We Have an Address!!

Today I took meds, used Biofreeze (like liniment) and LEFT THE HOUSE!!!!

We went up to see the park we’d been told about, Saratoga Park Estates. It has only 29 homes. While we were there, the trailer that was in Lot #3, was removed, so we could see part of the process! There are a lilac bush and blackberry canes!! We might even plant some blueberry bushes!

I am so relaxed, happy and my stress level is plummeting by the minute. Plus, Andy gets to have a smoker, and Sarah and Kevin get to build their fire pit!! And the sunlight will pour into the art studio!!! As far as utilities go, the changeover should be no big deal. Just need to call cable, and we’ll be set.

In other glorious news, Kevin starts work tomorrow!! All the pieces are coming together!

Afterward we went to get my glasses. Thank God there is a 30-day money-back guarantee, because I may have been an idiot. I ordered reading glasses and distance glasses (it was a 2 pair deal). The distance ones work great for watching TV, but the readers are useless with anything but (literally) reading. Plus, when the glasses lady attempted to adjust my glasses, the end of the bow broke off!! I almost think I want my money back, and to start over. But I have missed looking at the world thru rose-colored glasses, snort!

As I’d expected, my crocheting is my art for the day. Tomorrow I hope to spray some stencils onto watercolor paper, for a new journal!




Our home is currently being built!! How exciting is that?

On the other hand, the new ownership of the park we were dealing with decided that they were not willing to let the granddog could run out his rammies on a line, so that was that.

BUT. . . the office manager from our home’s dealership (on her day off!!) found what may be God’s answer to our situation. It is a small park, owner-operated, much more convenient for DH’s work and the dog is not an issue. He also said they have a zero tolerance for nonsense, which was welcome news, since this seems not the case here.

In other news, I have showered and shampooed, in hopes of picking up my new glasses (YAY!!) tomorrow! My eyes are so bad that TV is not fun (unless it’s Grey’s Anatomy, since I recognize the voices, LOL). After that, if I am up to it, I will accompany DH and DD28 to see the lot at the park!

So, my blogging is doing better but, my art today has been crocheting a catghan for a wonderful Facebook group called Wrapped In Love. They send the blankets and toys we make to shelters and rescues around the country. If you love cats and dogs and have wondered what you can do to help them, please look into joining us! Whether you sew, crochet, knit or love to fabric shop, we WIL find a way for you to help!!

Dawn Sokol, the founder of National Nonstop Journaling Month, reminds us that it is about fun, not putting pressure on ourselves. I have found myself derailed each day, trying to make a goal that “apparently” is unreachable right now. For tomorrow, I am hoping to do some coloring and crochet a few more rows!

Sadly, my art was limited to one of my coloring books. BUT, I did so much LIFE!!

As some of you know, I have become increasingly disabled. My lymph-edema has been leaking for 6 months; our daughter (DD28) comes daily to do my wound care. At this point the stairs here just about kill me. Taking all things into account, we have ordered a brand new mobile home, which will hopefully be delivered later this month, on my birthday!

Finding a suitable park has been difficult, but I pray we are all set now.  The stress has caused a noticeable drop in my information retrieval rate. I can hardly find anything.

However, today I sorted out an issue with Amazon, ate a delicious dinner prepared by DD28, got documents sent about the home, had my laptop issues sorted out (by the same daughter), paid what hopefully is the last rent, and gave our 30 days’ notice!! Our daughter does so much for us that we jokingly call her “Staff”, and have told her she gets evenings off and a half-day on Sundays.

I am taking a leaf out of Michelle Rydell’s book (inspiration everywhere.blogspot.com) and am aiming to do a lesson a day from classes I have already got.

Hopefully tomorrow DD28 will show me how to take photos with my phone and upload them!!


It’s November 1st, and that means ART. If you like challenges, and link-ups, this is your month!

Art Every Day Month, NaNoJouMo, NaBloPoMo – take your pick! Or you can join Julie Fei-Fan Balzer on Fridays, to link up with Art Journal Every Day!!


Art Every Day Month – Leah Piken Kolidas

[Leah Piken Kolidas] ” started this project over ten years ago as a challenge to myself to create some art every day for one month and post it on my blog. I was inspired by NaNoWriMo and wanted to do something similar with art, and thus Art Every Day Month (AEDM) was born. Posting art on my blog every day helped to keep me accountable and it was fun to share my creations. The following year, I invited people to join in and each year since I’ve had great groups of creative people committing themselves to more creativity for the month of November with me. I’ve met some fantabulous people through AEDM and I’m thrilled to have anyone who is interested join in!

The rules (which were made for breaking):

I keep the rules for AEDM really simple and very loose. I encourage people to make something every day, but my goal is to foster more creativity, so if you make just one piece of art per week or just one for the whole month, that’s fine with me. The idea is to bring more creativity into your life, not to make you feel overwhelmed, pressured or guilt-stricken. Art is also loosely defined here. I mean art in the sense of anything creative, whether that be painting, drawing, knitting, sewing, cooking, decorating, writing, photography, clay, jewelry-making or whatever!

Look at AEDM as a soft nudge to add more creativity to your everyday life with a bit of group support. It’s the group support that makes it so lovely I think. Every year, I meet new, wonderfully creative people through the process, which was an unexpected, but amazing benefit! Because my focus is on mixed media art, I tend to work on drawing, painting, and collage and I challenge myself complete a piece of art or do some work on a larger piece every day and post an image of what I’m working on, on my blog.

