Hello my friends!!! Yes, I am still alive but that’s not saying much about my mental state. I want to get off the rollercoaster!
My intentions were good when I said that I would begin posting more regularly after the first of the year but it didn’t work out that way, obviously. I thought, once I got my Christmas crisis over with, things would all settle down. Wrong.
About mid-January, the landlord informed us that he wanted to move one of his field hands into the house to oversee his AG Chemical business operations (a job he had originally told Mark that he would like him to do once they were sure it was going to be profitable). So, he gave us until the first of March to move out!
In the middle of winter, in Indiana, he wants us to find a new place to live and move our 5+ years worth of accumulated stuff. I spent the last weeks of January and the first of Feb. looking for somewhere suitable, that we could afford, that Sara didn’t object to, that was closer to where Mark worked, etc.
Early Feb. I was successful with that part of this process. I located a 3 bedroom house with living room, family room and unfinished basement. That worked out perfectly for what I was wanting, a room specifically set up for my “studio”. It is 20 miles closer to where Mark works, which cuts his commute from 35 minutes to about 10. But then came the packing up and moving it process. Every day for about 9 days straight I would pack my 4 totes and handful of boxes, take them to the new house, empty them out on the floor of whatever room they went to and go back home to pack them up again. Yes, I was having a problem getting boxes!! Everywhere I went I got the same response, “We recycle our boxes, sorry.” Who knew it would be so hard? I did finally get a couple dozen or so from the local small town grocery store and also from Hobby Lobby. In the end, we had to buy them from the U-Haul place.
As the end of February got closer, I would try to make at least two trips each day doing this. We had to also deal with the weather. One weekend it was below zero windchill that stopped all progress, then we had ice another. To say that we were a little upset about the timing is an understatement.
We have been moving everything over the last two weekends. I have a house full of boxes to unpack with a sore back and knees to.
Along with all of this, we had a hundred other things to deal with. Dad went into the hospital in Florida with chest pains but it’s okay. His memory is still really bad though from the last time he was in the nursing home up here. Mark’s uncle died and his dad is having a hard time with it. Shawna’s friend committed suicide. Sara’s half-sister suffered the loss of her cousin to an accidental overdose. There is more but I just can’t remember everything right now, it’s all been so overwhelming
I miss you all and decided to take a break and fill you in. You are never too far from my mind. One advantage to this move, I will now be getting U-verse service for my internet and should not have any more problems getting on here to post my thoughts!!!
Love, hugs and blessings to all,
P.S. Len, I haven’t forgotten you either!! I will get back to work on that little project when I get settled into my house. xxxxx
Hi to all my friends!! My first post for 2013. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year holiday. You know how mine was going but this year is already getting better, thank the dear Lord!!
My check finally arrived on the 4th and I was able to actually get the gas company to fill our tank that same day. The first thing Mark said was “Crank up that heat!!” We are now warm and cozy.
Dad came home from the hospital last Friday and is doing better mentally since he got home. He always seems to get so disoriented when he’s not there. They don’t know for sure when they will be able to leave for Florida but are hoping for sometime next week.
Penny is doing better. She has been released to drive now and that helps just knowing that she can go somewhere if she needs/wants to without having to have someone else take her. She feels less like a burden.
I got a special treat last week too. I was checking our stats on the shop and there was a message showing. When I opened it, I was delighted to find an invitation. It was from Main Street Artisans. They asked if we would be interested in joining their group of artisans and displaying some of our “art” in their online store. I asked them to e-mail me the particulars and said I was honored that they would like to include us.
When I received the info, I was thrilled to find out that it is actually a local shop and they have invited us to put stuff in that shop as well. We can either rent a booth or do it on consignment. Isn’t that cool?!!
I had been working on some new clay techniques anyway and thought I would share a few things with you today along with the update.
First up are some jewelry sets that I created using canes I bought from a lady on Etsy. I even made rings to match with these sets.
And now, these are from canes that I made. The first two sets are pins with matching earrings.
I hope you enjoyed the display as much as I did creating them.
Thank you for your prayers and support over the last few months, they helped tremendously!!! Looks like this year has gotten of to a much better start and I am encouraged that it will continue on that path!
Love and hugs to you all, God bless,
First of all, I want to wish you all a very blessed and Merry Christmas!! I pray that you all have a safe and happy holiday.
