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Weeeeee... into the forest I go to lose my mind & find my soul!
Look at all the many different leaves in one tiny space... imagine the possibilities!
Different shapes & Different shades.
Each lovely & useful it it's own way.
What secrets they hold for improving our world... we don't yet understand.
Just Like Humans.
Different shades & shapes..
Makes Canada what it is - Absolutely BEAUTIFUL.
`Green gradients glisten graciously, God.
Happy Canada Day!
I cannot pack all day & paint all night - pack I must!
It has been an enjoyable process for the most part... I've had friend offer & help & thank you - other than 'memeories at a time when you are already emotionally & physically tired- oh well... good & bad - I thank God for them ALL. As usual Storm is supportive & tolerant of my outbusrts, moodswings & occassional rants & messages.. & typo's. ;)
Like this a.m. when I found out Norm had over 20 orders for coffins & props - e mails he's not seen because he never checks his WWW! He was shocked - one person from Georgia is interested in Nightmare Before Christmas prop - our last Mayor also sold to an American (shipping was not cheap) & this is Norms dream come true too.. to have some time to finally build & focus on his own props.. after the 'to Do' list is complete . So he better learn to check his email... in his spare time.
I shall try to assist.
After my initial - rant- "I have to read his e mail too now!!?"
Norm was very excited to know he's had that much interest.. not me, I know how talented he is & I do tell him all the time. When he's not trying to push my buttons by sending a TEXT:
Please, bring me beer.
He knew it would get a reaction and was laughing as soon as he sent it.
Typical Canada Day - 27 years later. The only missing element is Storm.
I miss his cooking too- lol
I am grateful this Canada Day.
I LOVE Canada - I do think it is one of the best countries in the world with one of the best world leaders who also loves Canada. A editorial cartoonist has been fired -Michael de Adder in Canada for drawing a Trump toon... I would give him a medal & will say thank you! IT was fantastic... right to the point.
One door closes more will open for him - Perfect editorial cartoon of what many of us do feel is happening currently - nothing. & he plays golf as Americans beat themselves up at protests and humans wash ashore like dead fish.... Fore!
I need to draw - I can not deny - I admitted recently - I feel a bit grumpy because I can't paint.. it's my meditation - napping more seems to do the trick - lol
I have been sketching tho... maybe it is a good time for me to draw a few editorials..
let off a bit of steam.
Very excited to see a new view of Canada from my living room window... Eh!
Soon Baboon!! -Bird chirps! lol
Bird is excited too! ...the little creeper is reading over my shoulder again.
Happy Canada Day
With THC & TLC
We drove up to see the property... now that is legally ours, to do a bit of measuring.
Norm has to build a kennel attached to the house as soon as possible - the first day up there he has to install a dog door and add a contained covered kennel no dogs can escape or no creatures can enter, I am designing it today.... I'll be distracted with all the moving & can't stress about the girls wandering off.
We included Ginger & Poppy on our visit to see their new home - commenting before we left "I'll leave Daisy till next time in case she sees a deer & takes off". Norm remarked "you're pushing it George - expecting to see a deer your first day..." (snicker). I ignored him.
When we arrived I hopped out of the truck & said let's walk our NEW driveway girls for the FIRST TIME! Wheeeeee - they quickly behind me run up ahead a few feet - the sun was shining - patches on sunlight danced on the driveway, I couldn't have imagined a more beautiful day... then they both stopped - I looked at the girls to see they froze & were both looking in the same direction - I looked up and there she was!
A huge beautiful Doe looking me as if to say "Oh... hello. "
I froze like a deer in the headlights - our eyes locked. It was love at first sight. lol
They started to move I said "Don't dare... " looked up & the deer was gone.
Just like that- I then realized (of course) I had my iPad in my hands - Arrrgh.
No matter - it was the moment. God welcomed me home.
