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  • @Blmoon
    Yes, it is one of his later works, after he moved to the South of France and his health was so poor that he had to paint sitting down, he painted many cheerful still works. I had disturbing dreams and I woke up with a headache. I love your allegory of the two friends, so true. It reminds me of the talents in the Bible. I am going to close my eyes for a while and see if I can get rid of this headache. I feel I need to sleep a little longer.
    HUGS



  • @radiantsun
    I woke up the same way today! Thanks for the Renoir info. I just felt it was something from his declining days. Still perfection but the tone of it spoke to me. I really see successful art as having more than a visual communication. I think it has a poetic expression, abstractly without words, it transfers a feeling, a state of mind. I really felt it was an expression of his experience with aging and the adjustment . Thank you!



  • @blmoon
    How are you? I know today is a difficult day for you and you have been in my thoughts all day. Your son is smiling at you with all his love, he doesn't want you to be sad, it makes him sad too. It is my son's birthday if you remember, so it was a busy day. Not quite over yet but I took a moment to say hello.
    We had a really bad heat wave here and in the city it is awful without air conditioning which hardly anybody has. My astrologer student was here for a week, she had meetings most of the time but we managed to fit in three lessons which was good for both of us. I really enjoy her company and conversation, we have similar centres of interest. I Had a bit of a disappointment with my planed holidays at the coast, but not too bad. My friend's brother needs the house for a week with his family from the 17th to the 24th of July and we had planed to arrive there on the 11th. No matter, we add two weeks at the end, instead of leaving on the 14th of August as originally planed, we are staying until the 27th. I would prefer July over there because it is hotter and it would be nice to get out of the city, but I am very grateful to have a month there with my son. He will have work to do but as long as he has his telephone and a wifi he can work anywhere. I am looking forward to this holiday, neither of us has been out of town since May last year. How are things with you? Not suffering too much from the heat I hope. I assume you have air conditioning over there. How is your beautiful garden, and your fish tank? Hope you are having a good summer. Sending you some Renoir flowers to cheer you up.
    HUGS
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  • @radiantsun
    Thank you for thinking of me dear friend! I love the painting. The colours are so lush it's as if you can touch them! You know, usually when you mix too many layers of paint it muddies but this is a testament to true GIFT! And so it endures and continues to bring pleasure. ART! I am happy about your get away and actually the date switch is a blessing for you and much better. I've read about your heat wave. Of course our president, the ignorant crude clown, still claims we do not have a climate crisis. He just stole funds from our environmental budget to fund a full military fourth of July complete with tanks and weapons. The military said those tanks will destroy the streets but he rules with impulsive childish egocentric destruction. And yes it is hot so no gardening, it just survives! I did by myself a beautiful Orchid arrangement for my desk "from my son! Yes sons in Heaven send flowers😇 I definitely have air conditioning! Last week it stormed and lightening hit the pole and electric went out for 5 hours! I really would love to afford an instant backup generator. Heat in Florida is brutal! Hugs! OH just got my shoulder doing better, they lost my MRI then the doctor I saw went on vacation. When The MRI was found Tuesday I went to see another doctor I really liked! He said I had Bursitis and my Bursa sack was swollen and very inflamed. He gave me two Steroid shots and so much bearable! I prayed!!!



  • @Blmoon
    So the loss of the MRI was a blessing after all. I am so glad you like the doctor and are doing better, I had bad shoulder pain at one point and it can be really crippling, mine was tendinites, it still comes back some times. I love orchids, unfortunately, they are very expensive here. It was my son's birthday today. Would you do a birthday reading for him if you have the time and energy? I would appreciate it. Why do you think that changing the dates is a blessing? I would have had the same length of time in July, do you see anything different? I usually prefer July because in August there is nobody in Paris. Only tourists. 😊

