Being immobile has been the catalyst in a creative flurry that is my only outlet now, since driving, walking, swimming, and so many other activities have been hindered by this:
I can’t put any weight on it, so I’m wheelchair bound for 3 months. My only outlet is creativity, so I thought I’d post more of my art journal entries.
An old friend of mine sent me this picture of a wedding gift I made her way back in the late 70’s, I’d totally forgotten that I’d ever done it, so it was a nice surprise to see an embroidery project from so long ago!
These frames needed filling so I took the current themes in my life, hope and grace, and painted them.
One day I really needed a clipboard for a class that I was taking and I couldn’t just have something that wasn’t creative, so I painted and decorated this blank space.
My style is all over the place but that is my life right now, I have to be consistently creating … it is my happy place!
“Something happening here, it ain’t exactly clear…”
I am truly amazed and stunned by the events of this past year! There were very high moments contrasted by the terribly tragic ones…certainly nothing I ever saw coming. Therefore, to my best effort I am telling the story of why my posts have been sporadic and certainly not deeply inspirational. Life is unpredictable at best.
Last May/June 2017 I went on the dream trip of a lifetime; to Israel, Jordan, and surrounding Holy Land sites. It was a deep longing in my heart for 40+ years. There is no way to relate how absolutely fabulous that journey was: the people, the history, God’s Presence, the majesty and wonder, the food, the friends I made, the shopping, and the encounters that wrapped me in ecstatic bliss while I were there.Then I took my first trip to the Emergency Room in Jerusalem to deal with the AFib attack on my heart, with lots of prayer I was released in only a few hours. This was the first of many attacks and fierce battles that began my year.
Arriving home, my husband and I joyfully went to a Christian Conference in Southern California in mid-June. While there I fell off 4 steps to the ground twisting and severely bruising my knees and feet, tearing the meniscus in my right knee. Another trip to the ER and about two months of elevating my knee for swelling and pain.
During that time I had three more visits to the ER with more AFib problems and two cardioversions, where they stop your heart then use the paddles on your chest to electrically restart your heart. “CLEAR!” They had no idea why this was happening since my heart was strong and healthy. The battle was growing more fierce though through all of that I knew God was with me.
My daughter and I took a road trip to Texas in August, to visit family and go to another conference (we have such hunger in our hearts to see the Lord moving, we will sacrifice all to seek out what He is doing in other places). My car broke down in the middle of the desert on a 104 degree day…warfare, but we saw God’s hand in every situation.
When we got back home, really all I could do was journal…
take classes, get more involved with people (my favorite thing), join groups in the church, and just live in the grace.
October 9, 2017 The wildfires plundered Sonoma County, burning everything in its path. Our entire neighborhood burned to the ground. So unimaginably tragic! The fire stopped 200 yards from our house, but everything else was gone…total miracle.
This is our neighborhood. Everyone was effected and traumatized, and still coping with the loss of everything.
There is tons of stories I could retell and they would prove God is real.
Two weeks ago I had surgery on my foot to repair some bone and cartilage degeneration, finding I also had a broken bone, which caused pain for a very long time, I am now in a cast for 3 months.
In closing, throughout all of the ordeals and seemingly harsh circumstances, I have remained strong, by God’s grace. I can truly say, “God is good, He is always good.” He has never left me strengthening me every day. My love for Him as grown more deeply because of the trust and faith in His ability to be faithful to my heart. I am looking forward to the future that will bring new adventures, new dreams, and new resources to our lives. Now I have more time to blog, create and paint…endless amounts of hours to bless you my friends!
As usual I can’t help myself when it comes to making cards for special events and holidays. Here are examples of the past two years; 2017 was more vintage and sweet and this year more graphic and gold.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe
(Make a heart shaped crust for Valentine’s Day)
1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower – should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
¼ cup mozzarella cheese
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup marinara sauce
1-2 cups mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Remove the stems from the cauliflower and cut into chunks, Place the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse it until it resembles the texture of rice. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a cheese grater or chop it very finely. But quickest way is to just buy the pre-chopped (riced) packaged cauliflower at your local grocery store.
Microwave the chopped cauliflower uncovered in a microwave safe bowl for approximately 4-5 minutes on high. Remove it from the microwave and allow it to cool for at least 4-5 minutes (trust me don’t rush this step!). After the cauliflower is slightly cooled, place it in a kitchen towel and squeeze all the liquid out of it. Be sure to squeeze as much liquid as humanly possible.
Combine the cooked cauliflower, egg, garlic, cheese, and seasonings. Stir until a dough texture forms. Spread the cauliflower mixture out onto lightly greased parchment paper or a pizza pan in the shape of a pizza crust.
Bake the crust for approximately 10-15 minutes (depending on your oven), or until the crust is golden and crispy. I cooked mine for approximately 15 minutes. After the crust is golden remove it from the oven and add your toppings, you can use marinara sauce and cheese for a simple margarita pizza.
Place the pizza back in the oven but this time turn on the broiler, bake for about 2-5 minutes until the cheese melts. be sure to keep an eye on it because the broiler can burn the cheese quickly.
2018 is off and running quickly…we are already half way through January! In a new year people become expectant about hearing from the Lord and anticipating what they can look forward to in the next twelve months. It is exciting to to hear what new beginnings and hope our lives will experience in the days ahead.
I believe that the Holy Spirit is speaking to our hearts about His purpose for each of us in this season. Our purpose will become more and more defined as the year progresses. As we surrender all to Him, this defined purpose will begin to change our identity. We will see more of His moving in our lives, our outlook, and perceptions of who we thought we once were. This will be characterized by our deepening relationship with Him. He is looking for hungry people. Hungry people draw attention to His favor and anointing. This is a year of new beginnings, begin yours now.
I begin each new year with a Detox…
The detox I’ve used for years is the Lemon Detox. I have more than enough lemons growing on one tree to last me a couple of years. I really makes you feel good with energy to spare; great liver cleanse.
This detox recipe is easy and the ingredients are readily available, but it only gives you the amounts for one glass and I usually drink about a gallon of it in one day. No other food (except coffee which I can’t ignore…busted)!
2 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice
2 Tablespoons of organic, grade A or B maple syrup
1/10th teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
10 oz. of filtered water. Stir and enjoy.
I’ve begun new paintings and creative projects, can’t wait to share them with you! Coming soon!
This is a partial snapshot of a painting I’m working on, continuing my “Angel” series, done with a pallet knife and finger painting. The big reveal coming.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope each day is filled with great delight and spiritual significance in this season of new birth. We have much to celebrate, reviving new hope and new paths before us in the coming year. May all your desires, promises, and expectations be fruitful, coming to pass as we live each day with the blessings of Heaven. Lovingly thankful, Annie