How I volunteer!

  I have been attending the local county art meetings.  The first part of the meeting is art league business.

Every year the art league  puts on Art in the Park. Art in the Park is an event where artists come from around the country to sell their art.

This show helps the art league to give scholarships to local graduating high school seniors to study art.

Along with helping the run the other art league events.

Every meeting I have attended they have asked for volunteers.  I finally found how I can help.

Social Medina! Who knew!

I can volunteer at home on the computer when I have the time.

 I started  Medina County Art League Twitter account. Follows us @medina_art_leag

So far I have found one other art club member on Twitter. Currently we have five followers.

Thank you to everyone who follows me on Twitter @tamiarnold1

Every day I am finding something new. While tweeting for the art league, I found #TwitterArtExhibit.

#TwitterArtExhibit is an art exhibit put on by twitter followers. Any artist can donate a postcard size picture. They display the pictures and sell them to a local charity.

This year the local charity is in Moss Norway. It’s a charity that helps families. Artists send in original postcard size original works that are sold for charity.

Check out the website and all the good art Twitter art Exhibit os on Facebook too. I am still thinking about what to submit

The second part of the meeting is an art demonstration.

Last month someone talked about his drawings for Highlight magazine.

Golf course

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This is a picture of a course in Massillon. In November it was at our local country club for a month.

Then the art league moved the show to a local coffee shop on the town square. My picture was up for the Candle Light Walk.

The Candle Light Walk is the start of our local Christmas season. For the last  two years there has been fire works.

This year the big deal was no port a potties in the square. Our town council built 20 public restrooms.

My big deal was my picture was hanging in the coffee shop. No one bought it but I was there.

My New Year’s Resolution was to have pictures in two local shows this year.

I made it to 4 local shows if you county our county fair. In 2015 I have more goals for my art.

Another one

 In 2002 long before  Cowden’s Syndrome I had early stage breast cancer in the left breast

The breast cancer was treated with a lumpectomy radiation and five long years of horrible medicine.

Eleven years later I get these purple lumps in my radiated breast. Theses lumps appear, continue to grow and are tender to the touch.

 Last Halloween I had a lump under the left breast. Everything came back ok.

This time I had a mammogram in early October. Everything was good.

Since I had a mammogram less than a month ago I didn’t need another one.

But the ultrasound of the lump said its the same thing I had last year.

The surgeon called the lump an atypical lesion that has to come out. So I have an outpatient procedure Dec 6th to take the lump out.

The surgeons nurse agreed with Dave cancer doesn’t grow that fast.

But the lump still has to come out.

Tomorrow

I am not sure where to start. I haven’t written in a long time.

Maybe ten days to two weeks after my doctor’s appointment with the breast specialist, I was getting dressed and thought I felt something.

Now this is after having a good mammogram and the breast ultrasound.

So I felt again and there it was. This lump looked bruised and was on the breast.

A week went by and the lump is still there. I sleep on my stomach so it takes awhile to get comfortable.

Last week I called the breast specialist. I talked to her nurse. I  showed it to the cancer doctor during my appointment last Thursday.

He looked at it did an exam and said he had never seen anything like that before.

He got me a same day appointment with my breast surgeon. Her office called, canceled my appointment and suggested I see the breast specialist.

My breast specialist is out of the country. I tried seeing another doctor in her office once, she was nice, but didn’t want to see me because of the Cowden’s.

So tomorrow I have a mammogram, and breast ultrasound before seeing the breast surgeon. Dave says pretty soon I’m going to glow.

Should have wore my lucky pink underwear!,

 Yesterday was October 10th. Its breast cancer awareness month and I saw my breast specialist.

I saw her in July she did the exam. I was scheduled for a mammogram, but she wanted me to return in October to get back to having six month screenings.

That was ok mammograms are not fun so I rescheduled.

It’s a forty-five minute drive to her office. But she knows her stuff. I met her at a hereditary colon cancer awareness day two years ago.

Seeing her I can see the doctor, have the mammogram, ultrasound if needed and leave with an answer.

The techs that work there are really good.

So the doctor comes in. She is talking about this years colon cancer awareness day. I did not attend.

One hundred families attended but no one had Cowden’s.

Right in the middle of the breast exam she finds a lump. It’s on the left breast, the breast that had cancer.

The more she feels the lump, the more it hurts. She said it’s probably nothing but circles the lump and says they will do a picture of the lump.

I will have an ultrasound today of the lump just to make sure.  After getting a circle of the lump off I go to another waiting room for the mammogram.

After looking at two magazines it’s finally my turn. The mammogram is typical, but the extra picture hurts.

Then I go next door for the ultrasound. The ultrasound turned out fine. I heard my doctor checking on me as I was walking out, one of the last to leave.

She smiled and shook my hand.

One of the office workers has a service dog. I thought she trained service dogs. Yesterday I found out the dog is her service dog.

She was in the Army. I left the office knowing traffic would be terrible, but with good news.

I have worn pink underwear for all of my doctor’s appointment for a while. Theos appointments went well. No cancer scares.

Yesterday I didn’t wear the pink underwear. I had another cancer scare.

Monday I see the thyroid doctor. Yes I am wearing my pink underwear.

Ring the Bell

Shirt and bell from Race with Grace

Shirt and bell from Race with Grace

I came from a swimming family. So much so that one year my mom was the swim coach.

One thing she talked about but never got to do was fire the gun to start the race.

 Early Sunday morning  Sunday September 21 we rang the bell to start the race. .

 It was the tenth Race with Grace. The Race with Grace was started to honor a local woman who passed away of breast cancer.

She had three children.

The Race with Grace foundation helps families with basic living expenses while going through cancer treatment.

The foundation made a house payment in 2009 when I was going through colon  cancer treatment.

There help was really appreciated.

Dave and I met a lady whose husband had just passed of kidney cancer. The first woman mayor had just passed after her four-year fight with lung cancer.

Before the start of the race a bagpipes played Amazing Grace for everyone who had lost there fight with cancer.

My dad lost his fight with colon cancer in the 70’s. His friends started a race in his honor.

The whole thing got me a little misty.

It was an honor to be part of the tenth Race with Grace.

October art exhibit

Christmas tree

Christmas tree

When I first joined the art league the plan was to show some of my work in two shows.

The shows at the Medina Country club are theme shows. I picked the October show. They wanted pictures of Christmas or snow,

My first attempt was this Christmas tree. The three was from when my kids were little. I didn’t care for the package by the tree,

it wasn’t Christmas red.

Christmas tree with gold drapes

Christmas tree with gold drapes

 

My next attempt was a Christmas tree from when I was a kid. We always strung cranberries for the tree.

I started to make the skirt on the angel on the top of the tree but it turned into a star instead.

My house growing up was decorated with antiques. So my moms color choice for drapes was gold.

So I attempted snow. This is the golf course by my cousin’s house. My first attempt at pastel landscapes.

I like it better than the trees. So this is my picture for the October exhibit.

Massillon golf course

Massillon golf course