Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MOUSE STORY ...

Have you EVER wondered
WHERE wild animals go to DIE ?
This is a QUESTION I would ask my mom
ALL the time when I was a KID ...
SO MANY creatures out there
YET you hardly find their BODIES,
unless they are ROAD KILLS
or VICTIMS of a cat or a dog ...
Walking to SCHOOL in early spring
when I was 7 years old,
I found a momified DEAD bird,
perched on a little branch in a tree,
as if FROZEN in time ...
That image HAUNTED me for a loooong time ...
This morning,
upon storing pots and tools in the GARDEN shed,
I found this DEAD field mouse ...
TENDERLY wrapped in a dry leaf SHROUD ...
Hidden away in a no-longer-used-pair-of-work-boots COFFIN ...
SO delicate and SO touching ...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

TWO PAINTINGS AT A PENNY EACH !

 

FRIDA SUGAR SKULL ANGEL
12" x 24" canvas painting
You can bid here !
 
 

LOVE HEART QUILT
10" x 10" canvas painting
You can bid here !
 
BOTH these paintings
would make wonderful Christmas gifts
for you or a loved one !
 
Up for bids on eBay
starting at 1 cent each !!!
Two 7-day AUCTIONS !
Both ending Monday, Dec 3rd !


Monday, November 26, 2012

CYBER MONDAY SALE !!!


 
CYBER MONDAY SALE
IN MY ETSY STORE 
MONDAY NOV 26
 
BUY ONE and GET ONE FREE !

Use COUPON code
BOGO50
upon checking out !

BUY 1 regular print, get 1 FREE !
BUY 1 small woodblock print, get 1 FREE !
BUY 1 LARGE woodblock print, get 1 FREE !
BUY 1 pendant, get 1 FREE !
 
1 DAY !

OFFER applies to ALL items in store
except ORIGINAL paintings ...
BUY as MANY as you WANT !!!
 
Shipping FAST too !

Monday, November 12, 2012

PINK MONDAY ...


PURE BLISS ...
November 12 2012 ...
6 weeks away from Christmas ...
We ALL slepped under the STARS last night ...
60 degrees F (16 degrees C) at midnight,
VERY unusual for this time of the year ...
I had to shed my ESKIMO suit, my LONGJOHNS and my MITTENS ...
Sunny, breezy AND a warm 75 degrees F (24 degrees C)
is today's weather FORECAST ...
Studded car TIRES, skis, snowboards AND snow shovels
are getting DEPRESSED ...
NO worry ...
Winter is SPYING on us ...
But today with get a BONUS summery DAY ...
And I'm gonna RIDE it
in a GRAND way !

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A LITTLE WINGLESS GOLD FAIRY ...

My garden studio is an ORGANIC structure
that KEEPS on growing AND expanding
AND changing AND aging ...
It is ALWAYS opened to family, friends AND pets ...
Its wooden salvaged door NEVER locked,
rain OR shine ...
In case one needs to BORROW a hammer, a chisel,
a couple of eggs or a handful of rusty nails ...
Or wants to chat with the hens OR the cats OR the dogs
in private ...
Or SIMPLY wishes to sit QUIETLY in a corner
with the sun shining through the DIRTY old window ...
My LOVE shack is a giant SURPRISE BOX
bursting at the seams with stuff I LOVE ...
This morning,
a little plastic WINGLESS golden FAIRY
was waiting for me ...
A little girl SUSPENDED on the wall
with a GLUE gun used by SECRET hands ...
NO note attached ...
But the three SCREWDRIVERS which had disappeared
were BACK on my table on top of a folded NEWSPAPER article
on the LYNX come back in this part of Québec ...
Now, I MUST remember
who borrrowed these TOOLS ...
POSSIBLY my guardian angel ...

I REMEMBER ...

The POPPY is a global symbol
for REMEMBRANCE of those who DIED before us
in order to provide us with the
FREEDOM we enjoy today.
The poppy was one of the ONLY things
to SURVIVE in Flanders Field,
one of the main sites during the FIRST WORLD WAR.
It brought a sense of life,
HOPE
and reassurance
to the soldiers that were STILL fighting.
Today, I am wearing a POPPY
to commemorate those who SACRIFICED their lives DURING war
as well as to honour those
who STILL serve in our Forces today ...
My father-in-law went to WAR ...
He was in the débarquement de Normandie,
heading a troup ...
He made it ALIVE, was HIGHLY honored with medals ...
But he came BACK home a BROKEN man ...
The YOUNG lad he was
stayed there on the Beaches in Northern France ...
Today,
I am REMEMBERING
all the war stories he told me ...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

DON'T ROCK THE BOAT BABY ...

