2018 Goals and Intentions Front and Center Full Steam Ahead, while pondering 2017 goals & intentions in the rear view mirror

Title : Just Say No to Botox! It gets to point in life where aging gracefully comes with acceptance of one’s own inner beauty.
Title: “Stand Up and Be Heard”
Title: “Spicy Couples May Not Always Appear So On Outside ” Funny how when arranging shapes of veggies for photo, and putting titles to images strange connections of thoughts happen!

Jan 4, 2018


*** Maybe go to last paragraph and read why the photos are here, what they have to do with goals …and then come back here 🙂

Yada yada yada… 2017 already seems far away in the rear view mirror.

What did I /you/ we intend to accomplish in 2017 ?  Hmmm,  were those written down and reviewed within that past 10 days. Did I choose to be grateful for what I did accomplish? Did I do any personal work to resolve and start again?

I, like many folks have great intentions and goals that as  years go by they seem less and less important …or attainable.  Oops, I am sounding way to honest and negative to be posting those thoughts. With that said I am going to ( hopefully not ramble too much ) speak personally here. When I think back on 2017 I know the plan was to get major headway with THE CHEER PROJECT . So where is this at?  TheCheerProject.com is up and running ( despite  theme and plug in conflicts that took it down.) The Gallery -Portfolio is no where near where my intention for it was but a good start. The virtual tour concept of the entire Cheer experience  is still my intention but have not been able to budget that yet. The program I enrolled in to help me get corporate sponsorship for the project has been educational, but not utilized as well as I had hoped.

I designed dirttodelicious.net as a show case to  pull together my many gifts and areas of focus and also as an experiment to  connect the dots of what I am up to and seeing if sharing it all here was valuable to me, and anyone else. A refresher on what that intention was:

  1. My artwork  from The Cheer Project and photographs  of things I grow arranged on my paintings.
  2. Making a visual and literary connection between my artwork and my varied streams of thought.
  3. My ongoing photography of anything else that  I deem appropriate for any of my themes in relationship to “dirt to deliciousness”.
  4. My ongoing theme of learning and sharing ideas  that relate to my personal experiences, research and trial and error re health and well being. Yep I mean  going like feeling like dirt to feeling delicious.
  5. My ongoing theme of creating  recipes and plan to write down and refine those recipes and  photographing before eaten.
  6. Exploring having a blog spot on the  web to write and post imagery that is eclectic in its nature yet multi theme based.

So with that said my evaluation of dirttodelicious.net for  2017 is this:

  1. I did not post anywhere near enough to call seriously active
  2. TheCheerProject.com took over in my time to focus on a  web site and my learning curve with WordPress has become a project all of its own.
  3.  I love having it as a spot to share
  4. It is still a mixed bag of multiple themes but is getting closer to working with my other sites and varied social media to cross reference

It is obvious to me that I have more goals and aspirations than time allows. But that is me… life long.

*** I am wondering how “the universe ” will respond this coming year  between images of what I grow shot on paintings from the Cheer Project and The Cheer Project itself. I opened up this blog post with 3 images of mine that are showing at the art gallery of the Herberger Theater in Phoenix, Az. These three images are part of the show “Visual Feasting ” and will be there Through Feb 26, 2018. Yep stuff I grow on top of Cheer Project Paintings. Who knows, maybe just like how I was chosen by Scottsdale Cultural Council  to create “Emergent” for Influx 6,after reviewing  images of things that I grow photographed against my Cheer  paintings… maybe I will again be commissioned  to create more 5ft x 8ft images like I was with “Emergent”. If you want to see Emergent and hear more about it go to blog post  https://dirttodelicious.net/temporary-art-in…ation-for-influx/

Here is to wishing all of you, all the best you can imagine and so much more. To use a wonderful  affirmation phrase “this or something better ” 🙂

Linda Enger


The lizard in distress

As my scissor got closer to him his mouth opened as if to yell for help or gasp for air.

