Sneaking Up On Spring

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Did you know the first day of Spring is March 20th??????  That’s right……….it’s NOT all that far away.  However, trust me, that doesn’t mean that it will be flowers and bees and picnic blankets and cookouts on March 20th………………a few years ago this was March here:

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SO, anyway, the mere pawsibility that March might bring Spring has me fired up………..I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ready.   Winter seems longer every year that I’m alive and my Mom and Dad say the same thing……..we can’t wait for:

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Early misty morning front garden

My Mom spent today with me snoopervising her of course rearranging some of the paintings she has on the walls of “her” room – which originally was her art studio/writing studio when she and Dad built this house.   She’s no longer writing books and she draws a little bit but doesn’t do oil paintings anymore.   I’m bringing that up because lots of you probably  have never seen any of my Mom’s paintings…………..would you like to?    (those of you who have seen these before just skip past the slideshow…..hahahahaha)

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Am I “bragging” on my Mom?   Maybe………..   Is that “tacky” to do?   Maybe………..but I did it anyway!!!!

Big Hugs,

Sammy the Proud Son

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  1. We’re having gale force winds so it doesn’t feel very springlike with us 😦 Here’s hoping it’ll come soon. There are lots of your Mom’s paintings there we haven’t seen before – all gorgeous!

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    • We’re having a whole lot of wind today too – bringing in another cold front with a chance of some light snow tomorrow……..we’ll see……..Spring is a LONG ways away I’m afraid……Glad you enjoyed Mom’s paintings! There are more but no sense in overdoing!

      Hugs, sammy

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    • Thanks Raz……….that’s nice of you to say! Hope you guarded your Dad well last night AND made sure to give your Mom some cuddles too – I hear you were on the back of the loveseat and decided to keep her back warm????? Tee Hee

      Hugs, Sammy

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  2. No Sammy, it is not tacky to brag about your mum’s lovely paintings. They remind my mum of when she cruised from Quebec to New York. Are any of them in the Bay of Fundy area?

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  3. It’s not tacky at all to brag on such a talented mom. Your mom is a great artist and writer. She’s lucky to have an outspoken agent like you….

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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    • Abstract art is popular – just look at the paintings we see hanging in art galleries that are worth 87 bazillion bucks! “Art is in the eye of the belolder” says my Mom………..I say “treats should be in the stomach of the kitty”…………..HAHAHAHA

      Hugs, Sammy

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      • yes I’ll second that saying of the treats… mom’s art is more “poopular”, because she thought B.I.G. and tried to copy a painting she saw in that Louvre-crib…. my dad got a laughing fit as he saw it he and said, that’s very good she never has to fear trouble for art forgery, no one will notice a similarity hahahaha

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        • Easy you made me and Mom giggle…..my Mom tried painting “loose and wild” but just can’t do it. Not sure what that means about her but she spends forever making sure lines are perfectly straight and colors are just right, blah blah blah instead of just letting loose and having FUN with it. At least your Mom enjoys what she’s doing when she paints – my Mom enjoyed her painting years but now I’ve got her TOTAL attention – she doesn’t have time for painting or writing or anything but her precious, adorable, elderly ginger boy!!!!!!!!

          Hugs, Sammy

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    • Well Sundae, your Mommy is super talented too – she’s an amazing photographer and that’s no small feat! My Mom hasn’t progressed beyond “iffy” digital photos and a cheapie camera!!!

      Love, Sammy

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  4. Morning Sammy
    Yes indeedy March can be a little she devil sometimes!

    OH MY WORD OH MY CATS….SAMMY YOU MAY SURE BRAG ON YOUR MOM’S MOST AMAZING TALENT. I bet you taught her everything she knows!! MOL MOL WHAT GORGEOUS PAINTINGS. WE LOVE LIGHTHOUSES AND woohoo we saw David’s Bridge too!! She might not be painting or writing books but she is cranking out some fine Sammy Posts
    Hugs madi your bfff

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    • Hi Madi! Glad you like Mom’s artwork……yesterday after she rearranged all those paintings she “retired” her big old easel down to the basement so I’d say that’s a FOR SURE sign she’s putting a period at the end of the “I’m a painter” sentence!!! Gives me more lap time after all………Mom adores lighthouses (obviously) too – we think lots of people do – something “haunting” about them maybe. Anyway, I’ll pass your compliments on to Mom – it will make her day!

      Hugs, Sammy

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    • She doesn’t paint anymore but she used to……….she kept some of her favorites and they hang in her office/studio but she sold LOTS and LOTS in galleries and shows “way back when”. Thanks for the compliment though – made my Mom smile BIG!

