Fountain Park 4-7-17 6:15 a.m.
I listened to that small voice

"The sun is about to rise....stop and watch it -
do not worry, for once, about possibly being late for work" 

It made all the difference in the world
to my morning...
to my day....

to my spirit

It had been a tough week
and I knew the day ahead
was going to be the biggest challenge of all.

I woke up a few minutes before
the 4 a.m. alarm
and instead of waiting for it to go off
I got up and began the day.

I am a regimented person
when it comes to my daily schedule.
This is an asset
a stumbling block.

So when I got in the car to begin
the hour long commute....
I was, of course, a few minutes
ahead of my self imposed

Driving down the Avenue of the Fountains
I saw the fountain was going off
and that little voice
was a little louder than normal.
Go enjoy this beautiful moment!"

My overly developed
sense of responsibility yelled,

Let me insert here:

#1 I don't punch a time clock
#2 I knew my boss would not be in
until maybe 8:00
#3 I am truly the only one of the 'team'
that abides by this self-imposed, sense
of time urgency

The 'little voice' won

The air was soft and sweet
The birds were singing and chattering away
All the nervous energy in me
came to a calm, peaceful, halt.

This moment was precious
THIS is what life is about.

Listening to that small voice
changed my day...
changed my thought process...
and filled me with...
a beautiful stillness.

watercolor, ink, acrylic on hot press watercolor paper

Hello my friends
It's lovely to be back here
to share a bit of life
and what I've been up to.

I've put the camera down for a
bit and picked up my paints
and pencils
and returned to another love.
Drawing, painting, &journaling.

I've been away from it for quite
a while although you never
REALLY leave it...
you simply have it on the
back burner.

So I will be back sharing some
of the fun I've
been having.

art journal

Watercolor on 4x6 140lb watercolor paper

The interesting challenge about
working with watercolor
here in the desert, is the same
challenge I have with acrylics..
..with relatively no humidity,
with the exception of maybe
July and August,
everything dries so darn fast!
I have to work fast!!!

I love both mediums. 
Probably equally...

I'll be back, my friends
There is much more to share

Hello dear friends in the blogging world
it has been far, far too long
since my last visit.
We are long overdue for a chat.
2015 seems a blur
365 days and nights - come and gone.

So, lets start with a highlight of the year.
There was one bit of travel...
SWA heading East to Austin
a sweet visit with my daughter in Austin
My hand in hers
and a first time use of airbnb
which was fabulous!!
I highly recommend it.
I found a little cottage not far from where she lives..
just big enough for a sleep over
so we could spend quality time together
Center of the cottage - seating area

Looking out to kitchen - bathroom was to the left of the kitchen

looking from the kitchen area down to super comfy Murphy Bed
directly above is a loft with the second bed
writing desk

This darling cottage had absolutely EVERYTHING one could ever need.
right down to a perfect pasta bowl for a yummy dinner we made
Penne with olive oil, roasted yellow peppers,
 asparagus, kalamata olives - topped with Romano cheese 

ingredients purchased at the most wonderful place -
Central Market!!
Oh, how I loved that place.  LOVE!!
How I wish we had one here.

Look at the bread they turn out!!!

Vietnamese coffee - swoon

I had this wonderful coffee each day of my little visit and I crave it still.

She treated me to this modern ballet - wonderful

After a little tour of the downtown area,
we went to this fabulous
modern ballet.  It was wonderous to sit next to my girl
and share this.
After the show we went for Thai food - delish! 
The cottage had Wi-Fi
so we both stayed connected,
and while it rained or was overcast every day
I didn't mind a bit....
because I was with my little bird.
One evening we met up with her circle of friends -
an amazing and close group
and I felt so happy that she had these
great people around her always
and I felt touched to the deepest part of my heart
that she wanted to introduce me
and THEY wanted to meet.
The cottage had a selection of movies to watch
and music to play.
One could literally pack only a suitcase of clothes
everything else was there in the cottage.
It was a place that I could imagine myself living in..
just enough space
and so cozy and comfortable.
It was not enough time with my girl, however,
it never is.....
but the time was the making of a beautiful memory
and I am so very grateful we had it.
 And now...I promise.......I will be back soon
with more of what has been going on
at Faerieluna 
to refresh the look
remove some entries on the blog roll and add some new ones.
My two Petite Wanderling custom Blythe girls - yes, I still photograph my dolls