Hello and good morning. World, how are you? Today is September 9, 2022, and you made it to see another day. The last few weeks of this Coachella Valley summer have been quiet, for Hubby and me. Mostly, we have stayed inside, close to the air conditioner and fans. The heat and humidity make being outside uncomfortable. However, cooler weather and rain are in the forecast for this part of Southern California. News reports indicate that here in Palm Desert, we may get a whole inch of rain! Although it will be welcome, we are in the midst of a super draught, some areas are bracing for it and the threats of floods. Also, right now, Hemet is on fire so please rain, hurry! Nothing is ever perfect, right? At this moment, it is 2:02 AM and 90 degrees F humidity is 46%. You can feel it.
Yesterday, Queen Elizabeth II passed away, peacefully at the age of 96. The world is mourning. For me and many others, we knew no world without a Queen of England, until yesterday. My sincerest condolences to the to all that are mourning this morning. In the last 24 hours, I have learned more about her and have seen photos that I and millions have never seen as she was a very private person. She had a quite a smile, that is for sure.
In the past few weeks, the big cheese has maintained his hold on the media. Will he ever go away? Maybe with all the coverage of the death of the Queen, he can quietly slip into a media free blackhole? Also, in the news was President Biden, bestowing a gift on a majority of Americans, he forgave up to 20k in student loans. This is a good thing people, really. I have mentioned that I too was a college student, I never graduated, with loans to pay. 20k would have paid off my debt back then. My loans were all paid off in a matter of six years and not because I am financially savvy. In 1998, 6 months after I had finished surgical technology at a vocational college in Glendale, CA, I received my first statement indicating that I could start paying my debt or defer it due to hardship. Well, I deferred and deferred till the bank took matters into their own hands and claimed my entire 4k plus tax rebate in 2000 and again every two years till my debt was paid off in 2006. I never worked as a CST, ever. I scrubbed in for one pterygium removal, did the set up and as soon as the Doctor made the first incision into that patients eyeball, I fainted. Another one of my “not-so-shiny” moments in my life. Anyhow, if my debt had been paid off, it would have been a gift. it would have meant that I could have caught up on bills and had more money back then. Being in debt and knowing that the IRS can retrieve the debt at any time is a burden that is too heavy for many. I know, I have been there. I wrote a short story, just after that first time I paid H and R Block $300 to get a rapid refund, only to get a certified letter the following week indicating that I was not going to be getting a refund and that it would be paying my student loan. The short story was titled, Death, by peanut butter sandwich. It was a short story detailing one hour in the life of a single mother, saddled with debt and loneliness. She had been told her whole life that peanut butter could kill her since it made her throat and tongue itchy and her eyes and nose run. She writes out a letter to her kids and ex-husband, then makes a peanut butter sandwich. She enjoyed it and all it’s gooey goodness only to realize after reliving moments in her life as her throat became itchy and her tongue blistered, that she would not perish but had a story to write. I will have to find that one somewhere and post it. The story came to me because I too had a brief moment of “my kids would be better off without me…” knowing that I had a decent life insurance policy that I was purchasing through a payroll deduction. So, please, for all of you boohooing because you too worked hard and paid off your loans, please stop and look at the bigger picture, American citizens will have more money to spend on goods and services instead of student debt. Think of all the lives to be saved with this one act that Biden did. This act will save lives in more ways than any one person can think of. In my opinion, a win-win, for all.
Our pets are all doing so much better. Tacobelle’s fur is growing back, and Jenny is not limping. Oh, I did get ringworm and am happy to report that the two spots are clearing up. Tacobelle likes to rub my temples with the side of her head, and she also likes to sleep, curled up in the small of my back when I sleep at night. So, I got ring worm on my temple and one just near my scar. We are healing nicely…laughing. Again, where do I go to get hair ball medication for humans?
As I have mentioned, in many and most posts, I had a laminectomy in 2019. L-4 and L-5 were removed after an MRI confirmed that I was experiencing the effects of Cauda Equina Syndrome. During the end of summer, when our area starts experiencing high temperatures along with humidity, my body always has the same reaction, pain and swelling. I thought I could get ahead of it by working out daily, fat chance. The past two weeks have been the most painful I have experienced in the last two years. One of the conditions that I experience is urine and fecal retention. I am not doctor or scientist but what I have observed is that my muscles spasm, and do not let go until my body is relaxed. No number of laxatives, fluids and yada yada has helped. I know that I can take gabapentin as it is supposed to ease spasms, but I still refuse. The only thing that has helped is regular exercise and doing things that make me happy so that my whole body is relaxed. So lately, I have been sitting in my easy chair with my feet up sketching pictures, medicating, and going through SD cards and looking at past photos that I have taken. Some pics are from photo shoots, and some are from our Sunday drives around the Coachella Valley.
The photos above are a few of the ones that I have selected and placed in a folder to print. There are many of my grandchildren and kids and the pets. There are thousands of photos that were taken from the passenger seat during our road trips.
Looking at all of these photos was the perfect distraction from the pain signals my body has been sending out. I have about forty SD cards full of memories and such. I have revisited weddings and birthday parties, beaches and concerts. I picked out the SD card shown below. The photos on this disc have photos of Hubby playing with the Ghosts of Kelso, a practice photo shoot of my friend Angel and the first photo shoot that I did with model Analiesse. When I shot the photos, I had hopes of using them for my portfolio. I guess I still could. Anyhow, I have used these shoots for practice in editing and learning how to navigate Photo Shop. I pull out this card every now and then to see if it speaks to me. Well, it whispered and then shouted. So, I found a few photos that piqued my interest and tried to recreate them by making sketches of them. Here are the photos along with their interpretations.
This is one of three shots that look similar. I took parts from each of those photos to create the sketch. Modeling is my friend Angel in my backyard in 2017.
The cooler weather of Season is coming soon, and I am looking forward to finishing a few of the paintings that I had started at the beginning summer. Also, I am looking forward to taking more road trips around the valley. We took a short trip to Palm Springs a few days ago and although we were in an air-conditioned car, you could still feel the heat from the sun coming through the roof of the car and the windows. I was miserable. We did drive by the Marilyn Monroe exhibit, and I noticed cement blocks brightly painted. I asked Hubby to stop.
The graffiti park is located across from the Marilyn Monroe statue. If it weren’t 100 degrees at that moment, I might have walked over to it with Hubby and taken a few photos. Instead, I used zoom on my camera and snapped away.
Time to get on with on with my day. I just stepped outside and was surprised by the cool morning air and overhead clouds. I just checked Apple weather and it appears the 107-degree high that was predicted will not be happening…Goody, goody!!!! Getting excited as I have ideas to try out during the storm, you know, like taking a few photos or video.
Thank you, dear reader, wherever in the world you may be, for visiting. May you have a peaceful day and arrive to wherever you may be going, do get there safely. Hugs to you and you and especially.