Saturday, May 28, 2011

Remember the Memorial Part

Wishing you an enjoyable, sunshine-y weekend. But don't forget to take some time to honor the reasons we have a Memorial Day.

No Place Like Home

 I neglected to give you an update about my followup appointment with my surgeon after I told you I was going!  The appointment with my surgeon went extremely well – everything checked out great! I of course have to continue with my restrictions and continue to walk and get my left leg working better but he said everything looks great at this point.  My surgeon and his whole staff are so cool – just love them all.  I’ll be spending more money going back and forth – have to go back in September to see his associates then back again to see him for my 1-year anniversary.  

So why am I showing Dorothy's red shoes?  After the following experience, I was very happy to be home:  "There's no place like home."

The BAD part of the trip was the weather. A friend went with me and we were scheduled to get home at 6:18 pm; I got home at 1 am.  Bad weather both in St. Louis and Detroit caused all kinds of delays. The result was that three different STL-DTW flights were on hold at the same time across about 5 different gates.  People kept swarming back and forth like lemmings, trying to get on whichever flight looked like it would take off. Then twice they announced a tornado warning and told us “move away from the windows.”  THE AIRPORT IS FULL OF WINDOWS ON BOTH SIDES! HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU THINK CAN SQUEEZE INTO A RESTROOM??  My friend just happened to walk over to the next gate and saw they were letting people on one of the flights with a bigger plane no matter which flight you were scheduled on, so we ran over and jumped right on. We found out later our original flight left 20 minutes later and arrived at DTW the same time we did!  

Ahhh – travel – so much fun.  If I weren’t so tired and achy it would have been hysterically funny. (Actually, I did find the energy to laugh - it really was bizarre!)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Creative Challenges

The themes this week for two creative challenges I try to participate in were right up my alley, so to speak.  It's no secret I love flowers and I have been experimenting with some of my photos using different visual effects.  This first set of photos was submitted to Thursday Sweet Treat for the theme "beauty."

The second creative challenge is "purple and green" from the Inspiration Avenue Team. The theme was selected by my online friend, Stephanie Mealor Corder, who loves flowers as much as I do! If you don't believe me, check out her beautiful floral paintings here.  Her choice of theme is perfect for this time of year, when spring is off and running.  I could have listed twice as many photos, but these will do for now.  Enjoy!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wish Me Luck and Safe Passage

I'm off to St. Louis tomorrow for the first followup appointment after my March surgery.  I think I'll check out okay with the doctor. Although it seems agonizingly slow, I have to admit that each day brings me small victories.  I'm moving better, my legs are getting stronger although I still have issues, and I'm not getting as many random aches and pains as I did in the beginning.

I'm more worried about being so close to Tornado Alley right now.  I can't believe the pictures from Joplin, MO - my heart goes out to those people who are suffering so much.  It's just so heartbreaking and tragic, and it all happens in an instant.  I sit and look around my home, and wonder how I would cope if it was all gone just like that. 

Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that 
at this moment, all you have is all you need.
 - Sarah Ban Breathnach

Thursday, May 19, 2011

All that Bluster


All that Bluster
I push against the bitter wind
as it whips my jacket open.
Even birds fight to stay aloft in the angry sky.
Such blustery weather! Where did Spring go?

Submitted this week to the Thursday Sweet Treat creative challenge.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mini Grand Re-Opening

My Etsy shops are open again:

My original shop, with photography, digital collages, greeting cards, and gift tags:

 My newer shop, with upcycled and recycled products, wreaths, home decor, and destash:

It has been a slow process, and my shops are not yet complete. I'm still reviewing my work, updating photos and descriptions, assessing pricing and shipping.  And of course I'm trying to bring all those new ideas I have to fruition. So many ideas, so little time. 

I'm finding my re-entry back into the online world a bit difficult.  It's not only the physical demands of managing the shops and all the "social networking" that goes along with having an online presence.  My stamina is still not up to par after my surgery, and I need to take breaks during the day to alternate prescribed walking with necessary resting.  Before I know it, the day's over with.

It's also the perhaps more difficult task of convincing myself that I have something of artistic value to offer.  That ugly monster, self-doubt, rears its ugly head again. I have been second-guessing myself a lot as I review existing work and work on some new products. But I keep telling myself I've been through this confidence thing before. This too shall pass - again.  And thank goodness I can laugh about my wimpy-ness! 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ahhh Spring!

Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.  
~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

I get positively giddy when Spring comes.  My garden is a little slow getting started this year, but the neighborhood tree buds are bursting with color.  I love it so!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mom and Me

That's little me and my Mom. She passed away when she was at the age I am now.  I felt it was much too soon then, and I feel that way even more so now that I am that same age.  Many times over the years I have wished she was still here. There's so many things I want to talk to her about now that I'm older and understand so much more.

Last year in an online writing class conducted by my friend Natasha (creative nachos), I wrote the following piece about my mother.  It came from deep in my heart and still brings me to tears when I read it again.

I examine my reflection in the mirror,
My round face lightly lined,
and gently caress my cheek.
My skin is soft and smooth,
like that scrap of vintage velvet
I keep for no other reason
Except that I like how it feels.

My silky skin is her bequest to me,
a forever reminder of my mother.
We had a troubled relationship
when I was younger, reaching
an uneasy truce and forgiveness
and hugs before she died.

I wish she had stayed longer,
stayed until I really grew up,
stayed until I understood her,
stayed until I could thank her,
as I gently kissed my mother’s
forever soft cheeks once more. 

For those of you who still have your mom: talk to her, understand her, thank her, and love her.

Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A book commits suicide ...

I first saw this on my online friend Lorrie's blog ( but Lorrie says it wasn't original with her.  I did a search to try and find the creator and soon found that this has gone viral and I didn't have any luck tracing it.

So ... to the clever person who created this, thank you. I love love love it!!!!  And I'm proud to say I have never watched Jersey Shore so I am not responsible. I love my books too much.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

With a Little Help From my Friends

I have had a rough time since I last posted.  It's been two months since my surgery so I was trying to wean off some of the strong medicines I'm on. That didn't work very well - increased overall pain levels, a severe case of the blahs, bad sleep and an increase in pain and numbness in my legs.  So I caved and called the doctor's office for new prescriptions. It took just a day to get me back to reasonable functioning once I took the new meds.  I try to avoid taking too many drugs but sometimes they are a God-send.

In the meantime, my next door neighbor, my excellent caregiver, drove me to pick up prescriptions (twice) and made sure I was fed, my laundry was done, and the trash was put out.  I have been slowly cutting back on her time with me because I'm quickly reaching the point of being able to care for myself. She'll still come back to handle the heavy stuff like laundry.

I have been so grateful for what she has done for me that I printed and framed the above collage print and gave it to her yesterday.  She loved it!  I have another gift I want to make for her, but it will have to wait until I can drive my car, which by the way is deader than a doornail.  I tried to get people to drive my car occasionally while I was laid up, but they were hesitant to do so.  So my (old) battery gave it all up and quit. I'm not supposed to drive until I get off the strong meds but I'm really getting antsy.  I don't feel dizzy or weak and feel I could do short trips right now.

It's still a long recuperation with setbacks and small victories, but I'm working on it. 

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