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bjmonroe

bjmonroe
Date Joined: February 17, 2012
Last Online: December 9, 2018
Birthday: February 14
Country: United States
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11/14/2018

Sorry I haven't updated this in so long. I am still here. Still have cancer. It's been a real experience. I was in the hospital for a month. It started with an ear ache and ended up with me hallucinations for five days when they gave me way too much fentanyll, a shot and a patch. I couldn't talk, I didn't even know my own birthday. Fentaynal stays with you a long time.

.9/25/2018 In some parts of the country it is fall. Here in Florida it is 96 degrees. We have storms most every night, light show and amazing thunder. Wish I could share this with you.

I was back in the hospital 3 days last week. Again with heart problems, this time with rapid pulse of 130 beats per minute and a very low bp.I was released Saturday night and came straight home to my own bed and slept 12 hours. It was heaven. I saw a cardiologist yesterday and was told they were happy with all of the tests they did in the hospital. And the best thing was they told me that all the heart problems were a side effect of the chemo. When I finish chemo and my body recovers I should have no heart problems at all. Great news.

And more great news. I have only 5 more radiation treatments and next week is my final round of chemo.

Right now I am a very happy girl!

9/17/2018 Another month gone by without updating this. It has been a busy month. I got to experience new things, mostly things I could have skipped. The week after chemo is always a hard one. I have no energy. If cancer wasn't enough I spent 2 days in the hospital with Afib, Never had that before. So now I have added cardiologist to my list of doctors. 10 days ago I had a blood transfusion to help with my fatique. wow! I felt like a new person. I had a wonderful, feeling good week last week. This week not so much. Chemo was last week so this week I am suffering the side effects. I can handle it because I know what it is. I have one more round of chemo in 21 days. Then we scan again to see how we are doing. Prayers are welcome.

i 8/19/2018.. I have really gotten behind with this. One of the side effects from chemo is fatique. I was so tired. Day after day, I felt worse. Then we discovered that my white blood cells had fallen to near 0. So we stopped treatment for 2 weeks in order for my body to bring it back to a normal count. I am also losing my hair. It gets everywhere. I am on house arrest because of the white cells just be careful not to get an infection .So I wear a face mask and now I have to find a hat, and a wig. I am doing well in general and continue to stay positive

8/5/2018 I have no major side effects I am happy to report. My feet and ankles are swollen and I am tired. I feel like a slug. This week I have a PET scan on Tuesday. I see my chemo doctor on Friday. I have received so many nice cards, phone calls and gifts. Thank you all for supporting me along the way.

7/29/2018 I met with the doctors 2 days ago to go over my treatment plan. I will be doing both chemo and radiation and at the same time. Radiation is 5 days a week for 6 to 7 weeks. Chemo is 1 week on and 2 weeks off. Probably 2 months worth, They are taking a big swing at it because it is the most aggressive type called small cell lung cancer. Treatments start on August 1st. I am ready to start fighting back.

7/24/2018 update...…..Just a week ago I spent a great day with my husband. Pedicure, haircuts and then out for pizza for dinner. Less than 12 hours later I was gasping for air and had severe chest pain. The ambulance came and away we went.

You would think heart attack but no, not that. I spent 3 days in the hospital and came home with an oxygen tank because I have lung cancer.

There will be a treatment plan in a few days. I see several doctors 7/27 and will learn what we are going to do. I heard radiation and chemo but not what goes first or if they are going to do them at the same time. I will update here when I have more info.

I'm going public with this because I can't keep a secret. No really. It is a much needed outlet for me and looking ahead to the future someone reading this will be facing the same thing. I hope by sharing I might help them.

And finally for today I am Bonnie. I have cancer but I am not cancer. Still doing art, household chores, cuddling with the dog and cat and trying to keep it all in order with my husband.

Profile updated 10/6/201Many thanks to all the talented artists I have had the privilege to swap with these past five years. I have loved meeting people from around the world and treasure the wonderful friendships that have resulted.

I first found Swap-bot as a place to trade ATCs. I had been making notecards for years and was so excited to try making my art smaller. From there my art exploded into collage, mixed media, doll making and more.

I am currently hooked on Mail Art but love finding anything art related in my mailbox. If you send it, I will probably like it.

I am retired, originally from the Chicago area. I now live in SW Florida with my DH, our dog Pearl and The cat Lucy. If you have a cat you already know you don't "own" them.

We live on a salt water canal and love to boat ride and fish. We have ducks and iguanas on a daily basis. We sometimes have manatees, turtles and sea otters. It's a beautiful place to live. I love plants and am trying to learn what I can keep alive here in Florida.

I love thrift stores, garage sales and of course craft stores. My family shops for me from my Amazon wish list. They keep the art supplies coming.

I do not flake and I strive to keep my high rating. I rate fairly each swap I receive. Extras are not required to earn a heart. in fact I do not need any. Don't think you have to send me an extra to get a heart. If you are going to be late with a swap please communicate with me. Likewise, if something I send is lost in the mail or running late, please contact me before rating down.