Today I had what was to me a unique and intimate experience with a lizard

I went out to water my seeds, seedlings, and plants… yes bizarre as it sounds I water by hand.

I had in my own sloppy way attempted to temporarily barricade one specific plot against the javelina, neighbors’ cats, birds, squirrels, etc. with 1” fencing and bird netting. This morning when I came outside I found yet another  beautiful lizard that I am used to seeing wandering through my garden, but today he was caught up in  bird netting.

I could tell he was still alive by trying to rearrange the netting, and watch him squirm. I delicately moved the bird netting around, to slowly trim away the netting from this precious creature. Ironically with each move I made, he in turn kept working at moving himself more  into the  bird netting! It appeared to me as if he was being strangled by the netting. As I moved the netting around slowly add snipped closer and closer to his head he was either gasping for air or trying to talk to me, but no sound came out. I talked to him through the entire experience, trying to comfort him and let him know I was trying to help him, and wanting to save him. After I was able to finally cut him free, he immediately scampered off and disappeared.

Sadly but he is a marked lizard with that bird netting necklace he is still wearing. I did not have the nerve to try and hold him to “operate”.

Now when I see him around ( which I sure hope I will) I will know him by his ” necklace”. I will know who he and I have a special relationship from all the other lizards that I see here daily. I need to come up with a good name for him. Not just buddy. But I am afraid that the netting that is still wrapped  around his neck may likely hook on to the many obstacles that wait for him in the course of his life in our garden.

Nice to think that we all have someone looking out for us so when we get caught up in the bird netting of life .

And just for the record….this is the 2nd time I came across the very nasty reality of bird netting. If it does what it is intended to do then a small creature, be it bird or bunny or lizard or fish or whatever … can get trapped in it, not having the strength to break free from the powerful plastic….and can die stuck in it. GRRR, how did I not think of that when I bought lots of it to “protect” our garden.

I am done with bird netting! With that said I am repurposing the bird netting to my art materials.

FYI – several weeks later I have seen a lizard several times in the same plot where I operated on him/her. I still do not know if it was only one lizard caught up in netting twice or two lizards. Either way they would be happy to know that the organic gardening facebook groups I am a member of suggested using Tulle instead! So I am now experimenting with  bird netting being worked  into a mixed media piece for  THECHEERPROJECT.COM , which to be honest is as difficult to work with as trying to maneuver it around a peach tree!

Okra to sooth my aching heart

The shape of okra reminds me of tear drops and yet I do not feel at all sad when looking at okra…. well that is except for when my plans have been destroyed by various natural predators in my garden.

Time… where did mine go?

2 alt titles seem so appropriate to me:
Relishing the gathering
Time…where did mine go ?

How is it possible to loose time, like a missing sock in the laundry?

Or should I spend more time reading the book I think it is called The $64 tomato?

With all the things that are important to me and my priorities…. eating home grown is one of them… but then again so is my art, and family and friends, and movement/exercise that does not mess up my back and wrists like gardening seems to. And of course we all have bills to pay… and dues to pay.

So many choices … how much time ?


Yes this blog became another project

This web site/ blog started out as a place for show and tell about many aspects of what I am up to. Ironically the web/blog became a project  itself for learning how to be securely maintaining a word press site ! With that said I have not been very consistent at all. By no means not as consistent as the great plugins that have kept out all the hackers from around the world that for unknown reasons think they are me and have access to the guts of this site. Do I look like a political party ? Anyhoo… if you are here to see my photography or my paintings or learn more about The Cheer project  or find out what I am learning /finding in my organic garden and my test kitchen…. Thank you for coming back and please do sign up so I know who you are  and that you stopped by .


