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Comment by booklover on January 31, 2014 at 2:31pm
I don't know what my daughter will do with her degree, but I don't think she expects to sell her art to make a living. Her absolute favorite job is only one week a year when she's an art camp counselor at the University she's trying to transfer to, working for her high school art teacher who runs the program. It's for high school kids. She was a camper, and then got invited to be a counselor. She LOVES IT! Too bad it's only one week a year! This year she gets to co- teach a class. She's so excited.
She doesn't want to be an art teacher in a school, but hopefully she will be creative (ha!) with her degree! :)
Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 2:26pm

Thanks Joan.  I do have a native talent or two, but I've not put them to use near as much as I would have liked to.  I never considered that communication was one of them, so I suspect you're being a little too kind. :)

Comment by sk8eycat on January 31, 2014 at 2:23pm

OMG, Joan!  I exploded this morning, but I have sort of been expecting it, and dreading it...so I was in my bedroom, which is closest to the bathroom door, and I made it all the way inside and almost sat down....  cleaning clothes and floor for the rest of the morning. 

My Doctor wants me off the Tylenol & Codeine #4 that I've been taking for the past year or two.  So I have been cutting back slowly for the past 2 weeks, and hit zero yesterday.  I know what coming off codeine can do because there have been similar events before when I've stopped taking it, but never this violent. 

OR.... You didn't send it down south with the little rainstorm we had last night, did you?  (First rain in 2 MONTHS!  Thank Whatever!)

I don't think weather systems travel that quickly, do they?

The other good news this week was that the pharmacy that I have dealt with for decades closed Monday because the pharmacist and 2 assistants had their licenses revoked...maybe forever...by the State Board.  This is guilt by contamination, IMO.  They filled a prescription for a 20-something patient who OD'd on whatever it was, and died.  I don't know if it was a deliberate or accidental OD, and I don't care.  Is a pharmacist supposed to be able to forecast the future?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 2:05pm

Spud, how often do we hear, "You can't make a living doing THAT!" Whatever "that" is. Joseph Campbell put a lie to that statement. he said, "Follow your bliss!" People who are clever, creative, imaginative, visionary, can dream up the most creative ways to put their native skills to work. 

I hope you discovered your native talent and have been able to make it work for you. You have great insights and communicate them beautifully to us. Your talents exist and have value to a larger community. 

Your enthusiasm for gardening excites others! Does the time just fly by when you are tending to one task or another? 

A friend of mine in Colorado loves gardening so she went to the school and suggested making a garden with the children. The administrators took to the idea and helped her find financial support for the equipment. She had fun, so did the kids, and they had a harvest feast inviting family and friends to participate and celebrate.

Garden of eatin'

 

Comment by Patricia on January 31, 2014 at 1:52pm

I know exactly how that feels Joan! I've had manageable IBS for years, & then collagenous colitis was diagnosed in 2006. When in flare, I don't make it to the bathroom because there is absolutely no warning. I've had many ''accidents'' so began wearing thick diapers to make sure I don't wreck the carpet. It isn't just ''leakage'' either, it's the whole damn thing. It happened in the grocery store once but luckily enough, it was summer so I had a long, loose, print dress on. I was fairly close to the washroom so made my dash, & made it behind the door before it got down to my sandals. Very glad that bathroom wasn't in use & it's a single room as well. Needless to say, I washed out the underwear, sandals, myself, & the floor with plenty of paper towels in there, & went home in wet panties. I had my scooter so didn't have to use the bus to get home.

I often wonder though, as the symptoms began about 6 months after finishing, if chemo caused the colitis. I have tried to do a little research as it just seemed so coincidental in the starting of it. Let's face it, chemo is deadly stuff, so it wouldn't be a surprise if it did have something to do with it!  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 1:50pm

Spud, thank you for empathizing with me and sharing your story. Being a shy person didn't help you feel any better; I hope you can laugh now about your episode. 

This explosive experience is not unusual. During chemo I had them all the time. So, I stayed home and in fact, slep through most of it. I often had to get out of bed, clean myself up, wash the linens, floor and bathroom. It was just part of the protocol.

Yesterdays came totally out of the blue. I had no warning, no rumbles in my tummy or anything. Just  

No pain, no discomfort, no warning. Just BOOM!

Just part of the protocol of cancer treatment. It all goes into my memory file and one day I will laugh without turning red. I was able to laugh yesterday but felt so horribly out of control. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 12:23pm

Mindy, I don't care much for art, and have always thought it would be difficult to make a living wage unless one was extremely talented.  

However, I too think a person should be allowed to do what they enjoy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 12:21pm

Joan, I've not before heard that some either, but I like it.  I watched a few more videos with the song in them.  Looks like it's called the cup song or "when I'm gone".

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 12:14pm

Wow Joan.  Extreme embarrassment!  I imagine it was also frightening.  Did you ask your doctor about it?

I don't think I've ever told anyone about my most embarrassing happening, except maybe some of my family.  After your admission, I just may reveal what happened to me when I was about 11 years old.

I was an extremely shy introvert when young.  That's what caused the happening.  I was in school and had to go #2, but was too shy to ask the teacher if I could go to the rest room.  

When it got so urgent that I knew it would come out soon, I finally got the courage to ask, but it was too late.  As I stood up to go, out of my pants rolled this ball of fecal matter onto the floor.  I turned beet-red and hurried to the rest room.  

When I came back, it was cleaned-up.  I can't remember how embarrassed I felt at the time, and how much I avoided eye contact with the other students, but I'm sure I was greatly embarrassed for a long time.  

I still think of that once in a while and groan in embarrassment, even though I've not seen any of my classmates in 55 years.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 11:25am

A new day, the two week inversion in the weather cleared out and the sun shines, Four inches of snow fell, covering the snifter of frozen fog that had fallen to the ground, the trees and garden have a glistening layer of snow to create a winter wonderland. The stain came out of the pink shirt I wore yesterday, the same one in my avatar. I threw my coat away and the washing machine took care of the rest. 

Remember when President Bush I, sitting at a banquet table in Japan with all the dignitaries celebrating his visit and he suddenly had projectile vomit splayed out in front of him. I couldn't even imagine how embarrassed he must have felt ... but now I can. 

I have my heirloom seed catalogues open before me, bright sunlight streams through my bedroom window, my coffee tastes delicious as does my Dave's Devil Bread, spread with raspberry jam, flax seeds and yogurt. All is well. 

I hope all you dear friends have a lovely day. 

Thanks, Mindy, for your kind, comforting words. Now, on to getting ready for spring. Feb. 2 is Mid-Winter's Day, coming up very soon. Let's celebrate! The New Moon began yesterday, beginning a new cycle of the phases of the moon. Such a captivating orb to enjoy.  

 

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