      Hugs, Sammy

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  5. I love all the paintings but especially the one of the porch with the rocker leaning against the front of the house… boat tied up at the shoreline. I LOVE the Spring/Summer pictures of your property Sammy. The house on that green green grass is beautiful… Bradford Pears getting their bloom on! Dang… love the bridge too, sure looks familiar! And the lighthouse on the rock ledge with that faint little moon.. It is the moon? It is 6 degrees here this morning, so not feeling very Spring-like. But we are supposed to rebound and by Saturday be in upper 60s! Grill weather! Enjoy your Thursday Sammy and thanks for sharing your Mom’s paintings.. nice views this morning.

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    • Hi Miss Pix! So happy you enjoyed tiptoeing through Mom’s paintings….HAHA….the porch and rocker/boat is my favorite too. We hope our spring/summer photos from the last couple of years inspire the yard to look that nice THIS Spring but our lawn has been pooping out the last couple of years……erosion and several years of having a lawn service (!!). Dad has taken back the project of lawn maintenance though so MAYBE we can coax it back to life! Today we’re at 32 and the wind is 87 million miles per hour…..we’re getting blown away! Spring seems like light-years from happening! 😦

      Grill weather better get here soon…………………………OR ELSE!
      Love, Sam

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  6. You are a sweet son to be proud of your Mom. I love all the paintings, I recognize the bridge one from her novel. I didn’t realize she had painted that. I wish she would write a sequel to David’s Bridge.

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  7. WE love your mom’s Paintings !!!!
    Now about that Spring thingy… we are thinking it will be warm and Snow Free by… the 4th of July…

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    • Know what? I think you may be “on target” with the July 4th thing…..by then we ought to be sweating and sweltering – this sweater/frosty/arctic stuff is getting OLD! Glad you like my Mom’s paintings!!

      Hugs, Sammy

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  8. Your mom’s paintings are beautiful cousin – such a delight to look at. My mom loves the beachy/boat ones the most. And hey – I’m so ready for some spring. I hate this cold weather. We don’t have snow but the cold is making me want to sleep until Spring. Will you wake me then please? XOXO – Bacon

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    • Thanks guys……Definitely some of those lighthouses are from up north and I know my Mom has been to Martha’s Vineyard but I don’t think any of these were from photos taken there……Pemaquid Point, Cape Cod, and points north mostly. Anyway, thanks a bunch for the compliments – makes Mom smile.

      Hugs, Sammy

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  9. Good Morning my sweets! Spring is very tricky here too. Sometimes it’s May but usually mid April things will green up. We’re a tad later than you. Spring at your house looks mighty glorious. I love all the pink, it’s a real ka-pow in the eye 😀 Your home is just lovely.

    I might have seen a few of your works of art before, but it’s fun to see them all together. I say brag away. You’re mom’s a blogger, that’s what we do here is share our projects and inspire other would be braggers. Errr, I mean artists, LOL. BTW, your new header is very fetching. Cutie Pa-2-T and love hearts, sweet! xox Boomdee

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  10. all in favors oh a sequel ta david’s bridge…. stand pleez N bee counted….

    74,589..74,590,…74,591….

    LUNCH BRAKE !! 🙂

    N dood…seer ee iz lee, yur mom can & SHULD sell her portraits az cardz ore sumthing on ETSY…we loves her werk….♥♥♥♥

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    • Hi Tabbies!!! You sure did make Mom feel good with that HIGH number of people standing! HAHAHAHA Mom used to have a website and DID sell her photos on greeting cards….people could pick out their favorite paintings and Mom would print them and send them with envelopes…….it was very successful but TIRING. HAHAHA She could barely cover costs too which wasn’t so smart of her BUTTTTT she has thought about Etsy before – actually I have a Cafepress shop already and it would be EASY PEASY for Mom to add notecards there. Hmm….something to think about!!!!

      Love and Hugs, Sammy
      P.S. thanks for the lunch brake…..that grilled flounder was delish!

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  11. Sweet Sammy we think it is just fine that you show your Mom’s artwork, we are very happy that you did…it is beautiful. We did not know that your Mom possessed such wonderful talent. We love everyone of those paintings. Hugs and nose kisses

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  12. Sammy you have every right to be bragging a bit on Mom. She is really talented. Dad can make things out of metal but never really got the hang of paper and such. She should do that again because they are wonderfur! Oh saw Davids Bridge too! Purrs
    Timmy

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  13. Me and mum absolutely love your mom’s paintings! She is, without doubt, extremely talented!! You should encourage her to do some more !! AND Ahem! How about a sequel to David’s Bridge? Just asking!! MOL

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  14. Weez not fink it be tacky at all Sammy, and yous mommy’s very talented. Mommy’s too shy to show herrs talents on da bloggy. Maybe seein’ all da pawsum talents of udder peeps will help her sumday. And yep March may be spwing on da calendaw, but it’s still winter time here. Weez can’t wait fur da warmer wedder.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

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  15. Oh yes, your Mom does beautiful painting!!! Thanks for sharing.

