Surviving the Summer

Linda Blondheim art

Surviving the Summer

I am surviving the summer surprisingly well, despite the Covid 19, the intense heat, and usual allergies. I’ve been home since the first week of March. I go out to the Dr every three months so she can yell at me about my country southern diet, but mostly I stay home.

Surviving the Summer

Linda’s Paintings

I’ve been enjoying lots of wildlife this year, including a neighborhood hawk, lots of crows, great horned owls, deer, tortoises, turtles, and turkeys. Each morning I enjoy viewing them on my walk with Studio Dog.

Surviving the Summer

I did not pick a summer study this year. Too much Covid stress, but I do paint every day. I’ve enjoyed painting cypress trees, one of my favorite subjects, and live oak trees. I’ve been fooling around with glazing transparent oils, and having a lot of fun doing tea bag paintings, very popular with tea lovers.  Tea Bag Paintings

Thanks to many loyal friends and collectors, I am surviving financially. I am deeply grateful to them, especially this year while the world is in chaos.

More musings for artists and collectors to come……


This Week’s Recipe

Mini Baked Potatoes

I serve these at tea parties. They are a big hit!

1 bag of little potatoes. I like the red skinned best.

Boil until done. Drain in a colander and cool to room temperature. I keep these in bags in the freezer. I can take out a few or as many as I need for guests.

Cut each end off so they will sit up. Cut in half. Scoop centers out and put in large bowl. Sit scooped out potatoes on a sheet pan.
Add to bowl:

1 small diced onion

1 diced tomato

1/2 cup diced ham

1/4 block of cream cheese

1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

2 T butter, melted


pinch of thyme/parsley/paprika

Mash all ingredients together. Fill potatoes with mixture. Bake at 400 until potatoes are toasty on top.  Yummy!

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