Thursday, January 4, 2018

Looking Back at 2017

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,



Cheapchick said...

Happy New Years Linda! I do hope 2018 is better for you!

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

Happy New Year sweet friend. Loved looking back at your year with you. I hope they are able to get to the bottom of your pain. Sounds very frustrating. xo Laura

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Happy 2018 New Year Linda. Hoping that answers are found and solutions are found to ease you ongoing pain. Hugs.

Deb said...

I'm wishing you a better year regarding your health, Linda. It has certainly been a tough year for you. "Here's to a fabulous 2018" :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your beautiful watercolors, Sis! I know you've enjoyed your art this year. I'm sorry it's been such a hard year with illness though. I'm hoping this new year is a happy one and you feel a lot better! Sweet hugs, Diane

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Linda,
So glad you are feeling a little better. I hope they can pinpoint what is causing all this distress for you. If they cannot see any thing with MRI's and Scans and blood work then it most likely could be something in your diet or medications you might be taking. I hope you get some answers soon. Hoping the new year will bring you better health.

Chatty Crone said...

Linda I remember all these posts. The kids are so cute. You kept busy and sick. Did they ever find out what was going on with you? I hope you can come on the 15 of Feb.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lynn said...

I wish you all the best in 2018 Linda! Hope you feel better soon-enjoy the kids:@)

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Hi Linda, Here we are starting another year of blogging. Amazing how time passes. Like you, I'm hoping for a better health year, and pray the doctors get to the bottom of your problem and alleviate your pain soon. I enjoyed seeing your year in review.

Happy New Year my friend! Hugs, Pam

oldgreymareprimitives said...

I"m with you the hell with 2017

Here's to a great 2018 for both of us esp health wise- I am sick of this crud and you are sick of yours

Melanie said...

Too many health woes for one year. Here's hoping 2018 brings you better health - and some answers about your pain!

Susan said...

Hi Linda. Health issues are always a bummer. 2017 was a horrific year politcally, for me (and thousands of others.) But I've coped and kept going. What else can we do? I do hope there are solutions to the health challenges you are having. May 2018 be a good year for all of us! Susan

Jeanie said...

A wonderful recap. I love that we share the same Christmas dishes! And I'm glad to know you've nailed your medical issues and can take action. I love your pink poppy watercolor -- I hope you find plenty of time to paint in 2018!

Mereknits said...

So sorry there were so many health issues for you in 2017. I hope for wonderful health and a relief from all this stress in 2018!

Jacqueline said...

Although my heart hurts about your health issues and still no answers - crazy! - I loved hearing your year month by month! That was a great summary! I need to do that. Life passes so quickly especially with each passing year.
Glad you didn't get colds or flus over the holidays. I have so many friends who have been so so sick this Christmas.
I need to downsize too - as always! I love to count the hangers when I donate clothing. Somehow those hangers really fill up quickly again and definitely need to go through all the holiday stuff and the dishes! Good motivation!!

Jann Olson said...

Linda, like you I had some bad, some good in 2017. I hope things are better for both of us this year! I do a little water coloring now and then, but have never taken any type of class. I would love to learn what I am doing wrong. :) Where on line did you take your class? I thought I might sign up for one through adult education.

Kacey said...

It's a good thing you had MRI to confirm that the pain wasn't caused by something serious. Putting your trust in gueswork will not do you any good. When it comes to your health, you have to be very sure so that you can prevent any imminent risk. That's what MRI is there for.