Friday, September 15, 2017

This Week

It’s been a really busy week for us. We finished painting the bedroom downstairs from top to bottom and it looks beautiful. The most amazing man in the world will install new flooring soon and we’ll be good to go. This will be a spare bedroom but it will also be my photography/art room. Right underneath the window I will add a long folding table that I will use to take images on for my other blog and it’ll also be used for artwork.

Speaking of artwork, I’m drawing every day and having way more fun with it than I ever imagined. I’m starting to get more and more comfortable with each image that I work on, and now I’m colouring all of them in. Here are a few of my latest attempts to get beyond stick figures.




This time of year I think about my kids when they were little and feel my heartstrings being tugged. I love this period of my life, but when I hear the school buses going by in the morning, I miss those days when I was a young mom. Wouldn’t it be fun if we could visit earlier periods of our lives? Go back for a day or two and do all those things all over again? And then zip back to the present? It would certainly ease that nostalgic ache.



And speaking of kids, you know what my younger daughter did this summer? Last month, she and her boyfriend went to Portugal for two weeks and they had the most incredible time! Talk about an amazing experience for these two young people. She shared some photos and it looks like a beautiful place. I’m so glad baby girl did this. It’s something she’ll never forget. Traveling teaches you so much about the world. Have any of you ever been to Portugal? I’d love to go  there (and to a thousand other places) one day.



A few weeks ago I bumped into a display of espresso cups in a store and sent a few crashing to the floor. I was mortified! In all my years I’ve never broken anything in any store and this was a horrifying experience. I offered to pay for whatever had broken but the sales lady wouldn’t accept. She said not to worry about it. I worried about it for the next week. Have you ever accidentally broken anything in a store?



I recently ran across a moving tune that I’m going to share with you. It’s sung by American reggae singer Matisyahu and it’s called “One Day”. It expresses hope for an end to violence, and a new era of peace and understanding. A world where we can all live together in harmony, and celebrate and embrace all the beautiful diversity on this planet. Is that too much to ask for? And why haven’t we gotten there yet? Sometimes this world tires me right down to my very soul. *sigh*

Anyhow, I’ll include the song below for you to listen to when you have time. And I’ll also wish you all a wonderful weekend!


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  1. LOVE this tune! Listening to it as I type here......very moving. Thanks.
    Your art work is wonderful. You are a brave soul, Martha and it is paying off.
    As a matter of fact I, too, have for the first time broke something in a store!! Last week I was in this British deli looking over and handling their glass jars of mustard!
    You guessed it! One went smashing to the floor!! What a MESS! Of course everyone in the place turned to look and stare! The clerk also said not to worry about....I felt SO stupid!
    Travelling is the best way to experience and learn. Your daughter will always remember this trip.
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Oh Jim, I can just imagine how you felt when that glass jar fell to the ground. It's a horrifying experience when you break something. I hope to never deal with that again! Once is more than enough LOL. I'm sorry to see you go from the blogging world but I'm glad you are visiting, and I'm even happier that we are connected on Facebook. I'd hate to lose touch with you three amigos!

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    2. No chance of that, Martha!

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  2. Love the whale! Hey, I'm a natural klutz and I can't tell you how many times I've knocked stuff over in a store, or other places. Don't worry - it happens to us all.

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    1. Maybe I should break a few more things and get used to it...LOL... Thanks, Linda!

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  3. Martha I LOVE your drawings!!! Right up my alley! I love the whale! And the haunted house is so much like the style I do...kind of creepy and nightmarish...love it. You should do a Google image search for German Expressionism...your second drawing has some of those qualities. And the Halloween themes always get me, I love your drawings! I'm so happy you are keeping it up and enjoying it!

    I never broke anything in a store, but last summer I backed into a restaurant's sign in the parking lot. BANG. I felt that dreadful feeling and crawled my way to the restaurant to admit my guilt. The owner was very nice, said it's not the first time it's happened, and that it's in the wrong spot. His wife however (beeeeeeee-yatch)...immediately said it would cost "at least $500" to repair it and that she wanted copies of my drivers license and insurance etc...I was taken back a little! Her husband brought her back off her pedestal and told her that they had no intention of profiting off an accident and that insurance wasn't necessary. He told me he had a buddy to will replace the few pieces of wood I backed into and that he'd call me, no more than fifty bucks probably. Mind you, that was last April and we still haven't heard from him. I think he realized that he needed to move that sign that was smack in the middle of the parking lot or something. But if he does call, we'll pay him! Long story lol!

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    1. Rain, I looked up German Expressionism and I LOVE it! Thanks for mentioning it. I've saved a Google images page and at some point I'll see if I can copy a few to try my hand at this type of art. Should be fun. And interesting.

      That incident sounds awful! Well, from the wife's side, at least. She sounds like a pill trying to be threatening and intimidating like that. Glad the husband had his head screwed on right and it all worked out okay.

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  4. Your drawings are great! I like the house one the best, but all very good! How fun with your daughter/boyfriend going to Portugal! Quite the adventure indeed. I too get nostalgic about my younger days. Mostly I wonder how did time go by so fast?

    betty

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    1. That's the question, isn't it, Betty? Where did the time go? One day I'm playing outside as a child and next thing I know BOOM I'm a mother of grownup kids!

