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The Memorial

Filed under: That random stuff, Tributes — DonnaB at 8:38 pm on Thursday, April 30, 2009
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I’m meeting Cathy’s daughters this weekend. They want prints of the memorial I created for their Mom and I just couldn’t be happier about seeing them. Since they have mostly lived away from this area and have adult lives of their own, I had not gotten to know them other than to meet the older daughter once. I only knew the younger one through photos and the recent funeral. I’m hoping this will give me a bit of closure and at the same time a new beginning and lasting friendships with her cherished daughters. I think Cathy will be pleased, I know I am.

My Thoughts on American Idol

Filed under: That random stuff — DonnaB at 8:36 pm on Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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I haven’t commented at all about this season, but just let me say, I haven’t missed a show and we’re nearing the finale. I like this group, I like them a lot and I don’t care who wins this time around.

I think Matt (the guy that left tonight) is super talented and would have won the whole thing had he competed in earlier seasons.

Allison is AMAZINGLY composed for her age and that gal can sing!

Adam is a bit theatrical for me some weeks, but I won’t deny his talent for entertaining.

Kris has surprised everyone - but me! I love his quiet nature and his “mad skillz” as Randy would say.

And then there’s Danny… sweet, beautiful, Danny. His story of losing his wife just four weeks before he auditioned pulled at my heartstrings along with the rest of the viewing audience. He will go far no matter the outcome of the show. Losing his wife and taking the risk of auditioning made us fall in love with him, but his talent has kept him in the running.

I’m anxious to see what next week brings! Considering it will be rock week, Allison should shine, but as already stated with this final four, I think any of them can walk with the title.

Cathy’s Memorial

Filed under: Graphic Images, Tributes — DonnaB at 9:12 pm on Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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I mentioned I had created a memorial for Cathy and I thought I would share it. I had it printed and will use an 11 x 14 frame matted to the picture size which is 8 x 10. It has her high school picture and a picture taken at our school reunion last summer. It includes the obituary text and the poem her family had printed on the handout for her services. I created some of the elements on the page and some were free to use found on scrapbooking sites.

Cathy's Memorial

I realize is it unreadable at this size, but you get the idea of what it looks like. Now to be brave and take the framed print to her Mother. I keep finding excuses not to go. I know this past month has been a time of healing and trying to move forward and my visit and my gift will open up those wounds again… for her and for me. I will share the poem for it is beautiful.

We Remember You

Oh look… she’s back already!

Filed under: Photos — DonnaB at 8:11 pm on Monday, April 27, 2009
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I actually posted another picture today, I’m so proud of my two posts in a row! :)

Our friends miniature donkey born earlier this month. They are tiny, adorable creatures with affectionate personalities. Seriously, they aim to please and like nothing more than being in your back pocket. At birth, they are typically 20 - 30 pounds and around 20 inches (give or take a few) in height. Adults are no more than 36 inches tall, weigh anywhere from 200 to 350 pounds and have a life expectancy of 25 - 35 years. They really do have wonderful personalities and we have enjoyed having the opportunity to interact with them.

Tap, tap, TAP!

Filed under: Photos — DonnaB at 9:26 pm on Sunday, April 26, 2009
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Is this thing on?

I know, I have once again crossed the border into the land of “the almost, but not quite, dead blogs”! And for that, I apologize to my faithful few readers.

I have taken a lot of pictures lately and will try to share a few of them and see if I can once again become obsessed with sharing them. I have also continued to create a few graphics as well and perhaps the urge to post them will hit me too.

I made a beautiful memorial layout for my friend, Cathy, had it printed and even bought a frame for it, but have yet had the nerve to take it to her sweet Mom. I have felt so lost without hearing from her this last month and if I feel this way, I can only imagine the pain her family has felt.

I have posted a new photo on my photo blog, go check out a little smoke and fire!