First day staying home since last Wednesday.
I'm tired. I love how these flowers glow.

Starting a new project. Nothing's glued down yet
still going to make changes.


Chris, Jess and the horse come for a visit

This is Chris' horse-I mean dog.
I can't remember his name right now.
I call him Shaq.
He's huge!
In comparison to the other dogs.
I don't know how he was sleeping.


Had to post this!

This is a little-known story from the Pentagon on 09/11/2001:
During a visit with a fellow chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, I had a chance to hear a first-hand account of an incident that happened right after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon.. The chaplain told me what happened at a daycare center cnear where the impact occurred.
This daycare had many children, including infants who were in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do. There were many children, mostly toddlers, as well as the infants that would need to be taken out with the cribs There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and strollers.
Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed. After hearing what the center director was trying to do, he ran back out into the hallway and disappeared. The director thought, 'Well, here we are, on our own.' About 2 minutes later, that Marine returned with 40 other Marines in tow. Each of them grabbed a crib with a child, and the rest started gathering up toddlers. The director and her staff then helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward the park near the Potomac and the Pentagon.
Once they got about 3/4 of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped in the park, and then did a fabulous thing - they formed a circle with the cribs, which were quite sturdy and heavy, like the covered wagons in the Old West. Inside this circle of cribs, they put the toddlers, to keep them from wandering off. Outside this circle were the 40 Marines, forming a perimeter around the children and waiting for instructions. There they remained until the parents could be notified and come get their children.
The chaplain then said, "I don't think any of us saw nor heard of this on any of the news stories of the day. It was an incredible story of our men there. There wasn't a dry eye in the room. The thought of those Marines and what they did and how fast they reacted; could we expect any less from them? It was one of the most touching stories from the Pentagon." Remember Ronald Reagan's great compliment: "Most of us wonder if our lives made any difference. Marines don't have that problem."
God Bless the USA, our troops, and you.
If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Pass this on to all your friends!!!
The other night, when I was already in bed, Chuck asked
where the hair cutting scissors were. I said, "I don't know."
He said, "You moved them." I said, "No, I didn't and I'm
not getting up to find them." It takes a few minutes for me to
get arranged to sleep because of pain so I was mean.
Anyway, when he came home from work that evening this
is what he found on the counter. He shouldn't have a problem
finding them again.
My friends Greg and Shoko were having a garage sale today.
Greg sent me an email saying Shoko had a picture she wanted
to give me. I already like to go to their sales they always have
good stuff and I enjoy getting to see them. This is the picture.
I really like it. It's going in the living room.
I've gotten a little further on this painting. Seriously though,
I would like to just complete one.


Started another painting today. Wanted to get away
from the other one because of getting frustrated. This
one's been a nice change of pace especially with the color
differences. Not finished but getting there a lot faster than
Corey's portrait.


Sunday: visit with Mom, Dad, Stu, Trish, and the only
picture I took was their cat. She blends with the furniture
A rainbow on the way home.
Trying to figure out the close up on my camera.
It doesn't want to cooperate with me. I want to catch
one of the bees close but they move so fast it's hard to do.
Yay..yay I'm celebrating not killing this orchid Jesse got
for me - mother's day before last. This is the first time it's
bloomed since then.
I am getting extremely frustrated with this painting.
I feel like I've started overworking some of her face and
her hand is making me crazy. I think I will paint something
else for a little bit see if stepping back helps. But I did get
an ear done.
Click on > Talking dog
tooo funny!!


Beach day - the waves were huge.     
The jellyfish were huge and lots.
The undertow was really strong.
It felt like a touch of autumn in the air.
It was really nice and when we left really crowded.



Yesterday, the Greers came over for a visit.
It was all made possible by Jacob who had
been telling his mom he wanted to take a deer
meat sandwich to school for lunch.  She posted
this on facebook so I told her to come over and
get some.  Chuck's friend Nick from work who's 
a hunter had given us some a while back.

When Jacob saw I had an art room he wanted to
create something.  This is Jacob and Brooke Allison
hard at work.  If you look to the left in the photo
you can see the blur of Noah who is constantly in motion.
 Brandy with the little Artists
 Little Miss Brooke Allison
 Brandy and Noah
 Noah decided he wanted to try to draw something.

 I think he got most of it on his hands.                    

       Jacob wanted to make a copy of my painting           
I think he did a great job!

 Brooke Allison making hearts.  She gave me one and
later I found one she gave Chuck in his pocket.  Sweet!