Internationally known fine artist and musician. Performing vocalist, guitarist and pianist. Intstruction for piano, guitar, voice and art in all mediums. Lupus awareness and chronic illness advocate. Motivational speaker on disABILITIES and Positive Living and GraceNotes. Fine art series "Florida Horizions" Florida Landscapes. Professional Art Judge.
New adult art students, new friends, making my living room my own calming beautiful space, deciding to "up my self respect"... if anything in my closet doesn't look fab on me, chuck it and find another home for it..., heavy morning showers with the frogs singing their songs, having the day to myself and a simple bottle of cold water. Celebrate the day!
Going through flames and succumbing to "a peace that passeth all understanding, the simple joy of a favorite chair, miniature Kindergarten piano students, reading in the front courtyard this morning with Panda, meeting my new adult art student. They most often become good friends!
Rolling 30 minutes down to shop at Publix this morning in my power wheelchair, forgetting my wallet, going home to do it all again and choosing to enjoy it anyway, beautiful morning!, fixing myself a big Cesar's salad with roast beef for lunch, walking sticks hanging out on my living room window, House Beautiful magazines and my Sheltie, Panda, opening and closing doors for me with a happy bark! I bought him some new treats!
Strong enough now to cook real meals for myself... feeling better already, old friends and their kids coming to visit, setting priorities then following through, arranging music for my students, being part of an artist community, and family.
Dog toys strewn around the house, my new Saturday voice student, ordering new shoes online, dragonflies and butterflies, believing in God to fulfill His promises, being able to clean my floors, and looking forward to an awesome Saturday.
Visiting with neighbors, going to St Augustine, using my rolator walker, sleeping through the night, a new pair of jeans, reading "Eat This Don't Eat That" cookbooks, printing out coupons, being able to get in and out of chairs and cars, sending cards to piano students and a humble bowl of Raisin Bran cereal.
Ordering pizza with my daughter in love Jennifer, taking the time (or thyme) every morning to pinch off my fresh herbs just to smell them, watching old dogs play with their toys, new inexpensive clothes to wear and learning to ask for help.
Each day is a new canvas to paint on, calling old friends to reconnect, my DVR recording all of my favorite shows, my new 'watercolor table' set up with tubes of paint, watercolor pencils, colored pencils and favorite pens... creativity at the ready and having no where else to go but up figuratively and spiritually.
Hydrangeas and geraniums, a sandwich w/ cucumber,tomato,red onion,romaine,feta cheese,dijon mustard,shredded ham all on artisan bread, the sound of school buses making their rounds in the neighborhood,ceiling fans,The American Spirit and re doing my art studio... again.
Two new kindergarten piano students today, my daily dose of hummingbirds, doing the right thing even if it doesn't feel right, moving furniture with my power wheelchair, making a killer egg white omelet, losing a few pounds, and my HUGE lemongrass plant... thanks Steve!
New church home "Creekside Christian" St Johns... oh so happy, my new Rooster Note cards, Panda puppy playing in the rain (wish I could join him), riding in my power wheelchair (five miles per hour) down to Publix to shop and back... too cool, living in beautiful Julington Creek Plantation, new school year, new art/music students, somebody giving me a 'like new mailbox' ????? and new neighbors to get to know. Too much to be thankful for but I'll do you, dear reader, a break and hold my tongue 'til tomorrow.
My butterfly wings may have been clipped but still I can fly, losing my marbles and it being okay, waking up... I am still amazed that God gives me this opportunity, cooking for one with real china... place setting... fresh sunflowers and my current favorite books, given the chance to love so many good people in my life... even the not so good... I love them too, AND the sound of silence.
After 2 and 1/2 months in the hospital I am finally HOME!, my garden... a profusion of butterflies, hummingbirds, skinks, birds, blooms and flowers, the loving kindness of Steve and Jennifer taking care of me, my own peaceful bed and garden view, sitting here in my music studio with my computer, home health coming to my house, having my old Panda Puppy back and staying strong in Jesus.
I get to leave the hospital tomorrow after over two months!, Heavy thunderstorms, Steve and Jennifer getting my house ready for me, split pea soup, looking forward to painting BIG and playing my piano, my new wheelchair friendly herb garden from my son Steve and cooking with it, and the sound of silence in my own peaceful home.
A dear friend meeting me for lunch in the rehab center and bringing me a Greek salad from my fave Panera's,wearing my wigs again, nurses and aids living their passion and caring so well for others, itty bitty baby lizards, looking forward to being "normal" and going to Publix and giving my art to fellow "inmates" residents to bring them a little bit of joy.
My Facebook friends... a village of love and support, self reliance, my life of music and art, holding hands with Jesus and not letting go, soaking in the beauty and talent of other artists, taking the time to learn from others and daydreaming about going home from months in the hospital on Saturday.
Being your own best advocate, somebody placing a hot cup of coffee by my bed this morning to wake up to, somebody else (the rehab center) doing my laundry, doing physical therapy even if I don't feel like it and my nurse taking my plant home to her house to try to save it... we can call it Lazarus.
Painting roosters, the new show "For Rent" on HGTV... realistic for today's economy, choosing raw baby carrots over peanut M & M's, lots of ice and lots of sugar free soda, the new page "You Know You're From Gainesville Florida If....." So much fun!!, saving things to paint to my desktop and accepting my new "friends" diabetes, a blood clot, damaged kidneys and active vasculitis... time to put my "big girl underwear on!"
Using my walker to get from my hospital room down to rehab... way to go!, Doing a search for "Jacksonville art teachers" and showing up on the first page, microwave popcorn, air conditioning... amen?, a glimmer of hope opening to horizons of possibilities and nail polish.
Using my rollator walker more, new art/guitar/piano students (yippee!), playing the piano for an hour, learning German music for "Germany Week" here at the rehab center, Steve bringing me microwave popcorn and baby raw carrots, paying my bills online, painting ten 5x7 watercolor notecards last night and HGTV.
Clean laundry, surfing the Internet, singing "Killing Me Softly", wearing make up, being strong enough to get in and out of cars, having a future to look forward to, the color yellow and being comfortable in my own skin.
Not being defined by my profession, not needing to blow my own horn, a chocolate milk shake, playing piano, getting my website back, taking off my wig, soaking in the beauty all around me and new magazines to read.
Being told that I should be a comedian... now THAT'S funny! Not over thinking things, using "Mrs Dash" to doctor up hospital food, Bible study, waking up... literally, Cheetos and the color Paynes Gray.