” Beauty in the community.” πŸ™‚

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The front garden had not been worked on in a while and was looking pretty sad and in need of some maintenance. The last few weeks I have focused my attention out there and it’s looking so much better for it. πŸ™‚ I had started a new driveway but never completed it amongst other things, too. My fellow artist friends, Wayne and Toni, came to see me and to also move a tall sculpture I had of Wayne’s, that was in the back garden and to install it into the front garden. The work is a collaboration of landscaping and metal art by both myself and Wayne, started a while ago. The title of this collaboration is, ” Beauty in the community. ” By Arthouse Wijn-Ton in association with Ironwood Metal Art. πŸ™‚ The gates are now repainted and revarnished, also the sculptures. I still have the side panels and ginnel gate to do though.

I’ve also done some planting, a passion flower, clematis and a few acer shrubs. All the plants in the garden have been fed and watered and are looking lovely. 😁

I’ve already had some great feedback and it’s all very much appreciated. 😁 I’ve paced myself, being mindful and not undertaking any heavy work, until I know things are ok. I love the spring, especially so this year and we’ve had mostly warm, dry weather, which makes for bliss in my world. 😁 Right best crack on with my day, it’s beautiful out there.

Have a magical day!

Jen. XXX. πŸ™‚

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Update on creative endeavours etc.πŸ™‚

 

 

Hard to believe this was less than four weeks ago ( pics below. ) I’m sat with the doors open now, looking at the morning sunshine, the first signs of spring erupting. πŸ™‚ I love the spring, it’s my fav time of year. 😁 This year I especially appreciate it, after last year’s events. I’ve postponed my appointments for the pre op assesments until October,there were a number of reasons, but ultimately it felt like it was too soon for me. The birds are twittering away, I can hear them through the doors and above my music, I get a lot here, as I feed them. πŸ™‚ The cats are loving it, the doors being open, they run wild in and out of the house. 😁 All makes for a magical day! 😁 Drawing no 9 is finished, also 3 oil paintings and another bigger one with the background done. I’m putting a figure into that one.

I’m going to chill today, I overdid it on the guitar and aggravated an already sore shoulder and arm, it was worth it though, it’s the first time my music has flowed since the bleed, it was beginning to feel like it ever would, so buzzing about that. 😁 Right on that note, excuse the pun I’m off to get ready and go out there. πŸ™‚

Have a beautiful day. πŸ™‚

Jen. XXX

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Firstly my apologies for not being around over the festive season etc. Life takes over sometimes. It was lovely to catch up with family etc.Β My follow up appointment at the hospital was last month, on the 19th, the neurologist gave the ok for me to drive again from that point onwards. πŸ™‚ I was shown the scans after the bleed, which was fascinating, to see inside your own head is something else! Anyway upshot is, I’ve got pre op tests the beginning of March and if I’m fit enough, will be booked in for another coil to be put in. This aneurysm is on the right side…. I must admit, it’s floored me, every part of my being doesn’t want to go back in there, but… Anyway I’ve not been creative since finishing the last drawing. I have been doing other constructive stuff though, also relaxing a lot more than is usual for me , but I want to be at optimum for this op, the second op has already taken it out of me. I know I push though pain and stuff to do my thing, but it’s been more difficult this time to achieve anything on a physical level, like walking and other manual stuff.

Anyway enough of all that, today I shall give myself a kick up the arse! What CAN I do? Mmm lots as it happens, I just need to get started. I’ve remembered I have an energy drink in the fridge, a super smoothy, that should get me started. Right, got that, now for some tunes, TV off, music on. πŸ™‚Β Bit of “bliss ” “afterlife ” that’ll do nicely. πŸ˜€ Yeh man… Right I’ve had my little drawing table and easel set up in the living room since the other day, think it’s time I started drawing no 9 ( thought it was ten when I was speaking to a friend, no hope is there… πŸ€” ) I think Herman the merman needs a wife hehe. πŸ˜‰

My hair’s growing back, but I could lose some again with the next op, great stuff eh. 😎😐 I’ll look different I suppose, very arty, various lengths hehe. πŸ˜€ Fook it I’m alive and apart from a sore head sometimes, almost headache free. πŸ˜€

My mind’s being doing overtime in regards to my den. I so want to see it finished. I have done bits and bobs out the back, but nothing too heavy. Once this ops out of the way and a bit of recovery time taken, all being well, I’m back on it big style!

Right best sort my shit out and get cracking on that drawing, won’t do itself will it. πŸ™‚

Have a beautiful magical day!

Jen. πŸ™‚ XXX.

