Cartoon Mom

Sonja's manga drawing of me; April 15, 2016

Wavy lines in blue,

From photo – add manga touch;

I have become….art!



You may have noticed the change in my gravatar image.  I wanted something more recent, as the other photo was taken during the winter.  It is spring here now.

I was inspired to pick this particular portrait of me.  As it’s a cartoon drawing, it isn’t quite as noticeable as my other one (especially in the midst of other blogger gravatars), but I wanted to have some fun with it for a while!  It’s something new and different.

This drawing is a birthday present to me from my daughter, Sonja.  A manga-style drawing of me! So cool!  She’s been drawing since she was very young, and it was in her teen years that she developed an added interest and passion for animé and manga art.

She had done some similarly styled cartoon portraits of her brothers for their birthdays recently –  and so I asked her a while back if she’d do one of me.

I am thrilled with this drawing!

I love the swish of the hair and the smiling eyes!!


A Little “Eureka!”


You know that feeling, when you feel like jumping for glee, when you’ve figured something out that’s been puzzling you for a while.  Yes, that one.  Okay, here I go!  Eureka!!  See that extract of the mountain range in the photo?  True, it’s a bit of an exaggeration, as I don’t feel quite that high over the Canadian Rockies, but I wanted a photo to give the essence of that jump up feeling.

All right, you gotta bear with me just a tad.  In between checking out new blogs and visiting some that I already follow, today I once again worked on getting a handle on this gravatar conundrum. So, I did some more poking and finally found the place to access my info – well yeah, you writing folk know what it’s like when you have that opportunity to edit something….so I tweaked my ABOUT write-up first.  I think it sounds better now.  And THEN I found the part where it says to connect the blog to the gravatar!

Earth-shattering, isn’t it?  Just nod your heads and play along…..

I am one of those not-quite-so-well-versed in the ways of the techie-thinking world, so for me this was big.  Well… see, because a couple of kind-hearted new blogging friends were being of help and saying that my gravatar wasn’t properly linked up – thank you, Laura! – or that they couldn’t access my blog at all.  Kram, Anna.  It is solved now!  Check at your end.

Oh….those little things in life….those little “eurekas” that give us added joy!

Thank you for listening…..and smiling……and shaking your heads and rolling your eyes……no, no!  Go back to smiling.  Yes.  Like that.

Enjoy your day!  Mine has been a sunshiny and blue sky dotted with white clouds warm kind of day.  🙂

P.S.  I am also uploading extra photos for the profile display….woohoo!  Yep, I’m on a roll!

P.P.S.  If you are interested, the photo above is one I took of a section of the Canadian Rockies, flying on my way to Vancouver, heading even further west after that (in 2010).  See the pretty little lake nestled nicely among those peaks.

P.P.P.S.  Okay…someone please tell me that this DID work.

P.P.P.P.S.  Just click on my tiny gravatar picture, and it will take you to the information page.  I just tried it myself.  🙂

NEXT STEP – Learning how to jazz up my blog page some more – all of you fine bloggers are impressing me to no end with your creative designs and ideas!

Which means…..back to the drawing board…..