Sunday, 30 December 2012

Morning has broken

The other morning
I watched the sun rise as I lay in my hospital bed
It was so glorious
that I wanted to share it with you

I came home from hospital last Friday afternoon
I find it hard to believe that.......
I was there for 2 weeks
and that
Christmas has been and gone!!

I am still very short of breath and have been warned
that I am not allowed to do anything
for the next 2 weeks
and very little more for the next 6
I will be back in...
what a difficult choice!!
No guessing which I choose!
But...for me
staying still is sooooo difficult!
At the moment I haven't even the energy to crochet!

Thank you all so much for your messages of love
and support.
They really.......really helped

The wifi in the hospital was terrible
it came and went
I read some of your posts,wrote a comment
and it would disappear.
In the end I just gave up!

I hope to catch up with you all
and your doings...
as I get more energy and rest!

I am so sorry that my posts these last months seem to be all about hospital......
.....I look forward to Spring.....
and being out and about!

Hubbie and I were talking the other night
about his father
who, as a young man,
went to America to get work and see the world
He lived in Michigan
in a place called Peach Ridge, Sparta

This was in 1912
100 years ago!!


we found a letter from someone named
Slaughter and think this may
be the person
for whom he worked
so next year
we would like to see what we can find out!


Fancy...100 years ago
setting out across the pond in search of work.
No technology
Just a longing to explore......
and work in new fields...



  1. I'm so glad to hear that you are home. Take it steady! Jx

  2. I am so glad to hear that you are home. I am so amazed that, in midst of your hospital stay you find the beauty in the sunrise. So positive. It sounds easy and wonderful doing nothing, but I know it's a much harder challenge when faced with it. It would be so worth it I hope you can find the strength to resist and just rest. My mom suffers from emphysema. She has to really slow down and take good care of herself. So I am sending you positive thoughts and strength to stay restful and not restless...glad you have your computer and wifi now. Love the story about your hubbie's Dad. That will be fun researching. Have you ever seen, "Who Do You Think You Are?" It's American TV show. Not sure if you can watch all the American shows on the computer, but it's a fun one...they research the ancestors of some American Movies stars and travel with them to unfold their stories. :)

  3. Hi Joan, I am thankful you are home and I pray you will gain your strength in the weeks to come. My husband is from MI. His grandparents were from Germany.
    I know it will be exciting to find out more info about your father in law's journey and employer.
    I am looking forward to spring also.
    Take care and God bless you in the new year. Mildred

  4. Your sunrise is just gorgeous!!! I am so glad you are home now, wonderful news!!! Please take care of yourself and listen to the doctors. Looks like you have a fun project ahead of you! My great grandfather came here from England working his way across as a cook on a ship. Wish I knew more about that.

  5. Joan, Please do as your drs. say. So you can recover fully. I love the part about the grandfather. Wishing you and yours a healthy and happy new year. xoxo,Susie

  6. REST!!!
    Happy Homecoming and thank you for sharing you beautiful sunrise.

  7. I am glad you are home and that you are doing well...just don't overdo it and tax your system. I know that it is hard to be "down" when you are used to being active but you will get back there again; you just need to regain your full health first.

    It will be interesting to see what you turn on your search in Michigan- xo Diana

  8. Bless you Joan, take it easy and rest, rest, rest! Hope you have a lovely New Year to make up for missing Christmas and thank you for your touching comments over on my blog before.

    Lovely pics as always!

    Claire xxx

  9. So glad to hear you are out of the hospital and hope you'll stay well and not have to go back. Behave yourself!

  10. SO glad you are now home and resting!!! Mind your doctor and get well!!!
    How very brave of your father in law!!!! I can only imagine it!!!

  11. Sweet Joan, I hope you are soon feeling your old self again. So happy to hear that you're in your own home once again.

    Big hugs!

    Happy new year xox

  12. Sweet Joan,
    Glad your home and now be a good lady and do what docotor tells you.

    We want you home to stay.

    Look how many people you have here. Now that would be enough to keep me off my feet so many encouragers here.

    Carol Ann

  13. Happy New Year Joan!
    Hope you are following Doctors orders!! my dad tells me that it's been raining in pembrokeshire for days and days....
    just the weather for putting your feet up, watching old films with a nice cup of tea (or glass of sherry!).

  14. I have many relatives in Michigan!

    I am thankful you are home now. Do take very good care of yourself and do what the doctor tells you too.


  15. Joan, I am so glad you are home, listen to that Doctor and rest, rest, rest. I grew up in Michigan, I can only imagine it 100 years ago, what an adventure.
    Hugs to you, get well.

  16. Glad you are on the mend, just take it nice and slowly . Xxx

  17. Hi Joan. So happy that you are now back at home. You will have to learn to be patient, and really do as the Doctors tell you. I know it's not easy! That sunrise is quite stunning. I wish you and your family a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year. Take care.

