An update from Lenna: Life & art!

One of my 365 creative play 2019 pieces: #186/365

One of my 365 creative play 2019 pieces: #186/365

Hello, again! Wow, what a large gap between my last post on June 12 and this one today July 26th. Not because I’ve been lazy, or bored with doing this, and not because I just did not feel like writing. Instead, we had a family emergency and because of that, we’ve been extra busy. I find recently that I tend to focus on the most important things. Aiming not to get overwhelmed, I let go of the rest! Save it to do later.

Things are settling down now. It’s been 5 weeks since my mom fell and broke her hip. She was outside gardening and did not have a phone with her when this happened. Steve and I had just left from visiting her (by boat) perhaps an hour before her accident occured. After she fell, Mom had to crawl back into the house. She could not stand up -it was just too painful because she fractured her femur below her hip joint. ARGH. By sheer WILL (and we think, adrenaline) my mom made her way back into the house, knocked the phone down off the shelf with a book, and tearfully called me & Steve. We drove over immediately and called the EMT/ambulance right away. They were fast and professional & understanding of Mom’s pain. Then, we had to wait in the Emergency room for a Dr to be able to see her, and for x-rays. When we found out mom would be operated on the next morning, Steve & I left, to retrieve her dogs, Beda & Loki, still at her house.

Mom spent a number of days (4-5) in the hospital, and then was transported to Westminster Point Pleasant Rehabilitation in Bradenton. There she learned to navigate with a walker, had Physical Therapy every day, and got stronger. My sister flew in from CT and we both went and picked mom up from Westminster on July 12th and brought her home. So grateful Kathy could stay with her. Steve & I have been and still are, taking care of Mom’s 2 big dogs, Beda -a Goldendoodle, and Loki -a large standard poodle. My sister stayed with mom for 10 days as she acclimated to being back home and going from using a walker to using a cane. Mom has a Visiting Nurse and a Physical Therapist who come to her home and she also has help around the house a few times a week. Mom tells me she is practicing her PT exercises “religiously” as she knows that is the key to getting her strength back after this accident. As soon as she feels strong enough, maybe in another week or two, she would like to have her dogs back at home with her. In the meantime, Steve has been inspired by Beda & Loki and has drawn enough cartoons to produce another book!

By Steve Deming, July 2019

Yes, it has been quite interesting watching our two cats and mom’s two dogs interact!

by Steve Deming, July 2019

by Steve Deming, July 2019

by Steve Deming, July 2019

See many more of Steve’s cartoons right on this website (link:) starting here.

I’m so glad that Steve ( <<— a link to his Instagram & daily cartoons) especially felt inspired to draw my mom’s visiting dogs. I have laughed so much over the past few weeks because of his cartoons -thank you, Steve! For me as far as art, I started doing “Index card a day” hosted by Tammy Garcia/ Daisy Yellow Art for the 7th year. This is a daily personal challenge to art up an index card every day during June & July. With my mom being in the hospital and rehab, us taking care of the dogs, her mail, her bills, and visiting her, time was tight. But I found that taking even just a few minutes to do something creative on an index card, really recharged me - yay! Below is one of my favorites . . . the ICAD challenge is almost over & I’ll do a wrap up post about it soon!

ICAD # 35/61

ICAD # 35/61

Life is short, art is long.
— John Ringling

I kept up with my 365 challenge pretty well, although I do have some catching up to do. It is day 207 of the year as I write and I am up to #191. Not too bad! You can view my most recent 365 pieces HERE.

Hope to be back here again soon!

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