Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Orange is not my favorite color...

but I love it in poppies

and nasturtiums,

dahlias and day lilies

and zinnias...

but orange is the sweetest

in the tiny beak of a hungry baby wren!

Friday, June 24, 2011

turquoise blue

I just love painting with this color!
Have a wonderful summer weekend.

Monday, June 20, 2011

my loss

I lost a very dear friend yesterday.

Her name was Nancy and she lived to be the glorious age of 97.
She was witty and sharp with a memory you wouldn't believe!

Nancy & I met when she came into my school to volunteer in a classroom.
I just happened to be in the office when she came in & the deal was made:
she would help with my art classes and she was wonderful! 
She faithfully assisted me from 1994 for six years.

After I retired, we were able to get together more often.
We were a generation apart, but never ran out of things to talk about. 
I heard about her childhood memories, her loving parents,
her daughters and grandchildren, great-grandchildren,
and her cherished husband...I hope she is in his arms in Heaven as I write this.

We went to the movies & lunch, as well as doctor's appointments.
Before a movie, Nancy would Google (yes, Google at 97!)
information about the actors to share with me in the in the car.
She loved the Silver Screen Classics that our theater showed on Mondays.
For $2, we could each get our ticket, a drink & a popcorn and
settle in to watch The East End Kids, Carole Lombard, Bela Lugosi, etc.
I spent many fun Mondays last summer watching Gene Autry & Roy Rogers
(there seemed to be a summer theme of westerns).

People always told me how nice it was that I did that for Nancy,
but, in truth, I was the lucky recipient.  
I got to have a truly special friendship which I will deeply miss.  
My heart is broken today.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Agapanthus, also known as Lily of the Nile,
is just so pretty.  I love the structure of the blossom.
I planted the bulbs in a large pot this spring and 
they are finally ready to bloom.
I'll be taking lots of pictures!
linking up to Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I love hollyhocks

My hollyhocks are just beginning to bloom.

Some returned from last year

and I threw seeds in, too.

I have never had so many beautiful hollyhocks.

It's hollyhock heaven!

Friday, June 10, 2011

more butterflies

on Etsy
pinks & purples