Blogging Break Again

I’m going to need to take another break from blogging for health reasons.   I hope all of you are well, and I look forward to writing more later!

If you like, you can read the Christmas story (based on a true story) I posted last year:


Christa Upton    Black Hills Picture Books    PO Box 293   Custer, SD 57730

About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!
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7 Responses to Blogging Break Again

  1. Stephanie says:

    Take care of yourself and get feeling better.

    • Christa Upton says:

      Thank you!!! Still struggling with computer, but doing a little better overall. 🙂 I hope you are well!!! <3

      • Stephanie says:

        I think computers will always be a struggle for those of us who didn’t grow up with them. 🙂

        • Christa Upton says:

          LOL Good point! I think I need to hire my 17 yr. old son to do computer stuff for me. 🙂 But unfortunately also, the computer & internet are exacerbating my MCS symptoms. 🙁 I don’t think I mentioned that on here yet, but this year, for the first time, I have noticed symptoms from the computer (ophthalmic migraines, severe nausea, numbness in hands, etc.) especially when I’m online, and I’ve had to slow way down. 🙁 🙁 But, a friend showed me how to do paper piecing to sew pretty things by hand, so that has kept me from going nuts from being bored with far less computer time! LOL Okay, rambling a bit here, but anyway, thanks for your friendship and great comments, and I hope to be better soon (summer and moving into the country!) and maybe even able to visit your blog again! 🙂 I love all the info you have about MCS on your blog.

          • Stephanie says:

            To react to computers and other devices makes living in today’s world hard.

            Paper piecing creates beautiful results. I don’t have the patience for it. I used to do a lot of embroidery and cross stitch – maybe I need to get back to doing handwork. I bet you could sell the things you make with paper piecing – it is surprising what people will pay for handmade items.

            Thanks for your compliment about my blog. Actually, I am considering shutting it down – it takes a lot of time and my life is taking me other directions right now.

            I hope country living helps you. Until I read about others’ challenges, I didn’t realize how lucky I am to live in the country. I can walk outside without being assaulted with laundry products, chemical lawn treatments, stinky neighbors, etc. I hope country living is as beneficial for you.

          • Christa Upton says:

            What a sweet thought about selling my hand-sewn things; I’d like to look into that!! Many years ago, I did embroidery and cross-stitch, too–it would be fun to try them again! 🙂
            I certainly understand about the time etc. involved in the blog, but I hope you don’t have to shut down!!!! 🙁 Would there be a way to leave up the info. that is currently there and just let it sit, for people to gain insight from it, without having to put more into it? But again, I can understand life taking you another direction.
            That is wonderful that you live in the country!!! Yes, every time I go out there or have camped decent places, I always do better. Definitely looking forward to it! 🙂 I don’t know how long it will take to get some energy, but even just a few hours out there seems to help my tummy almost right away.

          • Stephanie says:

            I’m still processing what to do with my blog. It is self hosted so I may move it to a free host like wordpress.

            Let all of us know if you decide to sell your handwork. I know people sell stuff on Etsy or you might be able to find someone who goes to craft shows who would sell it for you.

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