Trina Tetrault-Martell

I've been the artsy type since I could crawl.  My grandfather unknowingly named my business when I was four years old and playing in the mud after a heavy rain.  My grandmother, bless her good intentions, was quite irritated with the fact it was just before Sunday services and I was mud, head to toe.  My grandfather just chuckled, plucked me out of the mud, tossed me in the tub and told her to relax.  "This little one has her 'creative juices' flowing."  I have been painting, pottering and crafting ever since.  30 years later, I named my studio, Creative Juicez, because of his understanding with me and his amusement at my grandmother's irritation.  I have yet, to live it down.

Thank you, Ash Beckham for opening the door.

11/10/2013...more
Denise I agree.  It can pertain to anyone and Ash presents this idea with humor, kindness and ...more

A Lesson in Gratitude

Yesterday, I read a post over at A Little Sip of Lemmon-ade about "gratitude".  Simple enough, right?  A list of everything you are grateful for, just like the essays we had to write in elementary school during the month of November...not really....more

What the he!! am I thinking!

You know you're a glutton for punishment when you tried something once before and nearly went "admit-to-an-asylum" crazy trying to accomplish it.  Yep!  Here I am again, participating in NaBloPoMo.  For those of you who do not know what NaBloPoMo is, go visit those other absolutely insane people  who are doing the same thing....more
Totally awesome list.  Bravo!! Happy Grammys - Priceless!more

Twisted Branch of the Family Tree

I'm a bit of a history nut.  I love old things, especially if they have a story to tell.  It's probably because I didn't have much of a history to begin with.  I knew my mom and my maternal family, but I didn't have a clue who my biological father was or my paternal family.  See, my biological father skipped town after my parents divorced.  The reason is not known but was probably related to his having to pay child support ($75.00 a month, yep, just $75.00 a month) or the fact I have a half brother who was born 4 months before me.  The mystery deepens...  ...more

Mean Mom Award

I'm a "mean" mom and I have the award to prove it.  When my oldest son was a senior in high school he made a plaque in woods class.  He called it the "Mean Mom Award".  It was over 6 feet tall, beautifully crafted and earned him an A+ grade.  He presented it to me at his Senior Banquet in front of his entire graduating class, parents, teachers, and school administration. ...more
@victorias_view Believe me...there were moments even I thought I was walking a fine line between ...more

A Day in the Life of Mollie - A Home At Last

Mollie is a beagle.  For those of you that do not know about beagles, they are loving, gentle, trusting, and stubborn.  Mollie is no different.  Mollie is also a rescue and here is her story in "her own" words, so to speak. ...more

A Day in the Life of Mollie - Chocoholic Dog

Let me preface this by saying, Mollie is fine and being a little stinker as usual.Last night was our company's holiday gathering.  I left work a little early to go home and change before going to the restaurant.  When I got home, the bed linens were off my bed and the cushion coverings were off the couch and loveseat.  Oddest of all, my husband and son were not home and Mollie, our eleven year-old beagle was missing.  What was going on?  I had no clue....more