Walked for HOURS this morning,
randomly ...
Parked my car on SMALL unknown backroad ...
Hiked up AND down, east TO west ...
With the SUN on my back ...
The THIRD eye on my forehead
WIDE open
on HUNTING mode ...
I came out of a THICK forest
and came UPON a clearing ...
NO sound around BUT
the gentle breeze whispering
BINGO !
in my ear ...
Right in the middle of the field,
look WHAT I found !!!
An old wheatered beaten up BOAT !
White AND blue
with a nice rusty steering wheel !
JUST what I NEEDED on the mountain !
A SECRET nautical embarcation
in which I can SIT on
when the SEA of life turns ROUGH ...
Or when I simply need
a QUIET place to harbor ME ...

Friday, November 9, 2012

CHRISTMAS IN NOVEMBER ...

I am a FAILED MAD SCIENTIST !
I LOVE collecting nature oddities ...
Reading old BIOLOGY and CHEMISTRY books ...
Examining what the EYE can and can NOT see ...
Preserving AND drying bones, LEAVES,
seed pods, NESTS, shells ... Dissectin
g DEAD or MYSTERIOUS found things AND objects ...
Mixing potions in SEARCH of reaction ...
My studio is a LABORATORY ...
My house is GIANT cabinet of curiosities ...
Drove to a thrift store I hadn't visited in months YESTERDAY
and found ALL these TREASURES for $3.00 ...
A new vintage MICROSCOPE to add to my collection,
a box of preserved night BUTTERFLIES,
a BIG old French Golden Science BOOK
and
a little ZOMBIE plush DOLL
that I PICKLED in a jar in my kitchen ...
CHRISTMAS in November for ME !

SLEEP TIGHT, GARDEN ...

TUCKING the garden to BED
for its looooooong winter NAP ....
Well, WHAT is LEFT of it ...
HIBERNATION count down has STARTED ...
Time to get my MITTENS out !
28 degrees F inside
AND
outside my STUDIO shack ...
SLEEPING in there tonite
just to PROVE myself
I have NOT turned CHICKEN yet
with age ...
At least
there won't be MOSKITOES and BLACK FLIES
bothering me
while I am DREAMING of spring ...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

AN APPLE FOREVER ...

An APPLE a DAY
keeps the doctor AWAY ...
Really, really, REALLY ?
I found this AMUSING
Fisher Price 1972 roly-poly CHIME toy
in a LOCAL church sale this morning ...
NO MATTER which way it rolls over,
it ALWAYS ends upright ...
And it makes the most MAGICAL music
whenever it moves,
like the SOUND of a xylophone
played by the WIND ...
40 years OLD
and
still SMILING ...
And will probably keep on CHARMING
children AND adults
for many, MANY years to come ...
INDESTRUCTIBLE yet SHINNY and HAPPY ...
I THINK I just found my new MASCOT ...
And it even has
a SOFT vinyl stem with leaves
for TEETHING ...
Wonderful on frustrating DAYS
when ONE needs
to BITE ...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

BEAUTY IN THE ORDINARY ...

CHANGES of SEASON are SO wonderful ...
If you live UP NORTH
in the GREAT WHITE NORTH of Québec,
you get to experience
MAJOR differences of CLIMATE
throughout the year ...
Winter is BLUE, cold, CRISP, bright, SNOWY ...
Spring is GREEN, mild, DELICATE, soft, ENERGETIC ...
Summer is YELLOW, hot, HUMID, lazy, EASY ...
And Fall is ORANGE and RED and OCHRE and BROWN ...
Chilly OUTSIDE, warm INSIDE ...
POETIC, melancolic, PEACEFUL ...
With a PERFECT luminosity that is
SO dear to my HEART ...
In Autumn,
SUNNY mornings AND late afternoons
offer FREE tickets
to beautiful SHOWS
featuring ORDINARY things
on a DAILY basis ...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

BONNE CHANCE USA ! ! !

ALL EYES are on YOU,
United States !
Keeping MY fingers crossed
YOU choose
the RIGHT President
TODAY !
GOOD LUCK charms,
amulets AND talismans
displayed in a FAVORITE corner
of my STUDIO ...
Sending GOOD vibes
YOUR way ...
BONNE CHANCE !

Monday, November 5, 2012

NEVER A DULL MOMENT ...

