My house in St. Petersburg thankfully survived yet another hurricane.
I was here for Frances this time; and, while my house weathered it well,
there were a few moments when I was worried. I really was lucky; I lost
power for six or seven hours—a very minor inconvenience when so
many lost everything they had.
I tried to take a picture of a blue jay that was clinging to a vine
outside my kitchen window; but, with the lights out and the black clouds
outside, the picture didn’t turn out well enough for me to show
it to you. I felt so sorry for him. He looked a little battered and
his feathers were rumpled, but he hung on valiantly.
Pat's sister-in-law Carol and brother Dan were with her during the
My brother Dan and sister-in-law Carol were with me to ride out the
storm. They left their house in Melbourne before the storm hit the Atlantic
side of the state. They, too, were very lucky and left my house earlier
today with smiles on their faces because they have a house to go home
to. Carol is planning to volunteer with the Red Cross in her area. She
has heard that there is a great need for volunteers, because so many
people are either displaced or without basic services.
This painting will be printed to benefit Equestrian Connection and
other therapeutic riding organizations.
Despite the bad weather, I managed to get some painting done. The piece
I’m showing you here isn’t finished yet, but I’m excited
about it and can’t wait to share it with you. This painting, of
a little boy holding a horse by its halter, will become a print edition
that will benefit therapeutic riding organizations across the country.
It will be released the first weekend of November at an event held in
conjunction with The Country Framer of Libertyville, Illinois, and Equestrian
Connection. If you have a therapeutic riding program in your area that
might be interested in raising money with this print, please ask them
to give Jake Henderson a call at 1-800-430-1320.
Pat had fun painting these stylish cats.
I decided to let my mischievous side come out when I
painted these next two pieces. Kitties want to have fun, too!
The next piece is a sweet teddy bear, dressed in a sailor hat and a
navy blue bow. I hope you like him as much as I do.
Pat's newest friend in the bear family.
I hope next week I’ll be able to report that Hurricane Ivan,
which is currently approaching the Caribbean, has bypassed Florida.
I’m praying that it will just fizzle out and not hit land at all!