 

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Update on creative endeavours etc. πŸ™‚

With the lead up to crimbo, there hasn’t been an awful lot of time for creative endeavours, I have nearly finished drawing no eight for my colouring book. The dreaded lurgy has put that one on hold for a while though. πŸ€” Runny noses and drawing isn’t advisable methinks. Hopefully it will have gone by the time my appointment for the hospital is due, that’s on the 19th of this month. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone, that appointment seemed ages away. It’ll be reassuring to know where I stand. I try not to think about it to much to be honest, scared the shit out of me, what could have happened. Then in the back of your mind is the niggle, will the aneurysms carry on growing? What about the other four that aren’t coiled? The only reassurance I do have, is that I’ve had no severe headaches since, which is unheard of in my life. I should be grateful and am for my recovery, I never thought I’d see the day where that would happen…. But there’s this anger too at the waste that has been my life…. Never able to earn a living, buy my house, take my children on holiday, I could go on but what’s the point?

This is now and I’m lucky enough to have a second chance and I plan to grab it with both hands, difficult though that may be sometimes. I still have my gifts which are priceless to me. They have kept me going through some very dark times. I have to relearn some of my songs, but I can still play my songs quite moderately on the guitar, so will get there. I’m glad I did the recordings on u tube, albeit not great sounding, some of my tunes I forgot are thereΒ πŸ€—

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I thought I’d put a pic of each of my three cats on here. They’re my greatest companions and have rarely left my side from returning home from the hospital. πŸ€— I love them dearly. 😍 First pic is Spudz ( Spuddington Barry. ) He’s very demanding, naughty and funny as fook! Next pic is Nellie ( Nellie Olsen from little house on the prairie. She’s a spoilt moody cow just like her, makes me chuckle though. ) Last but not least it Beanz ( Sparkly Beanz (being ). He is so sweet and loving, just his presence adds sparkle to my life. πŸ€—

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With crimbo fast approaching I’ve been readying the house for the festive season. πŸ™‚ I’ve had a TV put up in the living room too, as my system does kareoki and I thought it’d be added fun in the festive season. I want this crimbo to be the best yet, seems I’m here on Brucie bonus points. πŸ™‚

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Right on that note ( excuse the pun… ) I’m going to put some lively tunes on and crack on with my day. Here’s hoping you have a wonderful magical day!

Jen. XXX.

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Update on creative endeavours πŸ™‚

Wow it’s been a month since I last wrote a post, time really does fly doesn’t it! It’s been three months now since the bleed and I have noticed things are improving, barring my legs, but hopefully they will get better with time. I still get waves of tiredness, bits of nerve pain, I also lost a significant amount of hair, fooking typical! Grow it for years for it to fall out… πŸ€” I was lucky in the fact it thinned all over and just didn’t come out in clumps, as I know that can happen too. Anyway, I’ve been putting treatments on it and hopefully it will start to thicken up again soon.Β  Anyway, enough of waffling on about that, back to what I do best, my creative endeavours. πŸ™‚ I’ve really no complaints on that front, I’m loving it! I completed drawing no 7 for my colouring book and have nearly finished drawing no 8 ( pic below. ). I have also completed 2 watercolours this week,unheard of before!! I will get pics of them at some point, I would like to do some more first though, I have an idea for them… πŸ˜‰img_20181127_123640

It’s my birthday next Sunday, I’ll be five point two!!! πŸ˜ΆπŸ€”Β I can’t complain though, as I’m on Brucie bonus points now aren’t I…. Lucky to be alive and certainly going to make the most of each and every day methinks! Crimbo is also approaching, so Ste put the tree up last night for me. ( Pic below. ) 😁 I know it’s a bit early, but why not eh. 😁 I might indulge in more decorations etc yet, maybe get a real potted crimbo tree for the back garden. πŸ™‚

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I’ve not done much on the singing and guitar front, I have a couple of songs flowing again, but my energy levels aren’t really up to doing all my songs yet. It’ll come back with time, I hope.

It’s a dull dreary wet day outside today, so I won’t be venturing anywhere, I think a long soak, some nice food and a bit of TV for me tonight, yeh that sounds like a plan. πŸ™‚ Right on that note, best get back to my drawing. πŸ™‚

Have a beautiful day/eve

Jen. XXX 😁.

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Update on creative endeavours etc.πŸ™‚

 

Time is precious it’s said, well it certainly is for me , more so than ever now. It’s nearly eight weeks since the hemorrhage, can’t believe how fast it’s gone! I’m feeling better each day, well sort of… I’ll get there in the end, forever the optimist me. πŸ™‚ The songs aren’t still flowing as I’d like, but I suppose it’s early days yet and the sore head doesn’t help. Otherwise I’ve been as productive as I can be after a hemorrhage and two lots of brain surgery. Anyway I plan to be as productive as possible, because one thing this has taught me, is that life is precious too and the gifts bestowed on me, that could end at any given time….

