jeudi 5 août 2010

New cards !

Yup, made new cards lately. I am in love with my Spellbinders nestabilities and have been combining them with my beloved Martha Stewart border punches ! Total pure fun ! I have been cruising blogs of cardmakers and have discovered some that I just love. I am finding that my card styles are either simple and graphic (similar to my scrapbooking) or shabby chic. Love adding laces, pearls, buttons, etc., all those 3-D stuff that I don't use in my scrapbooking pages because of the bulk but that are perfect details for cards !

I've been enjoying the beautiful landscaping around our new home : just so gorgeous ! Lots of different plants, shrubs, trees and flowers that the former owners surrounds our home. Actually they got professional designers to design their landscaping, design for which the company won an award. It's almost maintenance-free as with the in-ground irrigation system. When I'm seated on our backyard deck, I have the impression that I am into the forest. It's a small backyard, but so very well put-together. We have a corner lot, and lots of great big trees were not cut when the house was built in 1985 and they contribute to a beautiful feeling of being in nature. Makes me think of all the camping that my family did during my childhood.

Gotta go - hoping to come back today with help from DH to post some pictures here. I don't like having posts without photos. But I started blogging again - aiming to do it once a day, kind of my daily journal - and that IS a good thing ! :) Take care !

vendredi 30 juillet 2010

Summer News

Finally got a chance to update my blog. It's been a looooooooooooooong time, huh !

A great summer we're enjoying here in Canada ! I love the warmth and heat that we got so far this summer : they remind me of wonderful summers that I had when I was growing up. There was a heat wave for about a week but I revelled in it ... summer is about having hot weather for me. But keep in mind that we have air conditioned at home and in our car. I wouldn't rave as much about the heat if we didn't enjoy those commodities ! ;)
This past July, my family and I have spent quite a bit of time organizing our home - we hadn't had the time to do much in that department since our move back in last November. Specifically, we organized our two entry closets (one in the main entrance and the other one a much smaller one leading to the side of our home). It was SO great to finally get rid of our IKEA metal shelves unit that was in our main entrance since moving. Argh ! It was driving me nuts to see the packsacks, shoes, etc on those shelves all the time. Now everything has been stored in bins in the closets which now have an extra shelf each to accomodate everything. DH and DS did the painting and hammering of the new shelves while I figured out how and where to store everything that we decided to keep after doing a pile for donations. We still have more organizing to do this weekend. My aim is to have everything related to organizing and fixing stuff that are not working well, completed by the end of August.

But July is not all about work ! ;) My family and my nephew made a 3-day trip to Montréal which was quite enjoyable. We went to a beautiful nature site where we did some canoeing and I was so happy to be able to photograph at my leisure, for close to 45 minutes, a blue heron that was in the middle of the lake. WOW ! It was an awesome experience ! It was the highlight of our trip for me ! I could see its feathers and the articulations of his body really well ! I got some great shots which delighted me as I haven't had the time to do photography for the past year. We also spent half a day at Amazoo Water Park located in Granby's Zoo. It was a good hot day but not too hot, perfect for spending it in water ! :) I also went to a couple of scrapbook stores to purchase some Spellbinders' Nestabilities and a few sheets of PPs. It has been more than a year since I actually purchased some new PPs and scrap stuff for myself. The nestabilities dies are great in making cards - which is the only thing creative and artistic that I've been doing since January. I haven't scrapped - gasp - in about 2 years - life was too busy elsewhere, mainly my son's health.

DS's health, which was worrying me so much for the past 3 years, has improved considerably since last March. WHOO HOO ! :) Last January, we were told by DS' neuro-psychologist that his epilepsy meds were much too strong for him and that in her opinion, they were making him lethargic, drowsy. Her professionnal opinion connected right away with what I'd been telling DS' neurologist for the past 3 years : that DS was more and more sleepy because of the epilepsy meds, that everytime he was upping his meds, the drowsing was getting worse, he was taking naps several times a day, at home and at school - and his neurologist was answering me that it was impossible ! We immediately asked for a new neurologist. The new neurologist immediately weaned him from the med that was making him drowsy, and in about 3 weeks, he was looking more and more like the boy we had 3 years ago, very talkative, alert, interested, vibrant, ALIVE ! I call him the Sleeping Beauty who woke up after 3 years of sleeping. Now, he is being weaned from the 2nd med that his first neurologist had prescribed for him this past January, on top of the drowsiness-inducing med - this 2nd med was having DS stuttering and having difficulty putting words together to talk, and he was also separating words in syllabes - it was painful to hear him try to talk. And it was very scary as parents to witness further deterioration in our son. The power of meds ! :( Specially wrong meds !

But now, that is a thing of the past. Thank you God and thank you to DS' wonderful new neurologist and her wonderful nurse that are keeping regular contact with us as he is being weaned from this awful 2nd med. The weaning will be finished around mid-August and then it'll take about a month for his sytem to be totally rid of this med. DS will be having another EEG then. He's had 5 EEGs so far (plus an MRI) since January, the latest one was this past Wednesday - this time it was a 2.5 hours EEG with filming of him while he was sleeping. All EEGs were sleep-deprived - man, those are harder on the parents that on the kid ! LOL I'm still reeling from sleeping only 3 hours on Tuesday-Wednesday night !

