Sunday, January 1, 2017
Happy New Year!!! I had planned a doll story with a fancy party, but as luck would have it, I had a minor setback on Christmas Day. More on that later. So I'm sharing a painting my niece did for me as my Christmas present. It is a very special gift because a few months ago was the first time she had spoken to me in about four years. She had distanced herself from the whole family, but she made amends this year. It was a prayer answered.
I have to admit 2016 was an awesome year for me. Maybe it was the vision board I did at the beginning of the year. I just felt more focused and got a lot done. Of course, Dasia kept me busy with the sewing. I started sewing for Lammily, but really haven't found my stride on her clothes yet. She isn't as fun to sew for, but hopefully that will change. I learned to crochet and knit, after a life long desire to do so. I also did a lot of baking, reading, and line dancing. The biggest project accomplished was the new deck. And the big surprise at the end of the year was the cardmaking. I absolutely love it. It's so nice to be able to customize a card and send it to someone.
The saddest thing that happened this year was losing Buttercup. The dogs and I have since adjusted, but I still miss her. Healthwise, I started back on chemo at the beginning of the year. Unless a miracle happens, I will not be taking any more breaks from chemo. I've learned to accept that. So back to the setback I had on Christmas day....... I got shingles! Oh my goodness! It is as bad as they say. Luckily my doctors think they caught it in time where the medicine will take care of it within 7 - 10 days. If you don't start medicine quickly enough, shingles can last for months. Before I knew what it was, I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. Then I felt like lumps were growing in my chest. It was horrible. I couldn't even breath right. When people think of shingles, I think they think of the sores and blisters that develop, but it was what it was doing internally which made it almost unbearable. Without the strong pain meds they prescribed, I don't know that I would have made it. Yesterday I was feeling really good. It was the first day I didn't need pain meds, so I thought for sure I was on the mend. However, today, I have taken a step backward. Hopefully, I will be completely healed in the next few days. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.
Looking ahead to 2017....... I'm deeming this year, the year of the house. My house and the doll houses. I plan to finally get the KidKraft houses decorated. I've decided to redo all the walls with removable wallpaper so I can change it for different families. There will also be standalone rooms. I got one of those done this past week. More are planned. This also means more stories and getting back to some of the families I've missed seeing. We didn't get to see a lot of the husbands this year. I will bring them back into the fold. Of course, I will continue sewing for the diva, Ms. Dasia. She is still my muse. My Etsy store will reopen within the next couple of weeks. Not sure what else the year will bring, but I'm looking forward to it.
Thanks again to all who read my blog and follow my shenanigans. I really appreciate the love. Hope your 2017 is a blessed one.