For most of my life, having a good day or a bad day depended on what was happening in my life. When I weighed myself going up or down one pound was the deciding factor for how I felt that day. (I stopped weighing myself years ago). When I've had a partner and things were… Continue reading Unconditional Joy
I am critical of this in many ways, but thought I'd post it for entertainment's sake. Obviously I'm not a realist artist. I've self-taught myself over the years and go through phases where I can't paint enough. I first learned to tole paint from instruction books in my 20's. That evolved over the years to… Continue reading ’68 Charger Painting
I'm really loving choosing my subject and colors to paint from strips of paper in a cup. Today's subject was Pig with the colors pink, purple and teal. You'll also see some grey, white and black - I allow myself to use white and black along with the chosen colors, and if I want to… Continue reading Playful Pig Painting + Symbolism
Your gut says 'trouble, don't date him' Your mind says 'but he seemed so nice and he's so good looking' You date him He wows you over with his words He is everything you always wanted He paid attention to everything you said And noticed qualities no one has ever noticed He's attentive and pursuing… Continue reading Dating: Listening To Your Gut
I've been painting a lot lately and enjoying it. It's helping me get through some difficult times. When I paint, all I think about is painting. Is there anything you do that gets you through difficult times? Here is today's painting. I've been admiring the work of Georges Rouault so I imitated his style. Sometimes… Continue reading Colorful Houses Painting w/Notes
This is so well written and to the point. Hoping it will help others as much as it helped me.
The narcissist sociopath chose you because you are brilliant, bright, compassionate and caring.
He chose you because of all the qualities he lacks and expected you would prop up his low self-esteem and fragile ego.
You defeated the monster with your beautiful heart and you became stronger in the process.
So he has to move on to a weaker woman. One that will look past his lies and tolerate his abuse.
Keep your integrity and heart intact. This evil man chose to walk away from you because of your strength and because you saw through his fake personality.
What an amazing testimonial to your potential and spirit. Focus on that and realize that you fell in love with an illusion.
There are far better men in the world who will love and cherish you.
They will not lie and play games with you and blame you for their bad behavior.
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This is a new painting I completed today of clematis (I think Nelly Moser). I took a photo of one at a friend's BBQ a few years ago and this is my impression of it. It is 5″ x 7″ and painted on stretched canvas with acrylics. I just listed it as an auction on… Continue reading Clematis Impressionism Painting
This is a new painting I completed today of a rose bouquet. I took a picture of a rose bouquet my daughter bought me a few years ago and this is my impression of it. It is 5" x 7" and painted on stretched canvas with acrylics. I just listed it as an auction on… Continue reading Rose Bouquet Impressionism Painting
I never know if pastel art should be called a drawing or a painting. Any thoughts? Pastels are fairly new to me and I'm still trying to get the hang of it. I'm used to painting with acrylics. This is a new piece of oil pastel art I completed today of an elephant. It is… Continue reading Elephant Pastel Drawing
Pizza is one of my favorite foods. I make it at least once a week. I've been single for a long time so if I make a regular size pizza I will will eat too much. The solution for this was to make a batch of pizza dough and freeze dough balls that will fit… Continue reading Personal Pizza Homemade Convenience Ideas
This is a new painting I completed today of a Chickadee. It is an artist trading card that is 2.5″ x 3.5″. I painted it with acrylics. I just listed it as an auction on eBay here
This is a new painting I completed today of a bunny poking her head out of some flowers. It is an artist trading card that is 2.5″ x 3.5″. I painted it with acrylics. I just listed it as an auction on eBay here ~ Monica
Hey all - This is a new painting I completed last week. It's of some dahlias I took photos of last summer. It is an artist trading card that is 2.5" x 3.5". I painted it with acrylics. I just listed it as an auction on eBay here ~ Monica
I am a butter person. As we all know, butter does not spread well. I've searched for a soft butter spread at the grocery store for a long time, but they all contain water which makes my toast or popcorn soggy. I remember my grandma always had butter on the counter at room temperature and… Continue reading Homemade Soft Butter Spread
What is circumstantial depression? It's depression resulting from circumstances that have happened to you. This post is about that kind of depression. We all have highs and lows in life. For a while our life can seem nice and easy - everything is going just right, then bam, something extremely difficult happens - we, or… Continue reading Breaking Circumstantial Depression
Please value your child's individuality Please give your child love, acceptance, support and affection Please don't try to make your child into what you want him/her to be Please protect your child from physical and emotional harm from anyone, even family Please help your child feel safe Please support your child's emotions Please help your… Continue reading To All Parents
