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Good morning my friends. Another week has flown past and here we are in September. Today (6th) is my younger daughter’s 20th wedding anniversary – goodness, where have all those years gone??? Yesterday was the first anniversary of John’s death – I simply cannot believe a whole year has gone by – a year in which I have done and gone through so many “firsts”. Not only the “first Christmas”, “first birthday”, but also the first time I bought a car – ever!; the first motor insurance in my own name – at 66; the first time I ever booked a B&B – to go to the crop. I know to you young folk that seems incredible – but there it is – John did these things. However… I did them – I’m getting brave – boldly going… etc!

So, my desk this week. Looks very similar to last week, doesn’t it? But, I assure you that isn’t through inactivity – no – the desk is piled even higher as I have been delving further into Mrs D’s Christmas box, hauling out (and piling up on my desk) bits I could maybe use… There’s her box of Christmas peel offs, her bags of potential toppers, pads and papers, images of the stamp she had planned to use, baby wipe, glue, my wax colours, and there at the front 2 cards drying off. I now have a neat pile of 55 cards for her and Mr D. I’m a bit chuffed!

Said cards a bit closer – the last two I have so far done, using the stamp Mrs D had chosen, some of her papers and toppers, but my “Noel” and flower dies.

I found this piece,embossed and green coloured, in the box, and thought it looked good – an embossing folder I love – so played. Cut it down a bit, added some more colour and the scroll-shaped sentiment, some border… and another of the 55. None of the cards I’ve made,Β are terribly complicated, I’m afraid!

So there you have me this week folks. Up to my eyes in Christmas cards, still working my way through all our CDs to see which are my taste, and rejoicing in the fact that Mrs D was released from hospital custody yesterday, and she and hubby went to their elder daughter’s home for her to recover a little before returning to the boat.

Only three weeks to the crop!! Oooo, I’m so looking forward to it!

I will hope to visit you all – but it may take a few days. Life here is complicated in various ways… but I’ll get there.

Take care everyone. God bless.


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    Hi Margaret, you desk looks very industrious and those cards you’ve made for Mrs D are delightful. My DH keeps warning me that if ‘anything happened’ to him I would have to do many of the’firsts’ you’ve had to face this last year too. Judging by your experience I don’t think he has much to worry about. Looking forward to the crop too. Hugs, Elizabeth xx PS: How many of us are going to be there – do you know yet?
    Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:37:41

    I am really late visiting desks this week – busy on Nanny duties! It’s hard to believe a year has passed since you lost your dear hubby. I guess that says that we should make the best of every day as time is whizzing by. Your lovely cards are so neat and perfect – I am useless with papercraft but have knitted a lovely hoodiewith giraffe buttons this week. xx Jo
    Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:10:35

    Hi Margaret, loving your Christmas cards though they are making me nervous Lol! as I haven’t started any yet. Have a happy woyww, Angela x14x
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 22:07:39

    Carol N
    Sounds like you’re doing quite well. I’m sure all those “firsts” were difficult but God has been holding you all the way! Beautiful cards! And glad the Mrs. D has been release. God bless! Carol N #26
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 20:25:13

    Hello Margaret. I was very touched reading about your ‘first’ re your dear husband John. I cannot believe it is already a year. Hugs to you. I am so looking forward to the crop. I cannot believe it has come around so quickly. I am looking forward to meeting everyone as well as looking forward to our holiday – a much needed break. My mum’s situation is far from resolved unfortunately and I worry so much but just hope that it will get sorted, at the moment she is close by and safe so I have to be thankful for that at least πŸ™‚ Anne x #17
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:43:54

    Hi Margaret, I think that because of the sheer number of cards you are doing not complicated means they will get done πŸ™‚ I like the poinsettia one a great deal. ~Stacy #33
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:10:32

    Wow so many cards what a wonderful fete… your cards are beautiful… Have a happy week ahead… May #10
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:23:43

    Hello Margaret, as I have recently returned to WOYWW I have to play catch up with everyone so I realize through context that John was your husband. I am sorry for your loss and it sounds like you are handling the ‘firsts’ well. Time does seem to fly by. My youngest just turned 10 and I remember changing his diapers like it was yesterday. Your cards look amazing. I especially like the pink and green one. I hope you have a blessed day filled with sprinkles of joy. Thanks for sharing your beautiful art. Belinda #32
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:24:40

    Wow, 55 cards! That’s awesome! She will be thrilled! And they are beautiful to boot! Glad she’s home and feeling better, have a great week, thanks for sharing! Lindart #31
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:05:17

    Gorgeous Christmas cards! Being in my 70s, I completely understand about your ‘firsts’ since John passed. Sending hugs, dear friend. #30
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:31:02

    Oh Margaret, I’m sending you big hugs for the first year after John died, goodness, that’s gone quickly. I bet it hasn’t for you but I do so admire your fighting spirit, those firsts were important, be they little or huge.
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:52:10

    Shaz in Oz.x
    Comparatively tidy for my idea of mess Margaret.. I’m up to eyeballs in other things so no time to WOYWW glad though Mrs D is on road to mending.. sorry but late getting card away, time always seems to eat me these days. God bless dear sis, Shaz.x
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:19:00

    Hi Margaret,the cards are beautiful. I’m so glad to hear Mrs D is out of hospital, I’m sure that alone has made her feel much better. Getting some stuff organised for the crop, you are not alone in being excited that it’s only 3 weeks away. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #5 XxX
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:16:47

    Sarah Brennan
    Hi Margaret, 55 Christmas cards! No wonder they are not very complicated; beautiful nevertheless. Isn’t it great that Mrs D has escaped. Still hoping to make the crop with my crafty friend, but I won’t know for definite until after next week, so will be confirming then. Happy WOYWW Sarah #18
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:58:09

    Lisa M
    You have done brilliantly, Margaret, it’s not easy is it, all the firsts. Congratulations to your daughter too for her anniversary, we’ll have reached that milestone next year, like you say, where do the years go? I so admire you for making Christmas cards for your friend, she’ll be so grateful and it’s a lovely thing to do. Sorry I haven’t commented for a couple of weeks, blogger seemed to be making life difficult but, fingers crossed, it’s ok now. Enjoy your week Hugs Lisax #18
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:48:06

    Life is complicated….that seems like British understatement to me, especially after our phone conversation! Getting excited about Crop, it will be such fun to see folk. You’ve done Mrs D proud on the cards front, they need not be complicated to look great, as you’re proving, am sure she will be thrilled to bits. Good news about the move from hospital, now the real recovery can set in. Please give her my love.
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:16:15

    Lovely post in that it brings good news of Mrs D! Send her our love, hope the card arrived safely. Love the pink card, very pretty. Take care and God Bless you Christine #13
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:05:33

    Glad that Mrs D has been allowed out to recuperate! Well done on the cards you are making for her. Those ‘firsts’ are unwanted and certainly the hardest – well done for getting through them; it certainly does seem to have gone fast. Helen #1
    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 06:31:10

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