Well, it’s been a whirl wind of events lately. Really seems like there is not enough time in a day. SERIOUSLY. I am getting ready to join forces with Laurie’s Flash Framers in Sherman Oaks. Laurie has been in the custom framing business for 20 years and has established herself as a top notch, premium custom picture framer. Her work is amazing and what she does with framing is just breath taking. It’s amazing what a difference framing can make. I think there are many people who don’t realize how important framing is or what it can do for a photo. This is why, I am just so excited to be teaming up with her. My photography and her framing will just knock anyone’s socks off! I mean talk about a complete package. I will be going through and picking some of the shots that I think should be displayed for the store front, which will be ONE of my projects today. I think I will go through some of my favorite shoots and pick a few shots and post them here for viewers to vote on. We are trying to get everything ready by end of week, so we can open on May 1st, 2009.
Well, I made it through another week. And, boy was there a lot going on. Yesterday was a long day that started off way early for me. I actually got up at 5:00am, so I could be on the road and head over to Barstow for a “speeding” ticket I got back in February. So, I drove a couple hundred miles and was back in LA around lunch time and right back in the swing of things. I took my camera in hopes of getting some cool “sunrise” shots in the desert, but it was cloudy and the sunrise wasn’t anything worth shooting. So, no pics from that. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
As I play catch up with everyone, I do want to post some of the important things that just recently happened. My nephew Christopher went into the USMC boot camp on January 5, 2009. It’s a brutal 12 week training course, the toughest there is. He was 18 years old when he first stepped on MCRD grounds and had the joy of celebrating his 19th birthday with all his fellow recruits and Drill Instructors on Jan. 30th, LOL. Well, he graduated on my birthday, April 3rd, just a few weeks ago. I can not tell you how proud of him I am. My family is very important to me and ALL my nieces and nephews are like my children, so it was a very special day to see my Christopher marching with 478 other fellow recruits at MCRD, San Diego. Yes, there were 479 graduating marines that day. God bless all of them and the paths they take to help protect and fight for our country, the United States of America. Of course I had my camera in tow and got some great shots, which I will post soon. For now, here’s some pics of how my little christopher used to be…
So, since I was MIA for a while, let me fill in SOME of the blanks. In case you haven’t figured it out, I am a big dog lover and my two dogs are like my children. My 11 year old yellow labrador retriever, Bailey was taken to the vet on St. Patrick’s Day for a checkup and to get more medication for her “aging” bones. She was having trouble getting up and walking around, very common with older labs. Upon my surprise, the vet found a big bump when examining her, we took Xrays and saw that it was a very BIG mass, pushing all of her organs on the side and pushing up on her spine. He said the only thing I could do was attempt surgery and try to remove it, but know that it’s very risky and I may have to put her to sleep if the operation wasn’t successful. If I didn’t operate, her organs would explode and she will bleed to death, painfully. WHAT??? I was so upset, my world flipped upside down and was rocked in a bad way, very unexpectedly. I knew what I had to do, but I was so scared of losing her. She is my baby and I wasn’t ready to let her go.
She went in for emergency surgery on 3/19/09 at 12:30pm. I dropped her off at 11:00am and was a nervous wreck. It was a major surgery that would last hours and I could barely function. I talked to the vet at 4:00, right out of surgery and he said the mass was 11 pounds, like a bowling ball. He removed it but we had to see if she would recover from the surgery, since she lost most of her blood. He had to send it in to find out if it was cancerous or not, that would take 5 days. YIKES, more stress and anxiety. I prayed that she would be a hero and pull it off. I was there in that kennel right when she woke up from the anesthesia. I think the vets thought I was a little overboard, which is why they let me stay with her, even after they closed for the day. I brought her home Saturday 3/21/09. She was very weak and could barely walk. I feed her tofu, cabbage and liver to get her blood count back up. The next week was a little tough and I waited anxiously about the cancer diagnosis. On Friday 3/27/09, I found out she was cancer free! Now, it was just getting her back up and running like a champ. Her stitches came off 3/31/09 and she really started to feel better. I was so happy because I knew she was going to be a rock star again.Not only is she fully recovered, she is getting up, running and walking like a puppy. So, no more meds for those “aging” bones. I just got years back for my baby girl. My prayers were answered!
Here are some pics I took of her in the “recovery cage” after surgery. These are taken with my iPhone, so there’s only so much I could do.
Look at how sad she looks in there. This is right after she woke up from the anesthesia…
And, here she is today, 4/18/09, 1 month out of surgery. I took these pictures of us just for fun and to show everyone how great she is doing. I shot these as best as I could, but it makes me so happy to know my baby will be around for years to come!
Okay, Okay. I’ve been horrible with my blog for a while. But, I am ready to keep everyone informed and up to date with what’s going on regularly. I have just been swamped with projects that time has not allowed me to keep it up. But, I am ready to do it again and do it right!. I recently joined facebook a few days ago and will be keeping everyone posted of the new things going on there as well. I have been playing around on facebook and it’s amazing how that site functions. It really is a cool place to find old friends and to see what’s going on with everyone. If you are already on facebook, you can find me there too. Do a search for Gayla Elizabeth and add me as a friend if you’d like. If you are not on yet, you should join. It’s FREE and a great way to stay connected with everyone.
Happy Friday. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. You can bet I’ll be on facebook, trying to get familiar with the whole site. LOL