Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Good Morning!
Early for me.  This sky pic was obviously a couple days ago because I am up long before the sun this morning.
I hadn't slept well Sunday night (dental nerves) so I was in bed early last night and found myself awake and unable to get back to sleep at 4:30am.  But--what a relief!  No problem saving the tooth--just a new bigger filling--tada!  I did get x-rays.  He didn't see anything offhand, but I go back end of January for a thorough checkup and teeth cleaning.  Done for now!!
Meanwhile, while McFamily was away...
...and Mr. Ian... 
...was experiencing sledding with his older cousin... 

..Mom and Dad at his side... 
...(I totally stole these pictures off Facebook--LOL!)... 
...I visited their house...
...fed, watered, and scooped for Sammy... 
...and Annie. 
Sorry their pictures are blurry but they don't sit still for me like Miss Karma does--LOL!
I finished up birthday cards for 2016, been working on letters owed, and doing regular stuff like laundry & making soup.  Evidence of what I've been up to can also usually be found these days on the craft table in the studio.  ;)
But the art table has been kept clean and tidy...
...because to get ready for the new morning routine for 2016 I am already trying it out and spending time almost every morning at the art table...either writing or doing something artsy.  (I pictured sitting there where I could look out the window since my first visit to see this apartment--and I am finally able to do it--whoohoo!!)  I've just been testing various pencil sets I have with water, but at least it is something on the creative side.  I am so totally out of practice and that is at least getting me into my art supplies.  Feels good!  
This was what it looks like where I am chatting with you right now.
Yup--my red thermal cup is at the ready.  You can check out what other people at drinking over at T-Stands For Tuesday.  :)
Karma was wondering what in the world I was doing up so early. 
(She is currently softly snoring in the chair next to me.)
My next project is to set up my Bullet Journal for January!  I even have a couple new planner stamps for 2016! 
McFamily came home yesterday and will be here over Dagan's lunch break today to pick up the Galant.  Leah and Ian will probably stay for a little visit.  Nice!  
My phone says "19 degrees-feels like 8".  Wind.  Always makes it feel colder.  But why tell us something we already know--LOL!  This is the expected high for today.  Some of you have been warmer than usual and some cooler.  Hope the day treats you well, regardless.
Oh, and it's almost New Year's!!  Pretty soon time for me to get all my paraphernalia out for my New Year's Eve Ceremony.  And (IF I can figure out how to do it) I signed up for this group of creative-artsy-folk who are hosting an online gathering for five hours on New Year's Eve called "Ring In The New Year From Coast to Coast"--whoohoo!  You can click here if you want to know more about it.  With me--I don't know if the odds are even 50-50 that I'll be able to figure out how to get connected, but what the heck!  Try something new, right?  Might be fun to pop in for a couple hours--if the techno gods allow--ROFL!
Anyways, if I don't see you before--Happy New Year!!  So excited for 2016!!  I think it's going to be a fantastic year!!  Hang on to your hats!  Brace yourselves!  I think we're in for a fun-filled, exciting ride!  Hug somebody and keep smiling!!  :) :)
"Today was good. 
Today was fun. 
Tomorrow is another one."
Dr. Seuss


DJan said...

I'm so glad you're so much better, Rita. I love the art table and know you will indeed make some creations there this year. Hopefully all will be well for all of us this year and the right person will be elected President in November. I'm nervous for that to turn out right. :-)

Valerie-Jael said...

Wow, you were up early! As someone who can't sleep I am always up before sunrise, winter and summer. Glad you had fun family time, and are slowly getting ready to do some art again. Karma looks really sleepy on the early morning photo! Good that the dentist wasn't so bad, that was surely a relief. Have a good 2016, be healthy and enjoy life! Hugs, Valerie

TexWisGirl said...

yay! glad you survived the dental visit and glad mcfamily had a good time and made it home, too!

~*~Patty S said...

Perfect Dr Seuss quote.
Glad you got good news at the dentist.
Maybe a little nap is in order after that early wake up.
Ian makes a really cute snow bunny!
Wishing you a Happy T Day
and a Happy Healthy New Year from very wet Virginia.

Intense Guy said...

Happy New Years!!!

Don't freeze to death!! Feels like 8 is feels too durn cold!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

How nice to read that you survived the dentist, and so did your tooth.

Ian looks so adorable in his snow suit. Looks like they all had so much fun.

Welcome to the REAL world of cats, Rita. Most cats do NOT sit still. Don't bother asking how I know that. My first cat (whose name was Dog, BTW), would pose for me. He would wait till he heard the click of the camera before moving. I miss him because he was NEVER a gray (or gray and white) blur like I get these days.