    We love Spring too, but we sure do hope we can get one good snowstorm before Spring arrives:)

    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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    • I bet you all would LOVE a good old snowstorm so you could play, play and play some more in the snow! We’re tired of even the little bit of snow we get once in a while……I want to smell FLOWERS outside and not FIREWOOD BURNING!

      Love, Sammy

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  16. Nope Unccle Sammy yur not beein tacky at all~iss good to purraise our Hu’manss! They deeserve it just like wee do!!! Mee iss gonna let LadyMum meow with yur Mum…go ahead LadyMum:
    “Hi Pam, I adore your art work. My fave painting is the lighthouse; I love lighthouses don’t you? Sort of romantic…me other fave is of course “St. David’s Bridge”; i got all misty-eyed…..I remember reading your book to Nylablue ❤
    Precious memories….
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Siddhartha Henry ❤ ❤ ❤

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      • 😉 It was a wonderful bittersweet time Pam!
        So far Siddhartha henry has not shown an interest in being read to; mind you he is just 7 months old so there is still oodles of time for him to learn….
        Love Sherri-Ellen & Siddhartha Henry ❤ ❤

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  17. Sammy, no one could ever call you tacky. Though, we have seen these before, they were all worth a second look. Your mommy does so many creative things. She is quite multi-talented. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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    • Good Morning KB! Mom doesn’t feel so creative these days although I think doing a daily blog must be at least a LITTLE creative right? Also the Cat Scouts gives us lots of opportunities to create stuff and that’s always fun – you guys know all about THAT!!!!!

      Hugs, Sammy

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    • Mom loves painting landscapes and buildings but people and animals NO…..she says if she can’t make it look EXACTLY like the person or animal she won’t do it. She used to do caricatures though because they didn’t HAVE to look exactly like the person or animal but she doesn’t even do those any longer….but she really used to love doing things like pen/ink drawings of old houses, etc.

      Hugs, Sammy

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  18. Oh my goodness, Sammy, your Mom”s paintings are lovely!! I am hoping for the 2nd batch of her photos for this Spring, but both sets of photos are great! Stay warm.

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  19. Sammy your spring will be beautiful when it arrives..and the whiffies will make you feel much better 🙂 mum is soooo clever and her art so lovely…boy you should brag Sammy 🙂 loves and hugs Fozziemum xxx

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  20. Sammy your Mom is talented and we love that you share her work. It is neat that her bridge is on the cover of her book! Hope spring comes soon for us all Sammy. It has been a long winter for sure.
    Luv ya my friend!
    Marty

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    • My Mom used to paint by number…..gosh – I wonder if they DO make those kits any longer – haven’t noticed……probably not – kids these days are more interested in video games than being creative!

      Hugs, Sammy

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  21. First off…your Spring means our Autumn is on its way. We’re not sure how we feel about that. We’ll have to get back to you.
    Secondly…WOW!! How talented is your mom??? Love, Love, LOVE!!!
    Wally & Sammy

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    • Hey thanks guys – I’ll tell Mom what you said about her paintings! Secondly, sorry to be the bearer of Autumn but I have to say – we are SOOOOO ready for Spring around here…….Autumn is my “second” favorite time of the year though!

      Hugs, Sammy

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  22. Your Mom’s paintings are beautiful! I don’t think I realized that was her painting on the cover of her book…that’s really cool. My Mom used to paint too, but unfortunately I didn’t get her talent. 😦

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    • My Mom’s Mom and Dad both loved sketching but were not “artists”…….Mom painted in high school (with the dinosaurs as models..haha) then took some classes and painted for the next thirty years or so but no longer paints.

      Hugs, Sammy

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  23. Well knock me over with a feather…awesome paintings. Did your mom live in Maine before moving to Virginia? Some of these pictures have the charm of the eastern coast. I’m so happy you can help your mom show off her beautify pics Sam.

    (((Shoko)))

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  24. We are sick of yucky winter too. My mom thinks your mom’s paintings are beautiful. She showed our dad and he thinks so too. Your mom that she is very talented. Love, Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S)

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