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Hi everyone. I know I've been absent for a while but I'm back for a while and doing fine. I hope each and every one of you are doing well and enjoying life! I really appreciate your support and friendship! =)
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I don't have a lot to say. Just Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my friends!! I hope it's wonderful for you all!!
My favorite Christmas video! =D www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAvLlP…
:iconchristmastimeplz: :iconsantalaplz:
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I was totally blown away today! I just checked my message box and realized that my image "For Candy"  actionjack52.deviantart.com/ar… I
received a daily deviation!! :iconveryexcitedplz: This is really a huge honor for me!! :woohoo:

I also wanted to wish everybody a spooky but safe Halloween! I'll be at home passing out candy while my wife and daughter get the thrill of taking my granddaughters out Trick or Treating. :iconhappypumpkinplz:
Have fun but don't eat too many goodies. :iconhungryplz: I'm going to do my best not to! :rofl:
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Hi all my friends and watchers! I don't really have a lot to say but it's been so long since I've written a journal it seemed time for a new one. I really appreciate the support and encouragement all of you have shown me. It means a lot to have you as friends! I'm so glad fall weather is approaching, I really enjoy this time of year with the cooler weather and the beautiful colors of the trees. =) Halloween is coming and is one of my favorite holidays too! I really enjoy passing out treats to all the little ones and to see their faces in their costumes!

I recently (about two months ago or so) discovered Mandelbulb 3D and am enjoying it a lot! A lot, hell, I think I'm addicted. :rofl: Now if someone would just buy me a faster computer everything would be great!! It's just such a cool program! Every day I'm amazed at the things it can create!

Take care all! I hope you're all doing well! Drink some apple cider for me! :iconpumpkinplz:
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I just read this article today about this loudmouthed woman with no respect for others or rules.  news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelook… I'm glad the police hauled her off the train! :w00t: :clap:  
It's about time someone did something about morons who can't put their cell phones down or respect the rights of others who have to listen to them for hours on end! I see people on an almost daily basis in doctors offices, medical labs or other institutions who ignore the signs to turn off their cell phones and act as though the rules don't apply to them! Who the hell do they think they are?! :shakefist: :pissed:
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I was informed today that someone bought a 9x12 in. print of my image Abalone actionjack52.deviantart.com/ar… . I'm so excited! I've tried to sell a few of my works as prints over the past 3 or 4 years, but this is the first time one has ever sold. Maybe I should make more of my works available as prints! =D
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Tuesday night I checked my email, clicked on an outgoing link...Whammo! The next thing I know I have a fake program on my XP computer called XP Security Center. It wouldn't let me run Firefox or IE. Yesterday I ran Spybot Search and Destroy, found the trojans, removed them and everything ran fine. That is until today, just did another scan and most of my apps don't even want to run. I get a message saying file not found. I plan on spending tomorrow trying to back up my files and restoring my hard drive. Wish me luck! :frustrated:

Thankfully I still have my laptop with WIN 7! =D

On a more positive note I finally find a musician I can really get amped up about! His name is David Garrett, he plays violin like nothing you've ever heard before. He is a genius. Here is a video of him playing Led Zeppelin's Kashmir. :headbang: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zloCaH…
Btw he does AC/DC's Thunderstruck, Metallica's Master of Puppets, and Paul McCartney's Live and Let Die among others. Just do a search on YouTube. =D


I just wanted to let everybody that expressed their concern know, my pc is up and running right now. But I was forced to do a system restore. Thankfully I was able to backup all of my important files and images. =) Oh well, live and learn! ;)
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Hi all! :wave: I was so amazed and excited this morning to find that my image 'Celebration Day' fav.me/d38nsjq has received a Daily Deviation. Many thanks to the lovely and talented Dragonwinter for featuring it!