The big lesson I learned in all of that epilepsy story was to trust even more my heart, my intuition and my intelligence in my life - looking back I should have asked, like I had though of, to consult a second neurologist 3 years ago when I was noting that DS was getting drowsy after 6 months on the first med (tegretol) and when seeing that his neurologist was disregarding my observations. I trusted the neurologist because he was a specialist but truthfully, we know our bodies and our kids much better than specialists ! Lesson painfullypainfully learned ! Now, I ask for second opinions right away when I'm not satisfied in any parts of my life !

DS has made amazing progress in his swimming lessons, especially since being weaned from the 1st med. He is taking private lessons so that his teacher takes the time that it takes to teach him different swimming techniques - DS's motor dyspraxia often requires for him to have the steps of physical activities split into more details in order for his brain and body to be able to do them and then he's a pro ! His swimming teacher also told us a couple of weeks ago that DS has perfected by himself over the years a professional way of swimming into place - I can't recall just now what the technique is called - but that technique takes a long time to master for professionals ! Go figure ! LOL Indeed, DH and I are so very proud of our son and his accomplishments, his efforts, his perseverance. It definitely hasn't been an easy road for him. I sometimes wonder how it was for him during the past 3 years to try to learn new academic-and other stuff through a thick cloud of drowsiness and then on top of that, with the med that was acting as a window against learning (the 2nd med he is now being weaned of). I am happy beyond words to see our boy from 3 years ago emerging, his true personality shining again ! Everyone has challenges in life and he has certainly has had his share - and I know that he will have more like everyone else, but for now, we're revelling in these positive changes in his life !

This is getting to be a long email - oops ! - and house chores are awaiting me so I'll leave you with my wish for you to have a great day filled with laughter and fun summer activities ! I'm planning on adding photos to this post later on today or tomorrow ! In the meantime, if you have great Spellbinders' Nestabilities blogs to share with me, ones that show what other artists are creating with nestabilies, or blogs of cardmakers, I would love it ! Cards are my creative thing right now ! Thank you ! Ciao !

dimanche 10 janvier 2010

Random bits.

Here are a few things in my life right now.

  1. I'm enjoying the somewhat snappy cold we're having right now.
  2. Regarding #1, I love my warm and comfy Mephisto boots.
  3. Speaking of footwear, I purchased a couple pairs of excellent quality shoes on Friday. Since moving in our new home, I'd been having pain in my knees and soles. I suspect that our home having wood floors throughout and the steep stairs to the second floor were the causes of that situation. I was wearing clogs up until Friday but I know that clogs, even from a great shoe manufacturer, definitely don't support the feet adequately. Slipping into my new comfy Clark shoes on Friday night made a great difference !
  4. I'm looking forward to curling up with a great book.
  5. I am enjoying my new perfume, Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds. A good photo op for Project 365 that I decided to do again this year. Putting down photos and journaling together on pages destined for a scrapbook album has an unknown date so far. LOL
  6. Food shopping to be done.
  7. I'm in the planning stages of my students' Valentine art projects ! Pure fun !
  8. More laundry to do today.
  9. Every morning I write lists of stuff to do during the day. The lists never get shorter and they always have too much stuff to do in one day.
  10. Doing a quick trip to Michael's this morning : Rafael has his eye on an helicopter to assemble that he'll be purchasing with some of his Christmas gift money.
Have a great day, everyone !

jeudi 7 janvier 2010

Already January 7th ???

Man, time is going fast ! It's almost the end of the first week of January, as well as the end of the first school week of the year. Yikes !

Well, I'd like to wish you all, belatedly (spelling ?) - well better late than never, right ? - a wonderful 2010 year filled with love, laughter, health, peace, simplicity, creativity and great new life experiences.

Here, life has been going on as busy if not more than the last six months of 2009. Appointments of all kinds (health, car, house, LD, professional, etc). One of those coming-up appointments is the orthodontist (i think it's called) or peridentist (really can't remember the specialty of the dentist as you can probably tell !) for our son. Some of his baby teeth have not fallen yet (he's almost 10 years old) so he needs to have his mouth checked by this specialist to see if those teeth needs to be removed asap.

I haven't had time yet to start scrapping again but I did spend some time during the holidays sorting through smaller scrap stuff. It feels sooooooooo good to sort and decide where to store everything in order for the creative process to be really easy and smooth once I get back into creating art.

At school, my art students are deep into snow .... huh I mean that they are cutting up wonderful snowflakes designs. If I remember, I'll bring my camera to school one of these days to take photographs of them. I actually want to do, like last year (although I stopped at the end of May) a photo-a-day project with journaling, to scrap one day. I gotta get into the habit of taking one photo a day again .....

We are enjoying our new home so much, especially being in a smaller home, very well designed (our previous home was very well designed also but bigger). Actually, I think that it's even more important that a smaller home be well designed because of the smallness of it.

We are also tremenduously enjoying the fact that we're all together in our finished basement when we are spending time with our hobbies : myself in my art section, DH just in front of me at his computer (and my computer just besides his) and DS sitting at his worktable (just on the right of DH's computer) reading or doing airplanes or helicopters models. All the while listening to great music ! So awesome ! I love it so much ! In our previous home, whenever we were doing our own thing, I would be upstairs in my art room, DH on the first floor in the family room at his computer and DS in the dining room (which we used as his toy room and the music room) playing with his toys or doing crafts.

Hope that you have a great end of the week ! Thanks for dropping by and leaving me a word or two ! ;)