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My New Medical Saga

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in About me, My heart journey | 43 comments

In March this year I had my one year checkup for my heart surgery. I was so looking forward to getting the stamp of approval from my cardiologist (I still have a  hard time saying that) and moving on from the drama of the medical world. That week I had many expensive tests which were all evaluated and sent to my doctor’s office. Then it was my turn to head in there and get the results. I am in the office, in my little assigned room waiting. The PA comes in, her name is Kim and she is brilliant. She starts out telling me how great my...

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My Memorial

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in My Heroes and Sheros | 32 comments

My Memorial

Today is Memorial Day, and I have someone to remember, as I have every year since 2009. His name is Roger Cobb Hallberg, and his name was on the POW bracelet I wore as a teenager. While I was dating and going to Disneyland, he was fighting, and then disappearing, in the jungle maze of Vietnam. A brave young newlywed just vanished. For years I waited and watched lists of returning vets to see his name. Twice I have visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. At the long black wall I find his name and see his status. MIA. He is one of...

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Winner

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Juliette Morris Williams is the winner from last month!!! Congratulations Juliette! I am still not back, things went way, way south with my annual checkup for the heart thing and I have entered a whole new level of medical hell. As soon as I can I will share this with you, just do not feel up to it quite yet. xooxoxoox Jill

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A Turn of Events

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Hello all my lovelies. My year end exam did not turn out as we had hoped. I am not ready to share this new story but will when I feel up to it. So, this month I need some time away from cyber space and will skip the giveaway on the 16th of this month. On that day I will announce the winner of the last blog post instead. Love to all of you. Thank you for all your support. xooxox Jill

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A Year Ago, Today. Or “How to Tend to a Sick Artist”

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Giveaway!, Gratitude, Sweet 16 | 75 comments

A Year Ago, Today. Or “How to Tend to a Sick Artist”

Last March 3 I endured a nine hour open heart surgery that was a big whopper of a surprise to everyone in my life. I had a 9cm aneurysm in the ascending aorta of my heart, and there was no other way to keep me alive. Two funny people we know died of this exact same situation: Lucille Ball and John Ritter. I like to think its somehow a comic’s condition. I love Mark Twain and remember reading “The Innocents Abroad” the year I lived in Florence, Italy. He made lists in that book, measurements and tallies that illustrated his...

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Sweet February

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Giveaway!, Sweet 16 | 44 comments

Sweet February

Well it is that time again, for me to giveaway goodies to celebrate all of you out there. This month I am fixating on Gypsies. When I lived in Florence, Italy, there was a large group of Gypsies (that is what we were told they were called, forgive me if I am incorrect) who were in throngs around the center of the city. Tiny colorfully dressed girls that wore aprons had kittens on leashes and would play accordions for money. I was intrigued, as I am with nomadic peoples of all kinds. And a gypsy wagon, well, who does not want to head off into...

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Mother Nature as Medicine

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Mother Nature as Medicine

I have struggled a great deal in the last year and have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to feel better, both mentally and physically. Fortunately for me I have opportunities to see and experience a lot of Mother’s Natures’ greatest works, and that, to so many of us, is huge medicine. Sometimes I get stopped in my tracks by the beauty painted in the sky, along the road or even in my back yard. Then I breathe it in, all the colors, textures and intense perfection and I step forward. One dark and foreboding day I feeling...

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JANUARY Sweet 16 Winner

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Sweet 16 | 2 comments

JANUARY Sweet 16 Winner

Our random choosers picked SANDY DAWKINS!!! I am sending her the butterfly card personalized to her, and this metal sculptured journal from Mexico with the butterfly on the front. Years ago I made an artists’ book about butterflies. The Denver Public Library now has it in their collection. I will tell you that story soon, suffice it to say butterflies are meaningful for me. In Japan they can symbolize the soul. The butterfly also symbolizes transformation. The weather this week was transformative. We had a record-breaking snow day on...

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Sweet January

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Giveaway!, Sweet 16 | 30 comments

Sweet January

Hello all, finally! Despite my best efforts I could not post here on January 16th as promised, as a chain of events including the disappearance of this blog got in my way. However, persistence is my middle name and here we are!!! This month I am offering a journal page, a card pattern and a project idea. I will also send my project to one of those of you who leave a comment and you get two chances if you share, another if you sign up for my newsletter which goes out a few times a year. I have been out of the loop for a while and intend to...

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Introducing “Sweet “16”

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in About me, Giveaway!, Gratitude | 25 comments

Introducing “Sweet “16”

I am going to give away stuff here on my blog on the 16th of the month for the whole year of 2016. Here’s Why: On March 3, 2015 I had open-heart surgery to repair an aneurysm I had no idea I had. The week before I stood in my kitchen and told my husband something was very wrong with me. I felt off, my “electrical” system felt jumpy and I had a deep cough. I made back-to-back appointments with my allergist and my primary care physician. Within an hour of the last appointment, I was Life-Flighted to a cardiac ICU. I spent five days there before...

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