Monthly Archives: January 2014

Cole The Rescue Dog and Eddie’s Wheels

It’s a good thing. No. It’s a great thing!!! Here you can read the story of Cole a beautiful, sweet little rescue dog and how a fabulous company called Eddie’s Wheels helped with his great new life.

Thanks Kimberly for being an animal hero!
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(Photo by his owner)

My granddog Rudie whom I love so very, very much has been stricken with a herniated disc and can’t walk or get around because her back legs are paralyzed. So it was great to find this company. If she isn’t better within a few month she will have to have one of these wheelchairs. The surgery to repair her disc would be $4000! And it would be horrible to put her down because of this. She is the most gentle, loving and sweet dog that I have ever met. So well-behaved and easy-going. She rides in the car like a dream and always thinks that grammie has come over to take her for a ride. Sometimes when I baby sit her I take her for a ride to entertain her so when I go over she always runs to my car. I love to play frisbee with her, she is fantastic at it. It is so sad to think she won’t be able to play anymore. Even if she recovers she won’t be able to run or jump like that in case she would re-injure her disc.

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A Winter’s Day

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The Tulip

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A dear friend of mine gave me this beautiful Tulip because of my mom’s death. That was so sweet of her especially since she is having such a difficult time in life right now. It was good to be able to talk with her about she still misses her mother after ten years and sometimes even still cries about it. I hope that I can be more of a help to her in coming months and years. It is one of my friendships from way back that I would love to renew. She is a sweet, gentle woman who is not harsh or judgemental. She did a great job homeschooling her two children and now has nine grandchildren, the lucky woman! I had the chance to meet most of them a few weeks ago and they were all a true delight to know. It was good to have a house full of kids again, all laughing and playing. I look forward to having many more fun times with them all. Thank you Dell.

Why?

Looking at the eagle
soaring oh so high
wings spread wide
in glorious flight
I wonder what he
thinks of us
down below?
He must wonder
why do they bicker
and fight?
Why can they
not find peace?
Why can’t their hearts
take flight
and enjoy
the beautiful land below?

Carl Larsson – Swedish Artist – 1853-1919

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I was surprised to discover that Carl Larsson had a sad, harsh life spent in poverty during his early years. One would never guess that by looking at his beautiful, serene paintings of his life after marriage.

He painted with oils without much public success before marriage. After marrying his wife Karin and switching to watercolors he found more fame as a painter. His eight children and family life in beautiful Sundborn in a little cottage by the river made for unending, lovely subject matter.

I found this reproduction print a few months ago and even though it has scratches on it as if it had been stuck to another piece of glass at one time I still love it. All of his work has a special softness to it.

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This print is called Papa’s Room. I’m especially drawn to it because as a child I always wanted a big, bed with curtains in the middle of the room like a fort. A private little fort to hide away and read all day in secret. I love the bookshelves in the painting. I could certainly use bookshelves that go all the way around my room. As a matter of fact my granddaughter does have that in her room, custom built by her father and I think Carl Larsson himself would approve of the soft happy colors her room is painted in.

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I read that Carl and his wife did not share a bedroom as most married people do. His wife slept with the children (most of the time, obviously not always) and Carl had a room to himself. I am a huge fan of that myself. Just think of all the snuggling with babies and toddlers. All of the goodnight stories and books. Plus he probably snored like most men do!

Other works of Carl Larsson that I like are:
In the Carpenter Shop
Brita in The Drawing Room
The Skier
The Verandah
Bridge In Grez
Flowers on the Windowsill
Breakfast under The Big Birch
and both paintings of his studio, left and right.

Here are two more sites about Carl Larsson that you might enjoy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Larsson?uselang=pt
http://www.carllarsson.se/enstart.aspx

You can also find a lot of his work, reprints on canvas and notecards and such on Ebay.

Greeting Cards

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These are two of the cards that are in my Etsy Shop. The Hummingbird was made with a stamp and then colored in with color pencils and water color pencils. I drew the Peacock feather by hand and then used water color pencils to paint it. That one in particular was a lot of fun. I will be adding more soon.

Save a Dog, a Cat, Save Something!!!!!

This is Miley after he was rescued and cleaned up. So beautiful!

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Please watch this video about a sad pitiful dog laying in the garbage pile sick, scared, hungry, alone, stressed in need of love.

Don’t go out and buy an expensive, fancy dog when you can save a life that will not make it without your help. Our shelters are being over-run with animals. Rescue groups are over-whelmed trying to take care of all they have. Think about adopting an older dog if that suits your lifestyle better. Every one doesn’t need an active puppy. There are so many blind and deaf dogs and cats who need a loving home also. Please consider them if you can.

And always involve your support system of family and friends as to you would be most willing to be God parent to your precious new addition if something awful would happen to you. You don’t want them to have to go back to a shelter. Have play dates with friends and family and get everyone comfortable with each other.

Make these animals really a part of your life. Please don’t chain them to a tree. What kind of life is that? They need a securely fenced yard to run and play in. With you. My neighbor’s dog was home alone for as much as twelve hours a day pretty much every single day. Let’s see they can’t read a book, they can’t watch tv. No one to play with. Can’t you imagine how boring that would be. And a dog or a cat needs a good, secure insulated dog house that properly fits it’s own size so that it’s body heat can be trapped in to keep them warmer during the cold.They need fresh clean wheat straw to keep warm. They love a good, soft blanket. But most of all they love to be in the house with you! Sleep with you! Nothing pleases a dog more than being by your side as much as possible. You are their job. They want to protect you and please you. You treat your animal right and they will give you more love than you could ever imagine. It’s not that hard just put yourself in their fur and walk a few miles. Walk a few miles around the city without your shoes as a matter of fact looking for food and water. Looking for shelter. Looking for a safe place to have your babies and care for them. Then how are you going to care for them, feed them and keep them safe. Do you see what stray, lost and unwanted animals face? And by the way black animals are the least adopted from shelters as well as ugly ones. Be an animal hero, go adopt one. A black one. An old one, A blind one, A deaf one. Just please go adopt one. More than that make a true member of your family living inside, playing and being loved and cherished by you. You will be glad you did. Please repost this a thousand times over. Thank you for reading it. And giant hugs from me to you if you do adopt or help out in any way. I would love to see pics.