An update

Hello Friends! Yes, I’m still alive! I have been taking a break from blogging over the past month or so because of some health issues that I have been having. I usually don’t get too personal on my blog because I don’t want to come across as a complainer so the majority of my posts are about my DIY projects, favorite products or thrifty finds. I thought that I should give you an update though just in case you may be wondering if I had stopped blogging. Nope. I am still here!

A little background about me. My health issues started a couple of years ago and I had been trying to not let them affect my life too much. Then one day last fall I woke up with Bell’s Palsy. Thankfully, my face pretty much returned to normal but since then I have been having constant tingling sensations, exhaustion and pain which seem to have worsened recently.

I’ve had many visits to my Doctors office along with numerous tests and we still have no idea what is wrong with me. Maybe a lot of it is due to stress. Who knows?

Then I hurt my back two weeks ago which I am blaming on my “never ending plate rack project”. After my Doctor’s visit today, I was told that I need to lay off my furniture painting projects for a little while until my back heals. At this point I am just doing a lot of resting so I can get back at it as soon as possible. I try to look at any obstacles that come my way in a positive light. Things could be much, much worse and I am very thankful for all that I have.

So in the meantime, my plate rack is currently sitting on my family room floor with a primer coat like it has been for the past couple of weeks waiting patiently for more paint and a finishing coat. I am determined to get this thing done as soon as my back feels a bit better!




I also plan to give this cute little table a makeover so stay tuned for the “after” as well.



Thanks again for being so patient with me!


Until next time,
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  1. Janet

    So sorry you’re having these problems. .
    JanetWaking up with Bells Palsy must have been so frightening! And you’re not a complainer, just stating the facts as they are in your life now. Back stuff can be pretty debilitating, I have arthritis in mine and if going any distance I need a power wheelchair. Fact of life. I’m not whining, that’s just a reason I get so little done; there’s much more I want to do, but when the body says no, it’s no. At least it heals, as it seems yours is. Plate rack looks good now, can’t wait to see finished product, same with that cute table, but not until you back is ready!!! Take care of you first, we’ll be here. Hope you’re back to doing what you want soon. Speedy recovery!! And I know the frustration of not knowing what’s going on, especially neurologically. BTDT. Best wishes for quick resolution

    1. Carrie

      Thank you Janet! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave me a message and for your words of kindness. I hope I am back to my usual self soon because I have so much left to get done! Take care! Carrie

  2. Audrey Zumwalt

    Hi Carrie … so sorry you are having health issues. I do hope the best for you. I love that plate rack and the little table has such a nice shape. Good luck.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

    1. Carrie

      Thanks so much Audrey!

  3. P.j.

    I have missed seeing your posts, but understand since some issues have interfered with what I’d like to be doing–work, healthcare issues with my Mom & brother, & a back spasm that sidelined me for a few days. We made a trip to Indy today thinking it was time for our first grandchild to arrive, but instead had to leave at midnight & just got home. Take time to rest, & try to use the down time to plan so you’ll be ready to roll when you have a good day. Hope you have many good days in the near future! (Hugs)

    1. Carrie

      Hi P.J., How are you? I hope you are doing well. I am sorry to hear about your family troubles and your back problems as well. I hope your grandchild arrives soon. I am sure he/she will be spoiled rotten! Thank you also for your get well wishes.
      Have a great night,

  4. Patricia Wanten

    My English is not good enough to send you a great message but i want you to know that i’m thinking of you. I’m gonna burn a candle for your healing. I hope you be back soon but take your time. We all will wait patiently.



    1. Carrie

      That is sweet of you to think of me and I appreciate your prayers.
      Thank you!

  5. Carolyn

    Hi Carrie,
    So sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well. I thought of you the other day when they mentioned the wind chill in Edmonton on Canada AM. This is the winter that just won’t end! It’s horrible here in Ontario as well. I was wondering why you hadn’t posted in a while because I miss reading your blog and the inspiration to create you provide. I really wish you a speedy recovery. Please take care.

