Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday-9:15am

The days have been looking like this since Wednesday.
Before that we had a couple warmer days.  You know I was feeling crummy if I was too exhausted to go out and kill the flies so I could open the porch door when it was near 70 degrees.  Yes, the flies knew it was probably the last hurrah, too, and flocked to my porch--LOL!  Saw a wasp out there, too, that I haven't seen again since Monday.  *shudder*  And some kind of gnats?  We never have gnats up here.
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I've been all out of whack!  Monday night was the first night since I started taking melatonin (end of February) that I couldn't sleep all night long.  I've had nights where I don't get much sleep, but I wasn't able to sleep at all till after 7am.  A nap was all I got that morning.  I've still been sleeping at night since then, but one night it's very little and the next night it's nine hours or more...like a sleep see-saw.
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Since the rain, I think I am sneezing less.  So my guess is allergies or hay fever.  I haven't had to deal with it being this bad for many years.  But it hasn't been this dry.  I've heard that is where the weird little speckled wings flies are from--the prolonged dry weather.   
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Anyways, sorry.  I actually do have entries for the art challenges this week.  This was the zendala template from over at The Bright Owl.  You can pop over there and see people who had a lot more energy than I did--LOL!
I notice I tend to do these first because they are relaxing for me. 
Just did my own thing and doodled away.  Nothing fancy.
The theme for this week's Artist's Play Room challenge was "celestial/stargazing".  
I wanted to make an attempt at northern lights and stars. 
Some of the white paint markers have chiseled ends and so they look more like flying saucers up close--LOL!   
I used rubber stamps for the trees along the bottom.  Tried to kind of rub away some clouds and added a full moon. 
It's been so dark in here that it was hard to get pictures.  I actually liked it better without the flash. 
Anyways, I am still on the zombie side, for sure.  Dagan and Leah have ValleyCon this weekend.  Karma had her first tablespoon of the new Felidae canned food.  She gobbled it up...but then she's almost always interested in something brand new.  The test will be if she is still eating it in a week--LOL!
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Karma says hi! 
I say hi!
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Enjoy your weekend!  :)
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"What is a soul?  It's like electricity--we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room."
Ray Charles

40 comments:

  1. Like the combination of colors and the leaf pattern in the middle.

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  2. sorry for the lack of good rest, once again. wish you had karma's talent! :)

    speaking of talent, love your 'doodles' and paintings.

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  3. Karma looks quite content after eating. I really like your doodles/zentangles. They are really great. And of course, I like green, too.

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  4. I love your zendalas!! Do you use a ruler? I could never do something like that because I can't draw, or even doodle, and it would bug me if it wasn't perfectly straight like yours is. And I can't do straight even with a ruler, lol!!! Yours are just soooo pretty and colorful!

    Hi Karma!!! Eat your food all up, like a good girl!

    Weird weather you're having. Sorry to hear about your sleep. Same over here. Only I get next to none. No see-saw! I think I will try to be more active, although it's hard with no energy and see how it goes.

    Have a great weekend!

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  5. It's been pretty gray here, too. I keep hoping it will get sunny and my blues will go away--although seeing Karma always makes me feel better. :)

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  6. I have decided that when(if lol) I come back in a second life I want to come back as Karma. Soooo jealous of the life she leads lol.

    Looks the same out my door as it does yours ( weather wise ) the rumor is we have a cold front coming in but its all strange out there *shrug* need it to hold off through the weekend so we can get leaves picked up and the hedge trimmed for winter. Guess we should probably tackle the cherry and apple trees too ( boo not a fan of yard work *sigh* ).

    OK freaking out over these odd flies you have lol hope they are "normal" lol Glad you are feeling a bit better.

    LOVE how your tangle turned out.

    Do you have that masking stuff ( dont ask me the real art name for it) have seen it on WYANNE's videos to keep the paper white under whatever you do to it? Would be cool to play with. Your stars made me think of it lol. LOVE how your sky turned out! Looks all Northern Lights =0)

    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!
    ((HUGS))

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  7. Hi right back at ya Karma! I hope you are feeling better!

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  8. Reminiscent of "Starry Night"!!

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  9. Your zentangle color combo is among my favorites. I really like the piece you did for APR. I missed it this week but hope to be back next time.

    Darla

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  10. I would love to see that many stars up in the sky, I also liked the picture without the flash better! Tell Karma I said hi back!waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  11. I'm so sorry you don't feel well. I live on the sleep see-saw. It's annoying and frustrating. The northern lights and stars work is absolutely beautiful. I love it. Van Gogh's Starry Night is my favorite painting, although I've never seen it in person. I like stars. That's all there is to it. My favorite bracelet has stars on it.

    Love,
    Janie

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  12. I love all your art this week but espedially the snowy night scene, so creative and deeply colorful in such a subtle way. Lovely.

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  13. The different shades of green in the mandala are beautiful. I hope you feel better soon, Rita...and can get some sleep. It's no fun being tired and sick. :(

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  14. sort of combined my comment for this post and the last in one... must be time to go and make a cup of tea to get my brain working!!!!
    Hope the rain chases the bugs... Phantom is in the pool as I type and just heard a little squeal and a splash which usually means that a bug flew somewhere in her general vicinity... you would think they were dinosaurs the way she reacts... and Mushu is just as bad... sure he learned it from her
    T xx

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  15. Glad to hear you are sneezing less, Rita, I bet you are right with allergies. Tell Karma I say "Hi" back :)

    I do like your zendela; I think it came out very colorful and I like your night scene too! I think you did a great job on both of them!

