Friday, February 22, 2008

Walt Disney

WOW! When I read about this in a Wall Street magazine sitting in a doctor's office last year, I made a mental note to read this book! Well, I'm finally reading it now. So much detail about this man's life, his parents, and their parents. I'm about 1/3 of the way through, and the studio is working on Snow White, the first ever animated movie.

And he's not frozen! No, he was actually cremated. Born in 1901 and died in 1966. Did not know how young he was when he died. So cool to put yourself in the real life of him, his family, and his studio to get a glimpse of what it was like back in the 20's and 30's. Dad would have been pretty little still, Mom was just born in 1930. I knew Mickey Mouse was old, but 1928 was the first showing in a New York theatre of his first animation. I say "his" first. He really didn't draw much anymore once he really started getting his studio grounded, which had several ups and downs. The man did not give up. And he WOULD NOT allow United Artists, Columbia, or any of those big companies to purchase his studio, which everyone of them that were interested wanted to do. MGM though rejected him and Mickey...wow, their loss.

He was determined to be independent...to be Walt Disney Studios. If you went to work for him, you had to know up front that you were doing this for his name and not for your own name. But that didn't mean he treated his staff terrible. That was part of what was so great about him being independent...he really treated his employees great. There was as much play as there was work...everyone felt like a team, like they were doing something great. No questions if you were sick for three or more days a week, and no worries about coming in late, and he would often close down the studio in August and tell them all to go to Hawaii or Cuba and just get away...be fresh and ready for work when you come back. He would have times when he was extremely moody and some didn't like him regardless. But when he was the most moody, was when he was being swindled by the people back in the day that he thought had his back and thought were giving him the financial leverage he needed to really get going. Disney did not have any business since. His brother, Roy, was the one who did. You really see how crooked people are. The few in the beginning that did see potential, wanted to pull one over on him and control him and everything he did. He wouldn't have it.

Although, Walt, wasn't in it for the money. He kept reinvesting any money they eventually did make back into the studio. His sole objective was to the be BEST at ANIMATION, to be DIFFERENT from all of the rest. So when the depression did hit, he was actually thriving. That's when the Mickey's and the Silly Symphonies really hit big.

Well, I started reading it only just a couple of weeks ago, so I'll probably have to check it out again at the library. I see him in a whole new perspective, and again, is why I loved the moving Meet the Robinsons so much...it really is so much like him. And I can't help but wonder if the character Goob from the movie has any significance to Ub, the real person, who did most of the drawings, and did Mickey, even though he ended up turning his back on Disney.

Can't wait to finish the book...just my eyes don't cooperate a whole lot.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

This time 3 years ago...

...Uncle Ed was visiting Mom and staying at the house. Mom got sick just a few days before with upper respiratory congestion...she went to sleep this day 3 years ago and did not wake up. We do not know what really was the cause of her death. Her doctor put heart attack, but he's not God, we don't even know if he really even looked at her. And the same doctor that could not see her when she was so ill and put her off for a week, so I do not respect his opinion.

Miss you, Mom, and holding on to all the happy and fun memories. I'm so glad you are with the Man of your dreams finally, and so thankful YOU can finally be happy.

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Happy Birthday Banner

Made this banner for my Secret Sis for her birthday last month! Love how this came out. I'll have to do more of these.





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A Little Valentine for the Divas

Wanted something really cool for my secret sis for Valentine's Day and this just came out great! I love it. Hope she does. It's just a plain heart box of Kisses and Hugs that I altered. I love it so much, it was hard to give up, but I'll be making me one too! ;)
















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Friday, February 08, 2008

Elsie Challenges

Slowing down this year, well, kind of have to lately...but loved the idea of a group of girls on Scrap in Style using Elsie's 52 Challenges book and doing weekly cards. This is doable and enjoyable.

Week 1 Challenge - Work those Words - Again this is my mantra this year to "Move Forward." Based off of the Disney movie Meet the Robinsons. Wanted to use the entire quote made by Walt Disney himself. "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
Week 2 Challenge - Focus on one photo and change it to Black and White. The face this cat gives me...OMG!!


Week 3 Challenge - Customize a ribbon border. Love the hominess of this with both Daisy and Archie in the windowsill.

Week 4 Challenge - Create your own Chipboard Accent - Did a lot of chipboard actually and altered what I already had. The only one I made myself was the cat. Love this one too.

Week 5 Challenge - Embellish a Floral Accent - Daisy is so cuddly. Not as much sometimes with her not feeling well. But love seeing her like this.

