171,868 Miles

You know it’s time to replace your 1992 Toyota Camry when you turn up the defrost in the morning and snow starts blowing out of the defrost vents into your car.

And you know you’re not a morning person when you realize it’s snowing in the car and you start looking around to see which window is open, even though it’s not snowing outside.

But it’s SO nice to not have a car payment… sigh…

171,868 Miles

You know it’s time to replace your 1992 Toyota Camry when you turn up the defrost in the morning and snow starts blowing out of the defrost vents into your car.

And you know you’re not a morning person when you realize it’s snowing in the car and you start looking around to see which window is open, even though it’s not snowing outside.

But it’s SO nice to not have a car payment… sigh…

From the Top

Woohoo!! I finished this painting this morning – I think I started it at the end of October, but it seems like I’ve been working on it for ages… Now I just have to sign the thing!


This is the view from the top of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, painted from a reference photo I took at the end of June. I really worked on conveying the mood of the landscape with this one, and I’m pretty happy with it, so I thought I’d share it. Details:

Title: From the Top
Medium: Oil on Linen Canvas Panel
Size: 18×24″

I’ll probably start posting my paintings here as I finish them…

From the Top

Woohoo!! I finished this painting this morning – I think I started it at the end of October, but it seems like I’ve been working on it for ages… Now I just have to sign the thing!


This is the view from the top of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, painted from a reference photo I took at the end of June. I really worked on conveying the mood of the landscape with this one, and I’m pretty happy with it, so I thought I’d share it. Details:

Title: From the Top
Medium: Oil on Linen Canvas Panel
Size: 18×24″

I’ll probably start posting my paintings here as I finish them…

Raindrops on roses…

Ok, I admit it – I am a closet Christmas music junkie.

When the local easy listening station plays Christmas music 24-7 between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I secretly dial it in as one of the preset stations in the car so I can get my Christmas music fix whenever the mood strikes. (Of course, I dial it in on the second band of presets so that no one will discover that I ever actually listen to the easy listening station, even if it is only one month of the year).

Anyhow, I went to the grocery store at 10 o’clock last night, and with all the pretty snow and Christmas lights on the houses I was really feeling the holiday mood. So there I am, cruising along singing at the top of my lungs to Christmas carols, happy as a clam, when they begin to play “My Favorite Things” (you know, the song they sing in the Sound of Music when the awful green curtains are still on the windows in her bedroom).

So, now to the point of this entire post:

Why the heck is that considered a Christmas song?!?!?!

Every year they play it on the above-mentioned easy listening station, interspersed with classics such as O Holy Night, Winter Wonderland, and Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song. And I just don’t get it? Am I missing something?

I hate it when that freaking song comes on and jerks me out of my holiday reverie. It’s just not right.