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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Asking for help to Cure Type 1 Diabetes

Dear Friends & Family,

In about two weeks I am going to Denver to join my sister and her two daughters in the Walk to Cure Diabetes on September 14, 2008. A few weeks ago I posted a request for donations to help find a cure for this disease that affects the lives of so many children and their families. I told you about my 12-year old niece Madison who was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes when she was only 18 months old who must prick her finger several times a day and endure painful insulin shots to regulate her blood sugar levels. Devastating life-limiting and life-shortening complications such as blindness, amputation, heart disease and stroke, and kidney failure are an ever-present threat. Insulin is not a cure for the disease, it is merely life support.

My sister and I received a heartwarming response from many of you and want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity. If you have not had a chance yet, I am asking again for you to make a donation. Please give to JDRF as generously as possible! Together, we can make the cure a reality!

I now have my own donation page, here's the link: www.jdrf.org, you will be able to select my name: Rosemary Connelly.

Thank you so much!

p.s. I will post photos of the Walk here on our blog when I return home at the end of September

Friday, August 15, 2008

Dolphin Tail, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

On the day of the Sandcastle contest there were dolphins frolicking very close to the shore. People were pointing and shouting to each other and there were also a large number of birds flying around. All we can guess is that there must have been an equally large number of fish in the waters. It was so exciting to watch the dolphins from very close range as they came flying up out of the water and dove back down in pairs. This all happened so quickly and unexpectedly – as to where they would resurface once they dove down – it was nearly impossible to photograph it. There were at least a half dozen dolphin but impossible to count!

Bob managed to catch the "tail end" of one of the dolphins!

Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest

We had a busy weekend, the first one in August, we went to the Wyoming Peach Festival in the morning and the Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest in the afternoon! Bob almost lost his cell phone in the sand. When he discovered it had fallen out of his pocket we had walked quite a way from where we started. I began to call his phone number hoping someone had picked it up and had to leave the beach and walk to a side street to get a signal. After we had given up finding it my phone rang and it was someone at the informtion booth there on the beach! Someone had found it and turned it in there and she called me! So the phone was found and we could enjoy the rest of the day! Here are some of the sandcastles along the beach. The "Dragon Castle" won first prize! (Adult Sandcastle Division: First place: Eric, Jennifer, Scott and Gavin Bollinger of Frankford, Glenda, Anthony and Amanda Roberts of Ocean View, Beverly and Raymond Bishop of Frankford, Jeff, Ann, Rachel and Jacob Bollinger of Greenwood, Donny Baker of Frankford, Kayla Worrington of Frankford, Mike Covey of Frankford and Justin McCabe of Frankford with Dragon Castle)

Dragon Castle from the front (facing the boardwalk)

Dragon Castle facing the sea

Pyramids with boy head!

In the Adult Freeform Division (not sure of the name of this one! Sorry!)

Another beautiful sandcastle

At Fifer Orchards, Wyoming, Delaware

After perusing all the arts & crafts booths downtown at the Wyoming Peach Festival, we headed over to Fifer Orchards where the festivities continued and where all the peaches – and any number of fruits and vegetables and more were for sale. There was free peach ice cream and hay rides around the farm (not for me with my allergies!). This was our first visit to Fifer Orchards but I hope it won't be the last. The peaches were juicy & delicious and everything was fresh & beautiful. We stocked up!

Inside the country store at Fifer Orchards

There were two different kinds of peaches – yellow and white. Both were yummy.

Everything was "peachy" – these were mini peach pies.

Peaches, as far as the eye could see!

The Wyoming (Delaware) Peach Festival

On the first Saturday of every August, the town of Wyoming, Delaware holds a Peach Festival. The day starts with a parade and includes arts & crafts booths, food, entertainment and a peach dessert contest! Streets are closed to traffic and everyone comes out to celebrate! We also went over to Fifer Orchards where the peaches (among many other things!) grow and were treated to free peach ice cream and a browse through their wonderful market.

This colorful band played in front of the old train station

Some of the crafty crafts for sale at the festival

Dolls for sale -- each one unique and different (and scary?)

These homemade contraptions are called Marshmallow Shooters which if you haven't ever seen one, apparently are a really fun - and sticky - way to throw marshmallows at each other. Who knew such a thing existed?

Sophisticated signage for the Peach Festival

My sister and her daughters came for a visit

A few weeks ago my sister Suzanne who lives in Denver came for a visit with her two daughters who I adore, 17 year old Samantha and 12 year old Madison. They were here for about 10 days and it was a leisurely and relaxing visit. They enjoyed the pool and our visits to the beach -- especially the two evenings we spent along the shore and at Playland plus a ferry ride to Cape May as a highlight.

Maddie, the mermaid at the pool

Sisters on the beach

Riding the Sea Dragon at Rehoboth Beach. Sam loved it. Maddie wasn't so sure.

Now it's Sam's turn to be uncertain as the Fortune Teller (like in the movie "Big") goes into action.

