Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A good bye for now......

A good bye for now....

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this post but I feel some of you may wonder where I am, why I haven't been posting, or writing comments on your blogs.

As some of you already know I retired some what early from my nursing career. I don't think I ever mentioned it here but one of the reasons was my eye site. By the age of forty seven I had already had bilateral cataract surgery. Even though I was able to work another twelve years I was constantly plagued with headaches, eye strain, then a vitreous detachment, and an onset of macular degeneration that made it increasingly difficult to see and especially under the fluorescent lighting.

After retiring I seemed to do better in the natural environment of my home but lighting has always been an issue. This past year it has been increasing difficult to remain at my computer for long periods or read books like I used to do. I have noticed my posts here on my blog have become more sporadic and I have gotten behind in answering e-mails and the wonderful comments I received here. It has made me feel like a very uncaring and slacker blogger as I have tried to keep up. I have had many things I wanted to share with you but I found I was having to put it off because of the eye strain. I would sometimes start a post and not be able to finish until the holiday was over like the little Christmas spiders I wanted to tell you about.

The week before Christmas I was diagnosed with an ocular retinal hemorrhage. Since then I have been running around getting tests trying to find out the cause. Luckily it is stabilized. There is talk of a laser treatment or other procedures that may help but until this is resolved, and I have less eye stain, I feel I have to close my blog. That doesn't mean that I won't be by to visit you though, or that I won't be back here on my blog sometime in the future, or even that I won't leave an occasional comment on yours, but I may have to be one of those anonymous blogger's for a while:>)

In the mean time, I wish all of you every happiness and blessing possible as we begin this New Year ♥
With warmest regards, Carol


Knitty said...

Oh Carol! Best wishes to you for relief and improvement of this condition!

You (and Charli) will remain in our hearts and not be forgotten while away.

Hugs and prayers,

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Carol
I am so very sorry to hear of your condition.. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, you and Charli will be missed. Take care of yourself. I feel blessed to have come to know you and Charli. Thank you for your kindness.

Channon said...

Carol, you take care of you and know that you - and Charli! - will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh, Carol! I am so sorry that you are havig problems with your eyes! I am afraid I haven't been a good bloggy friend since my little grandson was born. I have quickly visited without leaving you a comment so that you would know...up to my elbows in grandmothering! I want to let you know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us posted as you feel up to it! Love to you and Charli...Debbie

Eileen said...

Oh, Carol, I will miss you very much, and I'm sorry to hear that you won't be able to be around much, but I SO UNDERSTAND! You need to take care of yourself.
I've found that I haven't been a very loyal blogger either, life just gets in the way sometimes.

It has been wonderful getting to know you, and I appreciate so much all you have shared with us.
Your absence will leave such a void in my 'blog world', but I wish you all the best, and I will keep you in my thoughts, my heart, and my prayers.
All the best to you.
Many, many Blessings!
Love and Prayers,

PS ~ Us 'blog slackers' should make a plan to blog at least a few times a year just to catch up on each other's lives! I think by the end of this month I won't be around much either.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Carol, first of all, I'm so sorry you have been having these problems with your eyesight. I had no idea, and I can certainly understand the need for you to break from blogging. We will miss your sweet, sweet spirit, but we'll keep a light on just for you.

You have long been one of my favorite bloggers, and I pray for your healing and that 2011 will bring many blessings to you, just as you have been a blessing to all of us.

Take care of yourself and please know that you and Charli won't be forgotten. On the contrary, we look forward to hearing from you as you are able.

Love you...


Sheila :-)

Vee said...

Carol, I am so sad to read this. Yes, you must take care of your eyesight and protect it any way that you can. You and your family, Charli, too, of course, remain in my thoughts and prayers. A gentle hug because I can imagine how stressful this is...much love.

Laura said...

I'm so sorry to hear this! I hope that everything works out and that they are able to help you out somehow. :(

I'll keep you in my prayers...


George the Lad said...

Carol, you come first, blogging can be very time consuming, what seams to catch us out is the friends we meet along the way, and the feeling we are letting them down, by not blogging or leaving comments, it happens to me. I am gald you have posted that you will be calling it a day..for now. At least we all know why, and that we just didn't hear from you again.
I do hope the treatment for your eyes work out.
It has been a plesure visting your blog with the cooking, wise words and of course Charli popping her head up now and then.
You will still be on my blog roll so when the times right and you feel you can post again I will be over
Love and Hugs from across the pond George and Jan xxx

Pug1 said...

You'll be missed!

Madeline's Album said...

