Me in the Middle of 2018 Roundup

Out with the Old and in with the New!  Here’s a wrap-up of 12 of my posts from 2018.  Hope you enjoy!!

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January 2018

Me in the Middle Rising Strong

Artwork by mlq

February 2018

Me in the Middle of Fabulous February

Feb Grid

Artwork by mlq

March 2018

Me in the Middle of Ireland

Shamrock, Clover, Saint Patrick, Luck

April 2018

Me in the Middle Pulling the Plug on Cable

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May 2018

Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter C

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Artwork by mlq

June 2018

Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter N

Nature #4

July 2018

Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter R

regrets #2

August 2018

Me in the Middle of Sleep Apnea

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September 2018

Me in the Middle of My Third Year Anniversary

Third Anniversary #2

October 2018

Me in the Middle of Inktober 2018

I Survived Inktober 2018

November 2018

Me in the Middle of Well-Being and Positive Aging

Successvul People

December 2018

Me in the Middle ~ Welcome 2019

New Year 2019

Design, 2019, 2018, To Reach, New Year

Image by Pixabay

 

 

Me in the Middle of Ireland

A Guinness A Day Oct 1

Shamrock, Clover, Saint Patrick, Luck

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!

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What finer day than Saint Patrick’s Day to recall the year that I came home to the land of my ancestors?   Other than ‘the wearing of the green’, I haven’t gotten into too much of the American Celebration of the Day.  I lived across the GW Bridge in NJ all my growing-up years and can’t recall ever going into the big parade in NYC!  I don’t remember ever drinking green beer!  I’ve enjoyed Irish Soda Bread and Corn Beef & Cabbage off and on.  Loved watching the Irish Dancers and even attempted to do the Irish Jig!  All these things helped me feel a part of the tribe …..  though nothing can compare to going Home to Ireland. 

Setting foot on Ireland’s soil touched me in such a deep, primal way that I truly felt I was coming home even though I’d never been there before!

 

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Photos include:  Cong farmland, Cobh Port of Cork, Kennedy Park,  Rock of Cashel, Atlantic Ocean, Ha’Penny Bridge

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Some watercolor sketches I did along the way.

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“Above all else, deep in my soul, I’m a tough Irishwoman.”

~ Maureen O’Hara ~

Sláinte! ☘

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Beautiful Music of Ireland

Me in the Middle of 2017 Roundup

Out with the Old and in with the New!  Here’s a wrap-up of 12 of my posts from 2017.  Hope you enjoy!!

January 2017

Me in the Middle of Love/Hate for Social Media

(23 Likes, 4 Shares and 13 Comments)

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February 2017

Me in the Middle of Pulling the Plug on Cable

(22 Likes, 18 Shares and 12 Comments)

cable-tv

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March 2017

Me in the Middle of Ireland

(25 Likes, 6 Shares, 6 Comments)

A Guinness A Day Oct 1

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April 2017

Me in the Middle of ReBlogging Faith

(13 Likes, 2 Shares and 8 Comments)

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May 2017

Me in the Middle of Self Acceptance

(20 Likes, 5 Shares and 31 Comments)

Joanne Sharpe's Class 1

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June 2017

Me in the Middle of Kindness Role Model

(  21 Likes,   6 Shares,    15 Comments)

Row_of_candles

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July 2017

Me in the Middle of Order, Disorder and Reorder

(13 likes, 29 Shares and 7 Comments)

Order

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August 2017

Me in the Middle of ETSY.com

(8 Likes)

Christmas Roses #2

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September 2017

Me in the Middle of 9/11 Poem

( 8 Likes and 2 comments)

september-11-fireman

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October 2017

Me in the Middle of Leadership Part I

(10 Likes and 5 Shares)

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November 2017

Me in the Middle of Creative Writing ~ Undertow

(12 Likes, 4 Shares)

014 - The Ocean

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December 2017

Me in the Middle Holding Space for My Country

(13 Likes, 27 Shares and 7 Comments)

Holding Space #2

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Reach, 2018, Sun, Jump, Year, Calendar

Me in the Middle Traveling with My Baggalini 4th Week

This past Wednesday was the fourth and last class of the Memories to Memoirs  writing course that I’m taking with OLLI ~ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @ UVA.   The assignment was to write about ‘an item in my closet that I still use and that holds lots of memories for me’.  Here’s the link to the third class ….. (Me in the Middle of Memories of Opening the Door)

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My Travel Companion

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 In 1995, two flight attendants looking for a travel companion that would be stylish with many pockets, founded Baggalini.  Baggalini Crossbody Travel Bags make it easier to move from place to place with a sense of safety and security while keeping everything you need at your fingertips and in its place.  Just what I was looking for when I set out on my first foreign trip to England in 2001.

This bag, tucked away on the top shelf in my closet, has since been my travel companion on many exciting and happy memories.  It seemed to be the perfect choice for this week’s writing assignment ~ ‘Write about an item in your closet that you still use and holds many memories.’  Foreign travel to the Middle East and Ireland were trips of a lifetime.  Air travel to see family in Arizona, Ohio and Vermont were made easier with this little bag, especially when I had mobility issues with the onset of age-related medical problems. 

There was a time when I thought the opportunity to travel by air would never happen for me and my Baggalini reminds me that dreams do come true no matter how old you are.  It will remain on the top shelf of my closet, within my reach, for those spontaneous moments when the chance to travel becomes a reality once again.  Life is a Journey! 

Me in the Middle of ETSY.com

Labor Day Weekend is behind us and thoughts turn to the Holidays! I’ve had a lot of fun setting up my shop on ETSY! There’s a Package of Six Christmas/Holiday Greeting Cards. For anyone who loves Ireland, you’ll find 8 x 10 reproduction prints and note cards as well. Shipping is Free within the US.

I hope you’ll visit, mark as your favorite and share with friends and family!

Thank You!!

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SketchesbyMaryLou

https://www.etsy.com/listing/541710852/handmade-watercolor-christmasholiday?ref=shop_home_active_4

Me In The Middle

Christmas Roses #2 SketchesbyMaryLou

My Shop is now open!!  

My ETSY experience has been very similar to my WordPress experience ~ Plunge right in and ask questions later!  I guess that’s the way I learn.  Instead of reading up on everything and then beginning, I like to learn as I go along.  Similar to life, I guess.

After I received the first request to buy one of my sketch prints, I was determined to give all this a try.  It’s really fun and interesting.  Visiting the local printerand learning all about proofs and costs started me thinking about gifts for the family and possibly selling more.  I became more inspired the more I experienced and now I have a shop on ETSY.com.  Please click on the link and take a look!  🙂

Sketches by Mary Lou

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