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Thursday, May 23, 2013

THE WEDNESDAY EVENING POST FOR MAY 22, 2013

Hey All!

How the heck are ya?  I'm glad you are here and safe.  I have to say how heartbroken I am for those of you in Oklahoma.  I could not believe my eyes as I watched the coverage of that horrible tornado in Moore.  The complete devastation is more than I can imagine.  Thank God more were not killed.  I know this sounds kind of silly, but I kept thinking that if that happened to my house, I couldn't imagine trying to replace my craft room stuff!  I also thought, with all the paper I have, at least the wreckage would be prettier than most!

Update on my situation. . .I have been diagnosed with "Frozen Shoulder".  Not in one but in both shoulders.  The good news is that once I recover, I can never have it again.  The bad news is that it will take about a year for it to go away.  And because I have diabetes and a heart condition, I can not have the drugs usually used to ease it.  So that means I have to "man up" and just deal with it.  Not a pleasant perspective for me.  I have one pain medication that I can take, but it doesn't do that much and the side effect of nausea is almost worse than the pain.

Because of the above, I only made one card this week. . .
 This is a Mo Manning image called "The Big Guy Grilling".  I colored him with my colored pencils and oms.  This is such a perfect image for Summer.  I know it is still Spring, but Summer is just around the corner.  I can say for sure that I won't miss these Spring storms.

I do have 3 pics of the week to share:

PIC OF THE WEEK


This little guy was found making himself at home in my newly opened pool!  I happened to look out of the breakfast room window and saw a black thing floating on top and then suddenly shoot to the bottom.  So I got the skimmer pole and fished him out.  Isn't he beautiful?  His markings were so amazing and that fiery red color just stood out so brightly in the sun.  He had his head pulled back so far in that shell, I think he will have a stiff neck for a week!  LOL  I, of course, released him and sent him on his way after the photo shoot.

OK, that's it for this post.  Thanks once again for coming by to check on me.  I hope you are all OK and doing well.  Stay safe from this Spring storms.  I'll be by to check on you soon!

Hugs,

Curt

"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."

49 comments:

richardbreaks said...

Curt, I wish you the easiest time possible with your shoulders. Yuck!
The card is so sweet. You had me at the gingham!

We just saw turtles for the first time in years last week! SO beautiful!

Jackie said...

I am sorry you are in pain, but at least there is a diagnosis and you can work with that. Just take it as easy as you can. Will swimming help ease the pain at all? I love your card - I will have to check out those designs. That turtle is beautiful, I've never seen one that pretty!

Stamping With Bibiana said...

Hi
I am sorry to hear about your shoulder...:(
the pic of the turtle was so cute and boy she is so pretty, are you keeping it as a pet?
as for the card, love that image and the coloring is "superbe"
thanks for sharing your unique posts
until a next time
bibiana

tilly said...

Hello Curt
I hope the shoulders get easier for you soon, a year seems a long time to be in pain...... I love your little turtle, such beautiful markings and colours, and who can resist Mo's fab images, great picture of the boys in the pool lol
Hugs Tilly

Krissy said...

What a great card! The gingham paper is PERFECT with this! Makes me want to fire up the grill tonight! Hope you find some much needed relief for your shoulder!

~Krissy

Patti J said...

Ouch. So sorry to hear of your frozen shoulderS. You poor guy, seems you just go from one issue to another, and yet another! You are always 'manning up' in my humble opinion! Love the card - great job! The turtle is beautiful! Jealous of the pool. Totally not pretty seeing me so green! lol... Enjoy it, dear friend - it should be helpful for your shoulders too! Have a great week - hugs...

Myrna said...

Curt
What a great pic of the week!! I love those little turtles.
Oh I wish I was there in the pool with the pups.
I think the BBQ guy is cool.
Now that they figured out what the shoulder is doing you will be able to deal with it a bit better. The not knowing, I think, is usually the hard part.
Myrna

Sue said...

OMG, a year! That's too long to be in pain! Surely in this day and age with all the technology we have, there must be something you can do to ease the pain.....the wonders of medicine! Your card is so nice. I have that image and love it for the Grill Kings in our family....Pups look so great by the pool....and that turtle, pretty fancy turtle, love the bright red. Wishing you and yours better days and less pain....

