Welcome to my blog Upstate Girl, (a.k.a Follow Your Bliss Part II), I am an independently published author. This blog is all about writing and the stuff that inspires me to write, the joys and obstacles that come along with the writer's life, and my fascination with the psychology of people and what makes them tick...the human condition, as is...and my love for words, playing with them and making sense of them...and I throw in a few photos from my acre of the world just to make things pretty...sometimes there are things I have no words for, only pictures will do.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008


Burrrr....



Seeds for next year's blooms...

Looking out my studio window and seeing snow, I need to remind myself that there will be more to come this spring...there's a bunny doe sunning herself at the base of the old maple tree outside my window, I've been watching her all day, she's lived on our acre for a long time and has mothered a number of litters...I took a picture of one of her little ones that my dog Max brought me one day this past spring, and I put it back where he found it...silly dog, he's so gentle when he picks them up, he never hurts them...


He's the best of good boys...


Max after a bath, his ruffles around his neck turn fuzzy as he dries, we think he's part Lab and maybe part Collie or Border Collie, who knows for sure, he's got such tiny paws, they can't come from a German Shepherd or a Lab...Heinz 57 dog...

My MRI's are fine, things are just as they should be for the most part, no surprises. I loved looking at the images, being a visual artist, I saw the beauty of these slices of images taken of my brain and my neck...and I exclaimed to the doctor "they're beautiful", I think he's appreciative of the science involved, while I was admiring the imagery...so my brain is normal (yay, no sign of MS or stroke or tumor). My neck, well, degenerative disc disease is well on its way to making my life miserable, but it's in the early stages and manageable with exercise and NSAIDs...seems like that's all I do is work on some part of my body that hurts doing some form of stretching or bending...

So the good news...nothing that I have wrong with me will kill me.

We'll work on getting the insurance company to allow us to take an MRI of my lower back, there's definitely something going on there...I've been extra crunchy lately, so my three little toes have gained some feeling back...I'm glad to see improvement...

I'm going to have minor surgery on December 4th to take care of my erratic menstrual cycle that has been getting me down for a couple of years now, my GYN has decided to do the Novasure endometrial ablation procedure since the D&C last February didn't seem to help. This is a good thing, I'm not expecting miracles, but I'm hoping for the best. I'd rather not have a hysterectomy at this point in my life.

I'm putting together new drawings to drop off at the Delavan, framing and matting is coming along, I should finish soon...this is one I'm taking there, it's called The Eighth, it's a mixed media bit of beauty, watercolor, pencil and colored pencils...


I'm working on my new novel, Layers of Illusion, it's coming together, I've been piecing together a new chapter today...well, I started it last weekend from bits and pieces that I've been writing for a few years now...it's starting to sound like something, and probably something bigger than just a chapter, it'll work itself out over time, it still has a way to go...

My Blog 'Follow Your Bliss', has winter scenes in various mediums to look at...I hope you stop in and enjoy!

2 comments:

From This Moment to That said...

Hi Laura, so glad it's good news of the MRI scan! Some relief knowing that I'm sure. I hope you manage to talk the insurance co. to let you try some osteopathy for your back, I swear it's helped me no end! Every good wish to you with the minor op'I hope you recover quickly and that it makes a difference for you, I'm definitely with you on the 'no hysterectomy if possible take' it was an option given to me some years back and I'm glad I held off.
Your lovely dog is such a gentle soul, I think he might think he's rescuing those baby rabbits. I think Heinz 57 dogs are always the BEST!
Take care friend, hugs.

Laura said...

My surgery went well, although I won't be doing jumping-jacks anytime soon, I'm recovering nicely...getting plenty of rest It's a wait n' see if the Novasure ablation will help with my monthly curse or not...I can only hope that it will.