One of the things that never ceases to amaze me about blogging is the "kindness of strangers," to borrow a phrase from Blanche DuBois. I have been the recipient of prayers, good wishes, votes in the photo contest, and even gifts from people I have never met. And that is something I never would have expected when I began this blog almost a year ago.
I wanted to show you two wonderful paintings I was given by Lynn, who I "met" through flickr, the photo sharing site where I post a lot of the pictures I use for my blog. Lynn is an artist who lives in Colorado. She contacted me a few months ago, to ask if she could use some of my photos as subjects for her paintings. As a thank you, she sent me the two paintings you see above. The first is a portrait of our cat, Jordan, painted from this photograph. The other is a beautiful landscape. Both will look marvelous in our family room -- thank you so much, Lynn!