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Embracing My Love of Pen & Ink

Let's go way back into the halls of a Junior High School in the wilds of Wyoming.  I took one art class in seventh, or maybe it was eighth grade.  One, yes just one.  I honestly can't tell you why I didn't do more as I went into High School, but I didn't, High School is where I fell in love with photography, a story for another day.  I doodled on the side always but found other ways to express my creativity and left drawing behind. Fast forward to somewhere around two years ago, I picked up this book about zentangling.  I pulled out a sketch pad and dug out a few nice pens from my art stash, along with a fountain pen from Hubby's stash.  While I did do quite a bit of doodling and playing, but never really caught the zentangle fever.  The book ended up on a shelf in my studio.  I was never going to be a zentangle guru.  It did, however, inspire me to start drawing again. Playing with pattern ideas The spark really began to glow when I created the "

Stories From Our Alaskan Life - The Power Outages

This week has been one power outage after another, literally, accompanied by a two-day windstorm that sounded like a runaway freight train. Let's start with 11 pm Tuesday night.   The Hedy dog got us up to go potty, at which time we discovered the power was out.  Plan of action - let dogs out, set cell phone alarm.  No big deal.  Glad the Hedy got us up. Fast forward to 5 am, still no power, really glad we set alarm on phone.  No power, no coffee for Hubby's drive to work.  No power, no morning computer time for me.  No power, no electric dog fence.  The largest problem of all - two cars stuck in the garage.  Yes, there is a manual release, but we aren't to that part of the story yet.  I convince Hubby it's not big deal, surely they will have the power on soon.  I tell him to just take the truck and get to work, so he isn't late. Once Hubby left for work, I set about lighting one of our kerosene lamps and put the kettle on for a cup of somewhat instant co

10 Shots From My DSLR

Believe it or not, I do really use my DSLR camera, but not as often as I should.  For me it's about shooting with the best camera I have with me, which more often than not is my iPhone.  I do love my DSLR, but I've gotten out of the practice of carrying it daily.  Add in the factor of a 64 GB SD card, that I bought a few years back, and you don't have to download your shots very often.  This morning, after shooting a less than stellar pic of the moon, I decided I should really clear off the card - 216 photos, shot between January 2016 and today.  Here are a few of the shots I rediscovered. Sunrise - 11:50 am - January 6, 2016 Sunrise - Alaska 2016 Hoarfrost - 1:44 pm - January 15, 2016 Hoarfrost - Alaska 2016 Fox Kits - 9:50 am - June 22, 2016 Fox Kits - Alaska 2016 Queen Anne's Lace - 1:52 pm -  July 1, 2016 Queen Anne's Lace - Alaska 2016 Moose Siblings - 11:22 am - July 15, 2016 Moose Siblings - Alaska 2016 Mushrooms in the Woods

I Want To...

Live by the water.  Any water really.  I grew up with the Laramie River in my backyard .  The water talks to my soul.  I love clear, crisp streams, rivers and lakes.  Don't even get me started on my love of the ocean.  Waves crashing on the shore is music to my heart.  Water brings so much peace to this extroverted-introvert.  It recharges my spirit. Clearwater River - Delta Junction, AK Travel more.  We've talked about wanderlust , and I'm guessing now that I have it, it's never going away.  I have the big travel dreams of Europe and Italy, but there's so much of the United States I long to see.  Besides,  if I don't travel how will I ever find the right house by the water? Ali'i Drive - Kailua-Kona, HI Stop fearing my passion for creativity.  Oh, this is big.  Maybe a little too deep?  Just go with me here.  I've spent the last few years finding my way and learning to say things like "I'm an artist," but I'm s

Life Snapshots September 2016

Fall Leaves, before the wind blew them off the trees this past weekend.  There's something about the blue in the sky that changes when fall comes, it's darker or deeper. From our last picnic of the season during Memorial Day weekend.  Nothing better than sketching outside.   Flip-flops and Capris in the Fall leaves.  The season for bare toes is definitely coming to a sudden close.  It was 32 degrees yesterday morning. It rained several days last week, causing the leaves to stick to my windshield. Zucchini muffin love.  I used this recipe and it's a keeper.  It took me years to find a zucchini bread recipe to love.  I subbed in mini chocolate chips for the nuts. Made this crazy delicious salad Friday night for dinner.  I'd never put grilled potatoes in a salad, great game changer.  I love the added depth of flavor. This crazy baby thinks her feet are cold, so she tucked them under the radiator in my studio and settled in for a morning


wan·der·lust ˈwändərˌləst/ noun a strong desire to travel. Just the other day Hubby and I were talking about this article from She Explores . The photos in the article made me homesick for Wyoming, the state where I spent the first 29 years of my life. I miss the varied landscape, from the mountains to the prairie to the plains to the desert. I miss the clear lakes, streams, and rivers.  I miss the openness of it all.  As I was explaining what I missed about Wyoming, Hubby just smiled. Not because I was mildly homesick, but because he knew exactly what was really causing these feelings. He took the opportunity to point out that I have wanderlust, something I didn't know I had until I met him and we started moving around the country. Well played Hubby...Well played. Lake Marie - Snowy Range, Wyoming Aspen Alley - Battle Mountain, Wyoming He is of course spot on the money. I do have wanderlust, and over the last two years, it's only gotten