Saturday, September 3, 2016

If You Can Believe It.............


............I'm back!!!! Whew! Coming up for air!   Wow this shoulder surgery was no joke! And i'm not even the one who had the surgery!! :) He was just in alot of pain for so long.... I just couldn't seem to concentrate on anything else than seeing him thru this and getting him better.... And i can say he's better...not completely well but much , much better.... i don't know if its his age or the severity of the operation but man its been rough going... But i feel like i can breathe now.... does it ever feel like that to you when your going thru something that it feels like you almost can't breathe?? Maybe its me?  But i know now he's gonna get better , the pain is almost all gone... its manageable and we're gonna get thru this...... breathe.....I almost didn't show you the image above and in the header... wow! i didn't realize just how badly my black marker colored that!!!  uuughhh!! But other than that i like him! He has alot of gold highlights that don't show up in the picture. 

Remember the scarab beetle in the National Geographic i showed you a while ago??? Well i finished the sketch of him ! You know me i don't draw realistic. But this was a nice challenge! Wait until you see what i do with him... stay tuned....


And for all my Tea People!!! Gosh i've been gone so long!!! I sure have missed you! Here's my usual cup of coffee while putting some finishing touches on the line drawing i worked on while hubby was napping during his recovery...   I call it Tempus Fugit ... but time sure wasn't flying while he was recovering... Tempus Fugit is a favorite subject of mine... your sure to see more ideas... I have this colored too... i'll show it another time........


And if anyone is wondering about the raccoon..... well i have to say its raccoon 3  humans 0 ....lol   Lets recap........ we put carpet tack strip around the edge of the platform bird feeder.... did not even phase him! ... put grease on the pole where he has to grab for leverage....thinking yuk! he wouldn't like the grease on his paw or it would be slippery for him.... he had no problem with it... shoot i think the grease helped the birdseed stick to his little paw better so he could eat it blech!  Then the humans had another brilliant idea... put a bigger diameter piece of pvc on the pole where he grabs so maybe it will spin when he tries to grab it....  well.....you guessed it.. didn't bother him a bit.... Above is the latest brainstorm.... and actually it was my neighbor's idea... i can't even claim it... I'm gluing tacks all over that piece of pvc...so maybe it will prick his little paw and discourage him... i know it looks like a medieval torture device but i'm hoping a prick or two and he will find somewhere easier to get food... If this doesn't work i'm throwing in the towel and passing the baton to Hubby.... He wants to put this huge shield on it which will not be very pretty... and since its in the front of the house i really don't want to end up doing that...Hubs is not about pretty .... he's about what works..... so cross your fingers for me this tack thing works..... any other ideas out there?   With everything going well i hope to be back to posting regularly .   Hopefully more than just T Tuesdays too!!  I have alot of catching up to do! Hugs! deb 

22 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

LOVE your dragon, and good to see you back, so glad you have space to breathe again. I know that feeling, after I had my new knee end of February I felt like that, the pains were so bad at first! Have a great Sunday, hugs, Valerie

Krisha said...

So glad your back on your blog again!
LOVE the dragon!
Hope the raccoon learns that your bird feeder is NOT for him.....LOL!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Great art!! I don't have much problem with racoon's and the seed. Keep us posted on how this works. I can say I would not feel comfortable with the tracks. I'm like Hubs..I go for the purpose and could care less how people think it looks.
Xx, Carol

CraftyViolet said...

Love the dragon and looking forward to the finished 'bug'.

Good luck with the raccoon. They are so smart it is hard to beat them. A company in Toronto thought they had raccoon safe garbage cans so they put them out with camcorders focused on them. Took the raccoon about 2 minutes to get the lid off!!

And in answer to your question that you put on my blog - when I make big pots of soup or stew I freeze it in Ziploc bags....we lay them down and freeze them flat and then stand them up side by side - takes up much less room. Cabbage soup freezes especially well. I think the last batch was so huge we ate it for supper and still froze another 6 or 7 bags for this winter.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I am so glad things are looking up in the shoulder department. My farmer has similar problems and is seeing the specialist next week to see whether an operation is possible. I shall make him read your post before he goes.
Because we don't have racoons here I must say I would love one to come to my bird table.

kathyinozarks said...

So sorry your husband had to go through that surgery-when my Mom had done that it was pretty painful and a very long rehab for her-but my neighbor down the street had a shoulder surgery she is in her late 60s and it didnt even phase her in the least-so it must be the type of shoulder surgery that is done, and being older it always more difficult to.
you can't beat a raccoon-that is for sure-they sneak in at night to check for food too-they are comical but a real "pain" too lol I don't know if I like that idea with the tacks? could hurt some innocent birds or other creatures. for bird seed I don't put it out in trees or things like that anymore, as raccoons or squirrels will always get it seems-but we have an overhang by the house where we have screwed in plant hooks-and in the summer I feed the hummingbirds-and the bees lol and when they leave I put the bird seed feeders there so raccoons can't get to them-however last year we did catch small grey squirrels in them-geesh lol and I have that old stump where I just pour corn out for everyone and now that our deer back I time putting it out for them my husband always says-everyone's gotta eat lol Happy Labor day

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a wonderful way to reenter the world of blogging. I have really missed you, so this was a joy to know that your husband is getting better every day. It's a wonderful feeling, I'm sure.

Love the dragon. The black actually looks like fur, so I thought it was quite appropriate.

Have no idea what you should do about the raccoon. Yours is certainly persistent.

