Monday, July 11, 2011

Set Backs and Set Ups

So hey, I had planned to start blogging a lot more, didn't I? Well, the theme for this year seems to be catastrophic failures of plans. My mom had to go in for another biopsy and, as it is brain surgery coupled with chemo, needed me to be around the house during her recovery process for a rather significant amount of time. During all this my dad also had to go back to the hospital for an additional foot surgery. Incidentally, fate decided that it would be HILARIOUS to have them both in surgery on the same day in different hospitals. (And I'm writing this blog post from a waiting room during yet another surgery...) So anyway, I tried to make the best of the situation and set up a temporary studio in my mom's kitchen:

As you can see the lighting was pretty dismal (and that's after I packed in two of my studio lights), but it was good enough to get the bulk of the work done. At least one plan is coming to a successful end though. Sir Sproing! is done now and is rushing to Erin so she can show him at BF this year. She has some really fun things planned so if you're going to be there take a look at his performance entries! He'll come back after she's done for some last little details and touchups so pictures will come after all that.

One of the nice things about being away for so long was getting to take pictures of my mom's garden several times a week. I have quite the collection of photos from that now and I am looking forward to editing them. I'll probably just put them on my Facebook but I may put up a small selection of them here too. I also got to hang out with "my" dog a lot (she thinks she's "mine" anyway!). Now that I'm home I miss my wake-up nosing! Is there any better alarm clock? I don't think so.

I also saw two deer wandering through the neighborhood! We don't exactly live in the country there so deer aren't a common sight, but it's rural enough that they feel fairly at home. They went to our neighbor's yard (thankfully bypassing my mom's rose bushes) which is more more of an, er, natural habitat.

And last but not least, I was able to take off one day and I went to the beach with my sisters. We had a blast searching for sea glass and rummaging around in tide pools. I also have tons of pictures to share from that little trip, but for now I will leave you with this sea star.


Carol said...

Hope things get back to normal for you soon, and that both of your parents are doing okay :-/

Your little sproinging guy looks great and photography is always stellar, thanks for sharing :-)

Mel Miller said...

Thank you Carol!

Lynn A. Fraley said...

Ah, the best laid plans indeed. I empathize completely Mel... Hang in there, surprising discoveries lay along your unplanned path.

Mel Miller said...

Thank you Lynn! I'm so glad to "see" you online here and there. I'm always thinking good thoughts for you and Barry!