Second, I wanted to let you know that dad is doing much better. He and mom are planning on going to Florida after our Christmas party this weekend and Penny is home from the Nursing Home, doing much better also. Thank you all for the prayers sent their way. They appreciated it immensely.
Third, I have my store up and running. I’ve made 3 sales now and have been working on getting it stocked up with goodies. I’ve been trying my hand at making my own polymer clay canes. I think they are turning out pretty good for a beginner. I’ve had two of them “favorited” already, so I guess they aren’t too bad.
Here’s some new pic’s for you:
Hope you enjoyed these!
and Happy New Year!!
Love and hugs,
Well, the title says it all! First off, let me just say again that I appreciate all of the wonderful comments that you have left me since the last time that I posted. Your kind words, thoughts, prayers and encouragement mean the world to me and I wouldn’t know what to do without them!!!
On Thanksgiving day, right as we were getting ready to leave to go to mom and dad’s to meet Shawna and the kids so that we could follow them and my parents to my sister’s house, the phone rang. It was my mom calling to tell me that they had just gotten home from the emergency room.
Dad had gone out to get the newspaper out of the driveway and fell. He broke his other collarbone this time (and his ribs, we think, even though they said the x-ray didn’t show that they were). He is in a lot of pain. Mom said she almost called 911 last night because he was practically screaming from the pain. They went to his doctor’s office and saw the nurse practitioner and she gave him stronger pain meds and dressed his arm that he had skinned up so bad that it peeled his skin all the way off and now they are afraid it may get infected.
Then I get a crying phone call this afternoon from Penny, I asked what was wrong and she says, “I’m in the hospital”.
Come to find out, Sat or Sun, can’t remember which one she said, she was leaving her son’s house and tripped on the sidewalk outside. She did what we are always afraid dad’s gonna do, she broke her hip! Through to sobs and gulping for air, she said that it hurt so bad that she didn’t know what to do but cry. They took her catheter out today and they’re making her get up and walk to the bathroom!!!! I know they want to keep that hip from freezing up on her but come on! She said she cries all of the way there and back ’cause it is excruciating.
God bless them both!! I feel so bad about it and am helpless to do anything for them.
I’ve had almost 70 visitors to the store but haven’t sold anything yet. It’s discouraging but I’m being as patient as I can be. I know that I’m not overpricing things. Compared to what others are charging on their stuff, I’m way under-priced but I want to start getting customers before profits. I’m just looking at the positive side of it, at least people are looking at what I have on there!
I am working on some more stuff and I have sent for some books, supplies/tools and DVD tutorials about working with clay to that I can start making my own kaleidoscope canes and such. I really like working with this type of medium and it’s good for my hands. I get up all stiff and sore but after I’ve worked with the clay for a while, they loosen up and feel better. Good therapy I guess.
I will leave you today with a few quotes to bless and encourage you.
I miss you all very much!
Love, mega hugs and abundant blessings,
|“Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.”|
|“Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.”|
| “My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.”
First I want to thank you dear friends who commented on my last post and gave me such loving encouragement!!!! God bless you all.
We had our Grand Opening of the shop today. I changed the name, again. I think it’s pretty cool, I called it Stallery, which stands for Sara and Terri Gallery. So here is the link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Stallery
I am exhausted at the moment but I wanted to come on here real quick to share the good news with my friends. If I don’t have the chance to do so at more length, I wish you all a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love and hugs,
Hello my dear friends. There’s good news, not so good news and hopeful news. So let us get the bad stuff out of the way first. I went to see Penny last night. Morale was low but I brought a couple of smiles to her face while I was there, even Sara got one or two herself.
My poor friend is right back where she was when she came home from the hospital after the sepsis; wound vacuum, on oxygen and dealing with physical therapy. The new kicker is, after the plastic surgery to repair that calf muscle that they had to cut into last time, there is a huge knot there and she says it hurts like a boil. I try my best to keep reminding her that it could be worse and she could have lost that foot/leg last year when it was such a close call. She said that she tries to keep it all in perspective but still gets down about starting over when she was so close to completely healed. I took her a jigsaw puzzle to work on, she gets so bored with not being able to drive.
Dad is doing much, much better! He has no sling and is driving without any problems. It seems that his mental awareness is back to normal, as much as can be expected for his age. So that is great news.