Or agent -when I said 'I saw my first deer!!" said soon you'll say - oh it's just another dammed deer.. (lol - I take it he's seen a few) & warned me to be careful as he has hit a few in all the years he's been up there. Elated I said "I can't wait to see a bear!" his reply - YES, you can... & then proceeded to tell me about the time the bear attacked his son. Cowabunga- I needed to hear it- I was already walking the woods- la de da...- Norm has no clue where I was.. lol I will be investing in a air horn & bear spray & promised NOT to feed. Our agent said what helped save his son was he had the common sense (while a bear was biting him) to push his truck alarm & frightened the bear - He is lucky to be alive from what I heard. So, no - I won't be encouraging any bears to pose for a portrait.
Norm & I are both tired- Norm more so - on top of things he rescued 2 baby -viscous behaving- raccoons off the roof, they look yesterday like they were going to pass out from heat. look thin & dehydrated -I've seen them a week- no mom in sight. ;( I ffed them- they ate it all- bananas, smoked salmon (all I had at the time) lol - almond butter & cherries! All the food was gone this morning- I'm waiting for animal control to Pick them up.
It's time to pack!! Want to see my backyard? A few photos below - we need to build a new deck and spruce it up a bit - nothing we can't handle- Oh - where to hand my tiki??
All I could think about was that deer - & NOW anytime that stress anxiety kicks in b-I think of that deer waiting to welcome me home join me for coffee. I painted it - I had too - just a small one- for me to remember that moment - God sent the perfect welcome wagon.
Dreams come true- have faith.
With TLC & THC Georgia
Next the trash pandas portrait & free coloring sheet to DL, found while packing.
April fools it appears we are - first we woke up to more snow! lol The sunshine is melting it quickly tho, and today is the day privately owned dispensaries are permitted to open legally - those who won the Cannabis store lottery- apparently only one is officially ready to open... jokes on us again? I did see on the news one place in particular - the woman states in interview (more or less - I'm not sure of exact wording) This new 'Canadian dispensary' - bragged how they wanted to start off right' & they hired an American company to design the store - WTF? I'm not going there to shop... it's that simple.
Believing the USA has better creative humans/resources than right here in Canada...
is a joke.
Canada is incredibly Creative.
It's not personal my American friends - I KNOW you would feel the same & to be perfectly honest - I think it's a recipe for failure here in Canada (well they do have the cannabis that will help them) look at all the 'big USA brand stores designed, inspired by American mentality - currently not doing that well in Canada, several locations closed or closing.. Target for example. Many of these other places all appear somewhat 'cold, impersonal & very 'consumerism' driven. Not very Canadian imo..
Not friendly, approachable or enjoyable.. Eh?!
So - Happy April fools! 'one' more Cannabis store to visit - I'll wait to see what other creative CANADIAN inspirations appear before I choose to spend my Canadian money to support other Creative Canadians.
With TLC & THC
Have a terrific day!
I've got a date with a Space Monkey!
I'm missing mushrooms!
When the MST asked me if I would paint this years poster again - I jumped at the opportunity - I am missing mushrooms, other than the Enoki, Oyster or button in the fridge- I've not found too many- well I do spy some and take photos but nothing like we use to.
Storm is very busy with cannabis - we have not been able to go mushroom hunting - still he bought some and grilled them up for me just this past Sunday ;) (I love my son) & they were delicious- not to mention made the BEST ribs we have ever eaten- the best! - I'm so proud of him - living he life and learning how to cook too! hee hee hee Although he does not have the time. Storm was telling me the Mycological Society of Toronto & being the Foray director has been the best experience for him on countless levels
Storm will be attending the Fall Foray - he tells me it's a wonderful time- food, friends- mushrooms & surrounded by likeminded people- it's always a good time.
Sadly Storm informed me a young man who specialized in cooking (mushrooms) at last years foray has been in an accident and is in a coma .. ;( I'm going to donate this art and a ceramic piece for the foray weekend, I understand there might be a fundraiser for the young man.
Besides Cannabis- Musrhooms are my favourite thing to paint!
Gifts from God for our viewing pleasure.
Today I'm painting "Moonlight harvest" ... not long now Canada!!
with TLC & THC
*** If you are reading this and live in the vicinity of me:
KEEP YOUR DOORS LOCKED, PLEASE!
