Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Around the World and Back Again

Well hellooooooooooo! First, let me send out a very belated Happy New Year to you! I am sorry I wasn't able to send you a note sooner, but my plans for the end and beginning of the year all fell apart with my health.

I worked almost 30 hours the week before the new year at my new job. It was all fun and exciting, but tiring in addition to trying to finish work for my business. The evening of the 30th I started feeling sick and by New Year's Eve day, I had to go to the doctor. Needless to say I had a form of the flu, which kept me in bed for five days. I went back to the doc on Monday as I was no better and it had turned into acute bronchitis. So now I am on some heavy duty drugs and hopefully I will be good to go in a week or so. I haven't been sick like this in 12 years. I think the stress of the new job, the house issues and David being sick just got my immune system down. All I can say is I am high as a kite on this medication. You know I'm a tiny person, so drugs hit me harder. If I say anything crazy in this post, I blame it on that! hee,hee,hee ;)

So let me start off showing you my little cottage so far. They are painting the interior now. They still have all the exterior painting to do and lots of yard work in addition to the driveway. Hopefully, (bunny ears crossed) we will be able to close and start moving in on February 8th, which is the Chinese New Year. So at least I can start off one new year on a happy note! Yay!



Next, I have to share this INCREDIBLE little tale with you. I honestly can't believe it! The day after Christmas, David and I walked up to get our mail. When I opened our mail slot, there was a dirty, soggy, worn out Priority Mail envelope in there. I said to David, "Good gracious! This thing looks like it has been around the world and back again!" Well little did I know it had!!!


When I looked at the date up top it said December 26, 2013 and New Bern. That was odd. All the customs information was worn off and the labels covered over so I had no idea what it was.



When I opened the envelope, I took out a wrapped package containing my book and a little goodie bag. Then it HIT me! Oh my gosh!!!! This was an order my dear friend Erica, from South Africa placed with me TWO years ago!!! I ended up having to send her another one. 




What I find sooooooooooooo incredibly crazy about this whole thing is that Erica has since moved to France and I moved to Wilmington. How on earth could it go all the way to South Africa and find it's way back to me in a new location EXACTLY two years to the date I posted it!?!?!


It made me think about how we all seem to go around the world and back again with things in our lives. For me it has been designing, teaching and construction business. Somehow we all find our way Home again.

I have so many adventures to share with you this coming year if you are still following along on this little ol' blog of mine. Some will be about house decorating, some will be about new Folk Art Fusion designs and teaching, some will be about whatever pops into my little bunny brain. Just know while I do post on Facebook more out of convenience this blog is always Home.

Light, love and Hoppy New Year!
Michelle and the fuzzy ones


35 comments:

Lesley said...

You certainly have lots of stories! Your home is looking so beautiful and I will hope for a very successful moving day for you. Hope the meds do their tricks and that you will soon be feeling much better. Take care!

Shirley said...

Hi Shell, Glad that you are on the mend from being sick. It really knocks you for a loop. I am so happy for you, your new job, your house, and new designs plus teaching. You will be very busy, but I like to keep busy. I always pop in to see what you have been doing lately. Take care. Many hugs and Prayers from your Missouri Friend Shirley

Vroomans' Quilts said...

The house is coming along - soon, dear, soon. You take care of that wee body.

Janet said...

Happy New Year to you ...hope you feel better soon. Your fb friend and blog reader from Ontario, Canada.... Janet (at -18 degrees C ...brrrrr)

Janet said...

Happy New Year to you ...hope you feel better soon. Your fb friend and blog reader from Ontario, Canada.... Janet (at -18 degrees C ...brrrrr)

Anna said...

Glad to hear you are on the mends. The house looks adorable...and what the heck?! Crazy mail story for sure. I have a few of those myself!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I AM SOO glad that you are on the mend--and I know what you mean about the strong drugs--me and my sister can only take about half dose when we need meds--and even though I am short I am not small--so it can also just be your system--hope you are eating lots of yogurt with those meds--thats my motherly advice for today--
looking forward to your new designs and tales in 2016--
love, di

Createology said...

Healing Energy to you and David to get and stay well. Your home is looking fabulous. With how fast time passes you will be all moved in very soon. Crazy mail package story. Thankfully you got it back. 2016 is going to be an amazing year dear...

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I had no idea you were so sick, Shelby! Goodness! I'm glad to read you're back on the mend.

We've become so accustomed to sending things out with the assumption that they'll actually arrive at their destination. When something goes awry, it's really a shock...and isn't it always the important stuff?! Glad it was something that could amuse you, knowing that you'd already covered the loss, rather than just now finding out about it.

I'm just dyin' to see the inside of the cottage once you've moved in! Please continue to get better so you can fully enjoy the adventures you have planned for this year.

xoxo
Deece, Tag and The Black Dog

Colleen said...

LOVE your house! And how unreal for a package to be on the go for TWO YEARS!! I wonder where it resided??

Jeanette said...

Love the house. Hope your feel better soon. Take care. Hugs,xx

Natascha Rieper said...

