Sweet relief…

I went in to see the doc and she immediately put me back on the Methergine at a full dose. It’s been a few days now and I am seeing some improvement again. It’s a relief.

I am a bit nervous about the side effects but I am scheduled for an echocardiogram, an MRI, and a chest x-ray soon so I should know whether or not I am building up any scar tissue soon. If I haven’t I can stay on it for another six months. Choosing to remain on a drug that could cause cardiac valve scarring is pretty scary but it’s not as bad as living with such a high level headache every day.

I am also in physical therapy now. My PT spends a good deal of time unscrewing my head, teaching me exercises for the neck and shoulders, and encouraging me to sit on a yoga ball at work. Some of the stuff she has taught me seems to help.

In the meantime, I am working more on my jewelry and training for my first 5k.

Distraction techniques

My doctor mentioned that neurological studies show that pain reduction occurs if you remain distracted. In other words, try not to think about it. Reading is difficult with migraines, so is working on the computer, but listening to books on tape and making things seems to be about perfect!

My latest creation, a peacock, black pearl, silver rose, glass, onyx and tiger eye necklace, kept me occupied for a while:


I am really enjoying learning more about jewelry making. I just bought a book on wire wrapping so I can progress further with those techniques. I am really interested in wire weaving and the finished product is very cool to look at. For the nonce I am just happy to feel useful and creative while I sit in my cave.

Catch a tiger by his tail…

I have some challenges in my life. There are a number of things I simply cannot do. However, thanks to the love of friends and family, I am able to do some things that most people can’t ever do.

Like snuggle a pack of baby tigers, with my children, cause I can.


Our adventure in tiger petting began with the simultaneous release of the fluffy darlings from their travel kennel.

A few points here, from the lawyer/animal advocate: 1) There was one staff member for each tiger, we were never unsupervised. 2) These babies are small and this kennel is used to transport them a few hundred feet at most, so they can have different outdoor play experiences. They are not caged up in a tiny compartment. 3) These are well cared for animals and happy as … well… tigers surrounded by people with bottles of milk.

So, now that is out of the way. The critters surged forth from their box with delighted screeching and immediately began exploring everything around them. Imaging your fastest toddler + too much red bull x five. I am pretty sure that comes close to describing the sheer amount of noise and movement involved with the experience.

Upon release we were given the opportunity to feed and pet them. We took full advantage of that opportunity:


A very greedy baby tiger drinks all the milk in my bottle.

They've got me!!

Marlena, covered in tigers. (How often does one get to say that?)


Oliver feeds another greedy tiger baby.


Dan hugs a tiger like a teddy bear.


Sniff sniff… hmm this human spilled some of our milk on his shirt. I like him.

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Marlena learning that letting tigers suck on your thumbs soothes them.

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Me snuggling a wiggly tiger.


Dan and I playing with tigers. There were two more behind the zebra bench.


He’s going to get you!


A full tiger naps on Marlena’s lap.

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Oliver let’s a tiger suck his thumb.


Mama pets a tiger.

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The greedy baby polishes off his bottle.


And collapses in a milk coma.

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Hmm… he still has milk on his shirt.

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Marlena is a tiger jungle gym.


Dan lets a tiger suck on his thumb.

We loved the whole experience, so much so that the kids suggested we move to Oregon. I have to admit I don’t dislike the idea. I could toss law out the window and spend my time cleaning up cat poop for the occasional tiger encounter.

Mercurial Machinations…

In an attempt to keep my spirits up the past few weeks I have been creating some jewelry! So far this week I have been working with cabochons, filagree, images and vials to create interesting victorian style pendants. The cabochons are fun to play with and enable me to create a wide variety of different looks with similar materials. Below are three pendants I recently put up. The Lady of Shalott pendant has a filagree backing on it that wraps around to the front, giving the whole thing a more victorian look.

The Lady of Shalott Waterhouse Pendant

The next one has a set of gears underneath the glass and a dark blue artisan paper behind those for added depth. Silvery glass beading adorns the frame of the pendant for some added intricacy.

Steampunk Geared Up Pendant

This last one I made with the same blue paper backing as the one above but overlaid with micah and lace and topped with a small coordinating bead.

Blue Victorian Lace Mourning Pendant

I have been having a lot of fun making these items while I rest. The one I am currently working on (not listed yet) is one of my favorites. It’s an Alice in Wonderland themed pendant.

Drink me

The pendant begins with a small glass vial wrapped in gears and filagree and filled with a “Drink Me” card and a picture of Alice from the book. Then copper and bronze wire are interlaced around the neck to add color. Finally, the cork has a small bead hanging off it into the vial and attaches to the bronze chain. Above the vial is a small skeleton key. This one took quite some time to complete but was a ton of fun to make. I plan to make a series of Alice themed necklaces and earrings.

My next attempt will be Chesire Cat earrings I think. I will have to paint the cat image on the back of the cabochon and then place it into the earring base. Should be entertaining, I hope!

Thank you all for the sweet messages, texts, and emails. I appreciate you reaching out to me during my time of struggle.