Date Joined: January 22, 2016
Last Online: December 17, 2018
Birthday: October 26
Country: United States
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Dear SB Friends...
On 9/30/18 I had a stroke which left me with a very weak L hand. More specifically I have no pincher grasp. I would very much appreciate your thoughts and prayers as I work diligently to regain use through both PT and OT. Also, my carotid artery is completely blocked. 100%. My body made it's own way to bypass blood flow over an extended period of time. I believe that my neurologist will schedule surgery within a month - 6 weeks from today (10/18). I will update as I know more. Thanks for being such a loving community!
Also, I passed every stroke test while having the stroke... please be aware that signs are often different for women. If you're in doubt... call 911!
Some things to know about me...
I reuse packaging. If I'm sending you a bubble mailer chances are high that it's traveled before! I encourage you to do the same, at least if you are sending something to me.
I repurpose, reuse, recycle, upcycle... whatever you want to call it... I call it doing my part to keep stuff out of the garbage and subsequently the landfills!
I love reuse centers. The one in NJ closed and that's sad for me but you may have more luck...
Some other things important to me...
My love for dogs is something that partly defines me. From puppies to senior dogs, they all have my heart! I am a peaceful, soulful person that adores treating strangers to a cup of coffee! If I'm at a coffee house I many times will just pay for the person in front of me!
My taste in music is quite eclectic! I can listen to my husband play the acoustic guitar all night! We enjoy music from the Woodstock era to Natalie Merchant. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Eagles, Pink Floyd, Buddy Guy, Box Scaggs, Van Morrison.... my husband and I met through our love of the Grateful Dead
As I get older I seem to be reading more non fiction than fiction. I enjoy reading the Dali Lama as well as James Patterson. We both loved the Harry Potter series and have read it several times. We enjoy literature for young adults as well...and of course I'm passionate about children's literature
We go back and forth between obsessively binge watching shows on Netflix, documentaries and various cable TV shows. We have always maintained a "Movie List" and catch up watching movies when we can.
Cooking shows, DIY shows, DWTS or The Incredible Dr. Pol... loving the new show "Little Big Shots" is that the name?? Adorable! We loved The Sopranos and have the boxed set which we enjoy every now and then. Call the Midwife is another show I love to watch. I generally have these shows on while doing something else so I never actually watch an entire show.
Paper crafting to include paper piecing and rubber stamp/ embossing, are just some of the things I enjoy. I recently learned to draw Mandalas and I'm hooked... I just learned to Zentangle and really like using a fountain pen to do it. I also crochet and enjoy loom knitting. I use an AIO loom as I prefer the smaller gauge. At some point in 2017 I would like to weave on one of my larger looms. I also paint with watercolors, enjoy sketching and block cutting. It's printmaking that is my true passion! I just got my second "gelli plate" but also use glass to achieve a slightly different effect. I have become very fond of deli paper and print a lot of it to use for backgrounds. I'm always happy to share sheets of printed deli paper... let me know!
Before my Mom passed away she insisted on buying me a sewing machine which is an unsophisticated computerized Singer machine. I hope to overcome my "fear" of running this machine. II know HOW to sew. But, I have a difficult time running a machine. Especially when straight lines are called for. I've spent my life coloring outside of the lines and avoiding straight lines... oh geez. We'll see how it goes! My goal is to have this machine out of the box, threaded with a bobbin too and ready to go by AUgust 2017. I only want to use it for crafting but am still intimidated.
While I have crafted all my life and learned to use different art mediums it's not always been as a means to an end. I enjoy just experimenting with mediums. No expectations. I am a firm believer that children should have large pieces of blank paper or newspaper rather than coloring books. I do not enjoy coloring for adults either but understand how it's a comforting, relaxing activity for some people. My definite project for 2018 is to make and bind my own art journal. I'm determined to learn this skill!
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