These “Brilliant Ideas”

You know those brilliant ideas you had, and are still, years after laying forlorn, or stuck  somewhere in our mind? Or in a closet somewhere …

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Dated January 09!

Glued on real Fall leaves! But every time Fall comes back, I’ve forgotten to finish this art work.




Without Words





Black and White A fossil I bought in San Diego’s harbor from a biologist who displayed his journey’s findings.  Never incorporated it in a necklace that could be stunning!





The killer story that I never told! Hubby was particularly discouraged that day (it was in 2008 when “everyone’s” budget had collapsed). He was tired and on his commute home – one more stop at Home Depot (the hardware store). He prayed, God, I’m doing all the right things. Why is it so hard financially?  Got out of his car, while the real estate agent called. We had to give up our house and move into a condo. On the phone, he said to the real estate agent, “I see  this five dollar bill on the ground …” His real estate agent yelled, “Well … pick it up man! Pick it up!” Soo concerned about the “big” things, that we don’t know what to do with the little miracles along the way!


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The week I spent in Colorado (before 2006), accompanying hubby on a job and shot this view from the living room. Nor did I ever show our visit to the Garden of the gods, which is known for stunning red and white rock formations (one of them is the featured image on top).




Overlooked to include this reflection  in Giethoorn, where all the roads are water ways like this, aptly called the Northern Venice, in one of my posts of the Netherlands (how I could forget – don’t ask me!)




Nor did I ever show this pic –  the pink hydrangea on our deck that has since
then long died! You get the idea.


Do you have these  brilliant ideas?
(six words Sat)

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Three Roses, Oil, 18 x 36 , © St Germain

I love roses and  my six words for Saturday: I love painting whatever I see
or whatever comes to mind





For Texture Twist – The Vineyard below modified





THE GOOD: our get together’s with the whole family
(even if it’s not at my house, which looks a lot more casual) not often enough, since Ty on the couch studies in the Hague (this only part of the family)




We have a Z (for Alphabe) in our family:  Her name means Life
and very aptly does she have the Zest to go 100 miles an hour.





The blinds reflected on this wall hanging above






THE RANDOM: Love to look at dizzying heights at Zion (Nat. Park, Utah),
or hear the sound of the ocean and feel the breeze of the wind (beach So. Cal.)









THE FUN: Love all the vineyards around us in Amador County. A very special atmosphere – just to drive around and see the sights, making me more aware of the seasons… and that our food does not only come from stores (haha – that’s a reminiscing thought of a city dweller).





Agapanthus against the fence I could see from my kitchen in the (previously owned) condo. The landscaping was nice… and my bathrooms were decadent …
If it was not on the street side, close to a mall and some other things, we may not have moved after five years.
Now I enjoy hearing the wind instead of traffic,
a view of trees and sky from every window,
and a sunset on most days.
So thankful for the beauty and peace around me,
to have great adult children and their families,
and still able to travel to the ocean and other parts
of California  and the other end of the globe.




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How do you start your post usually?

That is, when nothing much  has taken place … except for normal things around the house …
For some reason I had seen the image of the tree roots( below) a few times, every time in another file folder. Oh, this is easy peasy – the beginning of a post!
Read below the flowers how this post was put together – this is literally the Random, the Good, the Fun!




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Two ladders, a reflection,  and an inventive mind!

The sun came into the living room from the vaulted windows on top – on the backside of the house.
Too blistering hot last summer. so hubby made a contraption this week
to roll the outside blinds up and down, but also keep them in place with the
unpredictable high winds (which we have often at 3000 feet). Someone will clean up the two ladders- lol, these don’t belong to the contraption

Lovin’ the Quirky things you can do in the country and no one cares,
but in the city you would get fined for.





Three Xmas tree stands (third on the left -on the floor) in le garage

The Random!  We have now three Xmas tree stands?? How did that happen …. guess some more cleaning up to do …




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these roots are so big that I need to go slower, not to trip

Dog tired. No grand plans for the day, then just recuperating and enjoying the water flow, eat our sandwiches, and take pics.




