3 Sunflowers for Dad

Posted on June 17, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments
Once again, on Father's Day, my thoughts drift to the big and bold sunflower - my Dad's favorite flower. As with the past years, he inspired me once more.
Last year's painting below has a special story attached to it: 2 Kind Thoughts  
Circle of Life is the first sunflower story I wrote since my dad passed away leaving me with grand memories, and gusto for painting the big bloom below. I hope you have fond thoughts of Father's Day too.

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How to Embrace a 5K

Posted on June 09, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments
The journey began innocently enough when I volunteered for my second-time-ever 5K. But not to run. My knees retired that idea two years ago. My role was to babysit my four-month-old grandson, Jude, while the rest of my son Brian's family ran the race. I accepted with confidence. 
Among the vibrancy of the crowd, packed with enthusiasm not just to run, but to be splashed with color and sparkle as this was the Color Run. Any minute bullets of dazzling red, yellow, green would be flying through the air as health enthusiasts shot off to tackle the race.
Days prior, unsure if Liam, at four, could run the entire race, Brian decided to bring their running stroller that they had used in previous years.
Seconds before the starting gun was to be launched, Liam zeroed in on the cart and then he pointed. "That "baby" stroller can't come along. The "big kids" are running this race!" His eyes then looked up at Jude as I held the baby in my arms.
Perhaps it was sibling rivalry, or perhaps it was just a four-year's old tantrum, whatever the reason, in the midst of the anxious Color Run crowd, I offered to take the stroller. At that moment, it seemed like a simple solution. Of course, as the gang galloped off, Jude got fussy. Not wiggly, or squirmy. No, this was a full-throttle wail, arms thrashing, face beet red. I jiggled him to one shoulder; rocked him onto the other. Patted his back; rubbed his tummy. No go. The full-out-fit continued. Finally I plunked him in the running stroller and ... ran! The bouncy bumpy ride settled him down. I didn't win a Color Run medal, but I bonded with my grandson. For the rest of the Color Run story click here.

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2 Goals to Try from Monica Hannan

Posted on June 05, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

I was stuck on a weight loss plateau. Of course it didn’t help that my motivation was at an all-time low as the Michigan February wind blew fiercely. All I wanted to do was hibernate. My get-up-and-go had left along with my writing creativity. Then my writing coach, Donna, recommended I take a look at a book cover, thinking its alluring title, testimonial and striking color contrast would inspire my writing woes.

She was right about the book cover; it not only fueled my writing, it got me excited to read the contents – in one day. The author Monica Hannan fired up my dieting drive. I dialed Allison, my buyer for the shop for twenty-three years, who had recently moved 1,244 miles away. I knew she was struggling with dieting, painstakingly starving herself, trying to shave a few inches off her waist.

Using Monica as inspiration, we set 2 goals:

  1. Eat breakfast to rev our metabolism – ugh, breakfast, it had never been the meal of champion for me.
  2. Walk a million steps, ugh to that too.

Three months later, I am proud to say Allison and I crossed the finished line last week. I faithfully choked down my Adkins breakfast bar at 5:30 am, and balanced fat, protein and carb every three hours. My fit-bit shot off fireworks every day as I hit 11,140 steps, but the scale didn’t budge. Allison had struggled along with me on this journey. All was not lost, though. My misery loved the company. 

Then yesterday, out of nowhere as I wheezed like a sick accordion on the treadmill , another faithful gym attender gave me his usual silent nod of hello, and then said, “I’ve watched you all winter. You look like you’ve lost twenty pounds.”

Once I closed my gasping mouth, I told him sadly that the scale had not changed for me.

 “A scale doesn’t tell you everything,” he replied.

I went home and slid into summer shorts. Last year I had a tug-of-war to get the shorts across my hips! I said a silent thank you, Monica.

Where do you get your inspiration?

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#1 May Fav - Part One

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments
#1 Favorite Thing- Be Outside!
Sunbeams, the scent of fresh-cut grass ... and adventure outdoors are a few of my favorite things! The illustration above and the story passage below is based on true-life happenings with my sons, turned into my second book. This excerpt is told from my youngest son's point of view and it sums up another one of my favorite things ... memories!

“Do you fish, Adam?” Zach asks me.

There are a number of smart ways I could answer the question … but, they’re not for me.  Not Adam Moynihan.  I choose the absolute worst answer.  “I can catch anything,” I blurt out, even though I’ve only used worms for bait and a marble-size bobber to catch small pan-size fish, like blue gill.  My bold bragging might just get me in trouble fishing on the mighty Missouri River. - Trouble Out West.

Adventures can be big or small. I'm working on my next teen fiction ... do you have any stories to share?

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About the Artsy Shopkeeper

Hi, I'm Kate Moynihan. Yes, I am a baby boomer, and my professional life has taken a few interesting twists and turns. The journey began as a registered nurse. After thirteen years of caring for others, however, I got the creative itch. At the time, I was a single mom living in North Dakota; that’s when I caught this bug to paint pictures. Now, twenty-seven years later, I have some stories to tell about my artistic journey. Read more...

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