Polls and Forecasts

How many of us put certain aspects of our lives in the hands of the pollsters and forecasters? Plan our lives by what the popular opinion is or the weatherman’s forecast? After this past election cycle and the absolute failure of polls to forecast our future president I should have begun to shy away from listening to ANY opinion about ANY thing in my tiny little space on this planet. But since we’ve been trained to believe what we hear on TV news, see on our Smart Phone apps and listen to the guy behind the counter at QuickChek we have a tendency, nay, a BELIEF that what we are hearing from others is correct.

On Monday our local news was touting major, major snowfall for my area of the Jersey Shore. Since I’m dependent on Social Security to buy my food I was freaking because the cupboards were bare and the freezer had mostly ice, not food. Luckily I have a younger sister who has taken on the job of taking care of her bigger Sis. She suggested we hurry out Monday and she’d loan me the money to buy food and I could pay her back today when SS hit my bank account.  Of course I took her up on the idea.  Thinking about 18″ of snow on the ground and no food was anything but comforting.  The crowds were heavy, the shelves were thinning but since we were there early we were able to get everything on our lists.  As we left I looked up the last aisle and the line led half way up the aisle…people were desperate to get those cupboards stocked.

So come Monday at 11:58 pm (I stayed up late to wait for the blizzard) sure enough the flakes were starting to come down.  I could hear the icy nanochips hitting the leaves as I walked the dog for the last time that day.  I went to bed comforted by the fact that there was food enough for the three of us plus the eight furry bodies who share our life.  I woke up, as I usually do, at 4 am and sure enough the snow was coming down fast and furious outside my windows.  I went back to bed to catch a few more hours of sleep and when I got up at 8 am to walk the dog the RAIN was coming down in torrents. The blizzard had somehow managed to move itself more inland from the coast and we were saved the brunt of the storm.  Yeah, I hear those of you who are cheering that the Jersey Shore was saved from those 18″ of snow…but me…not so much.  I felt cheated.  By those forecasters as much as by Mother Nature herself.  I enjoy a good snowstorm.  It feels like a mini vacay where I don’t have to worry about the outside world intruding on me and I have an excuse to ‘turtle’ as I’m wont to do so much of the time lately.

While I’m on this rant about listening to others I must note that I’m of a mind to be caring of others and their lack of the necessities of life.  So many people are scared of this administration and I think, rightfully so.  I live below poverty level myself but I have a caring family and my art has always seen me though the hardest of times.  But there are some of our brothers and sisters who are not so lucky.  Who go to bed hungry and terrified of a knock on the door and a demand for ‘papers’.  Since when did America suddenly care what color skin suit you were wearing? Since a minority of America elected a president to represent their racist, hateful, bigoted view of the world.  And don’t get me started on the evangelicals…how any person who calls themselves a child of God could elect a man who is against everything that I was taught to believe in my own rigid Christian upbringing is beyond my understanding.  So there you have it. My Wednesday check-in and rant about caring for the weather and my fellow man.

And speaking of my fellow man and his needs, here’s my latest artistic offerings on eBay and Etsy right now.

 

 

International Women’s Day*

I’m a woman, I’m wearing RED so why the heck am I lobbing firecrackers into the ether with today’s blog post.  Because I promised myself that I would! Maybe that’s more important than protesting against the inequality of women…for me, at least.

If you read my last blog post (and there is no reason for me to think that you would have) you would have seen that I had been charged $35.88 for a year’s worth of internet blogging space.  Which left me with .18 cents in my account until next Wednesday! Life has always been and continues to be a challenge, financially.  I’m fiscally irresponsible.  Not because I chose to be bad with money but my artist brain has never been wired to think three steps ahead of ‘oh, I really need to buy that red crayon’! I live in a ‘I’ll worry about that tomorrow’ Scarlet O’Hara world. I’d like to say that my artistic bent is crippling but that would be a lie. I’ve been able to overcome some incredible odds to be where I am. Poor but completely committed to producing ART!

I told my family I was taking the day off but I lied! I’m actually going to be reviving my eBay account to sell my newest art online.  I’ve tried Etsy…FIVE TIMES…and after listening to a podcast yesterday that explained Etsy takes months, sometimes years to actually become lucrative I decided I needed to find a faster way to supplement my $600 monthly SS allowance. So for today, I’ve kept my promise.  It’s Wednesday and I checked into my little corner of cyberspace. Maybe soon I’ll be talking to someone else instead of myself.

