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Friday, January 15, 2016

Remember Toots?

Oh Man!   It has been a LONG time since I sat down and wrote a post for Tootsie Time!   I have missed it…and all of you too!  

So?   How ya all been keeping?   Did you have a great Christmas and New Year?

When last I posted, I was getting ready to go to Hollywood with my little company…and before that…I shared my barn wood door.   Like I have said again and again…life around here has been one busy event after another…and I can’t wait to fill you all in!

So…lets see…where do I start…  …  …

Okay…I think I will start with an explanation as to why I have been so very lax in my posting.  

As most of you who read Tootsie Time know, I started a little company a while back called Chic-a-Boot.   It has taken off much faster than I had initially anticipated, and I was consumed for months with building my brand, and designing and producing all of the inventory for that.    I am happy to say, that once I learned how to use all of the sergers (5) and the overlock machines…and even the basic machines…I was well on my way to producing thousands of pairs of my product, and shipping them all over Canada and the US! 

I, along with my very supportive Cowboy, even managed to attend the Big Valley Jamboree this last summer, as well as a red carpet event for the American Music Awards in Hollywood California.  Chic-a-Boot has been an adventure I have thoroughly enjoyed…and am happy to have met all of the amazing merchants and customers along the way.  I can’t wait to see where it takes me next.
This summer, I did intend to share my usual greenhouse and garden photos on Fertilizer Fridays and any day that I had time in between, but sadly I did not get to do any of that, due to a very unfortunate family event. 

My beautiful Omie,  (my grandmother, in her 80’s) – with whom I have always been very close, had a serious health event and ended up in hospital near death for weeks.   We were spending a lot of time on the road to visit her, and taking turns spending the night at the hospital with her, as she was in dire condition.   At one point, it was thought that she would pass within just a few hours, and we were all very afraid to leave her side.  

I am happy to say that God is good…and that our family was granted a miracle.   After weeks and weeks of her health failing and getting worse and worse…Omie was released from hospital, to go home!   She needs to have dialysis three times a week for the rest of her life, but she is alive… and doing quite well!   She and my Opie, are living on their own still and are entertaining us all with their silliness every day.   Our family is so grateful to all the staff at the hospitals who helped to save her life and to God for letting us have her for just as long as we can!

This brings me to August.   That is when I created and posted about the barn wood door.   You can see that post HERE.   I do love my barn wood…it seems to just warm a space with it’s casual look just right!  

I know you all remember me mentioning that I was having some serious issues with my hands and arms over the past few years.   I had been going for cortisone shots in my hands so that I was able to use them.   WELL…in late October of last year, I was finally sent for surgery to try to correct my carpal tunnel issues.   I am so very happy to say that the surgery was not as bad as I was thinking it was going to be…and I recovered from it quite fast…and it’s a good thing I did…because…

cowboy 2
(just one week after my surgery!)

Yup!   Tootsie is a country kid now! 

I have always loved being out in the country.   I loved the farm where I grew up, and still do.   I had always wanted to move there, and live and watch my kids enjoy that beautiful place.   It is filled with so many special memories for me…and it has such a special place in my heart.   But, that was not in the cards.   The location of it was too far away from where we live…and the kids schools…etc.  

Why not just change schools?   Well…that would have been an option, if not for my son.   He was given an amazing opportunity this year at school.   He is the only grade 11 student ever to be offered to attend College at the same time as he does his high schooling!   Because he has such great marks and a good attitude, the high school asked if he would like to do the dual credit program with the college that is in a nearby town!   He will have his first year journeyman welding ticket by the end of this year, and just need to apprentice!   Next year he wants to try to do the auto mechanics courses.   He wants to be a mechanic when he’s done school…but the welding classes were offered to him this year, and he can always use a fall back skill!  

Because of the need to stay close to the schools the kids are already attending…my Cowboy and I decided to buy an acerage about 20 minutes away from town.   We moved on October 31st…. ONE week after my surgery!    Yup…we did …and yup…I helped!   (would you expect any less of me?)  lol

winter view from home
The photo above is the view from my office in our new home.

Three weeks after we moved…we went to Hollywood for my Company event…and then it was time for Christmas…and then New Years…and now…here we are!

I would have been posting a few weeks ago…but my computer decided to reset itself back to factory…(yes…just my luck right?  I lost EVERYTHING!)…but… I finally got it back to normal…and am ready to start posting again!


So…that is what has been up for me lately…confused yet?  lol   I know…it’s been a busy few months!   Oh…and did I mention that I am getting married to that Cowboy?   Yup…the bugger popped the question on the same day that we made the offer on this house!   We are planning to have an intimate little wedding, with family and a few close friends in the near future. 

