Saturday, December 31, 2016


This was the hardest day of my life.
We had to put our beloved Petey down.
Our hearts are broken and we are devastated.
RIP Petey Pupper xoxo

Life will not be the same without you in it.


All animals that are ill and old are restored to health and vigor. 
Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

Petey is happy and content, except for one small thing;
 he misses someone very special to him, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
Petey finally meets you and you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross The Rainbow Bridge together.... 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

7 1/2 HOURS !!!

Okay why does this always happen on a weekend or holiday?
My husband had a hernia repair on Tuesday and by Friday had to be taken by ambulance to the ER because it was the Christmas weekend and no doctors were in. He was having some confusion and I worried he may have had a stroke. He was seen right away since he was brought in by ambulance and diagnosed with an accident overdose of Oxy that he was taking for pain. Wait, What?
He was taking the prescribed amount every 4 hours as prescribed. How can you overdose following the doctors orders?! Well apparently he did. They did blood work and urinalysis and everything looked okay so they sent him home.
Saturday he was doing somewhat better but it still bothered me that he was sleeping ALL the time and still had "Altered Mental Status". He had these symptoms a year ago when he had encephalitis and was in a coma for 10 days! I wanted answers. I tried to call the surgeon Saturday evening but got his answering service. I thought okay I would wait until after Christmas. Thinking the doctors office would be open.
Monday after Christmas My husband woke up with swelling and redness in the incision site so I called his surgeon and was told he was on vacation until Jan 4th so I ask what I was supposed to do in case of emergency and she said go to the ER. I ask if there was an on call doctor filling in for the surgeon and she said yes, here is his number. I called the number at 9Am and got no answer after leaving a frantic message about my husbands condition but got no return call so by 12:30 I tried to call our regular family doctor and got the same information. She was on vacation until Jan 4th! What?! This is ridiculous!!
This is not an actual photo of our ER. I found it on the internet but all the rooms in our ER were full
I put him in the car and drove to the ER. By this time I was fuming!
We walked into the ER and all the waiting rooms were full of sick people with masks on due to the flu outbreak. Great now we get to get exposed to the flu!
We tried to understand under the circumstances, if these poor sick people tried to see their doctors the day AFTER Christmas and they were all on vacation. This caused the poor Emergency room doctors and nurses to be way over worked. The very kind nurse that took care of was a traveling nurse and works all over the state and he said the average wait time in an ER is 24 hours! What?! When I told him and the ER doctor what had happened and that both of our doctors were on vacation they shook their heads and said "so that's why we are so bombarded with patients today." They said they were busier on Christmas day.
We were finally called to the ER 7 1/2 hours after our arrival.
I think this is uncalled for and should be reported to someone. I will be voicing my anger to both of our doctors and especially the on call doctor who was supposed to be covering surgery patients for our surgeon.
Hope those doctors had a wonderful Christmas because ours was hell. A sick husband that had Altered Mental Status and swelling in his incision and me who was totally stressed out about the whole thing. We had no Christmas, thanks doctors!!!

Thanks to the friendly staff at Bay Area Hospital my husband is much better today.
Cat Scan was clear, no stroke, no encephalitis, blood work was good, urinalysis was clear, vitals were perfect. They said he may be starting an infection at the incision site and gave him antibiotics. They also told me that sometimes the stress from surgery can cause confusion and things can seem foggy for awhile.
Has anyone ever experienced this sort of situation?


For the Take A Word this week

Credits to Donna L and Teddi
Photoshop brushes and filters


For the Three Muses

Background by Jubiliation
Image of the two girls from Foxeysqurriel
Photoshop brushes and filters

Saturday, December 24, 2016


For my challenge at Digital Whisper this week

Background by Jubilation
Vintage Santa from the internet
Gifts from my collection
Photoshop brushes and filters

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


For the challenge at Three Muses this week


For the Take A Word this week

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 18, 2016


This is for my challenge at Digital Whisper

Background from Jubilation Snowy house from Foxysquirrel
Elves from the internet
Photoshop brushes

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


For the challenge at Three Muses last week

All from from my private collection
Photoshop brushes and filters


For the challenge at Take A Word last week
I'm late!!

