Tuesday, 24 April 2012

I'm BAAAAAAACK!!!

Remember me???!!

Yes, it has been a while and I have missed you all terribly!
Thanks to those who commented and sent well wishes...they were all very much appreciated.

Okay....you will also notice that I've made a few changes to my blog recently.

I just LOVE the crisp clean, easy to access, Dynamic Views templates so I finally plucked up the courage to try one!

To view ALL of the latest post, click on the first post at top of page.
To view an individual post, just click on it and it will open in a new window.
To leave a comment, simply click on View Comments at the bottom of a post and a comment box will magically appear at the bottom of previous commented posted. Scroll down to leave your comment too.
If you move your mouse cursor over to the dark vertical line to the right, you will find a hidden docking station. Move your mouse cursor over the symbols to see what each is about.

Fun, fun, FUN!!!

Now that's out of the way, let me fill you in on what I've been up to.  
Truth be known, it hasn't been much.  

I've been dealing with a rotten, asthmatic cough for the past month and it's been driving me CRAZY!  I hate it and it's had me feeling fatigued and very low. This morning, I remembered that, a while back, Julie told me to try drinking hot black tea so I'm now drinking it by the gallon! I sure hope it helps because my inhalers just don't seem to be up to par.

On another health note, I saw the Cardiologist last week and he is lining up an angiogram for me in the next two weeks.  I think they call it a coronary catheterisation in the States.  On a positive note, after a thorough examination and discussion of my symptoms, the Cardiologist personally feels my heart is okay. Apparently, it can be quite common for women to show false-positives on Heart Stress tests.  I am SO hoping he's right but, as he said, he can't confirm anything until I have the angiogram.

I did a little sketching during my blog absence. Not as much as I would have liked but better than none at all.




I'll post more sketches tomorrow so stay tuned.

I will be by to 'visit' YOU in the coming days too.

Before I hit publish, I couldn't resist throwing in a  couple of pics of the boys, Cody and Jack, sleeping like babies on my bed one morning. Sorry the pics appear a little grey....it was early morning on an overcast day.


It's SO good to be back!

Love, light and peace,

43 comments:

  1. It's so good to have you back!! Who could forget you! I've missed your lovely drawings and photos. I hope your angiogram test has a good result and you can get back to a healthy you.

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    1. Thanks, Janet. I've surely missed your lovely art too. I'll be over soon to catch up a little. :)

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  2. Welcome Back..Welcome Back..missed you too..cute pups..will keep fingers crossed for you and your tests....take care..

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  3. SERENA!!!!! So happy to see you again....I was wondering about you just a few days ago hoping all was well. Talk to your doc about possible medication changes for better control of your asthma. I hope you will get relief with the tea trick!

    Best wishes with having the angiogram.

    Love your sketches. Awesome, as usual!!!

    X o-x o
    Julie

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    1. Thanks, Julie! I was thinking I may have to do that re. asthma medication. I'm wondering if all the chest pain and fatigue has maybe been related to my lungs all along. I'll let you know how the angiogram goes ~

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  4. Glad you are back Serena. Hope the angiogram goes well. Love your sketches and my comfortable they look. I like your new look. I find the new look from Blogger hard to use and I know that we won't be able to switch back to the old interface before long so I better get used to the new look. I'm just used to the old way and changes are aren't easy. It's free though so why should I complain. Well it's free for now that is. tee hee. Glad to see you and hope that you continue to do better.

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    1. Thanks so much, Gloria. I know some people are having trouble with the new Blogger interface but I have to say it's been a breeze for me. I find it has so much more to offer with easy access. I agree tho, changes aren't always easy.

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  5. Great post, Mum!

    I love your new blog layout, it really looks pretty cool! I hope your cough goes away soon, it must really be annoying to cope with. Lets hope your angiogram goes well and you get great results from it! I also love the sketch of the watering cans and plant! Just gotta love those pictures of Cody and Jack lying on your bed! They look so cute!

    Love Brad!
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Brad! I'm still getting used to the new layout myself but I do love it so far. Yes, I'm hoping the angiogram brings good results too.

      Love,
      Mum xo

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  6. Hey Serena, good to see you back here on your blog...although it's been great to stay in touch with you on Facebook too. Hoping your angiogram delivers the good news that we all want to hear...I have a feeling it will. I just love the picture of your pups sleeping...so sweet! It sounds like taking a break was just what you needed.

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    1. I'm glad we are friends on Facebook too, Kate. :)

      Now, if only I can get rid of this asthmatic cough....the hot black tea has definitely helped.

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  7. I've really missed you and SO glad youre back with us once more!!!

