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Full Name:Karen
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About Me:As you can probably tell, my favorite color is Green! ( except for lime green,not a fan.) Love boats, bridges and beach scenes. Kittys are precious and I can't help but fav them too! Thanks to all who supply me. Oops, I forgot that I have a fondness for all birds-the red cardinal and owls.. whoo whoo! TRAINS- tracks and stations, love the look. Tuxedo Cats!
Interests:I love Tuxedo Cats! I love Piano Keys up close! I love Daisy anything!!! ~~:)~~
Favorite Books:The Green Book
Favorite Movies:The Wizard of Oz !! Scarecrow .... which way did my brain go? hahahah- I have that problem all the time!
Favorite TV Shows:Blacklist. Empire. Binge watching True Blood..Game of Thrones.
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CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   12/12/17 at 2:34am

Hi Karen,

I hope you are happy and well. I'm sure you're already enjoying this season & are looking forward to Christmas day itself. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you've likely already seen your first snow. I rediscovered something today; it's no fun to drive in, but sure is beautiful to look at! :D

It was a little hard for me to say goodbye to Autumn. Not only did we get less leaf colors than usual, we didn't get any snow in my area until 4 days ago! Usually I see snow by mid November, or at least by Thanksgiving.

We got about 2 inches of snow today; the most we've had in one day so far. Now that my yard is white, it finally looks like Winter outside. :)

My first 3 wallpaper designs are made entirely of Autumn leaves. My last one is made from one Autumn leaf, some orange & white berries, a shrub, and some snow that I added in. It's my first Christmas wallpaper of the year. (Most of you seem to be way ahead of me as far as that goes.) My Christmas Tree wall was the most fun to make, and it's definitely the snowiest one of the four. :)

Joyful greetings to a beautiful & meaningful season! Desktop Nexus is one of the best places to enjoy this season in my happy opinion.:D

Snowy Hugs,

Elaine :)

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   11/24/17 at 3:50am

It's Thanksgiving in the USA today... so I'm running around DN counting my blessings. And guess what? You are one of them!:D


Elaine :)

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   11/17/17 at 4:36pm
Greetings to my friends & fans! :)

I am feeling rather bleary this morning. Normally, I would have been by hours ago. Just after uploading the wallpapers below, however, we lost our internet. And our phones. And our TV. :( We were up until 1:30am dealing with this problem: finally ended up going to bed, after our internet provider promised to have a repairman out to our house out to our house anywhere from 4 to 8 pm. After all of that got resolved, we staggered off to bed. Then I discovered that I couldn't sleep. Finally dropped off about 3:30am.... :P

In the morning we woke up (after oversleeping) to find that everything was up & running again. My husband cancelled the appointment and hurried off to work.

As for me, I am going back to bed as soon as I'm finished going a-visiting up here. Luckily, I don't work on Fridays, but my appointment with my gym may go by the wayside today, in favor of sleep. I'm nodding off, even as I write this.

Happy Autumn... for us in Michigan, it was a long time getting here! :D

Elaine :)

PS. I finished writing a journal post about Michigan's weird fall weather just before our internet went out. I hope you like it! :D


CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   10/31/17 at 4:00am

Hi Everybody,

I had really hoped to get around visiting earlier than this... in my part of the world, Halloween Day starts in about an hour. But things kept getting in the way; everything from family problems to website problems... (not DN, I'm glad to say.) Oh well... better late-ish than never-ish! :)

I managed to get 2 Halloween wallpapers made in spite of it all. In one of them, a jack o lantern gets a scare. Since jack o lanterns used to scare me when I was little, I thought it would be fun to turn the tables on one of them for a change. :)

I made my other wallpaper to wish all of you a Happy Halloween. Whether you are going to a party, taking children trick or treating --- or simply wondering why people from the USA and Canada are so crazy about this holiday --- I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow! :D

Elaine :)

PS. One of my Aussie friends on DN told me that Australia is gradually starting to observe this holiday also. I bet the children down under who trick or treat really enjoy it (and the candy!) :)

PPS. The same Aussie friend who mentioned this to me will likely enjoy the 2nd wallpaper, as she's very fond of cats. She knows who she is... lol :)

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   9/29/17 at 2:59am

Hi Everybody,

I hope that you've had a nice Summer (or a nice Winter if you live south of the Equator!):)

It's been so long since I've gone profile hopping, almost 2 months! Time really got away from me... Part of the reason is that my husband and I finally went on a real vacation for the first time in years. Yes, we've done some weekend getaways, but you can only drive so far in one weekend... and you have to allow time to get back. lol

We ended up driving through the states of Ohio and Indiana. We deliberately chose country roads. We stopped at a lot of antique stores, among other things, and got to go to a County Fair in Ohio. A lot of the photos I took will end up on DN sooner or later, especially Cow photos for the Cows group!:D

The wallpapers that I uploaded today, however, are from my home state of Michigan. I took nearly 40 pictures of goldenrod! It was hard to choose the ones to upload!

