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Flying Hair Balls?


Rain, fog, wintry mix, flying hairballs, and MUCH colder temperatures are forecast for my area today. We are just southeast of Fort Smith, in Greenwood. With as warm as it has been, we don’t have to worry about any accumulation, but bridges and overpasses will get slick and it’s just a great day to stay inside.

Happily, I managed to finish cleaning out the flower planters in the front yard – 11 brick planters and two pots.  When we have good weather again, I’ll tackle the remaining brick planters and pots in the back yard.

This is Memorial Park in the center of our small ‘square’ in Greenwood. People can have memorial stones made for their Veterans and have them added to the moving display. On Veterans Day you can see the flags placed at each of the stones remembering our veterans. More stones are added from time to time. I wanted to get one made for my husband, who served for 4 years in the Marine Corps during Vietnam, but he is adamantly opposed, since he wasn’t in combat, ‘only’ on a ship offshore all the hot spots during his time. I think he deserves to be there, but that’s a fight for another day. This remembrance makes me proud.


Memorial Park, City of Greenwood AR

I’m going to TRY to clean up my art room today. With the combination of having a blast experimenting with the new kit of Unicorn Spit Stain/Glaze my sister-in-law sent me and then taking a set of shelves out to put in the new booth at the shop in Greenwood, it looks as if a bomb exploded. I’m going to concentrate on getting things so you can walk through the room without injury and MOST of the ‘stuff’ is put where it won’t fall down. :0)  THEN, I’m hoping to PLAY some more up there!


Also on the ‘should’ list for the day is a clean up of our office – but I’m studiously ignoring that for now – celebrating the fact I worked hard yesterday and that it’s definitely an inside day today!

I hope that the weather is nice where you are – OR that you have a nice warm, dry place to spend the day.


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Thank You 11-11-2019

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Unicorn Spit Christmas Ornaments

I’ve had a great time creating flat wooden Christmas ornaments painted with Unicorn Spit Stain/Glaze. These are some samples. There is a total of 16 different ornaments right now. I will add a name and the year on the ornaments at no extra charge. You can order multiples, but please understand that, though I will use the same colors, the blend will turn out differently on each ornament. Even the two sides of each ornament are different! :0)


In addition to the Unicorn Spit, I’m using black webbing paint. The finished ornaments are then sprayed with polyurethane to set the colors.


The ornaments are different sizes, as well.  I’ve drilled a hole in the ornament, if needed, to attach a shiny silver cord for hanging.


If you are interested in looking at the other designs, please click on this link for my ArtFire shop.


I’m offering free shipping to the contiguous United States. If you live elsewhere, please contact me at and we can figure out shipping.


Thanks for looking!


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Thoughts on a Thursday 10-31-2019

We got our freezing temperatures this morning. Thanks to the forewarning by our good weather people, we are good with no frozen water pipes. We don’t need the snow tires on the truck yet, but I’m still happy that we’re set if we need them. It’s 33 degrees F. right now with a breeze, so it’s a very good day to stay inside as much as possible. We have leftover chili for tonight and a nice, warm house, so we’re very lucky.

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I have such great memories of going trick-or-treating with a group of my friends. I don’t remember many of my costumes, but my mom wasn’t one to buy costumes from the store, telling my brother and me to use our imaginations. I really think that was a wonderful gift – a skill I’m still developing and enjoying. Back in the ‘good-old-days’ – a hundred years or so ago when we were trick-or-treating – there were vague warnings about watching out for razor blades in caramel apples, but that was all. My friends and I would gather and disappear into the night, giddy with the joy of being on our own to go to as many houses as possible to gather goodies. I loved it when people gave out home made cookies, or snickers bars, but was happy with whatever was given. We finally quit when we were too tired to go to even one more house, and essentially crawled back to our neighborhood and our various homes. Our deadline to be home was 9:00. Back then, my parents didn’t go through my candy, alert for bad stuff. If I happened to get a caramel apple, I gave it to my brother – not out of the goodness of my heart, particularly. He liked them and I didn’t. Simple as that. We already had full stomachs from eating while walking, but we snuck another few pieces before going to bed.