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wildflowers between the roots of the tree above
close to the W- entrance of Yosemite National Park

Step 2: to look for a theme. Meaning, what would fit or a contrast.
Just to be clear: a theme I like.
A challenge or meme has to fit in my theme, because it’s a blog about my life.

Not only physically tired from the move last year, but also emotionally – a big drama with the moving company – 60 pieces of our stuff missing – going up at the new house ourselves, the air conditioner of hubby’s truck blew out in 90 degree weather,
decided to give ourselves a break to cool off at Yosemite for the day – not with the truck:). Ah, here’s my theme: getting away from anything messy, stressful, work …

Step 3: After the pics of the tree and wildflowers, hope I can find a photo for the sky with blue, and up or down view, a fence, a reflection, and a black and white image. Not bad, eh?





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A good day to spot these two, 20 feet below me with my Tamron lens (that I keep borrowing from hubby)







Let’s go back home!  The mess is probably still there,

but we’ll deal with it
(6 word Sat.)


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My Random Intro: the header is from my own backyard – it’s a romantic tangled mess,  but I like it.


San Diego is the 4th vacation city in the USA. When we lived in Southern California we only lived 1 1/2 hrs. drive from there, so we went there quite often. Not on the holidays because half of the time was spent on looking for a parking place.



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The gate to a corner of Old Town





Sea Shore Village
Typical building styles and a few steps from the boardwalk to see sail ships and other boats,
the long bridge to Catalina Island. On the boardwalk are often a few mime artists
keeping passers by entertained. All very leisurely and pleasant.










Folklore – in the weekend seeing dance groups here (free) –
always draws a lot of people















Music from Bolivia or Peru (sorry I took this pic a while ago)
while you eat ice cream






Fountain next to where the musicians play. There are all kinds of specialty stores here and places to eat.


Cinquo de Mayo is coming up – that means for me: good food! Old Town is the best place to eat authentic Mexican and probably also the most affordable:)

My fave dish is Enchiladas… WHAT  IS  YOUR  FAVE  ETHNIC  DISH?


Except for second  pic (in Balboa Park) all other images are from Old Town


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Short CITY Walk

My family likes to take walks, and most of them like to hike too:) When they do the latter, I often abandon them for  a quick painting.
This is a short walk with many interruptions, such as a treat, ice cream, bathroom, and more such things, because of the little ones

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Look a horse behind that fence










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Underground Tasting Rooms

Depending on who says, but this could be the fun part of good random fun:)
Appropriately too, since this is

whoa, my 100th post on wordpress!
(Six words Saturday)



which reminds me on another celebration long time ago ….


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Because we’re at the letter O for ABC Wed., I couldn’t resist this pic
of Ollie on his first birthday  in a couple of weeks – now 7 years ago. (don’t worry he hardly ate from his cake – just getting his hands in it was all the fun)





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Reflections everywhere in the harbor (also in the windows)
On hot days we like to hang out here  by the Water side to cool off






The base of the yellow Sacramento bridge I showed earlier this year – a massive and impressive structure…







Never knew that I would miss the city lights at night, now I live in the country!
Now I textured this sky view with grain and posterize (PS) I can put my nose back to the grindstone (really, it’s more exciting than that!) of writing – paper and paper clips in every room now –





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These tiny Spring flowers  I found a few weeks ago in our front yard –
aren’t they adorable?  anyone know which  flowers these are
(about 2 -3 inch)?







We didn’t have snow all winter. Then last week, when I
woke up, I see this. Are you kidding?
Pulling an April’s Fools Day on us? (when wet, the trunks
of the Acacia trees become really this red and shiny –
no photo edits!) I have been told that these trees
when burning,  can melt steel!
There’s a Dutch saying that says “April does what he wants”







On that strange day, I felt cold so I made some wheat pancakes
with bananas and chocolate chips






Modified for Mandarin Orange and Texture Twist


That’s it! We’re going to try out the stove …  for the first time
in the USA – that’s about 3 decades. The first stove, since
there was No Need for it in Southern Calif.