I have almost got the Etsy shop ready to open. My goal was for last Sunday, but digital imaging problems occurred and I missed that deadline. Now I just want to be open before Thanksgiving. I think maybe this Sunday. Here are a few more things I have been working on in the between time;
I changed the name of our shop WhatsUpDesigns to BlessedMSGallery, I may change it again before I open. Every thing that I think of comes up already used. What do you think of the new name?
That’s it for now, I have to go take some more pictures, but I’ll leave you with this:
Love, hugs and blessings to you all!!!
As you will see from my two latest poems, our victory celebration of dad coming home from the nursing home did not last as long as I would have liked for it to. But, I’ll still take it!!!!
We are thrilled to have him back, in more ways than just his physical presence! Thank you all for your prayers. Dad is as much back to his old self as possible at the age of 83, lol. Good to have him home!
My Penny is back in the hospital. I’ll go into that more later, I’m still a little too upset right now to expound on it more than that.
My eldest, Shawna, is having her struggles too. She is working harder than she ever has in her life to make a living for her and the kids. I think she is tired and that’s a big part of the depression that is mounting on her right now.
Please say a prayer for them both. I always know that I can count on my cyber-friends to help me lift others up when needed and it means so very much to me.
I have been working tirelessly on my catalog for the holidays and will have a shop open on Etsy, planning on tomorrow or Sunday for the “Grand Opening”, called What’s Up Designs. I will post the link as soon as it’s up and running.
Love, hugs and blessings to you all,
I’m still here, breathing in and out every day, but that’s about it.
After I was last on here, I was getting ready for the Artisan’s Market. Well it was a lot of work and they were very disappointed with their turn out. It had been a couple of years since they had it due to the fact that they were building their new church. I was not thrilled when, in the first 2 hours of the day, I had only sold one item. But the crowd did pick up and I think I probably came out better than a lot of them did. After the table cost and my voluntary 10% donation to the church, I made a little over $100. It really could have been much better. I guess, I will either have to break down and do one of the local festivals next time but I always worry about the cost of the booth at those things vs. what you make. I don’t know. I’m definitely going to get some of my stuff into the consignment shops in town for the Christmas season.
All in all, things were doing okay – I just missed Mark a lot. Since harvest started, I got to see him for maybe an hour a day and that’s it.
Then on Monday I got an e-mail from mom and, after reading the first few lines, bust out bawling. Sara came running into the room in a panic. She was too little to remember the fits of depressions at the beginning of my MS and has only heard stories about it, so it really scared her.
The e-mail said that dad had gone to my brothers to ride the bike, which he does every day, and had fallen in the driveway. He lay there for a while and nobody saw him to come and help him up. That’s where I started crying. I could only imagine my dad there helpless. The man who was always larger than life to me. IT BROKE MY HEART! It went on to say that he had finally gotten himself up and drove home. Then mom took him to the hospital. She said is arm was in a sling and she didn’t know how well she was going to be able to help him get around.
I was a basket case. I sent her an e-mail back and said that Sara and I would be over Tuesday after school to see him. When I called on Tuesday to say we would be on our way over soon, mom said they were at the hospital admitting dad because she couldn’t take care of him. I asked why not and she said, “Well, with that broken shoulder, it’s just too much for me.” Well, I lost it again! She had not said that dad broke his shoulder in her e-mail. She said that he had told her that he was sorry for being so much trouble for her.
I’ve been crying on and off for days now. I know my dad, I know he was already fighting depression and I know what this is going to do to him.
We went to see him in the hospital on Thursday because I just couldn’t get myself together enough to go before that. I didn’t want to walk in there a basket case or crying. I couldn’t take it for long. We had a short visit, he was tired and wanted to sleep anyway, thank God.
They are going to keep him until Sunday and then transfer him to an extended care facility for rehab. He is going to hate it!
I told Mark today that, if I’m this bad with him just being hospitalized, Lord only knows what I’m going to do when he passes on. I know I would probably handle things better if I weren’t already fighting this MS depression relapse. I like to think so anyway.
I just wanted to fill you all in on why I haven’t been here. The two poems that I just posted are pretty dark, but well show my state of mind right now. I owe a few of you an e-mail too but haven’t written because I don’t want to depressing to you too. Everyone is used to my positive and upbeat outlook that I know you are concerned for me and I appreciate it more deeply than you could ever know!
My thoughts are always with you all, my friends!
Love and God bless,