First of all, I have a TON of messages to catch up on, I'll be doing that slowly over the next bit. Thank you for all of the birthday wishes! Sorry that I wasn't around to say that earlier, I'll try to get those replied to. ^_^ Turned 40.. ugh.Sorry for vanishing on people for awhile
, I've had a strange series of annoying to life-threatening things happen in short bursts over the last year and it's kinda pulled me away from both being online frequently and my art.
I may go into more detail later, but in a nutshell nearly everything important around the house randomly broke - hot water heater, the van... twice, and four... yes... FOUR computers. It kinda left us, well, we're already typically poor as dirt, so I'm not sure how to describe 'poorer then dirt'. Anyhow, kinda had to skip Yule/Christmas presents this year... but no biggie, we've done that times in the past and had a simple holiday. (My mother and a few very thoughtful friends sent us some holiday presents/packages, which was so very sweet.)
As a side note, it seems like nearly everybody I know online seems to be having computers breaking left, right and center. I have a theory about gremlins rising up... well not really, but I like to joke about it.
I've also gone through not just one, but TWO medical diagnoses that kinda kicked me in the gut. For one, I had skin CANCER!
Geeze, seriously, skin cancer right on my scalp. They had to shave off hair on the top part of my head for the biopsy, then months later after that healed they had to take off more hair and a toonie size of skin (a silver dollar for you non-Canadians) and 5 stitches. Thankfully, months later, the news came in that they got it all... cancer free again
. ^_^ I'm so, so happy that it was caught early. Right now I have this odd, poof of curls on top of my head that I keep trying to hide under my dreads. I should be able to crochet that back into my dreads again soon. BTW, my dreads are now down just past my butt, I have to watch it when I sit down so I don't pull my hair.
The other medical diagnosis, well it's not something I really want to get into publicly (maybe telling only a few close friends), it's more mental and that I seriously need to avoid stress nowadays. I mentioned it once before in a journal of the horrible things that have happened over the last few years in our family, and it's just gotten worse. So my stress level is pretty high nearly all the time already due to it and has caused a lot of problems for me since I'm having trouble dealing with it.. and well, mostly it's only people with money who get therapy. -_-
(Previous post about it... Justice is just a word
Just add in that since the prime witness, my father-in-law died, the firm dropped the lawsuit, those who killed my mother-in-law are getting away with murder, and we're being threatened to sign a paper saying that they've committed no crime or we have to pay over 100K in legal bills. >.< But as I said before, poorer then dirt, so they can't really take much from us. O.o We're kinda getting monthly threatening letters about it, but we would rather lose everything then officially say that these people did nothing wrong. When you're poor the richest thing in your life is love from your family, and they took that away from us.
Hmm, I wound up getting more ranty and going on a down note then intended... sorry about that.
Some happier things now!
getting back into my art. I've barely drawn for the last year, save for some small sketches on the sides of character sheets, but I've recently scanned them. I'm practicing nearly daily again, and my husband really pressed on me to mostly step back from our adoptable to avoid stress triggers.. so I'm to focus on my own creativity and art for a time. ^_^
My cintiq works on my replacement laptop, which is nice. (I still need to save for a new hard drive for my desktop that broke nearly a year ago.)
My skills have dropped a little bit again, but I think that I'm catching up nicely. ^_^So look forward to...
- some sketchy/practice drawings while I catch up on my skills again
- two years of small character sketches from my WoD character sheet books
- 12 sphinx pictures (I did a year of one birthstone themed sphinx a month, interrupted part way through due to no computers to work on, but finally done.)
- hopefully being online more often
- Flight Rising versions of my dragon characters being drawn
There should be a BIG boost of uploads for awhile from my couple years of traditional art I needed to scan.
So, life kinda sucked for a year, but it's picking up. I'm cancer free, I have a computer to work on, and another diagnosis that I've learned to adjust my life to deal with, which has really really helped so many things in my life.