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Sunday, December 31, 2017

🎇Happy New Year!🎇

Hi friends! After a little delay, due to delivery trouble, my special Christmas gift from our friend RJ finally arrived, and it was worth the wait. Just have a look at what RJ made for me. Isn't it gorgeous? I just love it! What a treasure.❤️Thank you so much RJ.
Guess what? The orthopedic surgeon said that those "tears" the radiologist discovered on the MRI are tiny, and just normal degeneration for a person my age. I do not need surgery. I do not have a torn rotator cuff. All this pain is coming from my neck! C6. It is pinching the nerve and flaring things up, all the way down to my fingers. I have an appointment to see a spinal surgeon on Thursday. Not for surgery, but to see what we can do. I am on oral steroids right now to get rid of this pain. 
I wonder how many of you have read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah? Oh this is a GOOD WWII novel my friends!

France, 1939 - In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can … completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France―a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.
I am stitching up a nutcracker for Brian's Christmas ornament. I hear you saying, "Christmas ornament?" Yes, Brian and I are Eastern Orthodox, so I have until January 7th to get his ornament done. And one more ornament for my friend at church too that I have not even begun.😁

Well, I need to go walk on the treadmill. Man! Too many chocolates, cookies, pies and cakes in December!! How about you?

I hope you have a wonderful week my friends. Thank you for your kind words on my last post. Thank you for sticking with me, caring about me and praying for me. This has been a rough year for me pain wise. ugh. I am hoping for a SUPER 2018!

Stitching and praying,


Carolien said...

Hi Vickie,

Well I most certainly hope you will have this SUPER YEAR!
No operation, which sounds good, but the pain is still the same :( I hope they find a solution soo, my friend.
RJ made you such a delicate and beautiful ornament, enjoy!

Hugs, dear Vickie, wishing you all the strength you need with the neck problems and ... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Love, Carolien

Palkó said...

Hello Vickie,
I wish you a Happy New Year!
Greetings: Palkó

Margaret said...

What a beautiful gift! I'm relieved you don't need surgery. Praying that the spinal doctor can give you relief somehow. Loved The Nightingale -- such a good book! Happy New Year!

marly said...

Lovely gift! If my treadmill was smooth and very quiet I would take a walk. But I just can't stand that noise! The TV can't even drown it out.

gracie said...

Wonderful that you don't need surgery. Best wishes to you for 2018.

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Barb said...

Oh yes, the Nightengale is a wonderful book. My group read it a few years ago. Glad to hear no surgery. I hope the Dr. will have a plan for you. I do wish you much better health and lots of happiness in 2018!

MartinaM said...

Happy New Year my friend Vicky. Oh, what a lovely little gift from RJ.
I'm glad that you do not have to undergo surgery. Now you just have to be patient, I pray for you.
Oh yes - I would have to go on a treadmill too, but the sun is shining right now, so I can go into the woods.
Big Hugs, Martina

Ele said...

Such a pretty gift! It's really lovely.
I am so happy that you won't need surgery. Must be such a relief!
Thank you for the info about The nightingale. I have seen the book often and wondered if it was any good. Now you made me even more curious...
have a very happy new year!

Manuela said...

Hello Vickie,

I wish you a Happy New Year.
A lovely gift form RJ.
Big Hugs, Manuela

Honeybee said...

Me, too--back to the treadmill tomorrow! Happy New Year, Vickie!

Robin in Virginia said...

What a lovely gift you received from RJ! I will be joining you on the treadmill later. Happy New Year, Vickie!

rosey175 said...

RJs gift is great, a little pocket watch for a frame! How neat! Good luck on stitching up your extra ornaments!

We are looking into buying an elliptical for our exercise. My husband is especially lamenting his cushy desk job and holiday food extravaganzas. I just don't want to go outside in the cold haha.

Happy New Year to you~ \:D/

Vicki said...

Happy New Year! So glad to hear you got some good information - no surgery! Praying that the surgeon will come up with a good plan of treatment for you that is non-invasive.

