Monday, May 20, 2019

My Hiatus


Well Friends, I guess I have some 'splainin' to do.
I skipped a few days of blogging and then that grew into more and soon I realized my routine had changed so much that blogging didn't automatically happen as it once did. And I never did get into the Instagram habit, so that languishes too.

We are fine...mostly. I have been put in charge ( for real this time) of dispensing Dave's meds in order to get him 'under control' and curb his over usage of some of his drugs in hopes of keeping him on a more even keel. While it has worked to some extent, I do have to be on top of things as he needs these meds every hour on the hour day and night. Luckily we have some time release versions which give me 3 hours of sleep between doses. I am amazed at the human brain's ability to tell time. I wake up at precisely 3am, without the use of an alarm clock. The dogs get me up at 6 for their food and that coincides with another Dave dose. So it is working. However he is still paranoid and hallucinates at bit and has not let go of his imaginary nemesis, so I have to remind him frequently that these  things don't exist.

The garden is lush and the patio is such a great retreat space for us both. It is cool and shady in the mornings and later after 6pm, but the sun blazes mid-day and we stay indoors.







In the first week of May my sister moved into her new house and that was such a happy event, ending lots of fretting about selling and finding the right new place. So I was all caught up in her life for a while. Then Dave's sister and husband came for a nice three day visit and we had a great time with them. And I am busy at church, the knitting group and with my arty friends, meeting often and enjoying the camaraderie. Life is full and wonderful.

So I ask myself..should I keep the blog? 15 years is a long time to be doing this, and now instead of blogging in the morning, I am doing a daily bible/prayer time and of course that is so good for my outlook.
I'm not so needy of the attention I once sought with 'Look what I just made' and lost interest in using the blog as a sales platform, which I once felt I needed. I'm grateful for the fact that people you, dear reader, had been following my adventures, both artistic and horticultural but I have found my attention diverted to other things that keep me away from sharing stuff with you.
I re-discovered how much I love to read and having a great little library just down the road has made it so easy to load up with mysteries and novels and put up my feet and get into a book.
My wonderful cleaner Kelly is taking over the glamorizing of our house, even down to power washing the driveway. She was just here today for her weekly cleaning and I am loving the results, as you might imagine.
In July I am having my kitchen redone...always gotta tweak the places we live to make them 'mine' and that'll be the last renovation project on my list for this house. 

So we are all caught up and I guess I am saying that I will leave the blog up for now, even tho I won't be adding new posts. Thanks for all your kind comments, and loyalty, and thank you for being here when I needed you.
Hasta la vista,

54 comments:

  1. Dearest Melody, I have been delighting in your blog posts for most of the time you've been posting, checking for them every day. They connect me to our Chicago days, and I've rejoiced that your prolific outpouring of art goes on and on, inspiring the rest of us. I remember your laughter at the PAQA meetings (with Laura and Robbi keeping us all in stitches), and hear that laugh in your positive posts, in your determination to make the best of life. I thank you for this many-year virtual friendship. I will greatly miss the connection.

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  2. Melody, I do appreciate that a blog can become a chore and now your time needs to be spent elsewhere. I have over the years come to care about you and Dave and would love it if every month or so you would simply say "we are fine"
    Nancy T.

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  3. ditto Anonymous!
    Also wanted to suggest adding author Donna Leon to your reading list, if you haven't already discovered her.

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  4. You might want to look into compounding medications for your husband; that could eliminate having to get up every hour. Lots of luck to you both.

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  5. Glad for your post. You've been greatly missed. ~Becky from Indiana

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  6. I've been reading your blog for many years. Thanks for all the quilt and gardening inspiration and the peek into your interesting life. I wish you and Dave all the best. Sincerely, Julie Lussier ps. I own one of your quilts and it make me happy every time I look at it.