There was several break-in's all around OUR home - that they are aware of and apparently one person woke to find the THIEF in the bedroom!!! We have dogs- they sleep all over the house - one sleeps in the living room, if anyone even steps on our driveway they bark! I did yell at Daisy - Sat around 2:30 to stop barking. Who knows. When the police officer came to the house he said himself - "It's good to have guard dogs" as they all Barked at him.
Please consider getting & loving a DOG - RESCUE a dog! Get one from the shelter...
You will have one of the best security systems ever, with love & care- you'll also have a new friend. The police came to our home to see our camera footage - but there was nothing - Poppy although not big (except for her EARS) can hear a vehicle pull in the driveway when out back in the gazebo & Ginger is going to be the same - I can tell. Be safe..
IF there had been anything on our cameras - I would have gladly given it to the police in hopes they catch the SCUM.
"Wouldn't it be cool if my TiniWeenieTiki had a Tiki Hut to sell them from?"
I saw the light in Norms eyes twinkle when I said it.. "I drew a sketch... in case you're curious" (lol).
I tell you - it's one of those times.. I am reminded we make a very good creative team- I enjoy creating on paper/canvas/wood - and he enjoys creating in a different dimension - you could say. While I was busy in the back yard painting Tiki - he was in the garage.
Later in the day he said "Come see your Tiki Bar!" When I walked into the garage and saw my sketch come to life in front of me - I felt emotional. Grateful.
I felt ... loved.
I know what he is capable of & I know how long his "ToDo" list is. - lol The fact that he stopped it all to make this awesome Tiki Bar- in record time was appreciated more than flowers, dinner and bonbons! You can't 'Buy' love. You can pay a prostitute :) & they do deserve your money - but true love... NFS.
You can't buy love - but you can express your love & appreciation in countless ways.
This was one of those ways and I am grateful.
My TiniWeenieTiki will be at the show this Saturday - look for the TIKI hut.
I'm not sure how the show will go, it's never easy to put yourself out there & to put a price on your work' one that others might not agree with- usually thats because they have no concept of how long it takes to create something, the many steps & brushstrokes involved.
Perhaps no tiki will sell - maybe they will all sell! I really don't care because I enjoy them & I KNOW they will make my friends & family smile.. that alone has been worth creating them and you'll soon see they progress into garden totems, animal tiki totems & more. Every new day I'm excited to be imagining the new Tiki I'll create the nest day. Be sure mohave a peek at the TIKI Bar- I've made it a TIKI Fortune telling bar- with 37 different responses- It's simple- what ever you read first - when you walk up to the TIKI bar- is what the TIKI want's you to focus on! hee hee
The trick is to keep trying.
Trying by being creative, expressing yourelf- let yourself shine- no matter what ANYONE else thinks. Remember when at a show - the only ones who ever say anything negative are those who are jealous, insecure, usually not creative themselves or just nasty f*ckng people with nothing better in their lives so they knock others work. LOOK, and listen WHERE it is coming from - wish them well - tell them to fuck off and keep moving forward. ;)
Below a couple of detailed shots of the 'Tiki Fortune telling bar' - even the bamboo that holds up the roof is 'painted PVC pipe. ;) Today- Back to painting Cannabis for me! Taking a tiki break- I read today Canopy/Canada is researching cannabis for dogs & creating a dog food with it in it! - YEAH! I'm so grateful to read knowing soon our pets will have the same options- safer than pills in many cases I've no doubts! The times they are a changing!
with TLC & THC
Something happened I did not expect.. I knew I would be happy when Cannabis finally became legal but happy - doesn't quite cut it- I Am FUCKING ELATED!
I CAN'T FUCKING BELIEVE IT!!
If Justin Trudea was here I would be hanging off his neck (are you reading this Crusty?) thanking him and hugging him and trying not to squeeze the life out of him - like Agnes with the Unicorn in 'Despicable me... Thank You Justin! Thank you for realizing above all else how Cannabis prohibition (drug prohibition) is harming Canadians because of unjust laws. Thank you for letting Canadians decide how we should be able to enjoy ourselves. Thank you for ending the insanity of cannabis prohibition and setting an example for the rest of the world to witness and hopefully follow.
