Weekly Update

"Max "

This is all I have. I have been worthless all week. Other then visiting my mom , I have not accomplished much. I blame it on allergies. I feel awful! It has been raining so much here, it is ridiculous. It rains cats and dogs and then  the sun comes out for a few hours and then it rains again. This is perfect conditions for mold. The mold count is off the charts and everyone is sick including me and my daughter. It's crazy! You feel better for a while and then it hits you again. You feel like you are getting the flu but you're not. Needless to say I've been living in my bed and this is my view. LOL! I love my dog. He is a beggar. I'm eating an apple here and of course..... he loves apples. Crazy dog. He can't wait to get the core. I send him outside to eat the core, but before he sits in front of me waiting very patiently with that intent stare. Oh well. I'm doodling and watching Suzi videos and trying to decide if I should spend the money for La Sirena. I'm not much of a mermaid lover, so it does not appeal to me. But......this reminds me of the next challenge which is decide. I have a hard time making up my mind. Making decisions is not one of my strong points. I take too long and I hem and haw until I'm blue in the face. It's not good. So I wont be doing the challenge because I can't decide. Good luck everyone and hope you are all doing better then me.
Have a good week.

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Inspiration Avenue Weeklly Challenge: Metamorphosis

"Texas Cicada Exoskeleton"   

When I read this theme I thought to myself  "no way am I going to do this one" but then as I was walking around my backyard, I noticed this familiar little guy hanging on a Mexican Petunia and thought "oh wow this would be great for the theme metamorphosis"!
I'm not sure if these bugs are everywhere. I thought they were only in the south, but I could be wrong. They are Cicada's or locust as we call them. You know it's summer when you hear them sing. Yes they are one noisy bug! Personally I love to listen to the sound they make.It would not be summer with out that screeching sound coming out of the trees.
What you see here is the flaky exoskeleton left on everything from gutters, to trees, to bushes, to just about anything. This is a stag in the cicadas life cycle that I think is a great example of metamorphosis!

The adult comes out the top slit leaving this shell behind. 
 Oh what fun we have here! I'm constantly knocking these things off my back porch. I'm surprised I missed this one. I guess it was a good thing, or I would not have an entry. They are all but gone now since summer is winding down.  Until next summer!
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Which Witch

I love Halloween.
Here is my latest little doll lady. I'm so pleased with the way she turned out. I had fun working on her, but I think I say this about all my paintings. I'm not sure what I'll do next because I've already switched gears. I got the sewing bug again, so I'm making Halloween aprons.

This is what I'm working on now.  If I get busy and make more I hope to sale them on Etsy. It may be too late for Halloween stuff, but I'll try anyway. I can always give them away. lol!

Here is a little weekly update. 
We got tons of rain from tropical storm Hermine. City wide flooding but my place is fine, so no worry.

Our hot water heater sprung a leak right before we were living town to go to a wedding!
We could not replace it until today, so we had no hot water for a couple of days. Geez hot water heaters are expensive.

The whole family and sons girlfriend piled  in the car to go to a  wedding this weekend. It was a lot of fun!

The sad part is my mom was not able to attend the wedding. We thought maybe she could go to the church part but she was not up to it. The good part is.... is it made us realize how depressed she is. We worked it out so that she will be able to go back to her assisted  living home. She has been in a rehabilitation nursing home since she got out of the hospital. She is not happy there but needs the therapy and full time RN's on staff that this rehab center offers. So we will see how it all goes.
Have  a good week!

My Marie

Marie Antoinette

My latest creation.This is my version of a Marie Antoinette petite doll. It's a fairly large painting.....12 x24 which I can handle. I don't know why I can make large paintings easier then the small ones. Oh well.....too fun! I'm keeping her, so I guess I'll go get it framed. She looks good on the easel, but I think she would look better in my foofoo room.  The close up shot was taken outside so it has a bluer tone. Can't wait to get started on the next painting.
Hope everyone is having a great labor day!