Guests, Wedding, and a Birthday

What a wonderful week! Don’t you just love the feeling when you are anticipating an upcoming event and you can’t contain the happy that keeps bubbling up in your heart? That’s the kind of week I had!

First, let me tell you about my birthday. I was born on October 31st. One thing about being born on that particular day is…people remember. It’s Halloween. That’s how my family and I celebrate the day. Many people tend to confuse Samhain with Halloween. No, we do not celebrate anything about the dead or spirits. We are Christians who love God. We celebrate the American tradition of Halloween in fun. It’s about just that. Laughing and having fun with pumpkins, costumes, and little children visiting neighbors and having candy added to their plastic pumpkins. And we celebrate my birthday. I always loved having my birthday on Halloween until some of my Christian friends thought Halloween was not to be celebrated because that meant celebrating evil and Satan. But God knows what is inside my heart. That’s what He sees.

So yesterday was my birthday. I had two very special birthday gifts from God. First, my youngest daughter sang in church. I thought of how proud her Dad would have been to witness her using the gift God gave her to worship Him. I thought of how my prayers for her had been answered. And I gave thanks for being blessed on the day of my birth.

Second, I attended the wedding of my granddaughter and her love. Oh, the glow of happiness and love that shone on their faces filled my heart to overflowing! What a wonderful gift I was given to be included in such a special day!

Who could ask for more on their birthday? Not me!

And now my grandson, who spent the last two nights here with me, along with his love, so they could attend the wedding, has left. The house is a little empty, but I’m preparing for my daughter to arrive on Tuesday. She will only be here one night, but I know God will bless the time we have together. On Wednesday, she will be traveling on to her new home in North Carolina, car loaded to capacity, and one very confused cat. I’m so excited for this new adventure in her life, and I know she will be happy to finally be settling into her and her hubby’s new life. He’s been in NC now for a couple of weeks because of working, while she’s been taking care of the last details of selling the old house and getting the furniture loaded with the moving company.

So, all the anticipation of the events of last week also gave me time to squeeze in some hobbies. I colored three pages in my Inspire Journaling Bible. Also colored two pages in coloring books, and made four more Christmas cards.

This week will be a little quieter but no less filled with God’s blessings. I will be spending a little more quality time with Him and doing some studies in the new Restoration Bible I gifted myself as a birthday present. I just realized that I am now 78 years old young! I don’t know how many years God has planned for my earthly stay, but I intend to accept each new day as a blessed gift and fill it with love and joy! Until next time…

What is Therapeutic About Coloring?

Sometimes I feel embarrassed to admit that I spend so much time coloring. Like when my dentist asked me if I have any hobbies. How can anyone who doesn’t understand the world of colorists, not wonder what I’m talking about? Do they picture an old lady with a box of crayons and a child’s coloring book? Though that would probably be fun. I always loved to color when I was growing up and a new box of crayons made me happy!

Coloring makes me happy. It is my therapy. Coloring takes my mind off things that make me feel stressed. It lowers my blood pressure. It keeps me from snacking incessantly. It is a perfect time for me to listen to a book and escape into another world. It is a time to look outside my window at all the gifts God has made.

What once were long, lonely hours of each day is now filled with creating something pretty out of a black and white hand drawn picture. It adds color to my life, lifts my heart, and I learn something new all the time. Sometimes I watch videos by other colorists that keeps me company and teaches me something new, not always about the craft of coloring, but about life. I’ve made online friends through coloring.

Sometimes I have conversations with God while I color. I realize all these colors are gifts from Him. God loves color and so do I. I love all the colors of the world.

Being a senior, a widow, an introvert isn’t always easy. Others might see me as unsociable. Not true. I’m just uncomfortable with people I don’t know. I miss people, human voices, and interaction. These things can cause sadness, so coloring takes my mind off these things.

Yes, coloring is a hobby, but it is so much more for me. It is therapeutic. It makes me smile. It is a creative outlet. And it makes me happy, happy, happy.

March Sneaking Past Old Man Winter

March is sneaking in on tiptoes so as not to trigger Old Man Winter’s breath of freezing temperatures and snow. Yesterday’s abundance of rain in high 50 degree weather was a blessing which brought a deep breathing of fresh air and hope for spring as the last bits of snow on the landscape disappeared.

