quarantine

around here

it’s the end of the week with my pod

which sadly also means that it’s the end of my week with Lilian

this is hard and something i don’t think i will ever really settle into

not having her with me all the time…

who would have thought

it’s not something i ever wanted

this time around we will actually be apart for two weeks

it will be the longest we will be apart since the day she was born

my heart hurts just as i type this

two weeks…

morning snuggles even on school days. i’d like to say we make the most of our time together

last year on our way to lake placid from vermont. what a great trip that was!

coffee tastes better with her around

pink flowers always brighten my day

and speaking of pink

autumn inspired meals

tomatoes from our voluntary plant in our front yard

i continue on going on walks and taking in the last of summer colors

i continue on doing a lot of drawing and stitching

we had some dark rainy days

but for the most part we have had glorious early autumn days

ARTsy wednesday

i have returned to stitching

this time on thick watercolor paper

there is something about stitching that is very therapeutic to me

even more so than oils, acrylics or watercolors

i have been busy creating 6″x9″ little stitched pieces of art just about every day

one thing has to be said about this pandemic year, i have created more art this year than i have any other year

happy ARTsy wednesday friends

i’m not crying you’re crying (sold)

sunshine on a cloudy day

tuesday’s best

indian ocean

when you find me

i love you

indigo

moss

sunset red

orange

black

yellow (sold)

cobalt

pretty in pink

never saw you (sold)

contemplation

ARTsy wednesday

on the weeks when i have the school pod here, while the girls are busy with school work upstairs in the “school room”, i try to keep myself busy downstairs

while they are here, i am here in the house as well

from 8am until 3pm

most of the time i keep myself busy by making rainbow makers and restocking my etsy shop however, lately i have been busy creating smaller art pieces

i am trying to find ways to be financially independent once again

something i always was but have not been for the past 11 years

slowly but surely, right?

happy ARTsy wednesday friends

misundersstood (sold)

self reflection

my favorite color is purple

skinny love (sold)

not so blue blue

orange crush

disconnected (sold)

everything is not as it seems (sold)

give me a reason

all dressed up nowhere to go

blue (sold)

around here

i used to look forward to fridays

now i only look forward to the fridays she will return home to me

today she leaves to go stay with William for a week

we had a good busy week though

learning pod, ballet, walks, home cooked meals, skin wars, rupaul’s drag race…

looking forward to next friday

happy weekend friends

the weather is changing. and so is the light

it’s all about the eggs lately

we baked a double layer blue and pink funfetti cake just for fun

my two hibiscus trees have been blooming all day every day this week

lunch al fresco

ballet. every monday, wednesday and saturday morning

ARTsy wednesday

the weeks when Lilian is away at William’s, are my hardest weeks

so i have been trying to keep busy and trying to find myself through art again

portraits in oil pastels is how it all began in the mid nineties

there’s a certain freedom to them that i don’t feel with oils or acrylics

these are all done on large wallpaper samples

some of them have titles

some of them do not

happy ARTsy wednesday

(sold)

fast car (sold)

there’s no truth in hiding

they don’t love you like i love you

Albert

before there was you there was me

time is contagious. everybody is getting old

around here

Lilian will be coming home today after being at William’s since last friday

this is the second time she has been away for a full week since we moved into our casa azul and if i can say so myself, i handled things much better this time around

the first time around, it was too soon into our move

i felt betrayed, hurt, alone and cried for the first three days

this second time around, i chose to fill my time with house chores, walks, the making of rainbow makers, updating my etsy shop and dates with girlfriends

having her gone is not easy and i miss her like crazy but i think with time it will get easier

it has to right?

happy friday friends

i started a learning pod at our home every other week. these three girls were all in Lilian’s fourth grade class last year. some of them have been together since first grade. now, although not all of them are with the same teacher, they get to remote learn together every other week. it’s working out great!

the house is also coming along and feeling like home

the shop is full

some dressing up for fun girlfriend dates

power walks. learning new paths