Nancy’s photo challenge asks us to post one or more pretty pictures, so I’m sharing the painting I did last week. It looks nothing like the tutorial I “followed,” but I’m pleased with it, especially the purple/blue flowers. 🙂
THE RULES: Using only books you have read during the last year (2020), answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. These answers don’t have to be true, but they just need to make (some kind of) sense!
Describe yourself: Jew[ish] (Matt Greene)
How do you feel: Girl Gone Mad (Avery Bishop)
Describe Where you currently live: Seascapes and Serenity Lost (Jack Collier)
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Romantic English Garden (Jane Taylor)
Your favourite form of transportation: Endless Love (Lauren Trevino)
Your best friend is: Lying Next to Me (Gregg Olsen) 🐈⬛
You and your friends are: Managing the Depression Puzzle (Ashley L. Peterson)
What’s the weather like: Snow & Ash (Theresa Shaver)
You Fear: Deception (Selena Montgomery)
What is the best advice you have to give: Rules for Aging: Resist Normal Impulses (Roger Rosenblatt)
Thought for the Day: We Hide What We Hate About Ourselves (Melody Finch)
How would I like to die: Cappuccinos, Cupcakes and a Corpse(Harper Lin)
My soul’s present condition: Becoming (Michelle Obama)
My life in lockdown was: The Test (Gregg Bell)
In high school I was: Black Sheep (Rory Scholl)
People might be surprised by: My Trashy Romance (Terry Black)
I will never be: Someone Else’s Secret (Julia Spiro)
My fantasy job is: The Color Master (Aimee Bender)
At the end of a long day, I need: Her Final Words (Brianna Labuskes)
I hate being: The Last of the Moon Girls (Barbara Davis)
Wish I had: Salt and Silver (River K. Scott)
My family reunions are: The Dead Game (Susanne Leist)
At a party you’d find me with: 12 Dukes of Christmas (Erica Ridley)
I’ve never been to: The Purple Castle (Quinn Slater)
A happy day includes: A Date for the Fair (Heidi McLaughlin)
Motto I live by: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (Mark Manson)
On my bucket list is: 30 First Dates (Stacey Wiedower)
In my next life, I want to: Dream of Fire (J.R. Rasmussen)
My smile for this week is about painting. I’m loving my hobby and did two new pictures over the holidays. The above was supposed to be wildflowers, but I did my purples too low and the whole thing looks like half of an octopus. The turquoise I mixed is so pretty though, isn’t it? No more spatter-paintings! That stuff gets everywhere. 🥴
Next, here’s a meadow under fluffy clouds, except I blended my sponges too much and my clouds don’t look distinctive. Sad. This one didn’t use brushes… sponges and Qtips! I’m happy with the field of flowers. 🌼🌸🌺
I painted this last weekend and am pleased with it. It’s interesting that following along with the Art Sherpa’s YouTube tutorials generates such a variety of results. That’s part of the fun though. I just received the new paints and canvases I ordered (thanks stimulus cash!), so I am all set to art it up. This weekend I will paint one or two more pictures, probably some flowers, maybe a butterfly or bird. They won’t be perfect, but that’s okay. I am enjoying this hobby a lot!
My goal is to look forward and do more things that bring me pleasure while avoiding stuff that doesn’t. Simple, no?
Here’s the story 🎶 Of a lovely mini, Which was designed to flaunt very lovely legs. Some of them Were avocado, Like the fridge where you would store your eggs.
It’s the story Of a skirt named maxi Which was created to flow down to the floor. These were two skirts Hanging in my closet, But there was room for more…
And then one day a designer had a brainstorm— And he knew that it would generate the green. ’Twas a new skirt not long yet not shortie, But a clever fashion statement in between! The midi skirt, the midi skirt, that’s the way they produced the midi skirt! 🎶
Thanks to The Brady Bunch theme song writers Frank De Vol and Sherwood Schwartz for inspiration.
Yeah, I’ve missed a few. Oh well. Thank you Sandmanjazz for hosting this challenge. 🎄
Now, regarding wrapping paper… I love to wrap gifts! Love fun, fancy papers, ribbons, bows, the whole bit. I also love gift bags stuffed with pretty tissue paper, the prezzies hiding within. Here are some gifts I’ll be distributing Sunday. The bags are for the grands (one each) and the wrapped gift is for my daughter and SIL. The grownups get one gift for two people and the kids get a zillion gifts each. That’s how we do! 😂😍❤️
PCGuyIV continues his Truthful Tuesday series by asking…
When it comes to giving money, do you view it as a thoughtful gift, or as a sign that the giver didn’t care enough to think about a “real” gift?
Let me start by saying that if anyone wants to give me a gift of money, please go right ahead! It would be even better however if you bought my new book Ghostedand left a review. 😍
That said, I love when my kids get me cute and/or thoughtful prezzies. My daughter and SIL just got me ear warmers for Chanukah. They’re so cozy! (I have an issue of ear pain whenever it’s even the slightest bit cold or windy out.)
I tend not to give money as gifts because I like to shop for fun things (online) that I hope the recipients will enjoy. It’s a chance to get peeps things they might not buy for themselves. And I love shopping for my grands! 💖💙
Rory’s done it again, peeps ~ given us 12 wacky questions, that is! Please note that my title reflects only how many “12 Bloggerz” I have participated in, not how many exist. 😜
1. When not specifically following ‘set’ directions everyone has a favourited direction they prefer to walk in – which is yours left or right and why do you think you always want to go that direction first?
Right. Because I’m right. Also, I’m right-handed. In Australia, I’d likely go left… and probably be bitten by some nasty venomous creature. 🐍
2. What’s the creepiest thing that has ever happened to you – irrelevant to your personal beliefs – just something that creeped you out – and yet you simply couldn’t explain it?
All this grey hair and cellulite lately… what is happening omg?!
3. Who are your top five actors/actresses and what is special about them to you?
Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock. They’re great, that’s why.
4. Which prompts do you participate in weekly with your blog – please list?
I host the Monday Peeve and Thursday Inspo. I almost always participate in Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday, Melanie’s Share Your World, Fandango’s Provocative Question, and Linda’s SOC Saturday. Other prompts I do as time and mood permit.
5. Have you taken the 16 Personalities Test and if so – what Personality Type are you and how accurate is it to you? Free Personality Test
I just took it, not realizing it was a Meyers-Brigg thing. Again, I confirmed I’m an INFJ. Supposedly, this is the rarest type ~ the Advocate. Some of the description fits me and some doesn’t. I am introverted and passionate and picky, but I have no interest in any of the “helping” careers. They have way too much contact with people.
6. Are you easily embarrassed – when was the last time for you?
Yes. Too embarrassed to say…
7. Has anything shocked you in the last 6 weeks to the point where you have gasped out aloud – if so what was it and if not, then when was the last time you were terribly shocked by something?
Yes, last week at my daughter’s. We thought we saw a giant bug on her wall, but it was just two spiders tangled up. 🕷🕷
8. If you have one what is your signature dish and if you don’t have one what would you love to be able to cook wonderfully well?
I like to make layered bean dip for parties.
9. Strangest or wildest place you ever had the most amazing sex in or on maybe, even around …….?
10. Why is it healthy to flirt with people you have no intention of doing the naughty with and how often do you flirt with people you know or even don’t know?
Because flirting can be creative and fun. I don’t do much of it these days though.
11. Can you list 9 things that you can ride in, on or with?