Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WOYWW 273 on the road again......

It is day 2 of our journey to Chigao last night we stated at a roadside RV Park just across the texas state line, Mandeville Ar. A roadside Rv Park a field away from the Flying J. The ac ran all night burying the noise of traffic and trains. It was close to qoo F when we arrived so we went for a swim leaving the AC to cool the nest dowm. Today we are in West Memphis across the river from the Memphis of blues, Elvis and barBQ. This is an exotic park as it is right on the Mississippi River and I look out of the w.indow ans see the barges sliding down the river again the AC drowns any noise. Ot is sultry and I keep recalling bits of music about ole man river ans scenes from Show boat and expecting to see Proud Mary " rollin', rollin' rolling down the river"!

My journals accommpany me but suffer from the bumpy roads, although far smoother than California. The park has benches along the bank of the river, perfect to sit and draw except it is 92F and so humid the sweat makes the need for a water brush redundant.

Tomorrow when I link this to Miss Julia i will read all the sites and where possible comment. not too easy as the signal comes and goes. May be hard as it is supposed to be stormy in Illinois and the iCloud's weeping.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Need to do a happy dance to the rain goddess she visited us today>

It is becoming obvious that i only write my blog for our Wednesday gathering. that is because life online seems to be taking over.  Last week was a hectic week of "Life Intrudes";  meaning there were so many things that had to be done beyond my work area/studio that I felt  overwhelmed.  It was of no help that i had friends over for wine and cheese Saturday and that meant shopping and of course i over did the food.  As a result this week is leftovers.  The cheese was the instigator of this happening as it was cheese from Penny royal the dairy in Boonville CA we visited.  I suddenly had a horrible thought that since this was artisan cheese it would not keep.  It was a good decision.  Then I added other finger food to avoid anyone dying of hunger.  Went crazy over fruit, breads crackers and simply fabulous dried french sausages and jams and relishes and.....I even made chocolate mousse.  As a result I spent Sunday and through today, Tuesday, catching up on my journals.  That done I now have cleanup of my mess.  This brings me to this post I have to reveal my mess because today is "What's On Your Workspace Wednesday".  This is like a weekly visit to a strip club where rather than our bodies(aren't you lucky)we lay bare are work areas.  Here is mine today;that is provided drop box and the other floating menace icloud have synced them to my PC.    

It worked a modern miracle.  Not quite a simple as in the olden days when a laying of hands had the blind seeing and the legless walking, this required a fiddling round with files. The "Where did they go?" daily mystery. 

This is my "art desk" ideal for drawing, painting as the light is perfect, not so for photos.  The trees out of the  window are Ashe Junipers, a junk tree, but for me I am just happy to have anything that grows on the limestone. 
The three images to the right are for journal 52.

This is the work space in the middle of the room, a sort earthly "dropbox".  tomorrow I will have to clean up as essential tools are missing.  I also want to visit as many desks as possible to see some of the great works being created around the world and to check out all those gorgeous British cats. 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Just home briefly as we recover from our California trip and prepare for the next. we never had connections for me to post. It was a great trip. Writing and drawing on the road results it lots of shaky lines as the roads all seem to need resurfacing.

This is me preparing for the Navarro Winery barrel tasting. Lovely day and then off to the Pennyroyal Farmstead where they make artisan cheese. Wonderful cheese from sheep and goats. All 136 of them have names.

My desk was my knee and here is

I managed to keep up my Journals but not Journal 52. It was quite fun. Writing is awful due to road .

So tomorrow wednesday I hope to visit everyone. I visited while travling though the signal always went when I tried to post. Timing is everything and in the Arizon wilds and the desert of the sout west the signal comes and goes always when it is desired.

Have a great week.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Today finds me totally unfocused and lacking  a sense of purpose.  Just one of those days but annoying as we have to start organizing our trip as we leave Sunday.  At least my hair appointment is booked.
This week i started a little class at the Derwent Academy online;  just simple drawing of principles and things I know little about.  No that is not a croissant at the top, it is a shell!

have to show this desk as it is almost tidy.  If anyone wants to send me some OC or anal traits I need them.  I just end up shuffling bits and bobs around the table.  My new water bottle is always there.  I just sorted out my business card index and trew out my past!

Desk below I have doodled around adding to my No Excuses journal and practicing Whimsical Lettering.  On the left is this weeks Prompt for Journal 52.  Really like this project as it is an opportunity to use whatever medium speaks to me.  

