Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Arm update

I will have my removeable Exos cast until sometime in mid August.

I am able to take it off to wash and to exercize my hand.  The doctor does not want me to lift anything, which leaves me dependent on my left hand's abilities.  Although I can do a lot with it, there are things I cannot. That is frustrating, not only to me, but to those around me who have to do what I am not able to.

The Mistletoe Market accepted my application again this year!  I think that once I get this cast off, clay will be good therapy, both mental and physical.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Continuing on...

I am back at work.  I think the pain has subsided enough so I can handle working a full day.  Yesterday was a success.

I also had 2 classes on the calendar.  One for this Saturday and one for next.  The one next Saturday was to be a clay cup class.  That one has been cancelled.  I cannot get my right hand into the clay to even make the samples.  This Saturday is an Iris Folding card class.  That, I was able to work with some of what I had and carefully chart some new patterns to some clipart shapes.  The four cards are pictured here:

I don't have the patience today to figure out why this is posting sideways... another time perhaps.

At least I was able to get something done so I didn't have to cancel that class as well.

I also have a cast that leaves my fingers and thumb more useable.  So, I am driving... short distances.  I can grip the steering wheel with my hand easily enough and I can turn the wheeel a bit.  Most of the driving is done with my left hand thoough.  This has allowed me to get back to house/pet-sitting!  I had to cancel one job because it was to start the day after my slip & fall.  That did not make me happy at all.  My friend was able to stay home while her husband went to work on the boat in FL. This time I am watching the cats of a friend as she spends her first summer vacation at the beach with her children and grandchildren, but not her husband.  His decline in health began while on vacation last year and he passed away last week.  This vacation was already paid for.

Back to work, I guess!  Thanks for checking in.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Life is what happens...

I want to create... but the rain soaked concrete patio had other plans in store for me a week and a half ago... my very first broken bone... that I am aware of.  It broke into at least 3 pieces near the wrist.

I have now "graduated" to a shorter cast and can move my fingers more freely, but will be in this particular cast another week, and who knows how long for the next one.

Being uninsured, this has taken all of my cash very quickly and I have not yet even gotten the bill for the ER visit.  Edit:  OMG!!!!! I took a look at the bill on line!  Even with basically a 40 - 50% self-pay discount - it is incredible how much this broken arm is costing me!  I've already spent nearly $500 and that is just a drop in the bucket compared to what I still owe. STRESSING about that now!

With my tax return, I made multiple smaller purchases since last years went to a new laptop and car repair (which was 3 times the cost of the computer!).  One was this GR Forms oval platter template.  I hope someday to be able to use it...

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Keeping busy

I have been keeping busy with both creating items for classes, as well as some things for sale.  This little froggy critter was a sample for a class I had at the store.

These are some cards I designed for another class to be held later this month.

In addition to those samples, I have made some soap dishes for sale.

I really have a need to get more creative things done with clay.  I do have some people asking about some of my Ebonyware and I have not touched that in a couple of years... I need to start soon.  I have just been drawn to the hand-built side of clay and have found it difficult to shift gears.

I'm still here, I'm still creating, just not always clay and not always the clay people are asking for.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A rough day

On this International day of all things related to love, let me say that some people are not all hearts and roses and candy. 

I used to love this holiday, but now that I am alone, this day is filled with a broken heart and struggles to keep from crying.

Few people understand that when someone chirps "Happy Valentine's Day!" with all their cheeriness, it cuts like a hot knife into an already aching heart.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Birthday thoughts

I am very grateful for all of my family, friends and friends who are like family who have been there with and for me over my lifetime.  I would not be who I am today without all of you.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


 ...it definitely takes it's twists and turns and keeps us on our toes.

I have been mostly busy with house/pet sitting this Summer and into Fall.  I am enjoying spending time with some precious pets that are well loved by their humans.



And now, as November fast approaches, I am madly creating for the Mistletoe Market at the Anderson County Museum the 3rd & 4th.  It is the only show I do each year and I love it!

I have made more of the soap dishes, different textures, different sizes, soon to be different colors.  Of course, my angels are top on my priority list.  I have 50 of them in various stages of production.
(I neglected to take photos of the soap dishes and there are only 2 remaining.)

Most of my booth for Mistletoe Market 2017
Oooops!  I spilled half a bottle of Gold Enamel paint into my lap!

New color Angel Ornament for 2017 - Sweet Potato Pie

In my role as Secretary of our local Business Association, I have been thrust into a position of being in charge.  Our President announced his resignation (moving away) in February or March (effective in June).  Our newly elected Treasurer passed away unexpectedly.  That left me.  Thankfully, I have had another member step forward to take care of the checkbook and all of that, but nobody for the President's position.  Active members are difficult to get motivated.