Saturday, 26 May 2018

A late Mother's Day post

May has turned out to be quite a busy month!

I hope all you Mums had a lovely Mother's Day — I sure did!

My sons, Bradley, Aaron, Beau, and Beau's partner, David, went to Forest Lake for a nice morning tea and a walk around the lake. Left to Right - Me, Aaron, Bradley, and David.


As David is also a keen sketcher, we looked for a nice spot to sit and sketch the view. This was Davids first time sketching on location.  He really enjoyed it and is keen to get out on more sketch outings. YAY — I have a sketching buddy!  The Groodle is Beau's dog, Bobby. He is so sweet and loves going on outings too. Bobby doesn't like Beau to get too far out of his sight.

I sketched directly with my Carbon Platinum fountain pen and added a splash of watercolour.
Here are my efforts -

It was great to be back out again on-location sketching — I think it's been a few months since I was last out and about sketching. This was as far as I got with it. I may do a little more to finish it off but, sometimes, it's just nice to leave things simple.

And that was my Mother's Day. I had a great day spent with loved ones. The weather was perfect and my hip even behaved itself although I did suffer later with pain — it was worth it.

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This month has been filled with doctors' appointments and tests either for myself or for Bradley.

As I'm still limping about after that fall back in October 2016, my doctor decided to order another X-ray and Ultrasound of my hip — previously done in early August 2017. Results showed that the partial tear in the Gluteus Medius tendon has still not healed. He is referring me to an Orthopaedic specialist.

Then I needed a procedure in the way of a Endoscopy and Colonoscopy on Monday just gone.  I will get the results in a week or so. My throat is still a little tender from the Endoscopy but that's normal after the procedure.

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I have been wanting to make Vegan Cauliflower Hot & Spicy Wings for ages and finally got around to doing them. They were delicious with Sweet Chilli Sauce and Veganaise (vegan mayo). 

I will definitely be making them again. YUM!

And that ends today's post. I'm hoping to get back into a regular post habit - at least three times a week.

So stay tuned...

16 comments:

  1. Lovely art and food Serena, glad you had a happy Mother's Day with your boys. Sorry about the hip.

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  2. Looks like you had a great Mother's Day. How wonderful that you were all able to get out and about on a beautiful day and sketch together. My Mother's Day was spent saying goodbye to my eldest as we had to drive back to Denver for our flight the next day. And that same day we were leaving, my mom fell and broke her hip, so while we were in flight, she was having surgery the following day. :/ Now she's been transferred to another hospital for rehabilitation. Problem is she has severe arthritis in her knees which is what contributed to the fall, so I'm hoping that doesn't hinder her recovery. Hope you get the treatment you need to feel better.

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    1. Thanks, Tammy, but OH NO on your poor Mum! I'm sending prayers and well wishes to her for a speedy recovery. It sounds like she may end up needing knee replacement surgery too. Poor thing. :(

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  3. Love your sketch, and love how you spent your mother's day! Very heart warming to read! Glad your hip cooperated as well! Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Oh gosh I've had the endoscopies done and it terrifies me, you talk about it so casually Serena!! I hope all is well with the test results and that your injury continues to heal! Lovely photos you've shared! I'm so glad you had a wonderful day and your sketch is just lovely! Your son Bradley, is he blind? I only ask because of the cane he is using? Sorry if that's too forward of me! Your cauliflower looks delicious!!! :)

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    1. It was my first time for both Endoscopy and Colonoscopy. I think the preparation required for the Colonoscopy kept me occupied as it wasn't pleasant living on clear fluids for two days, then fasting totally for the last day...on top of drinking 3 litres of a ghastly solution. Ewwww! I was very nervous but it all happened so fast once I got to the hospital I didn't have time to get over-anxious. All I remember from the procedure was them putting a mouthpiece in my mouth...then it was lights out thanks to the sedative given via a cannula and, next thing, I woke up in recovery.

      Not forward at all, Rain. I appreciate your interest and it was very perceptive of you. Yes, Bradley is the eldest of my five kids and he has been legally blind and hearing impaired since birth — he will be 35 this year. Brad his totally blind in the left eye and has very limited vision in the right hence the need for a cane. All in all he manages very well but couldn't manage it without his trusty cane. :)

      Have a lovely week! xx

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    2. Thanks for the reply :) Brave man, I couldn't imagine such a handicap. Lights out, I wish! I was told I had to swallow the tube so they couldn't sedate me, I guess after they put the mouthpiece in and told me that I had to swallow it, I felt violated in a way and completely petrified. This was a long time ago, late 1980's...I would hope things are better now. I have issues swallowing food and have often thought it might be wise to get another endoscopy, but from my experience, I think it would come down to life or death. Actually I think most of my issues are stress related, which I'm working on. Enjoy your week! :)

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  5. looks like a great day was had by all :)

    hate hearing you are still having problems from that fall :/

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    1. It was a great day!

      I know...it's so frustrating to be still dealing with a painful limp 18 months later and then to find out that the tear hasn't even healed up yet. Hopefully, Orthopaedics will have a solution. Personally, I believe they should have put me on crutches for 4 to 6 weeks to give the tendon time to heal. I don't understand how they expect it to heal on its own when it is constantly in use and under pressure, ya know?

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    2. def should have given you crutches or anything to help re leave the pressure. yes, hopefully Orthopaedics can help and doesn't suggest anything too extreme

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  6. I hope they can help you with your hip. Maybe this specialist will know what to do for it. You have suffered for so long.

    What a creative day! Love the sketch. I'm glad David enjoyed the on-location sketching, too.

    The cauliflower looked so good! Loved all the photos. :)

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  7. Sounds like a wonderfully creative and fun time... Great you were able to enjoy that, though a shame you were in pain afterwards.

    I hope they can help you with your hip.

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    1. Thanks, Tori...I hope the Orthopaedic specialist will be able to help.

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