Sunday, August 29, 2010

An Apology and A Reason

First, I want to apologize to all my followers out there.  I know I’ve been incommunicado for quite some time.  I have a reason.

About a month ago, I found out that the disc in my lower back that was causing me an increasing amount of pain had herniated.  Also, the disc right above it is bulging.  Due to work responsibilities, I am unable to have surgery until November.  Needless to say, I’m in quite a bit of pain and some days, it’s an effort to walk or just function.  To top it off, the pain seems to increase on an almost daily basis.

In an effort to combat this pain, I am in physical therapy three days a week.  While it seems to help some, today, as I am typing this, I’m propped on the sofa with a heating pad on my back and pain radiating to my knees and down to my left foot.

Since pain and work seem to consume my days, I’ve lost all interest in almost everything.  It’s a temporary condition (the pain has caused my bi-polar disorder to flair up too) I’m assured, but one that is frustrating none-the-less. 

To top this off, work has gotten increasingly stressful, along with my personal life.  Louisiana is in a budget crisis, and I work in higher education which is once again facing massive budget cuts.  I’m looking at having to run a department on quite possibly a smaller budget than I have had in almost 10 years!  Also, my mother-in-law whom I love dearly is driving me nuts because she isn’t working and is suffering from depression and self-induced problems (she wants to move in with us & she’s in her early 60’s!), and we have the cute new puppy at home that is stressful in and of itself.

My psychiatrist is adjusting my medicine accordingly and I’m in therapy to learn how to cope with all this too.  They are the ones that assured me this disinterest  is temporary and are helping me to less the effects the chronic pain & stress have caused. 

So, between physical therapy, a psychiatrist, a therapist, and support from my family, I hope to be able to handle the pain until I can have surgery in November.  In fact, it’s scheduled for November 5th.  Yes, I’m counting the weeks LOL!

During the 6-8 week recovery, I hope to begin crafting, creating, and blogging all the time again.  I really do enjoy this.

In closing, please bear with me.  I have lots to show you when I’m up to it (I’ve won a few on-line auctions and got some neat stuff before losing interest) and still have a ton of things I wish to accomplish when life stops throwing me curve balls.

Until later……………………..

Sunday, August 1, 2010

It’s Been a While!

Hi everyone!  It’s been a bit since I’ve blogged, other than the about our new beagle (who at the moment is raising a ruckus because he is in his pen outside instead of inside with us).  For enquiring minds, he is doing just fine and is totally spoilt rotten. 
Okay, I wanted to share a few finds with you that will eventually end up on one of my Etsy sites.  Also, I hope to get some crocheted items up (supplies as I didn’t crochet them) for those of you that may have an interest in baby dolls.  Yes, these should fit (they are 11” shoulder to shoulder) and well made.  They may be vintage, but I’m unsure as to the age.
Okay, here we go (I’ll probably put these up on my other blog Epoch Junktique in a couple of days – you can ALWAYS contact me if interested in anything you see, either here or on the other blog).
Victorian sterling silver & glass cruet set:
This is complete and unbroken!  A rare find nowadays.  I’ll probably list it around $175.  Is awesomely gorgeous!
Junior Monarch Numbering System – has the numbering system too!
Closeup of Logo
Closeup of Gears 
Closeup of System Front of Machine Punches Included Tape Included Only problem with this is the crank handle has been broken off, but I believe it can be fixed.  Just look at all the numbering punches there!  I’ll probably put a price around $75 or so on it.  I’m still pinching myself over this one.  Very rare find (for me at least).
Crocheted Baby/Doll Clothes:
197 199 200 202 212 Aren’t these just adorable?  Again, they measure 11” shoulder to shoulder and will probably price them around $10 per set.  VERY well made sets.  Some come with the hat and booties, others with a top, bottom, hat, and booties.
On a sad note, UPS screwed up and lost part of a shipment!  I had to file a claim but the items they lost are irreplaceable!  Old cabinet photos, old model airplane kits that were to be a gift to my brother, an old jade and wire tree I was salivating over, a vintage silk kimono, some old WWII memorabilia, and the list goes on.  The seller and myself are just absolutely sick over it. Apparently, the tape at the bottom must have gotten wet or something and pulled away from the box.  They retaped it, but by then the damage was done.  No telling who had my items now, but I hope they enjoy them like I would have!
Well, puppy lunch time.  Off I go!
If you are into miniature dolls, please don’t forget to check out the new link on my sidebar.  The is having a Camelot Court event.  It’s going to be awesome!
Until Later…………………………..