    I think a 4th of July parade is actually a good idea to honour the military who sacrifice so much. Your President got the idea from us I'm afraid, he was invited to the 14th of July parade in 2917 which is a long-standing French tradition and he liked it so much that he decided to do the same. I wouldn't worry about the streets, it doesn't affect ours at all and we have tanks too. I enjoy the 14th of July parade, even if I can't look at that arrogant pedantic narcissist we have for a president who us systematically booed. I can.t stand his presumptuous speeches in which he expresses his contempt for French people fir whom he us sure to have some new insult every time.
    Heat waves are cyclic, the sun is cyclic. This one is due to an anticyclone coming from Africa which brought heat from the Sahara and affected part of Europe, it was't hot everywhere in France, only where the anticyclone passed. Did you know that in 1911 there was a heat wave in Europe which lasted for 70 days? It started on the 4th of July and went on until September. Thousands of babies and old people died then. In 1540 all the months from Mars to October were extremely hot and dry. Sherry could have been invented then - if it had not bee around for many centuries - there was so much sugar in the wine. In between there have been other heatwaves and I must say this one wax actually no so bad, I have experienced much worse and longer ones in my youth. It would never have got that much attention if it did not serve certain people's agendas! To help the planet, we must first put an end to globalism. It doesn't make any sense having goods and people permanently crossing the globe in all directions when we have everything we nee right where we are. We need to stop importing all this unnecessary staff from the end of the world and consume what we produce, and produce what we consume. This is an ecological disaster which benefits multinationals, banks and politicians, ordinary people just suffer the consequences. Al those politicians who are creating a climate hysteria only care about their own interests, careers, the next elections, and of course making money!. And that applies to all countries. Sorry about the rant, but I am sick of them. This heat wave a little early but neither that bad nor that long. The highest temperature we had was 37 °C and only one day, nothing unusual about that. I find all this propaganda disturbing. Suddenly everybody is a climate expert and if you don't agree with them because what they say dies not make sense and they are not qualified to comment, you are a Nazi or at least a fascist when they don't even know what it means. I have stopped watching television, I used to watch the news but now it is nothing but pro government propaganda. We are fast going towards a totalitarian in most EU countries and the EU which already is anti democratic. Enough. I don't want to bore you to tears, but I am really concerned about the way things are going. If you don't fit into the mainstream one-track thinking you are a Nazi. This attitude is reminiscent of the 1930s ! I am glad you live in sheltered area, away from violent Antifa nuts and hysterical politicians out of nowhere.
    You and I are not easy to manipulate, we THINK for ourselves and make our choices.
    Thank God for that! Sorry I got carried away.
    My student is not an astrologer btw, she is an astronomer. lol
    HUGS



  • @Blmoon
    Oh Blmoon, I now see what you mean! I saw pictures of yesterday's parade in Washington. I had thought it would be just a military parade like in France, different army corps, navy, air force, etc I suppose one could add police, fire brigade and such so on. But what was that carnival? Grotesque! Nothing to do with independence, patriotism, sacrifice or any of that. No, not my cup of tea either. Well, at least the air show seems to have been ok, and the fireworks. It is going to be ours next Sunday. It is a big day here, after the parade there are military shows all over the city, there is always something in my area, the Republican Guard barracks is just round the corner. My son is a member of their sports club and he knows some officers, very sound young men. In the evening, it is traditional that the fire brigade have a dance in all the barracks which are distributed all over the city and everyone is invited, very friendly atmosphere. And at dusk, the huge fireworks at the Eiffel Tower. People from all over the world come to see that. But then, it is an over 200 years old tradition. While I am typing this I can see the last picture I sent you, it is truly beautiful, the colours are amazing. There is a further delay to my holidays, my friend called me this morning, a cousin needs the house for a few days from the day his brother leaves, two or three days is no problem, I will still have four weeks. And even if it was more, I would be grateful for two weeks if I could not have more. We expect to be there from July 29th to August 27th. I hope your day ended well yesterday. I hope you like onions and garlic;).
    HUGS
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  • @Blmoon
    I have been thinking about you Blmoon. How is your shoulder? Much better I hope. Is the heat still bad? I has been very pleasant here lately, not too hot. I asked for a reading for my son and then I remembered that you did one not so long ago and I read it again. That is exactly how things seem to be. He is still very enthusiastic about his company, I get a bit impatient but don't show it. I don't want him to feel under pressure but I really hope he will have an income soon. I have just watched the fireworks of our National Holiday, very beautiful even if as usual I find the choice of music questionable. I have been suffering from pain at the back of my neck, I wake up with it in the morning and find it hard to concentrate on anything and when I stand for a while cooking or so, I get pain in the spine. I was going to call the osteopath on Friday to see if he is not on holiday yet and I could have an appointment for next week and I forgot. I really must do it tomorrow. Have you seen the Renoir onion and garlic picture I sent you? I am curious to hear what you think of it. Hope you are well.
    HUGS



