Monday, April 3, 2017

March 2017 Recap

A Star Magnolia Bloom Signaled The Arrival Of March

I always look forward to March as a time of new beginnings and it did not disappoint me this year.  Not only did I get to celebrate my birthday this month but also the birth of Spring.

However, before I did all that, I took a little look back at the past and honored the birthday of one of my first rock star crushes, the late Andy Gibb, with a little musical tribute.  You can see the video on my YouTube Channel.

Speaking of music, Hippie took me to see Art Garfunkel as an early birthday present and we both really enjoyed it.  My other birthday present from Hippie was this fabulous peacock chair:

Relaxing On My Birthday Chair 

I love this chair so much, I decided we needed two.  They are both in the living room which I am in the process of redecorating a bit.  Actually, I have been in the process of redecorating a few spaces around our home lately.

One project I have pretty much completed is a colorful update of our hallway:

Hanging Out In Our Redecorated Hallway

You can see more photos and learn more about "The Cabbage Hallway Makeover" on The Cabbage Blog.

Of course, the arrival of Spring means there will soon be a lot of outdoor projects to tend to as well.  It's too early to do any planting yet but I have done a little weeding and I spent an entire afternoon picking Daffodils!

A Bucket Full Of Daffodil Bouquets

I also created a garden of sorts inside by adding what you could call a "spring field" of flowers to my "Springfield" mural in the living room:

I spent three nights drawing the flowers for this mural (and listening to you know who, of course).

The Completed 4' x 8' chalkborad mural

Speaking of you know who, I also got tickets this month to see him in concert in May!  Just one more example of how March was good to me this year.

I will also tell you that April has started off really good as well but the details will have to wait until next month's recap because I need to wrap this up and get back to all of my projects!  Or you can always see what I'm up to on Instagram.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Peace, Love and Art,

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February 2017 Recap

Welcome to yet another incarnation of  This year I've decided to use this blog as a place to recap what's going on with me personally and professionally, especially for those who may not follow my daily activities on Instagram.  Thanks for stopping by.

In Loving Memory of Our Beloved Blackie

February has never been my favorite month and this year was no exception.  The main reason for that this year is that, sadly, we lost our beautiful and beloved cat Blackie to kidney disease.  Hippie and I, as well as his siblings Motley, Bart and Poe, miss him terribly.  He was a loving companion, a doting caretaker and a loyal friend to us all.

Everybody Loved Blackie (and we always will).

Hippie and I weren't exactly in the mood to celebrate on Valentine's Day this year but we did escape our grief for a little while by going to the movie theater to see a special showing of one of my all time favorite movies, "An Affair To Remember".  It was great to see it on the big screen and I loved that I wasn't the only one in the audience crying and sniffling at the end.

I also engaged in a little art therapy.  Drawing candy hearts on my blackboard in the living room was another way to focus my energies on something that brought me joy, this time that being the music of you know who.

February's Rick Springfield Mural

Other attempts to cheer myself up this month involved some Fancy boots, some magical new jewelry, cleaning my room and more.

I also managed to get some work done, including an inspiring new "I Believe In Artists" Interview on my I Believe In Art Blog.

Finally, towards the end of the month I decided Hippie and I really deserved a fun and relaxing weekend free from our worries, so I formed a plan to transport us back to the 70s via the magic of music, some party decorations and some other fun items we brought up from the basement.  Thus, Hippies Weekend At The Cabbage was born!

Just Us Hippies

We had so much fun decorating The Cabbage Gallery and listening to some of our favorite records.

The 70s Zone

There were no CDs or MP3s in the 70s so it was a vinyl only weekend!

I even picked up my guitar and performed a few of my favorite 70s tunes myself, like this one:

Of course, we eventually had to return to our current reality but truthfully we kind of live in the seventies all the time anyway, so the mirror ball is staying and so is our sense of optimism and our values of peace, love and kindness.

And like the 70s, Our cat Blackie, just like our other cat angels, will live on in our minds and hearts.

All that being said, I'm so glad that March is finally here.  I'm looking forward to daffodils and the first day of Spring and I think someone has a birthday this month too.

I'll tell you all about that and more next time.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Peace, Love and Art,

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