Friday, September 30, 2022

Face Off - 9/30/22

Welcome to the Friday Face Off for Sept. 30, 2022.  Some news first. Last Saturday, I suddenly had a pain in my right shoulder after driving about 90 miles. I thought it was just a muscle kink, but  oh no. The pain increased as the day went on.  By bedtime, I was in agony and could not find a position to sleep in that wasn't painful.  I spent the night huddled in a very awkward position on the sofa getting a little sleep but certainly not good sleep.  The next night was similar but I did sleep a bit more. 
Monday I went to the MD to find out what was happening. Was it a rotator cuff tear or strain? Was it an impinged nerve?  I really didn't want to have surgery - and miss being in the play.  ARRRGH. 

The doc did some manipulations and asked lots of questions. He palpated the areas and told me the "bad news" - which, compared to my worst cast scenarios, was good news.  I have bursitis that is inflamed and is causing muscle cramps/spasms.  Of course it is my dominant hand.  So, my creativity has tanked. And the muscle relaxer is knocking me on my tush.  I did manage rehearsals this week -  with some adaptations. My director was lovely to understand and adapt. His main concern was "will it affect the ukulele?"   I told him "I WILL manage."  

So to the faces for today: First is a sketchbook drawing of a friend of mine. He fell asleep watching TV in the recliner so I grabbed a sketchbook and drew him lightly snoring. 

This next page is a notebook from my work days. I would sketch during meetings.
Oddly this helped me to remember much better than if I took notes. 
If I took notes, I would end up writing a grocery list or maybe an idea for
a poem or story.  That is just one of my many quirky characteristics. 

I am sure I "wasted" several work pens sketching and practicing shading techniques. Ha ha
Honestly, I bought most of my own pens because I could get the ones I like.

This is my birthday month so my family will be celebrating Saturday 
with a nice lunch. As I am on a medically supervised diet to reverse my 
type II diabetes, I will be making a cake with no wheat and no sugar. 
And yes, it will be delicious! (Virta Health is my diet plan.) 

I am linking up with  DVArtist for the Friday FaceOff.
  Clicking the link will take you to her blog.  It is great fun
 to see how various people interpret the challenge.

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 

Comments are welcomed. I will reply when possible. Of course if you are a "No Reply Blogger"- I can not reply. Links in comments will result in the entire comment being deleted.


sirkkis said...

Hello Gene,
and thanks for fun, exciting story about your mental experiences ;))
Your drawing of a snoring friend is very expressive. What he liked it LOL!
I think you use your waiting time productively;
thanks for showing the sketches.
Have nice time and a good sleep :)

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Gene, hope your shoulder will soon be better, and that you mange all of the rehearsals. Love your snoring friend! Happy Friday, Valerie

Tom said...

...yep, TV will do that to you.

DVArtist said...

First I hope you are feeling better by now. Also happy birthday. I know there will be a nice celebration. I would love the recipe for that cake. Your art is always impressive no matter what medium you decide to use. You captured your sleeping friend in the chair perfectly. Thank you for joining FFO.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Happy Birthday Gene, another year older and wiser. We get to be so wise in our older age, wisdom that we sometimes wish we had 30 years earlier.

LA Paylor said...

cake in any form, yum. Happy B-day and I like your face study sketches. The man is also so intriguing... it reminds me of sketches by famous painters seen at the Nat'l gallery of art... capturing a gesture or moment.
my body broke down this week too...

Christine said...

Lovely art glad you got a diagnosis anyway

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Your shoulder sounds painful - I hope it heals quickly and that it doesn't interfere with your upcoming play! The sketch of your friend is impressive - so realistic with so few lines - WOW!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you have a WONDERFUL day - and a WONDERFUL lunch tomorrow - ;))

Iris Flavia said...

Oh! Hope you heal quick and 100%!
How "mean" to sketch someone sleeping, LOL.

Haha. In the yearly meetups with the boss I was wondering exactly that!!! What is he writing down?
Butter, eggs, cheese...???

To yummy celebrations! To a great, healthy new year!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I can't believe how far behind I am. Today is catch-up day, so that is what I am doing. Sorry to read about your bursitis. I hope you have good meds, but NOT ones that make you loopy.

I especially like the drawing of the man sleeping on your couch. That is precious.

Feel better soon, Gene.

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

Ohhh, Bursitis ... ugh. I don't envy you. I have experienced that pain, but the good news is, that it does resolve over time. I am with you, hoping that nothing interferes with your musical ... I think you are going to be Marvelous :) So I really like your sketch of your friend, though I am guessing he won't be thrilled that he has been shared with the rest of the world. Remind me never to fall asleep in your presence :) So doodling during meetings ... hmmm You sound like my kind of person Gene ... Have a wonderful family birthday.

Andrea @ From the Sol

Fundy Blue said...

I hope your shoulder feels better soon, Gene, and I'm glad you can still work on the play. The portrait of your sleeping friend is excellent! I used to doodle a lot in lectures and meetings. It helped me calm my ADHD. Take care!

My name is Erika. said...

I hope your shoulder feels better ASAP Gene. That has to be miserable, especially since you can't use your hand. Happy new week. hugs-Erika