And filled your email boxes with responses. Please forgive me for crashing your inbox.
Over the past two weeks I have had the energy only to use my Four Square App to indicate where I was each day.
Having copious amounts of sinus drainage – deluge to be exact – accompanied by fits of coughing that sometimes brought stars in my vision and seemed to strangle the breath out of me was very difficult to deal with. Driving a truck while tending to these physical ails was down right frightening at times. Most especially when I coughed so much and could not breathe or when I had stars floating in my vision and a feeling of light headedness during a bout of coughing.
I lost my voice and my temper several times. Not wanting to talk to anyone, even Joe over our little radios, because that would bring on a coughing fit was not fun. Least of all for Joe. He was trying his best to let me know he was still with me even though he was in a separate truck and a quarter of a mile in front. I got really testy with him wanting to just jabber.
Being achy, feverish, filling my plastic shopping bags with used Kleenex, and trying to drink fluids other than coffee during the day all the while wishing I were in a bed somewhere sleeping off the cold didn’t help much. At night in the hotel rooms I kept Joe awake with my hacking and coughing then sitting up at the bedside gasping for air. All I wanted was to be home and left alone in my misery.
We arrived home Monday afternoon. A few errands had to be run before I could hole up at home. I am happy to say the snot factory has subsided. The coughing has quieted some. I still have some bouts throughout the day and into the night. I’m tired and feel really washed out. The light headedness has subsided as has the seeing stars when I cough. That was totally frightening. All I could imagine was telling the police officer and our dispatch office that I passed out from coughing and that was the cause of the accident. That was so terrifying to me and added to my testiness.
These are the blogs I read daily and try to leave comments on. Unfortunately, these are the blogs that I have inundated with comments in my endeavor to catch up on what has been going on with them.
- Garden Pinks – My friend Lynn, from the UK, has been in the throes of Red Tape. She and her husband are selling their home and getting ready to “Keep, Toss, and Give Away” 37 years of living in a home they refurbished. Please go check out her other blog – Stanley Mount Cottage – to read about all the work they did to make a long neglected building into a home. You want an adventure, you’ll find one just reading her blog.
- The Nickel Nook – My friend Nancy, from Canada, has a style of her own in crafting. I love seeing her work and reading how she gets her ideas. She is totally funny and has a writing style that is always upbeat. For anyone that wonders how to incorporate their religious beliefs into their crafting Nancy does it very well, and beautifully I might add. Nancy takes part in challenges, quite a number of them, which make me wonder if she ever goes to bed 😀
- Tracy’s Treasures – My friend Tracy, from Canada, is a Copic Queen 😀 She makes the cutest cards and colors them up. She makes the most fantastic mini albums as well and I love reading her blog because she shows the creative side of her talents and gives snippets of her daily life as well. She makes me laugh. Mostly she makes me totally green with envy as I look at her cards and often say to myself “I want to be like her when I grow up”. That is a bit too late because I am far older than she is….but one can always hope 😀
- The Pioneer Woman – This blog will take up your entire day….it does mine anyway. There is so much to learn at Ree’s blog. She is a wife of a cattle rancher, home schools her four children, cooks some good looking food AND now has a show of her own on the Food Network. Seriously, you have to check out her blog and see the diversity of her work. No paper crafting at her site but there is a lot of other stuff that is worth looking through. And her sense of humor keeps me coming back.
- Crafting Glass – I love this blog mainly because Julia writes with a bent sense of humor that I find enjoyable. She writes about her struggle with her chronic illnesses and those in her family but she keeps on going and doing. Anyone that can watch several hours at a time of the horror show “Hoarders” and continue to be sane must have a strong constitution. Julia Christine always has some kind of inspirational bit in her blog entries. Either in her daily life or videos she shares.
- Bucket List Publications – For such a young woman she has done things that this old broad is too fearful to do. She jumps out of airplanes, bungee jumps, rides in acrobatic airplanes, swims with sharks, and all kinds of things that I cringe at. However, she is getting into my head and maybe….just maybe…..one day I will get control of my fear of the ocean and go on a cruise with Joe. Maybe! If there is something you would like to do…do you have a Bucket List?….check out this website to see how it can come true.
