Freebie Pts 5 & 6 and My Art

Good Monday to you all!  I made it!  I miss my little dog, but, I will be okay.  The house was so quiet over the weekend.  I kept thinking I heard her toenails clacking across the floor behind me.  Once, I thought I heard her scratching at the door and, out of habit, got up to go open it.  Then, I realized it couldn’t be her.  I was afraid to look.  What would I do if she had been there?!  Did you ever read “Pet Sematary”, by Stephen King?  I just need to get used to the house’s sounds without her in it.
 
I’ve noticed that when something gets me in a funk, I get into my art and stuff.  I guess I try to tune everything else out and it works pretty good.  Last week I worked on a piece for a Digital Whisper’s challenge.  We’re doing ‘photo-manipulations’ and trying to perfect them.  ‘Treehouse’ was the theme and we were given the trees and house.  I used one of the trees, but, I did something else for the house.  I spent quite a considerable amount of time on it, because it got me away from everything.  Here is that piece:
(Click to enlarge)
Each element of the work is a separate image, the cityscape, the tree, rocks, woods, vines, etc.  I put them all together and blended them to make it appear as one image.  It’s fun and I learned some new stuff.  There are a few things I want to work on, but, overall, I’m happy with it and it was wonderfully therapeutic!
On the subject of Digital Whisper, we put out a book!  Kimmie collected from us a piece of our art and a little story about us and compiled them all in a nice book.  “Digital Whispers of Artistic Souls” is our baby!  All of the art is pieces that each of us favored.  I used my piece, “By the Lake”, which I have in my DeviantArt gallery.
I hope to be able to purchase one of the books soon.  I’ve never had my art in print before!
And, now, what you have been waiting for, the last two parts for “My Fair Lady”.  Each of my previews is linked to a part.  Be sure you click on both.  Then, click on Miss Edna’s preview to go to her blog for her two parts.  Miss Edna and I are going on vacation next week – together.  But, we will be back in March for another goody kit.
Part 5
 
 Part 6:
Click image to go to Miss Edna’s Place:
Until next time!
Smile pretty!
Hugs,

 Su

SU CheshireCat

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So Long, Old Friend

In Loving Memory – “Chelsea” 1996-2011
My sweet Chelsea is no longer with us.  She was fourteen years old.  This is so very difficult as she was my companion for the past twelve years.  I’m so used to her being ‘there’.  She was a great watch dog, in that she would let out a bark if she heard anything that didn’t sound right.  Always a gentle, peaceful lady, my “Neener-girl” knew me so well.  She could read my face and would be all concerned until I was okay.  She loved to lick hands and would sit for hours, sometimes, just holding and licking on my hand or my son’s.  
 
Here she is sitting in the middle of a pampas-grass plant, like it was her nest.  LOL 


She never did have puppies, but, she was so gentle with small children.  She preferred to stay away from them, but, like if my grand-daughter sat by her and petted her, she would patiently sit with her.  My grand-daughter, J, who is four-and-a-half, was hysterical when she found out.  She really loved Chelsea.  She was forever sitting with her, reading her a story, putting a hat on her, whatever.  When she was with Chelsea was about the only time J was calm.  That just occurred to me.

Chelsea was always pretty healthy.  Around three or four months ago, she began having a lot of ‘accidents’.  She was getting slower and slower at climbing the four steps up onto our porch to come in and out, so, I think some of the accidents were to avoid her having to navigate the stairs.  Her ‘breed’ has rather skinny legs and a barrel-shaped body.  I always had to watch her weight because I knew if she got too heavy her legs wouldn’t hold her as an old lady.
The other day, Chelsea began panting, like she was having trouble cooling off.  A few times she just fell down, like, she collapsed for a brief moment.  She was making some raspy breathing sounds, too.  She wanted outside, so, I let her out and she went straight to my son’s jeep, in the very back of the yard, and got under it.  She pretty much stayed there all day long.  Now, I think she knew she was dying, so, she was getting as far away from me as possible.  She didn’t seem to mind my daughter going out to where she was and sitting with her.  But, if I went out there, she would get up and move.  I’m ultra sensitive and very emotional.  She seemed to know this.
My daughter and son took Chelsea to the vet that night.  There was an upper-respiratory infection, so, her breathing was almost nil.  She was also running a fever.  The decision was made to end her suffering, because of her age and how crippled she was.  But, that is such a hard decision to make.  I feel better about her now, because I know she is not in pain anymore.  (If you feel differently, please don’t get down on me.  She was suffering.)
I just had to pay tribute to my dearest friend.  Chelsea never judged me, never got mad at me, and loved to ‘spoon’ on cold winter nights.  She wasn’t a huge dog, at all, but, I guess about 45 or 50 pounds.  But, she kept me warm!  LOL  She was just a good dog!  I’m sure going to miss her!
My Neener-girl is at peace now.  Her body no longer causes her pain since she left it behind to go join her fur-friends in the big ‘dog park’ in the sky.  Rest in peace, little dog! 
Blessings, All!  Thank you for reading this. 
Miss Edna and I will be releasing the third and final parts to our February collaboration, “My Fair Lady”, on Monday.  I’ll see you then!

