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Just in Time

Yep, we were definitely just in time! Just in time for our trip to Auckland to spend time with our kids before the country goes back into lockdown. Being grateful for things working out well… that hubby and I didn’t end up separated in different parts of the country, that we had this time together […]

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A Token Gesture

For all the comings and goings of the last couple of months, I have continued with my daily grateful drawings. Perhaps not every day, so a little catchup had to be played along the way. In hind sight I wonder if my mental health might have survived even better if I had been more diligent […]

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“What Have I Done?”

What have I done? I’ve called myself ‘the grateful artist’ for years now. ‘Grateful’ was the first word that popped into my head way back when, to describe myself with all these drawings of things that I am ‘grateful’ for. It seemed simple at the time but now I find that the word ‘grateful’ is […]

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Kindness in Rotorua

They offered and I accepted. And thus, we got to spend a day together travelling over to Rotorua for my appointment at the hospital. This was only Miss C’s 2nd trip to New Zealand, and her first to the North Island. I knew that she was seeing more of the country by taking me over […]

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#usksymposium From Afar

Instagram is full of them. It’s all over my Facebook. They’ve been on WGN news. And I gotta say that seeing these urban sketchers everyday, all day, is paying off and getting me all inspired. But, as beautiful as Chicago is, why go there when this place I call home is SO amazing?! It might […]

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Firstborn Mama Moments

It’s a long time since I held that precious bundle in my arms and we looked into each other’s eyes. There’s been a lot of water go under the bridge since then. Over the years there have been times when I have felt akin to Pooh Bear and his friends from 100 Acre Woods as […]

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Man’s Best Friend

She might not understand too much English but she sure can understand body language, tone, emotions, and definitely tears. The tears started to flow and Nylah was over in a shot offering her paw, putting her head up for a rub, giving the big brown eye treatment…being man’s best friend. An occasional acknowledging pat will […]

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Skype and Sunsets

Walking the beach to clear my head between studying and painting all day and classes for the evening still looming. That lovely dog as keen as ever to accompany me. Dadada…dadadah Dadada…dadadah A skype call on my phone. My parents want a quick chat and then he notices the background. And I realise again how […]

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Cold hands and Warm Heart

I have a gift. At least, that is what my darling dearest tells me. The ability to still function with a body temperature below 0┬░C. I don’t know if I call it a gift, but, I sure do it well! He reached over to hold my hand…a romantic gesture that nearly had him in ICU […]

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