Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Plugging away

So much to do.  Added my CZT tag on my blog, started editing photos to update my web page.  Lots to do just got to find the time.  I guess I just need to make the goal to add a little each day.  Back to that proverb: How do you eat an elephant?  The point is, a little at a time and even a mountain can be moved.  Keep an eye out, the next step is to share some of my tangles from my CZT class.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Certified Zentangle Teacher class 13

Yes! I made it.  A long time goal achieved!!!!!!

For anyone who does not know the story, grab some tissues and let me tell you.

My mother was taken to the hospital in February with Heart Attack symptoms.  After several long hours in the emergency room on a forced air machine and all kinds of tests she was admitted. After lots of long grueling hours it was determined that her red blood count was extremely low, it took over two weeks to find out why.  During this time mom and I spoke about life and death and a well spent life.  She told me there were things she still  wanted to do, but was happy with her life.  In our discussion she asked was there anything I wanted to yet do in my life.  I came up with the usual, I would like to be able to afford more time for my art, and I would love to take the Zentangle Certification Class.  She asked what did it cost.

After I looked it up, she gave me 400 dollars for the down payment.  "We will work on it together."  She was animate about not putting off the things you want most in life.

As the hospital stay continued, the diagnosis was finally reached that she had leukemia.  This meant weekly blood transfusions and chemo-therapy.  At 81 this was a rough time, most days she said it was everything she could do to get out of bed.  Sadly she lost her battle April 10th.  

I had to scramble to get the money to pay for her funeral.  She had made arrangements, but did not realize they did not cover the actual funeral service.  I cashed in my teaching contract and was able to get help from her sister.  This however left me with 5 months with no income.  As the deadline grew close I was looking to cancel my Zentangle class because there was no money.

I got a call from mom's bank, the account was overdrawn.  When we researched the issue there was an automatic draw that was put through.  It was from a life insurance company.  However when I contacted them, it was not life insurance, it was a disability policy.  Yes the Leukemia was covered.  Not much, but it did pay for the class and the train ticket to go.  Yes train, it was cheaper and it was another life goal, because I love trains.

So thanks MOM, you are the best.  My class, that was life changing and far more than I could imagine.  I will share more about the class on the next post.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

CZT class number 13!

I have been working long hours and getting things in order.  The November class for CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) begins next Sunday.  My long anticipated trip has been confirmed.  I will be traveling by train, another long time goal, and setting. Off to Rhode Island by way of New York, I am so excited.

I have been working my way through the book, One Zentangle a Day, I decided to use ATC cards to track the challenge.  I have made it to 35 of 42.  With a few days left to go I hope to finish.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I am terribly behind in posting.
  Lots of changes and creative work going on.  Well for now, check out this giveaway 
http://cestmagnifiquekits.blogspot.com/2013/10/our-october-bits-pieces-giveaway.html?showComment=1381371591138#c39860725005455854

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Technique Tuesday Giveaway


My mail was blessed with a wonderful surprise.  The Technique Tuesday blog had a giveaway celebrating their newest member Michelle.  Her life stories were wonderful and she invited us to respond with a life story.   The Stay the Course set was perfect for my story, I am so blessed!
http://www.techniquetuesday.typepad.com/

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Working through "A Zentangle a Day"

While dealing with the loss of mom, I have been spending a great deal of time tangling and trying to keep it together.  When I take a rest from sorting through my moms stuff, redesigning her apartment into a studio space and looking for a job I am trying the tangle exercises.
Day 1
Day 2



Day 3
Day 4