Thanks for sharing your art, including the beetle sketch and your coffee with us for T this soon-to-be Tuesday. Happy Labor Day!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Great to hear that hubby feels much better now ! I can imagine what a hard time it was for you!
An amazing dragon and I am looking forward to the bug in the end!
Good luck with the raccoon!
Happy T-Day! Great to see you back Deb!
oxo Susi

johanna said...

i like the Dragon and the sketch of the bug. hope you can deal well with the raccoon (so far we don´t have them in our part of the Country, though they are spreading their grounds...).
best wishes for further healing of your hubby. i know what you mean about hard breating in this Situation, you can really feel blocked.
happy t-day, deb!

Meggymay said...

Its good to read your post today and hear that your hubby is recovering, it must have been very stressful for you both. The dragon looks fantastic and the black looks good to me.
Good luck with the raccoon, its squirrels we have to look out for here.
Happy T Day.
Yvonne xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Glad to hear your hubby is getting better after his surgery and wishing him well! I'm with you it's hard to breathe when you see a loved one having difficulty especially when they are in so much pain - I'm so pleased you feel like you can breathe now :-). Your dragon is fantastic, such lovely colours! Wow, sounds like raccoons are really persistent, we don't have them over here - I loved hearing your update, he sounds like a cheeky chappy! Wishing you well and Happy T day! J :-)
p.s. found on internet that Raccoons don't like Cayenne Pepper apparently you can make up a water solution with it and spray around your bird feeder.

My name is Erika. said...

Oh no. Those raccoons are super smart, aren't they.? Sounds like you've tried just about everything other than taking in the bird feeder. Glad the hubby is starting to recuperate. I sometimes think it is worst for the person giving the care, since you need to be on-and it is worst seeing someone in pain. But glad you are back. And yes, I would have also wanted whipped cream with my waffles, but we didn't have any in the house. I could use them again this morning but think its probably better for my waistline not to have them 2 days in row. Loving the dragon. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

Linda Kunsman said...

SO good to hear from you Deb! What a long and suffering process the shoulder surgery has been :( I didn't know it could be so bad but hopefully it's all on the upswing now. Your dragon is fabulous!! Great job on the scarab beetle too. Glad to see you're getting some creative time in. Hope your new deterrent works on the racoon. I was told if we kept having trouble with squirrels on our feeders we should put a strip of barbed wire along the hanging wire to keep them from hanging on. Never tried it as they finally stopped on their own.
Happy T day and have a great week ahead!

Darla said...

Happy to see you posting again. Great dragon and I like the bug sketch a lot. Afraid I can't help you with the raccoon as the ones who raid our yard are obviously smarter than we are. Hope your DH is 100 percent soon.

Divers and Sundry said...

Welcome back! I've heard shoulder surgery takes a long recovery time :( That raccoon is persistent and clever. Sometimes function over form is the priority. Happy T Tuesday :)

~*~Patty S said...

Nice to see you back Deb!
Being caregiver can be so intense with feelings of helplessness too.
No wonder your breath felt stifled.
Wonderful art release with your powerful dragon!
Your beetle looks amazing already.
That rascal raccoon knows a good meal when he finds one ;-)
Happy T Day and may the healing keep going but in warp speed would be nice! oxo

Krisha said...

Came back to say Happy T-day!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Welcome back - hope hubby's recovery continues at a good pace! Your dragon is spectacular and I do love the scarab beetle! Looking forward to seeing more of 'Tempus Fugit'!
Good Luck with the Racoon deterrent - lets hope he has soft pads and he doesn't like being spiked! Hugs, Chrisx

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

I'm late to the party, but let me add my own "Welcome back!" I'm so glad you're both finally coming up for air.

Here's an idea for that rascally raccoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbQVle9PNLA

Jeanne said...

Have to say good luck with the raccoon thing... those little cuties can really be a pain in the neck. I can totally empathize with you about your husbands surgery, but glad to hear he is doing better. I had shoulder surgery rotator cuff and some other stuff exactly a year ago today, and it was not easy. Then at 10 weeks followed that up with a total hip replacement. Not the best year , but was so glad that my husband was in your place, and did an amazing job of recovering me. all is finally good now. I can't remember... do you live in Arkansas? The comment of being out in the woods in the summer.... We have a cabin in the woods and although it is in oklahoma, it is right on the Ak border. I have to agree that the ticks have been horrible and most of them those tiny tiny ones you need a magnifying glass to get off... Ugh, but still we are not able to avoid those very well where our cabin is. GLAD you are on the down side of your husbands recovery and hope the fall is relaxing. Hope those tacks work, but have my doubts.

Neesie said...

Such good news to hear that your husband is recovering well. It must be such a relief after so much pain and stress. Time to relax and enjoy yourselves now and what could be better than art! Fantastic dragon and that beetle looks great. I can't wait to see him finished.
As to your raccoon... I'm beginning to feel a little sorry for him what with tacks etc, but then he isn't pinching all my bird seed.
Sorry to say...I really don't know what the answer might be. Good luck!

Denise said...

Darling dragon.I love Him,wonderful beetle drawing too. The beetle sketch shows Your beautiful talent.I know I've said this before but I think We have much in common in what We like to draw and paint.Your note to Me was so sweet and dear to Me ,I appreciate all You said.My husband went through shoulder surgery too.There must be something about pain in shoulder surgery because it was SO difficult for both of Us so I relate so well with what the two of You are going through. He's 73 now but He was in His 50s at the time and told Me.....No more elective surgeries!May blessings continue-Denise