Goodbye my Hobbitses

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Although this bloggy is named for the other 2 cats, my hobbitses, my Merry & Pippin were the first I committed my care to, and this morning has just been awful.

After a quick decline in health last month, where they dropped to half their fighting weight, I decided to have my boys put down as I cannot, in good conscience, let them suffer more.

I have had my hobbitses since they were 6 weeks old…for more than 12 years now. They’ve been with me though grad school and 5 different jobs. 6 apartments.

I would be absolutely bereft were it not for my Emily, and for the knowledge that my furry family may be smaller but the love is bigger than anything.

Love never dies.

Happy colors

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I bought ranunculus at the farmer’s market. Red and yellow and one drowsy orange bloom:

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Another Paint Party!

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I got the chance to go to another paint party at my library on Friday.

Took this lady home:

Worked on it step by step

But did not take photos of each step:

The final answer looks like it’s missing something but it’s growing on me.

I like paint parties…I just won’t pay for booze I’m not going to drink…

Orange Journal

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I finished another one: Chipped paint and allI present, my Orange Journal:Maya Angelou for the win:“Take my hand and my
Heart and soul, I will
Only have these eyes for you”
– Ed SheeranI don’t care who knows, I love me some Ed:“All you have is your fire. And the place you need to reach. Don’t you ever tame your demons but always keep them on a leash.”- Hozier“I’m a slow dying flower I’m the frost killing hour, the sweet turning sour and untouchable”- Natalie MerchantThis will always be my song about my ex-husband (did ya’ll know I was married in the 90s?):All about my ill-fated plan to go to PLA in Pittsburgh…“What others think of me is none of my business.”- Anonymous“When you lose your faith it never grows back”- Rob Thomas“So go on and cry me a river
Don’t say this will haunt you forever It never did, it never will.”
– Alter BridgeThis is about Fucking Idiot:This is me some days:On other days, this is me:And yet:Truth:“I would always open up the door
Always looking up for higher floors
Wanna see it all give me more (rise, rise up)
I was always up for making changes
Walking down the street meeting strangers
Flipping through my life turning pages (rise, rise up)”
– Imagine DragonsMy new anthem:The cookies were crap, buy the box was cute…I think I should just drive over to the north coast to smell the cedars again…’nuff said:This is a page about my Darling Judy. She’s been my best friend here, and she’s FABULOUS:My Judy drew this on a card she gave to me:This is a long-range spread about my middle brother. It will be finished when it’s supposed to be finished:I got nuthin’:For as long as I can:For Fucking Idiot:Can one be an introvert if they’re not afraid of public speaking?Some pages just grow organically:Some are in progress because friends show shiny new sides of themselves all the time:Honestly, this one bores me. They cannot all be favorites:This is about my friend:This is about society in general:Not a pessimist; more of a realist:If I were ever to marry again (HAHAHA), I’d keep my name.Music saves me every day:This fact is a mixed bag; I tend to do this without noticing that I’m doing it. It’s not always a good thing:Heh. Another about my friend:One does hope:“Just because scar tissue is stronger doesn’t make it something to aim for.”- ?Chipped back cover:So, there it is.The 6th one of the 9 journals I was working on at the same time.The 3 largest (thickest) are left to finish.Wheeee!

My favorite magazine:

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I have this magazine from maybe 2010 to now.

It’s always inspiring, with at least something colorful in each issue.

Newest issue/eye candy!

Paint pouring

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So, I took a class at Allard’s Art Supply store in Fresno last Monday with my dear friend, Juli. We made 3 pieces…er…a piece.

The blue one above is my first, smallest, piece. (5×7)

I learned that, while it is exciting to spray 91% alcohol to see the paint move and the cells form, too much will dull the shine on the final, dry, piece.

The piece above, with the lime green looked like that when it was wet & super shiny.

Then it dried overnight:

This was partially due to how much paint was used, in addition to the alcohol sprays.

It shows up in my 3rd piece, and now I know how the metallics take over. Wet:

And, dry:

I could, and might, put the shine back on with a clear coat on top of #s 2 & 3…maybe.

But I WILL be doing this at home. I just need some dollar store supplies, some more art board, and about a gallon of pouring medium…

Yellow Journal

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Another one finished!

Like the Red journal, I started this nearly 3 years ago. It started its life as a blank, white-paged book but now…

Front cover:

“I wanna know where does love go to die…”

– P!nk

“You have to leak sometimes or you will explode.”

– Anjo. (my best friend)

This spread commemorates the day I took Nephew the 2nd to the annual Pirate Festival in Vallejo on Father’s day weekend.

Look like a mermaid, swear like a sailor.

“It’s such a waste to grow up lonely”

– John Mayer

When the game is over, the king and the pawn go in the same box

Some things I find on Pinterest but I don’t know who created it. I don’t know who wrote/said this.

“I am not afraid, I was born to do this.”

– Joan of Arc

“Whoever said that love was sweet drank a little too much whiskey baby.”

– P!nk

“Scar tissue that I wish you saw.”

– Red Hot Chili Peppers

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

– Maya Angelou

I’ve posted this before, but when one gets the opportunity to quote Wayne Campbell…

“In another life, darling, I’d do anything to be with you.”

– James Blunt

I’d heard about using other fibers in one’s art. This is my attempt at incorporating a used dryer sheet. Meh.

Don’t worry if you make waves simply by being yourself. The moon does it all the time.

– Pinterest

“You’re not crazy for leaving, just crazy for staying so long.”

– Daughtry

“I gave you all my energy and I took away your pain
‘Cause human beings are destined to radiate or drain
What line do we stand upon, ’cause from here it looks the same
And only scars remain”
-Ed Sheeran

You tried to drown my heart even after you had seen me swim.

Let your freak flag fly

“My heart is lost; the beasts have eaten it.”

-Charles Baudelaire

“I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will.”

– Amy Schumer

I’ve been hurt so bad and I still love so hard. I admire my heart for that.

– Pinterest

“Some women fear the fire. Some women simply become it.”

– R. H. Sin

I’m going to start using my EXTENSIVE collection of magazine clippings in my art more…

“If a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.”
– Calamity Jane

I have traveled through madness to find me.



From an earlier story…

“I’m tired of being alone…so hurry up and get here.”

– John Mayer

“Happiness ain’t prison but there’s freedom in a broken heart.”

– Miranda Lambert

“I’ll learn masonry, carve stone,
plant a garden of my own
and make bliss among these ruins.”
– Effy Wild

You remember that:

“My perfect rock bottom, my beautiful trauma.”

– P!nk

“And now you only wanna make it out alive.”

-Rob Thomas

Coloring sheets go in here when they end up being supercool:

“If you believe in nothing else
Just keep believing in yourself
There will be times of trouble
It’s gonna hurt like hell
This much I know all ends well
It all ends well”
– Alter Bridge

“I’m broken in the prime of my life
So embrace it and leave me to stray.”
– Imagine Dragons


Smokey was my “divorce kitten”…ya know…like, “Your parents are divorcing. Here’s a kitten.”

Horatio has already been introduced…

Back cover:

Right! So there are 4 more large books I’m working on…

I’ve set up my Journal 52 (prompts from 2017, but now MY 2019), so now I have to catch up for the first 7 weeks of the year…

I wonder what else I will do next?