As some of you may have noticed, lately it seems like I am all over the place. (OK – you may not have noticed any difference in things, but it certainly feels like it to me!) I am not sure how much of this is me, or how much is reality.
I am always doing lots of different things, but there are days when they all fall together like pieces to a puzzle and there are other days when very few of them seem to match up. I am sure that is just part of our ever-evolving and changing lives though and I try not to look at it too hard or take the days when seemingly nothing is accomplished too seriously. I have learned that good or bad, living through changes always offer some positive elements. Sometimes we just need to look harder for them.
Yesterday was what I will call a 'family day.' One of my beautiful kitties (Richard) had to go for some surgery to have a lump removed from his chest. This was a long time in coming, as I discovered the lump a couple of years ago (yes – years!) and I had it biopsied back then and they told me not to worry about it unless it grew. Well, over the past year or so it had really became larger. What began as a small spot about half the size of a pea was now about half the size of a grape. Richard is a very slim and trim boy so every time I picked him up I could feel the growing lump more and more. I knew it was time to have it addressed.
So I bit the bullet and made the appointment a couple of weeks ago at my vet. He is always busy and since this was a non-emergency case, the appointment was made for three weeks ahead. That was fine with me, but it meant that I had three weeks to ponder things and allow my worry to build up. A lot of scenerios can go through your head in three weeks. While Richard was basically pretty healthy, at 11 years old I certainly didn't want anything to go wrong. I would be devastated.
So yesterday was the day for the procedure to be done. We had to leave the house very early (by 7am) to get to the drive to the vet and get him there by 8am. He sat on my lap the entire way, purring. I brought his stuffed 'kitty' that he liked so much and we dropped him off there. I felt so bad because he just looked confused and I know he must have thought we abandoned him. I was on pins and needles all morning wondering how things went.
We were able to call at noon and thank goodness, he did fine. They wanted to keep him until about 3pm though to allow the drugs to wear off fully.
We were there right at 3 and he was so happy to see us. Those who say that cats aren't as affectionate as dogs never had cats like mine. I gently took him out of the carrier and he spent the ride home on my lap, pushing his body against mine and purring. It was touching and I was greatly relieved.
Is prognosis is good. The doc said we didn't need to worry. It looks like we will have many more years together. What a relief!
I was quite exhausted though, and after taking a nap after we got home (with Rich curled up next to me, of course!) I had a very low-key evening and went to bed early, still very tired. It amazed me how much worrying took out of me. You would think that I was the patient instead of him!
We had a good night and he slept either in my arms of right against me all night long. Right now he is curled up with me here on my chair, as he always is in the morning, peacefully sleeping. To say I am relieved is an understatement. Life is once again good.
Now I am finding my way back to concentrating on work. There are lots of odds and ends that I need to do that are all exciting new directions for our business. I have kept quiet about many of these so far until I have more to show you. I promise that even though I may seem to be in a lull on paper here, certainly the opposite is true in reality. I just want to reveal things slowly as they come to be.
One of the things that I am excited about is that I am working in a new medium that is really cool. After the success of my Layla painting, I was looking for more instructional videos on wildlife art and I came across a girl who did beautiful work in many different types of media. (You can visit Lisa's YouTube channel here:Lachri Fine Art) Acrylic paint, oil paint and different types of colored pencils are among them. I remembered that I had a large set of Prismacolor pencils (120 of them!) that I had purchased for a class over 10 years ago and they were barely used. I dug them out and I have been watching the videos and learning how to use these in ways I hadn't thought of before. The results so far have been encouraging.
Here is my first go at an iris. Just the beginning:
. . . and the finished drawing:
While it has lots of room for improvement, I feel it is a good start. It only took a couple of hours and it was very fun and relaxing. Enough so to have me order some other types of pencils to continue learning this new (to me) method of creating. I am certainly having fun.
I don't know how or if it will fit into my business yet. Maybe it will and maybe not. In any case, it will not harm my drawing skills and will help me indirectly in lots of different ways. I will just have to see. I have read so much about colored pencils lately that I feel that it is an up and coming trend in art and crafting. There are all kinds of online classes as well as Zentangle (Google it!) drawing to relax people. I think in this over-stressed world we live in, it may be a great thing to explore. It certainly won't hurt.
I also wanted to begin once again showing a 'featured product' every day here in my blog. It seems that as our website is growing, sometimes there are patterns that just get 'lost' in the mass of the number of patterns we have to offer. We do our best to keep things well-organized, but it is impossible to quickly show all of the hundreds of patterns we have to everyone. So highlighting new ones here as well as some older favorites would be a nice way to bring things to the front. I hope you enjoy seeing them.
Today's featured pattern is Keith's new plaque pattern set SLDK614 Family, Home & Love.
As with all of his plaque sets of this nature, he offers the patterns both as a set and individually. Just follow the link to the product page to see more. We hope you like it.
I want to thank all of you who knew about Richard's procedure and sent messages of support. It means a lot that my cyber-friends are so caring.
I have a medical appointment early tomorrow morning myself, and I am not sure if I will have time to post tomorrow. But I can assure you that I will be back to posting regularly again soon. There is too much I want to share and too many wonderful techniques that you would be interested in that I don't want you to miss.
Today I am getting back to drawing. I have a deadline due for an autumn project for Tole Town that will also have a video with it. I think I know what I am going to do and I am excited to see it come to be.
As for Richard, he is resting comfortably at my feet. He is still a bit 'clingy' after being gone for the day, but he is much more like his old self this morning. I am happy for that and happy that his operation is behind us.
Have a wonderful and creative day. Happy Thursday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"