A Personal Update

Happy New Year!

I didn’t want anyone to think I’ve fallen off the face of the Earth so I thought I’d give you an update.

December was really busy with non-stop therapy and doctor appointments.  My sister was here for more than a week and she helped me with cleaning and organization and filled my freezer with many meals ready to heat up which is a huge blessing.   My son and his wife came and spent a few days with us at Christmas time, and we celebrated in my daughter’s new home.

My daughter-in-law is determined to get me healthy, so she gave me a Magic Bullet so I could make lots of smoothies and healthy meals.   My daughter gave me one of those automatic vacuum cleaners and I’m enjoying a floor free of dust bunnies!  

My walking is almost back to normal and my speech is improving daily.  The biggest challenge continues to be the fine motor skills in my right hand which prevents me from working on many projects.  But I’m ready to try some easy things.

Before my stroke, I repurposed an antique window into a Christmas stocking hanger but didn’t get to take photos of it.

I painted it, then attached pallet wood to the back and added a few hooks to the front.

DIY salvaged wood Christmas stockings hooks

Since Christmas is over now, I hope to find a way to use it for Valentine’s Day also.

rustic farmhouse pallet wood and repurposed wooden window Christmas stockings hanger

Since the fingers on my right hand are completely numb, I can’t type.

Fortunately, I discovered I can use the speech-to-text tool in Google Documents which helps me be able to type now.  It’s more work, but doable.

I hope to tackle my first easy painting project next week, so wish me luck!

Vaya con Dios,

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  1. Beverly Farkus says:

    I didn’t know until now about your stroke and am sorry to read this. But it sounds like you are on your way to a full recovery….God is good. Love your blog and all your wonderful ideas. You are strong, girl. You’ve got this!!

  2. Prayers for you and may the Lord heal you completely.

  3. You are making progress and finding ways to work around things to make them work. Keeping you in my prayers Angie. Hugs.

  4. I think of you often and look your blog up to see if you are posting. I am happy to hear that you are improving daily! Prayers for your complete recovery. Blessing on you and yours.

  5. Prayers and healing thoughts sent your way.

  6. Jessica W says:

    Prayers for a full recovery!

  7. Wanda Swaim says:

    Somehow I missed knowing about your stroke and I am so sorry! May God be with you in your recovery and heal you completely.

  8. Sandy Mc Elroy says:

    I pray for you every day and your in my thoughts always. I’m so glad things are improving. Sending hugs, love you.

  9. Lifting you up in prayer.
    Blessings to you

  10. You are an amazing woman there are a ton more people thinking about you and praying for you than you think. Keep up your great attitude and do not worry we will still be here.

  11. So happy to hear you are doing better. Continued prayers for
    you and a full recovery.

  12. Get better! My prayers are with you!

  13. Praying for you Angie! Hopefully you can get back to doing what you love soon.

  14. Donna Adkins says:

    Somehow, I missed hearing about your stroke. Prayers for a complete healing. I had missed your posts, enjoy the projects/ ideas. Take care of yourself.

  15. Angie, I am so glad you are improving day by day! It’s the tiny steps that get us where we need to be. I have missed your blog a lot, and am so glad you are getting better. God has a plan in all of this. Praying for your peace, joy, and complete recovery!

  16. So sorry to hear about your stroke Angie. I can’t imagine how hard this must be for you. Hope your complete recovery comes soon.

  17. Karen Robbins says:

    I was sorry to hear about your stroke. I had missed the information earlier, too. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a complete recovery.

    • As Karen and others have said, Angie, I did not know about your stroke. And I am with everyone hear cheering you on to your complete recovery. Cheers and best wishes, Ardith

  18. Praying for healing and restoration for you Angie.

  19. So sorry to hear about your stroke, lifting you in prayers. Hoping you can fully recover!!

  20. You will be in my prayers for a speedy recovery.

  21. So sorry to hear about your stroke. You are in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery!

  22. Kathy Chavez says:

    Healing thoughts and prayers to you! Take care of yourself! That is your only job right now. We will miss you but understand your priority needs to be healing yourself. It is definitely time to be focused on you only.

  23. Get well soon I love your ideas and style
    Blessings in the New Year

  24. vicki bucy says:

    As others have said … somehow in the rush of daily life, I failed to hear of your stroke. I am glad you are feeling better and ready to start doing some projects. Best of luck in your healing.