    1. Carrie

      Hi Carolyn,
      You too, huh? It has been crazy here weather wise. A few weeks ago we had a huge dump of snow and that day our main highway had a 100 car pile-up! That never happens here. We have been warm for that past few days and a lot of snow has melted but now we are supposed to get more snow for the weekend. Hopefully this is Mother Natures last bout of snow for us. I want Spring to come on already!
      It was great talking with you again. I hope everything is well with you.
      Take care,

  6. Patricia Krank

    Oh Carrie – I’m so sorry to hear what you’ve been going through. I hope you can rest without stressing out over what needs to get done. Try to enjoy your down time if you can. Prayers and blessings to you, Patti

    1. Carrie

      Thanks so much Patti for your prayers and for taking the time to leave me a message. :)

  7. cwest100

    Hi Carrie, I too, missed your posts. We are a patient group (unless we’re working on our own projects HA!). Take all the time you need to heal. We’ll be here. Love the plate rack and little table! You must have been scared to wake up with Bells Palsy! {{{HUGS}}} Take care of yourself!

    1. Carrie

      Thank you! I can’t wait to get back to my projects either. I am a little stir crazy but trying to rest so my back can heal.
      Take care,

  8. Sandie

    Hi Carrie,
    So sorry to hear that. I’ve wondered where you’ve been. Just concentrate on getting yourself well again. We’ll be here when you’re feeling better. You take care of yourself and do what you’re able to do. You’ll be in my prayers.

    1. Carrie

      Sandie, I appreciate you coming to visit my blog and leaving me such a nice message. Thanks again, Carrie

  9. Karin Savoie

    Hi, Carrie,
    I hope that you will soon heal from all those ailments that are slowing you down. I say “slowing” because with your spirit and positive attitude, I can’t think of anything that will ever be able to stop you. You will be in my prayers. You will conquer all the obstacles that are presently in your path. Thank-you for being such a phenomenal inspiration to so many of us. Take care of yourself and may the Good Lord guide your steps toward a speedy and complete recovery. A big hug.

    1. Carrie

      Hi Karin,
      I hope you are doing well. You are such a thoughtful and sweet person and it shows through all of your kind comments to me. Thanks for your message. It really made my day!

  10. cassandra

    Dear Carrie,
    I come from Australia . I wish I could be there for you ! *HUG* . My advice :- Please take Vitamin D ! It actually saved my life !!! Vitamin D is actually a hormone ! It effects every cell in your body and therefore, if you are low in vitamin D (which almost everyone is) it can impact your health in many ways.

    I was plagued with terrible mysterious ill health until I heard a doctor Dr Michael F. Holick from America on the radio. He recommended 5 capsules of 1,000IU of Vitamin D a day . He has found this level to be safe after testing for over 25 years .( Get the capsules without the added calcium…you need calcium as it helps you absorb the D but you should get it from natural sources as too much can be bad for your heart and you can’t get too much from food),

    Before I took Vitamin D I suffered daily pain. At times I was almost crippled and was bed-ridden. For me it was a miracle . . (Love from Cassandra across the sea)

    1. Carrie

      It is great to meet you! It is so neat to meet someone from Australia (half way across the world from me!) I used to take Vitamin D but I stopped a few months ago when I ran out and forgot to get a new bottle. I was taking about 2000-3000 IU a day but likely I need to take more because we have almost no sun in the winter and I spend most of my time indoors. I am probably lacking it so that is a great idea you have given me. I am going to go get some tomorrow and start taking it again and see how it goes.
      Thanks again for your ideas and for taking the time to leave me a message. :)

  11. Nancy Carr

    Carrie, Take good care of yourself. We will be here to give you loving support for whatever you need. I have neck and back injuries and they are no fun. My prayers are with you.

    1. Carrie

      Thank you Nancy! How are you doing? So sorry to hear about your back and neck problems. I can relate, they are not fun at all! I appreciate the prayers as well.
      Have a great night.

  12. Rupa

    I hope you are doing well. My best wishes and warm thoughts, hope to see you blog again soon.

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