Thursday, February 20, 2014

We Need To Talk!


And not about oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with almonds, but I made these yesterday and I needed a picture for this post.

This post is about my health.  I haven't talked about what's really going on for a couple of reasons.  First of all, I don't want people to say, "oh here she goes again talking about her illness."  Second of all, it's so important for me to be positive and have positive energy around me, that I have chosen to not discuss in detail all that is going on with anyone.  Not even my mother. I've chosen to immerse myself in positive activities and focus on getting better.

I have shared with you a few of the challenges I've had in the past month, which included a bout with the flu.  In all honesty, it's a lot more serious.  The new treatment has not taken hold yet, and my body is breaking down as a result.  In the past month, my right arm has only been functioning at about 30%.  My fingers still work, which allow me to type and sew.  The problems are in my upper right arm.  The pain started a couple months ago, and has gotten progressively worse.  I had X-rays taken of both my left leg and my right arm this week to see if there are any fractures.  Apparently, fractures can just develop out of the blue with this illness. I haven't been able to walk without major pain and a limp in over a month.  As a matter of fact, I can't really move these days unless I take pain medicine.  I haven't even been able to comb my hair in weeks.  It all sounds pretty bleak, but I know it will turn around as soon as the treatment starts working.  If this treatment doesn't work, we will move to something else.

The way I know how to deal with this is to keep it moving, pain or not, and continue doing the things that make me happy.  What makes me happy?  My dolls, sewing and baking.  I just bought a new KitchenAid stand mixer on-line at Walmart.  So yesterday I baked the cookies in the picture.  The day before I made popovers for the first time.  It now takes me a little longer to do the doll stories.  I can't even begin to tell you how painful it was putting Rod and Danielle in those intimate poses.

So why am I telling you this now?  Because a few days ago, someone asked me why I stopped reading their blog.  I explained to the person that I haven't stopped reading blogs, but I've had to cut back on the amount of time I spend doing it.  I explained in a previous post that I now read blogs 2 - 3 days a week.  During that time I play catch up.  I use feedly.com which allows for very quick blog reading.  So trust that I am reading all of your blog posts.  I may not be commenting as often as I used to, but I am doing the best I can under the circumstances.  Unfortunately, the person who questioned me, wasn't happy with my response and let me know they were less than pleased that I wasn't commenting on their blog on a regular basis.  Really???   So I'm sharing my truth in case there are other people out there feeling like this person.

As blog writers, most of us do this for fun.  There are some people that make a living doing this, but the majority of us have full lives outside of our blogs.  Commenters come and they go.  I've never taken that personally, and neither should any of you.  If you are only doing a blog to see how many followers and comments you get, you are doing it for the wrong reason, in my opinion, unless of course you are making money doing it.  I would never have the balls to go ask someone why they aren't commenting on my blog.  Who does that?  

I will leave on a positive note.  I still have three of the puppies in my possession and they are a delightful bunch and they keep me smiling.  The brown one is due to go check out his pending new home today.  I've decided to keep the other two for now.  While I was making the cookies yesterday, a great marketing strategy popped in my head and I immediately went to my computer and ordered new business cards.  I plan to market my baking services to my fellow realtors.   We are always looking for treats for open houses and meetings.  Wish me luck!  Feel free to send prayers and positive thoughts my way for a speedy recovery.

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  1. Vanessa,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Positive energy is certainly helpful. I'm sorry that someone got upset with you for not commenting on their blog posts. I guess some folks are a little insecure. For you, do what makes you happy and makes you feel good. Toss the negativity (and negative people) to the four winds, and do what you need to do to get well. I pray for a speedy recovery for you and great success in your new baking endeavor! :-)

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    1. Cindi - Thanks for your prayers and for all the extra support you've been provided. I really appreciate it all.

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  2. Hello from Spain: byo wish and pray for a speedy recovery for you. I also wish you success in your new endeavor for baking. You are very talented and creative. I agree with you that the blog is a hobby. We have a life outside the blog. I do not worry about comments or followers of my blog. It seems wrong that a person criticize the lack of reviews. For me it is unacceptable. I wish you much spirit and very courageous. You know I am to you for what you want. Keep in touch

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    1. Marta - Thanks so much for your support.