:woohoo: :excited: =D

Have a great day my friends!
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Hi! To those of you that have followed my journal, first of all I saw my oncologist yesterday and was informed that my last ct scan revealed that the most of the cancer nodules on the outside of my lungs have decreased in size. A couple increased in size but not significantly. So I am supposed to see her in 2 months and we will decide then if it's necessary to start treatment at that time. If not I will see her 2 months after that and see what happens. She said she would rather not start treatment if she feels I'm in no danger. Soooooo, that's a huge load off my mind. =D

On a second note my dad seems to be adjusting very well to the nursing home. It really seems like a very nice place, the staff is very caring and attentive. Everything is very homey and immaculately clean and dad seems happier than I've seen him in months and making friends. =D

We've had way more snow than I care to deal with this past week. 10 inches on Sunday night and another 6 inches possible tonight! Did I mention I hate snow!! I wish I could move to a warmer climate, but with ny dad and family here in Michigan I really can't see doing it right now.

Take care everyone! Best wishes and good health to you all! :iconbigheartplz:
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It's been a while since I updated my journal so I thought I would say a few words.

Although I've been doing fairly well healthwise my oncologist wants me to try some type of chemotherapy later this month. It seems the cancer cells have spread to my lungs. Even though it's not a lot she said we should try to stop their growth or possibly even shrink the nodules. I'm not trying to evoke sympathy, just keeping you updated.

My dad, who's 84 years old and had a stroke a few years ago isn't doing well. He's becoming very weak and very confused, so much that my brother who used to live with him can't care for him anymore. In addition to the speech and other problems he now has dementia. He's been in rehab since Christmas Eve, and will be going to a home with other patients where they handle cases of dementia and Alzheimers. I hate to do it but I do think it's the best thing for him.

I haven't felt very artistic lately, as I have a lot on my mind.

Take care my friends! =)
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It's been a while since I updated my journal so I thought I would say a few words.

Although I've been doing fairly healthwise my oncologist wants me to try some type of chemotherapy later this month. It seems the cancer cells have spread to my lungs. Even though it's not a lot sh said we should try to stop their growth or possibly even shrink them. I'm not trying to evoke sympathy, just keeping you updated.

My dad, who's 84 years old and had a stroke a few years ago isn't doing well. He's becoming very weak and very confused, so much that my brother who used to live with him can't care for him anymore. In addition to the speech and other problems he now has dementia. He's been in rehab since Christmas Eve, and will be going to a home with other patients where they handle cases of dementia and Alzheimers.

I haven't felt very artistic lately, as I have a lot on my mind.

Take care my friends! =)
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Hi to all of my friends! :wave: I just wanted to tell you all that I'm doing much better health-wise. My cancer is remission for now. I'm just trying to get used to this blasted heat! Anyway, I hope you all are doing well and having a great summer. :sun: :relax:
Take care and drop me a line if you have the time! B-)
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Hi guys! I realize it's been quite a while since I updated my journal. Sorry I haven't been commenting or uploading a lot lately. As many of you may already know last year I had kidney cancer and had to have my left kidney totally removed. I've been going through regular cat scans, bloodwork and a barrage of testing since then. In February it was determined that I had 5 or 6 nodules or spots on my right lung, as well as 1 on my left lung. On March 11 I had surgery to remove the nodules on my right lung. I guess the surgeon is going to wait and see if anything further develops on the right lung before he decides if he should work on my left one, or just go ahead with some type of chemotherapy. At any rate, I apologize for my lack of enthusiasm lately, I've been pretty tired a lot, hopefully things will get better soon.
Now, back to business...Happy Easter everybody! I hope you have a wonderful day and that the Easter Bunny is good to you! =)
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Hi everybody! :wave: It's been a while since my last update, I realize I haven't been uploading as much art as usual. Life just gets in the way sometimes. Anyway the main purpose of this journal is to wish you all a Merry Christmas :santa: or whichever holiday you celebrate and a very happy and prosperous New Year! May life be good to you all! =D Larry!
I also want to thank my dear friend Paula :iconvoracious-vixen: for the lovely gift of a 6 month sub! :w00t: She is such an awesome lady! If you haven't yet do yourself a favor and check out her amazing gallery! =D
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Don't get me wrong, I've already downloaded and tried Apo 7X and I love the new features. This might sound strange to some but I always used Apo AQI nexstar.proboards67.com/index.…?. and never had any problem using the plugins. I could never get them to work despite numerous suggestions before AQI. Now that I can no longer use the 2.08 beta2 version I can't figure out how to install the plugins in 7X at all!! :frustrated: Seriously, any help at all would be greatly appreciated. I can't do crap without the newer plugins! HELP!! :crying:
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I thought it was about time for a fresh, new, positive journal. First of all, for all those that have been wondering, if I haven't mentioned it...I'm feeling great!! :bounce: :dance: I'm totally mended and looking forward to summer!! :sun: :relax:
I'd also like to once again thank all my wonderful friends and watchers! You guys (and gals) are the best!! I'm sorry if I don't always get a chance to comment on everyone's images. It doesn't mean I don't appreciate you, I really do! There just isn't enough time in the day sometimes and with the nice weather I find myself enjoying the outdoors more and spending less time on the computer. Take care everybody! I wish you all good luck and a great summer!!
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Hi, I just wanted to let you all know that I'm sorry for my recent lack of comments lately.
As you know, if you read my last journal I had to have a kidney removed on March 19th. I had been out of the hospital and doing well, then last Friday, March 27th I decided to have some toast with strawberry jam. This turned out to be a costly mistake.
The toast was rather dry and some crumbs from it caught in my throat. That caused me to let out a very hard cough. This in turn caused my upper sutures to burst. A tearing sensation shot through my belly. I didn't have time to hold my stomach as I was caught totally off guard. I tried to tell myself that what I felt was probably wrong. I hoped it was. Since I was scheduled to have my staples removed that day I went ahead and saw the doctor. He told me what had happened and they rushed me into emergency surgery that night.
The pain from the second surgery is very intense, at least twice what it was the fist time, but it was repaired and is mending. I am extremely weak and feeble right now, this has been very hard on me but I've been resting at home and just getting around since last night.

