Buddha bowl


I love Buddha bowls.  They are so easy to make and so healthy.  I love that I can put different things inside it.  Freedom.  When I say these things are easy,  let me talk about it.  I put some beans, onions, garlic, flavoring, salt, and water into my instant pot pressure cooker.  You could also do overnight beans with the same ingredients into a slow cooker and cook it all night. Then I do some rice in a rice cooker.  Yesterday, I finely sliced some carrots and then roasted some broccoli.  The broccoli was roasted with a drizzle of olive oil and garlic salt.

So, I make everything first thing in the morning and then, poof, when I want to eat grab some beans, rice, some carrots, and broccoli- everyone can eat when they want to.  I can be drawing, painting, writing or blogging, and everyone fed and I have FREEDOM to work.

Here’s the beautiful results.

Oh.  The sauce is a balsamic vinaigrette from the store.  I think this is Olive Garden’s version but my favorite is Panera’s Balsamic Vinaigrette.  Uh-ah. Uh-ah.

Good day everyone.

Robot Selfie


Today, I am going to do a core dump as my husband calls it.  I have been working really hard for the last week.  I am working on overcoming laziness and weakness and focusing on goals by doing one step at a time.  It is a little hard when I had a lot of distractions but I am working all hours of the day and night to accomplish it.  So, first on is a drawing.  My daughter dubbed it “Robot selfie with a nebula”.  She is so cute about names.

It is done with cheaper colored pencils with an alcohol treatment and a white acrylic paint for highlights.

I started to use my Instagram account more often and use my phone.  So, please bear with me while I work the kinks out of my posting habits.  I will get good at this.  I will. I will. 

Still life drawing – Stereo speaker


This is just a practice drawing.  I was trying to do a realistic image with using only a #2 pencil.  This was something in front of me. I am not saying it is perfect.  In fact, it is anything but perfect.  I am just trying to do something that I don’t always do. Practice makes perfect, right.  Must of the time, drawing is 90% practice and 10% natural ability.  I was also working through the logical ability of study and the creativity.  

The Wall – A short story


The Wall

Have you ever had a gift where it presented itself as a wall? For example, writer’s block.  You love to write.  You’ve decided to write for a living and now, you are hit with the wall.  The wall is large and thick, no holds to stick your hands or feet in.  It is smooth and gray and solid.  Let me tell you a story about a lady that broke through this wall and how she did it.


One day, it was a sunny, fall day.  The air was warm and the mood was light.  It smelled of bread, cinnamon, and pines. Oh, what a wonderful fall day it was.  Jena stepped outside her house breathing in the intoxicating day but right in front of her was a wall placed where the street had been the night before.  She could not see past it.  It was too tall and too thick.  It blocked her view from anything forward. Staying there her memories began to fade of what was behind the wall.  She had faint glimpses of a road.  Ideas of beyond the wall exploded into fragments as she stared at the wall.


She looked at the wall and pondered what she could do.  Could she climb the wall? No, there were no places for her feet or hands.  Could she see about chisel a hole through it?  She went into the garage and brought out a sledgehammer and a ladder.  It took several trips but a purpose was at hand.  She would break down the wall or climb over the wall.  She climbed the ladder but it did not reach even halfway up the wall.  It seemed the taller she tried to make the ladder the taller the wall got.  Soon, she set the ladder aside and began to hammer at the wall.  Long, angry strikes hit the wall.  But nothing happened. The wall remained smooth and steady.


Sitting on her front step and staring at the obtrusive wall, it loomed before her.  The clouds touch the top of the wall.  The Great Wall of China taunted her thoughts. The Berlin Wall shouted no passing – you must stay here – escape is futile. Not only did it extend to the heavens but it extended to the right and left.  Nothing else filled her mind, staring at the wall was all she could do.  It left her frozen. She could go in the house but then she would be trapped.  She could hear the symphony of the city, the smells of the local bakery, and the drums of construction. There was the construction to her left several streets down the hill. Over to her right was the bakery her family loved to visit.  No more. The wall blocked access.  Watching the wall was like watching a tree grow no movement was visible.


The sun peaked behind the clouds. Shining on her face, she closed her eyes and absorbed the warmth and hope it exuded. With a deep sigh, she remembered her hopes for the day. She was going to paint at the local park.  Well, at least she was going to try.  This was to be a new adventure in her life.  She wanted to become an artist.  She was not asking to be famous or great.  She wanted to do something her family and friends would love to see and want.  She longed for the knowledge that comes from hours of practice.  Hours and hours.  She questioned whether she would be good.

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Updating the website


Hi, friends.  I have been hearing from some of you that have been patiently waiting for me to post my short stories.  I have been trying to make easier for you to read.  Please be understand that I am still working on the blog. Please be vocal about the ease of reading and using the website.

Bullet Journal – August 2017


#bulletjournal, #helloAugustIt took me until March for me to realize the extent of my food allergies. I can’t my diet and pushed vitamins and juicing fruits and vegetables. The healing began. Now, I am drawing, writing and living. It is wonderful. With that, I developed some new projects.


I still cook and will have a recipe or two here and there. But for the most part, I am working on my writing, art, and kids-homeschooling.

