Tuesday, February 1, 2011

An update and a huge thank you!



An up date and a hugh thank you!

First I would just like to say THANK YOU to all of you who have sent me such lovely e-mails and left such thoughtful comments here. I have been very touched by all of them ♥ I'm sorry I haven't been able to respond to each individual comment. Thank you so much for all of your kind words and prayers!

Things are going much better here. I have new glasses which have seemed to help. I am looking into getting some type of an e-reader which is supposed to reduce glare and make it easier to see the font and read. My hubby has dimmed the brightness on my computer and on our TV screen. Since any type of glare or brightness seems to affect my vision, I have been wearing sun glasses sometimes even in the house on extremely sunny and snowy days. I have also sometimes been pulling my curtains and shades. I'm still undecided about a laser treatment as I have heard many different pros and cons. I see my Doc again in April. I still read, and am able to use my computer, but for much shorter intervals than previously. I've been visiting your blogs even though I haven't been leaving many comments.

I have truly missed blogging more than you could possibly know. To fill the gap, I have been taping a lot of TV programs, trying to get out as much as possible, and doing some of my spring cleaning earlier than what I would normally do. I have been going through old books, DVD's, and videos. With the help of my dear hubby we have been rearranging book cases and some furniture. And where I used to walk on my tread mill three or four days a week, I am now walking thirty minutes a day, six days a week, and still treading every step LOL

Like many of you I have also been getting ready for Saint Valentine's Day. I had some red card stock paper and ribbon left over from Christmas so I decided to make a very simple banner. I went to the dollars store and purchased some Valentine's Day cards. Here in our area they are fifty cents a piece. I cut the front off of each of the cards, folded and cut the stock paper in half, and used two way tape to fasten the Valentine's cards on to the stock paper. Then I punched holes near the top of the stock paper and threaded ribbon through it. I wish I would have used old vintage cards that you can sometimes get on line and print or perhaps purchased two of each of the Valentine's cards and added another dimension to them but I think this banner still looks nice. It seems to warm our home up on these cold winter days we have been having.












I have also been making Valentine's cards and writing out others. Saint Valentine's Day is such a lovely day to me and one that our family has always celebrated. I feel it's not just a day set aside for lovers, although that is certainly important, but it's also a very special day to spread love in our families, schools, and neighborhoods.










Just before Christmas I was invited to a Party Lite demonstration and purchased the container you see below. I like it because it has three functions. It serves as a candle holder, a vase, or all together as a bell jar with a bottom. The containers come in three different sizes and I believe they can be ordered on line if any one is interested. Here is mine is all decked out for Valentine's Day.





Charli is doing well but she was a little upset when I had to stop blogging. Prior to my stopping she would sit quietly in the chair in my office while I read her all of your posts or worked on my own. I know she is just a dog but she really seemed to enjoy me reading to her. When I stopped blogging I would sometimes find her sitting in the chair in my office just like she is doing in the picture below waiting patiently for me. Even to this day, we can be any where in the house, and if I say, "Come on Charli, let's go see what's happening in blog world" she will run into my office as fast as her little legs can go and plop herself in the chair.

I hope all of you are staying cozy and warm on these cold winter days.
I don't know how much blogging I will be doing in the future, if any, but I want you to know that where ever I am, and what ever I'm doing, all of you are close in my heart.
With warmest regards, Carol

45 comments:

my cup of tea said...

So glad to hear things are looking up! You will continue to be in my prayers!
~Donna~

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am so glad to hear from you, Carol! I have missed you SO much. Glad you popped in and let us know how you are. I have been concerned, and I'm happy to know you are doing some better. Hoping that the progress continues!

Love to you and Charli and your family...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Eileen said...

VERY HAPPY to hear from you, Carol!
And it's so nice to read all about your happy/busy schedule! Good for you walking!
I need to get moving too, but this weather has me home-bound ('getting cabin fever, but don't miss the thought of getting out and exercising! Although I guess shoveling and chopping ice is exercise!).
Thanks for sharing your St. Valentine ideas (you always have such great ideas!), and your centerpiece is so pretty!

I was brought up Catholic so St. Valentine's Day always meant more to us than just a day for lovers. Thanks for that reminder!

