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autumn garden

I skipped painting in the basement yesterday and headed out to one of the local gardens instead.  I wanted to see if I could take “beautiful” garden photos at the tail end of fall.  I wondered if everything would look dead, or if there was still life in the garden after a couple of frosty nights.  I went to the Janesville Rotary Garden for my little photo experiment. It turned out quite well, so I may have to try this again in the dead of winter.


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yesterday was one of those days

Yesterday was one of those days.  Not the bad kind.  The rare, memorable, beautiful kind.

I found my husband’s to do list on the kitchen table in the morning.  It had Take A Hike listed.  It was a perfect day for it, so we did.  I picked Devil’s Lake State Park about an hour and a half north in Wisconsin.  I had read on line that it had some challenging hikes with lots of rocks to climb for the Nutty.  It was amazingly beautiful from the moment we pulled in.  The colors were incredible, we must have managed to hit the park on the finest color day of Autumn.  The hike was pleasant, and Nutty (who’s sometimes prone to whining) enjoyed every step of it.  For him the highlight was the walk back along the lake where he got to climb on boulders to his heart’s content.  Little kids love to climb on boulders. We finished up the day with a decent mid-afternoon lunch at a local Baraboo joint.  Aah, perfection.

It was one of those days that you remember for the rest of your life.  That you are glad you got out of bed, put on your shoes and went for it.  That on your death bed you’ll be thinking to yourself, man am I glad I went hiking that day.

Perfect weather, perfect fall colors, perfect family to share it all.  Almost makes me teary eyed.

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i know, i know, update already

What can I say, it’s cold.  When it’s cold I like to eat, sleep and be merry.  Typing just isn’t fun when your fingers are frozen.  Instead of updating, I made some kick ass potato soup the other night.  So good I had to give it away to a neighbor to avoid over eating for the rest of the week.  I had to do that with a fabulous apple pie recently too.  From what I hear, it was gone in a flash at J’s work.  Just like Cinderella’s carriage at midnight.  Get it?  That’s a pumpkin reference you know cause it’s Halloween and all.

Ok, even I have to admit none of that made any sense.  But a post is a post, so I’m leaving it there.

I added some new paintings, actually they are collages to the gallery.


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i’ve been working hard, really

I mean to update everyday, but don’t.  On the other hand, the good hand, I’ve been turning out paintings one right after the other.  Once I get the photographs cropped, I promise they will be one here.

I thought staying home would give me sooooo much time, and I would get bored.  But it hasn’t been the case.  I don’t feel like I’ve been wasting time, but maybe I have.  I am sure the cold weather will drive me inside more.

My goal for this week is to enter the two juried art shows I talked about earlier.   And to maybe find some more shows or art galleries in the Madison, Chicago, Milwaukee area.

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