  • @Blmoon
    PS. I just saw you had written a post recently and read it looking for news. I know how you feel, your mother is like my sister and my ex. It is draining and exhausting and I know how much it hurts. It is bad enough when a sister acts like that, but a mother, it must really be awful. I really feel for you. You are absolutely right that is exactly how narcissists act and there is nothing we can do or say that will make them question their actions. They are right and we are wrong. Hope your husband is better. Try to do something that makes you feel good and takes your mind out of all that petty stuff. You deserve a treat.
    BIG HUG



  • @Blmoon
    Hello Blmoon, have not heard from you for a while, how are you? I am enjoying a really nice holiday with my son. Everything is just perfect. Tomorrow is my birthday and today my friend's mother, the artist, told me she wanted to give me a painting and told me to chose from a great number of paintings. My son and I have narrowed it down to two and then could not decide. I am sending you a picture. I wonder which one you would chose. The bigger one is a bit big for my present apartment, about 40 inches by 29 1/2, the other one is much smaller, about 23 1/2 square. What do you think? So many paintings to chose from, really difficult. She said, take one this year and the other next year :).
    Hope all is well with you.
    HUGS
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  • @radiantsun
    I was just missing you! I knew your get away would be nice. Between the two pictures I think the smaller one. I would choose according to where it's going to go. I just donated a large collection for the sake of downsizing my storage load. Like books I get attached to artwork and will store but my house is small and at my age I keep thinking it's smart to go through stuff now rather later and when I do leave this world I want to spare my sons having to deal with going through my saves. If I need to move it will be easier if I do the sorting now. I have a weakness for artwork orphans I fined at thrifts if they are well done. The small one you show has a Picasso feel but a touch of French! The dark hues of blue though have to fit the right spot in a room or it will dominate. The big one has a seaside feel but unfortunately here in the states they mass produce the likes for seaside motel rooms! Same thing...it would have to fit the mood of the room. That's how I ended up with art storage. I love a work yet have no place to hang it. I switch some but right now I am keeping to what I can use mostly and just redecorated. I really gave away a lot. I donated three bins of ruby depression glass that my sister collected. She died in 1978! I always thought someday I would have a bigger house and room for china cabinets to display it. I considered selling it but in the end decided to donate in her honor and spread some joy to the people who would feel the pleasure of finding a beautiful bargain. I knew if I started going through it I'd hold on. I do have a few pieces out. I guess I've been in a letting go mood this year. I was worried of regret over it but I feel ok about my choice. And I feel she approved. Same with some of the signed numbered art I never could get a good research on. I kept for fear of value but really now it's gone the house feels lighter. After redoing my rooms I took my sweet time adding the art work. Instead of rushing to complete a room I added slowly. Still battling the shoulder bursitis. I'm getting no where with the doctors and it's down to waiting. I already had the steroid shots. The next step if the bursa sack stays swollen they offer removing the fluid directly under a sonogram using a needle. I have been taking my own treatment of anti inflammatory supplement choices, many that are used in other countries. The US medical tends to push pharmaceuticals and poopoo the natural herb approach. Anyway, I am so tired of this pain and it gets better but often rebounds and today I could not lift my left arm enough to tie my hair up. And getting in an out of my bra is a struggle. My friends tell me to go without but I just can't make myself do that in public! I would complain about the heat here but I know how awful you have had it. Specially, since I'm sure your homes and shops are not prepared for that kind of heat.Florida life includes air conditioning. I have lived without in my renting days and it and was hell. You get lethargic and nothing gets done in the house! I blocked my moms number so once I got over the deep hurt a narcissist inflicts I now am back to myself but kept expecting a last word letter in the mail box from her because they always must have the last word and it will cut deep. If that comes I will not be opening it! I would burn it but my oldest son who has your son's sensibilities said I should send it back to her because she needs to get that message. I'm very much healed at the moment thank God but I had forgotten just how viscous a narcissist can be. I was blindsided and not expecting it. Which is when they strike! The vibe I feel from you seems positive. I get no red flags, no warnings for now. Slow is the word I hear. Not much happening but it's not going to last for ever.I think your life IS going get busy next phase. On the work sector. A good offer is going to come your way and I'm seeing into a large academic courtyard so this will be in line with what you already do as I think the building I'm looking at from center courtyard might be metaphorical.. Some how student related. I see some like minded others, students I think, moving into your path and you will enjoy that. I believe you need that stimulation and you have such an appreciation for gift and intelligence that you thrive around it. Spirit says you are going to get lucky! Not all your clients are enjoyable but your kind will show up soon.But do not over think this now. As for your son I get that he may not be showing it but his mind is getting restless and he has been entertaining his "what if's lately. He is not afraid to change his mind or make a turn in his path. A change of course is easy for him. He loses patience if he is not seeing some kind of progress. And that is never going to change about his nature. In his later years he will solve that by always having more than one pot on the stove! He will always survive so you shouldn't stress. A stable bank on it security way of life is not his way. He would rather be moving and problem solving. A secure position that never changed but paid well would not last long for him. Something in him would start to wither. I just heard Spirit say your son takes after someone in your family tree. A relative. Have you ever thought that? I'm glad you connected, I enjoy you. I am jealous of your get away. ENJOY! OH the weather has destroyed the gardens here with drowning storms and then scorching heat! Hope you are enjoying some garden beauty! HUGS!



