Tuesday, July 3, 2018

What's been happening here at Casa de Cuckoo...............

Background for the Background would be redundant but I think it is appropriate in this post.

Several years ago, I had, what I now know was a nervous breakdown. That was one of the reasons that I quit having fun on my blog, being a good friend to many of you, being good to myself and just generally being a bit of an old poop. I didn't think I deserved to be part of anything outside of the bare minimum here at home. Some days it was too much to even be a good Oma, fix dinner, clean the house, or do any "arting" at all. It was a very dry, lonely, self imposed prison sentence.

No surprise, during this depression, I developed real and some not real health issues. I gained weight, my blood pressure increased, I thought I would pass away soon and this was the darkest period of my life.

All that is in the past, I am, because of some wisdom that came into my life just in the nick of time, on a different path. I see hope, I feel valid, I can once again be a part of the life that occurs around me.

In the past 5 days a huge change has happened in my physicality. I'm on a very strict food regime for anti swelling. It is very much like the gout cleanse diet. No beef, organ meat, oatmeal, fried food, fish, shellfish, alcohol, caffeine, limited salt and sugar, or carbonated drinks. My feet have begun to shrink (like crazy) and the pain is so much less. Tart cherry juice, celery seed pills and a prescription have all made this possible. Things is lookin' up, ya'll. My fibro pain has also decreased.

My family has, as always, been super supportive, caring and during that time, they learned not to push me and to be gentle with me. I know that it all was very hard for all of them. They were rock stars, especially the grands. They picked up the slack, babysat me when I was very, very low and kept my sense of humor in tact. Both of those youngun's are going to be amazing grown ups.

So now the new/old me is looking for trouble to get into again. I've been working on my gardens, decorating the outdoor spaces and making a macrame art piece for the front patio, which I will post photos of soonest. I have also been working on gypsy curtains for the dining room. Lots of lace, crochet pieces and vintage napkins, dresser scarves and other cutwork are all being combined to make these curtains. Damn Pinterest and all the ideas I have gotten from that site.

The grands and Shelley are on vacation with Brian and his girls in Oklahoma and Texas. They went rafting, visited with his extended family and the Cuckoos got to meet Brian's parents in Oklahoma and then they will go on to Dallas to attend Warped Tour, go to a water park or amusement park of their choosing and then come home to packing and moving into their new (spectacular) home.

I'm tired for them. Good thing they are all young, healthy and crazy.

So there is the background for the new craziness I hope to perpetrate here on Blogger (thanks Ms. M). I'm tired of not staying in touch with all of you and sharing some fun. Let me know how you are doing. I miss you very much.

Smooches and Squoozes,
Oma Linda


  1. Hello! Your not alone in some of that, as for you, my puddleduck's yank the cranky out of me!
    I'm thrilled for your daughter & beautiful kiddies I've watch grow.
    Yes! The future looks bright when I look too the youngen's
    Enjoy each day!
    Visit again soon!
    Oh! Oh!
    now I have a little one to have tea parties with so the OZ set will be properly used!


  2. So much going on! Love the idea of gypsy curtains—so very fitting! I actually have gypsy family history. While the new diet doesn’t necessarily sound fun, the fact that is is effective is more important. Denny and I have both used tart cherry juice for gout symptoms (plus its yummy mixed with cranberry juice in a Cosmopolitan). Hee. Glad you’re back, my dear.

  3. Oma Linda, I'm so pleased to hear that this new food regime and supplements/medication are helping to reduce your swelling and fibro! Very good news indeed. I've never heard of the concept of "gypsy curtains" but oh my! the images you've posted are GORGEOUS! Love them!

  4. so glad you are back, on a new path and I LOVE your curtain. what a great idea!

  5. :You have been so missed. I am so sorry you have been in such a dark place but am ever grateful that your family helped pull you back into the sunshine.
    That diet is REALLY strict but if it works- health is all that matters.
    Do continue to take good care of your self and keep typing. Again--you have been missed.

  6. I am delighted and then some to know you are coming back. Of the souls I began blogging with, only a few of us remain stubbornly swimming on... I miss Shelle's deliciously artistic rants, I miss your riotous ways, I miss having fun with blog parties that felt like we were sitting next to each other, I miss being able to tell how things were with my far-away family by reading their words, I miss being able to tell when a heart I love needed to hear, "You are not alone. You are never alone. Because, yes, I am as naughty as certain gods--always watching."

    I'm so happy the meds and new nutrition regimen is working. The same is true for me. Knowing what to eat, how to eat it, when to eat it... seems to be half the battle.

    Welcome back, Oma LOVE!

  7. my mom used to say breakdowns are our brains way of taking a rest..however low we may sink, or sad we become, they seemed to be a necessary evil at times.

    So happy you are blogging again...and creating such lovely pieces of art. I've seen those amazing gypsy curtains on pinterest too..can't wait to see your finished projects.

    I'm glad to hear the family is out and about, having fun, with such a bright future on the horizon.

    Hope you have a great day! hugs!!

  8. WOW Look at all that happy energy coming from your Cuckoos!!! No wonder you are feeling more energised and dare I say Your Old "mischievous" self :D XXX

  9. Glad you came through the valley of the shadow and into the light.
    Happy to see some blogs getting a refresh, looks like Vanessa may even do a Tea Party again! Your grans have gotten so big!Take care.

  10. This is all good news (apart from the past bad news) and I'm so happy for you. I hope you continue to improve and start making mischief again, as well as art. Love to see your boho curtain when you finish! Now you've got my brain spinning, I love that idea! BTW, my hollyhocks I got from you are blooming once again, they are taller than I am.

  11. Oma Linda, I am so happy for you!!! This is excellent! Keep it up! I love the curtains! Great idea! So happy for Shelley!! Sending everyone so much love!! What am I doing? Painting my crows! LOL! And, truly becoming me. I can't believe even from a month ago, how much I have changed. Who knows where the Universe will take me, but I trust with an open heart! Love you!

  12. Glad your on the turn around. Looking forward to getting to know you better as a sister in Trinkets & Armor.

  13. Oh and I looove the Gypsy Curtains.

  14. Soooo glad you are feeling better and back with us! Your shenanigans, and those of the Cuckoos, have been sorely missed! Not a lot going on here except the normal woes of the reluctantly aged. I did think I had developed shingles once (being very alert after what you went thru!) but turns out it was just a severe case of heat rash! Yay! Anyway, welcome back and please pass on my Congrats to Shelley and the kiddos... so happy for them! Can't wait to see your new projects and Halloween is just around the corner!

  15. Loving your Gypsy Curtains, I'm in the process of embellishing mine some more.


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