All of the above refer to the same day, the day before Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras, otherwise known as Fat Tuesday, celebrates (among other things) the joyful using up of items that were not going to be enjoyed during the 40 days of Lent.

Shrove Tuesday uses an archaic term that references going to confession and receiving absolution before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, so that one can keep a “good Lent”.

Although I am a born-again, fundamental Christian (if you push me for a definition), and know that I am incapable of doing ANYTHING that would make my Lord love me any more, or any less, STILL . . .

An important part of my chosen practice is to take the 40 days before Easter and deliberately draw closer to Him. Elizabeth Foss has many Lenten resources at her blog. Today’s post was particularly welcome http://www.elizabethfoss.com/reallearning/2014/03/notes-before-lent-begins.html.

March 3rd was the 4th anniversary  of this blog. Yes, I can see I have been away awhile. “Is too much; I sum up”.

On Saturday, March 1, 2014, our youngest daughter was married.

On January 23, 2014, our middle daughter was laid low with a ruptured disc, for which she is still receiving treatment. It is and will be a long and slow recovery.

I remain virtually housebound. And we STILL cannot get out of NY. My husband is terribly frustrated. Barring a speedy miracle, we will be signing a lease renewal before April 1.

The cats are well. I got them a water fountain with several spouts. They are happy, and drinking more.

AND – we have our car back! Free and clear and legally. Long story, won’t recap, just sayin’.

I am doing more collaging these days, and writing in my journal. I haven’t found the magic feather that will shoot me back into art journaling. I enjoy what I am doing, even if I’m rather pokey at it.

I am participating in some on-line Lenten observances, including one that involves Art Journaling. See the link in the sidebar if perhaps you’d care to join.

For some reason, this never posted. Let’s try this again!!

January 1st will be here soon (25 minutes, as I write this). It is also a New Moon, auspicious for new beginnings, fresh starts, do-overs and what-have-yous. I am planning to post more often. At least once a month, for accountability’s sake.

I trust you all had lovely holidays. Ours were quiet, which was a good thing.

There are many choice art offerings starting up tomorrow, including No Excuses Art with Gina Armfield, The Documented Life, a Facebook class by The-Gang-Of-Five. I have signed up for more than I should have, but I have high hopes.

Susannah Conway offered Unravel Your 2014, Dominee Wyrick brought out the 2014 Self Love Planner + Workbook, and Leonie Dawson had both an Awesome Life and Awesome Biz Workbooks and Planners. And there were others; I got most of them.

We still hope to move to a southern state when our lease is up, at the end of April. I need to be purging and decluttering and divesting. Well, both of us, just mostly me.

All 6 cats are well. The oldest will be headed to the vet this week for a checkup. Please pray with us that she is fine.

The Lord has again proved Himself faithful, and we are so grateful. We have a roof over our heads, food to eat, the cats have food and litter, we have cable and Internet and phones that work. The checkbook even has a positive balance. All is well.

May the best of your 2013 be the worst of your 2014, and may God bless you all!




Now that we’ve all made it through Art Every Day Month, December throws a bouquet, a veritable potpourri of choices, at us.

As you can see from my sidebar, Jamie and Shannon Ridler are hosting a fun get-together called “Kickin’ It Old Skool” (just hit the button to get there). They are asking questions, taking selfies, and who knows what else, to help round out the year. You can link up to share!

Kat, in Australia, is holding #reverb13, the successor to last year’s #reverb12. She asks a question a day (you can sign up for emails), which you can answer as you wish and link up with Mr. Linky. Again, the button in the sidebar will take you there.

Meredith, Kat (in Minnesota) and Sarah are reprising their Project Reverb. You can sign up for their daily prompts, and (as always) Mr. Linky awaits your blog address. Click the button to get there fast!

Hope at Besottment by Paper Relics is also running REVERB 2013. She will post her prompts daily, and you can find them at http://www.besottment.com/besottment/reverb-2013.html. Her take on it is reminiscent of Ali Edwards’ December Daily, but you do not have to make an album, or art journal it, you can just blog (or journal).

I will certainly be collecting all of the prompts and journalling them for myself. A blog post may pop up from time to time, too!

I am eagerly looking forward to the end of this year; it has been harder than 2012 in many ways. We are still trusting that my husband will be able to retire and we will be able to leave NY, when our lease expires at the end of April. We have no idea where we’ll go, but it sure would be nice to move to the southeast corner of the US. Preferably near the ocean. And some arting bloggy buddies. Hey – my God is still in the miracle business!!

Art Every Day Month

Leah Piken Kolidas runs a marvelous challenge each November called Art Every Day Month. It is her way of helping us do something each day, to combat the Inner Monster. There is a flickr group and a linky list. Here’s her blog, to check it out for yourselves: creativeeveryday.com/art-every-day-month.

Because all good things must come to an end, I reached the last pages of my journal in time to start a new one November 1. My artiness for these few days mostly amounted to decorating my new journal, front and back, plus first and last pages. I realized that I go through a volume in about 2 months, so I am working front-to-back for November, and back-to-front for December. Here are my scans:

Nov. Cover Nov. Front Page Dec. Cover Dec. Front Page

I am waiting for Dawn’s book Art Journal Love to arrive. When it does, I will start posting my NaNoJouMo work.

I have been a fan of Gina Armfield’s No Excuses Art Journaling for some time now. Her classes are easy to understand and follow, her love for the form is contagious, and now that she has a new website, she is having a fantastic giveaway! The entries are easy, and you can read all about it at http://www.noexcusesart.com/ !!!

Yes to NaNoJouMo!

Because I am hoping for lots of company, today I am re-blogging Dawn DeVries Sokol’s 10/18 blog post on her annual doodle adventure, NaNoJouMo. Enjoy!

“I am planning on starting NaNoJouMo Nov. 1 and hope you will join me every day for a new prompt throughout the month. Last year, I did classic rock ’n roll songs and this year I’m sticking with song titles but presenting some favorites from my personal playlist. So get those art journals ready and if you’re not familiar with NaNoJouMo, read the post that started it all:

I was just contemplating my own version of NaNoWriMo. (For those of you unfamiliar with this term, NaNoWriMo is held during the month of November, encouraging writers everywhere to write a 175-page novel by midnight, Nov. 30.) At first I thought of NaNoCroMo, where I would crochet a certain amount every day during November…I think I will try to do that, but I’m also starting NaNoJouMo, an idea borne out of a Twitter conversation between myself and Pam McClung and brought to fruition here…It stands for National Nonstop Journaling Month!

Each day during November, I will post a word to get you art journaling. A journal jump of sorts—one word a day to inspire or get you thinking. The goal is to journal SOMETHING in your art journal. DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A FULL PAGE…can be a doodle, maybe painting some backgrounds, doing some collage…just SOMETHING every day in your art journal during November. Even if it’s just moving a pencil across the page in a crooked line…

Nothing earth-shattering.

You may say, “Dawn, WHY should I do this?”

Well, I know some of us (many, let’s be honest) have a difficult time getting started. Sometimes we just need a kick in the pants to encourage us. I also want you to learn how to journal a little at a time. Art journaling is an activity that can be done in spurts. You don’t have to create an entire page or spread in one sitting. I have pages in all stages of production! And it’s OK!

So get out that handmade journal, Moleskine, notepad, composition notebook, or whatever you’re using as your art journal right now. If you have several in the works, that’s OK, too! You can pick a different one each day! Just get ready to art journal!!!!”

1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing ; 5 and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead ? 6 “He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, 7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” 8 And they remembered His words.

Luke 24:1-8


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