With aging comes new perspective. Follow me with my daily journey and life as an artist and crafter.
This is my first post. A little about me. I am a senior citizen and at 68 while my body may be aging, I still love to try new things and experience all that life has to offer. My loves in life are my family, photography, art, crafts, camping, music and any other mischief I can get into at my age and get away with it.
I am a nut for cloud formations. As an artist I try to make anything look good. Being artistic brings out something in me that nothing else does. This is just the beginning so I hope you will keep coming back to see what I am into.
Not to worry this is not really about politics. The title stems from an old western movie but one I have used on occasion. It is not hard to define who the bad are! The ugly of course refers to our current situation. Now that we have gotten those two out of the way lets look at the good that we should be focusing on.
Good – Putting God first! Regardless of your faith or even the lack of… it is time to put God first. Our forefathers in their infinite wisdom did that very thing regardless of how devout their religion was. Their intent was to build this country on a solid rock! It was important after war to start this nation in a positive way.
Good – Family. Most of us have one. While I don’t support some of the family units in this country, it really boils down to unity. It goes back to creation, God did not want Adam to be alone in the world so he created Eve and you know the rest of the story. The point being this world began with a family unit. And yes, there is good, bad and even ugly in most families. It is not something that most people want to talk about but it exists. More important than anything is how we keep the family unit together. That goes back to Putting God First!
Good – Country – And there again I am not talking about our situation I am referring to the land itself. We are blessed to live in the most varied and beautiful land in the world. We have not done a very good job of taking care of it but it still exists. As a photographer and avid camper I can tell you I have been in some breathtaking places in this country like this:
Don’t focus on the negatives but drive yourselves to the positive. We still have our families, the land and more importantly God!
After my grandmother passed away in 2005, I rambled through her old photo albums (the kind that were held together with something like shoestrings and on black paper) to find these photos. I remember her remarking in earlier years that she did not even know who these people were but they were related to her grandmother. Some of them were tintypes that I restored. Hope you enjoy.
With the war on free speech exploding I started looking for replacements for Google, Facebook & Twitter and Pinterest. Here is what I have found:
Facebook/Twitter replacement is Gab.com while their app was of course was removed from app stores, you can access them directly because they have their own servers. The site is a little slow right now because they have an outrageous number of new subscribers so be patient.
Google browser I replaced with Savannah which as it turns out is better and faster than Google.
Last but not least Pinterest I replaced with http://www.juxtapost.com which may not be quite as glamour right now but is quickly growing.
I will continue to bring you more news of any other site solutions as I find them.
Continue in prayer, speak your mind and have an awesome day.
I try to begin and end each day with prayer. It is not something I have always done but during the last year in particular it has been something I have tried to maintain to cope with life.
For the most part I have always been faith driven but there have certainly been times when I questioned God’s intentions. Last Thursday was certainly one of those days. It was later that day that I had to remind myself that it is not always about us! It is not our will or plan that is important. It is God’s will that is important.
We have to set aside our own personal feeling and let Him lead. The evil that caused the events on Wednesday to take place is still in this world.
It is time for God to take the reins because what man has put in place cannot easily be undone. There is still hope but peace will not come easily. Things will get worse before they get better.
Our part in this is simply to be patient. Don’t be swayed by mass media and corrupt social media. When we are quiet God has an opportunity to do his best work.
For me and my house, we will serve the Lord. This country can be great again but it will suffer a lot of birth pains before it reaches that point.
Be quiet and listen to the whispers of God for direction. For me moving forward I will be less concerned about the state of this country and more concerned about my own spiritual health. I will leave the hard stuff to God.
Fear not for the things you cannot fix…it is not meant for you too. Rejoice in your faith and family and everything else will be taken care of.
We truly do need to be “one nation under God” and that begins with each one of us. Have a truly wonderful day.
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s disaster I was unsure whether there was any future left. So disgusted by our cowardly Congress, antifa, and the loss of life. None of it was President Trump’s fault contrary to what the media would have you to believe. Anyway, it really made me question everything
Any chance we had left of reviving this country was lost to two people who are not worthy to even cross President Trump’s path. I know there will be a few of you that will disagree…and thats okay. I had asked God for a sign that all was not lost…a few minutes ago I got the sign.
I sat down in my office like I do every day for prayer and looked out the window. There were a lot of clouds but at the bottom almost at the horizon line were three crosses lying on their side.
