Most of my life I worked on my art as family and my career allowed.  Now that I am retired from a rewarding career in IT I am blessed to be able to work on my art, and now also my writing, for three or so hours every day.

 

I live on ten beautiful acres in the northern California foothills with my sister who is also my best friend.  We are surrounded by the beauty and drama of nature and wildlife.  We also enjoy our numerous animal family members – two rats, two guinea pigs, one chicken, four ducks, six cats, two dogs, and a horse.  They are a constant source of love and learning, and sometimes amusement.

I also enjoy gardening.  I have a large garden with raised beds that’s fenced from the deer.  The ducks and chicken each have their own houses in the garden.  I’ve grown roses in most of the garden for several years now.  A few years ago we had a large arbor installed and two rambling kiwi vines grow over it creating a shady oasis.  With that addition, the garden became a destination for conversation and relaxation, and not just a place to work.

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What's happening in the

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Dreary Winter Days

a few volunteer sweet peas. I've planted more seeds but they haven't sprouted yet.

beginning to prune the roses. It's not cold enough for them to volunteer for dormancy, so they have to be sent to bed!

working on a new bed for the hydrangeas. they'll do much better here than in their pots.

tried to move this fairy garden to make room for the hydrangea bed, but it was too heavy to get it where I wanted it. I'll have to empty it and replant, which is OK since it needed it anyway.

It's not spring yet, but this Tom's thoughts have turned to love. The girls aren't there yet!

background image courtesy of Nathan Anderson from unsplash.com

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