Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanks to You

Wishing all of you who celebrate a Happy Thanksgiving. 
And sending a big Thank You to all my dear blog readers for putting up with my editing mistakes, often poorly photographed art, my wacky doodles and for just being a supportive blog friend. :)
And I'll leave you with a page from last year.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Oh A Few Days Off

Oh life is good when you have a few days off with not much planned. That is what I am thankful for right at this very moment. But in the big scheme of life I have so many good things going for me  and for that, I am grateful. But not to bore you with a list, I won't go on. Instead I am going to be shallow and bask in the knowledge of a long weekend ahead.  Hee-hee.
Here's last week's Thankful page in my calendar journal. It's mostly some paper layering and this fun foamy turkey sticker I had.
I have a few other Boston photos to share with you today also. No specific theme today.
These photos below are of  the Holocaust Memorial.

It's a moving path to walk through. Along the path are some stories. You can see a snippet here. The whole story is about how the people of Denmark helped ferry people across to Sweden.
And moving on to some cool shadows casts by street posts.
And the city was assembling their skating rink and putting up their holiday decorations.
And then there's the old city hall which is quite imposing Victorian structure.

And some city views. The brick stripe down the sidewalk in the photo below is how you follow the Freedom Trail.

Happy Wednesday everyone.
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Monday, November 20, 2017

T Stands for T Party

Hi everyone. Tuesday has arrived again.The weeks are flying right by and it will be 2018 all too soon I think.
Stop by   Bleubeard and Elizabeth's  blog to check out all the T Stands for Tuesday posts. This is where we share a drink related post and often a little more too.
You can join in too if you'd like.
Today my T Day post is all about a T party.  Specifically, the Boston Tea Party.

Here's how Wikipedia describes this event in American History:

The Boston Tea Party was a political protest by the Sons of Liberty in BostonMassachusetts, on December 16, 1773. The demonstrators, some disguised as Native Americans, in defiance of the Tea Act of May 10, 1773, destroyed an entire shipment of tea sent by the East India Company. They boarded the ships and threw the chests of tea into Boston Harbor. The British government responded harshly and the episode escalated into the American Revolution. The Tea Party became an iconic event of American history, and since then other political protests such as the Tea Party movement have referred to themselves as historical successors to the Boston protest of 1773.

The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773. Colonists objected to the Tea Act because they believed that it violated their rights as Englishmen to "No taxation without representation", that is, to be taxed only by their own elected representatives and not by a British parliament in which they were not represented. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain.
The Boston Tea Party was a significant event in the growth of the American Revolution. Parliament responded in 1774 with the Coercive Acts, or Intolerable Acts, which, among other provisions, ended local self-government in Massachusetts and closed Boston's commerce. Colonists up and down the Thirteen Colonies in turn responded to the Coercive Acts with additional acts of protest, and by convening the First Continental Congress, which petitioned the British monarch for repeal of the acts and coordinated colonial resistance to them. The crisis escalated, and the American Revolutionary War began near Boston in 1775.

Last Friday I had to go into Boston for a doctor's appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital (better known as Mass General). My daughter took the day off also and came in with me. After my appointment we went for a little walk around the city and decided to explore part of the Freedom Trail,. The Freedom Trail  is a 2.5 mile  National Historic walk that brings you past some of the cities Revolutionary War historical spots. It was very windy Friday, making the 49 degrees feel like 25 degrees (9 degrees C feeling like -4 degrees C), so we only did a very short stretch of the walk, but as we also had to walk to and from the hospital we were both quite cold when we got back to the car,
One of the places we did visit was the museum in the Old Massachusetts State House, which you can see in the first photo of this post.
We decided to get out of the wind for a bit and paid to go through the museum in the Old State House. I had never been into this museum and it was really interesting.
And, they even had a couple of displays related to Tea.
So have a seat, kick off you buckle shoes and take off that tri-corner hat which is all the rage.
And if the silver tea pot isn't your style, you could go for this pretty set.
And of course the tea we will be drinking is not the tea that was sent to the bottom of Boston Harbor. Sorry to those of you coffee addicts.
 There's a choice. Earl Grey or T Party blend breakfast tea.
What you can't see in a gift shop. :)
Now I would have thought that those tri-corner hats had gone out of style centuries ago, but I guess I was wrong.
This crowd was outside of Starbuck's and notice the hat on the man on the right.
And a Starbucks had a cool teapot outside of their door.
It was even steaming. :)
This teapot has been hanging on this building in Boston since 1873 and could hold over 200 gallons of water. It is not something Starbucks put up. 
Wishing all you T Ladies in the US a happy Thanksgiving. And to all you T days, hope you have a wonderful day.
Thanks for visiting.

