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things I’ve done this year……

my annual list and recap of the past year

1. trip to the East Coast (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts)

2. threw a book party for my husband’s book Featured Extras

3. Sold art at three different cafes

4. made a trip to see petroglyphs in the Gorge

5. threw our annual Christmas Party, this time hosting with frends

6. Joined the Board of Rahab’s Sisters and helped with the 10th year celebration/auction

7. Painted several commissioned pieces

8. knitted a scarf.. or two

9. went to the coast

10. danced Tango in Seattle

11. continued to heal from my shoulder injury

12. worked three different jobs

13. joined a community garden and grew food!

14. painted, painted, painted

15. bought a new (used) car

15. swam in a lake 🙂

16. read books! plural!

17. made meatballs

18. got a year older

19. saw both my children in the same week!

20.visited with my niece

21. made Christmas gifts

22. took walks

23. sewed a skirt

24. cut my own hair..more than once

25. started to really develop my own style..consciously

26. worked too many weekends and missed my husband

27. wrote bar trivia

28. played bar trivia

29. yoga

30. devoted energy to self care

31. spun wool

32. took many many walks with Luka

33. hosted my parents

34. traded art with LBG

35. made plans for a great 2014 😉


2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.




i love these guys…

more cats..


Radcliffe and Wellesley

oil on canvas  18″X14″





oil on canvas 9″X12″



listening to spirit

Ego Say: “Once everything falls into place, I will find peace.” Spirit says: “Find peace and everything will fall into place.”

I am an introvert…and that’s okay


After 40 something odd years, I’ve come to the realization (and appreciation) that I’m an introvert to the core. I guess I never really figured that out until now because I’ve been surrounded by extroverts. My sister (identical twin) is an extrovert. As kids, and even through high school, it was she that made the friends. I made friends by association..with her. Our junior year of college we separated..she went the UHawaii at Hilo..I went to UConn in Storrs, an ocean and a continent away. I made friends, but truly I was much more comfortable alone.

My husband is an extrovert, my kids are extroverts, my brothers too. The sole introvert..I think that’s actually redundant.

Through the years my need for solitude has offended people, made people feel sorry for me, annoyed others, and even been the envy of still others. I like my own company. And that is not say I don’t enjoy spending time with others. I do. I think the difference is is that I draw energy from my time alone where an extrovert draws energy from being around others. People have asked me what I do with all my time alone and often say, “I have a rich inner life, I can keep myself entertained for hours!” I say this kind of jokingly, but it’s really quite true.

I saw the cartoon above the other day, it made me laugh out loud, mainly because it’s so true for me. I kind of felt understood.

when zebras meditate

when zebras meditate

oil on canvas 18″X18″

I’ve been wanting to paint a zebra for awhile now…today was the day. He’s pretty adorable!



oil on canvas 11″X14″
a little winter cheer

ginko…in progress

ginko…in progress

I painted a piece very similar to this one, but to was a commission and as such, it was really never seen by any one. I really loved it so I thought I’d give it a second go around