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  3. Dear Vanessa, I had been thinking about you regularly what your health is concerned, I send you a lot of positive energy so you can get better soon :-)! Never mind the people who want you to comment or expect things from you, that's just silly! It's all about fun with the blogging, so don't worry about it. Please take good care of yourself! And give a hug to the puppies, and a big hug to you from me here on the other side of the world :-). Oh, and enjoy the cookies, they look delicious.

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    1. Nymphaea - Thanks so much for thinking about me and sending me that positive energy. It's nice to have support from around the world. That's one of the greatest thing about blogging. Where else can you meet such wonderful international people? I bake for others to enjoy them. I love the baking and the tasting, but then I give them out to friends and family. My hips can't handle all those sweets. The puppies send their love.

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  4. First I want to let you know as I was reading this the Detroit side of me "hulked out". Yes, I know, I'm sorry, it is hard to suppress sometimes because I can not process ignorant. My brain can not take it, it reaction is to exterminate Yes, something Dr. Who fans understand, lol !! I can't fathom the pain you feel but I know it is hard for you. When you mention you only make the sofa via commission I knew your something had change, I was just hoping it wasn't health wise. I knew not to let negative energy in my live almost 31 years ago when I had my son. If that individual lives and die for blog comments then so bet it. It just let's me know that they have no life and if they do it must be a sad one. I started blogging because of you! It was because you that I should be playing with me dolls and if people "like"' me and chose to follow me than that makes it even more joyous! I love knowing that there are a whole lot of people playing with dolls AND they are all over the world!! I'm telling you it blows my mother and my sister minds. I do thank you for that but you know that. If they choose to comment that wonderful if not than that's OK with me. You know me, I always thank them for stopping by and taking time out to read my blog. We know thank you goes along way. Just keep taking care of you and blog when you can or when you want. Let the person know as we Detroit say, "I RUN this!, worry about your own $#!t!! I know it comes out!, lol.

    Sidebar: Isn't that mixer the best!! I brought my son a blue one for Christmas and boy he can make a good poundcake!! Better than mine! Good luck in your new adventure.

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    1. Brini - I was pretty diplomatic in my response, but deep down I wanted to just go off. Especially when they said, "I see you commenting on other blogs." That really sent me over the edge. It felt a little stalkerish.

      Rod and Danielle's wedding caused quite a few new blogs to pop up. And it's been wonderful for me to experience the level of creativity that people express through their blogs. Just think, we may never have met the Dotsons and Beauty. That would have been a shame. They have put many smiles on my face, and that's what blogging is all about to me.

      And yes, that mixer is great! I can't wait to make more goodies.

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  5. Vanessa who do you need me to get ratchet on, cause girl I'll go Memphis if I have to. You know we are best friends in my mind:). Seriously though, I send prayers for the full restoration of your health and well being. And good luck on the baking endeavor!

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    1. Doll Crazy - I guess now I know why you are called Doll Crazy. LOL. It's good to know you have my back. Thanks so much for your prayers. I believe in the power of prayer.

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  6. Hi Vanessa. Sorry to hear that you are having health problems. I will pray and send fervent get better wishes your way. You are a good and generous woman - in spite of your pains, you work through them and take the time to share here. I am glad that doing so brings you pleasure.

    My hobby blog is for fun; if others comment, that's exciting, but I've been doing it for over five years. Before I was "recognized" and now after I have some followers. I would continue to do it regardless. Sometimes people do not have the time to comment or they can't think of something to say that hasn't already been said.

    Comments are optional, not mandatory ;-)

    Regarding cookies ... have you ever tried oatmeal-raisin-cashew? Let me tell you, cashews are under-rated as far as cookie nuts go. They add a buttery, crunchy taste that - smacking lips here - must be experienced. Not that I would turn down the chocolate chip almond - thanks for passing one over - yum - but do try cashews in your cookies. (Unless you are allergic to them.)

    Old Joe wants you to get better so that you can dance with him on his 50th anniversary. We're not sure when he's having it, but it'll be this year. You don't have to come to Philly; he asks you to wear a pretty frock and to be in your best health. We'll all be dancing around the same time ;-)

    Stay positive and the best health to you.

