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Monday, August 15, 2011

"Chairmans Choice Ribbon"
Lake County Fair
Lakeview, Oregon
Sept. 4, 2011
I'm honored to have won this ribbon over numerous entries in the
Art Category.
Thank you, Judges.


I know .... I know!  I should have dropped the purse!


Lake County Fair
Lakeview Oregon
Sept. 2, 2011 to Sept. 4, 2011

Original Art
Exhibit
Little Old Widder Woman's
Entries
 Abstract watercolor set/collection is framed
and signed

 For Sale as set or individual
info at








Also entered in 
Photography Division
DISPLAY Only
Naomi James
"Cranes"


Ya'll come on down to the Fair,
ya hear!






































Saturday, August 13, 2011



TAKING TIME OFF FROM BLOG
TO DEVOTE
TENDER LOVING CARE TO
"FAMILY TREASURES"

It was recently damaged ... by my carelessness,
and I just got it back from
an art conservatore.
If you want to send your thoughts, experiences, insight or ideas
about living past your own grief
and moving on to
your "new life experiences"
send them to:

Be back soon .......
Little Old Widder Woman





Sunday, August 7, 2011


AND THE WINNER OF
THE LITTLE OLD WIDDER WOMAN'S
FIRST ANNUAL


"REFLECTIONS CONTEST" IS........


DRUM ROLL


"CRANES"
PHOTOGRAPHED BY
NAOMI JAMES
wwww.bellycrawl.com

AND


"MIRROR IMAGE"
TIED FOR
FIRST PLACE
Photographed by
Dean Lawson, Fairbanks Alaska
CONGRATULATIONS!

FOLLOWING THE ABOVE FIRST PLACE WINNING REFLECTIONS
IN ORDER OF VOTES:
2nd Place:
"Mother and Son In Canoe"
Dean Lawson photograph
tied with
"Memorial Reflection"
Jill Harwell photograph

3rd Place:
Three Way Tie
"A Feathered Landscape"
Vicki Williams photograph
"Hawaii Pond Reflection"
Betty Ekmanian photograph
"Hi Ya, Watch It .. I'm a Black Belt"
Aimee Quinlivan photograph

HONORABLE MENTION:
"CLOUDS"
Monica Lawson photograph

"SUN REFLECTING ON CALM WATER"
Jill Harwell photograph

"A CANDLE A CROSS TIME"
Monica Lawson photograph

These three final reflections amazed me with
a dynamic view of clouds reflected in a pond,
 the brilliance of the sun
spilling over the calm oceanshore,
and
a candle, almost at the end of its brilliance,
 reflected in a mirror.
Thank you
I'll never again take for granted
the beauty of a Reflection
or the
companionship of
my Shadow.
.......................................................
End of Reflections Contest
Aug. 12, 2011

To view all "winners"
see posted photos below.
............................................................................

REFLECTIONS
REFLECTIONS

                        REFLECTIONS
                        REFLECTIONS

REFLECTIONS
REFLECTIONS
August 6 - August 12, 2011

The below panel of unbiased judges will decide the winning
REFLECTION photo:

Me 
Myself

and I
The above panel of unbiased, intelligent, fair and cannot-be-bribed judges
will count the votes,
add their "3" votes
and announce
The Winner Of The
First (perhaps only)
Reflections Contest
..................................................................................................
"Cranes"
Original Photograph by
Photo Artist
Naomi James
This beautiful Reflection Photograph hangs in my house.
The first time I saw it on Naomi's webpage
I saw the thin dark line separating the Crane from her Reflection.
Tears formed and I wondered why I would cry seeing something so beautiful.
I was the Crane .... the thin dark line beneath "her" separated me from Eldon at  his death ....
yet his reflection touches me and everything about my
slow drifting journey across the pond ...
which is my life.
Thank you, Naomi, for capturing this breathtaking image
"Reflection"
of me and Grandpa.
....................................................................................
More Official Entrants in
"Reflection"
Will not accept submissions after Aug. 11th.
Judging and
Winner announced 
today, Aug. 12, 2011 at
5 p.m. PST

"Mirror Image"

"A Candle A Cross Time"


"A Feathered Landscape"

"Clouds"

"Sun Reflection On Calm Water"


"HI YAH! Watch it ... I'm a Black Belt!"

"Mother And Son In Canoe"


"Memorial Reflection"




"Hawaiian Pond Reflection"


No more entries ..... just counting the votes now.

Friday, August 5, 2011

REFLECTIONS

REFLECTIONS


Reflection photos are coming in!

WOW! I CAN'T WAIT TO POST THEM!
HOWEVER...

          I liked the shadow contest photos 
very much.










AND THE WINNER OF THE
FIRST ANNUAL
LITTLE OLD WIDDER WOMAN'S

SHADOW
SHADOW

PHOTO CONTEST IS ...............
drum roll please!

