It has been an interesting last month or three, some good interesting, some bad interesting. I would first like to thank you all for your wonderful support and good wishes for my health thing. You have helped make this still ongoing journey less tedious.glitter-graphics.com
The latest is that my blood levels have started dropping again, just short of needing another blood transfusion and Upper GI scope. I've had to cut out coffee, alcohol (no big deal cause I hardly drink at all anymore), stress (
) and cigarettes (I know, I should have done it a long time ago). Also, I can't eat anything that's spicy, anything with tomatoes in it (tomatoes, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, etc), onions (!!), non-clear carbonated drinks (I have been drinking more vitamin water and ginger ale, but still - no Dr. Pepper). I'm thinking - now what do I eat? Looks like a fairly bland time for me until this gastritis thing clears up and my blood levels return to normal. It's going to be interesting to see what happens when I go back for another blood test in a month. Keep your collective fingers and toes crossed that it's starting to go up. I really don't want another transfusion. I'm still paying the hospital bills from the last one!
Other than that, things are OK. New kitty: We have a new kitten. Her name is Cammie because she looks like she's wearing camouflage. She's a tortoise shell and as cute as she can be, though she can be very feisty. We also call her "Dibble" because she's so tiny.
The only bad part is that our 12 yr old cat, Mr. Pooh, appears to have disappeared. My husband is quite distraught and wonders if bringing a new kitty into the family upset him so much he either ran off or had a heart attack (he's had a heart murmur since he was a kitten). The vet told us years ago that he would probably only live til he was 6, so he lived twice as long as he was supposed to, but it's still sad because we don't know what happened to him.
Work is going good. We had our Multicultural Festival in late March and I was one of the people on the organizing committee. I also designed a logo for it and the committee liked it so much they had T-shirts made with it and they were handed out to participants and attendees of the Festival. I was so tickled to have one of my designs on everybody's chest! It was quite a thrill.
Another good thing happened. I got a IFDD for It's 2010, Finally
I was so excited!! I'd never gotten one before. It really perked up my day. Thank you so much to whoever chose it. I sincerely appreciate it.
And, last but not least, here's the waaaaay overdue Features of some of my watchers. Such good artists, they deserve so much recognition.
. She's talented, helpful, sweet and a great asset to the fractal community. Check out her club
. Great stuff. She does great fractals, including wonderful hearts, photomanips, photography and other stuff, too. Here's just a small taste of her incredible work. Check out her gallery and give Brigitte some dA love.
. He has been a dedicated watcher and his fractals are getting really good. I always know it's his comment, because they always contain
! Check out his wonderfully colorful gallery. We share that aspect of our art. Lots and lots of colors!
Thirdly, I would like to feature someone we all know and love,
. What a guy! He is an amazing fractalist and has been an excellent help to me and the fractal community, in general. He always has thoughtful comments and is willing to share. You rock, TJ!!
Next, is a very nice lady,
, who is not a fractalist, but does some really lovely traditional art. She loves fractals and is trying to understand them (lots of luck, Martina!). I think she is contemplating giving fractals a try, so go over and give her some encouragement. With her sense of color and design, I think she would be a natural.
This next person is an incredible fractalist and a wonderful friend, giving comments freely and encouragement often:
. What about Bob? Great images, deep rich colors and a keen sense of form and design. I'm proud to call him my friend.
And, last but far from least, is the incomparable
! Always there to give feedback, words of support and encouragement and some really delicious fractals! You are really something, Gypsy. I can't thank you enough for your kind and thoughtful comments. You're a pussycat! Go check out the charming
and say Hi from me.
Well, that's all for now. I'm so happy I finally got the time to do the features I have been promising forever. Now, I need to start getting the thumbs together for the next one. And, yes, I will do more in the future.
Everyone, take care, and thank you so much for everything!!