My Word of the Year and Blog Changes

1.04.2019

Happy New Year! I don't normally choose a word of the year, but last year wasn't a good year for me and things need to change. My word is LESS. Less stress, less time sitting, less time on the computer....we'll see. Of course less also means more. More time for living life. More time to take care of myself because that certainly didn't happen last year. 


You'll find changes on the blog this year as I will be blogging less. I need less stress and more time to concentrate on taking care of me. For those who don't blog you don't realize how much time goes into just one post.
Last year I spent a lot of time sitting in hospitals and rehab with my mom which led to eating out a whole lot more which led to a lot of weight gain. She has been in assisted living for several months, but not without falls and sickness which led to more hospital stays. 
Two weeks ago she was moved to memory care in the same facility as her memory is declining so she needs more eyes on her. I hope this helps out with less falls and less hospital stays.....

......Well, the day after I was writing this post she fell again on January 1st before midnight and broke her right shoulder. It is just never going to stop! I just don't know how we can get her to stop falling. What a way to start the new year!


The other thing thing I need less of in this house is STUFF so I'm purging and cleaning things out. We took several car loads of stuff to GoodWill before the end of the year which is great for tax write offs. I have much more to clean out.

I'll still share on the blog as I have things to share. My creativity truly suffered last year, but I kept on trying to plug along. This year if I'm not in the mood to share then I will have the freedom not to do so. I will not be joining French Country Fridays anymore or Home Style Saturdays. Those were fairly easy posts to put together, but there wasn't that much traffic from those as time went on.
I hate to do this, but I am also retiring Wow Us Wednesdays. It takes a lot of time to put that post together and I'm not getting even half the amount of links as I used to and not enough traffic to keep that going. I don't want to be one of those bloggers that just posts a link party each week. I think link parties are kind of a dying breed.

 I have always changed things up in the house regardless if I am sharing publically or not. You will probably find me sharing more often on instagram. You can follow me Here.
Also subcribe to my blog so you will be notified of new posts in your inbox. You'll find the widget on my sidebar to sign up for those.

I hope you'll stick around for more decorating inspiration when I post. I have to take care of me now so hopefully I don't get in poor health in twenty years. I hope I don't follow in my mom's footsteps with health issues.

Thank you so much for your support and for understanding my new routine.

I'm going to buy an Instant Pot. Do you use one and do you love it?

Here's to a new year and we'll see how it goes!


64 comments:

  1. Good for you Kim, I totally get it.......I have sort of been doing the same as my
    hubby retired last May and I just don't have the time to spend on blogging that I used to, and blogging has really changed a lot since I started to....but I have just
    been blogging when I can. I will probably always do my Thankful Thursday post as it has been a revolution to my life. Here's to a wonderful, productive and healthy New Year for us all.
    Blessings, and so sorry to hear about your Mom, we have already been thru all
    that so know how all consuming it can be, so will be praying for you hon,
    Blessings, Nellie

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  2. Hi Kim, I have been doing what you are about to do in some respects...I only blog when I am moved to do so or excited by something, as the time it takes to plan and write is time you can't get back. Other things take a back seat. I think you will love it, and your blog is so amazing that I think the readers you have will be thrilled when you do post. I also quit doing the group posts as you know, as it didn't seem to be something that readers were looking for. Too many houses to visit, everyone is so busy, including our readers. So take care of you and do what you want and I think you will love the year 2019. xo

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  3. I always admired how much you accomplished, I never thought you were on the computer. You were changing things up all of the time. But I think I will use your word, too, for the same reasons. Less, less, less. I will look forward to your posts when ever you feel like posting! Gayle using hubby's google.

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  4. Oh, and I never do a link party, everything always looked the same, Gayle again.

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  5. Kim, I am so sorry to read about another fall for your mom, I will be praying for her. I totally understand, blogging takes a tremendous amount of time. Take care of yourself, that is most important!
    Blessings,
    Pam

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  6. Sorry to hear about all of your mom's health issues. Hopefully, she is on the mend and won't have any more falls. I totally understand the blogging decisions. Blogging takes up a huge chunk of time and has definitely changed over the years. I do miss the old days when there was less pressure! We all have to be able to enjoy our free time too! I do love your blog, though and hope you will continue to share when you can. I hope you get a new routine you are comfortable with in the new year! Cheers to a happy and healthy 2019!
    Shelley

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  7. I totally understand your new direction Kim. I never followed the group posts, because they were recaps of posts I had already seen. I think it is great you are taking time for you. I am sorry to hear about your mom. I will be here whenever you post, I follow you on bloglovin and facebook. xo

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  8. Your blog was the first one I started following and have always enjoyed each post. Your home is my inspiration, from paint colors to rugs and so much more. I will look forward to any and all posts you inspire to share. Thanks for all the time you have dedicated to your blog.