Foxeysqurriel back ground and Photoshop brushes

Saturday, December 10, 2016


I created this for my challenge over at Digital Whisper this week

 Background by Itkupilli and An old Christmas card , vintage image of the girl and her dog are from my private collection. Accents are Photoshop brushes
Background is

Monday, December 5, 2016


Remember when saddle oxfords were popular?
Yep, I do and I had a pair. Thought I was so cool wearing them to school with my poodle shirt.
They were fun but classy.

I wonder how teens would react to them today. Hey they may come back in style and start a brand new fad!

 No, this is not me but a cute kid anyway :)

The saddle shoe is a low-heeled casual Oxford shoe (hence the alternate name "saddle oxford"), characterized by a plain toe and distinctive, saddle-shaped decorative panel placed mid foot.[1] Saddle shoes are typically constructed of leather and are most frequently white with a black saddle, although any color combination is possible.
Saddle shoes are worn by both men and women in a variety of styles ranging from ultra-high platforms to golf cleats.
Some groups identify with this type of shoe irrespective of current fashion trends. Those associated with ska, sometimes known as rudeboys, often wear them in some combinations since both the classic look and the black/white color scheme represent the genre as a whole.

Sunday, December 4, 2016


For the challenge at Digital Whisper

Bacground from Teddi
Snowman is from a Christmas card
Photoshop Brushes, corners and filters

Saturday, December 3, 2016


For the Three Muses this week

A Vintage image of a vintage lady
Background from the internet
Photoshop brushes and filters


For the Take A Word this week

An altered vintage image
Background by Foxeyqurriel
Photoshop brushes & filters

Monday, November 28, 2016


For the challenge at Take A Word

 Background by Itkupilli
Photoshop Brushes and filters

Sunday, November 27, 2016


For the challenge at Three Muses

Zetti is something I have never quite understood so I hope I did okay in this challenge.
Background and elements from Rebecca McMeen and Tangie Jubilation kits
Photoshop brushes


For the challenge at Take A Word

Background by Foxeysqurriel
Vintage image lady
fish from the interent
Photoshop brushes


This is for my challenge at Digital Whisper
Hope you will come join the fun!

Background by Foxysquirrel
Image from my private collection
Photoshop brushes and filters

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


I have so much to be thankful for. I have a wonderful family, good friends, a fantastic husband and two dogs that fill my heart with happiness everyday.

I remember Thanksgiving as a child. All the Aunts Uncles and Cousins would gather at Grandmas and we would feast and then draw names for Christmas. It was so much fun and a very smart idea. Saves a lot of money and worry.

I will be cooking this year as my oldest Son David is coming to spend the day with us here in Coos Bay Oregon all the way from California. For that I am very Thankful. It is hard to be away from the family during the holidays.

Hope you all have a safe a beautiful Thanksgiving !

Sunday, November 20, 2016


For my challenge at Digital Whisper this week

My how times have changed!

A vintage image from the 40's and a striped pattern from the internet
Photoshop brushes

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


For the challenge at Three Muses this week

Image of the women from my private files
Plant and butterfly from Gatsby Kit
Ladybug from the internet


For the challenge at Take A Word this week

A vintage image with crackle overlay and Photoshop brushes

Sunday, November 13, 2016


For the challenge at Digital Whisper this week

Background from Foxeysquirrel
Lady from my private collection
Luggage from the internet
Directional Signs from Pinterest
Aroc Corners and Photoshop brushes

Friday, November 11, 2016


In remembrance of all soldiers that have fought to keep American Free.
Thank You!

My Daddy, Cpl Frank Hilton Gale enlisted and served in WWII at the tender age of 15.
He fought in 5 major battles and was missing in action for 19 months.
Came down with Malaria while he was there and it weakened his heart.

He passed away from a heart attack at age 34. I was seven but I remember as if it were yesterday. I wish I could have just one day to talk to him. I was a Daddy's girl and I miss him.

Thank You Daddy and all that serve in these wars.