* My son reminds me "it's not officially legal but it is unstoppable..." now we just need the date, and that won't be long now.. a few weeks?
I read over and over again- of course a few politicians -still fear mongering, still stalling- the Conservative government - would have found a million excuses and kept sending our youth to jail - I would now like to see convictions overturned for cannabis offences- especially for simple offences like being busted for personal use. I read so much my minds still swimming - the sense of relief you have no idea.. of course a little wave of 'I told you so..' is there too. I told you so... In our life time.
The Sun, the moon & the truth- Cannabis is not what we have been led to believe for decades. Yes, I've lost friends & family over cannabis arguments - sadly countless have- especially between parents and children (young adults)...
Suddenly I don't feel as mush as a 'loss' as a 'CLEANSE'. Good riddance.
Anyone who judges you over your personal use of cananbis - especially medically - speaks volumes about them. Every time I read "we need more education" - I actually chuckle- It's ALL we have been reading about as Canadians for over a year easily & lets face it - we ALL should be somewhat responsible NOW for ourselves and for educating our OWN children on cannabis - the resources are abundant.
Yes, there will be problems, a few more hurdles- like marketing, products, dispensaries.. - a few humans will mess up- IF you try cannabis & it's not for you - duh- don't use it. How difficult is that - some people just don't get it- they will consume cannabis & drink alcohol, they do now.. will Canada wake up stoned and everyone start to get hight all the time - no, life will go on as is because we all still have bills to pay, lives to live and a purpose to fulfil. After the realization finally set in- I found myself losing all feelings anger I've had... with legalization come realization and who can ask for anything else?
Yesterday was one of the most peaceful days I've experienced in years.. napping outdoors - I woke feeling new hope about cannabis in Canada.
Recently on IG - I 'unfollowed' anyone that had anything to do with cannabis- for a few reasons, mostly because when I'm missing my son- seeing all his/our friends only makes me miss him more, it's a constant reminder when I'm trying to focus on other issues. It has me wondering how does anyone break up in a relationship in this day with social media?! It would be harder to do and to move on.. & then I feel forlorn because it's all people I truly like (& care about) and have to re-follow. Ha, so those I unfollow and re follow - I really like you.. hahaha, ahhhh social media. We all have bigger issues to be concerned with. I'm sorry, I simply do what I feel works best... it's not always the case in hindsight.
Now we need to focus on All that will continue to go right Canada - CELEBRATE!
This is for Justin.. thank you.
Canada is a Moose. A moose on the loose in a cannabis garden star gazing while grazing.
Thank You Canada - for ending the insanity!
With TLC& THC
Don't teach them to post nasty remarks on strangers pages... I read how young girls are becoming meaner at younger ages - in nursery school. Where the heck do you think they learn it? Are they listening to mean moms? Watching mean moms sitting beside mom - watching some HorribleHousewife show? In nursery school?!
Why would anyone watch these shows where women backstab, fight, argue, alienate other women? Who wants to aspire to this? What do you take away from that sort of TV?
Mean baby girls learn from BIG mean Girls.
I know when I pay attention to mean women, I can start to feel a little mean myself...
I'd rather paint.
Mean girls/women don't have to say anything- some are incredibly manipulative - they do it other ways.. I know a few, we all do. I just listened to a pod cast- the 'new thing' is to 'alienate people online' - TRY to embarrass them on social media - try to remember it all stems from fear, hate & jealousy.
This morning I was reminded how serious it all can be when I read this story:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/jeremy-quaile-knightley-dog-death-calgary-1.4602948 It's sad all around.. there is a common demonator- ALCOHOL.
Trolls alienate with little words here and there, spread hate & lies... just like in grade school - if you don't belong to their 'little Clique', follow their rules, kiss their ass = you are worthless - little spoiled brats turn into middle school bitches who grow up to be first class c*nts. Everyone talks about 'how bad men are' - women can be equals in every way.
