Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Oh Dear...

Skittles last night, and we finally lost a match...the first since I've been back playing regularly. Believe me when I say at times we've been fairly crap, but somehow amazingly the other team has always managed to play slightly crapper! But not last night.

Anyway...that is not what the oh dear is referring to...alas no...this morning I've struggled through a headache that has been plaguing me since Saturday and have used up the last of a large packet of puff pastry to make sausage rolls...with added pickle...yum...however in my stupor and having packed most of our baking equipment ready for our elusive just over the hill house move I've loaded the little darlings onto a flat baking sheet...and having just checked upon said little darlings have been treated to fat oozing everywhere...including the floor...well bless my dear soul...Speaking of soul, how about old soul...in preference to green ivy as a colour for the kitchen cupboards. I posted a photo of gree ivy a while ago with natural hessian...both by dulux...looked great until wisely I purchased a sample pot and painted some wood...lovely colour...a light mint, but not anything like it showed up on the screen...so a hunting I went yesterday...and settled on Old Soul by Valspar, blissful. I hope! I nearly picked Pond Leaves, but there's something in a name, and I really wanted to conjure up a feeling of coziness if anyone asked me the colour I'd used and I'm afraid to me pond leaves sounds quite slimy and not suitable for kitchen use...but Old Soul...that'll do me just fine...


Me to a T. Now we just have to wait until all the plaster is fully dry...paint about a tonne of paint on the walls, get carpet laid, clean even more tonnage of dust out, and make a home!

Thank you for your warm wishes for hubby's niece, she has had one or two setbacks but continues to make progress, we are well aware that a very long uphill road awaits her as she regains the strength to begin the climb. I'm hoping to visit early next week...MIL has an appointment next week also. We're doing what we can.

J. X

 

Thursday, 24 March 2016

A Little Ray Of Sunshine

Little one came around yesterday evening...

And spoke...

And recognised people...

And was able to use her right arm...which had been a concern...

Today she was unable to speak but this is to be expected at this time...

She wasn't expected to be able to even see just now...

A long slog ahead but thankfully she's on the right road at the moment...

Thank you for all you kind words and thoughts...

They have helped tremendously...

~

This evening I have been losing myself in dreams via Pinterest...

A total waste of time, but I've been enjoying wasting it so perhaps not such a bad thing after all...

With all the hullabaloo around our family at the moment I've been reasonably unaware of news stories...

It seems that I've missed hearing some pretty horrific things...

I do not understand why these awful atrocities are done by humans to others...

Hate is a very destructive thing...

~

Tomorrow hubby will be busy on the farm...

Sonshine has to work in the morning but is then travelling home...yippee!

I will be squaring things up at the in laws ready for furniture to be moved into storage there...

Busy busy...

How did I miss Ostara...the Spring equinox...

Probably won't get much chance to do pretty things for Easter either...

Never mind...

Hopefully things will soon be on the up for us...

And then there's to be a wedding...

J. X



Monday, 21 March 2016

What To Say...What To Do

To both of the above I just don't know right now...

Things just keep going from bad to worse to awful...

Little one has had her second major op on Friday as opposed to Thursday as there was too much sodium in her body, then she had a swelling on the brain due to the op, then a possible infection. They tried to start bringing her out of the induced coma yesterday, but she was thrashing about and trying to pull out tubes as she was coming around too quickly so they had to abandon that attempt...

We continue to wait and hope and pray...

In the meantime MIL received her op results and they weren't good. She needs her breast off fairly soon...

What I'd really like to be posting are lovely photos from glorious walks in the fantastic countryside...not endless woes...

I'm sorry...and believe me when I say that I'm not posting all the bad stuff on here...

I have no emotion left for tears at the moment...

Dreams of an Easter weekend house move have been shelved...

Life has taken some very cruel twists for our family in the past weeks and whatever is over the hill for us I know we're in for a very steep climb...


A candle for hope...

J. x

 

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Keeping Going

Thank you for your kind words after yesterday's post...

Little one last time we heard is stable, but faces another major operation in the next few days to seal the burst blood vessels and remove the rest of the clot...

She is still in an induced coma at the moment so no idea if any lasting damage has been done...

Hubby is flat out taking care of the farm while his brother is away...

It's so hard to force ourselves to get anything done...but get done we must as we're determined to move before another months rent becomes due on the 27th.

Today is looking cloudier at the moment...

The last few days of sunshine have probably been our saviour as far as keeping spirits up...

As I'm packing up what I thought were precious belongings it's occurring to me that not very much of what we hold onto is really necessary...

Baggage...

That needs storing or dusting or walking around each day...

Food for thought as we move to the cottage...

I hope to get some more painting done in our new bedroom later, but first I have to wait in for a delivery eldest daughter has directed our way for signing...

