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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Prizes Won! And an update

I have been VERY remiss in not posting this past week. I have just been in such a funk lately and didn't feel like posting or even doing much visiting. I am just so sick and tired of being sick and tired. I am not good as a sick person. Thankfully, I am recovering very well and should be able to return to work next Monday which is a month after surgery. I think that being busy will definitely help with my mood. The staples came out December 30, and for some reason, I was in more pain afterward! It's better now, but the incision feels very sensitive and I am constantly aware of it. I asked my doctor how bad my gallbladder was on a scale of 1-10 and he said it was near the top and one of the worst, if not THE worst he had ever seen, and he has been a doctor for decades! Gangrene had begun to set in. Ick! Thank goodness I had surgery when I did.

I have also been feeling very lonely. I'm sure that's due in part to too much time on my hands! I have been reading voraciously and watching a lot of movies. It will be good for me to get back to work and be with people again.

On more note. I haven't wanted to say anything, but I am in serious risk of losing my home. Even if I could get out of this predicament, and that's possible, I'm not sure I want to because this home is just too expensive for me. I love it, but I don't love not having money to go on vacations or get my van fixed, things like that. If I empty the rest of my savings, I have absolutely NOTHING to fall back on and I don't want to be in that position. I have reassured my sons that although I dearly love this house, my HOME is wherever they are.

Anyhow, on to some HAPPY STUFF. Since I was laid up, I didn't get a chance to post some wonderful giveaways that I won! To me, getting these packages in the mail felt like Christmas had come early! Each of them was so appreciated and I was so happy to be the lucky winner!

I won two books on two separate occasions from Sally at Smiling Sally. I hear so much good stuff from my clients about the Joyce Meyers books! I think I am going to share from this book with them.

She also sent me this book from Carmindy. If you have ever seen "What Not to Wear," you know this women is a miracle worker! All the makeup I ever wear is just some eye liner and mascara. I ordered some Avon and am now going to have fun experimenting with makeup!

Sally is usually always having book giveaways, so go to her site and check it out! She also hosts Blue Mondays which are so fun! I need to get back to Blue Monday posts too!

Back in November, Deb from Deb's Country Kisses had a giveaway with a choice of a Prim package or a Cottage package. Though I dearly love cottage and porcelain pieces, I also love prim, and what she was giving away would fit in perfectly in my family room. I was thrilled to be the winner! Look at these darling candlesticks which are great on my kitchen table!

I had really been wanting a vintage looking prim gameboard for some time. Now I have one, thanks to Deb!

And how much do I love these letters spelling out "HOME!" There are a couple places in my home where they will be perfect if I stay here.

Deb is such a sweet blog friend and I love reading about her family get togethers in her basement which has a karaoke stage! She seems like just the type of person who would be so much fun to visit!

Also back in November, I entered a giveaway contest sponsored by Donna at An Enchanted Cottage. I couldn't believe when I won it! The first part of the prize was a book about the HGTV show "Sensible Chic." I used to just love that show! I liked how they would recreate a room using furnishings and accessories that cost far less than was spent in the inspiration room. The book came wrapped in the cutest package!

Donna also included a sweet card and this darling bird ornament! It wasn't until later that I also discovered a bookmark featuring a drawing by Aubry Beardsley who was my very favorite artist when I was in my 20s! I somehow didn't get a picture of that, but I love it!

The second part of Donna's giveaway was for a $20 gift certificate to Cherry Blossom Cottage. Free shipping was part of the deal. This is the most darling online shop and I encourage you to go visit the shop and Ronda who handcrafts many of the beautiful products!

For my $20, I got this beautiful chair slipcover for only $15!

And this darling, sparkly mitten ornament was only $5.

Ronda tossed in this darling lavendar scented sachet as a gift. It smells so good and hangs from a knob on my dresser. It's perfect in my cottage-y bedroom!

Of course, I couldn't resist buying a couple things on my own! I got this Waverly pillow which matches the valances that will eventually go in my kitchen!

And I also bought this adorable and funny picture! There is no wrinkle in the vintage picture. That is due to bad photography. Anyhow, I just love the pearls and the pretty buttons, but what really got me going was the saying "I dreamed my whole house was clean!" Yeah, that is just a dream here at my house! I so identified with it!

I also encourage you to visit Donna's blog. I first saw her home on Rate My Space, and was captured by her wonderful sense of shabby chic! At RMS, I would return to her pics again and again. I just love her gorgeous home!

