Monday, 30 November 2015

Saying Goodbye to November :)

November has been a challenging month for us, and I have to admit that I'm quite happy to see it go :) We've not only had Grandma and Grandad's health problems we've also been in the midst of a lot of changes for our sweet Angel Esther. Esther turned the grand old age of 18 this month, and whilst we did have a very small family party and a happy time for our Angel, it was a milestone that was saddened with a kind of grieve for a life lost (that sounds melodramatic ...I don't mean it to be ...but it is almost as if we were grieving for the life and experiences little Esther will never be able to enjoy just a sad reminder)   It's hard to think of this itsy bitsy, teensy weensy,  small girl as an adult ...she's barely into children's size 12-13 clothes ...she's too small to be a 'grown-up' haha :)
We've hit a big milestone that means lots of changes now, Education, Health Care, Finances, Respite Care, everything changes. In the last number of months we have been in a period of Transition as we have moved from the relative safety of Children's Services to the vast unknown and very scary world of  Adult Services where we have had further assessments and evaluations :( It has been a very stressful time, the process is long and tedious and we have more to come before plans are put in place and we can feel like we are moving forward. The main impact upon Esther (and Miriam) is that Esther can no longer access the same overnight respite facilities as Mim (where they went to Maplewood together)  Tonight we have Miriam away on her own at Maplewood and Esther home with Mum and Dad (Poor Angel is lost without her little sister, she's searched every room looking for Mim , even under Mim's duvet on her bed! haha And I suspect Mim will be just as lost on her own at Maplewood ...it seems so mean separating them) We have found somewhere that we feel ticks all the boxes for providing the support and care Esther will need for her overnight respite and are hoping that  we can start the slow process of helping her adapt to new surroundings and new staff very soon ...I am dreading it, but it has to be done :( We are fortunate that we still have another year at school before she leaves, so at least she has that same continuity during these current changes but it is all coming upon us so dangerously fast.  I knew I should have lied about her date of birth years ago ...hehehe But we will get through it ... Jacob is lucky that he's missing all the drama ..hahaha  I miss his calming and comforting presence, I could really do with  a Jakey-poo hug right now ! (I am having lots of Abi-snail hugs ...but I'm a little worried that I could be using my quota up... and wearing her arms out! ..hehehe) By the time Jacob comes home we'll hopefully  be well established and happy in our  and Esther's new future ... and ready to start with Miriam's Transition ....grooooan! :))

Anyways the end of November also means it is time to pack my beloved Pumpkins away for another year ...but before I do, I had to share a new Pumpkin :)  .....
My beautiful ...HUUUUUGE Velvet Pumpkin! :) It took two large cushion inserts to stuff that big boy :) ..and I'm not sure if it didn't need more ! haha The Mad Pumpkin woman strikes again ...if life is turbulent and unsettled go stuff a Pumpkin I  absolutely guarantee it will make you smile and feel much better ! ...hahaha :) Where I'm going to store this beast I have no idea ...it's almost the size of a small foot stool! (and no-one is allowed to rest their smelly feet on this baby! ..hehe) I'm not even sure it will fit into the bottom of my wardrobe ..haha!  I'll figure it out tomorrow ...I could even just leave it out for Christmas and decorate it with some holly ..haha

Time for me to go find the Advent calenders and get everything ready for December 1st tomorrow :) I might have to let a sweet  little, Angel Esther have a sneaky chocolate on her own before she goes to school in the morning ;)
Hugs Wendy x x x 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Some-Angel has been watching me a bit tooo closely...

