A life chat and memorial service

So, it’s been too long since I posted. I had to go to Seattle for almost two weeks earlier this month to take care of my mom who had shoulder surgery, I thought I’d have all sorts of time to blog and draw whilst she was in a pain killer induced sleep and recovered, I was very much wrong. My mother does not react the usual way to painkillers,  oh no. Pain meds make her hyper and crazy. So, she didn’t sleep, neither did I. It was rough, but she’s doing much better now and soon she’ll really be feeling much much better. Anyways, I got home and had a birthday two days later. It was an ugh sorta birthday this year, and I just felt like I have accomplished very little for being at such as age. Oh, and I also got the privilege of going to the DMV to renew my driver’s license… and my present was getting the world’s ugliest worst drivers license photo, it’s soooooooooooo bad!! I have only shown the people at the bank because I had too, I don’t want anyone to see it, ever. Honestly, when I look at it, it doesn’t look like me, do I really look like that? Needless to say, sorta was a bummer, feeling gross about yourself on your birthday seems more profound than if it is just another Monday. I really think it’s perfectly normal to feel you’ve let yourself down on your birthday some years, I’m alive and at least I feel still. Just means I have a whole year to see if I can improve things. So, next birthday I can be like, ‘hey, I accomplished something this go around of the sun, yay me.’ and eat some cake.

But, you’re not here to hear me complain about trivial things unless you are, then I’ll check off that box for you and, you’re welcome. Been a weird month. What I really popped on here to say is that I finally made my Grump’s (Step Grandfather) memorial service invite and wanted to share it… so here it is:


His ashes have been hanging out with me since January (sounds a bit creepy, but, his birthday is July 4th, so had to wait till there were fireworks going off all over the country to send him off in proper style, like he deserves.) and I think he’ll be very glad to be down by the river next to family and friends.

I sketched this out in the old sketchbook and then finalized it on the Procreate app on my iPad with the apple pencil. Blanked out the pertinent information, but, wanted to share it just the same.

Thanks for letting me ramble on and on about my life, feels and some death and dying. Quite the post.


May Favorites 

So…. Been a while. (My computer is acting up so I’ve had to create this post on my phone… Fingers crossed folks!) As I posted before I was in NYC for a fast and furious little trip. I’ll post more things on that later. For today I’ve compiled my May Favorites. 

1. A butterfly pencil pouch… I know, I already favorited a pencil pouch not so long ago… Well ladies and gents, I have way more then one and I like to switch them out. This one is great for traveling, it makes me remember I don’t need ALL the things. It also has a dog on it! (In case you were unable to tell from my drawing, that’s a dogs face, a frenchie to be precise). Got it off of CoolPencilCase.com and they sell exactly what it sounds like… Other stationary items too.  

2. Looks like a pencil, but ah ha! It’s a pen! Got it in NYC at the Met gift shop. Sadly I didn’t get to go into The Met, nor any museum (gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh : ( just can’t have everything.) but I did stop and buy a silly pen pencil at the gift shop and I LOVE IT! My favorite thing I bought in NYC, besides some super yum meals. What can I say, I’m pretty easy to please. 

3. A pleather backpack. It’s not the worlds greatest backpack I’ll be honest, it’s not real leather so in another week or so I suspect it will start to fall apart, but that’s what $30 on Amazon buys sometimes. That not so minor detail aside, I love this backpack because it reminds me of the one Meg Ryan has in the movie French Kiss (what you haven’t seen it??!!! I’m outraged! Go watch now!) It was handy and “fashionable” and I could stuff it under my airplane seat easy peasy. I’m planning on wearing the snot out of it. 

4. My birthday cake!!!!! What’s not to love? It was ice cream cake and for maybe the first time ever someone had them put my name on it and make it look fancy (well, as fancy as an ice cream cake can look). No offense to the other lovely kind and generous gifts I was given, but that cake made me feel very special indeed, and all it took was someone spelling my name correctly on it really… Again, easy to please I guess. 

5. Lastly, my plane tickets to NYC, I know I just said the cake was the best present, but actually it was probably these suckers; it’s really quite hard to decide. I got to go to NYC in January for a work thing and I only got one day to explore, I walked from Midtown to the Brooklyn Bridge and back (no subways, no taxis, just foot to pavement) and saw lots of things… But as some of you might know, there is soooooooo much to see. So, my mom let me go back as a birthday present! I didn’t get to do all the things I wanted or see all the things I had missed that one day, or go into any museums; which makes my heart a bit sad, I do love museum. But it was fun, and as I said earlier, more will be shared about my fast and furious travels in NYC, so stay tuned if you care to. Even though the mini trip wasn’t ALL ABOUT ME… I got to go, I got to see, and I am grateful. 
So that’s it folks, my May favorites. What did you love this month? Anyone else celebrate a birthday? Let me know, if you’re feeling chatty enough to comment. Till next time!