Wednesday, March 20, 2019

February Recap

Happy Wednesday and 1st Day of Spring. I hope the sun is shining were you are. As I began to write this blog post last week we were experiencing a bomb cyclone. That was a first for me. I have seen a lot of blizzards though.  Our last big one was on March 17th 16 years ago. Thankfully we made it through this one without any problems and it has melted quickly. Others in the state were not so lucky. Hopefully we have had enough moisture for awhile now.
Hello February. I learned how to draw and paint the flamingos in Irina Skillshare Class. I did mine on my Ipad Pro using procreate though.
Feb did not start out very well. Monday morning Feb 18th I heard Lily coughing before Rich left for work. I went down to check on her and found her shaking, short of breath and her gums were pale. Scared the crap out of me. I called Rich but he would not come back so I gave her some Gabapentin and texted the vet. It was only around 6:30 am though. The vet didn’t get right back to me and she was not getting much better so Emilia and I took her to Alameda East ER. They took her right back when we got there but did not keep her long and said she was stable. We had to wait awhile after that to see the vet. She was doing better when the vet finally walked in but was very nervous to be there which I understood after all she had been through there. It was the last place I wanted to be too.  After telling the vet the situation and taking a look she said she thought the tumor was pressing on her trachea now and that was what was causing the cough. She had nothing to compare it to though. I asked her about trying an antibiotic and she agreed. She was pretty much doom and gloom and had her dead in a few days so that did not make me feel any better about things. We got the Doxcycyline and paid $140.00 and left there. My vet finally texted back while we were there and asked if we needed anything. I got her to come look at her later that afternoon because she was the only one that would know if it really changed. When she got here Lily was still coughing but she was able to take a look. She said it looked gray which might mean infection, so it was good we got the antibiotic. She said she probably would have put her on a different one but it was okay to start with this one and we could add another one in if this one did not work. She also said I could try a natural cough med I heard about in a Facebook group but would need to look at the ingredients first. I sent her the link after she left but did not hear back. I texted her about it again the next morning and she said it was okay to try so I ordered it. I got it later that night but did not give it to her until the next day. Wednesday. It seemed to make her agitated and restless and didn’t really help. I increased the CBD/THC that night and it seemed to help. She slept well and did not cough much until after noon the next day it started again shortly after that. I texted the vet to ask about trying the other antibiotic but did not hear back. Thursday night was bad she woke coughing every couple of hours. She coughed so hard she fell over that morning. Finally got a text back from the vet Friday morning and said she would call it in to Safeway. I called a few hours later and was told they did not have it and could not get it until Monday she asked if there was another pharmacy she could call it into I told her Clearsprings which is where I get her Peroxicam. I didn’t hear anything back until the next morning again. She said they were supposed to call me but never heard from them. I called the next morning Saturday and they said they didn’t have anything from her. I texted her again but no response. I tried calling a little while later and no answer. Finally heard from her saying she got it done. I still don’t know who’s fault this one was but I called them and they said they could have it ready by 3 so Emilia and Rich went to get it. I noticed that there was not a lot in the bottle and didn’t know how it was going to last that long but decided to worry about that later.  I was going to start it Saturday night but was confused by the directions on how much to give her so texted the vet again. She texted back awhile later and told me what the right dose was, so I waited to start it until Sunday Morning. I gave it until Wednesday and emailed the vet again because I was not sure how well it was working and the cough was keeping us both from sleeping at night. I asked if we had any other options. 24 hours went by before she responded and she said we could try steroids but that we had to take her off of the Peroxicam for 4-5 days before we could start it and her cough could get worse during that time. I did not like the sound of that. I was worried that being off the Peroxicam for that long would just make things worse and asked if there was something else we could give her during that time but she said no which was really upsetting. I could not believe that she would leave her with nothing during that time and take the chance things/the cough could get worse. Thursday morning, I decided to start looking for other vets again. I heard back from one that told me we did not have to wait that long to start the steroids if we were willing to take the chance it could cause more problems with her liver and kidneys. My vet never told me why we would have to wait so long. This vet also said that she was worried it could be her heart or lungs filling up with fluid while she was sleeping which freaked me out more. I don’t remember anyone saying anything about her heart or lungs as a cause for the cough before. This vet was very nice though and took the time to listen to my story and answer all my questions, but I decided that it was not worth her coming to see her for $250.00 when she told me she had limited working hours. That is no better than I have now. I wrote emails and left messages for 3 other vets but never heard back from any of them. Almost another 24 hours went by before I heard back from my vet after my last email again. This time she offered me a cough suppressant from Chewy’s online that has the same ingredients as Children’s Mucinex which I have given her before. I didn’t understand how that was going to be of help especially since I would have to order it??  She then offered for us to try the narcotic cough syrup I had asked for the week before in a text and never got an answer for but said I would need a written prescription for it. She didn’t say how long that would take to get though and now it was Friday.  I had a feeling that I was going to have to wait all weekend to hear from her again and had no idea how long it was going to take to get the prescription and fill it. I hoped it did not have to be compounded because I had nothing but problems with the compound pharmacy lately. They did not give me enough amoxicillin/ I called to tell them about it Friday because they were not answering their phones on Thursday and they said they would get me some more and have it delivered that afternoon but no on showed up so I called to see what was going and they told me it would take days to get it ready when they promised me they would get it done that day. I asked to speak to a manager and told her what happened, and she agreed to bring to me after she got off work which was really nice but I don’t really want to deal with them again right now if I don’t have to. I finally heard back from my vet late Saturday morning and said she would drop off the prescription She also recommended trying an acupuncturist and gave me a number to call but I doubt Lily would sit still for that. She said she would ask around for someone that is more knowable with Chinese Herbs. She texted me around 4:30 to say she was coming by to drop it off and I told her that was fine I was home. About 15 mins later I got another text that she put it in the mailbox and ran. I don’t understand why she didn’t ring the doorbell. I needed to ask her if it was okay to give her before bed with the cbd/thc. I texted and asked. It took hours for a response and she said it was okay and that was it. That did not sound right to me though. I think she just said yes to get rid of me. I was not happy with how she handled things at all and I am still not happy with her response time. She has not checked on her since either which is really upsetting. I need someone that is more dependable and will continue to follow up on her. I don't understand why that is so hard to find. It feels like what I go through with my own health. Why does this keep happening? I ended up changing her Peroxicam to the evening Thursday night and I think it may be helping some. I also upped her CBD/THC and started a new bottle of the daytime CBD too I am thinking the other one was expired. She started sleeping better too. I started looking for new vets soon after that. As you have read this has been a nightmare. There is a lot more to tell but I have already written a novel so I will tell you more about that in my March recap. I just don't understand why this has to be so hard. 

