Introspection, of course, turned everything plain as day. All the life changes and frustrations trying to be digested, along with Mercury being retrograde, turned otherwise healthy intestinal function rancid, toxic and debilitating. Humph!!! Upon visiting a few different health professionals, a scientific diagnosis was made and proper medications were dispensed, and I am truly grateful and ecstatic to say, I am feeling a major improvement now! It won't be long before I have my energy and strength back and am rocking and rolling once again. Let me just say right here, right now, how very blessed I am that I did not just "kick the bucket" a couple of weeks ago. Truly blessed and VERY grateful. And I was rested as a side benefit!
I arrived back up in Avery County in our little universe on the mountain top in late May. My sweet Paul brought me up, mowed the yard and went back to Orlando to begin a brand new job! (all good things, counted as blessings and given grace for) I was intending to pack up this big ole house, have a bunch of garage sales, enjoy the cooler than Orlando weather, and hang with the Goddesses on the verandah for a couple of months, while working some at the Weaving Room. However, too weak and frustrated to do any packing, I had plenty of time to "therapute", read a few good books, educate myself on my condition, have lovely and delightful visits with my very precious girl friends, and of course, visit some doctors and nurses along the way. Here is some of what I've been up to while convalescing.
OF course, there are Goddesses on the Verandah. How could I possibly heal without them?
|l to r, Peg, Cindy, Heidi, Barbara, Patti and Yvonne|
And we even have a Goddess in training, sweet Everly. This little girl came to visit during art day. Precious is the word.
There are art days on the Verandah, too. These two lovely women showed up at my house with bags filled with magic ingredients to make the BEST quiche I ever put in my mouth. They busied their inner chefs in my kitchen, all the while acting like it was NO BIG DEAL to come 20 miles out of the way (one way) and make dinner for a pitiful friend. Well, it was a GIANT BIG DEAL to me, and I will always be grateful for their love and kindness! Many, many thanks, Cindy and Lisa!
I'm sure you recall Cindy Michaud's project of last summer and fall, 'Sainted and Painted, Stories of the Not Wholly Holy' in which she wrote a book about 12 of her friend "Saints" and then painted them all (or visa versa) ... check it out HERE for update if you missed it.
l to r: St. Patti, Pope Cindy, St. Cheri and St. Lisa
photo credit, Barbara Aycock
Stephen & Everly
Daisies art by Tammy Brinkley
There was a Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery Art Auction to attend that was simply glorious. Managed by this beautiful lady, Heidi Fisher, the gallery is always promoting beautiful art by wonderful artists and expanding the art education of Avery County. The evening was lovely and raised a tidy sum for the Crossnore School's Stepping Stone program. It provides necessities for the children who have reached 18 and are no longer able to stay on the campus with the younger folks, but they are not quite ready to move on. They can stay in the Stepping Stones program to finish high school, begin college, find a job, and basically learn how to survive as an adult. It's a much needed program and very prudent for the service Crossnore provides in educating children. The Art Gallery is the only place where the proceeds go to that program. What a great honor to raise funding for such a wonderful cause! You can like the Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery page on facebook to keep updated on the latest and greatest things Heidi and her artists are doing in the gallery. You will recognize some of the artists, I promise. ;-)
Additionally, Heidi is another of the Goddesses who is helping me heal, having me stay in her home and spoiling me with her sweet spirit, her incredible cooking and her lovely, lovely house and land. Heidi, if you ever give up Art Gallery Managing, please become a healer and have spirit filled weekends at your house. You totally rock! xoxo
I went to Atlanta to see my doctor. The one who has been treating me since 1985, Dr. Guy. Desperate times call for desperate measures! When he asked his lead in question, "So what's going on?" and I answered, the look on his face was worth the trip down. For the very first time in almost 30 years he told me I would have to seek out traditional medical attention because I needed some antibiotics S.T.A.T. And in order to get them, I would need lab work to confirm the suspicion. I may or may not have been in shock with that coming out of his mouth, but I followed through with a clinic in Boone that turned out to be a saving grace. Let me just say here, being a new patient looking for a doctor is an adventure in system manipulation and patience. I now have an appointment for July 1, that I was able to get after stalking a particular doctor's office for over a week and begging. Ugh.
However, going to the doctor in Atlanta was also an excuse to visit my kids instead of pack up a house with no energy, stamina or ability to think about such things.
So I was able to visit my sweet Tessa again, along with her parents and big brother. I was honored to watch our first grandson, Austin try out for the soccer team. He is such a cool kid. With lots of 14 year old energy. :-) And he is officially in high school. WHAT????
Tessa is now saying "momma" and taking some steps. They grow SO fast.