WELL…that’s all for me today… I don’t want to put everything in one post…so you need to stay tuned…the next post is going to include some photos of things I have been doing, cuz I have been up to some painting! 

So?   What have you been up to?   Come on…spill it…I want to hear it all!!!  

Until Next Time…Happy Reading!

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Anonymous said...

So happy for you and your family....hugs and congrats pat H

Alberta said...

WooHoo!!!! I am so happy for you! You look absolutely stunning in your photos!!!!

Andrea said...

Welcome back to the blogging world. I think i know your past so well specially the move, the transfers of that cute greenhouse, the makeovers, Grammy and Grampy! So now i hope you wont abuse those newly restored hands again,be kind to it this time. I can relate to that so well because of my operated thumb when it wants to stay curved. I had been abusing my hands too whe i was younger. So my best wishes for the new marriage.

Tootsie said...

Thank you ladies! I appreciate that you have been around for the longest time...and have seen this old gal through some tough times! It feels good to share some happy news!
I can't wait to post the story of my Cowboy...and of our house...and of all the fun things that we have been up to lately!

Terra said...

Tootsie, I have missed your posts and now I see why you have been way to busy to even think about blogging. Congratulations on being engaged, buying country property, your business taking wing, your grandma recovering, and so much more. Welcome back.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Well here goes girl..I never post on blogs anymore..BUT I'm so HAPPY for you honey I could pee my pants..Did I just say that?? you bet I did..Toots I'm just so HAPPY for you, After all the years of heart ache I have seen and we have talked about on the phone..just to know you have a wonderful future with Barry and your children just makes me HAPPY!! there I said it again..HAPPY< HAPPY and just plain HAPPY!!
All and nothing but the best to you and your new family..
HAPPY TO BE finally..Gloria

Tootsie said...

Thank you! I think I look old and tired and stressed in my photos...there was a lot going on that day! lol

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Tootsie ~ It was wonderful to read this very newsy post of yours. So glad to have you back, and hope to see more of you now. Look forward to pictures of home and gardens in the country, of your wedding, etc.

Love, hugs and best wishes ~ FlowerLady

Marian Degrassi said...

Good Morning Tootsie, Nice to see that you are back to posting on Tootsie Time, although I don't know how you find the time with all that is going on in your life. I've read the posts and recognize a few of the names, they are happy to have you back too. You know that I wish You, Cowboy and Your Family nothing but the best that life has to offer. May the years ahead bring you more happiness than you ever expected in life. (((((((HUGS))))))

Helen said...

Early morning in Bend Oregon ~~ you sure know how to start a day off right! Congrats on EVERYTHING!

Rob Hunt said...

Welcome Back! It is great to see all the positive happenings in your life. Congratulations on your up coming marriage.

Karen said...

Hooray! Tootsie is back! And congratulations on your upcoming wedding and the move to the country AND your business! Wow, you're the busiest lady I know.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I am so happy to see a post from you and to hear that you have been MIA because of youir SUCCESS in your business and the 2 health issues of your Grandmother and you! CONGRATS on getting married!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOO HOO!!! What's new with me is tha we have a GRANDDAUGHTER!!!!! She is the best thing ever!!! Our daughter and SIL adopted her from the foster care system and we are all SO blessed to have her!!! I have posted some pics of her on my blog and of course my Facebook page is filled with her:):) So glad you are back. XO

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I just left you a LONG comment and don't see it? Hope you got it!!! XO


You had a busy, fun, exciting year! It was fun to hear all about it!
Congrat's on the up coming wedding!

Unknown said...

Welcome back and Congratulations! Glad to hear your Omie is home and doing well and that you have had so many very positive events taking place. 2015 was a very crazy year for our family but life has a way of doing that. Wishing you continued good luck and many happy memories for 2016.

kate steeper said...

Glad to see your still around and that things are going well

Linda said...

Wonderful to hear from you Glenda, so many good things happening for you right now. Well done to your son for all his hard work, so good to hear Omie is back home, congrats on the new home and the wedding is fantastic news.

BernieH said...

It was great to see you posting again. So much has been happening in your life, so it's understandable why it's been a while between posts. Great news about Omie, and fantastic news about your coming marriage. Congratulations! It seems that your new business is going great guns! That is marvellous. Here's hoping 2016 is going to be a brilliant year for you.

Jean Tuthill said...

I'm glad you are back and things are good with you. I can't wait to see what you do with all that gardening space you have now!

Sonia said...

Congrats on all the changes! Did you move your greenhouse? I know you can't live without one..missed your posts and glad you are back! Stay warm!

Dirt Princess said...

yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoo happy for you!!! Cant wait to follow your country adventures

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

Wow. I just saw this post. So many changes- how exciting for you. Congratulations on all counts! Did you get to move your greenhouse?