Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Scribble Picnic. . . . . . . Fill in the Blank

. . . . . . . . I craved one for a while. 
Then I wanted grey. 
Now, I'm not up for a kitchen remodel/upheaval at all - so will stay with 
my original natural wood cabinets, enjoy them, save thousands. . . . . 
and guess what, brown wood is being loved again!

This week's theme for Michael's Scribble Picnic is
Fill in the Blank.  There's a choice of two shapes, as my screen shot
above shows (I'm using the version on the right), and you get to see our 
 handsome host Michael too!
Like me, he's a British ex-pat so we have a lot in common, despite
  the fact I'm old enough to be his grandma! We love, tea, toast, marmalade
Victoria sponge cake ~ and Bob and I are hoping next year to meet up with
 Michael and his lovely, talented illustrator wife Alexandra, to sip and nibble
 while we talk about England.

Come and join us on Scribble Picnic days - you don't have to be
 an artist per se. I'm definitely not, just give your creative side a little push,
 it's fun, and you meet other creative people from around the world,
 thanks to Michael!

A chill in the evening air. . . . . . . . .

Midtowne, Raleigh, NC 

Last evening the sunset was amazing.
Walking to a restaurant, then doing a 
little shopping in our neighborhood, we
at last felt a difference in the air.
Bring on autumn. . . . . . . sweaters, jackets, harvest moons,
pumpkins, goblins, falling leaves, warm and fuzzy friends, 

~ via Anthropologie ~

~ via Anthropologie ~

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fifty five and counting!

No, not my age, although reverting to such a younger age would have its benefits!
Would I really like to be younger?  In all honestly yes. . . . . . .and no!
Definitely mixed feelings on this subject. To what age would I want to return?
A lot of thought will have to go into that question. . . . . .perhaps for another post.

Today it's 55 years since I arrived here in the United States of America as a

legal immigrant. An entire day spent at the American Embassy in London early
 in 1962, several months prior to getting my paperwork in order to enter this country,
included interviews, medical exams, swearing to uphold laws, signing papers
 and such. I was sponsored by an agency who would place me in a job.
 I was almost 19 and planned to come for a year to work as a secretary in 
Washington D.C., save some money, travel a bit, then return to England. 
What happened?
 His name is Bob, haha!!!!!
The United States Capitol building in Autumn - Washington D.C. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

My favorite month - October. . . . . . . . .

Recently at the pumpkin farm I also found a small bunch of the last of the
 golden sunflowers. This pumpkin above is a roasting pumpkin - to be used
 as a vegetable - I need to get chopping soon!

This weekend I'm hoping to start cooking autumn inspired foods in the kitchen.
With the cottage rehab finished, and the weather just starting to cool off,
 I'm ready to settle in for autumn. This will include enjoying the falling
 leaves - through my now sparkling clean windows - as the fragrance of 
comforting foods waft from the kitchen.

Have a great October weekend wherever you are.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Scribble Picnic - my 'art'. . . . . . . . . . .

Some of my 'artwork' from recent months.

I've enjoyed my weekly involvement with the small art co-op SCRIBBLE PICNIC
for many months now.
 Hosted by Michael in beautiful Colorado, our small but dedicated group creates 
the most amazing art for each new theme. Michael definitely stretches us and is 
generous enough to even allow those of us who aren't great at drawing, illustrating
and painting, such as yours truly, to use other creative ways to show our love of art.
 A love of photography has been my way to join these talented artists. Editing 
and adding watercolor and pencils to my photos has enabled me to join the group.

This week you may have noticed we're taking a little break. We'll all be back next 
week with quite a challenge - it will be interesting!  If you would like to join us, and
 we'd truly love to have you, check Michael's blog HERE for all details.

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