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Watercolor Iris Mother’s Day Card

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Good morning, kittens & dawgs! This week I’m sitting things out for the most part in Blogosphere. I need a little regroup time after last month’s exhausting but fun and rewarding challenge. You’re invited to read my A2Z Reflections post.

Yesterday I was swamped with catch up and I had an appointment with ENT doc. We’re going to give the nasal spray another month before resorting to surgery. This means my hearing continues to be limited and it’s a total annoyance but if this inconvenience prevents the need for a hearing tube then hooray!

During the April A to Z challenge, my flame for drawing grew. When I sketched my Iris picture, I knew I wanted to use it as a Mother’s Day watercolor design for my mom. I ordered Strathmore watercolor paper from Amazon after finding out regular cardstock (with mom’s bday card) buckles badly when using watercolors.

After I sketched my image, I used a Micron #02 pen to outline then erased pencil marks before applying Kimberly watercolor pencils and a dab of water. The watercolor paper worked beautifully as expected with no buckling. I’m a happy girl! The cool thing is this paper is manufactured in the USA (see upper right corner). Here’s a close up of my card.


I liked how the design turned out and decided to use it for DD#2’s upcoming birthday this Sunday. Yeah, her bday falls on Mother’s Day this year. Isn’t that neat?

Now moving on to a bit of mewsic!

I can’t recall how I stumbled upon this morning’s featured mewsician but that doesn’t matter.  Susan Wong is truly a “China Doll” born in Hong Kong. She spent several years in the land down under as a child with her family but after graduation, she moved back to Hong Kong. Her genre is classed as easy-listening with smooth jazzy vibes and if you’re like me then you’re going to enjoy her sound.

 

Facebook: @Susan Wong
Twitter: @susan_wong
Instagram: @officialsusanwong

 

Last week while catching up with missed A to Z posts, I was visiting Toni from Wandering and Wondering who was playing along with Airing My Laundry (click button) in “Hey, It’s Okay!”

This is what the hostess says… I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you’re okay with. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with “Hey, It’s Okay”. It’s rude.

Hey, it’s okay if DH chooses to indulge me how every he wishes on Mother’s Day weekend. It doesn’t have to be anything grand because love shines through and there’s no amount of money that can buy that. ?

Let me finish my chat session by joining Les from Ink Interrupted for Tuesday Coffee Chat this with this morning’s prompt: It’s my birthday and Mother’s Day soon… what should I do?

Contrary to the way some mothers feel, Les, I think Mother’s Day is best spent with the children.  I’m sure you’re like me on this score, too.  Enlist left brain to take you and the kids out for a picnic lunch in a beautiful park where you can watch them play while photographing those magical moments as a family or snapping the occasional picture of a beautiful flower or friendly critter or whatever strikes your fancy. Indulge yourself with something sweet like a scoop or two of ice cream. That’s the way I would go but choose something that’s special to you. After being out all day, get some take out to take home to spend a leisurely evening with the family.  Oh but wait, it’s your birthday, too! Start dropping hints (a good way to drop hints is to send him today’s post URL from my site or others playing along) now for left brown to help the kids bake a cake for you and offer suggestions for gifts of pens, a writing journal, color pencils, or your favorite ground coffee or tea.  The possibilities are endless. I’m sure your family already has plans for you and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was along these lines. Happy Birthday and Mother’s Day to you, dearie! ?

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and you’re welcome to join me if you want. The rest of the week and maybe the next two, I’m talking it easy to regroup after the April A to Z Challenge. Not to worry, if you leave your footprints here on my site, I will follow them back to you. I’ll see you soon!

I hope you’ll hop & link up tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday.

 

Have a terrific Tuesday!

 

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5 Ways To Take It Easy + #TuesdayTunesation with @WeAreGroves

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Good morning, kittens & dawgs! If you’re like me after last month’s exhausting A to Z challenge then you’re ready to take it easy. Here are five ways to do just that, take it easy.