And, Carol, I can never go out without my sunglasses on! The brightness really bothers my eyes, my doctor told me what that's called but I can't remember what the term was. My Mom was the same way, and other family members too. We used to say we were vampires!

You have been in my thoughts, Carol, and I've missed you.
It's so nice to catch up with you!
Love and Prayers,
Eileen

Eileen said...

PS ~ Charli looks adorable!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Carol, I am so happy to hear from you.. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.. I hope you continue to improve... Little Charli... Oh how I have missed her too...
I love your Valentine cards, they are adorable..
Love and blessings
Penny

George the Lad said...

Great to hear from you, and the update, love the cards.
So pleased that things are a little better for you.
Say Hi to Charli for me.
See Yea George and Jan xxx

Vee said...

Carol, it's so nice to find a new post here. And it's also good that your eyes are feeling a bit better getting away from the computer so much. I chuckled that Charli is still waiting on you to read. Molly usually lies beside me while I do my computer work and I'm sure that she would miss our time together if I were to quit. I haven't been leaving a lot of comments either, but I feel so happy when I get out to see my friends so I'm sure that it is an adjustment for you. Take care of yourself and keep doing your research. Much love...

Channon said...

Glad to see you post! We are now and iPad and Nook (not color) household. I like the Nook and would recommend that or the Kindle to reduce glare. You can also enlarge the fonts, change fonts, etc.

Keeping you in our prayers!

JG said...

So glad that you are feeling better and your new glasses are helping! It's good to do your research. Your Valentines are cute.
~Judy

Happy@Home said...

So nice to hear from you Carol and I'm happy to hear that things are going a bit better for you with your vision.
I like your Valentine banner and new candle holder. I think I need to dig out some of my decor for Valentine's Day.
That picture of Charli is just the sweetest. Thank God for our little furry friends. Give him a kiss from me.

Knitty said...

Reading a post from you is a Valentine to all of us!

Best wishes for more improvement and always for happiness and peace to you, your hubby and to sweet Charli.

Just a little something from Judy said...

And wherever you are in the future, you will be thought about and missed. You are a special lady and I will always be thankful for you and Charli. Your red Valentines certainly do inspire. They look so pretty the way you designed them. Sure do hope you will find peace in whether or not to go with the laser treatment. I too have heard some pros and cons. I am sure God will give you peace in knowing what to do. Hope all goes well.

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol-
Very cute Valentines. If you are still wanting vintage Valentines the K mart in our area had them in the book section. I do not know if they have them at your K mart, but thought I would pass it on to you! They have red velvet on them in little places too!
Karyl

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Warm Greeting dear Carol
What a doll you are to come visit.. I hope this is not putting a strain on your eyes.. I have missed you and Charli.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful words of encouragement. I cannot tell you how much joy it brought me to create Madonna and Child. I am so happy you enjoyed it.
Valentino... Well, the whimsy in me just has to come out.. teeeheee

Take care of yourself
Blessings,
Penny

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How fun to hear from you, Carol! Your Valentine banner is so festive! Glad to know that you are still enjoying each holiday and doing your decorating! Hello to Miss Charli from my staff! Hugs and prayers...Debbie

Madeline's Album said...

I really have missed you Carol, so glad you are doing some better and I hope and pray you will be completely well soon. Your valentine banner is so cute and so are your other decorations. Give Charli a hug for me her picture is so sweet. My prayers and thoughts will continue your way. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Ann Nichols said...

What a nice surprise to see this posting!! (I was just thinking about you last night!)So glad things are a bit better - those eyes are just too important to bother in any manner! It would be wonderful if you could get back to blogging someday but until then...many prayers for great health and joy!
Ann

Margie said...

Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. Hugs, Margie. x

Micki said...

Wonderful hearing from you and so happy that your glasses are helping. I love Valentine's day, so you got me in the mood.
Micki

Michael said...

Praying for you!

God Bless!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad I dropped in to see you still blogging a bit~ the Valentine project certainly brightens things up in this dreary winter weather. Thanks for posting the picture of Charlie ~ how cute that she knows when you blog ~ I have a soft spot in my heart for Schnauzers. May your health continue to improve.
Joyce

EFT Manual said...

