Thank you dear friends and followers for your visits, for your love and prayers for both myself and Freddie. I really appreciate you taking the time to call in, view my artwork and leave such wonderful comments. Sending you all love, hugs and blessings,
Thank you dearest Patti. This award originated in Germany and means Beloved Blog. A wonderful word! I too have so many beloved blogs that I love and follow but time catches up with me and I cannot name them all. So I accept this award with thanks and grace but I think now I must say.. This is now an award free blog.! Thank you all.xx
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My 100 Themes
The Digital Whispers Challenge
This is me!
I am a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I have two wonderful children and their better halves! Two grandchildren, ditto, and two beautiful great grandchildren.
I am very disabled and spend most of my time in a wheelchair in front of this computer. I'd fade away without it. It's my contact with my friends and the great world wide web!
I am surrounded with most of my family who are very supportive, caring and loving. I am indeed blessed.
As you can see, this poor fellow has fallen from his super powered
bicycle. I had fun making this Steampunk collage.
Adding to yesterday's Home Help memories, I went to an elderly lady as a Holiday Relief. She wanted some shopping done and gave me a list. Up until then I don't think I had ever met anyone so cantankerous, fussy and downright unloveable!
I walked to the shop, not far and while there, we had a sudden cloudburst and the main road I had to cross was totally flooded. I had to wade through knee deep water and I was totally soaked, my hair dripping, in fact everything dripping. When I got back, I stood dripping onto a sheet of newspaper she had lain on the floor and I asked if she'd mind signing my chit so I could leave off early to go home and change my clothes, and I would make up the 10 minutes left next time I came.
No....she wanted me to cut her hair.
So there I stood, dripping onto more newspaper as I cut her hair....
I still had to go home on my bicycle and change, even my underwear was wet! I was 10 minutes late getting to the next client, who didn't mind at all!
Yes, she was definitely unloveable, and has always stuck in my mind.
At last a nurse came this morning to dress Freddie's feet and look at his leg wound. Not before I had been on the phone to remind them. His leg is very painful and it is not surprising when you see it. He has an infection there and is on a massive dose of anti biotics. Being diabetic of course it takes much longer to heal.
In between doing chores, hanging out washing, etcetera, I've been looking at all the beautiful collages for the Three Muses TAW challenge. Memories. And my mind has been working overtime today. After the nurse came, my mind took me back to the mid 60's when I was a Home Help. As well as caring for clients, we had to clean their house up too. Much different today, where they only get half an hour to prepare a lunch. No cleaning the house!
One of my early jobs, they had those old piece mats on the floor. Everyone had them years ago and they never wore out. These were never shaken out either. So I took them up to sweep the floor. No vacuums then. You should have seen the muck and dust that came out of them. Well perhaps not 'cos when I got home I had to stand in the bath to remove all my clothes as the fleas were jumping off me!!
I went to a dear old man and stayed with him as a client a long, long time. He swore like a trooper and when he discovered he knew my Granddad, well he was putty in my hands! The doctor called once and asked if he always swore like that when he spoke to me. Oh no problem, I replied. I just swear right back!
That was the first time I'd ever been offered a cup of tea in a pudding basin! Memories.....
I remember how much it saddened me to visit old people who had sons or daughters maybe living almost in the next street but they never came to visit. I've never forgotten that....
I've rambled enough, I must go and get Freddie something to eat or he'll give me the sack!
I have sadly neglected making any pictures for dear friend June over at Dezinaworld. I know she understands as she has been going through traumas herself.
She sent me her new sheet of 'Graceful Beauties' so I made these this morning with much pleasure. There's nothing I like more than these beautiful vintage images of gorgeous ladies so I hope you like what I've done. There are so many more on the sheet. Do pop over to visit June. She'd love to have you visit.
I made this some weeks ago and I found it again yesterday.
It's Thursday here for me already although this will come under Wednesday's posting.
Yesterday was long and tiring. First I had a fall in the garden. My grandson came round the corner to find me lying there. I'd been trying to water some pots, stick in one hand and watering can in the other.
He made me laugh as he said afterwards he thought Nan was sunbathing! LOL!
No harm done but I ache all over. Richard cut the grass, front and back and tidied the edges and he made a wonderful job of it.
Freddie arrived by ambulance at 3.30pm. The man and woman with the ambulance said they don't often take people home to see a welcome like this! They inspected the garden and summerhouse, helping Freddie and he looked happy to be home. I was almost in tears as I went to the gate to thank them as they left.. I hardly believed this day would ever come.
