Hi everyone. I’ve got three more Zentangle patterns I’m trying out today [drawing Punzel, Quib, and Ratoon] and we’re going to chat about what I’m doing for Brain Tumor Awareness month, my dog Boomer’s arthritis, and the most ridiculous thing about my house.
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First item on my agenda: Brain Tumor Awareness month. The slogan for this awareness campaign is “Go Gray in May.” That’s because the awareness ribbon for brain tumors slash brain cancer is gray and of course there’s that whole play on the “gray matter” thing. It’s clever, but not particularly catchy or marketable like football players wearing hot pink cleats and gloves in October.
If brain cancer patients want to see a cure and fundraise for research, we generally have to do the legwork ourselves. So, here’s me asking you to take five or ten dollars this May (if you have it to spare, of course) and make a donation to the National Brain Tumor Society. In 2017, I gave a research hospital some of my cancer cells to put on ice, and it’d be kind of cool if the lovely people studying those things had funding to keep doing all the science stuff.
On a more personal note, I encourage you to learn the signs and symptoms of a brain tumor. It took me a few years to get an accurate diagnosis, because for a combination of reasons, the doctors I saw (and one of them was a neurologist) didn’t seem too concerned with my neurological symptoms. We all know how important early detection is when it comes to cancer, but a lot of that burden lies with patients knowing what the heck they need to advocate for. So, in summation, if you know the signs of a stroke or a heart attack, why not take a second to learn the signs of a brain tumor. I’ll drop you some links in the description to make it easy for you.
Moving on to my bestest dog Boomer. Last week we had to take him to the vet a couple of times. He was clearly in pain. Breathing really fast and shallow, occasionally yelping, and there was even on night where his teeth were chattering. I’d never seen a dog do that before, so we were pretty concerned. (Side note, turns out the teeth chattering thing can be a sign of pain too).
Anyway, X-rays were taken, but they didn’t turn up anything obvious. The vet’s best guess at this point is that Boomer has arthritis. So we tried him on a couple of different meds. The first one tore up his stomach. He’s had a sensitive digestive system his whole life, so anything that made it worse was pretty much a no-go. The vet had us try something else, and it seems to be working beautifully, but of course that med is $6 a pill. She’s going to try to help us figure out a way to get it more affordably or we’ll keep looking for a regimen that doesn’t lead to the bank foreclosing on us.
Boomer doesn’t get a lot of airtime on my channel, not because he isn’t adorable, but because at 90 pounds he’s a lot less likely to jump up on my desk while I’m drawing. Here’s a picture of him though. He’s almost six – part black lab and part Irish wolfhound He’s a great dog. Before I knew I had brain cancer and I was falling all the time because I had gait issues, he would walk me up and down the hallways here at home. We really don’t deserve dogs, do we? Anyway because he’s a large breed, it makes sense that he’d be starting to have joint issues already, but we still hate to see it.
And now the worst thing about my house: Our kitchen is carpeted. Yep, you heard that right. I don’t know what possessed the people who lived here before us to do such a thing. I’ve heard people say that it was kind of a thing to put down carpet in kitchens for a while, but that doesn’t excuse people from their horrible decisions. It’s impossible to keep clean and because we have one of those weird houses with a laundry space in the kitchen too, we don’t just have splashed and dropped food stains on our floor – there’s also an iron imprint burned into it.
And, no, I wasn’t the one who dropped the hot iron on carpet and let it sit there long enough to singe the carpet fibers. I haven’t owned an iron since we left Indiana—and that was way back in 2013.
The reason I bring this up is that people keep asking, what’s the first thing you want to do when this whole quarantine thing ends and you start letting strange people in your house again. I’m going to have people put down a hard surface in my kitchen – something that I can afford, of course, but also something that can be cleaned and wiped up easily.
Because another issue we have is that our cat likes to clean her paws in the dog’s water bowl after she uses the litter box. I know. She is ridiculous. Anyway, most of Boomer’s water ends up soaking into the carpet. We put down rubber mats, but she just splashes harder. It doesn’t even have a chance to dry before she’s slinging water again. If we don’t get this nipped in the bud soon, we might need a mold remediation team too.
I’m trying to think now, I don’t think I’ve ever lived in a place that didn’t have one weird head-scratching thing about it. I mean, unless you’re building new construction, someone who’s lived in a place before you has made a decision about construction or decoration that you wouldn’t make in a million years. Am I right?
Alright, my voice is getting as tired as I am. So I think that’ll do it for today. Thanks for watching, and I’ll catch up with you in the next Tangled Talk episode.