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Welcome to Thursday Coffee Hour. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is new with you. When I first started doing graphic art the models for trees were really primitive. The newer generations give me a lot more flexibility in doing my art. I frequently bring trees close to the front.

Capturing the Moon
 Capturing the Moon

East Meets West
 East Meets West

Falling Leaves
 Falling Leaves

Lights and Shadow
 Light and Shadow

Moon Over Autumn Leaves
 Moon Over Autumn Leaves

Red Sky
 Red Sky

Singing in the Rain
 Singing in the Rain

Super Moon
 Super Moon

Wind Beneath My Wings
 Wind Beneath My Wings

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  •  Cookies (13+ / 0-)

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:09:25 PM PST

  •  Yes to trees in art (8+ / 0-)

    "Night Life of Trees" by tribal artists in India

    http://www.amazon.com/...

  •  Happy Thursday! (7+ / 0-)

    I really like "Singing in the Rain" and the 2 following.
    I just love anything and everything with cardinals.

    Watching Godfather Part 2 and really enjoying it.
    Watched the original Godfather yesterday.
    Very violent movies, but that's not the reason I like them so much.
    I like the period and seeing the old cars and buildings and the way people dressed.

    It's very dark here today and hopefully we'll get rain.
    Getting ready for a hard freeze and preparing to cover our cacti and aloes.
    We're not accustomed to freezing cold temps, and it is expected to dip as low as 28 for the next few nights.
    We had a hard freeze a few years ago and several people's pipes burst and thankfully we were okay and Mr.AzBlue covered them all in foam wrap.
    Will leave the cupboard doors open under the kitchen and bathroom sinks as those pipes are on an outside wall.
    I love this cold snap and know that this is nothing compared to northern regions of the country but it is really unique for us.

    Hope everyone is having a great Thursday!

    Winter Cardinal

  •  I'm particularly grateful for this post today (7+ / 0-)

    and everyone's contributions.  Was feeling a bit blue and bit scared...

    I just love the "Lights and Shadow" and "Red Sky" pieces in your showing.

    The pic of that cardinal put a smile on my face and I'm reminded how much my mom loved cardinals too.  She's gone 5-1/2 years and I'm missing her today.  I feel her spirit essence in the female cardinals that come to my dad's feeders back in WI.  I was just there over the holidays.  There are three pairs of happy cardinals and I just love to see them.

    Anyway I'm grateful for today's "Coffee".  I really needed it.

    Love, joy and peace to all,
    DES

    "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." Ted Kennedy 1980 DNC Keynote Speech

    by Dumas EagerSeton on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 02:49:54 PM PST

    •  (((DES))) (7+ / 0-)

      I hold an affinity for cardinals because of my father.
      Back in Michigan just outside of Detroit, we had a rather spectacular yard surrounded by pine trees that he received as a gift and planted and they thrived.
      They're still there and towering now.

      My dad loved birds and went to great lengths to protect them from squirrels.
      There was a cardinal nest at his shoulder level and he showed me the babies and he'd wiggle his fingers above them and they'd hold their heads back and chirp for food.
      It's a great memory and whenever I am feeling especially worried or unhappy, a cardinal or two always seem to show up.
      A cardinal even visited on our wedding day.
      Cardinals are not rare in Arizona but they are where we live and I always take it as a sign from my dad.

      Hugs to you and I hope you feel better soon.

      All we need is LOVE!

      by arizonablue on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 02:59:12 PM PST

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      •  Thanks blue. What wonderful memories of your (5+ / 0-)

        dad, especially the one about the hungry baby cardinals.  I believe the Universe or God or whatever sense of the Divine you may embrace as a belief set chooses specific messengers as greetings from our loved ones who have passed - especially the ones that will resonate strongly with us.  The rare cardinal sightings where you live are probably that sign from your dad as you say.

        January is a hard month for me to get through b/c I have a touch of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as well as a mild case of depression (dystymia) and mostly battle it back via herbal supplements, cognitive thinking work based on 9 yrs of therapy - and for me personally - prayer.

