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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tea Time Tuesday

We did have snow on the ground this morning. It was cold and blowing off of the roof and it really looked like a blizzard. This afternoon the sun is shining and the wind has calmed down. I can even see the peak – covered with snow
It’s a typical January day in Colorado Springs. While it was snowing, I enjoyed a cup (or 3!) while reading Elizabeth George’s “Words of Encouragement for Women after God’s Own Heart”. I soooo needed it today.

I went to see my rheumatologist yesterday (I see her every 3 or 4 months).   I have been hurting so bad lately.   My joints swell and get red.   And for the past couple of months I haven’t been able to sleep well because of pain in my hips.
So the hip pain is not from the joint, Thank God, but it is the bursae? The side, where the tendons are.  I don’t know if that makes sense.   Well she gave me a steroid shot on both sides.   Very painful.    Then because of the other symptoms we are increasing the dose of Methotrexate I take and now I will have to administer a shot once a week instead of take the pills.   The docs staff showed me how with saline.  They did one and then I did one.  That was four pokes up to this point.   Then to deal with my other issue – Fybromalgia, she prescribed flexiril, a muscle relaxer for me to take at bedtime.   Yeah!  Another medicine to take.  (I’m being sarcastic) 
Then I was on to the lab for my lab check.  Another poke!   By the time I got home I was in tears.   I was feeling sorry for myself, seriously.   I just needed a hug. This morning when I woke up I felt as if someone had punched me in my right butt cheek!  It hurt too bad to go up and down the stairs.  So I took a “mental health” day from work so I could hobble around in the privacy of my own home.
Enough feeling sorry for myself!  Thanks for listening – or reading – if you’ve gotten this far.
I tried to take a picture of the snow but it was too bright.   I also wanted to show you some of things I've been doing.  Fun things.
These vintage chairs were an awesome garage sale find last fall.  They are now in line for a makeover.  My sweet William does the stripping and sanding for me.  Stay tuned for their makeover. 

This is my dining room table/workshop.  I really need to get all of this picked so we can get back to the table for meals.  That is my goal this week.   To get it all back upstairs to the office.   I’ll box it up and one of the girls can take it up for me. 
This is one of the things I made.  Remember making those valentine boxes in elementary school?   That’s what it reminds of.    It’s just a wood box from Hobby Lobby that I shabbied a bit and then used valentine ephemera.
This is the inside cover.   It will go to my Antiques/Craft booth.  I will post about that and include pictures later.
I’m also working on these.   These were the little wooden faux books from Home Interiors that got a new paint job, some shabbying and some decoupage.  What do you think?  This is my first one, the test so to speak.   I got this image from Rebecca at http://rebecca-gatheryeroses.blogspot.com/2011/02/free-valentine-graphics-new-give-away.html.  She has such a beautiful home, I love visiting her blog.  

I know it’s late in the day, but I am joining the following tea parties.



  1. I'm sorry to hear that you've not been feeling so well. I have a friend that visits family in Arizona and feels so good there, but her job and life is here. The chairs are something I'd love! Please do share when you're ready. Perhaps when the weather is warmer you'll feel better.♥♫

  2. Jocelyne, I am so very sorry you are suffering so much! I totally understand you coming home and crying. I would too! There is something about being poked repeatedly (and being in pain) that can overwhelm one. I am thrilled to see the tea tray set so beautifully. That was a good thing to do for yourself! I hope your day home helped you some and that your inflammation has gone down.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Oh girl...I'm sooo sorry you are feeling well. I have issues of my own but nothing like what you've described! :( When I was little I use to get shots in the bumm all the time...enough to make me scream in fear. Even now when the needle comes my way I grimace... Thinking of you and hope you get better SOON!

    I'm glad you like my blog. Sometimes I wonder WHY I keep doing it. Then I remember...


    Blessings to you today~


  4. Your tea setting looks so cozy and inviting, I hope it helps when you're feeling so miserable. My hubby used to take methotrexate, the side effects were not good. Now he takes Enbrel, and it has changed his life very much for the better!

    I hope you're doing well now.

  5. Hi Jocelyne,
    I had such a hard time since last night trying to visit your blog. I cannot believe I finally got through! I had trouble with a few but I'm slowly getting around for visits now.

    What a lovely tea tray! And those chairs are going to look amazing when they're finished. Thank you for sharing this with Tea Time.

    I'm sorry you've been having such a difficult time of things. When one doesn't have good health, it surely affects every area of their life. I pray you're feeling better by now. God bless you!



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