Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunflowers for Tina

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2014/08/sunflowers-for-tina-september-8-2014.html

On Saturday August 23rd, we lost Tina Downey, a talented lady and a good friend in the writing community. Today we're joining together across the blogosphere to remember her and show our support.

I didn't know Tina as well as some. I'd seen her around, here and there, but had only begun interacting with her on a regular basis a few months ago, when we joined the same small writers' group. I've come to realize that was my loss.

Tina had a way of brightening us up when we'd had a bad day or were feeling down about our writing. She had a sense of humor that permeated her posts and comments, even when she was battling heath struggles that would have put most bloggers on hiatus. She was like a rainbow on a cloudy day.






Tina loved sunflowers. For this tribute, we were asked to plant or display a sunflower in her memory.






The header of Tina's blog sports a pink flamingo.

 I love wind chimes, so when I saw this...


...I knew I had to have it. Every time the breeze 
grazes the chimes, I'll think of her.



I'll miss your friendship, Tina.



If you're moved to do something, you can help brighten the future of Tina's two sons. The family has set up the Downey Education Fund. To donate via secure link to PayPal, please click here.

37 comments:

  1. I think you flamingo wind chime will be a lovely reminder.

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  2. Love that windchime. It's a great way to remember her.

    I didn't know Tina very much at all, but I definitely knew her blog and visited a few times. Such a sad loss :(

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  3. I love wind chimes too and the flamingo is perfect. Glad you were able to plant sunflowers, I tried but couldn't find any where I live, so I planted daises instead. Hope that's ok.

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  4. Sunflowers and flamingos! You did both. That is awesome, Melissa.

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  5. I love the pink flamingo wind chime, too :)

    Perhaps if we ever did an anniversary tribute... that could be the theme :)

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  6. You are awesome, Melissa. You found the sunflower and the pink flamingo! I would want one of those for the dragon cave, I am sure Tina would have loved it! Dragon hugs.

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  7. That wind chime is so fun! What a great reminder for you. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  8. Tina would have loved that flamingo chime!

    This is such a sweet tribute.

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  9. Beautiful and the flamingo chime is perfect.

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  10. The flamingo and sunflowers make a perfect combination.

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  11. thank you... I forgot about the flamingos, Tina was a good person and will be missed by many.

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  12. Oh, this was perfect, Melissa! The flowers and the flamingos… perfect.

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  13. This was a lovely tribute! Tina will be missed!

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  14. I wish I had known Tina. But from everyone's memorials and posts, I feel like I know her.

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  15. I didn't know Tina but I'm sure she will be missed. Lovely tribute.

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  16. Hi Melissa - love the flamingo windchime - how fun .. and I'm so glad you had a chance of connecting with Tina for a short time .. sunflowers are just so cheering .. it's great there are so many around the blogosphere .. cheers Hilary

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  17. What a beautiful tribute, Melissa. I grew up in Tuscany and sunflowers are everywhere in the summer over there ... I will think of Tina next time I visit home. :-)

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  18. I love the flamingo touch - it's like the "colorful, exuberant" side of Tina we know and love.

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  19. That flamingo wind chime appears to have been made for her, and for you to remember Tina by. Thank you for this touching tribute, Melissa. Your sunflowers are a joyful sight, too.

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  20. Nice tribute, Melissa. I didn't know Tina but I pray comfort and peace to her family.

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  21. Love the flamingo! That is awesome! Tina touched a lot of people.

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  22. Ah, flamingos & sunflowers... perfect combo!
    Life is good!

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  23. Very nice. Thank you for being a part of this special tribute to Tina.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  24. The wind chime is so special! I'm so glad you have a reminder!
    Thank you,
    Heather

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  25. Love the wind chime, what a marvellous idea. Sorry you didn't know her better, come to that, sorry I didn't either. Wonderful person.

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  26. Oh wow. That's an amazing wind chime!
    Very nice flowers, too.

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  27. Such kind words, Melissa. I didn't know Tina but I've read several posts dedicated to her life and legacy. She seemed like such a kindred soul and even though she was battling such devastating health issues, her light seemed to resonate throughout the blogosphere. I'm sure it will continue on through your own heart and writing.

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  28. Love those wind chimes. What a nice way to remember her. I regret not knowing her sooner too, but at least we got to know her!

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  29. Such a lovely post and photographs thank you for sharing your tribute to Tina.

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  30. such a gathering of the many things she loved. great job :)

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  31. This is a beautiful tribute, Melissa. The more I read everyone's thoughts about Tina, the more I wish I could have known her. She will absolutely be remembered.

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  32. Wow. What an awesome way to remember her.

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  33. What a wonderful tribute! The flamingo and sunflowers are lovely!

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  34. I love your flamingo windchime! Also, great photos of the rainbows and the flowers.

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