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Cottage Musings: Where I’ve Been

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared a Cottage Musings post but there has been some unforeseen circumstances keeping me away from posting regularly.

I’ve been getting so many messages and emails asking if we were ok so that I thought it was time to share what’s been happening.

You know…get a little personal.

I know I have a blog and I share about our home and DIY projects but I’m careful to keep my very personal stuff off the blog. There’s enough doom and gloom in the world, especially right now.

I want Chatfield Court to be an informative and fun place, where we can share and talk about our homes, and I think we do a pretty good job sticking to that rule.

So with all that said, I’m breaking my rule today and sharing about our life at the cottage the past 4 months.

Way back in the beginning of December, as we were looking forward to the holidays, Roger hurt his back. What started out as a twinge ended up being much more a week later.

Since then he’s been home from work (the man who has never taken a sick day in his life). He was in tremendous pain and because of Covid and the holidays it was impossible to get a Dr’s appointment.

Finally, the second week of January we were able to get him an MRI and he saw a Dr, who said that he needed surgery ASAP. It turned out that he herniated a disc and had a mass that migrated and was resting on the nerve that goes down his right leg.

As we waited to hear about a surgery date, the local hospitals closed down, except for emergencies, due to a sharp rise in Covid cases, which meant his surgery was postponed.

There was nothing we could do but sit and wait.

Finally at the end of February he was able to go in for surgery. His first ever surgery and he had to go it alone. The only way I could see him was to stand outside his hospital room window and wave.

man laying in hospital bed

All went as expected but he is still at home healing. We are hopeful that there is no permanent damage to the nerve that runs down his leg but won’t know for some time.

As of now he is still in some pain but he is walking and keeping a positive attitude.

man walking on sidewalk

With all of this going on I haven’t been working on the blog as much as I’d like. Roger hasn’t been able to do anything for the past 3 1/2 months which means I’ve had to do everything.

With my own back injury that’s been pretty tough but with the help of family and friends that supplied us with puzzles to keep us busy, brought meals and given us support, we have been doing ok. Some days are better than others but we are hanging in there.

man giving thumb's up and holding puzzle box

Now we’re just trying to get Roger healed so that he can resume more of a normal life and go back to work. I’m looking forward to being back on a more normal schedule and getting back to my work.

We have big plans for when the Dr. says he’s ready for activity. There’s lots of projects to do around the house and we are in the planning stages for a new cargo trailer conversion.

It’s way down the road but it’s exciting planning it.

For now I am doing what I can around the house. Besides working in the yard (a never ending job) I’ve learned how to wire a light fixture, build a board and batten wall and redo the guest bedroom/studio with a hand-painted accent wall.

woman painting black lines on wall

I know that there are so many people out in the world suffering right now with Covid, losing friends and loved ones and living with the uncertainty of unemployment. For those reasons I kept our situation quiet.

Hopefully now though, we are headed in the right direction.

Thank you all for those that have reached out to ask how we were or to offer support. We both appreciate it!

Be well and stay safe!

Kristi & Roger


  1. Hi Kristi, I apologize for not dropping a note here sooner. I pray that Roger is continuing to heal, grow stronger by the day and enduring less pain. Please take care of yourself and your back too, it’s so easy for us to forget that when we are caring for others. Hugs to you both XOXO

    1. No worries, Kaycee! Thanks so much for the well wishes. We are just taking things day by day, finally moving in the right direction. Hope all is well with you!

  2. Kristi,

    So sorry to hear about Roger’s difficult year. Hopefully, he’s now on the road to a full recovery. Love your blog but I totally understand your primary focus has to be on your hubby.

    1. Thanks so much for your support, Kathleen, and for the well wishes. Slowly but surely he is getting there. 🙂

  3. Prayers to you and your husband, God is Good and will heal..

  4. So good to see you up and walking Roger. It seems like forever since you hurt yourself but looks like you are on the other side of recovering.
    I know how hard it is for you to be idle, but you need to take care of of yourself and follow dr orders. Love you both❤️❤️

    1. Thanks Mom! Slowly but surely he is getting better!

  5. So sorry to hear about your husband. Here’s praying for a speedy recovery!
    Sue from Chicago

  6. Marlene Stephenson says:

    It’s good for us to share some of our burdens so others can help and takes our minds off our own problems just for a few while. Pray things will keep going forward for you both, I care!

    1. Thanks so much Marlene! That means so much to me! Hoping that all is well with you! xo

  7. Deborah Halcomb says:

    I am happy to hear Roger is improving. Praying for his full recovery and a normal life to return soon. Hugs my friend, Debbie

    1. Thanks so much, Debbie! He is getting better each day! I hope that all is well with you!

  8. Kristi,

    Thank you for sharing a difficult situation with us. Sending prayers & positive thoughts 🙏😊

  9. Prayers for healing and that your life can get back to normal, whatever that is nowadays!

    1. I know what you mean. What is normal these days? Thanks Darlene!

  10. Kristi, I’m so glad Roger is on the mend. Hoping things get back to normal soon and your load lightens up a bit.

    1. Thanks so much, Jane! We are slowly but surely headed in the right direction.

  11. Prayers for healing and things getting back to normal

  12. Laura Duke manor farm says:

    Prayers for you both and quick healing

  13. Thanks for sharing. Hope both of you are feeling better soon. Thankful the surgery is done and recuperation going well.
    Try to enjoy this quieter time of healing and planning.

    1. Thanks Jan! We are trying to make the best of this trying time. All the best to you!

  14. Brenda L Lane says:

    Hi Kristy and Roger. I’ve been with you quite a few years now, and look at you guys as almost family. While I don’t always comment, I read everything. Wishing you both a healthy Spring, love and prayers have always been coming your way. I have to tell you that in February I was finally give a cancer free diagnosis!!! It’s been on going for 7 years. Well, I celebrated that, and then I took a tumble and landed on my bum!!! Oh, I know pain too!! No fractures though, (thank you God), but a bruised butt, so hard to sit!! I will get thru it, we always do. We just keep on keeping on don’t we? Love to both.

    1. Thanks so much, Brenda! We both appreciate your longtime support. I’m so happy to hear about your cancer free diagnosis! That is so awesome! I’m sorry to hear about your fall though. I hope that you are feeling better. Hugs from both of us. xo

  15. Prayers and thoughts for a speedy and comfortable recovery. Take your time, we will all be waiting with understanding.
    Happy Spring and Stay Safe, everyone!

    1. Thanks for your support Linda, and for the well wishes! 🙂

  16. Sending prayers to you both and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  17. Wishing you and your sweetie the best! I’ll look forward to your postings whenever they show up even if it’s a little sporadic! (It can be very stressful on the partner of the person hurting, so I hope you’re taking very good care of yourself!)

    1. That’s so sweet! Thanks so much, Margaret! I hope to be posting more regularly soon. 🙂

  18. Thoughts and prayers to you both through these challenging times.

  19. Debra Schramm says:

    Praying Roger’s complete healing.

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