Thursday, February 4, 2016


It rained all night and all day today... it is supposed to end tonight, BUT, then it's going to get cold, sigh.  It don't really mind the rain when it's warm, but I do not like it cold even if the sun is out.  Just a gray day today.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain.... it is pouring now, huge line of thunderstorms moving thru Charleston now.  Gracie is sitting at my feet hyperventilating and drooling on my feet, time to get this posted while the power is still on and internet connection is active.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Phil says we'll have an early Spring this year... yeah Phil that's a forecast I can be happy about.  Watching the 'Groundhog Day' movie this evening, always fun to see, and funny that they have been playing is back to back all day long.

Monday, February 1, 2016


The Democrat Caucus is too close to call still, Bernie and Hillary are neck in neck.  Ted Cruz won the Republican Caucus, with Trump and Marco Rubio within 1 point of each other, with Dr Carson coming in 4th.  Mike Huckabee is dropping out, as should Bush, Santorum, Christie and Gilmore (my opinion folks that's all).  Very large record breaking turnout, with a snow storm headed their way.  Good for you people of Iowa for doing your civic duty.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


Spent the afternoon looking at 'toy haulers', day dreaming about traveling the country after retirement.  The local Camping World store only had 2, one we liked, one no so much.  We climbed into a lot of trailers today, some of them amazingly roomy, with cool outdoor kitchens. Large closets and double sink bathrooms.  

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Fun day today, tasted lots of chili, and really happy to report that Ron's chili won second place.  The winner from Anderson SC, had some good chili too, that we liked when we tasted it.  

Did a few sketches in my tiny 3x5 pocket sketchbook, while eating chili and recording our thoughts as we tasted each one ourselves.

Friday, January 29, 2016


What a difference today, sunny warm, not a cloud in the sky.  Tonight I was the Sou Chef helping chop tomatoes, onions and peppers and adding beans to the chili my husband is making for the Chili Cook off tomorrow.  Should have drawn the tomatoes... but too late now.  It tastes great, we'll find out tomorrow if the judges agree.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


I do not like being COLD, I do not like it being dark at 5pm.  I do not like wearing so many layers of clothes that people think I've gained 30 pounds.  I do not like to breath cold air, it makes my nose and my lungs hurt, I do not like my feet being cold...  Sorry for the rant... did I mention I HATE winter?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Can you find the fish with no eyes?  I thought I'd given everyone a dot for an eye and then after the scan I noticed I missed one of my fishes.  I put some Liquitex Matte Gel Medium on the page so that I could use watercolor dots for my fishes.  This paper really isn't very watercolor friendly.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


The recent cold snap has brought a halt to my hibiscus and my azaleas, but the roses, at least the yellow and peach ones are still producing buds and flowers.

Monday, January 25, 2016


Had to skip my flute lesson tonight, my teacher has small children and I didn't want her, or her boys to catch my cold. Haven't had a good month of practice due to my oral surgery, so it is for the best to wait until next time.

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Glad to see the Denver Broncos win this afternoon, and so far the Carolina Panthers are doing well in their game tonight.  We tried out some new craft beer, mostly because the bottle had a Bernese Mountain Dog on it, I love that dogs and owned two in the past Ch. Ouija v. Buttonwillow UD (WeeGee) and Ch. Honeyhill's Hurricane (Hugo). It was actually quite good, and the bottle cap was unique too,  I had a try at drawing it.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


I used Tombow markers for the pine trees, and the background.  I drew the trees first, probably should have done the background first, then the trees.  Lesson learned.  Go see 13 Hours... even if you think you know what happened, you don't.

Friday, January 22, 2016


Working out value charts as Alphonso Dunn's  'Pen & Ink drawing' book suggests.  While doing that I thought I'd compare my brown ink,  the rich dark brown is Pilot Yama Guri, it is so rich and flows so nicely in my Pilot Namaki Falcon pen, but, it is not waterproof.  So I don't use it as often as the others with watercolor.  I do love that pen, and that ink is very nice just don't add water unless you're prepared for it to run.