECE.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Imagination!

I wanted to post a better photo of this painting but my computer has a mind of its own,maybe that is for the best.
This painting is called "Eggplant Parmesan" While I was fooling around with a self portrait, I noticed eggplant and a tomato coming out of a shopping bag. Figured I would get out my old dried up paints and paint a little bit each day. I have a new kitchen, ya know, and now it is one of my favorite rooms. (did I just say that)!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Wedding

Jerry and I just celebrated our anniversary last month, lota years. Had the reception in our back yard, a beautiful windy day in February. Jerry was in the service at the time, so had to plan the wedding around him being home.
L-R My brother, father, sister, Jerry, me, Mother, grandmother and my grandfather. Still have the dress, size nothing and the veil I made myself, Corny. The train on the dress was so beautiful that I was wanting to come down the isle backwards. The train was the reason that I bought a short sleeve dress for a Feb. wedding, what was I thinking!!!!!! The day was windy and a bit chilly, I was told.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Flowering Tea


Flowering Tea-My mother always had fresh flowers in the house, I don't know how she did it, I don't remember one day without flowers in the house. Now with the tea balls I can too.
I was reading a blog this morning about what to do with old glass jars, interesting.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Happy Anniversary Jerry-

Some of the family over the years!
Today is our anniversary. Last night we went to a wine event for a pre anniversary celebration- Marc Mondavi gave a run down on his family, we tasted 6 or 7 different wines, all very good. We bought a bottle which Marc Mondavi signed, a nice evening.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

1st in Wood




As I wrote on our other blog, Jerry won 1st place in the wood category, out of 20 very good artist. He was so surprised.

I wanted to display his ribbon where our visitors would notice, think they'll will?


He won a blue ribbon
in a very special show
Sold some nice pieces
and was given the dough
He was so surprised that he won such a prize
and also had some nice buys
They brought out the trumpets
put a blue flag on top of our booth
and gave him the loot.



Monday, February 1, 2010

Raining Cats & Dogs

Not a clear day
no sun is in sight

It is raining and raining, outside is a fright
cars are a stalling
now where is the canoe

The dogs are barking and want to go out

but can't find their booties and raincoats that match

I am not complaining, we need the rain

so glad it's not snowing, instead the rain is flowing

Glad to live in Florida and not North Dakota


Aerial pix over the Florida Keys http://www.edtruthan.com/tileproxy/keys/floridakeys.htm











Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Civil War photographs

This is a very large file. It took a long time to open. Once you get it open, you can put your mouse on a picture and there will be a caption. Or you can double click on it and the picture will be enlarged. Be patient. Well worth your time! The second link is priceless..

http://www.mikelynaugh.com/VirtualCivilWar/New/Originals2/index.html



You can click on any one to enlarge it. These are really a treat.............
Original Civil War photographs

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Woodpecker



Took this picture on Sunday when we had all those birds in the tree.


It's cold out this morning, 60 degrees out back, seems colder and looks like it is going to snow. Even Birdie, our African Grey parrot thinks it is cold. As I came in from out back- she says, "It's cold out there" she is right, had to turn the heat back on. Yesterday was a picture perfect day, never know.


Monday, January 18, 2010

For the Birds


What a productive day it was yesterday. We are finishing up the kitchen, still have to paint. I did some much needed weeding. The end of the day we had the birds fly in. Birds everywhere, it was kidda strange, thought maybe they were trying to tell us something. I guess they were just saying, it's warmer, hot diggity dog lips!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Legend of the spring


Visited Andersonville prison - My mother always told the story of her, I think it was her Great Grandfather, was in the Andersonville prison and when he came home he was so weak that he died. I have always wanted to visit and finally did. Very emotional, especially the POW museum, with videos, photos etc.


Photo 2 - The legend-the prisoners had little water and what they did have was contaminated, one night there was a very bad storm and lightning hit the ground and water started to flow from an underground spring.
Photo 1-This picture, the soldiers graves are further apart than the Civil War Prisoners. The prisoners were placed shoulder to shoulder.



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

http://www.moonfairye.com/library/nebel/fog.htm This is such a great poem, Thanks Cat for posting. I have been so busy, kitchen man came yesterday and finished up, we still have to put in a couple of tiles and paint. We will test out the new kitchen on Christmas.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to all!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I received this email - The Turkey test. Thought I knew a whole bunch about Turkeys, well, I don't.
Pretty interesting.

http://home.aristotle.net/Thanksgiving/trivia.asp

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Kitchen

Starting to get excited about the kitchen, not really liking the dust and all the insulation in the attic,that is now all over the house. Went to Home Depot and pick up some paint samples, to much to choose from. Lovin color but really like the neutrals, we will see. I can't go to overboard, Jerry is finally use to the Bougainvillea and mustard in the bedroom and the lavender and green in the studio.