Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Hello - again!

Hi there one and all!

First off I want to say thank you again so much for your kind replies and e-mails on my last but one post.  I am afraid that I gave up replying to the comments, but I did read and appreciate them all so very much.  Your kindness is wonderful.

Since my post letting you know about stopping the podcast further events have happened and Man is now in hospital and isn't looking too good.  I am not going to go into great detail at the request of my husband, but Man has had a stroke.  He is speaking, but otherwise not so good.  We have no idea right now of what the future holds as it is too soon to tell - this only happened a couple of days ago.

Just to clarify Man isn't my husband he is my husband's relative - his father.

Basically he is holding his own.  If the hospital or anyone else tells me he is "fine" again though I might scream because clearly he isn't "fine"!!!

Hubby and I are as "fine" (said with irony!) as we can be, trying to bear in mind your and our other wonderful friends and families advice to remember to take care of ourselves, although as I know some of you also know, that is easier said than done!

I don't know what if anything else I will mention about this and certainly will not be writing more about it here on my blog for now.  Not because I don't want you to know but because I don't want my blog to become all about that.  This is my happy place after all.

What I also wanted to tell you is that I am not sure what I am going to do about blogging.  I have a whole load of posts written in the first two weeks of August that I planned to share in September about the crafting etc that I have done, but I have just saved them all as drafts for now.  I will share them at some point and may just drip feed them through one or two a week or something.  When we know more I will have a better idea of what I am doing.

My etsy shop is also closed for the foreseeable future, but the patterns are still available as I don't need to do anything as they are just automatic downloads.  I am also not really online anywhere right now, although I am just about to see if I can pop over and do some blog reading to relax before bedtime.  So sorry if you don't see me on blogs or IG.  That too is also on hold for now.

As for Five On Friday I am keen to keep it up and I know that Hubby really wants me to do that because it will be a little bit of normal and will keep my blog ticking over even if I don't manage to do anything else.

So my plan is to put up the link every week starting next Friday - 2nd September - even if I don't write a post myself.  Whether or not I will get to visit everyone is debatable, but I will see what I can do.

I know that you will all understand and be very kind and I thank you for that.  My friends have been so supportive and kind and so have Hubby's and we really are thankful to you all.

Sorry to be a downer!

Hope you are all OK.

Amy xx

53 comments:

  1. Oh gosh sounds like you're having a very difficult time. Will be thinking of you and please don't feel guilty about not being around or visiting blogs etc. Some times other things are just more important. Take care, will be thinking of you, E x

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  2. Oh Amy, so sorry to read you've had a hard time. Blooming life - so relentless. Sending bloggy love n light xx

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  3. Hugs and prayers sent your way!

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  4. Hang on in there Amy. I can understand and appreciate how hard things must be for you at the moment but time will bring change and improvement. Easy to say but difficult to live through. I'm sure everyone understands and will be happy to read your posts when you have time to share. We will all be supporting you from the sidelines. Take good care of yourselves and sending lots of virtual support.

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  5. I am sorry to hear of this tragic event that has happened to your dear husband and you. I will be praying for you both. Take care and God bless.

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  6. If you like this to be your happy place, why not be kinder to yourself and enjoy Five on Friday with relish. I think you will be able to manage time and commitments more if you enjoy blogging to stick to the thing that makes you feel settled. I know you like it to be an eclectic place about all facets of your life - crafting, NT, home life but if that is getting too difficult just love yourself a bit more Amy and do the bits you love! Don't beat yourself up about commenting on blogs, read them, look at them, enjoy them etc. Can I let you into a little secret (and I won't be the only one) I only look at some blogs because I like the photos, I don't even read the words!!! I know it's shameful but that is the way it is. Sending you lots of love. Jo xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  7. I hope you keep blogging and that little windows of time present themselves. I liked your podcasts and hope you keep at it somehow. Praying for cheer and resolutions.
    It seems that crochet/making patterns/loving yarn are right up your alley.

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  8. Hope everything gets back to normal for you and your family. And glad you're back even if it's just for Five on Friday each week! I've really missed that party as it gave me one post per week that I knew what day I was going to post on. Looking forward to seeing what you've been creating.