  • @blmoon I am sorry to hear your shoulder is still troubling you. I had a problem like that for a long time and the specialist I saw in Germany told I needed an operation which of course I did not have. It got well eventually although it still can hurt from time to time. Get yourself a bra which fastens in the front, it will make your life easier until your shoulder is better. Yes, the heat we had was pretty bad, one reason I was happy to get out of the city, although as soon as we left, it rained a great deal and the temperatures dropped dramatically. On the French Riviera where we are, it is hot but not suffocating and there is the sea. Air conditioning is becoming more and more common and most shops and offices have it but the majority of private homes don't. I am very careful in my apartment to always keep the shutters closed on the windows while the sun is on them and only open the windows when it cools down outside. It means getting up at the crack of dawn and opening all the windows and leaving them open until the sun is out and then close them and keep the coolness inside for the rest of the day. That is the way they do it in the South, the difference is that their windows are much smaller and they let in less heat. The house here is quite cool, the stone walls are very thick and the windows small. The danger with that one doesn't feel like going out, the first few days we stayed in a lot. Your son is right, your mother needs to get the message, only she will not get it, she will complain about how bad you are with her after all she has done for you, or something to that effect. At least she has your sister and you don't have to worry about her being on her own. I do that about my sister and my son doesn't understand why I should feel any responsibility, but she really is not well and she is alone. It doesn't change the fact that given half a chance she will be as nasty to me as she possibly can. Thank you for the reading. I do have a new prospective student but I don't think she is my type. She is a niece in-law of a very good friend. We shall see. My son is having some questions about the way his political movement should go, he is very critical of the present status. That may be where he is losing patience. I think he may take after my father who started a business against his father's wishes when he was very young and changed the type of business but he always stayed an entrepreneur. My son is interested in so many things, it is always hard to finds one's direction in those cases. Really sorry about your garden. The main beauty here is sea, forest and vineyards. The most famous rosé in France. The holiday is soon over and I hope to keep the benefit for a while. I really needed this break! Unfortunately, things are not improving with my sister and I can't help her... She is planning to go to Canada again with nowhere to stay! I so wish she would find a home and I could stop worrying about her... I had a really good birthday mostly walking around in favourite places and enjoying lovely views. We had a drink at a famous café at the port where all the yachts are. Not looking forward to going back to real life. Still have not made my mind up about the painting. I talked to the artist today and we will have another look around to make sure we did not miss one we would prefer. I am terribly indecisive now, I used not to be like that.
    HUGS



