Yoga Cat


The still-unnamed kitty I rescued seems happy to live in my home.

I did not want a pet.  But she needed a home.  This seemed an appropriate right action.  Imitating the the most fundamental of yoga poses, Downward Dog, she seems to have perfected “downward cat.”  Perhaps that is a sign.

Drawing #12 created on Doodle Buddy for iPad by Pinger, Inc

Window Dressing



Interior designers suggest making simple updates with the changing seasons to dress up a home.  I enjoy this new burst of color and can say the concept works.

Today’s drawing illustrates the new curtains my guest bedroom is now sporting.  Check out more tips at The Nester’s blog, where I got the idea to do my 31 day “drawing” challenge.

Drawing #9 created with Doodle Buddy for iPad by Pinger, Inc

Serpentine Wall



David left us for Heaven.

He put up an ornery fight.  I was honored to be among his caregivers, and am grateful to staff at Ohio State’s James Cancer Center for their expertise and compassion.

Today’s drawing is of Cincinnati’s Purple People Bridge and the Serpentine Wall, the location of a beautiful memorial service hosted by my beloved friend’s family, at the narrowest expanse of the great Ohio river.

Happiest behind the Captain’s wheel, he was impeccably certain, even when he was wrong.  From Bertram to Ferretti, David taught me to steer clear of rough water,  dance on the bow,  laugh as we ran aground, leave the past behind and live life joyfully with the wind blowing through my hair.

I will remember him always.

Drawing #8 created with MyPaint Free by MyMedia


Butternut Squash Soup



Fall is in the air!

Crisp winds,  dark skies and dry leaves have me reaching for ingredients to make a comforting soup.

Sauté 2 large yellow onions + 1 garlic clove + 2 pounds cubed butternut squash on low heat in 2 heaping Tablespoons of coconut oil until onions are caramelized. De-glaze with 4 cups chicken stock. Add 1/2 cup shredded potato + 2 cups shredded carrots + 2 large zucchini cubed + 2 cups yellow “cherry” tomatoes, halved. Bring to a boil, turn down immediately to simmer for 30 minutes or until squash is cooked. Puree soup with an immersion blender.  Add small finger of fresh ginger root, grated + 3 T sweet Madras Curry Powder. Continue to simmer until cooked.  Stir in ½ Teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg.  While soup cooks, sauté 1/2 cup walnuts in 1 T butter + 1 T sugar until heated through. Garnish soup with warm walnuts, a dot of pesto and pomegranate seeds.   Serves 4.    Freezes well.

Drawing #6 created with MyPaint Free by MyMedia

Adopt a cat



Weeks ago, a cat appeared in my garden.

Small, very sweet and well behaved, she continued to visit even though I was not feeding her.   The day she arrived with a bleeding wound on her leg, I took her to the vet, nursed her back to health, and fell in love.

The still unnamed kitty is drawing #5 of my 31 day drawing challenge.

Created with MyPaint Free by MyMedia

Here Comes The Sun


The sun rises each morning, and so do I.

Although, the two don’t always coincide.  Today began for me with Sun Salutations, a series of yoga poses called Surya Namaskara, meant to wake the body with gentle breath and movement.   Loosening joints, stretching and strengthening; this little morning dance is a wonderful wake up call.

And, keeping my commitment to do 31 drawings in 31 days, it is also the topic of drawing #2.

Created with MyPaint Free by MyMedia

31 Drawings in 31 Days

I can’t draw.   But today I will draw for the next 31 days.

My month of digital “artwork” is due to a challenge from The Nester, a blogger who suggests her readers do the impossible; create one post per day for the entire month of October.

My posts may look a childish, but I teach children who love the little doodles I create for them on my phone.  They see the intention in art – not the flaws.  A child’s tree, my tree, a Rembrandt tree; all are a tree.  If only adults could view the world so simply!  I seek only to capture the essence of what I view.  I hope you’ll come along on this month-long challenge with me!

Created with FingerPaint Glow Coloring and Doodle Drawing Free, by Venturesoft LLC