Vines of Art Showcase
On Sunday, May 1, I will participate with the New
Town Gallery artists in the "Vines of Art Showcase" at Saude Creek
Vineyards, located across the Pamunkey River from West Point in New Kent
County. To reach the winery, travel across the bridge from West Point to Eltham
Road and turn right at the traffic light. In about a mile, the road to Saude
Creek will be on the right.
My small "Monti Just for Fun" wine
paintings will be featured as well as some of my books, including the
"Snapshot in Time" series.
Paws for Celebration
On Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., our
daughter Amy Sikes and I will share a booth at Paws for Celebration, sponsored
by the Indian Rivers Humane Society (Four Paws). The event will take place at
the West Point Park between 8th and 9th Streets. Amy will
have Avon products and I will have some of my art and books.
In early April, I had the opportunity to see
firsthand the dedication of the Four Paws volunteers. For a couple of years, I
had been feeding a feral cat with matted fur that wouldn't let me near him.
When Gina Fetterolf came by to pick up a donation, she noticed Fluffy Noir and
insisted he needed to be trapped for shots, matted fur, etc. With great
patience, Joan Coven came to our house and worked to trap poor, wild Fluffy. I
was terrified for the cat and amazed at Joan's skill and compassion. After
several days, Fluffy was captured, and I felt like a trader. Joan took him to
the vet and then kept him overnight at her house—something she does for many
cats. When she returned him, mat-shaven, he shot like a dart from the trap and
flew to hide in the far bushes. I thought he might never return, so I was happy
when I found him the next morning, waiting to be fed. He appears to hold no
grudge for me. My thanks go out to Joan, Gina, and all the other wonderful Four
Paws volunteers who have done so much for the feral cats of the area.
Please stop by our booth on May 14 to visit.
Please thank the Four Paws volunteers for all they do.
Standing to Use the Computer
Have you ever gotten tired of sitting in front of
your computer to work? I know I have. That's why I was so excited to discover
the Varitec desk that comes completely ready to install on a table or desk of
After I complained often about wanting to be able to stand while writing, Olen
got busy researching the best products. That was right before Christmas, and by
Christmas day, he had ordered my stand-up desk and had it ready to install.
The problem was that I had my desk piled high with papers and books on all
sides of my computer with no place to put the Varitec. I needed to do something
with everything, and throwing stuff out was not an option. I decided on a new
shelf unit from Lowe's, Olen, with help from our daughters, soon had the very
nice new set of four shiny metal shelves installed in a corner of my writing
office. I went through everything and filled the shelves in a very orderly
Seeing the big wide desktop empty and ready was an amazing experience. To my
surprise, as promised, the Varitec was ready to open and set down on my desk
without any extra installation steps. It has several height settings, so if I
decide I want to sit, I can.
So far, I have not changed the setting that allows me to stand tall. This has
done wonders for my posture. I am so pleased with the difference. (I don't work
for Varitec, but I am happy to promote this wonderful desk.)