Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving !! 

 Happy to be spending the day with my family here in Tallahassee.



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Autumn in Florida

We do have a slight change of seasons here in the northern part of Florida. 
A maple leaf picked this morning, and painted in watercolor. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Making a Home

I've always liked decorating, and if I had been wiser I would have chosen a career in that field. 
Well, I do it for myself a lot now.. and I found this little oval table in a thrift shop.. It was ugly, dark wood and I put my touch to it .. I love text on anything,. Paper, fabric, everywhere. 
So after painting the table I did just that.  Oh, I really like French text, and found this stencil.
I really like whites, creams, naturals.  Soon as I take a photo I'll put my new rods and curtains that I hung this a.m.  
 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Took the Plunge

You all know I'm living in Havana, Fl. now. It's a few minutes north of the capital, Tallahassee. 
   Tonight I finally took a deep breath and attended an art show. I didn't have anything in it . It was all I could do to get myself there. 
But I did and have now met other artists in the area, something we all need to do .. Connect with like minded people. 
This Sunday I'll be going to the Tallahassee Watercolor Society meeting. I'm looking forward to that, and to meeting new people. 
There is a wonderful community center here that has classes in everything from French and Tai Chi,  to drawing and sculpture.  I'm looking forward to that too. 

            Spanish moss at Lake Ella.  
 These photos are taken at Lake Ella, a serene and beautiful place to go and sketch. 
  I think ya'll know what Spanish moss looks like.
Some visitors to Florida take it and bring it to their yards back home, but you don't want to do that. It has tiny critters in it.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bambi and her Parents

This morning right in the back yard. I didn't realize the third one is a male until I uploaded on here.  Baby was just born Sunday right here in the yard.
They were checkin' me out too.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Learning to paint

Yes, this is Jenny watching a video on how to learn to paint.!!!  No, no kidding , she will watch that tv for hours. 
I have put Sesame Street on for her. But she's just as happy watching anything.   LOL !  

 She's a faithful watcher of U-Tube,

Friday, July 15, 2016

Just back from a few days visit with my dearest friend.  It was a nice getaway, relaxed and enjoyed it very much..
It's a 4 hour drive away, and as always my 4 hour drives take 6 hours... I can't figure that one out. !!  
Any way I'm home now.. and going to put my efforts into painting.. visiting festivals, (if not too hot) .
 After my heat stroke episode a year ago, I find it very hard to be in the sun at all... Me !! who use to be Goddess of the Sun... and I don't think I'll soon forget the skin cancer problem  just a few months ago.. so yes, I'm careful. 
The Fuschias painted above are from a photo of a dear friend in England who grows lots and lots of them..

Monday, June 13, 2016

Prayers and Thoughts

What has happened in Orlando is nothing new, just more of what's been going on for quite a while now.. Especially since 911, something I will NEVER forget. 
 I just pray for the families, and hope to God they can deal with it.. 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Remember When?

Just found an oldie but goodie.  My dear friend Peg, her son Joseph and me. This was taken on Josephs' wedding day.
 Yup,.  I was a redhead... for many years.

Friday, May 20, 2016

From Louisa May Alcott

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my own ship."

I've always liked that quote, and now more than ever it has true meaning for me.
Just when you think you've reached that time in your life  where you've seen it all, heard it all and know it all, you haven't.
Someone can out think and out talk you.. It can turn your life totally upside down, inside out, and that's what happened to me a year and a half ago.

Today I'm stronger for it. Today I'm wiser, but never think it can't happen.
Thank you to all my friends, both near and far, for their encouragement and support.
It 's what carries you over those waves. As I said I'm sailing my own ship.
 And to those who have hurt me, you matter not .I won't waste a minute of my energy on it.  I have much bigger, better to do in this life.
Who knows ? Maybe I'm just getting started.    

love you all,
Barbra Joan  


Saturday, February 27, 2016

I've found my way back to the Sunshine State. I'm in a little town in northern Florida called Havana.   Haven't been out to look much but today was beautiful weather and did get into the town... very quaint, very small.
However if you head the other way your in the city of Tallahassee the Capital of Florida. Jenny and I are doing fine. Will post some pics as I can.. In the meantime the paperwork is being done for me to get treatment .  It's not a big deal really, but the C word is always scary.. I'm anxious to get painting again as soon as I can. 
BJ

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Left Over

Some of the pages in a mixed up Journal that is carried over from my Art Hearts Place blog.  I've been adding to this journal since last year... Some of the pages I didn't put on my other blog I've put here...
And besides, I'm tired of looking at the former post of snow. 
Barbra Joan ....

Saturday, January 16, 2016

So This is For my Diary



I always say this blog is my diary, but your welcome in my world. 
Still goes.  
Yesterday couldn't write. It was my sons birthday, and I was the only one in the whole world that knew that.  It was so many years ago that we lost him.. He would have been a middle aged man by now. . Of course I only remember him being 26 and will always remember him in that.
    
So yesterday morning I was given the results of my skin test and one of them on the bridge of my nose is  cancer. It is something you'd have to look really hard just to find it ... but,
I'll have to have some treatment , either surgery or radiation. 
  I believe I will do whats called the Mohs Surgery. From what I hear if you have to have cancer this is the one.  Really?  I'm just thrilled to know that..  Well, once the cards are dealt , and in your hand, you do the best with what you have.  And so I will.
  I'm also making a change in my life. Soon as I can,  I'm going back to Florida to get this inconvenience fixed.

Well thanks everyone if you've gotten this far, your pretty hardy. 
hugs, Barbra Joan

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Place in the Sun

My work place in front of a window... Have to be quick here, the sun shines in between 3 and 4 o'clock. Most of the long stemmed flowers turn into bookmarks to send to people who purchase a painting from my Etsy shop.  

Friday, January 8, 2016

Right About Now.

Right about now I'm needing a lift in spirits so looking at this beautiful bud might do it.  
A dermatologist appt. yesterday didn't turn out so good. I went in for one thing and came out knowing something else. We deal with what comes along I suppose, and do what we have to do. 
In a couple weeks I'll know a bit more.. and then have to make a plan.  In the meantime I have two nasty looking burn spots on my nose...No I can't hide it with makeup. !    and one on my leg..
It's cold here in TN. I've even seen icicles for the first time, hanging off the rocks on the side of the mountain. 
 
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