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!  🙂

Hello, My Name is Kim and I’m a Frolicaholic

 

 

 

Hello my friends!  I’m really trying to get back into the habit of blogging again.  I read on someone else’s blog, that it seems almost redundant any more because of all the social media sites out there.  But, I’m not a big Twitter or Instagram fan, so I still prefer to read blogs.  So, here I am.

First, some cuteness from my kitties:2014-06-14 01.53 summer WilsonAren’t they adorable when they’re sleeping?  Yah.  Not so much when they are tearing through my house and knocking beautiful glass vases off of tables.  lol

I’m participating in Jane Davenport’s “Frolicaholic” class right now.  The timing is good for me, because my mojo left me recently, and I’ve been in a bit of a funk because of that.  But, Jane to the rescue again!  All I have to do is watch one of Jane’s videos, and I am immediately inspired to get out my art supplies.  So, here is the cover of my journal, and the first couple of pages.cover

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Trying to Get my Mojo Back

Hello my friends.  I’m in a funk.  I’ve been trying hard to get out of it, but it seems so difficult.  There are so many happy, exciting things happening in my life right now!  The biggest thing is that we are building a new home!  Exciting, but stressful at the same time.  All the design work is done, and now we’re just waiting for the shovels to hit the dirt.  It should be this week some time.

The thing that seems to have put me into a funk is my health.  It’s nothing serious, or at least that’s what they tell me.  Long story short – on May 11 – I had a stomach/intestinal virus for a day, which turned into chest pain, accompanied by other symptoms that pointed to heart attack.  Scary.  Ambulance.  Hospital admittance.  Tests.  I have a main artery that is 40-50% blocked, but that’s not the source of the pain.  Just something to watch.  They suspect pericarditis – which is an inflammation of the lining of my heart.  Discharged from hospital with 5 new medications.  Chest pain continues for a week.  Another ambulance trip to ER.  Still no definitive diagnosis. Don’t get me wrong – I’m happy they have ruled out all the serious stuff.  I’ve seen my family doctor a couple of times since, but he doesn’t even have the report from my hospital admission yet, so he is just guessing why the chest pain doesn’t seem to be going away.  If it is pericarditis, it can take up to three months to recover.  I’m now waiting to be seen by the Cardiac Rehab team.  In the meantime, I’m trying to get active again.  I’ve been going for walks/light jogs.  Some days it feels good, others not so much.  I’ve lost all the muscle tone in my legs.  I can’t play tennis.  So, I’m in a funk.

I have all the time in the world to do art, but have no mojo.  I watch art videos.  I nap.  A take a walk.  I want to work out.  I want to play tennis.  I can’t.  It sucks.  I thought maybe a blog post might help, you know….putting it out there.  We’ll see what happens.

I’m trying to be grateful.  I AM GRATEFUL.  I don’t have cancer.  My heart is pretty healthy.  Life is good.  I have a healthy, supportive husband who has been my rock through all of this.

Where oh where is my Mojo?

*Art* Journal – Documenting December

So, I decided to do a “December Daily” of sorts this year.  This project has taken me back to my scrapbooking days.  But, I do plan to try to incorporate some art journaling pages as well.  I find the scrappy-style to be so quick and easy, and I’ve had limited time up to this point, so it’s been working for me.  I don’t want to stress about it, so I’m just playing with my Christmas products whenever I have time.  It’s forced me to take some pictures, which is something I haven’t really done much of, other than while on vacation.  We don’t have children, so I have to get creative.  My furbabies have been my main subject so far lol.  So, here’s where I am to date:

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HOT HOT HOT

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Who says it’s cold in Canada?  We are in the midst of a heatwave.  I used to say that I love the warm weather….the hotter the better.  But, this year, for some reason, I get nauseous whenever I spend any time outside in this heat.  I’m an avid tennis player, and, in prior years, I didn’t even mind playing tennis in 30+ weather.  Now, mind you, I preferred it to be a bit cooler, but I actually enjoyed sweating it out.  Not so much.  I don’t mind staying indoors today.

For my friends who still use farenheit, 43 degrees is equal to 109 degrees farenheit.  *YIKES*  That’s HOT HOT HOT.

 

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So, today is the twelfth day of the twelfth month in 2012.  The last time, in my lifetime, that the date will be three same numbers.  Cool.  It’s also the end of the world.  LOL 

I’m all over the map creatively today.  I’m not finishing anything, but I’m starting lots.  That usually happens when I return from vacation.  I get so excited to have all my art supplies again, that I think my brain gets overwhelmed.  In a good way.

So, I thought I would share a pic of my kitties…they grew so much in the two weeks we were away.  Don’t they look CUTE?  AWE!  Don’t let that fool you.  They are little monsters.  They area getting into EVERYTHING.  Oh well.  I’ve mellowed in my old age.  I’m not really bothered much by the fact that they are ruining plants, curtains, carpets, beds, furniture….they are just so adorable.  Love.  Them.

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