Monday, May 31, 2010


My youngest grandson just
'graduated' from Kindergarten...
Oh my gosh...
complete with cap and gown!!

Isn't he Precious!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

St Patrick's

I ran acrossed this photo
while looking for some others
St Patrick's Catholic Church
in Nashville Tennessee.

It brought back so many memories that I just had to
write a quick post about it.
All of my children were baptized here...
most of my children 
served as Altar Servers,
several were Lecters,
my husband  and I were both
Eucharistic Ministers.
And...I taught 3rd and 4th grade
CCD classes for 5 years here.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Some New Pieces

I LOVE Sayings Prints and Posters...
in my 'younger' days
we always had one or two hanging
in our kitchen...
or bathroom...
SOMEWHERE in our house we had
them hanging.

So...I decided to do a few...adding my own
graphic designs as 'embellishment'...

I've currently got a few of
them listed in my
1000 Markets Shop.

1000 Markets have teamed up with that everything purchased
actually goes threw Amazon...since they have
such an awesome buyer protection.
I thought that was a good idea.

Friday, May 21, 2010

My brother in law wrote a Book!

It's called..
'The Joy of Real Estate'...'The Greatest Job in America'
by Jerald A Zatloukal

Jerry has been in real estate most of his adult life.
He has made and lost a small fortune..but he's always bounced back.
He's so personable and knowledgeable about his 'craft'.

I think it is just GREAT that he finally has a book published...I know
that is his 'other great avocation'.

I wish him MUCH SUCCESS with his new book.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

What Shall I Do?

I've got so many things I WANT to do...and so little time to do it in.

It would probably not be as big a deal
if I were actually 'making a living'
doing what I'm doing...
mostly my Rustic Goth Etsy Shop.
But...things have been
more than 'strange' over there since March.

Every time I think things are
'back to normal'
they decide to change things up..
and whenever they do seems
it affects a whole lot of shops
for weeks and weeks. shop just happens to be one.

So...I'm trying to best figure out
what I should do.

I wanted to do a bunch of new
floral paintings...especially for CMZ Art...
but it may end up being a
huge waste of time.
I hate being so dependent on One Venue...
but since I refuse to ever go back to
eBay...I guess I'm 'stuck'.
I've got shops at
1000 Markets...
all of them still without even 1 sale...

maybe I'll do a bunch of new stuff for
my Zazzle shops.

I don't make much money...per sale...but
I do make sales on each of my Zazzle sites...
so that may be where I end up
putting my new floral 
and other
CMZ Art pieces.

Yep....I think I've talked myself into devoting a week
or doing a whole bunch of new pieces
exclusive to Zazzle.

Sometimes I just have to
'commit it to paper'

Saturday, May 15, 2010

My "Me" Day

It's 'me' day.
Yes...I have a 'ton' of work that really
needs to be done..
I also have a need to spend quality time with myself.

I actually get way more done during the week 
when I take a little time to spend with myself
on Saturday.

Every other Sunday is 'family day'.
Five of my six children..and their families
come over and we 'do' dinner.
This started with their dad.
He was a 'chef' by trade...and so did most of the
His favorite thing though, was cooking for the family.

So as the kids grew up and moved out on their own..
well (most of them anyway)
he started with Sunday Brunch
which morphed into Sunday Dinner..
and it was the one day of the week
we all got together.

In the four years that he has been gone, I've had
to take the Every Sunday and turn it
into every other Sunday.
It's a little easier for much as I love
my family...sometimes my house just seems a little
too small for 15 people. 'me' day is almost
I'd best be trying to get the very most out of what is left.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A busy week...

I took the week-end off...I really needed it..
but it seems if I take off too much time..
I end up with a work load that gets a bit unruly.

But..I've managed to stay on top of everything..
do some painting..
and update a couple shops.

I will be doing a lot of work on my
CMZ Art Zazzle Shop
in the coming weeks...
I've got a lot of new designs that I
want to put on the products there.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Sick again???

I pretty much lost my Tuesday
this week...I was
sick again.

Maybe it's the high stress lately...
mostly Etsy related..
I will be so glad when they are through with all
the changes and updates..etc...
everytime they make changes and updates
the site ends up with all sorts of glitches..
and this time it was no different.

Plus..I think I have a spider bite or something..
whatever it is has made a huge
bruise on my left arm..
hope it goes away soon.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The nice people I 'meet'...

I do enjoy 'working' at home...
but sometimes I do feel quite 'isolated'
and maybe even 'insolated'...
it's way different than interacting with people
everyday at a 9 to 5.

So, the 'next best thing' is to
"make friends"
that I may never actually meet
face to face..
or even chat with over the phone
(but then, I'm not much of a phone person anyway...
I don't even give my phone number out to folks
who might be interested in licensing my art.)

I opted to do away with my 'land-line' and go with my
cell phone...but it seems my phone likes
to cut out when it someone other than family...
so..I just prefer to limit my communication
to email.
I find I don't have to repeat myself as often that way.

Anyway...not to stray too far away from my point...
my kids' say I do that a lot..
I've 'met' a lot of really nice people on Etsy..
through blogs I read..and at other
venues I participate in.

I think one of the best ways to
'get to know' someone
is by reading their blogs...

I have a couple that I would like
to share with you...


Saturday, May 1, 2010


I don't normally 'do'

movie reviews...

I leave that to the 'experts'..


I was so 'affected' by the movie


that I'm still not sure how I'm feeling about it.

Dear Lord, talk about depressing...

even the 'upbeat' ending

left me somewhat 'empty'..

I did get a little 'lost' from time to time..

I guess when Precious went into her 'fantasy world' to escape

the horrific abuse that was her life..

I think what affected me most..

was the knowledge that 

this shit really does happen.