Monday, August 14, 2017

Where Have I Been?

Finding my other roots. I grew up in Boston but spent my early adulthood in New Hampshire. My daughter and son grew up there and my daughter and her children are still there. (here)

One day I'll do a tour of Dover and Portsmouth and do the show and tell of where we lived but today these are pics at the ocean between Rye and Hampton.  A perfect day, so clear, you can see all the way to the Isle of Shoals. I could even take a photo with my iphone. 

The famous horse ranch. 

We stopped along the way to "smell" the ocean.  Sounds crazy but there really is a different scent to the northern ocean as compared to the Florida ocean. Probably due to the rocks, seaweed and shallow pools of water along the coast. It definitely smelled like home.

Interesting house, Sheila. Well, it is. Crazy bit of info, Farrah Fawcett once spent time at this house and was spotted nude sunbathing on the top porch. Poor woman had no peace.

We drove around for a bit then, of course, stopped for ice cream.  Doesn't everyone? The rest of the week became a bit crazed. My goal was to get more work finished but Lola had other plans for me. The following morning I took her out for her walk and she squatted, and went, but then squatted 7 more times, not producing any urine. As soon as we got back to the coach I called the local vet and got an appointment right away for her. We were away from our favorite vet so I was nervous. The vet here was really kind and gentle to her, (I thought he was just out of high school he looked so young, or I'm getting that old. 😔) He took a clean sample of urine and the next morning I received the paper work. I had no idea what it meant so I started Googling everything and did see she had an elevated white blood count. The vet called and said to keep an eye on her but two days later, the squatting started again. Google won, (I research everything)  so I called back and asked for a prescription for an antibiotic. Having 2 dogs that went through cancer, our Sammy eating a corn cob and having emergency surgery and, oh yes, two children, one gets to realize that Lola needs meds. We are on our second day and she's doing great and I even remembered that if I stick the pill into a glob of peanut butter she gollops it right down.

Today I started a new watercolor. My sister and her husband are on their way here for a visit so I'm not getting into anything too much. Tomorrow back on schedule!

So, yesterday, (yes, Lola had me worried) Roger and I discovered yet another fun ice cream place. The Bloomin Cow in Newmarket. Fresh made ice cream right there in the old mill. I love mills. When I lived in Dover I had a remodeled apartment in the old Sawyers Mill. It was on the river side right by the falls and in the Spring the water rushed so strong down between the buildings, the whole place shook. A friend had a basement apartment and the water was so furious it came up over his window and flooded his place. 

There was an exit bridge way on the bottom floor that you could take to get to the corner store. It was always cold going through that area. There were many people who said it was haunted and I swear I could feel a presence as I ran through. It was inside but I don't think I ever just strolled through that passageway. 

And here she is!! Lola Bear!! Feeling so much better!! 

Have a great night all and see you tomorrow. (lobster, (lobstah) tonight!! Ohhhh fun!!)

Loving being "home"

Monday, August 7, 2017

I Think I Need A Nap

I've had my brushes flying from morning til after we take the kids out for their walk around 4:00 P.M. I am getting a lot accomplished so it's not a bad thing right now.

I need to do a bit more then I will be happy. A little too dark in the right hand corner, and I need Lola to pop.

We have been sitting outside more now at night with a nice fire. We bring the kids out and Lola gets panic attacks. I bought her an extra large gel cooling mat from Amazon and put it outside for her. She walked over it as she barked and bemoaned her situation until Mum got a bit perturbed. Lola, DOWN. She did, pouted, but laid down with just a bit of herself on the mat. Today she actually got on the entire mat. I tried using it for her bedtime mat but that did not go over well. Seriously, she is so human at times. She wouldn't even come into the room until I replaced the nice pink gel cooling mat with her torn and stinky blanket.  She was happy at last.

No, not trick photography but what everyone sees when they pass by our coach. Ozzie in the window. 

Two of my latest pieces going to their new homes. Yes, I love what I do!

My friend Alan brings fresh flowers for his rig every week and they look so beautiful in his window. Color and life. The only way to live isn't it. He left today and I am lucky to be able to enjoy these beauties for the week. Hmm, painting?? 

Ok, glass of wine, kick back on the couch and have some dinner in a bit.  Have a great night all and see you tomorrow! It may rain and that means, yes!, I get to wear my rain boots again. (OK Sheila, you are really strange about these rain boots..)  Ya but they are really comfy and sturdy enough that my hip doesn't hurt when I strut around with them on. (and they are just FUN!!)


Friday, August 4, 2017

Back In The Groove

I'm finally back in my groove of working which is very exciting. I'm working outdoors to get my oil painting work done then in the afternoon, coming back in to work on watercolors. Brushes are flying here!!

My outdoor studio. As long as I know that it won't rain I can leave my paints out and bring the artwork in. The people behind us have a fire every night and I could just imagine flecks of ash all over my work.  Dog hair? Acceptable, ash, no.

