What You Lookin’ At?

Passing Storm, Mingus Mountain. SMD © 2019
Passing Storm, Mingus Mountain. SMD © 2019

The news is out. Leslie Saeta has officially decided to stop hosting the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Or perhaps It’s just September that is canceled. Christiane Drieling told me, and I do not want to misquote. Christiane has the awesome idea of hosting an informal challenge on Facebook. Yay!

Are you interested? Do you know artists who have participated before, and might like to again? Please help us spread the word. I will post the link as soon as Christiane creates the page. Ginny Butcher has decided to participate as well. Let’s’ keep the momentum going!

If 30 is too much, how about doing one a week? If you have never participated before, you can click on the link above to see the outline Leslie used. (Maybe I shouldn’t be posting that.) And maybe we will change it up a little. Stay tuned 😉

Goodnight Mingus. SMD © 2019
Goodnight Mingus. SMD © 2019

More good news. I am doing MUCH better! I haven’t had any problems since my last post. Eleven days. Woo-Whoo! Very relieved about that.

I am able to sip slightly larger sips. And take ever so slightly larger bites. Still doing the chew, chew, chew. Making sure my soft foods are completely broken up before I swallow. And it is such a relief to be able to take in more water. I am still not hitting the 64 oz. mark. Inching closer. But I do not feel water-deprived anymore. Ahh.

Not sure I have mentioned it before, but I drink water consistently throughout the day. I have a 32 oz. bottle, and prior to surgery, I think I drank 5 or six of those a day. Now I can barely do one and a half. And my skin is missing it! So dry!

So good news all around! Getting the vitamins down much more easily, water and food. Whew! I think it may have been your encouraging words! Thank you all so much! You had me in tears 🙂

There is nothing better than a friend,
unless it is a friend with chocolate.
Linda Grayson

Couldn’t resist. Honestly, though, I am craving salad. Lettuce. A nice crunchy salad. Toast. Mmm, avocado toast with a poached egg. OK. I’m stopping.

Maybe I was hungry when I took the photo below, but I see a fish cloud. I messed up and cut off the tail. All the other photos I took came out blurry. (I was sitting at a red light.)

Do you see what I see? Ha-ha-ha.

Something fishy going on.  SMD © 2019
Something fishy going on. SMD © 2019

I will leave you with this little bird. I was standing at the window, checking out Mingus. And he flew up on the ledge and started checking things out too. The berries, and plants of course. I turned slowly and started taking pictures of him. For a long time, he did not notice. But then he saw me. And then he was gone.

What you lookin' at? SMD © 2019
What you lookin’ at? SMD © 2019

Oh, one more thing. I have finally decided what to use for my annual postcard. I will get them ordered, and have them mailed out hopefully by the middle of next month. I have had the stamps since before the surgery! Ha-ha-ha. 🙂

The site switch over is complete! Thank you, Randy, for all your hard work, in spite of a broken wrist! But I can see things are missing here. Hate that. So now I have work to do. As expected. Notice the empty bottom of this post. All the like and share buttons are missing, and the links to similar posts. I know why that happens now. Thanks to a Youtube video. Still, it is aggravating. So off to work I go. And I also hope to prep some pieces before the first. Fingers crossed.

See you in September!

8 thoughts on “What You Lookin’ At?

  1. Katie Jeanne Wood

    Sooo happy to know you’re doing so great, Sheila. You have bounced back quickly. It must have been hard not drinking water, especially as hot as it’s been. Glad that’s all behind you now. 🙂

    Oh, wow..I had completely forgotten about the 30/30 challenge. I haven’t done one in at least a couple years. Good luck, if you guys decide to do it. I’m not sure if I’ll be joining in..September is always a super busy month for me. I’ll have to think about it, but I will follow along to see what you create. 🙂

    1. Sheila Post author

      It was Katie, Whew! Thank you for the good thoughts 🙂
      I think every month is a busy month for you. Impressive and inspiring 🙂

  2. Katie Jeanne Wood

    YAY!! I clicked on the link in your comment, and I finally made it back to your site!! :))) It’s working again!! I sent you an email about Jetpack..it messed up my entire site, too.

    1. Sheila Post author

      I must be old. Everything looks different on the backend. And I don’t like it. LOL 🙂 Why doesn’t it show a number in the menu bar, if you have comments? So I take it you did not receive an email though. With the new blog post. Glad you made it, always great to hear from you Katie 🙂

  3. Chandra Lynn

    Hi there, Sheila! Glad you’re feeling better. It’s been a while (my life is not my own), but I’ll catch up on the other updates. Lovely Mingus and birdie shots. And yes, it looks like a fish! 😀

    1. Sheila Post author

      Hi Chandra! Always great to hear from you 🙂 But yes I know, you have been busy this year. Prayers and hugs 🙂

  4. artofcindywilliams

    I’m sorry you have had to have surgery. I hope you get well soon. I love your artwork.

    I do miss all the art. I have been out of the loop a long time.

    I would be interested in doing an art challenge though I may not do 30.

    Take care Sheila, will speak soon.


    1. Sheila Post author

      Surgery was a good thing, Cindy. I finally had an answer to the chronic cough. 🙂 And now I am not coughing as much. The rest may diminish more in time, and may also be due to my lung issues. So much better though 🙂 YOu have been missed too, Cindy! And remember, it just means being creative every day. Not completing. 😉


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