NEVER a DULL moment in THIS house !
My boyfriend just SHOT a CHICKEN HAWK down by the pond !
The bird just KILLED my favorite black HEN,
Miss Little Comb !
Mister spotted the HAWK,
screamed and ran waving his arms at it
but the FLYING hunter was not intimidated
AT ALL ...
He just RIPPED the head of our poor HEN off !
Mister RAN to the house to get the SHOTGUN
and when he returned,
the hawk BARELY missed his attack on the ROOSTER ...
But mister did NOT miss the ENNEMY
and killed it with ONE shot ...
SAD for our little coop friend
who met such an TERRIBLE death ...
SAD for this MAJESTIC creature
we had to KILL to PROTECT the rest of OUR flock ...
Look at the CLAWS on one of the BIRD's feet !
His beak is EVEN more TERRIFYING ...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

SINGING LA LA LA ...



I'M SO HAPPY,
I'M SINGING LA LA LA ! ! !
I’ve got this old THING
Called the laughing HEART's disease,
I’m gonna LAUGH my way
To any old place I PLEASE ...

Saturday, November 3, 2012

THREE LITTLE STEPS ...

We have had THREE days to recover ...
From DEEP grief to TOTAL elation ...
A very SHORT time to digest
the LOWEST and HIGHEST
state of mind one COULD experience
in LESS than 24 hours ...
Dad is back home ...
And we ALL feel EMPTY of emo
tions right now EXCEPT for
PEACE...
TIRED and HAPPY
with a lingering after-taste of
IMMENSE sorrow and worry ...
We woke up with SNOW this morning ...
And it is GOOD to see the WHITE stuff
covering everything ...
Giving a new BRIGHT and LIGHT look ...
We took THREE steps
in the RIGHT direction
so FAR ...
But we are ALL still SO VERY touched
by the SCARY feelings we went through
on HALLOWEEN night ...
Very, VERY strange experience ...
That will CHANGE me
for the BEST
for the REST
of MY life ...

Friday, November 2, 2012

STILL IN SHOCK ...

WOW ! Looking at my FB for the first time since I wrote a post yesterday about my dad being told he had a GENERALIZED and VERY LETHAL CANCER OF THE STOMACH on Halloween night and the morning after that this was ALL AN ERROR ... I am SO VERY TOUCHED and EVEN MORE HAPPY by YOUR reaction and your comments left here ... Isn't this the MOST EXTRAORDINARY story that could happen to someone ? For a han
dful of hours, I thought my time left with my dad that I ADORE as I knew it was no longer to be seized ... I was TOTALLY floored with the news ... WONDERING how I would be strong enought to go through this and be the BIG STRONG DAUGHTER I have always been ... My dad had been spending time at the hospital quite often lately due to blood and heart problems but really nothing lifethreatening ... But the verdict of TERMINAL CANCER, smacking all of us HARD in the face was NUMBING ... I felt like instantly I split myself in two, the inner sad and paralyzed by the news ME and the other ME standing beside, working, cooking, talking, facing the situation ... When I got the doctor's the next morning to let me know about the ERROR, it REALLY felt like a MIRACLE ... YOU HAVE NO IDEA what the feeling was ! Like having a nightmare that feels SO REAL where a LOVED ONE is DEAD ... And you wake up and find out it was ALL a BAD DREAM ... LIKE experimenting the eminent LOSS of a loved one for 16 hours, going through ALL KINDS of emotions and feelings and an INDESCRIPTIBLE inner TURMOIL ... And suddenly someone arrives on the scene and says NO NO NO ! We got it ALL WRONG ! ALL is well, NO CANCER and NO DEATH on the horizon !!! I have NEVER NEVER NEVER felt SO HAPPY and RELIEVED ! Like someone lifted the 10-wheeler that was CRUSHING my HEART and my HEAD ! My mom and I drove to the hospital for our every-second-day visit wth my dad, BUZZING, and CRYING and LAUGHING and saying repeatedly I CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS ! When we got to my dad's room, he was in TOTAL DISBELIEF ... TOTALLY NUMB ... and HAPPY !!! EVERYONE came around to tell us HOW happy they were with the news, every nurse and member of the staff in SHOCK too ! They had been notified of my dad's CANCER the night before ... And EVERYONE loves my dad ! He is a friendly, easygoing, patient, funny and nice man ... WE ALL hugged and laughed and CELEBRATED ... Later in the afternoon, my dad's cardioligist, the one who announced the bad news to him the night before came to visit my dad ... He explained the error to us very humbly ... My dad had gone through ABDOMEN scans the day before and the doctor who was in charge of the results, inverted the names of two patients in the computer when entering the results ... As simple as that ... My dad's doctor was very VERY sorry about the situation and said that the faulty doctor had not even offered an excuse when he was notified of the error ... My dad's doctor offered appologies on behalf of the hospital, said he was VERY upset with the errror, which he had reported to the high authorities of the hospital ... He also said that if we wanted to sue the doctor AND the hospital, we were in a perfect situation to do so ... But, we all AGREED that we do NOT want to walk NEGATIVE STEPS on this WONDERFUL YELLOW BRICK ROAD ahead of us ... NO TIME to LOOSE, NO TIME to WASTE ... We will file a complaint with the hospital so that the ERROR does NOT repeat itself BUT this is where the ANGER will stop ... This is a time FOR HAPPINESS, NOT A TIME FOR WAR !!!! Dad should be freed any day now and back home during the weekend. Today, I am running a HIGH fever, have a MAJOR headache and feel like every single inch of my body is bruised ... We are ALL so happy ! Spawn woke up with a BIG smile an hour earlier today, singing WHAT A BEAUTIFUL world and playing guitar !

