The Heart Matters

Sometimes life gets in the way of your painting. The artist’s life is generally a solitary one, but playing with a bunch of agreeable and interesting pickle friends is a fun social start to the day.  Regular pickle workouts and occasional 5 mile runs makes one pretty fit, but sitting in a car for hours on end has put me in more pain than any workout. It’s yet another old people ailment.  The drat sciatic nerve!

potting shed

The Potting Shed    30 x 40

At least I didn’t require a hospital. Pete went in for a pacemaker.  His heart monitor showed crazy wild rapid beats when he was playing pickle, but on resting days his heart would occasionally stop for a few seconds or dropped so low that he passed out. Our cardiologist drinking buddy installed a pacemaker but during the surgery he snagged the lung.  He said it was partly because Pete is so scrawny, no fat padding to protect him.  The snip caused his lung to deflate, a pneumothorax.   Doc was beside himself. Pete wasn’t thrilled. A hospital room is Not a very exciting place to be. There may be a rare interesting, occasionally gruesome or worrying conversation, or nurse chitchat, or  intercom drama  “…EMT to room 422, NOW!…..”  There is the friendship of fellow inmates and visitors all bravely confronting their own troubles.  There were cheerful carers, gleaming floors (no cat hair), good food, and if he had desired a visit from one of the 27 doggie staff members.

Daffs by the barn door

Daffs by the Barn Door   Sold

Old history now!  Pete feels splendid.  His driving was restricted for a few days, but we needed a trip.  ………..  I have another commission to paint a cottage in North Carolina.

We went to take a look.


About Tan

Hello friends! I am an artist, not a writer, but please enjoy my blog. We no longer own our lovely boat and we don't often go often Tortola to visit our friends. They have sold their apartments and their Edel Catamaran, Wildfire, but I"ll be seeing them again in Wales. I completed two Round the World voyages as Cunard's watercolour teacher on board Queen Mary (2016) and Queen Elizabeth (2017). Pete came along for the ride! See paintings and sketches, and read about our adventures here. Now, Pete is gone, and I am back in our home/studio in Chagrin Falls, trying to reestablish a normal life, and enjoying the entertaining company of a young ginger cat....Thomas.
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