Category Archives: The Sketchbook Project 2012

Unseasonably Sunday…….


Yesterday was the best Sunday in a long time!

It is January, but the temperature was a little above 70! Overcast, but that was fine- I can just imagine how much warmer it would have been, had the sun been allowed to shine!!!

While Mr. Green Jeans was finishing painting the guest room, I flitted around from one thing to another!!!

First a light Sunday brunch-my French style local organic scrambled eggs, with muffins and red grapefruit.

Then, barn duty, and taking the blankets off the big boys!!!


Took the dogs out to play, and later they got a walk thru the woods, and down to the river.

I was going to give Mycon a bath, but, that needs two people, and Mr. Green Jeans was still painting.

Cisco , wondering why John gets to free graze.....

Cisco , wondering why John gets to free graze…..

John and I went for a ride-  at the end of every ride, his reward  is to be allowed out to “mow” the lawn. He was so eager to get to munching, he was fussy as we walked thru’ the fields- snorting and stopping and turning to look at me- mildly protesting about WALKING thru’ all this grass he could be EATING!!!!


John got into the routine when we got to the old road, but as we neared the end of the ride, his pace picked up- enough of carrying me around – he wanted the after ride reward!!! The old guy can still move, when he has too!!!


Went in for lunch, and then cleaned off the bird feeder “balcony”! A whole seasons worth of seed hulls needed to be shoveled off the porch. This little temporary deck was added on the 2nd floor back door when the house was built- ’til we got a real deck. Seven years later- still waiting for that REAL deck.  So, for now ( and into the unforseeable future), it is a bird feeding station!

Next, it was out to the front garden for some pruning- I cut down the dried hyacinth bean trellises, and culled 2 small bowls of seeds. We had Showtime free for the weekend- so spent some time with the seeds and free movies!!



Some of the bean vines that wrapped around the twine trellises might make a nice weaving project! I will be back out there tomorrow for more pruning and weeding (after a trip to the local apple orchard to get one more bushel  before the season is really over!)


I also managed to get some camera time in (no big surprise there!) – trying to figure out all the settings on my new camera- and trying to find a perfect picture for a new Art House Co-op photo project I signed on for……..Reading the little booklet that comes along with the camera told me nothing!! Guess I will have to watch the dvd that came with it. But, I figured out a few things on my own, purely by accident.


Another walk with the dogs- it was too nice a day to stay indoors for too long!

Then, it was time for dinner- pasta with a freshly made sauce made from my garden tomatoes, and basil, dill,tofu, and cheese.

Back to the barn, for the horses’ dinner, and putting the blankets back on- even tho’ it wasn’t supposed to get cold – the weather report seemed a bit iffy- and the “old man” needed to be kept warm and dry from the rain that might come during the night.

The evening ended with Downton Abbey – a new passion of mine- I missed the 1st 2 seasons, but have caught the “fever” and am watching as often as I can remember! Just love the fashions!!!

Today is another overcast day – rain in the forecast, but still unseasonably warm –  that won’t last! As the week progresses, we will ease back into true January weather.

It was fun while it lasted!!!



**********Shooting Stars ***********


At 4:51 am , the dog decided he had to go potty…..sigh.

Sunny always needs an escort, so up I get, and take him downstairs.

While waiting for him, I glanced out the window and remembered that this was the time of another meteor shower- the Geminid. December 13-14 is supposed to be good viewing.

I grabbed my coat and stepped out onto the back deck, gazing skyward and toward the east.  Almost immediately,  I caught a glimpse of a shooting star in my peripheral vision.

Within a few minutes, I was rewarded with the sight of a full on “tiny” meteor hurtling toward the horizon.

This was probably not the height of the shower, but I was able to catch sight of a few stragglers. Blink, and you would miss them.

It turned out to be a perfectly clear night (or early morning), a vast blackness of cavernous sky, dotted with every constellation known to man.

The soundtrack of the show was the early morning song of the roosters from all over the Gap. Not the cacophony  one would expect from a rooster crowing to greet the dawn, instead, their multiple voices resulted in a soft backround music that was perfect with the black backdrop of twinkling sky. The wild early birds had not yet risen, so the roosters were the first to herald the coming dawn.

Standing out in the COLD, under a huge canopy of sky, one is reminded how small we really are, in the scope of the world.

If it stays clear tonite, I may bundle up after dark, and go lie out on the picnic table, and look up, and maybe I will be lucky enough to see more of the sky show that is the Perseid meteor shower.

As a friend once said to me the last time this show came to town…..” Can I sell anyone a ticket to the meteor shower? ”

Greatest show on earth………  ***


                                          A page out of my sketchbook for the ArtHouse Sketchbook Project 2012

(- a simplistic homage to the clear night skies of the country, and the joking remark of a friend, who can sell anything to anybody!!!)


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                                                                                             When you wish upon a star
                                                                                      Makes no difference who you are
                                                                                        Anything your heart desires
                                                                                                  Will come to you
                                                                                      If your heart is in your dream
                                                                                            No request is too extreme
                                                                                         When you wish upon a star
                                                                                                   As dreamers do
                                                                                                    Fate is kind
                                                                                       She brings to those to love
                                                                                          The sweet fulfillment of
                                                                                            Their secret longing
                                                                                       Like a bolt out of the blue
                                                                             Fate steps in and sees you through
                                                                                    When you wish upon a star
                                                                                       Your dreams come true