Cade was able to visit them recently, but sadly I missed seeing him. :-( Tessa is happy to see him! Both brothers are very smitten with little sister ... as it should be. And my appreciation is HUGE to Jon & Melissa, who let me come and crash their home with such a generous spirit while I visit with everyone.
So, so adorable, beautiful, precious, amazing and heart warming!
|Austin's soccer tryouts. He is the third lime yellow/green shirt from the left.|
He made the team! We are so proud of him. And he turned 14 years old on the 18th of June. Wow! High School and everything coming right up. Yikes! Where did THAT time go?
Cade and Tessa
Cade looks so much like his dad did when he was the same age that I have to do double takes when I see photos of him. I am so bummed that I didn't get to see Cade this time through ... but maybe next visit I will be up to a trip again.
I was fortunate enough to catch my very busy daughter, her son and nephew for lunch whilst in Atlanta. It was a coveted hour and a half, I assure you! So good to set eyes on them and put arms around them. And to see how much my grandson has grown and how blessed and healed he is. Plus, it's always enlightening to touch two miracles in one day. :-)
l to r Christian, Jenn and Lathan
Jenn has recently been blessed with all kinds of good things. She was recently interviewed in www.mygroupfit.com. You can read it RIGHT HERE! I am so proud of her, her hard work and her persistence. Not to mention the woman she is! And her health is getting some positive attention as well. There are so, so many blessings to count. Life is good.
I also was able to visit with Teresa and Sabrina, two 20+ years long friends of mine. The power of healing is in love. I truly felt that when I returned up to the top of the mountain.
I made the annual journey to Washington, DC with the Crossnore Weaving Room's Manager, Lisa Banner again this year. It was, on all accounts, a spectacular trip. We raised a good deal of funds for the school and, as Lisa says, "for the kids". That is always our first and foremost goal. The sisterhood at the DAR Continental Congress is astounding. Thousands of women (quite literally) all coming together for a greater cause (Daughter's of the American Revolution). But the interaction we see between the ladies is precious beyond words. These are women who sometimes only see each other every 4 years, but their bond has been established. They are darling to watch, and we get to sneak peek a lot from our booth. I am blessed and grateful to have been given an opportunity to make friends with some of the women. And it is really fun to reunite with them after a year. Also, well ... DC is a great city, and there were always a lot of options for entertaining ourselves after hours. But just to be clear, driving to D.C., hauling the merchandise into the hall, setting up the booth, educating and selling for 5 days running, packing it all up again, hauling it all out of the hall, and driving it home is HARD work. Lisa is a Champion. I am so honored to stand beside her as we represent the school. And as I absolutely believe in The Crossnore School and their mission, it was a wonderful way to spend the week!
|l to r: me, Giselle, their mom, Annette, Lisa|
I put a call out to the girlfriends and asked for boxes. They all showed up with them, and now I must fill them. Lots of them. And quickly. Please send good thoughts! And I will be eternally grateful to you for that! It was interesting to know who showed up with liquor boxes, who showed up with milk boxes and who showed up with a variety of boxes including water and printer boxes. I appreciate each one of them, believe me! So this week, packing and sorting and throwing out will be my agenda.
Our precious Goddess, Yvonne has fallen and broken her hip. I do not have much information to date. But please send prayers her way, and to her sweet husband Paul, who is having to hold his own while Yvonne is in rehab. We love you, Yvonne. Please heal quickly. We will hold you close in our thoughts and prayers until you navigate your way through the maze.
And Finally ...
This morning when I hooked up to Face book a friend of mine had shared a video of a young man dancing in a competition. He was exquisite, and then some. Her status bar read as follows:
Part of what I am working through considers all the changes that Paul & I are making. We've gone back to Orlando and have been welcomed with open arms, wonderful job opportunities and warm air. We have made the decision to stay there and I am constantly looking for a sign that it is the right thing for us to do. I so miss teaching kids as my main activity. I love weaving, I truly do. And I love selling the weaving and teaching on occasion. But my calling is teaching children. And the opportunity to go back to what I love and know is a nugget greater than I could ever have dreamed of. So it is with a very grateful heart that I will be on The Dancer's Pointe roster this coming season and I begin teaching the week of August 11th. Therefore, Janis Foskett, I cannot tell you how very touching it was to read your post this morning, nor can I tell you how very grateful I am to you for being the messenger I have been longing to hear from. Thank you, dear friend, for writing that.
I think I've about caught you up to date with what I am doing, thinking, and living. My only other thought is to say, I 100% miss Paul. And I am counting the days until we meet again. Even if I don't know when that is going to be! I love you, honey (just in case you read this).
Blessings to you all,