Thursday, December 25, 2008


Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
I have pictures to share, after we no longer have house guests.

Friday, December 12, 2008


Have some great new pics of the kids for their Christmas photo which I will load up, as soon as I have a chance to load my programs in this new computer which I had to buy after we came back from vacation to discover my old computer decided to die while we were gone!

Friday, July 04, 2008


Happy 4th of July to all who celebrate it!

I have to get better about posting on this blog, too much going on right now.

I have taken pictures of the new double-paned windows in the front of the house, and will post those in a couple of days.

We are getting ready for Katie's wedding on August 10, 2008, and trying to get the house in shape for visitors. Some are things we should have done awhile ago, and didn't have energy for.

Hope everyone has a great holiday. I am working today, and after work I plan on working around the house.

Kristen is having a party tonight, but we will not be attending as I need to get up early again tomorrow morning to work. Don't know yet if we will see the kids today or not, probably tomorrow.
We had to empty the buffet in the dining room as John had to install some more screws in the French door he installed last year, and the buffet overlaps the door frame some. So need to get the glassware and dishes off the 2 dining tables before Keaton comes back and helps me with that.

I need to paint the door frame today before we move the buffet back in place. And then need to do a lot of dusting as I put things back.

Sunday, May 11, 2008


Wishing all the mothers a wonderful Mother's Day!

These are my grandchildren's latest pictures:

Kyleigh Grayce, 7-1/2 years

Jaeger Montie John 5 years

Keaton Charles Walter, 18 months

Saturday, March 22, 2008


Wishing you all the best this Easter season!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


I thought I would show a picture of Kyleigh's (DGD) gymnastic picture, I think it was taken at one of her competitions. She is in the front row.
As you are looking at the picture she is on the right side. It looks like she has what we call her "cheesy" smile on.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


I forgot I had this to share earlier...

Kyleigh Grayce 7-1/2 years.
Jaeger Monte John 5 years
Keaton Charles Walter 15 months


Friday, February 08, 2008

Personality Recipe

The Recipe For Karrin

3 parts Intellect
2 parts Imagination
1 part Recklessness

Splash of Playfulness

Serve over ice

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


This morning, I was browsing the blogs I usually visit, when Donna from Chookyblue posted some beautiful pictures, and I wrote her and asked for her permission to use them as reference for my painting, which I plan to get back into. She asked if I had posted any of my pictures on my blog, and I had never posted any of these, and I told her I would. She graciously allowed me permission to use some of her photography.

Keep in mind I have had a few adult education classes, but I am mostly self-taught, and they are probably out of perspective. I just do it for my enjoyment and relaxation, and have not painted in awhile, but I feel I need to get back into it for my "soul", as I love it. My best watercolor, I gave to a good friend, I don't have a picture of it, and when she and her DH divorced, and she remarried, we sort of lost contact.

In 1968, when I was almost 18, I traveled for 21 days around Europe with a church group, and attended a Baptist World Youth Conference. We were in Berne, Switzerland, and I took a photograph, which I painted in oil from that photograph.

This was my 1st watercolor I did while taking an adult education class in 1977. It is still one of my favorites. This was done from looking at the instructor's sample.

I had to take these at an angle so the glass over the pictures would not glare from the flash.

This watercolor I painted from an old calendar. I did this on my own in about 1978 and I gave it to John's parents. Several years ago his mother wanted to make sure I got it back in case something happened to her.

In 1979 I painted this for my dad. I think again, it was a scene from a calendar. Several years ago when I found out he was not displaying it anymore, he gave it back to me. It is another one of my favorites.

This watercolor I painted sometime in the 80's when my girls were young. It was from a picture in the paper.

I took a water color class in 1993, the instructor would come in with something she had painted and we copied it. And this is one of the pictures I did at that time.

This was one from the same class that I painted and gave to my dad, which he gave back to me several years ago.

This was another one from the same class in 1993. I gave this to my mother, which my father returned to me after she died. I like this one too, although the flowers do not appear random, like they should have been.

Anyway that is my art, such as it is.

Monday, January 21, 2008


Today is Kristen Alys' 30th birthday! I still remember the day clearly as it was one of the best days of my life.

In this picture, Kristen is 18 months old, and I am 9 months pregnant with Katie, and 29. John's parents had come up to stay with Kristen while I had a second C-section. They took this picture just before that big day.

This little bikini on Kristen was so funny. Kristen had nothing to hold the top of the bikini in place and it kept slipping up around her neck.

Jeff and Katie and another friend threw a surprise birthday party for Kristen last Friday night at Spaghetti Factory, and she was mostly surprised.

Happy Birthday Kristen, a loving daughter, wife and mother, and one of my best friends. I could not ask for a better daughter. Love, Mom