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  9. You're going through some tough times Amy, take care and return to us when you can.

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  10. I'm sorry you are dealing with all of this. Don't worry about responding to us - you have enough on your plate. Praying for all of you!

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  11. Greetings dear friend. I totally understand your circumstances as I went through similar experiences with my parents. Please don't worry about your blog, etc., as we will be here for you. Take care of family and yourself. Hugs, Pat

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  12. Well it is difficult to be chirpy about such a circumstance. Keeping you all in my thoughts and praying for the best possible outcome. Take care of yourself and don't worry about blogging when you have so much going on.

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  13. Oh Amy so very sorry to hear about your husband! I will be keeping him in my prayers, please keep me posted as you can, I know it must be very difficult right now. Just know you are in my thoughts and I'm hoping things turn around soon. God never gives us more then we can handle. Hugs!!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  14. I'm sorry to hear this news, Amy. I know from experience that a lot of time goes into caring for someone in hospital - errands to run, visits, etc, and I hope that all will go as smoothly as can be expected for you all. Hugs and prayers.

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  15. So sorry to hear this, Amy. It is understandable that your time has higher priorities right now. Sending hugs and prayers. xx Karen

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  16. Dear Amy,

    Sending you love and hugs!!!!

    Ingrid xx
    Myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  17. Dear Amy, as often happens, life sometimes takes over and you just have to take each day as it comes - sorry for at least two awful clichés there! So don't worry about blogging, just take care of yourselves. Things will eventually sort themselves out or, as my friend would say when I dreaded yet another hospital visit for my cancer treatment (a number of years ago now), "tomorrow evening will come and it will be over." That metaphorical "tomorrow evening" will happen for you, but in the meantime, as I say, don't worry too much about blogging.
    Margaret P

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  18. All the best to Man, hope he gets the medical and social welfare help he needs. See you next week. x

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  19. Wishing Man a speedy recovery and a hug for you and your husband. Look after yourselves and make time for things that you love to do and each other. Hopefully now Man will get some help with his mental health as well. Take care.

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  20. Thinking of you Amy. Hopefully life will improve soon for everyone. B x

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  21. So sorry to hear about Man and wish him a quick recovery. Don't worry about your online life ... we all know that 'real' life takes over from time to time and we'll still be here when you get back into regular blogging. Until then, take care of yourself and know that we are thinking of you. xx

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  22. I'm so sorry to hear about Man Amy just look after yourselves and don't worry about anything else you know that you have the full support and love of all your bloggy pals. :) xx

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  23. Sending my best wishes to Man and wishing him a swift recovery. Some things are just more important than blogging, family being one, thinking of you all.

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  24. Thinking of you, your husband and his family and especially wishing the best for Man at this time. Take good care of yourself, Linda.

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  25. So sorry to hear about your father in law Amy. Your words struck a chord with me though because I have known so many people who shrieked the words they are 'fine' when really they are far from that! Hope things get better for you very soon Best wishes Alison xx

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  26. We do understand, Amy. We understand that you need to prioritise and that your online activities are way down the list. You need to look after yourself first of all so that you can support Hubby. Man is blessed to have such caring people in his life. We are all rooting for you. Take care. x

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  27. So sorry to hear about Man, sending you big hugs and of course praying for you, hubby and Man. as Eileen T said, we'll still be here when you get back ;)

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  28. Priorities.....family, friends, and loved ones always come first. Prayers for Man and for the whole family. Hang in there!

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  29. We lift you up in our thoughts hearts and prayers. A tough journey. Hugs

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  30. Wishing you all well Amy - taking things one day at a time for now is probably best.
    Cathy x

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  31. All of you are in my prayers. Focus on whatyou need to for now. We can wait.

