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Hello my dear friends who join in here with WOYWW – or What’s on your workdesk Wednesday – a fun and action packed hop around crafty blogs all over the globe. Pop over Here to find out about us all.

So – what you are all here for!! My desk….

Somewhat posed – as the desk is still neglected and abandoned – but more about that later! This was a lovely selection of goodies from Mrs D and hubby – looking forward to playing with these!! I can see that I’m going to be starting next year’s Christmas cards early if I play with that gorgeous stamp.

Now, you ALL know that John has been in hospital for a month – BUT – with the happy connivance of Mrs D, and a great deal of skulduggery, TA DA… this was my present from John – one of the limited edition purple Ultimate Pro gadgets. No, I’ve not had time to play yet – yes, I have opened it and gazed in awe – Thanks Mrs D!!

John, and our daughters, also managed to gaze, in prolonged bouts, at Ebay and Amazon and all sorts of web hunting places – and found LOADS of china which matched a set we had. You must understand that John and I have been married 43 and a half years now – and never, in all those years, have we had a set of china of our own choosing. When we got married my parents chose a tea and dinner service for us, which we used daily for many years. Then John’s dad came to live with us, and brought his lovely set with him, which we have continued to use since his death in 1983!!! They were great – but not of our choice. Does that sound ungrateful – I don’t mean it to be. However, last spring we had a table top sale at our church – and there, on said table – was a gorgeous dinner set. We fell in love! Unfortunately, it is no longer made by the original company, but, by much hunting, John, Joy and Ruth managed to find sufficient to provide us with birthday and Christmas presents to add to it – and now we have 12 place settings. Enough for the whole family when we are all together. It looked fabulous!

And this was the last of 8 huge boxes we opened over the past few days!

So that’s my desk….. and for anyone interested to read further, here’s just why my desk is still neglected and abandoned! Last week (Dec 21st) I had sat next to John when he was so very, very poorly. I was convinced that he was about to die. He made his peace with God and I told him it was ok not to fight any more.  Does this sound over dramatic? Sorry – but even the staff on the ward felt he wouldn’t survive; moving him from the main bay into a single side room so I could be there with him. By Monday evening he was out of bed, calling for the TV remote! I had called the family and they decided to travel up to see him. By Tuesday evening he was so much better they were wondering if they had needed to travel the length of Britain!!! I woke Wednesday morning thinking “I don’t think he needs to be in hospital. There is nothing more they can do – the antibiotics are no longer holding infections at bay. He would like to die at home. I’m going to ask”” So – talking to the family, we all agreed that we would ask to get him home for Christmas. He would need oxygen, a bedroom commode, a trip home in an ambulance, and us to all swap around rooms so that John and I could be in our own space. It was all go. People maligne our NHS – but believe me when I tell you that within 20 minutes of asking my questions, the consultant had been spoken to, oxygen for the home was being set up, the palliative care team were alerted, a commode was ordered and we could pick it up from Llanfairfechan on Christmas Eve morning. It was only needing John to say he would like to be here. We all decided that question should be put by the consultant! I went into the hospital Wednesday afternoon and John and I spoke with the consultant, who was lovely. We know that there is nothing more medically that can be done to prevent the infections taking such a strong hold. They have run out of antibiotics to try. I simply have to keep giving him chest physio morning noon and night (the consultant’s words!!) SOoooo – John agreed to come home, not knowing how long he has. He could live for months, years, or days. The family all left on Christmas Eve to go elsewhere for the Christmas celebrations. We had two fabulous days by ourselves here. Very precious times. The oxygen man was great, and has fitted tubing to a VERY impressive machine, which means John can go anywhere in the house – up or down. The commode is on wheels, which means I can run him around upstairs – he isn’t walking very far yet – although when downstairs he is walking around with increasing strength; joining in with family things. He can’t leave the house yet, as we don’t have mobile oxygen – that’s my next request of our poor beleaguered NHS – that and a wheelchair. Then I can get him out and about a little. It’s a big birthday for him in three weeks, and I have a VERY special treat planned – How precious it would be if we could actually achieve this treat.

