A PORTRAIT OF A BEAGLE NAMED BEAN

I JUST COMPETED A PORTRAIT OF Our youngest dog is named Bean.

PORTRAIT OF BEAN

 We got BEAN two Christmases ago, in a weak moment, after our beloved dog –  disappeared. According to the DNA test, he is half Beagle and half “lab mix” .

But one thing is for certain, he is 100% scamp!!!

He doesn’t mean to be naughty….

At first he was easy, sweet, cuddly, and compliant. Then one day he figured out that if he ran as fast as he could, barking and howling as he ran, that he could break through the invisible fence.

LONGINGLY OUT THE WINDOW, HE LOOKS AND WAITS.

Bean has discovered the window…and he waits for the kids to get home

And that was the end of our ability to keep BEAN from running away.

SORRY i was naughty

We like to say that God made him unbearably cute for a reason. The truth is, I’ve never had a dog that seems to know exactly when I need a kiss or a snuggle.

PHOEBE AND BEAN

Since day 1 – Bean and Charlie have been INSEPARABLE!

– DOG EXPERT – CESAR MILAN says regarding Dog behavior – Remember “ANIMAL”  first .

HE SAYS –

“Animal. When I think of “Animal,” I think nature, the wilderness, and freedom. I think of wolf packs and their territories, which extend for miles. Animals live in the present and life is simple. It’s about Instinct and Survival – the basic needs of shelter, food, water, and mating….”

BEANSIE_ a GUY JUST TRYING TO GET BACK TO HIS ROOTS!

Tate and Bean have a very special bond.

SO I PAINTED A PORTRAIT FO EBAN FOR TATE FOR CHRISTMAS.

OH BEAN.

BEAN. BEAN. BEAN,

Leslie

COOL WHITES AND WARM WHITES AND UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE

THE #1 PAINT COLOR THAT PEOPLE AGONIZE OVER IS..

YOU GUESSED IT…

WHITE

THERE ARE SO MANY WHITES- AND ALL WHITES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL…IN FACT THERE ARE HUGE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THEM THAT CAN THROW YOUR DECORATING  ADVENTURES INTO A TAILSPIN!!!

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15 Do’s & Don’ts of Texting- Unwritten Rules of New-Age Communication

 

ME AND MY MILLENNIALS

We are back to the “NEW NORMAL”. The College kids are back to their College homes and their College lives and the youngest is once again – an “only”. The house is quiet, and it will take a week or so to find where I left off mid-December but it was all worth it. THE BREAK WAS JUST LONG ENOUGH  to lull me into feeling as if they lived here once again. We had even begun to get into some semblance of a rhythm and then BAM – game over. So I plug away.

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COMING IN FEBRUARY – A DOG PAINTING A DAY

I LOVE DOGS

I LOVE PAINTING

Last fall I made the VERY difficult decision to stop taking commission work. I have LOVED painting custom pet portraits and plan to return to them in the future but I need to devote my painting time to my original painting to continue growing as an ARTIST.

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IMITATION GAME AND MY ENTRYWAY

YESTERDAY I EXPERIENCED SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES…SO, I spent all day…in between
everything, having my hair highlighted, cleaning behind the dryer – THATS where all the socks go!)
giving Bean a bath  – In between I was trying to fix things…but it was tricky because I in no way
remember messing them up.
What happened was that all of a sudden yesterday….my home page was squashed up into the
Header (top of blog design) and became unreadable. YES – in the BIG PICTURE this fell below a
splinter in my foot…but it still CONSUMED ME!
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT I FIXED IT! AND I HAD A HUGE EPIPHANY IN THE PROCESS!!
Have you seen the movie
“During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.”

THE IMITATION GAME

(if you haven’t seen the movie this is a spoiler alert)

WELL, fixing the glitch in my computer was similar to breaking the code in the Movie and REAL LIFE because the movie is a based on a true story. I don;t know if many of you have worked with “code” but it truly is a different language. BUT embedded in codes are REAL WORDS and symbols you would recognize and how I fixed the glitch was to find words I recognized and then trace them back to the source of the problem. After HOURS of sleuthing I discovered that in addition to the blog being wonky that the ICON below – was gone!

 

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TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES!

THINGS HAVE GONE ALL WONKY!

I made the mistake of “playing” around on the “customize” page last night.

all of a sudden the top of my blog is all squished up into the header (top graphics)

In trying to fix things…I have learned which buttons do what…

but patience as I continue to try to fix this glitch and by all means if you have IT experience

chime in!!!

Leslie

TOP TEN FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE

BEING OFF THE MARKET HAS BEEN NICE.

Sometimes, when I am cozy on the sofa, under the big mirror, looking out across the expanse of room and the light is coming just right…I even think “Maybe we should stay”. But then I wake up from that dream and remember the 3 S’s…which are SIMPLIFY and STREAMLINE and SELL! and I am slapped back into reality.

The fact of the matter is this – I will cry fat hot tears when we leave this house…no ifs ands or buts about it. I raised my family here and this home contains memories of everything precious to me. But in 3 days…two of my 3 children will return to college and their new exciting lives…and the house will once again begin to feel like just too much for us…and at that moment I will start making my lists of all the little touch ups and things I need to do before it goes back on the market.

AND I MADE A LIST OF MY TOP TEN FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOUSE

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OLDIE BUT A GOODIE – 2005

I was looking for a saved document this morning,
and instead I stumbled upon
photos of our house in 2005.
COLOR was in full force.
I still ache when I see how much the kids have grown. But it makes me happy
that unlike me, who moved so often , the kids rooms have been their sanctuaries
since they were tiny and crept into our bed at night.
I thought I would share some of this HIP color
with you on this DREARY winter day.
It still holds its own.
And while I dialed back the WALL color a few years ago,
to make way for the color in all of my ART,
 I still adore it and would not have changed a thing. It was a VERY happy time.

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GIVEAWAY WINNERS AND MONDAY SNOW DAY

CONGRATS TO

Nikki L., Betsy G., Betty A., Catelyn ***  and Kathy F

(***Catelyn – your email is not working so email me via this blog with your contact info!)

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH to everyone who signed up AND followed along on Instagram, “liked” photos on Instagram and left such sweet comments. If you did not WIN his time, no worries, I am doing a GIVEAWAY the FIRST FRIDAY of EVERY month so stayed tuned!!!!

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MONDAY

WE HAVE A SNOW DAY TODAY! It was 8 degrees when I woke up !!! I LOVE SNOWDAYS!!!!

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NEW MONTHLY FEATURE – THE “FIRST FRIDAY” GIVEAWAY!

I AM STARTING A NEW MONTHLY FEATURE!!!

THE FIRST FRIDAY GIVEAWAY!

On the FIRST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH I will have a Giveaway.

Readers will have until Midnight on Sunday to ENTER and the winner or WINNERS will be selected by RANDOM.org and announced on My Old Country House’s Monday Mornings Blog Post!!!!

THIS MONTH – because it is the FIRST GIVEAWAY of the year.. and I am just so excited

there will be 5 WINNERS!!!!!

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