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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Leading Ladies

The Incurable Dreamer

Happy International Women’s Day!

 

Google tells me Leading Ladies are the ones that claim prominent roles in movies or plays. Leading Ladies is also a poorly reviewed Ken Ludwig play about two men who pretend to be women to claim an inheritance from an ailing Amish Aunt. (Pretty sure this is the “A” alliteration string to beat for the week).

Google got it wrong.

Leading Ladies aren’t just actresses or men pretending to be women. They’re women like my wife Monica, and my “sora mea din alt domn” (sister from another mister). These two women are my compass when the best way forward is unclear. Despite leading busy and productive lives, they rarely roll their eyes when I try to add to an already bizarre bucket list. Instead, they play along as much as reason will allow, even when it means supporting an increasingly demanding blogging “hobby.”

Disclaimer: I’m not saying this because I’m hoping to pick our next vacation destination (although a climb up Mt Kilimanjaro would be the perfect way to wind down after walking the Camino de Santiago if anyone’s curious).

 

Monica

Meet Monica. If you’re wondering what I did to deserve a wife this amazing, you wouldn’t be alone.

Alexa

Meet Alexa, my sister from another mister. I can’t even pretend there’s a family resemblance.

 

Two months ago, as I began transitioning this blog from a friends and family newsletter to a platform for engaging with as many equally crazy people as WordPress would allow, Tanya at the Incurable Dreamer was there with a steady stream of encouraging comments. Her blog is candid, hilarious, and a definitely worth a visit.

The Incurable Dreamer

The Incurable Dreamer

This sketch is loosely based off a photo from fellow travelers at SolJorn. You can see a photo version here.

 

Disclaimer: A few weeks ago, I mentioned some of the tech used to prepare these digital sketches. In the interest of keeping this post (Almost) Wordless, I’ll leave a link for those interested rather than repeat.

Eddie

Eddie my Internal Editor. He’ll be happy to handle all of your complaints.

 

Disclaimer disclaimer: Some of you may be feel that I’ve stretched the bounds of “Almost” in an (Almost) Wordless Wednesday. I’ve checked with my internal editor Eddie, and he assures me that disclaimers, sketch captions, and links to really bad plays are not included in word counts. Please take up any issues with him, I’m sure your concerns will be adequately addressed.

107 Comments

  • Reply Zazzy March 8, 2017 at 5:20 am

    I agree with you, it’s rather sad that google chooses to focus on movies and plays in it’s definition of Leading Ladies. To be fair, it does the same with Leading Men. I like your definition better.

    And almost may be stretched as far as needed. I remember parking “really close” to a store my brother wanted to go to and after hiking surely five miles being told that we were “almost there.” It was another five miles, I swear, to the store. Keeping in mind that my leading lady, aka my mother, was recovering from a badly broken ankle at the time. Almost is relative.

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      I rarely get the chance to put Google back in its place, but this time, it was an easy call to make.

      As I read your story, the scene from National Lampoons “Vacation” was playing in my head (Clark had parked the family waaaaaay at the back of the parking lot to Wally World. There was a Chariot’s of Fire race…) I think this means it’s time for an 80’s movie night on Netflix. I’m sure this is EXACTLY what Monica would like to do to celebrate Women’s Day 😉

    • Reply desertcurmudgeon March 8, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      Your sketches are amazing. As are your disclaimers.

  • Reply Bren Pace March 8, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Hi Gabe! Happy day to your wife and sister from another mister. 🙂 I have to say, there are so many LEADING ladies in the online industry that would put those actresses to shame. These are women who are managing full-time jobs, family, and a side-hustle. They are also prominent women in the blogging and entrepreneurship world. Hats off to all the amazing women in the World that (1) refuse to be a victim, (2) grab the world by the balls and kick ass, and (3) remain Classy, not Trashy. 🙂

    Great read, Gabe!

    Bren

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Hi Bren! Well said. I can’t add anything aside from my hearty agreement. Women Rock!

  • Reply John Bock March 8, 2017 at 7:00 am

    As usual, a great read and wonderful sketches. By the way, Kilimanjaro is wonderful. I know a great company to use for the trek (DeTasa … short for Destination Tanzania).

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks Bypass! I remember the photos of you and Songbird at the summit. Your elation was obvious. I’m looking forward to sharing this with Monica. I was planning to use Marathon Tours (because I’ve worked with them quite a bit in the past) but I’ll check out DeTasa.

