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
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.”
Hello my friends!! I have missed you all very much. I have been extremely tied up right now with my jewelry; Sara and going back to school things; family crisis; and today my mother’s eldest brother passed away.
So there has been a lot of hectic stuff to deal with, along with my normal health issues and a slight shingles re-occurance
I had a few minutes and decided to take the time to catch up with you all and do a few quick posts.
It will probably be another week or so of the hit and miss posts/responses, I’m sorry.
I hope to be back on a regular schedule soon though!
Love and hugs to you all!! God bless, Terri