Purple as the color of Unity for Hillary Clinton

dark dreams when what I am really looking forward to is tranquil rejuvenation
Dark dreams when what I am really looking forward to is tranquil rejuvenation


Lat night I coached at the  Phoenix  location of the international challah bake . Today when I woke up at 4am I had the realization that as I know all too well painting in red – root chakra ( the base that holds fear ) would not be good for my health right now and intuitively that is why I could not allow myself to create what I had the  idea to do the last few days. Red can be very agitating if I am in the wrong emotional space. Hiking and lying  on a rock in the sun like a lizard felt good on Wed. It was healing to be without sound by myself after a couple hour hike with a dear friend NOT talking about the election ( despite my initial desire to cry and scream) . Only regret  not having done it yesterday. Today is a new day. My purple cauliflower premonition at the the grocery store Tuesday afternoon  was right. I can only imagine the pain and sole searching and processing Hillary and all those that worked so hard are feeling.  At 6am today Nov 11, I am putting my big girl shoes on. Blue and red = purple , Hillary knew it. Unity. I live in a very long standing red state ( Arizona) .  It is too painful to feel  battered internally or externally, by the anger, confusion, fear, anxiety , disappointment  and ( oh yeah )  immobilization.  IF Trump and Obama can publicly get on with the transition amicably … I need to focus on what I CAN DO to support unity.  Purple it will be. From paintings I have already done  this one from 2013 seems so painfully appropriate at this time. And just with any kind of grief we can not just stuff the pain away and act as if it never happened but the question is for how long and in what way do we grieve and in what way do we heal?

Chakras a kilter as the election news is settling in

I want to paint but so far away from feeling centered.

I want to make a mixed media root chakra painting pertaining to the fear and anxiety surrounding the news

And  yet I do not want to share or inspire  angst with the viewers / participants… but all par to the research I guess.


What you do not see ( as in the media is layered under the paint) will you feel the angst?

I try to make a point of painting while surrounded by meditative sounds and smells … so listening the news is really not productive !


Sitting vs moving meditations

Do you meditate?  What type of meditations do you do ? Are you sitting ?

I had tried on and off for decades. The 5-10 minutes at end of yoga class never really did much for me. Seems like I was busy with my to do list. And that is even after going through extensive yoga teacher training ! But over the past 3 years or more I have been really exploring different types of meditation. I want to share an insight that I had this morning . It is now 6:20 am. Having been awake since 3:30, yep …  I played in bed with cozy head phone strap on and once again went into a space I can no honestly describe . I have really gotten into binaural sound meditation amongst other ones. I lay there ( not sitting up ) and listen to  about an hour meditation  ( yep way too long for regular daytime use for me !) from Centerpointe called Holosync ( one called Dive then it goes into Immersion) .   Pretty wild I can literally feel my brain response . Some days I actually feel hung over from it other days huge clarity. But then I am also presently working with Chopra and Oprah’s 21 day live streaming meditation. This particular series is called “Getting Unstuck “.

SO what is the point of my rambling when I know my priorities of today are NOT writing on this blog? Well by break of dawn today  I was tending to pool matters and tree watering and then with the beautiful sunrise and decided to do Chopra/Oprah’s mediation while taking a brief  walk. This entailed  re-listening to day 9 of “Getting Unstuck”  (which seems to be VERY much issue for me.)

Re-listening seems to be important  cause it seems so often I forget what was said or REALLY struggle with the silent mantra mediation that is probably around 10 minutes (?) of the whole thing. WOW as I walked quietly at sunrise I found I was MUCH better at staying with the mantra than when I sit or lie down  (anytime of day.)

Considering that I have been enjoying a summer practice of doing laps 4-5 days a week for 40-65 minutes each swim, I can not help but wonder what it would be like to listen with water proof ear buds  and waterproof iPhone or iPod…ugh sounds like too much more set up to swim. SO for  now… I am  aware that the mind has endless ability to explore AND  find focus as I glide through the water, or walk , or hike, but for me the “skill set” of sitting or lying  in meditation and keeping a mantra  still does not compare. Still working on it though 🙂


PS my run on sentences in my writing  that my blog software gently reminds me of will hopefully improve as my mantras get more locked down 🙂


Sugar Free Gluten Free Low fat YUMMY Cheese Cake


My husband and I have been working on a cheesecake that is gluten and sugar free. This is the latest iteration. I must say the photo is not best beauty image…. but it was the last piece and I really wanted to photographic it quickly cause I was jonesing for another piece! SO much for my career as a food photographer to patiently wait for a stylist 🙂



Structure AWESOME ( well still working on the crust)


Recipe still  going  through refining.  I am not a cheese cake junkie but  this is really changing my thoughts. I have gotten down to 1/2 goat dairy product  1/2 cow dairy…. and working to change that too. For now it is totally gluten and sugar free !!!  And no Splenda like they use at cheese cake factory.

