On Valentine’s Day I received this beautiful bouquet of Tulips!




February 25,2011

These are the first little flowers to bloom on the apricot tree.

February 19,2011

The buds on the magnolia tree are blooming!!   Spring???


February 16,2011




February 14, 2011

I made this copper “tree” which sits in the entry-way, and I decorate it for whatever holiday or event we are celebrating.  Christmas is for sure the prettiest.  But I do it for Easter. Halloween, St. Patrick’s day, Birthdays, and here it’s done for Valentine”s day.  Makes me feel a bit like a fourth grade teacher decorating the bulletin boards.


February 13, 2011

February 12, 2011



February 8, 2011

Last week in the front yard I took this picture of the buds on the magnolia tree –  very soon they will pop open – and what a show!

Last spring I took these pictures of the magnolia flowers – am so anxiously awaiting the tree to bloom again.

February 3, 2011

Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.

– Niko Kazantzakis




February 1, 2011

Joseph (age 12) has done another charcoal.

January 29, 2011

This pomegranate tree is right outside my bedroom window.  In the fall we had our usual large harvest of wonderful pomegranates, most of which we promply gave away. And here, after rainy storms and winter winds, hangs one solitary piece of fruit.


This little bowl of pomegranates sits on the front porch. They are totally dried out and hard as rocks – yet they inspired me. So I share with you.













January 24, 2011



January 21, 2011

My sister sent me a Christmas box of goodies and floating in and around everything were these origami cranes she had made. A little burst of springtime in the middle of winter.



January 20, 2011

about roots –

I have little glasses and big jars all over the house with cuttings of impatiens.  They were all in big pots on the porch and were flourishing until the cold winds came. For a while I fashioned a shelter for them every night with plastic and rocking chairs draped with towels and Christmas tree lights on the floor to generate some heat.  Every morning I’d take it all down, move the plants back and at night start all over. Finally I gave up and accepted the fact that they were just not going to survive the cold.  So then I cut off most of the stems and brought them in the house to try and root them with the intention of replanting them outside in the spring.  (I know, you can buy them for 1.69 a six-pack)  Anyway, I was watering them today just before I started cutting up vegatables for vegtable beef soup.  And all I could see were all the fascinating roots on the vegatables. So here I share them with you – they are really something.











January 18, 2011

January 17, 2011

My friend Toinette gave me these angel coins years ago.  Every day I slip them into my pants’ pocket .  Often I absent-mindedly stick my hand in my pocket (they are always on the left) and just rub them with my thumb.  Seems to reassure me of something.  The silver one is almost rubbed flat.



January 15, 2011

This artwork was done by my youngest grandson, Joseph (age 12).

This is his first work in charcoal.

This is his second charcoal.


These are his first pastels, done in the last few months.





January 14, 2011

It has been so cold and dreary here, I thought it would be fun to look at summertime pictures of the fruit trees in the front yard.



one peach

asian pears

January 13, 2011





January 9, 2011

January 8, 2011

These are a few of the mosaic rocks I have made.








January 7, 2011

Oops! This belonged as the last picture on yesterday’s post.


January 6, 2011

Taking Christmas down, folding it up and putting it away for another year.


January 6, 2011

January 6, 2011

Received this little handmade ornament from a friend at Christmas. One of the boys hung it on the tree for me. When I went to take it down, I was struck by how it sat with the “hope” star. When I put it up on the computer I could see the reflection of myself in the silver ball. This was all an accident, but it hit me for a moment – “Oh my, wow!”


January 6, 2011

The apricot trees surrounding our porch –

These were taken on the morning of the Winter Solstice, December 2010, just after dawn.


January 5, 2011

January 5, 2011

And – everything has its season.


January 5, 2011

January 5, 2011

This was me one week before starting chemo in June 2010 for metastatic colo-rectal cancer (stage IV/incurable), life expectancy average 2 years.


January 4, 2011