Playing around with the settings on the Samsung smart phone.  It is a topic that intrigues me as some things have size restrictions on sending them to sites.  it seems skewed logic sites want low pixels and phone/cameras keeping upping pixels.  Great if you print, not for sending off into cyber space.  
last week there were several questions about my Menieres and the hearing aid.  Menieres army of persecution move in with me some 30 years ago .  Over the years I have controlled the vertigo with Serc a drug not easy to obtain in the USA, as it is not FDA approved.  It maybe produced by something they called a compounding pharmacy, at twice the price it costs in Canada or Mexico. It means getting an Rx and buying from Canada Pharmacy.  it  also seems to control nystagmus, eye movements, and nothing works on tinnitus.   The worst is vertigo (the dizzies) now controlled I am finally trying to hear better.  The hearing aid is a Phonak, I think its an Audeo Q.  I continue to use the loaner from the clinic as the audiologist wants to be sure i am comfortable with it before forking over an arm and a leg!.  So will continue for the next month to assess .  It is hard to believe that i can hear.  The tiny behind ear device controls background noise and tinnitus.   

The physical therapy for my balance or lack of balance is going along fine.  It leaves me tired;  hard to believe but is as if my sensory system is worn out.  The equivalent of running a mile for ears!!  

It is truly summer here in Texas 97F (36C) today, cloudy so the humidity makes it feel much hotter.  With the world in turmoil I feel ready to hide away in my hill top home and bury myself it art crafts and Pinterest.

have a fab week, plan to visit as many of you as possible tomorrow.  it is so incredible to meet everybody and share passions and lives.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Last week crept up on me and before I knew it, it was late Wednesday before I realized I had missed posting to WOYWW  Today I am starting on Tuesday. Hectic week as i am getting physical therapy for my balance. It is really tiring, possibly because balance involves eyes, ears feet and brain! 

This week, I worked on all the journals and trying to learn to draw.

I made a quick sketch of the Disney castle in one Journal and in No Excuses journal i am keeping up with the daily writing. Behind the journals are two entries for Journal 52, on the left is "Under the Sea" and on the right "Nostalgia".  The latter is about my home town Warrington.  I Googled it and was unable to recognize it.  Talk about you "can never go back".  the revitalization removed almost every remnant of the place i remember. it was even in a different county!!!

I also changed the desk area around opening up the room.the true reason was to have light as i was drawing and coloring.
Here is the work space today.

As well as taking physical therapy I am trying out hearing aids.  This pair is quite amazing as they are digital and so background noise is controlled.  On Friday I return them and try out one that sends signals entering the left ear to the right ear.  In the right ear i have a 20 % hearing loss and around 40 to 50 in the left.

OK it is now Wednesday I will post have a great week and check Miss julie Dunnet  to find out what WOYWW is all about.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

265 Making Chamges

Hello everyone. Just a brief blog today to welcome our Wednesday get together. Head to Miss Julie's desk to see what it is all about. Writing this on PC and may have to switch to iPad for photos if they do not sync.


Above the desk somewhat tidier than last week and at the top my computer desk moved around so I can face the light when painting. Below first attempt using all watercolors and my new black Unibal Vision fine.

Thanks to everyone sending well wishes re hearing tests. I have Meniere's Disease. It is nothing new as it was diagnosed well over 30 years ago. Now it is better defined and I am trying out hearing devices to see if there is any improvement using them with my hearing.

Between keeping up with my journals last week was a few days of learning Dropbox and other mysteries of syncing. We golden oldies struggle with all this technology as we have had to learn when fingers are large and key boards minuscule. It was a much simpler life when clouds held rain and not photos!

Off to find that cloud, there are now at least 4 carrying my images(note photos are only truly photo's when images are printed)around the heavens. That is a nice image when in truth they are stored on a whirring machine in places unknown. Oh they have arrived but refuse to be posted!

Had to switch to iPad for posting photos on Blogsy.

Have a super week.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014


In an effort to catch-up on all my journals, absolute insanity has ensued. The desk proves the point!

First of all it was Draw Your Awesome Year and getting the June background finished and on to filling in the days based on travel notes. Next was Journal 52. This became more complicated as the grand ideas for each weekly prompt just never worked and lots of angst and rethinking followed. Looking at Chelle's samples, I felt this was meant to be simple and nothing more than a background for journaling. One prompt was "Making a mandala". Since I have absolutely no interest in this topic and a complete inability to make repeated patterns of symmetrical shapes this was a tough one. Then i found a sample of Washi tapes, dye cut a circle from it and had fun with something completely crazy. Progress was extremely slow on completing all 6 prompts and one prompt remains to be made as using my Tombows and the blending pen to create a scene did not work. A re think, well a revision of my thinking on, how they should be used, resulted so this has to be re-done.