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  7. Melody I’ve been inspired by you enormously and learned so much. Thank you. My prayers are with you and Dave. You’re right, life is full and wonderful. A friend, Jill

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  8. Will miss you. Hope you leave the blog up. I am always checking back for tutorials and inspiration. Hope regular medication will help alleviate the situation for Dave and make things easier. Thanks for all your wonderful blogging! Carol

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  9. oh no!!! come back so enjoy your blog......very sorry you are not doing this anymore. love watching all of your creative adventures indoors and out

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  10. You are such a good caregiver for Dave. It's good to have someone do the cleaning so you can focus on Dave and squeeze in some time for yourself rather than having to clean. I will miss the garden and the house remodeling updates. You do what you need to do. Take care.

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  11. You will be missed! Thank you for sharing your art and you expertise; and for the garden tours too. Thank you for sharing the ups and downs of your life. It is good to see you embrace the changes in your life with a positive outlook. May God bless through the changes. You have been a good example.

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  12. I'm very sorry to see you go, but blogging takes time and energy. I, like you, was lonely when I started my blog and I needed my blog buddies. Now, not so much! I have always admired you for sharing about your husband and his illness, and being so frank about the ups and downs. I also liked the doggie posts. I will never, ever forget the pictures of them in their raincoats!!! And of course your amazing quilts.
    I'm glad you have finally found "your spot" and I hope you will have a happy life.
    Take care...

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  13. Thank you for sharing and I echo the sentiments of those above, including the monthly (or so) "check-in." You are on a good path for yourself and Dave, managing the difficulties and joys with strength and perseverance and help from the right Source. Take care of yourself.

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  14. Melody, You will be missed! I have been following your blog for at least 12 years or so. Your inspiration and creativity has been such a treat. My prayers for Dave and you as you manage health needs. I have a beautiful Nasturtium piece that you made for me as well as a show stopping sweater that is always a head turner when I wear it each winter.... People coming up to me and saying, "Where did you get your sweater?!" The doggie escapades over the years and watching your garden grow every spring and summer were a delight! I am so glad you are surrounded by creative, loving family and friends to continue your journey. Blessings and prayers for you as you turn the next page...... xoxox

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  15. Thank you for all the years you've shared your creativity, gardening, family, ups and downs with us. I too will really miss your posts (I already have) but you are where you need to be doing what needs doing. Yes please share an occasional short update or even a picture of your gorgeous garden or latest creation.

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  16. We are all enriched by your sharing of your colorful indoor and outdoor life. Sending my prayers for Dave and you as you continue to manage health needs, also. Take care of yourself and Thank you for your openness and humor and art in my forms all these years
    Be well, Sonja!

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  17. It's been a great ride. I will miss you and your stories. Take care. Susan

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  18. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about all your creative projects, your gardening, remodeling, redecorating, etc. But I know you need to prioritize your time and energy. Bless you for leaving up both blogs, and I wish you and Dave the very best.

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  19. I understand that life changes. We all change our routines and activities. Our priorities change at every stage of our lives. You don't know me, but I feel you are a friend. I will miss you. I will continue to hold you and Dave in my prayer. When you posted your tutorial site a friend and I started our Tuesday afternoon art group. We took almost a year working our way through your tutorials often doing the same lesson several times. We found that even though we followed the same instructions an used the same fabric, our pieces were very different. Our Tuesday group has continued and expanded to include two other friends. We have chosen several different books by different artist but you were our beginning. I have also enjoyed your knitting. I have almost completed one cardigan. I do not garden but I enjoy your gardens. Thank you for all you have shared.
    Donna

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  20. I for one totally understand where you are coming from. Life changes and how stagnant it would be if it didn't. Have enjoyed your blog for many years, enjoy the things to come in your life.

