Wednesday, July 28, 2010


My mother had a transient ischemic attack a week ago. Let me add that she is back to her same self now. She went to the hospital after a visit to the nurse practitioner after I told her I wasn't comfortable with her just "keeping an eye on things" after her foot and leg were numb... and her arm being a little numb later, but probably just "asleep", and she had been unusually tired recently,  oh, and had had some pain in her neck.  All of this came out, one symptom at a time over 24 hours. See how the day went?

Over night stay turned into two more days of tests in the hospital, the day they were going to release her, she really felt worse, so a quick look at her heart, blood pressure and that cholesterol that was too high. Mom has a great way of explaining things away. She was on a floor where almost all of the patients had monitors on the bed and ALL were connected to heart monitors.

Friday, she had a revelation, something that was truly new to her........
She was "old"! She was on the "old person" floor in the hospital and was herself.... old! She really hadn't realized it.

I'm really glad that she has viewed herself these almost 82 years as "young". And truly, she has been by most means of measuring. She lives in her own home, cuts her grass, goes to the gym twice a week, drives to Florida if she chooses and leads an active social life.

I'm hoping that the new medications, and a few tweaks to her lifestyle won't change her attitude and that she won't view herself as "old", but perhaps treat herself with kindness and permission to just "be" every now and again.

Appreciating the good health my mother has had all of these years, and mindful of the truth that you really are only as old as you feel. Most days she has rarely felt a day over 60. Isn't that great?

Friday, July 2, 2010


The Sketchbook Project: 2011
This is my 20th post, so I'm not averaging one a week, but still feel overall more mindful. That was my plan.
I'm excited about participating in The Sketchbook Project. I like creating and give a lot of art away, but I usually get art in return, this time-not so much. My little sketch book, who's theme is "This is not a sketchbook" will be traveling around the country, oh, and I just this minute realized it will be in Seattle! Hummm, wouldn't it be fun to see it with Amy and Rachel at Form/Space Atelier?
I also considered the themes; "in flight" and "and then there was none". What theme would have caught your eye?
I wonder what muse will come my way for this little project? I can't wait.
Mindful that creating anything from the blankness of a white page is truly awesome and of the fact that everyone is an artist and creator in some way.
I bet there is a little piece of blankness somewhere just waiting for your offering, maybe an empty bowl that needs your wonderful food, a patch of dirt just waiting to become a garden, a house just waiting to become a home.