Spring must be in the air as on Facebook and several blogs I visited early last week mentioned cleaning the studio...I too have been cleaning and packing and throwing things away. Somewhere around the end of January I had a long talk with an artist that I have known and admired over many years. She told me how she had removed things from her studio that were no longer a part of the path she was taking. Although I had already started cleaning things out, I got serious about it and removed the things that were no longer a part of the plan and goals I have set for myself. WOW, at the stuff a mixed media artist collects! I know we think...I can use that or I will use that....and now as I have gone through all the drawers, baskets, suitcases and other things I use to hold all these "collections"...I caught myself saying what was I thinking when I saved this, bought that, kept this, and etc.
I have now taken and completed yet another step towards removing stress and it feels good. This same art friend reminded me, nothing is more important than taking care of myself and I am headed in the right direction.
I just found out I had a reason besides the ulcers to have very little energy and get-up-and-go. Additional lab work showed I am severely deficient in iron, vitamin D and lots of other goodies that make our bodies function. BINGO....we now know why the ulcers were not healing....the nutrients were not being absorbed by my body thanks to the ulcers and the ulcers were not healing thanks to the lack of nutrients. Now that I am on mega doses of pharmaceutical grade supplements I am already starting to feel better.
I have been so distracted this past week, I forgot to schedule my "Nature Notes" blog posts and one of my readers emailed to asked about them. She was worried I had decided not to continue them or that I had gotten worse as she has been very good to drop me a note to see how I was doing. So I decided to catch up and do all of February in one post. Each image can be clicked to enlarge for better viewing.
It has taken me two days to complete this post....things kept coming up and I would hit save in draft and pop back in as time permitted. Well a couple trips to the beach also slowed me down! My doctor knows I enjoy going to the beach, so he said every few days I need to do that or take a nap to rest and let my body heal. Well you won't find this girl napping....I told him naps are for babies and old people and I am not even close to being either. He agreed and said he would see me at the beach!
See you next month.....