Then, it was December.

It’s been a roller coaster of a week folks.


#1: THANK YOU for the amazingly kind and uplifting comments. You have no idea how much they have meant, and how much I needed them. Because…

#2: I usually keep super personal stuff off of my blog but I need to share this just a bit so you understand why things might be a bit quiet around here. Long story short, if you have  severe pain on your right side (in front) just at your rib line? SO bad you can’t lay down or get comfortable and it’s like being stabbed? Maybe get that checked out. You might have a very upset gallbladder and need surgery ASAP like I do.

#3: Keep calm and make merry. LET GO and delegate. This is my mantra right now. Just… delegating the heck out of a lot of stuff and letting go of a load of things as well. (see #2 for reason). I really, really REALLY would like to a) race around getting stuff done and b) pretend all is well and I don’t need to chill… but I’m not an idiot. I need rest, and rest, and to remain CALM so my “not yet emergency” status doesn’t change to a late night trip back to the ER. *takes deep breath*

#4: Enjoy some silly youtube videos. All this resting time has me caught up on the modern adaptation of Emma (done by same people who did P&P earlier this year). Super cute – check it out here.

#5: Be sure to keep an eye on the this week. They just announced they now have their own cardstocks + inks (amazing!), the Monday challenge blog is gonna rock (though I’m likely to sit this week out – see #2), and I’ll be guesting on Friday with some fun & quick ideas too.

Now I’m back to bed to sip water and eat absolutely nothing exciting. I hope to be back posting again asap, but I know you understand if it gets quiet here for a few days – the time I had set aside to “make more blog posts and get ahead” was instead “hang out in hospital ER on black Friday”.  Expect the unexpected, apparently.

Hope your weekend was much less dramatic!

50 thoughts on “Then, it was December.”

  1. Hi May, Sending you lots of love & hoping they can fit you in for surgery soon. Looks like you have the perfect outlook. It’s amazing how much difference rest really makes. Hope you can find more things like Emma to distract you from the pain, well just a bit anyway.

  2. Oh my May! You definitely need to take it easy and relax. Don’t worry about us. We will miss you and worry about how you are doing but you need to take care of YOU. Let us know how you are doing when you feel up to it.

  3. Get well soon! My sister had this happen several years ago and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone! Rest up and we are all here when you are feeling better. You and your family come first! Praying for a quick recovery!

  4. I’m SO sorry, May! I hope the surgery is quick and as easy as possible. I’ll be thinking of you, wishing for a speedy recovery.

  5. Omigosh May!!! Take a load off, you silly girl! Sometimes you just have to let things go, and sometimes you can delegate (says this PTA president who can never say “no”). Follow doctors orders and heal quickly.

  6. Oh my, May! I’m sooo sorry to hear what you are going through—-Not very fun! But you seem to have things under control, keeping in positive spirits. Here’s hoping you have a speedy recovery–well before the big holidays! Hugs!

  7. Take care of yourself May – that’s the most important thing for you to do. Sending positive thoughts your way.

  8. Oh no! You deserve a break. Let that awesome family spoil you while you recover. We’ll all be here when you make it back to crafting.

  9. Ugh! So sorry you had to go through that, but thankful that they were able to get everything taken care of. Take your time and get better and enjoy the season!

  10. Rest, take care of yourself, get your surgery out of the way and recover quickly….. we will all be right here when you feel up to blogging and crafting again! Best wishes going out to you!

  11. Oh please TAKE IT EASY!!!! Remember..All is CALM all is (look on the) Bright side…. you have people to help you with the holidays..delegate!
    Wishing you and yours Very Merry Holidays..

  12. Hi May,

    I know exactly where you are! I had gall bladder pain and surgery to have it out …also before it was an emergency. If you can have it laparoscopically, it isn’t too bad and recovery is pretty quick. Please take care of yourself and don’t stress. We will miss your posts but will give us something to look forward too when you are feeling better! You are so talented. I always enjoy your posts. Will have you in my prayers!

  13. You poor thing! I feel for you! I hope you are not in much pain. Listen to your doctor. Don’t overdo, rest and take your medication! Prayers and good thoughts are coming your way! Take care of yourself, have those sweet girls read you Christmas stories and/or watch tons of Rankin and Bass Christmas specials or my preference watch seasons 1- 3 of Downton Abbey to prep for the premier of season 4 in January! Try to be a good patient!

  14. Wow! That must have been some kinda decadent Thanksgiving meal 😀
    Seriously – take care of yourself – we’ll be here when you get back…
    Your family needs to know you are considering yourself & them the priority – scary thing for your girls to process, Mama.

  15. Sending you good thoughts for a successful surgery & speedy recovery!
    Take care of yourself! Glad to hear that you’re delegating!
    Hugs & Happy Holidays!

