Thursday, December 31, 2009


I have to admit, I haven't had the time or energy to paint a 5th painting for the week-long give-away. So the 4th will be it.

This week has been a daily routine of sitting for hours with my mother at the hospital. After a scare on Sunday, she is now out of the woods and was moved from the cardiac care unit to observation last night. She wants to go home, but the doctor doesn't want to release her until she puts on more weight and builds up her strength from the pneumonia. Unfortunately, I think her New Year's Eve will be spent in the hospital. When she gets to go home, there will be some changes made.

The give-aways for Tuesday and Wednesday did not get the requisite number of posters for there to be a true winner so I capriciously decided to send Barbara Sailor the Frida painting and surprise Frida extras - congratulations, Barb, I hope you enjoy everything!
And I will send Vicki Greene either a Frida painting and surprise Frida stuff OR the jade vase and extra stuff - whichever she chooses (so let me know, Vicki, which you prefer).

Congratulations to the winners this week:
Carol, Christiane, Barb and Vicki!
I may do another give-away later in the New Year, but for now, thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by and post comments this week. It really boosted my morale on a very hard week and it's good to know you all are out there :)

Hope you can see the blue moon tonight! Happy 2010!


Sandy Maudlin said...

Very very glad to hear that your Mom's doing better. WHEW! Have a great new year.

MB Shaw said...

Happy Happy to you, Rhonda. Hope we can catch up in person again this year. I should be in town off and on and will let you know.
Wishing you all the best....

Christiane Kingsley said...

Your energy and good humor shine through even in the toughest of times. I am glad that your mother is doing better. I hope that you won't forget to take care of yourself.
I can't wait to receive my painting!Thank you again.
All my best.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Family comes first. Glad to hear your mom is out of the woods and getting better. I wanted to stop by your blog and wish you a wonderful, healthy, creative new year. I have enjoyed all your posts this year and look forward to seeing what you create in 2010! I don't comment often but I am tuning in each day.

debwardart said...

Sorry you have to go through this with your mom, but hopefully she will be home soon - just make sure you get enough rest yourself! Here's to a great New Year ahead!

Ginny Stiles said...

Oh Rhonda...NY Eve in the hospital. But it's important to be ready to come back and not too soon! I spent NY in the hospital when my 2nd child was born. A bitter cold winter that year! I was actually fairly cozy and didn't miss it at all. I hope you mom will be just fine. You can celebrate NY with her any time. Overcast in Fl...I don't think I'll see the blue moon tonight.

Mary Sonya conti said...

Rhonda so happy to hear some good news about your Mom. Wishing you more love and light in the New Year! Thank you for being an inspiration to this one

Chris Beck said...

Happy New Year and cool blue moon to you, Rhonda!! Glad to hear your mom is doing better and hope she'll be out of the hospital asap. I've really enjoyed getting to know you this past year and I'm looking forward to your creative endeavors and posts in the coming year!!

Cathy Gatland said...

I looked at the blue moon last night and thought of all my friends doing, or soon to do, the same thing... Happy New Year to you Rhonda, may it be filled with good things, including your Mom's better health.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Sandy, MaryBeth, Christiane, Myrna, Deb and Ginny, Chris and Cathy for the support throughout 2009! Welcome, Mary Sonya, I'm glad you stopped by and commented and hope you return once in a while through 2010 :)
Happy New Year to everyone!