Miss Maggie, Miss Maggie, where have you been?

I’ve been to my Granny’s to watch her recover from brain surgery. I’ve also had some really bazaar hormonal reactions to the GFCF diet. Good reactions, my body seems to be growing younger some how. Lost some weight without even trying, still obese, but less so. Got a new spark in my marriage and a big full load of adolescent puppy love for my hubby, have more energy than I have in years, since the PCOS set in over a decade ago, and my hair, well, it’s my favorite side effect: my hair is growing faster than it has since I was pregnant with Jamie, and so little of it’s falling out that all the birds who were using it to make their nests are fussing at me because their eggs are getting cold without my fur to keep them warm.

I had some breast pains, sort of  like when your milk comes in cause the baby cried, and the doctors did lots of tests only to discover that it was because of the hormonal changes. I’m getting closer to menopause, like the last hurrah of summer before the snow flies. And my summer is blooming brilliantly, which is sort of wonderful for a lady of almost 40 whose had some early winter years due to PCOS.

My granny had her brain surgery to remove the brain tumor which turned out to be the size of a grapefruit. It had roots that went down and around, so the surgery was a little dicey, but at 87, she recovered more quickly than women my age, and is now up and around–doing dishes, hanging laundry on the line, walking down to the mailbox, walking the dogs down to the creek, shopping at the Walmart (without the scooter cart, mind you, she pushes her own cart, under her own power). She was in the hospital for just over a week and now has a horseshoe shaped scar on the side of her head, but it’s a pretty scar as they go, healthy, healed up just as pretty as you please, and her hair is growing back nicely. I’m proud of my granny. She says she’s  feeling better than she has in 20 years, feels stronger, has better balance and is just doing so well that we sit around and praise the Lord all day long, because He is the only power that could make all of this turn out so well.

So, I’m here, I’m back at my computer, and hope to update weekly. Next time I write it will be about the boys and how they are faring on the diet, and how our family has adjusted to it.

Thanks for all the support. Hugs & Love–M



Filed under Family, GFCF

38 responses to “Miss Maggie, Miss Maggie, where have you been?

  1. So very glad to hear your granny is doing good. You just loaded with good news. That is great. Glad you are back and all is going well. Can’t wait to read more.

    You were missed.

  2. Thanks Rebecca, happy to be here. =^.^=

  3. Holly

    Glad to hear you’ve had such success and that your Granny is doing so well… you where missed during your absence!

    Keep up the good work!


  4. Thanks Holly, Granny’s recovery is phenomenol. The doc’s are all saying that they wish they had her genes, since her general health and quality of life is so high at her age. makes the whole family proud of her.

  5. Julie C

    Great to have you back!
    Praise God for Granny’s recovery!

  6. I was wondering where you disappeared to but understand family always comes first. Glad to hear she had such a fantastic recovery. I’m looking forward to reading from you again.

  7. cindy

    i’m so glad your back i have been following you since the hillbilly housewife days! family always comes first,but i am sure you will enjoy a little computer time.


  8. Kathy Jones

    God is so good! Thank you so much for that praise report. So glad your Granny has made such a wonderful recovery, and that you are doing so well also! I am looking forward to hearing how your boys are doing.

  9. Looksgoodinpolkadots

    Glad you are back!!!!

    It’s wonderful to hear Granny is doing well!

    Congrats on your positive gfcf effects!!!

  10. Linda

    Soooo Happy to see your back Miss Maggie 🙂 (you were very much missed) and praise the Lord for your Granny’s recovery. Looking forward to hearing from you again. Take care and God Bless


  11. Karoline

    Maggie, I just wanted to say WELCOME BACK, you have definitely been missed, but your earlier work has kept me busy, I now cover full time, it has been a process, but so very glad to be in obedience, that piece of fabric HAS made a wonderful difference in my home and in my heart. Thank you for your help. I also loved your gluten free section as I have family members that have to eat Gluten free and I myself have adapted to it, and it has brought some very positive results. Thank you for all of your work. I’m SO PLEASED that your granny is doing well!

  12. So glad to hear that you and yours are well, especially your Granny. I’m very grateful to the Man Upstairs who holds you all so lovingly in his hand. =)

    Have you ever tried Inositol and Biotin for your hair. These are vitamin complexes that have helped me so much. Perimenopause and Menopause are no fun in the hair department, too.

    God Bless and everyone is so happy (and relieved) that you’re back online.

  13. Robyn

    Hi, Miss Maggie. glad you’re back, and glad your granny is doing so well.

    i tried to email, but it came back un-delivered.

    would you mind taking my blog link off your front page? I”m taking an extended, maybe permanent blog break, so there’s nothing there to read when people click over.

    email sometime if you ever get a chance.

    take care,
    – Robyn

  14. So glad you are back! I have been checking your site constantly, lol, awaiting your return.

    Prayers for your granny’s continued recovery and glad to hear you are in good health as well! What fabulous news!

    God Bless and “welcome back”.

  15. Thank-you everyone for the prayers and well-wishes for my family. We praise God for his grace in this department.

    I’m glad to be back in the blogosphere again, albeit slowly making my way about. Blessings all around ^-^

  16. Glad to hear Granny is on the mend.

    As a woman struggling with PCOS I completely understand your success. I have not personally gone GFCF but may look into it a bit more. Congratulations on your success!

  17. Gilana

    Hi, Maggie!
    Glad to see your update and happy to read you’re doing great and so is your family!