      Are you getting excited about your upcoming walk on the Camino (Porto route) as well?

  • Reply Sheri @trail2peaktheadventurouspath March 8, 2017 at 7:08 am

    She looks absolutely lovely… and I love the way the swirls in the background spiral toward her… all that activity and emotion bringing everything back to her. She’s clearly your anchor.

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Yes! One of the earlier versions of this post mentioned just that, because Monica (and Alexa) has a gift for keeping me tethered to reality when my flights of fancy threaten to lead us way off course.

  • Reply Almost Iowa March 8, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Lovely leading ladies….. Oh by the way, Eddie stopped by this morning to critique my next post. It is probably why he looks so peevish.

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      hehehe Stupid Eddie, he never could stay in his lane. Don’t let him sway you though, your posts are hilarious, even the ones that haunt me.

  • Reply Wendy Weir March 8, 2017 at 7:40 am

    What a beautiful tribute to some beautiful women! I’ve never been terribly adept at the wordless blog challenges, so I am 100% behind you with the almost part. Thanks for the smile this morning.

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      Sweet! Glad to hear I’m not the only one that has a hard time with the Wordless part of Wednesday’s.

  • Reply the incurable dreamer March 8, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Gabe, I have so many things to say! Your sketches are so incredible and I can’t stress enough just how talented you are!! YOU ARE! Monica must be a phenomenal human, because, without hesitation, I would tell anyone that you are as well. And I can’t imagine you settling for anything less than that. If you happen to venture out to the west coast once again, I look forward to the opportunity to meet you both! We can drink wine and laugh our way into the night as we recite the word ‘fart’ in as many languages as possible! I am prepping my fart journal! And Gabe, your support has been invaluable to me. You stumbling upon my blog has been one of the biggest blessings of my blogging journey, and my life. Your kindness, encouragement and humour has provided me so much inspiration, and restored belief in myself, when it has been in short supply. I am beyond grateful and want you to know that your presence in my life has made an impact. The sketch is going up on my wall this weekend, and it will serve as a reminder of the wonderful, crazy world I am a part of, and the friends who exist within it. From the bottom of my heart, Gabe, thank you, thank you!

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Huge smiles Tanya. Huge smiles. “Your kindness, encouragement and humour has provided me so much inspiration, and restored belief in myself, when it has been in short supply.” If I ever have doubts about why I’m still up at 2 in the morning trying to revise a post or sketch that still doesn’t feel quite right, I’m going to look back on this to remember why it’s absolutely worth it. This is a purpose worth living for.

      I’m so glad you enjoy the sketch Tanya, and a wine/fart party sounds like the perfect way to meet next time we’re on the West Coast!

      • Reply the incurable dreamer March 8, 2017 at 7:25 pm

        It most certainly is worth it Gabe, never forget that! And I already can’t wait for our wine/fart party! Keep being awesome!

  • Reply Writing to Freedom March 8, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I wouldn’t dare argue with editor Eddie, but I say this doesn’t qualify as a wordless post. 🙂 Regardless of who is right (me), I’m delighted to meet your two leading ladies. They sound like great women (and beautiful) who are among the growing ranks of strong, empowered women that the world needs right now. Kudos to Monica, Alexa and all the awesome leading ladies!

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      hehehe your right on all counts Brad. Especially about the world’s need for strong, empowered women!

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Brad, I nearly forgot to mention again how grateful I am for the recommendation from your recent “Amazing Stories” post. Into the Magic Shop is a transformative read. Can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this book until now.

  • Reply usathroughoureyes March 8, 2017 at 7:59 am

    You are an amazing guy Gabe. It is our pleasure to see the women in your life and the respect you have for them. Your character and integrity continues to advance. What joy to share the world wide web with you!

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      You are way too kind Audrey. Too kind. You’ve made me blush, which in turn made Monica laugh.

      Totally worth it.

  • Reply Liesbet March 8, 2017 at 8:09 am

    You are such a nice, creative, insightful and caring guy, Gabe. You give credit where credit belongs and I think you deserve a healthy dose of that credit as well. I hope someone will mention you on “International Men’s Day”! Amazing sketches. Amazing women in your life. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      hehehe Thanks so much Liesbet! As far as “International Men’s day” is concerned, I’ve been told that we only have 364 of these each year. Almost doesn’t seem fair. (I said “almost”)

      • Reply Liesbet March 8, 2017 at 3:13 pm

        🙂 You better enjoy them and slave away just today!!!

        • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 3:16 pm

          Way ahead of you… 😉

  • Reply Didi March 8, 2017 at 8:29 am

    You are a lucky person to have those incredible women in your life. I dont know them but I can tell by what you write about them, but even more by how you write about them, that they are very special.
    And it makes you special that you honor them this say.

    • Reply Didi March 8, 2017 at 9:05 am

      *way

      • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:37 pm

        😉 Yay! I’ve been having so many issues with typos recently. I know you just did this to make me feel less insecure about my twitchy keyboard skills.

        Everytime you stop by to leave a word or 3 is a treat that I truly appreciate.
        Thanks Didi!

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Didi! Yes I am incredibly lucky. (As are the men in your life). Happy International Women’s Day!

      • Reply Didi March 11, 2017 at 8:46 am

        Thank you!

        • Reply Gabriel March 11, 2017 at 9:26 pm

          Thank YOU Didi! When I write, I often imagine that I’m writing to an “Ideal Reader.” This is a concept popularized by Stephen King in his book “On Writing” (which is surprisingly insightful for a pulp horror novelist). For me, an Ideal Reader is someone who has an interest in sharing and contributing to the stories/essays I write; someone who has the confidence to tell me when I may have veered off course, yet remain engaged; and of course, someone who enjoys seeing the world though our crazy-tinted lens. In my imagination, you are one of those Ideal Readers to me Didi. So you’ll probably be hearing me say “Thank You” all the time.

          • Didi March 17, 2017 at 7:20 am

            Wow Gabe. These words mean a lot to me.  I am not sure I am the ideal reader, its not me to judge but I am glad my comments help you in some way.
            As your stories help me too.

  • Reply Buffy Devane March 8, 2017 at 8:38 am

    They look and sound like two excellent leading ladies to me, Gabe… and your tribute to them both is wonderful. You’re a man of eloquence, sir. 🙂

    I consider myself very lucky to have some quality leading ladies of my own — though sadly I don’t have such fabulous paintings of them [!] Lovely stuff.

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Doesn’t surprise me at all Buffy. As a fellow Advocate, I’m sure you’ve found plenty of ways to draw those essential women in your life close and show them how important they are.

      • Reply Buffy Devane March 8, 2017 at 5:34 pm

        Thank you, Gabe — I was going to say I think I’ve just been lucky(!) but I’m pretty sure they appreciate me in return.
        I need to read up more about being an Advocate, though. 🙂

  • Reply Lucid Gypsy March 8, 2017 at 10:26 am

    It’s good to ‘meet’ you Gabriel and I’m sorry I took so long to get here 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      It’s great to meet you too and Welcome! We’re just getting started here, so you’re right on time.

      Please, feel free to stop by and visit anytime the mood strikes!

  • Reply Green Global Trek March 8, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Love your creations! Beautiful tribute to the women in your life 🙂
    Peta

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you very much Peta. I have to admit, I really like the way these 3 sketches turned out. I can almost see the love that went into these sketches. Really helps to have subjects I care about so much.

      Thanks again Peta!

  • Reply thenuttybookblogger March 8, 2017 at 11:18 am

    You Are so talented. I use to look young and beautiful like the women in the photo. Lovely.

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you for the compliment! And don’t sell yourself short 😉

      • Reply thenuttybookblogger March 8, 2017 at 3:08 pm

        Thanks Gabriel sometimes I don’t want to blog at all. You encourage me.

        • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 3:16 pm

          I love hearing that. Keep blogging!

          • thenuttybookblogger March 9, 2017 at 6:15 am

            GABE BURKHARDT- I finally read one story and your about page. I am honored to know you and your travels. I found out your name and lol when I had a Gremlin much like the Pinto! I am a total car buff. Female too. I also owned a barber shop for 12 years! Bless you as you inspire all of your readers. Depression is not going to define ME either! Jackie Paulson

  • Reply SolJorn March 8, 2017 at 11:26 am

    My goodness! We loved the read as usual, the tribute was truly beautiful, but thankyou thankyou so much for putting one of our prints to digital art. It took our breath away. You titled the photo appropriately as one half of our team is a leading lady in her own right and incurable dreamer.