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    1. D7ana - I agree, comments are icing on the cake, or extra chocolate chips in the cookie. I just get such a natural high from blogging and telling stories and sharing the stuff I find.

      Oooh weee. I will definitely be trying that cookie recipe. Should I leave the cashews kind of chunky or chop them up smaller?

      Tell Joe I would love to be there to celebrate his 50 years. Just let me know.

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    2. Catching up on comments ... LOVE to give and to receive them. Just get a little behind sometimes. No, not that behind, lol.

      I like the cashew a little on the chunky side. Whole nut is too big, but halved or quartered ... in that range. I think smaller gets lost in the oatmeal flavor ... but you're the new cook so I bet you'll experiment ;-)

      Oh now Joe wants to know what color suit he ought to get. Does his suit need to match that of the other Joes? Sigh ... I am hoping he isn't after one of those technicolor creations.

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  7. Hey Nessa! I'm preying you get well soon! thank you for being so positive makes me think of when people say when you think you've got it bad,someone else has got it worse.. keep your head up!

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    1. Vernette - Thanks for your prayers! I always think the same thing. There are so many people in worse shape than I am, so I just try to suck it up and think about all the blessings I do have.

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  8. Hi Vanessa I view ur blog all the time and I love it! I'm sorry to hear ur not feeling well, but I've always known for you to bounce back! And I believe that you will! Prayers up from Michigan! :-)

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    1. A-Lise - Now that's what I'm talking about....a true believer that things are going to get better. I'm with you all the way. Thanks for the prayers.

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  9. I will keep you in my prayers!! At least you do have your dolls and your dogs to keep you smiling. :) You have us too! Keep your head up and keep fighting. Good luck on the baking services. I hope that works out well for you. Don't worry about what anyone is saying they will get over it or they can just MOVE on!!

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    1. April - Thanks for your prayers. I've bounced back before and I'm determined to bounce back again. I still have way too many stories to do. lol.

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  10. My best advice is to FORGIVE with love and MOVE ON. Much success on your both you current and new endeavors.
    Grandmommy

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    1. Grandmommy - Thanks for your great advice. I will take it. I will forgive with love and move on.

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  11. Hello Vanessa!

    I am so sorry to read the story about someone who assesses You not to leave comment... It is so incomprehensible!!
    I agree: if blogging is not about joy and fun, shouldn't do this... I am the most happiest person if my blog brings smiles to others but how can I expect answers from everyone??

    I hope You feel the warmth of Your frined's love and helps You get better. My prayers are with You. Good luck to the new business!
    Many hugs!

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    1. Rosemary Hill - I do feel the warmth and love of my blogging friends. That's why I felt safe posting this. It was a way to vent, release the stress, and move on. Thanks for your prayers and well wishes.

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  12. I pray for a speedy recovery for you and great success in your new baking endeavor! (^ ^)
    Take care and do what makes YOU happy - don't worry about what others say.. We all have our lives outside the blogland and it would be just silly to think that anyone has time to leave a comment to every blog they read - I know I can't do it and I don't think anyone can - there's just not enough time to do it.
    I do (of course) read the blogs I follow - and boy do I spent much time in net *smile*- way too much, but I don't leave comment every place I visit (- sometimes I feel bad about it, but that's just me *grin*). But there are those rare moments that even I have the courage to leave a little note to someone's blog.. and I do hope no one is keeping a track of my commenting *heh*

    I LOVE others comments in my blog - but I don't assume everyone to leave a comment each time they visit there..

    We have many way to blog – some do it almost every day, some weekly and so on..
    Same with comments – there are those who comment in many blogs and almost to all the post made and those (like me), who leave a comment here – another there and not even daily..

    It's a shame if someone takes things too seriously sometimes – but hey… that’s their own lost. Let’s not care about them :)

    So forgive - forget - and move on..
    (sometimes easier said than done, but lets try;) )
    Hugs, Irina

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    1. Irina - Hello. Thanks and I appreciate your comments. I just needed to vent a little bit because that always helps to release the stress. Stress can kill, so I try not to hold on to it. I have already forgiven the person and now I am able to move on.