My favorite Halloween as an adult was when we lived in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in a neighborhood full of kids. My husband got into the spirit that year. We had taken our toddler son around earlier, so he was happily lying on the couch while we answered the door. My husband got on a wonderful, scary mask he had found. He put a pillow on his back and a burlap cover with a hole in it over his head. He really looked GREAT. The first kids came to the door. He opened it. They screamed and ran away without getting any candy. Then the word spread and I think the whole planet showed up at our door to see the ‘monster.’ I went out twice to load up the car with more candy during the evening.  Our son finally saw him, and was all upset, even when my husband took the mask off, and stomped on it on the floor. We ended up putting the mask away, in the top of a hall closet. Dad was back, so our son was happy again.

Now kids go to sponsored parties, or their parents follow them in cars as they trick-or-treat. They don’t know any different, so I hope they still have a blast on the holiday. I still remember how it used to be – before the world changed.


Jennifer Cleveland


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Happy Halloween – 2019 !

1000000 Ideas and Products



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This is me without makeup – just for you on Halloween.  I’ll put my regular mask back on tomorrow – promise!


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“Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem DRY Bones…”

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Halloween Decoration






*”Dem Bones” is a spiritual song. The melody was composed by author and songwriter James Weldon Johnson and his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson. First recorded by The Famous Myers Jubilee Singers in 1928.


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I Love Halloween 16

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I Love Halloween 15



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Scary Mardi Gras creature?


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The Mushroom Monster?


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And one slightly LARGER “Kid” –

I DID tell you I love Halloween, didn’t I?

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I Love Halloween 11




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I Love Halloween 10

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I Love Halloween 6

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I Love Halloween 5




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I Love Halloween 2

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I want to sweep this little one up and keep her forever. Isn’t she CUTE?


Art and Home

I love the creativity people show in carving jack-o-lanterns. Every year I just tried to do the traditional thing, never really doing it well. Now I just LOVE seeing what others do, thinking totally outside the box.

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Halloween Totes – Totably Yours on Etsy

This is a hand-painted, one-of-a-kind XLG hand-painted tote bag. It is painted on one side and then sprayed with Scotchgard for protection.  It is 18″ wide x 12″ tall (without the straps) x 5″ deep with an open gusset in the bottom.

It would be a bit large to use for trick or treating for a small child, but an older child would enjoy it. It could also be used to tote your holiday supplies to a Halloween dinner party. I’ve even used one similar to this as ‘wrapping’ for another house-warming gift.

It is called “Ghost.” 


This one is the same size as the previous tote. It is called, “Jack-O-Lantern.” 

Free shipping to anywhere in the United States. Please order right away to be sure you have it in plenty of time for the holiday.

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I Love Halloween


I have always loved Halloween. A hundred years or so ago, kids went trick-or-treating with a group of friends. Parents were off limits. We would leave, gather as much candy as we could, and then go home again, tired and happy, already full of candy.


100 Laughs

I’m still fascinated by people’s creativity – both in kids’ costumes and in carving of pumpkins. Since we live on top of a ridgeline, some 650+ feet up a steep driveway from the road, we don’t have trick or treaters. I still enjoy the holiday.

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Labor Day 2019

A Better Balance

Here’s to all the working men and women in our country today.

Here’s to the people who worked all their lives and are finally retired.

Here’s to all the working people who do not get the day off today.

My hat is also off to the good people of Bowling World in Fort Smith, Arkansas, who have to work today. Because of this, my husband, our son, our long-time good friends and I will go bowling tonight – for the first time since my husband’s stroke – with ice cream at Braums after.

My dad was born on Labor Day. He loved it, thinking it was quite appropriate. :0)





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Happy July 4th!

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Remembering today all the brave men and women who have sacrificed and ARE sacrificing so that we can celebrate Independence Day.

My husband and I will grill steaks out tonight and then hopefully sit on our deck, drinks in hand, and enjoy the fireworks display of a neighbor who lives down in the valley behind our house.

Happy Independence Day, everyone!



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Independence Day Lewis Mailbox Decoration


We put up our Independence Day mailbox decoration last night. We love Snoopy and Woodstock, and this design really made us smile.


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Fathers Day 2019



This is a picture of my dad, Jim Wheaton. He’s been gone a long time now  and I miss him.  As a child, he was just “Jim” to me  (He didn’t want my brother and me to call him, ‘Dad.”)  Every year I appreciate more how unique he was and how much he taught me.

