The Great Outdoors, fpj-photo-challenge

While this week’s challenge from Jansen Photo is Outdoors, I believe it is meant for the beauty of nature…well, I am going to bend that just a bit and be amazed by the architecture of man spanning the Mississippi River. After all, it is outdoors. This bridge has been under construction now for about 2 years and I think it is due to open by end of next year. It has been amazing to watch, I posted earlier pictures in November if you care to go see those here.  We went across to the other side and had to use this bridge – what a reroute you have to go through right now, glad I don’t have to use it everyday because the roads are moving as well.

But I was amazed at the progress, especially knowing the winter we went through and the massive flood (91 days) that has just now settled back into its banks.

So check out these pictures and remember even though man can aggravate you at time, he can be pretty amazing as well. I also realize that I am a bit of a geek since I came from quality management but I think these are neat. Hope you enjoy.

These white things sticking in the air are going to be archways spanning across.

And in closing, I remind you to maybe reach out and build a bridge over to someone or something who needs to cross into kindness. It may bring brightness into their lives.

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Escapist Coloring Prompt for June

Each month Linda Hill gives us a prompt for those of us who still enjoy coloring and now books, calendars and such have pages to color and enjoy. It is relaxing, as mine stays by the bed on nights when the brain will not shut down.

I think it very appropriate that my color page this month has a river in it as we are fighting the mighty power of water in a river.

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And in closing, I remind us to always be kind.

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Color Confusion, atozchallenge, Juxtaposition

Spring is coming…maybe. It keeps hinting at it but I have a feeling we will miss spring and go straight to summer by mid May, that’s only a few weeks away.  Regardless, after this harsh winter, some new something needs to happen. Oh, yea, the new refrigerator doesn’t count because that was not in the plan.  Death of an appliance is NEVER in the plan.

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Hideous wallpaper

Wallpaper removal is in the plan but down the list. Living room is first. And since living room is first, I am torn about the color. I am wanting to bring out the color of the rose that is in the tapestry hanging on the wall.

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Linda Hill has made a wonderful offbeat A to Z challenge and it is time for J. Since I am not sure if this is one of her words I will check back and add to the post later if so. Otherwise I am just rebelling on a cool seldom used word.

So I took the snap shot of the tapestry and off the the paint store I go. I came up with one I thought would be perfect and then on purpose chose a lighter one for comparison. Those didn’t work. The one I thought would be perfect is too dark and the lighter one has too much pink. So back to the store we go. At lease I have these two samples to compare with, so back at the store I placed all possible candidates in a juxtaposition on the counter to compare with my phone. But florescent lighting is horrible to judge by, so we chose two more samples and to home we go to compare with house lighting.

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These are different?

The paint expert promised that were different but I couldn’t tell. Maybe it will look better outside. But its raining. So under the cover of the front door and thundering over head, we check again. Still not difference except color seems to be washed totally out.

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Now what

Okay, so lets go over to the tapestry and see how it compares there so we juxtaposition samples and tapestry and I think we finally can see a difference.

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I think romance is winning this contest

Even though the camera does not show justice to the colors, on the tapestry the contrast shows what I needed. Never in a thousand years would I have even thought to paint my living room pink. But here we are. Pink blending into a very white green for the dining room which will then  go into a soft yellow for the sun room. Hopefully by summer I will have these three rooms done. I can stand at the front door and take a picture showing all three rooms. We will see how it goes.

As you plan you spring cleaning and renovating tasks, remember to be kind to those you come in contact with. I found a new kindness drawing that I really like so I will be sharing it for a bit. Kind of says it all, be kind, be beautiful. Lets all be beautiful.

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The Beginning of Play, Thursday Doors

What an odd title for Norm’s Thursdays Door prompt. But for me it is a beginning as I have been recuperating from foot surgery since last August, first one foot then the other. Now after 6 weeks of therapy, I am no longer walking like a penguin and can walk further than from the couch to the bed. With the winter being what is was in the midwest, only to be followed by the horrific flooding, there are only two shots but I thought they were really interesting. I will get out this weekend to see what beauties I can find. There are a few quite old structures for the area so it is promising. In the mean time, enjoy the door of times gone by or time anew and share you doors with us.

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Note the flood lines on the blocks of previous floods in the area. 
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Beautiful home in the process of being restored.

