Oh my goodness – talk about AWOL! I haven’t posted since Jan 5th – so negligent have I been, that Neet wrote an email to me the other day to see if I was still in the land of the living!! Thanks Neet – I really appreciated that effort you made on my behalf – and to know you have been praying for us both was so very humbling.
So, hello my friends – and anyone who happens by here. I haven’t been around all these past weeks as I have been spending my time looking after John. He continues to confound the medics by getting better – although, having said that, he has gone down with a mild infection the past couple of days – and stronger. He is out and about a little. We have managed a trip to the local hospital for a special blood test and prescription, plus a trip up on to the ward. The staff were thrilled to see him and were amazed at how well he was. We have managed a trip to the Craft show at Event City, Manchester – something NOT to be undertaken by the fainthearted. We have managed a trip to Abakhan to help our younger daughter find fabric for some costumes for a Middle Earth themed birthday party requested by our youngest grandson – AND – we have managed to celebrate John’s 70th birthday in style. Admittedly, not on the day itself, as he wasn’t well enough – but two weeks ago instead.
But, first, the reason you are here. To see my desk today. Here goes!
I have finally used the first of those two mug trees – for all my tapes etc. – found a nice bright pot for paintbrushes – tidied my box of everyday useful bits – played a little – tried out a few new ideas – and made a card and envelope for our youngest grandie who turns 10 in a couple of weeks. There is also my daylight lamp, which is exceedingly useful the older I get, some stick and spray, the plates for the big shot, some gilding wax, some felting I dumfed, a pile of bits which are experiments, and three cards I tried playing out ideas with.
Mrs D and I managed a play day – and set out all our stencils and glittery embossing pastes, and had a great deal of fun! The two brownish pieces are an experiment after I read Shaz in Oz’s post (Which, needless to say, I can’t find this morning, in order to put in a link and give her the credit. Sorry, Shaz!). I wanted to try and put something “behind” an embossed image. Not a total success by any means – and certainly nowhere NEAR anything which Shaz produced – but fun and an interesting result. Shaz had inked up an embossing folder, then put a stamped image onto it as well – it just looked as though the stamped image was peeking out through the embossing.
Well, so much for my desk this morning – and, if you have got this far…. a HUGE thank you to those who have been praying for us – a picture for you, to “warm the cockles of your heart!
My treat to John for his birthday was a flight over Snowdon and up the coast here to Llandudno. We managed it a fortnight ago. John was up for the challenge – and we somehow managed to shoehorn him into this tiny plane. Four replacement joints mean he doesn’t bend like the rest of us!! However, he got in, I climbed in the other side – and we were up, up and away. Couldn’t get over Snowdon because the cloud base was too low – but travelled up from Caernarfon airport along the coastline, passing many familiar places, until we flew right over our bungalow. Then it was back along the Menai Straits, passing Puffin Island, over the two bridges which link Anglesey to the mainland, over Newborough Warren and Llanddwyn Island and back into the airport. It was fantastic – all the more precious because of how ill John was just before Christmas. 45minutes in the air, and when we landed, John said “Now, how about we go out for lunch”!!! A great lunch on Anglesey, then we drove back home through the mountains we had seen from above. A wonderful day. Thank you, my friends, for your prayers for us. God is faithful, and has heard your heart cry on our behalf.
So – that’s about it for this week. If you have happened here by chance – why not find out more. Pop over to Julia – she will tell you more about What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday
Take care, each and every one of you.