Favorite Crafts

I am very good at some things but dabble in many. I am always curious and searching for new projects.

I am a potter and own my own wheel and kiln although it is currently in storage :)

Mail Art, especially hand made postcards

Painting, all mediums

Mixed media and collage

I love my Gelli plate

Sewing small projects

Making art dolls

Crochet

Jewelry making

Favorite Movies

My all time favorite is Avatar (in 3D of course). Also Benny and Joon, My Cousin Vinny, Mama Mia, Saving Private Ryan, Steel Magnolias. I am a big Johnny Depp fan, so any of the "Pirates" and now Dark Shadows. I like Kevin Klein, Tom Hanks, Colin Firth (he is the Mr. Darby to me) and Jodie Foster.

Favorite Television

Most programs on HGTV, Vikings, Criminal Minds, The Voice, Designated Survivor, NCIS, Bull, and my guilty pleasure Live PD. I am also a sports fan, Nascar (go #11, Denny Hamlin), football and boxing (not mma or cage)

Favorite Books

When I read my nose is mostly stuck in a magazine such as Cloth, Papers, Scissors; Card Maker, Soft Doll or any jewelry making magazine. I can also be found at the library sitting on the floor looking at books in the Arts/Crafts section.

LIKES

I love bright colors, tropical colors. I used to not like orange but over the last year I like it more and more and even find myself wearing it. I prefer jewel tones over pastels. I like floral and spice scents, also vanilla and of course lavender. . Things I like in general are

Our Creator, nature, Mother Earth, wind, sun, water, all things great and small. Being at the beach is a favorite. So is camping in the mountains..

OK, I also love to spend hours on Pinterest or YouTube. I love new ideas and seeing what others are doing and how they are doing it.

Animals of all kinds, especially dogs and cats.

Hearts and being in love. Warm fuzzies and hugs. I am blessed with a wonderful husband.

Surprises

Snail mail

Bling and more bling

gel pens, glitter pens

Hummingbirds, butterflies and dragonflies

Sea shells

Flowers

Wind chimes

My Cricut

Lace, yarn, ribbon, fibers

embossing powder

Buttons and beads

embellishments, bits of paper and fabric

craft magazines

Romantic and Victorian goodies

Hand made cards, tags, ATCs, Mail Art and etc.

Stamps, rubber,clear and postage

Paints and inks, spray inks and dyes

turquoise blue glass figurines-especially birds or other animals

Owls and birds in general

Big, chunky jewelry. Rings, necklaces, pierced ear rings, bracelets, to rings and anklets. Silver, gold, copper and pewter tones. I do prefer silver and love moonstones. Doesn't have to be real. I can have more if it's not "fine" jewelry.

Thrift stores and treasure hunting (bargain hunting) Garage sales if I can get up early enough.

Dreams and new ideas

Anything handmade by you

I like exploring old graveyards but more for the history of them than scarry stuff. Not going there at night.

I like Civil War history and have walked the battlefield at Vicksburg, following the progress of the battle from both sides.

People who create and people who share. Kind people, people who have an open mind and do not judge. I have met so many great people here. Yippee.

Chocolate, coffee not tea. Must have Hazelnut creamer.

DISLIKES

I don't really care for this category but I do understand the reasons for it. So here goes: I don't like cold weather or cold people, narrow minded people and people who judge. Please don't talk about religion or politics to me. So much ugly in the world and I am a believer in The Golden Rule.

Now that I have been swapping I do see the reason for this category although I know that some don't read our profiles.

Please no baby, kid's childish, wedding, Disney, cute-sie, religious and advertising items. No Kawaii. No Hello Kitty please.

Flakers

@nosboh99 for Non Winning Lotter Ticket ATC. She was also the host.

Private swaps

I am happy to do private swaps and would welcome any suggestions as to what you would like to swap with me. I am especially happy to swap Mail Art and spirit/goddess dolls. I also make button fairies. Anyone who would like Florida postcards, I can get those for you.

