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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. 😢🙏

Wonky Watercolors

12.07.21, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
12.07.21, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

This post has been sitting half finished since December. I was going to write about my COVID experience. But I am still mid journey. And for some reason, I have not been able to put that story to paper.

For now, here are the wonky little works I did while in the hospital. They are in my 4 x 6 sketch book. Not on watercolor paper. Christine Brooks made the suggestion, to pass the time. I wasn’t thinking about art at that moment. And at first, it was very hard to concentrate. I would draw, and then paint later.

I put together a list of supplies, and had them dropped off at the hospital. I forgot some essentials. Like an eraser. LOL. I had a larger sketchbook, but 4 x 6 was about all I could manage. I altered a few of these in Photoshop. Blurred a snake plant, to soften. Added a few straight lines. Mostly, they are left untouched.

As for an update. I am plugging along. I am doing great on the whole. My mobility is still mostly limited. My O2 still drops dangerously low. I can get to the restroom on my own now. Without the walker. And I can get up from the seat unaided. Huge milestones! Haha. Sometimes my O2 stays level, until after I have made it back to the bedroom. Then it drops drastically. Fortunately, I often recover more quickly now than before. In the beginning, The O2 would drop as soon as I stood up.
Another milestone. Of sorts.

But every silver lining, I am going to claim. Haha. And thank God for!

12. 02.21, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
12.02.21, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
12. 01.21, Sunflowers, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
12.01.21, Sunflowers, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
12. 01.21, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
12.01.21, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
11.29.21, Snake plant, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
11.29.21, Snake plant, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
11.28.21,  4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
11.28.21, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
11.29.21, Bouquet, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
11.29.21, Bouquet, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
11.29.21, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
11.29.21, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
11.28.21, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
11.28.21, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
11.28.21, Pink, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
11.28.21, Pink, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
11.27.21, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
11.27.21, 4 x 6 watercolor on paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

We dream to give ourselves hope.
To stop dreaming—well,
that’s like saying
you can never change your fate.
Amy Tan

I simply can’t build my hopes on a
foundation of confusion, misery and death…
I think… peace and tranquility will return again.
Anne Frank

World Watercolor Month, Days 10 – 17

Day 13, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 13, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

I am having so much fun with these. I hope you find this dainty display delightful.

Enjoy!

Day 10, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 10, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 11, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 11, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

Even the tiniest of flowers can have the toughest roots.
– Shannon Mullen

Day 12, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 12, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 14, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 14, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 15, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 15, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

I must have flowers, always and always.
– Claude Monet.

Day 16, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 16, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 17, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.
Day 17, WWM, 2 x 2 inch watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2021 Sheila Delgado.

A painting is not a picture of an experience,
but is the experience.
― Mark Rothko