Thursday, April 10, 2014

I need a little help.....and a raffle...

I need a bit of help. Those of you that have known a while..friends, blogie friends, folks who know me for a very long time..most of you know asking for help is hard for me. Cancer tends to change that. I find myself gratefully all be with a little difficulty accepting help, meals and visits from amazing has been a huge blessing for me and well…one of those lessons I had to learn.  So today I am asking..

The added two weeks of heavy duty chemo has thrown off my schedule all the way around. But hardest hit was my financial plan. It put off going back to work part time for several weeks and thus the first paycheck nearly a month. So my sister and I were throwing around ideas about this..I know lots of folks put donation buttons on their blogs when they get into difficult spots like this. I guess I just wanted to offer something back. So this is what we decided. I am going to do a couple of raffles. I have several of my original art pieces... ones that I have especially liked over the years. I would like to offer them up as thank you. Larger ones not the little baseball card size ones. Full pieces of work. Although I might add an extra ACEOl treat at the end.

So here is the deal…for every $5.00 you donate to help me keep my apartment, car and phone running and food on the table for my kids..I will add your name to the pot for the piece being offered. Share it on your Facebook page and I will add your name again. The raffle will run ten days and at the end my sister Barb will draw a number out of her hat and I will send the piece of artwork off to a lucky includedJ
So here is the first raffle of the springy piece above..starting right now..and ending April 20th at 4pm Pacific time..
1. for each $5.00 you donate your name will be added in the hat..if you share on your facebook page I will add it another time (please let me know if your link does not show up on my FB page..add a note here:)
2. International is fine and I will cover shipping costs:)
3. The donate button is on the right hand side of my blog at the top.

Although this is hard for me to do..please know that it means the world to me that you are here and supporting me. If you can and want to help…that means the world to me too. Hugs all

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Plot Twist...Going Pink...

You know that moment in movies when the doctor calls and says “Your results are in but you need to come in and talk to me.”? Yeah that moment…it really is just like in the movies! Everything kinda choke on your own heart and then you sob for a bit. As I walked into the doctor’s office…the receptionist says to me…”Sarah I am so very sorry!”…OMG! Yuppers…just like the movies! PLOT TWIST…you have breast cancer! There it is…the big C. I said it…and well I am gonna beat it. Strong words from someone who feels a bit small and scared at the moment..but I have a wonderful cast of folks to help me be brave. Jim has been beside me from the beginning of this two months.  To be honest, I am not sure if I could have gotten through this without him. There is no doubt his love has gotten me through this and continues to do so. He is my rock. Kate has stepped in to make sure I am covered at work and covered with hugs. My sisters were right there to give strength, love and advice. My daughter Hanna ever confident and unwavering in her belief I will be fine.  Fox and Nonni...there for me on my down chemo days! Thankfully due to new drugs..have been few. Not to mention those who have already stepped in to send their love, prayers and healing my way. Amazingly blessed..I am.
I have had my Lumpectomy and lymph nodes removed on the..margins and all lymph nodes were blessedly clear!  I have been on a whirlwind of doctor's appointments and procedures ever since. I am now partway through my chemo...not fun..but will make sure I am clear of any stray cancer cells. I have posted quick posts of Facebook and many of you may have already been aware of my new battle...but I know many here don't FB..and you are important to I am going to try and be consistently posting here.

So please keep me in your prayers as I go through this battle. Thank you and hugs all!

Monday, July 15, 2013

A New Job...Whoot!

Its funny how thing happen. I have been applying for jobs all over the area for a couple months now.. just waiting. Sometimes you get a message back..sometimes nothing. But in general it has been my experience that the online applications make getting a job even more difficult.
I am old fashioned I guess. I think seeing someone in person is a good way to get a good idea about them as potential employee. Being older and female..the whole online thing does not work in my favor. Soooooo.....
When I got a call from my darling daughter Kate..who works downtown at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill..saying..we need a hostess now..want the job? Uhmmm.. YES please!
So I started out part time. Now years ago a hostess just seated folks and took money. Well..this is a bit different much to my delight! I have some other things to do also and I really enjoy it! So two weeks in they have offered me full time hours. Whoot happy dance.
Ok gentle happy dance cause what I need is one of these! Yes please. Sore tootsies! So...a bit of a regroup in summer plans..but to be completely honest..I am THRILLED to be working. I like the folks and well..shhhh but it is kinda fun to be out of the house a bit!
But today and tomorrow I am off and I think we need to go jump in the lake!
Happy Monday all!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Summer Plans...