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    1. Thanks, Krissie! I'm so glad to be back too ~ xo

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  8. Welcome back and glad you are getting to the bottom of some health hassles... fingers crossed the angio comes back clear... as to the boys in bed... sweet cody is sooo like Mushu it is uncanny... made my day seeing them...xx

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    1. Thanks, Tracey! Pics of Mushu reminds me so much of Cody too. Just a tad spoiled too...hehehe....and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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  9. Welcome back, Serena! I'm glad you're back so quickly after I only just discovered you! :-) Your Cody and Jack are totally gorgeous. Your sketches make me itch to learn how to draw properly. I look forward to following more of your story.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I will look forward to following your story too. :)

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  10. Goodness! This looks different!
    Glad things are looking up and hope the angio goes well.
    Love your sketch! And the boys look like little angels.
    Glad to see you posting again!!! :):)

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    1. Thanks, Rita! I hope so too and it sure feels good to be back. ♥

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  11. Hi Serena,
    WELCOME BACK MY DEAR!
    I am so happy you are back. I have missed you!
    I will be keeping my fingers crossed and praying that your heart is ok.
    Lovely sketches and the photos of the babies are so cute. :)
    Hugs

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    1. Thanks, Norma! I have missed you all too. I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. ♥

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  12. Hi Serena,
    Welcome back. It must feel wonderful to know that you have been missed by so many. I am looking forward to seeing all of your wonderful sketches each week. I hope the cardiologist is right and that everything is perfect with your heart. Again, welcome back.

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    1. Thanks, Ginny, and yes, it warms my heart to know I was missed. :)

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  13. Nice! I don't have any other people I follow who have tried the dynamic views. I like it! And your pictures of the sleeping beauties are really lovely, not grey at all! Welcome back! :-)

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    1. Thanks, DJan! I'm enjoying the Dynamic Views....glad you like them too. They are more limited that the traditional views as far as what gadgets you can use but I'm okay with that.

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  14. So nice to have you back. Yours is a presence I definately miss in the blogosphere!
    I have been taking a break too, but hope to make a post again soon! Maybe tomorrow?
    Welcome back Serena!

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  15. Soooo HAPPY to see you back, Serena! And to know that you are doing OK. A relief that your stress test & results went well in the end. Do hope you are feeling better with the cough soon though. LOVE the new look here! And the Dynamic View is visually terrific, and it's all easy to navigate--well done! :o) We're off to Vienna for a few days. See you soon again in blogland! ((HUGS))

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  16. Thanks, Tracy! I'm glad you like the Dynamic Views. Enjoy your stay in Vienna. ♥

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  17. Yeah!! Your back!!! I've missed visiting you. Love the new blog set up - very nice. :) The pictures of your fur babies are adorable. :) Glad to have you back!!

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    1. Hi Tracy!

      So glad you dropped by! I must pop over and visit you now that I'm back from my blog break. Can't wait to see what creations you've done of late.

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  18. Welcome back, it is good to see you up and running again. Your new blog looks very interesting, let's hope I can get to grips with it..it looks quite complicated...nice drawing!
    xx

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    1. Thanks, Gwen! The new template is actually very easy to use....it's basically a continuous scrolling of post previews...just click on any post to see it in full. Then click the Show Comments at the bottom of a post to Leave a Comment.

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  19. SERENA!!!! Welcome back!! i kept checking in on your blog every once in a while, wondering when you'd be back. So wonderful to have you join us again. You're one of my favorites, so indeed - i missed you while you were gone. :-) Take the time you need to settle back in. i hope everything works out re: your health. Health is really the only true wealth, isn't it? When we're sick, or "off", nothing else matters. So i wish you a speedy return to health & i'm sending good Canadian vibes your way. xoxo
    ps: the new blog looks great! love it... bravo to you!

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    1. Thanks, Pauline! It's good to be back. I look forward to visiting everyone on a regular basis again. :)

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  20. So glad that you are back Serena and so glad to see your lovely sketches again. Sorry that you are still having some health issues but hope it is a false alarm about the heart. Take it easy and take care. Like your new look blog. Have problems with it when I use the ipad to see but on the normal desk top it works well so far.

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    1. Thanks, Shashi! Glad to hear you are still able to view my blog on a desk-top. A shame about the iPad....I know iPad users can have trouble with viewing some videos too. :(

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  21. Hi Serena! Thanks for stopping by! I'm so sorry I've been MIA lately in blogland. It's just been busy and life takes over sometimes. I hope you get your health issues taken care of, I worry for you, but I know you are going to be A-OK :)
    Hugs!!
    Beautiful art and pups!!

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  22. Thanks, Darla! Good to see you again ~ xo

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  23. okay..it's all new and weird.... but, finally found a post I could relate to...

    Hope you feel better soon.

    My lungs seem to have taken a turn for the worse as well. Never had a cold for 17 years ..then... coughing began Feb 22...I know because it was the day we landed in Portugal...it still hasn't stopped ..only lessened, but not before I coughed hard enough to wreck rib tissue. And... finally after inhalers... drugs...etc...an x-ray shows a shadow on my lung.... but, so far nobody knows what it is. redo the x-ray in 6 weeks they say....sigh... and try to carry on as normal. Okay then.... drive us crazy, see if we care eh, Serena?

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    1. LOL...it's very easy really....just click on any post preview to view the post in full.

      So sorry you're having lung problems too. I do feel that, if the angiogram comes back clear, they may well have to investigate more into my lungs. I haven't had an X-ray of my chest yet and I think it is needed. The coughing gets me down so much...I hate it! I hope the shadow on your X-ray is just due to congestion and nothing more sinister. Yes, all these medical issues are indeed driving me crazy, Vee. lol

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  24. they look so cute sleeping :D

    glad you are back and glad the cardiologist thinks there is nothing to worry about

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    1. Let's hope so, Jennifer. He said the only sure way to find out is via the angiogram.

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