Marie Antoinette’s Painter — Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Although I am not a painter, I feel inspired by the life of this woman.

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Born in 1755, I would guess this prolific artist must have been quite happy and fulfilled — she painted 660 portraits and 200 landscapes in her lifetime, and died just before her 87th birthday. Perhaps it was the exposure to intrigue and nobility. Alas, I don’t have much of that in my life.

Alas, too, I missed seeing this exhibit in New York last year. I’m sure I would’ve enjoyed it.

Wall? What Wall?

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Marathon Number Five

twenty-eight degrees outside;

much warmer inside this suit,

and behind this mask on her face;

shortness of breath;

sopping-wet tentest insulation board

up and out the window;

dripping-wet electronics

up the stairs and out;

weakness in her legs and arms and back and neck and fingers;

physical and mental exhaustion;

hitting the wall and continuing;

determination in her every step;

a smile on her face;

twenty-six miles is nothing compared to this!

 

 

 

How They Spoiled Us!

Mother’s Day came and went with little fanfare this year. And that’s okay–it was a busy day in the flood zone.

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But it started out beautifully with our mayor delivering breakfast along with a rose, generously donated by our local pharmacy. Oh, how lovely! Thank you!

La Vie En Rose

After more than ten days of not giving up and not giving in, . . .

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. . . and choosing to go without certain creatures comforts, and putting so much energy into pumping out water, we can now sleep much easier: there is heat coming from the furnace and hot water coming from the tank! Yeah!

Now I plan to have a hot bath!

Our Lovely and Lively Resort

It’s amazing how a landscape can change its appearance in such a short span of time.

Our small community has recently had a facelift–now we sport an exceptional collection of noisy equipment; relatively quieter watercraft; and impressive, multi-wheeled vehicles.

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Lakefront Property
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An Army Jeep . . .

. . . that can haul 1 1/4 tons of sand bags and ford 3 feet of water!

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A Bigger Army Vehicle  . . .

. . . that impresses by its sheer size.

And to help me shore up my basement pool, I have this personal little 7 HP companion, which I’ve now learned how to keep primed.

So, I’m all set–for now.

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Primed Swimming Area

Yes, we’re still managing–with a lot of much-appreciated help from our friends–old and new! Thank you, dear volunteers for all you do.

But, even though I try to make light of it all, I’m still worried. This is not a fun experience.

Beauty in Black and White

A greeting card featuring this Marcella Walker illustration from The Girls Own Paper is sure to please any romantic–especially when the paper she is printed on has a textured linen finish.

image (4)Indeed, I find it truly delightful to the eye, the touch and the heart; though she doesn’t utter a word, she speaks volumes.

Note that, for the time being, she is available in my physical inventory only, and comes with a blank interior so you can write a personalized greeting for any occasion, to Show You Care.

Mother’s Pride

More often than I ever would have imagined, my children create small miracles.

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Kristina Drake’s Recently Published Creation

I actually have a total of five two-legged miracles from them. And these five are delights that will forever feed my soul–I only hope they realize how much.
Today, though, I want to share a different kind of miracle: my daughter’s poem, Indulgence. It speaks strongly to me and, if you are a woman, it probably speaks to you as well. A man who appreciates poetry will also surely like it. Enjoy.