Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and enjoyed time with your family and friends.
I wanted to pop in and just update you on what's been going on and why I went missing. I can't believe it's been since September since I've posted. Before I jump in and update you, I just wanted to say Thank You to all who emailed and messaged me asking if I was OK. I'm good. Life just got a little crazy for a while and continues to be a bit wild, but we are all doing fine.
Now here's the update and what's been happening since the end of August...
Ethan started 8th grade. We are so proud of him. He's been doing great in all of his Honors classes. He joined the Computer Club and continues to play (sometimes not so willingly) the piano. He amazes us everyday and his sense of humor and tad bit of sarcasm is a rip!
Right after Ethan started school we noticed a decline in my father. Back in 2007 my dad had surgery for a shunt that would help pump spinal fluid in and out of his brain. Unfortunately, this and a follow-up operation put him in a wheelchair permanently and left him unable to keep his balance enough to walk unattended. We found a program that he was able to attend 5 days a week and receive therapy while he was there. Over this past summer we noticed he wasn't himself. It got to the point where could barely hold his coffee cup anymore. After a trip to the hospital and a few CT scans to make sure the shunt was working properly, the results were inconclusive, and he continued to have good days and bad days. They decided to place him in a nursing home for "Intense Physical Therapy" and re-evaluate him in a few weeks. He loved the facility, the staff and he fit right in. He was the celebrity of the week when he got there. People from other rooms came by and welcomed him and some he knew from the day program he had been attending. Seeing him so happy and improving we talked about keeping him at the nursing home, but only if he agreed and was willing the be there. It wasn't an easy decision and lots of tears were shed, but everyone, including him, knew it was the best thing. Unfortunately, October brought another trip to the hospital for a 8 day stay. They noticed he was leaning to one side and that they wanted to have him checked. After several tests and lots of scans, we found out his gallbladder was going bad...actually, it wasn't going. It was totally gone and they say if they had waited another day he probably would have died. SO here we are today and dad is doing great. He's still at the nursing home and is happy as can be.
So that was the short version of my Sept-Nov...but I'm not done yet...Scott had applied for a job as the Executive Director of PaILS (PA Integrated Library System) back in August. The whole process took several months and on Nov 4th he received word that he would be the new ED of PaILS. This is a big change for us. Scott and I have worked together at the library for the past 20 plus years. It's weird going to work with him not there, but it makes coming home even more special.
Here is a photo of his farewell party at work.
He officially started his new position on Dec 16th and has been working from our dining room for the past few weeks. "Dining room?" you ask. Why yes, but that is only until my older brother, the contractor, finishes renovating our attic for Scott's office. Here are some pictures of the renovations. We're converting 1/2 of the attic to Scott's office and the other 1/2 will remain as storage. The space was already broken into two rooms so we just kept that same layout.
We're getting closer to being complete. We are in-between layers of spackling and waiting on windows that we had to custom ordered. After that I think it's painting, molding and doors? I think??? I've lost track. We're hoping by the end of next week we'll be able to start getting the space setup.
That hole in the all in the last photo isn't for a fireplace. My brother is custom building Scott bookshelves. Scott does wish it was a fireplace though.
I did some layouts while I was on my blog/video hiatus and I also got Scott to help me with a project I did for staff at work...I think the seem binding and twine won!
I'll be back to blogging very soon. I'm not sure about YouTube right now as there are still some things we are working on and I don't want to commit to something that I might not be able to follow through on. We're going to see how things go.
So that's what's been going on with me? How are you all? What kind of crafty gifts did you get this year for the holidays?
Thank you all for coming back and visiting, I've missed crafting and sharing with you all.