a NEW awareness of gratitude – Day 18


Happy November 18th! I am grateful for the ceramic dish my son made me while in elementary school, the glass-blown temple that sat on top of my wedding cake and the four eagle sculptures which were gifted to my sons as each of them earned their Eagle Scout Awards.

Have a great day! Find something NEW to be grateful for!

NEW photos of my week and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  You know, one of the great things about buying myself roses, is that I get to photography them while they’re fresh (previous post) and then again when they’re all dried up!

I recently visited a NEW online art exhibit, all of paintings of Christ…His childhood, His ministry and the Last Supper. This is one of my favorites by Laurie Olson Lisonbee  (Here’s the link to the gallery)


Jesus wanted the Twelve—and He wants each of us—to learn that humility and service are worthy characteristics we should seek to obtain. He taught that no one is too important to serve others.

Have a great day!

way cool NEW things to do with rocks


Happy Wednesday!  I captured this photo standing on a bridge looking down into a small stream and couldn’t help but think how even rocks can be really beautiful.  Then I noticed a few NEW and creative things people do with rocks.  Here are only a few of them:



mosaic   paint rockflowers

Have a great day!  Make it ROCKIN’ and try something NEW!

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Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share



Happy Monday!  OK…so help me out here…what’s the word to describe when you seem to notice certain things all of a sudden?  It seems like a coincidence that I’ve been noticing cool mandalas recently.  It’s like a power that draws them to me…and they keep popping up in whatever I read lately.  Is it the law of attraction?  Is it because I recently decided that they’re very cool and I’m now a magnet for them? It’s kind of like serendipity, but not really.  What is the word to describe this phenomenon?   Anyway!  Check out the VERY cool mandalas I’ve run across lately:

I first found the cool sticker mandala (above) at The Amateur Librarian’s blog.  I, of course, had to check out the  history of mandalas at Wiki, and since they’ve been popping up a lot, I’ve pinned a few to my Pinterest boards.  Here are a couple:


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Another miscellaneous NEW thing in my life lately was reading Endurance.


It was our book club pick for this month, and since I’ve missed book club for the last three months, I really wanted to get back at it.  I’m glad I read this book!  It was a long read of what seems like the only villain of the story was the weather and it concentrated A LOT on the weather…but really, what else could be the gist of the story!?! It is a true story and since I enjoy history, I rather liked the book and I’m happy I got to learn about the amazing men that went through that ordeal!

So!  Best wishes for a terrific week ahead!  Do or learn something NEW!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!  Here’s my short post with a few NEW miscellaneous items to share:

1) I loved, loved, LOVED  this from “Give me 5 minutes a day” blog


2)  Banana bread with ROASTED Bananas!  Who knew? MUST TRY!!!  YUMMY!

3)  COOL altered book idea!  Must try this too!  (YouTube Video Link)

Have a GREAT day!  Do or learn something NEW!


a NEW artsy pastime


Hi everyone!  So I recently learned that there’s actually a name for this type of artwork… {I’m a little slow}!   It’s called Zentangle.   AND I’ve found that it’s pretty fun and easy to do.  This is my first attempt and I plan to fill up my sketchbook with zentangle creations.  There are tons of YouTube tutorials on how to draw different patterns etc.  Some of them are pretty cool.  As you can see, I started with the very, very basic stuff!  Some of the videos said they were ‘Zentangling Tutorials’; however according to tanglepatterns.com

Creating a Zentangle is known as tangling.
There is no such thing as “Zentangling”.

The cool thing is, I can do this pretty much whenever and wherever I want.  There is really no special materials needed.  I’m looking forward to learning how to draw more designs.  Please let me know if you’ve tried this!  Any tips and tricks would be appreciated!  Have a great day!  Do something NEW!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!  What’s NEW with all of you???

One NEW thing here (which I’m not thrilled about) is my sticking space bar on my computer keyboard! :o( Not fun! It’s taken me wayyyyyy longer than it should, for me to even type this first sentence!!! Arggg! BUT!…how do you like the NEW gift box I just made? (Out of regular paper!…nothing fancy!) I learned how to fold them HERE.

Also, I recently stumbled onto this art site and was introduced to a NEW (to me) art term:  Encaustic.  I love art in all varieties, and I’m especially happy to learn a NEW word:o)

Have a great week!  Do or Learn something NEW!



a NEW awesome artistic medium


Incredible eye make-up huh?  I  saw this over at Out of The Well blog and she said she saw it at The Journal blog! :o)  You should go to either of those sites to see LOTS more examples of this amazing art!

Since my name is LENORE, I just had to post this one!  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked,  “Oh, do you know there’s a famous poet that wrote a poem called ‘Lenore’?”  …Do you mean the famous poet Edgar Allan Poe?  Why YES, YES, and YES,….I DID know that!  {Quit asking me that!!! :o}

Sorry for the Wednesday Rant! :o)  It’s all cool!  Have a great day!  Do something NEW… (except ask people REALLY obvious questions that may or may not annoy them)!


a NEW exploring experience

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I’m SUPER excited to do some NEW exploring in the next several months! I’ll be volunteering at at NEW exhibit in our area that’s all about exploring science and art. It’s a traveling exhibit and last week I went to a training so I could help “facilitate” learning when I volunteer. The trainers were from The Exploritorium in San Francisco and they did a really good job!

Have any of you been to The Exploritorium in SF? It’s now on my list for when we visit there next (not sure when that will be! :o)  But I went to their website and poked around.  It looked like they have some fun online activities and a couple of free apps for iPad that I’m going to check out.

So, it will be a fun NEW experience to watch children (and others)  explore at this new exhibit! It’s called  “The Tinkering Exhibit” and it’s  VERY hands-on!  I’m gonna have FUN!  What NEW thing will you do or learn today?  Hope it’s an awesome day!