We gave up parts of our life for them, time and again All to find out it was only their needs that mattered They'd take as much as we'd give, even asking for more And it wasn't appreciated They would not help us in our time of need It was others that helped us Those… Continue reading It’s Okay To Walk Away From Selfish Abusive People
Easy Does It Christmas Recipes By Monica Resinger *Note: I used to publish a home and garden e-zine from approximately 1998 until 2007. During that time I was married and raising my children. My kids are now adults and I am divorced. This is one of the articles I published in the e-zine during that… Continue reading Easy Does It Christmas Recipes
*Note: I used to publish a home and garden e-zine from approximately 1998 until 2007. During that time I was married and raising my children. My kids are now adults and I am divorced. This is one of the articles I published in the e-zine during that time. Just wanted to let you know in… Continue reading The Benefits of Crock-Pot Cooking w/Recipes (from 2001)
Just sharing another art trading card I did back in the day. I used acrylics and colored pencils. I love lighthouses, especially whimsical ones. Check out more of my art here I LOVE connecting with you! Conversation starters for comments: Share your art from your blog What’s your favorite medium and why? What’s your favorite style… Continue reading Tropical Whimsical Lighthouse Art
Living in the now and experiencing/enjoying what's right in front of us. Not thinking about past regrets, hurts or heartbreak. Not thinking of future worries. Not expecting or relying on happiness to come from anything outside of us or our control - a person acting a way that we want, having a relationship, a few… Continue reading Happiness Is…
This is another art trading card painting I did back in 2006 with acrylics and colored pencil. I love owls. My daughter got off work one night and there was a big light-colored one standing on a car two cars away looking at her. Her co-worker took a picture and she sent it to me… Continue reading Winter Whimsical Owl Art
Pizza has always been one of my favorite foods and now I can bring it to work with me for lunch with no hassle. I simply toast bagel halves, spread on store-bought pizza sauce, add toppings and shredded cheese. Toasting the bagels helps them to not get soggy from the pizza sauce. Once assembled, I… Continue reading Homemade Convenience Food: Bagel Pizzas
This is another art trading card I did in 2006 that I sold on eBay. An art trading card is 2.5" x 3.5" and an inexpensive and fun way to collect art. I painted this in acrylics and used colored pencils for some of the details. Check out more of my art here I LOVE connecting… Continue reading Snowman Art
I've never subscribed to the best friend thing. Labeling one friend as my 'bestie'. The reason why is because I love all my friends for different reasons and would not want any of them to feel less than another friend, or hurt. It can be hurtful. Maybe not intentionally. But if I were to say… Continue reading I’ve Never Subscribed to the Best Friend Thing
Just sharing one of my earliest paintings. It's an ATC (artist trading card) painting I did back in 2006. I sold it on eBay and don't remember what it sold for. I used acrylic paint and colored pencils. Artist trading cards are 2.5" x 3.5". They are a fun and inexpensive way to collect art.… Continue reading Santa Christmas Art
I was using a hair straightener to style my hair for a long time which ended in my hair being damaged. I've since stopped using the straightener and once per week I put coconut oil on my hair and now it's beginning to get healthy and grow again. My hair seems to be thicker after… Continue reading Coconut Oil Hair Conditioning For Shine & Volume
I am a self-taught artist. Years ago before divorce happened I painted nearly every day. My preferences then were color and whimsy and I used acrylics and colored pencils. Then divorce happened and I haven't been able to paint as much due to working full time. It's been about 12 years since divorce & my… Continue reading In Progress: Rooster Impressionism in Oil Pastel
When people are not responsible for their own lives and happiness it can hurt those that love them by putting a burden on them - a burden that is not theirs. We cannot give others happiness, security, stability, health, etc. - they have to find it in themselves. When we try to give them these… Continue reading Letting People Be Responsible for Their Own Lives
For me, I have a set time to be in my office on the computer. During this time I may get some writing done and I may not. Once I'm out of my office, I'm done with writing because I'm away from my computer. It's rare that I go back into my office later that… Continue reading Blogging Tip That May Help You Write More Posts
Been using much of my energy on fillers. Doing things that steal my inspiration and waste time. I go to work, come home, eat and straighten the house, then watch Youtube. This past week I've been on vacation. Actually a staycation. I let myself go to the casino and since I won a little money… Continue reading Scattered
I've read numerous dating posts about being proactive in finding your next partner. Get out there and date - it's all about the numbers! This is the main advice I hear or read. I followed this for a number of years and I found that it kept me focused on that only and the rest… Continue reading Live a Fulfilling Life To Attract Your Next Partner
