Talk Till Dawn – 11

I’m excited to share with you a new series I’m starting called, “Talk Till Dawn”, I want this to be about my everyday life, the things I’m reading, eating, my everyday ups and down, along with photos that I’ve taken over the week.

I haven’t decided yet how often this will be, right now I’m just going to get it going and see what comes of it. I encourage you to share with me similar situations and we can all support one another.

My life and home is far from perfect even though I always share with you pretty home decor picture. Now from time to time I’ll give you a look at how things can get out of control like everyone else’s life.

Rustic and Vintage Christmas Decor

Where has the time gone? I find it hard to believe November is almost over already. It’s been another rough month for me. I still have a daily cry missing my mom and I think of so many things on a daily basis that I want to tell her. I truly feel the void in my life. I have 3 voice mails on my phone that I’ve been keeping and still can’t bear to listen too, but maybe some day that time will come when I’m ready.

You’ve heard me talk about my Grama Red over the years, she’s my 99 year old granny who’s one feisty woman. Well she fell while moving the dining room table and broke her back. I know you’re all wondering why she was moving the table…..she decided to change out the area run underneath it. She moved the table and the chairs, had the old rug up and the new one in place, and put the table back when she tripped over the rug and took a tumble.

Rustic Log Home Living Room Tour

She went to the doctor and he scheduled surgery for a week later but she didn’t make it a week. The pain was to bad so she went by ambulance to the hospital where she stayed on pain meds until her surgery date. Our family was very concerned about someone her age going under anesthetic and going through a back surgery but she did pull through.

After a week in the hospital with many days of ups and downs she was released to the rehab facility where she’s back on her feet again doing exercised to strengthen her muscles before she can go home. Since she’s considered blind we’ve all been taking turns staying with here while she was in the hospital and at the rehab. We try and never leave her alone only when she’s sleeping at night.

Kitchen Christmas Trees in Galvanized Buckets Dotted with Glitter Paper Snowflakes

I tell you, these last few months have been exhausting on me. I’m so thankful my boss has been wonderful at the salon and has given me all the time off that I need. I couldn’t ask for it to be any better than it’s been. Right now I’m working when I’m not with Granny and also trying to keep up with blogging and our own family business.

My plan it to catch up on sleep when this is all over. HA-HA…. I feel like I haven’t even had a proper time to grieve my mom with everything happening so soon after my moms passing. Maybe this is Gods plan, who knows.

Rustic Log Home Christmas Table Using Natural Elements

I know I say this all the time…..there’s never a dull moment around our house, but it’s true. We had a part catch fire in our furnace and fill the house with smoke the day after Thanksgiving. It wasn’t anything serious and thankfully we were home at the time but we did have to turn the furnace off. Well here in Michigan we have 7 inches of snow on the ground and the temps in the day hit 30 if we’re lucky. Not a good times to have the furnace go down. It’s a specialty part that was needed and no place opened up again until the Monday after Thanksgiving to purchase it from.

Rustic Log Home Christmas Bedroom Decor

Luckily we had a propane heater and an eclectic heater that we used over the long holiday weekend to keep the cabin warm. I just can’t believe one more thing could possible go wrong, but things seem to keep happening.

I did do a mini makeover in our laundry room just to have something to do and keep my mind off everything else going on in my life and I’ll be back to share that with you soon. It’s been on my to do list for a while I just needed a reason to get it done, and my sanity was the reason.

Plaid Christmas Tree in a Log Home Done In Traditional Colors of Red, Gold, Silver, and Black

I also waited until after Thanksgiving this year to do my Christmas decorating. I normally am sharing my décor by now but I just didn’t have it in me to go all out this year. I’ll start the tour this weekend in the dining room. My home won’t be like past years I’m going with a natural, easy look this year. It makes me feel better not stressing over having that perfect magazine look. My entire house only took me 2 hours to decorate this year.

Until next time take care and thank you for spending the time talking till dawn with me today!


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  1. Dawn,

    Thank you for your transparency. God uses some situations to take our mind off other situations that are devastating. He is in our chaos no matter what! I enjoy your blog.

    1. Tiffani thank you so much for feeling my hurt right now and directing me with another thought pattern. I just love everyones advice and cherish my readers more than you’ll ever know.

  2. Dawn,
    I am just now finding out about your mom. I am so sorry. May you find some comfort in sweet memory. ♥️
    Also sending healing thoughts for your G’ma.
    I will have to come back to these chats. They’re like little glimpses into your life and I do seem to like to see how others handle life. I’ve always enjoyed your blog.
    You take care of you during this busy season.

    1. Karen, if you go back and read Talk Till Dawn 10 that’s where I tell about my Moms passing. Thank you for the warm thoughts on Grama Red, she seems to be doing better today. I actually took the time to do a painting last night and it was good to have a little me time to do something I enjoy.

  3. Even with a blog, holiday decorating takes a back seat to taking care of family. So sorry about your mother’s passing. I lost mine 10 years ago at age 85, and like you, there are times when I think …”I need to tell Mom….” but the pain of her passing has abated. She was not in good health and had she lived, she would have lived in pain and suffering. I would not have wanted that for her. Your grandmother sounds like a spitfire. I’ve put off changing out the rug under my table and chairs just because I don’t want to move everything to do it. She has put my procrastination to shame. Hope she’s back to her normal self soon. The holidays always seem to bring chaos, even when we think we have it all together. I always feel ready for a new beginning after Jan 1st. It’s a chance to make the coming year better than the last. By now I’m always looking forward to a clean slate. Your 2019 will surely be better.

    1. Pat, I so enjoyed your comment today and it’s good to know time may make my Moms passing better on my soul. I still haven’t had a day that I don’t cry, for just a minute anyway. It’s so hard to believe a persons heart can be broken over and over again. Yes Gram Red is a spunky gal that’s for sure. One day I’ll tell her story here on the blog, she’s lived an amazing life and witnessed so many changes in her 99 years. Here’s praying for a better 2019 for all of us:)

  4. Dawn…deepest sympathy to you for your Mom and now Granny breaking her back..gosh, it happens all at once and you can’t catch your breath! Yes, here in Michigan, we need our heat!~ Our future DIL died suddenly a few weeks ago and we are also grieving. Son moved back from up by you to be closer to family and last nigh his furnace went out….It will get better!! Your home looks beautiful and I also am not going into full decorating mode this yr!! Happy Holiday’s to you..

    1. Jeanie thank you for your kindness 🙂 You have that right I haven’t caught my breath since the beginning of October, I’m sure hoping things get better soon. Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear about your DIL what terrible news. I’ll be praying for you and your family. Take care and please let me know how you are doing my friend.

  5. Laura Harrie says:

    Continue to hold on to God’s hand, he will get you through the sorrow and give you the strength to heal. Your house looks great, all set for Christmas!

    1. Laura, thank you for your wisdom, you are right I must walk with God to get through this.

  6. Life really does get in the way sometimes, doesn’t it? This year has been a physically painful one for me and I’m hoping in the new year to be able to enjoy living with pain. Just part of growing older, I guess, but I sure wish God would spread it out over a few years and not just in one year. I know it’s very difficult, especially at the holidays, thinking about our departed loved ones, but I know the Comforter of hearts and He gives us peace to get through. Do what you can and celebrate being with your family over stressing about the other things. Thinking of you.

    1. Susan, Thank you for your kind and caring words. I’m so sorry to hear you’re in pain all the time. Is it something that’s treatable by chance? I’m doing my best to make the most of each day with my family, since my Mom has passed I feel how short life truly is.

  7. susan cogan says:

    I meant to say living without pain.

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