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  9. Kim, I feel for you. My mom was the same. Tiny little lady with many falls. She lived in a independent retirement community to the end, but over a 5 year period she broke most every bone in her body. She always bounced back until the last fall. She routinely spent 6 months every year in assisted living mending her body. When I talked to her doctor about moving her to assisted living he told me not to do so and that she could fall just as much there as in her apartment. She always had her mental capacities so I agreed with him. It's a hard job to be a caregiver. Take care of yourself and know that you are really doing the best you can for her. Best to you in 2019.

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    1. My mom ended up in a wheelchair months ago and her home is not wheelchair compatible and my step dad is not in good enough health to take care of her. He is in poor health himself, but still lives in their home and he visits her almost daily. She has underlying heart problems and then the falls started last year.
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  10. Kim, OMG, you just wrote what I’m planning on writing for my next blog post! I’m older than you and I feel I really need to step back a bit and just enjoy life. I’m planning on blogging less and I’m no longer hosting on Share Your Style. Wishing you the best for 2019!

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  11. You have certainly had a most eventful and stressful year. When events that cause you much stress it certainly wears on you both emotionally and physically ... life is too short and we must do what is best for us....When I tell friends how many hours it takes to create one blog post, they are amazed...it does take a lot of time out of your life! We will all look forward to the times when you do share your home and life happenings with us!

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  12. It is so important to take care of yourself. I retired in May to focus more on taking care of my mom. She had Alzheimer’s. She was four years in assisted living and memory care. A full time job and doing for her everyday really took a tool on me. She started falling due to urinary tract infections, progression of Alzheimer’s (she was forgetting how to walk), and she started having the TIA strokes. She passed away in July. You must take care of yourself. I didn’t realize how run down Andy tired I was until about August. My friends said I look 10 years younger now.

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  13. Good for you! I am a subscriber and have been for a long time! I’ve often wondered how you manage to do daily posts and handle all the day in and day out things that must be done. Wishing you a wonderful New Year and prayers that things improve with your mother soo !!!

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  14. So sorry your mom is going through such health issues, it is very stressful I know. You need to do what is the best for you. That is all that matters. I'm not a blogger, I am just such a fan and follower for many years. Know we will be here for when you do post your lovely home and decor changes and ideas. Best wishes for you, your mom, and family...

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  15. I am truly sorry to hear your mom keeps falling. I went through the same thing with my mom. Routinely, she would fall...just trying to do something she wasn’t supposed to do...and she was confined to a wheelchair. I understand the countless hospital stays...they are very hard on the soul. You are doing the right thing...take care of yourself. I’m a subscriber so, I’ll look forward to the occasional post from you.

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  16. Kim,
    I get it....and agree....take care of you....
    I have a Favor pressure cooker....same thing...and they are wonderful! In fact, I bought a cookbook to help me and we now call it "Mrs. Pattmore" (from Downton Abbey)...it truly is a wonderful kitchen tool...get one and enjoy....make sure you get one that that is big...(I have a six quart)....
    Enjoy your New Year....and thank you for all your hard work in the past....
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  17. I understand completely. This past year was one for the record books and I am so glad that it is over. I too will be cutting back on blogging and only doing so when I have something to share...
    Happy New year and take care of yourself!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  18. Good for you!! Many of us have been in the same place with our aging parents, its not fun nor is it good for your own health.
    Always enjoy your posts and will look for them. Never followed the group or party ones, too redundant and time consuming.

    I have a crock pot that is Corning Ware, and can be used stove top or in the oven. I use it constantly for soup, stew, sauce and pot roasts. It is a life saver, has a timer so you can leave the house and run errands or whatever!!

    Best wishes......

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  19. I was in a similar caregiver position for my mother several years ago. I could have written your post. Looking back now I realize how blessed I was to have the times I was given with my mother in spite of the stress I endured. Look for the bright moments and give thanks. You are doing the right thing to "selfcare" and this will allow you moments with your mother that will one day become precious memories.