More things continued to go wrong after that though. My printer broke, My Silhouette was not working right. I got an extended warranty but they wouldn't honor it because it was not a year old so I had to deal with Silhouette direct and that was a nightmare because of all the hoops they made me go through to get help. Thankfully I was just putting the blade in wrong and didn't have to get another one after all
After that my vacuum broke. Then I had a psycho buyer who was threatening me because she wanted her money back for express shipping when a package arrived a day late 3 months ago. I told her before she purchased it shipping was not guaranteed and was not refundable to which she agreed and purchased anyways. I was about to lose my mind thankfully things started to turn around a bit. 

Things in our Etsy shop slowed down a little. We still kept busy, I didn't really make anything new though. I got this great photo from a return buyer of her dog wearing our hat and bowtie set though. Didn't they look great on him? 

I made the digital piece on the left in procreate with my Ipad pro using floral brushes from ipadlettering in honor of Valentines day. On the right are the surprise gifts I received from Emilia and Rich even though I told them I didn't want anything. They were still appreciated though.

I continued to participate in Stefan Kuntz weekly challenges that I started last month. These are the 4 pieces I made for February. 

I also  learned how to make this piece from a tutorial I saw from Jamie Kim @inksnthings on Instragram. I did mine digitally on my Ipad pro in Procreate using the watercolor canvas from @simplyallison and brushes from @tinycactusdesigns. 

