DAY 7 OF NaBloPoMo

Merlin amid the posies!
Merlin amid the posies!

This is part of a painting I did of my cat Merlin.  I had taken a photo of him hiding among the flowers one day and it was so cute, that I decided to do a painting.  As all you cat caretakers out there know, cats can get themselves into all kinds of cute and funny situations.  My two cats, Merlin and his sister, Lady are a constant source of fun and amusement for me.  They do take a bit of work taking care of them but well worth the effort!

Halloween has come and gone. Can Christmas be far behind? 1ST DAY OF NaBloPoMo

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Every year we all go into this frenzy which starts just about Halloween (sometimes earlier), which continues usually until the first of the new year.

I have tried each year to get less and less involved in this frenzy.  But it has become increasingly harder to do.

Especially the shopping in stores with the maniacal crowds searching for a bargain.

Parents are shopping for the latest toy or more recently electronic piece of equipment.

Like an Iphone, ipad, the readers from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

The kids just have to have one no matter the age of the child.  They have to show it to their friends and school chums.

The past few years my daughters (with families of their own) and I have hit upon an idea that is overlooked for the most part with all the frantic racing around.

We decided to make something for each other and dispense with the shopping, crowds, etc.

I know, what a concept!  It takes a little more planning and you have to start early but it is much more rewarding and appreciated.

Now this may not work for everyone.  In fact it may not even be an option for some.

But I think in this day and age with a lot of the population out of work and or on unemployment or worse, making something may be just the thing.

It will not only lift their spirits, but kick in those creative

juices that we all have to some extent.

There are a lot of stores with ideas and classes like Michael’s that one can go to and get started on whatever your project may be.

It’s amazing the ideas you can come up with!  My daughter  and I have been

making our own Christmas cards for the past several years and it is very fun and rewarding.

Anyone can do it but it takes some time and planning but not much money.

And the people who receive them have

always been happy and appreciative. Then there is always  candy or cookie making.  We know everyone loves those for gifts.

Or Christmas baskets with exotic coffees and teas, also cheese and crackers to name a


Anyway, thought I’d toss out those ideas for your perusal.  Happy creating!

Incidentally, the Santa you see at top of blog is an acrylic painting I did for a Christmas card I sent to friends and relatives a few years ago.