Saturday, February 28, 2009

Computer problems

I've been having computer problems the past couple of days and I'm slowly finding my way back. My computer got whacked pretty good and I lost a lot of stuff that I had stored or things I was working on. I often create disks of picture folders and other projects I'm working on but did not get some of the more important things on disks before disaster struck.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My Mom the hero

In conjunction with Lincoln's Birthday I had planned on doing the first of at least a few posts celebrating his 200th. This changed last Thursday when I rushed to my parent's house following a frantic call from my Mother. My Father had not only collapsed but stopped breathing. The 911 operator talked my Mom through CPR, That is after Mom (100lbs soaking wet) got Dad (200+ a little) onto the floor from a chair. The "sweet" little lady that saved her Husband with CPR quickly became the talk of ICU. Things are looking up as he was released to the step down unit next to ICU today. It turned out Dad has a large blood clot in his right lung and three smaller ones in his left. Needless to say the Docs are amazed that he survived at all. He's not totally out of the woods yet but each day is more promising. Dad is still trying to process that Mom got his heart going again until the Fire Department and Paramedics arrived. My wife always says of my Mom that dynamite comes in small packages. She's right.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The red shirt

In addition to issue shirts Federal soldiers also wore various types of contract shirts in order to keep the army clothed. The figure is based on a period photograph with the Sibley tents and drum added to fill out the scene. This 8" X 10" painting was done in acrylics.