  1. Give yourself permission to unplug from the Internet for a week or two or longer if needed. A blogging hiatus can do a gal or guy wonders!
  2.   Tackle a much-needed house chore. That seems like an odd way to take it easy but failing to do things around the house mounts when spending the better part of a month engaged in Blogosphere so actually knocking a big project off my to-do is energizing.
  3. Indulge in your favorite passions. All winter and spring I’ve neglected photography for various reasons some which include preparing for my Art Sketching Through the Alphabet theme but finding myself behind the lens refreshes my mind and when I can’t do this then I like to create photo art with existing photos.
  4. Visit with a friend. This doesn’t have to be a face-to-face either. Two ways I’m trying to reclaim to stay better connected with long distant friends is regular phone conversations or to write a lengthy letter to keep her in the loop of my life, both of which are refreshing.
  5. Listening to mewsic.  You know mewsic is a big part of my life, as it yours and that’s probably what brought us together in Blogosphere in the first place. Mewsic is soothing and relaxing to the spirit even if it’s an uptempo, get-to-your-feet mewsic. Mewsic empowers the soul!

How do you take it easy?

Speaking of mewsic, let me introduced to you new-to-me band I heard on ReverbNation in February. This group got my attention with their song Ender (#3 on below playlist).  Why does this song sound familiar and yet not I haven’t heard it before? Turn up your speakers and perk your ears to Groves!

 

If you want to learn more about Groves, BestNewBands interviews the group last September.

 

I’m joining Les from Ink Interrupted for Tuesday Coffee Chat.  She’s prompting us to finish this sentence, If I had could go anywhere today…. I would head to the mountains with a cooler filled with cold soft drinks, snacks to munch on, and camera in hand to capture some beautiful scenic shots.

But…this isn’t going to happen until DH gets his visual bearing straightened out.  Although his retina is now completely attached he has little depth of field and the vision in that eye makes everything kinda greenish tint.  He needs two more surgeries (one to remove the oil bubble from the retina re-attachment procedure & cataract surgery) and then new glasses. Despite these problems, we’re very happy he can see with that eye. Years ago a person would lose their sight because they didn’t have a way to fix it.

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and you’re welcome to join me if you want.

 

Did you vote in yesterday’s 3-Way Take It Easy #BoTB showdown? Please take a moment to listen and weigh in the fun!  I hope you’ll hop back tomorrow and link up with me for not-so Wordless Wednesday.

 

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Cathy Chat & @RRTFB on #TuesdayTunesation

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Good morning, kittens & dawgs! Tuesday Tunesation featured mewsician is new-to-me.  Looking for more artists with a bit of that old Motown style, I was introduced to Robert Rudolph and the Family Band. You know how you hear mewsicians say, I grew up in the church?  Well, this group actually did. They did not listen to any secular mewsic and didn’t even know it existed. They started off as a gospel band called Sacred Steel and Robert was out of his teens before being exposed to funk, rock, soul, jazz, and the whole band jam set. He blended these styles to form his own mewsical flare. Now, give a listen to RRTFB!

 

 

 

I’m joining Les from Ink Interrupted for Tuesday Coffee Chat this week and this morning’s prompt: What is your favourite indulgence?

It really depends on my mood. I love chocolate, so it could be a good truffle. The best truffles I’ve found come from Godiva! Ice cream is another favorite. I think I can eat this every day, especially chocolate peanut butter or anything pertaining some form of chocolate. lol Turkey Hill All-Natural has the best Choc PB we’ve found and it’s so goood! I don’t know why more national brand ice cream manufacturers do not carry this flavor because it’s a huge home run at our house. Of course, I’ll never turn down a decadent chocolate cake. I have a fabulous triple chocolate cake recipe that I use to make DH’s bday cake and it’s so yummy!

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and you’re welcome to join me if you want. I hope you’ll hop & link up tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.

I will be absent from blogging most of next week, except for Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me, while I finish getting my A2Z posts lined up for April and then to kick off the challenge with my first post the last Friday of the month. However,  I hope you’ll join me at midnight and link up with my mid-week meme not-so Wordless Wednesday and to learn who won the last round of BoTB!

 

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Lucky Charms + #TuesdayTunesation with @JamesMorrisonOK

Good morning, kittens & dawgs! Tuesday Tunesation featured mewsician is new-to-me.

James Morrison is an English singer/songwriter who rose to fame in 2006 with his début single, “You Give Me Something” (song number three on the above playlist) peaking at #5 in the UK and #1 in New Zealand. It became a hit in Europe, Australia, Japan, & Iran. I find his soulful, rock style is rather nice and easy to listen to while writing posts or reading others.


 

This month, I putting together multiple daily posts into one.  I don’t know if this will make life any easier while I work on my April A-Z posts but that’s my hopes.