Hugs
Sue

Anonymous said...

How did the turtle get in the pool?? I don't know, but I never knew a turtle could have such beautiful red markings - amazing!! But between frogs at the door and turtles in the pool - sounds like a horror movie in the making!! I'm waiting for a card in the mail - - is it the barbeque man?? I'll be over this weekend for the real cookout. Laughter is the best medicine, so you should get plenty of pain relief when I'm at your house! Hope all your friends have a great Memorial Day weekend!!!!

Ken

Sue from Oregon said...

Wow-that is a colorful turtle...good thing you found it before the doggles! I love this Mo image...sure wish it would get warm enough to BBQ-it is freezing here with possible snow in the mountains around me...weird!

Gail said...

Oh for Pete's sake!
Man up; seriously!?
Can you use a topical pain killer?
Or as my gf would say "might as well shove it up your @$$!"?
The turtle's so neat, must have needed the swim!
Can't you keep it? PLEASE!
The boys look like they're enjoying the pool.
The card is astonishing!
Feel better soon!
Sending HUGS!

Sharli Schaitberger said...

Hi Curt,
Wow, TWO frozen shoulders. That's a double dose of "cold shoulder" if you ask me! But, you've never given anyone a cold shoulder that I can tell! Joking aside, it's a bummer that you are so limited in the treatment options. I'll say a prayer that you find ways to get relief - whether it be relaxation, warm sun or even a tall glass of wine!

Your card is so cute - the image made me laugh - such a silly guy!

I love the photos of your turtle - he was quite camera shy, huh! Well, beautiful anyway. It's a thrill for me when I find "nature" in unexpected places (or even in expected places - I just love most of the critters around me). Have a wonderful weekend! Hi to Jay and the boys!
Hugs!!

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

Only you would see the beauty of beautiful papers scattered amidst the ruins. What a lovely image for such a terrible thing to happen but what a lovely vision of pretty papers everywhere! TWO frozen shoulders. I was given 4 shots directly into the area...about fly off the table and kicked the doc in his private...not meaning too...I just wasn't expecting the pain. I was not given pain meds, but had a great PT....How were you able to do even one delightful summer card? How are you even able to funtion...you are defintiely man-ing up already with two bad shoulders. Love the new refreshing pool scene with the boys! Already summer here...peaches and strawberries are both coming in with upper 80's each day. I always get too long on your post...you always have so much news...haha

Sonja said...

Hello, oh my, not what I wanted to hear. ~ just as I am sure it was not what you wanted to hear either...

I will say prayers and we will hope and pray you can deal and healing will come sooner

cute summer image...great for Fathers day or an invite to a Bar be Que...
sorry you are being limited in your card making... but just take your time ...

oh that turtle...I used to have them as pets... now I just love to look from a distance... lol

off to get this busy week end moving... have a good one hugs to all

Mary said...

Oh my, frozen shoulder. Seems to me my Mom had that along time ago. They did surgery and alot of physical therapy and hasn't had a problem sense. That grill man is a great image for a man. The dogs look SO happy in the pool too, in July I wouldn't mind joining them!

On the hubby front, he had is MRI and is now making appointments with different doctors to see who he wants to do his back surgery, unfortunately. Bad thing is because of his back condition, he faces having more as the years go by. So I just put a smile on my face and my nurse hat and go with the flow! :)

Gina Wrona said...

Oh my, Curt, would the biofreeze spray help you? It is sold online besides at my chiroprator's office. Speeking of a chiropractor, would that help? Love the boys in the pool! And that turtle is so cute too, but the boys are the best!

Hugs!
Gina

Anonymous said...

Yes, a most to-be-thankful-for bit of news. You will mark off the days as you exercise and use medicated rub cremes with lots of prayer. Dogs know how to retrieve! How about walk/ massage on shoulder blades? Those warm pads and strong legs could be a real help. BBQ would flame out here the last couple of days, but your card is one hot ready to mail greeting for this upcoming weekend. Eyecatching spring colors! After the flood two summers ago, seeing a box turtle is a rare thing in these parts. They may migrate back into the area as more rains come to slow the continuing drought since flood months. Blessings on all OKC area folks, friends twenty miles from okc have yet to call, assume their lines or towers are down. TV coverage showed one wreckage of mostly pink....colorful girl's room?!! Yes, it is like a papertrail. Thankful for all your safe Memorial weekend yard and garden card idea moments. Keep Looking UP! mt23stamperatyaho

Linda said...

