I've really missed blogging and visiting all my blogging friends. It would be great to tell you that I have been on vacation or at some fun art retreat. The truth is that I have been spending lots of time away from home with my best friend whose 21 year old son has been battling cancer. He has a brain tumor caused by a rare and hard to treat cancer. Even though the chemotherapy and radiation over the past year have killed some of the tumor, the cancer is still there and has spread to some bone and sinus areas. In the past four weeks he has undergone two extensive brain surgeries.
So I have either been with my best friend and her family or at home with my family appreciating how precious each and every moment is that we have with our loved ones.
Yesterday I made beef stew and then last night we sat up and watched Pirate Radio with my youngest son. It's been a while since we just sat and watched a movie together.
A while back, my oldest son had asked me for one of the paintings I had done for my Total Alignment workshop. It was actually the one I liked the least. But he liked it and wanted it so today I decided to frame it for him.
I found an old framed art poster at the thrift store that was 18"x24", the same size as the painting and decided I could fix up the frame to make it work:
I sanded the frame down then used my old favorite stain.
It turned out really nice.
Lots of brown, red and almost black tones appearing in the wood grain.
A little sealer and the "new" frame was just perfect.
After cleaning up the glass (a lot) I finished framing the picture for my son.
It's a dreary, rainy day and the lighting was not too good, however it turned out so much better than this photo.
I took it over to my son's house and he and his girlfriend hung it up. Then we hung a mirror and two other pictures he had. It was a wonderful family moment that really brightened my spirits.
It's amazing the moments I have taken for granted. These past few weeks have really showed me how blessed I am and how precious and fragile life really is.
I hope this weekend all of you can find a simple way to just stop and enjoy the people you have in your life.
I would also like to ask for prayers for Jay, we call him Jaybird since he was named after his dad Jay. Jaybird has a 2 year old little boy, one sister and three brothers. His mom has been a rock through all of this and believes that all the prayers that have been lifted up for her son has helped not only her son fighting his illness, but also given strength to her and her family.
Thank you and may you have a blessed weekend.