Winter’s Opportunities

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We are in the heart of winter.  I am sure I’m not the only one dreaming about spring.  Another “Polar Vortex” is approaching.  All of a sudden, we have new terminology I have never heard before!  And now, intense storms are given names, like the hurricanes.

I do several things to keep myself entertained during the long winter months, and believe me, there is truth to the word “long” living in Wisconsin.  At this time I am working on a new painting.  I have a mantel decorated with snowmen, and it needs a winter scene above it. i am working on a surprise for my daughter, so I can’t divulge that project to you.  I have also decided to try my hand at art journaling. 

Whenever I try anything new, I get a book to show me how to do it.  I purchased my book, purchased my journal, and am busy setting it up.  My goal is to journal artistically every day.  I am one of those people who need to be inspired, so anything I can do to jump start my creativity; I am a willing participant.  Luckily, I have a lot of art supplies on hand because I have been through schooling for art, and have taught art classes.  I am thrilled to be able to take the supplies out of storage and use them again.

I am inspired by the beauty of winter.  I know it may seem stark to some, but if you just look around and become aware, there is a lot to see.  We have bird feeders right outside our screen porch, and the birds are enjoying the menu we set out for them.  We are visited by juncos, chickadees, woodpeckers, and beautiful red cardinals, to name a few.  Turkeys and deer walk past our yard all the time.  In the still of the night, I hear the owl hooting in the woods.  And the almost daily snowfall is beautiful as it gently (sometimes, not so gently) coats everything in white.

The dogs are fun to watch as they run, play and roll around in the snow.  Sometimes, Banjo just likes to lay in the yard and watch over his domain.  He has a nice, thick Aussie coat by now, and he loves it outside.

Winter is long here in Northeast Wisconsin, but it doesn’t have to be boring.

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Screen Porch Build – Building finished

Screen Porch Build - Building finished

View from the outside. We will have the gutters redone in the spring. The indoor/outdoor carpeting will be laid on the 18th. The dogs seem to like coming and going this way.
Now the fun part begins…the decorating of the inside. That should be fun, but most will have to wait for warmer weather.
Thanks for joining me on this journey! It was fun and without too many complications. Now, time to settle in for the winter.

Muffin Heist

Muffin Heist

The dogs, Banjo in back, and Darby, in front, look so sweet and serene. Well, they are not always that way. Yesterday, I had some girlfriends over for coffee. I had made some fresh muffins. I set them on the table where my friends were already seated. I turned my back, and the ladies started an “oh no!!” I turned around, and Darby looked at me like he had not done a thing. However, in that split second, he had nabbed a muffin and swallowed it, paper and all! And he liked what he had eaten and wanted more. So we had to keep an eye on our muffins for the rest of our coffee. No fancy coffee time for me and my friends while Darby is around! And he looks so docile in this picture…

Saturday morning

ImageI love Saturday mornings.  I always get up early and read or imagine what art I and going to work on next. I have so many projects in my head, it is hard to sort them out sometimes.  But on Saturday mornings, it is just me and the dogs, just sitting around and relaxing.   Until they decide its time to eat, and go out, and get petted; and then the day is off and running.  How do you spend your early Saturday mornings?