Friday, December 08, 2017

How to draw like Picasso (video)

off to attend class - BUT, I suddenly
remembered it's Friday - well, I COULD take time to share all the
Fabulous things going on here - BUT, THIS makes me so happy, Maybe
you'll enjoy it, too.AND
PS - Persimmons are marvelous . . and a box of them - can heal the heart.
 (Thank You 3-0)
love & love,

Monday, December 04, 2017

squeak! squeak!

I am squeaky.
Pushed myself too far . . . sigh.
Have a phone interview in a few minutes.
It will be fun, since I don't KNOW the reporter.
Fortunately, he is creating a story about my dad.
So, my squeak doesn't matter.

I'm gonna have a question for him, though.

I wonder if you have an opinion . . so, I'll ask you now.
My dad was related to Daniel Boone.  It comes up every few years or so.
Sometimes, when a writer asks, I'll send the information.

But, why does it matter? 
My dad was a terrific performing artist and excellent musician.
What does his family tree have to do with it?
I KNOW, the DNA tests are super popular.
Maybe a search for self is popular . . . . ?
But, I think YOU are my family.
I'm grateful for the connection we have - however slight . . .

Got opinions?

love & love,
(today I'm "the squeak" . . giggle) 

Thursday, November 30, 2017


I have a friend traveling all over Europe
zipping from country to country
visiting beautiful places
posting on social media

She even visited Scotland!

She's taken time to send a couple of post cards.
Found this surprise in in mailbox the other day.

I think she'll be home sometime in December.
It's my turn to buy pancakes
Her turn to share stories.


love & love,

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Victoria & Abdul

My preference is to attend the earliest show
generally there are very few others in the theater
Today was different
Not only was the film well attended
The audience was rather diverse

The story,
based on true events,
touches on many issues of the day.

The movie is a treat for the eye
the music gives a good guide and balance for the heart
The story has insight.
uncomfortable truth
plenty of beauty
I'm always grateful to be a credit reader
so people don't see the emotional process as i prepare to face 
every day again.
(you may need tissue, or a sleeve - at least once)

this last photo is actually them
There wasn't a royal dog represented in the film
love & love,

Monday, September 25, 2017


Just what i needed
"sandbagging" a bit today
sometimes the world seems to tilt
towards a darker view

Time to call in reinforcement
Then, this movie showed up.
helped me by recognizing there is mean stuff
BUT, we can continue to stay the course
HELP always arrives

 There was Hope, Faith, Community
The credit roll was an extra delight

NOW, I get to hustle to catch up around here.

love & love,

ISLE OF DOGS | Official Trailer | FOX Searchlight . . . will we like it?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Andy Grammer - Give Love (video)

Tom - reminds me of you.


Friday, September 08, 2017


Because I miss TexWisGirl - run-a-roundranch 
Gotta share some ducks

My pup and I go for nature walks
Our favorite spots see us so often
wild creatures don't bother to run away

 my 100 lb pupster assures me she will stand steady 
while I "point & shoot" with the teeny camera

we see lots of creatures, but enjoy the adventure so much
we simply get happy and continue on our way.
Hope you are all safe, well and happy.
love & love,
PS - Dear Colorful World - I visit your beautiful blog regularly - 
have not found a way to comment - 
I'm leaving this little note full of love & appreciation for you. 

Friday, September 01, 2017

Here Ya Go . . .

 put tiny camera in pocket
returned to wacky sculpture park
to share new installation with you

It's actually HUGE

One sign promises there's conservation projects going on
                                              the other asks people not to climb on art

This guy was moved to make room

Now the guy seems to be lurking

Friday, August 25, 2017

Note to Self

Put Camera in Pocket 
The pupster & I were walking in the crazy sculpture park
I only like the place when the pupster is with me
We noticed the giant man was moved
Today there's an enormous deer . . gotta remember to capture it for you.

Inspiring hero of the moment
George Whitefield
(some of us spell it Whitfield because that's how we say it.)
D'ya know about him?
He prayed one day we'd become 
"One Nation Under God"
complementary portrait from BBC

 added to my reading list by MonkeyWrangler
Do you already know this blog?

Saw last week:
The Women's Balcony (Trailer/video)

 There's a small theater that specializes in independent and foreign film.
The kind of stories I enjoy.
I try to attend early, so I'm often the only - or one of a very few -
in the theater - 
The place reminds me of San Francisco.
There was a unique film theater within walking distance
(loong walk)
from my home.

love & love,

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Gotta Post - It's Friday!

Sometimes i think 
"Got Nothin' To Share"
But then
I remember it's Friday
time to connect with YOU.
Which is happy-making.

SO,  I'm not good at this, yet - 
I'm learning to sketch.

