Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Another ... and Unexpected Adjustment to Celebrating Christmas

Once again this season... it has been necessary for us to  adjust our Christmas celebrations. What would normally be our traditional ritual of gift-giving and merriment has been out of necessity altered to limit both of these practises.

Deb and I have been laid low by a sciatica kind of injury to our right sides from the hip down to the knee in my case... down to the ankle in Deb's. The pain is both excruciating and debilitating for us both. Activity and mobility is extremely limited and requires rests after short intervals of use and application of ice packs to ease the pain.

Our life has centered around medical appointments and treatments.... none of which seem to eliminate the symptoms as yet. This... after almost six weeks of self treatment. Something has to give to break this loop of pain so that we can get on with our "normal" lives and move forward with the new plans and a chapter in our lives that we have been moving towards slated for April, 2019.

I have an unfinished project currently on my easel that scolds me incessantly when I am able to get down the stairs into the studio.  will not reveal any part of it until I can present it fully finished. It has been in the wings for too many years already and getting it to the point that it currently sits only happened with dear Allie's urging and encouragement.

Stay tuned... it shall be finished... sooner than later!!!

I wanted to post this Season's Greetings from our house to yours and felt that it should carry visual input... to accompany my wishes to each of you important blogging friends. I owe you much for your continued encouragement and support throughout the year and during difficult passages in my journey.

This said... I wish to extend to each of you a truly Blessed Christmas... a Joyous and Healthy New Year. And Rich painting success and growth.

Rich Blessings... and Good Painting!

                                             "River Spirit" - oil on canvas 20 x 16 inches
                                             (Gifted to Allison, Joan and Andrew Sherman)

                                        "Down East Vigil" - oil on canvas 20 x 16  inches
                                               (Gifted to Liam and Bryn Sherman-Parris)

                "When Play was conducted joyfully... en Plein Air" - oil on canvas 20 x 16 inches
                  Gifted To Lisa Anne Sherman-Shamray and her children Ryan, Braden and Mica

                                              "Sugar Moon" - oil on canvas 22 x 18 inches
                                               Gifted to a good Friend  Jeanine Burns at Xmas

I chose this one to close out my Christmas 2018 post to commemorate a full moon for Christmas Eve  this year. It shall not occur again for 19 years. Just in case my "brush with life" might have run its course... I leave evidence that I witnessed... and fully appreciated its celestial beauty and wonder this Christmas.

"God bless us... each and every one"


  1. Merry Christmas, Bruce, and I hope you and Deb are well again soon.

  2. Merry Christmas to you as well Rhonda! Hope that things level off for us here... and that we can re-engage more comfortably to our artistic and personal lives.

    Warmest regards,
    Bruce and Deb

  3. Hi Bruce, I'm sorry to hear that you are still suffering, and that Deb has the same problem! It must make life very difficult with both of you out of action. Elaine is having a similar problem with a pinched nerve in her neck, but fortunately I am OK.

    I hope you get better soon and don't have too bad a start to 2019.

    All the best,

  4. Hi Keith!... Thank you for your thoughtful and kind response. Sorry to hear that Elaine has similar issues. Not at all what one needs to put one into the true spirit of Christmas.

    We both visited our GP yesterday and were given painkiller and anti inflammatory prescriptions... and the dawning of today felt very much better at coffee hour(s) this morning! Fingers crossed!

    We're off for diagnostic x-rays to further illuminate treatment providers.

    All the best to you and Elaine in the New Year.

    Warmest regards,
    Bruce and Deb

  5. oh, no - I am so sorry to hear of your pain and suffering and hope it will not be long before it is all a thing of the past. Your snowman paintings are so special and such fun. My best wishes for a fast and complete recovery and a wonderful 2019.

  6. Merry Christmas Susan!... So wonderful to hear...and see your "voices"here on your blog!

    I have much missed your presence and the joy that your regular offerings delivered to my door. I know that others who faithfully followed your journey would feel likewise.

    Glad that you like my snowmen... they are very personal paintings from my heart to my family and special friends. That would include special blogging family members like yourself... I very much value our sharing relationship.

    Again... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Susan. Hope to see you aboard more often!

    Warmest regards... and blessings!