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  32. Sorry to hear your news, hope you and hubby remember to take care of yourselves too as it's easy to forget at times like this, but important xx

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  33. Amy, we can never plan for events like this and I'm not sure that we ever should. We disappear underneath the wave for a few moments, but then we rise to the surface and start to swim, and that's what you'll do. Everything else can wait, you just swim until you can put your feet on the bottom again and then you take it as it comes. Everything will still be here when you're ready to come back to it. Sending you lots of love xx

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  34. Hi Amy, so sorry to hear your news and understand the need to give all you can to relatives, but try and keep a bit of normal in your life too. Make sure you eat properly, rest and do a bit outdoors too as this will all help to keep you on track. Also take a bit time to crochet, even if it is quite the mindless sort. If you are still keeping up with email, let me know. Take care and lots of huggles to you both.

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  35. Sorry Amy, a difficult time for you, your husband and family. That British word fine covers a multitude of situations that aren't fine at all. Hang in there, be gentle to yourselves and best wishes

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  36. Dear Amy,
    Thanks for letting us know the latest difficult news with which you are coping. Having walked through the decline of my parents you have my special empathy. I'm asking the Lord to comfort and encourage you and yours through this process.

    It has been delightful getting to know you through the various media you have shared on although I still have not figured out how to comment on YouTube posts directly...yet :) The last of your posts I saw you shared a view of your book shelves which I enjoyed seeing! I like the Maeve Binchy books I have read and you mentioned one I have not read yet which is something to look forward to finding and reading. Thanks.

    The drawstring project bag I bought from you is being carted with me wherever I go. It is so pretty and useful and has been admired by many. For me it is a sweet reminder of you.

    Know that as our lives ebb and flow that I appreciate the times we are able to communicate and yet understand that we will each have times when our circumstances block the rhythm of creative caring we wish to express.

    Love,
    Gracie xxxxxxxxx

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  37. I am praying for your family. Don't hurry back for us, we'll be here when you come back.

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  38. Such a tough time for all of you, you and your husband must take time to breathe, believe me I know. I went through it for years almost alone and it just about wiped me out! You both will get through this, just take things as they come and try to eat right and get some sleep.
    Hugs to you Amy,
    Meredith

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  39. Take care, dear Amy, and know that many of us in your blogging world think the world of you. xx

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  40. So sorry to hear about your father-in-law. Take care of yourself and hubby, first and foremost.

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  41. We understand how demanding life can be especially, when a family member is ill and hospitalized. It important to take some self care in cutting back on activities.
    Blessings and peace to you, Amy

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  42. A hard time for you and your husband Amy. Take care as best as you can x

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  43. That sounds like a very difficult set of circumstances Amy. take care of yourself, and as other commenters have said, it's all about family at a time like this; blogging must take a back seat. x

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  44. Sorry to hear that things are really tough for you at present. Thinking of you and your husband as you deal with everything that is going on. Take care and look after yourselves and I will see you online when you feel fit and able. xx

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  45. Sorry to hear what a hard time you are having at the moment, Amy. Look after yourself, hubby and your father-in-law! Thinking of you all.
    Barbara xx

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  46. It's such a difficult thing waiting to find out how things will fall into place when those close to us are suddenly ill. I do hope that things work out for the best, Amy, and that you and your husband are coping well. These things can quickly wear us out, but at least he's in hospital now and well cared for. Please don't fret about your blog while you go through this. I'm sure everyone certainly understands that even if you had the time, your head just might not be in blogging mode with your family worries on your mind. Hugs to you dear girl,
    Wendy xox

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  47. Don't apologise for being human. Keep 5 on Friday going, as long as you can. And we shall do as we always do, get through this with the least pain and get through to the other side, when we shall get on with ordinary life. Thinking of you, and your hubby. Hard times ahead, but keep us here as your happy spot of support xxxx

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  48. I am so sorry to hear this. Strokes are just the most inhumane thing. My MIL had a massive one over a year ago and it's still hard thinking about some of the stuff she had to endure. I know what you are going through, although that is of little help to you. Peace, my friend. Deep breaths. Relax. We'll wait.

    Cindy Bee

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  49. So sorry to read about the latest happenings in your family. Take time. Take care.

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  50. Just do what you can when you feel ready, sending you a hug xx

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  51. Thinking of you at this trying time and hope you can take strength from the volume of support here Amy!
    You are in our thoughts!

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