Thank you for visiting UniQue Treasures. We hope you enjoy your visit. We appreciate your time and your comments are always welcome. This site is set up for family photos, hunting memories, gardening and to showcase our copper sculptures and other unique treasures. Contact us at JanetColvin1959@gmail.com if you are interested in having us create a copper sculpture for you.
- Christmas Memories throughout the years
Christmas Memories. We had a wonderful time with all of the family. God has bless us so richly this year. I pray he continues to bless us with good health. Remembering the reason we celebrate is the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Happy Birthday Jesus.
- The Bass Family ~ Lest They Be Forgotten
The Bass Family ~ Lest They Be Forgotten
- Christmas 2010
- Coleus Mama for Alice in Sweden
Alice's husband contacted me about creating a very special Coleus sculpture for her with the only stipulation being that she could watch as we created it. I am going to post the creation of this sculpture in stages. Each day as we work on it, we'll take plenty of photos. I will compile the photos and put this all into a slide show presentation, adding to it as we go along.
We started out this afternoon looking over some of the "heady" items we've got in our stash. We've got all kinds of things that we can use for a head. Everything from Dolphins, to Hearts, Big glass ones! Anything we think can possibly be used for a head is in this box.
Most folks would say that we didn't accomplish doodly squat on Day 2. On the contrary, we feel that we scaled a mountain.
DAY 3 Connie and I worked on the leaves. We also figured out how to create a square stem for the Coleus Mama.
DAY 4 We've replenished our gases and decide to create her shoes and legs. We also attached the leaves we'd already cut out.
DAY 5 We cut the main stem so she'd be easier to ship to Sweden. Added flowers to her hat and made her jewelry. Then torched the sculpture with color.
She's complete now and absolutely gorgeous! I hope you will enjoy watching her creation. She's been so much fun to work on. I sure wish I was hand delivering her to Sweden!
- 2009 Christmas
Happy Birthday Jesus! We all welcome Jacob Asher to our Christmas Celebration. This is the first time any of us have seen him. He's now 3 weeks old and absolutely adorable, just like the rest of my grandkids. A very special thanks to all of the photographers that shared in the picture taking.
- Sweet Kaylee's Boutique
Adorable Play Dresses for Everyday wear. Crocheted Hats and Scoodies. Rag Quilts. All Hand Made with lots of attention to detail and quality. sweetkayleesboutique.etsy.com for more info.
- Hand Crafted Jewelry Gallery
All of our jewelry is hand crafted using only the best quality gemstones and glass beads. We use .925 Sterling Silver for all clasps and components. Pricing is available on our website (currently under construction). Please email email@example.com with your questions. Most of our jewelry was created for a "medium" size woman - that's me. Most can be adjusted for a custom fit. It's all been "test driven" (me again) for durability and comfort. More jewelry will be added soon so be sure to bookmark our site and check back with us. Thank you for visiting our slide show. We hope you enjoy your stay with us. Be sure to see slide shows of our unique copper sculptures also. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on ordering your own custom created sculpture.
- The Dragon that Breathes Fire!
At the beginning of this year I read Eragon and Eldest, 2 books by a young man Christopher Paolini. I was so fascinated with Saphira the Dragon that I told Connie I wanted to create a dragon out of copper. I tried to explain what I wanted the dragon to look like. Connie looked at me like I’d lost my mind. I began collecting photos that I’d “googled” on Eragon and the dragon Saphira. I also bought the movie Eragon so we could watch the dragon in action, see musculature, and just get a general “sense” of the dragon. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever paid FULL PRICE for a movie! I knew it would be worth every dime I spent on it. I watched the movie several times and enjoyed it each time I watched. Watch as we breathe fire into his nostrils! Email us at JCOLVIN4@GT.RR.COM for details on ordering your own custom created sculpture.
- Creation of Kinetic Copper Sculpture
Just prior to receiving the email from Balvenie about this project, we made a butterfly/caterpillar cage. Balvenie asked us to create a sculpture that would hang from the arbor moon gate that he'd built himself. Balvenie is a very talented woodworker that we met on davesgarden.com in the artisans forum. He asked if we'd be willing to "document" the creation with photos so that other artisans might see what all was involved in creating a sculpture from copper.
During the week that Penelope was created, over 10,000 photos were taken, edited and written about. Each evening I'd show what had been done the previous day. By the time the week was over, the forum thread had been viewed 2,000+ times.
From the beginning of this project, Connie and I wanted the nymph to be "functional". Perhaps make her into a wind chime? A Planter? Light up her Head?
My mind was still in the butterfly "mode" when I said, it would be neat if she were trying to catch a butterfly.
Connie got this look in her eye and said, "Oooooooooooooooohhhh! I'm seeing it!" So we discussed what would need to be made to make this work. We'd need a net and a butterfly. We'd need some way to have these things hang in front of her so that she'd balanced.
We didn't want to "let on" what she'd be doing, just in case it didn't work. So we'd plan what we could show each day and what we couldn't, knowing that at the end of the week, they'd see her "in action".
Creating Penelope was like giving birth to a child. She was so much fun. These slide shows should loop one to the next. There is a lot of dialog that goes with the photos, so you can pause the scenes at any time to read, turn off the captions, and adjust the volume on the sound. I hope you'll enjoy watching Penelope come to life!
Janet & Connie
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- Copper Creations - How our sculptures are created
These slide shows will show how some of our copper sculptures are created.
- Copper Sculpture Gallery
UniQue garden art is created with copper and recycled materials. Each sculpture is custom made. We are two sisters that love to think outside of the box. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on ordering a custom sculpture for yourself.
- Meet the Artists - Janet & Connie
Janet & Connie are 2 sisters, living in Southeast Texas, that have always been known to "think outside of the box". You can find us on davesgarden.com Janet - uniquetreasures and Connie - maidentheshade. Email us at email@example.com for details on ordering your own custom created sculpture.
- Robbin Colvin - Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday Robbin! I had so much fun gathering up these photos. They are not in chronological order. I hope you enjoy going down memory lane as much as I did.
It seems like I have known you all of my life. I appreciate having you for a brother in law, though I have always felt you were more like a brother.
I love you! Happy Birthday!
ps I intentionally left out your kids and grandkids because it's all about YOU!!!
- Happy Birthday Rick Colvin
- Remembering Charles and Jean Priest Fuller
Charles Edgar Fuller
December 7, 1922 ~ August 13, 2013
Charles Fuller was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was born in Eden, Arkansas. He and his brothers were raised by their mother, Una Rhea Fuller and their grandfather Jefferson Hardy Rhea in Brinkley, Arkansas. After high school graduation, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and was assigned to work in Idaho. He met the love of his life, Jean Priest in 1941 and married in February 1942. They would spend the next 70 years and 6 months together. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and on 12/3/43 boarded the Queen Mary with 11,900 troops, arrived in Gouroak, Scotland 12/9/43. On 6/10/44 the 300th Combat Engineers Company A, under Commander Omar Bradley, landed at Utah Beach to lay mine fields to repel Hitler's army. They continued on to fight the Battle of the Bulge. Our father often said his feet never warmed up after the winter in the Ardennes forest. He remained forever proud of his service to his country.
After his discharge in 1945, he and his wife moved to San Antonio, where he pursued careers in insurance and real estate. He was a Third Degree Master Mason and a member of Knob Creek Lodge, Temple, Texas since 1953. Preceded in death by parents Una and Olin Mayfield; brothers Zeb Hardy Harrell, James William Fuller, Raymond Adam Fuller and special angels granddaughter Cari McCallister and great grandson Landon Elledge. Survived by wife of 70 years Jean Priest Fuller; daughters Sue McCrory and Una McGinnis, son James Rhea Fuller; grandchildren Michelle, Sam, Kim, Kody, Melissa, Erin, Eric; great grandchildren Courtney, Sean, Aubrey, Bradley, Austin, Maddy, Taylor; great great granddaughter Harley Rhea; nephews Ray Fuller Jr. and Zeb Harrell; nieces Donna Harrell and Cheryl Harrell; grandniece April Fuller.
He loved his family, friends and his little "piece of heaven"-the house near La Vernia. He and mother loved going to "the country" to tend his garden and relax.
He was our mother's love. He was our best "Daddy". He was our children's best "Pop". We all say to him "Well Done"!
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, San Antonio, Texas.
Graveside services August 27, 2013, 10am, Fort Sam Houston Cemetery.
