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Category: Miscellaneous

For the first time since I was a kid, I got to go on vacation with my mom and two brothers.  We had a great time.  Here are some highlights.

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Verta Kartchner Johnston
Dec 1, 1916 –
May 29, 2011

Every now and then a person goes quietly through life unnoticed by anyone other than close friends and family.

My grandmother was one of those people.  But what those that didn’t notice her missed out on was the chance to know someone with a pure soul and a strength of character unsurpassed by no one.  This was a woman who lived her life unselfishly and totally devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, her siblings and her church.  She was our calming influence in times of stress and chaos (I never once heard her raise her voice).  She was our strength when lifes heartaches reduced us to tears.  She loved and supported us through good times and bad.  It was always a wonderful feeling just being in her peaceful presence.  She will be sorely missed by all those who know and love her.  Rest in peace, grandma, until we meet again.


I LOVE long sweeping curves!  When Laura’s challenge said draw only curves, I jumped at the chance.  I realized after getting started, though, that I still had to concentrate or that stray straight line tried to jump in there.  Ok.. so I know most of my tiles are not official zentangles… more like zentangle inspired art (ZIA).  But I still can’t seem to get a handle on drawing random lines with making something recognizable out of them.  This one is no exception.  Maybe next time.


The challenge for this week at I am the diva is to use a design created by Laura while she was caring for that precious baby boy in the hospital.  Everyone is very happy that he is home and on the mend.  The design is called, of course, “Artoo”.  For my tile, I decided to also stay with the heart theme that we used last week while Artoo was still in the hospital.  I threw some Ixorus in there, too, from the previous week.  I decided to start experimenting more with shading the designs and I am amazed at how much difference it makes.  I’m pretty happy with this one.


This one is for my friend, Darlene.  I’ve never met anyone else that’s in as much peace with herself and her Lord.  I miss your bright, sunny smile.   Happy Valentines day.