I do one sketch a day
(well, sometimes two, if i must miss a day)
This is a first try at the mailbox
just a few days ago.

promotional pen from the pupster's daycamp
and color pencil
on cost-effective paper -
(because, well, I'm learning . . . giggle)

Hmm - I think that's already five.
Now, I'm gonna post
and then zoom to your pages to see what you've shared.

love & love,

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Baby Roo

I keep thinking about a story from "Winnie The Pooh"
about Baby Roo.
He did not want to take a bath
so, he ran away and hid.
Things did not go as planned
and he thought he could put everything right by jumping out and saying,
Ah Ha!  I'm NOT Piglet, I'm Baby Roo!

Pooh stories are a "go to" place of comfort
because a mother
stayed in the hospital with me
(instead of going home with her own child)
and read a book out loud to me
even when I was sleeping
so I would not be frightened.

When i went to find a picture to share with you
I found This Great True Story instead.

love & love,

Friday, July 21, 2017

Hi There!

 Lounging after Bath Day

 Story Lady Corner

 Multicolored Kitty Kat
No Idea how THIS picture got here - it wasn't the one I chose
She IS "The Kitty Boss."

My Pop's Bible
Good Company

I've had a few interesting adventures.
Rather Unplanned
Turned out GREAT
I have Stellar Neighbors.

if it's HOT where you live,
please take proper care . . . 
Even if it isn't Hot
Please take proper care anyway.

Thank you in advance.
love & love,

Monday, July 17, 2017

I'll try to return in time for Willy-Nilly later this week -

For now I'll share
A Family Friendly Feature Film
about a true story
This big white pupster
(who caused a lot of trouble for his community until
he found his calling)
Saved a colony of tiny penguins

at times the story is a little stressful
(like all good stories)

It has a satisfactory outcome

The story didn't tell you that the idea 
came from the first dog, "Oddball"
BUT - other dogs were properly trained to do the actual
penguin protecting work
the breed is Maremma.
I think this is a photo of the actual "first person"
and a young Maremma 

I rent from netflix
Noticed this film is view-able for free online

simple, true, uplifting

love & love,

Monday, July 10, 2017

London Phogg - The Times To Come

"Let everyman love everyone -This is the morning of
The Times To Come"

or, how i spent my childhood.

love & love,

Friday, July 07, 2017

From our friend, Danny Maseng (video) :

Morning Prayer - Elohai N'tzor
Dear God, Guard my speech and my lips from evil and deception.
Before those who slander me i will hold my tongue
and practice humility
Open my heart to YOU
Those who would do evil towards me - frustrate their schemes 
Thank you for protecting Your Family

May the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart be acceptable to YOU

May The One who makes peace in the high heavens
make peace for all of us on earth

love & love,

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Wonder Woman

Tuesday Morning 9:15 AM
July 4th
Local Theater
Totally Wowed.

love & love,

Friday, June 30, 2017

Sourdough Wars

I receive emails offering titles to read that are so far removed from my everyday that it's fun to check them out.  I read Sourdough Wars by Julie Smith.
Heaven knows what I'll be entertaining myself with next.

Wednesdays are my longest days.
By the time my puppy & i get home 
we attend to creature needs
(our cat will be waiting for us)
and chill 
Last Wednesday I watched
It was classy, the music was great, the art spectacular
and it had dignity.
A sweet nightcap
after the fur family had treats, of course.
Pupster and her friend
Our next door neighbor pup visits often.
He comes to play in our yard, have cookies, drink water, check out the cat . . . 
He simply knows he is welcome
My girl always wants him to stay.

They are happy kids.

love & love,

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Night Ramble . . .

 I don't know the source for this girl & dog
They sure look like storybook creatures

Last week someone asked if I'd consider offering dance lessons
(took it as a compliment)

I've had extra "work" opportunities lately
(if you can consider what i do "work")
Sure am grateful
 This is one of my own photos
Seems I take plenty of bench pictures

hmmm . . . 

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Wee Heavies (video)

They are performing here soon
on an evening I'll be encouraging
young people to read

my heart is sure happy children learn to read
People sing together like this


Monday, June 12, 2017

Fifty Acres and a Poodle by Jeanne Marie Laskas

“Rarely has a city girl transformed herself into a country goddess with such humor.”
–Rita Mae Brown

Currently Reading:

started reading - didn't want to put it down
making myself do other things so it will last a day or two.

How 'bout you?
got a good summer read to share?

love & love,

Friday, June 09, 2017

Happy Mail

Ongoing project -
painting postcards
 sending them to mailboxes
with happy messages

Missed the film when it was in theaters
watched it last night
(video official trailer for the feature film "Loving.")
There's a lot to think about
I won't get sappy
I was thrilled to see, among the investors
"I absolutely don't care about my looks and I'm so used to them that I wouldn't change a thing. I would end up missing my defects." 
- Colin Firth

pretty sure that's five
love & love,

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Roald Dahl

Lots of favorite authors 
has always been one of them

Had the DVD 
When I returned from work this afternoon
spent time in pure bliss

I was taught "Beauty In, Beauty Out"
Pretty sure this film fit the directive.

Hope the author would have been delighted, too.