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  13. Hello Vanessa, my best wishes for your new baking endeavor. I can see you are very strong and positive and this is always good in our lives. I hope everything go alright ;)

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    1. Ana - I am so excited about my new baking endeavor. I never imagined I would get so much joy from baking. Thanks so much for your well wishes.

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  14. Powodzenia! Pamiętaj: Psy szczekają a karawana idzie dalej. Dużo zdrowia Buziaki ;*

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    1. ciocia Lusia - Dzięki! Nigdy nie słyszałem, psa i karawany mówiąc, ale lubię go.

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  15. vanessa i hope that you get better soon! As for blogging I do this for fun and I read others blogs for inspiration which have been great. Blogs should be about how much a person loves their hobbies or interest not about how many comments you get.The cookies look really yummy by the way! "winkwink"

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    1. william - Thanks for your well wishes! Amen, I agree blogging is about how much a person loves their own hobby. You know I wish you were close by. You would have all the treats your little heart desired.

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    2. Thank you love and get better because you are my biggest inspiration!

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  16. Vanessa, reading this is inspiring to me. <3 I'm sorry someone took offense to you taking care of your life and your health. All I can do is pity that person for not understanding where you are coming from and the position you are currently in. Thank you for being honest and keeping us all updated. I'm sending lots of prayers and love your way. You being strong through this has inspired me to stay strong in some of my present struggles.
    *giant hugs* (^_^)

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    1. Cat - I'm glad I can be inspiring to you. Sorry to hear you are going through some struggles. Wouldn't life be wonderful if there weren't issues we needed to deal with and we could just enjoy all the things that make us happy? I hope you come through your issues with flying colors. I'm sending hugs and prayers your way.

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  17. It's truly beautiful how positive you manage to stay in spite of everything. Praying you get better quickly! :)

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    1. Alura - I honestly don't believe I would still be here if I wasn't taking the positive thinking route. Thanks for your prayers. I really believe in the power of prayer.

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  18. Vanessa,

    Some folks just need to find something else to DO! That was rude of her considering your health history. I enjoy your blog but I do not live for it because I know that, like you, I have a life outside of dollies. Your health is more important and I am so sorry to hear about what has been going on healthwise. But you seem to be a strong woman who has made it so far.

    Dolls help me as well. I suffer from depression and people do not realize how much my dollies, cartoons and art helps me. I may be obsessive sometimes with my dolls, piling them on my bed or sitting them all out but they make me happy. Especially this year, with the horrible winter.

    Your blog is both inspiring and positive. This is why I love coming here because there is positivity and creativity!

    I hope you get well! :))))

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    1. KenyaDoll - Wow, depression ain't no joke! My heart goes out to you. I'm sending prayers and hugs your way. Keep doing what you need to do to put a smile on your face and your heart. I will keep the stories and blog posts coming.

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    2. Thanks Vanessa. Same to you! ^_^

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  19. Ello Vanessa! I'm sorry to hear that you aren't doing fab, so take all the time you need to recover and get back to 100%! Blogging is a hobby, and it shouldn't be something stressful or painful. I got ticked about the blogger who was harassing you about commenting. I mean, really?! Who does that?!

    You have been so graceful and poised during this, and I hope for your speedy recovery!

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    1. Verona - Thanks so much for your well wishes and your continued support. I'm confident I will get back to 100%. I won't accept anything less.

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  20. I am definitely sending prayers and positive thoughts your way, Vanessa.

    While I might not comment as much as I have done in the past here and on other blogs I follow, I read and enjoy the new posts. If I were blogging for comments, I would have stopped blogging long ago.

    Keep doing what makes you happy and be and feel well.

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    1. DBG - Thanks for the prayers! I need all I can get. You know me, I will keep creating as long as I can. I feel confident that I can turn this all around.

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  21. Hi Vanessa.
    So sorry to hear about your health problems. Praying for a speedy recovery and the strength to endure all that you are going through.
    I just want to tell you how much I love reading your blog. I cannot believe that someone had the audacity to question you about your reading or commenting habits. That was just plain rude.
    Like most people have said here, comments are just icing on the cake and are not mandatory. If that were the case, I would be in serious trouble as I read many blogs and do not comment. As for my own blog, it is fun to see comments, but I never "expect" people to leave them.
    Don't put up with negativity, life is just to short to worry. Keep doing what makes you happy and we will continue to enjoy your creativity.

