After a successful career as a fine artist, I decided—at 72—that I wanted to start blogging. Since I already had a site devoted to my artwork, I chose to call my blog “Apart from my Art”. Enjoy!



If a 125-foot pine tree crashes down a hillside...


...topples over three enormous neighboring pine trees...

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...devastates eight mature birch trees...

...pulverizes two cars...

...and completely blocked the street  at 12:30 AM and you don’t hear it…..did it really happen?


My husband heard a loud crash, turned over and went back to sleep. Our son heard something but decided not to disturb us. Our neighbor arriving home saw the devastation and rang our doorbell. No one answered. I slept through it all. Didn’t hear a thing.

It’s  7AM. No one ever calls me at 7 AM so I decide to answer.

It’s our neighbor. “ Hi Sandy, have you gone outside this morning?

"Uh, no."

“Well, there are some trees on your driveway and I think you should take a look.”

I should have stayed in bed.

The trees came tumbling down and all Humpty Dumpty's men cannot put them together again.

Devastation. Destruction. Dirt.  


#1 No one was hurt.

#2 Our house was not damaged

 and #3 The mailbox is still standing!

Oh, and I had to buy a new car.

Clash of the Grandmas: Part 1

Clash of the Grandmas: Part 1

Swimming with Cheesecake

Swimming with Cheesecake