Treasures, Treasuries, and Thoughts

I swore I would never do a blog! So much for swearing. I didn't think that I would have much to say or share. I was wrong! I have been so blessed with a wonderful family, loyal friends, sharing colleagues, and the support from so many that I will never run out of topics to write about.

I have opened an on-line store at a place called Etsy (rhymes with Betsy). The items on the left are available for purchase there. These will change from week to week to show you my latest creations. The link to the store is in the upper left corner of this page.

I also have items for sale listed on Art Fire. The link to my Art Fire Studio is

I hope you will visit this blog, my Flickr page ( and my Etsy and/or Art Fire stores often. (

So come along on my Trail of Treasures! It will be a Spirit Journey for me and I invite you to join me on the trip.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Lu, You Go Girl!

I had the distinct honor of attending the All Native Systems' Retirement Party honoring my beloved friend, Luetta Armel yesterday.  At 11:30 a.m. on January 7, 2011, family, co-workers (present and past), and friends gathered to pay tribute to Lu as she completed her career at All Native Services.  The gala was held at the colorful La Mesa Restaurant in Bellevue, Nebraska.  This one of Lu's favorites!

Family members were there to pay tribute to this dear relative.   There were many that I did not get
photographs of  but here is her sister, Denise, and nephew.  I know Denise from our trips together with Lu to the Casino.  How Lu loves a trip to the Casino! 

And, this is a photo of another sister who declared herself to be the "wisest" sister.  I could relate to that as we share the family position of being the oldest sibling.  She is shown with her husband.

Lu is an enrolled member of the Winnebago tribe.  The Vice Chairman of the tribe, Brian Chamberlain, was on hand to pay tribute to Lu and deliver best wishes from the Winnebago.

Brian Chamberlain

All Native Systems presented this wonderful Star Quilt and a Dell lap top computer to Lu.  Please note the heart in the lower left corner.  This was designed especially for Lu.  On your right  is Lee Anne Pretends Eagle holding one side of the quilt.  Lee Anne played a major role in the planning and presenting this wonderful event.

Donna Polk-Primm, Executive Director of the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Commission was on hand to present Lu with a certificate for her services and another wonderful Star Quilt.

Lu is an avid New York Yankee's fan and why not?  After all, her cousin, Joba Chamberlain pitches for the Yankees! Joba could not be in attendance as he was on vacation in Cabo San Lucas.  However, Joba's father, Harlan Chamberlain, was on hand to present Lu with an autographed base ball and Joba's latest base ball card. 

If you would like to read more about Harlan Chamberlain and Joba, please go to the blog I did about them previously.  Here is the link:

When we arrived at the party, we were asked to sign a poster.  By the end of the event, the poster had been framed, ready for Lu to treasure in the coming days.

Here is our beautiful Lu, thanking all of the guests for coming. 

Thank you to All Native Services for this wonderful party honoring a very special lady
and inviting me to attend.

Lu, we love you and wish you the best during your retirement. 

You Go Girl!


Yankeegirl said...

Great Tribute to Lu and thanks for sharing the pic of Joba's Dad!!

jstinson said...

Yankee..I knew you would enjoy seeing that photo of Harlan Chamberlain. There is no better fan than you!