The Beauty Of The Hours (Reblog)

This is a quote I illustrated awhile back which I really love.  It’s how I really feel about living and enjoying every minute of every day.  Time goes by so quickly.  My kids are now 17, 19 and 20 years of age.  I was a stay- at- home mom, and I loved it.  I wouldn’t  have changed any of it.

The Beauty Of The Hours

Today, as I was folding clothes on my bed, I put on an old CD I used to play for the kids when they were small and read their books.  It was music from the Beatrix Potter animated series that was on PBS (see below).  I love this CD as it helps me focus and think like a child when I have to be creative, drawing,etc.  When I started listening, I almost wanted to cry.  I could picture the three of them sitting on the couch, curled up reading their books.  Their stuffed animals cuddled under their arms while having a snack.  I remember this as clearly as it happened yesterday.  Times were so laid back then.  No homework, studying for SAT’s, driver’s ed and dating problems.  It was excitement, playfulness and innocence.  Hugs and kisses.  I’d take it all back in a second.

Anyway, before I get too emotional, this is what made me want to illustrate this quote.  This is what I picture when I read the words.  It makes me feel serene looking at the girl on the beach, just enjoying something as simple as listening to a seashell.  Can’t you hear it?  Enjoy!

Cheryl

Days Of Innocence (My Kids Patrick, Caitlin and Kelsey about 12 yrs. ago)

My kids reading their books before bedtime. 😦

Starry, Starry Night / Vincent Van Gogh Video (via Cherylmcnulty’s Blog)

Reblogging this post. I had forgotten this one until the other day. Nice memories of this song and I love the artist, or shold I say “artists”, Don McLean and Vincent Van Gogh.:) Enjoy…again.

I went searching for the perfect video to this beautiful song which I loved when I first heard it in the 70's.  Being an artist, I really appreciated the lyrics and what  Don McLean was trying to say about Vincent Van Gogh.  So much emotion, that it makes me wish I knew more about these artists from that era.  So much passion,  you just can  feel  it when you look at their work.  This was their life! My dad even loved this song, and I always thou … Read More

via Cherylmcnulty's Blog

“Legends Of The Fall” Movie

This movie is unforgettable, especially if you are a Brad Pitt fan.  This is one of his better movies I think, along with “Meet Joe Black”, and the powerful “A River Runs Through It”.  There is just something very intriguing about him when he plays characters such as these.  They are all so masculine, but there is also a sensitivity and vulnerability to each one as well.  No one else could have played  these characters better than Brad Pitt, except for maybe the late James Dean, whom he reminds me of so much in these roles.

This is the  storyline:

Set in the Rocky Mountains of Montana in the early 1900s, this is a tale of love, betrayal, and brotherhood. After being discharged, Colonel Ludlow decides to raise his three sons in the wilds of Montana, where they can grow up away from the government and society he has learned to dispise. The three brothers mature and seem to have an unbreakable bond, until Susanna enters their lives. When Samuel, the youngest of the three, returns from college he brings with him his beautiful fiance, Susanna. The eldest son, Alfred, soon finds himself in love with his brother’s fiance, and things get worse when he discovers a growing passion between Susanna and Tristan. Colonel Ludlow’s favorite son, Tristan is willful and as wild as the mountains. As the brothers set out to fight a war in Europe, suspicion and jelousy threatens to tear apart their once indestructable bond.

A wonderful movie  that will stay with you, not only for the great characters and  it’s story,  but with it’s captivating scenery  as well.

Here is the trailer:  

Legends Of The Fall Movie

Another Trip to Pennsylvania

Amish Buggy

Amish Family

The freaky 111 door

Well, my family and I came back last Saturday from a week in Lancaster, Pa.  We stayed at the Bird-In-Hand Family Inn, like we have done may times before.  As many times as we have gone, we always see something new and still love the familiar things as well.  It’s like home away from home.

We’ve been coming to Pa. now since the kids were small, and my husband and I, even before that.  I guess in total, about 25 years.  We would skip some years in between, but this last time was the longest stretch yet.  We went last in 2005, so it was 5 years we hadn’t gone-and it killed me.  There was too much going on with school and such, and the kids had lost interest , as they were now in their teen years.  But just last year, the kids started saying they missed it and wanted to go back.  I put it together,  the kids got their work schedules figured out, and we all went together. It was great.