The finished product. The other day and my adventure to Michael's I found a package of pre cut 6' x 9' 140lb watercolor paper. 25 sheets and I even got a discount because the plastic had been torn open.  I tape it on a board I have for cutting and voila', I'm all set. I am totally in love with my new watercolors. Finding a color that I want to put down on the paper, I know that when it dries, it will be that same intensity. Then I layer and finish with some gouache and color for added "stuff".

So, today was Lola's bath day. Roger and I went out, soaked her down, soaped her up and washed her off. Next came the conditioner so we could work on mats. She decided to sit a few times in the dirt, sigh, but what can we say? She is the Queen and what Lola wants, Lola gets. She was good for about an hour then said, ok guys, enough is enough..or was it our backs saying that?  I went out of the coach wearing freshly washed jean capris and came back in with muddy, soaked jeans. But..Lola is clean and fluffy!

It's a lot of work being beautiful!!

Well time to take the Queen out for her afternoon stroll. Then probably have to redo the laundry. Roger turned off the water to the coach by mistake when he was turning off the water to the extra hose. I'm thinking the towels went through the whole cycle exactly like I put them in , dry and stinky. sigh. Oh well!  It's all part of the RV adventure.

Have a great night and see you tomorrow. More painting and my second attempt to ride my bike up the field pathway. Why? I don't know, just to see if I can I guess. Let you know!!! 😎


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sunflowers, Sheep And An Art Store

Yesterday we went to the Coppal Farm Sunflower Festival. Acres of sunflowers that they will harvest probably next week to make sunflower oil. A working farm with chickens, horses and sheep. We arrived there about 4:30 P.M. and checked in. I couldn't find my hat so I was toast by the end of our hike out to the area that they were growing but thankfully we bought water in the barn before we started out.

It was broiling hot and I was melting. The walkway in was a dirt path that was of course very uneven so by the time we actually got to the fields of flowers, I was uncomfortable and exhausted. (I totally believe if I can strengthen the muscles around my hip and stretch, I'll be ok for a few more years before a new hip is necessary. The surgeon I saw in Florida's first thought was surgery was the only option..yes, I'm suborn, and people here say they hardly see me limp so I'm doing good!) Back to the sunflowers.

Bees were pretty much in every flower. Busy busy bees not bothering with us even as we went in between stalks. Whew, because they were big busy bees!

Then we went to see the sheep. I have to say this was the highlight for me. They were all gathered together by the shed until the rooster crowed. I know, it sounds like the sound of a novel. The rooster crowed and all of a sudden they started moving towards us. First there were three together, then four following until the entire flock came along getting closer and closer. (Thinking Stephen King)

They would stop for a bit and chew the grass then suddenly, they all started to move quickly to the left. 

They came up close to the wire fence where we stood until something made then all run to the right like it was a blue light special at Kmart.  Not just moving quickly, but running. Was that blade of grass over there calling to them? I'll have to google to find out about sheep eating patterns. Just strange things I like to find out about. lol

I'm sure this guy may be a painting!!

I did think this may be an interesting composition at some time.

Roger and I went to Hampton to pick up my bike. It had a spa week getting new gears and polished and now it's home. Driving through the towns was refreshing and I just needed to take this photo as we went by. Maybe in Stratham.

And finally we stopped at Tractor Supply to get our bag of dog food and stop at Market Basket and me, Michael's. Danger, Danger!!! I go into an art store and I hear angelic voices..and I found a sale! Michael's always carried Grumbacher paints but I noticed they have switched to Gamblin. My brand of choice, but these Grumbacher paints were on sale! 13.00 paints for 3.99 and two were over 20.00 and I got them for 6.49. Yes, I bought more things, watercolor sheets and a few more brushes. 

Finally, we spent a few hours working on Lola's mats and trimming her paws! I was nervous that I'd mess her up but after trimming her chest fur and her legs and paws , she looks stunning. Bath to come and a bit more trimming but for now perfect!

So, have a great night and see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Monday And I took The Weekend Off

I did! Yesterday though I did play with my watercolors a bit. As I have stated before, I love the field just above the campground. It's where Lola and I take our strolls and I usually end up taking many photos with my phone. Yesterday I painted this and today it went to a new home! Very exciting.

Amazon delivered a new set of Qor (core) watercolors today, a set of 24, and I'm ready to go. Tonight the sky was amazing so, yes, more photos.  Maybe a series of "field" paintings will be coming. Here are a few of the photos.

Just look at that sky!!

I was talking with the owner, Pat, today and she said she enjoys watching us cross over the field. Lola's tail illuminates in the light swaying back and forth.

The road leading out of the campground and to the field.  I loved the way the light filtered through the trees and rested on the roadway.

Oh, I almost forgot, here's the pizza Roger made us the other night.!!

And now it's Tuesday! 

Roger made our first fire in the fire pit and I tried to finish the blog but, alas, it became dark! 