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  5. Love the whale! I've never broken anything in a store either, but I do know that 90% of these people have insurance for just that kind of thing. The only thing close was one time in a supermarket I grabbed a huge box of spaghetti and the end came open and spaghetti went flying everywhere!

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    1. Oh, what an experience! Well, it sounds like the packaging was not strong enough.

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  6. Your art is beautiful! Breaking things in a store...so glad you weren't charged, with my luck might've been different. Lovely that your daughter had that wonderful trip.

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    1. It was a chain store, so I figure they had insurance. Still, it's an experience I'll never forget and hope to never repeat!

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  7. Martha, those drawings are very good! Are you taking any art classes?

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    1. Technically, no. But I am following along on YouTube and learning a lot from artists generous enough to share information and lessons!

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  8. That is a really cute whale, and the house too. You are really improving very quickly.

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    1. It's a lot of fun. I'll continue to practice and see where this takes me!

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  9. I'm impressed with the drawing. I think we all get some feelings of nostalgia for a former time in our lives. Yes, I liked it when my kids were at home. My daughter was here last week. she left me in 1990.

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    1. That is nice about your daughter being there. I hope you had a nice visit! Time just zips right by.

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  10. I love your drawings, especially the haunted house and pumpkins. I know what you mean about wanting to revisit when your kids were younger. I remember being so inconvenienced waiting for my niece's bus or carting her to dance class or going to a soccer game and now I miss it all. Have a nice weekend!

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    1. If only we could go back for a little while to redo some of these things!

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  11. Oh, Martha. I feel for you and the broken cups experience. I've never broken anything in a store, but I too would be mortified and feel badly for days! Keep up the drawing - it looks like you are getting very good at it and having fun with it. -Jenn

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    1. This is the first time this has ever happened to me and I hope it's the last! Now I know how it feels. And it feels awful!

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  12. Cute drawings. The whale made me smile. - Yes I have broken something in a store. It is embarrassing for sure. That was nice that you didn't have to pay for the broken items. - Nice song with a good message.

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  13. Your art is so sweet, and well beyond stick figures, and thanks for the song. I share your sentiments. I love traveling and did a lot as a kid. What I did as an adult was more sobering, in many respects. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. I hope you had a nice weekend, e. Again, I'm so sorry about Jacob :(

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  14. Love your art especially the whale.
    Glad your daughter enjoyed Portugal, I was fortunate to visit a few years ago and had a super time.

    Hope you are having a relaxing weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. That is wonderful that you visited Portugal, Jan! From the photos my daughter shared, it looks beautiful. She loved it.

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  15. The drawings are looking good!

    I'd be embarrassed too, but I wouldn't expect other people to feel embarrassed ... a double standard that many of us have, I think :) One of my kids, when they were very young, pulled a bottle of pickles off the shelf in the grocery store and broke it ... because I had pushed the cart too close to the shelf. If I could have driven down the center of the darn aisle everything would have been fine!!

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    1. Hindsight is 20/20! Those little hands work quickly, don't they? My younger daughter was like a Tasmanian devil in stores when she was little. She wanted to touch and push and pick up everything and I had to watch her like a hawk!

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  16. I am happy that paint is done Martha!

    Hopping best for floors too dear!
    How nice you will have your separate room for art and creativity. I think of having one for writing in future. Your wish saddened me as though i feel so busy and responsible at the moment yet somehow i want to stop it sometimes specially when i miss my eldest son and scared of time when won'tbe able to see hm for one year. I wish my younger sons could stay young for long and i can keep enjoyingtheir company.
    I am glad your girl is big enough to strol the world with friend.

    Loved the art .specially whale!!!

    How nice that store lady did not accept the money .
    It never happened to me my friend

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    1. Oh, Baili, I can only imagine how much you miss your son. I hope you are able to visit more often. Our kids grow so quickly and we miss them when they are away from us. I'm fortunate to be living very close to them now and able to visit. But they do have their own lives and I let them live them. I'm very happy that my daughter got a chance to experience another part of the world. I suspect this will be one trip of many more to come.

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  17. I liked the drawings too. :) 'assumption' is the mother of all fuck ups' That's my new saying. When I asked for coffee this morning- I got it with sugar. Instead of asking if I wanted sugar they just ASSUMED that I did. Why do people do that? I didn't want sugar! I've read The Take by Martina Cole. I'm glad it's over and done with. The language is disgusting. Well, the weekend is nearly over and I'm glad it is. Nothing has gone right except me getting a court case to reclaim my rights. I won't assume anything - it's the mother of all fuck- ups, after all.

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    1. That is not nice! I'm really surprised they didn't ask you. Such a simple thing to do. I hope your court case goes very well for you!

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  18. Great piece of music, Martha! Very optimistic feel to it. I love reggae! Can I please zip back to the present with my youthful body??? I'm really missing that! LOL Love your drawings, Martha! Glad that you're having fun with it!

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