Jean Priest Fuller passed away on January 18, 2014 at the age of 90 years. Born February 20, 1923 in Rector, Arkansas to T.A. Priest and Ruby Moore Priest.
Jean was one of eight children. She met and married her one and only love, Charles Fuller, on February 6, 1942. They would go on to spend the next 70 yrs. and 6 months together.
Our beautiful mother was generous to a fault and never met a stranger. If you needed help she was there for you. She was active in our schools and activities as we grew up. Dance lessons, piano lessons, girl scouts, cub scouts, baseball, softball, etc. She kept us busy. Mother stayed busy at home sewing, cooking (she loved new recipes), cleaning for all of us. I remember she ironed everything, even our sheets and pillow cases. She always sang and danced while doing housework. However, she kept a belt around her neck so she could swat Jimmy for any out of bounds behavior. Catching him was the problem. He ran-she chased. Never in my life did she physically discipline, Una Jean and I rarely caught her wrath. Jimmy just loved to aggravate her. That was our funny, sweet mother and we loved her so.
As years passed and we kids married and had children, Mother and Daddy proceeded to "spoil rotten" every grandchild. Never was there the need to knock on their door before entering. That door was open to all - day or night. When we went there to eat, we always left carrying home food and fresh vegetables from their garden. We will all miss homemade chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, cherry pies, red velvet cake etc. Una Jean was a picky eater so she will no doubt, miss weenies and chocolate milk. Most of all we will miss the daily phone calls. They called each of us every evening to ask "Is everyone in for the night?" "Is everyone O.K.?" And always in our times of need they never failed to ask "What can we do to help?"
Their presence in our lives and their love and concern for all of us cannot be measured. We were so fortunate to have them for so long. She was our Mother. She was her grandchildren's' Mama Jean.
Preceded in death by husband Charles Fuller on August 13, 2013. Her parents T.A. and Ruby Priest, sisters Helen Bradham, Vernelia Patterson, JoAnn Colvin, granddaughter Cari McCallister, great grandson Landon Elledge. Survived by daughters Sue McCrory and Una McGinnis, son James Rhea Fuller, grandchildren Michelle, Sam, Kim, Kody, Melissa, Erin and Eric, great grandchildren Aubry, Bradley, Courtney, Sean, Madelynn and Taylor, great great granddaughter Harley Rhea, brothers A.G. Priest, W.T. Priest, Sister Rachel Etzel and numerous nephews and nieces.
- Remembering our Heroes ~ America's Defenders
These are my heroes. My family and friends that have defended our great country. Each of these heroes have defended our rights and our freedoms. I am so proud of each of you and appreciate the sacrifices you have made for me and my family. Thank you and know that I will keep you in my prayers.
Graphics provided by Operation Ooh Rah and other military support sites.
- Happy 10th Birthday Jolie Faye Cravy!!!
- Remembering Gran, Ernest Philip Rudacille - May 15, 1904 ~ October 26, 1997
Ernest Philip Rudacille - May 15, 1904 ~ October 26, 1997
I meant to get this together for Gran's birthday yesterday and it just didn't happen. I had fun this morning going through photos and seeing all of the old people, many who are no longer with us.
- Remembering Auntie - Carolyn Powell - May 2, 1942 ~ October 29, 2015
Carolyn Rudacille Powell
October 29, 2015
Carolyn Rudacille Powell, 73, originally of Bentonville, VA went home to be with the Lord while resting peacefully under Hospice Care at Envoy Nursing Facility in Winchester, Virginia on Thursday, October 29th, 2015.
She was born on May 2, 1942 to the late Ernest Phillip and Ethel Duke Rudacille of Bentonville, VA.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, William “Billy” Powell, who she loved with all her heart and longed to see again.
She is survived by their only daughter, Sheree Crystal Powell Jennings and her husband, Ronnie of Bentonville, Virginia and a sister Colleen Rudacille Bass of San Antonio, Texas. “Grandma” loved her grandchildren and their babies so much and they loved her right back! She will be deeply missed by Shavon Lynnette Clatterbuck and husband Adam and their daughters, Abreonia Star and Sareiya Rayne Clatterbuck, Shaddoe Wayne Mathews, Schatae Carrington Jennings and her son Camden AlecZandr Skyh Jennings and Sterling Hunter-Montgomery Jennings and his son Brycen Hunter-Miles Jennings.
She has many brothers and sisters in-law and nieces and nephews that she loved as well as extended family that she considered her own.
Carolyn worked as a secretary for Albert S. Wines Construction for many years as well as an Assistant Administrator for Clearview Nursing Home. Most recently she cared for Special Needs Children with Autism for the Public School System. She enjoyed the children so much! She was a woman of strong faith in God and trusted Him to sustain her daily. She had been given a gift from God and she began sharing that gift at age 11 by playing the piano for many churches and events over the years until her body was physically not able to do that any longer. She played with all her heart while she could but even when she wasn’t strong enough to play with her hands, her heart became her Instrument of Praise to Him.
There will be a Celebration of Life and Home Going on Tue Nov 3rd at 11am at Chester Gap Baptist Church in Chester Gap, Virginia with Rev. Mike McCartney officiating. Pallbearers are Shaddoe Mathews, Sterling Jennings, Adam Clatterbuck, Ryan Amos, Bill “Bear” Campbell and Kevin Jeffries. Honorary Pallbearers are Charles Frazier, Frankie Knight, Gregory Mathews, Alton Parker Mauck, Jr, John “Jr” Willingham, and Wally Wines. All of her family and friends are invited to join at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal, Virginia on Monday evening at 6-8pm to share their memories together.
Her earthly body will be laid to rest at Bentonville Cemetery, Bentonville, VA.
Memorial contributions in Carolyn’s honor may be made to Servant’s Heart and Hands Church for Outreach Music Ministry.
- Happy Birthday to ME!
This is MY life. Over the years I have made numerous slide shows and collages to honor most of my family. I thought I would be a bit different and make one for myself. It has been fun going down memory lane.
- Remembering Aunt Nancy Lee Bass Wuerfel
Nancy Bass Wuerfel, 81, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, wife of Theodore Hans Wuerfel passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, November 14, 2014. Her memorial service will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the J. HENRY STUHR, INC. MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL.
Nancy was born September 23, 1933 in Front Royal, Virginia, daughter of the late Charles Bass and the late Linden Brezler Bass. A 1956 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Nursing, she served for many years as a registered nurse and community volunteer. She and Hans made their home in locations from Rhode Island to Hawaii, as they moved with Hans' Navy career. Nancy's volunteer service included Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Suicide and Crisis Center, being named Volunteer of the Year in Hawaii. She was a gifted writer, most notably the author of "How to Cope with a Problem Drinker," a comprehensive guide to dealing an alcoholic family member.
Nancy is survived by her husband of 58 years; her sons, William Allen Wuerfel of Kailua, HI, Thomas Carl Wuerfel of Summerville, SC, and Stephen Fritz Wuerfel of Kaneohe, HI; her sister, Lin Buell; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles Bass and Sam Bass, and sister Eleanor Lashley.
- Remembering Eleanor Bass Lashley
In Loving Memory
Eleanor Bass Lashley
(8/17/1928 - 04/29/2014)
Eleanor Bass Lashley, 85 of Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, passed away, Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
She was the beloved wife of the late Richard Lashley, loving mother of Barbara (Joseph) Rudolph and Kathryn (David) Ladd; cherished Norrie to grandchildren, Danielle (Billy) Brochu, Nicholas (Laureen) Rudolph, Rebecca and Victoria Ladd and great grandchildren, Ella, Kacy, Lily, and Liam Brochu, and Felicity Rudolph.
Eleanor is survived by her sisters, Nancy (Hans) Wuerfel and Linden Buell.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Charles Henry Bass and Samuel Arthur Bass.
There will be no visitation. A private family interment will be held at Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesboro, PA.
- Remembering Tinkerbell Colvin - June 24, 1998 ~ March 17, 2014
Tinkerbell (Tink) was 6 months old when we got her. She was the cutest little thing. She loved anything round and decided right away it was hers. I remember her running around the yard chasing a ball twice as big as she was having a blast! She also loved mechanic's red rags. She would jump almost 5 feet in the air to get one. We had to break her of that addiction when we noticed red strings in her business. Not a pretty sight.
