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Monday, August 8, 2016

Can You NOT Talk For 5 Days?


For 5 Whole Days!

In April I started having trouble with my voice.
It was raspy at first, then hoarse, and then almost non existent.  
I went to my family Dr., who tried something that didn't work,
I went to an ENT who tried something that didn't work,
and then I went to a voice specialist who found the problem.

I have (had) a lesion on my right vocal cord.
It's no bigger than the head of a pin,
but it kept me from being able to talk.

So Friday I had surgery to have the little bugger removed.
And while they were in there, they found a cyst that also was removed.

I'm not in pain but part of the recovery is 
no talking for 5 days. 

I'm a talker folks, so this is hard.
But I'm doing it!
The hardest part is in the morning when I first get up,
because I forget.

But by Tuesday I should be able to talk.

I will probably have to have several weeks of speech therapy because my vocal cords are pretty screwed up right now,
but hopefully I'll be able to talk more normally after that.

So now you know why I haven't made any more single subject classes or any free videos.

Looking forward to getting back at it in a few weeks.

So. . . you ask, how is this part of Motivation Monday.
Because, we CAN do hard things,
and not talking for 5 days is pretty daggone hard for me.

Doing HARD things is an every day deal for me,
because most of you may know,
I'm not the healthiest horse in the barn.
But, really, no talking for 5 days may be one of the hardest things I've ever had to do,
but my family loves it.  (hehe)

Forcing yourself to do something that's hard,
but that's good for you can be very hard,
but the pay off is great.
More on that later.

But I am still painting so here is my latest work.

  This is the background I did on an 8" x 8" panel.

I loved the colors and the looseness of it.
I flipped it to the other side when I painted on it, 
because I wanted the dark side on the bottom and the lightest part on the top right. 

Then I wanted white daisies on all that color,
and then I sort of covered it all up.
Oh well!
I still like it and I hope you do to,
because I'll be giving this one away for my August painting.
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 This bad boy is heading out to Gayle in Lebanon, Ohio on Monday.
I painted this at the boat dock in Carrollton, KY.
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  1. That latest work is gorgeous, Sharon :) May you find your voice in every way. I am looking forward to talking with you again soon, dear friend. Here's to a speedy recovery...

  2. Thanks Meredith. I had surgery last Friday and my voice is actually worse than it was, but they think it will get better. I'll probably need speech therapy.

  3. I am so sorry you went through that ordeal. Happy the results were good and I laughed at 'buggar"
    I can easily go a week without talking but only if I am painting. I admire your fortitude, Sharon. You are an inspiration.
    yes...and I like the daisy painting VERY much!

  4. Update: Still no voice, in fact it is probably worse than before, but the Doc is hopeful it will get better. I see speech therapy in my future.


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.