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In and amongst all the carryings-on here, I did get some ICADs made. Summer of Color 4 calls for raspberry/tangerine/lemon as the color palette this last week. But first, this is another Aquarelle watercolor pencil grid.

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This card was one of the meditative things I’ve made. It is also the first version for SoC4.

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Here’s the second.

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The last of the Sharpie Highlighter cards.

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And finally, the last card for Summer of Color 4.

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Of course, I noticed that I am missing a few ICADs. Back to the drawing board. Sigh. . .

My husband had surgery on his ankle ligaments in 1977, just before we married. That ankle has never been right since. Over the past couple of months, he began complaining of more and more pain, and was out of breath after short exertion. Since he has testicles, he chose to ignore my repeated suggestions that he go see a doctor. We have 100% Charity Care through one of the local hospitals; they have an Urgent Care near us. That is where he toddled off to, on Monday morning.

I got a call from him about an hour later.

“You’ll never guess what they’re doing.”

“Admitting you.”

“How’d you know?”

“Just figured.”

The hospital is the one locally identified for cardiac care. Yes, he was sent to the CCU. Sigh.

Turns out that his mom had gifted him genetically with Atrial Fibrillation (not due to a valve). Yup, that thing you’ve started seeing commercials about. So, where does that leave things?

Car left at Urgent Care, because they were sending him by ambulance. Friend of DD27′s got the keys (of course, there is only one set), got her, she got car. She who just has spine surgery 6/23.

No charger cord for his phone, which died en route. DD27 picked up the phone when she went to visit and it stayed home, charging. Which meant that most of the people who wanted to reach him, could not.

Bags of trash that began to pile up, because neither my daughter nor I can take them to the dumpster. DD24′s husband rendered true service by taking it ALL over in 2 trips.

No groceries were bought, so fast food made itself at home in our home.

Also, no cat litter. DD27 went to Pet Smart, where a person will put it in your cart and then put it in your car. Kudos to our downstairs neighbor; she brought it upstairs for us.

No cat food. Thank God I was trying to add wet food to their diet, so we were covered.

And then came D-day.

I constantly feel as though I should be present whenever a family member is discharged from the hospital. They NEVER ask all the questions they will need to have answered. For example, what do I do if I cannot afford the drugs you prescribed? What exactly are my limitations? Do you have any samples of what I’ve taken in the hospital?

As we all know, doctors will usually prescribe the newest (read most expensive) drugs. One of the drugs was over $300 a month! I called the doctor’s office and was told they had samples for him of one drug, but not the other. However, they could prescribe a generic for that one which would only be $4 a month.

Thank God for http://www.needymeds.com where I found Patient-Assistance-Programs for both drugs, and they will be free, because we qualify economically!!!

My husband turns 65 next month and will be covered by Medicare. No, we are not going to get a Part D plan. Once he retires, our income will be less than half of what he makes now.

It is so VERY important for the uninsured to know that there are ways to find help that is built into the services they use (assuming they are available). These two programs are how our family has met our medical needs for some years now.

He is home now and things are somewhat sorted out. However, the low salt/cholesterol friendly diet has yet to be fully implemented.

I know. I have fallen behind. However, my daughter has been seen by her surgeon and she is doing very well!! I have worked out a bit of my chair issue, and played in my art supplies. Soon my daughter will be arting by my side!!

I decided to start with some Koi watercolor backgrounds. I played with Sakura Gelly Roll pens, and my trusty Uni-ball #153.

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(The last one was my favorite.) Then I moved on to one of my favorite things in the world, God’s magic, the Fibonacci sequence!

ICAD 32I’ve loved 1,1,2,3,5,8 since I saw it on Wishbone years ago!!

I have a set of Sharpie Liquid Highlighters. They have lovely colors, but I keep trying to color-order them. Unsuccessfully, as you can see.

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Then came the Fourth of July. It was quiet here, so we feasted our eyes!

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I returned to the Sharpie experiment.  My daughter suggested I simply use ROYGBIV for my layout.

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She began to play music on her phone. Always a danger for me. . .

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Of course, Summer of Color 4 still needed this week’s entry. The colors were definitely not my favorites: red/royal blue/light blue. I did my usual two versions. Light blue is a RoseArt marker, red and royal blue are basic Sharpie markers.

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My daughter’s music played on. . .

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Sanity returned with my obsession to grid my Aquarelle watercolor pencils.

ICAD 40I did keep going, but they are dated for farther along!

Due to my household chaos, I have fallen behind with my art, and my journaling. Plus, one of the two chairs that I use is rapidly falling apart. So, any hope of continuing the daily routine I had is gone. Soon there will be a new normal, I am sure.

Summer of Color 4 issued the new challenge of pink, apple green and a pop of dark green. The pink is a Crayola marker, the dark green is my Copic Ocean Green, and the apple green is in the Tombow Jellybean set.

ICAD 25This was also my 37th wedding anniversary.

ICAD 26I like the subtle differences between this set of cards. This day was my daughter Sarah’s 27th birthday. She is recovering from back surgery, slowly but surely.

ICAD 27I’m not sure which one I prefer.

Last but not least, I tried doodling some flowers. I drew them with a Pentel Energel and colored them with Sharpie UltraFine markers in 3 different shades of pink.

I hope your Independence Day was wonderful. Our family spent it retrieving Sarah’s belongings from her ex’s apartment. It was Her independence day for sure. Now we just need to find places for her stuff.

 

ICAD Update

You have seen most of the ICADS I’ve done lately. Here are the two I’ve not yet posted.

This one was just an experiment, to see if I could use the same colors in more or less opposite places. It kind of worked.

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This one shows the pattern of the blanket I crocheted for National Mill Dog Rescue, a simple granny square pattern.

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Check out Blankets for National Mill Dog Rescue on Facebook. If you want to get involved, it’s very easy.

 

This week Kristin challenged us with lavender, grey and a pop of plum. I used my Derwent Watercolor pencils and tried both versions.

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I think I am partial to the one with the lavender border. How about you?

This week the colors were coral and teal with a pop of white. I decided to use my NeoColors II water-soluble crayons, since that is where I found the colors. I also chose to try two different versions of the same format.

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This I will use for ICAD today. I decided I wanted to see how the teal on the last row would work, aesthetically.

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This is my Summer of Color 4 entry. Which one do you find more visually pleasing??

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