So Thankful


So Thankful. Mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

So Thankful. Mixed media on paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado


The global postcard ‘heART exchange” is on again. I am late to the party, but I made the deadline. Whew! Even managed to make bookmarks from the scraps! Louise Gale hosts, she is amazing! One of my art Super Heroes! I have taken part before, and maybe you have too. If not, check it out! There are several swaps each year.

Very simple. Create three postcards, and get three in return. I created these with stamps, texture sheets, a nail head, a stylus, and a palette knife.

I was under the gun, trying to beat the postwoman. Save myself a trip into town. In my haste I made about 10 mistakes.  Addressed the envelope upside down, then forgot to take photos, and had to cut one open with a xacto. Ha ha! The recipients will have a good laugh. And now I am hoping that I did not switch two of the cards, while I put them into the envelopes! Fingers crossed!

Can you see where I had to squeeze forgotten letters in? LOL In my defense, I was also receiving important news at the time, so a bit distracted. Yes, I can spell thankful. LOL


Happy Messy Desk

Well, I did not want to share earlier, and no worries. All is well. Or will be soon. Our Thanksgiving was a bust. But we will all be together in celebration next weekend.

My folks both came down with the flu. They have not been this ill since 1993. Just heard from the doctors that Pete has pneumonia, and they will be keeping him in the hospital for three days. Scary, but glad to know he is in good hands. They have him on oxygen as his levels were low. He is also diabetic, so we have to be extra careful.

Mom is heading home with antibiotics for treatment. They are both at the tail end of the flu, thank goodness. Contracted from neighbors at Bible study.

I won’t be visiting him in the hospital. I have meant to post about this, but the holidays did not seem the right time.

Good news is, I have FINALLY found a doctor that knows what is causing my chronic cough.


The gerd is one aspect, and the acids from my stomach may have damaged my lungs some, still waiting on test results.  I found paperwork from previous visits in So. Cal., stating that my esophagus is ‘dilated distally’. I showed him the finding, and now we can do something about that too. The doctors never mentioned that to me before, we just moved on to scheduling for the next visit.

And I have asthma. Hallelujah, a definitive diagnosis! And my lungs are down to 25%. Not good, not good at all. But he is confident he can turn things around.

When I left the doctor’s office, I cried. Gave thanks to God over and over and over. Called a friend. Called my Mom. And cried some more. I have had these issues since 2007. The cough is what led me looking for an answer. And led to my Lupus diagnosis. A late December cold. Overworked and not sleeping enough. You know how it is. But three months later, I still had a cough.

I had honestly, just about given up.

So no hospital for me! I can’t afford to add to the list. But I am sorry, I won’t be able to keep Pete company. ( I know he won’t want me there. 😉 )

Prayers most welcome!


Late in posting this, and I shared it on IG. But you can get a closer look here. A slightly different view of Mingus.


Mingus Morning After. 2017 SMD

Mingus Morning After. 2017 SMD


So yes dear friends, so much to be thankful for!

Thanks for you good thoughts and prayers!




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12 thoughts on “So Thankful

  1. simply painting

    Praying for your parents and you… Had no idea you suffered from this. I’m glad there is hope in the future and will be praying for complete healing. Lots of love and hugs and prayers coming your way… <3

    You've probably been aware of this, but just in case you aren't, if you use or are around any kind of scented laundry detergent or dryer sheets, those heavy perfumes can cause all kinds of coughs, sinus problems, allergies…etc.

    1. Sheila Post author

      Very grateful to be part of your prayer list Karin 😉 We spoke with my Dad this morning, and he is already feeling much better. The doctor was amazed at how healthy and able he is for his age (77 I believe). He said he would have guessed his age to be 15 years younger. LOL

      Yes, thank you, I had to stop using those things years ago. Unscented everything. Soaps and even candles, which I miss. I don’t wear perfume often, but if I do, I apply very little, and to the back of my neck. LOL.

      I will keep you posted 🙂

  2. laurelle

    The worst thing about having health problems is not knowing what they are so we can address them properly. It sounds like you are nearing that understanding. Does living in Arizona help the allergy issues? I remember so many people with pollen problems, etc., when I was living in Southern California. In some ways you had a real Thanksgiving, in appreciating what you have, in being grateful that your family’s health issues are being looked after the best way possible. Your postcards reflect how being thankful is really what fills our hearts, the design symbolizes that.
    Take care and I’m sending you my blessings and prayers.

    1. Sheila Post author

      Grateful to you Laurelle 🙂 Prayers are powerful! There is a ‘Valley Fever’ that people get here. A chronic cough. From the dust and pollens too. Where we are is part desert and part, pine. LOL. We have been told you can get it in California too.

      Yes, that was the frustration, not knowing. I was so grateful to have some answers. My dad is already doing much better. Sounds better, is eating, and resting. He will be past it soon. Mom was able to sleep, so I am grateful for that.
      I love what you see in my cards. Thank you for that gift Laurelle 🙂

  3. Val van der Poel

    What fun and colourful postcards for the swap! Good to hear that you finally have an answer to your health problems – it is always frustrating to not know what is wrong. And it is good to hear that they may be able to fix some of the problems. Take care and happy creating!

    1. Sheila Post author

      So glad you like them Val. I had fun with these. Had no time to attempt a plan or process. Thank you, and hope to see you soon in blogland 😉 joy filled creating to you as well.

  4. dotty seiter

    Sheila, SO MUCH ON YOUR PLATE, and I don’t mean your Thanksgiving dinner plate. I am sorry to hear of the many ‘troubles’ but very glad to hear that your parents are on the mend and that you have some lonnnnnnng sought diagnoses. I join you in offering up a whole hearted HALLELUJAH!

    On a lighter note, happy to hear you know how to spell THANKFUL : )

    And you got your postcards in the mail! Well, hot damn!

    ALL BEST to you, dear friend.

    1. Sheila Post author

      Ha ha ha, thank you Dotty. Could not believe I did it twice, in different ways. Ha ha ha 🙂 Hot Damn is right! Our post woman arrives anywhere between 11am and 5pm. And my luck it would have been 11. LOL

      Many thanks Dotty, and for the blessing of your friendship 🙂


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