A 60~ish silver-haired artsy reader; embracing a vibrant life filled with my favorite things: 📚 ☕ 💎art, needlepoint, smooth jazz 🎶, riding my motorcycle, learning French, and cuddling my Maine coon kitty. Stage 3 colon cancer survivor, who loves encouraging cancer patients with my story. Audacious and Eclectic!!
Both my diamond painting work in progress, and the book I am currently reading are about girls with wonderful passions. For “Bookworm Girl,” “Reading is where it all begins. With a sweet hairdo, some smart glasses and a comfortable little dress, “ she reminds us that “we lose ourselves in books, and we find ourselves there too.” ~Anonymous*
In This Poison Heart by Kalyan Bayron, Briseis can also get lost, but in her unique power to grow plants from tiny seeds to rich blooms in a blink of the eye. The plants also respond to her moods. However, this power can be deadly. Can she learn to control her gift, and conquer the dark forces descending around her? **
The age level for the novel is 13-17, so I am using this as an opportunity to go back (way back! 😊) and remember myself as a teenager.
I am intrigued by both, and they wonderfully compliment each other!
While working on a recent diamond painting, I went on a short rant on handedness. While I don’t think this caused any serious effects, it did cause some frustrations. Are any of you “Converted” Left-Handers, not by choice?
I just love book release parties, whether they are in person, or virtual. Recently I was so excited to win the Gift Box for the Virtual Book Release Party for Island Queen by Vanessa Riley, presented by Brown Book Series! The videos say it all!
First: My response to hearing I won! Second: Unboxing the Gift Box
The canvas caught my attention because of the beautiful kitty, and the pretty, yet solemn looking lady. I couldn’t resist creating my own. She has such a sad look about her, but the kitty looks so loving and supportive. As I worked on the canvas, I could hear the kitty telling her, “I’ll always be there,” which is why I selected this music.
Midas, my Main Coon, will meow, “Stop please!” when I laugh out loud, or clap my hands. If I keep it up, that meow turns to an ears down, demanding yowl! If I sigh, or cry softly, he will come and jump on me, and look at me with concerned eyes.
I recently had a bout of vertigo. I am sure my behavior looked strange to Midas as I stumbled around, losing my balance, as I felt the room spinning and settled on sitting in my chair for hours with my eyes closed.
Midas stayed close to me for the entire day, preferring to be on my lap, and periodically requesting I open my eyes by gently batting my face and hands as if to say, “I’m here. You’ll be alright.”
Kitties can make you feel better even if you’re having a bad day because they love you unconditionally.
Do you have a “Kitty Cuddles” story? I’d love to hear it!
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1: having the quality or power of producing especially in abundance productive 2: effective in bringing about 3a: yielding results, benefits, or profits b: yielding or devoted to the satisfaction of wants or the creation of utilities
Based on these definitions, I think my use of the word productive would fit all three of these definitions, so the difference probably lies in how others perceive my productive.
If you are retired, you’ve probably been asked more than once, “so what do you do all day?” When I say, “ work on my diamond art, read and listen to audiobooks, walk…. just to name a few….” I get looks that say, “That’s all?” “That sounds boring…” or “You have the nerve to sit around enjoying your hobbies and and retirement benefits without contributing any real work to society!”
Yes, I do! Just because people are retired doesn’t mean we can’t be productive. As a matter of fact, I think feeling productive helps older retired individuals stay positive; feeling good about ourselves. Ohh, and one more thing! I worked for over 40 years, and earned the right to enjoy the leisurely benefits of retirement!
So with that, enjoy my video clip of productivity in action! 😉
The saxophone is my favorite instrument. Whether I am listening to jazz, blues, neo-soul, or r&b, if there is a 🎷, it will catch my ear. So I had to create my own masterpiece by Olha Darchuk/Diamond Art Club
Mix the impassioned melody of cool blues and sultry purples with the colors of intense, brassy yellows. And in the center of all this red hot jazz lies the seductive sounds of a soulful saxophone. Feel its palpable energy and revel in its sassy, sparkling spirit.
Seductive…. sultry.. brassy and sassy indeed! Check out my last 46 seconds of completing “Saxophone” and of course, I had to add some 🎶 🎷!
I have joined the “Diamond Art/Diamond Painting craze with my first canvas by Myka Jelina/Diamond Art Club called “Willa.” I have been doing needlpoint and cross-stitch for years, and was intrigued that this was considered a combination of cross-stitch and paint-by-numbers. Who would think there could be so much joy in applying colorful resin rhinestones (“diamonds”) to a pigmented canvas! The results are dazzling, and like needlepoint and cross-stitch, I feel such a sense of accomplishment.
Stretch your mind and set your inner soul free by breathing in the swirling, relaxing incense of inspiration. Meditate on your worldly observations and record all your thoughts in a place secrets are keep internal. ~ ~ By the time I was about one-third through the piece, I was ready to adopt Willa as my own daughter, decided to change her skin color to match my own, and savored every inch completed. The striking blue hat! The gorgeous inkwell! Ohh, and that animal print!
I have been reading a number of fantasy books lately (check out my goodreads 2021 Reading Challenge,) so I was eagerly ready to imagine “Willa” as a young adult fairy (do you see her wings?) drawing pictures of herbs she uses to creat potions and spells, and what good would she use them for.
There is a story to be told, and I might try my hand at writing a novella on the adventures of Willa!
The Patriarch was suspenseful with a wallop of supernatural! Finished the 3rd book in The Broken Earth Trilogy, and thought I would take a month break from fantasy/speculative fiction, then Awakening was ready to borrow on Libby, so I changed my reading order. How many times does that happen to you? Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson was a DNF, but not because it wasn’t well written. I was reading it in early January, and at 25% I got depressed, and put it down. I think it, combined with what was going on in the news was just too much for me. Instead, I started The House On The Cerulean Sea, and it was a refreshing getaway! I do plan on finishing Yellow Wife, but whoosh, it is an emotional read!
The Patriarch was suspenseful with a wallop of supernatural! I finished the 3rd book in The Broken Earth Trilogy, and thought I would take a month break from fantasy/speculative fiction, then Awakening was ready to borrow on Libby, so I changed my reading order.
Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson was a DNF, but not because it wasn’t well written. I was reading it in early January, and at 25%, I got depressed, and put it down. I think it, combined with what was going on in the news was just too much for me. Instead I started The House On The Cerulean Sea. It was a refreshing getaway, and my favorite read for January! I do plan on finishing Yellow Wife, but whoosh, it is an emotional read!