Well, yesterday was Memorial day here in the USA and it is a tradition with many to visit the resting places of their loved ones or war memorials to honor the fallen heros who gave the ultimate for us to live in a free country. Our custom is to visit the tiny cemetery where the family plots are located out on the open prairie of Oklahoma. It is a very old cemetery though small, and I love to visit the graves of unknown people from the days of yore... The inscriptions and dates are facsinating to me... There are also several markers that reveal the poverty of the family who buried their precious loved ones but couldn't afford the price of a headstone, so in true Okie fashion they created their own markers! And this one is one of my favorites! It's been there since the 1940's and there are never any flowers there so I am assuming that there is no one left to bring them... The name is even gone now but God knows who is buried here! And I enjoy the mystery!
This is my first post since the devestating tornado hit my state and I want you to know the town I live in was well out of the danger zone this time. But it was certainly heartbreaking to watch the town I used to live in (Moore) go through this again! Back on May 3,1999 we lived in Moore in a trailer park that was only spared a direct hit because the tornado suddenly turned to the north. That one missed us by a few miles but the damage to our surrounding town was heavy and complete... That was a history making weather event that none of us ever expected to see repeat in our lifetimes! Then a couple years later a smaller but just as destructive twister took that same path through Moore and erased many of the reconstructed homes from the last one. By this time we had moved out west of Okc and on May 24,2011 the piedmont tornado formed a mile and a half south of our land... I have grainy photos of it forming which no amount of editing has been able to improve... So I never posted them. That was the second largest tornado in Ok history and nearly got us again, in fact the outer bands of wind on it did knock our Harley over. Now this week we witnessed the third largerst and possibly most devestaing tornado of all rip right down its preferred path through Moore again! It's just unnerving how this one town keeps getting destroyed over and over! Three times in less than two decades. But we have also witnessed the indomitable Oklahoma spirit that will never be kept down! That spirit that never gives up or turns and runs away, but picks up the pieces and gets on with living! it makes me thankful to live in such a place with such people! So things are going to be looking up!
So my view has changed... It's not better or worse, just different... One thing I've always been able to do is look for the beauty where ever I am... It's a gift from God that artists have, and I'm grateful for it because it has allowed me the ability to endure very tough times without getting into despair...and I am also grateful for hard times because they have taught me not to take things for granted! If I could go back in time, I wouldn't change anything along the way because it is where I've been that brought me to where I am! And I'm starting to be able to look back and see the interweaving of my life's tapestry... I think my major life lesson has been learning how to be content no matter what is happening around me.
Even though I prefer wildflowers I'm also enjoying the petunias. And it's strange but I like the plain white ones best, even better than the red roses I stuck in the vase as a contrast! I wonder what that says about my state of mind right now? I find myself craving the simpler things like percolated coffee and drying our clothes on the line...
Psalm 91:1-16 (KJV)
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.  Because thou hast made the Lord , which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
The neighborhood where I've been staying in town is a very old one and many of the lots have the original homes from the dust bowl era still standing in addition to the newer homes (1950's era). They are reduced to being used as storage buildings now but many like this one were cutting edge in their day... With a seperate garage and even chicken coops! Being the history buff that I am, I am thankful that the city hasn't made people tear them down in the name of "beautification"! They might look junky to some, but one man's trash is another's treasure!
Lately I've been spending a lot of time in town and lots of changes are taking place in my life... I won't bore you with details but suffice it to say I am beginning a new chapter in my life's story. And though no major life change is a smooth transition I am trying not to get too bogged down by it! Instead of focusing on the lost photo ops of the country life... I am trying to find as many fresh and interesting new opportunities that a small town can provide! So fair warning my photo content is about to change and hopefully for the better! At least it won't be repetative! I am seeing new windows of opportunity open up and I will still get to spend time every now and then back at my favorite country spot too, so all is not lost! Just different! ☻❀ ✿❥
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Hello and welcome! I am Shelli Fitzpatrick, a born again Christian, wife, mom, grammy, animal lover, artist and graphic designer. I am currently designing and making art for four print on demand sites, Fine Art America, Redbubble, ArtPal and Zazzle. This site is a showcase for my artwork, photos, designs and some of the products I have added them to. The products I have designed are available for purchase through those print on demand sites and links are provided above. I also feature the work of other artists and from time to time I write about and share links to great resources for artists and designers. Don't forget to browse the other pages of this site for more goodies! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your visit!