At this point you are probably wondering why in the world I took so many photos of one kind of plant. Yes it's a beautiful plant, but 40 photos of it? Well-- the reason I did is--- THE BUGS! Not only do many varieties of insect love goldenrod... but they are beautiful as well.

I have only one regret about uploading these photos. I wish that I had brightened up the photos more so the insects would show up better in the small thumbnails. Oh well... at least it's easier to see them when they are enlarged.

Have a wonderful day/night! I'll try to get around more often after this... and check out what you all are uploading!

Warm Hugs,

Elaine :)

GypsyDreamzPosted by GypsyDreamz   8/18/17 at 10:12pm

Hi, Karen
Friday at last. Yeah!
Hope your Friday has been a good one
and you’re weekend will bring you smiles.

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   8/15/17 at 6:39am
Roger is gone... :( :( :(
CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   7/31/17 at 11:47pm

Hi Everyone,

It's been a busy, but happy Summer for me-- which is the reason that I may not have been around to visit you for awhile. Well... mostly happy. Car problems that were not cheap kept me from seeing my 5 month old granddaughter for a couple of weeks, but at least the car is finally working again. :)

My job has been keeping me busy also. We are engraving a lot of Stainless Steel mugs right now. We have one type where each shrink wrapped mug must be unwrapped by hand before it is engraved. It's time consuming, and my hands are getting a little sore... but hey... it's a living! I can listen to any kind of music that I want to while I unwrap them too.:D

I try to upload at least 5 wallpapers a month. I uploaded one wall on July 4th. I tried to get more up here during the month, but things kept coming up. Finally, today, July 31st, I rushed these 5 wallpapers up here. I got them uploaded with less than 3 hours to spare; August 1st starts on Desktop Nexus at 8pm my time. (Michigan, USA) It feels great to have beaten the clock! :D I hope to get many more walls uploaded during the month of August, because I have a backlog now...stay tuned! lol

As you can see, I've got 3 Cows Group walls up in this bunch; and 2 of them are especially silly...:P :D If you aren't a member of the Cows Group yet, you should check it out. There is such an incredible variety of cow wallpapers in it scenic, unusual, cute, humorous, etc... I think this group has become one of the most interesting (and fun!) ones on Desktop Nexus! :D

I hope that you are having a great Summer also, or a great Winter, depending on where you live!

Elaine :)

PS. PUPPYDAWG/ROGER news is that there isn't that much right now. He is doing better, but has an annoying, chronic cough. I do think he could use your prayers. He wants to come back to Desktop Nexus, but he needs a new computer to do so. He has enough money, but he isn't very mobile. Hopefully, one of his relatives will be able to help him out with that soon. Believe me, he misses everybody!

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   7/6/17 at 3:09am
PS. I'm happy that you like this one too! :)
CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   7/6/17 at 3:08am
I saw this wall and I thought of you... :) It's called "River of Green Reflections. :D
CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   7/5/17 at 1:38am

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   6/28/17 at 12:51am

Hi Karen,

Could you use a rainbow in your life about now? I was more than ready for a rainbow when this one appeared in the Michigan sky on May 29th. Luckily, I had my camera with me. I've uploaded 3 photos of it. I hope you are as inspired by them as I am.

(If you need some extra inspiration, be sure to read the description on the last wallpaper in this post!)

Elaine :)

PS. I'm happy to say that my health problems are improving, and my computer has been behaving! :D It's still pretty busy at work, but on the whole my life is improving. Thank you to all who've been rooting and/or praying for me. :)

PPS. Puppydawg/Roger is hanging in there. Since he has been staying with his sister since Easter, he has decided to remain there. One of his cousins is going to give him his laptop computer as soon as he (the cousin) can replace it with a new one. Then Roger will be able to be back on DN. Who knows? Maybe he will have better luck with a 2nd hand one! :D

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   5/30/17 at 11:46pm
Wow! This is Great! :D :D :D

I wondered what happened... I'm so glad that you are back! I've missed you... I thought maybe you got too busy for DN or something.

Let's stay in touch! :)
CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   4/16/17 at 1:27am

From the beauty of Spring and the fun of Easter Bunnies & all of the trimmings...

to the amazing & glorious meaning of this holiday;

I hope that you will all

Elaine :)

PS. Wonderful News! Puppydawg/ Roger told me that he will be getting out of the hospital tomorrow! Which will be Easter Sunday. :D

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   3/4/17 at 5:14pm

KaPoof! I have turned into a Grandma!:D :D :D

Anna Susan, born 3:17am 7 pounds 4.6 oz...I haven't seen her yet... But I've heard her, and she has a very healthy set of lungs!!! :D :D :D

(Thanks to Luna for the use of this wallpaper!:D :D :D)

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   2/28/17 at 1:37am
PS. Well Karen, none of the below ones have a lot of green in them, but wait 'til Saint Patrick's Day.... :D
CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   2/28/17 at 1:36am
Hi to all of my friends & fans! I hope you are doing well and enjoying life on DN as well as in your own homes.:D

In January the weather in my area was on the frigidy-cold side. In other words, normal.:) I wanted something on my wallpaper screen that looked a lot warmer than I was feeling-- so I created the 3 wallpapers below. But I didn't get to upload them when I planned to.

