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THOUGHTS ON HOME................................

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"I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself." Maya Angelou


Is home a physical place ~ a familiar spot where you are surrounded by things you love and can slouch around in your P. J.'s till noon......or is it more a feeling.....like knowing where to feel safe and cared for in this unpredictable world of ours?
I have paraphrased the above from the book I am currently reading....LOST GIRLS.  This phrase really hit home in light of the recent events that are happening in our country.  Not just the hurricane Irene that is pummeling the East coast....but on all the homes that have been lost in this recent financial crisis.  
I have tried to envision myself without a home....have you ever done this?  Actually....it is a very DISTURBING thought!  I know a sweet woman who has sold her home and recently relocated....she is currently renting her spot....she no longer has a place to call her own.  Actually,  she is managing gracefully....while coping with ot…

PONDERING............JUST MY THOUGHTS TODAY........

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"To be able to look back upon one's life in satisfaction ~ is to live twice." Khalil Gibran



Being a woman "of a certain age" I can honestly say I spend some of my time pondering over my life as I have lived it.
I have made many, many, many mistakes and have hurt many people in the process. I have tried to make amends when possible and have tried not to keep repeating the SAME mistake over and over.  Sometimes that has been easier said than done.
However, more often than not, I feel fairly satisfied with my life.  Let me clarify this statement....this is not my life with my children...or my life with family.....but my OWN LIFE.
I have finally been able to forgive myself for earlier mistakes and come to realize that I really did do the best I could have done at the time....with the tools I had in my tool belt.  Now I would do a lot of things differently today.....but you know what they say about hindsight.  
I have tried to spend my life "making memories" and …

BEEN PLAYING WITH THE WATERCOLORS AGAIN.............EEEKKKKK

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"Art enables us to find ourselves~and lose ourselves at the same time." Thomas Merton




Unfortunately, I brought very few art supplies with me on our trip this year.  This piece was painted with some broken watercolor crayons and pentel marking pencils.  I have only one tiny tipped watercolor brush with me and I'm using a basting brush when I want to cover a lot of paper. No....it is not the one I use when baking a chicken.    LOL ....LOL   This was done on Canton ll0lb. cold pressed paper....I usually use l30lb. arches.




This rose wasn't even  done on watercolor paper it was done on sketch paper....using the water color supplies mentioned above.


Sometimes the urge to paint just becomes overwhelming and I go with the flow.
This is truly a case of "necessity is the mother of invention" with my art supplies.
Had a fun afternoon.....though!!


Hugs,


Jo

SURROUNDING YOURSELF WITH BEAUTY........................

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~"The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread."~
David Herbert Laurence


I believe we all love beautiful things...they don't have to be expensive...but they must be something we find pleasing to our eye.

I know in these troubled times you might think....how shallow can this lady be.....posting about beautiful things...and I do know that many people are living on reduced incomes or are out of work at the current time .  That being said....I'm a Libra.....and of all the signs in the zodiac.....Libra's  MUST be surrounded with beauty....lest they wither and die, and having beauty around you does not need to be costly.  It just takes a little effort and desire on your part.

I had an astrological chart done many moons ago. At the time I was working outside the home in the corporate world.....the first thing the astrologer keyed in on was my being in the WRONG occupation.  She told me I should be working in a flower shop or in an art gallery.  Now I had a family to h…

ON BEING A GROUNDED FREE SPIRIT......................

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A beautiful lady who blogs under Mumsy's Refuge has passed on the Versatile Blogger's Award to me. Since I am an award free blog....I simply want to introduce you to this beautiful woman.  She writes from the heart and is fairly new to the blogging community.
In passing on this award to other's she described each blogger to the best of her ability and why she chose them....that in itself is wonderful!!
She described me as a GROUNDED FREE SPIRIT.  I know that is a contradiction in terms...but I do feel she hit the nail on the head. We do manage to do a little traveling during the summer and have a home base in the winter....but more importantly I think she realized that I love so many things....different styles....different writings... poetry.....art.......I WANT TO DO IT ALL...as a very dear friend in AZ often says to me.


We only have a limited time on this earth.....why not drink up life till you overflow.
Please be sure and stop to see Mumsy...it will be worth the stop.
Just go a…

MAKING PLANS......MAKING PLANS.........

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"Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes." Benjamin Franklin

Changes are in the wind for us........my beautiful partner and I are ready to down size a little.
Smaller spot......smaller town.......fewer expenses..... less stress.
We are just kicking tires for now.......but I know we will make it happen.  We are both retired and ready for a lifestyle change....we'll still travel and see this wonderful country of ours....but hopefully our home base will be a little less work and a little less costly.

I say..........We are ready.......hopefully you'll follow along on the ride....no matter how long it takes.
Hugs sweet friends,
Jo
photo:  Art Worth Hanging UP ~ Ben Sillvermann
Jeff Rogers ~ Flikr

FOR THE LOVE OF A GOOD BOOK............