It wasn't long after Tinkjoined our family that we got Grace, a 5 week old labrador/golden retreiver for hunting. Tink let Grace know up front that SHE was the ALPHA DOG. Tink always had to be first in everything. ALWAYS!
We used to take the dogs out on the boat when we'd ski and ride the knee boards. We made Tink a life vest and covered it in a bandana of the Texas Flag. Tink would ride on the knee board with Rick and I'm so glad I have some home videos of that. She and Grace spent many a weekend playing in the Neches River.
We lost Grace earlier this year and knew Tink wouldn't be far behind. Tink had breast cancer and at her age, it wasn't operable.
This afternoon Tink joined Grace at the Rainbow Bridge and they are both galivanting at the feet of our Lord. She will be sorely missed around here.
- Remembering Joann Hillary Priest Colvin
Joann Hillary Priest Colvin
March 17, 1934 ~ May 11, 1981
- Remembering Gracie Duke Colvin
Grace came to us when she was about 5 weeks old in 2000. She was one of the most gentle dogs and yet when she got her BIG voice out, put terror into anyone within hearing range. She loved the water and above all she loved hunting. Just seeing camouflage made her want to get in the van to go hunting. She loved kids and adults and never complained when any of the grandkids tried to ride her. There will never be another dog quite like Gracie. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Rest in Peace Grace and enjoy sitting at the feet of Jesus. We will see you in Heaven.
- Remembering Grandma Bass
January 14, 1907 ~ February 23, 1982
Linden Virginia Bolen Brezler Bass
Charles Henry Bass, Sr. married
Linden Virginia Bolen Brezler
on April 15, 1924.
Charles and Linden Bass had five children:
Linden Mae Bass, born January 4, 1925
Eleanor Elizabeth Bass, born August 17, 1928
Charles Henry Bass, Jr., born March 3, 1931
Nancy Lee Bass, born September 23, 1933
Samuel Arthur Bass, born May 9, 1936
Linden would have been 107 today had she lived. She always had the softest hands and no hair on her arms or legs. She loved to read romance books and made delicious Fried Chicken. She loved Crossword Puzzles and though she repeatedly told my mother that Jackie Bird would never talk, she lived to hear him talk and was amazed at my mother's perseverance.
- Happy 10th Birthday Kaylee Madison Hinson
On December 17, 2003 we were blessed with a beautiful granddaughter. She was so beautiful that she could have had on a formal, even without a bath! Being the first grandchild, lots and lots of photos were taken of Kaylee throughout the past ten years.
When Kaylee was younger she modeled for our daughter Jennifer's sewing talents. She has been an American Heritage Girl for several years. Her heart belongs to God and is huge. She is always looking to help someone that is in need.
She is an awesome granddaughter, a precious helpful daughter, an incredible big sister, and a fun-loving cousin.
- Happy Birthday Jennifer
On June 30th. 1982 I woke up in labor with my first child. It wasn't until the next day on July 1, 1982 that our beautiful baby, Jennifer Louise Colvin finally made her grand appearance in this world. She was so beautiful and we were so blessed. We have been blessed many times throughout the years but on that particular day we were blessed with a miracle. God had many great things planned for Jennifer. I see his love in her every single day. Thank you God for sharing this precious child. I love you very much Jennifer... more every day.
- Generational Photos with Grannymother 2012
It's not very often that we get this many family members in the house at one time. We had a lot of fun taking these generational photos of our beautiful family. Special thanks to the photographers for making this happen.
- Happy Birthday Connie March 14, 1956
- Remembering Grandma Ethel
Ethel Gertrude Duke Rudacille
My Grandma Ethel was a lovely woman. Always had a smile on her face and beechnut gum in her pocketbook. She loved the Lord and you could always count on some good eating at her home. She and Gran were the ideal couple. He gardened and she canned the vegetables he brought in from the garden. She loved picnics and having her family around.
I miss you Grandma Ethel. I'll see you when I get to Heaven.
- Remembering my Uncle, William "Billy" Randolph Powell
I remember Uncle Billy with such fondness. I was asked to gather up some photos of him and his family. I had a wonderful time remembering the smile on his face and the joy in his heart. He was a very special man that never had a cross word and always had a joke to tell. I can still hear him saying, "Great Day in the Morning!" Rest in Peace Uncle Billy. I'll see you again when I get to Heaven. Love, Janet
Updated 10-6-2015 with many photos from various sources.
- A Smorgasboard of Diana's Photos
These photos are in no particular order other than alphabetically the way I named them.
- Cameron Baggett, my beautiful neice
- Reminiscing about Lindsay Alan
Lindsay Alan Bass, aka Larry to his friends, was born on September 11, 1984. He died of an overdose on May 12, 2003 at 18 years of age. Lindsay was quite a remarkable young man. He wanted to be a Chemical Engineer and had taken the SAT test to enter Lamar College just prior to his death. The day after the funeral his test results came in and he passed the test.
Lindsay aka Larry, was a leader among his friends. As Larry, he felt he was invincible.
On Mother's Day, 2003, Lindsay called me to wish me Happy Mother's Day. I had no idea it would be the last conversation we would ever have.
The next day I received a call from his friend, Clay that Lindsay had been found dead.
As Lindsay grew up, he and I were not very close. I am sure he felt that I was too strict in discipline. That was only because I loved him and I felt he needed more discipline. I could see he was on a slippery slope and felt he needed guidance. It wasn't until his last few years that he and I became closer. We spoke of many things. I loved him dearly and miss him always. Most especially though around Mother's Day.
Rest in Peace Lindsay. I love you and will never forget you.
- Remembering my beautiful sister, Diana
- Happy Anniversary Mom and Daddy
- Remembering Aunt Eltie
- Step Back in Time ~ Aunt Grace's Photos, etc. of the Family
May, 2011 Connie and I cleaned out Aunt Grace's old room at the Duke House (with Mom's help). We ran across Aunt Grace's Bible and a log shaped box that had photos and obituaries in it.
I haven't scanned all of the photos yet, but got a good start with these. I hope you enjoy seeing these old folks!
- Connie Bass ~ Happy Birthday
- Remembering Norma Jean Duke Grove
Norma Jean Duke Grove
April 13, 1935 ~ February 26, 2011
- Family Portraits - January, 2011
- Kimber Leigh Sweat Rojas ~ Happy Birthday !!!
February 9, 2011
- Hillary Elizabeth Colvin ~ Happy 28th Birthday !!!!
Happy Birthday Hillary!
You've been such a joy to us for 28 years. I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane.
I Love You Forever and Ever
- Hillary's Graduation ~ Lamar Institute of Technology ~ 2010
- A Tribute to Daddy
Charles Henry Bass, Jr. March 3, 1931 - September 28, 1993. My Dad was an incredible man! He excelled at so many things. He always had a funny story to share, and he'd give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it. He could fix anything with a paper clip and a rubber band. I know he's now in Heaven, watching over us, guiding us when we need it and letting us figure out life on our own at the same time. I love you Daddy! You are my hero!
- Happy Birthday Mom
I had a lot of fun going through my photos looking for you!
Mom, I have enjoyed your company so much over the years. As you said before, we are friends. While it’s not exactly rare, I know some folks who just can’t say that about their mothers. I appreciate the wisdom and understanding that you’ve shown me for the past 50 years. I couldn’t have asked for a better role model for a mother. You have always made me proud! You’ve always been a beautiful lady!
I hope you have a lovely birthday!
Love you very much,
- Remembering Gene Michael Long Colvin
Gene was born on September 27, 1935 to Roy A "Buddy" Long and Lille Belle Stevens Long in Greenville, Texas. Roy and Lillie divorced and Lillie remarried James O. Colvin. He adopted Lillie's 2 sons, Gene Michael and Glen Charles "Chuck".
Gene married twice. First to Joann Hillary Priest and second to Willene Wilson. Gene left this earth to be with our Lord and Savior on November 27, 2009. Gene has 3 sons, Richard, Robbin and Randall. He loved sports and hunting. He was a man to be proud of in every way. He lived as he believed. He loved the Lord and his family and is most likely out playing football with Jesus now in his new body. May he always rest in the Peace of our Savior that passes all understanding.
