Thursday, September 25, 2014

Chinks In Our Chain

"Number 16" - wip
6" x 6"
(watercolor on aquabord)

Oh boy.  Last weekend, while I was starting on this little painting, my husband was apparently experiencing some weird flashing in his eye and cloudiness.  He assumed he just had something in it.  (Men.)  Long story short, he was diagnosed on Monday with a detached retina.  While this is still rather serious, things could've been worse, so we are grateful that it's pretty "fixable." Unfortunately though, it's not entirely clear how much of his vision will be recovered as it was a significant tear.  They're pretty optimistic that he'll regain about 85% which at this point, would be a vast improvement as he has a rather large blind spot right now.  It's a good thing he's not a goalie.  :)

So for the past four days, we've been traveling from doctor's office to hospital, to home, etc.  It's been crazy.  And we live in the country, between two cities and thus, two different hospitals.  It can be a little daunting, as our primary care is out east while our eye doctor is connected to facilities out west, so we've been all over the Massachusetts map these few days.  Although, I must say, even though there were a few bumps, Dan couldn't have had better care -- so it's all worth the extra bit of travel -- we love our doctors.  :)

And what does all this have to do with my blog?  Well . . . this is why I haven't been around.  I had had plans to make this a really productive week:  painting and working on more preparations for my upcoming Open House ( -- Oct. 4th & 5th).  I guess I should be glad I was in pretty good shape before all this happened, because now I'm back behind the eight ball (the story of my life).  Sigh.

The 30 Day Challenge?  Well . . . I'll be happy if I can finish #16.  And hopefully that will happen sometime in the next week.  I'd also like to get a quick newsletter out but who knows?  I have more matting and framing to do, arranging the studio, cleaning etc. And I really need to clean my house.  (I'm hoping to put a dent in my crazy laundry tonight.  I have so much to fold and put away it's not even funny.)  Then I have more work to do on the outside gardens.  Tomorrow is the first day we don't have anywhere to go, so I'm hoping to get a lot done.  Of course I have to keep telling myself that my poor husband on the other hand, has to lie in bed on his side until next Thursday, so that the retina can re-attach itself!  I can't even imagine.  He literally can only get up for 10 minutes every few hours.  Ugh.  He's not really a bad patient and I don't think I'm too bad a nurse, but already I can tell this is going to be challenging to say the least.  I just hope I don't smother him with his own pillow.  Ha!  :)

So that's the story here.  Sorry to bore you.  I'll be in touch when I can.  Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Hope things will be ok with your husband and his eye, Kara.
    Your drawings, as usual, are beautiful!


  2. Take a big breath and just do what you can, hope all goes well for your husband. Your artwork is always beautiful, thank you for sharing.


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