Monday, September 26, 2011

Dang, that flu bug took me down big time!

I am not sure what is happening to me right about now.  One moment I think I am feeling okay and getting over the vile flu bug that took me down two weeks ago.  Then, I get a not so subtle reminder that I am not quite in control of my body just yet.  The worst part is over and I am now just not feeling strong enough to do all the things that I normally enjoy doing, such as blogging, tweeting, playing in my studio or playing a rigorous game of peek and hide with Molly Cat.  Seriously, this bug is ruining my life and I am about to go to war to regain control and get my life back on the gentle but enjoyable path that I try to follow.

I did manage to get out briefly today to pick up a few essentials but had to head home before a couple of hours had elapsed.  No lingering over a coffee and a bagel, no stopping by to sniff at some fragrances, have a boo at some new metal wall art at another shop I love to stop by for a browse.  I did not even stop at the kitchen supply shop to look at the white dishes that are on sale.  As much as I love a good sale, my head and my insides told me that heading home for some tea and a nap was the wise thing to do.  And so, Molly Cat and I joined ranks and curled up for a quick snooze before trying to put the studio in order for getting back to the business of making art. 

I have not held a paint brush for a long time and the last creative thing that I did was to send in the exhibit piece in late August for the September show.  I have since heard that I did not place and no one has inquired about purchasing the piece.  I am not discouraged, nor do I feel that I need to stop making art.  I make no apologies, my art is evolving much the way that I feel that I am changing with each day.  Whilst I seem to be fighting an uphill battle at present to regain some semblance of normalcy and live life the way I choose to, I am going to commit to spending the better part of the upcoming week in the studio.  The flu bug needs to get packing and move out of the premises pronto.  I will not tolerate another week of lethargic movements, taking a few nibbles of toast to see if I can quell the unsettling feeling in my stomach.  I want to be able to drink a few cups of coffee each day in addition to my usual quantity of tea and diet cola.  I will even substitute diet ginger ale for the diet cola and did purchase said ginger ale again today.  I picked up more crackers and bread to make into toast to quell the queasiness that seems to have made itself at home in my body.

The point of this little rant is to make everyone aware that we are heading into flu season quickly.  Prepare yourselves now and keep essentials on hand just in case you are not able to get out of the house.  Wash your hands frequently and keep hand sanitizers in your pocket for when you are out and about.  Eat healthy meals, keep yourselves hydrated and well rested.  Cough into the crook of your arm or into some tissues. Dispose of the tissues properly. And did I mention to wash your hands?  Do not underestimate how important it is to wash your hands properly with soap and warm water.  I am not being an alarmist, not in the least.  Every year many people contract the flu virus and some are not as lucky as I have been.  And, I have been lucky.  Despite the duration of this bug, I know that things are looking up and I should be back to what passes for full speed in a matter of a few more days.  I will see my doctor this week just to be safe and I will ask when he thinks the flu shots will be available.  Likely not for another month or so, but I will be one of the first in line to get my shot.  I have had a shot every year for many years now and I know that things could have been a lot worse even with this brush with unpleasantness.  Not everyone is as lucky when battling the flu.  An elderly neighbour told me that she also was down for a week with the same bug and is just now getting back on her feet.

Life will return to normal soon, of that I am confident.  I will get back into the studio and get the paints out, start making the copious quantities of cards that I seem to go through, and work on some other artistic endeavours that are part of a project I need to get moving on to meet the submission date.  I have so many things to do and I will be working on them this week.  But first, I needed to let you know that I have been thinking of all of you and wishing I could once again be part of the cyber world where I have the best friends and meet new people all the time.  The tweets will once again start flying out as quickly as I can queue them up.  I will be back on Facebook

For now, I am calling it an early night and planning to be up with the birds tomorrow.  After a quick run to pick up some fresh fruit and veg, I will do the daily tidy up and then go online briefly before heading into the studio for some quality time with my treasured supplies.  Molly Cat will be her usual chatty self and we will spend several hours working on something fun.  Mind you, I will make time every so often to play little games with my furry friend.  Molly Cat has been be a trooper and has taken very good care of me over the past two weeks.  I plan to return the favour and keep her amused and intrigued with little games of chase, peek and seek, and reward her with her favourite little treats.  That is what fur baby parents do and I am no different.

So, for now, I am saying good night.  But, I promise to be more of a presence in the various social media venues where I usually post each day.  I will be thinking of all of you as I putter around the flat and work on artsy pieces.  And I will be hoping that all of you to stay healthy. 

Sincerely,   Rutheemac


burntheartist said...

Sorry to hear the flu bug got ya Rutheeeee. I'm glad to hear you're sending out some pieces to see if they place. I haven't ever done that actually. Only by invite and that hasn't been so very often as I've gotten older. So I'm inspired to look in to it and try.

Hope you feel better soon!

Rutheemac said...

Try sending some of your work into various magazines or web sites asking for submissions! You never know what might come from doing so. Also, try doing a web search for "calls for submissions, artists" and see if anything comes up that might interest you. I recommend looking at a magazine or web sites info on sending in submissions to see what the specifications, subject matter, etc. might be. No point submitting if your work doesn't fit what the editors are looking for or send in the wrong format. Somerset Studio & its sister magazines, is always looking for submissions so have a look at the web site and read about the various challenges currently running and the due dates. Hope this info inspires you to take a chance and give this a try. :)