A place to show my love for my granddaughter who lives with Cerebral Palsy and my passion for painting. In an effort of raising awareness for C.P. every painting brush stroke I make on raw canvas is a stroke of love, as I discretely paint a green C.P. awareness ribbon in every piece. Can you find them?
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Monday, April 12, 2010

A few people have e mailed me asking why I haven't posted any new paintings recently on my blog, It seems as though I may have a few separate audiences, 1 audience follows my blog for my art work and another for Hailey's progress, and some of you enjoy both. Well I don't want to forget that I am painting for a cause so I painted an 8x8 panel for your viewing this morning, you should know that when I am not working, I like to spend quality time with Hailey and when I am not with Hailey, I am probably painting. I recently finished a commissioned piece (a sailboat) as well as a rather large painting of chef's that will hopefully be hanging among some of my other work at "Ledge" a fairly new restaurant in the Lower Mills section of Dorchester. This will probably be hanging some time next week for 4-6 weeks. If your in the neighborhood stop by and have a bite to eat. The menu at The Ledge features mostly traditional American cuisine and pub grub. I am also working on 2 other commissions from a couple of co-workers. So believe me I have been busy. People ask me where I find the time to paint. Well, I find myself painting late at night and sometimes in the wee hours of the morning, If I weren't painting for such a worthy cause, I would probably give it a break, but "where love is deep, much can be accomplished" as long as people are willing to help out either by purchasing a painting or by letting me get my work out there on the walls of businesses, I'm going to get it done. Enough about art. Let's talk about Hailey...this morning (after I finished my painting) we brought Hailey to her doctor's appointment, that is never, ever an easy task, she absolutely hates it and fears it, crying the whole time, I really wish we could ease her anxiety. (If any of my fellow bloggers have any tricks on making these visits easier please comment below) After that we went for a walk in Olmsted Park, part of the Emerald Necklace. Hailey likes to walk there, Natalie says she likes to see the damn and the geese, so that is where we went today and on the way back home we had to walk past the playground and Hailey extended her arm and pointed towards the slide. The little dare devil that she is, she gets mad if Natalie goes down the slide with her. So with Mama up at the top and Grammy playing catcher, down she goes with a grin from ear to ear. My heart skips a beat, but Hailey just signs for more.


  1. I have a special needs son WITH DANDY WALKER he is now 16 . We will be lifetime members at CHILDREN'S IN BOSTON. I WENT THRU WHAT YOUR GOING THRU. I MADE A SPECIAL DAY OF IT, FIRST his favorite place for breakfast(mcdonald's kids love it). I would tell him, if you dont cry you'll get a special gift, from where ever he wanted. He did still cry but he still got the gift ,eventually it does get better. Don't let her hear any negative talk, make it sound like fun,sing dance and your going to make an event out of this. We always took his favorite toy. I also would take auntie with me or if he wanted someone special with him. Then we did lunch there,we would be there sometimes all day,and on the way home somewhere special if he stayed up long enough we had a long ride home. I still to this, he looks forward to it. He still hates blood work and the gifts are getting more expensive, but its not all the time,so its ok. Lots of hugs and lots of love. also an ipod or something to keep their mind busy to play with and look at. I always stayed with him, at all times never let him go in alone for any work not unless they would not let me. Its tough, hang in there. She might want to try and paint get the paint book & brush for her to play with. GOD LUCK. God Bless!

  2. Thanks for the good advise, all good ideas! We also frequent Children's pretty regularly and we stop and get a balloon in the gift shop on the way out. She likes to read so we try and read to her to distract her, but she wigs out when the nurse comes in. I have heard that it is a sensory thing. I don't mind the crying as much as the anxiety, I feel helpless when she signs the words ALL DONE and she thinks that we just don't understand her. I think the paint book is a good idea, maybe we need a different distraction. I hope your son continues to thrive and do well.Thanks for reading.