  • @Blmoon
    PS. I just checked my email and I had birthday greetings from... my ex!!! Curiouser and Curiouser.



  • @radiantsun
    Funny you said that about the painting! My first thought was why you did not have another choice as I felt there was one you would REALLY prefer. I would love the seaside. I feel most at peace near the sea. I didn't want to bring up your sister. You can't help it, I know, but it is not your burden. Just as much as she can be reckless with herself she also gets damn lucky and she does have a way of latching onto good souls when she needs them. Her life will play out just as she has always lived. How she "ends up" will make sense and it is who she is and you can't change her path now. Her choices go too far back and like my mother and sister they are hard to understand because they never had growth like most of us. There is no real sense of evolution for them or retrospect other than the imagined past that only sees others failings around them. They do not have personal regrets regarding their own behavior. I am not sure this new student is part of this next phase. I am thinking not yet. But it's coming. HUGS!. .



  • @Blmoon
    I did look at a huge choice but it is really hard in a full studio and I was a bit nervous because I could see how tired she was, she will be 93 next week!. Then, to make it easier, she gave us the catalogue from 2015 to 2018 and that is how we found the seaside one which she had in one of her storage rooms. She is extremely productive, yesterday she finished a small painting she had started the week before on holiday and started a big one. The seaside one she calls "Water and Earth" and it is inspired by a wild protected area not very far from here where there are wild white horses, black bulls and pink flamingoes. Beautiful. I was there once a long time ago. I found an abstract painting in a book she wrote which I think in would like, it is red. I will ask her because I have not seen it. She might nit have it anymore or she may not want to part with it... but no harm in asking. Did you miss my PS? What do you think it means?
    HUGS



  • @radiantsun
    I got a tingle when you said"red" as if that painting was my kind too! Glad you asked her! You hate asking for yourself or imposing but you should as "why not?" And NO I DID NOT SEE YOUR PS! That is very odd and surely he has a request soon to follow. I haven't tapped into his energy in a long time. He is the type that exhaust the best of others. He is a bit bombastic with his presence. He enters a room and you feel it. My last input on him was awhile ago and I think it was health related. I felt his mistress mate had a heath issue. I do not think he deserves a reply and soon enough you will get his request. He wants something. I think the only positive draw on any contact with him is a reflection on how far you have flown above him. How little power he has over you. It would take him this long to figure that out! But I do not think that's his motivation for the greeting. He has a request for you or his son. I do not get it at the moment. If more comes I will let you know but I'm sure it will be obvious soon. I almost asked you how that family did who bought your house last long post. I thought of them but don't know why.



