I love this shot of my tea today - the steam was rising up to fog the lens of my camera.
Today's tea is Red Clover tea - beneficial for symptoms of menopause - or so they say.
I went to the library yesterday and found what I hope will be good books.
The one I started last night is Night Navigation, by Ginnah Howard.
It's about a woman and her adult son who is bi-polar and a drug addict.
It's a novel about their relationship.
I stayed up longer than I intended to. I guess I got sucked in.
The next book The Hidden, by Tobias Hill, is an archeological mystery/thriller.
I loved the cover of both of these books.
I say you CAN tell a book by it's cover - often :)
And this is Lawn Boy, by Gary Paulsen:
I read with kids at school and have discovered that if they read aloud with a Jolly Rancher in their mouth they do an amazingly excellent job with their reading fluency. I think reading out loud and sucking on a hard candy at the same time helps their brain not try so hard with each word. It all just flows better. Plus - there's the enjoyment factor of a good book and a yummy candy at the same time. Not quite so dry an experience.
I have more books from my library at the bottom of my sidebar. I recently updated it to include only the books I really really enjoyed. My favorite of all time being The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa.
please visit these other tea on tuesday tea parties today:
Your comments always always bring a smile to my face!
Like this one last week:
hola kimmie!!!!this is a party of inchies!!!!!they are more than beautifull!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lots of minie creations and an enormous talent!!!!!hermoso kimmie!!!!besos and l wish you a very mice and happy week!!!!
Your critique and encouragement is important to me .... it's the closest thing I have to being in art class.
Teri said: "I love the trees"- I was being a little bit lazy and they are a happy accident
Elizabeth said: "I am so interested in hearing about your artistic process"- I lightly sketched the basic composition in pencil. I break down the shapes of things. So the trees in the foreground have a definite shape and boundary; the trees marching up the ridge are shaped like pebbles; and the rolling hills and ridges are larger, flatter stones. I think that my poor eyesight trained me to see things as shapes.
Ale said: "and if you think something is missing ... what??? some of your lovely words perhaps??" - I don't think I'll add any words to this - but I may take Jan's photograph and make some altered art with it and add words there.
Monica O said: "it's an original and naive landscape painting"- I can't even begin to tell you what a compliment that word "naive" is to me. That was my goal.
Terri Kahrs said: "walk away from it for a few hours and then go back to it with new eyes"- always always good advice .... that could be a life rule for just about anything :)
Renee said: "wondering when/if you would get back to painting in the style you used with the dots (Australia)"- my comfort level is not very high with trying to paint what I see - sometimes it's just easier to play with paper and glue - especially when it's only one inch.
Elizabeth said: "if I could paint like that, I would be happy, happy."- if it made me happy, I could quit taking so much Vitamin D, B complex, fish oil and St. John's Wort - just kidding :)
I love oatmeal .... but I'm pretty sure oatmeal (and wheat too) doesn't love me. The Sweet Husband and I are trying to go gluten free - I don't know if you know anything about that - but it's not too hard to do. For instance, I thought oatmeal was a thing of the past. But I found this yum yummy hot cereal from Bob's Red Mill: "Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal." Oh my goodness - they are not kidding! I made mine with apple juice instead of water, added plain yogurt and a drizzle of honey ..... y u m! And the tea? Tetley's British Blend .... a delicious and bright tea for the morning.
I took some time off from blogging and creating last week while the kids were out of school. When I was a kid it used to be called "Easter Vacation," for these guys it's "Spring Break," and from year to year it's iffy if it will coincide with Easter at all.
This year was great, they were off the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
It really felt like Easter Vacation :)
One of the things we did was visit a local art museum.
I'm always drawn to the native american art.
Here are some beautiful cut glass bowls with traditional northwest native motifs:
Here is the one of the bowls in it's entirety:
I think it's a frog.
Shortly after this I was told to put my camera away.
I should have known better.
Anyway, it was a lovely visit to the museum, and a beautiful Easter Vacation.