Saturday, March 30, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A morning frolic




I am
ready for my morning frolic.   Even though there is a light dusting of snow it matters not.
The dawn is here and there is fun to be had!
 

The garden looks like a good place to explore.   Perhaps I will find a bone hidden there.
 I think I would rather have a run instead.
Mornings can be such a delight!
 
Hope yours is too.
 
 
Thanks for the visit!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Palm Sunday

 Wonderful memories come to mind with the arrival of Palm Sunday.  
My childhood church had a lovely custom.  They would hand each child fake palm branches.  As we entered the sanctuary we were instructed to fan them and shout  Hosanna...Hosanna....Hosanna!   (I think that was the only time we were allowed to shout in Church - lol).
 
It was a happy time...it meant Easter was only a week away.  Generally there were flowers blooming and birds singing. 
 
As an adult I still love this special time.   Naturally the beginning of Holy Week symbolizes so much more than waving palm branches.   It means having faith in the humble teacher who rode through the streets of Jerusalem on a donkey.   He was the representation of hope, faith and love to anyone who followed Him.   He still Is!  
 
Thank you for stopping by and letting me share my memories and faith with you.
God bless!
 
 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Waiting

I am waiting.   Spring was to arrive today.   It is late.
Perhaps it will come after the snow showers and the cold winds say their final goodbye.

The pussy willows whisper it is time.

The geese overhead honk as if it is here. 

The Vernol Equinox promised today was the day!
WIP
   
The boys are so ready... 

and so am I.

Thanks for visiting.   You certainly make the wait more pleasant.
God Bless!   

Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day

 Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone.
 
It may be cold and gray here but we are celebrating.
  
Hubby and I plan to watch a good movie...
The Magic of Belle Isle with Morgan Freeman...
 
 
indulge the sweet tooth with a decadent slice of rich flourless chocolate cake and a scoop of ice cream on the side.
 
Hope you have a wonderful celebration as well.
 
   
Thanks for the visit!   God Bless You.
   

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Happenings

 Winter may be giving us it's final dance but Mom gave me some spring today.          
                                 

These lovely pink hydrangeas were a "just because I love you" gift.  Something to chase away the last of winter's chill.  May have to get my brushes out and paint a few of the blossoms.


Shelby our new baby is doing well.  Growing like a bad weed.

We are working every day with the lead.
 
Hubby took some quick shots of us stepping out.
 Not a lot of time in the studio but did manage this quick sketch .
 
Used a bit of pen an ink, watercolor and watercolor pencil on stonehenge.   I like this paper.  It takes watercolor washes...has a nice texture for colored pencil, graphite and pen and ink.
 
Well that's all my happenings.    Hope yours are good.   Stop back soon.
God Bless!   

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Dawn's Early Light

By dawn's early light I spotted a crescent moon.
 
    The night must have left it behind. 
    All the fields were frosty and white.   












Everything was quiet and hushed.

                        
Then the sun started to rise.   The promise of a new day had come.



May yours be wonderful.   God Bless!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

What a wonderful Surprise!

I received a wonderful surprise.   
Laura Moore awarded my blog with the Liebster Award. It was so sweet of her to think of me.

Laura is one of those blogging friends that I hope to meet someday.  She is a very talented watercolor artist residing in the U.K.   

She paints the things I love and does it so well...flowers, landscapes, birds and pieces of nature.   If you haven't stopped to visit Laura's blog - please do.   Thank you dear Laura for awarding me this honor.

With winter on its way out and spring just around the corner I am longing for flowers.  Digging out a photo of bleeding hearts that was shot last May inspired me to do the above mixed media piece.   Raw Sienna ink, watercolors and watercolor pencil were used on hot press paper.   

Bleeding hearts are such a favorite plant.   Their little pink heart shaped blossoms grow tall above their foliage.   They withstand frosty mornings if they are grown in a protected location.   Our woods seems to be a welcome place for them and they thrive here very well.

It will be May before we know it and the cold winds of March will soon be forgotten.    Winter is bidding us farewell.  Soon spring will say hello!  In the meantime let us all find some cheer in knowing the flowers are beginning to awaken from their long nap.  Once again blossoms will dance in the delightful breeze providing nectar to the birds and the bees.

             
                        May all your dreams be sweet!  Have a good night.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

In the Kitchen



I spent time in the kitchen this week-end.  
Snow was still flying and it just seemed like the perfect time to bake bread.   There is something extraordinary about the smell that permeates the house when this activity is taking place.
 
Some of you may remember my hubby has a gluten allergy.  It is more of a challenge to find a good tasting "staff of life" for him.   After countless trials I have found that this french one is a favorite.  There are many delicious dishes that are easily made gluten free but bread is not one of them.    Fortunately this loaf bakes up soft inside and crispy on the out.   After it is done I cut it partially through and stuff it with mushrooms,  swiss cheese and butter.  Then it is wrapped in foil and baked for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and gooey.
   
Naturally all the calories are removed and it is guilt free eating (LOL)!
 
If anyone reading this blog has celiac disease or a wheat allergy and would like this recipe...just email me.   I am always glad to share.
 
I also pulled out my bread machine and baked a loaf of regular bread.
 
I will slice it with the electric knife and freeze in separate slices for my toast in the mornings.
 
It is a homey thing to bake bread on a cold winter afternoon and serve it with a warm bowl of soup or chili.  A simple meal but very satisfying.
 
Thanks for stopping by.    Glad you found me in the kitchen.
 

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