..we have one little Angel in our home that we have to be particularly aware of  at all times ... because  ....she watches!! :)  She watches when you don't think she's watching ...her eyes are always busy ;) The watching isn't actually the problem ...it's what comes after that can give cause for alarm.   Angel Miriam copies, she watches then she copies ...in her own fashion ....like when she watches someone using scissors ...well, we know what happens there don't we ... scissors are always dangerous if you have and want to keep your hair! :) haha  Or should you be using a screwdriver to fix a plug ...she doesn't need a screw driver to have a go ..she can improvise with a pencil  Or stirring a pan on the hob, emptying rice out of the packet into the storage jar...the list is endless :)  ... OR .... if she happens to see you 'frogging' or unpicking some stitches on your beautiful Christmas cross stitch project! ...can you see where this is going ... Its going here ...
I must have foolishly left my 'unpicker' tool in my little sewing pouch and my Angel decided to have a go! :( Got to love her wanting to try her hand a stitching like her Mama though :)   Sadly the linen is too badly hacked to be able to save the whole piece, but  I have managed to save the Santa and a couple of stars by unpicking the reindeer and creating space to cut out a small pillow tuck portion. I had already restarted this piece twice before, because I'd (twice!) misjudged the centre of the fabric,
so starting for a third time won't be too hard ...hehehe  And fortunately it is a big piece of linen so there is still room to start again :) ...no scissors and no cutting, will be happening until the whole project is finished ... I can't afford to give those watching eyes any ideas ...hahaha :)  

Remember my comfort shopping ??hehehe...
I may have gotten carried away in the Christmas Tree decoration department! :) haha

We need a closer look ...
Love my Gingers ... I couldn't pass these little fellas up now could I !?

Ooooh and ...
Pom-Pom Snowmen ... 3 for the price of  2 ...SOLD!!! hahaha

And just because ....
well, because I can ...and I did! I  loved the reindeer as soon as I spotted him in another ladies hand. I swear I was having a hot flush as she umm'd and aahh'd over it, then , when she put it back down ...I dived in there like the pro I am and it was in my basket  and I was off down that aisle quick as a flash ...and I didn't dare look back to see if  she'd seen me! hahaha ...What was I to do?? ..It was the last one!!

And because I was in need of a lot of comfort after my hectic nursing weeks..;) 
 I just had to have these woolly felted tree garlands ... I was thinking of my Angels and their health and  safety, hehehe  ...no more Tinsel to eat ...and poo! (I'm sorry, but you've never experienced changing a baby or child's nappy/diaper until you've experienced Tinsel in their poo! ... Sorry too much information I'm sure ...hehehe)

But truly my heart did skip a beat when I saw all the snow globes on display ... I should have taken a photo in the shop ...soooooo beautiful ... And I can never resist a snow globe ..
or two! :)  I'm not overly keen on some of the more modern ones, I quite like the more traditional globes, like the Christmas Tree and I always love the Nativity ones ...and this one was sweet and simple without been too ornate or overly religious :) 

 I can happily say that I shopped till I dropped and completely refuelled and de-stressed :)  And I might as well confess that the shopping didn't stop there either  ...I came home and hit the 'add to basket' on line too ... Now I'm hoping Mr Postman can make his deliveries right in the middle of all the Christmas post and packages ...helps disguise my naughtiness from hubby! hehehehe

Hugs Wendy x x x

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Stitching Issues...

Oh boy have I had some stitching issues this last couple of weeks or so :(  Usually hospital visiting and Grandad-sitting are some of my most productive times ...not so this time ... I've unpicked, restarted, trimmed, unpicked again and again and again!! My head and stitching fingers are most definitely not in the 'zone' ... My first problem was with...
 the backing for my woolly Pumpkins (I'm most definitely NOT showing you the back ..hehehe) I love the woolly front and the richness of the Pumpkin coloured wool on the tongues so  I chose a lovely Pumpkin coloured brushed fabric ...(I think its one of the woolies from Maywood Studio fabrics) For some reason it turned out to be absolutely awful to sew with, (for me ...its probably a dream for everyone else !) It frayed terribly, even though I fray-checked it beforehand, I should probably have needle turned it all but I didn't quite have a piece big enough to do that ...I even had to trim my woolly piece to within a fraction of its life to match it up ....basically I made a pigs -ear-mess of it all, and I should have stopped when I first started to encounter problems and chosen a different backing! :) But as long as you don't look at the backing it is passable ...hahaha   Its most definitely a wall hanging now! ;)