Week 6 Challenge - Create a Ribbon Cluster - Well I did a few ribbon clusters. I'll be using this photo a lot, but on this one, I wanted it to be fun and how it was when were taking the photo, so wanted bright fun colors.

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Creative Update-2008 Calendar and Charm Swap

Realized I never posted any of this. My mantra for 2008 is "Moving Foward." Inspired by Walt Disney. Love Love Love the Disney movie Meet the Robinsons, it just had the whole feeling of what Walt Disney was all about. So it's still another Year to Remember as always, just a new saying.
February LO - Wanted to have each month reflect the here and now. Well, unfortunately, having an injured foot is a huge part of my life whether I want it to or not, so really wanted to show and remember what right now is like for when I look back and remember the good and the bad.
Bottom of my February calendar - it's a tough month no doubt. Anniversary of Mom's death, Daisy not doing well and may have to make the dreaded decision, can't get around because of my foot, so "Be Extra Gentle to Myself" is what's it's all about for now as I literally take it one step at a time.





January LO - Moving forward and what I want to accomplish in 2008 - I DO NOT DO resolutions. Just sets you up for failure. I'm setting myself up for success. Love fresh starts and new perspectives.
bottom of January calendar

Had finished these charms over the holidays. Did 82 of them for the Scrap, Etc. Charm Swap. Did in stages so not that bad...really Love my fix for Hello Kitty. It's Hello Kitty gone artsy.





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Monday, February 04, 2008

Daisy and Her Sulfur Baths

I've uploaded a bunch of pics of Daisy as well as some video. She just breaks your heart looking at her. But we do know that as long as she is not doing the biting and scratching and tearing herself up with horrible wounds, she is not in any pain, we confirmed what we see the vet and she's assured us that she is not in pain. The only thing is between the kidney problem and her being an older cat, she gets much colder, has lost just about all of her muscle and is so frail, and we think, little small seizures we believe anyway...basically, she just kind of goes out of it and isn't coherent.

She'll get her third sulpher bath tomorrow. She did get back in her litter box this week. So hard to understand and try to figure out what she's feeling. She had gotten her fluids on Saturday, so she should have been feeling pretty good. And we've still been giving her the extra potassium supplement. And she's still on her antibiotics for the urinary infection she got last week. But she's back out of the litter box now. It's very upsetting. But we realize we have to take one moment at a time with how she is doing. She'll never be the same as she was before with the toll of the skin problems for so long and especially the kidney problem. That's what really did her in and even though her blood levels are within normal ranges, she cannot get back what she has lost because of the onset of the disease.

So you can see from the photos that we are making her as comfortable and as warm as possible. Treating her like an old cat that needs special treatment and reassuring her that we still love her. She's in our dining room/foyer area. Even though we have to close it off sometimes when she is moving around so she doesn't pee in places she shouldn't, she hasn't been moving around much at all. So we just stop by and give her some added attention from each of us. She's always been a snuggler...and more so now...






Had to sneak a little of Archie in here just for fun of kind of a sad post and all. But this is the little rug rat himself, momma's boy. These pics cracked me up when I could actually see what goes on behind my back. Somebody's always watching me!!

Ah, well...I was crying my eyes out when I took these. Sometimes when cats get in their litter boxes, it's because they're bored or just playing around...but she was just lying in it, as well as lying right on top of her pee and poo. And so we knew she was doing it because she wasn't feeling good. We really thought this was it and were very close to going ahead and facing what we needed to do. But these were a few weeks ago when she was at her worst and had started peeing around the house because she couldn't find or get to one of the many litter boxes around the house. That's when we tried the potassium supplement and she bounced back and stayed out of the litter box. So that's when we decided to tackle the scratching and biting probably more aggresively and do what we thought we could never do...give her sulfer bath treatments.

These are videos from our first successful attempt to give Daisy her first of 4 to 6 sulfer baths. We have to put a gel in her eyes first...in them, not on...we thought we couldn't do it, but sucked it up and did it!! The bath part was actually the easiest. Thanksfully Dennis was able to do it by himself...I can't take off my shoes and that position would not be good for my tendon, and the sulfer stains everything it touches. video
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This was the worst part...she screamed...you'd never know a cat could get so loud. You can't dry her off, she has to dry on her own, that's part of the treatment. So she has to air dry. Takes about two-three hours of enduring her screaming, then when she's just damp, we run the blow dryer over her for about 30 minutes. The stuff smells awful too.
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Not too great at the video...oh well...


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