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    1. Isabelle - Thanks for your prayers and your words of encouragement. I have had a lot of negativity in my life the past 4 months and I am diligently trying to remove it.

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  22. I hope things are better for you soon. Please don't feel the need to reply. I know what it is to only have only so much time a day to feel like doing the things you need to do. Along with everybody else here, I'm sending you all my best wishes and keeping you in my prayers.

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    1. Tam - Thanks for your well wishes and prayers!

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  23. I have been praying for you and will continue to. I admire your positivity. You are inspiration. I adore your doll stories and even though I don't often comment, I am watching and reading. I think it was extremely rude and inconsiderate for someone to take offense to you care for your health and well being. I'm sorry that some people are less than human.

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    1. Onyyx - Thanks for the prayers! I know that you guys are out there and I always feel the love and support, with or without comments.

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  24. Vanessa, you always remain in my prayers.

    It is a shame that some people are so petty. But to check you out to see what move you make or where you choose to post a blog is insane. Sounds a bit crazy to me. Continue to carry on being the sweet positive person that you are and don't allow the petty BS to enter your domain.

    Those cookies look delicious!!

    Hugs))))))))) my friend

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    1. Georgia Girl - Thanks for the hugs and prayers. Normally I am pretty good at just letting the negativity roll off my back. This one got to me. I think it was just the culmination of so many stressful events over the past four months. I am much better now that I was able to do a little venting.

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  25. Vanessa, I am so sorry to hear you've not been feeling well. You've been on my mind a lot lately. May I ask, since it's been a while from Revlimid, would that be another option to try again? Also, have you heard of Noni Juice? It's supposed to be amazing for a range of health issues. There have been quite a few studies done on certain types of sickness, mostly using Tahitian Noni but the purest of form I found to be is from a company called Puna. When you get some time, try reading about it.

    Now, as for that follower...their words are just ignorant and completely insensitive! Who says that, really? Comments are great to receive but if you need that type of validation just because someone hasn't commented on their blog, they might want to see someone about that. Sorry, I'm not well with biting my tongue when people are that careless with their words and someone else's feelings. :-/

    I will keep you in my prayers, and just know that we're here for you.

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    1. Tracy - I do know that you guys are here for me, and it means the world to me. That is why I decided to vent about this issue here.

      I took Revlimid for 2 yrs successfully, and then my body stopped responding to it. So it's no longer an option. That's when I moved to Velcade, which are injections. Those worked great and I was able to take a break from all treatment from March 2013 until Jan 2014. I am now on a new treatment called Pomelyst. Maybe you've heard about it.

      I have heard of Noni Juice. I used to drink it years ago. I tried various alternative treatments when I was first diagnosed. My Kangen water has been quite beneficial to helping me soldier through this.

      The recent X-rays revealed that lesions have formed on the bones in my right arm and left leg, hence the excruciating pain. They suggested radiation on those areas to address it. I really think the pain will go away after a couple more months of the Pomelyst. It not, I will then consider the radiation.

      Thanks again for all the love and support!

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  26. I will pray for your health. Get better at your own pace, your health is more important than blogging and dolls.

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    1. Leandra - Thanks for the prayers. My pace for getting better is immediately. I just wish my body would catch up with me. lol.

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  27. Vanessa:

    I too, cannot believe someone would have the audacity to harass you for not commenting on their blog! I read a lot more that I comment, but try to at least comment now and again.

    I am so sorry to hear that you are not doing well. I had been wondering how you were doing and wondered if the flu thing was related to your illness. I totally get what you are dealing with. Because of my own health issues, I have not been able to work for about a year. I myself have delayed getting my blog going (I have taken some pictures and have something written up in draft :) ) It is way more work that I anticipated, but I really want to do it. I don't know how you do it! I love reading your blog and am always amazed at how often you do post. Please continue to do it for your enjoyment. You are such an inspiration.

    I will keep you in my prayers and hope they get everything worked out for you.


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    1. Phyllis - I am so sorry to hear that you are dealing with health issues, too. I just stopped and said a prayer for you. So many people are dealing with health and personal issues. That's why I'm always so grateful when people do stop and read my blog.

