Happy Blogaversery – Update

One year ago today, I posted a simple colored pencil drawing I’d done. At the time, I had no idea where it would lead.

As “Artistcoveries” grew and led to new friendships, I looked forward to celebrating my first “blogaversery” marking a year of sharing my art journey.


Due to my recent illness, I haven’t been able to continue my art work for quite some time, and so I’m not having much of a celebration today. I did want to provide a quick update on what’s happening.

I was re-admitted to the hospital in mid-February and underwent surgery a few days later. I am home again now, and in fact, had my follow-up appointment with the surgeon and physician yesterday morning. Part of this long, frustrating process involves repeated misdiagnoses of what was happening, but at last, I feel that the problems have been addressed, and I will hopefully regain my strength and energy.

I won’t bore anyone with medical details, but one of the huge problems was that I was unable to eat for several weeks. My body went into “starvation mode” and became severely malnourished. That problem has been resolved. I’m gaining back some of the weight I lost, and I’m getting my appetite back now.

Today, I’m gong to be “celebrating” my blogaversary by staying in bed, watching old movies on the Turner Classic Movie channel, and probably enjoying a few of my favorite foods.

I do want to thank everyone for the friendship and encouragement I’ve received since I began “Artistcoveries” in 2016, and I hope to reach a point where I can resume my art studies this spring.

Doctor’s orders are to rest as much as possible and give my body time to heal completely. I have to remember, I’m not as young as I once was. My body is going to require a longer period to recuperate.

Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated. As I’m able to get up more and spend more time at the computer, I will be responding to your comments.

Thank you to everyone who has helped make Artiscoveries the beautiful journey it has been for me.


    1. Thanks, Jodi. I’m about back to normal now…and trying to catch up on things. I’m looking forward to doing more painting once I get settled in again.


  1. Goodness, Judith, you’ve really been through a lot. I hope you have a quick recovery. Please know you’re in my thoughts and prayers. I love this blog and look forward to when you can show us your beautiful artwork again. But do as the doctor says and don’t hurry back on our account; we will be here waiting when you are fully restored. πŸ™‚ And, happy blogiversary, too! ❀

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    1. Thanks so much. It’s been a frustrating new year for me, that’s for sure, but I’m back now close to 100%. I’m getting back to painting — and back to my Sims, too — but it’s a bit of a challenge to pick up a brush again after being away so long. Thanks so much for all the good thoughts.

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  2. It’s amazing to think what growth you’ve accomplishment in this short year . You’ve become an artist and gone through the process of recognizing that you are one. Remember , being an artist is who you are , not only what you do. While you rest and heal, that , too , is part of being an artist ! Thanks so much for all the inspiration you share !

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    1. Thanks, Cathy. You’ve been a huge inspiration throughout this learning process. Your comments and suggestions have helped immensely. I feel almost as though I’m starting over now after being away from my art for a while, so it’s going to be another adventure. I hope you’ll share it with me.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Recovery is a lot slower when we get older, I learned, but I’m back now — and playing catch up on a lot of things. I hope to make my art work part of my regular routine again now.

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    1. Thank you so much! Sorry that this reply is so late, but I have been away from my computer while I’ve recuperated. I’m getting back to my art now, and that feels good.

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  3. Glad to hear you are mending. Having had serious health problems over the last few years, I’m on my feet again, battered and with some dents but still here. Time does help heal and I extend my hand to you on your journey. Look forward to seeing you again soon as a regular here in our blog world. Xo.

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    1. Thank you, Claudia. Picking up with my art after my illness is a bit daunting. I’m glad I have so many encouraging friends like you to help me get back into the swing of things. πŸ™‚ Best wishes to you, too. Health issues can really throw us for a loop.


  4. Happy blog anniversary Judith πŸ’ first of take care of yourself and have enough rest so that we can see your beautiful paintings again πŸ˜€ get well soon friend!

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    1. I did watch a few old movies — my husband and I discovered the old Turner Classic Movie channel — and I read quite a few books while recuperating. Now, I’m playing “catch-up” on things and getting back to my painting. Thank you for the prayers.

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