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10 December 2010

Boys on the Beach Dog Portraits by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

'Boys on the Beach'
24 x 48  Oil on Canvas

This one is also on the cover of a dog magazine...
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  © Laurie Justus Pace     Graphics One Design 2010

If I had a thought I certainly forgot it.  I have been down with a viral infection, most likely picked up at church.  Terry drove me into  Dallas to see our family physician Dr Steve. (he will have a new book out soon!)  I have never had chills and sweats at the same time and no fever. It was pretty harsh. Add in no sleep for three nights and no appetite and you know where I have been. 

Mary Jo Zorad had just sent me this wonderful email: (Mother you probably already have this one written down.) 

"Remember, happiness comes by living each moment, among all the struggles and problems of life, with an attitude of unshakable inmost happiness, and not by helplessly seeking a happiness that is always just out of sight around a corner. Happiness depends chiefly upon the inner conditions created by one's own mind."
Mary Jo did not write this, but she shared it with me.  She is a dear friend and fellow artist. Absolutely one of the finest Life Coaches one could want as well.  She is Dr Mary Jo Zorad.
Back to my there I was laying in bed hot, cold, hungry, and not hungry, tossing and turning and I remembered this message. The struggles we face including illness at times and our attitude is what shapes our outcome... so I survived the long dark nights with blessing counting and celebrating what did not hurt and what was NOT wrong.  MJ, it worked.  I was not unhappy or depressed, I was only sick, but by focusing on positive things I made it through two sleepless nights and last night I slept for 8 hours.  

Terry says I am on the mend and I am.  I can walk from the bedroom to the kitchen with out toppling over.  I am at the lowest weight I have been at since 2007 and my appetite is still not too strong. I think my stomach shrunk. I was never nauseated, I just did not want to eat. Nothing sounded good.  Poor hubby as we drove back in the dark from Dallas I had been craving oranges and hamburgers. If you know me, you know I don't eat much red meat at all...but blessing to my dear husband who stopped at Braums in Sulpher Springs and bought me both. I only ate 1/3 of my burger and fed the rest to Paddy when we got home.  Terry tucked me into bed (are you ready for this?) only after he took my clean PJ's and threw them in the dryer to get them warm before I put them on, and had my heating pad already heating up the bed.  That was over the top for me.  Two Tylenol Arthritis and I was asleep as soon as we watched "A Summer Place".     Tonight we will watch 'A Lion in Winter'.    One of Terry's very favorite movies.

This time of year leaves us open for exposure to many virus. Please remember to wash your hands constantly with soap when possible. Also, if you have not been well, do not shake hands or share hugs with people.  God gives us knowledge and we show wisdom when we use it.  Don't share those type of things this season...share good health and warm moments for those wonderful memories we make.


““I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” - John 15:5,8

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