At any rate if I don't seem to be around much or leaving a lot of comments I apologize. It may be a while before I have the energy to be here a lot. =(

Take care my friends! Larry
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Hi everybody!  Although I've been hesitant to mention it lately I had a big scare on or about February 25th. I was feeling feeling fairly well and decided to use the bathroom. My urine was bright red with blood! I was scared to death! After going to the emergency room they decided to run a cat scan and told me I had a 7 cm (The size of a small tangerine!) mass on my left kidney. I saw my family physician who referred me to a urologist. He informed me that it in 95% of cases like this it's cancer and the only treatment was to remove my entire kidney. I went into the hospital last Thursday, March 19th and had it removed. The dr. said everything went well and that there was no more cancer to be found, thank God for that anyway. It scared me when the other surgeon assisting said that it was larger than expected. He said it was like removing a small baby from my belly! I was in some intense pain for the first few days, but feeling a lot better now. I'm on solid foods now and I'm supposed to be going home today if all goes well. I'm using my laptop right now because they have wifi access here. The nurses, techs and doctors have been great but I'm tired of this. I just want to go home and be with my family now! I'm just very thankful that this was found before it was too late. They tell me I'll be fine as long as I have one good kidney! Now I can get on with my life! :w00t: =)

Edit: I actually did come home yesterday. Man it feels good to be here! =D
I just wanted to add that my wife has been great about all of this. She's been there for me 100% though this whole ordeal taking me back and forth to doctors and appointments and just caring about me! =)
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Just wanted to say Happy Valentine's Day to all of my dear friends and watchers! I hope you enjoy it! :iconbigheartplz:
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Well, I was just told by my employer after 8 years and 3 months of service to them, that I was being let go, laid off in effect. Things are too slow and they can't find enough work to keep me busy anymore. Funny I was the only one who got it. I'm so pissed off! :steaming: I don't know what I'm going to do now. Don't get me wrong, I realize that things are tough and thousands of people are losing their jobs. Sorry, but that doesn't make me feel any better. Michigan (my residence) has the highest jobless rate in the U.S. right now, mainly in the manufacturing sector, which is what I did. I've been laid off before and had a hell of a time finding work again. Now it's going to be a hell of a lot worse! I just dread it! I'm totally depressed now! =(
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