Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ By the Alphabet

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My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

My theme ~ Lessons Learned.  I’ll be posting a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet that fits my theme.   This blog/website has become one way to share about myself to my children, my grandchildren and my extended family who are scattered all over the country and the world.  Hopefully, anyone who reads this will be in some way blessed by my throwing my words out onto the World Wide Web and into the Universe.  

 My About Page gives me the focus so that, as I age, I don’t forget what I worked so hard to learn.  It’s going to be fun and challenging!   I hope you’ll stick with me as I strive to meet my goal!!

* Note:  My letter sketches were made from ideas I found on Google Images. *

***  This Alphabet Series is a recycle of the posts I created while participating in the A to Z Challenge in 2016 ***

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Me in the Middle Invites Guest Bloggers

My brother, John ~ Me in the Middle ~ My brother, Richard

My brother, J ~ Me in the Middle ~ My brother, R

 Submit a Micro-Memoir of less than 2,000 words

and other inspirational posts

Welcome to My Blog

You can learn more about my website by going to ‘About’.

My  blog on this website, Me in the Middle, is an Invitation to you to share a time in your life where you thought you’d never make it through and you did.  A witness of the strength that you never thought you had.  An Arrival to a place of enlightenment, contentment and gratitude.  A message of hope to others.  A sharing of your “Me in the Middle” story or a post that shares a message that inspired you along the way to wholeness. (Submit through ‘Contact’)

“These folks, it appears, found a way to use hardship, pain and loss creatively. They have made of their lives works of art, they have found ways to become themselves, to achieve wholeness.”   David Goff ~ Arrival (see article)

Me in the Middle Pulling the Plug on Cable ~ Update

cable-tvWell I finally did it!

I cut the cord on cable!

~ See Original Post Here ~

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After procrastinating for what seems like years, I’ve switched to another company.  Keeping my fingers crossed……………….

The package deal I had was for landline phone, cable and internet.  I now have IPhone service and MiFi with the new company. …… For half the price!   Most of my time is on the internet for news, blogging and email.  My landline was getting more political and sales pitches so I never picked up when I saw the number on Caller ID. 

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Cutting the Cord on Cable

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We’ll see how it goes. 

Anyone else have experience with MiFi?  Has anyone else cut the cord on cable? 

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reading

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Time to put my feet up and read some of those books I’ve been saving.  🙂

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Update a Year Later

So far I’m still convinced the benefits outweigh the inconveniences of switching from package deal (landline, cable and internet).  I don’t miss cable at all!  Most of my time is spent on the computer with very little TV time.  A friend of mine just happened to have a spare TV antenna and he set it up for me so I could receive the basic public channels.  Now I can watch ABC, CBS, NBC which is plenty for me.  🙂

I’m learning more about my Samsung phone and don’t miss the landline.  

The Mifi Jetpack service runs slow at times yet it’s still OK for my internet use.  There’s no interference at all when it comes to blogging, streaming movies through Amazon Prime and watching YouTube videos.

So, basically, I’ve cut my previous cost of phone/internet/TV in half and that feels good.

She Let Go

I discovered this poem and felt it was worth sharing. Letting Go is an on-going life process. It’s not a one-time done deal and it’s not just one event or experience. It’s how we learn about ourselves. No other person can tell you ‘Just let go ~ get over it’. It comes in it’s own time and it comes from within. This poem captures that.

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Me in the Middle of Free Online Art Classes

Strathmore has an Online Workshop Series!  And it’s FREE!!  

Strathmore Online Workshop Series

Being on a tight, retirement budget, there’s not much funds for expensive art classes.  These classes work just fine for me!  Each week the instructor puts up a video on the Strathmore website and from there on you’re free to join in at your convenience.  If you want, you can post your work of art in the Gallery and receive encouragement/suggestions from both the instructor and/or other artists in the workshop.   We just finished up Workshop 1 and I’ve posted all four videos along with my efforts below.  It’s fun! 

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Workshop 1 Week 1~ Spring Landscape in Watercolor

Strathmore Tree with masking fluid

Image by MaryLouQ

Week 1

 

Workshop 1 Week 2~Bubble Gun Still Life

Images by MaryLouQ

Week 2

 

Workshop 1 Week 3~Practicing Facial Features

 

Strathmore Facial Features

Images by MaryLouQ

Week 3

 

Workshop 1 Week 4~Limited-Palette Portrait

 

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Images by MaryLouQ

Week 4