Monday, 8 September 2014

Remembering Tina Downey





The writing community recently lost a wonderful friend, writer, and blogger, Tina Downey. I didn't know Tina as well as many, but I did get the chance to know her better through to the Tree of Life collaboration. Her comments in the feed of our little facebook group were always funny, and bright, and positive, despite her struggles with health issues. The virtual tree house will never be the same. 

Her avatar was a sunflower and it's a wonderful symbol to remember her by. So today, to honor Tina's memory, many bloggers are gathering/planting sunflowers to brighten up the internet in the same way Tina brightened the world around her. 



Unfortunately, sunflowers were difficult for me to find and plant this late in the season where I live. Therefore, I planted these perennial marguerite daisies instead. They remind me of miniature sunflowers--and Tina. 



Rest in peace, Tina.

37 comments:

  1. It really amazes me how many people were able to plant and grow beautiful yellow flowers so quickly. It's the end of winter here. beautiful tribute to Tina.

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  2. Hi Elise ... I bought my sunflowers, as it's that time of year, but I hope the seeds will get collected and then can be spread around ... I bought some for the Nursing Centre and I hope we can spread some seeds up there for next year ...

    Love the use of marguerite daisies .. they have that central swirl ... lovely thoughts for Tina .. cheers Hilary

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  3. Aloha,

    I nearly ended up with one of those daisy things, too... but the lady at Lowes found me one sunflower in the back of the last shelf...

    My post goes up in 47 mins... and be careful... your eyes may bleed.. but your sides will be stitched :)

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  4. Close enough, Elise!
    So cool you got to know her through those projects. That was Tina - involved in so many things because she loved people.

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  5. They do look like mini-sunflowers. I should've looked for some flowers like that.

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  6. You are right! They look like miniature sunflowers. They are lovely, Elise!

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  7. Mini sunflowers to be sure. I think all these tributes are wonderful. She was a wonderful person.

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  8. Tina would have loved this tribute and smiled for all the trouble people have gone to for her. She will be missed and thank you.

    Jeremy

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  9. They look like bright, cheery flowers so they totally count. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  10. They are the right color and shape, haha

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  11. At least you found real flowers. I had to go with plastic and silk. Lovely tribute.

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  12. You're so cool, Elise. Perfect flowers and perfect picture! I know Tina would've smiled!!!! <3

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  13. Agree with Melissa. I went with plastic, too. But at least, I'm telling myself, this one won't wither for a long time.

    Those daisies look so lovely.

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  14. There were lots of sunflowers in pictures of the downed plane over the Ukraine. I know that sounds so morbid, but I couldn't help noticing all of them. I love sunflowers. I'm so sorry for your loss. Tina must have been a wonderful person to have as a friend (I didn't know her).

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  15. That's a beautiful tribute, Elise! I love the flowers you planted. They're happy, just like sunflowers :)

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  16. Tina would love the flowers you planted for her!

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  17. Wow, those are really nice! A fitting tribute.

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  18. The daisies are beautiful, too, and it's the thoughtfulness that's the important thing in this remembrance of Tina.

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  19. Rest in peace Tina. And you pulled off a fitting, and wonderful tribute in her memory!

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  20. Those flowers are great representatives. You made a lovely tribute Elise and it so sweet to see so man y come together to remember Tina today.

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  21. Daisies? Smart move.
    I suffer from 'green-finger-impairment' and I didn't have enough time to get my hands on a sunflower, so I went to plan B...
    It's the thought that counts.

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  22. What's interesting, Elise, is that I noticed we've suddenly had some of those daisies growing in the backyard. They do look a lot like sunflowers, and I thought it was a nice coincidence that they've suddenly sprouted around this time. Thank you for identifying them - I had no idea what they're called. These daisies and sunflowers will forever keep Tina's beautiful, bright spirit with us. Very nice tribute. Thank you.

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  23. The flowers are beautiful. The green on my thumb isn't exactly bright either. I'm just lucky enough to have them grow naturally (that's basically the only thing that grows with me.) Lovely words!

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  24. They do look like mini sunflowers! Tina would totally love them. I hope all the sunflowers and love we're sending has her smiling up in heaven. I'm sure she is. She'll be missed for sure.

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  25. They are so pretty and I'm sure Tina would love them.
    Lovely post.
    Thank you,
    Heather

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  26. I didn't know Tina but all the tributes are lovely. I feel as if I knew her.

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  27. It seems even knowing Tina a little made each of us more appreciative of what we have.

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  28. Tina would love those! Here's a standing toast to the life of our Tree of Lifers tree house party!!

    Epitaph

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  29. Very sweet tribute, Elise.... May Tina rest in peace.

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  30. I think those flowers are simply perfect!

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  31. I like the red details of them. great green thumb :)

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  32. They are just like miniature sunflowers, a lovely tribute.

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  33. You done good Elise! Tina would be touched.

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  34. Sweet tribute! We don't all have sunflowers, but we can find pics for Tina. :)

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  35. Your right. she was ALWAYS positive.

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  36. I love those little daisies! Pretty sure Tina would have, too.

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