Monday, January 26, 2015

The Missing Week........

Wowzers......... thats all i can say.....  After i wrote last week's post hubby and i got slammed! First him.... he came down with a fever   103! at one point and nausea and chills and i was like ooohhh boy we are IN for it.... cause no matter how careful we are he always 'shares' whatever he comes down with or brings home from work and i know the people at his work have been sick....  took two days then he started feeling better and noticed his left leg hurt.... I took a look at it and on his shin was a huge red area that was seriously inflamed...  

What you don't know is that the weekend before we went hiking on Mt. Diablo... I have pictures to show....they are coming promise..... He must have been scratched or stung or bit by something that he did not react well to....It was a serious infection that the Dr said we were very lucky to have caught it when we did... I can't help but wonder if the fever and nausea were all related to that... anyway as soon as hubby was on the mend ...say by Wed.... then BAM

It was my turn.... sinuses... i couldn't breathe.. it got down in my chest.... laid me out... I'am just now coming back to the land of the living. I'am so sorry i dropped the ball on the GiveAway... I want to thank everyone soooo much for all your kind words and Congrats... Paid or not it IS an exciting thing.... I have drawn two names out of the hat.... 

Ms... Violet and Ms. ...Eden . If you will please get back with me with your snail mail addy i will get your little print off to you... My email is nuleaf@comcast.net  .... You have thru Wednesday to let me hear from you ....

Okaaay business taken care of...lol .... I'm going to go back to trying to breathe thru my nose now... uuughh.... I hate it when the sinuses attack...thank goodness its not often... I have lots to share with you...... I'll be baaaackkk..... :) Hugs! deb

Monday, January 19, 2015

Guess what........????

.............Unbelievably yours truly managed to publish another piece of artwork!!!!!  Not only that but i managed to keep it a secret since summer!!!! That in itself is incredible!   But you know for a while at least things are not cast in stone... you THINK you've been published but they always leave themselves an 'out'.... like if they run out of room or some final final FINAL decision was made to cut yours well anyway... I didn't want to jinx anything and i didn't want to have to take anything back like .... 'Sorry folks i only THOUGHT i was being published'  so i waited..... and let me tell you it was HARD! lol!  I stink at keeping secrets....... 

The image on the header is my journal page......... I sent them two and this is the one they chose...... The other one is the fish drawing.... They are both in my sketchbook/art journal but i think they chose this one because it actually has words on it and most people expect a journal to have words...... Its a funny feeling to have them choose and publish the one that is not my favorite. I thought for sure they would jump all over the fish one. Thats how much i love it.... But hey  published is published i say... lol :) 

Here is the link to the book in the Northlight bookstore if you want to take a peek.  I received a free copy for my contribution and i have to tell you i really liked seeing everyone's artwork in it and the answers to the questions they posed.  Gorgeous stuff....... 

I'am hosting a GiveAway in celebration.  I have printed 2   3 1/2 by 4 1/2" prints of my published artwork and i would like to give them away if you'd like them....... Leave me a comment telling me you'd like to be in the GiveAway. I will ship these anywhere....  I will pull two names out of the hat over coffee Friday, January 23rd.  
Pretty please be sure i can get a hold of you or check back Friday to see if you've won. You will have until Sunday, Jan 25th over coffee to get me your snail mail address..... Isn't this exciting??? Woohoo!!!! Please be sure to state in your comment that you would like to be included in the GiveAway. I've had three comments and no one has stated that. Thats okay if you don't want to be in the GiveAway but if you do Please be sure to say so... :) 

Now, my husband tells me we have to figure out how to get you PAID for your artwork..... apparently i can get published....just not PAID..lol...  Hubs and i went hiking this past weekend and i have much to tell you and show you but i wanted to tell you all about this first!  Big Hugs! deb 

Psssttt.... to my tea friends over at Ms. Elizabeths.....  hopefully a little GiveAway  and the revealing of a little secret can make up for the lack of liquid refreshment on this post...... :)...... Happy Tday my friends.....

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Caswell Memorial State Park........




.......Over the Holidays we had a chance to explore a state park thats actually pretty close to us...... Wild grape vines have taken over a good portion of the park... It really gave it quite a haunted feeling......  We even found some grapes on the vine... teeny tiny things but they tasted amazing!!!  