Day trip by ferry to Cape May

Girls at Sea. Suzanne with Sam & Maddie the day we went took the ferry from Lewes, Delaware to Cape May, New Jersey. It started out to be a hot day but it was cool and comfortable on the water and we even saw some dolphins in the Delaware Bay as we made the 70 minute crossing. We took a trolley around Cape May and enjoyed looking at all the beautiful Victorian homes, had lunch and strolled around the town.

Sam & Maddie in Cape May

Detail of the tall ship "The Kalmar Nickel" in Lewes

We stopped in front of the window to watch them making fudge (and of course went to to buy some!)

The girls on the ferry home

Thursday, August 14, 2008

An apartment in Rome (no, not for us!)

Browsing the internet this morning, I see that our friends Art & Barb have friends with an apartment in the heart of Rome that they want to rent out - completely furnished - for a year in 2009! This would be a wonderful opportunity for anyone with the money and time to take advantage of so thought I would pass it on here. It took us a year to put all the paperwork together for our long-stay Visa when we went to live in Italy so if you started right away it could be possible to make it happen. Here's a link to the apartment: http://www.sabbaticalhomes.com/OfferedDetails.aspx?id=38383.

It's a nice day here in Milford, Delaware. The windows are open, I can feel the gentle breezes and birds are singing. I think I'll go make coffee.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Problem Solved!

We finally figured out how to fix our other blog's problem. When we tried to delete the ads from the sidebar we ended up losing our profile and Archives at the same time! After countless letters to the Help Center and trying everything we could think of, we read about fixing this type of problem by selecting a new template (which was really the same layout as the old one) and replacing it. All the same information that was in our old blog is now in the new format, with archives along the side as before -- even though it looks exactly the same! It was very scary thinking we could lose all this stuff with one dumb mistake so we also found a company that will back up the blog and now all is well. You would never know there had been a problem and we are relieved! If you haven't visited our Italian blog, here's the link: www.livecheapmakeart.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Having Technical Difficulties!

We are experiencing a very upsetting problem. We deleted the AdSense (all the ads that run along the side of the blog) from our Italian blog (www.livecheapmakeart.blogspot.com) and it not only deleted the ads, but now all the Archives and our profile have disappeared from the page!! We can still access them through blogger but our visitors will not be able to see them or go to them. If anyone reading this blog has any ideas about how to fix this problem PLEASE let us know. We will be so grateful. This makes me so sad!! We have tried everything and posted questions to the blogger.com help center but so far have not received any responses.


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Sketching at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

A few artists with the The Mispillion Art League met last night at the home of one of our members for an Open Art session at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Prime Hook, with its 10,000 acres of freshwater and salt marshes, woodlands, grasslands and ponds is a wildlife sanctuary primarily for migratory birds. It provides habitat for "267 species of birds, 35 species of reptiles and amphibians and 36 different mammals" according to their website. Bob & Zelma, fellow artists have a home that overlooks the Refuge and they have been kind enough to allow us to come out and sketch, paint, photograph or whatever, to our hearts content. It was around 6pm when we arrived and by the time we wrapped up our session around 8pm the sun was pretty well set.

I decided to just do some journal sketching and just enjoyed watching the dozens (at least) white egrets that were frolicking in the marshes and the changing colors of the sky. I'll post some photos later but thought I'd show you what I did since I haven't posted any watercolors recently. I haven't done much painting and this was a nice relaxing way to get my hand back in.

The pages from my Moleskin journal with my four small sketches

The individual sketches:


Just wanted to thank everyone who responded to my request for donations for the Juvenile Diabetes foundation. We are now at about 65% of my sister's personal goal of raising $1000. We couldn't do it without all of you. Thank you so much!

If you would still like to contribute please go to www.walk.jdrf.org. My sister's team is called "The Power of Three."


Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Power of Three (and me!)

Madison, Samantha & Suzanne

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, my 12-year-old niece, Madison, has been diabetic since she was 18 months old. Her father, who was also a diabetic died four years ago of cancer. She has had her share of challenges. This year's Walk to Cure Diabetes in Denver, Colorado will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2008. I am joining my sister and her two daughters as they "Walk to Cure Diabetes" and I'm asking for your support to help us reach Juvenile Diabetes Foundation's goal of raising $100 million to help fund research for a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications.

Every day Madison must prick her finger several times a day to check her blood levels – before every meal or snack and endures painful injections every single day in order to maintain the proper levels of insulin that her body does not produce on its own. While insulin does keep people with Type 1 diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with Type 1 diabetes, there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease, amputations and blindness for instance.

There is some good news, though. For the first time, scientists are predicting that we CAN expect to see a cure well within our lifetime! Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!

I am asking you to make a donation. You can donate online at www.jdrf.org. Under the Walk to Cure Diabetes section in the middle of the page, click on Donate, then follow the instructions. Our team name is The Power of Three. My sister’s name is Suzanne Harrod.

Thanks so much!