Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Midwestern Storms and Art Shows

We were at the Town Art Show this past weekend in Leawood, KS. This is a benefit for the Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland. Town Center Plaza was surrounded with quality art of all types and shoppers found unique treasures Friday evening and Saturday. Unfortunately, yet another Midwestern storm rolled in on Sunday and closed down the show. Many of our artist friends have suffered losses of their work this year because of storms. The organizer of this show, Sue Hunter, was extremely cognizant of the danger to the artists and their works and gave us plenty of warning about the impending storm and encouraged the artists to protect themselves and their art even if that meant tearing down the booths. The volunteers were wonderful, the patrons were appreciative, and with concern like Sue exhibited, this is one of THE BEST shows to attend, both as an artist and a patron. We look forward to attending this show again next year.

We returned home to find a roofing crew hard at work on our house. This is a good thing as storms had hit our area again as well. Large pieces of trees, lumber and shingles from the roof, a fallen fence, a cracked sidewalk - our place is still a mess. But it is fixable. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered the ravages of flood waters. Sometimes it is easy to fall into the "why me?" state of mind, but all you have to do is look around you to realize how fortunate you really are. Fallen trees can be dealt with quickly and cleanly. The same cannot be said for fires and floods and many other catastrophes.

Hummingbird fact for today: A hummer may visit 1000 flowers in single day.

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