I hope you feel better real soon!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Happy New Year Michelle! So sorry that you are not feeling well but hoping you are up hopping around very soon. Sending lots of healing energy and some virtual chicken soup to you :O) Your new home is looking wonderful, how exciting that they are finishing up inside and that the landscaping will start soon, won't be long now! And the places that little parcel has been, if only it could talk! Take care my friend and wishing you and yours much joy in the New Year! Deb xo

Barb said...

Your home is coming along nicely....no fun having the flu..

Happy New Year!!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Feel better soon Shell...sounds nasty. Your new home is looking beautiful. What a mail story...incredible!! Take care of you x

paulette said...

Well speak of the devil...not that YOU are that!! Your house is looking wonderful and I'm so glad that you are on the mend and will be back to your old fun loving self! Crazy mail or what!!

kc said...

Oh man, it stinks that you were so sick!!! Sure am glad to hear you're on the road to recovery finally. Your house is gorgeous and seems to reflect your inner beauty and happiness. I know you must be so excited to be moving in soon. Can't wait to see the pictures! Sending you health and happiness, peace, love and joy for the new year!

kc said...

Oh man, it stinks that you were so sick!!! Sure am glad to hear you're on the road to recovery finally. Your house is gorgeous and seems to reflect your inner beauty and happiness. I know you must be so excited to be moving in soon. Can't wait to see the pictures! Sending you health and happiness, peace, love and joy for the new year!

Tina said...

Your house is just so charming (and it isn't even finished)!! I'm happy to hear your are feeling better - getting sick is always the worst!! Too funny about receiving the envelope after all that time. It sure makes one wonder where is has been all this time....if only it could talk ;o))

Happy New Year to you, David and your wonderful furry family!!!

Sherri said...

Michelle, what an incredible story!! Life is interesting isn't it :)!

Jessica said...

I hope you feel better soon!!
Your new home is looking wonderful.
That is quite a story for the package! Wow!

Erica said...

Hi! I am glad you are on the mend! Your cottage is looking gorgeous and with your touch the empty shell will quickly become home!!!
Wow....so our missing parcel eventually turned up!! Amazing, if it could only talk, what tales it would have to tell!!!
Love to you all for 2016!

Elly D said...

Hello Michelle! Happy New Year to you :). So sorry to hear you've been sick, I hope you'll soon be on the mend. Loving watching the progress of your new home. And what an amazing story of the parcel! Bunny hugs Ellyxx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My darling friend, the world is getting crazy again for me, now having to rush off to work. I wish you health and happiness as you get rid of that nasty flu and start getting ready for this WONDERFUL NEW COTTAGE! Oh Shell, it's gonna be great! MUCH LOVE!

Fiona said...

Oh no.... hope you feel heaps better soon and all bunny ears are happy again!! love the cottage look and well done to the book finding its way home again

Hugz

Judy1522 said...

I hope you are feeling better soon. Your house is going to be beautiful and I am looking forward to seeing some pictures and to all your blog posts in the New Year. I can't believe after all that time your package came back to you.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Stress - yup - can cause them problems. Lay low and get better. Let others take care of you!

That's a classic about the package!

tink's mom said...

Hey Shell, Glad you are feeling better, glad the house is moving forward and thanks for sharing the amazing story about the world traveling package.

Chinese New Year sounds like a great restart for the year.
Take care of yourself and the rest of the gang.

Stitches said...

I hope you are on the road to recovery!! No fun being under the weather. Your house is going to be very nice and can't wait to see what you do with it..and your new job would be something that I would love..you are going to have a lot of fun with it..Getting your pkg. back after 2 years is amazing, it's hard to believe. Just like me finding my blue sapphire ring after almost 2 years in my friends Christmas trimmings...how weird is that??

Kris said...

Your new home is looking fine, dear friend!! I wish you were feeling better!! Just take care of yourself says your Mom!! :-)) Amazing about the package to Africa!! Just amazing!! Lots of love and may 2016 be our best year yet!!

Jenny Bonynge said...

After spending most of my time moving in, organizing and entertaining family I am finally seeking out my favorite blogs...YOURS is right up there!!! I hope you are feeling a bit better as the medications whirl through your cells (sorry, I am a retired nurse!). Loving seeing the progression of your house. Love to you bunny girl!

handmade by amalia said...

This is my first visit to your pretty blog, Michelle. There is a lot I want to comment on, I'll begin by saying that your header is simply gorgeous.
Amalia
xo

Sherry said...

I am just catching up with you and was sorry to read that you have been ill. I hope you are on a quick road to recovery now. Your house is going to be wonderful, I can see that already. That is an amazing story about the package, I am glad that it found its way home.

Mary Baars said...

First of all...Happy New Year.

Sorry to hear you got so sick. Hope you start to feel better real soon.

So crazy about the book finding it's way back to you two years to the day!!! And even when you both had moved to completely different places.

Hope all goes well with the house getting finished and your moving day! God Bless You and get back to being healthy again.

Sandra Kaye said...

WOW!!! A new house!!! It looks like it is going to be an awesome house!!!! I'm sure you are beyond excited to move in!!! I'm so happy for you...hugs