  • @blmoon She has visitors starting today so it is not easy for her to take the time to go to the studio with us, it is in the same street as her villa but a short drive away, she said she would let me know when she can take te time. In any case, we will see her at the vernissage of an exhibition she gave us an invitation for which is on Sunday here in the village. If it doesn't work before we leave, we shall see her then because we have to go to the studio to pick up a selection of paintings we are taking back to Paris for my friend who sometimes sells them fir her through his connections. He and his wife are really good friends and so generous. I m glad to be able to do something for them in return. I really hope she still has that painting and that she is willing to part with it. I think it may be a small one but that is not a problem. I can't imagine what request my ex could have... I am thinking of sending him a polite very short and impersonal answer, I want something from him. I need to sell that garage space and I need him to buy my part. He will never try to sell it to a third party because he has the free use of it and I can't do it from a distance, so I'll have to sell it to him for what he agrees to. The family who bought the house sold it only a few months later. She didn't like the way I had decorated it, in a discret refined French taste. She had the whole place refurbished in what she thought was HER TASTE and then she just hated it! Apart from that, they were not at all welcome in that quiet neighbourhood. They were too noisy and the neighbours kept complaining, but they did not want to abide by the neighbourhood association's rules. It was then bought by a young couple who seem all right. According to the neighbour who told me all this, my son and I are very much missed but not my ex! This lady saw what she had done with the house and she was horrified. I really loved that house. It loved my childhood house and never really got over that loss... it had been so important for me to have a house only to lose it too... These three weeks here have been wonderful, it is quiet, the air is clean and although it is not big, we have so much more room here. Amazing the difference it makes. There is a market twice a week where one can buy fresh local fruit and vegetables, even fish and I love waking up with the church bells. You would love it here. Remember that painting I liked so much the first time I came? It was a red one, but the following year I didn't feel the same about it and I still don't. Just as well because she wants to hold on to it. Time to go to sleep, we want to go to the beach tomorrow.
    HUGS



  • @radiantsun
    Funny how you bring things up that I was thinking! I almost asked about that painting gift from last time that didn't work out. And as I tuned into the vibe there, yes, I said to myself, I would indeed love it there. I am not happy lately with this building boom around me. I love my house but it's harder and harder to ignore that subtle but real feeling of too much nature being displaced. I don't understand people's ignorance when it comes to realizing we are all connected, nature and humans and we must accommodate and nurture nature. As a sensitive I feel the chaos of too many people much more than most I guess. At my age I already made peace with this being my last house and now I'm not sure because the older I get the more I need the peace of nature. I know this building bubble will burst as it's all man's greedy doing and then we will have a recession and then empty houses which the banks and foreign investors will scoop up for cheap and wait for he next boom. But there's no replacing the empty lots and fields and all the acres of agriculture wiped out. My youngest son lives out in the country and the ride out there is Heavenly, that's when I feel the difference abruptly. His neighbor has a most beautiful grand black oak in their yard I love and they have a pond. I so want my own big black oak! I had to remove my smaller black oak last year. It grew in an arch that went over the front entrance of my walk and over my roof and was beautiful but it started uprooting and was too close to my roof, a big wind made it bounce on my roof! Sad but had to go. I hate taking out trees but over the 30 years here we have had to remove trees . The Laurel oaks do not have long life spans and Florida is tough on everything. I almost asked you about that parking spot as well! I do remember that! I didn't think that family would keep that house. Her vibe matched the vibe your X burdened it with and at the time you needed it sold but no, she did not fit in. She had a restless dissatisfaction about her energy and it really has nothing to do with the house. Her egocentric stubborn thought process and refusal to be told what to do matches your x. No one likes to be ordered anything but for some people it is such an issue they will REACT and do things to spite with little thought on the long term effects. My first feelings of that woman were she had a childhood wound that yearned to fit in yet a very big shadow side that self sabotages. Anyway, for you it was a gift! It had to sell. And how ironic because you loved that house and you know exactly where you fit in yet you had to battle to honor that house. Not everyone feels the energy of a HOME as important. You do deserve a home. Since your x most definitely has a motive you should just wait him out. He will contact you again. I would have to get in his space to see why and since it's not anything that important I will spare myself!



