June 30, 2013

Good bye Reader - Hello Blog Lovin'

If you have been using Google Reader to keep up with your favorite blogs, you received noticed a LONG time ago that it was going away. You probably thought, “Oh, I have plenty of time.” Not anymore! On Monday (TOMORROW!), Google Reader will be no more. If you’ve been using it to read my blog posts, start following me by email or Bloglovin’. Don’t know what Bloglovin’ is? I’ve got you covered! Bloglovin’ is a fun, new way to keep up with your favorite blogs. Here’s what you need to know about switching: 1. It’s easy, I swear!

The process to set up your account is quick and simple. Check out my detailed instructions on blog lovin' site - it will guide you through the process step-by-step!

 2. You can import your blogs from Google Reader with the click of a button. Yup, no manual adding blogs for you! Bloglovin’ will take care of it for you, easy peasy. See blog lovin' for more info.

3. There’s an app for that. Prefer to read blogs on your mobile device? No problem – Bloglovin’ has you covered! Download the free app for access to your favorite blogs when you’re on the go.

 4. Organize your blogs. Some people are dividing up their blogs into different categories, for instance.  You can create your own categories, so the possibilities are endless!

5. If you’re a blogger – claim your blog easily AND get more pageviews! You can claim your blog by adding in a verifying link to the top of a post. From there, customize your profile and more! PLUS, and this is a biggie, if a reader decides to read your entire post (rather than just an excerpt), they click over to your blog – resulting in additional pageviews! Setting up an account with Bloglovin’ (detailed, step-by-step, no fail instructions!) Go to www.bloglovin.com.   You can choose to set up an account with Facebook or by email. I chose email.

The next screen will be for setting up an account with bloglovin You will receive a verification email at the email address you provided. Click on the link in that email. I got my email immediately! setting up an account with bloglovin Now for the fun part! All of those blogs you follow with Google Reader? You can zap them over to Bloglovin’ with the touch of a button! Click on “Import from Google Reader.” setting up an account with bloglovin You will need to give Bloglovin’ permission to access your blogs and move them over from Google. Click “Accept” and you’re all done and ready to start reading your favorite blogs with Bloglovin’! See? I told you it was easy! Now, go forth and start enjoying Bloglovin’! - See more at: http://notyourmommascookie.com/2013/06/switching-from-google-reader-to-bloglovin-what-you-need-to-know/#sthash.Vc2FqUyV.dpuf

What you have just read is a suggest post from blog lovin'!  To be perfectly honest, I am so confused I'm getting some professional help to explain this entire thing to me. These meds have actually made my brain very 'dull' and sometimes I can't put 2 and 2 together! Annoying. So good luck - I guess it will all fall into place like anything new. Is anyone having a problem subscribing to my blog via email? If you, would you please let me know. Thanks. Thanks for dropping by. Take care. Love you all.

June 27, 2013

Guadalupe District Murals ...

Developing into a new and very hot art district, Guadalupe is coming up with all sorts of new ideas including art walks and graffiti type murals on the stone, brick and plastered walls. Not able to resist, Jackie invited me on another photo shoot which was really fun. Here are the photos. If you can hang on until the end you will be doing well.

This house has been here decorated like this for a long time.  Fits right in now.

AH!  You made it to the end.  Congrats.  It was a lovely afternoon out and fun to see all the new art.  Last night the three of us and Mario enjoyed our 'last supper' together.  Saturday morning EARLY, Jackie and Janis will be leaving for NOB, one to Florida, one to Philadelphia.  Don't know when they will be back, but already I am looking forward to their next journey.

Hope you enjoyed the 'tour'.  Thanks for dropping by.  Take care.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ 

Thomas Merton


June 25, 2013

Painted and finished the Mexico Journal

A little further on the painting today. I was told the name of the painting is "Everything is going to just fine." I like it very much.  Still not finished, but getting closer.

Next I worked on the Mexico Journal.  Thanks again Carolyn.  It was fun to complete.  I wrapped the edges in red polka dot tape and put glitter on the front (although you can't see it very well).  Added note paper for writing and some of my cards for interest.  See what you think.

Of course Frida has to appear here and there.

Some note paper and a card in this pocket.

Note paper, a frame for one of your photographs and a card.

All the white paper you see which is bound is water colour paper for painting or sketching.

More note paper in the pocket.

And last but not least, because Chrome wanted to place it here, is the cover!   The glitter doesn't show up well in the photo, but it adds a bit of Mexico.

That's all for today my lovely's.  Have a photo date with Jackie tomorrow and going to their house for dinner - so that will be a lovely day.  Hope your days are lovely and creative.  From the looks of your blogs -- you are having a wonderful time!  Thanks so much for dropping by.

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere."

Carl Sagan

June 24, 2013

This painting seems to be taking .....

FOREVER! I just can't seem to get a good run at it - can't seem to sit there all day like I usually do. hmmmmm... This is as far as I
have come.

Do you like the painting with or without the eyelashes.  I thought I would love them, but I'm not so sure.  What's your'e oppinion??

That's all she wrote for today.  I did work on my Mexico album - it should be ready for another peek tomorrow.  

Thanks for coming by.  

“Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” ~Charlotte Whitton

June 23, 2013

Mexico Journal

I worked on the Mexico Journal most of the day, and am almost finished. A little foo fah here and there and it will be done. This is the chipboard shell Carolyn sent me to play with and sell at the market. Here are a few photos. It needs to be kicked up a notch, so perhaps I will do that tomorrow.

I've added water colour paper for painting or sketching, pockets for keeping notes, souvenirs, or photographs.  Need to add some note pages for writing, perhaps a little glitz and it will be done.  Thanks, Carolyn.  xo

I worked on my painting a little as well.

It's Sunday evening already.  Hope you had a lovely weekend.  There is still a chance to see the BIG moon tonight - not here though - it's cloudy.  Thanks for the visit and all your lovely comments.

and maybe a happy ending doesn't include the man you love, the family you care for, the friends you have had forever.  Maybe it's you on your own, picking up the pieces and starting over, freeing yourself for something better in the future.  Maybe a happy ending is just moving on.


Guess who's coming to dinner and that BIG Beautiful Moon

Jackie and Janis showed up at my door claiming they were hungry, in need of food and drink (even through Janis was carrying two bottles of wine in her hands!)  It had been raining just a little now and then so I decided to set the table inside, however when they arrived the weather was perfect and we opted to sit out on the terrace. It was a 'slow food night', beginning with guacamole/chips and hicima, accompanied of course by a glass or two of the bubbly. Then we moved on the a small salad, after which the main course was trout, mashed potatoes with garlic and onion, and carrots in cream. We lingered for dinner, not rushing into the next course, and enjoyed each other's company immensely. Time has passed so quickly, and a month (which seemed like a lovely lot of time) has turned into a week. They leave next Saturday, early.

Habibi demanded to know where Bob was ....

Which Janice found very amusing and immediately fired off an email to Bob informing him he was missed!

We talked and toasted and ate our way through the evening until it was suddenly 10:00 pm and time to go home.

At the moment it's 3:00 AM.  I awoke to the beautiful big moon shining through my window, so stepped onto the terrace and caught this picture.

Truly gorgeous - hope some of you were able to catch a glimpse.  

A lovely evening was had by all, and now the moon is in a position to shine in my window when I go back to bed.  Thanks for dropping by - I do appreciate it so much.  And your comments are simply wonderful - thanks again,

“Yours is the light by which my spirit's born: - you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.” 
― E.E. Cummings