Just to see what has changed and what hasn’t, was interesting enough.  Also, the Amish family (Christ and Katie Stoltzfus) we had made friends with since our first visit there,  had lost their granddaughter in the Nickel Mines shooting in 2006, and I hadn’t seen them since that time.  When we went to their farm(I wrote Katie and her family that we were coming), I didn’t know what to expect.  She turned and saw me as I entered her quilt shop and gave me a hug, and she hadn’t changed a bit.  Her daughter, Kathryn, who became pen pals with my daughters, was now 20 years old. We knew her  since she was 12 or 13.  Over the years, we went to her school and were guests, gone to dinner with the family, and even had dinner in their home. It was so nice and they were very friendly.  I was hoping the shooting didn’t change things.  Katie seemed to study me a lot more when I talked, but she was the same.  She had put together a cookbook and had a memorial made in  the back of the book for the kids who died.  So sad.  It is a very nice cookbook.

Other than that, we took nightly rides around the farms and looked at the beautiful scenery. Enjoyed the beauty and the quiet of the landscape.  Went to Hershey’s Chocolate World and did the usual Chocolate Ride Tour, and of course our mouths watered for a piece of chocolate at the end of the tour. We went to the Hershey Museum this time and that was interesting-and you’re not going to believe this-but I wrote a post regarding seeing the number 111 everywhere.(Check out that post) Well, on the trip, we parked next to cars with license plate numbers that read 111, there was a license plate in an antique store there that read 111-all small random stuff.  But in that museum they had a door encased in a glass box that had the number 111 right on it. My daughter freaked and she dragged me over there.  That was so freaky.  It was supposed to be the original door to the building on that spot “111 Chocolate Avenue” or something.

Then it was eat and eat and eat-all that great food.  And then buy, buy,buy all the country stuff I could, because it all costs double back home. Then drive around and try to steal some pictures of the Amish without them seeing me.  I take the pics through my windshield, then fix them up in iphoto when I get home.  All in all , it was a great trip.  The kids enjoyed it as well.  Kelsey, my 15-year-old, is like me.  She enjoys the quiet and the friendliness-and lets not forget the animals, which are in abundance over there, too!

I’d do it again tomorrow if I could….but I just may have to wait  another year.  Maybe I’ll invest in a vacation home instead…..hmmmmmm.:)

Amish Couple

The Beauty Of The Hours (Reposted)

This is a quote I illustrated awhile back which I really love.  It’s how I really feel about living and enjoying every minute of every day.  Time goes by so quickly.  My kids are now 15, 17 and 19 years of age.  I was a stay- at- home mom, and I loved it.  I wouldn’t  have changed any of it.

Today, as I was folding clothes on my bed, I put on an old CD I used to play for the kids (posted in post above) when they were small and read their books.  It was music from the Beatrix Potter animated series that was on PBS .

The Beauty Of The Hours

 

  I love this CD as it helps me focus and think like a child when I have to be creative, drawing,etc.  When I started listening, I almost wanted to cry.  I could picture the three of them sitting on the couch, curled up reading their books.  Their stuffed animals cuddled under their arms while having a snack.  I remember this as clearly as it happened yesterday.  Times were so laid back then.  No homework, studying for SAT’s, driver’s ed and dating problems.  It was excitement, playfulness and innocence.  Hugs and kisses.  I’d take it all back in a second.

Anyway, before I get too emotional, this is what made me want to illustrate this quote.  This is what I picture when I read the words.  It makes me feel serene looking at the girl on the beach, just enjoying something as simple as listening to a seashell.  Can’t you hear it?  Enjoy!  

Cheryl

Starry, Starry Night / Vincent Van Gogh Video

I went searching for the perfect video to this beautiful song which I loved when I first heard it in the 70’s.  Being an artist, I really appreciated the lyrics and what  Don McLean was trying to say about Vincent Van Gogh.  So much emotion, that it makes me wish I knew more about these artists from that era.  So much passion,  you just can  feel  it when you look at their work.  This was their life!

My dad even loved this song, and I always thought that was strange because he was such a man’s man, and this was all about  art, emotion and beauty.  But he was also  a very emotional  person, and I thought that was very neat.

So, enjoy this video.  It is a nice tribute and then read a little on Vincent Van Gogh, as he was a  very interesting man and artist.  Enjoy. 🙂

Helen Keller

I have always loved Helen Keller. I remember in school I did a project on her ….twice!  I often try to imagine what it would have been like to be not able to hear or see.  I can’t though, really.  It’s too hard.  Then I think how much we all really take for granted and probably don’t even appreciate it.  The birds in the morning…it’s like coffee to me!  No, I can not even imagine.

I often think I could never live if I had no arms/hands…I have to draw.  It is in me, my release.  I would draw with my mouth or even my feet if I had to! We are just so lucky and we should definitely appreciate it.

I had done 4 designs for the local Lion’s Club here because it centers around Helen Keller, and so I designed these with her in mind.  They are her quotes and I pictured in my head what they would look like on paper.  Here is one.

Keep Your Face To The Sunshine