I’m joining Les from Ink Interrupted for Tuesday Coffee Chat this week and this morning’s prompt: Where are your Lucky Charms?  It’s St. Patrick’s Day this week, whether you are Irish or not, do you have any special totems or symbols of your culture?

Me Lucky Charms are in the cupboard, lassie. Where else would they be? 😉

 

I know you’re talking about cereal but I couldn’t resist being my usual silly self with this prompt.  When DD#1 began her junior year in our homeschool high school I knew I didn’t want to get our kids the typical class ring and that’s when I began thinking about our Irish culture.  That’s when I found this not-so-expensive Claddagh rings with our daughters in mind from Creative Irish Gifts.

We got DS one from the same site but either they no longer have it or I’m not remembering what it looked like.  He had a masculine style Claddaugh ring.

Many, many years ago when we use to get our annual Christmas bell from Helix Pewter & Copper just before they closed their business door for good DH got me small Claddaugh windchime.  I think it’s meant to be hung on a Christmas tree but I have hung by a cord from the ceiling.  It makes the slightest tinkling sound if I blow on the chimes.  What I’d like to get is a horseshoe to put on our door. While I am not superstitious, I do like the legion behind the hanging of the horseshoe of good fortune and is a sign that keeps Satan away, otherwise, I just think it’s a nice Irish decoration.  I bet I could find an old horseshoe at my in-laws’ place. I’m gonna have to look the next time we visit. 😉

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and you’re welcome to join me if you want. I hope you’ll hop & link up tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.

I hope you’ll join me at midnight and link up with my mid-week meme not-so Wordless Wednesday.

 

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Some One I Miss + #TuesdayTunesation with @EddiReader

 

Good morning, kittens & dawgs! Last week, The Sound of One Hand Typing, introduced to me to Eddi Reader covering Gene Pitney’s Town Without Pity.  Reader’s sultry style won me over in John’s battle! But, if you’re still listening to the above playlist, then you’ll understand why I like Eddi. Her quiet, almost reverent tone in some of her mewsic arrangements keep my ear pinned to the speakers while I continue composing this post. Allow me if you don’t mind to share a few more Eddi Reader discoveries with you.

 

Eddi is a Scottish singer/songwriter with a talent for pop, folk, and jazz pieces.  In the mid-to-late 80s, she played with the British band, Fairground Attractions, performing a folk-style, soft rock mewsic before launching a solo career. Reader is the receiver of three Brit Awards topping both the album and single charts.

 

 

I’m joining Les from Ink Interrupted for Tuesday Coffee Chat this week and this morning’s prompt:  Someone you miss?

There are many someones I miss who have passed from this life to the next but I know I’ll see my grandparents, brother, mother-in-law, other kin, and friends someday.

The someone I miss is more than a person but a sense. I miss the simple innocence of my children’s youth which is forever gone. There’s something magical in looking back when my children were small. It seemed in those days their whole world revolved around me.  I was the center of their universe. Every morning, they’d greet me with sweet little faces with outstretched arms, warm cheery smiles and a twinkle in their eyes. I was a superhero to them. I chased away the monsters under the bed or hiding in corners. I kissed boo-boos, wiped away tears, and told them everything would be alright. I’d hold their hands, squeeze them tight, and tuck them in at night.  I read them stories, chased them in the yard, and we drew chalk artwork on the driveway. I fixed their meals, washed their tiny hands, kept their clothes clean, and toys put away each day.  Just as quick as night turns into day, so did their childhood vanishing away. I’m left with an empty spot in my heart, remembering a time way back then that seems like only yesterday.

DD#2, DS, DD#1, Summer 1994. This is from an old print, I scanned to the computer and then processed it with Pixelmator improving its quality. If you’re old enough then you know that cameras once used film to capture images.

*reach for Kleenex* Okay, that’s a wrap for this morning. Here’s one last song I’d like to share with you.

 


One more thing before I dash off. Although, I know he’ll never see this I just wanted to recognize someone very dear to me.  Today is my FIL’s 94th birthday.  Happy Birthday, Austin! May the Lord continue to keep you in His care! We love you!!

Austin in his high school cap and gown. IHS class of 1939

I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and you’re welcome to join me if you want. I hope you’ll join me at midnight and link up with my mid-week meme not-so Wordless Wednesday.

 

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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