Lately I have become sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. Yeah, I know, that's an old one..but very apropos. I dislike summers in Texas, and every year attempt coming up with better ways to deal with it, since I can't always run away to my other home. We have hovered around 100 degrees for a week and a half, with occasional thunderstorms that only drop the temps a bit for awhile. But the constant change is enough to throw me off kilter.
The past week has been pretty rough. This is giving me fits to no end. I spent 4 solid days with a headache that never quite went away. Sinus pressure, always verging on migraine, or feeling like I was recovering from one. Medication did no good, except to remove the intense migraine issues, but the nagging headache lingered on. Went to bed with it, woke up with it, it hung around all day. Finally on Tuesday it seemed to clear, and I felt much better on Wednesday. Then yesterday, I had an eye appointment and after the series of bright lights in my eyes, guess what...by the time I got out of there I had another migraine! Fortunately it didn't last long and I was fine by bedtime.
Needless to say, I have been spending a lot of time with the shades drawn and resting. When I have felt better I've been sketching and painting a little bit, trying to keep up with the class I am taking, from the fabulous Mary Ann Moss. Her classes are a riot, and I am behind, but still enjoying it. I have my supplies strung all over my work table and stop and do a bit each time I pass by. Watercolor is hard, but teacher assures us that, as with anything, practice and you get better. Her approach is a lot more relaxed than the "traditional" type watercolor classes I have attempted before. I say attempted, because I never really completed them. I could never learn to render accurate sketches that seem to be required, so gave up. Some of my sketches are pretty laughable, in fact most of them are...so I won't be sharing any just yet...but soon...soon. Well..okay, just one, and it's okay if you laugh along with me. In fact, I insist that you do! After I had it finished and painted, I noticed that I had 5 pods and 6 stems.... So you can easily tell which pod I added in last. Back to the drawing board!