Monday, July 17, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness July

Yay, I made it on time..phew.   Of course it was cleverly planned, not pure luck that I happened to say to myself  "well, it's time to do a blog post" and by happy coincidence it was today.  Na-ah...nope. It was planned, right down to the tee.

So: behind in plans because we've got sunshine and 'stuff''.  Life is always full of oh so much stuff, isn't it? But I do have things to share with you.

Gifted Gorgeousness is a wonderful idea, and it was brought to life by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. We get to share things we have made for others, or things we have received.  Cool, right?

So I've actually got things to share.  The first is the little cardigan I made for my granddaughter.

It's been posted so hopefully it will get to her soon and I can find out if it fit her or not before starting another.

With the wool I had left, I made two little baby tops for The Mayo and Roscommon Hospice fundraiser.  You can see our fundraiser if you're on facebook, HERE.

One angel wings pinafore dress.

And a little short sleeved cardigan.  I'm not sure about this one but it looked nice on my granddaughter's Hare toy (which is living with me for now...until I can bear to send him home with his real owner).

I haven't done any stitching at all.  I've managed to get Anita Neptune's story away to my amazing proof reader and the next flower for M'Lady's SAL has been released but no stitching at all.  My photos are terrible so I'm sharing the photo of the computer mock up.  This week it is Truthful Honesty.

My crafting mojo has been limited and replaced with sorrow and reflection.

Unfortunately we had to have our little Border Terrier, Portly, put to sleep and it's really thrown me.  He was 16 and he'd grown up with my sons so I felt that I wasn't only loosing him, I was loosing the final link to my sons being little. I know, weird, but that is how I felt. 

We took him to the vet on Saturday and she gave us the news that his kidneys were failing but that he wasn't suffering at the moment.  We made the decision to bring him home for the weekend and spoil him rotten before taking him back.  I think a part of me was hoping he would fall asleep in his bed and just not wake up.  Unfortunately, on the Sunday he took a drastic turn for the worse and we had to rush him back to the vets where, fortunately our main vet, John, was in, working on an emergency caesarean.  

John was perfect with us.  My son had held Portly in a blanket in the car and I took over when we got to the vets.  I refused to put Portly on the table.  He was cuddling me and was calm and I wanted him to stay that way.  John was so gentle with him and it was over in moment.  He died in my arms, and the last thing he saw were my husband and son's faces and the last thing he felt was my arms around him and the boys stroking him.

We buried him wrapped in a blanket, with a couple of flower pots (his favourite toys) and planted a flowering cherry next to him.  He's near my kitchen window, in a spot he used to love lying in, sunbathing.  

I miss him so much it hurts.  He was old, a bit smelly, balding in places like an old teddy bear and incontinent. But heck, he was a good and loyal little dog, he was my son's best friend and he put up with the arrival of four more dogs, chickens, geese and ducks and took it all in his stride.  He had every right to be as smelly as he liked, and well, the floor can be washed.

I miss him.  I miss his getting under my feet constantly tripping me up. I miss him sneezing at us every time we stroked him.  I miss him.  

So, I guess I'm thanking Portly for gifting us the perfect companionship my boys needed as they grew up.  For gifting us with his loyalty, his love and his horrifically stinky wind issues.  Thank you Portly. I hope he will be there waiting for me when it's my turn..and I won't mind one bit if he still smells.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Still happy days!

Phew, where did this week go???

Thank you all so much for your kind comments on my previous post. I really appreciated them.

Well it's been a week of swings and roundabouts followed by a huge pile of candyfloss!

I'm doing well.  My cancer markers are still in double figures so that's great. That's the swing.  Then I had the roundabout.   I had treatment yesterday and my neutrophil and white cell counts were down! BOO! HISS!

I swear, I have the wimpiest neutrophils in the whole wide world..up there with eyebrows. The first things to run at the slightest sight of trouble.

So home I toddle, leaving my immune system somewhere behind me and without second treatment.  Then I got a phone call today saying the Prof wants me to stay on my treatment anyway so off I toddle again to pick the tablets up.

Bag packed in case of trip to A and E regardless.  Crochet...check,  stitching...check.  PJs.  PJs? Argh!  No room for PJs!

 I'm not going to start the tablets until Sunday. This will give my bloods a bit of a chance to recover. Two days won't make a lot of difference cancer wise but it may make a difference with me ending up in A and E.

It's been a busy week. I didn't meet all my goals but I did well.  So here's my candyfloss (without the calories).

This is the mock up of a brand new Halloween SAL which will start soon....featuring Wizards.  And honestly, they are more contrary than the witches ever were!

I  made a start on the embroidery project I brought home from the Embroidery Guild meeting.  I won't be able to go this week because of the low blood counts. I can't go anywhere near infection or possible sources of infection.  I'm gutted.

This features stem stitch, bullion knots and herringbone stitch.  I love it!  I altered the colours and added a few bits here and there..well, it's what we do isn't it, we personalise to make it ours?

I made a cardigan for my granddaughter (fitting nicely with gifted gorgeousness).  Excuse the towel. It's what it was being blocked on.

I hate putting sleeves in cardigans and jumpers.  I would kill for an all in one pattern where the sleeves are made at the same time. I know there's one there somewhere but I haven't found it yet!

The next flower in M'Lady's Greenhouse was released this week as well. Thankful Agrimony.  I really surprised myself with this design. I hate backstitch and there I was, designing with backstitch!

The latest witchy story has almost been finished so hopefully that will be out soon as well.

I didn't get to stitch on Jacque's Rest, but it's all primed and ready to go.

Ooo and I have a new project. I've been asked to write for a Poverty organisation on healthy eating and making five euros work like ten.  Not entirely sure how I fell into that one, but it's all good fun and I really enjoy writing!

Goals this week:
Stay out of hospital
Stitch on Jacques Rest
Crochet a baby top for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice fundraiser.
Finish the embroidery I started.
Crochet on the baby cupcake blanket.

So, quite a bit to keep me busy as well as looking after all the veggies in the polytunnel! I'l get some photos for next week.  

Thank you all for popping by and for writing your blogs. I haven't been commenting much but I have been reading. I read for half an hour before bed while I wait for sleeping meds to kick in.  You are all so talented!  I'll leave you with a photo of one of my neighbours.  The cheeky wee madam actually stopped in front of the car to let me take a photos.  Talk about a poser!

Happy crafting!

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