2014 – The Good, the Bad, and the Sad

selfiedec14_edited-1I know I haven’t blogged much lately, but I do plan to change that!  2014 was VERY difficult for me.  I am so very hopeful that 2015 will be a much better year.

I did have a nice, quiet Christmas, spent with hubby, kitties, and hubby’s family.  Santasteve was VERY good to me.  I am one grateful girl.

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Even though we – 1.  took our dream vacation (a whole month in Australia!), and – 2.  built a new BEAUTIFUL home, 🙂 – I also suffered a serious back injury, in May.  And I lost some very special people. 😦  As a result of my injury, I lost an entire summer season of tennis.  That is the first time that has happened in about 25 years.  Not only is my tennis fantastic exercise, it is also my primary social outlet.  I am also unable to exercise, and that depresses me even more.  Secondly, as a result of our move, I wasn’t able to do much art.  These are the two things that keep me grounded, and help me deal with the stress of life.  I’m still not recovered from my back injury, unfortunately, but after months of waiting, I finally have an appointment at the local Pain Clinic on February 6, so I am hopeful that I can find a drug-free method of pain management (at the very least).  I lost my Mom, unexpectedly, in November, and I am still so sad about that. RIP Mom.  😦

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BUT, my art studio is now complete!  I am so excited, and grateful to my fabulous husband.  I now have the most awesome space in which to create!  I still need to do some organizing, but I am working slowly on that.  🙂

Here is what it looked like on December 3 – sorry the photos aren’t the best quality, but you get the general idea.  It’s changed a LOT since then.  When it’s “finished” (will it ever be?) – I’ll post updated pictures.  It’s a HUGE room in the basement, with large windows, and tons of storage, horizontal workspaces, excellent lighting, and a cork floor!  I have been creative most of my life, so I have managed to accumulate quite the collection of supplies.

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Here are a couple more, taken a couple of weeks ago:IMG_3738
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And, the centre island worktable is installed!  This is the only picture I have taken so far.  Wilson likes it.  😉

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This blog post has taken way longer than I had anticipated.  But, I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my life.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I have another post almost ready to post – I will be talking about the online classes I plan to take for 2015.  Since I can’t play tennis, and I have this awesome art studio, I REALLY want to do tons and tons of art!  So, check back tomorrow….ta ta for now!  🙂

Did You Miss Me?

WordPress just reminded me that I haven’t blogged in a while.  lol.  At least somebody missed me!  😉

It’s December 28, 2014, and I am reflective today.  2014 has been an eventful year, to say the least.  When I started this post, I was going to write about my year, but, frankly, the photos tell the story way better than I could.  So, for your viewing pleasure…here is my 2014 in pictures.

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Getting Ready for Christmas

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Christmas is a little different for us this year.  We usually take a vacation and head to warmer climates, so we have very little time to prepare for Christmas.  We haven’t even put a tree up for the last few years.  It’s just the two of us (and our furbabies), so it’s no big deal.  But, like I said, this year is different.  It feels like I have so much time!  I usually have to make my Christmas cards in October, so I really don’t end up making very many, and I have kept them really simple.  But, not this year!  I have had such a blast making my cards!  I ended up mailing them yesterday.  I sent out over 100 cards!  And, I am even doing the December Daily challenge this year!  I’m not keeping up on a daily basis, but I have taken a few photos here and there, and I have my album cover all painted with pretty sparkly red paint.  I’ll post some pics soon.  In the meantime, I have a couple of pics to show you:

First, our furbabies:

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And, my desk – the way it looked yesterday, before I took a walk to the mailbox:

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We are putting our tree up today!  Yay!