Burning the midnight oil on Musical Monday

Hey there. How goes 2015? 

I'm chimimg in for some overdue Musical Monday time. This week Xmas Dolly's blog hop has an "Animal" theme. Lately my shuffle has been full of Sanders Bohlke, so here he is singing Wolves:

On the aside, I can't say enough good things about Bohlke's album, GhostBoy. Click here to catch a sample over at Communicating Vessels. I crazy love the opening tune, Pharoah.

Hunting for (or sharing) some wild animal-themed tunes this week? If so, pop over to Dolly's zoo and join the safari.


Otherwise: I'm still pecking away at G.R.R.Martin's Songs of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones) series. I don't have HBO so geeking out to the books. Almost done with book #5 and have to admit to enjoying them much more than expected.

Watching-wise: pleasantly surprised by the Gotham episodes I'd DVRd: a fun cast, decent writing (& perhaps most important- great lighting, staging and eye candy). I've also (finally) boarded the Supernatural train via Netflix since so many folks I follow on Pinterest are always sharing, 

What are you filling your spare time with? Any music, books, or TV/movies topping your list? I'm always looking for new things to fill the late night hours. 


TMI for 2015

Hey there! How does 2015 find you?
 Off to a great start, I hope. 

Me? Well, the last couple of years life stuff overruled art-stuff. Health-stuff overruled life-stuff.... and so it goes. Nothing "drama" but nothing worth sharing either. Just trying to get the most out of every day. Not wanting to be a downer has led to a lack of blogging on my part. (Lame excuse, I know.) But, as this is my fess-up-and-move-on post, I'm just leaving it out there.

There have been some unexpected bonuses to my 2014 "down time", including hours to read and listen to music. Also, time to visit other blogs, something I'd missed out on for a while. Glancing around the web a common theme for 2015 (besides dieting / paleo / whole 30) seems to be a new focus on on sharing real-life and not just happy-happy-joy-joy posts. It is an interesting idea and I look forward to seeing what some of my favorite folks share this year.

It is said that you should never apologize when serving food or when blogging. The idea being that your audience doesn't know what you meant to serve in the first place (before you burned or burned out). Well, I'm gonna anyway. If you've stuck it out with me though the blogging decline, (gawd, I luv ya!) many thanks! 

Hopefully things will get more interesting around here. While I am not as articulate, productive, or positive as I was 5+ years ago, I am still here. I just process things in little blips, shorter sentences and (of course) random musical clips. There will still be giveaways, new WIPs, DIY faves, some original tutorials and occasional interviews.

It will be interesting to see how 2015 plays out. 
Thanks for joining me for the ride!


We have a winner!

Happy New Year!

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Congratulations to (Ri)Charmed Life

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Best Wishes To All For A Wonder-Filled New Year!