On the twelfth day of Christmas, I finally made a post.
*edited to say, that thanks to our Vee, I finally learned when the REAL 12th day of Christmas is!
I hope you all are having a BEAUTIFUL December. I hope you are healthy and doing well! The lake has its Christmas tree up and it makes me so happy that Papa Goose has his own tree - he has to share of course - but you know what I mean. And Daisy Cottage has her Christmas tree up too and it is all decorated and bright and shining. The annual Christmas parade was the first Thursday night of the month and it started out with gorgeous fireworks and I brought my chocolate chip oatmeal nut cookies to celebrate. I decked the dining room WALLS with a canvas print of one of my images of Summer Lynn feeding the ducks. I love it up there! I've been busy painting while Marley has been busy sleeping. ;-) Have listed a few cards in my Etsy shop too. And the Great White Pelicans are back - our literal snowbirds have arrived, once again, all the way from Wisconsin. I find that SO fascinating that they find our little lake every single year! They will be with us through Easter. Oh and I stood on our airport's tower catwalk to photograph the runways for a client. I just didn't look down. Or breathe.
Well, I haven't finished Christmas shopping. I haven't wrapped anything. I haven't mailed any cards. I haven't ....
Ahhh never mind. I would rather focus on what I HAVE done.
And being in the moment of the moments. It's all we have, right kids?
It is early Wednesday morning, the day before Thanksgiving, and Maggie is on my lap while I write to you. The sun is still asleep but when it rises I will go check on Papa Goose and all on the lake before I proceed with grocery shopping and sweet potato casserole and pumpkin bundt cake making. This is my favorite time of the day. The hope to come in the morning bird's song and the brand new day's dawn is so beautiful to me. I cherish these gifts so much.
Well, I have been busy painting and Christmas card making. I've also been working on my photography site. And cooler air has finally made its way here and that has been so refreshing! The swan couples are swooning and no matter how many times I see them do so, it is always a breathtaking sight. We have a few ducklings making their way in life, a few steps at a time, and sometimes that is the SUM of their life. Precious precious beings. Tiny, sweet souls who teach what is really important to giant human souls with each and every peep.
In this season of thanksgiving, I wanted to thank you for your presence in my life. You are always in my heart and I am so appreciative for all that you are and all that you have given me! I pray that each of you know how much you are loved in this world. And how much you are needed. You are beautiful.
Hello August! Aren't you a bit early to arrive? I mean it was just April! How are you here so fast? I know it is time for you due to the hot and muggy weather but still. I'm not ready! These days are flying just like all of those who were older and wiser than us when we were young told us they would. The same 24 hours simply do not feel the way they used too. Sigh.
But we "old-timers" know to embrace the same 24 hours in all the ways that we can, right? We know the value of the minute. We know that seeing the sun rise on a new day is not a given. We know to hold on to what we've got and let go what we should not.
Most of the time. ;-)
So yes it is so very hot and humid here and you know that this isn't my best season but again how thankful am I to be here to complain about the heat and humidity? Ummmm ..... VERY thankful. When it gets this hot, I tend to stay inside more - after feeding Papa Goose and walking the lake of course. I painted a few beach scenes yesterday to cool off in my mind. Oh and I bought a little sketchbook last week and some pencils too. So far, I have sketched Maggie and this handsome, beloved old-timer guy ...
Can you believe Marley is 14 years old today! After my son adopted him from the SPCA, he was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia and his vet at the time said he would most likely not live past 5 years old. Well he was wrong. As Marley aged, his dysplasia seemed to improve and he has lived a very happy and very spoiled life. Deservingly so! The sweetest boy ever. He is now deaf, as of a few months ago, but has quickly learned to rely on the antics of the doxies to know what is going on. He is also the smartest boy ever too.
Happy Birthday Dear Marley! We love you!!
Young, old, or in between - life is worth embracing.
It's been a while since I've picked up the paint brush. I thought maybe that I had "lost" what I only so recently had found. But Summer Lynn and her sweet, innocent spirit, inspired me today so I painted away.
And it felt good. :-)
Here she is hugging her Daddy on Father's Day ...
Rain or shine, Summer Lynn is always our sunshine.
I wish and hope that each of you have the loveliest of weekends filled with fresh air and all things beautiful to you. As always, thank you for your presence and love! Thank you for stopping by to visit "the random" and thank you for always making my spirit soar. You are treasured and I wanted you to know that.
I know we ALL are - busy busy bees - you and me! Now where is our honey to show for it?
Again, please forgive me if and when I should ever repeat myself here as I honestly don't go back and check to see if I have already mentioned something and menopause can make one forgetful - that is my excuse and I am sticking to it. And speaking of menopause, I really think it is time for that season of my life to be done! Seriously! Enough already!