So he's home safe and sound, doing his exercises and I can't believe how much medication he's brought home and how much he has to take. So this morning he's had his pills, tea and porridge in bed where he's still having a lie in now.
Looks like being another hot one.
Have a great day everyone and thank you for all your messages and support.
All these pics were taken about an hour or so ago, so you can see how my garden is faring.
My Canary Bird is now full of blooms and looks a picture!
I have miniature fruit trees, a pear and a crab apple, both now full of blooms.
There's a couple of patches of bluebells which will surely spread.
The little daisy weed gently blooming.
My two lilac trees are showing their deep purple colour now.
And one view from the summerhouse where you can see the canary bird.
My neighbour opposite has an enormous Cherry blossom tree in her garden and I can see it as I sit here and type. Full of pink flowers that look like candy floss.
And here as promised is my Summer House. I think you may be able to enlarge the pictures.
My legs and back were so tired as I took these pics so they are a bit wobbly!
You can see my pink dralon armchairs, the green curtains and what do you think of my old blanket chest on the back wall. It's very old and I painted and distressed it 30 odd years ago but the pink roses I painted on are still quite fresh looking.
The back wall has three of my canvasses on and three pictures my sister got me.
It also has a large rug you cannot see where you can scrunch you toes. I love bare feet in the garden.
Still in a lacy mode I made this. The pretty fairy is embroidered.
I have spent the whole morning with Freddie and it was lovely.
I managed to push him in a wheelchair down to the canteen for a coffee and a cheese scone, spread thickly with butter. (He needs fattening up!). The wheelchair was a great support for me. All the years he has pushed me around in my wheelchair, we never ever thought I would push him. I couldn't manage outside but in nice wide corridors I managed very well.
The Staff Nurse came in to redress his feet and leg. The long scar on his leg has healed at the top but the bottom for about 5 inches looks very nasty. She has sent away another swab.
He is feeling much stronger and I am so very thankful for that.
This has turned up on my granddaughter's Facebook page so I just had to
show you, to prove I really did have a slow 'sway' with my dear son holding me up!
You can also see more of the dress and the shoes!
I went to see Freddie yesterday afternoon and he has a lovely room on the ground floor with a big window and lawn and trees and shrubs outside. A large TV on the wall opposite his bed and they are very pleased with him. He has lots of exercises to do. They even took him in a wheelchair to the dining room yesterday so it feels he's getting back to normality.
I am visitting him again this morning and meeting up there with his niece Jenny and her husband Keith.
He looks so very much better and they think there's no reason why he shouldn't come home soon.....
Theme Thursday Challenge is to use an animal in your picture.
Well I hope this starts your day with a big smile.
'Did you McClean your teeth today?'
Remember that old advert?
At last I have something else to smile about! Yesterday Freddie was moved from Norwich to Cromer for rehab. Not as close as originally planned as they had no beds but close enough for me to drive to alone.
I'm going to see him this afternoon and take him some clothes.
Just a vintage baby photograph I played with a few days ago.
The Summerhouse Story.
I mentioned a little time ago my sister Jackie was helping to make my old summerhouse look a little more glamorous inside, and we succeeded. But it was rotten through and through and would need a lot of money spent on it and it would still be old...
So I took the bull by the horns (as I am apt to do) and ordered a new one.
Only ordered 6 days ago it arrived yesterday at 7.30am. And it was up and all finished by 9.30am.
It is this exact model, above.
Two very nice young Latvian men did the work and I have never seen anyone work so hard or so fast. They were brilliant and cleared up every trace of their work in the garden when they had finished.
So when everything is transferred and I acquire a few nails etc. to hang my canvasses I shall take some photos and show you.
Now we are just waiting (again) for a bed for Freddie for rehab. This time it should be only 4 or 5 miles away so very easy to visit him.
Wow! What a night. From the picture above you'd think we were half drunk.
I assure you, I'd only just arrived and wanted my pic taken with the Birthday girl
before she was whisked away.
I sat with Stanley and Jen, and there they are dancing the night away later in the evening.
Skyela looked gorgeous in her long party frock and was obviously thirsty.
Some more family. Grandson Richard, Stanley and Sally looking rather hot!
I didn't get a chance to photograph Ashton, he was far too busy.
And of course I couldn't photograph myself having my slow dance with Richard and later Stanley,
both holding me up! My feet hurt, my back hurt, in fact I hurt all over but all forgotten
for the camera!
