Thursday, April 19, 2018

Time for Spring

So, another reference to the ongoing cold and wintry weather in Iowa.  If you live in a locale that often enjoys the sun, blue skies and more moderate temperatures, perhaps I need to visit as Mother Nature seems stuck in a pattern of cold, clouds, wind and snow....ugh.  Anyway, as we take it all in stride and remember that warmer and brighter days WILL return, I also used this post to feature a favorite image of an old, beat-up clock that gives a glimpse of yesteryear.  The photo makes me think of a beloved neighbor who had a similar alarm clock on her night stand  -- as a youngster I thought it was really cool.  Also, when I look at this clock, it seems to represent all of us who have endured a long winter and appear a bit tattered by this cold, snowy, gray season.

"The beautiful spring came;
and when Nature resumes her loveliness, 
the human soul is apt to revive also."
                                                                                  --Harriet Ann Jacobs

Monday, April 16, 2018

Mother Nature Confused

Again today and yesterday, like so many other days in the last while, the weather in Iowa is far from anything that resembles spring and looks like the dreary winter scene in my photo.  And, yes, most Iowans were over winter the end of January.  To add a little levity, the following quote sums up our cool and snowy landscape:

"I don't know about where you live, but the weather here is somewhere between bipolar and downright psychotic this spring."

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sea Creature

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT

"The world's finest wilderness lies beneath the waves."
                                              --Wyland, Marine Life Artist

Monday, April 9, 2018


Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT

"Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment."
                                                            --Claude Monet

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Vintage Look

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT

"The minute you think that the past was better, your present is second hand,
and yourself becomes vintage -- it's okay for clothes not that great for people."
                                                                    --Karl Lagerfeld

Monday, April 2, 2018

"Do not abandon yourselves to despair.
We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."
                                                                       --Pope John Paul II

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Stuck on Spring

"You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming."
                                                                                --Pablo Neruda