Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Doug decided to put live garland around the screen room yesterday and today he added lights - glad he did it really perked it up. Looks a bit shabby right now because we have to clip some long stragglers and clean up the screen room.

I wish the propane heater didn’t have to be in the center of the room but there would be no staying out there without it. We are able to use the room through Christmas by having it there….and the fact he puts plastic on the screens. I didn’t want windows that went up and down because it took away from the real open look.

Can’t wait to get it all decorated with our Christmas decor….it is going to be the entrance and exit for the show

Garland 1 

Garland 4

Garland 3 candydivider Darren found out today that there are bone fragments and some growth on the right side of his neck - opposite of where they operated - so he goes in again tomorrow afternoon to Milwaukee for more surgery.

This time it will be from the back side of the neck so it will be painful for him this time because instead of moving muscles, etc...they will have to cut through the muscles. The first surgery was not painful he said, just discomfort and only hurt if he sneezed.

This is what is causing him to have no function in the right 4 weeks there has been little or no results with therapy.

Please keep him in your prayers again/yet!

Unfortunately I can't go to be there because I have a bronchiole infection - it's a week old but still has me miserable. Doug will be able to be there along with MaryAnn so he'll be in good hands.

And as you probably already know - I'm still busy sewing for my home show next Friday/Saturday. Wish I had some fun pictures for you all to look at.

Take care and I’ll be back…..



  1. Sorry to hear your son is having more surgery...your sun room looks very festive with the garland and lights...!

  2. He is in our prayers. Your garland and lights are great. Glad to hear from you!

  3. You have a lovely sunroom. I am truly sorry that you son must have more surgery, you will all be in my prayers.

  4. I will keep your son and all of you in my thoughts and prayers!!

  5. Hi Karen, I'm sorry to hear this notice. I hope your son will be better soon. He will be in our prayers. Your garland looks great!

  6. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers...
    God Bless..

  7. Karen..
    Darren is in my prayers. I love the roping. Bet it's definatly all comin together. I am with you on the christmas music. It gets you more motivated to craft and to decorate. Wow i am adding something from another well..I have no camera right now mine went KapUt! Working on items for a show..sooo excited. hopefully I will be able to get things on my blog soon :)

    Take care
    XOXO Stephanie XOXO

  8. No matter how old our children are we worry don't we? :( *gentle hug*
    As a former nurse, I can appreciate all that is involved and the frustration that accompanies recovery and all the waiting to see how things progress. It sure is stressful, that's for sure!
    Wow, that room must smell wonderful!!

  9. I'm sorry to hear about your son, Karen. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Your screen room looks beautiful with the garland and lights. I hope you have time to show pictures of all your decorations! I'm sure it'll be gorgeous!!

    Take care,

  10. Karen, I am so sorry that your son is having to have another surgery done. Will have him in my prayers...

    Sorry that you are ill too.. I hope you get to feeling better real soon Karen!

    Your sun room looks so pretty and festive looking! Doug did a fabulous job on putting up the live garland with the lights in there! Looks great!!

    Take care...

  11. Karen, I am so sorry that Darren needs further surgery. Know that good thoughts are coming your way and please keep posting about his recovery.

    Your screen room is lovely.

    Pat in Texas

  12. I'll keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers -- especially the medical staff. Your husband sounds like a very special honey. I can't imagine mine thinking of anything extra to do around here. He thinks everything is fine as is!Take care of yourself so you can visit your son, enjoy Thanksgiving, and your home sale.

  13. Karen~I am so sorry to hear about more surgery for your son...and about your illness.
    I will say a prayer that all are healed quickly!
    The garland with the lights looks fantastic! It looks so festive...and I bet the pine smell is intoxicating!
    Rest up and feel better soon!

  14. Oh how festive! What a great entrance into your show this will make. Wish I could walk in through that door! Dawn

  15. Karen,
    Your screen room looks wonderful with the greens and lights. I'm sorry that Darren has to have more surgery, but hopefully, it will do the trick and he will be back to normal movement. I will keep him and all of you in my prayers. I hope you get to feeling better. You and Doug are going to need some rest when this is over!