I know two post in one week!! Whoot! I miss blogging! Am so happy to be done with the semester and moving on to new stuff!! Whoo hoo!
So summer plans...
I have not had time for my camera...I have missed it and my Muse is not happy with me! So lotsa photography this summer! Lots of new macro shots and happy kiddos!

This made me smile..cause I am a serious geek girl! My name in Krytonian! What movie am I looking forward too this summer? Man of Steel!!! Can hardly wait for this one!!

Crafty project...a delightful terrarium please! My wonderful sisters sent me an arrangement of stunning flowers for my graduation..yup..sobbed like crazy! I was so touched! So I have been looking for bitsy things to create a little world in a jar!!
What am I itching to do?? I can hardly wait! Open water swimming! Last summer, quite by accident..I discovered open water swimming. Who knew this was a sport!!!?? Last summer I dropped 25 lbs and ready for the next 20 lbs to be gone! I am by nature a bit competitive..I know..but it is true..I am. I have missed competing. Not that I am fast or amazing at it. But I LOVE it! I hope that this year I will pick up the pace a bit..go a little farther each day. Seriously found this good for my soul! Now....the lake just has to warm up!!!

Knit socks....I WILL learn to knit socks this summer! Before the cold season is upon us again..I will have mastered this one. Driven girl...just sayin' ;)

Of course I will be doing more of this..always am doing this. Calms my soul and feeds my spirit. your turn...what is on your plate for summer?? I would love to hear:)
Namaste all!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Didn't Think I Would Get Here...ahhh Summer!

Ahhhh Summer! It has been a VERY long year! The last two semesters have been rough. I think my brain still hurts! But I did it..and I am proud! I don't think my head is out of the daily grind of classwork though..that may take a few more weeks!
WHOOT to summer!!
But over all it has been a really wonderful year.. despite working my tail off LOL!
What new you ask?
Well...I have a book cover on Amazon..which I am STILL Happy Dancing about! It graces the cover of W.H. Carr's wonderful new romance novel! Fun summer e-book for your tablet! You can find it here!!!
I will be doing a couple fun trainings this summer...this one is first up on the block! A fun 4 hour intro to child development. Coffee and muffins..of course! :)  

Remember this piece? About a year back Warner Brothers purchased this one and two other for set decoration. The sitcom kinda fell off the radar for a little bit. But..I am really excited to share that it is on the ABC fall line up! Which art may be seen on national TV:) So kinda stoked about this one!
What show you ask?? Super Fun Night with Rebel Wilson!
Happy dance..who me?? Uhmmm YES!

But for now I am gonna play with my long neglected camera and create some art that I would like to see..cause my Muse is suffering from a serious caffeine high!
Happy June all!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Musing on Going Gray...or Grey...or Silver....

A week or so back I was at the store and grabbed a box of hair dye out of habit. I brought it home and there it sits on top of my bathroom dresser! I keep looking at it and thinking..ok got to do that today. Hmmmm...
I have dyed my hair for quiet a few years now..blond streaks now and again, red which I love and brunette more often than not. I found my first gray hair on my 30th birthday LOL!!  My mother did too..dye her hair. I remember my mother's was thin and so very soft. She hated her natural color. She had mousy brown with yellow-gray hair..she complained about it. Wished it had been a lovely silver. I spent many a wonderful afternoon doing her hair. I miss that! I miss her.  
Seriously though..I really do not mind being older.  Being in my 50s is kinda nice! Body changes have been a little tricky but over all a really wonderful thing! I have been blessed with a lack of nasty menopause symptoms. BLESSED! I am a pretty happy girl over all. So a few wrinkles really do not make me feel less attractive. I feel well like..good wine! Aged nicely with a good splash of wisdom and a dash of fruitiness.
So what am I going on about here...well..pride really I guess. I have been blessed with something my Mother was not.. delightfully silver hair! Now that I have had it for a couple decades LOL..I kinda like it. Ok, well I like it a little bit..I think! I have been toying with the idea of letting it grow out for a couple months and seeing what I think. Maybe I will love it...maybe I will hate it and feel frumpy. But I just might feel, well.. freed! What do ya think...would you..are you? What do you think? I would love to know!
Happy Saturday all :)