It's been horrible weather here. Yesterday there were road closings, icy overpasses and bridges, power outages, and people were told to stay home unless they just HAD to be out. Today is sunny, but frigid and the weather is not supposed to be above freezing the rest of the week.

Thanks for sharing your art and craft desks, as well as your photos of Karma and the blurry cats with us for T this Tuesday. I hope you have a lovely, warm New Year's Eve and Day. Here's looking ahead to an artful 2016, too.

Halle said...

Tooth pain is the worst! Glad your feeling better. Too bad you woke so darn early. I heard the plow go past at 4:30 as well. Luckily I fell back asleep. :)
Cute sledding photos...even if stolen. LOL
Happy T day and Happy New Year!

Linda Kunsman said...

love the Seuss quote. Oh what fun the kids are all having in the snow-cute! Glad your dental issue wasn't worse than a filling. What a great , creative year you are geared up for Rita!! I love how neat and organized you have your tables set up. Can't believe you already have all your 2016 b'day cards done-wow!! I do have quite a stash I've made that can be used but I do like to make something more in the moment and personal for some people. Happy T day and a very happy, healthyu New Year too!

Divers and Sundry said...

I'm glad your dental visit went well. Playing in the snow looks like fun! We've been having record high temps here and fear we'll never see snow again. Happy T Tuesday!

Deb said...

Happy New Year, Rita. Looks like McFamily had a fun time - glad they are home safe now. Glad you had a fairly easy fix for your tooth at the dentist.Good news, indeed. Have a great week. You and Karma stay warm. Gives me chills just reading your temps there!

carol l mckenna said...

What a delightful post and filled with fun photos ~ Glad to see Karma knows what to do as usual ~ Lots of creativity there and good for you for signing up for New Year's Creativity ~ fun!

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year,
artmusedog and carol

Krisha said...

Happy T-day Rita and Miss Karma! Really enjoyed the photos of Ivan sledding.....( I take photos off FB too...*grin*)
Looks like you have a good head start on the new years projects. I'm slowly getting back to crafting and art stuff.
Happy New Year, I'm going to check out the link you left. I wonder if I can figure it out too.......LOL

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you & Karma & the whole McFamily!!

GrandmaG said...

I, too, feel 2016 will be a fun year. It has to be! We have a once-in-a-lifetime Eastern European trip planned and a third grandchild due late July. Such excitement! Happy 2016 to you dear friend!

Becca said...

Your weather sounds similar to mine! I just moved to Idaho 2 months ago so I have never even been sledding before. It looks like a lot of fun! :)

Far Side of Fifty said...

Happy New Year! Good to hear you just got a filling!! The wind was raw yesterday I haven't peeked my head outside today maybe later! No sun here. Gearing up for the new year...I am impressed. I should think about it:)

Lisca said...

I'm glad to hear it was nothing serious with your tooth. Phew!
Great photo of the little ones on the sledge in the snow. I'm here in Holland enjoying unusually mild weather.
I feel very honored to have now met your cats. You have three?
Wishing you and yours all the best wishes for 2016,
PS I like the Dr Seuss quote!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh what a fantastic post! Great family pics, cats and your work space ready and waiting! We are having wet and warm weather here in the UK! Happy T day! Chrisx

Carol said...

So glad are feeling well and up and at 'em :) Although I don't think Karma is feeling it at all yet :) Ian looks so happy on the sleds and Mom and Dad look like they are having fun too. Hope your New Year is great and you get to connect with the activities you want. Happy NEW YEAR!!!

Hilary said...

What a happy, hopeful, upbeat post. I am so glad the dental woes are behind you.. and a good year ahead of you. Hugs.

Sherry Ellis said...

It looks like the boys were having fun playing in the snow!

Have a very Happy New Year!

Linda said...

This is such a fun post, Rita, I always love seeing people enjoy the winter! Wishing you all the best for 2016!

Serena Lewis said...

Such cute pics of Ian on the sled! So glad that the dental issue just required a bigger filling.

Here's to a productive year ahead. Love your desks set-up at the ready. :)

Happy New Year to you and Karma!
Love and hugs,
Serena xo

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

Sounds like we had similar dental experiences. I had to get a new filling too - a pretty deep one that they needed to put a layer of insulation first so that (supposedly) the pain of feeling hot and cold things won't be there. At least you and I didn't have to get a crown. Such an expense!

Karla B said...

More one creative year.Let us dissolve our emotions in colors and images in magic.Happy New Year!

ChicagoLady said...

Happy New Year Rita!