THE LAST OF 0 - SEVEN...

These pictures were taken Sunday afternoon. It was extremely windy and we don't usually have a "surf's up" here, but there was one this time. Not exactly Maui or even East Coast Florida but it was certainly different for the usually calm Gulf waters. I couldn't stay out on the beach long because the sand was blowing so hard it was biting. As you can see, there were not too many beachgoers. Later, a tornado came through and flattened a jail in a neighboring county. Temps are cold (to me), about 45 degrees, but we will have high 70's again by mid week. That's the Christmas season in the sub tropics!
Even Johnny looks a bit hunched against the chill. It was funny watching the gulls get pushed around by the wind.


This green water is usually blue. If you enlarge this one, you can really see how the wind is pushing the surf as it rolls over.










This will be my last post for this year. Taking a blogging break since I'm off work until January and maybe I can get some art and writing done. I will still be visiting blogs though, and of course my email is always open. I wanted to post the lovely holiday cards I've been receiving as a sidebar decor, but....drat....my scanner seems to have bit the dust! Oh, Santa baby...

The photo below is the International Peace Choir. I want to leave you all with the spiritual poem these precious children recited on the Peace on Earth CD by KITARO....If you have holiday stress, get this CD and get lost in the amazing musical talents of KITARO.




GREAT SPIRIT
All living things come face to face with the Great Spirit
And the Great Spirit dwells within all living things
Trees
Flowers
Water
Birds
Wind
All things.
At times the Great Spirit is severe,
At times the Great Spirit is soothing,
Encompassing all life.
Every place the Great Spirit dwells
Is a source of gentle, crystal light.
And within that light we become one,
Floating as in the mothers's warm body,
Living together as children of the earth,
Without time...
Without end...
Without time...
Without end...
Without time...
Without end...
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Blessings.........from me to you!







IT'S STILL CHRISTMASSY AROUND HERE.....

A few more photos of Christmas in Florida. These are homes in my neighborhood that people have decorated. Some went really all out. Some are subtly beautiful. And some are, well....you decide. ;)
This is the dock at McDonalds. There was only one small boat there this morning, but later in the day there is usually waiting room only and lots of larger boats. The wind wasn't blowing when I took this photo so it's hard to tell, but that little red dot at the end of the dock is a Golden Arches flag! Get your burgers here! This looks across the intracoastal to the beach. The Gulf of Mexico is on the other side of those buildings.
And back to the hood! See? We have snowmen in Florida!
A manger scene. Was very beautiful in reality. My camera doesn't do night very well.
Oh geesh! An orb!
This may be Dancer and Prancer...
Notice the orange tree towards the front...
Can't have Florida without palm trees...


Somebody is into Nascar...
And Mickey Mouse...
And more Nascar... Isn't that Tony Stewart dressed in a Santa suit?

That's all folks.


MORE AROUND HERE.....

Roxie guards her new Christmas teddy bear (complete with squeaker). She couldn't wait til Christmas day. Spoiled little brat dog!

An origami Christmas ornament made by the Japanese Sumi-e instructor at work. She said it takes about an hour a day for a month, folding these little papers into a ball. The photo does not do it justice. It's totally amazing and I treasure it. An adult Wood Stork. This wader with it's 66" wingspan, is on the endangered list. A flock of them hang around my neighborhood. In the 1980's, there were only 250 pair left, down from about 40,000 pair 30 years before. The wood stork chronicles the deterioration of the everglades ecosystem, which was their original home. More evidence of global warming, development, and Big Sugar farming!
Santa sits in a lawn chair under a neighbor's palm tree, waving at passersby in today's 84 degree sunshine. Yep, this is the Christmas season in Florida! :)
to be continued.........

AROUND HERE.....

Christmas time in Florida is not what one see's on TV, with the snowy yards and kids making a snowman and having snowball fights. Rather, it's usually mildly warm (in the 70's) and sunny. If Santa wears his suit, he will be roasted. He would have to even shave his beard and catch some rays.

I'll try to take some more pics and show what it's like here, so we can all have a variety of holiday scenes. (I've been visiting some really snowy blogs!!!) These pictures are of "Holiday Cards" that are in the park across the street from where I work. I forget the size, but they are bigger than a door. They were painted a couple of years ago by myself, along with the previous art director, and a couple of volunteers. Together, I think we all did a pretty good job! These "cards" (painted on wood) were done at the request of the City of Indian Rocks Beach and are put up in the beautiful park each year. There are about twenty in all. I only took pictures of a few.


