Who Is Anastasia?

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New Castle, Indiana Zone 5, United States
When I was 55, I decided to embrace the things I love and hold precious and dear - regardless of anyone else's thoughts and opinion. I am a folk artist who loves flowers - my own flowers, grown by me. I love good, hearty, exotic foods, and I love to prepare them myself. I love the secret garden situated in my backyard, regardless of how junky it gets. No longer able to afford a vacation, this will have to be it for the time being. In the winter months, I still enjoy it. Anyway, here I am sharing my art, favorite recipes, cocktails, gardening tips, and just my usual vents and bantering. After all, I'm old enough to say whatever the heck I want to now ... Oh, the two pictures below are NOT of my garden, although the one with the pink French doors looks very much like the backyard I grew up with. I am searching for pictures of that wonderful place and will post soon.

JEWELS OF MY SOUL

JEWELS OF MY SOUL
My Book Available on AMAZON

Stacey Torres ART Prints

Stacey Torres ART Prints
A very limited selection of reproductions from my paintings can be found here

October 2, 2009

Not MIA

Haven't felt much like blogging lately.  My mother suffered two falls in one day last week, landing her in the hospital with a broken ankle; complications developed, and she was in ICU for three days. And, now, she is in an extended care facility for rehab until further notice.  Sadly, I've noticed just over the past few days a decline in her memory and thought patterns. I have been told by the medical staff that it's a result of one of her meds, and not to worry -- but I do.

Anyway, I am in great need of therapy - and will be doing a practice cake this afternoon for a friend's upcoming wedding.  Will post later with the results; but the only hint I can give you now is that it's chocolate, merlot, cream cheese and more ... Just have to create the dang recipe first.

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot
A simple garden meal in the shade. No, it's not my backyard, but it looks identical to the one I grew up with at our home in Queens. Looking for an original pic of it to post soon!

Old Fashioned Tips