Just fyi … I’ll no longer be sharing photos on here with anyone’s face. I’ll still share goings-on in my life, but no straight-on facial shots. (Jeff’s over in the sidebar is not included in this as he is deceased.)
We finally had a little bit of rain this past week … only had about three-quarters of an inch. All over Kansas were widely varied amounts. I guess it all depended on what cloud you were living under. 😆
A few months back, granddaughter Kara spent a Saturday with us because she wanted to paint with me. She’d chosen a Diamond Art cow to work on and I did acrylic paintings. I thought I had a photo of Kara’s cow, but do not. I’ve asked her to send a photo of it to me when she has a minute. For now, all of the following are my artwork. When I paint, I basically work in acrylic abstract. The first one is “Summer on the Prairie” (February 2023).
Next is “Canyon Sunrise” (February 2023).
Three mini paintings (2019). I love my little cutsie pootsie cat. 😂
Next are two mixed media pieces. The first one is “My Life is a Garden” (January 2023) … it was done on basic stretched canvas. I used: recycled cardboard to back everything and for the fence; magazine photos; scrapbook papers from my stash; jewelry-making pieces; and the “shed” is a leftover “gingerbread house” from November that I cut in half. If you zoom in, you will see: a bird in a cage in the garden shed window, a blue bird on the fence, a cat crouching beside the large-leafed garden plant, and three keys in the sky.
The second is “The Church” (March 2023) … the canvas is actually made from cardboard. The cross on the church is from a broken necklace that Kara gave me years ago. This piece was more of an experiment in different things and I was not at my best mentally or physically while working on it. I probably won’t do another like this again. But the kids think it’s cool, so it’s on the wall with everything else.
There are other pieces of art made by myself and others in our family that are on the same wall. I’ll save those for another time as three of them are much larger and need better light to appreciate them. Plus, we have a large box full of wrapped artwork that I want to put on the wall, but am not doing that for the time being. I just wish the apartment walls were not the sick green color that the owners chose when this place was built in 2014.
Photos of some very interesting petunias from the day John, Aero, and I went shopping for plants the first of the month (see previous post for that story).
These last two photos are the petunia I liked the most. I forgot to get its name … Aero was impatient to get over to the entrance and start shopping.
The older grandkids like to ask unusual questions … most of the time it starts out of the blue. We’ve done the questions thing since they were little. We all did some questions last November during our day of making the recycled cardboard gingerbread houses. Here are some of those questions with my answers.
Question: What’s the most annoying noise you know?
Answer: At the moment, that’s a toss-up between the ceiling fan motor in our bathroom (when you turn on the overhead light walking in) and the idiots across the street at the seed grain company blaring their obscene rap music when their boss isn’t around (which is especially bad now that we can all open our windows for spring and summer). I can turn off the bathroom noise … I can’t turn off the idiots across the street.
Question: What’s the most addictive game for you?
Answer: Mmm, toss-up again. I like UNO, Scrabble, and Monopoly. It depends on my mood of the moment, but if I had to pick only one it’d be UNO. (Jerry and I play UNO nearly every day.)
Question: What is the most useless talent you possess?
Answer: Baton twirling. I learned how to do that in elementary school when my mama gave me a baton one Christmas. I can still do that. (Don’t know what it is? Just search “baton twirling” on YouTube.)
Question: What has been your hardest goodbye in life so far?
Answer: The deaths of my parents (1971, 2012), my stepmom (2012), and my son (2013). A close second are the deaths of our pets (2009, 2011, 2013).
Question: What is the oldest item inside your closet?
Answer: Well, since our closet is also a storage area, it would have to be my stepmom’s ancestor’s Bible from 1813.
Question: If you could only have one superpower, what would it be?
Answer: I already have it … I’m a gramma.
Question: What would you tell your past self?
Answer: Don’t … just … don’t.
Question: What are three things you remember about kindergarten?
Answer: 1. There were four of us girls with variations of the same name … me (Diana), then a Diane, and twins named Dianna and Dianne; 2. naptime on a soft towel and prayer before snacks; 3. and drawing this picture for Halloween …
Question: Have you seen any funny wi-fi names?
Answer: Yep, the funniest is here in our apartment building. Someone named their wi-fi “toilet.” Sure glad it’s “secured.”
And lastly, this wasn’t really a question, it was more a comment from one of them.
Comment: I just wish life was easier.
Me: If life were easy, we’d have no need of God.
It was quiet as they all let that sink in.
Y’all have a wonderful and blessed week, my friends. I love you.
This blog uses COMMENT MODERATION. Some comment moderation is automatic with certain words and data strings effecting an immediate ban – they will never even be seen by me or other readers or commenters. I will not tolerate nor give an audience to threats or rude comments. Please allow several hours to a couple days (sometimes longer, because hey, I don’t live my life online) for your comment to be approved. Please know that, as much as I treasure each and every one of your comments, I do not always have time to do replies. I know people like that interaction, but sometimes I just plain need to skip worrying about answering comments. Thanks for understanding.