Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"The Sentinel," Sandhill Crane Painting

My new work of art is finally finished, framed, and hung.  My artist friend, Anita Orlando, came up to our house in Savanna Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida in December of 2010 to get a feel for the cranes' habitat.  We lucked out and saw lots of Sandhill Cranes. 

(Anita is available for other commissions if you'd like something painted.)

I made a shell wreath to start the grouping over the sofa.  Almost all the shells were ones I gathered on Sanibel Island back in 2009.  

I had a hanging that I bought on the streets of Hong Kong years ago that will work for now, but I hope to find something lighter.

I'm a sucker for "Before" and "After" pictures.
The chair where I "compute" has a perfect view of this wall and my spirits are lifted just seeing it.
Here's a closer look at the painting the artist calls "The Sentinel."  (You can click the photo for a larger view.)
The crane painting brings light, personality, and pizazz into the room.  Thank you, Anita Orlando, for sharing your talents with me!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Cancer Center for Ed

Ed just finished two courses of chemo and had a scan.  The oncologist is shocked and disappointed that the chemo did not help, in fact the main tumor in his lungs has grown. He is referring him to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.  Now, we're working on the insurance red tape and glitches.

Ed is feeling miserable but thankfully, he is not in pain.  He sleeps a lot and his little guardian angel-cat, Blanche, stays with him by the hour.

All prayers and positive thoughts will be appreciated.  Thank you.

Friday, February 10, 2012

2 Scuba Buddies Visit

The Under Sea Adventurers Dive Club, is one of my long-term and most cherished clubs. I joined in 1980 and the friendships I made there have lasted all these years.

Linda Caldwell and Sue Revie came for the day to visit.  I also gave them a tour of our little abode and Savanna Club.

Linda was a first grade teacher in a school in the same school system where I taught in Ft. Lauderdale.  Sue was one of my dive buddies and friend for many, many years.  

I felt honored by their visit and we shared a lot of news and laughs!  Friends mean so much to me, particularly special ones like Sue and Linda.