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Giving Thanks For Another Day

Snake Plant, 4 x 6 in. watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Snake Plant, 4 x 6 in. watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith
– and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8 NIV

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery,
by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
Psalms 30:2

These quotes came to me. I did not search them out. I find it so interesting when that happens. When words find you. These echoed my thoughts.

Grace. Gifts. God. Friendship and family. Prayers. Healed.

I’ve had a busy couple of weeks. Appointments mostly. I had to fast for blood work. Afterwards, we had planned to have Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza for lunch. For those who don’t know, it was removed from the menu almost 2 years ago. We had eagerly awaited its return for months. For the first day, it was only available through the app. I never use restaurant apps. But for the pizza, OK.

I tried to order twice, but the app froze and would not let me choose dine in or drive thru. What? Hungry and mildly perturbed, we drove to the restaurant. Construction trash was piled up outside of the rear entry. A huge dumpster was taking up half of the parking lot. Closed. Whyyy! 😂

It is 30 minutes to another Taco Bell, so we opted for something nearby. The next day, another appointment, and another Taco Bell. Open, open, open! 😂 We placed our order and enjoyed our pizza al fresco.

A few days later, I ventured out to see the Downton Abbey movie. It’s a long walk to the theater entry, and I needed to be wheeled part of the way. Our neighbor blessed me with the use of her Rollator. A walker with a seat. It has really come in handy, and I was very grateful to be able to see a movie. Soon after I stopped using a walker at home. About a week and a half now. I am still building my strength with exercise.

So grateful for each day. Another day to get strong. Another day to tackle my to-do’s. One more day to pray, give thanks for friends and family, and their prayers on my behalf.

Thank you friends. Thank you. 😢🙏

New Watercolors – Ooo!

Tulips, 4 x 6 in. watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Tulips, 4 x 6 in. watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

If the desert is holy, it is because it is a forgotten place
that allows us to remember the sacred.
Perhaps that is why every pilgrimage to the desert
is a pilgrimage to the self.
There is no place to hide and so we are found.

– Terry Tempest Williams

Talens Angora Opaque Watercolor Pan Set, Inclusive Skin Tones
Talens Angora Opaque Watercolor Pan Set, Inclusive Skin Tones

I have been coveting this set for a few months. Debating if it was worth the moola. When compared to the Michael’s $6 pan set I often use, there are fewer hues. Having never purchased this brand before, I had to trust the reviews.

The case is roughly 5 x 7, and 1/2 inch deep. Perfect for a travel kit. The colors seem to be highly pigmented. There is a very dark green, and a deep black. For the painting above, I used a green from another palette. New supplies, always a treat!

Medical Update

It’s been a month (19th) since I was released from the hospital. I am almost back to where I was before Pneumonia. Still using a walker, but more for “just in case” than absolute necessity. I am doing well enough that PT signed off on my progress. I am doing the exercises they prescribed to build my strength.

I have regained a lot of independence. I have not started driving, but that is due to the meds. I still desaturate when I am active. (O2 level drops.) So I won’t be browsing in stores soon. Short trips only. Missing Michael’s and Hobby Lobby!

I saw my pulmonologist this afternoon. I had a chest x-ray early this morning, and he viewed the results. I still have some inflammation. I will have another x-ray in 3 weeks, and see him again.

I’m so grateful for each improvement. Grateful for your prayers and well wishes. Thank you. Your friendship is a blessing.

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:15

Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17