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  20. I've always enjoyed your blog but I have to admit I've always wondered how you could keep up with so many changes around the house (and quite often they were big changes), not to mention putting a blog together which I know nothing about. Health and happiness have to come first! Prayers for you and your mom.

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  21. I'm sorry to hear about your mom's latest fall! I sure hope the new memory care unit will start to help her. 2018 ended well for me, but the rest of the year was one of my most stressful. I totally understand cutting back and taking care of yourself...we just have to! Praying that 2019 will be a better year for both of us! xoxo

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  22. I will miss your Wow Us Wednesdays, French Country Fridays, and Home Style Saturdays. Those were the posts that I always enjoyed.

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  23. Kim, I'm sorry to hear about your mom's recent fall. We went through something similar with my MIL a couple of years ago and it is so hard for everyone in the family. I will miss your WOW party but certainly understand. Blogging can be such a source of unnecessary stress. Thinking of you. ♥

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  24. Kim,
    I am glad to hear you are scaling back to take time for yourself with all that has gone on this past year with your Mom. It can take a toll on your well being and health too. While we will miss seeing you as much, we will treasure the posts you do even more.

    I really like your word of the year (LESS) too and might to borrow that one for myself. We can all do with "Less" in our lives whether it be stress or stuff both of which can complicate our lives. Praying for your Moms recovery and much better 2019!

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  25. I'm so sorry to hear that your sweet Mom is still not doing well. It's really hard to see our parent's health fail. I'm keeping you and your Mom in my prayers. I am right there with you on blogging less. John and I were just talking about this very thing today at lunch. When blogging and social media and all that goes with it becomes stressful, it's not worth it. And time is so, so short. I feel an urgency to spend as much time with family and friends, making memories, as I can. So, like you, I'm blogging when I can, and not worrying about it when I can't. Your blog and home is fabulous and an inspiration to so many, so your followers will still be there and enjoy seeing what you've been up to when you post! Take care of yourself and savor time spent with loved ones. Sending you virtual hugs.

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  26. Parenting is the hardest job on the planet, but parenting our parents is right up there. The stress is real...and there comes a time for all of us when we have to stop, regroup, and figure out the best plan forward. I've spent the past year eliminating stuff in my house and adding stuff to my life. I want to be remembered as the most loving grandma around...and the one the kids wonder what she's up to next...(I'm working through Priscilla Shirer's Breathe study. Loving it!)
    With that said, I enjoy your style and your blogs so much! I admit I usually ignore the "party" type blogs...I just don't have the time. Besides, I follow the folks I want to see. I would rather see the occasional quality blog from you than something thrown together for the sake of blogging...does that make sense? In the end, if your heart isn't in it, it's time to find where your heart wants to be.
    Prayers for your mom and prayers that 2019 is a better year for you and your family!

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  27. Same thing with my husband's mom. She is 92 and has been in decline for many years, but the last 2 have been spent in a memory care facility. She cannot remember that she cannot get around any longer and constantly gets out of bed to try to make it to the bathroom. Fall after fall and she doesn't remember that she's broken her hip twice. It's hard to watch this happen over and over and the caregivers cannot keep her contained since putting up guardrails is against the law. I guess the "law" would rather them fall continuously. It's very frustrating. I feel for what you're going through, Kim. Please take care of yourself, I'm so glad you're not having to care for her yourself. I realized several years ago, that even though I enjoy blogging, it cannot be a priority. You're in our prayers, Kim. Hoping 2019 is a better year for us all!

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  28. Dear Kim,
    Having a parent(s) that are not doing well is so hard. Been there. We that
    Love your blog will be here. Post when you feel like it. Last year was awful for us too. It started out badly. There were good things too, but hopefully we can have a little more joy this year. Be with your Mother as much as you can, you will be happy you did. Take care of yourself and know you are not alone! This road has been traveled by many of us!
    Blessings

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  29. Kim,
    My mom passed away at 98yrs old on Oct 27th. I had to put her in a nursing home the last 4 mons and that was the hardest thing I ever did. Everyday was a new problem with her. I thought I ws ready but I wasn't and now I have to take care of myself and enjoy life. Love your Mom and try not to let it get you down and things will get better.