FIND A GRAVE MEMORIAL
Gene M. Colvin
November 27, 2009
Augusta, GA – Mr. Gene M. Colvin, 74, husband of Willene Colvin for 27 years, entered into rest on Friday, November 27, 2009. He was born in Greenville, TX. Mr. Colvin graduated from Abilene High School, Abilene, TX. He entered the USAF in 1956 and retired in 1976. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio and began a teaching/coaching career in the San Antonio Independent School District. Mr. Colvin’s coaching career included football, basketball, and track. After moving to Augusta, GA, Mr. Colvin began teaching for Richmond County School District where he retired in 2008. Mr. Colvin was also a member of a Masonic Lodge here locally.
Mr. Colvin was deeply committed to animal rescue here in the CSRA area for a number of years. He became the Vice President of Save The Animals Rescue Society, Inc. (STARS) in 2003. He was part of an organization that has rescued hundreds of animals. He loved nature and loved being in the outdoors. Mr. Colvin has been a member of a Baptist church wherever he has lived during his Air Force and teaching careers.
Mr. Colvin was preceded in death by his wife of 24 years, Joann Colvin and his parents. He is survived by his wife Willene Colvin, of Augusta, GA, children, Richard Colvin, Robbin Colvin, Randall Colvin, Mary Vasquez, Jeff Crowley, Wesley Crowley II, grandchildren, Jennifer, Hillary, Joseph, Amanda, Ashley C., Angela, Katherine, Michael, Rebecca, Aubrey, Brandon, Shannon, Ashley V., Samantha, Sabrina, and 11 great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Platt’s Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Ave. Augusta, GA.
Mr. Colvin will be accorded a military funeral with burial at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX. on Monday, December 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends in San Antonio, TX. on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at Sunset Funeral Home on Austin Highway, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Colvin and the family request that memorials be made to continue the rescue efforts he loved being a part of. Memorials should be made to Save The Animals Rescue Society, Inc., P.O. Box 212136, Augusta, GA 30907
PLATTS FUNERAL HOME 721 CRAWFORD AVE. AUGUSTA,GA. 30904 733-3636
- Remembering Diana and Lindsay
Mom and I went to the Raymond "Andy" Guest Park, not far from mom's house today. I knew Mom was reluctant to visit the park, but she knew I wanted to see the place that the Virginia family held the Trail of Roses Memorial Service for Diana and Lindsay where they spread their ashes. The park was absolutely beautiful and we couldn't have asked for better weather. We had a nice picnic at the park and then walked down to the river. Afterward, we drove around the park and visited the Cullers Lookout. I won't add any captions to this slide show. The photos speak for themselves.
- OLD Photos from Mom's House in Virginia
These photos are in no particular order. I scanned most of them from the photos albums whose covers you will see in this show. Others were found in old Cigar Boxes. I've labeled each photo with Mom's help.
- Remembering Aunt Grace
Last year, when Aunt Grace died, Connie and I missed her funeral. Today Mom, Sterling and I installed the gravestone that Connie and I bought for Aunt Grace. We planted portulaca between Aunt Eltie and Aunt Grace and a beautiful knockout rose bush next to Grandma Ethel and Gran. The music you hear as you watch this is very special. There's a story that goes along with this music that is unbelievable. Truly Amazing!
- Stop to Smell the Roses
Many many years ago my parents took 8mm movies of our family. My Dad was overseas serving our country and my Mother wanted him to be able to see his children growing up. In the early 1990's, my parents lovingly spend hours and hours transferring these movies to VHS tapes for each of us and added music of the times to the silent movies. This was a huge labor of love they've given to us. Over the years, 2 of the 3 tapes disappeared. Last year, I had my tape transferred to Digital CD's and made copies for the family. This year, I've taken some screen shots from these CD's and cropped them to the images you are about to see. Most of the folks you see have gone on to be with the Lord now, so these images are extra special to my heart. I hope you enjoy them. The quality isn't superior, but the folks you see definitely are!
- Step Back in Time
Our Family Photos. These photos are "pretty much" a digital time line. If you have photos to add to this collection of our family heritage, or see any inaccurate dates on photos, please email me JCOLVIN4@GT.RR.COM. I hope you enjoy stepping back in time with me. Be sure to visit our family's Memorial Garden.
I've got plenty more photos to add. As soon as I finish the Ancestry Book, I will work to get more of them uploaded to these slide s
- Virginia - 2016
This is a conglomeration of photos from both Mom, Connie and myself. Mom bought a new camera this year. It's lightweight with a great zoom on it and fairly easy to use. I know it will give her many years of photographing fun!
- Virginia 2015
The last time I got to see Virginia in the Fall I was too young to remember. I must have been about 1 or 2 years old. I planned my trip this year so I would be able to see the Fall colors changing. I was not disappointed!
We spent many hours on the roads to Winchester to see Auntie. It seemed like each trip we made was made from a different path.
This is the first year I was able to be a back seat driver. Connie drove the whole time I was there so I was able to take many more photos than in any of the precious years.
It didn't matter which direction we went, we found the beautiful colors of Fall. I hope you will enjoy seeing things from the back seat. :-)
- Virginia 2014 Photos
- 2013 Virginia
- Virginia 2012 ~ Family Photos from O J Rudacille's Store
- Virginia 2012 ~ Watching the price of gas go down
- Virginia 2012 ~ Planes, Trains and Automobiles
- Virginia 2012 ~ Mom's House and Land
In around 1900 John Robert Duke built this house in Bentonville Virginia. It was a beautiful house back in Granddaddy's day. He and Grandma Lucy lived in this house about 35 years.
Several of his children were born there, including my grandmother Ethel Duke Rudacille. Both John and his wife Lucy died in the 1930's. Aunt Eltie and Aunt Grace continued to live there until 1982 after Aunt Eltie died.
My parents bought the house from the Duke Estate and began the renovations right away. One of the first things they did was to install indoor plumbing and update the electricity. They installed the vinyl siding which gave the house an immediate face-lift. Many of the old buildings were torn down or burned. Only the smoke house and the corn crib remain standing with the house today.
The house was rented to a Christian Academy for several years. Eventually they outgrew the house and moved on. My parents continued to work on the house over the years until my father passed away.
Mom has become a snowbird, living in Bentonville half the year in the warmer months and in San Antonio in the colder months.
You can always tell Mom is "in residence" when the flowers start appearing on the front porch. Having a big white house gives her a blank canvas for each year. We are always grateful for any blooms that come back year after year.
Thanks to Allen Matthews for upkeeping the grounds that surround the house. He keeps things looking spiffy all year round and I know Mom appreciates all he does to keep the house in good repair as well.
The videos in this slide show of the inside of the house were taken in 2010. Not much has changed inside since then. It's a far cry from what it was back in the days of Aunt Eltie and Aunt Grace.
- Virginia 2012 ~ The Cast of Characters
- Virginia 2012 ~ Cool Structures Found
I spent the month of May at my Mom's house in Bentonville, Virginia. We got out and drove around as much as we wanted to. This year I let others drive the car so I could sit in the back seat and take pictures. Each road trip brought us the majesty of Virginia and was enjoyed immensely.
- Virginia 2012 ~ Wildlife
- Virginia 2012 - More Fishing with Cousins
- Virginia, 2012 A Surprise for Janet
While making breakfast this morning I looked out the side door and saw what I thought was a chicken. Boy did I get a surprise!
- Virginia 2012 - Trip to Sperryville and Luray
- Virginia 2012 - Andy Guest Park with Schatae
Schatae called me this afternoon asking if I wanted to go to Andy Guest Park to take some photos. I'd already taken about 1000 photos with the battery but was willing to go. I hoped to see some wildlife since it's been scarce this year for me. About the time we saw a deer the battery was just about gone. While I'm happy to have finally seen a deer, the photos weren't that good. Another trip to the park is going on the "agenda" of my vacation.
I had a wonderful time taking photos with Schatae. She's god a great eye and a fun personality.
- Virginia 2012 Fishing with Schatae, Sterling, Ryan and Connie
- Virginia 2012
- Virginia 2011 Luray Zoo ~ May 11, 2011
- Virginia, 2011
We had an awesome time in Virginia this year. Jolie and I flew out on April 30th and returned home June 1st. Connie and Cammie flew in on May 17th and returned on May 31st. Connie's High School friend Toni Lovell Cook came on May 24-26th and we all had a blast reliving the past and catching up on our lives.
We enjoyed ourselves and got quite a bit of work done around the house.
- Virginia 2010 Happy Birthday Sterling
- Virginia July 2010
You might as well get something to drink before you click on Start Slideshow so you can enjoy it better. There are lots of photos and videos I want to share with you.
