Friday, March 23, 2018

This Week

It’s Friday again! The time just whooshes right by. Is that a legitimate word? I am tempted to look it up but I’ll just assume it is. Anyway... How has your week been? Do you have anything interesting to share? Tell me all about it in the comments below.



Yesterday was sunny and mild. Absolutely gorgeous! It felt like spring and I bounced around joyfully all day. That’s how happy it made me. And you know what else made me happy? Driving to Montreal in the morning and spending a few hours with my oldest and dearest friend. We have been like the sisters we never had since we were four. Almost 50 years of friendship later and we still have so much to talk about. It was lovely to see her. She is the one whose father-in-law suffered a minor heart attack on the weekend. He’s home now and doing much better. All’s well that ends well.

It was her birthday a few days ago and I messaged her this image on Facebook.


I also enjoyed the drive to and from Montreal, which was smooth sailing both ways. I actually enjoy driving on the highway. I plug in my GPS and I play music, sing along and enjoy the scenery while it guides me. So highway driving is good. Big city driving isn’t. Especially on city expressways or freeways or autoroutes or thruways...or whatever the heck you call them where you live. Montreal has some really intimidating ones, some of which you have .002 seconds to get on before an aggressive driver rams into you. And it’s survival of the fittest on roads in my hometown. You white-knuckle it the whole way through. Drivers there are rude and pushy and inconsiderate. If you signal your intention to change lanes, they speed up to block you. And occasionally a car jumps in front of you unexpectedly to keep you alert. Fun times! Not.



I’m not sure how much longer I’ll continue uploading what I draw. Friday’s posts may evolve to something else at some point, especially if I start doing outdoor photography again. We’ll see. But for now, here is me sharing some artwork.


My feeble attempt at Betty Rubble:



My "I don't really feel like drawing but I'll draw something quickly anyway":



My "I feel like drawing so I'll make a real effort":



I’ve been exercising regularly, and while I do, I play songs. This week’s theme has been disco music. Did you ever like it? Do some of you still enjoy some of these songs from time to time? Or is it just a few of us ‘mature folks’ that get nostalgic about this period of music? And the ones that are brave enough to admit it? On Wednesday I was working out to this tune (on a CD, no less):




And now...I will stop right here. And wish you all a wonderful weekend!

33 comments:

  1. Great that you got together with your longtime friend. Nice art and thanks for the laughs Martha.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Christine. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Love the Bee Gees, I listen to them all the time.
    Love that you're still like sisters. That's the best.

    Probably hit the antique shopped tomorrow.

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    1. Was a dang good weekend.
      Having another one this weekend, too.
      Hope your weekend is filled with fun and sun.

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    2. Sounds wonderful. Lots of sunshine around here today!

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  3. I love this post, it's so happy! Though I do agree with you, the a-hole Montreal drivers are too territorial and frankly, bullies...very brave behind the steering wheel aren't they? When Alex and I have to go to Montreal, we're okay on the 15 until we hit Laval then we both start feeling that awful anxiety and the white-knuckling begins. I learned a long time ago that I must be aggressive or I won't get anywhere on the roads there. I hope I never have to go back! I'm glad you had fun with your friend and I LOVE that birthday message you sent her! I always say I'll still be enjoying life when I'll be a toothless, blue-haired old bitty sitting in my rocking chair on my porch in the woods...shot gun in one hand and a mint julep in the other lol...listening to the Bee Gees!!! :))) I love that entire Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, I tend to blast it when I'm driving! :)

    Your Betty Rubble is cute!!! Every night with dinner, we listen to an old radio program of Jack Benny's...king of comedy and highly underrated! One of his recurring characters is a switchboard operator and it's the voice of Betty Rubble. I giggle every time I hear her.

    Your drawings are fabulous, I hope you keep it up if only for yourself, but creativity comes in so many forms...I'm going to try to do more photography once the weather gets better too! :)

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    1. Montreal drivers are horrible! I also - as much as I hate it - take a more aggressive approach with my driving when I'm there. If you don't do that, you'll be trying to change lanes all day. LOL It's like they take great pride in being a-holes to each other. I've always hated driving there. When we moved to Kingston back in 2009, I couldn't believe the courtesy I saw on the road there. It was shocking - and wonderful! I started to enjoy driving again. The drivers there are even courteous to pedestrians. They wait while you cross and don't aim to kill you! HAHA

      I will absolutely keep my art going! I am enjoying it too much. I never imagined I could learn to draw, so now that I've learned that anyone can do it with practice and determination, I'm not quitting. What will change is that I might not share my sketches regularly. Or maybe I'll share one of them, now and again. I will see. I'd like to get back into photography this year and share a little of that. We plan to explore our area and surroundings cities and towns, and that'll be fun.

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  4. I love road rage kitty! ha ha But I do not like driving on busy roads. I don't know how anyone does it, so even if your knuckles ARE white, my hat is definitely off to you.

