January found me downsizing again and doing a pretty good job of it. I also started gathering supplies to start watercolor classes!
The craft room continues to be an ongoing project for January 2018!
February was hard. I got sick with a cold/flu and didn't seem to be able to get better. I did find some time to start watercolor classes online and found a new passion.
March seemed all about watercolors but I did stop in a few thrift shops and found a little favorite to share
This adorable nativity which joined the others for Christmas this year.
April is Birthday month around here. Both Tiger and Scout were born in April.
They turned two and six! It's been a great year with them and boy have then grown since then!
May was super busy with a church rummage sale which I helped set up and run.
As I continued my downsizing I donated many vintage items to the sale. It was a fun but exhausting week and much was sold.
Annie Belle and I became closer and she helped ease the pain of missing Charlie!
June brought a birthday which I tried to ignore this year and more watercolor.
Started to see real improvement in my paintings. I also continued my downsizing as I realized I no longer wanted to decorate for every holiday!
July was a fun month as I was able to plan a little trip to the mountains with my friend Carter. It was my Birthday trip so I indulged and bought myself a few presents...vintage of course.
All Pink! This was also the month that started my health issues.
I ended up in the ER with awful pains in my lower quadrant and was afraid I had pancreatitis. It wasn't and so I was sent home. The pain has come and gone since then and I've been having lots of tests and Dr's appointments trying to figure out the cause of this. Answers soon I think!
August wasn't a very good month. Hurricanes, floods, racial violence and I lost my beloved mother in law.
She was a great lady and is missed by all.
September found me blogging only once. It just seemed a busy month with nothing much to say. My health issues were starting again and I had lots to deal with.
October and results from my MRI were pretty good. No stones or masses. Additional tests scheduled and the discomfort and pain persisted. I made some dietary changes which helped a little. Still life goes on.
These two kept me smiling!
November and another month where I only posted once.
More tests ruled out cancer and other bad things. Still no diagnosis but an appointment with my Dr cleared me to take the trip to Texas at Thanksgiving with my Mom.
December! A month to relax and enjoy the holidays and family. I downsized more Christmas decorations and it made me feel so good.
I did not get a cold or the flu and was able to enjoy church activities, family fun and a visit from daughter #1. The Grands were so excited this year about Christmas. I was truly blessed!
I find that I'm happy to say goodbye to 2017. Not the worst year of my life but not a good one either. Health issues were my main focus for the 2nd half of the year and I'm ready for some answers and solutions to this pain and discomfort. I've been so thankful for my blog friends this year. You stayed with me and encouraged me to keep blogging even when weeks would go by and I felt like I had nothing to say. It's amazing the friendships we've made without ever meeting in person!
I don't make resolutions but I do set some goals. I'll share that with you in my next blog post!
Wishing you JOY,