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This is Our Story.

Our story of testing positive for Covid-19. Nine months of waiting for the shoe to drop and one week before Christmas.

If you missed me thru daily postings on Social Media….this is where I have been.

Disclaimer ~ this is our story, there will always be folks whom have it far worse and far better and I will always have care, concern and prayer for all. Images shown are for projects in the works!


We all know how the story starts, it started the same for all of us about a month or so before Easter 2020. We have a Virus heading our way, an unknown, scary, deadly, invisible, little understood Virus. As the months rolled on it became clear we were all ‘running’ from the same Virus and reacting and surviving differently….amongst other unknown scary things happening in our Country.

Even within our own families we found differences on how we reacted and survived…..respectively. I knew, I just knew I was doomed to be the next Typhoid Mary ~ I was an essential employee after all….working in a grocery store with the unknown Virus among us. Doing my part. Living in fear of capturing this thing.

I have not been to Church in 9 months and counting, missing my Church Family and my pew (yes we sit in the same pew every week). I have not seen my Mom (thank goodness for the telephone) and my family, including my 5 year old niece, I hope she remembers Aunt Amy, I miss our playtime. There has been a house fire, and a very very very serious unexpected surgery within our family during these 9 months, along with typical things like a tooth root canal, regular doc appointments, making a living and so on ~ all things made a little bit harder with the Virus among us …..prayer certainly got us thru all of it and our love for each other. We survived and we are thankful… has been a long 9 months and still counting.

screechhhhhhhhh. halt. Covid landed on our doorstep. The shoe dropped.

On December 18, I started my work day as usual. In the middle of my shift I started with a cough, just a slight one, maybe coughing once or twice. Then that evening my hubby and I went for dinner pick up and to look at Christmas lights, I started feeling really just flat out crappy during our ride and we headed home. The next day proceeded with chills, body aches, cough and loss of sense of smell…..could this be it? My hubby started with the same symptoms the following day.

But, but, but I had door knob gifts to give, presents to wrap, a tree to decorate, baking to do, the last blog post to write…..but, but, but it is Christmas week! Tired and Fatigue dragged us thru the week ~ Christmas day came and went with tissues and chicken soup by our side.

I did google search after google search for cures and remedies. It was time to be tested.

We called our family Doctor, scheduled the test (let me tell you it is not a pleasant test). Results are in. Each Positive for Covid.

Although we were not feeling better by any means it was kind of a relief to know what it was and now we can work on recovery. We were 7 days into the ‘CDC Guidelines’ of a 14 day quarantine. Both our employers require 14 days and with no symptoms to go back to work. We had a ways to go.

The next 7 days while life was happening outside ~ life also carried on inside our home with Hallmark movies, chicken soup and tissues. We changed bedding and washed blankets daily. We sprayed and wiped down with Lysol.

Sunday January 3 ~ Day 14 arrived, We are on the other side of Covid. We’ve rested, taken our medication, ate, hydrated, washed sheets, sprayed Lysol and caught up on all the Hallmark movies. We’ve learned what togetherness is and sharing, like it or not. We’ve learned that family and friends are really there for ya. On day 15, I’ve learned that I like contactless curbside pick up grocery shopping.

So now how do we live on the other side of Covid? Grateful. Thankful. Blessed, Blessed that we made it thru.

I am slowly getting my desire to Create back, my desire to do just about everything. My sense of smell is coming back slowly, time to make more candles, lol. Time to deliver Christmas gifts, time to undecorate, time to take care of those still waiting for their shoe to drop. Prayfully never.

Patiently waiting for the time to hug my family ~ a time to celebrate.

I am grateful for you too, my Artful Community of Friends. Thank you for reaching out and for your patience, I am humbled, grateful and thankful for you.

It is nice to know that you have been missed, and I soooooooo missed everyone.

Time to catch up thru Social Media too (this week) ~ I am super excited to see what everyone has been up to!

Here is to a Safe, Healthy, Happy Creative New Year!

Covid knocked me down for a bit, but not forever, it is good to be back to ‘Classic Amy Joanne’!


Coming Soon ~ 6 Things, Recipe Card Project, It’s A Wrap, Organizing A Day Planner and Buffalo Chicken Pizza

41 thoughts on “tested positive

  1. Joyce S Ferkler says:

    God give you both strength to heal. God is with us and will guide us through.

    1. Thank you….yes putting my faith in the right place, thanking God🙂….appreciate your kindness

  2. Janet Roache says:

    Amy I am truly sorry you guys had to go through this. But am so very glad to hear you are both better! Unfortunately we all know someone (or several) who have had it. I am hoping with this new year we can have new hope! I have not been online as much because things are just so unsettling and it is so easy to get dragged down mentally. On a bright note I am taking the Gumdrops class with you in March and truly can’t wait! Hugs to you ❤️

    1. I hear ya….we’re all trying to hold it together ❤️….I am so grateful for our Art to keep our minds and hearts ….and hands busy! I look forward to creating together… could you not love a Ginger ❤️🙂

  3. dedebirenyahoocom says:

    Glad to hear you’re doing better! I caught it too and my cough is pretty close to being all the way gone……..after almost 2 1/2 months. 😩

    1. Getting there…..and yes the lingering cough ugh! I’m on day 24 guess I have a ways to go 🙂

  4. Judy Kulmaczeski says:

    So glad to hear that you and Jerry are getting better.