It should be here fairly soon...

Think I'll be liberally applying deep heat to certain areas as I fell down the cottage stairs on Sunday...whilst carrying a paint brush, roller, and tray...

Could have been worse, but ouch it didn't half hurt!

The youngsters have chosen natural hessian coloured paint for the open plan downstairs and hallway...and I'm happy for the kitchen area to be that also...it makes more sense...however my Bramley cream Laura Ashley cupboards aren't going to look pretty against it so as I fancy a change I'm...in good time...going to paint them...

This is my favourite combination at the moment...

It's green ivy by dulux, with natural hessian below...

Any thoughts?

J. x

 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

In Perspective

Just lately things have been to say the least pretty blahhhh...

But now something has happened that puts all that in the shade...

Hubby's youngest niece was airlifted to Bristol at the weekend...

She had a bleed on the brain...

A clot has been partially removed...

Apparently if they take it all away it could lead to further bleeding...

She is in an induced coma...

Poor mite...and her poor parents...

We are all struggling...

And praying to whoever will give assistance...

Money...nah

Possessions...nah

Silly squabbles...nah

Fragile life...resounding yes

~

Otherwise we are trying desperately to get to the cottage when we can...

I will also try and take some more bits down to the in laws later...

Heidi is fretting...

Sadly I can't explain about the move to her though I have tried...

She is getting a raw deal while we are so preoccupied...

But we did snatch a while the other day for a lovely walk...


 

 

 

Hopefully soon I shall be able to share good happy news...

But for now we're just trying to hang in there and cope...

J. x

 

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Time To...

Nourish...

In more ways than one...

Healthy eating to nourish my body...

Quiet times to nourish my soul...

We're reaching the end of a long dark winter...

Our bodies need the vitamins from the sun...

Mine especially seems to need them...

Soon we shall be moving to Little Winter...

This project has taken much out of me...

Physically...

But more so mentally...

I'm sure there will be further challenges associated with the set up we've slipped into...

I'm ready to let go control...

Of colour schemes...

And fabric weights...

In the communal living areas...

I want to make our bedroom totally ours...

In choices of everything...

I still need a little piece of 'me'...

I'm thinking of ways to incorporate 'me' into the fabric of this home other than in walls and carpets and curtains...

I may well make some cushions out of pieces of my current curtains..

Maybe a squidgy throw to cuddle...

Bliss...

And prove that through compromise we can all achieve a beautiful home...

But when the time comes for us to leave it...

We shan't be ripping down the soft furnishings nor leaving them behind only to be disappointed that they get changed anyway...

They can be them...

And we can be us...

Everyone else may have problems...

But hopefully we will be snug as little hibernating harvest mice at the cottage in the Dell...

~

Each year when Mothering Sunday comes around my heart becomes a little heavier...

There is nothing like a Mother...

And no replacement when she's no longer around...

Later this month will mark the 13th anniversary of my Mother's passing...

She never seems to get further away...

Rather some pangs of longing for even just one more afternoon sitting together quietly by the Rayburn with the fire door open as the sun sets...

Or watching her knitting...

She was a very skilled knitter and sewer...

Get ever deeper...

I hope she's resting in peace...

~

I'm hoping to have the VAT return wrapped up by lunchtime...

So I can concentrate on this beast...

I've been doing some more ripping back...

This time on the edging...

Hopefully by bedtime it will be ready to drape around my shoulders!

And as yesterday saw me pop my first sage tablet...

Hopefully it won't be too long before I appreciate some added warmth!!

Take care everyone...

J. X






 

Thursday, 3 March 2016

The End In Sight

Oh what a week...

Hopefully issues have been largely sorted...

Getting half truths and messages never does anyone any good...

Discussing cold hard facts face to face does...

Moving on...

Ceilings are going up at the cottage...

The pressure testing has been done...yay!

No photos...sorry...

But a turning point appears to have been reached...

French doors are in...

Sadly the electrician has flu...again...

Poor chap...


I have been enjoying a good well balanced diet...

With none of the above!

And...

Have managed to melt away just over a stone of my blubber!

With the addition of absolutely zero low fat processed rubbish...

I kid you not on the melting bit...I am going through some pretty intense heatwaves right now!

A friend tells me to find some sage capsules...

Aah the time has come...

For open bedroom windows...

Fans...

Cooling glasses of water...

Sodden nighties...

Are my woes to be endless or will I come out beaming (as opposed to glowing) on the other side?!

I hope so...

For my family's sake!

Time now to get nervous...

I have an interview later...

For the assessors job...

They phoned me...

Be darn embarrassing if I don't pass muster now...

But I'll still be doing my Monday's at the club...

I'd miss them too much...

Fingers crossed...

Take care everyone...

J. X