Finally I made these Paleo apple bars awhile ago but never got around to sharing them. They are really yummy. You can get the recipe here.
That's all for now. I will be back next month with more to share and hopefully things will have gotten better by then.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

January Recap

Happy Sunday. I hope the weather is warmer where you are. After a few days in the 50's we are back to snow and cold.  Winter is definitely here and I am already over it. Spring can't get here soon enough. I hope your New Year started off well. We woke up to snow on the ground but other than that It was pretty uneventful here which is good.
I was inspired to make this piece from a few different things I saw on Pinterest. I did mine digitally on my Ipad Pro using my new watercolor skills that I learned in the Watercolor Wonders Course.

Things with Lily continued to be stable and she was doing well. We had a recheck a few weeks ago and the vet said the mass looked the same which was great news. We decided to continue to do the same regimen since it seemed to be working. Last week she started coughing and retching though which has me worried especially because it has been happening the most after she has been sleeping.  I just hope that does not mean the tumor got bigger. She is acting pretty normal other than that though. I think it bothers me more than her. I just don't want her to suffer. My biggest fear is that the tumor will get so big it will block her airway. I pray that will not happen. All we can really do is continue to take things one day at a time though.  In the meantime I will try and continue to focus on the good.  I think this piece I made with inspiration from Pinterest will help remind me of that too.

Things in our Etsy shop continued to keep us busy which was great. I had a custom order to make matching party decor to go with our bird tutu set. Below is a collage with everything we made for her.
We also got this great photo from a buyer of her daughter wearing our winter wonderland outfit. She also bought the matching party decor. Isn't she a cutie? 
One of my favorite Letting Artists Stefan Kunz started a new weekly challenge sharing his sketches and allowing us to put our spin on them. They have really inspired me to create more especially because I have a really hard time coming up with layouts on my own.  I really admire his work so this has been great for me. These are my first three pieces and I really enjoyed making them. I look forward to continuing to do more in the future.

Finally I made these Paleo Cinnamon buns at Christmas time and forgot to share them here. I loved them and would highly recommend them.
That's all for now I hope the rest of your February is a good one and I will be back with more to share next month.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

December Recap

Happy Tuesday. Hope your New Year started off well. Ours started off with snow and cold. It took a while to melt but thankfully it was back in the 50's again a week later. We ended up with more snow last Saturday it is still hanging around because of the cold. We are suppose to get one day in the 50's this week and then another round of snow and cold the end of the week. Spring can't get her soon enough. Hope the weather is better where you are.
December started off okay. I made the piece above from Liz Kohler Browns Winter Watercolor Class on Skill Share.

 Hanukkah was really early this year, It started on the 2nd. I made this piece to welcome it in.

As of this writing Lily continues to do well and made it through Christmas and New Years. I am so thankful for that. We are still doing the same regimen and taking things one day at a time. I took this photo when the heat went out in November and had her covered with a blanket to keep her warm. Looking at her you would never know she has cancer and she doesn't act like it either. I just pray that things continue to go well with her. 

Things in our Etsy shop continued to keep us busy. I got another order from a return buyer from last year. This year she is having a combined Pineapple and Flamingo Birthday for her daughters. This is what we came up with.

I use my Ipad Pro so much I was running out of storage so it was time to upgrade to a newer model with more space. I was trying to find the best deal that would allow me time to pay it off without interest over time since they are expensive and that turned into a nightmare. I was going to buy it from Amazon but somehow the credit I was given to buy it was canceled by mistake. I was going to get it from Best Buy but they didn't have both the Ipad and the new pencil so I finally ended up buying it directly from the Apple Store and using Pay Pal Credit. I ran into a problem getting all my Procreate Files to transfer over all at once and have had to do them a little at a time which has been time consuming but overall I am loving it though especially the new pencil. I have found it to be much easier to use than the first one. Once I get everything copied over I am going to try and sell the old one so if anyone is interested in buying it let me know.

I made this piece for a Christmas Cactmus challenge from Mommyartsalot on Instagram. I had seen this tutorial on YouTube for how to paint a digital cactus a few months ago and added the lights and planter. I also used Nurse Abby's watercolor texture background and brushes.

