How is everyone? It's the usual wild and crazy shenanigans around here. I am beginning to think I am the Queen of Plans-Too-Much :P Before I get into anything I wanted to touch on a topic I mention here occasionally. Y'all know I have been waging battle against depression. More specifically getting a handle on NOT taking my meds. The good news is - I think I might FINALLY be winning - as much as one wins that battle. The medication seems to have finally left my system and I am stabilizing - which translates into almost no crazy lunatic angry bitch episodes
But it is still tough sometimes to navigate. I used to read a blog called Hyperbole and a Half. Along with a butt-load of other people. She has been waging the same war and has returned after 18 months with a post about it - a follow up to her initial post about it 18 months ago. Both are raw and so true - you can read them here - Hyperbole and a Half. Meanwhile I am still going med-free. Some days are tough but others are really good. I know that it's possible there could be a better medication choice for me but I am not there yet. A plus side - i have lost just shy of 20 pounds of the 53 pounds I gained while on the meds!
One last update for ya - our little foster kitten family - The Breads. When they came to us Biscuit, the mom, was very scared and had a cold. The kittens were small, especially Baguette, the runt. We got Biscuit on meds and I was hand feeding the kittens to supplement what they got nursing and everyone started gaining weight. Biscuit began to relax and was less scared. BUT saving rescued kittens is not for the sqeamish or faint of heart. The kittens got sick too, especially Bun, the little boy. After a grueling routine of administering 4 different meds a total of 7 times a day and stressful eye cleansing routines we decided they were not improving as much as we had hoped and last night we took them to our emergency vet hospital. Any positive thoughts and good vibes y'all can send to these poor little things is greatly appreciated! I think my hubby has trouble understanding why I put myself through this BUT (and maybe this relates to my topic above) it is really important to me that i don't just live but that my life has meaning and this is one of the things that makes me feel meaningful. To me a life that doesn't include doing something for some OTHER life besides your own and your immediate loved ones just isn't a worthy life. And so our hearts are with our little furry babies and we are hoping they pull through. And if one or all don't make it we will continue to put our efforts into saving tiny little fuzzy faces when we are blessed with the opportunity to do so.
One thing that has been changing in my life is my studio focus - I started off as a scrapbooker and I am leaning back towards that. Cards are great - smaller, easier to whip out and give a bit more instant gratification but I was beginning to feel wasteful since I have enough cards for 5 lifetimes! Except kid birthday cards which you may see show up in a future post. Scrapbook pages feel more useful to me. Of course I still do the mixed media art work too!
Anyway I am slowly catching up and liking my system for doing so which you can read HERE. This is a thanksgiving LO that haas sat around my studio half finished for ages!
I LOVED this paper pack from Close To My Heart - fall colors but not the typical fall colors.
I liked these pics because it was the first year Pezza really got in there and helped me cook! Plus I hardly EVER have pics with ME in them! This photo is not great - the pics are not actually that dark!
That awesome turkey is from Treasure Box Designs and cut using my Black Cat.
As always my sketch came from Page Maps - I couldn't scrap without them! I am SO out of touch with scrapbooking and scrapbooking blogs though!
Do you have a favorite scrapbooking blog or scrapbooking challenge blog?????? PLEASE share it with me in the comments! Especially ones using Cricut or other die cutting machines!