Carol, So sorry to hear of your eye problem. I want you to know that you will be in my prayers and thoughts. You and Charli will be missed while you are away. Hoping you will be getting the help you need and will be back soon. Have a blessed evening. Madeline

Anonymous said...

Dear Carol,
Your blog was one of the first I followed ~ I have enjoyed every post, especially those concerning Charlie!
I pray that your condition will soon be a thing of the past. May God bless you with very special blessings in 2011.

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol....I am so so sorry to hear this. You need to take care of yourself. I will miss you and dear little Charlie, all the best and God Bless! Bella

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Take care of yourself!! We'll miss you, but we'll be waiting for you, when you drop by!! Much love and many prayers!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

NO!!! I am sick with sadness my sweet and wonderful Carol...I am so late in that I am juggling being back at school after a two week vacation. Dearest, I am worried about my eyesight too.....I have incredible eye strain, and I have had three bouts with extreme bloodshot husband had it to.....but then my vitrious part of my right eye always seems to be inflammed....but YOU, YOU DEAR ONE, I am going to miss you so much. You were there for me since I started blogging two years ago and I have always enjoyed you so much. Please keep us informed as to what happens and how you are doing....I love you so, Carol. You always brightened my day.


Sue said...

Carol, I'm so very sorry to hear of your vision problems. I do hope the doctors have something up their sleeves that will help you. We'll miss you and Charli. Do try to let us know how you're doing from time to time. You're in our thoughts.

Micki said...

Carol, so sorry about all of your vision problems! We will miss you so much, but just take care of yourself. I hope that we hear from you again, and hope all goes well with your eyes.

Jorgelina said...

Beautiful New Year 2011!

JG said...

Carol, I hope that your eye issues will be treated quickly and you feel better soon. Whenever I bake the Irish Soda Bread I remember "googling" for the recipe over 2 years ago. I discovered that you had shared a most delicious recipe for this Irish treat.
Take care of your self,

Shelia said...

Oh, Carol! I'm so sorry about your condition! I have missed you and sweet little Charli!
You do what you need to and know we'll always be here. You will be in my prayers.
Shelia ;)

*✿* millie meadowsweet *✿* said...

oh dear, i am so sorry to hear of your condition. i will keep you in my prayers and i shall miss your sweet posts.
just as you are taking a break from blogging, i am returning. you may not recognise me as millie meadowsweet but you may remember my previous bloggy incarnation skipping in the meadow.
sending you warmest new year wishes and prayers for your recovery xxx

much love hugs and blessing
to you and dear Charli too xxx

millie (sumea)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I have a lump in my throat as I come to visit once again, a woman and her pup who have mean much to me. I am so sad, but you will flourish as you recuperate. Much love to you all and I will miss you, Anita

MARIA said...

Hi Carol!

I am very sorry about your eyes problems. I understand you, and please take care of your eyes as the first place.
Show to us only when you can.

I also write and visit my friends in a random, because of my condition.

You are wonderful friend Carol!

Terry said...

Howdy Carol
Oh honey don't you worry yourself one little bit just take care and feel good again !
You know I'll be saying prayers for you and looking forward to your feeling much better ,Now Charli you know I love you too !
So y'all don't worry we will all be here thinking positive thoughts and wishing only the very best for you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'll even pray you can find someone to dictate too to keep us updated so you'll be reminded that we are thinking about you and Charli :)
Love and hugs from Texas
Until we meet again
Happy Trails

Barb's Tea Shop said...

Carol, missed hearing from you and love your blog. Hope all the best for you in the new year and know that you have touched so many! most sincerely! Barb

Sandy said...

Dearest Carol,
I am so very sorry to hear of your condition. You are always in my thoughts and prayers, you and Charli will be missed. Take care of yourself. Great big hugs. ♥

Vee said...

You always say the sweetest things in the sweetest ways. I'm missing you!

Shelley said...

Sweet Carol, you have my prayers, good thoughts and all the good energy I can send your way. i will miss you and charli very much! Please take good care of yourself. (And if you can, please let me know if you are ever in the Petoskey area, Scout and i would love to meet up w/ you and Charli!)
Hugs and Blessings,


I wish you Happy New 2011!
जबाब नहीं निसंदेह ।
यह एक प्रसंशनीय प्रस्तुति है ।
धन्यवाद ।

Jerelene said...

Dear Carol,
I am so sorry to hear that your eyes are giving you such trouble. I haven't been on since this summer..I'm going to try to post once a week. Your health comes first...but you and Charli will be missed in blogdom. :(
I will keep you in my prayers..
Much love to you and Charli too!!

