Spring Sprung Sprightly!

April 30, 2010

What a beautiful Spring this is —

In our neighborhood . . .

in North Carolina  . . .

and at my favorite golf course!

Welcome Spring.  We’ve missed you!

For sale . . .

April 28, 2010

. . . fixer-upper with a view.

What’s that realtor’s say?  Location, location, location!

Thanks be to God … the news is good!

April 27, 2010

Update:  Tuesday night, 10 p.m.

Thank you friends for your prayers!

Elise posted the following an hour ago:


Surgery is over and the news is good! Dr. G was able to remove all tumor that he is able to see. It appears from the flash pathology that it is a grade 2 ependymoma and peeled off of all walls nicely. All I can say is our Doctor is a miracle worker and so are all of Cooper’s fans! Your prayers and good vibes worked! Cooper will be sedated until tomorrow where he will have an MRI to determine if there are any other sites where the tumor may have penetrated, but Dr. G felt that he was able to get it all based on what he could see. There was a small complication with a pin sinking into an area where the radiation had occurred which he repaired – we can deal with that, one more scar to add to his battle wounds – my little warrior.

Now we work to get him healed and on to Chemo to knock this bad boy out of the field!

Love to you all – your prayers did reach the heavens!


The war isn’t over yet, but a very significant battle was won today.

Thankful is the only word I can think of to express how I feel right now.  I’m sure many who love Cooper are going to bed tonight thankful.

And thank you to those of you, my friends, who joined us on the front line of the battlefield today.  There is truly strength in numbers … in battles and in prayer.


Please Pray

April 27, 2010

Remember when I told you about Cooper here?

He and his mommy and daddy, and even his big sister, have been through so much — more than I could possibly tell you about here.

But now there is a second, fast-growing tumor in his brain.  So, today at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) a team of very skilled surgeons are going to operate to remove the tumor.

When I got up this morning, there was an update from Justin about Cooper written during the night, and it ended this way:

Cooper is scheduled for surgery with Dr. G at 1:30 pm to take out the new tumor which appears to be growing at a concerning rate. I have been staring at Cooper sleeping for the last hour and can’t stop thinking about all he has been through but mainly what he is going to go through…so with this surgery brings a great deal of hope and concern.

Elise and I have one simple request – when you sit down for lunch tomorrow please say a quick little prayer for Cooper and Dr G’s strength to meet their challenges ahead.

Good night


Will you please pray for wisdom and skill for the doctors, strength for Cooper and faith and peace for his mommy and daddy?

Thank you, my friends.


Don’t Duck the Question!

April 27, 2010

I love “before” and “afters” — I suppose that’s the reason I enjoy the Home and Garden Network on TV so much!

So, regarding the picture I posted yesterday (btw, this is one of the spring-fed ponds in our addition and it occurs to me that I should assure you that that isn’t oil on the surface.  This was taken in late afternoon  and the design on the water comes from reflections of near-by homes), here is the “before”, straight out of the camera:

and here is the “after” that I posted:

Have I ever mentioned?  I love color!  So when I adjusted the saturation of the colors in the original, I was delighted with all the vivid color that showed up in the “after” that reminded me of an abstract painting.

But later I looked back at the original and second guessed myself (another hobby of mine) that maybe it was the best version after all, because the duck is the most colorful thing in the photo.

And, if I crop the original . . .

. . . it puts more emphasis on the duck .

I have many other variations of this picture that I won’t bore you with.  But let me just say that when I get a photo that interests me like this one does, it pays for itself in entertainment value, in the fun time I have playing with it!

Now … the question.  Did I post the right version of the picture?  Or, to be perfectly honest, should I have posted it straight out of the camera?  Because I’m fairly new at this, I’m never sure of the ethics of photography.  In order to be completely truthful, should I always post pictures “as is”?  I really don’t know.

I’m not sure I can ever be cured of my addiction to color, but I will certainly take to heart any opinions you have!

Okay, I do have to share one other variation that I really like …

Oh, and I forgot this one — I really like it too …

Stop!  Get a grip, Sandra.  Just step away from the duck picture and go do something else!

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Duck in Abstract

April 26, 2010

To see some of the interesting detail, click on the picture once to make it screen size.

May your Monday be just ducky!

Love Leads the Way

April 25, 2010

There was a story in the news from Alaska a few days ago about Buddy, a German Shepherd, who was a hero.

While Buddy’s master was working in a workshop next to his house, a fire started.  The man managed to get out but he was burned and the fire quickly became out of control.  The workshop was very close to the house so if it wasn’t put out quickly the fire would certainly spread to the house. The man said, “I need help!” and Buddy immediately took off.

Buddy ran until he found a car, a police car, and led the policeman to the burning building.  Later when asked how he knew to follow the dog, the officer said, “He ran toward the car, stopped and looked at me, ran back up the road a few yards and then glanced back to see if I was following.  He repeated that several times, until he was sure I was following, and then he took off.”

While the officer was following the dog, he began to wonder if he had imagined the “follow me” look and thought that maybe the dog was actually trying to get away from him!  So, he slowed down to see what the dog would do.

As soon as Buddy noticed that the car wasn’t keeping up with him, he ran back toward the car, barked, and then turned around and led the way again.

When they arrived at to the burning building, Buddy ran circles around the police car and when the officer opened the car door, he reached up and pulled on the officer’s arm with his paw!

Buddy’s owner received help, the house was saved and the Alaska State Police have already given Buddy a life-saving award.

Isn’t that a wonderful story?  It seems obvious that Buddy acted out of love for his master.

And it occurs to me that I would do well to learn a lesson for my own life from Buddy.  When someone is watching me, my actions and words should lead the way to the one I love, my Master.  I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate my love for my Master and for my fellow man.  And the life-saving reward for all of us will be eternity in Heaven.

May your Sunday be blessed.