You may not readily see them in these pictures as the clouds were still moving:
Just a reminder that just when there is nothing positive left God reminds us that he is here for us. Excited now to see what is coming.
While my 2020 did not begin well when I had to bury my Mother on January 2, I tried to bounce back. When I finally figured out how to do this “blog thing” it became a path of healing for me. Here are highlights from some of my posts.
While blogging is new to me, I have always loved a challenge. Here you will see me craft, my art, my travels, my loves. Hope you will follow me as life is always an adventure. Maybe not always what we want, but still an adventure.
My mother was 92 and this day would be a particularly unusual day for her. Mid morning she was in her usual place, her favorite lounge chair. I went every day to her house to take care of her. Little did I know that when I left my house this day how hard it would … Continue reading “Messages From Heaven”
When boredom overtakes you, what do you do? You grab your camera and drive. With my husband as my chaufer, we wound around on some Lenoir county roads and took a few pics on a cloudy day. steeples first spoke to me and then the painting over the door… The Last Supper! It is like … Continue reading “Discovering Lenoir County”
The past three months have given me plenty of time to re-examine priorities in my life. While it is just me, my husband and my dog Roco, nothing physicially has changed. On the other hand, emotionally and spiritually things have changed. I find despit all the stress of today’s challenges, I am stronger. As defiant … Continue reading “Change”
About a moth ago we started our first raised bed garden. My husband and I have never done much gardening so this was a new venture. We built the first 4×4 frame with an aging piece of 2×6 lumber that we had just laying around. After a trip to Tractor Supply, we came back with … Continue reading “Fruits Of Our Labor”
I am a bit of a history nut or at least as it applies to some things. One thing that really gets under my skin is old historical houses and buildings that are left in disrepair until they fall to dust. Equally frustrating is buildings that are torn down for no apparent reason. Such was … Continue reading “Preservation”
Yes, you guessed it the above picture features some of my ancestors. The lady in the picture is my 1st great grandmother on my father’s side. The gentleman behind her is her husband and the gentleman on the left is his brother. I have been doing geneology research more than thirty years. Doing so, I … Continue reading “Finding Roots”
As a professional photographer, you learn to adapt to equipment changes and processes. One thing I have always loved is black and white shots. Even the most boring subjects seem to come alive in detail. While I was doing my training and yes, shooting with a manual 35mm camera, my most enjoyable moments were in … Continue reading “A Black And White Moment”
A house with no name in days of old could tell many tales or full of lost souls. Its windows are broken and its doors have lost its charm, its broken floor could cause harm. And yet you can imagine amidst the dust and wethered boards an untold story of working hands on piles of … Continue reading “A House With No Name”
There are few boundaries on what I will shoot. I used to be a wedding photographer and did that for about seven years. I felt trapped and that my creativity was suffering. I quit after a client was taking too long to pay me because I was not only not enjoying it but got tired … Continue reading “More Photography”
Thousands of people each year flock to the beaches just to get a glimpse of the rolling waves, massive piers and calming sand dunes. The images below were shot several years ago. They are a reminder of calmer times. While hundreds of people walk on these rough wooden planks daily to catch what lies beyond, … Continue reading “A Beach Experience”
My creativity is not limited to photography. Making sonething beautiful out of very little is what drives me. You don’t have to be an experienced crafter to do these projects. Being a crafter is very rewarder. While I don’t sell a lot, I enjoy it a lot. This is cross stitch. This piece will soon … Continue reading “Creativity and Crafting”
I started doing needlework and crafts more than 40 years ago. A lot of the reason I started was to cope with divorce. My funds were limited. Over the years I found I could buy supplies at yard sales, flea markets, auctions and even habitat stores for a fraction of the retail cost. Here are … Continue reading “Needle And Yarn”
In addition to be a photographer, I have my hands in a lot of things. Needlework is just one of them. This is cross stitch. It is an early form of embroidery dating back to the 1600s. While then done on fine linen it is now done on fabric and canvas. I particularly love to … Continue reading “A Little Sunday Creating”
I struggle with insomnia a lot. Ironically it is sometimes when I am most creative. While this is not a creative time and I am struggling to rest, here is a peaceful scene from the banks of Washington, NC.
While I am putting the finishing strokes on this painting it leads me to think about what its title means. Freedom is a term we use loosely but seldom really think about. More and more our “freedoms” have been taken away from us. In just a few months we have lost a lot. The freedom … Continue reading “Freedom!”
