Creative ideas and thoughts from a life-long artist and designer.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Something happened while I wasn't looking. I got old. . . older? This picture is from 1956. My friend Dorothea is standing next to me. She's one year older and was always the person I looked up to. If she did it, then I did it, too, a year later. We met when our parents were young adults and good friends, around 1944. She passed away last year, of Cancer. I miss her a lot and still 'talk' to her all the time. I didn't start out to write about this - it just sort of 'came out'.
My right shoulder has been in pain a lot lately. Last Saturday, when we met the Easter Bunny, we also met two nice Doctors from Illinois Spinal Care, who were giving free consultations in the back of the Fruitful Yield Store, along with a mini massage. I told you that we got lots of free goodies. The meeting was very opportune, because I also have a permanent knot in the back of my neck from sitting in the same position all the time (sewing and typing) - and trying to focus on the screen makes me push my chin out - tri-focals, you know. Back to shoulder - sometimes I get a sharp pain in the center of the shoulder that wakes me up at night. I'm not getting much sleep, so I decided to 'go for it'. Made an appointment and had an evaluation, complete with x-rays yesterday. Later this afternoon, Bob and I are going to meet with the Doctors, to hear their recommendations. I'm sure it will involve some PT. Through the years, I've had other aches and pains taken care of in that way, with great success - hope it still works. Re-reading this, it sounds like I'm falling apart - maybe I am. It's time to do something about it!
Graduated from Lake Park H S in Medinah, went to secretarial school, worked a few years, married and had 3 great kids. I have 2 grandsons, 4 grand dogs (Griffons)& 2 grand cats (Maine Coon). When my first 2 children were in grade school I was a professional volunteer, active in PTA, Elmhurst Children’s Theatre & Church stuff. I started a small business while expecting my third and have been working ever since. I'm a fibre artist combining cloth, yarn, and photography. Carolee Creations, Inc. is the corporate name - SewSweet Dolls was the first business. Portrait Pillows, Bags and more . . . is my latest venture, started in ‘98, after my husband died. My daughter and I make custom gift items incorporating photographs - purses, coasters, jewelry, ornaments, quilts, etc. I love going to work every day-my studio is full of fun things! I am in a serious relationship with Bob, a retired Psychology prof, since the beginning of the century. We are involved in activities at First Church and in Elmhurst. When we have time we like to travel. I take sewing classes when I can fit them in, recently learned to weave, and would like to draw and paint again someday.