Ciao ~ Carolyn, a Jersey Girl

*International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights.

Monday, Monday

Monday, Monday…what a day! First I found an unexpected hosting fee for my blog cateregandesigns.com that I wasn’t expecting (poor management on my part) which left me with 18 cents in my account until SS check day on 3/15. Then in the same email account that is tied to that site I got a message from “Ryan” saying he wanted to have sex with me and another from “Ron” informing me of of his TOP PENlS-Enlargement Supplements for 2017. And finally a note from SeniorPeopleMeet telling me where I can meet mature adults to form a lasting relationship. Unfortunately it only offered me a chance to meet mature women over 50 in my area.

*sigh* it’s a good thing I had a weekend of high entertainment with the Presidential Tweet Storm and my Twincesses!

Since I was changed for another year of this blog I thought I might do a better job of posting to it.  So my new, if somewhat late, resolution is to post on Wednesdays and Sundays. I have absolutely NO IDEA what I can say that would be of interest to someone but maybe I can generate a laugh or two for people who read me and ‘gin up’ my sales on my Etsy shops.

So here’s to my next post that is planned to happen within the next 48 hours.  With the government in such disarray I hope we’re all still here to actually be able to read it 🙂 Ciao…Carolyn

 

 

Hacking Keurig 2.0

A Keurig 2.0 was under my 2014 Christmas tree. In January 2015 I discovered Trader Joe’s French Roast coffee in those environmentally friendly cups. Keurig 2.0 did not approve!

It did NOT approve of TJs French Roast pods!
It did NOT approve of TJs French Roast pods!
So to save money I bought an approved Keurig refillable K-cup. It lasted through many ‘Oops’ drops.
So to save money I bought an approved Keurig refillable K-cup. It lasted through many ‘Oops’ drops.
Last week I saw that Amazon offered an “add on” to my Prime Account. An unblemished new refillable K-cup.
Last week I saw that Amazon offered an “add on” to my Prime Account. An unblemished new refillable K-cup.
So I was confounded by this message when my new refillable K-cup was put into brew.
So I was confounded by this message when my new refillable K-cup was put into brew. Seriously?
I am not a pleasant person without my first cuppa Joe so I might actually have expanded on that “seriously” with a string of words to match that blue lit message! I was sure this was an error but nope, the color on the new Keurig was different.
I am not a pleasant person without my first cuppa Joe so I might actually have expanded on that “seriously” with a string of words to match that blue lit message! I was sure this was an error but nope, the color on the new Keurig was different. It’s hard to tell from the picture but the color was definitely ‘off’

What’s a coffee deprived girl to do. THINK! What in my mostly neutral and burgundy environment could be orange?

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BINGO!!!
BINGO!!!
So being willing to break legs and take prisoners without my morning coffee I peeled off one of those bad boys and applied.
So being willing to break legs and take prisoners without my morning coffee I peeled off one of those bad boys and applied.
What did I really have to lose other than one re-stickable little red glow label?
What did I really have to lose other than ONE re-stickable little red glow label?
PRAISE BE!! It actually worked! And up came settings I’d never seen before with one of those regular k-cup refillables! So this got me to thinking…what if…I applied it to a Trader Joe’s Dark Roast Coffee k-cup?
PRAISE BE!! It actually worked! And up came settings I’d never seen before with one of those regular k-cup refillables! So this got me to thinking…what if…I applied it to a Trader Joe’s Dark Roast Coffee k-cup?
At first Keurig 2.0 was having none of that and I got that unfriendly little Oops message. Than I adjusted the dot a little more up to the left and…
At first Keurig 2.0 was having none of that and I got that unfriendly little Oops message. Than I adjusted the dot a little more up to the left and…
Voilà! Life is good once again!
Voilà! Life is good once again!

With a little help from Avery and Trader Joe’s I now have my morning cuppa dark brewed joe for just $.42.

P.S. I always hit the ‘strong’ selection because I like my coffee to put some starch in my spine on cold winter mornings! Beat that Starbucks!!

P.P.S. Glad I took these pictures.  I can see the cats have been up on my counters again. Cat hair …covering of the gods!

