The Window

There’s a world out there. Open a window, and it’s there.


One of the things I love about blogging is the places it takes our minds. I found this Robin Williams quote today while looking to see what fun things people had said about windows.

I knew it was right the minute I saw it, because it seems so appropriate today with all of the shut downs and stay at home orders. There’s still a world out there beyond our little abodes, but you have to look a little harder to see it.

I did do some shopping today with my mom, and I was kind of surprised at the lack of hustle and bustle that you usually see on our streets before Christmas. And I know I have trouble sticking with a plan, but if I don’t get out there and start walking and doing some strength training after the holidays I think I might develop a bad case of sarcopenia (muscle loss from aging).

Maybe you’re already familiar with that word (sarcopenia), but I just learned about it the other day as one of the men in my class is writing his paper on it. It does have to do with aging, but you can help keep it at bay with strength training. I know my muscles aren’t what they used to be and I’m anxious to get back into my New Lifestyle, New Me frame of mind and get busy with it.

Anyway, it appears that this has been an experimental week for me. I had fun doing this image today, after my studies and shopping were done, and I like the comic book look it has. I think that if this woman wants to see the world outside of her window… she might need to get her head out of her hat. Ha-Ha!

And she’s #2 to be added to my resurrected series called Everything Red. This one for sure needs some line work, but I’m more focused on feeling out ideas right now—rather than worrying about perfection. What I’m thinking I might do is a few images like this that are actual portraits of people. We’ll see.

I’m going to keep up with stained glass images but the one that I want to do next is VERY intricate, so I need time and patience and these two things are running a little low at the moment. Soon though!

That’s about it I think. Thanks for reading… I hope you found something enjoyable here!

See you all soon,

The Last Dance

I may have gone a little overboard with the “mock” glass effect here, but I wanted to see if I could make it look like real glass on this one. No one has ever accused me of being too subtle, that’s for sure.

REFLECTIONS PART TWO—Postponed Indefinitely.

I didn’t think about last night’s “reflection” prompt at all. I decided it wasn’t the direction I wanted to go and I had a lot of wrapping to do. With all that’s going on right now, giving myself one more thing to do and/or think about is kind of crazy.

I’ll write again when things cool down.

So… that’s about all for now. Have a beautiful week everyone! Off to slumber…



The Quarantine Project

Resurrecting Gratitude

When the (unofficial) quarantine began, I was on a mission. Two if you count the New Lifestyle New, New Me project—but that actually started before “everything changed.” What I’m referring to, and what I totally lost sight of, were my Daily Gratitude posts. It completely slipped my mind.

How easy it is to forget gratitude. For me anyway. I was reminded of this by Rebekah at forty-one-ten (who I just discovered and started following because she’s a wonderful writer). Rebekah proposed a new idea,

The Quarantine Writing Project

And here are her words on the project:

“Write about the ways in which you and your family fill the long hours of each day. Or write about your hopes and fears. Write about the things you’ve witnessed (good or bad). Write something funny. Or write about the things for which you’ve learned to be grateful during this difficult time.”

I’ve been hemming and hawing over this for a few days. To be honest, and please don’t hold this against me, it’s hard to come up with “quality” content right now. Benjamin Franklin sure got it right…

“Either Write Things Worth Reading or Do Things Worth the Writing.”

It’s hard to find new material while sitting in my living room. BUT, I can always find something to be grateful for—which would include the fact that I even HAVE a living room to sit in.

So, without further ado… Today I am EXTREMELY grateful that the rain has stopped and the sun is shining. I think the rain has been harder (on those of us in my household) than any fears or restrictions imposed on us due to the virus. I’m grateful that I’m healthy and strong, and able to walk… so I’m off to do just that; I’m going to take a walk.

I pray that my body and soul are nourished and energized by the exercise and the sunshine, and that new ideas will fill my heart and mind so that I’ve something of value to share with you all upon my return.

I may just take my camera… still debating.

Have a blessed day everyone!