Ooh, Pretty!

See this oil painting of a butterfly and yellow flowers come to life in 1 minute (time lapse)

These flowers are probably the closest thing I have right now to what my new “Freedom Rose” looks like, but imagine the buds and open flowers as much more yellow (not an orange yellow) and more closed/structured petals and shape (like a perfect little rose). I’ll take a picture of my roses in the near future. They are truly beautiful and I look forward to bringing them to our new house!

My nerves are still running high as we’ve not yet closed on the house and something could still go wrong in the process. I’m trying not to let my worries get the better of me. When my new roses opened up today it was like a sign of encouragement. We see what we look for. If we look for signs of bad weather, we’ll see dark clouds. If we look for signs of hope, we’ll see beauty. God bless you and yours. Enjoy your weekend!


LOL, Pumpkin

Watch this oil painting of a pumpkin scene (my husband & son) come alive in 2 min (time lapse)

I planted a couple of pumpkins in grow bags and decided that I’d take those to the new house. Well, one of the pumpkins decided to expand itself practically overnight into a gloriously sprawling vine with very large leaves and close to flowering! Yikes, LOL, that’s going to be a ridiculous thing to move. I hope our new neighbors don’t watch us carrying the pumpkin vine into our yard. Well, they’ll find out our quirks soon enough- maybe on day one! 😀 May they have a good sense of humor.


Bearing Up

See this oil painting of a bear come alive in 2 minutes (time lapse)

The PODS container was dropped off today. I spent hours packing the first round of our household, mostly by myself. I felt victorious, like this bear. I’m STRONG! And now, I’m already sore, LOL! Got a lot done and tomorrow I will have help, which is good because I’ve probably done myself in. Moving heavy things feels amazing during fleeting moments of high adrenaline, but what goes up must come down eventually. I’m crashing- going to bed. Good night, dear friends!


Lead me HOME!

See this City of Savannah oil painting come to life in 2 minutes (time lapse)

When I painted this city of Savannah oil painting, I had no idea that I’d one day live not very far from this fountain square. The lyrics of this song are serendipitous! Fortunately the home I’m headed for is still here on Earth.

I spent the day packing and cleaning for the move, but also doing batch cooking so the family has homecooked meals to heat up over the next few days. The first of two moving PODS will be delivered tomorrow and I’ll likely be too busy and tired to cook. Moving is stressful, and there’s so much other stuff going on to make it a pressure cooker, but this too shall pass and by this time next year I’ll be happy that I’m settled into my new life!


Strawberry Mine!

See this oil painting of a strawberry flower come to life in 2 minutes (time lapse)

Guess what’s ready to eat already? I had the most delicious vibrant red fresh strawberry with a bit of whipped cream, MMMM! But you know what’s the most delicious of all? The fact that I get to keep my strawberry plant and enough of my garden that I’m not losing my garden after all! I sold about half of it and there’s still an abundance left for our family. The house we’re buying has a nice sized yard in back- plenty of space for gardening!

The strawberries seem to taste even better knowing that after such a long journey we will no longer be renting a temporary place, and even though this move was unexpected and not our choice of timing or process, we will soon be home! And I’m keeping my garden! 😀

P.S. If you remember the peach tree story, we are bringing that too! It will be challenging though, as it is now quite tall.


Moving Soon!

See oil painting “Autumn Cottage” come to life in just over 1 minute (time lapse)

If you’ve been following our unexpected sudden move journey, and the way the housing crisis has caused a shortage of rentals and homes to buy, then you know it’s a tremendous weight off our shoulders that this house deal has progressed from accepted offer to the inspection stage. The inspection was today and looks like it has passed! We will get the official report tomorrow. Unless there is a nasty plot twist, all is on track for an early close and we’ll be moving soon.

BTW: our new house has a window box! That’s been on my dream wish list ever since we were first married and living in Germany in the attic of a house that had window boxes. So, I chose this autumn cottage painting for today’s blog post. It was a painting I did while just sort of daydreaming of a peaceful cottage with a fall seasonal theme, and the window boxes almost painted themselves.

I will be packing up my paintbrushes and paint, so it will be a while before I have anything new to share. But, I have 200+ paintings already filmed and my chatter will not cease. The daily blog will continue throughout this crazy time. I have many stories to share with you about everything that’s happened, and when I have a bit more time I’ll do that. There will be a day here soon when nearly everything is packed and I’ll be restless. I can tell those stories then. For now, I’m still in a packing frenzy!


HAPPY EASTER!

See this oil painting of Jesus come alive in 2 minutes (time lapse)
Oil Painting “Jesus at Calvary”
Easter Lily oil painting
Holy Trinity Easter Landscape oil painting
Oil painting “Floral Cross” comes to life in under 2 minutes (time lapse)

Be Thou my Vision

Singing “Be Thou my Vision” in English and Irish (Gaelic) with my daughters for Easter Show 2022

I hope you are enjoying this Easter weekend with loved ones and are feeling peace in your spirit. I’ve uploaded the Easter Show 2022 in separate short videos of the different segments (two oil paintings “Easter Lily” and “Jesus at Calvary”, two songs “I’ll Fly Away” and Irish hymn “Be Thou my Vision”). The best viewing experience is here on this site because I can upload the highest quality large HD files. However, your family and friends probably prefer to click on a platform link that they know, so I’ve put these clips and the entire show on YouTube and BitChute also.


New Painting “Jesus at Calvary”

See oil painting “Jesus at Calvary” come alive during the live taping of the Easter Show 2022

On this Good Friday of Holy Week, 2022, may we reflect on the beauty of deliverance, redemption, forgiveness, mercy, and hope- and manifest these things in our present and future. These are challenging days. Wishing you strength and peace. God bless you and your families.


HAPPY NEWS!

Singing “I’ll Fly Away” with my daughters, from Easter Painting Show 2022

Thought this joyful hymn was a good choice to celebrate my good news update: WE GOT THE HOUSE! We still have the inspection and the close to go, so it’s not the end of the journey yet, but our offer was accepted. If all goes well, we’ll have a home to move into on May 4!