I see beauty everywhere… emerging seeds, blossoming flowers and falling leaves… goofy children, teenage angst, confused new parenthood, balancing family and work, graceful old age… Life is a joyous adventure, filled with paradox and mystery as well as sense and order, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I enjoy capturing the magic in a moment with my words and images, be it divine, prosaic or ridiculously funny.
Because of an often difficult life I have learned to find miracles in the moment. When I appreciate I thrive and so when I am in a bad place… as so many of us are on occasion… I look for those tiny miracles. When I start noticing them, and appreciating them, they multiply!
I have a husband (we originally met online and just celebrated our 4th anniversary), 2 cats, 1 dog, 2 grown sons, 1 daughter-in-law, 3 grand-dogs, 3 stepson’s, and 2 delightful grand-daughters. I retired early from a career as an administrative analyst and I am now pursuing my first love, art. I have a BFA in studio art and am finally making use of it. I have an online gallery of my photography and digital art at FireBonnet Designs. I am also an active art journaler, currently rocking the medium with the wonderful tribe of Get Messy Art Journalers.
I love finding and recording the moments in each day that bring me happiness, with art, words or photography. I hope you will find something here to lift your spirits.
And if you’re wondering how I got the name FireBonnet here you go:
One evening, before we got married, Tim and I were watching the film Little Big Man with Dustin Hoffman. Native Americans feature prominently in the movie so it got me wondering what my Native American name might be.
Tim picked right up on it, named me, and I’ve been FireBonnet ever since.
When we visited his ranch in McCall, ID July of 2012, besides getting married on the beautiful property, I explored the aspen groves and discovered how many fairies live there. It became crystal clear that FireBonnet is not a Native American name, but a fairy one, truly it is… they told me so!
So when you see a gamine redhead with a mischievous grin and a wild glint in her eyes, you might be seeing one of my FireBonnet sisters.