Monday, December 30, 2013

Real Fast - a bit of a downer..

Real fast.....

I've been in pain almost constantly for the last two weeks or so.   It has been due to hormones and "female" issues and now, it's due to not being able to take Advil until after my surgery on Jan 9th.  I know that I can take tylenol but seriously, tylenol is not an anti-inflammatory and does nothing to alleviate the pain.  My shoulders, head and back are constantly sore...  In the morning I'm so stiff I can barely move.  I really can't wait until this is all over.

I've been walking again for the last two weeks because I'm hoping that'll help.  IT does, temporarily..

I've been working on a lot of photos that you can check out on my flickr page or my facebook page to see some of them.

The saddle is going slowly.  I'm so so tired.  Hard to sleep when I'm in pain a lot.. 

Hope that everyone has a great new year!!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Absence... sorry!

My apologies to you guys for being so quiet and absent.  I have been so busy with work and with life that I have spent precious little time in the studio.  You may have seen some facebook posts where I'm working on the shoulders of the Western pleasure saddle - but thats about all I've been doing.

My Mom has moved into a facilitiy that helps folks of her age and condition and that's been a great relief to our family. 

RJ celebrated another birthday and is growing up into a smart, inquisitive boy.  He is also bristling under public school rules, like I did.  We (RJ and I) have this fabulous "Talent" of being so focused on what we're doing that we hear nothing else.  Teachers don't like this "super power" of ours - it appears disrespectful.. But we are just focused on the task at hand.  I'll have to figure something out for him.  I do not have the patience for home schooling, so maybe some other kind of schooling is called for.

What I have been doing a lot of, so that I fill my artistic soul, is working on whittling down the 3k worth of photos that I took at the Arabian Celebration and the 2013 Akhal Teke Weekend a couple of months ago.

You can see them on my Flickr page or my facebook photography page:

My health has also been wonky.  Without going into too much gory detail, it's the usual problems that happens to a woman of my age and hormone levels. (Not menopause though thank gawd).  Just some weird things that my body is doing that has sent my mood and my brain into orbit and makes me think that I might just really be going crazy.  All at a time when I need my wits about me and my mind to be as agile as it has ever been!  Very frustrating..

So please forgive my quietness.  You can always write me at:  tackmaker at or tackmaker at

I hope that you all have a really wonderful Holiday season and a fantastic new year!!!=