Friday, May 26, 2017

'The Wedding Plan'

Went to see the first show this morning.
Enjoyed it.  
I'd been waiting for it to get here.

Just a few movies on my "wanna see" list
looks like each of them will visit my favorite small venue.

color me happy.

Maybe you want to know it's in Hebrew with subtitles.
don't want you too surprised

 love & love,


Friday, May 19, 2017

Doing Stuff


Cool stuff occurs at the "reading station." 
Young lady insisted she was not able to read a picture book.
Tapped it with her eraser and claimed two more times . . . 
Have no clue who told her that.
"It's okay, we can read it together,
I'll help."

I get excited and begin to read
young lady recognizes words
by the third page
she'd grabbed the book and started reading 
for all the world to hear
using a
Happy Voice.

Color me thrilled.

love & love,



Thursday, May 11, 2017


Oh My Fur & Whiskers!
I ordered this feature film from netflix because so many of my story time families enjoyed it.
Now i feel a tad guilty for watching it at home
because it took so much talent, time, research, effort
SOOOOO Many People

A true cooperative effort.

Beautiful to look at
tells the stories in a well crafted, unique way
gives credit to a massive amount of researchers that helped

enjoying at home
cat in my lap
pupster at my feet?

It feels as if i should have done much more.
at least dressed up

seen it?
what didja think?

love & love,

Monday, May 08, 2017

Good Day Sunshine!

rained so much for so long
sunshine feels like a miracle

Got my own name tag
and signed my schedule for June
yippee!  officially part of the staff

Pupster and I getting comfy with our new schedule


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Latest Feature Film Adventures

Extra sweet to be sitting 
back row
first show
(Saturday Morning)
While it was Pouring Rain Outside

This film is Splendid.
Filmed in Wales and London
Super Cast
sharing the story of artists
trying to encourage the War Effort
finding a positive "spin"
in such tough times.

And, over a week ago I watched:
 Life Story
Family Story
Golfing Story
Parts of it unbearably hard
and still
worth knowing.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Oh My!

It's almost time for Gunsmoke
where has the day gone?

The pupster & i walked early this morning
before the first gully washing rain
we're expecting lots more, surely we'll be soaked soon

The picture?  
learning to use a masking technique

 My Foster Father 
(I call him "Pops")
called me "his kid."
The depth of treasure he's given
is pure wonderment.
His Kid is Blessed.
just sayin'



Friday, April 21, 2017

Minniken & the Ivy

Do i have anything to share this week?
Last week there was a blogger outage.  
I missed everyone.

Spent a lot of time observing & practicing
for the new position
I begin in a little over a week.

Been listening to people of Faith.
Color me Encouraged.

My pupster wonders why she can't keep the dog next door.
He comes over to play, but always goes home again.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Samurai Gourmet

This is an unexpected delight.
This gentleman finds his way through retirement
using the idea of a masterless samurai
guide the way

it is sweet
and good

I've only seen the first three 
in the series
looking forward to more

different enough
you may like it, too

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Tales of the Night

here's another "Georgy Recommend"
This animated feature film is lovely to the eye
it shows several stories
and is sure to enchant

I rented from Netflix

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mercy and Fabulous Stories

There is a Retreat Center
I used to visit often
because a wonderful artist would invite me to spend time
Saturday I decided to walk their labyrinth, 
and share it with you.
Thank you, Sisters of Mercy,

I am finally brave enough to apply for a new permanent/part time position.

We've had a few "gully-washers." 
 (Super Duper Rain Storms)
My pupster & I managed to ride way out in the county
in between storms and enjoy a couple miles of nature walk.

Visited a teeny cemetery being cared for by the city of Crestwood, MO and the D.A.R.
Kept meaning to share this place, it sits in an unusual spot.
When I finally took the time
I learned a lot of fabulous life stories

love & love,

Friday, March 17, 2017

Willy-Nilly Patrick

Hope You Are Smiling

Hope Your Day Is Marvelous

Hope You Find A Happy New Adventure

A Brand New Thought To Think

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, 
a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, 
all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
-Leo Buscaglia

love & love,

Monday, March 13, 2017

I am reading:

haven't finished - can't give away the ending (yet)
it's a good time to tell you about the reading adventure

It takes place after the Civil War
and we are traveling through Texas
A war veteran - retired, gentleman - having lost everything because of the war -
makes a living by reading newspaper stories
to crowds of fascinated people.
His presentations cost a dime per person.
He is worth it.

He has been asked and hired to transport a girl
- who was taken from her original family
and raised by the Kiowa -
to relatives.
The adventure expected to take three weeks going
and three weeks returning.

Written by Paulette Jiles

This book called to me from a shelf in our county library.
Have a library card?
I suggest you might enjoy this book

love & love

(off to finish the story)


Friday, March 10, 2017

Just Stuff

A Garden Photo . . . like the bubbling water

found an older version of "my dream" - hmmm

 Wednesday Mornings Begin
with little chairs

tiny pottery home

family outing