Sailing Lake St. Clair – Michigan Memories

My Mom ❤️

I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful memories. Growing up in Michigan we had the best time. Memories of sailing and most of all hanging out with friends who are still friends to this day (thank you social media)!

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My other half… the sweetest man in the world… truly the love of my life…


Frederick Stroud. My other half… the sweetest man in the world… truly the love of my life! Yep, those statements all describe my husband! He’s the nicest guy with the biggest heart.

Love at first sight… and today is his birthday!

         Happy Birthday to you!!

Happy Birthday to you!!

         Happy birthday de-aaaar Fre-eeeeed!

Happy Birthday to you!!…

         …and many more!


Oh, how I love those blue eyes and that gorgeous smile! Happy Birthday Fred! Wishing you the best birthday ever! xoxo, me


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…      Happy Birthday to the love of my life!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O…  Woohoo! To the love of my life… it’s your day!

HB 2 U!


We have the coolest nephew/Godson… his name is Max. It’s hard to believe he’s 15 today (and driving around with his permit!)…

You are the best Max… you’ve always been a blast to be around and we love you with all our hearts.

Max, age 8

Here’s a younger photo of Max and Fred… love. this. kid!

max and fred on porch

H A P P Y   B I R T H D A Y   M A X ! ! ! !  Come visit… S O O N !

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Artist to watch… and a happy birthday to… JOE FIDLER!


Pretty cool isn’t it? This was done by my dad, Joe Fidler. I love sketches that have some ink and watercolor thrown in to jazz them up! Years ago I gave him a sketchbook for Christmas, he filled it full of wonderful sketches and gave it back to me. PRICELESS! I featured my dad last year with a few more images… he needs a website I think, ha ha… Personally I think he should make cards, they’re just so special! What a neat keepsake from different places you’ve traveled to! Everyone has photos, but how many people have a sketchbook filled with great memories? There’s no limit to what this man can do. He’s so creative and I love that about him! He’s always creating… watercolor, oil, sketch books filled with wonderful creations, beautiful ornaments made out of wood… I remember when we were young he made wine, polished rocks and had a dark room in the basement where he would develop the best photos ever!

This photo (below) was when my mom and dad had just boarded the boat and were leaving Monhegan Island after a visit. I’ll never forget that year. We had a great time and they were heading back… I think that’s the time they saw the whale on the way back to Port Clyde, that’s not something you easily forget!

I just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! You’re the best! I love you so much and hope you have the best birthday ever!


I’ll catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Laurie Meyer!

“And On It Goes” by Laurie Meyer

We have the most beautiful old oak trees here in Charleston, SC… boy, if only trees could talk, the stories they could tell! I think Laurie captured this one nicely!

Here’s more about Laurie from the  Wells Gallery website:

Laurie Meyer has lived and painted in Charleston, SC for over twenty-five years. Following careers in education and corporate sales, Laurie devoted her life to her first love – painting – in 1997. Life in Charleston has provided Laurie with countless subjects and rich inspiration for her award winning paintings. Her frequent travels have also given Laurie varied and interesting ideas for many of her works. She paints with rich color and broad “brushy” strokes and palette knife to express the unique and recognizable softness in her work. Art has also played a role in community involvement for Laurie. She is the past president of the Mt. Pleasant Artists Guild, serving two terms. Laurie also served eight years on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association and originated the Art of Alzheimer’s exhibit, now under the auspices of the Charleston Artist Guild. Laurie is past Program Director and past Director of Artistic Growth for the Charleston Artist Guild.  She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Charleston Outdoor Painters Association, the SC Watercolor Association, and the Portrait Society of America. Laurie resides on Daniel Island, SC with her creative and supportive husband.  Her three daughters, on their own or in college, are also creative with art and writing. “I am thankful to be blessed with the opportunity to do something I love. Painting has been part of me since I was a child and I still live for the artistic journey. I love rich color and textural strokes painted with gesture and spontaneity. I seek interesting designs with playful shadow structures in my street scenes and rich natural colors in my landscapes. Capturing light is a challenge and a thrill. Painting “en plein air,” nature’s studio, is a luxury and a great teacher, but weather and time constraints mean I also paint in the indoor studio. Either way, my challenge is to interpret what I see and express it in my unique style.”

We would like to wish Fred’s mom a very H A P P Y  B I R T H D A Y ! ! We hope it’s the best! xoxo US

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Happy birthday mom!

Happy Birthday Mom!!

Woohoo! A special day indeed! It’s my mom’s (also known as Sheila Fidler) birthday! I love this picture of her. When we were young my parents had a sailboat, we would cruise for three weeks in the summer to Georgian Bay (Canada), beautiful coast! My parents both raced sailboats, we had the best time. This picture was obviously taken on a sailboat, this is an old photo, one that I believe my dad developed in the basement of our first house. It’s gotten stained over time and a bit wrinkled, but the image is still awesome, just like my mom!



I love you and miss you… ! Here’s to MANY more HAPPY birthdays!  xxoo me