      As for your own blog, my advice is just to go ahead and get started. It is a lot of work at first, but it usually gets easier with each post. Let me know when you get it going, so I can check it out.

      Thanks again for all the love and support.

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  28. even if someone blogs for a living, that's pretty crass. just block them, go hug your puppies, and do what makes you happy. i hope your new business venture goes well. it sounds like a great idea. *hugs* and wishes for better health.

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    1. queen - I was thrown for a loop from the whole thing. It stayed in my thoughts for a few days, which is why I chose to blog about it as a way to release it. I feel better about it and can now get back to focusing on the positive. Thanks for the well wishes and advice.

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  29. Vanessa I am sending positive vibes and prayers your way! You are a blessing to the doll community and I enjoy your stories and dioramas so much...
    Miranda

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    1. Miranda - Thanks! You, too are a blessing to the doll community with those awesome dio creations. We always look forward to seeing the next incredibly realistic dio.

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  30. Wishing you the best of health Vanessa! I haven't been commenting on anyone's blogs either and I feel bad, but life is complicated! You seem like a positive person and I know you won't let this get you down. I don't there is an illness in the world you couldn't overcome. Great business idea. Also, ever bake for those puppies? Dog cookies are a lot of fun!

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    1. Vita Plastica - Thanks! Life is definitely complicated, and we all have our challenges. So we should all be very understanding and not have expectations of others when it comes to blogging. We are all so happy that you keep coming back to the blogging family.

      Yes, I have made doggie biscuits. Bruce even delivered some to the dog next door. Initially I was going to dress him up for Halloween and go to different houses, where there were dogs, and deliver biscuits to them. Yep, I need a life. lol.

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  32. I'm so sorry to hear about problems with your health! Please, stay positive, you're so brave, strong and wonderful person, you must believe you will be healhty, so your body will listen to you and will start to fight.
    I can't understand how someone could argue about comments, it's not like it your duty to leave them. Maybe this person has some problems too, and didn't realise how rude they sound.

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    1. jewel snake - Thanks for your kind words. I do know how important it is to stay positive and to have positive people around me. It is critical to my healing. I'm making the necessary changes to get back on track.

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  33. Vanessa. I dont comment here very often, but it doesnt mean i do not read you blog, as an exemple. In the meter of fact i red every single post!
    I wish you the best and a lot of positive energies! I hope you get healty soon!
    Thank you for the best stories ever! You make us use our imagination!
    Kisses from Brazil!

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    1. Ale - Ooh, la, la, Brazil! I'm sure a vacation to your country could go a long way to me healing. lol. Thanks for the well wishes.

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  34. You are in my prayers Vanessa! I pray Heavenly Father that you bless this talented beautiful black women with the strength to endure whatever is placed in front of her with resilience and strength be with her always and even now in her time of need. I ask that you keep your arms around lifting her up even when she feels she can't Amen
    I hope you get better Vanessa I believe you will your strong !!

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    1. Tinisha - What a beautiful prayer! Thank you for that. I'm going to keep that prayer handy. I am very strong and I am determined to get through this .

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  35. I'm sorry to hear that and I really hope you feel better soon! It's times like these we need our little hobbies, but they're no help if they just feel like another chore. I'm glad you have cookies and puppies though!

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    1. Anderson's All Purpose - My dolls and my blog still bring me lots of joy. It helps to take my mind off the bad stuff. Thanks for the well wishes and the support.

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  36. First off I am sorry you've not been feeling well Vanessa. I hope they soon find some treatment that will start working for you. I wish I could come and fix your hair. Even if I'm just regular sick, at some point I'll do my hair because it makes me feel better. So you'll be in my prayers about all of that. And secondly SERIOUSLY??? to the person who wondered about the commenting - oh get a freakin' life. Okay so we're ending on positive notes - hmmm - ok - no comment necessary but I have a video of daddy dancing to Happy on my blog. It'll make you smile if nothing else ;-) I've cut back quite a lot myself and I come and play catch up from time to time. Now I gotta go find the one with the intimate poses because I came to this one first.