This triggered a need to clean my garage floor from the ravages of salt and road debris. Picture this. Me grabbing a broom (not a good straw broom) and sweeping the filth from the garage floor section by section (4 sections). I have a 2 car garage. I believe at 77, this was a great exercise. I did manage to sweep the floor fairly clean but it still needed to be washed. Next, picture me filling a two-quart pitcher with warm water from the kitchen sink and doling it out bit by bit onto the floor and sweeping and sweeping to clean and to push the water out of the garage. How many times did I fill that pitcher? Honestly, I lost count. I didn’t take a break, just kept at it until the floor was looking much better. Then I left the garage door open so the floor could dry.

This morning I smiled at the image of my husband on my laptop background. I thanked him for showing me how one can use ingenuity and muscle power to do anything they set their mind to! He was a genius at doing this. I also told him how much I missed him and that I was doing the best I could to keep on keeping on. All the while he smiled at me. I’ve had to learn how to do a lot of things I took for granted that he did to maintain our home. Today I’m feeling the muscle soreness of an accomplished work. I’m planning on purchasing an adapter for the kitchen sink and one of those expandible hoses for future cleanings of garage and porch. I could buy a long hose and attach it to the outside faucet on the end condo unit, but I really don’t want to do that. Small and compact are my standards of living now.

Thursday I received my 2nd COVID vaccine. As with the first one, I had discomfort in my arm for less than 24 hours. No other issues. My friend told me at church yesterday that a nurse said drinking a lot of water before and after receiving the vaccine would help to move the vaccine through the body. Maybe that’s why I have had minimal reactions. I drink water constantly all day and night long. It’s the only thing I drink beside a cup of decaffeinated or herbal tea in the morning. I would encourage anyone who is hesitant to receive the vaccine to just do it. We won’t receive all the answers to questions we harbor about all of this, but I’m trusting in God. He gives us wisdom through the Holy Spirit. We need to tap into that through prayer and He will guide us to make wise decisions.

One decision I made was to contact my internet provider and talk to them about bundling streaming tv onto my internet in hopes of eliminating the pay per month apps and still enjoying my favorite shows and saving money on my internet. Satisfied with what I was offered, I gave the go ahead. A couple of hours later, I searched and searched but could not find the provider’s app for streaming. Called them back and talked to a different person who told me the salesperson should have asked me what kind of tv I owned. Why? Because roku and my internet provider have not reached an agreement for streaming channels!! And I have a TCL Roku Smart TV. They suggested “casting” the app from a tablet or laptop onto the screen. What?? Sigh. So stop the billing immediately. I do have the privilege of changing to a different provider (only one other is in my area) but if I do I lose the benefit of paying only $14 a month for my cell phone usage. So, I’m going to be content with paying $80 a month for internet and additional charges for other channel apps. It’s painful how much money I spend for having the benefit of internet.

This past week, I ran quite a few errands along with my normal upkeep of home and laundry. I enjoyed quite a few tutorial videos on You Tube, mostly crafting. The remainder of the time I read two books and listened to two other ones while coloring and diamond painting. Oh, and I bought two foam poster boards which will work as a backing for two of my larger diamond paintings. I just have to think a little more about how I want to mount them. This will save tons of money it would have cost to frame them! I’ll show you all the results when completed.

And now, here are the pretty colors I added to my journey this week.

This is the buddy color with my daughters this month.
Book: Fairy Companions Grayscale
Illustrator: Selina Fenech


Book: Fairy and Fantasy 2 Grayscale
Illustrator: Christine Karron
Picture Title: Transience


Book: Chibi Girls 2 books in one Grayscale
Publisher: Jade Summer


Book: Colouring Heaven Issue 47 Steampunk Special
Illustrator: Hannah Lynn


Book: Creative Haven Rose Windows
Illustrator: Joel S. Avren


Book: Creative Haven Rose Windows
Illustrator: Joel S. Avren


And that finishes the coloring pages through yesterday. I do have two works in progress which I’ll add to next week’s unveiling. Oh, and please, if you read this blog, leave a comment on my blog to help me. All you need to do is click the “leave a comment” tag right under the title of the blog. Thanks a lot! I’m looking at a beautiful shade of blue sky peeking through an abundance of fluffy white clouds. It’s a gorgeous March day! May your views be awesome, your hearts be full, and you smiles be many through this week. Until next time…


This Journey On the Other Side of the Hill

Each Monday, I think “What will I write about in my blog today?” Two days ago, I knew exactly what I wanted to talk about, but since I didn’t document it, of course it just slipped away. Aging minds are not to be counted on.