  18. Hi Joan, glad you got to come home! I am with Meredith, rest a lot and don't go back in! I am currently reading a book about a man who survived the potato famine and his exploits as he eventually gets to the states. I wouldn't recommend it though, as it's pretty violent and risque.

      *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  19. Oh, Joan! Do take care of yourself and follow doctor's orders! If I lived near I would bring you a pot of nutritious soup! Happy New Year! xo Nellie

  20. Oh Joan I am so happy you are home REST REST REST it is easy if you really think about getting better and getting on with doing things you love.
    100 years ago would have been very difficult to move to America but many that live here in Canada did it and that is why we are all here now:) I am happy my ancestors did take that journey to the unknown. I am very interested in what you find. A project that will keep you busy I am sure. Happy New Year Joan it is going to be wonderful I think. HUGS B

  21. Happy New Year Joan.
    I wish you good health and prosperity in the coming year.
    Rest up and we'll look forward to hearing from you in the coming months as you work on your Michigan project.


  22. So pleased to hear you are home. You must rest and take care of yourself. Hope that 2013 will bring you good health and happiness. Anne x

  23. take care. wishing for a speedy recovery. big hugs. ( :

  24. It must feel so good to be home and able to sleep in your own bed for a change! Hospitals are so difficult to sleep at- so much activity and interruptions! Do heed Dr.s' orders so you can get back to doing the things you love to do. I hope this is a wonderful new year for you full of many blessings! xx

  25. I'm so sorry to hear you've been hospitalized.
    I'll be praying for your quick recovery and that the Lord will help you stay still for a while!

  26. So glad you are home again Joan BUT do what the Doctor recommended. Take very good care of you. Hope you get some help at home. Wishing you a Happy New Year from Canada.

  27. Wishing you all the very best and good health for 2013 Joan.xx jeanetteann

  28. Wonderful to hear you are home. Rest, it sounds like, is a must do, for the next days, weeks. Although I am sure you want to do more, please take it easy so when spring comes you will be stronger! Love your sunrise photos . . . Exciting to read about your husbands fathers connections to Michigan. Sparta Michigan is not far from me and my grandchildren attended school there. Let's visit about this more.
    Happy New Year Joan . . .

  29. im soo sorry to hear you have been ill! im sending lots of thoughts and prayers for a fast recovery! its been such a whirl wind and then its over.. so now its catch up time. for you too! catch up on your rest! will check in soon!

  30. I wish you a healthy 2013! I'm glad you are home. Good luck with your history search. It sounds interesting.

  31. Wishing you all that you would hope for in 2012 including good health. Happy New Year and Take Care.

  32. Dear Joan, I am glad you are home, but please do rest and take care of yourself so that you can be good as new again. Wishing you good health and much happiness in the new year. Tammy

  33. I am so sorry to come back to find that you have been ill. I am glad you are home and hope that you continue to take it easy and to heal. May 2013 bring you improved health!

  34. I hope you are feeling better. I am sending you warm and headings hugs. Take care and blessings in 2013. Jen

  35. So sorry that you haven't been well, Joan. And I also am sorry that you spent so much time in the hospital! Sending you hugs, and wish you a healthy new year, and that you are feeling energized and better soon:) Oh, I live in Michigan, how interesting about your husband's dad!

  36. So sorry to hear you have been in the hospital. Get well soon and have a safe and Happy New Year!

  37. Glad you are home ! Follow the doctors orders and rest !!!
    Here's to a happy and HEALTHY 2013

  38. Happy new year, Joan, andvthanksnfor the beautiful sunrise. It will be hard for yountonremain still, we know, but do rest and feel better. We fellow bloggers will be here waiting when you return and will be checking in as well.

  39. Take it easy, Joan. Rest today so you can walk tomorrow! (Or next week.) :)

    So glad to hear you're home again, and what a fascinating story about your husband's Dad. Happy New Year, and I wish you speedy healing and many more beautiful sunrises, dear friend! :)

  40. So sorry to hear you were in the hospital. Hope you have a fast recovery. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Get well soon!

  41. Hello Joan,
    I was so happy to receive your visit at my blog, so now I'm visiting you from way across the pond. Where you live in Wales looks beautiful from these photos!
    I am so sorry to hear you've been in the hospital during Christmas. It must feel wonderful to have been released and resting at home. Take care of yourself Joan,
    - Susan

  42. Hi Joan. It was so nice to hear from you. Sorry to see you have been ill. Am glad you are back home. Hope you find the strength to pick up that crochet hook soon.

  43. This lovely dawning is so symbolic! You are home now and with God's grace will get better and better, with good new things abounding in this dawning year!

  44. I missed this post!

    So happy you're home Joan, do please take care to keep well won't you x

    That dawn has to be the mark of a better year to come ... glorious is indeed the word!


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