Each day when able, I do something productive, whether it be a walk in the park, feeding the birds, gardening or my art and music. I also eat well and have not smoked tobacco since the bleed. The one thing I do have is my pot ( cannabis ). I have it for existing medical conditions and I am an advocate of it and have been for a long time. It’s about time the legislation changed regarding medical cannabis, it’s so unfair not to be able to obtain something on prescription that actually works! I’ve been judged over the years for having one of the only things for pain relief that kept me functioning….

Right enough waffling about that and back to the creative stuff. πŸ™‚ I’ve nearly finished drawing no 7 for the colouring book. πŸ™‚

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I plan to do some more today, hopefully finishing it. πŸ™‚ I am drawing a lot faster than before and am not as jerky… Also I’ve had no bad headaches…. The surgeon reckoned the anyerisms had been there at least five to ten years, I reckon a lot longer judging by the difference in the way I feel since the surgery’s, also I read there were 7 anourisms in the discharge report, but they will have a chat with me about them in the follow up appointment… I just keep thinking how will I be in the future though, as I heal,Β  if I feel like this now. 😁

Autumn’s here and so is the constant leaf fall, so they have to be swept on a regular basis. I’ve also done a bit in both gardens.

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I had done a fair bit before the hemorrhage and Ste swapped my sculptures around for me. πŸ™‚ Thought I’d have a change. πŸ™‚ I’ve not yet taken pics in the front garden, I’ve decided not to just yet, until I have the sculpture that Wayne made in situ and some more of the driveway in. It’s looking much better out there though so far. πŸ™‚

Right on that note, best I get ready and go and sweep some more leaves before finishing that drawing. πŸ™‚

Have a beautiful day! πŸ™‚

Jen. XXX.  😁

 

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Update on creative endeavours.😁

 

When I had the brain hemorrhage, I never gave it a thought when I finally got on the ward, and sent for some of my art stuff. It was only after I had been working on my painting that it sort of dawned on me that maybe I won’t be able to draw the same as before…. The painting/ drawing was very free and loose. That was it, drawing no 5 came out and much to my relief the drawing skills were still there, but weirdly, better and much easier than for as long as I can remember…. I did a bit, but my head was still sore, I also had a card to make and a painting to do.

I finished the drawing on the 28th September after a good resting period at home. 😁 I don’t have a title for this one, as I don’t for no 1 and 2.

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Later that day, I started drawing no 6. 😁 I decided to do a sea dragon and did a fair bit of it before calling it a day.

On the 2nd of October I decided to do some more of the drawing, which I’ve worked on since, adding a merman and finishing it today. 😁.

The drawing is titled, ” ‘Erman the merman. ”

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I really enjoyed doing this one, there was a also a new appreciation within. Not only are all my skills intact, the drawing seems a doddle in comparison to before I had the brain hemorrhage… Also no headache only the pre existing sore head from 2 ops. With which there are good days and days where I still have to rest up.

I might have another go of my guitar, but first some food methinks.

Have a beautiful day! 😁

Jen. XXX.

 

 

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Subarachnoid hemorrhage.

On Friday the 31st August I had a subarachnoid hemorrhage. I was busy in the back garden, when suddenly I felt nauseous. I had to stop what I was doing and just go in. To cut a long story short, after a bout of sickness I suddenly felt this pressure in my head and my ears started to ring louder and louder, it felt like they were going to burst and the pressure in my head, that also felt like it would pop. I’ve had some wicked headaches over the years disabling ones, this felt like one of them to begin with… This one though, something told me it wasn’t right.,. I went and lay down, assuming my normal position with one of them headaches, of my head pushed back tightly into my neck to try and stem the pounding that is mind blowingly painful and breathing rapidly through my mouth, so I won’t be sick…. I remember coughing and the pain it caused me, Stephen heard it and came up to the bed, said it didn’t sound right.Β  I asked him to get an ambulance…..

I don’t really remember much after that until I came around in ITU. I tried to sit up, but was told I couldn’t….

I had two coils put in two anourisms in the front left side, in that operation, they found five anourisms all in all. The front two and one of the back ones were big. The other 2, also in the back, are much smaller. They coiled the larger back one two weeks later.

Miraculously I have no brain damage! I passed all the tests!😁 I feel so blessed, I can’t put into words the gratitude I feel! I can still draw, paint, play guitar, ( that took a little bit of working at to remember my songs and flow them together.. )

I’m still a bit weak, so no heavy gardening or household stuff for a while. It’s light duties for me… ( Yawn… So boring…) πŸ˜‰ I’ll behave myself though, because those surgeons saved my life, not only that, I have no brain damage! How clever are they, the mind boggles!!!Β πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ά

I started a picture just before all this happened, I finished it in the hospital.. 😁

It’s calledΒ  ” New begginings. ” Seemed a fitting title.