He was so good to me when we were together. But eventually, he'd ghost me and I'd break up with him. During the break-up I was confused how he could seem like he loved me so much then turn around and ghost me a few days later. Eventually he'd come back and we'd do it… Continue reading Alcohol Is The Alcoholic’s First Love
I don't have a lot of time in the mornings before work and never feel like doing food prep so it's wonderful to be able to just grab and go. Since being single, I can't count the number of times I've made banana bread and ended up throwing some of it away because it got… Continue reading Homemade Convenience Food Series #2: Banana Bread
My daughter and I spend most every Sunday together. A lot of the time we just hang out at home, talk, laugh and eat. Sometimes we go thrifting, and sometimes we go explore. A few Sundays ago she wanted to go take pictures of the flowers at Pt. Defiance Park - I was all for… Continue reading Beautiful Rainy Day At Pt. Defiance Park
My daughter and I took a trip to the ocean last weekend. We both LOVE road trips and exploring. We live in Washington and our nearest ocean beaches are 90 miles away. We have a choice of Westport or Ocean Shores. We both prefer Westport because there's less crowds, a lighthouse, quaint little shops, and… Continue reading Ocean Road Trip! Westport, WA
I save single serve bottles from when I purchase beverages from a store (like Gatorade, tea or soda). Then I make a large batch of sweet tea, let it cool, pour it into the saved and cleaned bottles and refrigerate. Then I have the convenience of grabbing a bottle for work or when I get… Continue reading Homemade Convenience Food Series #1: Sweet Tea
I've been pretty much single for 12 years since my divorce. I've had four very short-term boyfriends during this time but they didn't last long enough to even feel like a real relationship and I never lived with any of them. I'd say 9 of the 12 years was spent pining for a relationship or… Continue reading Fulfilled and Single, FINALLY
I invite you to write about this subject on your site, then share the link to that writing in the comments below on this page. This will help bring traffic to your site and a nice collection of thoughts and ideas on the subject. If you do share the link in the comments below, I… Continue reading Writing Prompt: When You Love Yourself First, Everything Else Falls Into Place
She didn't even hear me. Ugh, that was a little embarrassing. Shake it off. What do I do? There's no one else to talk to. Guess I'll look at Pinterest and be on my phone too. She starts laughing, showing me a funny video clip. I say something about it and... she doesn't hear me...… Continue reading On Being Present
Before we had social media, we focused more on ourselves and our own lives creating a great life.
Some of us grew up with examples of staying in toxic situations. Some of us were told we would be lonely if we didn't forgive and keep people in our life, even though they were toxic. Some of us thought toxicity was normal because that is how we were raised and what we experienced. The… Continue reading Walk Away From Toxic Situations To Help Humanity
I get excited over weird things I think. I was out of mayonnaise this week and needed some for a sandwich I was making. I didn't want to make a trip to the store. I've known it's possible to make your own mayonnaise but never tried it. I knew it required eggs and oil, which… Continue reading Homemade Mayonnaise
We all have a busy life and we all only have a certain amount of time to keep our lives in order. Sometimes a fun spur of the moment invitation will come up when we planned to clean the house or get the laundry done and we will be tempted to say no because it… Continue reading Be Spontaneous
We hear and read about how we should realize our worth all the time. We think we get it, and we do until someone charms us. The attention feels good, especially if we haven't had that kind of attention in a while. We can find out the person is broken in some way - maybe… Continue reading Single Women, Please Realize Your Worth
Lately I've been inspired by Youtubers that are taking a day to cook and prepare many frozen meals for later use. This would have been really good for me to do back when I was raising my family. Now that my family is raised and I'm single, at first I thought it would be of… Continue reading Freezing Meals The Simple Way
Saturday night I got a craving for candy but didn't have any so I looked around for an easy candy recipe and found this. Extremely quick and easy. There's only a little cool time. The fudge begins to harden as your pour it into the dish. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil 2 cups… Continue reading Easy Peanut Butter Fudge
Let's be grateful for having time to pursue our interests and the ability to do whatever we want to do without having to think about another person. We get to be selfish. This is a season in our life and it won't last forever (if we don't want it to) so we better enjoy it… Continue reading For Singles Struggling With Being Alone.
Are you unhappy with how your life is turning out? If so, consider what you are spending your energy on. Maybe there are some situations or people you need to let go of. Our energy is precious and is what will bring us our dreams but we need to use it for our dreams and… Continue reading Your Energy Is Precious; Spend It Wisely
I've found the tough times always pass, no matter how horrible it may seem at the time. Many times a certain situation changed due to changing my perspective on it. Many times a certain situation changed by focusing on what was happening NOW, rather than the problem. Many times a certain situation changed because I… Continue reading Tough Times Always Pass