Italy is gorgeous! I left Virginia's beautiful spring and found that
spring has graced Cortona's countryside as well. My daughter Becky and
I walk around the mountain every morning, and we get to see red poppies,
purple irises, and Queen Anne's lace blooming together. It's quite a
treat for the eyes.
This is my garden in Cortona, Italy. It's so peaceful!
Becky and I passed these two cats sitting on a wall during one of
our morning walks. I couldn't resist taking their picture. Note the
tile roof behind them, which is how most of the buildings here are roofed.
I haven't fully adjusted to the time change yet, so I work in my studio
mostly at night. My drawing table is by the window, and my companion
has been the full moon.
My granddaughter Sofia, center, just received her yellow belt in
taekwondo from her instructor Ernesto Santaniello, left. Ernesto is
a black belt. Congratulations, Sofia!
I received word from my daughter Ginny back in Waynesboro, Virginia,
that my granddaughter Chiara did extremely well in the 22nd Annual Augusta
County Track Invitational that was held at Riverheads High School this
past weekend. She placed first in both the 400 and 800 meter events,
with only one event in between, achieving her personal best time in
the 400 meter. She also ran in the 4 x 400 meter relay and came in first
for her leg of the event. Congratulations, Chiara!
Chiara running in the 4 x 400 meter relay. Go, Chiara, go!
Fleet feet-Chiara and her teammates who run the 4 x 400 meter relay.
The General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) Virginia presented
a new ambulance to the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad at its convention
on Sunday, April 25, 2010. This ambulance is a living memorial to the
fallen Hokies lost in the April 16, 2007, shootings. GFWC Virginia women
raised over $108,000 during a two-year period to purchase this fully-equipped
2009 E450 Ford ambulance. Matt Johnson, Captain of the Virginia Tech
Rescue Squad, gratefully accepted the ambulance for the Squad, acknowledging
this as the largest single gift ever made to them. A portion of the
money raised for the ambulance by GFWC Virginia was done so in conjunction
with P. Buckley Moss Galleries, Ltd., via sales of the Forever
Brooch/Pendant and ornament.
Future sales of the brooch and ornament will contribute to a fund to
maintain the ambulance. Pictured L. to R.: Kathryn Sowers, GFWC Va.
State Project Chairman; Tracy Lane, President of the GFWC Narrows Jr.
Woman's Club and mother of Jarrett Lane (one of the 32 victims); Matt
Johnson, Captain of the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad; Elizabeth Rogers,
Vice President of Financial Management for the Rescue Squad; and Emma
Jean Wise, GFWC Va. President.