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  30. Kim, kudos for you for taking care of you! We all need to have a reality check and make changes as needed. I'm in the processs of writing a blog post that address some of the same, but in a different sense. I'm not a big time blogger with thousands of followers, and for this past year I've been posting less frequently. As you point out, creating a post is time intensive. For me, it's a personal creative outlet. I do it for my own self satisfaction, and appreciate those who follow along and encourage me. I, too, plan to continue to share, but only as I have time and motivation to do so.
    Good luck with your new self focus. You know I've long admired your boundless energy and all that you accomplish. I also know that caring for your mom takes a lot of time and energy, not to mention the stress. I hope your mom's new living arrangement provides a safer environment. Falling is so dangerous! Take care, my friend. All the best to you in 2019.

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  31. I'm so sorry about your mom. I too have wondered how you did it all. I really only try to post when I'm inspired but there is so much pressure to blog. Blogging has changed so much since I started. So many bloggers are calling it quits or cutting back. It seems that YouTube is where things are going these days. I just don't get Instagram.
    I hope this new unit is a better fit for your mom. I hope they can get the falling under control.
    We almost lost Bill's mom in September and sadly we'll lose my step mom in 2019, if the doctors are correct. I completely understand where you are coming from. I've enjoyed your blog so much over the years. I know I'll continue to stop in to look at your darling sunroom and gorgeous bedrooms. I'm wishing you all the best.

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  32. Sorry to hear about your mom. I hear you about taking care of yourself. I've been taking care of my 96 year young grandma and it too has gotten worse over the past few months with three falls. It's hard to know what to do anymore. We try to do our best to take care of those we love. Be thinking of you. Take care of yourself.

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  33. Thanks for everything you have done and Bless You and your mother.

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  34. Life is a challenge on a good day. I have admired you and the work it takes to do your outstanding blog posts. Moving furniture, painting furniture and traveling to France has been a pleasure for me to watch and enjoy your inspiration. I tried to blog for about seven years and really enjoyed it. I follow you on instagram and love your stories. My husband has COPD and I have cut back gardening and lugging dishes around to set tea time tables for my blog. Being 78 years old isn't for sissies. Take care and I will visit when I see a post.
    Joyously,
    Betty

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  35. Good for you. I went through taking care of my parents for many years. It does take it’s toll on you. I’m so happy you realize this and will take care of you. That’s very important.

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  36. I can totally relate to what you’re going through with your mom. I am in those same shoes with my dad. He’s gone from IL, to AL and after many falls and finally a big leg and hip fracture he is now in a wheelchair permanently and in a long term care facility. It is an unbelievable hardship to be a caregiver that no one can understand if they haven’t been there. You are right to take care of yourself. I too gained a lot of weight and finally last summer I went back to WW and lost 18# and it is now so so easy compared to years past with the app and their easier program. I agree that less is more when it comes to blogging as reader's time is also precious. Glad you are scaling back. Take it easy. I’ve learned a lot from your blog. God bless

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  37. I understand totally, Kim, and I agree that you must take care of yourself. As you know, I take care of my mom who is 96. Luckily, there were no catastrophes healthwise last year. I do find myself getting lost in all the caregiving. HUGS!

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  38. Kim, I have been a voracious magazine reader since I was 10ish, and blogs grew to take the place of the magazines I always knew and loved. I have often wondered and marveled (and appreciated) how you all churn out articles at the rate you do! I completely understand and support your ONE WORD, and hope it helps you get re-aquainted with yourself. Please know you have brought so much inspiration to me and my home ... thank you!! I look forward to future inspiration from you, no matter what form it should morph into. Good luck with 2019!

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  39. Kim, I am a fairly new follower of yours, and absolutely LOVE your posts. Just wanted to say I totally get it... I moved my mom from Mississippi to texas to be near me. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and so she started out in assisted living, but that wasn't enough care, so after 4 years, we moved her to Memory Care. I cared for her for 12 years from the time of her diagnosis. She passed away in 2014. It was a very long and hard 12 years. She suffered a broken hip... and several TIAs. In the end, they feel like she died from massive strokes... not Alzheimer's. I was so worn out at the end. So I get it- I understand what you are going through.

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  40. Kim, take care of yourself first. Your blog is one of the first I started following before I started my own blog. I closed my blog last year due to the stress and time it took to keep it up. Here is hoping that 2019 is better for both of us.