And as always I remind everyone to think about being kind. It is not a hard task but one we often forget in the business of our lives. Kindness reflect your inner beauty so I encourage you always to be kind.

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Art in the Cold

In everything God creates, if we look hard enough we will still see beauty. As I went to take out the trash this afternoon, I noticed how the snow clung to my new rock wall. I thought it interesting how it clung to some areas and yet totally missed others creating another interesting God type artwork.

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Hair hanging down covering eyes while someone with more hair nibbles on the ear

I am big on patterns and coming from the quality control world sometimes those patterns can let you know if something is off or not. Now that I am retired, I just like to see what pattern emerge when I look at things. I have teased Irene of Heaven’s Sunshine on her post of Dark Star telling her where my quirky visual eye saw Mary and baby Jesus in her flower of the day.

And then today I told CitySonnet on her wonderful picture of a Pansy when I could see someone in yellow shirt with white sleeves and blue bell bottoms praising the heavens.

Its a fun way to share our individual quirky art side. Some of us more quirky than others but that is why art is so subjective. Its in the eye of the artist. Even with writing. My book is now fully complete and edited so I am trying to figure out what to do about publishing it – traditional or self publish. What are the pros and cons of each. Who is good, who can you trust. It a lot to process for a newby. Plus the content is really out there unless you are an avid dog lover who truly believes all dogs do go to heaven. LOL. But we will see. I am up for any advice anyone wants to share. Until then I will continue to share my quirkiness, fun side and kindness here in the blogusphere world.

As you share with each other here or even as you go about your day, I remind you to always be kind. Kindness is the light of Christ shining through us to help lighten the darkness of someone’s day.

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Living Art…#JusJoJan & #SoCS

Art is very objective and life is ever a challenge so when you put the two together you get living art and living art can be terrifying or the most beautiful thing you could see. Artist over time have tried to capture the beauty of life as they see it but for me I have reconnected with the medium of photography now that I have retired. Many photographers here in this blogging world have exquisitely captured the beauty of this world and life as they see it and they share it with us.

I love the beauty of nature and thank God for His handiwork to awe us sometimes or make us giggle sometimes as nature like other mediums of art is tied to our emotions.

Today it is snowing. The first winter snow. Now in November we did have a freak snow come through with 14″ of wet heavy snow but that was in the fall. And after that storm, weather has been really mild. Just last week it was in the 40’s and for January that’s unusual…and weird. I fear we will pay for that mildness for the remaining of winter. This week temps have been in the teens but even with cold temps nature’s art was available to see if you looked for it. Below are a few pictures to share of what I saw first thing this morning. With a better camera than my phone, I am sure the art of snow would be more breathtaking. But it beautiful and peaceful to watch.

Everything looking pristine and fresh…and cold. Although the bird feeder is completely covered so the birds are having to did out their treats.

So very glad it is Saturday and I am not expected to go anywhere in this. Even though it is only a few inches, still, I am glad I don’t have to get out in it. I also want to thank Linda G Hill for a fun way to share the snow today with “art” being the theme word for Just Jot January and Streams of Conscious Saturday.

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When going through the art of life, remember to paint to paint gently. Paint with encouragement, love and with an abundance of kindness. Kindness is felt in all of nature and can make your painting shine the beauty that God has intended.

Fun in the Garden

I remember when in school I would always get in trouble from doodling on my notebook or the backs of my homework. Now, thanks to Linda G Hill, we have permission, plus there are now books for adult doodlers like me. The Escapist Coloring Book Club is fun seeing others that are doodlers or their children’s doodling work – future book club members.

Since I did have minor surgery( if any is really minor at all) I did have extra down time. Therefore, I had time to do an intricate one. Here is the before picture (I remembered to add that this time).

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I liked the caterpillars and the beetles

Once I got it finished the creature that showed out the most was the rainbow bee in the upper center.

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Garden Stuff

Come along and join in on the fun. Its a fun way to relax and share fun with others. Click on Linda’s Escapist Coloring prompt above and show you colors.

And as always “Tis the season to be merry. So be merry by being kind. A tiny spark of everyday kindness can light a fire in the meekest or loneliest heart. Then that fire of kindness can spread to others in love. Always be Kind.

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