For the challenge at Take A Word this week

Background by Itkupilli
Fashion ladies from Gatsby
Corner accent by Aroc


The challenge at Three Muses this week is bubbles.
This is a piece I did back in 2012 and I have always loved it so I am submitting it for this challenge.

Sunday, November 6, 2016


For the challenge at Digital Whisper this week

Created in Photoshop with Vintage Images and background.
Photoshop brushes and elements from Rebecca McMeen

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


This is for the challenge at Take A Word this week.

 I used to do a lot of mail art when I was just starting out in digital art. The mail art I did then was mixed media. No mess when you use digital.

This is vinatage paper stained with tea
an old stamp brush and splatter Photoshop brushes.
I bet the mailman thought this had been through a lot.


This is for the challenge at Three Muses this week

I love working with eyes. They are all gorgeous to me

Background from Rebecca McMeen
Eyes from the internet and the bow is from Tangie
Photoshop brushes

Sunday, October 30, 2016


For the challenge at Digital Whisper this week

The fairy is from Donna G
Background and all other elements are from Foxeysquirrel kits
Photoshop and Ana Von Holdt brushes

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


For the challenge at Three Muses this week


For the challenge at Take A Word this week

Saturday, October 22, 2016


This was created for the challenge at Digital Whisper this week
Come join the fun and show us what scares you silly


 Halloween has never been a favorite holiday of mine but this young lady makes me smile with her many poses.
This is Bri, my youngest granddaughter. She has always been so photogenic and her Mom, Mica has always kept me up to date with photos. I am so thankful for that since we live so far apart and I don't get to visit too often. I love it.
Happy Halloween !!
Kisses for the soon to be jack o lantern!
I have my suspicisions that there will be pumpkin pie or bread or cookies too.
Awww li'l Punkin Head


Friday, October 21, 2016


This reminds me of me and my buddies down at the pool where I go at least 4 days a week during summer for exercise.
Check out those suits! One girl still has her shoes on ha ha!
We are now going to the gym which is no where near as fun as the pool!
What did you do for exercise this summer?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


The photographer of this photo was not listed but I wanted to post something fun and cheerful to my blog.

I started this blog back in 2006 as a personal blog to share thoughts, ideas and life. Over the years it has become an art blog and a place to keep all of the fun art from the art challenges that I participate in.

I have kind of forgotten all the other reasons I started this blog. So I am going to try to get back to thoughts, ideas and life along with art.

I am so tired of hearing all the hate that is online and on TV and Radio concerning the upcoming presidential election. It is getting worse every day. It hurts my heart that there is so much hate in this world. I see it everywhere, not only about the candidates for this election but the way the world is changing and how it has lost its morals, dignity and pride for humanity and values that I was raised to believe.

Evil is all around us and I pray everyday that one day I will wake up and there will be peace on earth.
I don't understand why people can't love instead of  hate. Can you imagine?


For the Three Muses challenge this week.

Background and the girl are from Rebecca McMeens Velle Papers and Carson kit.
Apple is from the Internet

Sunday, October 16, 2016


For the challenge at Take A Word this week


The theme for the challenge at Digital Whisper this week is Ghost.
This piece was created for that challenge.

 Created entirely with Photoshop and Anaka Von Holdt Brushes

Sunday, October 9, 2016


Created for my challenge at Digital Whisper this week
Please feel free to join in the fun and show us your talent

Background and raven feathers from Foxeysquirrel kits, Photoshop Brushes and an image from the internet.

Thursday, October 6, 2016


For the challenge at Take A Word
Background from BLT
Cat From The Gatsby File Kit
Photoshop Brushes and Overlays from Arock


For the challenge at Three Muses

Background from Foxeysquirrel
Image of the women is from my private stock
Photoshop brushes and filters applied


For the challenge at Take A Word

Background and all elements from Rebecca McMeen
Block Letters from FoxeySquirrel


For the challenge at Three Muses
Background by Itkupili
Fairy from Donna
Overlay by Arock

Sunday, October 2, 2016


For my challenge at Digital Whisper this week

Background by Foxeysqurriel Painted Kit
Image of the women from Pinterest
Brushes are from the interent
Photoshop brushes and filters applied