While I don’t always approve of some of the actions of law enforcement, what pray tell would we do without them! They are not perfect, but then neither am I or you or anyone else. Dispite the fact that this country is already in turmoil, there would be no resolve without the police and sheriff … Continue reading “Protect & Serve”
I apologize for my lack of blogging lately and I promise to do better. Here is today’s story. About two years ago while driving around we decided to drop in on the Craven County Animal Shelter. Our last dog had passed away some years earlier. My husband insisted we stop even though I was somewhat … Continue reading “Rescue Roco, the $5 dog.”
Ok ladies. If you like to crochet, here is my version of the Daisy Granny Square. Actually, I probably should call it a sunflower because it has 12 points, not 8. With an H hook ch 3 and slip stitch into 1st stitch to form loop. Work 12 hdc into loop and slip stitch into … Continue reading “Needlecraft Lesson”
Like most baby boomers, these structures covered in ivy green were once a vivid part of our youth! Since my grandfather owned a large farm, there were quite a few of these. They were tall and sturdy. They housed large burners that curred the tobacco. The guys would stand on the tier poles that ran … Continue reading “Barn Mania”
For thousands of people, the beach is not just a place to plant your feet in the sand, but a place to depart from their busy lives. It’s like taking a bath and washing off all of the dirt in the ocean. Here are some shots to remind you of your beach experience. While Covid-19 … Continue reading “The Beach”
While we survived another hurricane, more importantly, we are reminded of God’s power and love. Gratefully, we suffered no damage, we lost no power, and we awakened to another beautiful day. While some people fear the storms, they may have far worse storms in their own lives. We cannot give into fear. While certainly there … Continue reading “Surviving The Storm”
While doing some pre-fall cleaning, I have found more beach photos. As I have gotten older, I really am not a beach person. There are a few things at the beach that can make shooting interesting. The piers, the dunes, the sunrise and sunsets and more…. The first lesson of photography, don’t shoot just to … Continue reading “Photography – Shooting The Beach”
As an artist I appreciate most types of art. Today’s topic is Folk Art. Primative or Folk Art may not be appreciated by some people but I can tell you it is not always as easy to do as it may appear. Created in a different time, materials were hard to come by, canvas almost … Continue reading “Folkways Creations”
As an artist I guess I am more critical of my work than anyone else. I have been very hesitant to put my work up for sale for that reason but here goes… I think I have posted this piece to show before. This work is acrylic on canvas board. Unframed it is $75 + … Continue reading “In The Gallery”
During the past two weeks, my home has begun the process of renovation. While the hammering, ripping up of floors, adding floors and more is just the signs of renovation, in the long term hopefully it will just be seen as the birth pains of something more positive. Reflection on the past eight months, I … Continue reading “Renovation, Reflections And Roco”
While vacationing in Kentucky one year, I spied these two vintage trucks on the side of the road. They were still full of color but somewhat faded in places. I knew then it was a picture I wanted to paint.
It’s not just important how you paint but what you do after you finish a painting. Before I even clean up my workspace, I clean up my palette. Any unused paint is applied to a new canvas, not that it is saving it but it is not at least wasted on your palette. Sometimes I … Continue reading “Wasting And Creating”
Life: Life now has changed drasticlly over the past eight months. We have become a faceless society because of the hysteria of Covid-19. Because a common criminal lost his life unnecessarily, there are those who dispect our law enforcement. The BLM airs commercials that say “only black lives matter” when God says “all lives matter”. … Continue reading “Life, Love And The Pursuit Of Happiness…”
In a conversation between Moses and God he identifies himself as “I Am”. In doing that he means he is the one true God, the Creator, the supreme being that has the ability to control all things at his will. I have heard it said numerous times…”Well if God is so good why do bad … Continue reading “The Identity Of God”
As much as we love to travel, now seems to be a difficult time to do that but we don’t let that deter us completely. Unplanned short trips sometimes reap the most rewards. Today we ventured out about forty minutes from our home to the Rock Ridge Community. Below are a few pics from our … Continue reading “Black, White & More…a Sunday Venture”
As you already know, I am a photographer and artist. What you don’t know is that I am also a songwriter/poet. While I love to write, I am very critical of my own work. Back in the 90’s my husband and I sang a lot and made several trips to Nashville. While we could have … Continue reading “A Song In The Heart”
I guess I am a strange duck, so to speak, but it is not unusual for me to take something that would be considered a craft and make art out of it. I purchased this toilet tissue holder last night at an auction. It was very plain and I just knew I had to give … Continue reading “Creating Art & Crafts”
Once upon a cloudy day, I drifted down the road a ways And for a brief moment in time, I forgot about all the negativity in this world there is to find While raindrops fell to a dusty ground, new life will soon be found. When through the clouds a ray of sun shines down, … Continue reading “Once Upon A Cloudy Day”
I have always had an interest in barn quilts. A few years ago I started photographing barn quilts on both the western end and eastern end of the trail. For those who are not familiar with barn quilts, they were original placed on barns as a sign of welcome and friendship. They have since been … Continue reading “The Barn Quilt Trail”
This month I am turning 69 and here are my thoughts about aging: The Good… I don’t have to work again ever, unless I want to. I can sleep all day, drink more coffee, hang out with my dog and husband of 34 years. Say what I think regardless of what it is and not … Continue reading “Age – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly!”