  25. Praying for your recovery!

  26. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you recover Angie.

  27. Speedy recovery!

  28. Sandy Mccrea says:

    So very sorry to hear about your stroke. I will keep you in my daily prayers. I am happy for you that you have such a loving family to help you thru this. Good thoughts coming your way. God bless yo

  29. I am glad you are continuing to do well and get better, Angie! I love your project and it looks like something you can use all year round! xoxo

  30. So happy to hear that you are improving! I think your window will make a wonderful Valentine’s Day project.

  31. Happy New Year Angie. You are in my daily prayers. I’m glad for the progress you have made and for the support of your family. Love you!

  32. Prayers for a complete and speedy recovery.

  33. Happy New Year Angie. Sorry I haven’t been on your site for a while. Had been pretty busy making Christmas presents and all. But now that I am back to reviewing all my favorite blogs I find out that you suffered a stroke. So very sorry. It sounds like you are being very positive getting back to your old self. Hope this new year brings you many blessings and get well soon.

  34. Happy New Year to you and your family. Continued prayers for a full recovery. With hard work we can accomplish anything, I believe you have already shown you followers that. Family is everything, and you have a wonderful blessed one.

  35. Robynn Peterson says:

    Sorry to hear about you having a stroke. My dear friend had one in July, she couldn’t read after so I spent every day reading to her over the phone. We read a lot of religious blogs and papers. But it was a good 6 weeks and then I would have her start reading parts and she improved so much just doing that little bit of ‘therapy’ the doctor was truly impressed.
    Just keep up your walking and therapies and you will be close to normal again.Practicing makes those new roads in your brain! Be well and Blessing sent to you!

  36. I’m so sorry that your right hand is still numb, Angie. I hope it will get better soon. It must be a very frustrating time for you. It’s great that you have such a caring family.
    Sending you a big hug,

  37. HI Angie! I so glad things are improving for you. You are very blessed to have your family nearby and ready to help! I look forward to what you have in store for us!

  38. You are amazing to me Angie and I know where your strength is coming from! Thanking God for your progress and will be praying for complete recovery, especially the feeling to come back in those fingers. I too somehow missed the news about the stroke, but I am thankful so many were praying for your recovery. Just by your posts, I can see that you have been blessed with a great family who loves you and they will do all they can for you! That sure is a plus in your recovery. God Bless you!

  39. Somehow I missed hearing of your stroke also. May God heal you completely. I’m glad you are doing better. I thought I hadn’t seen you as much but Christmas is a busy time. I’ll be praying for your recovery.

  40. Marlene Stephenson says:

    I have been wondering how you were doing but knew it could be a while. I have a cousin who had one and it took quite a while. Knowing you and your zeal for life it won’t be long,praying for you. xxx

  41. Sending positive energy your way. Happy new year!

  42. Angie ~ I am also one of the many who missed reading about your stroke before now … but I am so glad to hear of your ongoing improvement and especially admire your determination to find ways to still share your many talents with us.
    I am certain that many prayers, and your family’s love and support, will continue to bless your healing process. In the meantime, please know that we will be here as your followers (and friends!) through this time, as you concentrate on your health.

  43. Debra Wise says:

    So happy for the update and to know you are getting better! Prayers that you have a full, speedy recovery and regain the full use of your right hand. You are an inspiration to all of us! Wishing you a very happy New Year and looking forward to what you’ll share with us this year!!

  44. So sorry to hear about your stroke. Glad to hear that you are finding ways to continue doing what you love. You are an inspiration to many, even before the stroke. Looking forward to seeing all your ideas this year.

  45. I will be praying for a complete recovery and for you to have His peace and strength as you heal. May this new year be an especially blessed one for you.

  46. Praying for a speedy recovery. I am so sorry this happened to you.

  47. Many prayers of healing for you, Angie!

  48. Speedy and healthy recovery..love the hooks and grapevine hearts would be nice…

  49. I had been missing your projects and also what was going on with your family. Now I know why. Praying you recover completely.

  50. I am so glad to hear of your progress. My prayers are with you for a full recovery. I have missed your posts. Hope the new year will bring good things to you.