This tree is the one in the lobby where I work. All the ornaments on the tree are hand painted by members of the art center, and are being sold as a fund raiser.











More later. Have a HAPPY day!!!
EDIT: After reading a couple of the comments (thank you!) I thought I should clarify that this is not "my" art, but rather a combination of all of us who worked on these cards, and the artwork and ideas mostly came from altered, old holiday cards.

VERY EARLY MORNING



The moon at 5:13 a.m. today, beginning to lower over the Gulf of Mexico in Florida.
Think of the stillness, the total quiet in the cool early morning air.
No birds yet winging or calling, except the silent-winged owl going home,
no traffic on this Sunday morning,
no barking dogs.
Only the sound of my bare footsteps echoing softly in the crisp, dewy grass.
Close your eyes for a brief time and search deeply into your soul.
Find a moment of peace.
Enjoy your day!

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WHAT ONE DOODLES WHEN BANISHED TO THE PORCH WHILE THE CARPET IS BEING CLEANED!

I came upon a large conch shell as I walked along the shore at sunset.
The gentle waves lapped at the edges of the wonderous pink and white shape,
rolling and pushing at this marvelous crustaceous covering,
foamy bubbles washing in and out of the mysterious opening.
I pondered, in my small way, what miracle had taken place
to mold and shape this spectacular beauty.
And why is it here, washed up on this lonely shore.
Is it because it has outlived its usefulness?
Is this out of the way beach its final resting place,
to become dried by the blazing sun that would soak up it's brilliant, wet shine
and leave it dull and uninteresting,
with no one to give it a glance as they walked by?
Or could it have been pushed here accidentally in the fury of a passing storm,
by waves that tossed it over and over in the silt of the ocean bottom
until it settled finally here at my feet.
And then I saw a rising, sparkly wave, collared in white foam,
reach greedily for the large shell and roll it easily back into the blue-green water.
The shell tossed and turned in the wave,
pulled by the tide,
sucked into the sand.
And after a short time,
it disappeared into the mysterious depths of the sea.
Was it still needed somewhere, I wondered?
A shelter for a delicate sea creature?
Was it perhaps a mermaid's home?

ROOM IN MY DAY FOR A LITTLE ART

She doesn't have a reason for being, really. She's just amusement. I enjoyed my time creating her. She has no name. She is just a little bit watercolor, a little bit pastel, a little bit collage, a little bit country, and a little bit rock and roll!

A WIERD THING HAPPENED.......

I really, really like glass, and especially decorative clear glass that has some kind of "texture" inside it, like bubbles, or the etched macaws below.

And...I think crystal bottles are beautiful. These are perfume bottles that belonged to my mother-in-law. I think they are pretty old.


And I love diamonds. What girl doesn't? WHAT?? You are asking if this is REAL????? Puhleeeeeze. Would I display a fake?? OK, so it has a couple of flaws!



A little glass fish that I've had a long, long time. The bubbles inside him just seem like they belong there.



Now here is the wierd thing. This is my "crystal ball" I love it. It's ordinary, I know. But I love it just the same. I took a picture of it in the sun, and I thought it would be cute if I went in the house and got a couple of my Goddess Guidance Oracle cards, placed them behind it, and it would look like a "reading" was taking place. As I was walking away from it, I smelled something burning. I thought....geesh, it's 80 degrees and there is a ban on burning, who in the heck is burning a fire?

Oh my gosh, you see that bright spot just to the left of the crystal ball?




It was burning! In about 2 minutes or less, while I was taking this picture, the sun magnified thru the glass and started burning the black cloth I was using as a background. LOL LOOKEE!!!





Lucky I didn't go into the house to search for my Goddess cards, or the Fire Department would be here now.

Welp, that was my exciting morning. What was yours?????






MY SUNDAY LESSON



There are times in life when I don't do so well. I appear to be upbeat all the time, but inside I cry, as do many other people I'm sure. I try to be positive at all times, but "all times" is totally impossible, and whenever I might get a bit "down", it seems there is always something to lift me up, if I search for it. Or perhaps I may come across it accidentally. Or, perhaps I was searching unconsciously, and that is the "accident" I come across.