  16. Best of luck with your surgery. Yep, rest & relaxing is what you need to do. I had surgery 12 days ago & haven’t bounced back as quickly as I thought I would so I’m repeating the rest & relax mantra to myself. This is a hard time of the year to do that though, I have to admit. Take Care!

  17. Hi May! I’m so sorry you’re ill! I had my gallbladder taken out 20 years ago…and to this day, that is the worst pain I have ever felt. I hope you feel better VERY soon! Lots of love and hugs coming your way. XOXOX

  18. May, You will not be able to do all of the things you want to do this year and it is ok. Life will go on. The good news is you have a diagnosis. Good luck with your surgery. I’m sure your little nurses will take very good care of their mom. (((hugs)))

  19. May, I hope that your surgery goes well. The sooner you have it done the better. I’ll be watching for your classes to continue when you are feeling better. I can always use the holiday ideas for next year.

  20. May, please take care of yourself first! Your family needs you…and so do we. In a lifetime of holiday and Christmas memories, this is one that you will never forget!

  21. May, sending good healing thoughts your way. Hope you get in for surgery soon. In the meantime, wishing you lots of good books to read and movies to watch and kiddo snuggles.

  22. Don’t worry, everything will go just fine and you’ll be feeling better in no time. Take care of yourself and try to enjoy being pampered.

  23. May, hope you feel better soon. I really enjoy your blog, and look forward to you getting back to it after you are all healed up. In the meantime, take care of yourself and rest. Enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.

  24. Been there….sooooo know what you are going through! My daughter ended up in the ER on Thanksgiving a few years back with a Gallbladder attack! Had it out Dec. 23! A couple of years later…I experienced the same thing and had mine out the first week in DEC!!! Not a good time to have surgery…but it really does teach you to slow down and let others do things for you! Only good part for me was I lost weight that year around Christmas instead of gaining!!!! Hang in there….you are awesome!

  25. There are whole blog posts all over the place about slowing down and forgetting about over-achieving during this Holiday Season. I guess you just took the more direct approach–example!
    Let people take care of you.

  26. My mother had a gall bladder attack, when she was almost 80 years old. Her surgery went smoothly, and she was up and walking around, within a couple hours of her surgery. We were all amazed at how quickly she recovered. I’m hoping your recovery will go just as quickly!

  27. May, just take it easy. Be gentle with yourself, let your wonderful husband do for you and we, your loyal fans, will be sending prayers and good thoughts your way. You will be fine. We will be checking our inboxes for your next post. Feel better soon.

  28. Bless your heart-so not a good way to begin the holiday season.Hubby had the same thing 2 summers ago and I promise you will be feeling better soon. BUT-take it easy and rest! And when you think you’re feeling good enough to get some things done-rest some more-which I know will be very hard for you.We all love you -periodically let us know you are doing okay-and we will all be good to go for as long as it takes.

  29. Sending you {{{hugs}}} (gentle ones!) Get well soon and I hope they have you all fixed up in time to enjoy the holidays with your family.


  30. Oh May. I’m so sorry to hear you are laid up. If I were closer, I’d come pat your hand and let you delegate a job to me. I pray you heal quickly and that your holiday mood will recover, too! 🙂

  31. May, many many years ago I had emergency gallbladder surgery on New Year’s Eve close to midnight. I thought this is NOT the time you want to be on the operating table! I wondered will they be wearing party hats? Drinking champagne? 🙂 It went very smoothly, though, all was well. Not much pain and back to work the next week. You will do fine! That was my first surgery and I was terrified, but it wasn’t too bad at all! Will pray for speedy recovery, May. Remember to TAKE CARE OF YOU!

  32. May, sorry to hear you are not well. Prayers and good wishes coming your way. I also had my gallbladder removed – the docs were able to do a laporscopic (a scope & instrument through 2 small holes) procedure instead of the old-fashioned way. Hope that works for you! Recovery was fairly easy. Things will be a tad unpleasant at first but it gets better.
    Good Luck!

  33. Hope you feel better real soon. Take care of yourself, we will be here when you are ready to share again.
    Good luck with everything.

  34. May, I hope your are feeling better soon! Take it easy and I know you love to read, so use this time to read and relax!

  35. Sending you much love and good thoughts as you have your surgery and “get well soon”. I was off a week due to emergency gallbladder removal so I can understand. Take good care of yourself – you deserve it!!

  36. May, here is wishing you the fastest and most pain free recovery. Take care of yourself and please don’t over-do it.

  37. May–Just wanted to send some good thoughts your way. I went through the same thing about five years ago. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  38. Well wishes for a speedy recovery. I’m sure your lovely gals and hubby are taking good care of such a wonderful wife and mother. Godspeed!

  39. Hi May, just popped over to the blog from your classroom and wanted to add my get well soon wishes 🙂 I am loving your Holiday crafting class and am super excited to make the wreath and try all your other ideas; really cheered up my festive season, thank you so much 🙂 Take care x

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