I am due for another try on this and being that my husband and father in law love cheesecake…. to be continued. Did I say guilt free 🙂 I think you would have to be a serious sugarholic to think it was not sweet enough!



“Emergent” Art installation for INFLUX 6 -Scottsdale,AZ

LE speaking at Bus Tour INFLUX FB post

“Emergent ” for INFLUX Cycle 6  has been installed since early April 2016 . Wow time flies. I am so happy to say I was chosen this  by the Scottsdale Public Art to be one of 3 artists to create art to cover the exterior  of  3- 5×8 Ft windows in the gallery district of Scottsdale AZ. If you are in the area anytime until end of March 2017,you can find it inside the courtyard at Marshall Square ( 7077 E Main St )  on the west side of the Expressions Gallery.

The Influx Bike tour and Influx Bus tour were great opportunities for the artists to talk to folks about their work . I promised folks I would write up some tech notes for the pixel peepers and consistent to how I do things… poof…. I got caught up  in other things . Not great marketing,and so much for priorities.

I would like to share some back ground story on the piece. When I applied I was asked to submit 5 images of work, along with a BRIEF reason why I would be good for this project and my bio. What was wild is that when you apply you have NO idea what city or property or project you are applying for! I had no idea when  I applied I would be asked to produce a photo this large, or that it would be displayed outdoors in an area where the viewer could go nose to image that large. Add to that the piece was to be on display  for 9 months in Scottsdale AZ,through the summer heat and sun! I was not looking for billboard  quality printing here. I wanted people to feel they could walk up and see the detailed resolution. Artisan Colour was spot on with helping me make this happen with their quality output . You can read more about some technical aspects of the  project at a blog at their site:

A work of Art, “Emergent” in the form of a Direct Digital Print to white DiBond


I am not ignoring you …and public art

Public Art installations are a business model all of their own for artists. Something I have been involved with applying for and getting hired for on and off for many years. Many more rejections that acceptances I can honestly say.  This is one of the 5 images I submitted in the fall 2015  for review to be considered one of the artists to be part of the InFlux 6 public art program in Scottsdale Az and varied surrounding cities. ( More about this later in this post)

funny how when arranging shapes of veggies for photo, strange connections of thoughts happen
funny how when arranging shapes of veggies for photo, strange connections of thoughts happen

There has been a great number of new subscribers to this blog and I want to thank you all for being here. With that said if you made a comment that has not posted as of yet … I have been very  busy and need to take the time to review the posts before having them on this site , replying to people directly … and honestly researching to make sure these are not just folks that want to advertise to you via my blog , and trying to figure out why some folks signing up go by totally different email name than by user name.  Being that I do not know these people personally it is confusing. SOOO, any comments , help or  feed back on that would be greatly appreciated! The world of blogging, like so much else is a work in progress and a learning curve all of its own.

With  that said, hope you are all working on making , keeping your life delicious. Some days it is easier than others. I am excited to say I am in the throws of a deadline for the public art project I mentioned at beginning of this post , and  I look forward to sharing more about  it after I get through this initial deadline of plans for review and then on to … very quick production turn around. Feeling like dirt after 2 hours sleep last night waking with working on the  plans in my mind….3 hours work instead of sleeping and a few hours more sleep and thanks to my high energy diet / and meditation I am  back at it. NOW need to get some sun and exercise into my day too besides computer time 🙂

Wishing you all the best. Some like it hot.