I had finished some research this morning on when one should stop getting mammograms…surprisingly, after 75 those who do test positive for breast cancer have a low chance of survival. Seems 1/3 of the elderly die after diagnosis. Interesting. For those who have no history of breast cancer in families, the probability of getting breast cancer must drop since it is after 75 they mammograms are no longer considered a necessity. So as I sat on hold waiting to make my annual mammogram appointment at age 77, I was torn as to whether to continue waiting or make the decision to not schedule. I disconnected the call.

Then my brain began thinking about something I read when Obama was preseident. There was a paragraph talking about teaching the elderly to die gracefully. Not sure if any of this was true, by the way. It’s just the way politics seem to try to create disruption. But I did think about it. I’d never heard until recently about not having those annual mammograms. Could this be part of teaching the elderly to accept their lives are nearing an end? If I were to be diagnosed with breast cancer, I’m not sure I would elect any treatment. I’ve lived a good life and I fully believe God is the one in control of my numbered days on earth. I’m not afraid of dying. I know I’ll be dying only to receive eternal life in heaven. I only worry about my loved ones and any adversity they might face when I’m gone. That comes from my maternal instinct to “protect” and yes, I admit “control.”

So I decided to let go of this mammogram thought and picked up my devotional Walking in Grace by Dalene Reyburn. Today’s reading included this: “Like change, suffering can be a catalyst that awakens something in you — a deeper urge and urgency to live fully. To invest your time and your potential in things that matter more. And that is such an excellent thing.”

This caused me to reflect on the journey I’ve traveled since my beloved husband, Ron, was called to his eternal home. I can honestly say this broke me into little pieces. Even though his health was failing, I never focused on us not being a twosome. I was lost. Only my faith in God, my relationship with Jesus, kept me walking one step at at time. It was through this grief and change that I began to focus on eternity. Fear no longer had a hold on me. I knew without even thinking about it that God is always in control and that He listens to our prayers. Sometimes He answers them as we have asked, but sometimes He has a different plan and even though this may include our suffering, His plan is ultimately good.

In this devotion I also read these words from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

And so, through my grief and suffering, I believe I found found this appreciation, sensitivity and understanding of life. Through God’s grace I find compassion, gentleness and loving concern for others. I cry when I pray or even when I think about communing with God. He is my lifeline. And I know I am blessed.

Please excuse me for being maudlin. I had no idea this is what I was going to write today. Sometimes God just takes control of my hands and my mind and the words flow. I pray only that someone will find a closer relationship with Jesus through reading these God-ordained words.

And now, to take a peak at the color I added to my life this week while being snowed in and very grateful for heat, electricity and water.

Book: Woodland Fairies Special (Colouring Heaven Issue 49)
Illustrator: Christine Karron
Picture Title: Northern Lights Fairy


Book: Creative Haven Rose Windows
Illustrator: Joel S. Avren


Book: Spellbinding Images
Illustrator: Nikki Burnette
With this picture, I have completely colored every picature in this book. My first completed book!


I cannot give credit to the publisher or illustrator of this book. All the words are written in Chinese. I won this book from the beautiful and gracious Ann on “A Colorful Life” You Tube channel. The book is truly lovely!

And that is the last of the pictures I colored this past week. I did complete the Christmas diamond painting! It is really beautiful. It is waiting, along with two other completed diamond paintings, to be framed. I also started a new diamond painting and am excited to finish and display it here. May your week be beautiful, may your smiles be many, and may your blessings overflow. Until next week…


Swatching Colors is Satisfying, Snowstorm, and Masks

This week I’ve been busy with swatching all my coloring tools into a new book. Why? Because the book I was using has been revised and is in a larger size edition. It is so much nicer and has great space for adding color pallettes and blends. And, I will admit, I’ve always been good at organizing in past worklife and still love to organize! Plus, it is just plain easy on the brain and satisfying to swatch colors. LOL!