I keep a link to a list of bloggers participating this year in my sidebar, so that you can check in on what others are up to and I’ll have a Mr. Linky widget posted daily where people can leave a link to their blog posts. I’ve also created a Flickr group where people could share their creations  (it’s free and fairly easy to use.) You can join up with the flickr group and post your images there if you’d like to, although it’s not required”.

If you want to join in: follow this link and get the details http://creativeeveryday.com/art-every-day-month


If art journaling is your thing, Dawn Sokol provides daily prompts and other fun things. Her premise is that you don’t need to do a whole page, just something!

NaNoJouMo – Dawn Devries Sokol

“Today we start NaNoJouMo!!!

I want you to remember that this is a “do what you can” sort of deal.

NaNoJouMo isn’t about creating a whole page a day. It’s about ART JOURNALINGevery day. There’s a huge difference. Even if you just draw a line in your journal one day, that’s art journaling. I don’t care about quantity as much as the actual practice of art journaling. That’s what this event is all about—opening your art journal every day and doing SOMETHING. Write a word, paint some pages, collage, ANYTHING. Your practice that day doesn’t even have to have anything to do with the word I present. There are NO rules in art journaling, therefore there are NO rules with NaNoJouMo.

Each prompt is designed for you to pull from it whatever works for you, whatever occurs to you, whatever you see it to mean. The prompts aren’t riddles. Some are commands. Some are just visual tidbits from my journals. There are some quotes. And some of my fave songs. A little bit of everything.

Also, please do not use the prompt images on other websites. If you would like to link to these posts on your blog or social media, that’s great! Thanks!”

To join Dawn and her prompts: here are all of the details:  http://dawnsokol.com/dblogala


And if your blogging needs some prodding (yes, that’s me waving my hand wildly) the folks over at BlogHer.com will give you a nudge with their NaBloPoMo: they have several bloggers posting about it, in particular, Melissa Ford. This year, the prize one lucky wordsmith will win for posting every day is a free pass to the BlogHer Conference!!

Check it out here: http://www.blogher.com/nablopomo-here-post-every-day-november-and-win-pass-blogher-conference

Sharing this post from Jennie Grimes, in hope that one day it will be unnecessary.

putting the grrrrr in Grimes


The terrors of the early AIDS epidemic. The unknowing. The limited treatments. Inadequate funding. Living within a limited timeline. Dying before your time. All while watching your friends around you die, from the very disease that you fight. With over 40,000 deaths a year during the height of the AIDS epidemic, these numbers startled the country. Shook us to our core and demanded that we all do more.

Eerily, the same thing is still happening today. At the same rate, with over 40,000 women dying of metastatic breast cancer (stage IV) each year—averaging 108 deaths a day. Again, 108 women, just like me are dying every. single. day.

I was again  reminded of this disheartening statistic by researchers as I attended Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC)’s yearly Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference in Philadelphia this past weekend.  An event that took every bit of my strength, as it is tough to do…

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People Need the Lord

Lent has begun.

I am so thankful. I need to return again to my first love, the One from Whom I seem to slip away as the world turns. Maybe you are like me, your prayer life is consistent, but your daily time in the Word is hit-or-miss.

There are several places I can recommend that may help you get back to where you once belonged. I’ve listed them below. Each one is a space where you can find me and others, reading together and even making art together. Please, take a taste and see if one (or more) feels like it could be Home.


Margaret Feinberg’s Lenten Gospel Read Through     http://margaretfeinberg.com/gospels-lent-2015/

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His Kingdom Come     Several artists working together to further the Kingdom of God     http://his-kingdom-come.com


Documented Faith     Stephanie Ackerman offers a word for the month and verse for each week          http://homegrownhospitality.typepad.com/df/

Illustrated Faith     Shanna Noel is all about art journaling in your Bible     http://illustratedfaith.com

I’ve been seeking my Word for a month. I’d almost think I’d found it when, nope, just wasn’t right. I am so exhausted and done in; I am beyond overwhelmed. I’d been having an even rougher time than usual, feeling betrayed and abandoned even more than normal. I sat sobbing loudly, a snotty, drooling mess. I had been reading my dear friend Hillary Rain’s most recent missive. In it she says,

“I like to think of (birth)days as my very own New Year’s Day,  and, in lieu of picking a word for my year, I decided to declare it My Year of Tender Mercies.  It’s my year for softness and grace, for doing things differently, for giving myself permission, for all things new.
Already it’s shifted everything. It’s like my heart, body, spirit, home, and life have taken a collective exhale and pressed “restart.”

That’s when it happened.

I began to examine what my life would be like if I declared 2015 to be MY Year of Tender Mercies. What if I stopped fighting and pushing to leave here. Don’t get me wrong, I hate this apartment for lots of reasons, two of which are its darkness and the set of stairs I find too hard to navigate most days. But if I have 16 months, rather than a mere 4, is it the margin I need to choose decently and in order, wisely rather than desperately?

I am finding it difficult to submit to this new time of waiting, but I know that Jesus has not revealed anything. I have prayed, diligently, and He always answers; it could be Yes, No or Wait/Maybe. He orders my steps, He knows the paths that I take, and He certainly loves me more than anyone else. So I guess that 2015 will be MY Year of Tender Mercies.

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him” Job 13:15.