I got a graphic tablet for my birthday (a group buy organized by my husband.)  It's a Lenovo Yoga 12 Ultrabook (with Wacom digitizer and 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity!)  Yes, it's a big deal!

My birthday has come and passed, and the laptop shipped 4 days early, so I got it last week.  I didn't say much about it because when it shipped when I was sick with Mastitis.  The laptop was amazing, the Mastitis was aweful, aweful stuff.  So, this sweet little gift didn't receive the enthusiasm it deserved.

I'll post more about it later, including a thank you drawing for the contributors...but for now there has been a slight learning curve for drawing directly onto the tablet instead of in my sketchbook.  I'm working on it.


5 seated women knitting and crocheting, they are laughing at a woman who is pouring wine and saying "Let the knitting begin ladies!"

Autumn is coming, and so I've been itching to pick up my needles.  I don't have a lot of time to knit at home, but I would love to knit socially.  I wanted to join a knitting group, but more importantly, I wanted to join a knitting group that also included wine.  Let's be serious about what this group is really about 😉  So, I put out an ISO for just that on the local Mommies Facebook group and got an overwhelming response.  Apparently there are a lot of Moms that knit or crochet in my town.  And a lot of Moms who drink wine, whether they knit or not.  So, our Sip & Stitch group was formed, and it is just as cozy and fun as you'd expect it to be.  I drew this for the Facebook group cover photo

Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift.  That's why it's called the Present.  Eleanor Roosevelt
Today is a gift. Art by me, quote by Eleanor Roosevelt

It was a rainy day on our last day at the cottage yesterday, so we showed William "Kung Fu Panda" for the first time.  He wasn't quite ready for it yet, and he ix-nayed it right around the time that the super villain broke out of jail.  But, we did get to the part where Oogway wisely recited this Eleanor Roosevelt quote to Po, which made me want to pull out this little "Quote Art" I did for my old blog.

More quotes by Mrs. Roosevelt (she was a smart lady)

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

“Do one thing everyday that scares you.”

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. ”

“Once I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: “No good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.”

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

Mixed media illustration of woman looking out on a photo of a beach
Looking out 

How I will miss this view, but Oh The joy of a stable internet connection!  Hello World!



My Grandma passed away this weekend.  It wasn't unexpected, and after a long battle with dementia, I was happy to see her at peace.  She leaves me with many wonderful memories, but this one kept coming to mind lately.