I spent almost a month at Mom's house in Bentonville. We had a wonderful time just being together. Mom was worried I'd be bored. That was far from what happened. Each day we found something to do to keep us occupied. Mom got a head start on rescuing plants from Lowe's so there was lots of color when I got there. We made a half a dozen trips to Lowe's and found some great deals on beautiful Petunias, Marigolds and Hibiscus. Hopefully the Hibiscus will survive Virginia's harsh winters and they will bloom again next year.
Last year I took photos of the outside of the house, but none inside. This year I decided to do a video tour of the inside of the house. I originally posted just the video tour here, but have now inserted photos along the way of the same parts of the house as on the tour.
While I was there, Mom bought a new TV for the living room and a web cam so I could keep up with my family. When I got back to Texas, the first thing I did was to buy a web cam for us so I can keep up with Mom.
Needless to say, the month passed much too quickly for both Mom and I.
- Virginia 2009
These shows include the photos I took while I was in Virginia. This is a way for my family to see how much I enjoyed myself. The whole trip was priceless to me.
- Virginia 2009 Dinner at Bonnie and Jeff's house in Luray
We had a wonderful time and awesome food at Bonnie and Jeff's house. They have a beautiful house with a swimming pool in the back yard.
- Virginia 2009 Mom's Flowers in Virginia
Mom and I have rescued many plants from the Lowe's "Rescue me" racks. We've had a lot of fun putting some color against her beautiful home in Virginia. Some of the best fun has been watching these plants bloom and thrive.
- Duke Reunion 2009
July 11, 2009
- Our Family's Good Eats Recipe Book
- Independence Day Weekend, 2016
- Fun With Jen And Amber And The Kids
- Having fun with Kaylee and Jolie Part 2 Jump World
- Having fun with Kaylee and Jolie
- June 2016 - Having fun with Ben and Jolie
We have been enjoying Ben's visit this past week. On Monday we went to Colorado Canyon and "mined" for gemstones. Then played video games and ate pizza. Saturday we went to the beach. Met up with Robbin and Chana who had brought their kayaks. Ben and Jolie got out in the kayaks and we were quite impressed with Ben's skills in the kayak. Not sure what this week will bring but I am sure we will have some fun.
- 6 Generations - Making a family collage
- May 28, 2016 - Fishing on the Jetty Road, Sabine Pass
- Hunting in New Mexico with Robbin, Preston and Cody
GPS coordinates can be found on each photo in the album. It is so cool that Rick's phone automatically added them to the photos. As always, I wish there had been more photos and videos since I wasn't there myself. Rick's phone did a great job of capturing how cold it was, along with the vastness of the landscape.
The length of time each photo is shown can be adjusted in the slide show, along with the volume of the music. Just move your mouse to make these adjustments.
- November 28th, Pleasure Island
- Early November visit with Jennifer, Kaylee, Hillary and Jolie.
Early November visit with Jennifer, Kaylee, Hillary and Jolie. Jennifer duck hunting next morning.
- July 18, 2015 McFaddin Beach with Jennifer and Kaylee, and Kelly and Maddie
- July 11, 2015 McFaddin Beach - Towing
We fished Pleasure Island and didn't catch a thing. Decided to take a drive on the beach. As we were heading back we watch a fella get his truck stuck. We stopped to try and help. After many tries we determined he needed a tow truck. We knew the tide would be in and his truck would be ruined. Of course we had no cell service so we took his wife and mother in law down the beach until we had some service. No tow trucks were in Sabine Pass. No one else was willing to come on the beach with their tow trucks. We headed back to the truck and enlisted the help of several other vehicles. It took 3 vehicles to get that truck out of the mud and sand but after much praying we all succeeded. Needless to say we will spend quite a bit of time tomorrow at the car wash getting all of the stuff off the truck. It was quite an adventure. Hopefully I can post the video in the next post. It wouldn't let me post it here with these photos.
There is more than one way to skin a cat Facebook! I will perservere!
- June 27, 2015 Fishing at McFaddin Beach with Jennifer and Hillary and the kids
We had an awesome time fishing with Jennifer and Hillary today. So glad Jennifer wanted to meet us at the beach.
Jennifer and Rick caught a massive sting ray and got to watch as it had 3 babies there on the beach.
We caught 2 more sting rays before it was over.
The biggest catch of the day was a huge redfish that was close to 40 inches.
What a wonderful time!
- Happy 10th Birthday Benjamin Lucas Hinson
- Jolie's Birthday Party at Mannings Skating Rink
- Texas Renaissance Festival 2014
- Fishing with David's Family at the Running of the Bulls - Crystal Beach
- Happy Mother's Day
This is a tribute to the Mothers in my life. I've loved them all. I am one of the fortunate ones whose family always had a camera handy. Each of these women have shaped me into the person I am today. They all were very family oriented and good God fearing Christians. So many are in Heaven already, watching over me. I hope I can always make them proud. Until we meet again, I wish each of you a very Happy Mothers Day.
- Easter Weekend and Ben's Birthday
- October, 2013 Pleasure Island
- September 15, 2013 - GAR Fishing
We had an awesome day fishing. Caught many fish. 3 in particular got their pictures taken. We brought home quite a few fish to use as bait and one huge catfish to eat. Each of these Gar were caught on 12 pound test line and on light action poles. Each time people stopped along the road to watch Rick reel them in. They could see the pole bent practically in half and knew he had something major. We estimated the first two fish at about 4 ft. and the third one at about 3 ft. The video at the beginning of the slideshow is of the third fish.
- August 16, 2013 ~ Fishing at Pleasure Island
We really enjoyed the fishing today. This is the first time that Jolie has caught any fish when we've fished together. At the end of the day the score was Jolie - 5, Janet - 4 and Rick - 2. Not only did she catch the most, her fish were bigger than any of ours. It was an awesome day! As usual, you will have to take my word that I was there.
- Hermann Park Zoo ~ June 22, 2013
- Father's Day 2013
We all enjoyed celebrating Father's Day together. Lots of good food and lots of family always make for the best times. So thankful for all of the Dad's. Sadly, I didn't get a photo of Curtis before he went to visit with his friend. As usual, I wasn't in any of the photos either, but I was there, behind the camera.
- Swimming at Connie's in June
- June 8, 2013 Day Trip South Beaumont
- Happy 7th Birthday Jolie Faye
Yesterday we had a great time at the Rain Forst Cafe in Galveston celebrating Jolie's 7th Birthday. Today the celebration continued when Hillary took Jolie to the Southeast Texas State Fair. When they left there they came by to get Jolie's presents. Between the compound bow and the BB gun, Jolie is now ready for the Apocalypse!
- Crawfish Boil - March 16, 2013
We had an awesome time with family and friends. Beautiful weather and great folks make for a fine crawfish boil. Special thanks to Jennifer and Hillary for taking the pictures and making sure I was there too! There were over 600 photos taken. I've cut that in half so the show has been sped up to accommodate them all.
- Shooting at the range with the family ~ March 2, 2013
- Longhorns in Katy on New Year's Day 2013
Ordinarily when Connie and I travel to and from San Antonio we make several stops at the Goodwills along the way to break up the trip. We stopped at our newest Goodwill in Katy hoping they would be open on New Years Day. They weren't open, but we did have a lot of fun taking these pictures of the longhorns. The last time we stopped here there were only about 5 in this field. Today there were quite a few more of them. They got so excited when we walked over to take their pictures. We were within "petting" distance of them as we stood by the barbed wire fence to take these photos.
- Robbin's 8 Point Buck
We got a phone call during breakfast this morning. Robbin shot a beautiful 8 point buck. He was about 80 yards away from it when he shot him and he rain into a thick part of the woods. There was hardly any blood at all to follow and it rained for about 30 minutes while he tried to figure out which direction he'd gone. We headed up to the lease to help him find it. We found a total of about 10 drops of blood in the woods. The guys tracked the ground and within about 15 minutes found him laying down about 100 yards into the woods. Needless to say we were very excited to find him. What a great hunt for Robbin! We're pretty sure that the one in the video IS this same deer.
- Dewberry Farms ~ October 15, 2012
- Fun with the kids in Spring ~ October, 2012
- Art Class ~ Creating Sparkly Hour Wind Hanger
- September, 2012 ~ Playing Dress Up
This was so much fun! I wish we'd gotten the camera out when we began. Jolie was first. We dressed her up in the "blingiest" top I could find and put make up on her. She even had a pair of my high heel shoes on the entire time we played.