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  41. SO sorry to hear about your mom, YOUR "health," and all the other changes it's creating, but taking care of yourself IS the only way to take care of the rest! A lesson I too am going through now that I'm a caregiver to my mother in cancer.
    Wishing us both a Peaceful, Calmer, & Healthy New Year! 🧡
    Catherine

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  42. Here's a HUG and a thumb's up for letting go what is not working for you now. Life is too short not to... xx

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  43. Dear Kim, you are doing the best thing for yourself, so that is the gift you deserve! If we don't do it for ourselves, no one will. You will be totally supported so you're already a winner. Take good care and so sorry to hear your mom is having so much trouble. My good thoughts are sent to you. Also, please consider giving to the Salvation Army as all the profits go to the recipients not the CEO like the Goodwill stores.

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  44. I understand how overwhelming it can be as a caregiver. Enjoy your lovely home & family & time for yourself.

    I look forward to hearing from you whenever you have something to share.

    Happy 2019!

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  45. Bless your heart.....there are countless numbers of "us daughters" who have or are walking this same season of life. Our mom passed away this March with a 5 year long battle of dementia and Alzheimers. Relish in the moments that are positive and uplifting and try not to stand for too long in the sad, hard moments. You do what you have to do to make it and know that we appreciate your self care and willingness to still blog when you can. Blessings and hugs.

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  46. Oh Kim, I know exactly how you feel. I had my Mom at our last house for over 5 years til she passed away. I was working part time so had to have aids and visiting nurses come in the days I worked. It is very stressful for sure. Then the last 2 years of her life she was hospitalized over 30 times. I think my car could have gotten there by it self. I actually had a lady in the cafeteria as what dept. I worked in:) OY! I will continue to pray for both of you. You are doing the BEST job you can and need to take care of yourself. Sending you a hug, Pinky

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  47. Kim, It is important to take care of yourself. Seeing your parents go through some of the health issues of aging is so difficult. And I know you lost your father last year, too.
    As far as the blog goes, I would rather read one of your fresh, inspirational posts, even if it is only occasionally. I know how much time I spend reading blogs, so if you are doing that, too, and writing posts--that is a lot of time! In fact, I am going to limit my blog reading to just a few and then only read the new posts. It is just an issue of time.
    You have provided me with so much guidance as I decorate my new home; well, you can't even imagine how much! I especially appreciate when you buy something new and then share it with us along with the source. I have taken advantage of that a number of times.
    However much you decide to write on your blog, I'll be there to read it; and thankful that you are sharing. Take care, Barbara.

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  48. Kim,
    You are certainly in a rough spot, and so are a lot of us that are dealing with aging parents. It is a never ending job and moves from crisis to crisis. You are not alone. My mother in law was placed in hospice care yesterday.
    I pray that backing up and reasessing your direction can give you the peace you deserve.
    I am not a blogger but am in a stressful job and limited time to read or join all the blogs featured during the week but still enjoy the link parties over a cup of coffee on Saturday and Sunday, so for me, I hope that continues in the market.
    You just have to do what works for you!

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  49. Good for you, Kim. It sounds like a healthy choice. My word this year is Simple...for all the same reasons you are working toward Less. Yesterday was the one year anniversary of my mom's passing. It was a long rough road filled with the same falls, rehab stints, moves, home care with nurses and finally nursing home stays for five long years. The combination of caring for my mom, being on constant call and feeling heartbroken about her situation drained me, as I was/ am also raising kids. Take the time, it's so important. If it doesn't feed you in some way, then cut it out. I adore your style and will pop by whenever you post. All the best to you...

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  50. Kim,

    I have been thinking about you so much since you first posted this. My heart aches for the exhaustion you must be feeling. I have also experienced that hands on caregiving of my own mom for many years. She was widowed at 62 and never drove. Her last five years were spent similarly in and out of the hospital, PT, etc. I too gained weight. I also was a busy mom raising my two sons...I thank God for all the support my husband was.

    Fast forward she has been gone almost 12 years now and there are days I admit I still struggle with the self care. I'm such a great caregiver to others, I never put me first.

    I know I have told you often how much I appreciate all your hard work and how much I so enjoy your design ideas/style. Well, I'm thanking you again. You inspire me so much with my own home. I was sharing with my sister one time something I had done and that it was Kim's idea. She looked at me and said new friend? I smiled back and said virtually but I wish she lived closer.

    You need to do what is right for you. I along with all of your followers are behind you 100%. I look forward to hearing from you when we do...hugs.