When he was 3 years old, he fell off a horse and broke his left arm in several places. Back then, doctors didn’t know how to set bones nearly as well as they do now. He ended up with a left arm much shorter than his right, and a hand that was basically useless. He endured bullying at school, but he overcame it using his wonderful sense of humor. He found that if he could make someone laugh, they looked at him differently.  From the time I was old enough to understand, my dad was the role model for standing back and seeing the humor in things. This is one of my most important coping mechanisms. I used it only this morning, making my husband laugh TWICE while he was ranting about computers, cell phones, and other technical stuff not working the way they should. It dissolved his frustration enough we THINK we have the issue solved.

Instead of thinking of the things he couldn’t do because of his arm, my dad made sure that he did everything he could one-handed. In fact, he was SO good at it that many times I simply ‘forgot’ that he might have trouble with something. HE made us forget it, not using it as an excuse for not producing. I remember a family trip when we were walking along the sidewalk. There was a man sitting on the sidewalk. As we passed, he held up one arm – remarkably like my dad’s – and asked him for money. My dad stopped, showed him HIS arm, and said, “Get a job!”

Below is an example of two wooden dogs he carved – one-handed!


I also have three of his small oil paintings.

My dad used his talent and humor to provide for us as a family with his own advertising agency, doing radio commercials for clients. His style was so distinctive that his commercials are still played today – as kind of a tribute to his creativity and ingenuity.  This URL still talks about my dad and some of his commercials (scroll down to Jim Wheaton box). He won a Silver Lifetime Addy Award for his unique contribution to advertising in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He taught me that sometimes you need to read between the lines if someone feels embarrassed to say personal things. For the same reason my dad felt uncomfortable being called, “Dad,” he felt embarrassed to show his emotions. When I was earning a Master’s Degree at the University of Tulsa, I had to make a presentation on advertising and how I would teach it to my students. I asked my dad to be a guest speaker. I finished my presentation, then amazed and delighted the class members by introducing my dad – who was well known enough to be a bit of a personality. When he finished a truly delightful talk, punctuated by a lot of laughing, he ended by saying something like, “I love it when I can talk to people about what I do. I particularly love it when I can tell you how proud I am of my daughter. She is Linda Wheaton Lewis.” surprising the whole class AND me.

I STILL tear up when I remember. When the class left, I finally allowed myself to break down. After I cried for a bit, I told my dad he had given me the very best moment of my life. He told me that he was sorry he hadn’t told me – and others – how he felt earlier. As I say – I STILL tear up.

My dad was a wonderful role model in so many ways. His example made me appreciate uniqueness, tenacity, a healthy sense of humor, and telling people how I feel. He is gone, but he lives in my heart.  I love you, Jim.



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June 6 – 1944

Credit: U.S. Army/The New York Times


“The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of German-occupied France (and later western Europe) from Nazi control, and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

The Allies failed to achieve any of their goals on the first day. CarentanSt. Lô, and Bayeux remained in German hands, and Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. Only two of the beaches (Juno and Gold) were linked on the first day, and all five beachheads were not connected until 12 June; however, the operation gained a foothold which the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months. German casualties on D-Day have been estimated at 4,000 to 9,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead.” ~ Wikipedia

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Celebration of “NOT”


We are celebrating today that WE ARE –

  • NOT starting the brick laying on the second planter today
  • NOT working in the yard today
  • NOT cleaning the house

I –

  • AM posting happily on my blog
  • AM doing meal prep for our feast tonight – hamburgers, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad and deviled eggs
  • AM taking the time to enjoy a good book
  • AM enjoying being able to have front and back doors open – enjoying a wonderful breeze
  • AM enjoying playing with our animals and spending time with my husband.

I hope that YOU can enjoy a “celebration of NOT” today, too!

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Memorial Day 2019

So many people are having a really tough time now with all the severe weather, flooding, etc., I won’t wish you a “Happy Memorial Day,” but I DO hope that you are out of harm’s way or are getting help.

I’m grateful that many of us can plan gatherings with family and friends today. We can do this because our our brave men and women in uniform and their families have sacrificed to keep our country and her people safe.

If you’re lucky enough – as my husband and I are – to be making plans for a cookout today – take several moments to remember those who are in the middle of a disaster here at home, are celebrating the holiday here with a loved one across the world, and those who are deployed in all parts of our world.

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