Monday, September 27, 2010


I was really looking forward to my vacation. Friday, August 27 was my last workday and because of the Labor Day holiday on September 6, I wasn't due back to work until September 7. I decided to celebrate on Saturday morning August 28 by getting donuts. I walked out of the shop with a dozen assorted and four chocolate milks. Not realizing that there was a step down from the sidewalk to the parking lot, I stepped off into mid-air and landed on top of the donuts and chocolate milk. Luckily, we salvaged the donuts and 3 of the four milks. Unluckily my right ankle had a knot as big as a grade A extra large hen egg.

As I lay there moaning and crying like a tiny baby, one man glanced down at me and went on his merry way and drove off with his donuts. A nice lady who had just arrived for her appointment at the nail salon next to the donut shop and one of the employees at the nail salon and an unknown man helped me up. I couldn't put any weight on my right foot. The three of them helped me to my car and I was able to drive the short distance across the street to my home. When I got there, I realized there was no way I was going to make it up the stairs to my apartment. Just then my downstairs neighbor, a young boy, came out to walk his dog. I asked him to go upstairs and get my daughter, Katy who came down with my granddaughter, Zephyr and they took me to the ER where I got a temporary splint pending a visit with an orthopedic surgeon.

Well, my ankle was broken on both sizes of my leg and I had to go see a surgeon on Monday. We had to wait for all the swelling to go down and so I ended up having surgery on Thursday to put pins and a plate in there. I spent that night in the hospital, went home on Friday and spent the next week in bed on pain pills, only getting up to go to the bathroom with the help of a walker and my oldest daughter, Melissa.

I'm getting too tired to write more now but will continue later.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Recently, I started 100 1-card jams and asked people to add their art and contact info to the starter and send to another artist. The 4th artist is to send the completed card back to me and I make quality copies for all participants. I've sent out a ton of jams and round robins since 2002 and many have returned and many have not. I started this project on March 8, 2010.

They are pre-numbered to better track each jam to see exactly which ones come back and when. As of April 10th, 59 have been released into the wild.

If anyone out there is interested in receiving one of the 41 left and will commit to their best artwork , safe handling and re-releasing of the cards, email me ( with your contact info and I'll mail one out to you.

These are the first 4 to return.

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Friday, March 12, 2010



I recently entered a Birds atc swap at ART 42. This is one of the extras I drew and posted for trade on ATCsforALL. I used Prismacolor pencils. I love drawing birds and will post more as I complete them.

A few nights ago I was trying to get to sleep but it was just too hot so I opened my window. It was nice outside. In the morning I awoke to bird song and lay there listening and enjoying until my alarm went off and the work day started.

Since then, it's been too chilly to open the window at night.