Although I am not especially a religious person, today I was doing some early morning channel flipping, and came across a TV evangelist who, along with his wife, was preaching "The Secret". Not the popular best-seller book as we know it, but the same idea only from the other book, the Bible. They spoke about thinking positive, and about thinking about what you WANT, and not about what you DON"T WANT, so that it will come to you. I don't especially mean just material things, but spiritual and emotional as well. Of course, most of us know that secret already, and know that it works if one is consistent with the WANT, or GOOD thoughts. It's just that sometimes we get lost in daily "things" and forget to think the positive way. I do. So today I'm back on the positive track, and I do feel much better already. If you have been down lately, I hope you can get your spirit uplifted in some way, to help you along life's rocky road and get yourself back on the positive track.

I did light a candle yesterday, and said a small prayer for all my glitter fristers.

Above is a small glittery wall hanging gifted to me by Oceandreamer. It came at a time when I didn't especially "need" it, and although I truly appreciated it as a gift, it sat around awhile. Yesterday I "needed" it, and I decided to put some bling on it (it was all white glitter), and now I'm going to either hang it here at home or take it to work and hang it near my desk, to help me remember that life, even though it deals a bad hand at times, really is GOOD!

Today, I'm off to fill two shoe boxes with items to give to a person I know who is affiliated with the Bethlehem Centre, and is collecting these filled boxes for abused and neglected children who have been taken into protective custody. And I will feel uplifted about that, too! Life really is good!

REMEMBER VETERANS EVERYWHERE. GOD BLESS THEM FOR THEIR BRAVERY.



SUNDAY BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL.

THE SEASON IS UPON US!

Christmas lights are everywhere already! Friday at work we will be putting up a tree - - this early because we close December 15 for the holidays. We have asked for volunteers among our members and instructors to paint a box or two of clear glass ornaments to put on the tree. We'll be selling them as a fund raiser. These four are my contribution.

They are painted simply with acrylic and sprayed with Krylon, with a little added glitz and glitter. I did not use glass paints because I didn't want that transparent look. The inside was poured with liquid acrylic to achieve the solid color background. It was tedious and I'm glad they are done, but I'm happy with the way they turned out. I also attached a little bling to each one for added fun. The helmet is paper, mirrored on both sides, glued to bristol to make it stronger, then sealed with sparkle mod podge.

I'll be back in a few days. Be happy everyone!

TOWARDS THE WESTERN SKY AT SUNSET

DUSK
The sun has disappeared over the Gulf,
over the fence,
and my yard becomes quiet,
no birds chattering their satisfied good nights to each other,
no rustling lizards run for cover under the leaves and mulch,
only a slight, cooling breeze
swishing softly, gently, through palm fronds and jasmine leaves,
barely a whisper.
There is a moment or two,
exactly at dusk,
when all seems to become quiet and peaceful,
even the distant vehicle rumble calms,
neighbors night murmurs are in limbo,
daily activity of human
and animal
and mechanical
and nature
wind down to a mere exhale.
Listen!
It's a brief moment of Peace
before the night sounds begin.

Dusk
Dusk using the flash

BACK TO SANITY

Whew! I'm sure glad Halloweenie is over. I was starting to scare myself! And eat TOO MUCH kiddy candy!

Back to some art stuff. Below is a small (6x9) watercolor painting I am submitting to the Peace Project Mother Henna is having on her blog. If you are interested in submitting something, please visit her at www.motherhenna.com/peace.htm It doesn't have to be a painting. It can be a doll, a photo, most anything you want that you feel represents your idea of PEACE. And you don't submit the actual item. Just the image. Check it out. I think you'll be happy you did.

Title: The Goddess of Peace with her Messengers

HELLOOOOOO


I'm on my way to the graveyard to gather my ghoul "friends" so we can all go to the Koolghoulfest. Perhaps, if you peer through the mist, you will see us there, heh heh, and perhaps not! But we will definitely see YOU!!! If you feel something "touch" you from behind.............heeeeeheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee don't turn around. You won't SEE anything! HeeeeeeeeeeHehHehHeh


Someone will return here after the Halloween moon sets. Someone! Heeeee Heeee Have a SCARY Halloween! R.I.P. BOOHAHA.........

A LITTLE ART JUST FOR FUN AND RELAXATION

A collage. Just paper and glue, and paint pens.