I received a new text letting me know that I’m still on the registration list for my COVID vaccine. Still no idea when I’ll be able to schedule an appointment, but I don’t mind waiting. As I write this blog, my cat Wilbur is loudly meowing right at my shoulder, so I am going to have to take a break and feed him and his brother.


Okay, I’m back! Naptime for the cats, so I should be able to finish without interruptions.

We had a snowstorm on Saturday night that put us at a level 2 snow emergency because of the bad roads and church was cancelled. I’m so grateful that I’m able to watch church online when I need to! But I miss the outing. Staying homebound on Sunday, which is the one day I can count on getting out of the house, seeing family, and having lunch with my best friend, made it difficult today. Seems like I haven’t seen anyone’s face or spoken to a human being in too long! Though I don’t mind entertaining myself most days, knowing I have Sunday makes it much easier. Sigh. Hard to believe it has been almost a year since our lives changed so drastically and face masks became normal attire.

Speaking of face masks, how many of you are wearing the disposable masks and how many of you have purchased more fashionable masks? I admit I purchased two pretty black masks with blue flowers and blue butterflies. They are much softer than the disposable ones so they don’t scratch my face. When this first happened, I remember saying the clothing industry would not miss the opportunity to offer outfits with matching masks. Yep, I’ve seen that! Some of my more talented sewing friends have made a nice business out of making masks for people.

Lately, I’ve spent more time praying for our country, and for relief from the rising crime rates which is making life even more difficult for struggling business owners and individuals. Sometimes I fear I might become a real hermit staying away from the danger outside my door. I’m sure many, especially elderly, people feel the same.

But, enough about the negatives. Overall, life is beautiful. I’m thankful for every day and for knowing that God has a better plan for me and for all who have chosen salvation. This home is only temporary. He says we will have pain and struggles on this earth, but not to worry because He has overcome the world. I hope you believe His Word and that you trust Him as I do.

And, now, for the reveal of the pictures I’ve colored this past week.

Book: Colouring Heaven Sarah Kay Collection

I love this book with the cute children reminiscent of an earlier time. This litle girl with her teddy bear just called to me to color her.

Book: Spellbinding Images
Illustrated by: Nikki Burnette

I’ve had this coloring book for almost two years. I’d forgotten about it and pulled it from the shelf to discover I had only a couple of pictures to color to finish the entire book! I will be so happy to see some finished books on my shelf by the end of this year, God willing.

Book Rose Windows
Illustrated by Joel S. Avren (Creative Haven publisher)

I grabbed two blue tone markers the other evening while watching television, and colored this mandala. It is really vibrant but I’m not sure it shows up as bright in the picture. I love coloring these with markers. They are quick and fun.

Book: Fairy Companions
Illustrator: Selena Fenech

This picture is the one chosen for my two daughters and I to color this month. I used markers for this version and pastel pencils on the one below.

Book: Fairy Companions
Illustrator: Selena Fenech

I’m still working on learning how to use these pastel pencils to color pictures. I love how they lay down but I need to add more layers to get more vibrant colors. I’ll keep practicing!

Book: Fairy Companions
Illustrated by: Selena Fenech

This picture was colored in December by me and my daughters, but since there are two copies in the book, I decided this morning to color the second one use pencils. The one for December I finished in markers. My goal is to complete the book by using markers on the first set of pictures, and pencils on the second set.

And that is all the coloring I completed this past week. I hope you all have a wonderful week and stay healthy and safe. Until next time, may God bless you and yours!

Coloring, Covid Vaccine, God’s Timing!

This has been a quiet week for me. Our small group decided to meet at our church where we could be socially distanced and we met on Tuesday afternoon. However, everyone took off their masks since the feeling was social distance made it safe and easier to talk. Then on Saurday, I learned that our facilitator was very ill and pretty sure she had Covid. Ugh. So that meant I had to postpone a lunch scheduled for that day with my daughters. And I missed church. I decided to self-quarantine just to make sure I didn’t pass any germs on to other people. I am pretty sure I already had this virus in March of 2020 before doctors were diagnosing this virus. Instead the doctor said I had a very bad strain of the flu. It was the worst ever and I don’t get sick…don’t get the flu. I did recover without having to be hospitalized and for that I give all thanks to God!