"LITTLE BOY SHADOW ON A TRIPP
WITH 
 HIS MOMMY SHADOW"



LITTLE BOY SHADOW AND MOMMY SHADOW HAVE WON
A
TRIPP TO THE
ICE CREAM STORE 
NEAREST THEIR HOME.
(CAN THE LITTLE OLD WIDDER WOMAN COME ALONG? SHE LOVES ICE CREAM) 

OK
REFLECTIONS CONTEST
SEND YOUR PHOTOS TO:


ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED
ON THIS WEBSITE FROM
AUG. 6 - AUG 10
AND WINNER CHOSEN BY AN
UNBIASED
GROUP

ME
MYSELF

AND I



What does this silliness have to do with
a widow helping other widows?
It's filling a hole left in my heart when I lost Eldon.
Too many tears
much sadness
lost and alone.
"Now what do I do with my life without him?"
I can make someone smile
by smiling.....
I can make someone look forward to a new day
as I look forward to each new day .....
and the shadows and reflections of each of our lives
touches others in ways we don't even know about.




 

Monday, August 1, 2011

THE   LONG  BLANK   GAPS IN  LIFE  AND BLOGS!
Such an interesting new learning and adjusting experience!
If you've been following my
panic-mode blogs about
lonnnnnggggggggg vertical blank spaces
at the beginning of my posts
you'll appreciate it when I tell you
IT'S BEEN FIXED!

Do I look happy?
Thank you
Bonjour Tristesse!

The fix wasn't easy or quick ...... often not comprehensible to my "newby blogger intellect."
I've never had this problem to face before... and I didn't have anyone at my elbow to help me through it.
I've gone to Bloghelp.com (Google)
for the last week and received feedback from
all over the world ....
you could picture the faces of techy helpers
by the sentences typed in accents!
Never knew that was possible.
Charming!
.............................
The long blank vertical line in my blog
reminds me of  the
long

empty

times
in my life since I became
The Little Old Widder Woman in 2009.
Now THAT left a gaping hole in my life!

But I persisted.
I took one day, one step, one distress after the other.
I experienced the lostness.
I tried to ignore the


gaping emptiness.
I sought answers and help
from people I know
and don't know.
I cried.
I laughed and giggled at the unbelievably
painful turn in my life.... nervous laughter.
I stayed up late into the wee hours of the morning
talking to the Lord for help in
trying to figure out what I was going to do with
the rest of my
"life blog".
.......................
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO  MADE IT PAST THIS
 OVERWHELMING

                             GAPING
                                  
LONGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG
                               CHASM   IN MY LIFE.


               Now where was I a few posts ago....?

Oh yes .................SHADOWS .........................
                             SHADOWS

                  
 SHADES  OF  WISDOM

                           AND WONDROUS
                                  REFLECTIONS
                                   

How can something you can see through.... as in these glass floats.........
cast a shadow?
                                                               Submitted by Vicki Williams



If  your shadow goes for a walk make sure he
brings along a pretty girl shadow for company.
Submitted by Dean and Karen Lawson



 And just when you think you can't pull one more weed, your shadow picks up a rake to give you a hand.
Submitted by The Little Old Widder Woman




If your shadow is going on a longggggg Tripp
it's best to bring a Mommy shadow alonggggggg.
Submitted by Mommy Shadow and Tripp Shadow



If your shadow needs a rest
sit under a palm tree and wait for
her to wake up.
(It's a 'her' shadow because
it's a 'her' person)

Submitted by Betty



And yes
black shadows are
always
attached to a
black horse.

                                                                   Submitted by Teaser


Vote for your favorite shadow picture at:
mlwidowhelpingotherwidows@gmail.com
(Think about this ..............how many "shadow" photos do YOU have in your collection? )    

                WONDROUS REFLECTIONS
                WONDROUS REFLECTIONS

Reflection   
 Reflection  Photos will be posted after
SHADOWS
SHADOWS

winning photo has been determined.

Want to know something?
It's REALLY fun
to do something
just for
the
fun of it!

The Little Old Widder Woman






ANY SUGGESTIONS HOW TO GET RID OF THE LONGGGGGG VERTICAL SPACE?

ANY SUGGESTIONS HOW TO

GET RID OF THE LONGGGGGG
GGGGGGG
                                VERTICAL SPACE
YOU
JUST TRAVELED BEFORE

ARRIVING AT THIS

POST?

backspace button doesn't do it........sp

space

space
space

space



space


 boring           boring         boring                   space 
I hate the longggggg vertical space in my blog! 
Empty,
no words or images ....... boring and void of
colorful photos
and exciting adventures,
kind of a lonely
gap in
an otherwise
creative
space in my life
 .........................hmmmmmmm



mmmmmmmmmm,

It's a bit like the long  space in my life
between being a wife.......



Then ...... 2003 




And now .... 2011

The Little Old Widder Woman

It's been
a

long
empty
solitary
aloneness
and I REALLY
miss
Eldon.
...................................................
Do you remember the phrase:

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

MAKE LEMONADE

????????
I have a true, happened- to -me
lemonade story to tell you ....

..... we were anchored in Cabo San Lucas, Baja Mexico
and  ...............
oh ......but not right now.

I'm still
trying to solve the
longggggg
vertical space in
my blog!



I have a request in at

"blogger. help"

and they've helped in the past.
But I'd appreciate any
advice from you bloggers
out there!
Thanks to all for
reading my
sometimes
babbling
....
sometimes
subliminal recollections
and 
 sometimes very personal memories.

Writing this blog has been a
 healing
restoring
repairing
forgiving
adjusting
continuing
WHOW   A     NEW LIFE
experience.

  Thanks for listening!
The Little Old Widder Woman,

                                 Monica