Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Happy Wedding Monthaversary Steven


Heart in the sand
B.M. (Barbara Muir)
S.v.S. (Steven van Schaik)
Barbara Muir © 2022
(The sand is the red sand on the
 beach we love in Nova Scotia
on the Northumberland Strait.)

Today is the monthaversary of our wedding day, and we 
saw wonderful friends after a long drive. 
Now we are ready
to settle down, and watch our favourite show 
together. We are lucky
to be in love. 

This love heart in the sand is from three summers ago, but the sentiment
still holds true.

Have a loving your life day.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Thinking about today and Florence

View from our apartment terrace when
I stayed in Florence the first time
I exhibited at the Florence Biennale in 2009.
There was a church right against
our building, and that's the Duomo
in the distance.
Barbara Muir © 2009

We went to a wonderful writer's reading night today at the Peace Hall in
Pugwash.  It was delightful.  The work deeply moving, funny, 
and exciting. We loved it.

When I taught positive psychology, I taught my classes to carry a little
sign that said Today, and to make a list of what they wanted to do that
day, and cross things off as they did them.  What I didn't say is that
when unexpected wonderful opportunities come your way, take
part in them if at all possible.

Going to Florence in 2009 and 2015 to take part in the Florence Biennale
was so fantastic.  And listening to awesome writers read their poetry and
fiction was such a treat! I saw this photo and had to include it on this very 
happy day.

Have a loving your life day today. 

Monday, July 22, 2024

Happy Anniversary of our first date Steven


Happy Anniversary Tea 
watercolour and marker on
watercolour paper
 6 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014

We did not have anniversary tea today on the anniversary of our first date,
but we did have a delicious dinner with friends on their wedding 
anniversary.  That was unexpected (that both couples were having anniversaries),
and fun.  Our friend served a delicious dinner catering to our 
preferences, and an amazing dessert with fresh fruit, cake and ice cream.
Her husband made over the top wonderful coffee.

We talked about everything, and drank champagne and toasted each
other.  I call that perfect. 

Have a loving your life day.

Sunday, July 21, 2024

Happy Anniversary of our first date tomorrow

This silly photo booth picture from that first couple of
weeks we were together says it all.
It was love at first date.
This one had obviously spent some time in
one of our wallets before making it into an
official album.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of our first date.  A very happy memory,
and the beginning of a love story that I cherish.  I've probably said it too
many times here, that I love my husband to the moon and back.  By the
way the moon tonight is stupendous.  It started out a deep golden, orange,
then ascended a bright light yellow, then stayed huge and bright and 
magnificent.  The celebrations have begun.

Have a loving your life day.

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Thinking about oceans

Water Image 3
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010

One of my artist friends today talked about thinking too much.
I'm sure he's right, it's probably better not to think too much.
And another talked about beauty, and its meaning.  It's
Saturday night, and strolling through my blogs I saw this painting.
As I love being near the ocean, it made me remember my ocean series,
which I enjoyed creating, and exhibiting.

I thought I'd share some of that post:

"This painting Water Image 3 is part of a series,
joining the oceans, and people that loved specific ocean places
together by bands representing the beaches at the edge of the ocean.

This is one of my favourites, a young woman from India I met
through a class, who had come to work for a family here as a nanny.
She was studying Pre-health with the hope of one day becoming a nurse,
or a doctor. She moved several times, and I lost touch with her. I hope
she achieved her dreams. I'm forever grateful to her for posing for me.
The painting travelled to New York, and hangs in my studio at the moment."

Have a loving your life day

Friday, July 19, 2024

The kindness of friends

Flowers from a friend
Barbara Muir © 2024

Today on a steaming hot day, we visited our family’s getaway  

One thing that all of my friends know about me is that I love flowers.
No, I am not a gardener, I do not have a green thumb, but I love flowers.
So it was very touching to come into the space and find two pretty bouquets
made by my friend, who knew that that would make me happy. And it did. 

We are having Internet issues today. So I hope this gets to you. And thank
you you too my wonderful friends for all that you do.

Have a loving your life day.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

This seems right for tonight

McIntosh Apples
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009

It is Mega hot.  Not apple season, but I found this little
painting scrolling through older posts, and felt joyous
seeing it.  I am on a break from painting for a couple
of weeks.  So forgive me.  The great thing is looking
back through almost 4,000 blogs and seeing how
much fun I've been having.  

Thanks to you.  And I hope you are staying cool
and enjoying yourself.

Have a loving your life day. 

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