The piece below was from a Skillshare Class by Jamie Kim. She is known as Inkandthings on Instagram and I am a big fan of her work. I was thrilled to find out she was a Skillshare teacher now too. This was suppose to be done in traditional watercolors but I did it digitally with the new skills I learned from Watercolor Wonders. I love how it came out. 
I learned how to do this piece from Karin Ipadlettering in the watercolor wonders course. I loved doing this piece and was the first one I did on the new Ipad. 
I skipped ahead in my monogram letter alphabet and decided to do snowflakes instead of flowers. The snowflakes are from Liz Kohler Browns Winter Water Color course on Skillshare. 
I shared this piece on Christmas. I saw something similar from Stefan Kunz he did a similar piece on YouTube using pen and paper. I changed up the colors and did this on my Ipad. Christmas and New Years were not good for me. I was dealing with a lot of family problems.  I just wish everyone could get along. Thankfully Emilia was still able to enjoy it though. 
Finally I made these Paleo Cranberry Bliss Bars. They were really good. You can get the recipe here.  

That's all for now. I hope the rest of your first month of the year is a good one and I will be back next month with more to share then.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

November Recap

Happy Thursday.  Hope your December has been good so far and it is not to cold where you are. It had been really chilly here the beginning of the month but finally warmed up last weekend. A few weeks ago our furnace went out and it was only in the 30's. We spent 2 days without heat. That was terrible but we made it through and have a new furnace now. The one we had was not that old. Turns out the company that put it in did not do it correctly. Thankfully it was still under warranty and they had to replace it. You don't realize how much you appreciate the little things like heat until you don't have it. I am very grateful that we have it back now. I hate to be cold.
November started out pretty well. I was inspired to make this piece from something similar I saw on Pinterest. I used my new watercolor skills that I learned from the IpadWatercolor Wonders course to color it in. I also did this piece from the course as well. It was a lot more challenging than it looks because it had so many layers but I finally got it to a point that I was happy with it. I love how whimsical it came out. Sunflowers are my favorite flower too.

I also made this piece from the course using an Alphabet from Amanda Arneille and more digital watercoloring. I added the little white flowers to finish it off. Hope is one of my favorite words.
I finished another letter in my digital floral watercolor alphabet. This time it was the letter H. This time I did fall colors with mums.
Things with Lily continue to be about the same. We did blood the end of the month and everything looked good except her liver enzymes were a little elevated. We are trying a new supplement to get it down. I was just so grateful that she was here for Thanksgiving and doing well. Praying that will continue and we can get through Christmas and New Years with her too. Still taking things one day at at time though.

Sales in our Etsy shop really picked up with our winter onederland theme which has been keeping us busy. I forgot to share this photo I got from a buyer last year who did a photo shoot with the tutu set, crown and high chair banner. We just loved how it was staged. She is adorable too.
Your Creative Adventure did another Illuminate Lettering live in her Facebook group. This time she choose the bible verse Be Strong and Courageous to letter and talk about. Once again it was very inspiring and helpful with everything I have been going through. After I lettered it I thought it would go perfectly with this floral piece I had been working on from Liz Kohler Browns Skillshare class on How To Paint Modern Gouache Florals on your Ipad Pro. I hope this piece helps to encourage you if you are going through a difficult time right now too.
I love the look of Modern Folkart and was really excited to take Liz Kohler Browns Modern Folk Art illustrations on your iPad class on Skillshare . I love how the original piece came out so decided to take it a step further and see if I could make it into a Pattern design. It didn't work exactly how I wanted to, I was hoping to get more repeats out of it but could not get it to work I still like it though. 

After that I decided to look into doing more pattern designs with my doodles. I found another great class by Liz Kohler Brown on Skillshare again called Create Seemless Patterns on your Ipad and learned how to do it. It was a lot harder then it looks but I finally got it. These are my first pieces. The one of the right with the colored background is a basic repeat. The one of the left is a half drop repeat. Which one do you like better?  It took a long time to learn how to do this but I am really enjoying it and hoping the next one will be easier. Inspiration for the doodles came from Doodles By Sarah she has some great books and videos on youtube if you want to check her out. 
I also learned how to do this piece in Liz Kohler Browns Winter Holiday Illustrations on Skillshare. I really enjoyed doing this one and was another great class from her.
Thanksgiving was different for us this year. Rich decided to go and visit his mom and brother in New Mexico it was the first time in almost 27 years we did not have Thanksgiving together. It was really strange not having him here but we got through it. We had my family over as usual so we were not alone. I made this digital chalkboard piece in honor of Thanksgiving. 
Finally I have been trying to add oats back into my diet a little bit because I was low on some nutrients and found this recipe from The Real Foods Dietitians  for Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies. They are are really yummy.
That's all for now I hope your holidays are good ones and I will be back in the New Year to share more with you then.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

