In Which I Meet the Fluido Machine

The doctor said I’m ahead of the curve on the healing process and set me up with several physical therapy sessions. I’ll see him again in two weeks, but now I’m allowed out of the splint three times a day for an hour at a time to do the exercises.


First they did all kinds of detailed measurements of how much movement I had in my wrist. Then the therapist checked the amount of grip on both hands. Right hand: 45 pounds. Left hand: 3 pounds. She said the amount of strength I feel is all in the arm, not the wrist.  Then she plugged in the Fluido machine to pre-heat it for me.


The Fluido Machine   is just the right amount of technology. It’s basically ground up corn husks blown around in a container of hot air. The corn husks absorb heat. You stick your arm in it for a pre-set amount of time and wiggle it around for a while in what feels like sawdust. The dry heat makes it easier to warm and exercise the muscles.The photo on the site doesn’t show the back side, which is where you stick your arm through a sleeve which velcros on to the top of the arm so the corn husk debris doesn’t blow out the opening.  It felt good, and I got more movement in the therapy session after using it.


The exercises she put me through really hurt.  But I promise I will be disciplined about it. She also massaged a lot around the area of the incision to reduce the build up of scar tissue. That felt like it was much needed, but I was not expecting an emotional reaction to the sensation of being touched. I don’t get touched much. I probably should look into getting regular massages.  In the meantime I’m grateful for the care that I’m able to get less than a ten minute drive from my house. At least the inconvenience of therapy sessions doesn’t include a long drive to get there.

I’m “on vacation” this week… I had scheduled time off about six months ago. I’m only taking a bit of time off, working just a few hours this week whenever I feel like going in. So I’ve been working really hard on getting these small items ready to sell. I have a little stack of them available now for $15 each. These are original drawings mounted on card stock.  The sizes vary, but they are all less than 4×4 inches square in the final mounted version.


What do you think? I haven’t yet shown these to anyone outside of my family, and I do appreciate your feedback.  I am still focusing on my goal of making original art affordable. Yes, I have a couple of items available for $2,000.00. I have some things available in the $300-$500 range. I have some larger pieces that have no mats or frames for less than that. And I have these for $15 plus a couple of bucks for shipping.

It feels like progress on all fronts.
Thanks for stopping by to read. I appreciate you.

Oh, one more thing. Old Jules thought maybe you would enjoy seeing a photo of Shiva from time to time. I think he’s missing her more than he lets on. So here you go:



18 responses to “In Which I Meet the Fluido Machine

  1. Shiva is looking so pretty.
    The ornaments are beautiful. Maybe sets of 3 for $45?
    Touching is important. After my grandfather died, I used to hug my gram all the time. It’s good to have the physical confirmation of existence. Being a human is complicated.

  2. I really like your new wee works of art – $2,000 is way out of my league!!! Perhaps without the ribbon for some of them? It would be nice to mount one (or three) in a small frame.

    • Yes, that would have been my approach… let the buyer decide how to present it. But I kept hearing people say “What would you DO with it?” and it seemed like a good way to present them for that reason. I have several small ones that aren’t mounted or aren’t ready to hang, and will have more in the future. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Your art is lovely and the suggested price sounds reasonable even to me, a not so artsy / not crafty person.
    Yes touch is as important as breathing. I hadn’t thought about it for a long time until my grandchildren came along. Now I get hugs numerous times a day and when they go on holidays, I can’t wait till they come back so I can have contact again.
    Shiva looks like she’s happy..

    • Thanks for visiting, Let’s CUT the Crap! I appreciate your input.
      Yes, Shiva’s very relaxed and has become increasingly affectionate, although we still have disagreements about whether she should eat what’s in the bowl…

  4. Reblogged this on So Far From Heaven and commented:
    Nice pic of Shiva and a bit of terror of the aftermath of having steel plates or something installed in your wrist joints.

  5. apocalypseicons

    I love your gel pen drawings. They remind me of Buddhist sand paintings and something from India, almost. Selling art is a hard business. sometimes it is good and then you can have years of nothing. Have you ever thought of using your work for guided meditations and contemplative work. Sometimes it is the combination of the art and the human that brings it all to life. Your comment about touch is heartfelt. There are so many, women especially, who are alone and feel this lack of physical connection.
    Perhaps you can add this element to your future contemplative art workshops. Am I being cheeky making these suggestions? Put it down to my english eccentricity but your images have an inner life that connects to this contemplative anyway.

    • Thank you, apocalypseicons. No, you’re not being cheeky! I have the inner conviction that what I do can connect with people spiritually, but I am not sure how to express it in my descriptions. I have had people put their own spiritual “spin” on the drawings, but no two people are alike. The concept of using what I do for “guided meditations” seems out of my league…can you describe what you have in mind?

      • apocalypseicons

        Hi there. My name is Constantina. I will try to explain what I mean by guided meditations but first it is not out of your league. You are a human being and that is all the qualification you need. You could try this with a few trusted friends and develop it and broaden it out to the lonely and isolated- see what happens. You could call it finding inner peace through stillness and art. Gather a small group, make them welcome. Make the environment soothing and uncluttered- ie music and talking to a minimum and give each person one of your images perhaps all the same or maybe let people pick at random. Then ask them to focus on the image and allow all erroneous thoughts to pass through not to worry about them and suggest everyone sits in silence for maybe 15 to 20 minutes and simply gaze at the image.
        After that just gently bring everyone back to the present and see if anyone has any feedback. What you and your images are doing is making a space, allowing a little bit of peace and quietude to enter. This is very powerful and much needed in the world. Silence and stillness allow us to listen for the small promptings of the soul that this noisy world tries to prevent us from hearing.
        Look up contemplative practices, Julian meditation etc. The simpler the better. Your images would provide a specific focus to help induce this stillness. Each one could become something special for each person. You will be a servant of mankind and find much happiness and joy in your life through helping others in this way.

        • I see what you mean now. That’s an idea I’ll have to consider. I’ve never thought of myself as a facilitator in any way, but anything’s possible. I appreciate your description and thank you for pointing me in a new direction.

  6. I’m quite conscious of human touch. I’ve run into people who, for reasons which strike me as varying between quite reasonable and entirely goofy, don’t like touching. While I respect their wishes, I am utterly certain they fall outside the human norm. I believe in therapeutic touch as a critical element in massage and in just good human interactions. Touch me!

  7. The images remind me of a cross between Pennsylvania Dutch, Amish, and Swedish folk art. Very charming and heartwarming to see.

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