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Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Although the news media seems to have moved right on past Hurricane Ike, those that were caught in its path have not moved on. They are still suffering the affects, and will be for some time. I hope that we will not forget them, and will continue to help in any way that we can. I want to bring attention to a fellow folk artist, Susan Dean, of Threadbare Primitives. Susan is located in Anahuac, TX, just East of Trinity Bay, where Ike traveled through on it's way North. Anahuac is in Chambers County, which suffered great destruction from the winds and the water of Ike. Susan and her husband are now back in their GARAGE, but their home is not structurally safe for living. As they await word from their insurance company, they must do what they can to bring their lives back toward normalcy. One of the ways that we could help Susan, a working artist that depends on her business for her well-being, is to visit her website and MAKE A PURCHASE OR TWO!!! Yes, just that simple!! Susan has many wonderful patterns, as well as finished goods and supplies. Her designs are whimsical and easy to use, and I should know!! I own most of them!! HA!! Pattern addict #1 here!! I encourage you to visit Threadbare Primitives, do some shopping, and keep Susan and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Prim Blessings to all, Trudy

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Presence of the Crow.............

I love crows (oh, really?!).....and almost always have two or three that come to visit on a regular basis. As Mike left for work one morning recently, he saw this guy on the neighbor's roof, and low and behold.....there were actually two of them visiting!! I hear their distinct caw...caw....caw....while I am working, and have to stop, get the camera, and try to find them. They are wise and beautiful birds, and one of my favorites!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Day at Elitch Gardens in Denver, CO!!

What a fun day was had by all, as we rode the light rail into Denver, and spent much of a day at Elitch Gardens, the famed amusement park!! Granddaughter Sadie had the most fun of all!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


We must not forget all those that were so badly affected by the hurricane just days ago.....many that will never be able to return to their homes, since no homes remain. When I see the photos from areas like the Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island, I wonder how anything survived such destruction. Two organizations that are at work to provide assistance and aid to the victims of Ike are the American Red Cross, and the Humane Society of the United States. With this disaster coming right on the heels of Hurricane Gustav, both organizations are badly in need of donations to help fund their missions. Every dollar makes a difference. If you haven't had enough media coverage, here is a link to a gallery of photos that will certainly bring the level of the affects of this storm into reality for you. Please keep the victims of Ike in your prayers and thoughts.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Hop on over to Johanna's blog, Johanna Parker Design, and scroll down a couple posts to find out how YOU can get these great labels to use and enjoy on some of your Halloween projects!! Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us, Johanna!! And....for anyone that happens to be in the Denver area this weekend....Johanna will be offering her fine works of art at a fun show in an even more fun shopping area!! You can find all of the specifics for the show on Johanna's website!! For those of you that love Halloween, you will find lots and lots of superb works of art to add to your collection in her wonderful work!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Beautiful Lilies!!

Mike brought home a beautiful bouquet of lilies for my birthday a week or so ago, and this morning I want to share a couple shots. Sadly, I apparently failed to take a picture of the entire bouquet!! Guess he'll have to buy more lilies!! :)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sharing and Passing Along!!

Thank you to Kim of The Smiling Goat for awarding me with another special honor award!! I love awards!! I have finally made time to search my bloglist for those that have not yet, or not recently, received this award, and here goes!!
The rules for this award ....... to choose 7 bloggers whose blogs I love to visit, let them know that I have chosen them, and post the links here!!
What a hard decision!! I have a giant list of blogs that I love to visit, full of creativity, photos, and all kinds of info that is such joy and inspiration, fun and relaxing, and a great way to rejunenate, too!!
So.....I will randomly chose 7 blogs, in no special order, and want to honor them with this fun award!!

The award rules, ladies, are pretty easy!! Have fun!! I know.....the choosing is the hard part!! We are blessed with soooo many cool blogs out there in blogland!!
1. The winner can put the logo on their blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of those you’ve nominated.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Thoughts and prayers go out to all those in the path of Hurricane Ike. Being somewhat of a news addict, I was glued to CNN most of the night, hoping that all those in the path of the hurricane would be okay. I am amazed at those folks that chose to stay behind, and not head to safer surroundings. I'm even more amazed at the nerve of the reporters. Not sure if that is heroism or stupidity!! I lived in Southern Florida during David, and that was enough for me!! Then came Andrew. Although my many years in Austin brought bad weather days from the hurricanes in the Gulf, it seems that Austin has been spared from this one.

While the hurricane was making the move across the Gulf, a front moved through Colorado, bringing fresh snow to the high country. This is a picture of what I saw this morning, as the overcast skies and clouds had cleared during the night, bringing my wonderful view back to life...although the humidity haze still lingers. Fall is definitely in the air!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Let Us Never Forget ......

As we take a moment to reflect on this day 7 years ago, and send prayers and thoughts to those directly affected, may we never forget that we were all affected, and America was changed forever.
God Bless America
United We Stand
Land of the Free, Home of the Brave


Goodness!! Where does time go??? Here it is already the middle of September...and much has taken place since I last birthday, my computer dying, my new computer purchased, my continued fighting with change, my not liking the new operating system, the new operating system not liking my printers, and on and on and on and on and on!!!!

But......Fall is arriving rapidly here in the Front Range, and snow has arrived at some of the upper elevations. Today is our second cool and dreary day this Fall, with one day last week bringing morning temps in the low 40's!! YIKES!! This morning it is still only 51 degrees, and I have not seen the sun. That's rare. I love sun!!

A couple mornings ago I dashed out early to attempt to get some shots of the very interesting fog bank that was following the lake and river, hanging in the valley, looking most interesting. I didn't get good shots, but am sharing some interesting ones from the morning with you. Enjoy!!