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  21. Holly GangelhoffMay 21, 2019 at 7:15 PM

    Dear Melody, I have been thinking about you and hoping all was well when your posts disappeared. Isn't is funny how blogging gives you friends you don't know and never knew you had? Thanks for letting us know how things are going for you and Dave. You are meeting big challenges and heartaches with such strength and grace, it's humbling. It gives me perspective on my own life. I have so enjoyed your blog in all its creative glory and it has given me much inspiration. It sounds like you are caring for yourself as you are a caregiver and that is such a healthy thing to do. I will miss your blogs, but will think of you often. Your blog is such a great resource; I appreciate your leaving it up. :) Peace and love to you and Dave. I will picture you among your beautiful flowers, enjoying your days.

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  22. Melody, I will miss all your wonderful pictures of the garden, and the many activities you've shared with us. Thank you so much for sharing and wish you all the very best.

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  23. I've enjoyed following you in your life adventures. And there have been plenty. LOL Hope to hear from you again some time in the future.
    Best of luck,
    Lee Hartnett in Ky.

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  24. Thank you so much for catching us all up on your life and loves before bring down the curtain. I certainly understand how each new phase in life brings different directions and interests. Thank you for sharing your artistic endeavors and your gardening that you do so creatively. You and Dave have been in my thoughts over the years. I hope things even out for Dave because I know from personal experience how exhausting this particular journey can be. Best wishes and lots of hugs, Judith King, Franklin, TN

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  25. I will miss your blog and your daily life, creatively and in the gardens , As we are the same age and live on opposite sides of the world I have always enjoyed how your life and mine have been so similar.I hope Dave continues to stay relatively healthy , as a former nurse I know haw differene everyone's journey is in Parkinsons.
    Thank you from Bathurst NSW Australia

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  26. I've been checking in with you for many years. I started following your blog when you were living in Chicago and you were planning a move to a completely different location. My husband and I were about to retire and make a similar big change. Just yesterday i was telling a quilting friend about the Escape Hatch method that I learned from your blog and now use all the time. I'll miss your posts and hope you'll stop by from time to time to say hello.

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  27. Glad to hear things are going ok for you. Sad to hear you are not going to post.... you will be missed. Thank you for all the posts you have done and the things I learned. Hugs for the dogs. Sun for the garden. Big Hug....

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  28. We'll miss you, the dogs, the projects, the garden, etc. I had a feeling that things were changing when it had been so long between posts. Enjoy your new life.

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  29. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us. I've enjoyed the journey. I will miss you.

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  30. I will miss your blogging and all the loveliness that you have shared over the years. Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us. Be blessed and know that you will be missed.

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  31. Thanks for sharing.I,ll miss looking in.Best wishes in health and happiness.

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  32. I have loved your blog forever. If you choose not to blog, I understand....but my world got a little smaller and a little darker. You have added a dimension that I do not experience here in the Arctic. Blessings and all the very BEST to you in the future. ( Please post a few pics on your Instagram page for us die hards.)

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  33. You will be missed.
    Thank you.

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  34. Sad to read this even though I do completely understand. Sad to read of Dave’s struggles with PD, also. I have checked in with you mostly every day for years and years and years and will miss you very much. You have been such an inspiration and i will most especially miss your joyful enthusiasm and boldness in all your do. Take care Mel x

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  35. Thank you so very much for your joy, encouragement, and affirmation. You will be so missed, and wish you and Dave the best.

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  36. I've been following you for years. I loved your adventures in moving and gardening. Your growth in your arts always thrills me. Your blog will be missed. Perhaps you'll post occasionally to let us know how you and Dave are doing.

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  37. I'll miss you maybe write once in awhile so we know you are well : )

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  38. Ditto to all the comments. I've always loved your great ideas, and I have especially loved seeing your garden bloom in this house. Know we are thinking of you!
    Laura

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  39. I totally understand but will miss your posts also. I have followed for years and am very thankful for all of your sharing. Hugs!

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  40. Thank you for the years, from Washington State. I will miss you.

