Happy and Blessed Easter to everyone! He is Risen! (I should say Happy Easter from Wisconsin also… since the blog that I reblogged was from a blogger in Rome (how crazy and wonderful would that scene be today?))

Travel Relapse

Amazing Art RomeSometimes begin out in the world allows us to see and experience things we would have never thought possible. Many time though it gives us a completely different point of view, one that we would have never had unless we jumped from our comfort zones and headed out into the unknown world. Sometimes this can be a wonderful thing, other times it can be a bit of a pain.

I currently reside in Rome, the center of the Catholic world and a wonderful place to see and experience all that is going on around me. I have so many photos and videos that I will be sharing in the coming days, but unfortunately right now I am stuck in an internet cafe using a computer that for lack of a better word, sucks…

Usually I would strike out to find a good place to sit down and write to…

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Saw a Robin!!!!

So happy! I saw a robin just a few minutes ago. And mush that I am, I teared up quite a bit (yes, it is sad but true – I tear up at the drop of a hat). Spring is here, then… right? I mean once you see the first robin of the season, there is officially (well, as officially as you can get in the Upper Midwest) no going back to winter. I think it’s a rule… 😉

The snow is melting (grass is peeping out under the dirty, grey snow). A robin has been spotted. And baseball starts on Monday (go Brewers!).
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And on a side note, GO MARQUETTE!!!!!!!


Medieval Helpdesk – a monk tries out new book technology – funny video

For anyone who has been on either side of a helpdesk conversation, this video is HILARIOUS!!! Warning: it is in another language (Dutch?) and has subtitles… but so worth it! Funny!!!

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Medieval Helpdesk

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Oskar the Blind Kitten Plays With a Toy for the First Time

So sweet!


It doesn’t matter if you are a dog lover or a cat lover – this blind kitten playing with a toy for the first time is going to melt your heart.



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The Genie is Out of the Bottle!

Well, I opened up my oil paints and practiced brushstrokes this afternoon. Very fun!!

Two hours went by so quickly (which never happened when I wrote)! Literally – I went to switch the clothes from washer to dryer at 1:30 p.m. … the next time I looked at the clock, it was 2:30. I absolutely lost track of time.

The first “painting” is practicing brush strokes. The second “painting” is also practice… kind of. The last practice brush stroke was to use the palette knife, which I really love. So, the second painting was to explore the palette knife application a little more, using some of my favorite shades of blue. I want to explore it even more. Also, I’d really like to explore using funky implements (forks, bottle brushes, etc) as ways to apply paint onto canvas. So happy about this!
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Turpenoid Natural

Not the prettiest headline, right?

But it is two words that bring me a little joy right now. With the purchase of Turpenoid Natural last night, I can start my oil painting self-teaching endeavor. Well, I should say “self-teaching”… that sounds very ego-y, doesn’t it?

I’m following an Oil Painting course in a book. I figure whatever I don’t know, I can probably find on youtube or some such thing. But, really, art is art. And oftentimes, great things come from mistakes.

So, this weekend, I’m very much looking forward to mixing paints and making canvases brighten up with color. Wish me luck! I’ll post what I make – no matter how ugly it is. 🙂