Sunday, April 29, 2007

My humble home

It's nothing fancy, it's not in the best neighborhood...but it is home. We have lived here for 7 years. This Friday marks the anniversary of the day we closed. We've done quite bit of work on the inside. When we moved here, there were 2 electrical outlets in the entire upstairs and no light switches. Each bedroom had a light bulb with a pull chain to turn it on. The drywall in the master bedroom was so bad it was crumbling. It was duck taped in some spots and there was a piece of plywood nailed to the ceiling to keep it intact.
For about 8 months, we lived in the downstairs while we gutted and repaired upstairs. We ran all new electric and added outlets and switches. Looking at the old wiring made us marvel that the place never caught fire!
We still have work left to do. Maybe someday we will get to the outside! For now, peeling painted asbestos shingles in "granny smith apple green" will have to do.

Thursday, April 26, 2007


I took a picture of these boathouses here in town in hopes of taking a stab at drawing them. Maybe evern painting them. Probably every local artist in the area has painted these. I've always admired their work and thought I'd love to own a print of it. I am no Christopher Wheat, but maybe I can eventually get there.

There just is something so peaceful about these houses on the water. I've been trying to understand and learn perspective drawing and this painting will be a good exercise.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Table for One

The moving truck came today to Dunja's house. The house is empty. Dunja was originally going to leave tomorrow...but she needed to leave today in order to be at her house in CT by tomorrow morning for the truck's arrival. I did not know any of this and had told Dunja that I would be at her house between 2 and 2:30. Unfortunately, I was not able to get there until closer to 3:00. I missed her leaving by about 15 minutes. I'm a little put out with myself for not getting there on time.

On a brighter note, I was able to see her last night at a good-bye party.

Anyway...I walked around the property and took some pictures. It seemed so quiet. Ironically, Dunja's family was the second family that I knew that lived in the house. As I was walking around the property, I saw hand prints and footprints pressed into the cement from the first family I knew who lived here. There were also muddy footprints from Dunja's dogs on the porch.

I apologize for being so melancholy right now. It is just how I feel. Thus the melancholy pictures to go with it. I know the Lord has D's family in His hands...and he also holds us in His hands. Therefore, we can't ever really be far apart. I will see her again.

Please remember to pray for D and her family that they settle in quickly, that they feel at home, that they are surrounded by people who love and bless them and that they will be happy.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

What I see on my walk...

Allen took these two pictures yesterday during our walk. Not exactly beautiful...but strangely interesting to me. These two old pick up trucks must have been sitting here for many years. Notice the trees growing right up through them.

The funny thing is...during the summer months when the leaves are all out, you can walk right by them and never realize they are there.
There's a devotional illustration in here somewhere...can anyone help me out with it?

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Beautiful Day

Went for a walk with my son and our dog. What a gorgeous day! It still looks very brown around here...but atleast it is warm now! We walked about 4 miles along this old railway known as Ontario pathways.

Above is Allen and Sherman.
Me and my hound!

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Allen took this picture the other day in our back yard. It's beginning to finally get nice here. It was warm and sunny today. Almost all of the snow is gone...but not quite.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Harrisons

I have friends who are missionaries in Asia. Please click on their link to the right (The Harrisons) and read their blog. It is a powerful reminder to us to pray.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Spring Cookies

Today was a snow day for the kids. I have lived in this area for my whole life and I never remember there being a snow day in April. This weather is getting way out of hand. We all had cabin fever here. Alicia said she was bored and then she asked if we could make cookies. I asked her what kind. She said, "The kind we make at Christmas. With the frosting." I just can't imagine what made her think about Christmas! LOL!

Anyway...I have a flower cookie cutter, so we made the spring version of the frosted sugar cookie. The girls helped me frost them tonight.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Shadow "Paintings"

Even though I am tired of snow, I thought this was interesting enough to photograph and post. We had gotten a light dusting of snow, then the sun came out and melted everything except for what laid in a shadow. Here you can see the shadow of our crabapple tree and the peak of my neighbor's roof.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Sand Castles

I like this picture. It is of my father and Martha. I think it is sweet. I'm pretty sure that it was taken in New Hampshire. I remember vacationing there as a child. It was a huge old farmhouse that we stayed in with some friends. There was a guy named Seth there who enjoyed playing with me. I think I was about 4 and Seth was in his 20's. He was my first crush. I remember that he had the coolest old fashioned a Model-T or something. He was married to a girl with long brown hair.

The other strange thing I remember is that we went shopping in a nearby village to look for sandals. Martha and Rachel got sandals but I didn't because we didn't have luck finding any that worked for me. I don't think I was angry...but disapointed.

I am going to learn to do water colors and I think this would make a great watercolor picture.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Chef Kevin

Hello! I'm at my sister-in-law's house for Easter. This is her husband, Kevin. He's the master of the range in this house.

We've had some good conversation, fellowship and of course good eats! It's been nice to see some relatives that live farther away who traveled to be here.

Right now I'm on Laurie's computer and did a little browsing. Found this picture in her files. He pretty much looked the same way today. Very common to find him fixing something at the stove. I know her well enough to know she won't mind my putting it here.

Photo by Laurie

Friday, April 06, 2007

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

This is the extent of my flower artwork this week. Computer art. I really meant to post a drawing to 'draw this'...but it didn't happen. Anyway...we are getting ready to travel to my husband's sister's house for Easter. There are relatives coming in from out of town. We don't have to travel far...just about 45 minutes. I have baked today and my contribution to dinner will be banana bread and pumpkin bread.

Happy "Resurrection Sunday" to all! I will be back on Monday!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Vintage Sesame Street -Two Little Girls in Little Dollhouse

Calling all little girls from the 1970's. Do you remember this?