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Fun Odds and Ends!

From Kate:

We are trying to squeeze every ounce of summer we can before RSV season rears its ugly head, so I wanted to post all the fun things Getty has been doing and experiencing.



Chalk it Up was Labor Day weekend and we would like to thank Autumn for choosing to be our artist for the Getty Owl Foundation square. You did a terrific job and it was so nice to meet you!


A pirate’s life for Getty. We had a great time dressing up as pirates a couple of weeks ago. She loved the jewels and decorating her treasure chest full of coins and gold. She was no however too happy about the pirate patch. 🙂 That stayed on for about 2 seconds. Just enough time to take the picture.

Aunt Patti

Aunt Patti comes over once a week and Getty loves her visits. Patti reads to her, they chat and I think what Getty enjoys the most are her amazing massages and smoochies.

Daddy Night

Getty and Daddy went out to dinner the other night. Elephant Bar was the destination. They had a great time together and the weather was perfect outside.

Lowe'sGetty took her first trip to a store last week. Her victory garden was in need of some fall flowers so we went to Lowe’s to find the perfect one’s to fill her garden. We strolled down isles. Getty enjoyed the lighting department, the fans, the paint section. We meandered through the cabinetry area and holiday section. It was so much fun to watch her eyes light up in amazement. This was the first time Getty had been in a store. It was a beautiful time to share with her. She did leave the store without paying for those flowers though. Oops. The first time in a store and she is already a shoplifter. 🙂

Sound of Music

Getty loves playing music and she loves listening to music, but we learned not at the same time. She was rockin” and rollin’ on the triangle and then I made the mistake of incorporating one of her favorite soundtrack, The Sound of Music. My thought was that it would encourage her music playing, but it did the opposite. She stopped immediately to listen. So instead, we sang all the songs. The picture was taken a couple of seconds I after I asked her to “keep playing”. Um…

Tea PartyWe have a Tea Party Game for Getty. I found it this weekend and I was hoping she would like it. So thankful that she did. She loved spinning the teapot to see what part of the place setting she would be able to add to her side of the table. The idea is to get all of the items before the other person to win. Since it was just the two of us playing, she always got the chance to choose between 4 fruits, 4 desserts, 4 cups of tea, etc. We try very hard to make sure that Getty is in control of the decision making in her life and it is a joy to watch her choose with her eyes which one she wants. Needless to say she beat me fair and square. She chose sandwiches, dessert cakes, and cherries to eat. When the game was over, Getty even helped me clean up. We had a great time and perhaps we can make a tea date every week.

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Marabeth Quin Print Winner!

From Kate:


I used to generate the winner. Earliest to oldest participant was assigned (1-12). And the winner is……Amanda!


Congrats Amanda! If you can email me at with your address, I can get it out in the mail tomorrow.

Thank you to all the participants.

Most importantly, thank you Marabeth Quin for donating such a beautiful print.

Happy Sunday to all!

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What A Lovely Lady!

From Kate:

I was introduced to a very talented artist a few months ago by a fellow SMA friend and warrior. I often get cute pictures of owls or owl items to buy from friends on fb. I would be in debt to my ears if I bought every single item. They are all so cute and it is difficult to restrain, until I saw Marabeth Quin’s paintings. They are beautiful and so colorful. Here is her website.

I was immediately drawn to a couple of her paintings for good reason, she paints owls. 🙂 Her inventory is gorgeous and I fell in love with several pieces. Many of them have quotes that resonated with me and well I fell in love with her work, truth be told.

I reached out to her to let her know what piece I wanted to buy and also tell her about Getty. I love talking about Getty. 🙂 In certain regards I felt kind of funny messaging her on fb, I am sure she gets all kinds of people messaging her and I was hoping she would see that perhaps my message was different. When she did respond, I was over the moon. She is such a kind soul and she was nice enough to read my message but also gifted the painting I was going to buy for Getty’s room.

People are good and people are so giving. I want to thank Marabeth so much for being so thoughtful.

Here is a picture of the painting in Getty’s room. I tried to put it in a place so that while she sleeps she can gaze at her two feathered friends.



Marabeth did not stop there. She also sent us a print to be given away to a very lucky individual. So I am going to do a giveaway today. I will announce the winner on Sunday at 12 noon PT.

Here are the rules to the giveaway. It is really easy. I would like you to check out her website and “like” her fb page, Artist Marabeth Quin. She did not ask me to do this, I want to do this because I want people to see her beautiful paintings and prints. Marabeth is so gifted, I want the world to see her talent. After you have liked her page, come back here and leave a comment that you liked her page. I trust that all will honor my wishes to do the necessary steps in order to be in the running. I thank you all in advance. The winner will be chosen using

Easy Peezie.

Here is the beautiful print for the giveaway.

Let it Go

Beautiful isn’t it. A fitting quote for us all I believe. Letting things go brings such peace in certain situations. Looking forward to giving this print away on Sunday. Good luck to all.