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A MONDAY MUSING...........................................

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YOU ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH!!!
Have a beautiful day...
Jo
Photo:  Tumbler 



A LITTLE FURTHER ALONG...........THE WOMEN OF YESTERDAY......

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I'm a little further along with this piece.  Still need to make a few little changes in the upper right hand corner of the hat and a little more to the background...but thought I would show you my progress.
I've chosen to name this piece THE WOMEN OF YESTERDAY.....even though it is fairly contemporary in style. I love period piece movies and have been watching quite a few lately.  What has struck me so vividly is how limited women of years past led their lives.  They had to be careful how they acted lest they be labeled insane. Often times they led lives filled with fear and despair. They couldn't speak their views when they pleased and were oftentimes mated with less than desirable mates who were both verbally and physically abusive. Although there does appear to be plenty of the above in the world of today.
I certainly don't paint for anyone but myself.....mainly to express my feelings Thanks for letting me share this with you.....It was a fun piece to paint...and shoul…

O.K.........HERE'S A LITTLE PEEK......................

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I've just started this piece....just thought I would give you a little peek.

Have quite a ways to go....But I think I'm loving those eyes.
I'll keep you updated.
till then....
Sweet hugs everyone,
Jo

O.K........ITS TIME TO COME CLEAN................

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All of you might be wondering what I've been doing on my little vacation and time off.

Well....I could be having an afternoon tea break everyday.

Accompanied by this little tasty delight every afternoon.

Being taken out to dine in this exquisite spot each evening.

Returning to this little gem of a suite every night.
Oh....but before retiring one must brush one's teeth and bathe...so of course that happened in this amazing surrounding...

And after a restful nights sleep....I would awaken to walk among these beauties......

Well.....not exactly......my beautiful soul mate and I have embarked on a little adventure together.


YEP....YOU GUESSED IT loosing a little weight.  We have been retired since 1995 and have managed to get a little FLUFFY during this period.  I mean.....what do you do when you are retired.....GO OUT TO EAT AND TRAVEL...  We have done plenty of both....so now it is time to pay the piper...
I'm down 5.2 lbs and he's down l2.4 lbs.
I cannot tell you how happy this i…

HI.......IT'S ME......................................

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I'm still taking a little break from blogging.....but I wanted to show you a little bit of what I have been doing this past week.
the above piece is an OLD piece I had that was not finished so i decided to rework it.  Not sure if it is going to work out...but it sure has been fun working on it.
I'll check in again later.
Hugs,
Jo

I NEED A LITTLE VACATION........................

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You'll find me here.....relaxing and taking care of MYSELF!!!!!!
See you in a few.
Hugs,
Jo

THE SMOOCH..............HAPPY VALENTINES DAY.........

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~~SMOOCH~~
French....se be'coter
German....rumknutschen
Spanish....besuquearse
Italian....pomiciare
SMOOCH:  To kiss and cuddle; enthusiastic kiss.
No matter which language we may speak....a SMOOCH sends the same message to all.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY
Jo

A FEW SHOTS OF COLOR ON THESE COLD GRAY DAYS......

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I think most of the country is covered in snow, ice, rain, sleet or just sludge.
So I wanted to send some springtime to each and everyone of you.
As you know...I live in AZ and it is mostly sunny here..altho...we have had a few very cold days of late.

These are a few shots of my home. I LOVE COLOR....in case you can't tell.


And the light in AZ  makes these warm colors just pop.  This is my guest bedroom...just found the spread for these beds...the design is called KARMA..I just love that...It reminds me to be nice to everyone I meet...because you never know what is around the corner in your life.

You can also tell...I'm not afraid of color.  This wasn't always so.  When I was younger I stuck to very bland color design; but as I have gotten older..and somewhat bolder..this is so much more fun.

I've had much of this furniture for years and just keep adding a few things to keep it fresh.  The bench is covered in an old horse blanket..but it fit my pallet perfectly ~ so home it …

DO YOU LEAD A PASSIONATE LIFE????...........

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I think I do.......I hope  I do~~

No, not necessarily this kind of passion....although, this could be part of it.

I really hope I'm not "just whistling in the dark ~~ thinking I lead a full life" as Matthew Perry so aptly stated.

Real passion was not always a major part of my life when I was younger.  Sometimes, I would barely be able to hold on to it and other times it completely left the building. But...as life's adversity, sorrow and pain would ebb and flow through my life; it seems I could always hold onto that tiny thread of passion that seemed to hide inside.

Passion~~just like any growth....always comes from the inside out....not the other way around.
Passion fuels creativity and  beauty ~~ or does creativity and beauty fuel passion?
I'm not sure I know the answer to that.....but one thing I am sure of is what my passion is.  My passion is CREATING BEAUTY wherever and whenever I can....no matter what my station in life.

Dear friends ~~ what are you passionate abou…

IF PIGS COULD FLY..........................

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If pigs could fly..

and ostrich could soar...


We would need umbrellas just to leave our door....
Impossible you say without a doubt..
May I say ~~ does a pig have a snout..

Don't forget the joy that childishness brings....
To which I reply....DOES A PIG HAVE WINGS?

let the child inside come out to play.... don't just save it for another day...

WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY SIGNPOST FOR THE SOUL TODAY......

LOOK WHAT FINALLY BLOOMED......................

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This is nothing spectacular today.....but my amaryllis finally bloomed.  I have never had one bloom so late in the year....and this particular one has NO LEAVES..and a stalk that is at least two feet long.  I have never had that happen either. It was so weird.

I'm messing around with my photo elements today on my Mac.  I don't have Adobe or Photo shop so I really don't know what I'm doing....but it is kind of fun anyway. Sort of an antique look above.

We are having an Art show here in April up at our clubhouse....I might try to paint these....I like the opaqueness of the petals and the fact they are curled a little at the edges...That actually kind of DESCRIBES ME!  LOL  LOL
Hugs sweet ladies and gents,
Jo

YOU WASH~~YOU DRY~~WE IRON~~NOBODY GETS HURT.......

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I hate to iron!!!   Oh I know..some of you out there like to do it..and that is as it should be; but I don't.
My soul mate and I have had many a discussion about my ironing abilities..or lack thereof.


Maybe if I had a helper...you know..someone to hold the little pick me up bottle of something to hand to me for an occasional break.

Or maybe in this little spot...with soft filtered light...and ROSES.
I know my lovely soul mate is waiting for the day when he will come in and find this waiting for him.

I did agree to iron his golf shorts once..he thinks he is the only one who looks "fluffy" on the course.  To which I replied...."I'll iron the fronts only..they never look at the back."  And anyway...as soon as he sits down in the car to drive to the course...they are wrinkled....even before he gets to the tee. I do so love my husband dearly...but this is truly the man of my dreams!  lol ...... Just kidding sweet hubby.

You know in all honesty..I call "The Ironing…