October Recap

Happy Tuesday. Hope you are having a good November. I can't believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away. It had been pretty nice here weather wise until last weekend when we got freezing rain and cold.  Thankfully it didn't last long though and is suppose to be nice the rest of the week before more snow and cold arrive this weekend. We are going to enjoy the warmer weather while it lasts though.
Hello October. I made this piece to welcome it in.  I got the idea for it from it from Doodles By Sarah on Youtube. I just love her work.

October didn't start out very well because of the news we got about Lily on the 1st but we are still doing the same protocol to treat her that I talked about in the last post and it must be working because she is doing things she has not done in months. She even wants to walk when we go out now and not sit in the stroller as much so that is very encouraging. We are still taking things one day at time with her though because that is all we can really do but are so thankful for everyday we have with her like this. We have also been making these dog cookies for her that are very low in carbs and she loves them Indie does too. You can get the recipe here. I have the holistic home vet coming to for a recheck next week and am praying that it has not gotten any bigger or spread and we get some good news.

In the meantime I am part of a group on Facebook group called Your Creative Adventure. The women that runs it Shelley Hitz is such an inspiration and has a very strong Christian faith. Even though I am Jewish I have still been able to apply these verses in my life too.  She has started doing something called Illuminate Lettering a few times a month in her Facebook group. She picks a bible verse and then letters it and talks about it. I have found it to be so encouraging to me especially right now especially with everything I am going though with Lily. The first verse she lettered was The battle is not yours but gods and it really spoke to me as I really have no control over what is going to happening right now even though I wish I did. This was what I came up with. I look forward to her doing more of these in the future and come and join us there if you are an artist and need some encouragement too.
I also made this piece to to help remind me to take things one day at a time with Lily too. I was inspired by marijketekent on Pinterest who did something similar. I love her work. 

Things our Etsy shop were pretty good. We got a custom order from a buyer a that wanted to celebrate her foster daughter turning 1. We thought that was a wonderful thing to do and is planning on adopting her too. The theme was cupcakes and the colors were lavender pink and aqua. This is what she ordered. She loved how it came out and we did too.

I also got this great appreciation photo from a return buyer of her dog Theo wearing our party hat and bow tie set. This is her 3rd year buying from us and it is fun to see the different photos of him each year. We think he is adorable. Hope you do too.

I finished a few more lessons from the Ipadwatercolor wonders course. First off this cute little penguin.
I also did this galaxy landscape
I also finished the Letter G in my floral monogram series. It is getting harder to come up with what flowers and colors to use.
Finally I made these paleo pumpkin pie bars from The Real Food Dietitians. They are so good. I would highly recommend them.
That's it for now. I hope the rest of your month and Thanksgiving is a good one for you and your family.  By the way thanks to those of you that take the time to read by blog. I am very thankful for your support. I will be back next month with more to share then.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