    Disco music is the soundtrack to my university years, with all the freedom and fun you would expect associated with that :D It still has the ability to get me up on my feet, which is no small thing. I actually searched for and found a YouTube mix of 70's music (some of which is disco) that I've been trying to use to dance to in order to get indoor exercise. The Bee Gees have a special place in my heart - my roommate/close friend in university played them over and over and they just seemed appropriate to that time and place.

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    1. It was such a fun time. My friends and I would go out dancing, and I have fond memories of that period. Whenever I play this music, I imagine myself as that teenager! I have quite a few CDs of disco music that have come in handy with the exercising.

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  5. Hi Martha, if you take up photography as an art form it will be very interesting to see what you come up with. Your imagination is amazing. There’s no doubt about that. Miniaturopolis is proof of what an incredible mind you have. I’ve never been to Montreal and am sure I never will do but it sounds like a pretty scary place. I know very little about Canadia but i’m learning. Good luck with your photography. Street photography sounds cool to me.

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    1. It is scary for driving but an otherwise lovely city. Although at this point in my life, being in a big city with all the traffic and density just doesn't suite me. I prefer quieter environment. And a more pleasant drive! I've been enjoying photography for many years but haven't been doing much of it since we got involved with selling/buying/moving/renovating. It really took a lot of my time and energy. This year should be different, more relaxed. So I look forward to concentrating on getting back to taking photos! Thanks for the encouraging words :)

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  6. Hope you keep up with your cartoon sketches - you have a knack for that but I'll be really happy also to see your photography - in and around your area. Love the funnies you posted.... All nighter - that's a good one - sometimes I have one of those where i never have to get up. Nice that you had a visit with your bestie!

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    1. I will definitely keep up with the sketching. I'm really enjoying it! And adding photography to this will be a bonus.

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  7. I say it’s a word if you think it’s a word. So there ya go.

    Please keep posting your pictures.

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    1. If you say so, Birdie. Then it's a word :)

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  8. A wonderful week end to you. I don't mind free way driving except I miss a sign once in a while and that really throws a monkey wrench in your drive.

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    1. Yes, that would do it! As long as you can turn back without too much trouble, then it's okay. Otherwise it becomes a nuisance.

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  9. I've been thinking about the Bee Gees recently. Don't know if you listen to CBC radio, but there is a show on Sundays called Randy's Vinyl Tap by Randy Bachman. The theme for his show was singers who sing falsetto, so naturally he featured the Bee Gees. I had the Saturday Night Fever album! I think the only thing worse than driving in Montreal is being a pedestrian!! I am not a great city driver, especially if I'm not certain about where I'm going. Good for you managing that drive, Martha! -Jenn

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    1. You are right! Being a pedestrian in Montreal is terrible. It's like playing a video game and trying to stay alive.

      I don't listen to CBC radio but I will have to check this out. I actually recognize the name 'Randy Bachman', although I'm not sure why.

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  10. You draw pretty good, much better than I

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    1. Thanks, Adam! Anyone can learn with practice.

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  11. A wonderful weekend to you, Martha.
    I'm glad you got your special time with your bestie.
    Your artwork brings me smiles.

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    1. Hi Robyn, I hope you had a nice weekend! Thank you for you lovely comment. xo

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  12. Your photos and artwork always bring a smile, so either way, I'll enjoy. I'm so glad your friend's dad is okay and that you got to spend some time. Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Thank you, E! That's very kind. And I hope you've had a terrific weekend!

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  13. Great drawings, I like your Betty. I used to have a crush on Barney Rubble when I was little. I am glad you got to see your friend, it is nice to have a friend since childhood. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!XO

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    1. That is so cute about Barney Rubble! What fun. It sure is nice to have a friend from childhood. It's a very special bond. xo

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  14. Isn't nice to have a girls get-together with a longtime friend ...
    I enjoyed seeing your art, one of our sons loves to do the art colouring books that seem to be so popular now.

    It's Sunday night as I type this and we've had a great weekend. Managed to get out walking, between the rain showers, which was good and now all set for a fresh new week.
    Hope it will be a good one for you Martha.

    My good wishes

    All the best Jan

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    1. It sure is nice to have a girls-get-together, Jan. I have a few of those colouring books. They are very enjoyable and very relaxing, too.

      I'm glad to hear you had such a nice weekend. We'll be taking long walks soon. It'll be nice to start spending more and more time outdoors. Wishing you a lovely week ahead!

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  15. i am so happy that FINALLY weather is kind and sweet and you enjoyed the walking around like a butterfly :)

    this is so great that either you have an oldest friend from your childhood ,i can imagine how much joy and peace a soul feels when we meet to one which belongs to lour old version!

    i smiled on the hilarious message and photo you texted to her !

    this good news that her father in law is doing fine now !

    i loved this gorgeous lady you painted!

    and the adorable cute doggie !

    stay happy my dear Martha!

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    1. Hi Baili! I am very happy that spring is here. I look forward to spending more time outdoors. Winters can be long and hard here, and that is very exhausting.

      Old friends that we are this close to are very special. They know our life story and they share our life journey. I am so grateful for her.

      Thank you for stopping by, dear friend. I hope you had a lovely weekend!

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