Hugs!
 
How about a rain check on that smile?  Another time.  I don’t feel like doing much of anything, right now.  But, I’ll be okay.  LOL  I’m a big girl!
Su

SU CheshireCat

Freebie Collab Parts 3 & 4

Happy Valentine’s Day to each of you.  Have you been given your roses and candy, yet?  What about that diamond?  LOL  Valentines Day seems to be a ladies’ celebration.  Guys have to buy us stuff.  Eh?  Love.  Sheesh!  For each of us, love means something different.  One thing that does seem to be consistent with everyone is the pain that love can cause us.  Love-related pain is one of the the oldest and most often experienced pain among humans.  The major pain issues I have with love is that the men I have run across equate love with ownership.  They feel compelled to be my daddy and tell me what I should and shouldn’t do!    I guess it is a measure of their security, or lack of, or probably just from the way they were brought up.  Whatever it is, they can have it!
Alrighty, then!  I’m probably not the best person to be writing on the topic of love!  LOL  Onward!
Blogger is at it again, too.  You can’t see your cursor when you are typing.  If I try to locate it, before I can type anything, it highlights words I did not select and deletes them when I start typing.  I just lost another entire paragraph!  This sucks!
Here!  I’m just going to give you the links and be done!  I don’t want to be in a bad mood!  I’ve already lost the files I uploaded into MediaFire for you this morning.  I don’t know where they went!  I had to reboot for another reason and, wallah, they were there!  But, I lost almost an hour on it!
So, every month, Miss Edna, of Miss Edna’s Place, and I do a collaboration together.  We give it away in two(2) part increments each, for three Mondays of each month.  That makes for twelve(12) parts total.  All of my past links are still up, as are Miss Edna’s, I believe.  Just visit past posts and collect away!
Today, we give you parts 3 & 4.  My previews show papers and elements that are separate.  That isn’t the way they are packaged.  We put a little of both, papers and elements, in all of the parts.  I’m just in the habit of making the previews that way.  Since we give away two(2) parts, click on the first preview for “Part 3” and the second preview for “Part 4”.  Then, after you download mine, click on the next image, Miss Edna’s previews, to go to her blog for her two(2) parts.
Part 3:
Part 4:

Click on either of her previews to go to Miss Edna’s Place:

That’s it until until later.  I may be back – it depends on this stupid pc and the rest of it all!  For Valentines Day, my karma sucks!  WAH!  LOL

Remember to smile!

Hugs,

Su 

SU CheshireCat

Freebie Collab Parts 3 & 4

Happy Valentine’s Day to each of you.  Have you been given your roses and candy, yet?  What about that diamond?  LOL  Valentines Day seems to be a ladies’ celebration.  Guys have to buy us stuff.  Eh?  Love.  Sheesh!  For each of us, love means something different.  One thing that does seem to be consistent with everyone is the pain that love can cause us.  Love-related pain is one of the the oldest and most often experienced pain among humans.  The major pain issues I have with love is that the men I have run across equate love with ownership.  They feel compelled to be my daddy and tell me what I should and shouldn’t do!    I guess it is a measure of their in-security, or lack of, or probably just from the way they were brought up.  Whatever it is, they can have it!
Alrighty, then!  I’m probably not the best person to be writing on the topic of love!  LOL  Onward!
Blogger is at it again, too.  You can’t see your cursor when you are typing.  If I try to locate it, before I can type anything, it highlights words I did not select and deletes them when I start typing.  I just lost another entire paragraph!  This sucks!
Here!  I’m just going to give you the links and be done!  I don’t want to be in a bad mood!  As it is, after uploading the files into MediaFire for you this morning, I couldn’t find them!  They were not there!  I searched and scrolled through all my files.  Not there!  I started uploading them to 4Shared, but, had to reboot my system.  Now, the MediaFire files are there!  LOL  Whatever!
So, every month, Miss Edna, of Miss Edna’s Place, and I do a collaboration together.  We give it away in two(2) part increments each, for three Mondays of each month.  That makes for twelve(12) parts total.  All of my past links are still up, as are Miss Edna’s, I believe.  Just visit past posts and collect away!
Today, we give you parts 3 & 4.  My previews show papers and elements that are separate.  That isn’t the way they are packaged.  We put a little of both, papers and elements, in all of the parts.  I’m just in the habit of making the previews that way.  Since we give away two(2) parts, click on the first preview for “Part 3” and the second preview for “Part 4”.  Then, after you download mine, click on the next image, Miss Edna’s previews, to go to her blog for her two(2) parts.
Part 3:
Part 4:

Click on preview to go to Miss Edna’s Place:
The previews don’t show all the gorgeous goodies!
That’s it until until later.  I may be back – it depends on this stupid pc and the rest of the crap!  For Valentines Day, my karma sucks!  BLECH!

Remember to smile!

Hugs,

Su 

SU CheshireCat