Hillary was next. The transformation was incredible. Hillary said to me I can't believe we never did this when I was little. Then she said, Oh yeah.... this is me we're talking about.... the child with no fashion sense! HAHA
Jolie was so serious when she was putting make up on me. I could feel the eye shadow falling on my cheeks and couldn't have cared less! HAHAHAHA i have a folded tissue in my eyeshadow that I use for cleaning my brushes. She picked up that tissue and tried to wipe off the shadow on my cheeks before I realized what she was using. It looks like I have a black eye! HAHAHA
When we were "ready" we set up the tripod and got out the remote so we'd get photos of us all. Yes there are lots of photos but it's set to run so they are only on the screen for 2.5 seconds so it should run pretty fast.
This was definitely a great day that will bring many smiles to my face in the coming years.
- Hillary wants to learn how to shoot a bow
Hillary asked Rick to teach her to shoot a bow. He set up a bow for her to use and they began shooting in the back yard. She is tough and strong and really did a great job on her first try. We all had a great time with the learning. I'm hoping these photos will show Hillary her stance, etc. and that she can learn from them.
- September 1, 2012 - Work Day at TPO
- Rail Car Graffiti
While waiting for Rick to check on one of the trail cameras I managed to capture this freight train as it passed. I was fascinated by the graffiti on the side of the train so I thought I'd look up to see what I could find out about it. I see it on just about every train I see.
Railroad graffiti is impossible to miss. A railcar in a dark rail yard provides a valuable target for vandals. Graffiti artists consider railcars the ultimate canvas: a moving exhibition for talent and effort.
Properly planned and executed, quality graffiti becomes a permanent, nationwide, mobile exhibit of artistic talent. In between endless cars festooned with bold signatures, pieces of true quality reflect the ability of nameless artists. The largest modern art gallery in the world is carried by steel wheels on steel rails.
Information taken from: this site on Railroad Graffiti
Writing graffiti with spraypaint on passenger trains began in New York City in the 1970s. Trains are a moving target and are often well guarded. They are hard to paint and difficult to photograph. Either one can get you arrested or even killed.
Information taken from: Art Crimes: Trains
- August 2012 ~ A Day Trip to Sabine Pass and Sea Rim Park
- Pretty Horses in Port Neches/ Port Arthur
- August, 2012 - A Day at the Lease
We headed to the lease today to check the camera cards. While Rick was off gallivanting I was taking pictures of the tiniest flowers I could find. Some of these were no bigger than a pencil eraser. This is the lease from a woman's point of view.
As we were leaving the lease we drove past Otho Miley's stand and Rick slammed on the brakes and backed up. There at Otho's feeder were 2 beautiful does. Rick grabbed his binoculars and I grabbed the camera. We sat there at least 2 minutes watching them.
We stopped at Sonic on the way out of Kountze and parked facing the Dairy Queen drive thru window. When the cars moved I saw something I have only seen one time.... a Luna Moth. I set my food to the side and grabbed my camera. The girl in the drive thru window didn't know what was going on until I showed her the moth.
All photos taken with my Nikon D5100, with a 55-300mm lens and a circular polarizer lens filter.
- Hillary and Justin ~ August 18, 2012
- August 2012 - Miscellaneous Shots
I bought a Circular Polarizer the other day for my camera. I spent about 30 minutes this morning just checking it out. While the sun was glaring in some places, the photos actually look good. I'm pleased!
The cats are new to the neighborhood. They've spent quite a bit of time in my yard "talking" the past few days. While I like other people's cats, I don't like them coming in my yard. Especially when they leave me presents on my driveway. If these didn't belong to the neighbors..... There are actually 3 cats, 1 female and these 2 males. They met in the road for a showdown today. I took a video, but haven't yet figured out how to load it into the slide show.
- August 2012 Jolie "Otter" with Many Expressions
Jolie and I headed over to Connie's pool this afternoon. Jolie tried using flippers on her feet, but they didn't stay on the feet very well. She got the brilliant idea to use them on her hands, making her look like an otter. She had a lot of fun trying to maneuver that big beach ball with the flippers.
- August 12, 2012 Starry, Starry Night
We (Hillary, David, Rick and I) went to the lease to watch the meteor shower. While we didn't get any photos of the meteors, we had a great time. We were there from about 12:30 am to 3:30 am. The "writing" you see was done with a bottle of glow in the dark bubbles and a long shutter timing.
- August 2012 a Trip to Pleasure Island
- Swimming on Liberty
We all had a great time today swimming at Hillary's apartment. I was there.... taking photos and swimming. As usual, you can't see me.
- Hillary gets a new smile
I asked Hillary if I could take some photos of her this afternoon. She's had a terrible time with her teeth for the past few years. No matter what she did they didn't get any better. Almost a year ago she and I went to see what it would take to have her teeth replaced.
It's taken a lot of courage and bravery for her to have this done. I am so proud of my baby girl. She's got a long way to go getting used to her new mouth and I have every confidence that she will overcome any hurdles in her path.
Ya done big Hillary! I love you!
- July 24th ~ A Day at the Beach
- June 2012 - Highlights of the Month
- More Fun at the Duck Park ~ Meet Peter
We had a wonderful day at the Duck Park in Nederland. Ben rescued a baby duck that was in an open drain in the pond. When he tried to put it back with his mother she didn't want anything to do with him. Ben, Jolie and Jacob played with him and decided to name him Peter.
I was coerced into bringing the duck home since he was motherless. Ben was Peter's Dad and Jolie was Peter's Mother. We set up the little swimming pool in the back yard. We fed him biscuits and chopped up fruit. He was a lot of fun to play with.
That night we put him in a cardboard box with a hand warmer and a blanket but decided to take him back to the park so he could enjoy the other ducks there. We returned the next day and released him to the pond. He seemed happy the last time we saw him.
- 2012-2013 Hunting at TPO
- June 2012 ~ Fun with Jen and the grandkids in the kitchen
- 2012 June ~ Jolie at the Ducky Park
- June 2012 ` Swimming with Hillary, Jolie and Cory
- Shooting at the lease with Joe and Dakota Bell
- 2012 Tee Ball with Jolie and the Sooners
- Jolie's 6th Birthday Party at Chuck E Cheese
- 2012 St. Patrick's Day Crawfish Boil
- February 2012 - Family after dinner
- Rick's 2011 Halloween Doe
October 29, 2011
Rick was one happy hunter when he returned to camp on Friday evening with a doe. We've been watching her for a month now.
- October, 2011 Jen and the Kids come for a visit
- The New Camp Trailer
- Remodeling the Hair Room
- Freedecorating the Family Room and Dining Room
- Restoring and Protecting Michelle's Mermaid
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A few weeks ago, my good friend Michelle Savoy Rasa called me and asked if Connie and I could make a bra for a mermaid that belongs to her dad. She has young boys at home and they have lots of friends over. Michelle said that she wanted to cover up the hideous nipples on the mermaid. She said the mermaid was life size. We talked about what needed to be done. I asked her to send me some photos of it so we'd know what we were dealing with. I've included those she sent me in the beginning of this show.
Ronnie brought the mermaid over to Connie's shop so we could work on it there. She is mounted on a rock and is extremely heavy. We could swivel her, but actually moving her was next to impossible for the two of us.
The condition of the mermaid was very sad to see. While she was intact, she was covered in rust from being down at the beach house. Connie and I talked about it and the restoration project began.
I asked Michelle to give me some history about the mermaid she asked Connie and I to work on.
"Approx. 20 years ago MT and his cousin Stout went to First Monday in Canton TX .. They met a local artist that was selling fish made from metal.. MT inquired about a mermaid and the artist told him if he could draw... he could make it . MT and the artist sketched out a picture right there at the booth and the artist said he could do it ... about a month after that the artist was finished and Stout drove out to the man's studio he had behind his house and picked it up.. My dad recalls him living in Fort Worth and his cousin says it was Arlington.. ... The artists initials (Jam) are on the mermaids hand.. the original cost of the mermaid was 1500.00.
Each piece was hand cut and welded .. using metal sheets.. not sure what type of metal.. its original color was kind of platinum ... I'm looking for a photo of it."