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    1. Kenya - I think the new treatment will work it will just take a couple more months before we know for sure. Would you believe my hairdresser moved out of town this past Dec. So I've had to do everything since her departure. I haven't had time to look for a new hair dresser yet. Oddly enough, I was playing around a couple months ago with my granddaughter, and we were trying on different wigs at the local store. It was just us trying to be silly. I never had any plans to buy one. But I found the cutest little bob wig and the price was incredible. So I bought it, not thinking I would ever wear it. Well yesterday I threw it on to go to a real estate class. It's really cute and I was so happy I had bought it.

      Now I'm excited to see your dad dancing to my new favorite song. I heard that song for the first time two weeks ago. I could barely move my body, but when I heard that song, I got up and started dancing. I now make it a point to listen to it often. You can't help but get in a good mood after hearing it.

      And yes, that mixer makes life a lot more exciting.

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  37. Forgot to say thirdly congrats on the mixer. I bought myself one for Mother's Day years ago. Best money spent EVER.

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  38. Awww dang so what's Diego's status? Still MIA? I've already plotted for Halle to go back home and steal her man back from what's her name. We need to shake up Morristown - a love triangle or something.

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    1. Kenya - Do you think Diego's head disappearing is a sing that Halle is supposed to be with Darius? NOT! I bought a new Diego head just to avoid any more confusion. We may get some drama in Morristown, but it will not be with Halle and Darius. That ship has sailed. lol! There may be some drama with J. Lo and her ex. Who knows.

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  39. Prayers sent your way, ten fold!! Take care of yourself first!!!

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    1. Heather - Thanks for the prayers! They always help.

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  40. You are in my prayers. This too shall pass. God Bless.

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    1. chevon - Ooh, I love your name. Thnaks for the prayers and the well wishes.

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  41. Waw ! Vanessa !
    Je ne savais pas tout ce que tu traversais comme épreuve et que maintenant tu te sentes obliger de te justifier à cause de personne sans moral ! Je suis vraiment navrée de l'apprendre. Nous traversons tous des épreuves et on ne veut pas le crier sur les toits pour que d'autres nous respecte. Je te comprends.
    J'espère sincèrement que tu iras mieux. Quand de mon coté ça ira mieux, je pense t'envoyer un autre paquet qui je sais te fera plaisir !
    Prends courage !
    Prends soin de toi !

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  42. Hi Vanessa, I'm not a regular reader, I kind of read blogs in waves for a while and then go on to another one, eventually making the rounds back again. And I rarely comment (I know I'm one of those dreaded lurkers).

    Anyway, I didn't realize you had an illness. I'm sending you positive wishes for better days and for your treatment to be successful.

    Also my advice is to ignore rude people because they're always going to be out there. Everyone has their own way of dealing with that sort of thing, but I don't like to give them any more of my time or attention than they deserve, which is none.

    I enjoy your blog and hope you feel better soon.

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  43. My blog is my happy place, so I can totally understand you being taken aback at being chastised over not commenting on someone else's blog.

    Good vibes and good health to you!

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    1. Muff - Thanks for the good vibes. I was mostly taken aback when the person was still upset after I explained why. I'm over it now. Venting definitely helped.

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  44. Sending positive vibes for peace of mind and good health. May both be restored. Hugs!

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    1. Roville - Thanks for the positive vibes and the hugs. It will definitely help.

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  45. Well Vanessa... where do I begin? I told you before, and you know I understand you from experience, as I suffer from chronic disease that makes me feel tired and pain most of the time. As you, I prefer being with my dolls than thinking about how I feel, as they help me forget all of it. Having a blog is also a part of cheering me up, but I agree in that real life is outside and there are times where you can't blog or comment as often as you would normally do. It shouldn't matter and I don't see why someone should get angry because you can't comment or read a post. Anyway, don't worry! I'm just grateful that I can enjoy your beautiful stories and dios!

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    1. Rossetti - I can't imagine what you go through with being in pain most of the time. That sucks! I'm getting another taste of it, but I can see light at the end of the tunnel. To live with pain on a daily basis is horrible. My heart goes out to you. I'm usually very good at not letting other people's issues bother me. I guess my defenses are down from getting bombarded with negativity the past several months,and this just sent me over the edge. I'm now better and able to move forward. Thanks for your continued love and support.

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  46. wishing you a speedy recovery Van.

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