Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Have a Happy Thanksgiving~

My thoughts are with the people who are fighting against oppression in North Dakota. It is a turning point in history and I'm praying more banks pull out of it and stop these intrusive and environmentally destructive actions. My other thoughts are with family and friends and hoping all are content, healthy and find/do good works. 

I started a play list called Rainbow Warriors on Spotify. It has nearly all of the songs from the original Greenpeace 2 album tapes I had years ago. It was good collecting them and brought tears, memories and a feeling of sadness for all the things that are happening with protests and unease. 

A lot of people are upset about the election and some are very happy. I'm more in the middle. I hope there is change and I hope to see Mr. Trump be more like Teddy Roosevelt. That is my hope. I focus on this quote: 

"You never regret being kind." 
               Nicole Shepherd


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Monday, October 31, 2016

Being in school again

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So, if you didn't know, I went back to school. Thankfully, I was placed in the graduate program but am filling in some missing links for classes as it's been a long while since I've been in school. A part of me was slightly depressed about it but another part of me was, finally! One of the biggest hurdles of going back wasn't so much getting used to school and classes, I love them all and I get a feeling of happiness learning new skills, even if it's challenging. The biggest issue wasn't even family adjustments (the family sort of rebelled against change...esp. me not being around as much, choirs slipped, that sort of thing). For me, it was finding out I have a serious health issues. I've talked about it quite a bit, hypothyroidism, but I didn't realize it was holding me back so much...and that it would sort of "flush" itself to the surface. I view it as a good thing that happened, really, as I don't feel as energetic as I have in years. I was reading a book about this and I could totally relate to the women who suddenly were treated with the right illness and had a rebirth. I should really do some more butterfly art...that's how I feel too. It even has changed my perspective on the seasons. For years (and this blog probably has accounts of it), I was so down about the seasons, light and dark and all that as the sun moves away from the us. Now, I hardly recognize a feeling of depression or feeling "down". Things just feel more upbeat and positive...even with the current election crap. haha

   I sometimes want to shout from the tops of buildings, get your thyroid tested! I really do. I feel the more people get tested, the more awareness doctors have, the better people will feel. It's almost like there is the reluctance (thinking of how I suspected I had it 3 years ago, and my doctors, then, did nothing) in the medical profession, I hope this is changing big time.


Switching gears a bit, I've been participating in the Inktober.com paintings. I did all 31 days of drawing in ink and sumi ink. I had a great time doing this and what's more, practiced my art and feel more confident about my skills. Here's a few from my flickr account:

"Wreck"#inktober #inktober2016

"Creepy"#inktober #inktober2016

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Oh and I did a photo shoot at our church in honor of St. Francis! They came out really cute! 

Kitty magic!


Bark or Treat!



I want a Halloween redo!

I forgot to take photos of the kids, had school on trick or treat night and missed that, husband forgot to take photos of the tricks or treats and my two adolescents are more friend oriented now (and that sort of sucks but is nice too). Oh, well.

The best thing was we did church/movie/dance and it was a blast. We really had a good time and I highly recommend having a church themed event because it is silly and fun and safe. That is the best thing, really. I love being Episcopalian as we're open about everything and our group is very progressive (which I love!). I hope most people can do stuff like this. What a difference from the group I used to go to as a kid where I was given the hairy eyeball for wearing a tee-shirt with dancers on it. O.m. goodness! What a waste of energy. Now, we're all rainbows, mentally progressive and happy. A good, good feeling. :D Plus, we got to see Beetlejuice and it was a lot of fun.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Being Hypothyroid and treatment

I've been having treatment since March, now. Last month, I found out I was lower then I should be and they upped my perscription. The difference is night and day. Within a few days, I was feeling nearly my old self. I've still lost feeling in my fingers and feet but gosh, I feel more in my fingers...painful almost. It's incredible just to feel the pain on some odd level. Like I'm alive, I'm here. I hope this starts helping my feet. I would love to feel my feet being tickled again.

Energy is up. Even my colds aren't as bad. I have to be extremely strict with gluten. If not, I feel my throat swell. No cakes or cookie or most things I like for me. :( I had Chinese food and suffered from that. Depressing. Still, it forces me to make my own Chinese meals but darn it, sometimes you just want Chinese food take out. :( When will a restaurant have gluten free around here? Sigh.

No pasta, and I have been snacking less because I don't feel hungry. No change in appearance or size, yet. I hope there is something in that regard.

I'm proud of my self but I need to change my habits. I should be sleeping right now but am typing. Signing off in a few. But I had to update and say, I am so happy that my body isn't trapped in a sluggish world of numbness. I feel like I was in a strange fog compared to what I feel now. I know this isn't about my art but if our bodies are our artwork, I see how feelings and state of minds can be so important. Oddly, I had so many strategies to help me manage what I was going through, I feel like they make me happier as a person. I still need to learn to let go of some fears or awkwardness or rather make stepping stones and blocks to get to the point of feeling more comfortable.

One of the other things I'm amazed at is, I'm not as embarrassed and my voice feels stronger. I feel stronger.

One thing is if you are hypothyroid do not take your med before blood work. It will screw up your results. Also, if you suspect you are hypo, and get tested with a normal range. Get a second opinion as soon as possible. I wasted three years of my life thinking I was going insane because of my body crashing around me. So much stress, depression and anxiety for nothing. Trust your body and signs. I wish I had but am so, so glad it was finally caught. I am very grateful for my mom catching her's and encouraging me to get tested. <3 nbsp="" p="">
Have a good weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Autumn day at last

finally, fall seems to have expressed her self. Took a little while to warm up to but the moon seemed to say time to change, my dear, it's time. Autumn shook off summer and pulled on her gray cloudy hat. "So, there!" she said and stamped about the green leaves kicking them a lighter shade of pale yellow green. She had started the change and the sigh of seasons could just catch our breaths away because we knew, something was up. "It's all good," said the bears and deer in the woods. The birds blinked wonderingly. Was it time for them to begin the Southern move? They were ready as the air already held a certain chill they did not like. Their Northern cousins laughed at their sensitivity, happily plotting out which were the best trees for seeds and which would be the best people to fill their bird feeders. Older squirrels thought of days gone by, remembering they need to start stocking up for winter and keep the young ones on their toes.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

won second place in a local show called the Dark Arts Show!

Very surprised and glad to enter with other great local artists! I feel honored.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Thought I'd share some of the art class art I've been teaching.

This one is based on Hamilton the musical

Based on a flower bouquet 



Princess Bride

Wizard of Oz

And another Hamilton piece. 

Harry Potter

this was for a painting class based on Harry Potter. I think it came out really cool! :)

my sweet and sours

still cute but with a mean streak, just the way they should be.

Sociable

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