Thursday, November 1, 2012

SPEECHLESS ...

I am in TOTAL shock ! I feel like I just woke up from an HORRIBLE nightmare ! I can NOT believe this ! Yesterday afternoon, I got a call from my father's cardiologist who wanted to meet with me IMMEDIATELY ... The drive to the hospital is almost 2 hours, so I asked if our meeting could wait till the morning ... He said he would call me later, when things were quieter in his office. He said h
e had BAD news ... So I waited ANXIOUSLY 3 hours, making believe all was fine and sounding joyful with my mom who knew nothing about this yet ... At 7 p.m. the doctor announced to me that my father had a VERY SERIOUS CANCER of the STOMACH that had spread everywhere else ... Not operable and not treatable ... The results of the scans showed that he only had a couple of months left to live ... He was going to tell the news to my dad after this call ... So I jumped in my car, SO UTTERLY SAD and CRYING and drove 10 minutes away to my mother's place to tell her the news in person ... She smiled at me and when she saw my face, started crying ... I told her dad had a KILLER sized CANCER ... This is the WORST thing I have EVER gone in my entire life ... She was DEVASTATED ... We cried and hug all night, talking about the DREADFUL future ahead .. How we would DEAL with this SUDDEN announcement ... I talked with him and he was TOTALLY hammered by the news ... We cried on the phone ... We were ALL terrorized, NUMB and helpless ... I tucked my mom to bed around midnight and came back home to my spawn cying for his MUCH loved grand-papa ... We ALL kept on saying THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE !!! NO ! IT IS NOT !!! Dad has had heart and circulation problems for a while but things always got better .... but a CANCER of the kind that leaves NO hope ? I woke up this morning, and was so disapointed to find out the BAD STUFF was NOT a DREAM but REAL LIFE ... I worked in my studio like a ZOMBIE, trying to face the REALITY ... Going on the net to find out MORE about what COULD BE and COULD NOT BE DONE ... I DREADED the ride with mom to the hospital to be with dad ... THIS was HORRIBLE ... I was ready to explode ... I had asked the doctor to call me back before we left this morning as we had a couple of questions ... The phone rang at 9 a.m. and I thank the doctor for calling so QUICKLY ... I started asking him a question and he interrupted me ... He said there was a MAJOR change in the results of my dad health ... I asked if it was POSITIVE or NEGATIVE ... He said VERY POSITIVE ... I CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS !!! They MADE A MISTAKE !!! The results of the tests were not my DAD's but SOMEONE ELSE's ! SOMEONE filed the wrong results in HIS file ! THIS IS A MIRACLE ! I CAN NOT BELIEVE IT ! Right now, I do NOT care who did the mistake and how unprofessional and careless this was, it feels like a MIRACLE ! My mother was crying on the phone with JOY and DISBELIEF ! And my dad said he felt RESSUSCITATED ! It WAS a BAD dream after ALL ! He will be OK ! The feeling we ALL have right now in INDESCRIPTIBLE ! OH MY !!! I am off to school to tell my son about the WONDERFUL news ! YOU have NO idea how ALL of this feels ... This is the DEEPEST I have EVER PLUNGE to and the HIGHEST I have EVER CLIMB to !