Wednesday, July 25, 2007

July Update


Goodness, it's been a long time since I've updated here. Let's see, where should I start. I guess I'll start with a confession: I've been sick. Really sick and it's gone on longer than it should have because I didn't want to face up to it. Yes, my autoimmune thyroid disease came back, this time not Graves but Hashimotos - turns out it's a lot easier to manage this one than the first one - that's the good news and I feel pretty lucky about that. The bad news is that I also have some adrenal issues, a rare recurring virus (Mono/Epstien Barr) and a ton of food allergies. The food allergies are causing me the most struggle at the moment, everything else is finally under control. But February, March, May and June were hard (really hard) and July finds me finally feeling a bit normal again (heh, no comments!).

I just finished a really long and drawn out project - my last client website project ever (please, Universe, don't make me eat those words). Have a look at it if you like - - I think it came out nice - the client loved it until a couple of her friends suggested she re-do it in brighter colors - hmn. Oh well, just one of the reasons I'm glad to be out of web work once and for all. I'm excited too, because it means I can finally focus my energies on MY dream: creating beads, jewelry, art... pretty things that make people happy to have them and wear them.

I have not had a whole lot of time in the studio to create, but I did make some cute glass acorns:


Stay tuned for some beachy beads or jewelry made from them (not sure which yet). I'm having fun making waves in glass right now.

On the homefront, we got one of those huge blow up party pools for Luke - he's been enjoying it SO much - it looks like this:

And that's about it - can't think what else... the bathroom remodel projects are still moving slowly forward... the green beans plants are as tall as I am and my tomato plant is almost up to my neck... Oh, Frank got his motorcycle license (and is looking for a bike) and we saw Lyle Lovet in the rain last weekend and it was actually really fun, even in the rain. And Harry Potter 7 - DONE! Loved it! Hope everyone is having a nice summer too. Xoxo - Pam


  1. Hi Pam--

    So sorry to hear that you haven't been well. I too am suffering from adrenal failure and am contemplating taking at least six weeks off to go heal myself (whatever that looks like).

    Glad you are better.

  2. Hi Julia, thanks. You know, if you can take the time off, you should. If you don't have your health, you really don't have much, at least in my experience... I've hated the adrenal thing, having to pace my day out just to get the bare essentials done - it's no way to live. At the very least, find a way to put your feet up a few times a day to take a break. Oh, and my dr has me on Isocort adrennal supplements - they are great! I'm allergic to one of the other main nutritional support supplements they give for adrenals, so that's a bummer, but there is stuff (as I'm sure you know) that helps them heal.

  3. I'm not sure what kind of food allergies you're dealing with, but there's a very good blog ( you might check out. Karina's dealing with more food allergies than I can imagine and she's making great food still. Anyway, hope you're feeling better each day.

  4. thanks - I stumbled across her blog awhile ago and her recipes do look good. Luckily I don't have a wheat or gluten allergy... but I've got some tough ones anyway: all dairy, including goat milk and cheese, beef, lamb, chocolate, coffee, sugar, blueberries, vanilla, nutmeg, lettuce, curry, black pepper, ginger, cucumber, kidney bean, sesame.... the dairy is the worst by far. Chocolate next. I'm about coffee free these days... though I had some today. It's hard to give up totally...

  5. Pam, so glad you are feeling better. That sounds very scary. The site looks terrific.

  6. I spent my teenage years coping with Graves disease, then took matters into my own hands and went to see an acupuncturist. Six months later I was drug free and healthy. In my late twenties, it flared up again, and again I went back to acupuncture and got it under control. I'm now 41 and haven't had any more problems with it at all. I don't want to get all evangelical about it, but I really do think acupunture has a way of putting your body back in balance.

    I stumbled across your site while blog bouncing and love your glass work. I can also SO relate to moving on and leaving your web design background to make yummy glass that looks good enough to eat certainly was a smart move.

    Good luck with it all, and enjoy your new studio!