Now that February is almost over, the weather has been well... weird. We've had everything here from extremely cold days, to days so mild I've almost been fooled into thinking Spring has come.

I know better though. I live in Michigan, the Great Lakes State of Unpredictable Weather. I'm convinced I'll find plenty of good use for these warm hued wallpapers before the Winter really ends.

Perhaps you will also! Hot Cocoa & marshmallows anybody?

Stay warm!:D

Elaine :)

PS. If you live south of the equator, I guess you'd better stay cool! But if you're a member of DN, you are always cool, in my book! :D

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   2/13/17 at 11:47pm
Guess what tomorrow is? Here's a clue:

What do you mean the zebra gave it away? Well... I guess you're right... lol :P :D

Have a great one! :)

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   1/27/17 at 8:58pm

To my friends & everyone else on Desktop Nexus,

I am the bearer of some sad news.

Betsey Butler, a member of Desktop Nexus since September of 2008, passed away on November 20th, 2016. I did not find this out until last Sunday, January 22nd.

Even if you did not know Betsey, please read on. I have something to say that you may never have thought of before; something that could help you and many others.

Most, if not all of us, have made some good friends on Desktop Nexus. Some of those friends may mean so much to you that you've even exchanged email addresses with them and have become pen pals, (or perhaps I should say email pals.)

Betsey and I were email pals. We wrote back & forth on a regular basis. Often it was just short notes. We had days where we wrote each other as much as 10 times. Sometimes 3 or 4 days would go by before we wrote again, but we always kept in touch.

On October 24, 2016, I wrote Betsey that I was about to go to Canada for the first time in 25 years, and that I'd let her know all about it when I got back. She wrote back;

"Have a great day!"

That was the last time that I ever heard from her.

I kept writing her, and got more and more concerned when I didn't get any replies. Betsey had dealt with some health problems, i.e. she had what she called a "small stroke" and had to go live in an assisted living center for awhile, but then she got her own apartment again. I began to wonder if she'd had another stroke and was back in assisted living with no computer access or something. It never occurred to me that she might have passed away.

I finally found out that she had from another one of her friends who was just as shocked as I was about it. My friend read it on her Facebook timeline. No details were given.

Whoever may still be reading this;

Please, if at all possible give a trusted friend or family member access to your Desktop Nexus account; your Face book account; your email account. You matter. People care for you. People will notice when you are missing.

Please have someone lined up to notify people, just in case you leave this earth. None of us knows the day or the hour when that might happen... If you pass on, people will wonder and eventually worry about what happened to you.

One Desktop Nexus member who did think to do that was Sparky/Kate Hatheway. Her sisters were able to access her Desktop Nexus account and let everybody know. That was such a wonderful to do...


I wrote to Betsey for 14 weeks without hearing from her. It hurts to realize now that I was writing to someone who would never read what I had to say.

I have been in mourning since last Sunday when I found out. That is why I've been wearing this wallpaper of Betsey's on my profile for the past week. (By the time you read this, I'll be wearing one of the one's I made for Betsey.I wish I could wear more than one wallpaper at a time!)

I put aside some abstract wallpapers I was going to upload last Sunday. Instead I have spent this week creating two wallpapers in memory of Betsey Butler.

This one is my mourning wallpaper...

I was only going to make the one wallpaper, but I decided that another one was needed. To the best of my knowledge, Betsey was a Christian and had Jesus in her heart. She is now in a better place...so I created this happier wallpaper in her memory also.

Please choose either of my two wallpapers and put your thoughts and memories of Betsey in the comments. I would love to read them and possibly learn some things about her that I didn't know before. :)

One more thing. Betsey fanned 387 members here. I've fanned only 159. If she has fanned anybody that I have not, and they are still active friends of yours, please let them know about Betsey too.

Thank you for reading this...and God Bless...all of you! This sad experience has made me realize just how special you are...

With much love,

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   12/31/16 at 11:48pm

Father Time & I are dropping by to see you & say goodbye to

Let's say hello to 2017 instead! :D

Yahooooooo! It's a brand new year! Be sure to party and celebrate it to the max! :D

Best warm wishes for you in the New Year. I'm looking forward to more Collies, more Cows, more Wonderful Wallpapers, more Smiles, more Kindness, and more FUN on DN with you! :D :D :D

Love & Hugs,

Elaine :)

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