Smile-It Is Monday

Hi everyone.  It's a new week again. Since Thursday here in the US  is the Thanksgiving Holiday, I only have 2 days of school this week. That puts a big smile on my face.
Speaking of smiles, my latest journal page for Art Journal Journey is this page full of smiles. This month the theme is 101 Ways to Keep Warm, and at least for me, a smile warms me up. Way more than a frown certainly would. :)
My page is made with lots of doodles smiles, some spray ink and some bits of paper tape that had all these smiling sayings on it. And this little boy has a nice smile. 
So Saturday night's hockey game was a real bust. The team looked horrible and lost 7-0. BUT the hubby and I were meeting a couple of our college friends, and even if the game was bad we had a fun time.

Hope you have a fantastic new week.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Happy Weekend.

Hi everyone. It's Saturday afternoon in my world and it is a grey and raw one right now. I am off to a hockey game tonight over in Portland, Maine and I have lost all my excitement about going. This raw grey sky makes me want to go take a nap. :) But hopefully it will be as good as last night's game, which we streamed off the computer onto the tv. Our team played very well and won.  But time will tell.
And thanks to everyone who send well wishes for my appointment in Boston yesterday. They must have worked because all is well. I have no secondary issues that have popped up from the surgery.
So today I have a little art to share.
First of all here's is another journal page for Chris's 101 Ways to Keep Warm over at Art Journal Journey.
My page began with a Citrosol transfer from an old National Geographic magazine. I tried the Citrosol transfer technique last summer and didn't have much luck with it. I did get some of the sunflower image  on the page but not a lot. And this was the best one of the whole lot that I tired.
So I spruced up the page with some tissue paper, ink, book page scraps and some fake leather trim.
I love this little cowgirl and so  I thought about how page about good memories always warms your heart. 
And then I also have a tag for Tag Tuesday. Their latest theme is Music.
 As it feels like snow here (and not rain like they say is coming tomorrow) my page has a wintery theme. I'm not sure the music title (The barber of Seville is exactly and appropriate piece of music for this lovely little girl in her warm looking coat.  But it was the perfect sized piece of music paper to  fit on my tag. I was more or less thinking holiday snow music (like dashing through the snow) when I made my page.
So hope everyone is having a great weekend. I need to go get changed for my trip to Maine.
Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

In the Sky

Hi everyone. 
I've been working on my Night Sky Journal recently and thought I would share a spread with you today.

As technology changes so does the way people look at the sky. My planet photos on the left aren't particularly recent since I  took them out of an 1970's atlas, but they are much more advanced than the old map and zodiac strips on the right hand side. That image comes from a calendar I used back in 2008 and had a vintage sky map theme. I added a few little bits and bobs to that page too. 
 I recently listened to a book on cosmology by Neil Degrasse Tyson which was really interesting but it amazed me how differently astronomers view the sky today. They measure things like microwaves and talk about the space time continuum and lots of physics going back to Einstein's 2 relativity theories. Way back when the constellations were named people basically just looked bare eyes at the night sky.

So there's not much else new here. I feel like there's been a lot of dark this week as we've had some stormy weather and the days are quickly getting  very short. I'm off from work tomorrow as I need to go back to Boston for my 6 month kidney donation check up.  I can't believe the surgery was already 6 months ago. 
So without anything else to babble about, I will keep this short.  
Have great end of your week.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Hi everyone.  Hope everyone is having a good day.
Today I have another journal age for Chris's challenge at Art Journal Journey, 101 Ways to Keep Warm.  We had some wintery weather the other day and it made it a good night for a bowl of soup. I make a mean bowl of cream of tomato soup, and nothing is better on a snowy night that some soup to warm you right down to your bones.
And I forgot yesterday to link this to Try It On Tuesday. The latest challenge is Home Sweet Home, and I think my page is all about home and homemade yumminess.
 This is how it looked before I left for work the next morning.
 But there was gorgeous morning sky, before it went grey and stayed grey all day.

But luckily it was warm enough that 90% of the snow melted. It's just too early for winter in my mind, but maybe not in Mother Nature's mind.
Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit.

Monday, November 13, 2017

T Stands for Lunch and Dinner

Hi  there T Gang Ladies (and any gentleman)!
 It is Tuesday again and already!
That means it  isT Day.  Time to share a drink related posts over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog, Altered Book Lover.

