Thursday, February 11, 2016

Making slow progress in the rut that I'm in



 
I'm busy but never seem to have anything to show for it.  This is what's been in my view most weeks, one or two days a week.  Since most of my Drs. are located in the same big conglomerate, I've finally started asking to make several appointments on the same day if possible.  Then I can just hang out there all day, going from one office to the next.  Yikes.  I have two appointments tomorrow, one right after the other. One is the yearly Mammogram and the other is the bone scan to see if there has been any improvement from the meds I've been taking for a year.  The same meds that the hospital said NOT to take because they raised my blood pressure, and helped contribute to the heart issues.  But now that I am taking meds to lower my blood pressure, I can go back to taking the ones for osteoporosis. So the one cancels out the side effects of the other, that seems to be the way this works. When I told the internist I was distressed about all the meds I am now taking, she suggested I might be depressed, and offered up yet another prescription, which I declined. I'm pretty disillusioned with the medical community right now, and would like to run screaming from the entire bunch.

On the upside, I make sure I am getting to my exercise class 3 and sometimes 4 times a week. I think that is more responsible for me feeling better than is the medication. I do admit that some of it is necessary, but I sure don't like taking so much. My ultimate goal is to get off some of it.  Hubby and I have gotten back to our juicing routine on a regular basis and both feel better for it. 

I haven't posted much because there's just not much to talk about except my health.  I haven't done any artwork, just tidied and moved my supplies around.  In that process I have discovered a lot of unfinished projects, which has given me some inspiration. Nothing finished to show, but maybe one of these days.  I'm mostly playing with washi tape...that can be very meditative, don't you know?

Since I'm taking photos with just my cell phone, I'm not always happy with the outcome.  But I still haven't taken the time to go and shop for a new camera. The Texas sunsets have been spectacular, but it is still hard to capture them with a photo.  Both of these were taken from my front porch, first one off to the right, and the second straight on.






Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Taking things easy


Above photos, December 15. Leaving Boise, Arriving Austin.

The past month has been pretty much of a blur. I was able to go on my planned trip to Idaho and spent two weeks there. Doctor had told me to get a lot of rest, and that is pretty much what I did.  Spent time with my Mother and other family members. Spent a great deal of time just sitting by the fireplace drinking hot beverages and relaxing.  Hubby did most of the cooking plus took very good care of me.  It is really hard for me to sit back and let anyone do things for me. It always has been, which is part of my persona, but things need to change.  After the heart attack and all the meds I am on, I do feel really tired most of the time.  So I guess I am getting pretty good at this resting thing, simply because I have no choice.  And when I do have a choice, things are going to have to be a lot different from now on.

I've been back home almost a little over a week, and have had several doctor follow-ups. I'm back at aqua yoga, and I have had to modify quite a bit and it still tires me out.  I've been told it's expected so I am going with the flow and taking things one day at a time.  If I sound blue, it's probably because I am, but I think it will pass as I feel better.

Fortunately hubby and I don't get too carried away for Christmas anyhow. This year will be even less than usual and it is just fine. I have these 3 little lighted ornaments in the bookshelf in the family room and that is it for décor.  Oh except for wrapping a string of wire lights around one of my succulents on the hall table.  Ha.  We have lots of candles, they are battery operated and come on when it gets dark and go off 6 hours later.  So there is no need to get stressed about Christmas, because it will come and go without us.  I have been to no retail establishments since coming home except World Market and Target and they were very quick visits.  These little lanterns are from World Market and are new this year.

 
Little brown succulent in glass terrarium
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Not my best look, but I feel fine now



Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.  A very laid back day for me and the hubster today.  Last Saturday while out visiting the East Austin Art Studio tours, I suffered a minor heart attack.  Spent two nights in the hospital and got out Monday evening. Needless to say, it was not a lot of fun, and I am very glad to be back at home. This was a total shock to me, as I have been doing all the right things for my health.  Lost weight, exercising, etc.  But there were a few things I was neglecting. Some of the medications I was taking were raising my blood pressure, and I was not monitoring it so didn't know.  I was also not practicing my zen techniques for not getting myself wound up too tightly.  Ha Ha

I saw the cardiologist yesterday and was reassured that I am going to be fine, if I take meds and calm down. When asked if it was safe for me to take a flight out of town soon, he said...Only if you fly first class!  I like my Doctor! It's back to aqua yoga tomorrow at the Y.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Even though I know...

It's crap made in China, and most probably contains lead, maybe other toxins... and all the other ramifications of buying stuff made in China... Sometimes, not often,  the "prettiness" of something outweighs my social conscience. Such was the case today at Targets One Spot. Well, what USED to be Targets One Spot.  Mostly now, the stuff that catches my eye is $3. instead of $1.  They mix the two together so that sometimes you think it's a buck until you get to the check-out.  A young lady was telling me that as we both were picking out candles.

Anyhow, back to the subject at hand.  I read about these on a favorite blog called Target Addict. They looked really pretty but I wasn't interested in spending $3.00 on candles I don't need and may not want to burn, because of the above mentioned issues. Darn, they were pretty in person too.  Faux mercury glass. As I was sniffing the scents, Pumpkin Butter, Fall Day, Autumn Air, Cypress Cedar, another lady noticed and asked me about them.  She then decided she might need 10 of them for tables at an upcoming fall wedding! Good thing I had already picked my 4 and had them in my cart.  She wanted them to all be the same scent, but I convinced her that it might be nice to have them different, since all the glasses were so pretty.  Anyhow, with my 4 and her 10, we cleaned them out. She thought she might go to another Target and get even more.  Part of the appeal to me is just the cute little glasses, which if one does burn the candles, could be used for mini vases later.