So this state park sits right in the middle of agriculture country...Orchards and vineyards and fields of corn and maize and tomatoes....... The above photo is of a Walnut grove that ran along one side of the park....


And yes a river runs thru it... :)  It was so quiet and peaceful. I think we were the only ones in the park in December... 


Mushrooms were sprouting up everywhere.... The forest is mostly made up of  Black Oak trees and i would be remiss if i didn't tell you about the most amazing thing that happened on this trip... Hubs... well he doesn't always (never) wears his hearing aides... that is usually not a big deal, i'm kinda used to it... A problem only occurs when i want him to hear something that i hear and he can't... like on this trip... I kept hearing a 'pop', 'pop', 'pop'..... to me it sounded like nuts falling from a tree and that seemed perfectly normal to me that time of year , where we live.... so i mentioned it to him but he couldn't hear it...so we walked on... 'pop', 'pop', 'pop', ............. CRACK!!!!!............... and a twenty foot section of  the top of a tree came crashing down not 30 feet from us.... HOLY SH**!! I mean branches and such fall in the forest but how often are you in the right place at the right time... Scared the you know what out of me... 


 That popping sound had been the branch breaking little by little until it cracked.... We talked to the park ranger on the way out and told him about the tree and he said  'oh yeah thats normal around here... these are Black Oak trees and they do that all the time.. '  

We've been back out there since then and i keep my eye on the tree tops......lol

Now all my lovely Tea Drinkers over there at Elizabeth's ... I want you to close your eyes and picture my coffee mug with the tree design on it filled to the brim with Folger's coffee , 2 Equals, a dollop of milk and a Carmel Macchiato creamer and thats about as close i can come to a picture of what i'm drinking this morning...  I hope you have a happy Tea Tuesday!! Hugs! deb

Friday, January 2, 2015

My Early Morning Companion..............

...............you know i think he actually watches the videos....lol ... His ears will twitch like he's listening and sometimes i'll catch him moving his head following someone's finger or paintbrush across the screen...........I've been watching some painting videos on YouTube over coffee in the morning.... I like to think i'm learning a few things...lol.......... My most recent discovery is Betty Franks Mystic Tulip Art...   I attached a link to one of my favorite videos of hers.....  She hasn't made too many but i hope she will continue....

Did you make it to midnight on New Years???? Not me...we were in bed by 11ish i say.... Hubby fell asleep on the couch so we just gave up and went to bed...lol....  

I've been diligently working with all our photographs...getting them out of old , falling apart albums and putting them in photo storage boxes . I thought it best to move them that way. I really have procrastinated but now i have it almost done.... A good job done .   

I've been mulling over a thing or two...Oh No! right?  But i wonder.... how long do you hang onto your kid's things...you know stuff from childhood............ When should it become their possession to lug around with them thru life......? When children are well into adulthood shouldn't it be up to them if they want to keep it or let it go?? And if so , why do i feel so guilty about doing it?  Sigh... such are my thoughts these days.... days of packing ...what to keep ....what to let go........ 

If you have a few minutes click here and let me introduce you to 
ThePianoGuys ......If you've never heard of them then your very , very welcome...:) Visiting with my Tea Drinkers today over at Ms. Elizabeth's ! Hugs! deb

Monday, December 29, 2014

New Year Approaching......

I hope you will click to enlarge..............

I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and you're headed toward an incredible New Year......



This New Year holds alot of changes for us....hubby retiring, selling and finding a new home in a different state......

All of it scary and exciting at the same time....You can plan and plan and plan and cross your T's and dot you 'I's and STILL something can go wrong.... You just have believe you've made the right choices...the right decisions, looked at it from all angles... and then take that leap.... Posting might be a little scarce around here as i finally get down to business and get to packing what i can pack.... a move is still quite a ways in the future as hubby cannot seal in his retirement pay until April...but we will be taking pictures of the house and showing it and such......

If hubby is not 10 steps ahead he's not happy. But i figure thats better than the alternative..... :)  I have boxes and paper coming out my ears just waiting for my attention........ I'm going to start with the stuff we don't use much.... to include alot of my crafting supplies... So probably not much crafting going on until we find our Forever Home....which i KNOW is out there somewhere.... Its gonna kill me.  If i don't have something crafty in the works i'm just not....settled...if that makes sense... I will leave a few things out but the majority will get packed. 

So you know what the New Year holds for me....What about you?? Hugs! deb