Thursday, February 25, 2010

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

This card is for my new neighbor, Colleen. The house is a Hambo digital image.  The ability to flip them is one of the advantages of digital images. 

I'm not really happy with the coloring on this one, and I'm not sure why.  I'm not even sure why I'm showing it to you, because I don't think it's finished. I must be thinking aloud again. 

Anyway, I printed the images on Kraft card stock and then colored every single centimeter so I'm wondering why I even bothered to print it on Kraft.  I'm going to look at it for a couple more days and maybe even start over.  I'll let you know if I do anything different. 
In the meantime I've gotten a couple new images to color.  Still working on them. : ) Let's see if you recognize this kid. First click >here<..  and then scroll all the way down to the bottom.  Wee Henry not only has a "sister" Wee Henrietta, but he has a friend, Wee Mitch! I can't wait to color him. I've been working on the Wee Henrietta bookworm today... but I think my coloring mojo is asleep. If you happen to read this in the next half hour, today's Hambo digi special on  is Wee Henrietta... She's only 1.50.  Check their site each Thursday for a wonderful deal. 

So let me update you on the stuff going on in my life. 

Grandma is at home with a back brace.  She's doing well. My mother was with her for several weeks, and now my sister is hanging out there for a few days.  

I have tennis elbow thanks to my vigorous exercising with weights. I should've known I'd be the one to hurt myself. LOL  My elbow isn't actually hurting right this minute because of the wonderful steroids I'm on because I have is a nodule on the vocal chord or vocal fold.  Remember how I said I couldn't speak last time?  I finally went to the Dr and now I'm not supposed to talk for 3 weeks! Based on when/how it happened, I think it was caused by all the violent coughing I did when I was sick. I'm already susceptible to injuring the vocal folds because of the Laryngopharyngeal Reflux.  You might remember, if you knew me back in 2004, that I've been on this road before and I'm praying that the drugs and vocal rest and maybe speech therapy will help like it did before.  Then again, I learned so much last time I went to speech therapy, I may just do all my exercises once he clears me to start. The good news is, I'll probably actually accumulate some roll-over minutes on my cell phone instead of using them for the next couple of months. Ha Ha! 
So to bed I go! I hope your days are blessed with joy! As you know choosing joy is my motto.  I stand by it even with all that is going on in my life.  I may not be able to control my circumstances, but I can choose how I deal with it. 
Where does this attitude come from? 

 7 I will  praise the LORD, who counsels me;
       even at night my heart instructs me.
 8 I have set the LORD always before me.
       Because he is at my right hand,
       I will not be shaken.
 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
       my body also will rest secure,
 10 because you will not abandon me to the grave,
       nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
 11 You have made known to me the path of life;
       you will fill me with joy in your presence,
       with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

from Psalm 16.

Talk to you soon (hopefully)!! Choosing Joy! Jacki : ) 

BTW, I'm changing my professional name to Jacki Marie.  Just warning you in case you see it somewhere. : )


Donna (Mrs. C on GW) said...

Hey there! I have the same condition, but no nodules at this point. I missed 2 weeks of work almost 2 years ago and had to do months of voice therapy. I discovered some natural treatments that helped more than the drugs did. If you are interested, email me and I will see if I can find a copy of the regimen my doctor approved and that worked for me. So sorry you are going through this. People don't really understand how bad it can be. I have an endoscopy done every 3 years to be sure I don't have Barretts or cancer beginning due to this. It runs in my family. You are in my prayers.

stampmiser said...

Well, hello, Jacki Marie!! I'll have to be on the look-out for you. :)
Let's see...I will pray for you & keep praying for your Grandma. Sorry about the voice & nodules. Isn't it a blessing that we now have IM'ing, texting & email so that you aren't cut-off from the world!
On this card, I think the coloring matches the stamps. They are not really "formal" images. The only thing is maybe darken the bushes a bit to make them stand out from the grass? That's all I can see to improve it. Wish I were somewhere where I could see grass... *sigh*

seamom said...

3 weeks - no talking! But as stampmiser said, these days we have so many other ways to communicate! Praise God for that!
The card... it looks like a night scene. I am partial to lots of light, especially the Son and His created sun.
OK. I had you on my prayer list for the big "M". You are on it again. Thanks for the update on your Grandma.