Tuesday, May 1, 2012

You Are My Sunshine

The month of April certainly slipped by in a hurry!  It was a good month for the most part, though.

  We had very welcome company during the first two weeks of the month.  There is always so much to do here in Branson, even if it's just to drive around taking in the scenery.  Our friends from Livermore, California had never been here and were so taken with the beautiful sights.

My mother, a breast cancer survivor, will soon be 80 years old.  Her breast implants succumbed to the effects of gravity so she had out-patient surgery a couple of weeks ago to replace them.  We keep teasing her about having a "boob job" for her birthday!  She loves the attention and we are all very proud of her.

Like I said, April was a good month --- for the most part.  Mom's surgery was up in Springfield which is 35 miles away and we had made a few trips up there for appointments before the surgery, too.  I like to chauffeur her and every trip to Springfield also includes hitting Hobby Lobby and Barnes and Noble.  Last Wednesday when I took her up there for her post-op check-up the hit was on us.  Another driver rear-ended us, right across the street from the doctor's office and ER.  Injuries were not apparent at first and once the police report was filed and Mom had her check-up, we attempted to get neck x-rays at the ER.  I was already having neck pain and pain down my left arm with tingling in my left hand.  It was going to be HOURS just to get the x-rays, so we came back to Branson where we were able to get them very quickly.

Now, as we go into the month of May, I am waiting to be scheduled for an MRI and an appointment with a neurologist.  My doctor didn't like what he saw on the x-ray report, or the symptoms I am still having.  In fact, today is the most painful yet, which can be typical of whiplash.  So, while I have so much I need to do, and want to do, the concentration and stamina just aren't there right now.  It's hard not to be angry, yet I know the other driver didn't hit us intentionally.  Thankfully, she has insurance.  Time will tell just how good it is.  

Meanwhile, during a thunderstorm in the wee hours this morning, I was thinking about cards I have made but not yet posted.  One of them is this adorable ragamuffin by The Saturated Canary.  I made this card early in April and sold it almost immediately in our shop.  

The paper is from my scrap box, but what doesn't show up is that there is embossed vellum  laid on the dp.  The Nesties sunflower die cut is the same paper, showing the brighter color.  The effect is very fun, tho' it doesn't show up well here.  I have a passion for ribbon and just happened to have this yellow gingham with the "You are my sunshine" embroidered on it.  It's fun to use the rhinestone shapes in unusual ways, like here with the circles enhancing her face, the umbrella, and the word "You" on the ribbon.

I loved coloring this image, which I did with Copics.  

Many thanks to my blogland friends and readers.  It's hasn't been easy to be away from my passions recently, but with all the cards I need to make during the coming weeks, I certainly hope to be around more often! Have a fine day and thanks for stopping by!


Oma said...

Love this card Barb! I sure hope you will be OK and that the other driver has good insurance. Take care of yourself!

Lynette said...

Barb - I'm so sorry to hear about your accident. I sure hope everything works out for you. Whiplash is NOT a good thing:( I hope her insurance is awesome. Very cool card.