Sep 13, 2016

What's (Not) Happening

I know my blog has been pretty quiet lately and I don't want to go radio silence with no explanation (especially with regard to Stamping Destroyed My Life!!!).  Since I'm not a fan of vague references online to possible inklings of maybe something that might possibly be wrong, I'll share that I've been diagnosed with a congenital heart condition.  My father and brother both died from this, but I'm fine now and I'd like to keep it that way!!***  So, it is taking up a lot of my time, and more importantly, sucking every bit of energy out of my stamping and writing mojo. In addition, I hope to be doing a bit of traveling here and there over the next few months, and that will keep me away from the craft room.

I've declined all (very much appreciated) design offers and am just putting stamping pretty much on the back burner until 2017.  I do hope to post a few cards that I hope to make, but I'm not sure I'll get to it.

I hope to be back with a ton of content next year!

*** In fact, this may be a blessing in disguise as I've lost most of my appetite!  Great weight loss plan!

55 comments:

  1. Joan, please take good care of yourself and know that you will be missed while not stamping and welcomed back with open arms should you surprise us with a post in the future. I hope your travels go well. Take gentle care. XOXOX

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  2. Joan - will miss your lovely cards and fun writing - take good care of your self, enjoy your travel time - and we'll see you when we see you - hugs.

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  3. That's sad news all round, Joan. I hope you'll be able to get your health back on track and that you'll enjoy your travelling - but...I'll miss seeing your card designs and your generally amusing anecdotes. I'll be thinking of you. See you again next year. HUGS!!! :)

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  4. Sending lots of hugs, Joan! Best wishes coming your way and hopes for continued health. Enjoy seeing the world, and looking forward to seeing you back here in 2017. xoxoxoxo

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  5. Joan, I'm really sorry to hear your news! Of course we'll all miss your lovely cards, and the giggles, grins, and guffaws we get from your writing, but I'm sure everyone would agree we want you to take good care of YOU first, all the other stuff is just fluff. Relax, take care of your health, and enjoy your travels!

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  6. Joan, thank you for sharing the details of your health with all your readers. Like others, I have missed your cards, your general sense of humor and of course, the next chapter in the life of "M" 😄
    But your health must come first! I am glad you are feeling better now and hope you enjoy your travels. I will definitely look forward to the new year!

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  7. Sending Hugs and prayers your way for a delightful time of rest and recuperation! We will be waiting "with bells on" for your spectacular return!

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  8. You are certainly in my thoughts and prayers, as you were for me during my cancer treatment! I hope you enjoy your travels.

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  9. Is it trite to say my heart goes out to you! Sorry. I am thinking of you and wishing you the best. We in blogland will be here whenever you need us! Cyber hugs to you, Joan.

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  10. Thanks for sharing. I'll miss your updates and blogs. Please, do as you are told by the Drs to regain your
    energy. Enjoy your travels and see you next year. (My grandson was born with CHD and we have
    cared for him from birth, he is now twenty.)

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  11. I will miss your beautiful cards and posts, but please take good care of yourself, and enjoy life :)

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  12. Sending hugs. I hope you recover soon, take good care of yourself !

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  13. Joan, you are in my prayers! It's more important that you are well! And you're loyal friends and fans will be here if and when you decide to get back to blogging and stamping! Take care of yourself! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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  14. Joan, you are in my prayers! It's more important that you are well! And you're loyal friends and fans will be here if and when you decide to get back to blogging and stamping! Take care of yourself! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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  15. Just take the time and take care of yourself Joan! Thankfully, being retired now, it will be easier to do that. Please know that you are in my thoughts and I will be praying for you! You are a very special person!

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  16. blessings and be good to you! you're on the right track by prioritizing what you need and what you want to do. stamping will always be there when you're ready. xo

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  17. Take all the time you need. I will miss your fun blog & beautiful creations, but your health and personal life are top priority. Sending lots of love & hugs your way.

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  18. Please please take all the time you need to take care of yourself! Sending hugs...

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  19. Take all the time u need we'll be looking forward to your return! ☺

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  20. Taking care of yourself is more important than ink and paper. Blog land will still be here-- if and whenever you feel up to joining again.

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  21. Ach! You come first, know that I am thinking about you and your positivity!

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  22. Take care of yourself, Joan! Will miss your quips and cards, and hoping to see pics of your travels. We'll be here. Waiting for your return. ♥

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  23. Joan- wishing you all the best! Will be here whenever you post. Ain't nothing wrong with your heart--it is pure gold!!!

