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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Full Speed Ahead

November is looking like a blur and December is full speed ahead!

Last month I was feeling low. The holidays are an emotional time of year for me (I’m not alone here). I was missing people in my family who have moved away or died in the last few years. With Thanksgiving a week away and I managed to pinched nerve in my lower back, break a crown and chipped another tooth. 

The California wildfires were raging in numerous communities. The suffering and loss was especially heart breaking. I felt helpless to make a difference. That’s when I was blessed with an idea. Have a “Fire Relief Sale”. It was an answer to my prayers. Quickly my sadness was replaced with joy... because I could do something for someone else! I could use my art to raise money. I had a new focus...not on me but on others.  I was feeling like myself again. 

Thank you for helping me make a difference to the victims of the California Wildfires. Within 30 hours I sold 25 paintings and countless calendars. I donated 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross and Animal Shelters (directly serving the areas effected). 

I have been deeply touched by the cards and letter that accompanied the checks. So many lovely messages, stories, well wishes and words of kindness. Thank you!

My back is almost normal again and I've been able to return to activities I enjoy without pain. I had another dentist appointment this morning. Almost good as new!

From my little family to yours…
Merry Christmas - Happy Hanukkah -  Season’s Greetings!
Brenda and Mike



  1. Merry Christmas to you. Thank you for the images of your cats, was wondering how Boone was doing - loved the story of how he came to be in your life.

    1. Charlene, Thank you for your care and following the adventures of Boone!
      Merry Christmas!

  2. Merry Christmas to you and yours! I am so glad you are doing better - I know what you mean, I have to push through the holidays, too. Hope to get to paint more in the coming year - Best wishes!

    1. Lannie,
      Thank you for your kind note. Hope you’re pushing through the holidays and it hasn’t been too hard. Sending hugs and warm wishes💕

  3. Happy Holidays, Brenda, to you and yours. It's good to know you're feeling well again.

  4. Happy Holidays, Brenda, to you and yours. It's good to know you're feeling well again.

  5. Well done for helping the fire victims.