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During part of the summer... I live in a very SMALL town in Northwest Montana.  Simple pleasures are a must here. Sailing on the lake ....... buying yourself beautiful flowers .... reading a great book,  you get the picture.







Which brings me to the point of this post...I'm sure all of you know about all the Borders Stores that are closing.  Well.....ours in a little town north of us is one of the ones closing.  I'm so sad over this....
I was there yesterday with a multitude of other people picking up things that were being marked down 50 to 75 percent.



Don't get me wrong, I love a bargain as much as anyone...but I would have much preferred not getting any bargain and having Borders REMAIN OPEN.


With the Kindle, Nook, I-Pad, etc...I am truly afraid books will be put on the shelf along with the typewriter and rotary dial phone...just to name a few of the things that are now obsolete in this world of ours.


I love being able to hold a book, mark the pages and underline passages that…

NOTHING CHANGES......IF NOTHING CHANGES..........

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"I am not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship." Louisa May Alcott

Life has a way of blindsiding you at the oddest moments. Many of us have a plan for our lives....or we think we do, then wham....thrown completely off track.
That is what has happened in our neck of the woods recently....everything is going along smoothly then one event happens....not something foreseen and a new life plan is required.
So...it is back to the drawing board and you revert to Plan B. Plan B is not a bad place to be....but it has changed your course.  So you do what is necessary to put it into action....not looking back to yesterdays but making the most of today while preparing for the future.
Going with the flow is what is required here......not swimming against the tide ~~ because if you swim against the tide.....you most certainly can drown.
Let's all of us stay calm ~ and carry on

Jo

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ANOTHER STOP DURING OUR SUMMER..........SISTERS' QUILT SHOW....

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I  have mentioned before of my "summer progress" to Montana.  This year we were able to stop in many wonderful places.  Most of these places were new to us....so that made it even more joyous.


This is my first "quilt show" and I have to say....the talent shown was overwhelming.  This show in Sisters, Oregon is one of the largest in the nation....with entrants from all over the U.S. and many foreign entrants as well.
I'm showing just a small sample of the beautiful quilts displayed there.

The above is a quilt made into an actual piece of art work. It was about 4X6 so it was really quite amazing.

I am drawn more to the contemporary quilts...but they also had so many traditional patterns as well.

The quilts were hung throughout the entire town of Sisters.  Every building....every surface that could be covered with quilts was.....there were hundreds of them.

I'm showing you just a few of my favorites.....it would be impossible to show them all.
The craftsmanship and cr…

A MONTANA THUNDERSTORM..............

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She sneaks in on Tristen's feet
Clouds building with anticipation
Making huge marshmallow hills in the SKY
AND...OH THE SKY......
THIS SKY THAT STRETCHES AS THOUGH TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
DID I MENTION THE SMELL??
AS CLEAN AS IVORY SOAP

Don't forget the light ~~ the ever changing light on the lake

From blue green to blue to gray and back again.
Then comes the much awaited lightning and thunder
Such huge cracks you would think the sky would divide
The rain finally comes ~~although briefly
Making this Montana wonderland come to life again

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Saw a bumper sticker that said
"Montana IS what America WAS".

PAINT PARTY FRIDAY......................

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Today I'm linking up with all the great artists participating in PAINT PARTY FRIDAY....
You can find them here........http://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.com
Here is a little something I have been working on


I have a very dear friend who has been going through a lot lately....both personally and financially.....
I wanted to paint something to represent her at this time in her life.

She is beginning to see things clearly...perhaps for the first time......there are flowers and butterflies in her future showing signs of positive growth.  I've added the moon because I have always felt it was a strong heavenly body.



I know.....what I paint can be a little weird at times...but as I have indicated before...I always go with my feelings.


This is done in watercolor and pentel markers.


I've also stated before that I don't really consider myself an artist...but it is so much fun to be able to participate in this with all of you.......that I ALWAYS enjoy myself....and that is what creativity …

ARE YOU A WORRYWART????..................

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I used to be......but as I have gotten older and life has dealt me a few blows......I don't fret over things nearly as much.
There was a time in my life when I was constantly worrying about this or that.....what will be the outcome of this certain thing....how can I fix this problem......will he/she be o.k......you get the picture.  I was such a worrier, in fact, that a very dear friend of mine gave me the above gift.  WORRY BEADS......VERY  BIG WORRY BEADS!  
I was on a trip traveling through Greece with her and some other friends.  If you have ever seen photos of Greece or the people of  Greece, they are often seen fingering these beads through their fingers...pretty much all the time.  So....this friend, who knew of my propensity for worry, decided to buy me the biggest set of WORRY BEADS she could find.

These beads are around an inch or so long and made out of some kind of recycled glass....they are actually quite heavy.
She found them in Patras, Greece....it is a small port and w…