Looking back at 2018

2018 started with the January Cure. I did all the work and was happy about moving my bedroom and craft room around.

Before bedroom – now craft room.

Come February I was tired and with increasing work load all I find time to do was a little crocheting.

The last one.

February, March and April was all about work. May 15 I had a fall. On the kitchen floor – of course. Of all the things in the world I stumbled over the door to the dishwasher. Boy – did that hurt. My brother and his wife came to my rescue. I did not breake anything but the next week I sat on the sofa and slept day and night. Then it was back to work – with crutches. For weeks I worked seven days a week with crutches. Finally I had to let go of the crutches because my arms hurt to much. It was so bad that after work I had to go to bed. Unable to do anything at all. Just undressing was hell.

June, July and August went by – and the pain just got worse. I kept working until my vacation in September. I honestly believed that rest would fix everything. Fresh air and a walk would do me good.


I did three walks around the village and the fourth time I almost did not make it home. It was game over.

I am so glad I saw the update on Facebook from Stacy Julian about doing a “30 Days Hath September” album. Something we did back in 2008 in a BPS class she taught.



I hadn`t done any scrapbooking for a long time and not at all in 2018. I don`t think I did any in 2017 either. It was so much fun doing this and thankful that I got the rest of the family to play along. Some days all I could do was make this one page for my album. But I did finish the album.

September 7 2018

I also tried to follow along on the September Sweep when I was able to move around. Because of that I could skip the cleaning of one drawer on the first day of this January Cure.

Clean drawers in September 2018

And I did remove three items from my not so tidy old craft room. Not that it did much change. This room might end up being my big project for this January Cure.

Time to let go of some old memories.

In October I was on 100% sick leave and spent most of my time on the sofa.

My best friend in 2018.

I haven`t read this much since I was a young girl. Good thing I have a lot of books to read. Lots of days all I could do was reading. Some days I had to use a pillow to hold the book up because my fingers hurt too much.

Keeping a routine of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In November I tried to work 10%. That worked out well – thanks to my co-workers who did the actual work. At home all I could do was scanning old photos. Setting everything up so I could work without moving πŸ™‚

My dad and his first grandchild in 1979.

I enjoyed doing this and I am almost done. Next up is scanning negatives.

December was a lot easier because this is the month were you are supposed to enjoy. Hanging on the sofa watching Christmas movies all day. Lots of light and “hygge”. I have never had time to watch a Christmas movie so I was able to enjoy this. Working 10% and hanging around on the sofa got me through December.

December 2018 was good with nice weather until December 24. It has been pouring rain and windy since.

So – welcome 2019 and January Cure. Still working 10% and trying to look on the bright side of life. My doctor seems to think that my body has been pushed to hard and just need time to heal. I don`t have the knowledge to argue with that but when I asked if it is normal that it take so long to heal he said no.

I do feel a little unsecure about this because my doctor is not much of a talker.

Anyway – I will try to do as much as I can during this cure without having ambitions about big changes. I will be happy if I get to do a normal cleaning of every room πŸ™‚

And I promise – I will do so without feeling sorry for myself…

It can only get better.
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8 Responses to Looking back at 2018

  1. Karzke says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. You’ve had an exceptionally challenging eight months! It’s rather sobering, isn’t it, how a single fall can affect the body? I hope 2019 brings many good things into your life, including continued progress (and patience) with your healing. Especially for those of us who live alone, a positive attitude is an important skill!

  2. Susan from Canada says:

    elinjanne, I have followed you for a few years now. I still use your β€œCleaning Day” playlist that you shared, when I do housework. I have always enjoyed your photos, your walks, your crafts, the antics of the children, and hearing about your work at the store. So sorry to hear this has been such a rough year for you. I hope that resting will help heal your body soon and that you start feeling much better. Wishing you all the best in 2019!

  3. Alexa says:

    Oh, such a terrible year for you :(. I am very sad to read this. Hoping that the kind presence of others, rewarding but do-able activities and taking good care of yourself with really help. (Is it worth getting a second medical opinion and some investigations about all this pain?).

  4. Michele in South Dakota :) says:

    I will echo Alexa……….. A 2nd medical opinion plus MRI to see what is happening inside. That can tell the story after blood work, etc. At least it did for Ron last year when he finally consented – under medication – does not like the tube.
    I think of you always. Thank you for the clear update on your year. So very very sorry about that fall. Goodness. One day at a time for sure, but…….. 2nd opinion!

  5. Shana says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your troubles! I hope 2019 sees you completely mended in spirit and body.

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