2023 Here We Come

So I am going to start my post out with our Christmas Tree. I took this picture this morning when it was dark. I know I have shown it before but since I am going to talk about Christmas first I thought it was perfect to start with the tree. We couldn’t take the pictures on Christmas Day by the tree because amazingly we had sun and it was too bright. We have very few sunny days in December in Indiana. My goodness, it was so cold and icy and the wind was horrendous for three days! It will be memorable but we only had an inch of snow, unlike other places…like Buffalo, New York that ended up with almost four feet of snow. They have that lake effect that pounds them, earlier they had some pretty good snow too, maybe around Thanksgiving? We saw the mayor say “We are a pretty hardy bunch in Buffalo, but this one was bad”. To have it declared a blizzard the wind had so sustain 35 mph or more for at least three hours. We were told that Fort Wayne hit that mark at 3:30 pm on Saturday the 24th. Our son had to work that evening and he was staying at our house because it isn’t as far to drive. It usually takes him 30 minutes to get there. He decided to leave around 3:15 pm and he had waited to see if they would call off work, and he had called them to tell about white out conditions but the travel conditions for the county were not the worst they could be so he was told he had to come in. We downloaded an app to watch him get to work, he got there a little after 4 pm, then he called us and they called off work as he was pulling into the drive. So he drove back to our house in what we now know were the blizzard condition winds. He made it and was a hardy one too. The weather service originally forecasted 3 to 6 inches of snow for us, so thankful we didn’t get that.

Here is the four of us on Christmas Day. I was setting the timer and getting in the picture. I wasn’t sure if I needed to lean in to make it into the picture. I don’t walk fast and I had Kevin saying “don’t trip and fall” be careful. But I like the picture, we haven’t gotten one of the four of us this year.
Since the weather was so bad my niece and her family didn’t want to chance it so this Sunday on New Years Day we will celebrate with them. The weather is supposed to be in the 40’s with some rain, much better conditions.
Something I discovered this year that I am sure you will want to try. They were passing these out at Costco. I thought they would probably be drab and dry but no way! The seasoning is fabulous, and I cannot get enough of them! I eat them for a morning snack, they are perfectly crunchy and tasty! Don’t be skeptical you will not be disappointed.

More than likely, you have seen me talk about my surgeries this year and a half. My last one was August 24th and it was a back fusion. I did physical therapy for nine weeks and in that time I had a check up with our family doctor. He did not like the way my walk was progressing. He thought that going to a therapist that had a pool would be beneficial. They were thinking of people with spinal surgeries when this pool was put in. There is no pain when exercising but you know if you worked hard because there is soreness your next day which is to be expected. I haven’t used it yet but there is even a treadmill in it. The depth goes to 4.5 feet and is 90 degrees.

Halloween had decent weather this year and I sat outside and took pictures. This little guy was Hulk Hogan. How cute he is and love the mustache.
I loved the Lego guy and how about the adult bringing up the rear who was a domino, too funny. I enjoy seeing what people come up with.
How about the Ghostbuster guy and the Stay Puff the marshmallow man. I did take more but those were highlights. The kids love to have their pictures taken.
I have been printing each day, the 4 X 6 images of my paintings to turn into cards. That pile is two inches high so far and if I don’t print each day the printer needs to have the print heads cleaned. That makes my black ink go down so fast. I am trying to keep my printer going for the year because I think a new one may be in the works. I am preparing for the art season this year, I should be good enough to do shows with help from my husband. It takes a while to put cards together and I am planning on carving new stamps too.
These next pictures are some that I did this year. These were commissioned by a woman that she loved her little dog who passed on. Chelsie was 17 and had been her brother’s dog and she took her when he passed away. I did two 6 x6 canvases, the top one is titled “Among the Flowers” and the bottom is “Chelsie in the Kitchen”.
The top heart pictures were commissioned by a special customer. She was giving these to friends whom she gets together with and plays a game. Two of the friends were gardeners, one lives on Moose Lake and one enjoys the wide open spaces of the midwest.
The top painting is one I did for a friend who lives in Florida. His name is Rocky and is their special dog who went to visit elderly people and did such a wonderful job, they looked so forward to seeing him.

The bottom one was our neighbor who was a boxer named Maggy. She got cancer this year and is sorely missed. The kids came over to have me create a mixed media painting to give to their Mom for Christmas.

This is my most recent painting titled “Surround Yourself with Friends”. It was our 2022 Christmas card and many of you received it.
This is the last I will share for this post, it is titled “Here’s my Happy” I love all the different flowers and it truly makes me happy. I have been applying to art fairs and am looking forward to 2023. I will be updating my online shop and will announce when it is done, but if you see something that catches your eye, please write me. Have a safe and happy New Year

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