Lesley said...

Wishing you a Happy New Year Vickie.Good news about the tears in as much as it isn’t that that is causing the major pain.I hope you do not have to wait long for treatment for the source of the pain and discomfort.

Julie said...

(Hugs) Vickie.
A very delightful gift.

Beth said...

RJ and Mary are very generous bloggers. Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors.

Halland House Gifts said...

Vicki, I had been wondering how you were doing. Now I know why. Blog Lovin' had unsubscribed me from your blog a few months ago. It never occurred to me to check directly until I noticed you had posted something while on someone else's blog. You have lot's going one, and I'm grateful for a more direct way to pray for you. I'm blown away by all you can do in the midst of your pain but so glad you have that creative outlet still. Wishing you the best. Judy

Astrids dragon said...

What a beautiful gift from RJ, so very pretty.
I'm so glad that you won't be needing surgery, and hope they can figure it out and stop the pain for you.
That sounds like another good book... maybe in my spare time!
Yes, cheers for a SUPER 2018.

Cindy's Stitching said...

Happy new year. Love the pocket watch. May you have a year filled with joy, happiness,and less pain.

Penny said...

Such tiny stitches and so pretty! I sure hope there is something that can be done for your pain. And I pray that 2018 sees an end to the pain you are in. I haven't read The Nightingale but did recently start listening to Agnes Grey -- my goodness, those children! : )

Brigitte said...

No surgery sounds really good and I'm sure that there are other solutions for you now that the cause of the pain is discovered.
Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Isabelle said...

Happy New Year my Dear Vickie :)
May this new year 2018 brong you an excellent health and much happiness .
Your friend,

Mary said...

Vickie! Gorgeous gift from RJ!! I love mine too.
I hope 2018 will bring you good health, much joy and lots of stitching! Mary

Justine said...

Happy New Year Vickie! That's a beautiful gift from RJ. Such tiny stitches.
I hope 2018 is a good year for you.

Lili said...

RJ gift is to adorable!
Some good news, Vickie - no surgery! Lets see about the medical treatment to your neck, positive thoughts!

You can stitch Christmas all year! :) Waiting for see your ornament!

Jenny said...

Oh Vickie....

What a truly lovely gift from RJ! The stitching is just so delicate and beautiful! Definitely worth the wait....and you are is a true treasure!

I have heard wonderful things about this book and Emily bought me a copy so I am looking forward to reading it...grins.

I hope you can find some relief from your pain. I am keeping you in my prayers all the time my dear friend.

Sending hugs and love to you my dear friend!

Sheryl S. said...

Beautiful gift from RJ. Happy New Year Vickie

Stasi said...

Glad to hear surgery will not be needed and hope your pain starts to lessen in 2018. Your gift from RJ is so sweet...perfect for you!

Jackie said...

Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2018!

I'm glad they've quickly drilled down to what is causing the issues and hoping the new dr comes up with non-surgical relief!

moreofhim said...

Happy New Year, Vickie! I am praying for a healthy year for you! I am so glad that you are getting help with all this.

Your gift is a treasure. It's just beautiful.

Blessings - Julie

RJ said...

Vickie, I'm so glad it finally made it to your home. It sure took its sweet time! I'm beyond happy to hear you will not need surgery. I wish for you relief from this pain and that 2018' is your best year ever. You deserve it. Love and prayers. RJ

Parsley said...

I am so thankful you will not have surgery. That's scary.
I absolutely love the little stitched treasure. It's so special.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a gorgeous gift, such tiny stitches too, perfect for you!

I am pleased that you don't need surgery right now. Hope they can sort it out for you this year, it's time you were due some health luck!

Carol said...

How wonderful that you don't need surgery, Vickie! What a relief! Are the steroids working for the pain control?

What a lovely gift from RJ--so pretty and lots of pink on it for you :)

I loved the Nightingale, too--definitely one of my top books from 2017! Wishing you and your family every happiness this year, Vickie!