Monday, March 23, 2009

Sunday's Gothic Arch-"Spring"


Here's my little entry for the Gothic Arches weekly challenge of "Vernal Equinox" or "Spring" -- the photo isn't great, but you can click on it to take a closer look. The text is from a very old, very beat-up children's story book that was given to me for my 16th birthday. My girlfriends all knew that I loved antiques (yes, even back then I was crazy about antiques!) and threw me a birthday party, complete with gifts that all of them had found in antique shops. It was a lovely gesture on their part, and I will never forget that birthday! Unfortunately, the book was very old when I received it all those years ago, and now its pages are crumbling, so I thought I could preserve some of what's left by adding it to my art.

Today, I'm trying to catch up with all of the wonderful challenges from the past few days, but so far, this is all I have created. I had planned to work on art all day yesterday, but fate has a way of interfering with the best laid plans. I spent a good deal of Sunday in the ER with my husband; poor guy, he woke up with a horrible pain on the right side of his back and was really feeling awful. Things got progressively worse, with the pain intensifying and making him violently sick to his stomach--something that just never happens to him--and so, long story short, I took him to the hospital, where they hooked him up to an IV to get the pain and the nausea under control, and then they ran a bunch of tests. Turned out that his right kidney was full of kidney stones, and that is what was causing the problem. Thank goodness everything else checked out fine--I was really concerned because, in 16 years, I had never seen him like that, and I felt so helpless. I wish I'd had the power to take his pain away, he was suffering so, but, again, thankfully, he is okay, and feeling a little better today. It was a bit of a scare for both of us, but today, things are looking a lot rosier!

16 comments:

Lynifyni said...

Lovely work!! The composition is just right! Lynn F.

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Oh Jann…I am so very sorry to hear about your husband. What an awful scare seeing him in such pain and not knowing what was wrong or what to do for him! I am really glad that he is doing a little better today, and hope he continues to feel better & better with every day. Keeping both of you in my prayers.

Your gothic arch is really beautiful and I loved hearing about your antique book that you received for your birthday!
Love, Carol Anne

Susie Dally said...

Such a lovely arch- after all that hoopla! Hope everything comes out alright.

Lyneen said...

Sweet... love your sentiment. ER UGH! Hope DH is feeling better... I hear kidney stones come with a ton of pain.

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow your arch is truly amazing.
Really lovely design.

I have send you the ATC´s today ;)

Femmy said...

beautiful arch!!!

Jen said...

Lovely arch.

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

Jann, I love that you made this white...it's a really stunning arch.

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

Oh, BTW, those kidney stones are the worst!!! My husband just had surgery to have one removed....it was the size of a large marble!

Robin said...

Beautiful arch Jann! Hope DH is doing much better.

Take Care - Robin

Kersten said...

Am so relieved your husband received some relief and some answers for his pain! Scary!

And I'm so happy to see your wonderful spring addition! It's absolutely darling. I love the robin and what better way to preserve the memories of a special book from a memorable bday party. Gorgeous work on many counts.

Happy spring!

RubyMay said...

I do hope your DH is feeling better now.
Your arch is stunning x

Lydia said...

Love the picture and the wording:)

Glad to hear hubby's ok. Did he pass them, or did they laser them? It's so hard when we see our loved ones suffering. Brown rice is good for after an episode like he had.

xo Lydia

Yvonne said...

What a beautiful arch!

vintage wil said...

What a lovely arch!!

Barb said...

Hi Jann, love the "soft" colors, just beautiful!