I expected to have some down time over the holidays, and I suppose I did. I managed to read two entire books. Celeste Ng’s beautifully written Little Fires Everywhere. It is not the kind of book I normally read. Ng’s writing is contemplative and literary. I’ve always had poor reading comprehension. ADD/ADHD runs in my family. I’ve not been diagnosed myself, but I’ve always struggled with reading anything longer than a bullet point. For example, I had to read the first page of Harry Potter three times before I was able to move on to the next page. Don’t even ask me how many times I read the first paragraph of All the Light We Cannot See. In spite of a valiant effort, I listened to that one on audible. So reading Little Fires was a challenge, but it was well worth the effort.

The second book I read was the new Jack Reacher novel. There’s a satisfaction in getting to the end to find our hero right where we joined him on page one: on the side of the road, thumb to the wind, a toothbrush in his pocket, and nothing ahead but the open road and a certain adventure.

Right now I’m reading Nomadland, about the growing community of would-be retiree migrant workers living in vans and RV’s. This is not the romanticized #vanlife we see on Instagram. Currently on my TBR is Ready Player One and Spin the Golden Lightbulb by Jackie Yeager. Follow me on Goodreads to see what else I’m reading.


I was hoping, as always, to get more painting in, but between spending time with the kids, our new kitten, and working on revisions, the long, leisurely mornings of sipping coffee and dabbling with watercolors while listening to Natalie Merchant just did not happen. However, I did finish one project I’d started for the Muskegon Art Museum’s Annual Postcard Salon. Anyone can participate: professional artists, photographers, kids, and newbies like me.


4″ x 6″, Watercolor of Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, Muskegon, MI

This is one of my favorites places to ride my fat bike too (can you find it?). It’s a relaxed, friendly, neighborhood hangout.

I also experimented with a more simplified, almost stippled style. We got a new kitten for Christmas and my kids are absolutely in love with her. I’m hoping to do an entire series. I’d call this one a watercolor sketch done over 20 minutes while the kids sipped hot cocoa one night.


3″ x 6″ Boy pulling kitten in sled.

And the last painting (below) is a fresh snow-covered trail, inspired by my favorite place to snow-shoe. Even though the temperature was in the negatives, we still managed to go snowshoeing a few times. This painting will also be on display as part of the Postcard Salon.


4″ x 6″ watercolor, Snowy Trail at Muskegon State Park, MI

Up next for us is a much-needed family vacation.

Until next time . . .



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