Thursday, January 3, 2013

Flower Power

Watercolor Florals seem to be a strong point. I do like painting in units and clustering them for a bigger POW.
Making progress on my transfer of graphic materials.  I learned today that it doesn't make the work go faster if you transfer a whole lot of pictures in bulk to the external drive.  Slow and steady is the way. It's too much work going back and forth between files.

I went to the internist today for pre surgery tests--urine, blood, EKG.  I'm having an arthroscopy on my left knee January 24th.  My orthopedic guy is going in to see just what is going on there. As for my cold, I'm doing everything right.  The Doc added Mucinex DM to our treatment and said stay away from Afrin; taken regularly, it increases mucous. Flonase is better. God knows I don't need any more mucous.

Then I got a haircut. Finally. My guy at the salon doesn't cut as much hair off as he should after I've had color. I think he's saving the color just because I paid for it.  Meanwhile, in Cancun, my hair was too long and didn't swim well. On the way home, I stopped at Chicos and bought another pair of skinny jeans; the first pair I bought in my usual size. They were too big and not skinny enough. Seems like I'm making a come back making the rounds. Joy to the world.

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  1. Hope u show off a photo of yourself in those skinny jeans! bet it will make that gal ( who had that contest) green w/envy! lol

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    1. What gal is that? I didn't think I'd like what we used to call stovepipe jeans, but I did. Trouble was I bought a pair in my size and didn't listen to the salesclerk who said get a half a size smaller. They looked fine, but the legs were just a tad too full--more like the original boot leg jeans by Levi Strauss. I haven't tried on the new size yet, so I still may not have the right pant. The fun of shopping.

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    2. remember Carol? the blonde who had the photo contest where we submitted photos of ourselves in minis??

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    3. Yes, of course, I just deleted those photos. She's having another contest for real?

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    4. NAW! lol,,, when u mentioned skinny jeans it reminded me of her...

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  2. One of my x-husbands was addicted to Afrin... nasal sprays are additive and he could not breath without the spray... living with him cured me from EVER using nasal sprays at all... I do put Vicks Vapor Rub under my nose when I'm stuffed up and if I'm really bad Vicks in a vaporizer towel over my head and breath it in. Emergen-C three times a day along with Zi-Cam... and in about 3 days I got rid of my cold last week.
    Hope they figure out what's wrong with your knee... AND... there is something they can do to fix it.

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    1. How many husbands have you had Captain? Your sentence is intriguing :-)

      I've had several doctors--specialists--tell me Afrin is okay if used infrequently. One said, don't worry about it. Yesterday's doc said it increased mucous production--which would make you need it more and thus think that you're addicted. I don't use nasal sprays unless I have serious sinus trouble, which isn't often. I wash my sinuses every morning with saline solution. Very good. And colds are rare in this household--that's why this one knocked us out of the park. We couldn't believe both of us got one at the same time. That's why I put a hexx on that woman on the plane. I remarked to Ellis about her when I first heard the cough--then when I saw she didn't cover her mouth. I am going to get Airborn next time we fly. My internist said it was Zinc--so zinc tablets would work too. Trouble is, I don't like to take any more drugs than normal conditions call for. My weekly drug container has enough stuff in it.

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  3. I love the quality of your flowers: strong colors in perfect composition of positive and negative forms, flowing and harmonious, with LOVELY impact!

    Deal with medical stuff is never a good time, a nice hairstyle and pants that fit well are a good antidote. Along with the beautiful paintings!

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    1. But it must be done. Enough with the knee. I want some quality knee time. It's cost us places we'd liked to have gone. It's put a damper on places we have gone. Of the two of us, I might have the most nudgies, but this one cripples our style--my style. I like to walk fast on any terrain and cycle a half hour or more in the nicer weather. Maybe this will push me in that direction. I am hoping that the pain isn't too horrible. I heard knee ops are the worst. I don't like pain killers; they knock you out of your life so all you are is a pain-free lump on the couch. This procedure is not a new knee; it's cleaning out the existing knee and getting a better look at what is wrong with it. It's more of a diagnostic procedure than a fix it--YET the nurse in my internist's office had it done and that's all it took to make her as mobile as she needs to be. Soooooooo....On the twenty forth.

      Grouping the small (10 x 10 inches) pics that way gives more of a bang I think. The floral on the lower left could us a bit of the blue from the daffodil pic above coming down in line with that common line. This presentation was me experimenting with my unit idea, which worked best with the pastries and From the Closet--which to date, is the most dynamic painting I've done besides Taylor x Four and Taylor's cat, which she adores. I am liking cleaning out my picture files. It really shows what turns me enough to make art and what doesn't.

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  4. What a blaze of glorious colour to kick-start my day :0)

    My knees were down for the 'knife,' but they and my back seem to have sorted themselves out ... to the puzzlement of all!

    Yeah, mmm, OK... to the girlie stuff :0))

    Hope the head cold eases up ... I always suck peppermints,it cools even if it doesn't cure!

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    1. Yes down to the girl stuff. Life is best lived in a well cut, good fitting lean jean and a shirt. Goes anywhere. An inch too "baggy" and best stay at the easel. My involvement with the girl stuff is a good sign, a sign of recovery, one to be celebrated. Ellis didn't see it that way. He had just paid off our trip. It's cheaper to live in a warm climate; a pair of shorts will do--but still he won't move.

      Took one mucinex dm and I'm feeling pretty good this morning.

      I want some stamina from my knee. It feels pretty good walking around my house on level ground, take me to Cancun with long walks on hills and it acts up. I compensate for it and I get pain in that hip and shin splints. I am sick of it. I want to be able to cycle for a longer period of time than ten minutes. I want to be able to walk down to the lake, jump in, tread water talking to the neighbors and walk home without thinking I need a wheelchair. So I'll try this. maybe I'll be lucky and won't have to go the full shot? Wouldn't that be lovely? I have high hopes, but some doubts.

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    2. Well thank you so much. You don't visit too often. I'm honored.

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  5. wow, I love your flowers, really powerful.

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    1. Thanks Barbara. Flowers are always a welcome afternoon. They are the one subject you can really let go with color.

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  6. Linda, your watercolor florals are so beautifully vivid and alive - LOVE THEM!!!
    It's good to hear that you and Ellis are getting over your souvenirs from the flight home.
    And I wish you all the best with your arthroscopy!

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    1. Well I've got a few weeks to ponder to go ahead or chicken out? But I do think I am going to go ahead. I want more mobility and maybe this will work without having to go for foreign materials in my body. I really would like to avoid that. What's pushing me is when the knee acts up, I naturally coddle it, which means I begin walking unnaturally--which has an adverse effects on my whole left side. I develop shin splintz and sciatica. The sciatica means I'm throwing my spine off kilter. Time to stop all those complications.

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  7. ahhhhhh to fit in skinny jeans at Chicos! Congratulations! You are very put together! short hair and skinny jeans....yes!
    Love this grouping of paintings. I like the top right best---it feels like there is a butterfly in there.

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    1. Love my skinny jeans. Flowers are great for pushing color. I agree with Schmid: I don't like doing flowers in a vase. I don't think I will anymore.

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  8. There is a lot of good art out there, but there is nothing like color to brighten one's spirit, and your art does just that. Thanks!

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