- Texanas Kitchen – If you want to nearly pee yourself laughing this is a blog to visit. The best part is there are recipes at the end of her blog post that make you (well me) want to get in the kitchen and start banging pots and pans around. I love the style of writing in this blog.
- The Frugal Crafter – This blog is chock full of crafty goodness. All kinds of crafty goodness. Not just cards or scrapbook layouts but tons of stuff. I love reading this blog to see what she comes up with. There is usually a video that goes along with some of her crafting and she has some ingenious ideas. There are tools she comes across that I’ve never heard of before and she demonstrates how to use them.
- Min Has Something To Say – When I first came upon this blog I was unsure of what the content was about. Let me tell you, this young woman is conquering a major daily battle and it is truly something to read. Mindy is on a weight loss campaign and she is nothing short of amazing. Starting out at over 600 pounds she has lost well over 200 pounds in a couple years and continues to push through every day. I must admit to feeling quite ashamed of myself for looking out the door of the hotel rooms in the mornings and grimacing at walking around the grounds for 30 minutes or so in my effort to lose about 70 pounds. This girl has a daily regimen she sticks to and I can barely stick to my piddly little 30 minutes.
- What You Make It – My friend Jann, from Tennessee, always has some kind of inspiring project she shares. I love going to her blog to see what she has created. Her cards are beautiful and her videos are really fun to watch. Jann breaks down the techniques and the process of making her pieces into very easy to understand steps in her videos. I love her funny quips and sense of humor that come through as she works away. Want to know how to make a “Splat”? Just watch one of her videos and she will show you how to do it and you’ll laugh out loud and be totally ready to run to your craft stash and give it a try.
- A Spot 2 Stamp – My friend Shelly, from Illinois, is a stay at home Mom and grandmother. She has a self titled “Soap Opera Life” that is chock full of real life happenings that most people evade talking about. Shelly’s blog is her way of reaching out to her friends in a conversational way to let us know she is still around and trying to find time to craft. Shelly and her husband, Brian, have children of their own that are grown and out of the house. They also have three young children at home that came into their lives as Foster Children as babies then later adopted by Shelly and Brian. These children have some special needs but to hear Shelly talk about her kids they are normal and the love of her life.
- Belle Grove Plantation – This blog is about a couple who are turning a historical home into a Bed and Breakfast. There is history in this blog, and written in a way that makes history interesting instead of boring. Most of the players are from the Civil War Era and the lineage of who owned the house from the day it was built and occupied by the first residents to the current times sometimes reads like Genesis in the Bible with all the “begats”. This is an interesting blog and I like reading it because many of the businesses in Virginia I have driven past and the towns I know because of the highways we have traveled.
- The Crippled Cricut – Tina has some really awesome layouts she has created. Her blog posts are very short but the photos of her completed work are so worth a look. Tina is going to kill me because I think I’ve just about blown up her computer catching up on all of her posts. Go take a look at her work. Not many people have left comments on her posts, which is a shame, but I’m hoping she will get other viewers of her blog.
- Crafty Homemade – My friend, Indira, is from the Dominican Republic. In my opinion, Indira is the Cricut Diva! She makes the cutest cards using her Cricut machine. She doesn’t post often on her blog, I think she does more on Facebook, but her cards are totally worth a look. Indira makes me want to drag out my Cricut machine and figure out how to work it. I think you will enjoy the things she makes for her family and friends.
Okay, so now you know where I have been the last couple days. Catching up on my friend’s blogs and reading up on everything I have missed out on over the last few weeks and months. Each blog I love to read is written by someone that either has a wicked sense of humor that makes me laugh or they leave me inspired by their creativity. Mostly it is because of the things that each one is passionate about and they give me a glimpse into life outside of the highways I always seem to travel and the unending driving of trucks.
I’m tired, and feeling a bit feverish now. I think I will head back to bed. I did have some ideas of making some Christmas cards while I’m home for a few days but my body is about to throw me on the floor if I don’t give it time to heal properly. My sprained foot is letting me know it is not happy with me either. Joe tenderly wrapped it in an Ace Bandage so the shooting pains have subsided at the sprain and are now just a constant ache.
So “Ta-Ta” for now. Maybe tomorrow I will feel like getting into my craft room and making something. Until then I hope you all enjoy your day.