Hi Curt, so sorry to read about your shoulder. I have a bone spur and arthritist in my shoulder. When I lift my elbow out my arm feels numb but It doesn't wake me up and that would be really bad. I am not a happy camper without sleep.
Sorry I haven't been visiting. I am emptying out my MIL house for the past 3 weeks. It is four stories and ton of stuff. Next week is the sale and I will be so happy to be done. It is really cutting into my computer time. I took the day off today. I took my MIL to St Vinnies today. She love to go there. She is 93 and lives with us now. I really enjoy her company. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mary Ann said...

Love your card,Super cute,love your coloring,Sorry to hear about your shoulder,I know what I have Also,RA it is all over,I'm learning how to adjust to it,I get very up set when it hits my fingers,you don't want to hear about all of this,You take care of your self,Have a Blessed weekend!!!

Becky said...

So sorry to hear about your shoulder.. I do pray for a speedy recovery for you.
Fabulous card, love this image by Mo.

Lorraine said...

Poor you with the frozen shoulder, not a good pain to have, hope you recover soon.It was heartbreaking seeing what has happened in the USA those poor people. On a lighter note love the card and the photo of the boys in the pool. Hugs, Jersey, Channel Islands.

Serendipity Stamping said...

Love the new header of the boys in the pool! So sorry to hear you are having health problems of another kind! Hope you find a great way to deal with it. Don't know if a hot tub would help for short periods of time or not. Need to look around for some "manly" stamps as I have so many guys in my family. Take care of yourself and hope the rest of the family are doing well. Hugs, Jan

Serendipity Stamping said...

Love the new header of the boys in the pool! So sorry to hear you are having health problems of another kind! Hope you find a great way to deal with it. Don't know if a hot tub would help for short periods of time or not. Need to look around for some "manly" stamps as I have so many guys in my family. Take care of yourself and hope the rest of the family are doing well. Hugs, Jan

Serendipity Stamping said...

Love the new header of the boys in the pool! So sorry to hear you are having health problems of another kind! Hope you find a great way to deal with it. Don't know if a hot tub would help for short periods of time or not. Need to look around for some "manly" stamps as I have so many guys in my family. Take care of yourself and hope the rest of the family are doing well. Hugs, Jan

Jan McConnell said...

So very sorry you are having yet another "aggravating" health problem. Hope you find a great way to deal with it soon! Love the new header with the boys in the pool. Take care of yourself and I hope the rest of the family are doing well. Hugs!

lisa808 said...

You certainly go all out--double frozen shoulder! Hope you recover quickly and so glad to hear it doesn't return.

Beth Norman said...

Your card is awesome. It is coloured so well. I'm surprised you were able to create with your frozen shoulder. Good luck Curt!

Anonymous said...

WONDERFUL coloring considering you have frozen shoulder on both sides AND can't take anything to help. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a critter free summer. -- that must be some pool if everyone wants in. nise

Mary Marsh said...

this is a great card Curt-and I love the coloring on the image-I too was in shock when I saw the devastation from the tornado-frozen shoulder ouch-hope it heals quicker than the time the doctor gave you

Diane said...

Man it is hell to get old isn't it?? But, really I feel for you..have some issues myself, but I HATE pain, so I know somewhat of what you are going thru...lets just hope it goes away fast!! I agree with the OK feelings...and feel so lucky to have what we do, seems we take all for granite until something like this wakes us up!! Very clever card...perfect to send to a man, I bought a new stamp for my hubby's birthday (which is NEXT May), but a girl has to be prepared, right!!! But it is a buzzard and I thought it so fitting for him...nuff said..hah!! Take care, cool pics of the boys on the blog heading...and is that a painted turtle??

ursula Uphof said...

