Thursday, April 27, 2017


I held him in my arms, and told him he was a good boy, as the doctor gave him the drugs.... he passed away peacefully.  It is never an easy thing to do, and the last dog I held like this was my Border Collie Crispin UDX.  A sad day for me, and for Ron.

J.E.B. Stuart - 2001 - 2017


"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 ---

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


My oldest dog Jeb is 16 years old, he's at the emergency vet clinic tonight.  I think he had a stoke, or something, he is having muscle spasms in his back legs and isn't able to walk.  All his blood work came back normal, and they are giving him muscle relaxers and valium and will watch him tonight and we'll see if he's doing better in the morning.

Monday, April 24, 2017


Not sure what got me thinking about Miss Adams today, nor the little ditty she made us memorize to keep us from carving our names in our desks.  I still remember her fondly, she used to read us the Longfellow's  poem, 'The midnight ride of Paul Revere'... I loved to listen to her read and that poem was a favorite.  I even remember how it started... Listen my children and you shall hear.  Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the 18th of April, in 75; Hardly a man is now alive....

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Rode up to Georgetown, SC today. Whether threatened rain, but we never got caught in it. Perfect riding weather, not too hot, not to cold... just right. Supposed to rain here tonight, hopefully it will give us some free water on the pepper garden. This page was inspired by all the Dandelions blooming yellow in the fields on the way to Georgetown. I used a dip pen and white ink to draw the Dandelions.

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Worked in the yard today planting peppers, and flowers.  The day slipped away so fast... no time for a ride.  Tomorrow we're going to take a ride up to Georgetown, much easier than digging holes and planting stuff.

Friday, April 21, 2017


Long day today, picked up my motorcycle, she has a new front tire and a new hour... sounds very impressive now.  I do hope the weather holds and we can get a ride or two in this weekend.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Forecast was for rain today, but it never happened.  Thought I'd do something just with watercolor today, using a real brush instead of a water brush. I like it turned out.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Rained on and off most of the day today.  My motorcycle is getting it's 20,000 mile check up, a new front tire, and an upgraded horn (watch out people you'll hear me now).  Getting ready for another cross country trip with the Women's Freedom Ride, we're raising money to buy and train a Golden Retriever as a service dog for a wounded female veteran.  If you're interested in supporting our cause you can find out more and donate here.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


I wanted to try something today,  I have a pencil, a Prismacolor Ebony that I wanted to try to draw with and then use watercolor over it.  I wanted to see if the lines would hold or the color would run or muddy the watercolor.  Other than the large black door/window areas that had a bit of color shift, the rest of the lines stayed put and didn't smear.

Monday, April 17, 2017


My sea salt grinder was sitting on my desk, so I took the opportunity to draw it before taking it back to the kitchen where it belongs.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Apr16Art Easter Sunday

Ron and I had a Happy Easter today, spent the afternoon with our friends Ken and Julia, and their daughter Lisa and a few of their neighbors and friends.  Julia is a fabulous cook, may take me several days to work off all the food.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Did a lot of shopping today, and cooked some chicken on the grill tonight.  Looking forward to Easter Sunday tomorrow.