About fifteen years ago I received my certification as a Doula (a professional advocate in natural childbirth). While I helped a number of families navigate through the natural delivery process, I didn’t realize how much I was helping myself. While I still find it difficult to maintain a healthy diet, I slowly started changing the … Continue reading “Thinking Naturally”
There has always been music around me. When I was just a small child my father would wake me up singing things like “Wake Up Little Suzzie” or “You Ain’t Nothing But A Hound Dog”. At the age of eight my parents made arrangements for my aunt to give me piano lessons. I drank up … Continue reading “When Notes Fly”
I love to create….anything. Since photography is a passion of mine, I use it for many things: material to paint from and as a pattern for cross-stitchers. Here is a sample. What does this have to do with cross-stitch you ask? Everything! For those of you who do not know what cross stitch is it … Continue reading “X-Stitch Mania”
We start out in life as part of a small family unit. We have parents and siblings. As we grow our lives develop much like a tree that has many branches as shown in the image. The right half depicts our family life while the left half depicts our work life. So many times the … Continue reading “Tree Of Life”
I am one of those rare birds who not only shoot in digital but also still shoot with film. So, when I started gathering rolls to develop I also realized I had some old rolls I never developed. The picture above was one of the old ones so I can’t recall where this was taken. … Continue reading “Old But Not Forgotten”
All About Eve Eve of course the Bible tells us was the first women pulled from the ribs of Adam. God created her as a companion for Adam. If you think in the narrative, the Bible tell us very little about Eve. What did she look like? How did she and Adam interact? And more … Continue reading “Women of the Bible”
SARAH There were many women in the Bible that followed Eve. There was Eve’s daughter-in-law, Cain’s wife who was of so little importance she is actually unnamed in the Bible. So Eve’s great great great grandson was Lamech. Well as some men were in that day, Lamech decided he was not satisfied with one wife … Continue reading “Women Of The Bible – II”
In the pictures above you see one of limbs and one of roots. What do they say to you? I know you are asking what does that have to do with society? A lot! The roots are like our own. They start out spindly but become a vast network into the soil to support what … Continue reading “Tree Limbs and Limbs of Society”
Rebekah Today’s woman is Rebekah. Rebekah was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah who was the wife of Hahor the brother of Abraham. The Bible tells us she was very beautiful and attractive, chaste and modest and unmarried. Abraham sent his most favored servant out to find a wife for his son Isaac…… Abraham … Continue reading “Women Of The Bible III”
While I love things that are complex, there are times when I just want to shoot something that is natural. This is a Cypress Knee. They are a natural oddity that are usually found on river banks. I love photographing them because they are like people, there are no two alike. I call this Nature’s … Continue reading “Photography And Nature”
I am grateful to all who have read my posts and to all my followers that motivate me. I pray your 2021 will be full of love, peace, resolve and empowerment.
I always have to have something in my hands. I started this last night. It is a good way to incorporate a multitude of different stitches. In the center is a 7″ granny square. At the top on the needle is afghan stitch. On the left and knitted is garter stitch. On the bottom and knitted is moss stitch. On the right and knitted is basket weave.
I started with granny square and then knitted the garter stitch and attached to the granny square. I then picked up stitches across both to do the moss stitch then worked around and picked up stitches on the right side to do the basket weave and finally the afghan stitch in like manner.
You can use any combination of stitches as long as your crochet and knitting needles are compatible and produce similar sized stitches.
When you get your desired width then just add strips on top and bottom to get desired length.