Though I've Googled, I cannot find the original artist.... JAM. Hopefully MT or Stout will eventually remember the name. I wish to give the artist credit for an awesome job on this mermaid. She's really beautiful. I can only imagine how much he enjoyed creating her for MT.
If you see this show and know the artist, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank so much Michelle for thinking of Connie and I when you needed this project done. We're both sending prayers for your Dad and your entire family.
We love you!
Janet & Connie
- July 2011 ~ at Spring with Jen and the Kids
- Summertime Fun in the new wading pool
- Kaylee's Baptism and Lunch at the Olive Garden ~ June 12, 2011
We had a wonderful day today. The day started out with Kaylee getting baptized. We are so proud of her for following in Jesus' footsteps. Then we all went to the Olive Garden for lunch. The food and service was great and the company was too.
- Fire at TPO Lease June, 2011
From KFDM Website
June 09, 2011 10:49 AM
HARDIN COUNTY - A fire that burned more than 1,000 acres in Hardin County is now contained, according to information provided to KFDM News by Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain.
The fire broke out Wednesday off FM 1293 in Honey Island. It's one of a number of wildfires that have broken out in Southeast Texas in recent weeks.
The Texas Forest Service and all volunteer fire departments in Hardin County helped fight the fire.
Investigators are searching for the cause.
Some families voluntarily left their homes after the Sheriff's Office encouraged them to evacuate. They went to the courthouse annex building. All of them returned home Wednesday night.
There were no injuries and no homes were lost, according to Sheriff Cain.
"It's pretty much contained," the sheriff told KFDM News during a telephone conversation Thursday morning. "They're talking about bringing in Black Hawk helicopters to work hot spots so embers won't blow and start other fires."
The sheriff says "things are almost back to normal" although some smoke remains in the area.
"We encourage people to obey the burn ban and not burn," said Sheriff Cain. "If you're barbecuing don't leave the fire unattended."
Video from KBMT 12 News.
Honey Island wildfire from Wednesday now fully contained...
Update: The fire near Honey Island is now fully contained, those evacuated Wednesday have been allowed to return home. Firefighters were out there until 3 am Thursday, and were back on the scene Thursday.
Several fire departments assisted the Texas Forest Service in response to another fire in Hardin County that burned about 1500 acres and is now contained.
The fire was reported to be 4.5 miles south of Kountze near the corner of FM 1293 and Old Honey Island Rd. Hardin County resident, Mike Templet tells 12 News HD the fire is burning near the Old Honey Island swimming pool. A 12 News HD crew on the scene says the fire has crossed FM 1293 and headed towards FM 1003.
Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain says authorities evacuated the area from FM 1293 and Old Honey Island Road to FM 1003. A helicopter dropping water assisted firefighters.
The Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department, Kountze Fire Department, and Hardin County Sheriff's Office all assisted in the operation.
- Jolie's First Professional Salon Visit
- Hillary's Secret Rose Garden
- April 5, 2011 ~ Imagination Station
- Spending the day at Jen's with the Kids ~ January, 2011
- 2010-02-28 Firing Up the New Tool(s)
Rick bought me a pair of Pneumatic AIR SHEARS to cut copper with for Christmas. Today was the first day we've had a chance to use them. We opened the wrapper of the box, read the instructions and needed pneumatic oil. We went to go get some. Got back to the shop and set it up to use. Connie took the first few cuts and realized immediately that it wouldn't curve like we needed it to. So I called Rick and he got out the receipt. We took it back to Harbor Freight and they exchanged it for a Pneumatic AIR NIBBLER with a LASER. We got back to the shop and read the next set of instructions. We are sticklers for making sure we do things safely and correctly. We had to get the air pressure up to a certain PSI and make sure it didn't exceed that. You will see Connie making the first cuts with both tools today. She forgot to turn the laser on, but you can clearly see how cool this is going to be for creating sculptures! I've set this slide show to run at 0.5 seconds per frame so you can watch it like a slow motion video. I wish I'd thought to use the video, but I was using Hillary's new camera and it was my first time to use it. I felt comfortable taking still shots. If you will train your eyes to the center of the screen through the whole show you will see the bits of copper flying off the sheet of copper. Pretty neat.... if I do say so myself!
I love Hillary's new camera!!! Without further ado, Firing Up the New Tools!!!
- Jolie's Gallery from her new camera
Jolie received a camera from her Mom for Christmas. This Gallery will be used to show her photos.
- Rick's Coyote ~ December 30, 2010
- The Skyline Camp Trailer
- Hillary making a Salmon Dinner ~ December, 2010
- The New Cook Shack and a Tour of the Camp
- Thanksgiving 2010
- San Antonio - November, 2010
- At the Shooting Range with Hillary and Cory
Back in October we took some firearms and headed to the shooting range that Robbin is a member of. Spent several hours with Hillary and Cory and sited in the rifles, etc. This was great practice for both Hillary and myself.
Cory spent time in Iraq and is very familiar with the AR-15. He's showing Hillary how to shoot it.
- Hillary and Jolie Carve a Pumpkin for 2010 Halloween
Hillary has watched Dad carve pumpkins before, but never done it herself. She and Jolie went to the store, picked out the pumpkin and bought both a book and the tools to carve this awesome pumpkin.
I was in charge of taking photos. During the carving, Jolie told Hillary there was something in her nose. It was a bead from a Mardi Gras necklace that somehow got into her nose while she was at her Daddy's house. Once that was removed, the carving began again.
Then Dinner was ready. We had leftovers from the lease, including some beef ribs. You'll see Rick holding one while Grace gets the meat off. First time I've ever seen Rick give either of our dogs a bone. They didn't chew them completely as most dogs would have. They really enjoyed that.
I think the pumpkin turned out magnificent, but I'm a bit biased. :-)
I hope you enjoy watching Hillary and Jolie carve this pumpkin.
- 2010-11 - # 2 End of Road
- Grandkids in September, 2010
- A Tea Party, August, 2010
Hillary and Jolie had a tea party. I love their costumes and expressions.
- Fun at the lease with the Bell Family
- August, 2010 - Fun at Jen's
I went to Jen's this weekend to help her with a garage sale. She had gotten Jacob to sleep and so the kids and I went out in the back yard to play for a while.
I had a great time with the kids and Jen. We shopped and enjoyed visiting together.
In hind sight, I should have had my camera out the whole time I was there.
- Putting the Octoblind in the Woods
- 2010-11 - # 3 Octoblind
- #2 Spot Trail Camera Photos and Videos
These photos and videos are from the end of the camp road. This is our Number 2 spot to hunt. We've moved the feeder to the opposite end of the lane and are seeing a whole lot more traffic there now.
- Swimming in Baytown 6-18-2010
Jolie and I went to Baytown to visit Jen Jen and the kids. We had a great time swimming at the Olympian Pool.
- Memorial Weekend 2010
Rick and I spent Memorial Day at the deer lease. It was just the two of us and we enjoyed the solitude of the woods.
We went out to where one of the cameras was set up. I "got to be the crow" (using a crow call) and heard a deer blow and run off. That was the first experience I've had of hearing them blow. Rick said I did a good job "being the crow".
We were coming back in from checking the cameras. I saw a sky so absolutely beautiful I had to stop to get photos. I'm so glad I did too. It was really hot on Sunday afternoon. We had a small storm blow through Sunday evening, which we really appreciated. The weather cooled considerably after the storm.
I hope everyone had a lovely holiday. Remember those that serve and have served our country, not only today, but every day! They are our heroes!
- Robbin's Game Cam Photos 2010
Robbin hasn't been able to check his cameras lately so we've been checking them when we check our own. He's got a beautiful doe coming by.
- Taking a Tree down in the back yard
C and S Tree Service came by and gave us a very reasonable bid to take down a tree that died after Hurricane Ike came through and sheered off the top of it.
Dave and Brian and their crew did an awesome job of taking down the tree and trimming up the one next to it that had a waybigo dead branch in it.
If you need tree service, I'd recommend these guys.
Call Dave at (409) 433-3344
or Brian at (409) 433-2784.
- May 14-16, 2010 TPO
- Having fun with Jolie, Cammie and Kimber
While Connie and I worked on a sculpture, Jolie played with Cammie and Kimber in the pool.