Imagine how hard it is for little girls NOW... as much as I as 'an adult' try to ignore and keep positive.... stuff still gets to me sometimes. It hurts at ANY age. Men & women.
What do you do? Start to agree with what you don't agree with? Feel sorry for yourself? Hash it out with them on Facebook- for many to watch with few understanding.
Teach your little girls:
Turn off the petty bullshit & turn in and turn on your talents!
When they can't hurt them with words they try to alienate & 'Black list' ... Brendan Frazer experienced the same ordeal, first sexually abused then black listed. I HOPE more men talk about #metoo. A tag team black listed me - an American & Canadian - 2 Cannabis (self proclaimed) Queens. At first I was confused & hurt.. why? Now.. who cares? Phhhbbt. Frankly after watching these women the past 7 years & hearing from many about their behind the scenes antics - they are the last people I would want to socialize with or be associated with in real life. I see them no longer as they represent themselves to others - NOW, I see them how they truly appear & have presented themselves to me.
DELETE negative comments on your social media page. DELET/BLOCK nasty people.
I don't get many negative comments thankfully, but I've seen many on friends pages- from strangers who don't even know them. Delete them. Quick, press a button gone. Just like they should be - why give them any satisfaction of spreading anger & hate with nothing better to do in this life - they are truly the saddest & angriest.
Please take the time to comment something truly positive & nice today on social media,
I look for other artist - I know a little encouragement goes a long way. It's easy.
Focus on your gift & keep improving, be in your bliss, enjoy your day.
Let nasty continue to Focus on nasty= mean gets nastier, uglier, two in particular have gone down hill the past few years... who do they have to blame? Themselves.
I don't know how I would handle if I had a little girl who related feeling like this so early - I would teller to get use to it because it'g going to happen to her, her entire life & then I'd teach her to paint or garden, sew...
I'm painting some POSITIVE, beautiful women- women who raise up and encourage on this planet - who help each other & help the planet. Actually, today I'm painting a monkey in space - to promote DARK week. :)
I just found out this amazing ICON, this incredible woman is in Toronto - 'sold out'.. I wish I could see her so much.. instead I'll honour & thank her with a painting.
You are created to create!
Let the haters hate.
With TLC & THC
I've been spending most of my time in bed this week, too much time to think feeling exhausted, stuffed up blowing my nose until it's raw but I do think I'm on the other side of it now, the trick will be to avoid Norm who is only now starting to get sick.
We have no problems avoiding each other, earlier this week something happened & I lost it', which I do about once a day with Norm. The thing is - he 'get's it' for example with this particular incident I have asked him several times to: FIX it. Nicely at first, then a little more aggravated then finally it escalates to "F*CKING FIX IT NOW!!!" & IT gets fixed! Usually in moments - that frustrates me more. It could have all been so easily avoided.
So much stress could be avoided.
Norm put a square in the wall in my office a while ago making it easier to access the attic but he did not finish, I understand many can relate but the big square - has flown out of the wall and onto my desk (like a ghost pushed it) a few times- I was not even in the room the last time and it smashed a monkey vase I have and broke a new bong, bong water all over my desk & bird journal. Poor Bird! I wonder what went through his mind when it happened. It has happened a few times and each time I've said "fix it". Years.
All it took was ONE f*cking screw - I'm not exaggerating.
Anyhow, he knew I was angry and TIRED of being angry.. he disappeared into the garage (as usual) 'good riddance' I thought still upset about my vase - it will have to be custom made -luckily I have a few glass making friends. Norm redeemed himself very quickly when he re appeared - he made the perfect holder for my new iPad & cover. It took him a about an hour, screwed into place (2 screws this time), is adjustable and slides out of the way when I don't need it so NOW I can make some 'real time painting videos. I tried with my 'Mystic Molecule Meow' and it works great, as soon as I get the lighting right and figure out how to paint with out moving my canvas all over I'll share one!
