Wednesday, October 18, 2017


So glad you finally made it here to Texas! At last the highs are down in the 70's, and we've even had a couple of nights where it dipped into the high 40's. Heavenly!

I don't know about you, but fall weather always makes me want to bake something yummy and aromatic. I'm thinkin' it just might have to be this mixed berry crisp that Junelle's sister Rhetta shared with us in project #3 of her Heartwarming Workshop. She added crumbled gingersnaps to her crisp's topping for a special seasonal touch.

I can almost taste it!

Monday, October 16, 2017


We took little Calvin to Mima's favorite taco joint, Mimas, last week. It was a revelation. For one thing, I couldn't get over how much older he looked with his new haircut. No more long silky curls! For another, he no longer want's to be fed. He can do it himself!

When someone came in with an infant in a carrier, I suddenly felt a bit gobsmacked. How on earth did we get from that, to this...

in the mere blink of an eye?

Friday, October 13, 2017


Several months ago a mysterious fence went up, blocking the view of a large section of the property out back of our favorite eatery, Hays City Store. Of course, we had to go take a peek. On it was a sign saying "Coming Soon! Hays City Ice House." And, just a couple of weeks ago, the fence finally came down! You know us. We were there the very first day to check it out.

Hubby's very first comment was "Oh yeah. Me and Mr. Toad (his BFF) could have some fun hanging out here!"

The soon-to-be-open kitchen and pizza oven.
I was a bit concerned about how empty it was at the time, as we were really hoping this addition would take some of the strain off the main restaurant. I needn't have worried. The following weekend we went back with friends Julie and Phil. And, for the first time in ages, managed to walk right in and snag a table inside with no wait, and without having to be there by 5:00! However, if you wanted a table outside, well...

that might be a whole 'nother ball o' wax, especially once the pizza oven is up and running!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Our instructions for project #2, in Junelle's "Heartwarming" class, were simply to sketch a few old barns or sheds, maybe add some pumpkins to make them seem fallish. Scrolling through my old photos, looking for barns, got me to thinkin' about a couple of barn dances we got invited to, not long after we moved here to the Hill Country.  There was this one at Montesino Ranch...

 and then there was this one, at Fischer Hall.

Fischer Hall really had that old weathered charm that Junelle's projects are all about, so I went with that.

Usually, at some point in the creation of a journal page, song lyrics pop into my head, and then become the title for the page and subsequent blog title, but that never happened here. So, just for the heck of it, I googled "barn dance songs", and guess what popped up?

Not what I would expect from David Allan Coe, best known for songs like Take This Job and Shove It, and You Never Even Called Me By My Name. Granted, it did have sort of an evil twist, despite its old timey sound. Must've been from way, way back. Anywho, as I was coming to the end of the sketch, it felt kind of blah -- like it was missing something. That's when I thought of the Harvest Moon we'd been graced with the night before.

I cannot tell you how much I love that big ol' moon, smiling down on the scene below!


Monday, October 9, 2017


Apparently, my role as Mima is to be the one who is always willing to get down on the floor and play; to follow one around wherever one wants to go and let one do whatever one wants to do, as long as it isn't too dangerous; and, most importantly, to pick one up and carry one around so that one can point to every single thing hanging on the walls of anyplace one goes, while one says "Unh! Unh! Unh!"

However, when one gets tired of all that running around, and just wants to chill and relax? Well, Papa John is Duh Man!

And that's that!

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Why do I love Junelle Jacobsen's online classes so very much? Well, who else would come up with a project as fun and whimsical as a "Pumpkin Patisserie"?

Monday, October 2, 2017


I think I mentioned before that, when we first moved to this little house we call Seasonality, I couldn't draw stick figures. Luckily, the friend I call High School Debbie took care of all that about six years ago, when she introduced me to on-line art classes. Or, should I say, one teacher in particular -- the amazing Junelle Jacobsen. Why is she so special? Well, for one thing, she was the one who finally forced me to let go of my perfectionism, and gave me permission to just play and have fun. Best of all? She's got seasonality!

A Couple Of Projects From My First Class With Junelle, Spring '12

She's a photographer/artist who lives in Idaho, I believe, and spends lots of time outdoors in nature, especially during the spring lambing season! Her classes tend to reflect those passions, as you can see in these pages from her various seasonally-inspired projects.

Summer Projects from 2013 and 2014

She even taught me how to use an altered book as an art journal.

Spring of 2015 or '16

Not only did she take away my fear of drawing and water-color painting, her fun projects always kept me motivated to stay at it, at least for a while. Whenever I found myself slacking off, I'd just sign up for another class! But then I got sidetracked with weddings and travel and travel journals and collage and collage paper painting and grandbabies! Before I knew it, more than a year had passed since I had taken one of her classes, or done much of anything with watercolors, or seasonality, and I really, really missed it!

Imagine the shock I got when I went to her blog to look for a new class to take, only to find it had been abandoned! No new posts or classes in months and months. I couldn't even imagine what might have happened. I immediately messaged H.S. Debbie to see if she had heard anything. She said she thought she may have taught at a few events during the year, but had seen no sign of her online classes anywhere. She was just as sad as me!

Then, just a few days later, Synchronicity stepped in to save the day once again. I was doing a very quick scroll down my facebook feed, about to shut it off and go to bed, when something grabbed my attention and made me scroll back up. Someone I don't even know had posted a fallish-looking sketch and said something about falling into another Junelle Jacobsen wormhole for the next few weeks. I went straight to her website and there it was -- a brand new seasonal workshop, starting the very next day!

I immediately signed up, then texted Debbie to tell her the news. She said we wished it into being!