November 16, 2008


What is it about fall that makes me want to nest? Everyone else spring cleans ... I arrange my long neglected nest in preparation for the holidays.
I'm even enjoying domestic activities like cooking this time of year. I just made wonderful scallops and shrimp with olive oil and garlic *yum* Maybe its the chill in the air, which in itself is a rare jewel here in Florida, or the looming specter of company arriving, but I'm all a flurry with activity that normally I would put off till tomorrow (or the day after!)

My youngest daughter had her first ensemble experience at a county chorus competition, her group made superior and she was so proud. It's almost surreal to see your child breaking away with this new talent blooming. Especially one as foreign as vocals are to me! Its been a wonderful experience for her so far and I think she may even go out for show choir next year.

Speaking of school, I can't believe its almost time for fall break! I've got so many loads of clay pots to fire for the kids .. then glaze and refire before the semester ends *scrambles* I always do this and run full force until the last minute. One day I will learn value of *winding down* Before you know it, a new semester will be here with a new eager and energetic classes! No wonder I want to savor the autum, it is when time seems to travel too fast!

I have had a little time to paint..... this is "Kitty" with her pet bird out enjoying the crisp fall sky.


Art4Sol said...

Love your kitty...almost missed her little friend.

Artifax said...

What a cute kitty girl with her little birdie friend!

I'm the same way with fall and "fall cleaning"! And here I thought I was the only one ;) I've been baking yummy homemade breads all week while leaving the windows wide open to air out all the linens - it's been great!

BTW .. I love your blog avatar!

Christina Silverio said...

Lovely, so sweet!
Isn;t it amazing when our children start to find their wings? :)

Art4Sol said...

FYI...I replied to your tag.

Leslie Rubio said...

Do you mind sharing your recipe for the shrimp and scallops? I love both!

It is a lovely thing when our children find a path that interests them and even better when they enjoy it and excel with it! Glad your daughter is on that path.

Love Kitty-she looks very much like Fall!


Amanda said...

Hi Mrs. Mallard. I dunno if you rmember me, but I'm Amanda Poythress--I was in your art class four years ago. I was thinking about you the other day, and decided to visit your online gallary and I was very happy to still see you being the fantastic artist you are. Just wanted to drop a line saying I was thining of you. (:


Cat (darklingwoods) said...

Amanda, Of course I remember! *hugs* Thank you so much for stopping in and I hope you are still creating wonderful art as well!

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

Leslie of course not, but its not too fancy :)

I heat olive oil in a pan and sear the scallops then add shrimp, garlic, a dash of cumin and salt. It all cooks really fast and I serve over rice, but pasta is yummy too! (you could add tomatillo's and onion but my kids aren't too big on those. (I like them though!)

mmmm I'm making myself hungry!

Flor Larios Art said...

First time on your blog. Beautiful illustration!

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