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I met some beautiful people on that ward, will never forget them. πŸ™‚Β I plan to get in touch with the onesΒ  that gave me their contact details again, once I’m back on form. πŸ™‚

I also did a couple of other little paintings in there. πŸ˜‰

Talk about a bolt out of the blue and life changing event!!!Β  Didn’t see that one coming, but it gave me insights and life lessons I couldn’t have envisioned…

I’ve been home for two weeks now, I slept for the first week, and ate and ate and ate….. when I was awake, I lost a bit of weight, went below the BMI rate. Hopefully all the stuffing of my face will soon sort that one out. 😁🍩🍠πŸͺ🍰🍬 That’s only between healthy stuff though. πŸ™„ We’ll they said I need to put weight on..😏

Right on that note, I’m feeling a little peckish, mmm…. Oooeerrr Ice cream!!! 😁

See you later😁 …… 😘 πŸ’ž πŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’¨

XXX.

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Life, thoughts and creative endeavours

Firstly, my apologies for again getting wrapped up in life events and creativity and neglecting to update here sooner. I found out that a long standing friend and fellow artist, passed away at home on his own, it knocked me for sure. I’d known him for around three decades and we went to many art events, previews etc in those years, a true gentleman and a character, he’ll be missed by us. This cover version below, is a song that he liked, so I taught myself the lyrics and chords yesterday and uploaded it this morning. I also had a couple of other people I care about in mind too, who like the song.

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After my last post, I got the dreaded lurgy, that malingered for a while, two weeks roughly. Since then, when able, I’ve been catching up on domestics, doing a spring clear out, decorating the front bedroom and a bit more of drawing no 5 for the colouring book. I’ve not finished either yet, but here’s a couple of pics below, the ceiling is done in oil paint, I’ve yet to finish the walls etc.

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Well spring is finally here and that means the gardens are coming to life. I’ve done a bit of planting up etc already. I plan to get stuck in to my den again. Between all the rain and recovering from that lurgy, I’ve not done much at all on it. Sure I’ll be on a roll again out there soon though. πŸ™‚

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I have been in hide mode since my last post really, my apologies to friends who haven’t heard from me. When things trouble me, or I feel under the weather, I tend to hide away and wrap myself up in the comfort of my creativity, that’s how I deal with stuff and life can get a bit overwhelming at times can’t it. πŸ™‚ I feel blessed that I have this release, the gifts given to me, the life I still have. Colin would want me to utilise every moment I’m able in my creative endeavours. There was a lot, I know he wanted to try, but never got around to it, now it’s too late for him….

Right on that note, I’m off to do a bit more on my drawing. One final pic, of two of my bestest mates who bring a smile to my face daily, this pic is so typical of them, brotherly love at its finest. 😍

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How cute are they! They melt me, bless. πŸ™‚.

Right my drawing awaits!

Have a beautiful day. πŸ™‚

Jen. XXX. 🎨

 

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Update on creative endeavours etc. πŸ™‚

Firstly, my apologies for any comments etc, I’ve not responded to yet. I’ve been on a creative roll when able. I will respond soon and do appreciate the lovely feedback and having a read here of other spaces etc.πŸ™‚Β I have to roll with the creative ATM though, as it comes in waves, so to speak and leaves me with mush for a brain outside of it, hehe. πŸ™‚

I did start out on the back garden before I got rained off, then that cold front came in. Wow extreme for here at this time of year, spring definitely had sprang off there! I have a lot of birds and resident squirrels in my back garden, as I feed them. The cold days were spent mainly making sure they had food and water. The water was icing over very quickly etc. When I saw all the fledglings etc, coming out, it made it more than worthwhile. πŸ˜€Β ” It were bitter though. ” πŸ˜‰.

Below are two pics, firstly, one of the back garden in the snow. It was taken from my bedroom window on the first morning I woke up to it. The second pic, is a taste of what’s to come. πŸ˜€

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I’ve still a way to go, but it’s survived all weather so far, which gives me confidence for sure haha. πŸ˜€

On the drawing front, I’ve started drawing no five for my colouring book. πŸ™‚ I don’t have a title so far. Drawing one and two remain untitled. Whether any will come through, I’ve yet to see, not all my work is titled, me being me. πŸ™‚

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I’m really enjoying drawing this one, I had to drag myself away from it to write this post. 😡

Right, on that note, best I crack on, have a beautiful day/eve!

Jen. XXX. πŸ™‚

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