Monday, June 27, 2016

What's happening lately

Hello all,

I know, I know, it's been forever since I last posted.  Much has happened since November of last year.  My mother passed away in December, one week after the birth of my second grandchild, and my world collapsed to a small dark ball.  While celebrating the new life of my grandson, I had to let my mom go.  It was a time of great heartbreak, and celebration which confused me to no end.

As many of you know, I was the primary caretaker of my mother for the past 6 years, and after breaking her arm for the second time in less than 4 months life became very hectic.  After her fall on July 3, 2015 and breaking her right wrist, she came to stay with us for two months of healing and rehabilitation.  The day after Thanksgiving she fell again and refractured her right wrist, only this time is was a compound fracture.  She underwent 7-8 hours of surgery to pin and plate her mangled wrist back together.  We did not know at the time that she was again suffering from an infection that almost killed her many times back in 2011.  She had contracted C-Diff once again which is the likely reason she fell due to weakness.

She passed exactly one week after the surgery of sepsis due to the C-Diff.  She was never able to meet her newest great grandchild.  Since it was too close to Christmas to offer any kind of service, we opted to wait till the new year.  In January, 2016, we held my mother's last art show and memorial.
My mother was a prominent artist and business owner here in the valley, and my youngest sister and I started a local art group in her memory.  There were many Saturday's in the past few years where my mom came to play with the small group of artists we already had assembled.  She was no longer able to paint as she once had, especially with her wrist issues, but she thorougly enjoyed "hanging" out and being asked for help from other artists.  She was so extremely talented and the ladies in our small group knew this and she freely gave of her talent and knowledge.

Although there has been great pain due to her leaving us, it was not unexpected, as we knew it was only a matter of time due to her many issues.  She had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2010 and we were told that she would only live another 6-8 years.  On top of the many other issues, not to mention over 15 medications she took, we were happy to have even that many years left.  She has, in her death, done a lot for myself and my siblings in bringing us closer together. With the inheritance she left myself and my four other siblings, we shall be traveling to Europe in October.  This is an incredibly important trip for us and I will have a chance to spread some of her ashes across the highlands of Scotland, as that was one of her favorite places.

Many things have been happening for me as well, now that I no longer have my mother as my main concern.  I will be  published in Somerset Studio's "Art Doll Quarterly" this fall and I have just recently been accepted (juried into) the "Professional Doll Makers Art Guild."

I will be attempting to overhaul my blog, website, Etsy, etc., and I will be making a better effort to keep up with things.  I hope you'll continue to follow along as I venture out and try to grow.  Thank you for your continued support, it's meant a lot over the years.  For daily news I try to post more frequently on Facebook  so you can most definitely check  in with me there.

See you here soon.