My Goddesses and Saints are Among Us
New Acrylic painting and Mixed Media Photo Picture Collage by DeBorah Ann Palmer, titled My Goddesses and Saints are Among Us
These are Ancestor Heritage photos were mostly taken during the 19th Century not too long after Civil War. Mostly from my Dad’s side mainly Dad’s Mom, My Grandmother Eva Gordon Palmer. Others were taken during the 1940s and 1950s.
The more recent ones especially those with my parents, Stephen and me were taken during between 1959 when I was born up to and including the early 1990s.
Blankets, Quilts and Comforters bring us not only warmth but security. My brother Stephen had his Security Blanket when he was a little boy just like the Peanuts character Linus in the comic strip. I’ve always provided baby blankets for my various cats over the last 25 odd years. They love snuggled in those blankets but usually they love snuggling next to me more so. When I was a little girl my paternal grandmother Eva Gordon Palmer made a quilt for me and I was secure in her love for me. Comforters give the comfort of warmth on a cold snowy night. So on many levels and senses Blankets, Quilts and Comforters give a type of security because they were either made or given with Love.
My brother Stephen is coming over to visit and for us to celebrate his 56th Birthday (hard to believe my baby brother is this old!) so this is where I will be camping out. The sofa is now a bed. Wish that it was a sofa bed but those things are expensive but I make do. This blanket is lightweight as now the New York weather has become warmer. Yesterday it was in the 80s. Today lower but still pleasant. When Stephen was a little boy like the Peanuts character Linus he had a security blanket that had to go with him everywhere. As he grew older he grew out of his need for his security blanket.
This is one of my cat Sylvester’s blankets which are really baby blankets but he is my baby. My fur baby. I unfolded it so you can see SpongeBob Squarepants in his full glory but I will fold it into quarters so that it will fit into the left hand corner of my bedroom closet where Sylvester sleeps while I’m at work or out running errands. When I get in the bed Sylvester jumps up to join me. When I fall asleep he cuddles up next to me. Sylvester does have another blanket put that blanket does not have a design or cartoon character like this one.
Previously in a long past post I had discussed the Quilt my grandmother Eva Gordon Palmer made for me when I was a little girl. When I was a child a Quilt was something you used not an artwork to be hanging on a wall therefore I don’t have any photos of the quilt and it wore out long ago. However it lingers as memory in my mind.
10 Who[a] can find a virtuous[b] wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.