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  41. Sad to see you go Melody, I have enjoyed your stories of your life, Dave, your dogs, the garden, the house moves and last but not least your beautiful art you have created. I shall miss you. I will not forget your kindness when I tried to begin blogging and you set things up for me with pages, header etc. I was struggling to sort it all out - thank you so much. Enjoy this new phase in your life, keep well and happy.

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  42. I'm glad to hear that all is (mostly) well. I've enjoyed seeing your work in various areas over the years, even in styles that I knew I would personally never delve into. This blog was an insight into how an artist's mind works, and for that I thank you. I've enjoyed my time here, and I wish you and your boys a happy and healthy time.

    Andrea in St. Louis

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  43. As I've read over all the previous comments I thought of all of us (your devoted readers) as a garden of friends who hold you dearly in our hearts. Be well, Melody, and know you are loved.

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  44. Melody, I agree with all the loving posts. I have followed you for years, and am lucky enough to have your own creation, Budding 2, hanging on my walls. I have enjoyed reading about your moves, dogs, gardens, and especially our quilts. I enjoyed learning how you put the magic together in your tutorial, in which generously shared your techniques. Thank ypu.
    And you have been an inspiration to me. You shared your trials, and problems, and joys and triumphs, and I feel as though you are a dear friend.
    I wish you and Dave the best as you continue to travel together down this path. With gratitude and love I fondly send my thanks.

    Donna C

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  45. Thank you, Melody, for letting me live vicariously through your blog for all of these years. I have learned a lot about art and life. I will miss you and wish you and Dave the best!

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  46. I Love you and your pooches, live through all of the things we share. I wish you well. God is good.

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  47. Dear Melody, Just want to let you know that I have really enjoyed reading your blog and the variety of artistic adventures you shared with us. I took a class from you at PIQF many years ago and still use the techniques and helpful hints from that class. Thank you for sharing your art, garden and life with us. Wishing you and Dave the best.

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  48. Thank you for so many years of such interesting posts. I appreciate that you are caring for Dave, but never forget to practice "self care" too. I wish you both happiness.

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  49. Oh, please don't take down the blog! I check in periodically to see how you and Dave are doing. If you take it down it will be like not having the next book in the series. I'll be wondering how you are doing. Did Melody move again? Is she making jewelry or quilts or knitting? How is Dave doing? You've opened a window into your life, you can't shut it now. But please don't feel burdened to share! Just when you think of us readers and the spirit hits you to share. I'll be especially interested in your Bible study and what you are learning there too! Thanks for sharing and by doing inspire us all to share more of ourselves with others.

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  50. I am like Deb above.... I need you in my life! Inspiration for art work, gardening, care-giving and all else Medody!. How about doing a 1st and 15th catch-up blog? At least take up through the garden with updates!! It is like a death when someone you have had in your blog life for so many years just steps off the planet leaving us not knowing how things are in your world. Heavy responsibility isn't it.... this blog thing. If you choose to leave for awhile or forever, I pray that happiness and good health remain yours forever and ever!! Marybeth

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  51. Mel - I'm so happy to have one of your pieces hanging in my home office / quilt cave. I will continue to think of you every day. You have provided me so much inspiration to enjoy life through color, creativity, gardening, cooking, and family. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with all of your readers. May you feel the great big hug back from me.

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  52. I have enjoyed reading your blog for so many years and will miss it. Thank you for all of the quilt inspiration! I understand that you need to move on to other things for now but hope that you will occasionally give us an update. Wishing you and Dave all the best!

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  53. I started reading your blog when you were still in Chicago. I have enjoyed reading about all the moves, renovations,gardens and creativity. You have been so inspiring to me on so many levels. You will be greatly missed.

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  54. Your blog has been a part of my life for years and years. I wasn't going to comment on your last blog post, but I must tell you how much it has meant to me. Thank you for sharing over the years. I totally understand about moving on. Best wishes to you, Dave, the dogs, your garden, etc. Thank you.

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