It might be a raccoon surrounded by cannabis (my current painting)
It would be a great way to teach a lesson or two, maybe I'll make a few learn to draw videos like I use to teach kids, I woke excited 'to try' today - thanks Norm.
Sometimes I think - wow, he is handy to have around. Other times - NOT so much.
What do you do? 26 years - people grow apart, people do change... as we should.
Someone asked me recently - have you changed your mind about leaving?
No, I have not. Painting takes up a great deal of my time- I'd rather do it than watch T.V, socialize with mindless chatter - I want to paint. & living with someone they expect you to 'what ever'. I'm done what ever-ing. I'm tired of daily arguments, which are impossible to ignore, I've tried. I'm tired of thinking about what to feed others, are they remembering to .. you know - wife stuff.. and I have this condition- as if you're not aware ;( & it is not fun.. I just don't have it in me anymore to be here for anyone else.
I can easily go without speaking for days- so why not live alone, without the added stress? & I won't mind if a new project is started because I won't be living IN it.
Time will tell. If it's part of Gods plan, it will happen.
He sure is handy to have around sometimes... I'd bet he thinks that of me too, sometimes.
Love 26 years later.. romantic dinner & sex? Phhhhhbt.
Take out & netflix not even- we are all sick with the flu.
Most couples don't last past 5 years so be careful if you judge me, better yet - wait until you have been with your partner for 26 years and then let's chat.
It's Valentines day and I wonder is there love here?
Yes. No doubts in my mind. A lot of love.
Different for sure but there is still & always will be love between us & for that I'm grateful.
We won't be 'celebratingc, we will probably be avoiding each other - MORE.
There are many versions of LOVE. I hope you feel love in some way today.
Happy Valentines day.
I 'feel loved' by my pets too - yesterday, Bird was missing me - he flew in the bedroom and slept on the lamp above my bed until I got up 2 hours later! It was the sweetest little gesture of love covered in feathers.
Show yourself some love today, above all else.
xox with Love
new art next & TN Talks.
I love pockets! They are so handy, you can fill them full of love like in this card!
Valentine card # 3. I've really enjoyed making these cards with the intent to have others make them. It's not that difficult! Explore your creative side & I've mad it easy for you- fear free! ! I was sent an image from a young woman who made the 'Honey jar card in DE! It turned out terrific and she made it herself (without the printout) with my instruction, with feeling so crummy it really came at the perfect moment. Nice to see & it gave me a little boost - I had to make the pocket card which has been in my mind for over a week.
It was a lovely way to spend a Saturday - it took me longer with this cold' but I feel worse when I don't paint so I decided to try & then the next thing I know it was complete and I felt accomplished and ready for my next nap! lol This card was fun, make your own, use my template.. It's really easy to paint the front, it's more or less shades of blue pointed with a BIG brush then some lines with a finer brush and a bit of red. You would only need to buy 2 colors- because you can make the darker shaded by mixing the two to get a purple :D Below is the image containing the pocket contents!
Print it out, cut them out and put them in your pocket!
Have fun! - What might you leave out or add in?
I'd include a real joint for fun too- thats the idea behind the card you could add a gift card, stickers, cash - anything that's slightly 'flat'. I'm keeping this card! It looks cute on my desk!
See below to see how to make this card! Share with someone you love or try to make one for yourself! I hope what ever your plans you have a LOVELY day! & btw- Im continuing to make cards filled with love all month & all share another soon - I've been busy with some fun templates- wait until you see how creative 'You' can be!
The free download printable "pocketstuff" image is below!
Supplies I used:
Water color blank cards (and envelope)
paper for pocket goodies (or printed version*)
Print and glue onto cardboard first for extra strength!
Gouache paint: red & blue You can use any pant or supplies- I suggest red & blue ;)
paint brushes 1 large flat and one small detail.
scissors, white craft glue
Made with TLC & THC
!! I realize the condom was an after thought! I've been married 26 years people.
The condom was an after thought.. so just add the REAL deal!
Which is much better than the sentiment anyway! xox G
Georgia... On My Mind.