September Recap

Happy Saturday. I made the piece below after seeing something similar on Pinterest.  It was done on my Ipad pro in Procreate.
After an incredibly hot summer we had a few days of fall but then it seemed like we went right into winter. It had been very cold and cloudy for about a week and then we had a few days in the 60's with sun. Snow arrived last Saturday the14th it is suppose to be back in the 60's now though. Hopefully the 60's will stick around for the rest of the month now.
September started out okay but we got some terrible news about Lily the middle of the month.
Saturday morning Sept 15th, I heard her having a really bad backward sneezing episode so I gave her a Cernia which was the med I talked about last month that we thought was helping.  When I went to feed her and she would not eat her dog food or take her Cernia so I tried to open her mouth and put it in but she cried out in pain. I finally got it down her and got her to eat her food after I crushed it up but it was really hard to get her to eat though and she was not chewing at all.  Later in the day I noticed a thick clear mucous coming out of the right side of her mouth and it had a foul odor. A few hours later she would not take any treats and started shaking. We took her to Alameda East ER later that night. They were not able to look in her mouth without it causing her great pain so they convinced me to let them sedate her and have a look. I was shocked to find out there was a tumor in her mouth. I thought the doctor said it was on her tonsil but couldn't be certain as I was still in shock after hearing that. They sent her home and told me to follow up with my vet on Monday to schedule a CAT SCAN and biopsy. She was really out of it when we got her home from all the drugs but made it through the night and the rest of the weekend. 
I sent an email to my vet Sunday night and heard back from him Monday morning but he said he could only do a biopsy so recommend we go to VRCC instead to have them done at the same time but I didn’t want to go there because it was too far. I Ended up going back to Alameda East to see Dr Santen instead. Lily had seen him years ago when she had a problem with her foot. We were able to get an appointment with him that Wednesday. He had a hard time getting her to open her mouth but said he saw the tumor from the quick look he got he did not get a good look though. He said he could do the biopsy and cat scan but we would have to wait 10 days because he was going out of town. I did not want to wait that long so I asked if someone else could do them sooner. He talked to the oncologist and she said she could do them on the 28th. We went in to meet her on the 27th and to do blood and xrays. Those thing came back okay so the procedures were a go on the 28th. I dropped her off early that morning. The procedures were done a few hours later and she was ready to go home by 2:00. They told me everything went well. When I got there to pick her up she was a mess. Totally out of it and covered in blood. I was not happy about that. The Dr. tried to clean her up with some peroxide but it didn’t help much. She also tired to show me the CAT scan but it was hard for me to understand what I was looking at and she said she was not good at reading them and to wait for the report. I did see a lot of white on one side of her throat but they said they had no trouble intubating her which was good. She did say she saw the mass though.  She decided to start her on Piroxicam to hopefully help shrink the tumor and Gabapentin for pain but they had to be compounded. I also asked her to write me a prescription for more Cerina and specially said 16 mgs. We got the Cernia and left. I didn’t bother to look at it though. I later found out she had written it for the wrong strength. The ride home was not good. She bleed all over me, When we got her home I noticed that she kept going outside a lot and discovered that she was bleeding from her behind too. Bright red blood. I was besides myself. I felt so bad for her. I put a call in to the oncologist but she was busy with another patient so had to wait for a call back. They wanted me to bring her back in but I said no. I didn’t want to take her back there after that. The compounding pharmacy called about the prescriptions but I told them to wait until we figured out why she was bleeding from the other end. I finally got a call back from the oncologist and she said she thought she had given herself stress induced colitis and put her on Metrodanazol so Emilia had to go back and get that. It was a pill though so I had to crush it to get it down her. Thankfully she took it with a little cheese. She would not eat anything else though. It was awful.  She slept okay but was up in the early morning having to go to the bathroom again. The bleeding was not as much. I gave her another pill and went back to bed. She did not want her regular food for breakfast. I got her to eat a little scrambled egg with cheese but not much. She still was not doing well and a big mess. I tried to clean her as best I could without giving her a full bath but it didn’t help much. Later that afternoon my sister came over with some stuff to rub on her gums that was supposed to help her want to eat and thankfully that worked. She ate her dinner that night and was starting to do better. Thankfully we got through the rest of the weekend and the rectal bleeding had stopped. Monday I was told it was okay to stop the Metrodanazole and start the Piroxicam. I thought it was going to take days to get it since it had to be compounded but thankfully the  pharmacy I used Clearsprings got it done quickly and I had it delivered that afternoon. I gave her the first dose that night. A few hours later I noticed that she was more active and wanting our food again. She had not been that alert in a while . I started to have hope again and thought maybe it was lymphoma which I was told would be the easiest of the cancers to treat. Unfortunately my hopes were dashed early the next morning when the oncologist called and said it was Tonsilar squamous cell carcinoma on her right tonsil and it had already spread into a lymph node. Once again I was devastated. She didn’t sound very positive and basically just told me the standard options. I felt like she was just giving up on her. She offered chemo but I was hesitant to do that with all the side effects and she would have to be closely monitored. She said to give the Piroxicam a chance to work and we could talk again in a week. She didn’t just say she would call me she said you can call me or I will call you which I thought was odd. It would have been nice if she said she would call me to follow up We talked about end of life care and she recommended someone so I asked if she could email his name but she never did. I lost it after I hung up. A little while later I ended up calling Caring Pathways to see about hospice care. I had called them when Sophie was diagnosed but never used them. It turned out they wanted a lot of money and it didn’t sound like it would be very helpful since they were not going to do anything to help get her more time. Instead I emailed the holistic vet I had contacted when Sophie got sick but never met because she was going out of town. Her message machine had not been updated since last July though. I thought that was the end of her but emailed her anyways. She finally got back to me a few days later but she was going out of town for 3 weeks so I did not feel comfortable starting with her at that point. She did say that using CBD an THC would be beneficial. That was something that I had been hearing a lot about but the vets I had seen did not know anything about it. She recommended another place to go but it was to far out and I didn’t want to stress Lily out anymore than she already had been. I tried to get in touch with another holistic vet who made housecalls but she would not even talk to me without charging for the call. I tried Googling one more time and came across a home vet I called a few month ago when this first started for another opinion but never used. It said she did holistic too which I had not seen before so I called her again and left a message. She got back to me the next day and said she was out of town but could help us so I made an appointment with her the following week. We met her the following week. She seemed very knowledgeable and came up with a plan to try and get the tumor to at least stop growing which included holistic things including CBD with THC.  She also suggested we do a lower carb diet even though Lily loves the food from the Farmers Dog my sister gave us. I tried to call them to see if they would customize their food to make it lower carb but they would not do it so it that was very disappointing. I also have never heard back from any of the other vets we saw to see how she is doing which is really upsetting especially the one I used for Sophie. She knows what we went through with her and what is going on with Lily and has totally blown us off.  I don't understand how she can do that, she had been our vet for years. The good news is she is doing better than she has been in months so we must be doing something right which gives me some hope. I just pray that we can keep the cancer from spreading at this point and this vet will be able to continue to help us in the meantime.  It is a terrible feeling not to have a vet to depend on. I guess all we can do is keep doing what we are doing, and pray for more time. We will also continue to do things that make her happy like going on walks in her stroller which she is still enjoying. If you have any extra prayers or good thoughts we could definitely use them. 

