Awful week or two

Over the weekend of October 22 we headed north to Dallas so I could attend the Bead Fest at Arlington Convention Center.  it turns out that the rangers were in the world series so the roads were a night mare.  We learned that this was a baseball game!  The show was lovely but marred by the loss of my canon point and shoot camera.  Once home it was laser eye surgery over a two week period, quick and easy and then I had to do something about the increasing tinnitus and decreasing hearing in my ear. In the affected left ear, the tinnitus was so bad it was drowning out all speech.  iPod ear buds at least allow me to listen to TV but socializing is painful and even ever patient Chris was getting exasperated. I was put on Prednisone to try and cut the inflammation in some area where this all happens although no-one is quite sure where it is happening.  Menieres remains a mystery disease even after 35 years.  At least Serc controls the vertigo and my doctor said that Serc only helps one in nine people.  At least one break.  

Prednisone is both a savior and a terrorist.  Too much and bad things happen.  I switched to taking it in the morning, today, as it causes sleeplessness.  It is a 20 day course now, started with idea of 14 days and he switched when he saw the hearing graph.  It is now going into my right ear.  

Then a neighbor and friend of DH had a stroke.  A really fit guy who exercises and does not over eat.  horrible shock, happily he is improving quickly and will get a stent early next week.

good stuff.   A few weeks ago i mentioned the Day Of the Dead swap.  it is a paper bag book swap.  we make 3 bags into 6 pages and swap 2.  Crazy crafty Anna organized it at Sketchbook project.  She is truly incredible and as well as mother and wife raises goats and make soap from goat milk.  

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS is celebrated in most of the Latin American cultures with Indian populations.  In  the Aztec world death was not thought of as the end but rather the beginning of a life, free from the hardships of earthly life.   once a year the dead return to earth.  the Catholic church messed with the dates so that it coincided with All Saints  and all Souls days.  Alters (offrendas) are set up in homes or in country at the cemetery to welcome the dead home.  Their favorite foods, drinks and interests are proudly displayed on the altar.

traditional crafts were central to the decorations and festivities.  Sugar sculls, special bread, paper cutouts and sculptures features happy skeletons and catrinas.  IT IS NOT TO BE COMPARED WITH HALLOWEEN, a commercial driven party venture of scary creatures and fear of the dead.

Here is the first page made for the swap.  It is a water fall book that means each bag is cut so that they increase in size.  Page1 for swap  and a card sticking out of the pocket.

inside page two and three.  On three i wanted an altar and ussed tissue paper to represent the flower wreathes they make.  the candles are to light the way for the loved ones to find their way home.

backside of bag of DOD fabric.

bag two is a photo from the DOD collection my friends the Llanos a sculpture in a box.  

page two and three of bag 2.  the card sticking out has a recipe for cookies.
Since I do not have a camera I am relying on the scanner to show the bags received in the swap made by Janet and Arlene.   This was a fabulous swap and i love everything about it.

This is my completed book and i will create a post of it so here is just a taste of this fabulous work!  


  1. Your DOD books are so colorful and authentic. I loved seeing all of them.

    I'm sorry you're having a rough go of it right now. My husband also has ringing in the ears and his is accompanied by a 40% hearing loss. It's very distracting for him, especially when he's in crowded rooms and even with the very best of hearing aids. I hope this round of medication will give you some relief.

  2. Gee Mon, your book came out great!

  3. Your book is awesome! Soo colorful, just like YOU ;-)

  4. Hi Monica, that's such a bummer with your hearing/tinnitus - I can't imagine how awful it must be. Best wishes to your friend - that doesn't seem 'fair' does it - he does all the right things and still has a stroke. I wish him a speedy recovery.

    Now onto the good stuff - that Day of the Dead book is SUPERB! I love it and it's vibrant colours. I like how you made it into a waterfall book which just makes me want to turn the pages to see the next one having been given a sneaky peek!

    Take care, my friend. I hope things get better for you.



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