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Archive for April, 2016

Back in the saddle again

Not always where you want to be, huh!?! Sunday, I started having problems keeping food down, this continued until Thursday, when I called in to the oncologist’s office to see about coming in for fluids. Later that afternoon, I was getting a bag of fluids and nausea medications. Friday AM, the oncologist called to let me know they had done blood work and that my liver functions were way off. SO I need to get back into chemo right away. The scheduler got right back with me and set it up for Monday. SO here we go again!!!!! They are going to use a new protocol, so we will see what is up on Monday.

In the meantime, I am working on the leather dreamcatchers, and hope to have some photos to post soon!

The parrots and kitties have continued with their therapy, so I have lots of feathers and fur to hug and pet. And I will leave you with one of my Guardians, an Anna’s Hummingbird.


No one’s getting past me Boss!


Managing Pain

First of all, I must apologize for taking so long to blog. Sometimes life gets in the way, LOL.  March 22, the cancer pain returned with fury. I called to get into the oncologist, and could not get an appointment to see him for a week. In the meantime the pain levels were not going down, so had to go to the ER for intervention. They gave me some relief and sent me home with a stronger prescription to manage the pain until I could get in to see the oncologist. The CEA levels were still fairly low, 58, so we are managing pain until we see him again in May. When chemo starts again, he is going to try a new protocol. More info on that to come.


This is one of my faves. A female Phainopepla

We have done several bird photographing trips, which I have posted on Facebook. Have gotten some fabulous shots and have plenty of reference photos to start a whole new round of paintings and drawings. In the meantime, I have still been working on Christmas Cards, gelli plate printing and have been working on metal embossing. You want to see photos?!?!?!? Ok, here are some photos!!!


Gelli Prints with old family photos attached. Turned them into greeting cards and sent to family members.


These will show up a lot better when I get some patina on them. They will make great book cover material!

Finally I will leave you with a few images from Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

If you build it……..they will come!

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