Also while I was going through all this with Lily one of my sisters dogs was not doing well either. They thought she had autoimmune encephalitis but nothing she tried was helping and she lost the battle the same time we found out about Lily. My heart breaks for her too. It has been a terrible year for our dogs but hoping there is still some light at the end of the tunnel. 

Even with all this going on I still had work to do. I found out Etsy made a lot of changes to their SEO last month so I have been working on that too. I am not changing everything all at once though I want to see if the changes are really going to help or not first. So far I have not noticed much of a difference. Sales in our Etsy shop were pretty good. We had a custom order for a wild one tutu set and matching party hat. That is a new theme for us and we love how it came out. 
I also got a request for matching banners to go with our purple elephant tutu set. 

This one has a different elephant than the one I have done before. These are the banners with the new elephant to match. Zoom in the see them close up.

Right before all this happened with Lily I was really excited for Watercolor Bootcamp to start but my beginning it was bit delayed because of that. I finally got a chance to dive in though which has been a good distraction from everything else. This was my first piece. An abstract floral landscape. 
I also made this piece to help me through this difficult time. My faith has definitely been tested through all of this and when I saw this verse I thought it would be perfect for this lesson. 

I also did these pieces from more Skillshare Classes.  The first one was from Liz Kohler Browns Chalk Hand Lettering On Your Ipad In Procreate

 I did this piece while I was waiting for the Ipad Watercolor Wonders class to start. It was done in Adobe Sketch and the class was called Learn How To Make Wonderful Digital Watercolor Paintings by Mandar Marathe.

Finally I made these Peach Bars. The recipe was from Flora and Vino. They were pretty good. The granola I used had too much Almond Flavor in it for my liking though.
That's all for now. I hope the rest of your month will be a good one and I will be back next month with more to share then.