Sunday, January 12, 2014

Curve Balls...

Hello Friends Old and New!  It has been a while since I was here and it feels good to be back.  My husband was in an ATV accident in 2011.  He injured his left leg horribly and had a pulmonary embolism from a blood clot in his injured leg.  It was a long year of recovery.  I was his primary caregiver and things just had to be put on the back burner.  Home Healthcare and physical therapy took up our hours.  The boys and school activities had the rest.  Very little room was left for anything else but sleep when you could grab it:)  During this time I was also the primary caregiver for my father-in-law who was in a nursing home nearby.  He passed away in May of 2013.  My husband is walking and has healed nicely.  Still daily pain, but hopefully it won't be that way forever.  And I feel like I can finally get back to Arting and Blogging and I even have a Facebook page!  LOL!!  Never thought that would happen, but it was easier and quicker in the beginning.

Oh, how I have missed you so.  I can't wait to be creating again full time.  I've lost 76 pounds over the last year and I am exercising!  Can you believe it?!?  I hate to exercise, but after my husband's accident it really hit home how this is the only body I get.  I have this one chance to take care of it.  I gained so much weight over the last two years.  I felt horrible all the time.  I was tired all the time.  I hated myself.  So I cut out all diet drinks and alcohol.  I started drinking only water.  I lost 20 pounds in 3 weeks just from that one change.  It was exciting so I switched to Organic food and started walking every week day after I dropped off the kids at school.  And I feel better than I have in years.  Physically and Mentally.  And I NEED to Art again on a daily basis.  That is what I missed the most.  So here I am.  Starting all over again.  But that's Ok.  Sometimes life throws you several curve balls.  You just catch them as best you can and keep trying.

PS-While looking around the blog I noticed some photo links are not working.  Will get those fixed as fast as I can!

Quote of the Day:

“But there was a special kind of gift that came with embracing the chaos, even if I cursed most of the way. I'm convinced that, when everything is wiped blank, it's life's way of forcing you to become acquainted with and aware of who you are now, who you can become. What is the fulfillment of your soul?”
― Jennifer DeLucy


Dorthe said...

Hi dear Jamie,- we will -and I will be back to see what changes you are doing-
Winter hugs to you.

peggy gatto said...

I just used an image of yours (with your link(!

Sea Witch said...

so can't wait to see what you come up with. I was excited about the upgrade I did to my blog months ago, it's always exciting to see the changes.

Sandra at 7th St. Studio said...

Jamie!!! this is Sandra from Wicked Tea and Paper Cowgirl!!! I was just thinking of you this morn and had an idea, I need to talk to you about it!!! Can you email me...I hate to say I only remember part of your phone number!!! LOL!!! and you know which part I remember!!!!! I am getting tickled just thinking about you sharing that at Wicked Tea!!! How do I reach you girl??? Going to look and see if I put you in my phone or if I have your card attached to one of the treasures I bought from you!!!!

Christine said...

Hi, Jamie. I used some your sweet babies here.

K said...

can't wait to see the new look! :)

Tami said...

Hi, Jamie, missing you and can't wait to hear from you! I look at "Tree House" every day and think of you with love, hugs,

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Jamie
I think I followed you just as you disappeared with more important callings in your life - congratulations for being there for your loved one for so long - no small task and good on you for loving your own body and soul so much as to treat it so respectfully.
So love your images here especially of women!
I will be back and back!
Have a great year full of new art inspirations!

Teresa Abajo said...

Welcome back! You've been missed.

Dorthe said...

Dearest Jamie,
I`m so happy to see you back, what a hard 2 years you have had ,and your husbond too, ofcourse. I`m happy for you, that he is now waLKINg and much better.And hope he will be all well again.
About your loss of weight I think it is fantastic done, congratulations again, it is so wonderful to have control over our self and what we eat and drink.
I have just some months ago,had a stomach/entestine bug of the hard and sometimes deadly ones, and therefore stopped drinking my 2 glasses of wine every evening, now only taking 4 mouthfulls, and that together with a (not wanted ) diet made me loose 15 pound.... I`m so skinny now !!!
But amazing what only drinking wine and sweet drinks can make us gather in weight!!
I`m happy for you, that you now feel so full of energy and need of creating. I look forward seing you here again, dear friend.

Gerushia's New World said...


It is so good to see you back, blogging and arting! I am so sorry about your husband and father-in-law. However, it is great news that you are healthy and exercising and finding your own way back.

Thanks for stopping by my facebook page. I'm sure glad you did!

Gerushia's New World

marda said...

So glad to see you are back and that your husband is mostly recovered. Congrats on the weight loss and the exercising.

Robin said...

Glad to see you back in the blogging world again. So sorry to hear about your last two trying years. Here's to a wonderful 2014 full of arting.


Sea Witch said...

So glad to see you are back. Sending continual healing thoughts to you and your family. Blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch

Shane Pollard said...

Hello dear Jamie

What a journey you have been on!
Wonderful news that your husband is back to some kind of normality - I know the toll these accidents have on one.

Oh my, I admire you - it is one thing to think about losing weight and another to take control as you have.
You deserve all the good things life has to offer this year and I look forward to popping in often to check on you and see how you are!

I'm now following you, after seeing your comment on Suzy's blog.

Sending big warm hugs from down under.

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Louisette said...

Wonderfull picture, greeting from Mons city in Belgium
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