And though I really want to get the vaccine, I didn’t realize how nearly impossible it would be to get an appointment! I am, as I write this, in an online “in line” queue to see if there is any availability at the grocery/pharmacy chain I frequent. I still have 20 more minutes to wait to even check for availability. I received an email from my local hospital at 5:43pm on Friday with a link to register. I clicked to get an appointment at 5:55pm and all appointments had been filled! Should it be so difficult? But I have given this over to God, because all things happen in His timing, not mine. When it is time, I will be scheduled. It’s the impatient part of being human that causes the frustration! UPDATE: After my time came, I learned nothing was available around me. I’ve tried all my alternatives and today is the first day for those over 75. As I said, all in God’s time.

All in all, I accomplished very little outside of normal cleaning, laundry, and picking up my new glasses. So my hours were filled with listening to audio books and coloring. I played around with pencils, markers, and my new pastel pencils. Below are the pictures I finished. Coloring makes me happy and fills in a lot of empty hours in my day. I thank God every day my youngest daughter got me started with this hobby! I am constantly learning and it’s fun!

Illustrator: Hannah Lynn
Book: Sweet and Simple Whimsy Girls

I pulled out my pastel pencils to color this lovely lady. I found it so much fun to use the pastels and they were super easy to blend! I’ll be using these more as time passes.

Illustrator: Jane Maday
Book: Adorable Animals

I’ve had this book for a while, but I rarely color in it. As I looked through, I found a picture I’d started and never finished. So I grabbed pencils and finished coloring! I love the result of coloring this picture with various pencils.

Illustrator: Jane Maday
Book: Adorable Animals

Another picture I found partially colored. I only had the birds, apples and a couple of flowers to color to finish it.

Book: Chibi Girls Grayscale Published by Jade Summer

I used markers to color this fun picture. I wanted to make a pink motorcycle, so that put me in a dilemma as to what color to use for her outfit. I think the light green turned out okay.

Book: Chibi Girls Grayscale
Published by Jade Summer

Another marker picture. These are fun and don’t take a lot of time. Relaxing.

Image purchased from Etsy store: leanasanjoseart

Colored this beauty on tan paper with Prismacolor Premier pencils. I like the result achieved, though camera doesn’t do justice to the coloring. Next are the pictures I colored with markers while watching television!

Rose Windows book by Creative Haven, Illustrator: Joel S. Avren

Rose Windows book by Creative Haven Illustrator: Joel S. Avren

Rose Windows book by Creative Haven, Illustrator: Joel S. Avren

Rose Windows book by Creative Haven, Illustrator: Joel S. Avren

I wish you all a beautiful week filled with joy and God’s blessings! Until next week…

Expressing My Joy In Color and Pictures

My 3 month old great grandson, Leighton, and me

Let me start this blog with a picture that warms my heart. This little guy was born in September and I finally met him in person. He is such a sweet and happy baby! What surprised me was how much he weighed. He is such a tiny little guy, but when I picked him up I couldn’t believe how heavy he felt. Even more special, he gave big smiles when this old lady babbled at him. He even shared his own babbles with me. What a wonderful way to begin my Christmas week this Saturday evening. My six-year-old great granddaughter Rhyan was there as well. She ran up to me and hugged me and said, “G.G. you smell just like your house!” I immediately thought my house might have an unpleasant odor. Yikes. I said, “I don’t know if that is good or bad.” She replied, “It’s good! Smell!!” And I laughed. I’ll never forget that moment. Here are the beautiful gifts she made for me.

Picture frame hand painted colorfully by Rhyan

Ornament for my tree that says, Rhyan 2020 loves you GG

This is how I will remember this year, exactly as Rhyan has written it!!

And this is a bonus gift from her (which she told me her grandma placed in the bag…tee hee). It is holding up two other pictures she colored for me. I guess she got her love of colors and coloring from me!

Here it is..a magnet holding up two pictures Rhyan has colored just for me.

Earlier in the week, I received a surprise bouquet from my son and daughter-in-love who live in SC. Isn’t it beautiful!!

Beautiful surprise!

Lots of color and beauty blessed my life this week. I’m so filled with joy as I enter this week of Christmas celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus. He came to bring joy and hope to all people. Through Him, I know I have an even better permanent home waiting in Heaven.

