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Oil painting ❤️

My attempt at replicating a painting Ron’s great-grandmother did. I’m pretty happy with it as long as I’m not looking at the two paintings side by side😂

Now that the barn/house is done I’ve had a little extra time to pursue my love of painting.

Santa brought me oil paints for Christmas, that’s all it took to fuel the flame.

I have wanted to take lessons forever! I remember thinking that as soon as both of my kids were in school I’d start taking lessons.😂

Well, now all of my grandkids are in school so I figured I’d better stop putting it off.

Letting those 35 years pass by has made taking lessons much more convenient, I can do them all online 😉

If any of you have been putting off pursuing something you love I want to encourage you to just jump in and do it. Don’t wait!

Here are some of the paintings I’ve done. They are all on canvas boards.

I’ll list the price next to the ones that are for sell if any of you are interested 🥰

5×7 Pears and Glass Bottle $25
5×7 Single Pear $25
5×7 Three Pears $25
5×7 Landscape $25
9×12 Lemons $50
This little one I’m keeping. At one point in painting it I was so frustrated and unhappy with it that I was going to toss it. I persevered and eventually it turned out pretty well. It’s a reminder to me not to give up🥰

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my artistic endeavors.

Please pursue some yourself, it’s not too late🥰

The barn is done!

It’s been so long since I’ve posted anything that I’m not certain I even remember how😂

My mom has been after me to post pictures of our completed home. So I had better get on it!

I know I haven’t been good about keeping you up to date on our progress and for that I apologize. I would like to say that I will be better about it in the future, but I will not make a promise that I most certainly won’t keep 😂😉

Progress at the Farm!

It’s been almost a year since I’ve written a blog post! What a year it’s been too…

Ron and I have been super busy building our home. The only things we haven’t done ourselves so far was the cement foundation and putting the shingles on the roof. We did bring in some muscle a few times, AKA, Sam our son-in-law.

I’ll have to say that this whole global pandemic thing has given us plenty of time to work on the house.

Here are some photos to catch you up on all the progress.

The posts going up
Beams

The inside of the house is all framed and the rough plumbing is in.

So now you’re all caught up😉

I’ll try to post again before next year😂

What!?! It’s been six months?!?!

What have I been doing?

It’s been quite awhile since I have written a blog post, just about six months. The time has flown by since we left pipelining to be home full time.

In that time we have started a handyman business and I have been teaching pottery classes.

Handymaning (as we call it😊)

Fine tuning doors at a magnificent beach house

A boulder (from our property) fountain

A huge, beautiful door Ron built❤️

Our good friend, Sally, got us started with a few well placed social media post!🎉🎉🎉

We have been busy ever since. Currently we are booked about three weeks out!

Ron is loving the variety of work and the challenges that some of the jobs bring. I work with him as his assistant most days.

Pottery Classes

I have been enjoying introducing people to the art of pottery.

I do an introduction to the pottery wheel class and also a pinch pot class.

It has been a lot of fun to see how different each person’s pieces turn out, their personalities totally come through in their pottery ❤️

New life, new challenges

Along with this new life of being home full time comes some challenges that I didn’t expect.

As I have mentioned before I struggle with depression and anxiety. Changes in my “normal ” routine causes me stress, which in turn affects my anxiety and depression in a bad way🤪

I find it very frustrating that being home and pursuing all the good things that God has brought our way has been tainted with the worst depression and anxiety that I have ever experienced.

With the constant urging of my daughter I have finally taken the much need step of going to counseling.

I am hopeful…

Pretty photos from the farm to end with…

Hopefully it won’t be six more months before you hear from me again…😉

Getting stuff done…

Weed eating…

I’ve been spending a good part of most days with this lovely weed eater😩

I’ve always tried to stay ahead of the weeds when they’re little, but we didn’t get back from New Mexico until the weeds were already waist high… so I weed eat and weed eat…

I finally feel like I’m making headway 🎉

When I’m not weed eating plants I’m planting plants😂

Ron made me a nice little sitting area with some of the boulders he has been finding.

Josie and Dallan asked if I would plant some lambs ears for them. Finding a nursery that had them was a bit of a challenge, but I finally found some along with some lavender and ridged verbena, all favorites from gardens I have had in the past.

Wild flowers

While I’ve been weed eating I have also found some pretty wildflowers 🙌

Here is an arrangement of wildflowers and wild sage that I picked.

Roses…

I even have a few rose bushes in my garden area by the fifth wheel that are blooming!

All in all…

I’ll have to say that I am enjoying being home! Even with all the weed eating I have to do, I still like being here and seeing the farm starting to shape up😍