  16. Oh no....poor Darren! I'll keep you all in my prayers.
    Hope you feel better soon too. Bronchitis is nothing to fool around with.
    Your sun room looks so cheery and festive!
    Wish I could make it up there for your Open House! That snowman is so cute!
    You take care Karen!

  17. OH Karen:
    Prayers are being said for Darren and your family. No time is a good time for having one's family going for surgery... but especially in such a busy time and you with your bronchitis...Bless you, Sweetie..

    Still no water here !!!

  18. Karen,

    Hope everything goes well for your son, he has my prayers and you take care of yourself too!


  19. Hi Karen; I will be keeping him in my Prayers, as well as you... Love your screen porch,, the garland with the lights is so pretty... take care.. have a great week.


  20. Karen, I will have Darren and all the family on my prayer list. I sure hope you will feel better also. I just wish a bunch of us prim gals were closer so we could
    you. Doug is a real keeper!! Get some rest when you can.

    Hugs, Sherrie

  21. I wish you and your family all the best.


  22. Karen, Your screen room looks beautiful! Sending you hugs and prayers for a speedy recovery for your son.


  23. Karen, Hope all goes well for you son and he has a speed recovery,
    I love the garland and the light.
    Adds a Christmas touch to your sunroom.

  24. The sunroom is looking very wintery!! I love the windows and that is a very cool looking heater! can't wait to see it all done~!

  25. Your garland looks beautiful! I pray that all goes well for Darren's surgery.


  26. I will keep Darren in my prayers, Karen.
    Hope you get to feeling better too!
    Your sunroom is gorgeous...even before it's all decked out with all your beautiful touches! ;)

  27. Karen,
    I will keep Darren in my prayers, as well as your whole family. What an ordeal for that poor guy. This time I hope the surgery takes care of everything & isn't too painful.
    I love the garland & lights. I sure wish I could be there for your home show.

  28. Prayers are being said for your son, Karen. I am sorry he has to have another surgery. I sincerely hope all will be better after that.

    Your screen room is beautiful. I love the ceiling......with the rafters showing. It's looks very nice the way you have it painted....eye catching.

    Hope you get feeing better. A cough is the pits!!!!

  29. It's horrible that Darren has to have more surgery but thank God they know what is wrong now. I will be praying for him as well as the whole family.

    Your house is looking good Karen. Can't wait to see pictures of everything set up for your open house. Again I wish I could be there.


  30. Prayers are with you and your son. My husband has had neck surgery twice and I know its not easy.

    Love the garland. I wish I could get something like that up around here but don't know where I would put it.

    Take Care,

  31. Keeping your son in my prayers, sorry to hear he has to have more surgery.
    The garland looks great with the lites. I love how white lites look. Will the garland stay fresh until Christmas? I had some hanging last year and they dried out rather quickly. I think I should have sprayed them with water to keep the fresher.

  32. Prayers for Darren -- and you! Hope you feel better soon!

  33. Hi Karen,
    I hope and pray your son is doing better, stressful isn't it even when they are older.

    I love your sun room and the garland is wonderful looking and I bet it smells so good in there:)

  34. Sorry to hear about more surgery for your son, but glad that they have found the problem. I hope this fixes everythign for him.

    Also sorry that you are unable to go be with him. Get well soon!

    The garland looks great adn I can just iamgine how awesome everything will look for your open house. I hope you will take lots of pics!

  35. You and your son are in my prayers. I hope his surgery goes well and you feel better soon.

    I love the garland it looks great.


  36. Your sun room looks great and I don't find the heater shows at all. Can't wait to see it all decked out, I know it will look awesome!

    Sure wish I could go...

    I will be thinking of your son. I hope this surgery will work and that he wont be in ALOT of pain. And as for yourself...get better real soon!

  37. Keeping Doug and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Karen, your room is looking lovely, really wish I didn't live so far away!

  38. Thinking about your family and Darren! Here's hoping this surgery is his last!

    Note to self, enter through the sunroom, not the kitchen - check! ONE WEEK TO GO! (Sorry if I scared you; I'm just that excited!)

    See you next Friday!

  39. Karen,
    Your son and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.
    hugs, Cindy

  40. Hi Karen,
    your garland and the sun room look really great!!! You are doing a great job and I am sure the final result will be FANTASTIC!!!!
    You all are in my prayers.

    Take care, Karen!!



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