"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Shadow Shot Saturday February 24-25, 2018

Our week long class is over.
Hard work paid off.
Amazing how well everyone did.
Thanks to our fantastic teacher!
Friday evening we invited all our friends and
neighbors to join us at our little art opening.
We all  brought tasty bites and the gallery
provided wine and soft drinks.
It was a fun evening.   
2018 Photo Project
Photo # 56 

2018 Photo Project
Photo #57 
Above are my four paintings...
Below are everyone else's paintings.
I am always amazed at how everyone
makes art.




Friday, February 23, 2018

Feline Fridays! February 23, 2018

Artist Henri Matisse with his cat.
Not only a fabulous artist,
but also an obvious cat lover!
Meanwhile I am still painting away
in the week long painting workshop!
I'm not Matisse for sure, but I am having
an enjoyable time learning more!
Tonight we have a little art opening and then
we take our paintings home!  
2018 PhotoProject
Photo # 55
Have a great weekend!
Thanks Sandee for Feline Friday!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

2018 Photo Project Art Worksop Expressing Your Purpose

2018 Photo Project
Photo # 53
There are eight of us in this painting workshop.
It's fun, but also work.
We are lucky to have such a great teacher.

2018 Photo Project
Photo # 54
Here's my painting so far...
it's a work in progress.
Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wordless Wednesday February 21, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #50
Black Butte with a touch of snow.....

2018 Photo Project
Photo #51
A portion of the Trinity mountains....

2018 Photo Project
Photo #52
The same portion of the Trinity mountains...
not quite so close up.... I never get tired of
seeing this range of mountains.
Simply glorious and this was on my drive
to the dump. Not everyone sees  this on their
way to the dump.  We are so lucky to be living here.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2018 Photo Project February 20, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #47
What on earth? This "Christmas" Cactus out
did itself over the holidays and I guess it 
now is a "Valentines Day" Cactus!
Meanwhile I am taking a week long fun art
class. Our teacher is so creative in how she
plans our day. It's like being a kid again in a way!
2018 Photo Project
Photo #48
Yesterdays assignment was fun- we shared painting
on others paintings. Going around the room and
eventually coming back to where we began and
then we were told to divide our original painting in half.
My painting partner and I decided to divide
the paper like a puzzle piece. Unlike others.
2018 Photo Project
Photo #49
 I think I prefer what others
did, but it was my idea and we cannot undo it!
Today we will begin to make another painting.
Have a great day!

Monday, February 19, 2018

It's Awww Monday February 19, 2018

I've been down with some sort of flu
the past three days- hence I am posting
more than one photo, but none are new
photos for my 2018 Photo Project.
I am back to feeling normal thank goodness!
One of Lucy's favorite winter spots!
Late for Shadow Shot Sunday....
This is one of the many cute dogs
we've gotten to know since moving here!   
This is Tabitha....my youngest Great Niece...
and she definitely is great!
Thanks Sandee for Awww Monday
and thanks McGuffy's Reader for Sparks!
Here's my Sparks for this week.....
Have a great week!

Friday, February 16, 2018

It's Feline Friday ! February 16, 2018

2018 Photo Project
Photo #47
Lucy will sleep anywhere if there is sunshine!
She is our purrfect cat and we love her to pieces!
Have a great Feline Friday....
And do thank Sandee for Feline Friday!  
And here's my Friday Fill-ins!
Each Thursday Annie of McGuffy’s Reader and Ellen of 15andmeowing, provide Friendly Fill-In statements. On Friday, we post our answers with a link-up for you to join us with your own responses. We hope you will copy and answer these on your blog, but please remember to link up at McGuffy’s Reader. If you need help, please let either
Annie or Ellen know and always have fun!
1. My Chinese zodiac is the horse.
Those born under the sign of the Horse are a flexible group of people. They tend to be stubborn when it comes their ideas, but they are also incredibly patient when it comes to hearing out what other people have to say. They favor straight forward, occasionally blunt conversation. And yet they generally avoid starting up any unnecessary trouble. This combination then makes those under the Horse sign a bit of a puzzle to the people around them. Though this certainly does not stop people from trying to figure them out.  
In spite of some of their misgivings, Horses are also incredibly loyal friends and partners. Perhaps it is because first impressions have a lasting effect, or simply that they are inclined to do well by others. Whatever the case for an individual, however, they are consistently there when friends need a person to turn to or a shoulder to lean on. They are also quite capable of resolving conflicts, both their own and other people's. Altogether then, those born under the sign of the Horse are some of the most favored members of society; and though they don't often aspire to greatness they tend to achieve a manner of it through the compliments and adoration of their friends.

2. My zodiac sign is Libra.
Symbolized by the Scales of Justice, Libra epitomizes balance and fairness. This sign’s influence helps restore equilibrium to all affairs, no matter how big or small. From settling a major legal or ethical conflict to determining the best place to hang a painting, Libra energy will stop at nothing to establish interpersonal and aesthetic consonance. Under a Libra planetary transit, we can regain our footing in relationships and seek more balance in our lives. The essence of Libra energy is charming, lovable, fair, sincere, sharing, beautiful and hopelessly romantic. Negative expressions of Libra energy can be vain, indecisive, melodramatic, manipulative, spoiled and delusional. Libra energy enhances our social graces and turns our attention to beauty and style. In Italy, there’s an expression known as la bella figura, in which Italian natives not only dress to impress but also exhibit their brightest, best personalities when in the company of others. Libra transits help us achieve that kind of inner and outer beauty, making us feel like the fairest of them all.
3. Income Tax season is when we see if we paid
enough up front to not have to pay more.
Usually we break even.
4. In hindsight there is no point in whining about taxes.
We're damn lucky to be living in this country.