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To my relief, the snow didn’t stay.
A virtuous tree, but stubborn!
Holding out on Spring, while others have a full crown of leaves
The tree trunks in India Ink (above I painted in Yosemite
Nat. Park with an artist who specialized in Ink paintings.





Angel of Change, Oil, © StGermain   Reflection behind me!

I have a little problem – one that artists have to deal with now.
I saw this painting used as a banner in a newsletter of a
speaker. Having heard her speak myself, I knew she
would not use something that is copyrighted, so I wrote her.
Her reply: It was on FB, from “a friend of a friend”…

A few months after I logged on to Facebook (2011) I realized
that as soon you become a member, whatever you post
is and remains their property, so  I deleted all my paintings
… I thought – if you catch the culprit, please write me -thanks!




Added some pics later this week ….



Just to assure you that that sky (sky Watch) is back to peachy keen:)





the Huntington Gardens is a great place to find reflections, and ducks and fish
Oops, I cut off the head of the statue….:)


To start with Weekend Reflection  and go on to Saturday Critters – the duck and
little lower to the right a Koy fish.


I feel alive when I learn something new every day!




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I started this post last week with the first pic, but when I discovered it would be Easter on Sunday (which is now) I first posted “The cup with Wine.”
On our first Easter Sunday in Northern California it rained! Two days later, it’s snowing for the first time in winter Spring! I so aptly titled this post  how frivolous April can be!

We went to my daughter’s family, because she moved to a new house  three days before (I blame it on the real estate agent).

Had already seen some pics on Facebook the next two days of a sunset with the comment of amazement, “I see this every day:)” After having been a city dweller for three decades, and now living in the mountains, I understand – and still have that excitement after living here for 7 months!





I feel like staying here
in the shade
with the sound
of water flowing
the breeze
fluttering the leaves
interrupted by birds chatter
and  thundering waterfall






father and son


Things to do … places to go…..

How about a pleasant place like Irvine Center …
I thought this was cute … showing fathers also have the “taking  care” gene:)
Socks off before you go running in the fountain!




Modified in PS with balance and glass effect


Admiring these flowers near the coffee place ….
when you visit Irvine Center you make sure your clothes match. You might feel
otherwise being stared at, if you know what I mean, but still …
it’s a cool place because of the bookstore, several coffee places, and
restaurants,nice clothing shops, and a fun place for kids to hang out










* Ferris wheel entertainment while you shop – only in California (chuckle)






Not many fences in the city, so am making a detour to Balboa Island to show this fence
from the street side





Even though it was rainy on Easter, by the time we got home, I had my own sunset:)





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Found a new place to work on my watercolors when the deck is in the shade. Also a good place to work on my oils, so I do not have to keep airing out the living room. Can’t wait till the art studio is done so I can leave out my art supplies and keep them all in one place!






This photo does not seem to show the finished version of this 24 x 30 Oil.
(my paintings are still packed away)

After lounging today – Sunday – it suddenly occurred to me that
next week Sunday is Easter!!
Was originally going to call this post Menage a Trois after the wine,
but I thought to share this painting with you, because of the cup with wine.
The cup seems to be so important. Right off hand I remember,

Joseph was in prison – for a false rape charge – with a baker and the cupbearer (servants of the king). He interpreted a dream of the cupbearer that he would be released from prison shortly. He asked him not to forget him and two years later Joseph was released.

The cup was also the focus when Jesus turned water into wine  – his first miracle at a wedding. The cup was also significant at the last meal before he would hang on the cross, when (I imagine) he raised the cup (paraphrased)
This is the cup being poured out for you,
and a symbol of my new agreement with you …”



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Lilly (modified in Texture and color)



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Saw this cloud, when we were visiting Big Bear Lake with two of our Dutch friends.
It fits for this week, doesn’t it?






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My Easterbasket with eggs, Opa … Nana … anyone!
This is Zoe, our 4th grand child. She’s now a few years older and may be embarrassed seeing this pic – so we’ll keep it between you and me.  But she does have a good fence behind her!
(Opa = hubby  Nana = moi)



I added a pic on “Bridge of Chinese Garden” for – click here: Black and white Wed.


and wish you a marvelous EASTER!



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