What a sunshiny day!πŸ˜€

img_20190627_114131img_20190627_114031img_20190627_114048Finally we have a bit of sunshine after all the recent rain. πŸ˜€ To be honest I’ve hardly done anything on the creative front, flat as a fooking pancake with all this hospital shite etc…. I just keep sodding off in the car, much to mam’s delight, as she’s usually with me. We’ve been catching up with family members not seen in a while and just going for drives out. I love the freedom the car brings, I call it the time machine, you can get so far in such a short space of time. πŸ˜€β€οΈπŸ’¨

I have started the fox painting, one finished so far, but still a way to go with it. The four cubs still come in the back garden and as babies do, they trash the place, but I melt when I see them, so it’s basically ended up a playpen for them out there. They chill on the back end of the temporary roof and sometimes come down, tormenting Spudz, he’s not impressed, let me tell you! He tends to go in the front garden away from them when the door’s open.

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I suppose creativity has ebbs and flows and I’ll soon be one or again, especially if this nice weather stays for a while, I have the stone cut and ready to go into the driveway after all. πŸ˜€

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Right on that note I’m off to chill in the sun, maybe have a go of the guitar too. Have a magical day/eve.

Jen. XXX πŸ˜€

 

 

 

 

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Hospital visit etc…. πŸ™‚

Looks like my operation is happening in September, the neurologist delayed it for me until then, so I could sort stuff out here. I have the summer months now much to my delight, I can hopefully get a lot done in that time, ( health permitting ) πŸ™‚ I have the images for the fox painting now and plan to pick up a canvas on Monday from town for it. The images are of foxes hand reared by the fox man and his helpers. πŸ˜€Β Talking about foxes, when I came downstairs last night, there was a cub looking in the window, bless. πŸ˜€ He ran off when he saw me, but it’s best they’re not tamed in any way,” you can’t take the wild out of wildlife ” as quoted by Carol, who helps rear the foxes. πŸ™‚ My neighbour has been great about them too, considering the sett is in his garden! πŸ˜€ Pic below.

img_20190608_103224They seem to like playing in my garden though, suppose it’s like an adventure playground to them though the way it’s set out. πŸ˜€

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I also have a bird feeding station out there and have done for a while, consisting of my old hanging planters and bird feeders for the smaller birds, as they’d never get a look in with the bigger birds and resident squirrels and the amount they eat!Β The amount of birds now in here is astounding, there’s also lots of fledglings ATM too. I plan to purchase a field camera in the future, so I can capture all the wildlife and their antics. I need to replace this device first, it doesn’t cut the mustard in any area, I can’t even capture a bird on it, even though they are constantly flying in!

img_20190608_104434It’d be brill to finally capture what I see every day, it’s like a Disney set out there. πŸ˜€ The important thing is they’re all well fed though. πŸ˜€

Right best get cracking on with my day, I’m not sure what I’ll be doing yet though.

Have a magical day/eve,

Jen.Β πŸ™‚Β XXX

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Gulp….πŸ€”

I was trying to think of a term of how I’m feeling right now…. I have my appointment at the hospital on Wednesday, for pre op assessment as well as a follow up appointment. I’ve also just had the blood test recently for Elhers Danlos, due to the multiple anourisms found when I had the hemorrhage… Recently I’ve been going dizzy when bending over, also in my sleep, it’s woken me up. I spoke to the specialist nurse, apparently it can be normal after the coilings I had…. It’s like Wtf… What happened? I feel like my life has been dragged through a wringer…. For the first time I can feel my eyes wetting up. Can’t really let anyone see though, I’m supposed to be the strong one…. Certainly don’t feel that way the moment….. Shitting myself to be honest… I keep telling myself, ” get creative, you know it helps…. ” I got some Indian stone last week, broken flags, Offerton sand and gravel did me a deal and I when I got home I sat and chopped it all up ready to do the driveway. I was in my element, sat with my lump hammer and chisel, I felt like ” me “again…..

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As I’ve been writing this, a message came up, it was from a lovely woman who helps the fox man. I’ve offered to do a painting for their fundraising site, they’ve been helping me here, as there is a fox with four cubs coming into the back garden, she asked me can she call today with some images for the painting….. The foxes are beautiful and funny too, I watch them from the window. Last night though I was actually in the back garden when they came in, now I’m smiling at the thought of their antics. I’ll take what’s just happened,” the timely message ” as a sign, that it’s all going to be ok, here’s hoping anyway…. Meanwhile, I have a painting to do and shall take the greatest pleasure in doing so.

I will appreciate every aspect of my life, more so now than ever before. None of us know when things can change, each day really is a blessing, I’ve never realised it at much as I do right at this moment….

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Have a beautiful day/eve Jen. XXX

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” 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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