31 January 2016

Commune with Nature

Owning our story

and loving ourselves

through that process

is the bravest thing

that we'll ever do.

~Brene Brown

A mixed up weekend of working a day,
off a day, working a day, off a day,
and then working again
because it's Monday
is how my weekend went.

I was able to spend a little time
in the park with Sadie, watching
the birds and communing with nature.

But the best commune with nature
is done in my own back yard.  *wink*

29 January 2016

28 January 2016


“Friday's a free day. A woman's day.” 

― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

In retail, any day can be a Friday
because of the types of scheduling
that's done.  Wouldn't it be nice
if things were the way they were?
Stores all closed on Sundays. 
Everyone could have some semblance
of a "weekend"! 

Today begins my weekend, and it's
a luxurious feeling to just flop into
my fav chair with an ice cold drink
and some good TV ... and just relax.

And if you've never read anything by
Neil Gaiman ... you should.
"American Gods" was good, 
he's an amazing writer! 

(As always, Sadie is nosing in on the shot!) 

27 January 2016


“If you're reading this...

Congratulations, you're alive.

If that's not something to smile about,

then I don't know what is.” 

― Chad Sugg

26 January 2016


Never give in.. never, never, never, never, 

in nothing great or small, large or petty, 

never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. 

Never yield to force ....

never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. 

– Winston Churchill 

25 January 2016

Art and Creativity

“Apply expectations appropriately. 

Do not assume [all] adults 

are as grown up and mature 

as they should be, 

or appear to be.” 

― T.F. Hodge

Expectations can get a person all
confuzzled if you're not careful!

When I started this blog, it was 
because I wanted to share my art
(and myself) with people who might
appreciate what I've tried to convey.

And maybe my own expectations have 
gotten in the way of the pleasure I find
in being a creative person. I'm sure most
of you are on some sort of social media,
and you all have 'those friends' who post
anything and everything -- and keep track
of their own self worth by the number of
"likes" each post gets.  Totally not me.

It took a good friend to remind me of where
I started with this, and what I set out to do:
Be creative, create some art, and toss in
a bit of self expression on the side. 

Thank you, my friend, for the reminder! 

24 January 2016

Black Tie Throw Back

I was thinking about this blog in the wee
hours of last night, trying to come to
terms with my reasons for not keeping
up with posting pix.

A chunk of the reason I blame on lack
of time.  It's not like I just grab a camera
and take a quick nekkid pose and post it.
It takes effort, thought and creativity to
set up and take the photos.

Then the photos are reviewed and edited.
I try to get a feel for the photo and find a
quote that mirrors how I'm feeling, or
reflects something about how women of
every size and shape are beautiful!  

All of this is time consuming.

The second reason that churned in my brain
had to do with how over the years I have
nurtured and cared for husband(s), and many children (two of my own, and an assortment
of 7 different steps) and now that I'm on my
own, I'm nurturing me, and there's not much
left to be shared.

Does a person's "nurture output" run out?????

I think it does ...... when a person is alone.