Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Happy Birthday Ashton Badenell, my grand daughter is 18 today, old enough to vote, she's a great kid, headed to college next year. I love Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Schnapps this time of year.  Peppermint stick not required.  Ron stayed home from work today, was running a fever so I made him go to the Doctor.  It's the flu… he's taking Tami-flu and lots of fluids, and I'm trying not to breath his air. I haven't had my flu shot yet, wonder if it is too late to get it tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Grocery shopping night, Chic-fil-A dinner and staples for keyboards seen on tv. Blue tooth keyboards for touch screens, I'd rather have a mouse for my touch screen… is that nuts?  I think using a mouse is so much easier than putting my fingers all over the glass so that by the end of the day… who care how high res the picture is, it looks fuzzy under all the fingerprint smudges.

Monday, December 15, 2014


Crate and Barrel pillow that I really like..    Lost my internet connection
around 9pm didn't come back until 11pm…akkk

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Ron and I spent the afternoon looking at new phones, so many new things to choose from. New phones you can wear as a watch, very cool except they didn't have any to sell.  We came home and discovered everyone, Amazon, Office Depot, Target, Wal-mart… everyone is out of stock.  I guess we'll wait until after Christmas for that particular gadget.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Stingrays won tonight in a shoot out against Greenville, it was a 1 - 1 tie so we got to throw our bears on the ice, I think this was the biggest bunch of stuffed toys so far.  We really enjoy this Christmas tradition that hockey teams hold this time of year.

Friday, December 12, 2014


A short list of my favorite Christmas movies, all of these are the old movies. I haven't seen a 'current' (in the last 10 or 15 years anyway) Christmas movie that I liked. What are your favorites?

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Used my Pentel pocket brush pen for this bauble (looks like it is running low on ink).  I did a Christmas card exchange with Pamo I sent her a watercolor painting, she sent me a delightful cartoon of hers with a Christmas theme.  Since she's sending these out to others, I won't spoil the surprise for others on her list.  If you like motorcycles, cats, dogs, have a husband… well you'll find some fun comics on Pamo's website, she's also a talented writer (unlike tongue tied me).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Everyday my email inbox is loaded with fabulous 'deals' ending today only, until the next day when a new set of discounts show up. Not to be outdone, I also get interesting requests from the car dealership I bought my car from, promising to put me in a new car at a lower payment.  These advertisements particularly amuse me, I paid off my car a year early so my payments now are zero… so they'd have to pay me to take their new car at lower payments!  I just may call them and see how much they'll pay me to take a new car off their hands.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Life goes on, birds to feed, dogs to feed and play with.. food to eat… and yet we miss our little buddy Beau. We still have his daughter Gracie (who looks just like her Mother Jill) and his son Jeb who is the dog who insists we play with him, either throw the ball or play tug… he is relentless he will not take no for an answer. He is a comfort to me in his insistence on having fun.

Monday, December 8, 2014


Very sad day for us,  Beau waited for Ron to get home before giving up the fight, in fact Ron was taking him to the vet's office and he breathed his last breath before they got there.  I got Beau for Ron when we were dating, so he's been a part of our life together for a long time.  We will both miss him very much.

Beauregard 1997 - 2014


"There is one best place to bury a dog.
"If you bury him in this spot, he will
come to you when you call - come to you
over the grim, dim frontier of death,
and down the well-remembered path,
and to your side again.

"And though you call a dozen living
dogs to heel, they shall not growl at
him, nor resent his coming,
for he belongs there.

"People may scoff at you, who see
no lightest blade of grass bent by his
footfall, who hear no whimper, people
who may never really have had a dog.
Smile at them, for you shall know
something that is hidden from them,
and which is well worth the knowing.

"The one best place to bury a good
dog is in the heart of his master."

--- Ben Hur Lampman ---

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Pearl Harbor day, my father made sure I remembered the date and day.  Do parents today make sure their children remember 9/11/2001?  Today is also my older brother's birthday, lots of December birthdays in our family. Ron and I took the trike over to the Harley Shop for a Toys for Tots ride,  we dropped off the toys we bought yesterday, but didn't go on the ride.  Our dog Beau isn't feeling good so we wanted to be home with him.  He has had these bouts of stomach problems in the past, but the older he gets the worse they seem to be for him.  At seventeen going on eighteen, he's a very old dog we're grateful to have had such a long time with him.  I do hope he recovers from this episode.

Sketching Now - Week 4

I used the books I have on hand at my desk my little red book where I write down all my passwords. My Galaxy Note, where I download all my Kindle and Nook books. On the bottom my iPad2 with a grey cover, my yellow Lamy and a tin of Altoids. The shadows got a bit confused because my lines for the shadows disappeared when I added color and had already put everything away to paint it.

Saturday, December 6, 2014


Spent a quiet Saturday, ventured out to buy some toys for a Toys for Tots ride we'll do tomorrow afternoon. Went by the new Gander Mountain store to pick up some 22 ammo, also found a bag in the fishing dept that I bought for myself, I think it'll make a great bag to hold my sketching gear when I go out and about.