  18. Lynn Marie

    Like the others here, I too am glad that you are back and that Grannie is doing so much better. Also that you are doing so much better too! Looking forwarded to more from you.

  19. Roxanna Meiske

    Praise the Lord for your grandmother’s recovery. That is just wonderful. So glad you are well. I have been afraid that you were ill yourself. Blessings to you. Roxie

  20. AKM

    I’m so glad to hear about your granny’s recovery! Praise Jesus!

    Oh, you have been MISSED! I love reading your blog! You’re definitely a mentor for me in many ways (cooking, frugality, Christianity, etc), and thankfully you’re back! 🙂

  21. Coming back to your website for the Project Gutenberg tips for Home Ed and I find you’re also GFCF and head covering too! Seems like a kindred spirit across the sea. Keeping up your webpage must be quite a work. Inspirational stuff.

  22. Another Margaret

    I’m so glad to hear your Granny has recovered and that your family is doing well. Many blessings for you and all those you hold dear.

  23. Good to see you again!

    I just sent someone to your site again tonight.

    That’s pretty neat, to hear about your grandmother and how wonderuflly she is doing.

    I look forward to hearing more from you again!

  24. Leta

    Wow, what a great comeback post. Fantastic news about your granny and good news about your overall health and your proactive approach to taking care of yourself.

    You brightened my day today.

    Happy Valentine’s!

  25. Bridget

    I do not know if you have had this link sent to you before, but Honeyville Grain sells in bulk. If you sign up for them, they send out coupon codes every so often. http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/

  26. MaryAnn

    So, so, so, glad you are back; and of course that your Granny is doing so well. Prayers to your Granny, I know how hard it is without mine. Thankfully she left a journal of how to go on in these trying times. Honestly that makes a huge difference for me and I know she would love that she is taking care of even her great grandchilren even from heaven. The only thing I can say is get all of your stories and recipes NOW! because you want to be able to pass them on. Unfortunately for my family my Gran’s passing was unexpected (of course I’m grateful she did not need to linger as her mother did) but there was no opportunity to gain her wisdom about the current economic times and how to survive them successfully. I can not express how gratefull I am for you and your site. Thank you!

  27. I’m sorry about your granny, but I am so glad you are back. I was worrying about you guys!

  28. Dear Miss Maggie- I have popped in and out of your pages for years but don’t usually comment. First, thank you for wonderful writing and godly perspective on relevant (to me!) topics. I come away blessed and educated. Recently I have been diagnosed as gluten intolerant. Most of the bread receipes I have found were complicated and $$$. Thank you for these. Eating GF had me feeling like you did with organics! But I am giving some of your receipes a try. God bless you and yours. Loved to hear about your Granny!
    aka Fringey online

  29. Was just thinking about you the other day! We are moving back to the Roanoke area in May/June. We might be near neighbors. 😉

  30. Anna, we must meet and visit and hang out and stuff. Oh how fun! I can hardly wait. Will email you today or tomorrow with more contact info and my current email addy. Whoo Hoo! Another headcovering chic to hang with. Cannot wait!

  31. ((((Hugs)))) Early

    Ooohhh….We’ve been doing GFCF, too, so we can cook together and sew together….LOL

    You can see my address, right?

  32. Actually Anna, I don’t think I can see your address. Mine is *********. Let me know when you get it and I’ll edit this post to take it down. This is the email that always works, others tend to be up and down access-wise. Thanks, look forward to hearing from you 🙂

  33. Hey dearie! So good to hear from you. Praise the Lord for your granny’s recovery. He is good.

    Glad to hear about your positive changes, too, and that the boys are doing so well. 🙂

    Will be praying for your cousin.

  34. Anonymous

    “Bizarre” means strange. A “bazaar” is a marketplace.

  35. Jacqui

    Hello there, from South Africa! I have just stumbled across your Old Fashioned Home Schooling site! What a genius! I started homeschooling in July last year. I was very enthusiastic at the start…but its all got a bit daunting 8 months in. I’ve been trying to find a good curriculum to follow; as we were doing the ‘freestyle’, go-with-the-flow method (maybe not such a good idea). Boy oh boy do those ready-made curricula cost the earth!
    I have now got to a point where I’m feeling guilty and scared, all at the same time, anxious that I’m depriving my kids of a good education. I’ve even considered sending my daughter back to school…to her horror! Well NO MORE! I am going to follow your curriculum from Monday! Preparations to be done this weekend!!!!!! Ink cartridges, files, paper…will let you know how it goes! You truly are a lifesaver, may God bless you in everything you do!
    Kind Regards,
    Jacqui (South Africa)

    • LAC

      Good for you that you are Home schooling!!!! Don’t feel guilty or scared. Plug in Home schooling in the search engine and TONS of FREE stuff come up for you!!! I home schooled my son from K-* for FREE!!!! He is now enrolled in a Learning Distant Program. He graduates next year! It is ALL worth it!!!!!!

  36. Ilka

    Dear Miss Maggie,
    Just wondering how you found out what your allergies/intollerances are; how were you diagnosed etc.? My hair is thinning, too, and I have low energy… just trying to find out what is wrong with me… 😦 I mean, there are several options. Might be the same as yours, but then again, might be totally different.

  37. LAC

    Miss Maggie I hadn’t realized ALL that is going on in your life!!! Remember God doesn’t give us anymore than we can handle although sometimes I feel it is overwhelming! But then that is when HE comes along and helps us!!!! I know that HE is taking care of you!

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