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the sketch, and the post. Loved the photo from the Sedonas, and sharing your journey. You have an amazing blog! Glad to be following you both!

  • Reply Rachel March 8, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    What a lovely post. 🙂 These women are strong and beautiful. I can tell by their pictures.

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Yes they absolutely are. I’m a lucky lucky guy.

      Thank you for visiting Rachel, and please feel free to stop by whenever the mood strikes!

  • Reply Alec Harper March 8, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Wise men, if fortunate, are not threatened by and marry strong and intelligent women… ones who support their dreams and outlandish bucket list desires! 😉

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Very true Alec! And for those of us who were busy playing when wisdom was being passed out, luck will have to do. And it’s worked well for me so far.

  • Reply Retirementallychallenged.com March 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Lovely tribute and, as always, beautiful art. We all need a mix of strength and whimsy – both in ourselves and those we embrace in our lives. Lucky you to have two special women to share your dreams with.

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you Janis, and you have no idea how right your are. Happy International Women’s Day!

  • Reply dave ply March 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    A tribute like that leaves me almost speechless, ergo Almost Wordless Wednesday is a success.
    PS: Lovely leading ladies you have there.
    PPS: Is it my imagination, or does Eddie have a forked tongue?

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      You know Dave… I’m trying to make (Almost) a thing, so I’m thrilled to see it’s catching on. A few more doses and I’m hoping to inoculate the masses against the banality of precision with words 😉

      And yes, Eddie has a forked tongue. Makes lying to me easier.

  • Reply The Hook March 8, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Beautiful words and artwork, Gabe.
    As usual, of course.

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Cheers Hook!

  • Reply sandyjwhite March 8, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    You are one fortunate guy to have not one, but two wonderful women in their life. It’s those special people that make all the difference in the big scheme of things.

    • Reply Gabriel March 8, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      hehehe I usually think that I’m such a handful, it’s more than any one person can be expected to handle, but I like your version more 😉

  • Reply delrowbeatrice March 8, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Wow, those are really beautiful sketches, Gabe! Happy International Women’s Day to your leading ladies ?

    • Reply Gabriel March 9, 2017 at 6:32 am

      Thanks so much Beatrice!

  • Reply Ann Coleman March 9, 2017 at 8:16 am

    You’re lucky to have a wife and sister who encourage you to be ….you! I know far too many people who are in relationships where their significant other is always trying to help them “improve” which means, of course, change to suit them. I can’t imagine anything worse. I firmly believe that our spouses should also be our best friend and number one cheerleader!
    Now if I could just borrow your editor for my blog. To handle the complaints, of course, not to handle me!

    • Reply Gabriel March 10, 2017 at 1:07 am

      I agree Ann. Life would be unendurable if we surround ourselves with people pressuring us to change. I don’t know about you, but I get plenty of that pressure to become a better version of myself from within.

      Now, you’re more than welcome to borrow Eddie if you had complaints for your blog, but it wouldn’t be fair. Poor Eddie wouldn’t have enough work to do to keep busy. And you know what they say about idle hands… 😉

  • Reply vinnieh March 9, 2017 at 8:53 am

    This was an amazing tribute to these ladies.

    • Reply Gabriel March 10, 2017 at 1:08 am

      They are amazing, and this tribute doesn’t even come close to measuring up. But it’s a fun start!

      • Reply vinnieh March 10, 2017 at 3:04 am

        I think it’s outstanding.

  • Reply inesephoto March 9, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Such a wonderful tribute to wonderful women. Love your happy paintings and your way of seeing colors.

    • Reply Gabriel March 10, 2017 at 1:17 am

      Inese! Thanks so much for the compliment, I can see the value you place on the images you share, so this really made my morning.

      As an aside, I’m still working on a photo of a cascade you recently shared on a walk near Knockmealdown(?). It’s such a relaxing and immersive image, I don’t mind that I’ve been through several revisions already 😉

      • Reply inesephoto March 10, 2017 at 2:30 am

        Oh Gabe, this is a magic place, especially after a rainy week. This time I didn’t get to see much water falling, but there are the days when the water is coming down in three streams. I wish I were more fit – there are serious rock climbing opportunities in the area. When the weather gets better I am going to climb the Coumshingaun crest to take pictures of the beautiful lake. Pushing my limits, but it is worth it 🙂

        • Reply Gabriel March 10, 2017 at 2:32 am

          Would you say early spring is the best time of year to visit? (Monica and I are still blocking in travel plans for the year)

          • inesephoto March 10, 2017 at 3:49 am

            Early spring is all right. Early spring starts in February 🙂 March is a lovely month, April is even better.

