Sunday, May 29, 2011

it's hard to let go...........

There's so many feelings I want to blog about, but often time I find it hard to discuss my feelings on my blog. Feelings are touchy. Feelings can be "too much information" to others. Feelings make others seem needy. I am a strong woman and it is hard for me to share my feelings. They often remain hidden beneath the facade of strength.PAIN is not an easy thing to share. I am the one that people rely on for strength and answers. It can be tiring. However, sometimes, worrying about appearing needy to others is exactly what is needed. Readers need to know that I am human. I am not perfect, nor is my life. So I will share with you, that Tucker has been quite sick.

It's allergy season again and once again, he was hit hard. He's been sick for almost 2 months. Continuous coughing, non stop. It's hard enough beforehand, but to now watch him go through this. The only thing i can do is hold him and give him drugs. I hate it. It tears my heart apart and makes me feel like i cannot breathe. finally, lab results show several nasty bacteria's residing deep within in his lungs. A different antibiotic (shockingly expensive) is introduced to fight the bacteria. We are starting to see him getting better. But i live in terror of that cough.........

I haven't done a whole lot of art during this time. When Tucker is sick, I feel paralyzed. It is all i can do to get out of bed and face it. To finally have an answer that it is a bacteria, versus it's "allergies" was almost a relief. All I can tell you, is that it is agonizing to watch my child go through this. I weep for him and I weep for my family, as we all suffer. I will never be whole....... I often feel after we've gone through an illness with him, that I have been through war. I don't mean to offend, I'm just alluding to the symptoms of post traumatic stress syndrome. it can be debilitating and isolating. It makes me want to climb into bed and sleep for several years.

While at the same time that this is going on, I've also been fighting my sadness that my beloved Dillon will be going off to school next year. I'm not much of a religious person, but i am spiritual. I believe that someone "up there" when choosing my 2nd baby, said, "pick out a good one for this family, they're going to need him". And I was sent Dillon. I can't say enough about him. He is the sweetest person ever. Kind, considerate and amazing. I've appreciated every second of my time spent with him and it is hard to think of him not being here. He is the glue that binds my sanity together. I'm not sure anyone really gets it, how hard it will be on me. He is the one that i got to do all that i missed with tucker. We are close. But I also know that I have raised him to be a good man and that he will be fine. He will not miss me as much as I miss him. It is the way of the world when you are a parent. I will adjust and i will take it day by day.


If you haven't been following along lately, I've been chronicling 2 separate robin's nest. One is on my front porch (Thelma's nest) and one is one the back porch (Louise's nest). I share this photo journal approach because I've been given this gift of watching these babies arrive. Watching them grow. Documenting their life. I've been given the gift of watching them leave the nest and understand that it is what they will do. There are no choices. Appreciate the in between and make the best of it. There is no going back. I can be sad for yesterday or I can wait to see what happens tomorrow.

I hope you will enjoy:

Thelma laid 3 eggs. I left for the beach and was gone a week. I think the eggs hatched the day before i got back home. So every day when momma would fly off I would try and take a picture of them. They grow so fast. Yesterday they fledged. I could tell the day before, by the way they way were teetering on the edge of the nest, like they feared nothing, that they would be gone in the morning. I took kashie out at 5:45am and they were there. By 7:45am, they had flown the coop

I took these two photos on "pre fledge" day. You can see how big they have gotten. They are ready to go.


I've watched robins fledged before, so I knew to grab my camera and go outside and "listen". they make a certain little sound as they call out to their momma
"I am here, momma, come and feed me. I still need you"


testing my wings. I will grow no matter what. I am ready to go; although i still need you.




I will be fine. You have guided me and given me the tools to fly. I am ready.
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So now let's jump over to nest two. Louise. She is a few weeks behind Thelma. She laid 3 eggs. Only one of them hatched. She knew that two of them weren't viable. Another hard "fact of life". This baby will be special.

this last shot was taken today. The sweetest photograph I have ever taken. It brings tears to my eyes. Is it because her one surviving baby is so precious? Mom and Dad are fiercely protective of baby. I don't blame them.


As I wind up my story, a new chapter begins. I discovered a cardinal nest today. The elusive cardinal nest. I have never seen one, nor the eggs. I am beyond excited.

to be continued.......................

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Winners for Kerin Gale's blog hop book tour

the book tour has come to a close. it was a lot of fun and we got to see some really great projects. thanks for coming along! congratulations to the winners!

1. One "Power Pack" of Aves brand epoxy clay goes to:

Erin S.

2. Fluid Chalks Online Workshop by Lesley Venable on her Art of Altering Site goes to:

Gena Rose

3. Two digital collage sheets by Alicia Caudle of Altered Bits goes to:

Cindy B.

4. A sample pack of Silputty 40, goes to:

Colleen P.

5. 1oz. of ICE Resin and a mixed metal bezel from Susan Lenart Kazmer goes to:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth


6. congratulations to dogfeariex5
who won my heart doll necklace!

7. also I decided to give away one of my birdie necklaces -

so congratulations to Canace!

**i will need to make sure I have your email addresses for virtual prizes and home address for physical prizes, thanks!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Steampunk World's Fair, 2011

My friend, kim, came in from Ohio this past weekend. Me, kim, dillon and dill's friend, Anthony, went to the Steampunk World's Fair in Somerset, NJ. We sure had a great time. It was really crowded though and I think the event is growing faster than they can keep up. I only took photos on my iphone this time as it was way too crowded to try and keep my big camera handy. They definitely need to look into a bigger venue for next year. Our biggest complaint was lack of seating. you spend a lot of time walking around and when we were ready to get off our feet - there was no where to sit. Other than that, the people watching was amazing. Elaborate costumes, crazy costumes, weird costumes, skimpy costumes, pirates and more! the variety and originality was really fun. Here's the link from my post last year.


there was an artist there doing hand painted silhouette's, so i had mine done while still wearing my Marie wig and top hat. i love how it turned out.

slide show!