Monday, September 7, 2015

It may not be ART, but it sure is fun!

The crazy new phenomenon of Adult Coloring books is so funny and interesting. I did not know it existed until a few weeks ago, when I walked into Barnes & Noble for the first time in a very long time.  They were everywhere, and everyone was talking about them. I couldn't believe it.  How did this happen without me knowing about it?  It seems to have taken over the world.  There have been several magazine and newspaper articles mentioning it, as the new way of relaxing and getting relief from the technical world. Very good therapy, they all say.  I think I have to agree.

Since then I have ordered a few on Amazon.com, bought a few here and there, dug out all my markers and pencils, and started having a great time with it. Yes, I admit, I have even bought a few more sets of pencils and markers, and am eyeing even more books.

Yesterday a friend took me out for a belated birthday breakfast, and then we went to Barnes & Noble and got all inspired once again.  We came home and spent several hours coloring.  The time flew by, and we had a very relaxing afternoon.  My kitchen table was loaded down with supplies.
 
I have only bought 5 books so far, and these 3 seem to be my favorites. I like the Posh brand ones as they are about the size of composition books. For some reason, I like that size.  I have started several pages in both of the Posh books.
 
 
A page I finished yesterday. I used markers, Prismacolor pencils, Gel pens in both glaze and soufflé style. The gel pens get a raised embossed look, even though it does not show up on a photo.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

What I've been doing

The end of July I went through two weeks of carpenters and painters hanging around the house.  Doing a job that was supposed to take 4 days.  In the end, they did a very good job, but the head contractor really underestimated their time.  There were days that they showed up at 8, days that only 2 showed up because someone worked so hard the day before he was sick.  Other days he couldn't locate his crew in the a.m. so they didn't come till mid-day.  It was very trying.  Yikes, I hate having anything done to the house.

Anyhow, the job got finished just in time for us to leave for Idaho again.  Three weeks there were wonderful, hanging out with family and friends.  While there we had our outside decks painted.  It took 3 days, including the prep work.  The guys showed up at 7 a.m. every morning, which was really nice. They did a wonderful job of removing any traces of the old redwood stain, and transforming my decks to a beautiful grey. The first step in getting rid of beiges, browns and reds.  Next spring we will have them paint the house a nice grey/green with black trim. The interior is already taking on the blue/green/grey theme a bit at a time.  There is still a lot of beige I am going to keep for the time being, such as the carpets. I am choosing color tones that go with it. I thought I might have to get rid of all the beige, if going to grey. But I am seeing a lot of beige/grey together and it looks fine.  I have some rugs that have grey/black and beige in them. I don't want to, nor have the energy to do it all at once. Just a step at a time.

We arrived in Idaho in the midst of another heat wave, and after a few days, and some dry lightning storms, the entire state was burning up with wildfires.  The smoke curtailed a lot of our outdoor activities, but we still had a good time.  Hubby worked in the yard regardless, but I could not have the windows open because the smoke was so strong it made me ill.  The smoke makes for some beautiful sunrises and sunsets, but is terrible on everyone's health.

I had limited internet connection while there.  I could read blogs, but somehow Google decided to mess with me and I could not sign into my own blog, and also could not comment on anyone elses with out being signed in to Google. Very frustrating, so now I am catching up on reading blogs now that I am back home.

I got a wild hare that I must do something arty while there, besides color in my new coloring books, which is just for fun and relaxation.  And another subject entirely!  I have a lot of art supplies there at the house, but I always want to do something different than what I have the supplies for. So off to Michaels and Aaron Bros I went and got some spray paint.  I am always so impatient, so I didn't even change clothes to get started. In this photo you will see that I grabbed a plastic bag to put over my shoes, just in case. The plant material is goldenrod. First I tried pounding some, but it was way too dry.


Below, partly finished, work in progress, using 3 colors, the paper is watercolor paper. A good start, who knows what I will try next. Maybe some shadow sketching of the plants.  Might cut some up for collage backgrounds.  Anyhow, it made me feel good to mess about a little bit.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Who buys rubber rain boots in July? In Texas!

It's way too hot to wear them, much less shop for them.  I had tried to get these boots last fall and they were all sold out in my size and never seemed to get them back in.  Well, last week during Targets BOGO sale, I hadn't given any thought of buying a thing, because I didn't need anything.  Then I remembered those boots and went online to see if they had them. Lo and Behold they did and a few mouse clicks later, they were on their way. And 3 short days later they were on my doorstep.  Not only did I get one pair half off, I got an extra 10% plus my 5% Target red card discount.  Even though the boots had gone up $5. a pair since last fall, that little discount made up for it.  Sure could have used these when we had our torrential downpour and flooding earlier.  But now I will have them for next time.


 
I already have a pair of plain black "mudders" up at my other house.  Now all I need to find is that pair I saw once, in cowgirl style with the Skulls and Roses, and my rubber rain boot wardrobe should be complete.  You are probably thinking, why on earth would anyone need more than one pair of rain boots...and you are right.  But, because apparently, I can't ever have just ONE of anything, that's why!