Well, that's it for now! I deeply apologize to those who sent me these wonderful prizes because they weren't posted earlier.

I'll try to get back in the swing of things from this point on!


Raxx - A day in the life said...

Kady, so nice to see you posting again! Glad you are on the mend, I am devastated that you are at risk of losing Bonni Lane, it's such a beautiful place, I am hoping for the best.

You are one lucky cookie, so many prizes! they are al beautiful! congrats!

Neabear said...

I am happy to see a post from you, but sad it took so long for you to heal and about your home situation. I will keep you in my prayers for sure. Such nice things you got in your give aways.

Helen said...

Hi there! I know this has to be a very difficult time for you, for more than one reason. Please remember that having anesthesia leaves lingering side effects which I suspect has something to do with your lonely/sad feelings. Going back to work will be helpful I'm sure. Regarding your home? Do whatever you have to to be OK financially .. the rest will work itself out. Stay strong.

Smilingsal said...

I'm so happy to see you posting again. I've missed you, Kady. I'm glad that you had a little more Christmas from you friendly postal carrier. I know when you get back to work it'll be a little rough at first, but plan now for some extra nap time when you get home.

Donna said...

Kady, thank you for your kind words on my recent post about losing our fur babies. I'm so sorry to hear that you've still been in pain, even after having the staples removed. I'm glad that winning the giveaway and receiving the package was a little diversion! I love what you picked out from Ronda's shop. I can't tell you how sorry I am to hear about your home on Bonnie Lane. I am going to keep you in my thoughts and prayers and pray that everything works out the way it is meant to. I can tell from your last sentence about assuring the boys that your home is where they are, that no matter what happens, you are all going to be okay. You have a close knit, loving family, and you clearly have the right attitude... All my best to you, Kady... Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

Deb said...

Hi Kady! I so glad you are on the road to recovery and will be back at work among people! I get sort of lonely sometimes being at home. I hope what ever you decide about your home works to favor and I agree that home means much more than a structure. I'm glad you like the things from the giveaway. Now you take care, and stay healthy. Deb

Sharon Kay said...

You have been so lucky in the giveaways and I hope the year 2009 will bring you many good blessing and a lot of luck. Glad that you are doing better and of course when you get back to work and back to some what normal again you will do much better. I will say evening prayers for things to get better for you and remember we all care about you in blogland. I am also having a giveaway so come and sign in when you have time..........Hugs........Sharon K

Justine said...

OMG, you had gangrene inside your body! Nasty!!!!!!!!!

I'm so glad you're feeling better and will be getting back to work soon. I'm sorry about the possibility of losing the house, but you are so right. It's just a house. Home is where your family is.

Bridget gave me the Carmandy book for Christmas, and I'm loving it!

Justine :o )

nikkicrumpet said...

Wow you are on a winning streak! Very nice prizes! And I'm glad you're feeling a bit better. I hope things start looking up for you in all aspects of your life!

Picket said...

Hey Kady...girl you have to give yourself time to heal..being put to sleep takes it toll on you and that was a serious surgery...I am sorry about your house are not alone in your situation have to do what is best for you & your family...things will get better...congrats on all those winnings girl...great treasures! You just take care of yourself...this New Year will be filled with many blessings!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Kady, I'm so sorry you are having such difficult times. I will say prayers for you. laurie

Rue said...

I am so sorry about your house situation Kady. I really hope things work out for you soon.


bj said...

i am so glad to hear that you are doing better and better...
have you thought of getting back into the dating game? that would surely help the loneliness...:>)
i am sorry about your house but as you said, your home will be where your family is. i would rather live in a smaller house and have the money to do things you want to do...good good luck on it all, sweet Kady...

Bridget said...

Hi Kady, I hope you are feeling better and better each day. Do something fun this weekend, it's back to work on Monday. I know it will be nice to get a routine back again but don't get over tired!
Things are back on an even keel in my house. It sure is nice! Now I have to get my diet in gear so my doctor won't lecture me on my next visit.
Hugs, Bridget

Lori said...

Kady, Oh sweetie you sound like me with sick of being sick and all the worries, please take care and know you'll be in all our thoughts and prayers. Do what you feel will be best. Please stop by if health and time permits, I've a tiny favor. Sending love and well wishes, Lori