Anywho .... I was sick the first two weeks of the new year with the same stuff the whole town had and currently has. I feel better now and have been working on things for a bridal shower I am hosting here at the beginning of February for my nephew's sweet bride-to-be. I am really excited to have it here at Daisy Cottage and have been having fun planning it and getting it all together. I promise I will try to take pics on shower day and share. I've also been busy making art greeting cards from some of my paintings and am slowly getting them listed on my Etsy shop. They are really cute in person, if I do say so myself, and I am happy with them. They make me smile and feel a little proud, and that's a really good thing.
When one has an event coming up in one's home, it makes one tend to freshen up and redo things a bit and I am no exception! So this shower has motivated me to play house with a few changes here and there. I painted one of those plastic gold mirrors that we see in thrift shops and that I usually paint red, aqua this time. I just used the same paint I use for the paintings and dabbed it on quickly with a brush. I found some vintage needlepoint chairs one day when thrifting with my son and will paint them white. They were only $10 each! Score for sure! Lots of work play in progress and all so fun!
The lake is simply beautiful. Sigh. I could be there all day and all night in a heartbeat.
And I could be with this one all day and all night in a heartbeat too, but she would wear me out. In a cute, and so very precious way, but of course ...
I hope you are well and staying warm and staying busy BEing all that makes you YOU and happy too.
Love is in the January air on the lake! The swans are beginning to swoon and the most delicate pink flowers are in bloom. Ducklings are sweetly peeping and one special goose is bravely keeping them as safe as he can.
The sweet season of love is upon us. May it dawn on and on and on.
And just like that we have crossed over to the other side - luckily, thankfully, blessedly - you and me! In a New Year's Eve minute, it is now 2016. Do you remember when we first said the year 2000 out loud? It sounded SO strange. So "Tomorrowland" - like the attraction in Disney World. It took me forever to get used to it. It took me forever to get used to writing the year 2000 on checks. I missed the 1900's immediately and I remember feeling that I didn't like change. Well, thank goodness it isn't up to me and the world does keep turning and life does keep changing, though I know we could do without the bad. So now 16 years have passed and here we are. Think of all of the things we have lived over the past 16 years. It is truly amazing, isn't it?
We had a beautiful Christmas and many lazy family days afterwards. Summer Lynn made everything even more precious, but of course, being the sweet doll that she is! She fed Papa Goose and had her first beignet at a new fantastic andjust around the lake place! I made fudge; ate most of the fudge; forgot to take a picture of the fudge; and wanted even more fudge. I gave my Mom the little Santa painting and my sister the little peace wreath painting for Christmas and I will admit to you that I felt really proud to give them something that I made with my hands as I think that is the first time that I have done that for Christmas. I felt like that little girl in kindergarten who - well, yes - felt proud. It was a nice feeling. Our tree was amazing this year in its freshness and beautiful rich green hue and I didn't want to let it go. Every year I miss the golden twinkle and its presence and I find it hard to say goodbye. That must be a thing with me... the letting go; the changes; the new ways of being. But you, who have known me forever, already know that.
To be honest, I have thought about ending this little site here and only sharing on Instagram, as it is "easier" to share there with the way they have it set up as opposed to how Typepad (my blog host) has it. You take a pic, have a thought, and bingo, bango it is on your Instagram - either uploaded through your smart phone or from your computer. I resisted Instagram for years - me, the one who doesn't like change - but I am so glad that I finally joined in because it has been a great fit - another way to share images and thoughts with friends, old and new, and I have loved doing so. I also tend to share on Instagram more in "real time" and in "real time thoughts" than I do here. In the old days our blogs were our only option to share. But alas, there is that change thing again.
So I thought about it, yes, that maybe the time has come for my Imagery by Kimberly blog to be done. But it isn't. Because even if I am just sharing here with myself and only once a week, or once a month - it is what my heart still wants to do. I love the opportunity. I love the music. I love the history.
And I love you.
It may not be as fast or social media friendly as Instagram, but that is okay. It's sharing the "old way." And that is also a good fit for me too. Now the "fit" sometimes may be messy and raw and yes, random ...
But that is where I am at and I feel that is where many of us are at on our paths in life and that is all part of our journey. And that is also okay. I can't imagine being on any journey without you. You have been such a precious part of my life. It has been an incredible honor to be a part of YOUR life. Like all of the beautiful Christmas trees, I want to hang on to YOU.
I hope that is okay. I hope your 2016 is all that you want it to be. And I will cherish sharing and being under the same sky with you.
I am finishing up some recent photo shoots and loving every minute of working on them, while doing some decking of Dear Daisy Cottage's halls - including the dollhouse. I painted Santa for a very special someone to have one day when she has her own Summie home. I have finished mailing out Etsy Christmas orders and now I think I need to focus on Christmas shopping as I have yet to begin - other than something for Summer Lynn. It will get done - it always does, right? Right! I hope you have been having a wonderful week! Is it cold where you are? Still waiting on that here. BUT the Florida December light has been magical!
I hope you have had a wonderful week dear ones who I love so much!
Mine has been in many ways and full in many everyday ways! Those are the best kind of weeks, don't you think?