SmilingSally said...

I'm so glad you shared; I've missed you and wondered... Now, I'll be praying for you.

I care, Carol.

Charli and me said...

Thank you so much for all of you who have left such kind comments here. It means so much to me. I am waiting for new glasses which I am hoping will help. I miss all of you. Thank you for your prayers.

Barb said...

Hi Carol,

I am so sorry. I pray that your eyes will heal and you will be back to normal. You have always been so kind to me and i appreciate it.
Please give Charli and hug from me.
Tommy has been gone for 2 months now- wow!

big hugs,

fiberdoodles said...

Oh sweet Carol I am just sick to hear of this! Please know that you will always be in my thoughts and prayers and that Max and I will miss you and Miss Charli dearly!!

love and hugs,
Sharon and Max

Happy@Home said...

It was with a great sense of sadness that I read through this post. I am sorry you are going through this and I hope and pray that you will find something that helps you.
When I was in my late 40s I was told I had cataracts in both eyes. I was shocked as I thought that was something that only happened when you got much older. You are the first person I have heard about that also had them at a relatively young age.
I will be thinking of you and dear little Charli. Take care of yourself.

k9 said...

Oh Carol! its really very sad to know about your problem but i still hope you will recuperate soon and continue providing us with your unique blogs. you will surely be missed.
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Just a little something from Judy said...

Carol, it has been difficult for me to try to catch up with my visits to blogs and this morning I read your latest post. I am so sorry! Isn't it interesting in life, when you go along learning to know someone dear like you via blogland, and never know what you are really facing. You are the sweetest, most caring lady and your comments have blessed my life on a weekly basis. I will never forget you, and want you to know that every time I see your blog on my sidebar, I will say a prayer for you. Funny how you and Charli have become my friends, even though we never met. I sure hope they can somehow take care of this for you. It must be so difficult for you to deal with.

Ann Nichols said...

Oh my... I am so sorry to hear this but you are so correct to close your blog for now. You must protect your eyes.
I will think of you often and pray that your eyes will not give you any trouble at all.
Blessings to you and dear Charli!!!

Judi said...

*hugs* Carol
I am awfully sorry about this problem you have been having. I hope they will be able to determine what the problem is and help you with your eyesight.

I haven't been able to blog very much this past while and haven't had a chance therefore to visit as often as I would like to but I will miss you.

Keep well otherwise and you will be in my thoughts and my prayers and hope to see you in Blogland...even visiting when you can.

*hugs*...all the best

retriever said...

Dear Carol hoping the best for you mit lasser,will take a half year, be quiet, after a yer possibility for stability, i have 10 years ago same my eyes.Hugs and prayers for you.
Louisette from Belgium

Louisette said...

take care Carol, and hoping the best

Queenie said...

Hey there Carol,
So sorry to hear that you have been going through so much with your eyesight. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss you and Charli...I had been away from my blog for a while and had no idea what you'd been going through. I hope that things will improve for you. I just want you to know that I am glad that you are leaving your blog up so others can read it... and get to know you, that haven't had the pleasure of doing sure will be missed. Take good care...God Bless you and your family :)
Big Hugs,

Anne said...

I finally posted on my blog today so I thought I'd pop over and leave you a comment. I can't wait for your return. It sounds like you have a lot of wonderful friends here who really love you and your blog. Your greatly missed. Oh and Charli too! Take care!

Dog Walker Los Angeles said...

Carlo!so sad, don't be dis heart your eye problem will solve very soon ...

Papillon Bleu said...

I am ever so sorry to be so late.
I hope things will get better.
I send you lots of love!
And big hugs too!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Carol
You have been in my thoughts so I wanted to leave a note just in case you are able to check in.
I hope you are doing well. I keep you in my prayers. You both are missed so much..
Blessings to you and dear Charli

Louise said...

This must be a dreadful worry for you. Please don't be anonymous. It would be lovely to hear from you every once in a while. As for being a slack blogger, it just isn't physically possible to stop by every blog as often as you'd like. Just make sure you take good care of yourself. x

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

dear Carol and Charli

i miss you both

i wonder i you still read these messages

sending warmest hugs and love

millie and lily xoxoxoxoxoxox

Anxiety Cause said...

Hope you'll have a great time away. We still hope that you could find time to blog if you have time. Good luck and I hope that everything would turn out great for you.

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I am so very sorry to hear of your condition. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, Take care of yourself. I feel blessed to have come to know you and Charli.

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