  51. As someone who has also had a stroke (3 actually), I know what you are going through. I will pray for you and your family as you are going through your recovery…God bless you and give you strength! Thank you for all the inspiring projects you share 🙂

  52. Angie, this is the first I’ve heard about you having a stroke! I must have missed a post or two but I have noticed that there haven’t been any recently. Well, I am just so, so sorry to hear it. And I’m sending prayers for complete recovery. I’m glad you found a way to type so you can continue the blog more easily than having to use the “humt and peck” method. Take things one day at a time and keep your spirits up. I hope you have some help around the house when everyone is gone.

    I’ll be thinking of you every day and sending healing energy and prayers. Take good care of yourself and may the New Year bring many blessings to you and your family.

  53. SusanIrene says:

    Blessings to you Angie. Keep on plugging away and we’ll cheer with you as you progress.

  54. So glad to hear your progress. My son uses the Magic Bullet and loves it, he’s Mr Healthy, so you are probably enjoying plenty of healthy shakes. Way to go on finding work-arounds while you continue to improve. Good luck on your painting project, you are going to rock it, I’m sure. Praying for your continue healing and determination!!

  55. I am like some of the others and did not realize that you have had a stroke…it’s been a heck of a fall season for me also…..so glad to hear you are recovering and sound determined!! God Bless you! Here’s to a full and speedy recovery!!

  56. Sorry to hear of your stroke, praying for a speedy recovery. Loved the stocking hanger, thanks for sharing so many cute projects.

  57. SO glad to hear you’re continuing to make progress, Angie. Your positive attitude and appreciation for all that you have is such a beautiful testimony of your faith in God’s goodness. Good luck and God speed with your first painting project–looking forward to it!

  58. S Mickewicz says:

    So sorry to hear this. May God be with you to comfort you, hold you & strengthen you during this challenge!

  59. Terri Hughes says:

    Angie, so sorry to hear that you had a stroke. Praying that God will heal you completely. Take care of yourself. God Bless You!!!!

  60. Andrea O'Rourke says:

    Angie, I am so sorry to hear of your stroke, I had no idea. My thoughts and prayers are with you for continued healing and improvement.
    Hugs, Andrea

  61. Oh Angie, so sorry to just now learn about your stroke. I will keep you in prayer for a speedy recovery. You are a strong and brave woman and you’ve got this. I’m glad you have a great support system that can help you. Just don’t get frustrated with yourself. This too shall pass sweetie.

  62. Angie I am sorry to hear about your stroke. Praying for a quick recovery and thanking God you have such a kind family.

  63. With all the holiday preparations and celebrations I am very behind in my e-mails and so, I only saw this new today. I am so sorry that you are having to go through this, Angie. What a blessing, though, to be on the mend and have loving family close enough to be a support. I love reading your posts – that is why i didn’t delete them, just held them ’til I had a moment. 🙂
    You are such a generous and caring soul, I’ll bet your family is happy to pitch in and help out. Your can-do attitude is going to carry the day and I look forward to hearing bout your ongoing recovery.

  64. Angie, I am so sorry to hear about your stroke. Sending out prayers for a full recovery. I know you are a strong person and can handle whatever is thrown your way. So glad to hear about your family helping you. I think the hardest thing is to let people help. I have had lupus for over 30 years and when I am having a flare-up it is hard to be humble and let others take care of me. I am learning though since I just am getting over a pretty bad flare-up. So keep positive and prayers will be ongoing for a recovery.

    Hugs, Dianne

  65. Thank you so much for the update. I’ve been praying for you and hoping all is well. Continued prayers for much improvement.

  66. I am so very sorry to hear about your having had a stroke. You will be in my prayers for strength and a complete recovery. May God bless you and your family.

  67. Hi Angie,
    Wishing you a quick recovery!
    I read your blog all the time – it inspires me a lot. Please get well soon!

  68. I’m so glad to see your update, Angie, and I’m glad things are progressing. Praise God! I’ll continue to pray for your full recovery and I can’t wait to see you unleash all of your creativity; it’s always such a blessing and inspiration.

  69. Praying for a complete recovery for you. Love your projects. They inspire me to be creative. God is good! Take care of yourself.

  70. You are moving right along at your recovery Angie, and I am so happy it is going in the right direction. I hope soon you’ve got all your fingers working!

  71. Hi Angie! I read about your stroke somewhere over the holidays – I can’t remember now where. I have wondered since how you are doing and tonight I took the time to pop over and see if there was an update. Glad to hear you are improving! I pray you gain all your fine motor functions back!!

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