The weather has been a wee bit cooler - just enough to lift one's burnt out over-heated summer spirit! And speaking of summer spirit, I am definitely not burnt out, however, on our Summer Lynn and her sweet spirit! She loves to scribble on the kitchen chalkboard (I may have shared that before - please ignore any repeats) when she visits and of course I don't erase her work. I let her do that. And may I say that it will be hard for me to erase my daughter's little message that SHE left behind on the dining room chalkboard. Made my heart soar! We spent the afternoon downtown last Saturday at a car show and I took a quick phone pic of Summer Lynn dancing on the sidewalk. Isn't that swan headband adorable? Yep, she is the cutest pumpkin in our world for sure!
I have been busy editing images from the wedding that I shot and they are now done and ready to be packaged up to give to the bride and groom. I painted a 5x7 of the wedding dress for the bride as a thank you gift. I love doing that - it also makes my heart soar, as do the changing leaves, the golden October sun, and the beautiful as always swans. I try to bring home a pumpkin to celebrate fall every time I go to the grocery store and I treated myself and Daisy Cottage to fresh roses also purchased there. And one morning, when I was walking the lake, I saw Miss Mini! She is the adorable little duck with her tiny crown of feathers who I simply love to pieces. She has been gone a long long time. I thought I wasn't going to see her again. I love being wrong. Sometimes. ;-)
It's the little things - the big things - the everyday things that make our spirits soar and our hearts sing.
Thank you, as always, for letting me share some of them with you.
It's the seventh day of October already. How can that be? I LOVE October and am so happy that she (are months female? hmmm) is here but I wish her days would slow down! I am savoring as much of them as I can. I am loving the falling leaves and softer light. I am loving the pumpkins that I am bringing home and the aroma of the cinnamon brooms that I get every year at the grocery store. Love, love, love this time of year. I painted a fawn yesterday and it is in my Etsy shop. I have been painting lots of portraits and tutus and may bring them with me to sell at the Fancy Flea in November or I may not. ;-) I haven't decided on that. I ordered some sheer white curtains from Ikea to hang on my office french doors to filter the view of "creative chaos" that now exists in there. I'm still moving a few things around in Daisy Cottage and TRYING to keep her nice and clean. Trying is the operative word. I washed the quilts in anticipation of our 70 degree reprieve that surely is on its way! I had fun watching Summer Lynn the other night and of course I couldn't say no when she wanted yet another bedtime story. And I can't seem to say no to Maggie and Bentley very often either. It must be an "eye" thing.
Since I haven't shared a pic of my handsome son in a while, I thought I would today. Someone snapped this of him at a wedding he attended over the weekend and I love it! Speaking of days AND love, there is not a day that goes by that I am not so very grateful that he is home.
I hope you have a beautiful rest of the week! I will be shooting a wedding on Friday. Love to you!!
I am sorry to have been gone from here for a few days and I have missed you very much! I hope all is well in your world! I have been busy doing this and that and nesting for the very much anticipated fall season that surely must be on its way!! I can't wait until October 1, when I will bring home the pumpkins and the cinnamon broom that I always get at the grocery store that makes the whole house smell sooooo good! Speaking of brooms, our Summer Lynn has been doing a diligent job of keeping Daisy Cottage's porch clean. She is the cutest porch sweeper in the world, don't you think? :-)
Her Birdie has been moving things around on the inside as you can see in the images above. I brought the unframed floral paintings out of the hall bath and put them above the dining room window and I have made the living room wall that you see when you first walk in the door a gallery wall. It is a work in progress, literally as I type, and will be filled from floor to ceiling with this and that. It is hard to photograph, but I will try to do so again when I am all done. It feels good to work on the house a little bit again and it feels really good using what I already have. Don't you love it when things seem new just because you moved it to a different spot?
I've also been really busy painting and my once orderly office is really chaotic now but in the most colorful and messy way! I think I am going to get some white curtains to hang on the office french doors so that when the mess gets to be too much to see from the living room I can close the curtains. I'm still thinking on that idea however.
So yes, I am so excited for pumpkins and fall and to celebrate that whole season to be. But first things first - there is a certain somebody who will be turning 3...
Raindrops on roses and feathers and swans and geese and doggy noses....
These are a few of my favorite things! ;-)
I hope you had a lovely holiday weekend! It is still hot and muggy and rainy here but mine was peaceful and yes, lovely. I painted a few paintings and went to the lake several times. Our Easter swan babies are almost all white now and doing so well and so is Papa Goose. Everything is fine in my neck of the woods.
And now it is already Tuesday. Our world turns so fast .... so very fast.
Why we have to keep on flying ... or trying ... and savoring what we can and seeking the light and beauty wherever and whenever we can.
It was hard for me to paint this baby. So many emotions for this wee ball of fluff that I fell in love with now years ago. Her life was fleeting, and while she never flew on earth, she does so now in heaven. Because yes, I believe animals do go to heaven.