  • @Blmoon
    Actually, the painting she gave me the first time I came here which I found so depressing at the time, it turns out that it was not the painting, it was my mood that was wrong for the painting. I put it away and never looked at it until recently when I was organising my cupboards and I found it. I took it out and it turns out that I quite like it. I found a spot for it and I think it is quite delicate, I don't find it depressing at all. That was more than two years ago and I went a long way since then. Remember she said she had chosen it because she thought it would go with me because I am so delicate? Well, she made the right choice after all. And the painting I would have chosen then, I would not chose now. Isn't that interesting? She called me this afternoon to say we could come tomorrow afternoon to make the final choice. I hope I find one that immediately speaks to me. How sad they are building so much around your house. One thing I like about this place it is that although there are many very expensive villas, you don't see them, they are hidden by huge beautiful stone pines. There are whole forests of them and they are everywhere. There are forests of cork oaks too but they are further from the sea. If you take my friend's mother's street, which is really a very narrow one way road, you would not guess there are villas between the road and the forest. Her driveway is very easy to miss, you would never think it would lead to a house. I suppose that is what makes this place so special and exclusive. I found a couple of pictures I'll try to post here. Yes, I am sure you would love it here, and so would I but I could never afford a home in this place, the house opposite which is similar to this one, is for sale for the equivalent of one and a half million dollars! And it is about the minimum size one could have. But looking at it from a different angle, I find it quite frightening driving on these narrow twisting and turning roads, so maybe not the place for me after all... I am glad to have my son to do the driving ;). Yes, I do need a home and I think I deserve to have one but right now, I don't know where I would like to live. Places are changing so much and safety is more and more an issue. Ideally, I would like a house in the country near the sea but apart from the price, I would not feel safe living alone. I don't make long term plans, they usually don't work out anyway. You are quite right not to waste your energy on my ex, we'll find out soon enough. The picture of the two villages I took myself.
    HUGS
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  • @Blmoon
    I should explain, the village on the hill is the one where I am, it has a great view on the sea. The village on the sea is the fishing village which has become a haunt for billionaires and their yachts. I like it better in the spring, too many people in summer. Ten to fifteen minutes drive from each other.
    I hope I make the right choice tomorrow. Posting a picture of vineyards. Amazing beauty. No wonder so many artists over the years have chosen to live here.
    HUGS
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  • @radiantsun
    thank you! That's exactly how I pictured the area. And you are right about choosing Art. That is another reason I have taken my time putting up art. At first I hung on to my old favorites that I had taken down before painting the walls and nothing felt right! I am aware that I have changed and so will my choices. That is interesting about her choice for you being intuitive! I remember how confused you where about her choice and. There is a wisdom there! I had a similar experience not long ago. Last year my youngest son who is an artist bought me what I thought was a very odd gift! It was so not me and did not fit at all with my decor. I almost felt he put no thought into it yet that was not like him. The piece is done in metal.....modern, a linear piece with circles all connected to make one chain and each metal circle has hints of different colours. I put it away and every time I looked at it I was irritated. Fast forward to totally redoing my living room and dining area that are one open space. Everything came off the walls and I replaced my light fixtures. I made a bold change and as it progressed would you believe that metal piece was perfect! My son was very surprised when he saw it. He said it was meant to be I just didn't know it yet! I introduced a few more metal elements to tie it in and it feels very good. In fact it really helped put a modern balance with my stained glass lamps and fireplace cover. You are right about the mountains attracting artists. We have many areas in the states that seem to attract artists and writers and most always it's mountains. I love the vibe and the way it slows you down and is perfect for getting down to creating but I too can not take the winding driving! . Writers I know often go to the mountains to get away from distractions and get work done. There's not much else to do!Tourists like the attractions but artists like the seclusion. I battle the same fear as you about living in the country, I crave it yet it does leave you vulnerable! Even if the social climate is not threatening there is always something a bit scary about being secluded. I feel vulnerable. I also need water! Must be close to it and at best surrounded by it. I live in walking distance from the St. Johns river which flows north. And am surrounded by lakes and of course I am less than an hour's drive to the east coast and two hours from the west coast. My favorite place on the gulf side is a place called Captiva Island and it's paradise only the wealthy can own. They have strict building rules there so all residences there are hidden. The gulf water is bright emerald and turquoise.. Lot's of shells. You can find a rental but to live there is for the wealthy. Hurricane Charley almost wiped it out 2004. I drove there later that year and just cried! It looked like a war zone after a bombing. I heard it has recovered although how do you replace old oaks hundred of years old? Change is a given it seems. HUGS