And now it is time to share the pictures I’ve colored this week. This first one is a double page spread. I followed a tutorial on You Tube by Colorfully Optimistic

Double Page Spread from Seasons by illustrator Hanna Karlzon

This guy was from Colouring Heaven Dragons Special Issue #63 artist Douglas Carrol

Book Rose Windows by Creative Haven, Illustrator: Joel S. Avren

And that is all the color I have to share this week! My wish for all of you is a safe and joyful Christmas and may your heart be warmed by what truly matters in your life. Until next week….

Time for Happy Colors, Hope, and Joy

Time to share some happy colors, hope and joy!

Missed making my Monday post because I wanted to finish making my Christmas cards. Last year’s cards were fun to make, but this year I decided to tackle embossing. Being new at this, it was trial and error all the way. And the kitchen table, chairs and floor were so sparkly! It took a while to clean up when I finished. The cards took me two days to finish. I will NOT be making cards this way again. Instead I’ll stick to the 2019 method. LOL!

I did manage to color a few pictures since my last post. Mostly I’ve been working on coloring one advent picture a day. I’m using my glitter gel pens on these. They have been quick and easy to do. I did finish my color-a-long picture I do with two of my daughters, but can’t share until December 31st.

I’ve also been doing a little work on my diamond painting “Fireside Christmas.” I had wanted to finish and hang it for this Christmas, but that isn’t going to happen. It will be displayed for Christmas 2021, God willing. I love diamond painting, but haven’t been active with that craft lately. I have two completed pictures that need framing, but they are such odd sizes I haven’t found affordable frames yet. My youngest daughter got me started on diamond painting last Christmas, when she gifted me a kit. I’ve completed six paintings this year. They are all beautiful. I’m sharing a picture of the completed gift kit. Also sharing a pic of the one I’m working on now.

So as Christmas draws nearer, I cling to the hope that Jesus offers this weary world. I’m weary, as I know you are, of the state of the world due to the pandemic. Yet, there is always hope. I cling tightly to this hope and offer prayers almost continuously for all of God’s people. Christmas is still coming, and so is Jesus. We can hold tight to this truth and gain strength to face each new day. May your week be filled with God’s blessings, my friends.


This is so much more beautiful to see in person. I love how the sun makes it sparkle!


I love how this one is turning out. It’s called Fireside Christmas. Purchased from Diamond Art Club.

This picture is in book “Johanna’s Christmas” illustrated by Johanna Basford. I colored it with glitter gel pens.

I love this picture in “Christmas Time” book illustrated by Alena Lazareva.

The First Snow of the Season

My world is slowly being colored white during the first snowfall of the season. It is the day I’ve been waiting for, this first whiteness to cover the dark colors of the dying season. Snow makes my heart smile. Perhaps it is the pristine color of unblemished white remind me of the purity of Jesus, my Savior. Though white isn’t really a color, it is something I can see with my eyes. I can almost taste it. It calms me. It recalls the beauty of hope.

Snow. Beautiful.

My world was darkened by the recent passing of my 17-1/2 year companion, Charlotte. My heart was heavy with the loss of her sweet presence in my life. Her two brothers have also been struggling with missing her. Our circle is smaller.

The day we brought her home from the vet.

Charlotte loving her brother, Templeton.

One of her favorite spots to nap in the daytime next to my pillow.

This week has been one in which I didn’t do much coloring. Toward the end of the week, I managed to color. Also, I can share the pictures I colored for the color along with two of my daughters as it is the last day of the month. One version I colored with pencils, the other with markers. I’m also sharing a pic I colored the week before, but forgot to post last week from the Chibi Girls book.

From Jade Summer Chibi Girls Grayscale coloring book

Book: Colouring Heaven Cutesy Christmas Artist: Ruth Sanderson

Book: Fairy Companions
Artist: Selena Fenech
Title: Carry Me Home

Book: Fairy Companions
Artist: Selena Fenech
Title: Carry Me Home

Book: Colouring Heaven Woodland Fairies
Artist: Christine Karron
Title: Snow Fairy

My house is now decorated for Christmas and I’m settling in for a comfortable winter as the snow continues to accumulate. May your world be filled with beautiful colors…until next week…God bless you and yours.