HELLO! It’s Me Again

It was recently brought home to me that I haven’t posted for about a year. Well, I aim to rectify that, starting now.

I don’t know if any of you have experienced this phenomenon. While I was still regularly posting, I was asked by a well-known site, to contribute posts to their site, and I froze. It has taken me a long time to thaw out and that opportunity has probably dried up, but I think I can do this again. For me.

My art has been taking up a lot of my time and I have been really enjoying my acrylic paintings. I’ve done larger pieces and some very small ones. Even though I am a woman of “a certain age”, the creativity has been flowing. I did a couple of “clothesline” paintings that I really like. The first one brought back memories of my mother hanging clothes on the line, summer and winter.


In the middle of January, she would bring in the laundry and stand it up on the kitchen floor. Then of course she had to iron everything, and with a family of eleven children, it was no small task. Mom used to say that the only time she got out of the house was to go to the clothesline!

The first clothesline painting gave rise to the idea for the second, which had to do with Canada’s 150th birthday, being celebrated this year. I have even had some interest in buying that particular one, although the sale hasn’t gone through yet.


In any case, it’s not the selling that thrills me, although it would be nice, but it’s the actual creating the painting, from the initial idea, the first sketches, and the final product.

I’m not a great artist, not even close, but I can’t tell you how painting makes me feel. I just wish I had started earlier in life. My small house is full of paintings. The walls are bending under the weight of them.

Last week, we had our youngest grandchild for the day, and she and I painted together. We  had so much fun. It was a dream come true for me and she brought a very nice seascape home to show her family. Her brother wanted to buy it from her, but she wasn’t selling!

Our finished paintings. Which one was done by an 11-year-old, and which by a 72-year-old?

How are you creative?

Thanks for reading and have a good day.



Just Puttering Around

I woke up to a sunny morning today and decided it was a great idea to just putter around.


put – ter

verb (North American)

to occupy oneself in a pleasant manner, doing a number of small tasks, or not concentrating on anything in particular.


The first thing I did today was pour myself a cup of tea. I am on my third “cuppa” as I write this.


A nice cup of tea, in the mug my friend, author Jo Hiestand sent me.

A nice cup of tea, in the mug my friend, author Jo Hiestand sent me.


Then I read today’s Ottawa Citizen newspaper.

  • Ontario is having an election on June 12.  Six weeks of campaigning! Speeches and debates and mud-slinging!
  • 90 couples renewed their wedding vows at church yesterday.
  • University of Ottawa has pioneered a new treatment for heart valves.
  • The Toronto Raptors lost game 7 in basketball.
  • The Ukraine (a mess).
The Ottawa Citizen, May 5, 2014.

The Ottawa Citizen, May 5, 2014.


It was time for breakfast. A second cup of tea with scrambled eggs and shredded zucchini.





While eating I got the daily crossword puzzle completed.


An easy one. They get more difficult as the week goes on.

An easy one. They get more difficult as the week goes on.


I worked on a jigsaw puzzle as well.


A Scottish port.

A Scottish port.


Finished my latest painting.


I am trying to do at least one painting a month. This one is April's.

I am trying to do at least one painting a month. This one is April’s.


And played Words with Friends with my daughter.


She usually wins!

She usually wins!


It’s only 11 a.m.!!! Did I mention that I was awake at 5:45 this morning?

What do you do when you “just putter around”?

Well, I have to meet my daughter for lunch and I also have to think of how I am going to occupy myself for the rest of the day.

Have a fabulous day! – Maureen