Without that morning cup of caffeine I find it impossible to work on my graphic designs for my Etsy shop.  If you’ve had your cuppa joe or just want something to look at while you slurp, feel free to visit any of my caffeine induced shops.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CateReganDesigns

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CateRegansNursery

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoveIsLoveIsLovely

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Bedroom Hideaway

I've been thinking about how wonderful it would be to have a bedroom where I could escape. A hideaway under the eaves where I could read and relax and escape the world. If that bedroom existed this is the artwork I would hang on its walls.
I’ve been thinking about how wonderful it would be to have a bedroom where I could escape. A hideaway under the eaves where I could read and relax and escape the world. If that bedroom existed this is the artwork I would hang on its walls.

This painting is my all time favorite digital piece because it won me red ribbon at my very last art show.  To see more of what is currently available in Cate Regan Designs

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Donald J. Trump Release your taxes!

When we were kids my sister and I used to say that our Dad was such a Republican he’d vote for Mickey Mouse if he were the candidate.  I’ve never said this before and I doubt that I’ll ever say it again but I’m happy my father is dead!

The party that my Dad so loved and served locally was slaughtered by a bully from Queens, New York.  A man who used his tongue and his tough guy attitude to club his way to the top of a ticket that calls itself Republican but is not.  I know that because I’ve been a registered Republican for almost fifty years.

Dad was a gentleman and had a saying, “A man only slings mud when he’s losing ground”.  I wonder if Trump will be able to look his son and his grandchildren in the eye and ask them if they were proud of the way he ran his campaign for President in 2016.

Having lived in Jersey all my life I’ve had Donald Trump on my tv screen for decades. He always portrayed himself as a successful businessman with influential friends.  Now the man is exposed for what he truly is. A schoolyard bully. A man who fits the description of a Dark Triad to a tee. I am saddened, depressed and frightened at the thought that my grandchildren could be exposed to this man as President of the United States of America.  A man who is quite comfortable telling lies to fit the truths only he believes.  After listening to his special counsel, Michael Cohen, tonight on CNN I shouldn’t be surprised that he hasn’t released his taxes.  His lawyer is cut from the same mold, a shark that feeds off the blood of the fallen at his feet.  Rude, crude and completely devoid of empathy for anyone.

I am making this public plea to the Internal Revenue Service.  Call off your routine audit of Donald J. Trump immediately!  His lawyer said he has advised his client not to release his taxes until the audit is over. AMERICA, ASK THE IRS TO END THE AUDIT and let us truly see the man behind the curtain.

 

 

Doing a Happy Dance!

Okay…so I know it’s not a big deal having three sales but it’s more than I expected this early in the Etsy game.  A mentor told me not to expect a sale for three months…I’ve had three in the last 24 hours and while that only brought in about $12 it’s a healthy start to what I expect will be a phenomenal shoppe at Cate Regan Designs

Listed three new items today.  I’m starting off with simple designs.  I plan to get into the inspiration quotes and photography next month.  Here’s a sneak peek at today’s uploads.

 

Purple Dinosaur for baby's nursery wall
Purple Dinosaur for baby’s nursery wall
Rainbow Babies are special. Celebrate with these adorable rainbow footprints.
Rainbow Babies are special. Celebrate with these adorable rainbow footprints.
The friendly purple Dino for baby's nursery wall.
The friendly purple Dino for baby’s nursery wall.

 

I have much, much more at Cate Regan Designs

I’m Finally Up and RUNNING!

I’ve been attempting to start an online business for years.  I knew I wanted to do something artistic as I’ve been a professional artist for over 45 years. It took a few years but once the Twincesses arrived I knew just what I wanted to do!

Twincesses
 

WHY I WENT DIGITAL! I have been traveling and selling my artwork at shows and galleries since 1970. I’m finally a grandmother and I want to retire from the hands on, eye to eye selling that has made up my life for the last 46 years. I have sold on eBay since 2001 in addition to the gallery shows but Etsy is my penultimate goal for retirement! Take a moment to look around my brand new Etsy Shoppe!

Trying to use the left side of my brain to learn is painful but I’m hoping as time goes on I’ll get better at promoting my shoppe via social media platforms.  Not an easy task for someone who has been wielding a paintbrush for most of her life!

Grand Opening

I’ve worked hard all my life at my art. BUT, setting up a presence across multiple social platforms is the hardest work I’ve ever done! And while I’m doing it I can’t work on what I really love to do…make ART.  But I wanted to introduce you to some of the digital printables I have in my new Etsy Shoppe, CateReganDesigns with many, many more on the way…as soon as I figure out these websites!