Catching up after a long time


I have not posted on this blog for a long time because my life has changed dramatically. I plan to make the majority of this blog about my crafts, art, tutorials, links to great ideas, and inspiration. I want to  help you make something beautiful for someone you love, or for yourself!

But first, I will fill you in on the last few years. My husband began hospice care in July of 2015, and he lost his 4 ½ year battle to renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) on Nov. 29, 2015. Ever since his stroke in 2013, my husband and I had to make big changes. He had some dementia and lost strength in his arms and legs. His worn out knee replacement could not be replaced again, because his cancer was in his bones, and it would have spread the cancer faster. He was no longer a good surgery risk. He could no longer do the household chores, and with my disabilities, I cannot do much around the house. It was difficult, to say the least, for me to get much crafting or artwork done, between my chronic pain, the lack of organization, and overall chaos in my life. I devoted the majority of my limited energy and strength to taking care of my husband. I’ve had two spinal surgeries to reduce the pain from severe arthritis, and replace disks that have worn away due to severe degenerative disk disease. I also live with fibromyalgia, so my pain is constant. When I do work on my crafts, I can only do it in short bursts of time. I am having another surgery sometime this month, and I pray that I will get some relief from the constant pain.

After Ken’s stroke, we moved into my mom’s duplex, and she lives in the other unit. I have my daughter and her family across the street, so I have lots of nearby moral support, and intermittent help around the house. I am blessed to have my son, and two of my daughters and their families live nearby. The grandchildren certainly brightened Ken’s life right up until the end, and the grandchildren keep me laughing and fill my heart with joy!

And I almost forgot! I had weight loss surgery in March of 2015, so I could lose enough weight to allow me to have spinal surgery. I am down almost 100 lbs, and I still have some weight to lose. I stopped needing my blood pressure meds within a week of the surgery, and stopped my diabetes pills two weeks after the surgery. My motivation was for my health, and not my looks, and I think that is a big reason I’ve done well over one of the most difficult years of my life. I normally eat my way through stress, and I’ve been finding what I hope are healthier ways to cope.


About highdesertblue

My blog is a potpourri of topics, artwork, and crafts. I am an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, and I love teaching people how to make something beautiful for someone they love. I might post other craft and arts once in a while. I enjoy Zentangle Inspired art, drawing, and watercolor, crochet, bookfolding, and more. I live in the beautiful high desert (altitude 4250) of Arizona surrounded by family and friends. II do not mind if you borrow my ideas, but please do not represent my original work as your own. If you use my tutorials, you may share them with your friends or customers, but please include my website on any that you print out. My Pinterest page is, my Facebook page is Kristy's Stamp and Create. My stampin' Up! website is

2 responses »

  1. I’m sorry for all you have had to endure, but so happy for your family support. I wish you well with your upcoming surgery . I shall pray for you as you press forward.
    God bless you!
    Hugs Sheila


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