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Sunday, March 15, 2009

blue bits and pieces....

FIRST, may I say that I am sorry to be MIA for awhile and not getting
around to your blog to comment.
WOW...right now, I have so much on my plate I don't know if
I am coming or going....
Re-doing 3 bedrooms, 4 granddaughters playing basketball
and one playing softball....
not to mention getting postings ready for 6 days a week.
oh, and....
just normal, every day life....
I'll get it together soon...maybe by next winter !!
Our thanks to SALLY at SMILING SALLY for hosting this
weekly, really FUN event.
After going to see her offerings and leaving sweet words for her,
take a look at all the other BLUES she has listed for us to see...
thank you for coming by to see me today !

Painter and decorative artist, ANNIE LEE, is well known for her realistic and humorous portrayals of contemporary and historical African American family life.
"My paintings are of everyday life. I try to paint things that people can identify with," Lee told Contemporary Black Biography (CBB). Identify they did. Since her first gallery show in 1985, during which her paintings sold out in the first FOUR HOURS of the show, Lee has enjoyed resounding success.
In particular, her paintings "BLUE MONDAY" and "Six No Uptown" struck a chord with viewers. They have been consistent best sellers and a spring board to Lee's wide-ranging artistic endeavors.
One of my favorite paintings by my mother....
She was so talented in so many ways...
I have this one hanging in my living room and,
after 28 years, I have never, once, tired of it...
Another of my favorites that Mom did...
This one makes my heart sing....
I just threw this in today because I just discovered it and.....
it's in a BLUE package....;>)

This delicious stuff is
and may I say it is so so GOOOOD !
Mr. Sweet and I get really hungry for gravy
but since we are watching our fat intake,
we found THIS in the grocery store not long ago
and love it, every now and then!

Gravy over toasted biscuits is hard to beat for breakfast...
(those grapes COULD be a form of blue...right ?! )

Child Abuse Prevention,
Colon Cancer,
Crime Victim Rights,
Domestic Violence,
Drunk Driving,
Police Officers Lost in the Line of Duty,
just to name a few...

Downs Syndrome,
Designated Driver
9/11 Victims..
to name one....there are others.


I don't know about YOU, but I am pretty sure it doesn't get a whole lot better than THIS !!!

*******don't you know the waitress that served them was so tongue-tied she
could barely speak !!
Hahaha...I LOVE IT !!

XO, bj


Neabear said...

Happy Blue Monday to you. I haven't been around much either. Trying to do things at home and working alot lately. So have fallen behind visiting everyone. Thanks for visiting me!!

xinex said...

Your mom's paintings are marvelous! She is very talented!..Christine

Diane said...

Love your Blue Monday offerings this week! Your Mom was an exceptional artist, you have every right to be proud of her! Are there prints of her work available? I really like the 'Pickin Cotton' one as it reminds me of my childhood. Have a great day!


Smilingsal said...

If you're taking a break from blogging, then I'm blue! Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Anonymous said...

You have some great blues there! I enjoyed reading your post. Don't worry about not getting around to visit everyone. The most inportant thing about blogging is not to feel stressed out. I get that way sometimes too. Happy blue Monday!

Knitty said...

I love your mom's paintings.
The painting titled Blue Monday speaks volumes, doesn't it?
As for your very last photo, I want to prove that I am not greedy. I will take George and leave Brad for someone else. ;)

Happy Blue Monday and good luck the grands in their games.

Shirley said...

Great post, but you definitely saved the best for last!

Deanna said...

Oh BJ, you must know how those paintings your dear mother created make my heart go "thump thump". They remind me so much of Lubbock.

West Texas hugs,
Deanna :D

Beth in NC said...

Hi BJ, I love the BLUES. I especially love the pickin' cotton painting.

Many blessings!

Bo said...

Hi dear BJ...I can understand how busy you can be...but we'll miss you! My grandson is here for a few days during his spring break...yea!
;-) Bo


Happy blue Monday you busy girl,lol...I'm holding my breath and will turn blue if I have to until you stop in to say hello! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Love the Cotton Patch print,but not as much as we love white gravy=)

Betty said...

Just stopped by to wish you a sunny kind of day!


I love you Mom's painting. She was very talented.

FarmHouse Style said...

Happy Blue Monday, BJ:-) I am blown away by the paintings your mother did.... what a very talented artist!