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  51. Hi Kim,
    First so sorry to hear your mom fell again and now has a broken shoulder. I am so sorry. Blogging has changed so much over the past few years and it is not like it was 8 years ago when I started to blog. I too will continue to blog when I have something to share but I need to pull away more from the computer. I have been caring for my mom too this past year and that in itself is a full time job. So I get it! Wishing you a new year of better things happening with less stress. Big Hugs.
    Kris

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  52. I know what you are going through. My parents lived 6 hours away and the last 3 years of my Mom's life, I spent more time at her house than my own. But, it meant she could stay in her home which was so very important to her. I have no regrets but my house and I suffered greatly!!

    I have two insta-pots, one small and one big and use them daily. They are amazing!! You'll never regret having one.

    Praying for your family and your Mom.

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  53. Kim, I hope you don't do all on instagram. I read your posts everytime one comes out but don't comment very often. I don't think link parties do that much for followers. I only have a very few faithful commenters but I do get a lot of viewing. I only post once a week, as I would play hell trying to find something to write about more than that. I don't know how anyone does it, positing every day and then hosting parties too. Do get an Instant Pot. My kids have one and they gave us one for Christmas. Great food, healthy and fast and so easy to clean. I think you would enjoy it. We sure do..Happy New Year..Judy

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  54. I totally understand your decision and paring down in your home and some of your blogging! I hope this year is better for you!!!!, please keep me on your list!

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  55. Good for you, Kim. We had similar issues with my MIL so I totally understand the stress of caring for an aging parent. Writing a blog on top of that stress is certainly not easy. You need to do what's right for you. Thank you for all you have done with the link party and the beautiful inspiration you have shared over the years. I look forward to and will be here to see whatever it is you post in the future. Hugs to you my friend!

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  56. Kim, I'm so sorry that all this has fallen on you. I know just a little of what you are going through but it was my sister-in-law who handled the brunt of my mother's six years of cancer and treatments. Thankfully, Mom split off 1/2 the 11 1/2 acre property so my SIL and my brother built a house and lived next door ~ but they paid for it with calls at all hours of the night, lots of trips to emergency and the like. The other three siblings were really just moral support.

    I hope that 2019 is a better year for you with less stress. Hopefully this new facility will be better for your mom, although this newest fall doesn't sound so great. I'm sorry. I'll be praying for you and your family. <3

    Many hugs,
    Barb :)

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    1. Oh, Barb this is not all on my shoulders thank goodness. My brother and his wife are a huge part of dealing with this, too. In fact my brother handles her finances. I'm glad I don't have to deal with that. :)

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  57. Awww, Kim! I know your struggles better than I wish I did. My mother did not have the falls with dementia but she had UTIs and couldn't tell me she had them...and then it would go into the bladder and it would be horrible.
    I agree with you about blogging. I have cut way,way back from when I used to post just about everyday (in the early years). Life changes and we have to move on.

    I never visited the re-cap parties because no matter which blog I visited they were all the same subject...so if I visited one first the others were no different. I never cared for the party. I did find several new blogs with the linky parties...but more often found them when you did "features" because I knew if you like them I would, too.

    I hope this year is easier for your mom-wise but also for yourself. I know all about putting on the extra wait when you are in a stressful situation and sitting in a hospital or 'care' room. It just sneaks up and then you feel awful about it yourself which makes the situation even worse.

    Keeping ya in my prayers, kiddo, for a GOOD 2019---even if it comes in unexpected ways. xo Diana

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  58. Suddenly I've found your blog. I'm very sorry to hear about everything. Hope everything will be fine very soon. XOXO

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  59. I follow only a few bloggers and you have been one of my favorite. You do an amazing job and now that I see you have had so many challenges, I admire you even more. I think it is more important to post quality blog posts rather than quantity. I loved Erma Bombeck and continue to read her books when I'm overwhelmed. Your home is beautiful and your blog is full of great information! Do the best you can and that is all anyone can expect. Prayers for your Mom and your family. XOXO

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  60. I love the Instant Pot - only thing I would possibly change is that I would get the 8 qt (even though we are empty nesters) Just a thought. Hope you have purchsed one by now and are having fun exploring the possibilities!

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    1. Yes, I did get the 8 qt and we are empty nesters, too. My daughter has the six qt and she told me to go bigger.

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