You can only imagine the huge raft of emotional upheaval we have been through this past few weeks. Talk about rollercoaster ride! I never knew rollercoasters went quite so vertically – always thought there was a bit of a slope!!!!!!!!!!!! Only Father God knows what is to happen. Only John knows whether he has any more fight left in him if he goes down with yet another huge infection. I only know that we intend to take each day we have and make the most of them. I thank you so very much for your prayers. It has meant so much to us to hear from you that you have been praying for us in all this. You are a fantastic bunch of folk, and we both appreciate you so much.

That’s it – you will be pleased to know!

Take care, each and every one of you. God bless you in 2016.


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    Love the post. So glad to read you and family were able to buy all the pieces to the china you love. And I don’t see it as ungrateful. I haven’t followed along with your story as long as many WOYWW bloggers but I know this has been a tough year for you and your family. Your strength and courage is inspiring. Thank you for stopping and leaving a comment earlier. While I’m running late I am enjoying a leisure day of visiting everyone’s posts. Happy New Year!
    Fri, 01 Jan 2016 21:35:41

    Awesome post today! It sounds like your life is full of all sorts of set backs and blessings. I hope you make it to the special birthday! Sad story is that with all we know about medicine we actually know so little! Happy New Year! Enjoy your new toys. Vickie
    Fri, 01 Jan 2016 21:13:29

    Zoe – craftygasheadzo
    What a fabulous post though I am sorry to read about your John. Sending blessings to you all. Happy New Year to you and yours. Take care Zo xx 30
    Fri, 01 Jan 2016 12:58:37

    You have a wonderful blog. I am new to the WOYWW, and am trying to get to everyone’s blog to have a look. I got stuck at yours. I have very good friends who live in Tywyn. It has been years since I have been there – maybe one day. Sounds as though you have been through a trying time – hopefully 2016 brings you health and happiness. Best, Kia
    Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:00:18

    Carol N
    It is so wonderful that John was able to come home but so sad that he cannot be helped by the medical people. My prayers are still with you all. The china is gorgeous! I hope you have a most blessed New Year. Thanks for the updates. Carol N #34
    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:15:36

    Have fun using your new ultimate pro. Wishing you a very cretaive New year, butterfliecrafter #11
    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:32:49

    Hi Margaret,seeing your name posted, I had to come and see how John was faring, and indeed, how you are holding up.I know only too well how much strain is put on the one not in hospital, and I also know just how wonderful our Health Service can be. It is wonderful to read that John was able to be at home for Christmas, and that at the moment, he is strong enough for you to cope. I really do wish that this continues so you can go ahead with your planned Birthday treat.As you say, it’s taking things day by day, for indeed, none of us know what the future holds. Our love and hopes and wishes for Johns good health into 2016. Have a great week, and a Happy, peaceful New Year from us to you & yours. Hugs, Shaz #28 xxxx
    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:27:27

    At the pointy end, where it matters, the NHs is a gift. I am delighted that you were able to have John home and to yourself for a couple of days and that you’ve had such a marvellous Christmas. How special. Love your China…that’s the sort of thing that makes you smile every time you look at it. Blessings to you both, and strength and love.
    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:04:00

    Oh Margaret, what can we say. We are thinking of you and send our very best wishes. I hope that birthday treat is perfect and that you both enjoy a very special time. x Jo
    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:20:57

    Dear Margaret and John – how pleased I was to see your post and learn that you got John home and enjoyed your precious time together. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. Hope you get to celebrate John’s special birthday with the very special treat 🙂 Lots of lovely presents there and I agree the dinner service is lovely. Hugs Anne x #17
    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:11:45

    Blwyddyn Newydd Dda, Margaret and John. I’m sure that after all the turmoil, you are glad he’s home. Take care lovely gal. Hugs, LLJ 8 xx
    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:03:52

    As soon as I saw your name in the list I had to see how John was and how your Christmas had been. So glad you got to spend Christmas as you did and what a wonderful set of gifts you had – the best – John, second – the china. Dear Margaret, thinking of you and including you in prayer. Neet 4 xx
    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 07:28:05

    Hi Margaret, Congrats on getting your China set you both love,hunting it all down makes a fantastic story to how you tracked it all down. Glad to hear John is at home where he can be so much more relaxed and enjoy time with family Have a happy new tear to both of you hugs Nikki 1
    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 07:13:46

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