  • Reply restlessjo March 10, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Good looking ladies you have in your life, Gabe! We all know that it’s about much more than just looks and it’s good to see where your support comes from. I’m late, as usual! Happy Friday 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel March 11, 2017 at 4:30 am

      No worries Jo. Isn’t one of the great things about blogging our freedom and flexibility? No time-clocks to punch and mandatory attendance at painfully boring business meetings.

      hehehe I think this just became my “happy thought” for the day. Cheers Jo

  • Reply aFrankAngle March 10, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Cheers to your dual tribute (paint and blog) to two influential ladies in your life! … and I’ll visit Tanya.

    • Reply Gabriel March 11, 2017 at 4:32 am

      Thanks and Multumesc Frank! (thought the comment was worth a “dual” thanks)

  • Reply Bun Karyudo March 10, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I’m sure Monica and Alexa must be very pleased with your beautiful likenesses of them. I thought that I should try to comment in similar fashion by enclosing a picture of my wife. Sadly, I’m not quite as skilled in the artistic department as you are, Gabe, but I think the following digital portrait captures her essential features rather well:

    😀

    • Reply Gabriel March 11, 2017 at 4:33 am

      I’ve had my suspicions and now, you’ve just confirmed them. You’re a famous artist! And I totally recognize your lovely wife;)

  • Reply natureinspiredmom March 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    What beautiful artwork and wonderful post! A great tribute to the ladies in your life on a fitting day! 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel March 11, 2017 at 4:37 am

      Thanks so much! Monica has since reminded me that this is only practice. I’ve had more than my share of International ME days, so we’ll keep celebrating Women’s Day until things balance out a bit more. I’m on board. So long as I don’t have to do the dishes.

      • Reply natureinspiredmom March 11, 2017 at 7:28 am

        Love your humble attitude! (PS, dishes aren’t so bad, but I can understand :0) You guys sound so sweet together…yes, definitely celebrate lots more Women’s Days…Monica deserves it!:)

  • Reply Amy March 11, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Beautiful tribute to Monica and Alex. Love your paintings. Love the painting of the Incurable Dreamer! 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel March 11, 2017 at 6:01 am

      Cheers Amy and thanks for following! In all fairness, I am very fortunate to have such amazing “subjects” to work with.

      • Reply Amy March 11, 2017 at 6:05 am

        Thank you so much for sharing, Gabriel!

  • Reply smoothsailing289 March 11, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Dear Gabriel,
    I saw your post on the Meet and Greet, and wow, I am blown away and so impressed. Are these all your sketches? They are lovely! I also wanted to thank you for opening up about depression. I myself have a mood disorder, and a blog dedicated to mental health, beauty, and fashion….but most of all it is in memory of my brother who died by suicide. Not mentioning it to be a downer, just to say that my mission in life is to support others and try to promote suicide prevention and a positive quality of life for those with various mental health issues. My heart is so warmed when I see others opening up in order to help others. I will be following your site, and look forward to following your journey, and this beautiful, beautiful artwork!

    • Reply Gabriel March 11, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      I’m glad you enjoy my sketches, they are a lot of fun to create, and a mess-free form of Art Therapy.

      I just came back from your blog and think the dedication to your brothers memory is an excellent tribute. And, like you, one of the reasons I started blogging (aside from bragging about all of the cool bucket-listing) was to provide a bit of insight into the inner-workings of guy trying to rebuild his life after several failed suicide attempts.

      Depression/Anxiety/PTSD is real. It lies. It sucks. But it doesn’t get to define (or destroy) me anymore.

      So glad you’re here, and please keep sharing. I think we have stories that a few others would benefit from hearing.

  • Reply Terese March 11, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Hi Gabe! I found you and your blog over at Nikki’s meet and greet @flyingthroughwater. Nice to meet you. I love your light hearted voice and and positive attitude! Your work is incredibly beautiful!

