Wednesday, March 27, 2013

'Tis the season

Easter! Tis the season to think on the blessedness of life lived in abundance because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and rose again to give us eternal life. Tis the season for seeing birds building nests; time to dig in the flower beds; time to run to the river and enjoy the beauty of creation; and as usual, tis the season to bake!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Day to Relax

It was a lazy day for me and Fidget, really welcome after the school week hit its zenith in the karate belt test yesterday. Today we took it easy, had some friends over, and just played. For the kids, it was being inside and out, eating popcorn and playing ninjas among other things. For the moms, it was having tea, talking about art and baking yeast breads. Breads are one of my all-time favorite things to make. There's an entrancing mystery about the life of yeast that pulls me in several times a week, just to work with it, knead dough, and get a whiff of that heady yeasty aroma. Today my friend Kim and I made two batches of regular white bread with wheat germ, and some adorable peanut butter turtle rolls. They are all gone but one, and Fidget has dibs on it for breakfast.

The 2 Ninjas

A quick post to say Fidget and I did well at the karate belt test yesterday. We are plenty recovered today and are glad it's over. I am still three belts behind her though. Soon I am going to try to gain on her a bit. The head sensei, which is called a shihan, is willing to test me again for a green belt in just a few weeks. I hadn't expected to enjoy karate so much, or to feel so empowered by it. I feel we prove whenever we're in that dojo, the Bible verse they have printed on the wall, Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

This week has been so blissfully full of art. Fidget and I have a karate belt test tomorrow, but after that, I'll be back to painting, and she'll be back to using the quill pen she made from a peacock feather.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday: The Bluebird of Happiness

Today I sketched a blue bird from a postcard a pen friend in Finland sent. The weather is gorgeous and there's nothing I'd rather do than listen to Fidget playing in the yard while I paint.

Saturday, March 9, 2013


A happy day in the kitchen baking bread, as well as in studio using watercolors while Fidget did too and the Pres piddled with his Harley. I made some sketches, painted a post card, and one little canvas board for the church art auction. I am using scenes from all the postcards my pen pals have sent me in the past 6 months. Painting= joy!

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Birthday blessings to the Pres this week, and some current projects, which I hope will bless their recipients. This is the day the Lord has made. Enjoy!