Just a small one for starters. Sammy laid down and was content while Ozzie decided to tunnel under the picnic table so he could have a dirt hole to lay in instead of on top of rocks. This morning my job was to clean up the area and refill the hole.  Lola, she wanted to go inside, then once in, to come back out again then to go back in. (Shades of my kids when they were younger).  Yes, I do find myself saying the same things to the dogs as I said to them.."Either in or out, I'm not opening that door one more time." She stayed out. She drooled non stop, rubbing her head against me because, dear lord, it was her bedtime and we were out in the dark in front of FIRE! Tonight we will do it again and hopefully by the time we roll out to our next adventure she will be a seasoned campfire girl! 

Just down the road from us here is a small farm where this guy lives. I stayed in the car with the window up, oh I have lived in Florida for too long, and took his photo.  I'm so loving it here.

These were a surprise! At the end of the entrance road to the field Lola and I met a man named Alan. He has a really tidy area and just comes on weekends and as we go by we chat. Lola barked once at him but then decided he was ok and laid down by me to wait til I finished gabbing. Later that day Roger took the boys to the field and when he returned he was carrying the flowers in their cool plastic, purple vase.  First surprised that Roger found flowers in the cool, purple vase out walking in the campground then surprised to hear that Alan gave him the flowers for me. They were meant for someone else, oh, second hand flowers, lol, but he wasn't seeing the person and was about to leave the grounds. I was thrilled.  He did leave before I could thank him but hopefully he will be back this weekend! 

Time to do some laundry, painting and sweep the sand out of the coach. 😮 This afternoon we are going to the sunflower festival. We drove by yesterday and the flowers have filled out even more. I'll post tonight or definitely tomorrow. So very excited to go walk through them!

Have a great day and see you again soon!


Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday's Odds And Ends

Years ago, when my two children were teens, we lived in a New Englander house. Cellar, first floor, second floor then attic with steep stairs. They had rooms in the attic area. Little known factoid, I took jazz and modern dance classes when they were 7 and 5 😲 and for years after wore my ballet slippers. One day I was up there chatting with my son and started down the stairs. He said I switched gears half way down the steps and as a result, now my hip is starting to fall apart.

This is how I sometimes start my day. Sacral blocks to get my pelvis to drop on one side and stop hurting. That was this morning.  It works and saves me from going to the chiropractor every other day.
Took Lola out for her morning walk and as she pulls me up the hill, my gait gets a bit easier. My service girl.

Oh yes, this will be a painting. I'm having a love affair with those Queen Anne Laces I tell ya! Our plan for bathing and grooming Lola today was lost. Roger painted the bays and I prepared two 5" x 7" watercolor pieces for painting.

Over the years I have painted these beauties in oil and their Mum asked for smaller watercolor pieces for hanging in a room she is redecorating. I've been working with a new watercolor paint called Qor. (pronounced core) They are made by Golden Artists paints and have a binder that allows the paint to stay vibrant. Watercolors usually dry so much lighter so I am loving these. I did the small watercolor ACEO yesterday using these Qor watercolors.

So, this morning while I was having coffee and thinking of the large watercolor piece I need to dive into and possibly doing a bit larger pieces, yes, I ordered a larger set of Qor paints.

Oh just look at all those colors!!! My friend Lou has them and she is having so much fun with them! 

Hmm, what's this? It's dough rising for Roger"s pizza! Our Friday night feast. And yes, it's delicious. Pics tomorrow!!

Have a great night everyone...see you tomorrow and hopefully we will have a clean and groomed Lola.


"What...I think I smell ok,,I think it's your issue guys!!"

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Just A Quick Hello

I had a rough nights sleep so today was what I call a fuzzy day. It was chilly and we had our windows open with the Fantastic fan drawing in the breeze. Sammy must have felt a bit chilly so he climbed up on the bed and put his head on my hip. I tried to turn over but he wouldn't budge. Oh well.

I waited like a little kid for the rain so I could wear my rain boots but, alas, just a sprinkle. I could have worn them, who would have known or cared? Silly me.

On our way to the field we walk up the main road past the office.  Ok Lola, pull me along girl! And she does! Near the top she walks beside me so we practice our loose lead walking and her staying close.  She does really well.

Tonight the light is beautiful up there but again, I didn't bring my phone. The image is in my memory though and I think I could do it justice in paint. Today I did do a small ACEO original and I think I surprised myself. Then ordered a 24 set of Qor watercolors from Amazon and I'm going to paint  larger. Very excited and I've found I have more patience being in a peaceful place.

3.5" x 2.5" ACEO watercolor on 300lb paper. I call it "Lola's Path" and is available on my artist page on facebook.

It is supposed to be warm and sunny tomorrow! Guess what we plan on doing! No not going to a stable to clean horses...we have our own "horse", (sorry Lola, you are petite) She so needs to be groomed so we will attempt to clean her up. I'll let you know!

So have a great night and see you tomorrow.