Sorry to hear about your shoulders Curt, but do take it easy. Now that you have summer relax, enjoy, recover and hopefully by the winter you will be able to do some more crafting. Just keep us posted with your lovely photos. What a colourful turtle. hugs, Ursula

Jean McKenzie said...

Hi Curt, so sorry to hear about your shoulder and the fact that you are restricted with what drugs you can take for it. In these situations we just have to bite the bullet and rest rest rest even though the craft room is calling -so frustrating for you. Do hope at least you can find some good pain relief,
Love that little turtle - I have never seen one so pretty! Guess the red means danger to his enemies!!
Take care, hugs!

dpkennedy said...

Yikes! I hope your shoulder pain doesn't last a whole year...wishing for a speedy recovery!

Your card looks fabulous! Great coloring!

Lovely little turtle! Just takin' a dip :)

Krissy said...

Do I need to start worrying about you? Too late - I already have! Hope all is well. Miss your posts and beautiful inspiration!

Take care,
Krissy

Sue G said...

Hi Curt! Just stopped in to check up on you. I am so sorry about your shoulder. I hope that you are enjoying tie in your pool. I think of you often, and worry a little, too. Take care of yourself, Jay, and the boys. Big hugs. Sue from Kansas

Erin Morley said...

Happy 4th of July Curt. Hope all is well with you!

Anonymous said...

I know your arm/shoulder pain is stopping you from typing and crafting, so I was so pleased to see that you were able to make a card for the 4th of July - hoped that meant you would be back blogging soon. Hopefully improvement will continue quickly!!
Ken

tilly said...

Hello Curt
Just wondering if your shoulders are feeling better, I have missed your posts and I hope that there is nothing else amiss with you or Jay,
I send my best wishes to you both
Tilly x

Lorraine A said...

Hi Curt ,, I was just thinking of you and popped over to say Hi :-) I hope your shoulder is better and I hope things are OK with you and Jay ,,, and the boys xx

Love to all and hope you're enjoying the summer and your pool :-)
Fabulous card and I love the photo's ,,, aww very cute :-)

luv
Lols x x x

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Your card is super, such a fun image! Love the pics of the turtle, my Mom has several turtles as pets and she loves them! Hope your shoulders are feeling better, that is such a long recovery time! Carri~Abusybee

Celeste said...

I miss you friend. I hope you are doing well. Drop me a line
Lhea_13409@yahoo.com
{{{HUGS}}}
Celeste

Krissy said...

OK, it's official! I'm now worried about you! You haven't shared your beautiful inspirations in WAY too long!

Have you heard the exciting Stampendous news???? We're now selling House Mouse stamps! You were the first person I thought of when I heard! Here's a link to the new catalog if you haven't already seen it. http://www.youblisher.com/p/642810-Stampendous-July-2013-Catalog/

Hope all is well!
~Krissy

Sue G said...

Hi Dear Friend,
I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that your shoulder is doing better and that everything else is okay with you. I would be lying if I told you that I am not very worried about you. You are such a sweet and kind man, and I worry that you are having a tough time. Take care and know how many people love you and pray for you. Hugs from Kansas.

Gina Wrona said...

Hey Curt,
Been thinking about 'cha and missing you. Had an echocardiogram done today and tomorrow I found out the results of my knee mri to see when the dr wants to do a scope. I bumped up my walking the dogs from 1 1/2 miles to 3 miles everyday this week as well as increasing my water. Take care my friend and hope to see you back when you can soon.

Hugs,
Gina

Diane said...

Hope all is well, wanted to drop you a note, but didn't want to bug you if your aren't feeling well, I think you know you are missed..take care and let us know how you are doing!!

linda said...

i popped over from gail's blog, what's normal? to say hi and hope you feel well enough to get back to creating soon.
linda

linda said...

i popped over from gail's blog, what's normal? to say hi and hope you feel well enough to get back to creating soon.
linda

mochamama said...

Oh my gosh sweetie, I just saw this post. I am so sorry to hear what has been going on with you. I hope you are starting to see some improvement.
HUGS

Rita said...

I've been thinking of you my friend & hope that your shoulders are feeling some relief. I miss you & wanted to send you some healing (((hugs)))!!! Luv ya!