Today I am going to share lunch and dinner from an outing with my daughter.       .
Last Friday my daughter and I both had the day off from work. so we met  do some holiday shopping. I wanted her to pick out a few things (which she did) that I could put away Christmas. She likes clothes, and I may be pretty good (most of the time) at seeing things and knowing whether  they're her style, but I didn't know what she actually needs or wants. 
It was 11 AM when we met at the park and ride, and I was hungry, so she said she'd take me to lunch.
You may possibly remember last month when we  tried to go to a Chick-fil-A  down in Massachusetts that wasn't yet open.
Now I would probably have picked a different place to eat, but the 26 year old just loves Chick-fil-A, and there isn't many of them here in New Hampshire. In fact there is only 2 in the whole state, both in the city of Nashua. Just where we happened to meet to go shopping.
So off we went to Chick-fil-A for lunch.
 It wasn't bad for fast food. I had a basic chicken sandwich that came with waffle fries. And in my cup, I had a diet coke. That big cup lasted me all afternoon. I took sips in between stores.
We spent all afternoon store hopping. Both of us got a lot of the items on our shopping lists checked off, and we hit the 10,000 steps on our Fitbit counters. It was going on 6 PM by the time we finished. Since we each had over an hour drive home, I knew I needed something to recharge my batteries or else I would be battling my sore feet and end of the day yawns the whole way home. We passed a Panera, (a bakery, soup, salad and sandwich chain) on our way to the Park and Ride, so we stopped there to get a quick and light dinner.
I had the Fuji apple salad (one of my favorites) as well as a fruity iced tea. It hit the spot.
It was a long day, but we had a lot of fun. It's certainly not usual for me to need 2 meals on a shopping trip., but on our shop til you drop day out, we did.
Hope you have a fantastic T day, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Relaxing Sunday Mornings Are The Best Moments of the Week

Hi everyone.  It is quite cold this morning, and a little grey, but I am having a an enjoyable morning. I love a lazy morning when there is nothing compelling I must do. :)
I love lounging bed reading for a couple of hours. I must admit it's a little guilty pleasure.
I haven't seen the show but I have been enjoying the book. It's a light read with lots of photos (actual historical photos and show photos).  Now I want to see the Netflix series.  Guess I need to "borrow" my daughter's Netflix password and take a watch. She'll be home next weekend so maybe she'll be interested in watching it with me. 
Yesterday my screen porch got it's winter plastic covering. It's always a sad time, but it is the right time.  Seeing yesterday we barely hit 32 degrees (0 degrees C). I would have raked those leaves but most of them were frozen on the ground.

I think I am slipping into hibernation mode.
  I started knitting a sweater with yarn I bought last summer. It will keep me busy while I lounge next to the woodstove or watch TV.
 And this lady  helps keep me warm while I read. She really wants me to shower her with attention. I guess since she's a good girl she does deserve a rub. :)
So an the arty side of life, I managed to get 2 of these giant books that were on discard in my school library.
 They are each huge volumes of around 1000 pages and the bindings are in excellent shape, so they should make good art journals. I can either rip out all the pages and have a good thick binding or I can rip out half the pages and have a book to alter. :) Lots of choices.
And I do have a journal page to show you. I am linking it up to Chris's fun challenge at Art Journal Journey.
One way to stay warm (in the 101 Ways to Keep Warm challenge) is with a nice cozy quilt.
I am also linking up to Try It On Tuesday and their latest challenge with is Home Sweet Home.
I had a lot of fun just coloring all the quilt squares. The above photo doesn't show the stitching I did on the page, so let me show you one that highlights that.
It's still a little hard to see the stitching but you can see the threads. The black stitching on the edges is actually a stamped image.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend also. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Cold Hands

Happy Friday everyone! It's a cold morning.   Brrr.  Glad I didn't have to rush out to work and could stay in my warm bed a little longer. :)
 I took these photos the other day. You can see how the woods look more wintery now that most of the leaves have come down.
Time to rake.
And put the lawn furniture away.
 Now these berries look so bright and stand out without the leaves.
And we've finally gotten a hard frost. 
The cold weather does produce some beautiful skies.

 I have another page for Chris's challenge-101 Ways to Stay Warm- over at Art Journal Journey.
I really like my couple. I painted them first in grey, then a light coat of black, and then I used some watered down cream colored paint to add some details. Finally I used a white Stabilo pencil to draw in any final needed details.
Stay warm if it's chilly where you are. And enjoy the start of your weekend wherever you are.