Glad to hear back from you. Your banner and post cards are just lovely! Hope you'll have time for your loved ones this Valentine's!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Carol
Sending Valentine wishes for you and Charli..
I hope you are improving.
Take care, you will be in my thoughts.
Fondly,
Penny

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Carol,
I was out of the loop for awhile and so am just now catching up on blog happenings. Your valentine banner is really cute, such a good idea. I will always have a special place in my heart for this particular holiday. I am so sorry to hear of your difficulties. I hope everything turns out okay for you. Charlie looks so cute waiting for you patiently in the chair. Best wishes for you as you travel this difficult road!
Valerie

Linda J. said...

Thinking of you with hugs!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Happy Valentine's Day Carol and Charli.. You are in my thoughts
Blessings,
Penny

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Carol,
You are so kind, thank you... I really ejoyed creating Maurice.

I hope you are doing better each day... Valentine's was a quite but enjoyable one.. I hope your's was filled with joy.
Thank you so much for your most welcome visit.
Blessings,
Penny

Shelley said...

Hi Carol, so glad to hear the updates in your life. I've missed you and Charli! You both stay in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know this spring or summer if you're in the area (I believe you have relatives not too far from my cabin) - Scout and I would love to meet up w/ you and Charli!
Hugs and blessings to you,
Shelley

Happy Catholic said...

God Bless you and of course sweet Charli. I just said a prayer for you. Have you asked Our Lady of Good Help to intercede for you? Something tells me she and St.Lucy would love to pray for you!

Vee said...

Just missing Charli and Me so had to pop in for a fix. Hope that all continues to be going well for you! Say "hey" to Charli for me.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Carol
Thought I would drop by and wish you an enjoyable weekend. I have missed you and dear Charli.. I hope your eye's are improving Carol.
Blessings,
Penny

Rettabug said...

I wondered where you had been, Carol! I must have been in FL on vacation when you posted about your retinal detachment. Yikes!! I've had 2 vitreous hemorrhages & I know the fear you face. Being nurses doesn't help, does it?

I hope & pray that you are healing, even if it is slowly.
You might be interested in reading Jan M's blog, Bessie Mary.

http://bessiemary.blogspot.com



She has had a TON of similar eyesight issues this past year. Perhaps you could compare notes & who knows, help each other???

I will hold you close in thoughts & prayers & hope you'll be able to rejoin the blogging community real soon. I did miss you!!

fondly,
Rett

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Carol
Just a note to let you know you are in my thoughts.. I hope you are doing well.
Give Charli a hug!
Blessings,
Penny

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I sure miss you, Carol. Just dropping back by to let you know.

Love to you and yours, especially Charli.

XO,

Sheila :-)

MARIA said...

Hi Carol!
I'd like to send you my dear friend and your Family greetings from Canada!

Happy Easter!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Carol
Just a little note to let you know you have been in my thoughts and prayers.. I hope your eyes are mending and you will return soon. I have missed you and Charli.
Take care
Blessings,
Penny

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

CAROL AND CHARLI! I saw that you visited my best friend PENNY! Just coming over to say hello and how much I have missed you! I have been visiting our dear George the Lad and he is my sweet boy and hero! So wish you and Charli were still on the scene....have a fabulous day, Anita

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Carol
And here above me is sweet Anita..
Thank you so much for wandering over. It warmed my heart to see you there and to know that you are ok..
Enjoy your spring Carol.
Give Charli a big hug
Penny

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH CAROL AND CHARLI!!!! I SO MISS YOU BOTH! THANK YOU FOR COMING TO VISIT ME!!!! Enjoy your summer you two!!!! Anita

Susie Q said...

I just stopped by to say hello and tell you I was thinking about you...hope you continue to heal. God bless sweet lady! Love to you, Charli and all the family!

sell my car said...

These cards are full of colours. I really impressed with your St. Valentine ideas, it is very much helpful for creating a Christmas cards for this year.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Carol and Charli
Sending you a big hug and a warm hello!
Blessings,
Penny

addicted pornography said...

I like it because it has three functions. One is, It serves as a candle holder, a vase, or all together as a bell jar with a bottom. Card collection is awesome and superb.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Carol
What a treat it was to have you visit.. Thank you so much.. I am happy you enjoyed looking at the moon with me.
Take care of yourself.. You will be in my thouths.
Penny

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

hi carol and charlie! i hope that you get this note ...just thinking about you two and hoping all is good. God bless you!

xxoo
becky

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