Monday, July 6, 2015

Post and pre

A little over two months ago I had the agony of 10 years surgically removed. I am not recommending this surgery for everyone just sharing my experience. See I thought if I toughed it out South Philly style I could just power through the pain. I could walk off the weight I put on through the years of too much pain today I’ll walk tomorrow. I had countless hours of physical therapy and even 3 different cortisol shots. In the end powering through bone spurs herniated discs just weren’t the way to go. I learned a lot about myself on this road of trials.

 

Now in less than 3 weeks I’ll see the guy about my neck. Dr Lu. Dr Lu is an amazing spinal surgeon. He understands the spine like no one I’ve ever met. I didn’t feel comfortable until now trusting anyone with my neck vertebras. I know if one of them is touched the wrong way I’m paralyzed for life. I emotionally couldn’t handle that.

 

Honestly I can’t wait to return to photography. I miss it a lot. I miss doing a lot of my life. Walking has improved the quality of my life and no pain, happy dance. Oh yeah and I can dance again, from the waist down. Hahaha. I hope my neck is fixed and the constant numbness goes again, along with the pressure and exhaustion. That would just rock my world.

 

I have a lot left to do in this world. ;-) 



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Surgery blocks progress

These last few weeks have been an extrem challenge to say the least . I had lower back surgery to help reduce the constant pain in my legs and lower back.

I feel like this in combination with walking and physical therapy I will reduce the pain significantly.

I'd like to hurry up and get the neck done this year because I don't want to have to pay this kind of money for surgery again.

I could have a convection wall mounted oven top of the line that I could make mouth watering dishes with.

I try not to think about what I could have. Instead I am focusing on the positive.

My toes don't feel like they are constantly being stuck with pins and needles.

My hips are still having issues and after talking with the spinal doc I know it's because of a weak core.

What does all of this have to do with food?

Let me tell you.

My wonderful sweet husband and oldest son don't understand how important organic, low sodium soup is to me.

After surgery, anyone who has been through this can tell you the same thing, your tummy is all wonky so soup, yogurt and easy foods make everything better.

Before surgery I made a weeks worth of veggie soup with a pinch of barely for some gerth.

On side note I'm finding organic local gluten items like barley don't affect me like the mass production products.

Back to the soup, after I finished making it, I divided it into as many servings as I had those awesome  freezer to microwave glass dishes by Anchor something. I made it a week on crackers, yogurt, and soup.

I saw the doc today. I found out walking is good. The fatigue will slowly go away, hopefully this cold will to.

I'm starting to think about whole meals again.

I'm pulling out the cook books today to plan a few meals.

Wish me luck

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Do One Thing

Work has this campaign DOT, not department of transportation which is what I think every time I see it. D.O.T. stands for do one thing. I actually use this motto when I'm trying to improve or change a behavior. 

I'll be using the D.O.T. motto to create a recipe cook book for my allergies. 

This week I'm going to work on writing out a few milestones needed to create a new recipe a week. 

Milestones = Ideas/Tasks

1 pick out a few cookbooks 
2 figure out what to stock the kitchen with
3 figure out how to incorporate the garden with the project 




Sunday, December 7, 2014

New Directions

You know when social media boomed in the beginning I wanted to be apart of the party and opened an account on each platform.  After trying and not succeeding,  beating myself up often, I've decided to reduce social media activities,  spend more time learning stuff I want learn and making art.

Also I'm going to condense all of my blogs to one, this one.. yay..

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wear something different


If given the opportunity would you wear something different from every day life?

Could you walk around in a dress or a shirt made of a plastic bag? How about a dress made out of paper? The ideas are endless. 

For my wear something different I went with a braclet made out of a Starbucks coffee cup sleeve. 

I used Washi tape to decorate and some goggly eyes.





Thursday, September 4, 2014

Art spaces and a set of ATCs

Art Spaces


I have a huge room for an art space and its still cluttered and a mess. One day I'll conquer it and feel better about it. I love to create in it but I've some how managed to get two giant tables so filled with clutter.

In writing this I just had an epiphany. I think I'm going to move one of the tables to the wall and put shelves above it. this way I can still have my window view (which is brilliant by the way) and be able to see all of my tools/supplies. This Friday after work I'm going to do it.

ATCs


Artist Trading Cards.

I joined Swap-Bot and I've been swapping all sorts of art pieces. This last challenge was to do 10 (or trade 10) ATCs. Since I'm new to this the only ATCs I have are from a pal Ms Smith.. lol Here is a link to her Pinterest that shows her talents Lily's work

Of course I had to make all 10 because I love Lily's work and wasn't about to give it up. Here are a few pictures of what I've done for the swap. It was a lot of fun and don't think this will be my last one.


Inner Sunshine

Fly Kid

Blue

Be Kind to U

Red Flower

Cherry Blossom
its my favorite

Pink Flower


A stamp I used to make ATC name plates for each card

Envelopes to keep the little pieces of art safe.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

my first ATC and wow am I excited

A very dear friend recommended I join a group to do swaps. At first I thought I don't have time for this, cause being two graduations a few days apart in two different states and various activities in life.

I finally slowed down enough to start making art again and joined the web page to participate in art swapping. My very first group I joined kicked me out (which is hilarious to me) because my profile wasn't filled in enough. the leader of the group was awesome, reached out and explained it all. 

Now we will be exchanging a 2.5X3.5 ATC of a favorite male character from Tim Burton.

I started a collection on Pintrest to see which one would work.  I still haven't decided but I did get the background down. Its a nice grey/blue, which is my favorite color lately. 

Looking over my board I'm starting to see a pattern with Jack Skellington. I think he's my favorite. 

I also love his Alice. so many choices. :) 



The guy I made
Tim Burtons Web Site
http://timburton.com