    1. Getting there! 😊 thank u

  5. Laura Humphreys says:

    Oh my goodness!!!! I just now read the whole Covid story! So happy to hear you both made it through with no catastrophe!!! Mac and Carole made it thru too. We have been lucky so far!! Fingers crossed! I am so upset about all the political strife….. also going to have the second bunion and 3 hammertoe surgery on the 28th. First week will be the worst, then it gets a little better, but I should be raring to go by Spring!! I am so looking forward to a weekend project with or even just a one overnight. Miss you all so much. My Dave has been very sick. First a lot of pain on the right side of his faces. Docs cannot figure it out. Then in early December he had blood clots ( lots and lots of them) in his legs and lungs. It was totally terrifying. Plus Dave looked really terrible. Then he came down with a terrible case of Bells Palsy.. this is the third time he has had it and the worst. Very worried about him-he has lost 20 pounds.sees the doc this week so really hoping he can do some more tests to see what in the world is wrong with him.. I hope your new year is a great one, but so far, it’s not looking very promising.

    1. Hello my friend! Life sure has changed in one year since we saw each other, I too am looking forward to our days of play time again, feels like forever ago…..yes COVID hit us hard but we made it thru, thankfully. As for the world, I’m keeping my hands clenched and praying…. and I will keep your Dave in my prayers for sure, for answers too. And I will of course be praying for speedy healing from your surgery…..prayfully we will all be back doing what we love together this summer and this will all be a forgotten memory 🙂 hugs and love! (And thanks, love my mug) 😘



    1. Thank you Joyce….feeling much better warm hearted for sure!

  7. Robin Harkless says:

    So glad you and hubby are recovering, i had it in august and i understand, my words of advice rest rest and more rest . Patience for a recovery! I won’t say speedy recovery cause this virus steals our patience,

    1. Thank you….and yes patience is hard. I can see where rest is important 🙂

  8. Barbara Adams says:

    So, so grateful you both are on the other side of this mess. Stay safe

    1. Thank you and stay safe as well ❤️🙂

  9. Susan says:

    Oh Amy glad to hear you and your husband are on the other side of this! Thinking of you!!

    1. Thank you Susan… was a long road but feeling better 🙂

  10. Diane Horlacher says:

    I’m so glad to hear you’re doing better! We have had some with it in our family as well. Take care, and don’t rush your recovery. We’ll still be here patiently waiting.

    1. Thanks Diane….grateful the worst is over but definately still have a road to go….take care and your family too.

  11. Jan Heins says:

    Glad you are on the mend!

    1. Thank you Jan….so happy to be on the up side!

    2. Deb S says:

      I love reading your blogs – you have a knack for that, too! So glad you are both on the other side of Covid! Here’s to a Healthy 2021

      1. Thank you so much! I love to tell a story, runs in the family 🙂…..yes, a healthy happy 2021!

  12. Pam says:

    I’m so sorry you went through that! And so happy you’re recovered.

    1. Thank you Pam….so happy to be on the other side 🙂

  13. Lynn Barbadora says:

    Grateful you are recovering. Yes you were missed. We have close family members and friends who have tested positive as well. Recovery can take a long time along with lingering symptoms. Take care!

    1. Thankfull for my Artful family, thank you for your kindness…..yes a long road ahead but day by day each one is better. Prayers continued for all.

  14. Susie says:

    Thankful you and your husband are on the road to recovery. Missed you.

    1. Thank you Susie….so grateful and feeling blessed

  15. Diana Policy says:

    I am truly glad you and Sonny are feeling much better. I know this sounds really crazy but I truly enjoyed reading your story. You truly have the gift of telling. 2021 feeling blessed.

    1. You are so sweet…..story telling comes from my Moms family, always willing to laugh at ourselves 🙂….2021 healthy and happy!

  16. So glad that you and Jerry made it through. We will continue to pray for you that you both make a full recovery with no lingering side effects. Be kind to yourselves.

    1. Thank you Jane…prayers for everyone to remain safe and healthy.

  17. Tami Tapia says:

    So glad you and Sonny have recovered! Here’s to a healthy 2021!

    1. A lot of togetherness, lol! We made it thru! Thank you….happy 2021!

  18. Sharon baines says:

    Oh Amy, so glad you are recovering. We know so many who had or have COVID. Praying for all.

    1. Thank you sooooo much for your prayers, it truly is everything 🙂

  19. sharondobbs says:

    Wow…. so glad you feel better! That is so scary. All these drawings in your blog are adorable!

    1. Thank you Sharon……so happy to be feeling better 🙂! Excited to see what my creative friends are up too!

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