        But my dad fell a few days before I was to come back to NYC from WI and got me feeling scared for him and sad for me.  He's fine, luckily a few bruised ribs was all that happened but it got me to thinking that he needs LifeAlert b/c he lives alone in a big house and is 82, going on 83 this September.  He's in good physical shape, drives good and to church, running errands, and to dinner several times a week...but it would only take ONE TIME or ONE FALL...We have great, caring neighbors who can look in on him but if he fell bad and they do have a set of keys to the house and visit him impromptu sometimes.  But having a stroke or heart attack requires immediate help and I'm halfway across the country in NYC...

        Anyway my dad is open to getting this service which I will have to set up when I go home the end of March for Easter.  I'd like it to be sooner but my dad also has short term memory issues so he needs me to repeat a new routine or task to him over and over and over until it becomes routine to him.  I don't mind doing it and getting him into the habit of never taking that LifeAlert button off would be something I would need to be home for - at least initially - to get him going on it consistently.

        And the sad comes in just thinking that my parenting of him has become more involved and will most likely only get more involved - and that's ok.  I always figured this time would come.  But with parenting a parent also comes the thought of losing them one day.  [sigh]  I'm grateful because he and I are so close, many don't have that but I've felt wistful since I've been back in the city this week.

        Anyway, thanks for sharing and of course, listening.

        DES

        "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." Ted Kennedy 1980 DNC Keynote Speech

        by Dumas EagerSeton on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 03:31:42 PM PST

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        •  Will say a little prayer for both you and your dad (5+ / 0-)

          I do understand your worries and fears.

          All we need is LOVE!

          by arizonablue on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 03:39:45 PM PST

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        •  a medical alert "button" (3+ / 0-)
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          Sara R, michelewln, Dumas EagerSeton

          they are wonderful and the service can be cheap.  They save lives.  And, he does not need to wear it outside the house.  He just wears it when he is alone.

          One lady in our church, forgot to take her medical alert button off when she went shopping.  She walked out of the house, down the street and past the fire station.  Suddenly, she slipped on a curb and slid to the ground on wet leaves.  Automatically, she pressed her button.  Realizing that wouldn't work, she wondered what to do.

          Meanwhile, the old man, who's house she had fallen in front of and who had his own medical alert button, was contacted by his Medical Alert folks.  He promised them that he had never hit his button.  They were equally sure that they were getting a "confirmed" signal from his house.   Walking around his house to reassure the medical folks, he saw the lady in the street.  The medical alert folks contacted the fire dept next door within seconds.

          Meanwhile, she had managed to drag herself off the street.  The old man and the firemen helped her up, and the firemen took care of her.  You never know.

          •  Wow that's an amazing story. You have to wonder (1+ / 0-)
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            michelewln

            if there was some other type of aid sent on that day?  I am a believer in angels/guardians who can intervene for us and help us in our time of need.  But that's just me.

            Thanks for sharing that inspiring story.

            "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." Ted Kennedy 1980 DNC Keynote Speech

            by Dumas EagerSeton on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 08:51:36 AM PST

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  •  Trees (7+ / 0-)

    Tree 4395 small

    Tree 4398

    I seem to take lots of pictures of trees.

    Thanks for the thread.

  •  Welcome Home Bird (7+ / 0-)

    Photobucket is down so I couldn't put the picture in a comment like I wanted and I can't get DKOS images to behave at all. This picture was dedicated to my Aunt Bird who loved red birds. She passed away in June.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 03:31:10 PM PST

  •  michelewin, we just finished (2+ / 0-)
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    ozarkspark, michelewln

    your quilt top:

    IMG_2155
    "Crystal Star"

    The backing will be the same red fabric as the border.  We'll be layering it tonight so that Ojibwa can bless it.

    You can order Pootie Pads here until the website is back up. Pooties love them!

    by Sara R on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 05:33:02 PM PST

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