It's been month since my last post. Life seems to throw us all kinds of curves, some good, some bad. My eye problems are getting better, hallelujah.... but whenever you feel like you are getting back on track, something else gets thrown your way. I get a nasty tick bite the beginning of June and have been dealing with Babesia, a somewhat rare, tick-born illness. It has been a long haul with fever, myalgia, really feeling unwell, constant tiredness, and weekly blood checks. Finally we are getting somewhere. I have tested negative twice. But we are now testing again for Lyme, because I still have painful myalgia. How can a tiny tick...and I mean TINY, create such problems. The meds were hard to take too. And what I don't understand is the price of the medication Mepron. A 1000.00 dollars for only fourteen days, and multiply this by many weeks. Even with insurance it is still very hard on the wallet. But you do what you have to do. Hopefully this will be the end of this saga.
With this said, there also has been some good news: The magazine with our home featured is out and on the newsstands.
We are in "Vintage Style" Fall/Winter 2014
They did a good job, and the writer "got" me. As some of you will know, this is not always the case. One very funny thing though....it says "doll makers home", and not a doll to be found. Oh, there were some dolls in our home, but for whatever reason, be it that the photographer was a man, or that the magazine opted not to show any, I will never know.... but we all find it somewhat strange.
To house and home...... I am cleaning out everywhere. We are toying with the idea of putting our house on the market sometime next year. Because my hubby has ongoing health issues, the property itself has become too much. A small piece of property and a home on one floor would be the better choice. We have to see. Meanwhile I am purging. My friend Laura is coming soon to help me set up Etsy. I have so many things to part with from antique children's clothing, to bears, and much more. That should be interesting. Hope to get on with that in the beginning of the new year.
To some other good news..... I am working on some Fall and Halloween dolls, and will be posting soon.
It has been awhile since I have posted. Much has changed, and unfortunately not all for the better. Both hubby and I have been dealing with medical issues.
For me, there has been a change that right now affects my vision in my right eye. I had to have laser surgery the middle of May, (after cataract surgery a few years ago), to remove a film that had developed over my right eye. Had the same problem with my left eye a few years ago, and the laser surgery on that eye went very well. Not so this time. I ended up with what is called posterior vitreous detachment. In plain English I am dealing with a clear gel-like mass, plus a floater in my eye....like looking thru a shifting white curtain with something black swimming in it. Yuck. It has gotten a little better, but I still have problems sewing and doing the things I love. From what I understand, most of the time it will get better....question is when. I am trying to live my life normally, but have not had the desire to post, visit blogs, etc. Too much eye strain. We are also dealing with the fallout of this last horrible winter. The garden is VERY slowly getting cleaned up. So much died. It breaks my heart. Some things will come back, others will not. A large retaining stonewall partially collapsed. The repair cleaned out the wallet. I took some pictures over the last month and am sharing them with you....the before and after. Hopefully we will get back to some normalcy. Hubby and I would LOVE to forget this last year!
So here are a few pictures........
We did not get to see this beautiful view from our living room
We are still cutting out the dead stuff....
I see that some things are coming back from
It will be awhile before I can cut hydrangea's again.
On the right a butterfly bush.
I loved all the butterflies that visited every year.
On the left there is a beautiful clematis...
mostly gone now.
It draped itself over arbors and fences,
and had such unusual flowers.
I spend hours cutting out the dead things very carefully,
and it is slowly coming back.
Lots of plants are gone for good,
no signs of life whatsoever.
Our big beautiful rose arbor with New Dawn.
My pride and joy.
It was intertwined with a beautiful clematis
that grew all the way up onto our front deck.
You can see the clematis to the right.
It bloomed together with the rose.
It was lovely!
This is it this year.
The roses suffered so much too.
Poor hubby is wearing his rose gloves to untangle and cut
It is going to take forever to have it pretty again.
We also lost trellises.
Besides trellises we lost my beloved birdhouse that
hubby build me once for my birthday.
He is trying to fix it.
The only things that have been growing and surviving beautifully are the weeds.
It has taken me weeks to catch up, and my bad back does not help.
But I have planted things like geraniums,
and they are doing great.
I feel there is hope.
The one hydrangea that is doing well,
was planted two years ago close
to the house, where it got winter sun.
Just looking at these big heads makes me smile.
Here and there I tucked in herbs, but because
we have had so much rain lately,
most herbs are not at there prime yet.
I am hoping, since I use a lot in cooking.
Love this golden oregano.
And the geraniums on the front deck are
So, I am living with hope.
Hope to use my new carrying basket for flowers or herbs.
It was a birthday gift from hubby,
We got it at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck.
My one outing.
It was wonderful, but all the looking left and right
made me feel dizzy.
Hopefully they will have it again next year
so that I can have a really good time.
And speaking of birthdays.....
mine was not celebrated this year.
I am sure I will make up for it next year!
But my girlfriend Debbie spoiled me, amongst other goodies,
with a most beautiful cake that she baked for me.
How sweet was that!!!!!
It tasted great !!!!!!
Look at all the work and love she put in for me.
And so I am ending this post.
Grateful to have dear, sweet friends,
a family who loves me,
and even with so many health issues going on right now,
I live in a small town an hour north of New York City on the beautiful Hudson River. I am married to a wonderful and patient man who supports me wherever my fancies take me....be it antiquing, fleamarketing, decorating, etc.......
We have a great son and two absolutely wonderful and bright grandkids. I have been creating dolls and other creations since 1984...loving every minute!.....
My background is in fashion design and marketing. My birthplace is Germany where I lived my first 23 years. In my work, you will often see things that remind me of my childhood in Germany.
I have been fortunate to have been recognized for my work.
My dolls have been featured in Country Living, Country Accent,General Store,and Early American Life.
In 1997 I felt honored to be asked by the Folk Art Museum of New York City to display my work in one of their windows at Rockefeller Center for Christmas.
I will use my blogs to showcase my new creations and dolls that are for sale and you can still find me exhibiting at a few shows a year. Thank you for stopping by and please visit again soon!
God bless, Evi
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