Continuation of my blog from October 2014

It has been almost ten months now since I shared one part of my story.

I'm happy to inform you that my legs continue to improve. I'm learning to walk stairs now and have managed some. This was a big accomplishment for me recently when I was invited to a party at someone's house and had to climb stairs. I found myself at the center of that party because everybody offered to help. I still continue with physical therapy and have a therapist come to my house on a weekly basis, but this is not covered by insurance. However, I need this additional help, if I still want to get stronger. This wonderful therapist just purchased one of my paintings. 

The challenges of life are still a teaching companion, but I stay busy with painting, participate in shows, have sold some pieces, and was accepted this year again in the International Peace Exhibition at the International Peace Museum in Nagasaki, Japan. My first one was in 2013. I also work on my life story, since I was born and raised in Germany. I write poems, letters, etc. There are still unpublished books piled up in my studio. One of my poems will appear in the Secular Carmelite September newsletter, which I wrote for my missionary friend in Tanzania. I also was asked to participate in a Research Study by the Indiana University in relation to my case. I accepted it.

My grandchildren still live with us and Malinda is now a High-School Freshman and dreaming to get her driver's license soon. During spring break, she traveled with her school to Ecuador for ten days. Christian is in 6th Grade. He had an exciting summer, which included a trip to Germany. My five parrots and my dog are still as cheerful and happy as they can be. 

Hope that you all had or still have a great summer/winter, it depends where on the globe you live, and most of all HAPPY PAINTING.


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Comment by Kathy Orrell on October 14, 2015 at 11:47pm

Well  Rita I have not read your previous blog but must tell you how I do admire your attitude and life outlook, your art is lovely and I wish you the best.


Comment by Rita Lulay Malsch on October 15, 2015 at 12:31am

Thank you, Kathy, for your encouraging comment. Yes, I'm very pleased with my progress. Walking stairs everyone takes for granted, but when you lose the walking ability and it returns, even if it's only with a walker, this is a big accomplishment So I'm grateful where I'm at.

Comment by ConnieAnn LaPointe on October 19, 2015 at 4:43am

Hi, Rita! I just read your blog post. We have something in common(besides both being artists, I mean)...I have a hard time walking, too. I have Arthritis in both of my knees, my hips and my lower back, as well as Sciatica, etc. I had about 14 weeks of physical therapy, and now I need to have both knees replaced, one at a time(since having them both done at the same time would make me completely immobile, and that would be too hard on Marty). I get depressed, but I try not to get too down. Today, I wire-wrapped 3 crystal or gemstone pendants. I have the chains made for 2 of them. Those 2 pendants, plus another one I made earlier, will be put on Etsy ASAP(tomorrow, hopefully). I'll start a new painting soon. Michael's had a great sale recently, so I stocked-up on art supplies! Now, I need to get busy! Ha-Ha! :) Thank you for sharing a bit about your life with us. Take care.

Comment by Rita Lulay Malsch on October 19, 2015 at 5:15am

Thank you ConnieAnn for getting back to me and sharing your experiences about your health issues. I will definitely support you with prayers. Pain and any chronic illness can bring on depression. So I understand you fully. Doing art can distract us from the pain, but does not take it away completely. It is good to do something we all enjoy. Sometimes we have to bite into the sour apple and undergo surgery to get better. But we must always look beyond and hope for the best.

What is Etsy? I have heard of it, but never pursued it. Maybe I need to look it up. If we do art, we also want to do some selling, but the main thing is having enjoyment, but it can become costly to purchase the canvas, paint, and so on. I also enjoy pencil drawings which is not so costly. I wish you luck with your pendants and all the blessings upon your health. Please stay in touch. Rita

Comment by Bette-Jane Schnabel on March 17, 2016 at 10:13pm
I didn't know you had a blog and
ran across it. Loved reading it and am so
happy about your legs and progress
you are making! Yay yay!!
I thought I saw two parrots in your
Amazon jungle! 5??? Wow!
Sorry I haven't replied about your
art show. I would love to go!
You are amazing!!
More soon
Comment by Jean Marie Baney on May 21, 2016 at 2:33pm

What a beautiful story of accomplishment.  Congratulations on continuing to overcome your disability.  What courage!  You have many areas where you show that courage.  It isn't easy to take on the challenge of raising a second family.  My best friend also raised her step grandchildren and kept the parents involved in their lives as well even though they never were able to accept responsibility.  Funny but,they have three parrots!  It was nice to get to know you!  Congratulations on your success as an artist!  That was wonderful to read!

Comment by Rita Lulay Malsch on May 21, 2016 at 2:42pm

Thank you, Jean Marie, for taking the time to read my blogs. Life can bring many unexpected challenges. It just depends what resources you have inside to counter them. It seems to be strange to say that there is beauty and meaning in everything, even if we don't understand it. I have come to the conclusion that this happened for a reason. My faith brought me to that point.

Have a blessed and wonderful weekend,



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