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  24. Well it is good news isn't it? You've got a diagnosis and YOU ARE FINE. So good to know things, then you can make plans and strategies. I suppose it is good new that you've lost your appetite...? Not sure about that one but at least you have your school girl figure! Hope it hear from you soon, 2017 seems so far away but it is almost Christmas. Take care.

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  25. Your creations will be sorely missed, but you take care of yourself now you hear, girl? said in a John-Boy voice. (Sorry, I could not resist)

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  26. Thank you for not engaging in the vague reference activity! Life sure has a way of getting our attention sometimes. Thank you for sharing your wit and wisdom with us. All good wishes for a happy outcome.

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  27. Completely understand and know that taking care of you is the most important thing in life. Sending healing wishes and look forward to more wonderful Paperlicious in 2017!

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  28. Joan, take care of yourself, be good to yourself and enjoy your travels. We'll still be here whenever you feel like posting. You'll be in my thoughts.

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  29. Joan hoping for only good thing to come your way. Much love to you!

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  30. It's good to know now so you can get serious about preventative measures. I'm sorry to hear this, though. And sorry about your dad and brother. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy? Nothing to sneeze at. Take care, Joan, and know that I'll be thinking about you.

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  31. sending hugs and prayers your way! Enjoy your time away and just enjoying life! You will be missed!

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  32. Sending hugs and prayers your way Joan. I am glad that you are taking the time to take care of yourself. Your creations (and writing) will be missed!

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  33. Sending hugs and prayers your way. Take care Joan.

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  34. Sweet friend, I've been thinking about you! Relax and do what you need to do to take care of YOU, because everybody will still be here when YOU are ready to come back. Some things are way more important that papercrafting. (I keep telling myself that lately. . .) Love, Debbie

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  35. I will hold you in prayer and positive thought. I'm so glad you shared that. I always worry when my favorite bloggers are silent. I'm glad you have your priorities in order and will take care of yourself. I lost my brother also - miss him every day

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  36. Praying that you get the rest you need. We'll look forward to when you return after taking care of yourself! hugs from Woodsboro, MD

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  37. Oh, Joan... I hope you get the rest you need and are back to full strength soon! Sending good vibes and a prayer!

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  38. Joan, you will be missed, but your health and well being has to be your priority! Enjoy your travels and get your rest! Sending positive thoughts and prayers! I look forward to whatever wonderful things you will create in 2017!

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  39. I'm so sorry to hear this. It must be a very worrying time for you. You're absolutely right to prioritise where your time, attention and energy get invested. We'll miss you, but hopefully you'll be back next year feeling refreshed and having found a new equilibrium. Very best wishes and a gentle hug x

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  40. Wishing you all the best! Will miss your cards, but your health comes first!

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  41. Take care of yourself first! And enjoy the travel!

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  42. Looking after yourself is the most important thing just now. I'm sorry to hear about your health issues, and trust that good management will soon let you back to a "normal" life.

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  43. Oh Joan. This is sad news, but you will take care of the health problems (I hope!) and we will welcome you back with open arms. When the time is right. You come first. Hugs!!

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  44. Hi Joan, I haven't commented before, but I wanted to let you know how very much I've enjoyed reading your extremely entertaining blog, and the amusing adventures of M. Take care of yourself and wishing you the best of health

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  45. Just wanted to send you hugs! Take care of yourself and enjoy your traveling. xoxo

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  46. Sending you good wishes for your health and the return of your creative energy! Enjoy your travel and time away from blogging.

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  47. Wishing you well and look forward to seeing more from you next year!

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  48. Hope you are feeling better soon, Joan!

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  49. Hi Joan, trying to catch up on all my 'important' emails in my Inbox and just wanted to say I completely understand where your coming from and you know we will all be waiting for you to come back whenever you feel like it!! Mwah!

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  50. Take care Joan! I hope you get through it all with flying colors and I'll be here to read what you write when you are ready to come back!

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  51. Sorry to hear of your diagnosis, but glad that you are well. As others have said, enjoy your travels, and we will be happy to see any random cards you might make!

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  52. Sorry to hear of your diagnosis, but glad that you are well. As others have said, enjoy your travels, and we will be happy to see any random cards you might make!

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  53. I hope you are having a wonderful time traveling & am praying your heart will keep functioning the way it's supposed to. Just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts & I hope to see you back at your awesome blog soon. Relax & enjoy!!

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  54. Wish you all the best and hope to see you soon on the blog! ��

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  55. Came here to see where you have been ! I am sorry to learn of your scare and will keep you in my prayers! I don't do a lot of FB but I did miss you! Hugs!

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