Sunday, 24 July 2016

I've been sick...

Hi everyone!

It's been THREE weeks since my last post and 
that's because I have been so sick with a very nasty flu. 
I was pretty much bedridden for a week and a half of that time. 
The constant deep coughing caused me to strain a muscle 
in my chest/rib area and it hurt to even breathe.
It even caused a sinus infection too
which had even my gums aching.
So painful!
I ended up at the doctor's and was given antibiotics 
and anti-inflammatory medication.
I had asthma on top of it all too
so it has not been a fun time at all.

I apologise to all my Sunday Sketches pals and other online friends 
for not visiting and commenting on their blogs over that time. 
I was just too sick to do much of anything but now I can. 

I'm happy to say that I'm about 90% better now. 

So, onward and upward. 

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I learned recently that an online friend
who I have known for close to ten years
nearly drowned in a snorkelling incident
while she was vacationing in Hawaii
with her Grandchildren.
Thankfully, she made it through
the emergency surgery that followed.

SO scary!

It was lovely to see her friends and family
come together online in prayer and support
as it was a very close call for her.
One of her friends said she would make a Book for Gemma
if we wanted to contribute.
A great idea!

This was my contribution for Gemma
I figure it could be a reminder of the turtles Gemma saw in Hawaii.
It was sketched on a 7" x 5" piece of paper from a sketchbook.
I then used watercolours and my Pentel pocket brush pen to finish.
I printed a friendship saying for the reverse side of the page.

I thought it could pass for my Sunday Sketches contribution this week too.
You can check out the Sunday Sketches participants for this week HERE.

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It feels great to be getting back into the swing of things.

Today, I've been working on a quick abstract painting
for my ensuite to match my new bedroom colours
which you saw in my previous post.

Stay tuned to see the end result in my next post.

25 comments:

  1. Glad you are feeling better. I love your graphic sketch today, thanks for sharing, your friend will love it.

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    1. Thanks, Christine. It has been a long three weeks. I'm so glad you like the sketch. :)

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  2. So glad to know that you are on the mend and getting back to creative bliss again! I hope the days ahead are filled with good health and inspiration. :) The turtle is quite lovely and serene. . . .perfect I think.

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    1. Thanks, Nicolas. I'm looking forward to getting into my art again.

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  3. Oh so glad you are better and what a beautiful turtle illustration!

    Happy Daze to you ~ ^_^

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  4. glad you are feeling better. doesn't sound fun at all!! your turtle piece is really great. i'm sure your friend will love it.

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    1. Me too, Sue...it was a very nasty flu. I'm glad you like the turtle piece. :)

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  5. glad you are feeling better, does not sound like a fun time at all:(

    love the turtle, very nice idea for your friend :)

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    1. Thanks, Jen. It wasn't fun, that's for sure. Glad you like the turtle. :)

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  6. so glad to hear you're feeling better my friend. That sounds like the flu from hell. I bet your friend will love the turtle.

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    1. Thanks, Jenn. The flu was particularly nasty and I'm so glad to be almost done with it. xx

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  7. what a wonderful Green Turtle. I have seen them too. They are quite large. Glad to hear everybode seem to be hearlthy again :)

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    1. Thank you. It's been years since I have seen a sea turtle and, yes, they can get huge! I do love when I glimpse freshwater turtles in a lake/creek here. :)

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  8. OMG! Three weeks! That was really, really super nasty!!
    So sorry to hear about your blogger friend, but glad she survived and will be okay. Whew! Lovely turtle for her.
    I hope you are 100% soon. love and hugs from Fargo :)

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    1. It sure was nasty, Rita. My cough has eased off dramatically which I'm so happy about. Thanks for your kind and caring words.

      Love and hugs to you and Karma xo

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  9. Oh dear not you too. Looks like this virus is making its round round the globe. My brother and his wife had the same thing and my brother also prone to asthma so he ended up in hospital. But everyone is getting better. Glad to know that you have made almost a full recovery. Your contribution for Gemma is lovely and I am so glad that your friend is pulling through her ordeal.

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    1. I'm glad to hear your brother and his wife are getting better, Shashi. It certainly was a nasty flu and having asthma makes it more difficult to recover from. Thanks for your lovely comment. xx

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  10. That sounds awful. I hope you feel completely better soon. What a beautiful piece of art for your friend. I'm glad she is okay.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I hope so too. I'm glad you liked the turtle for Gemma. :)

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  11. I'm so very sorry to hear you've been so sick, Serena. How awful. I do hope you're starting to feel better and gaining your strength back, more and more each day. I LOVE your turtle. I've been a huge fan of turtles ever since I was a little girl. Previous. :)

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    1. I am feeling much better now, thanks, though still not 100%. I'm glad you like the turtle. :)

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  12. Great post, Mum! I'm very happy you're getting better! Yes, the flu wasn't nice at all. I love your turtle contribution for Gemma, very beautiful! So scary what Gemma would have gone through. I'm glad she made it through the emergency surgery. The book idea is great!

    Love,
    Brad xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Brad. I'm so happy to be almost over that horrible flu. I'm glad you like the turtle piece for Gemma.

      Love,
      Mum xo

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  13. Glad you're feeling better and wonderful illustration!

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