All of this was dispersed among parties celebrations, doctor visits and tests.

Celebrating hubby's(L) birthday with Art and Kay

Yesterday was the "water boarding Day". So named as the grand finale of several tests aimed at sending you into a spin, consisted of cold water then warm(it felt hot) water being poured into the ear. A very disorienting day followed. Computer problems, really lack of knowledge about the more complex things, to me, of the computer world has been a MAJOR time gobbler. Lets start with transferring photos from cell phone to blog /Facebook/ gmail. Simple! had to download app, Dropbox, and at a speed that makes the USPS look fast downloaded photos from phone to PC. YUK!

So here we are at Wednesday. Julie the queen of WOYWW, has been "proper poorly" though there are rumblings from the throne that she is making an excellent recovery. You go Julie; hang in there and make the most of the sick status.

Please visit http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/ and see what this is all about.



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Now what week is this. WOYWW

Here I am after four weeks of travel. We spent a week traveling to Florida to mee our daughter and fmilyat Disney world. Total visual overload. Wild an crazy! Tried to keep up journals, well sort of. Too much happening, made brief notes and now catching up. ( i should say I had gel nails put on before I left and they ar now so long I cannot type.)
Here is desk everything dumped. Journal pages completed today for Draw Your Awesome Year. Rest is vacation stuff, Waiting for a  home.

 I managed a visit to Urgent Care on day 3 in Orlando only to find I had acute bronchitis. (Second time this happened on a visit to Florida) Add to that dehydration. It was 92 degrees for first two days and on day 2 we spent day in the Magic Kingdom.  Very hot sweaty and miles of walking.  Lesson learnt. After that I was big consumer of water. It was really Fabulous.  I am a total Mouse fan. Disney world is quite incredible  It was hard to get our family to see you have to plan what you want to do.  Disney is not an extended midway (fairground to you Brits).  We did see all four parks and family manged the two water parks as well as trips to other Orlando parks.  We stayed at Fort wilderness campground and went by boat to the magic Kingdom.  It was quite exotic looking out at the natural landscape and vegetation even though I think the lake had much man made help.  Animal kingdom is my favorite in the world.  

And when I find how to transfer photos from smartphone I will post photos. Ab fab time. Time change is driving me nuts.

So now to catch up on what you have all been creating.  Hope Ms Julie is on the mend.  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

258 wow do they go fast

  1. ( cannot get rid of this 1 no idea how it go there. The joy of the digital life)Today the desk is sorta tidy. Just stuff to take on Vacation. We leave next monday for the Mouse House. You know Mickey's place in Orlando with another 50,000 folks.

Onto my desk, trying to catch up with Journals and prepare for vacation with family from UK.

Here is my desk. Journal 52 for this week is photography. I have never been interested in this topic but snap photos as we travel from place to place in the RV. They serve as momentos of a trip as I shoot through the window of the RV as we move along the highway. I used Picasa to print them, I'm a little rusty on it so I made the Wallet layout and joined and folded pages to be an add on, the concertina fold. All round are travel needs, stickers, a book for the trip and the journals I plan to work on as we ride along. I think Tombows will go with me rather than watercolors.

I like to work on journals etc when traveling I10 east it gets boring and journaling make the time pass quickly. It also amuses Chris while he drives with pens, pencils, ink and paper flying.

This is a fun entry in my No Excuses Journal. It is is the weekly prompt called a sprout. This week was to do something in the style of Buzza Motto. Look it. Up. It was a style popular in UK in Art Deco era. Clarissa Cliff made china in this kinda style. Not a style apparent from aparent from my vignette, but i enjoyed making it.

The week before it was to make a pattern from embroidery. I plan to add this photo of a piece I made after a class with Judith Montano on embroidered landscapes. But for carpal tunnel it would have been my art of of choice. Since i framed it the image is not too good

Tomorrow my goal is to visit y'all (that's Texan). Now will check Ms Julie who showed an amazing ATC case in an earlier pist. she started this site to allow us all to visit. So try WOYWW and meet amazing crafty woment from around the globe.
And so too bed.
Hugs Monica