There were heaps of gorgeous food, followed by a great selection of cupcakes!
The disco was brilliant with all sorts of pretty coloured fairylights flickering around the room
but not really my kind of music and sooooo loud!
There were lots of children there with no tears or screams. They all seemed to like the music and rythyms and did there own thing on the dance floor. My little great niece Lauren was dancing all night!
I held out until 10.30pm. but I think it went on till midnight.
Everyone looked as though they had a great time. I've already told Freddie by phone all that happened.
So here I am this morning...still totally exhausted!
This a painting on porcelain I did many years ago. It hangs in my kitchen and always cheers me as I look at it each day.The background in this picture is just for 'show', my kitchen walls are plain.
It has been fired many times to get the depth of colour. Red is always a funny colour for china painters. If you fire too high it sometimes comes out brown! (Ask me how I know that!!)
My Sally has just been to have a coffee with me before starting her work. Today is my beautiful Granddaughter Rebecca's 30th. Birthday. Speaking to her on the phone this morning and the gorgeous sunshine has lifted my spirits and I'm feeling much better, though still very painful.
She is having a party tonight and I shall be taking myself. Freddie is so disappointed to miss it. He thought he would be home by now...
I still haven't decided what to wear, or what to put on my painful toes!
So I shall put on some glad rags, apply the old Polyfilla and paint, wear the crown jewels and take off.
I shall see lots of people I know which will be nice for me and I'll probably stay until the disco gets so loud I can't stand it any longer!
Yesterday I didn't put anything on here. It's most unusual for me to miss a day. I had to organise myself in the morning to visit the surgery for my medication, the post office for the pension and a few etceteras I had to do. The sun had brought on a Lupus flare and I felt awful. I still had to prepare food for my dog and see to his needs and find something to eat for myself. I was totally exhausted so rested as much as I could. Then I had a nice young man come to see the garden and he's coming soon to cut the grass but it's only temporary as he's so busy.
Then Freddie rang to say they have suggested rehab for him so coming home next week has flown out the window. Yes I know, my sensible side tells me of course he needs it but a disappointment for both him and me.
Today I am counting my blessings, which are many! I was given a little book 'Encouragement Changes Everything' so I've had a little browse and found this.
Don't let yourself
Worry when you're doing your best.
Hurry when success depends on accuracy.
Think evil of anyone till you have the facts.
Believe a thing is impossible without trying it.
Waste time on trivial matters.
Imagine that good intentions are a satisfactory excuse.
Harbour bitterness toward God or person.
John C. Maxwell
So today I am dwelling on these thoughts and hope I feel a little stronger. I have been managing alone now almost 7 weeks......so Upwards and Onwards.
Here is my Collage for this weeks Three Muses Challenge..Victorian Elegance.
My haughty lady is surrounded with her sparkling paste brooches, her scented note cards, and a feather from her peacock feather fan. To me she is the epitomy of Victorian elegance.
We tend to think of this sort of romantic image of Victorians. Unfortunately there was another side to the coin, with extreme poverty, terrible working conditions and child labour. Just read Charles Dickens.
This afternoon I've been to the garage for petrol as John is driving us in my car to Norwich this evening to see Freddie. He has seen his Consultant and asked if he could go home by Saturday. But she said they'll keep him in a bit longer, perhaps over the weekend.
'Knowing how your wife is, we want to get you a bit stronger'.
So it's my fault he can't come home yet!!
So I made this little Butterfly girl this afternoon. The pretty background is by Astrid. Thank you so much Astrid. The elements are by Idgie and the little girl from my collection. I hope you like her.
Today I thought I'd show you a few pics of my garden. These are just some of the shrubs that are in flower at the moment, with lots more in bud to flower later. The Forsythia and Daphne are now going over but there is no perfume to compare with Daphne!
The bulbs have been flowering and give you such a welcome splash of colour, first the snowdrops, then the daffodillies and tulips. I used to have lots of crocus but the birds ate them!
Freddie loves his garden and it was always immaculate but sadly the grass has now got lots of weeds and moss showing and I think I really must get someone to come and see to it. The grandchildren have trimmed and cut the grass so far but now with work commitments they have no time.
Unfortunately if you dont give a garden regular care, nature can soon send it wild!
We've had some welcome rain in the night but now it is clearing.
Wishing you all a happy garden full of Spring blossom.