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Cloudy Skies, Rolling Thunder & A Rolled Ankle

Storm Soon. SMD
Storm Soon. SMD

The monsoon is still serving up wonderful cloudy vistas.

Lights and Darks over Mingus. SMD
Lights and Darks over Mingus. SMD

The photo below was taken yesterday in Prescott. Lots of green in them there hills.

Partly Cloudy. SMD
Partly Cloudy. SMD

Late last night we had rain and thunder for about an hour. The photos below are from a lightning show on Friday. I watched for over an hour, taking photos and videos. It looked like a strobe light was on, there were so many bright bursts. I only saw three lightning bolts. Most of them were hidden by layers of cloud cover.

Lightning Flash. SMD
Lightning Flash. SMD
Distant Light. SMD
Distant Light. SMD

That same day, I saw two Mourning Doves fly under my window. The were very busy eating. As they started to leave, I noticed one had a broken foot. He was walking on his knuckles. You can see it, the dove in front. There were raindrops on the window

Broken. SMD
Broken. SMD
Dove #2. SMD
Dove #2. SMD

Yesterday we went out for dinner. I almost didn’t go. We have chicken tortilla soup in the fridge. Yum. All was well, until I tried getting out of the car. I had noticed a while before, that my foot felt weird. Figured it was asleep, but it was not tingling. I moved it to get the blood flowing. We pulled in the garage about 15 minutes later. I was in the front passenger seat. As I stepped out, I screamed in pain. I wasn’t looking at my feet. And I guess I landed on my ankle. I just continued to place all my weight on it, and I collapsed. My hands were full, but I managed to keep from falling on my face.

I started to hyperventilate. I did not have my O2 on. It was a short trip, and we ate in the car. The doctor recommends I take short breaks when I am inactive. To keep the lungs from getting lazy. Good thing too. That 9 pound pack would have landed on my back.

I sat and worked to calm my breathing. I was sweating and nauseous. It took me a few minutes to feel better. Pete tried to pull me to my feet, but I did not have the strength. So Mom found an old pillow, and I used it to get on my knees. I slowly turned and used the car and the seat to climb to my feet.

I stood for a moment, and when I put my weight on that foot, it hurt, but I could tell it was not broken. They slowly helped my to my bed. Whew!

Ouch!
Ouch!

I had to change out of my dirty garage floor clothes. EWW! LOL. Now it is two more days of RICE. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. I found some strengthening & stretching exercises I can start after the swelling has gone down. Today the bruise has grown over the top of my foot.

Day 2
Day 2

Today my thighs are sore, and I have a pain on my right side. When I cough or move, breath, LOL. It hurts. I think I was in a twisted position as I went down. There is no bruise. I am taking that as a good sign. Haha.

Fortunately, I do not have any appointments for the next couple of weeks. Not sure how I managed that. God cleared my calendar for me. ;o)

So here I am, sat in bed. I have all of my accoutrement. (Said with a french accent. LOL.) I have a project, watercolors, my water brushes, a small paper cutter. The computer, a small sketchbook. Books to read. Haha. My meds, my glasses, and my water bottle. Good to go. I mean stay. Be careful friends!

Chaos is roving through the system
and able to undo, at any point,
the best laid plans.
Terence McKenna

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
Robert Burns

(My nickname is mouse. Haha)

Beary Hazy Days

Sunset, Mingus 6.23.21
Sunset, Mingus 6.23.21

I have started working on a small gift for a young gentleman. Acrylic on canvas, 4 x 4 inches. Honestly, I am very intimidated at the thought of painting fur. I found a very good Youtube video. Fingers crossed.

Beary Beginning
Beary Beginning
First Layers.
First Layers.

There are fires to the north of us, near Flagstaff. And fires to the east. Far enough away that we are not in the path. But the smoke has been visible all weekend. Today the view was a white wall. No sign of the mountain or hills.

Early Afternoon, 6.27.21
Early Afternoon, 6.27.21
6 pm, 6.27.21
6 pm, 6.27.21

We had a nice spot of rain on Friday.

Rain Over Mingus. 6.25.21
Rain Over Mingus. 6.25.21

Clouds are forecast for next week. A chance of some thunderstorms, but only slight hope for rain. Clouds are always welcome. Dry lightning. Not so much.

The sky and the sun are always there.
It’s the clouds that come and go.
Rachel Joyce

How sweet to be a cloud. Floating in the blue!
A. A. Milne

Like The Deserts Miss The Rain

10 minutes of Glorious rain.
10 minutes of Glorious rain.

A few blessed minutes. Rain. Needed to help fight the fire that is north of us. We are not in any danger, but the plume of smoke is ominous just the same. The areas around us received more rain, as usual. I read that there were 99 fires in Arizona. Such a high number, and we are not the only state with active fires.

Messy Desk, SMD.
Messy Desk, SMD.

I am finally finished with this trio I started in the Creative Gathering. I switched the colors, wasn’t quite happy with my first choice. As luck would have it, I painted the blooms and sky about three times. Haha.

After my first color layer on the blooms, I used a non permanent pen to add the details back to the purple and pink. I had already painted the sky, having noticed how pale the color was. And that some of the white gesso was showing through in small areas. For some reason, I did not notice the ink had smeared, until I had finished the last panel. ??? Maybe the shine was distracting? Haha. I really have no idea how I did not notice it. The black ink over the sky areas was very light, it just looked slightly dirty.

I began again. Another layer of blue here and there. Two more layers to cover the inky blooms. More sealer. I painted the centers with liquitex acrylic paint pen, two layers of semi-transparent yellow. For a closer look, click the image below.

Oops, I did it again. Thought it would be a quick fix. Ha! I painted these for three little under-age-five sisters. Recycled cradled board equals lots of texture. Here is a look at the original palette. Better, yes?

Day 12, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Cradled Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 12, Mixed Media on 6 x 6 Cradled Board. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Happy week to you!