Ratings

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Comment: Hi Bonnie :-) . . . . I received your postcard yesterday, and since you didn't say what swap it was for I didn't have a clue. But today I figured it out when I got a "Rating Reminder" email for the October Sender's Choice PC swap. When I looked at it then I saw that you were my sending partner. . . . . . I think your character drawing is really cute. Does she have a story to tell? You could draw single panel or multiple panel comic-style drawings for her, sorta like Maxine. . . . . . . I hope your recovery continues and you feel better and better every day.
Response: Thank you for rating and the heart. I really like some of the ideas you suggested. So far I never do the same character twice. I'm going to give this some serious thought
GinaVisione rated for CC: September Sender's Choice PC on Sep 27, 2018
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Comment: BJ! What a fun bunch of friends to receive in the mail from you. They all look healthy and happy and seemed to have enjoyed their trip to CA. :D
Response: Glad you like my friends. I love drawing them. Thanks for the 5 rating and the heart
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Comment: Thank you so much! I hope that everything is going well for you and I will be keeping you in my thoughts
Response: Thank you for rating and the heart,
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Comment: Great postcard! I love the background and the mushrooms are so cute :)
Response: Awe, you make me blush. Thank you for your rating and for the heart
luleemik rated for Spirit Dolls on Aug 5, 2018
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Comment: Oh, Bonnie---she is just perfect! I live in the "Valley of the Sun" so the theme you used is so appropriate! Thank you for sharing your art with me and sending an outstanding doll!!
Response: I am so happy you like her. She is a bright and happy doll. Thank you for rating so quickly and for the heart.
wolfeagle rated for Animorph Creations on Aug 3, 2018
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Comment: Thank you s much for your fun animal creation.
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for the quick rate and the heart,
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Comment: Great PC! Thanks!!
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for rating and the heart
kclicquot rated for Black and White Mail Art on Jul 24, 2018
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Comment: That's a great picture!!!! Thank you!!!!!
Response: Thank you! I am so happy that you like it. Thank you for the fast rating and for the heart.
georgiafae rated for CC: July Sender's Choice Postcard on Jul 21, 2018
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Comment: I love this postcard! This is my favorite style of making cart so I love this group too! Such fun color combination-love the teal of course. And a kitty and a puppy-just makes you want to smile or dance like the cute little girl in the yellow raincoat is doing! Thanks for sharing and it was great to swap with you again!
Response: I think you just made my day. So glad you liked it. Me too of course. Also one of my favorite ways to make art. I like the anything goes kind of art, no wrong, no right, just lots of fun and bright colors. If you would ever like to do some private swaps let me know. Thanks for the rating and the heart
shinyserra rated for Make Something Artsy/Craftsy on Jul 20, 2018
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Comment: This is so beautiful! The necklace and the canvas are so awesome. I love the "I believe in angels" theme. Thank you so much.
Response: I am so happy that you like the canvas. It was not what I had thought to make but with your recent loss I knew what I should do. Thank you for your kind words, the rating and the heart.
Arhel rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard-July on Jul 18, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card! :)
Response: You are welcome, thank you for rating so quickly and for the heart.
Dasha rated for HMPC: Put a "Flower" on it on Jul 9, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for a PC. It arrived a bit torn at one edge, probably because it doesn't have straight edges, I think making more perfect rectangle may help next time to prevent any machine damages. And the pc would look prettier that way also.
Response: Thank you for rating
rmrascal rated for WIYM July stocking stuffer USA on Jul 5, 2018
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Comment: Just received yourstocking stuffer. thank you so much
SusanSpooky rated for Bird Mini Lucky Parcel on Jul 5, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely bird LP. I am so sorry I rated late- I ended up moving out of state on a whim and I have not gotten on swap-bot in many weeks.
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Comment: Victorian Splender! And how incredibly sweet of you to use my favorite color! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Beautiful!
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Comment: i like the glitter effect - thanks!
Response: So glad you like it. That's what we get when we play around with our supplies. I should do that more often. Thank you for rating for the heart
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Comment: Thanks for this great PC! I love the elements you used! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
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Comment: I just got back from a week & a half in the Keys and in my huge stack of awaiting mail was not 1, but 2 PCs from you! Thanks for the Olde Fish card. I had to laugh because obviously we use some of the same sources for our images. I've used that same grouper-like fish myself! Thanks for the RAK too. More on that on your profile page.
Response: Week and a half in the Keys! I am very jealous. Thanks for the heart rating and you kind words. These postcard swaps are so much fun
penelopesamuel rated for TPS: Mail Art - May 2018 on Jun 11, 2018
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Comment: Wow, Bonnie! What a beautiful postcard and quote :) Thank you so much. I absolutely love it! Her pieced hair is gorgeous -- I definitely have to try that technique sometime :) I am ready for summer and long warm days to art, garden, and kayak.
Response: Thank you for your wonderful comments. Wow, you make me feel like you really, really like it. Makes my heart happy
karategirl46 rated for Handmade Postcard on Jun 8, 2018
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Comment: The postcard you sent is beautiful! I love it so much. Thank you!
Response: Thank you for your kind words.

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Comments

MsRose on Nov 18, 2018:

Sending you a hug friend Xoxoxo 💜☮️🐶🌈😇🦄🌸 Cher

tcornell on Nov 16, 2018:

happyFall

anrtist on Nov 14, 2018:


Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Blessings, cc

jukejan on Nov 9, 2018:

Hey pal, wanted to give you a hug today. Thinking about you. Did you laugh about my crazy assed pc?

bbsporty on Nov 2, 2018:

Just dropping by to let you know that you are in my prayers! ❤️❤️❤️

CurlyTea on Oct 31, 2018:


Happy Halloween!

luckycharms on Oct 23, 2018:

You

tcornell on Oct 19, 2018:

hello

tcornell on Sep 21, 2018:

I wanted to stop by and let you know that you are on my mind. I will continue to pray for you and thank you for updating us on your profile. xo Tracy

MsRose on Sep 16, 2018:

💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 Thinking of you my friend , now and always 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 Cher

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