Sunday, December 17, 2017


Today is my grand daughter Ashton's 21st birthday... she's an amazing young woman,  I'm so proud of her.

Saturday, December 16, 2017


Got dressed and packed up and ready to go to a hockey game tonight.  Only one problem, there was no home hockey game tonight... sigh.

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Gorgeous sunny, cold day today, no snow here, but my friends and relatives in Atlanta Georgia have snow. I doubt it'll last until Christmas but for us Southern folk, snow is always magical.

Saturday, December 9, 2017


SC Stingrays teddy bear toss was a big success tonight benefiting the local Salvation Army.    I took a couple of pictures and a little video.

Friday, December 8, 2017


Day 2 of cold and rain,  forecast says Saturday will be the same.  Snow in Atlanta and other parts of the South, none here, and none coming here.

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Pearl Harbor Day 76 years ago, was a defining moment for my parents, my father never let us forget it.  Today is also my older (much older he's 70 now) brother's birthday. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


The neighborhood is looking a lot like Christmas, several folks have those lights on their houses, very festive looking.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Forty seven years ago on this day, my baby girl was born.  Happy birthday JeAnna.

Sketching Now Watercolour

Liz Steele has a new #SketchingNowWatercolour class starting in January.  I'm on the waiting list for this class, and a pre-class assignment was to sketch my palette colors.  Liz's colors differ from mine a bit,  instead of Potter's Pink I have Schmincke Brown Madder,  I have Winsor&Newton Raw Sienna instead of Monte Awasta Natural Sienna - which I have on order from Dick Blick.  Instead of Transparent Red Oxide I have Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and I have Transparent Brown Oxide with Burnt Umber on order, Dick Blick is out of VanDyke Brown that Liz uses.  I have Schmincke Translucent Orange, instead of Transparent Pyroll Orange.  Finally, I use Holbein's Verditer Blue instead of Cerulean Blue.  Most of my paints contain the same pigments Liz's paints do,  and she did say we should use the paints we already have.

Monday, December 4, 2017


When I was a little girl, my grandmother used to put the poinsettias in the church durning Christmas, Her closets were full of the plants in October and November, in the dark the leaves changed from green to red.

Sunday, December 3, 2017


Afternoon Hockey game split the day in half,  I hate going into a game at 3pm and getting out at 6pm and it's already dark.  Didn't help that we lost in overtime.

Saturday, December 2, 2017


Went to Walmart to pick up a few groceries,  the place was packed with Christmas shoppers.  Huge selection of ugly gaudy Christmas sweaters, might pick one up during the after Christmas sales. 

Friday, December 1, 2017


Christmas stuff from now till the 25th in my journal,  must admit my favorite month of the year.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nov 24 - 30 Art

I wasn't planning to shop of Black Friday, but because I broke my reading glasses I was forced to go out and buy some replacement glasses.

I had a 24 hour bug of some sort, felt poorly all day.

Still can't match the delicate peach color of this rose, but this will probably be the last rose for this bush.  My red and yellow rose bushes still have lots of buds on them.

So pleased to see a fat sassy cardinal (and his brown lady cardinal mate) in our crepe myrtle today.

Tomorrow begins December..... WOW!

Book 47 - Title page and Cover

I don't usually decorate my journal covers, but this navy blue Pentalic Watercolor Journal along with some new POSCA acrylic pens just begged me to do something.

Inside cover page, also used some more of the POSCA pens, along with my multi-colored colored pencil.  Just some fun doodles.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Nov 17-23 Art

Can't believe I'm still awake, ate WAY to much turkey and dressing and cranberry sauce and wine.  Dinner at Anthony and Cathline's house with Sue, Sam and John, and Anthony's friend Jim,  family and friends giving thanks for all our blessings.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Nov 10 - 16 Art

Ron and John,  submarine veteran spent the afternoon on veterans day, swapping sea stories.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nov 04 - 09 Art

Winter is coming, cooler weather, Christmas Toy rides,  and now rain, rain and more rain.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Nov 01-03 Art

First 3 days of retirement, not getting as much done as I'd hoped, with doctor appointments and trips to the Naval hospital eating up half my day today.  Sleeping late, well as late as the dogs will allow has been nice, and  some time to catch up on my stack of books I'm reading and getting some work done on a sweater I'm knitting between, loads of laundry... well I guess I'll settle into a routine soon enough.