    I know it is always hard to try to get a good night's sleep; I do struggle with that myself.

    betty

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  16. Your zendala is great! I love the colours. And Karma is way too cute - I have a calico, too (her name is Hera) and I find they are the best cats by far!! Thanks for sharing her photo - gorgeous :)

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  17. You made a great zendala, it looks beautiful.

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  18. North Dakota was the first place I saw northern lights. Or so I'm told. We went to visit Grandma in Balfour every other year and one night, hours after I'd gone to bed, my father got me up and hauled me outside to see the lights. That part I remember. Nothing else. I am now wondering if I was so young that they hadn't figure out yet that I was real near-sighted.

    Tell sweet ND hello for me.

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  19. Beautiful job on your zendala, the colors are bright and cheery--nicely done! And I love your Stargazing scene, very serene!

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  20. extraordinary work this week, Rita. all things considered, even BEyond that!!

    I like your celestial scene and how it transformed itself in your most capable hands.

    my week had a HIGH HIGH of seeing my son, and then 3 days of BEing the windshield [or was I the bug?!]

    xoxo

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  21. Sorry to hear you aren't doing well on the sleep front. Maybe your body has grown accustomed to the melatonin and now it won't work any more. I hope that's not the case. I love your zendala, it's very pretty!

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  22. Your imagination is lifting you away from your troubles. Aren't we lucky to have such an amazing attribute? Karma is cute and lovable, but she can't make amazing pictures.
    Hope you're better soon.

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  23. Dear Rita, so sorry to learn that you are having trouble sleeping again. I'm just so out of sorts when I don't get the right amount of sleep. I get clumsy and tend to drop things and bang into doorways when I'm a walking zombie!

    Your two art projects are both intriguing to me, but I especially like the starry winter night. It so reminds me of Minnesota and I continue to miss it so. Somehow I have to embrace my life here, but I'm having a hard time doing that and it's been over three years.

    As you know, my friend, Jeanne, from Fridley is visiting me now and it's so comforting and joyful to be with a kindred spirit.

    I'm so glad I've met you and many other wonderful bloggers in the last year and a half. You've opened up my world. You there in that apartment in Fargo have opened the world of art to me. Thank you. Peace.

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  24. Weather is similar here ~ Fogged in today ~ Your mandalas are excellent ~ can tell you like doing these ~ fun snow painting ~ And Karma ~ always delightful ~ Hugs to you both ~ Carol (A Creative Harbor)

    ps Bling on 'ArtMuse Dog' fell off in 2 days ~ none eaten ~ Now she is her beautiful self ~ ^_^ as always.

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  25. Flying saucers are good to go:)
    Try eating two Kiwi fruit just before bed. They contain seratonin which in the dark converts to melatonin.
    Happy sleeps:)
    xxx

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  26. So gorgeous..love the beautiful meditative mandala..awesome energy and vibrancy..and love the sky and trees and stars..so peaceful and deeply poetic!
    Victoria

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  27. Sorry you haven't been feeling too well Rita. Your new zendala looks nice - Dave

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  28. I just saw your artwork at Artist Playroom and I love it. I had planned on doing a zentangle for it but I never got the energy. I watch 3 little girls, all the same age on Thursday morning and I was wiped out! I just had one the other days but I'm taking antibiotics for my ears so I think they are making me tired. I'm glad I only watch them until 10:15 am and then take them to Kindergarten. Some days I wish I had more to do. I miss having a job. Anyway, I don't have any kids next week so I should be able to get rested up. I'm hoping to get to do this weeks challenge. I love your zentangle! I'm going to check out that website.

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  29. I LOVE the landscape in your journal. Blessings!

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  30. I had to look up what gnats were as I haven't heard the term before.....

    It sucks when you can't sleep at night, I had the worse nights sleep last night sandwich between two little boys.........lol

    Since I can't draw I am going to experiment with stamps and stencils and see what I can create that way. You have given me that idea so thank you I just hope I can do better stuff that way.....

    Before I go HI Karma..........

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  31. Love your night sky - such a beautiful combination of colours.

    Very zen xendala as well.

    Tickle for Karma!

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  32. Rotten luck, this weird sleep business. I know all about it. Sorry, I don’t have any answers for myself or anyone else.

    Your artwork keeps you happy, that’s good.

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  33. We've had a lot of morning fog around here lately. Lots of days where it's been dreary and rainy, but fortunate to have a few days with sunshine.

    I really liked the northern lights artwork. :)

    Hope your weekend was a good one and you're feeling better now.

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  34. Hi Karma!

    You are very creative, Ms Rita! Now I know why your place has a lot of materials! You really do things so impressively.

    Enjoy the rest of the week :)

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  35. Not sleeping is never a good thing. Hopefully you have gotten some good zzzzz's since you wrote this post. I liked the Northern Lights composition. Pretty cool!

    Hi to both you and Karma!

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  36. Hi Rita, I'm running really late this week. Your zentangle is gorgeous as always and I love the picture you did for APR. I think you captured it beautifully. Shame about your terrible weather, I hope it has improved.
    Von

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  37. I love your sky -how smart to use stamps for the trees! I can totally see that on Xmas cards... I also like your zandala - the green and yellow really POP!

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  38. Your northern lights works are beautiful!

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  39. Love your zentangles! Karma is so cute...love the pic in the sun. :-)

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  40. I love this tangle Rita! and the journal spread is lovely! Hope you are feeling better!

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