Saturday, November 04, 2017

A Bright Spot on the Horizon

Let there be light
I have finally decided to work on journal pages from my own thoughts and desires.

This page started out with just the background of buff's and grays.  I loved the neutrality of the colors.  I sat with it for a couple of days trying to figure out where the page would take me.  As I listened to the news events of the week and the sadness from the shooting here in Las Vegas on Oct. 1st followed by the attack on innocent bicyclists in New York,  I wanted to bring a bright spot to my world.

The end result is this thought:  "No matter how bleak my world may seem....There is always a bright spot on the horizon."

until next time.....pilgrim

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Week 5 End of #Inktober




Well it is over my friends.  #Inktober has been a real help to me this year.  Drawing, coloring and typing these blog poses has been a perfect part of my therapy.  

The month went by so quickly.  Tomorrow starts my favorite month of the year, November.

see you soon,,,,,pilgrim

Inktober Week 4: 10-22 to 10-28-2017










This week was a mixture of African designs and tangles.  It was so fun.

Progress this week:

Open the snaps on pants hangers with right hand and did not hurt.  Progress

Inktober is almost over and I have enjoyed every minute every small drawing,  I have used the same book for the past two years; however there are only a few pages left so I will start a new book next year.  I already have it, it is so cute.

Have a blessed week....pilgrim

Friday, October 27, 2017

Inktober October 15 to 21 - Doodling can be fun

I have to say that I am really getting to like this Zentangle/doodle process.  I have done it before, but I was never comfortable with it.  Mainly because I have been guilty of at looking at what other's do and think that I could never be as good.  I know, I know, I should not think like that but sometimes old habits are hard to break.  Anyhoo, I have started to enjoy the randomness of it all.  I have a couple of reference books that I am using, one is dedicated to African symbols that I bought years ago.  Plus I am just making some up (that is a lot of fun).

Accomplishments this week:

  • Able to comb my hair with my right hand and no pain
  • typing on the compter is getting faster, although my hand does hurt if I work too long so I work in shifts
  • I can use scissors with my right hand, thank goodness
  • Writing is getting more comfortable
  • ring finger is getting closer to touching palm slow but steady

Inktober Day 15

Inktober Day 16


Inktober Day 17

Inktober Day 18

Inktober Day 19


Inktober Day 20
Inktober Day 21
This was a fun week....pilgrim

Monday, October 16, 2017

Inktober - Week 2

Inktober Day 9

Inktober Day 11

Inktober Day 12

Inktober Day 13

Inktober Day 14
Inktober Day 7

Inktober Day 8
Second week of #Inktober 2017.  This is both fun and therapeutic.

Until next week.....pilgrim

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Inktober week 1

October first was the beginning of Inktober.  I participated last year and it was fun so I thought I would give it a go again this year.  I thought about working on Zentangles and improving my process with 31 days of practice.

Since drawing is a part of my home exercise program it turns out that working on Zentangles and doodles is perfect because of the intricate details.  This week I have better control in setting up my work for photo's so here is week one's offering.

October 1st

October 2nd

October 3rd

October 4th

October 5th

October 6th

October 7th
Holding the pen and pencil to do this work takes a lot of time and patience because it does hurt; but if I am going to gain my range of motion and strength in the joints of my fingers on my right hand, this is type of work I need to do.  I am so blessed that part of my therapy encompasses things I love to do.

Hmmmm, what will next week bring?  Stay tuned........see you soon pilgrim

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Things I have learned week of Oct. 1, 2017

This is the third installment in the things I have learned that are related to my hand injury.  It is amazing how things has changed or is changing my outlook on many things.

Oct. 1 - The ability to be able to smile in the face of adversity is priceless.

Oct. 2 -

  •  Stitches removed today.  I am normally a woose when it comes to things like this but I put on my big girls pants and was brave.  It did not hurt much.
  • the mass shooting in Las Vegas was very emotionally draining.  So many lives lost and so many injured.  It saddened me greatly
Oct. 3 
  • I was able to crochet today.  It hurt a little, but I have to use my hand as much as possible to get my range of motion back into my fingers.
October 4
  • Washing dishes is a good way to soak my hand and fingers and get exercise. Who knew.
Oct. 5
  • Exercise 6 times a day, wow, made a schedule so I can get it done.  
  • While at PT yesterday I realized how blessed I am  when I see the injuries of others.
  • drawing is good therapy also.  All of the things I like to do will help my hand.
Oct. 6
  • Exercise hurts a lot, but it is worth it.
  • Working on a scarf (knitting) and it is going ok.  
  • I am project managing my exercise plan....it is in my bones.
Oct. 7
  • Last day of what I have learned----everything I like to do, paint, draw, crochet and knit are part of my therapy program.  This is going to be good.  Getting ready to make some cards.

Love this flower, so bright and this is how I feel today.
See you later....pilgrim

Friday, September 29, 2017

Lesson I have learned week 2

Second week of healing and living in the non-dominant hand world.  I am doing something a little different and writing something each day of the week,

Saturday - Sept. 23rd:
  • decided to concentrate on my art as if I only had a left hand.  Today's lesson, it is not possible to paint and not be messy; hence paint on my bandage, so much for trying to keep it squeaky clean.
  • you have to be willing to laugh at yourself.
Sunday - Sept. 24th:
  • exercising fingers to rocking music at church is pretty cool.
  • drawing faces with left hand has a sketchy look which I think I like
  • use my tools (more on this in a later blog)

Monday - Sept. 25:
  • Time to evaluate things and places that no longer suit my needs or represent me
Tuesday - Sept. 26:
  • I cannot knot or crochet with left hand.  boohoo
  • a hot cup of tea before bread is so relaxing
  • paint crackle medium on deli paper and use as collage pieces.
Wednesday - Sept. 27:
  • Healing takes time and you just have to be patient.
Friday - Sept. 29:
  • It is better to be open and honest when making major changes.  It can help to eliminate rumors.
Art work done with non-dominant hand this week:




This has been an interesting week, would not have changed a thing.  until next time.....pilgrim