Carve December Day 22

Whew I am grateful I was able to get this one finished today. I came down with something (not CoVid). Felt like crap. Doc gave me some meds and I took a nap and I feel a little better so I did this stamp. For those of you that think Florida is always hot, we get those cold damp days that if you aren’t careful, a bone chill can accelerate getting sick in an already holiday stressed body. Plus there are a few germs going around this year to make things a little more interesting.

I decided to do a Santa hat and I deviated from my sketch but I kinda like how it turned out.

Carve December Day 21

I thought that creating a stamp with text would be a nice challenge. It certainly was. I forgot to reverse the text and the first cut had the text in the wrong direction.😂

The second version was much better. I also found another red stamp pad in my studio, which works just a little bit better than the other one.

Carve December Day 20

Eleven Days of Carve December to go! Then this will also be the end of 2022.

Today’s stamp is a snowflake that I am adding to my patterns. Today’s print is being combined with the previous days’ prints to see how they look together. This is one just pattern combination.

I still need to refill the red ink or get a new red ink pad.

Carve December Day 19

The stamp for Day 19 is building on the stamps from the past few days. I have been experimenting with patterns using the previous stamps. I may even combine them with my stamps from last Carve December.

As you can see, I just need to get refill ink for my red ink pad….

Carve December Day 16

Today I felt like making a border stamp that I could use to “frame” a page. This one worked out like I hoped it would so I may go back and use it to “frame” the few past pages in my sketchbook.

Mack update: He seems to be doing much better and he was very happy when “daddee” took him for a car ride. He occasionally has an issue with steps, but he’s looking a lot better!

Carve December Day 14 & 15

I did carve Day 14 yesterday and took the photo but forgot to post it. In my defense, we’ve lost some sleep and have been worried and stressed over Mack, our long haired Chihuahua, because he‘s been sick since Saturday. We could see him slowly getting worse each day and by Sunday, he was a limp rag doll. He wouldn’t eat or drink fluids, which was totally unlike him. He’s our food thief so for him to visibly refuse food and water was scary.

We took him to the doggie ER on Sunday. His face was swollen and his eyes were puffy and we thought that he maybe had a sinus infection. The ER couldn’t find anything wrong and chalked it up to an allergic reaction and gave him Benadryl.

Monday came with him being unresponsive after the Benadryl so we stopped giving him that. We called our family vet and made an appointment but the earliest they could give us was Tuesday. I took Mack out into the sun for 15 minutes which helped and he ate and drank a little.

Tuesday came with rag doll Mack again but fortunately had a vet appointment. Our vet knows Mack pretty well and she could see he wasn’t right. They took blood work, etc, gave him an IV and some B12. We were all perplexed because he had no obvious issues so all we could do was wait for all the tests to come back.

A Wednesday morning and Mack was still lethargic. The vet called after lunch. Apparently when we traveled up North with Chloe and Mack, the week after Thanksgiving, Mack must have been bitten by a tick on the trip. Yes, they are on flea and tick meds. Nice to know that the $50 a dose flea and tick meds helped. NOT.

The vet explained to us that ticks in Florida are uncommon so it’s most likely he picked up something on the trip up North, maybe at a rest stop. They gave him prednisone and an antibiotic that we had to get at CVS. We had to crush the first doses and mix it with gravy to get them in him.

Today? He just shoved Chloe out of the way to get to her lunch so I gave her his lunch. He’s doing better today and is eating and drinking on his own, much to our relief. We had a scary stressful few days but he seems to be healing.

Whew! Here are today’s and yesterday’s stamps.