Hope you enjoy all of your fun activities.


jeanne said...

Hi BJ, thank you so much for your kind comment about my ex-DIL. Our visit was so welcome and our grands need us so much. Home last night and trying to catch up.

Your busy life is making me tired just reading about it. Slow down BJ, we aren't young chicks anymore girl.

Your art today is awesome. Blue Monday is great and I loved reading about the artist.

I adore your mom's art so much. She had a wonderful talent for art. So much talent in this world goes unnoticed by the masses.

Don't over do it BJ. I'm serious.

Love you my friend...Jeanne

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

beautiful paintings! Happy Blue Monday ~ Susan

Sandi McBride said...

What a lovely blue Monday! I love it all...the paintings are wonderful!

Sheila T said...

I love all of your "bits and pieces," especially the Annie Lee painting and the hunks!

Marie said...

it's funny you should say how limited your time has been susan @ a southern daydreamer posted about "time" as did i. my daughter tells me the earth is spinning faster and faster is that why there isn't any time left? love all your blue...i guess if i had a few minutes of time i would spend it with the two sweet guys in the last pictures you psoted. hummmmmmm!! yeah i would.

Anonymous said...

It is wonderful that you found an ANNIE LEE painting that's called "Blue Monday". I loved the one by your mom called picking cotton.

Kathy b

Judi said...

The paintings you're mother has painted are beautiful. She was very talented and they would hold a special place in your home thats for sure. Did she paint often?

Thank you for sharing the pictures of Brad and George THAT was a very yummy one.

hope you are having a lovely day

nikkicrumpet said...

It sounds like life is full to burstin for you right now...and that's a very good thing! I love those paintings!! How cool that she has such a wonderful talent.

Anonymous said...

Jean, I just can't believe you ate that luscious looking desert at the top of your blog today without sharing! Ha! Ooooooh that looks soooo good!

Love the pictures your mom painted! They are to treasure forever as I know you do. Such things are the ties with our moms that still remain so we cherish them very much! Just beautiful!

Hey, don't you work too hard getting those bedrooms redone, you hear? Take care of Miss Jean too!
Love you!

Back Through Time said...

Your place sure doesn't look like a sad Blue Monday! Very cheerful! What a great theme.
Take it easy and don't stress out too much:-)

imjacobsmom said...

Boy, I love your Mom's paintings, I wouldn't tire of them either! This is a busy time of year for the sports families, with all of the play-offs and such, but I bet you are having a great time cheering them all on! Have a Happy Blue Monday! Robyn

Susie Q said...

Don't you ever feel you have to apologize when life gets busy! We will be here when YOU are!! besdies, I have been just awful at posting and commenting of late. Trying hard to ctach up with everyone and seeing what I missed out on!
Take sweet BJ and you tell Geroge and Brad hello from me!


ksarra said...

Hi BJ, I was just thinking of you, and then I saw you had come by! I enjoyed all of your blue posts, but especially the cotton fields painting. I'll never forget the first time I saw fields of cotton, it was magical! And your picture is priceless knowing your own sweet Momma painted it! Have a great week.

Bo said...

Hi again BJ...Please come by my St. Pat's Day post...cuz I'm coming out of the closet...sort of!
You'll see the REAL me...Yikes!
Love ya, ;-) Bo

kari and kijsa said...

Mmm...still speechless after those two hunks! the paintings are wonderful! Yes- we will have Mr. Linky on the pillow parade tomorrow-we hope you can come over and join us!
kari & kijsa

CIELO said...

Hi Bj! I love that funny "BLUE MONDAY" painting... it reflexs my own "blue Mondays" so well! hehe! So good to see you my friend....can hardly wait to see your yummy chocolate cookies.... ;) Thanks for helping me advertise!



Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I can relate to that first picture ! Ha !
Love the poka dotted plate.

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Oh BJ, you had so much yummy goodness in this post I don't even know where to start. Let's see, I am in love with all of your pillows and that polka dot one is my fav of course. I love the Celtic Women and have a CD that I adore -- so peaceful. Um...and can I just pause at my favorite -- the biscuits and gravy and that pretty plate. Wait...oh and did I see Brad in there too? Indeed a yummy post :)


Anonymous said...

Your first art work shown is striking... Happy blue Monday.
Ps I saw your entry for Celtic Woman, my husband and I will be seeing them for the second time and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles next month they are amazing!