- 2010 May, Having fun at the Lease
Rick found a snake in the woods. It was red, black and yellow. We weren't sure if it was a CORAL snake or a KING snake. CORAL is poisonous and KING eats other snakes. Rick captured him and put him into a Home Depot 5 gallon bucket, put the lid on and put a concrete block on top. Had several folks look at him and they said he was a KING snake because the yellow was much more defined on a CORAL snake. So before we left yesterday, he held the snake. He didn't seem to feel threatened and squirmed all over rick's hand (with a leather glove on) then he let the snake go. Found out it WAS a Coral snake when we got home!
- 2010 - Arson on the Number 1 Blind Spot
We've been hunting about 3/4 of a mile down the road from our camp since 2008-2009. We call this area the Number 1 spot. Having a trail camera set up close to the feeder, we have a considerable amount of photos from that area. We've seen several deer there and just recently saw a pretty big hog.
When we returned from San Antonio after Easter we found out that the area just past the first tank pad had been burnt. We assumed that either the timber company or the gas company had done a "controlled" burn because of the way the trenches had been cut.
We decided that with the other tank pad going in we might as well change hunting spots. So last week we moved our camera to a different location for scouting.
This past Saturday and Sunday we were riding past our Number 1 spot and noticed that it too had been burnt. But this time there was a sign that said it was ARSON.
We rode in to see if our equipment, still in place, had been damaged. The road we normally take was what they trenched to break the fire. The tree stand at the front was fine. Our blind was secure on the "good side". We rode over to check on the feeder and it was fine too.
Rick and I rejoiced that we'd moved the camera the week before because the tree that it was on was burnt half way up the tree. The camera would have been ruined, with no recompense. We might have gotten photos of the arsonist. And we might not have. Since we moved the camera, we definitely didn't get any photos of the arsonist.
I took photos with my cell phone showing what I saw this past weekend. I didn't have my camera with me or I would have taken many more photos.
If you know anything about these fires please contact the Texas Forest Service at the number on the sign.
UPDATE: The Arsonist was caught!!!
- 2010 Rearranging the Second Camp at the Lease
- 2010 Easter Weekend in San Antonio
- A night at the Races
Joe Bell invited us to the races. What an exciting night it was. We got to see him race at the Golden Triangle Raceway Park. Rick, Hillary and I went and had a great time watching all of the vehicles sliding around the oval track. It got quite cool before the night was over, but we still enjoyed the thrill of the races. Hillary took her camera and so we got some pretty awesome shots. Some of these are not going to be in focus. Some will be. Watch for Joe's #7 car. All show the excitement of the night! Way to go Joe!!!
- 2010 - February
Jolie has been learning to cook with Maw Maw. We created a party for 3 on Super Bowl Sunday and had a lot of fun doing it. Rick has been building cabinets for the "hair room" and we've all been "inspecting" his work.
- 2007 Gardens
2007 was a wonderful year for plants and critters
- 2008 Gardens
I have gained a new appreciation for God's handiwork of bringing plants back to life after winter time. My goal is to NOT buy any plants this year, other than herbs and vegetables (and those are REALLY groceries!).
- 2009 Gardens
I took most of these photos on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2009. Amazing what all is blooming out there today.
- 2009 Linthicum's Bald Eagles - A Tribute to our National Bird
There is an incredible photographer on Dave's Garden named "Linthicum" that has been posting our National bird, the Bald Eagle. These photos were taken on the East Coast at the Conowingo Dam, in Maryland. Each of his photos is better than the last, and the first was awesome! I asked his permission to use his photos and he graciously agreed. Ray Charles is singing America the Beautiful to accompany these beautiful birds. Please enjoy the show.
- 2009 Summertime blooms
Here's what's blooming on Bayou Road this summer
- 2009 Thanksgiving
2009 Thanksgiving - God has been so good to all of us this year. We are thankful for each blessing and count them one by one.
- 2009 TPO Robbin's "Pig Road" Blinds & Tripod
I wish you all could have seen Robbin's big box blind when there were 2 sets of scaffolding holding it up. Unfortunately, it took all three of us to get it up in the air and I completely forgot to take any photos. Since then, he's taken one set of scaffolding down and what you will see is how it is now.
- 2009 TPO - Plants on the lease
I've taken photos of many of the flowers, etc, that I've come across. I'll label them as I learn them.
- 2009 TPO Deer Cam ~ First Blind
- 2009 TPO Halloween Doe
October 31, 2009 - Rick and I dressed up as HUNTERS for Halloween this year. We started out the morning with Rick in the field hunting and me at the trailer. It was quite cool, but at least it was fairly dry. Rick came back to the camp at around 9:45 after putting new batteries in the camera. The trail camera takes a video, then immediately after, a still shot, recording the date and time. The trail camera used in Moultrie I-40 (Infra Red).
- 2009 TPO Ken Sirmon's Spot ~ Robbin's Gorilla Tripod Stand
Ken's not hunting this year and has given this spot to Robbin to hunt. We call it "Ken's Spot".
- 2009 TPO Lease ~ Trailers for sale or rent
Rick and Robbin each bought old trailers to gut and fix up for the hunting season.
- 2009 TPO ~ End of the Road ~ Two Person Blind and Tree Stand
Though I didn't get any photos of the progress of actually building the blind you can see the finished blind and the installation of the blind in the woods. We recently put a tree stand in this area also.
- 2009 TPO ~ OctoBlind
Rick's has had this idea in his head for several years to build an octagonal blind. The other night he decided to try it out. So far, it's looking pretty good.
- 2009 TPO ~ Riding at the Lease
We rode with Ken Sirmon and his right hand man, Mark this weekend. Ken is one of the builders that Robbin does work for. We had a great time riding and Robbin cooked chicken fajitas and sausage on the grill. Ken is going to join the lease and will be setting up in our camp area.
- 2009-12-04 Snowing in Beaumont
This makes 2 years in a row that we've had snow in December. It was nice seeing it coming down this afternoon.
- 2010-05-11 Visiting with Jen and the Kids
This show will only be public for a few days.
- Abreonia Star's 3rd Birthday Party
July 11, 2009 at Bing Crosby Park
- April 19, 2008 TPO Ride
Thanks to those that took photos and videos on this TPO Ride that took place on April 19, 2008. Special thanks to Tony for sharing this CD with me so I could add these photos to the site.
- Banded Wood Duck
November 3, 2009 Rick went Duck hunting with Joe and Justan Bell in Cheek/China Texas this morning. Only 2 ducks were shot. Rick shot a BANDED Wood Duck that flew here from Kentucky. He was banded on July 30, 2009. This is Rick's 2nd Banded Duck to shoot.
- Cage Rage
- Construction Zone
Many projects are in the works. Stick around and watch these rooms get transformed.
- Dodge Ram 1500 - 2009 Crew Cab
- Email Images
These photos were taken with my new Blackberry. The delay on the trigger is pretty severe so I miss a lot of shots with it, or get not so sharp photos because my subject gets tired of waiting. I'm pretty impressed with the quality otherwise though.
- Family Fun 2009
- Family Photos
These photos are the most current of our family.
- Hunting on the Texas Peace Officers Lease in Kountze, Texas
- Jolie at Caldwood Park
- Labor Day
- Photos from West Houston Round up at Randy Judd Harrison's
Plant Swap and Social on July 26, 2008
- Pumpkin Fun 2008
- Recycled Camoflage Purse
Everything on this purse was recycled, with the exception of the Chicago Screws. The purse has a neoprene koozie for holding a drink, a place for my Blackberry, a place to securely hold my pocket knife, a place to hang my keys, a pocket for business cards and pens, and many other pockets for other purposes. The interior is very roomy because everything is so organized. Plenty of room to carry a camera and a couple bottles of water, if necessary.
- Snowing in Beaumont
- Texas Renaissance Festival
3 years in a row, we've attended the Texas Renaissance Festival. These photos were taken over that 3 year period.
- TPO - Having Fun out there - Miscellaneous photos and videos
- TPO January and February 20, 2010
January, 2010 ~ We went out to try and round up some crows. We also went down to see the waybigo Cedar tree in the creek. Had a little picnic and really enjoyed the day.
February, 2010 ~ We enjoyed taking Jolie to the lease today. She was such a good girl and was curious about everything she saw. She loved going through the water and mud with Paw Paw. This show has photos AND videos.
- TPO Lease ~ Taking Hillary 4 wheeling
March 6, 2010~ We took Hillary up to the lease to go 4 wheeling. She wanted to stay late so she could get some photos of stars also, which we can't see all that great here in town. While we were there, Larry Flower and his crew were drilling the well for water.