Here is my first drawing for the month and off to the races we go.hello-August-girl



Day 63 (Wacky Wednesday):

I have had a lot of flack over my son getting married and not telling me.  I have been told that I am a horrible mother, that I should die, that I have not right to be upset, I am un-Christlike, and that I was stupid to react the way I did.  That I have no talent and a child can draw better than me.

For the last three weeks I have been berated, hurt, lied to, and insulted.  I am sorry that I said things that were hurtful.  That was not my intention.  I have removed anything that could be damaging to their life or jobs.  I have removed myself from their life, so they have not chose between me or them.  I have from that day until now been rather quiet about things.

They are married.  I wish them the best.  I hope they can grow and become great people and have a great marriage.  I, also, hope they tell his dad that they are married.  Best wishes to them.

However, they should not be surprised that I have stopped calling them.  They have a life and I do not want to get between them.  I do not hate her nor him.  Life is too short to go around hating people.  Last words I say to them if they read this.   I love son and I will love my daughter-in-law as well.


On to my silly little drawing, I chose something sweet to draw this week.  I hope it brings a smile to your face. dumbo in colored pencil

House and Water


Friday Fundamentals – Day 61:

What a great way to practice shading, highlighting and using the darker pencils.  I loved this practice.  I did not think it would go so well.  I loved the look.  I did not think of how detailed it would look but I took a lesson on drawing water and he demonstrated great technique and instruction.  This is Darrel Tank with Five Pencil Method.  I love his work.  He has a great way of teaching how to get things to look real.  I hope I can take that into other areas of drawing and painting.

This was a great motivation. When you get good instruction, it is easier to get better and faster, too.

Pouring water is a pencil drawing


Sketching Saturday – Day 62:

I had only 40 interrupted minutes to draw.  I wanted to start to draw buildings.  This is an interesting one to draw but it was too detailed to get done in a short time frame.  I hope I can come back to this one and finish it. Can you believe the sag on that roof?  What time does if there is no one to fix it and keep it up.  Sorry for the lightness of the drawing.  This is just a quick sketch/outline.  I was going to go in and darken and highlight later.

Old House set in the country. This is a first level drawing with a level 4H pencil Will try to finish at another time.

Weeks work


Day 58: Madness Monday  Lens and lines.

I have had this idea in my head for a week or more.  It was nice to be able to do a mixed media work.  I love doing that.  I love the simplicity of this with out being boring.  There comes a point when I am doing something new and I am just about to get good at it.  I start to want to quit.  So, for weeks I have been fighting this.  Plus, I had two people ask for paintings.  I have completed one but the other one is still just out of my reach.  I am fighting the quitting desire and trying hard to push through it.  I need to do that now and again.  This was one that I enjoyed just to do for the simplicity of it.
I wanted to give the illusion of glass on paper. Mixed media: Markers-Sharpies, watercolor, sketch pencils, and colored pencils


Day 59: Tangled Tuesday.

Again, I am just drawing to put things on paper.  I am pushing through my temptations and conquering my weakness.  Thus, this is good for this week.  Fighting this internal battle. Split idea must be a subconscious thought.  Anyway, it is here and have fun with it.

Zentangle doodle piece in pen


Day 60: Sketching Saturday.

I have done it.  I have drawn 60 pics.  Wow.  I would have never thought I would have gotten this many accomplished.  However,  I have done more draws that I did not post but 60 posted pics.  Next goal 100 then 365.  This is a great example of continuing through all things.  The tree.  Strong and tall but not without age and it leans to one side from the great gales that beat upon it.  Nonetheless, it is still strong and tall.  I will do the same with drawing.  I will draw and become strong and tall.  Something of built with time.


The tree: a pencil sketch. Strong and tall.

New diet plan


Resolution time you would think has started late for me. I started a new diet today.  Well, the resolution was made on New Year’s but I took my time to implement it.  The reason.  Are there times in your life when you want to do something but you are not sure you know how or the concept you want to achieve  is only half-baked.  Well,  that was this goal.  So, instead of just doing something to start the goal, I started to research as the start of the goal.

I have been having a hard time with coming up with a diet plan.  I wanted something that follows the Word of Wisdom.  I think this applies. Though it doesn’t have grains at first, they come back in a great and pure form. That is a huge deal for me.  This seems like a diet that I can do from this point on.


Day 1:   Always hungry? by David Ludwig, MD, PhD

The diet has a 7 day prep time before you even start the diet.  This is the first time I have heard of that happening.  I liked the book.  It gives great detail and background information.  The information helps to understand why this diet should work and why other diets fail with studies and reasoning behind it.  I have read the book, organized the weekly plan and done the prep work.  I am grateful for the time to prep.

The first day is I thought I would have a lot of problems.  I have started many of diets but after a few hours I get cranky, weak and out of control.  This time, I had none of that.  I was able to go into town shop for hours then come home and make dinner.  Normally, I have been too weak to make dinner after shopping in town.  Today that was not the case I had energy.

There is a lot of food.  More than I could eat.  The recipes for today were good and enjoyable to eat. I do have craving but that was because I did not eat the lunch as advised. Part of the reason for skipping lunch was because I went into town and I wasn’t hungry until I came home and dinner was getting made with the snacks I didn’t have too much problem with missing lunch until later in the evening but the dessert they suggest did help in the long run.  (Like the run on sentence.) I am going to keep on going try the diet tomorrow.  I look forward to tomorrows meals.