    • Reply Gabriel March 11, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Nikki is awesome isn’t she! Thanks for the compliments, they are the new Snickers for the Soul. I’m on my way over to your place now, and please feel free to jump in here whenever the mood strikes, I’ll be sure to keep the water warm and the margaritas cold!

      • Reply Terese March 12, 2017 at 9:25 am

        Did you say margaritas?!! Have a wonderful Sunday Gabe!

        • Reply Terese March 12, 2017 at 9:28 am

          Thank you for stopping by to read, comment and follow Hope For Today!

  • Reply paintdigi March 11, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Good posts, beautiful pictures, Nice blog.
    Congratulations.
    Welcome to see my creations:
    paintdigi.com

    • Reply Gabriel March 11, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Merci beaucoup pour votre visite. Votre art numérique est beau aussi! (Forgive my poor French, I’m still learning)

      • Reply paintdigi March 12, 2017 at 1:44 am

        🙂 votre français est bonne , je t’encourage de continuer .bon courage mon ami

        • Reply Gabriel March 12, 2017 at 3:55 am

          Je vais. J’ai besoin de pratiquer avant la randonnée sur le Camino au printemps

          • paintdigi March 12, 2017 at 4:08 am

            à ton service , mon ami

  • Reply Michelle Malone March 11, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    What a lovely tribute to these beauties! As always, thanks for sharing your gift(s) of art and humor with us. Letting Eddie take the fall for your interpretation of Wordless Wednesday will get you a pass this time. Besides, celebrating Monica and your SFAM without words wouldn’t earn you any cool points — nor the opportunity to choose your next vacation spot. Nice move! 😀

    • Reply Gabriel March 11, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      hehehe you caught me (as did Monica and Alexa). She won’t let me blame Eddie for everything, nor does a few sketches earn me the right to sway our next vacation since I’ve already talked Monica into hiking the Camino this Spring. We’ve already locked in plans to return to northern Romania, and Vienna. So big cities, warm beds, and fancy restaurants appear to be on the itinerary for the next few months. I guess it’s not a horrible life.

      • Reply Michelle Malone March 11, 2017 at 10:27 pm

        Sounds like a wonderful life to me (P.S. This is a better film than the one you alluded to in your post.). Enjoy the journey.

  • Reply Inside the Mind of Isadora March 11, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    I have to admit your written posts are fun toe read and have a slight twist in content which keeps one captivated. However, your sketches are outstanding. You have a talent for it. Well done and beautifully executed. Speaking of beautiful – How about that wife? WOW-ZA … she is gorgeous. Your sister from another mister is stunning too. You must have a smile on your face everyday with that much sugar to look at. I believe Wordless Wednesday was created by someone who couldn’t think of something to say. I think you, and I do it as well, should just do what your editor says. Keep those sketches going.
    Isadora ?

    • Reply Gabriel March 12, 2017 at 4:00 am

      Thanks so much Isodora! I’m having a lot of fun writing and sketching. And the surprising outpouring of support from interested readers such as yourself has become such a wonderful benefit. I’ll do my best to keep sharing the best of what this little heart has to offer.

  • Reply forgivingjournal March 13, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Gabe, you are so talented – wow! It is lovely to meet you. Thank you for finding me on Nikki’s Meet and Greet. I just followed you back.

    This is one of the only posts that I read on International Women’s Day … it touched my heart with your caring. Thank you, and I look forward to following your posts. Have a wonderful week. ~Debbie many blessings

    • Reply Gabriel March 14, 2017 at 4:04 am

      That’s great Debbie and welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed this post, but I can’t take much of the credit. The wonderful women in my life make it easy to be grateful and admiring.

      I love your blog as well! It’s going to be a joy to follow you as well.

  • Reply Andrea Stephenson March 13, 2017 at 11:26 am

    A great tribute to the unsung leading ladies Gabe – and fantastic work.

    • Reply Gabriel March 14, 2017 at 4:14 am

      Thanks Andrea!

  • Reply rgayer55 March 17, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I love the way you use color, Gabe. The images are bright and jump out at me.
    Monica and Alexa are both lovely ladies. You are very blessed.

    • Reply Gabriel March 18, 2017 at 12:11 am

      Thanks Russell. I have to admit, it’s a lot easier when I have great subjects

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