Then for some reason My 'Witches Brew' cross stitch was giving me grief too...
 Fortunately only a teensy bit of frogging  was happening here, but on that teensy weensy count fabric, it was  enough to make me glad to finish ...and I always hate finishing a good stitch :)

So I tried a small easy stitch ...
No real problems here ...except for some reason now its stitched, it just doesn't grab me as much as the photo on the front of the pattern! hahaha  I don't know if that happens to other people? I very rarely start a project and end up not liking it ..but sometimes it happens, maybe I just need to finish it off and it will suddenly go 'pop' and I will love it! :) ...I can't even remember the name of the designer ...and I'm too tired and lazy right now to get up and go look ... I will try to 'edit' and add that bit later, when I'm not as lazy ..hehehe

Am I sounding grumpy and tired ?? hehehe  I probably am ...lets not ask Hubby for confirmation! I've been without Chocolate since the beginning of November so I'm very likely  a real Grumpy-Pants-Madam  :)  (I'm trying to be good and not eat Chocolate this month so that next month..December.. I don't feel as guilty eating all the chocolates out of the Advent calenders !! ;) hahahaha)

Because I feel I've had a rubbish sewing month I've done the only sensible thing I could think to do ... I've shopped !! I've shopped online and I've shopped in the real world too .... I've shopped hard!! hehehe   I will share my guilty treasures as soon as hubby is at work tomorrow and I can spread them all out, drool a little bit over them and take some pictures ... I'll let you drool too!  ...hehehehe :)) 
Hugs Wendy x x 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Its been a while....

...since I was able to sit down and journalise (blog) about all our 'goings on'  :)  We've had  a busy time looking after the Grandparents. My poor Mum was rushed into hospital just over two weeks ago with quite a bad gallbladder infection which quickly developed into Pancreatitis and a very poorly Grandma :(  As a family we took the decision to try and keep Dad at home (with help from his carers that come in daily)  and not put him in a Nursing Home whilst Mum was in hospital ... Dad has the early to mid stages of Alzheimer's and is easily confused and distressed. We hadn't anticipated Mum being in hospital for quite so long so I have to admit caring and managing everything has taken quite a toll on our own family ... Mum and Dad live in Southport and door to door travelling is an hours drive, which becomes a challenge when you have to get there quickly! ...I tended to go after the Angels had left for school and stay the day, returning home later in the evening. Hubby and Abi have held the fort at home so that I could care for the oldies :) My poor Angels haven't seen too much of their Mummy and little Mim-Lou especially has struggled, lots of Angel cuddles and reassurance has been needed. Fortunately Mum  came home on Wednesday so visiting is no longer regulated by ward visiting hours at the hospital and I can get home in time for the Angels coming home from school :) I am pooped out and it has made me think seriously about how we'll cope should their health deteriorate further ... But at least Mum is on the mend, and we hopefully won't have another 'flare-up' of that nasty gallbladder for a wee while now :)

In between running backwards and forwards from Southport I've somehow managed to put together Christmas packages for "our Son in the Sun"! :) hahaha   Today marks 10 months since Jacob started his Mission adventure in Spain ...I'd like to say it has flown past, but honestly I've missed him every day ..but at least 10 months means  we only have 14 more to go ...and it sounds better than 1, 2, 3 and 4 months ..hahaha

Now I may have gone a little overboard with his Christmas Parcels ... I did try to restrain myself, but it is his first Christmas ever away from home and I wanted to make it as much like home for him as possible :)  ....
 We LOVE the 1st December, when we get all our different advent calenders out and start to read the Christmas Nativity story  ... so I had to make sure Jake had his own advent 'supplies', chocolate ones especially :)

I found this felt Christmas Advent calender with little detachable pockets (from a garden shop of all
  places!) and it was perfect to add a small slip of paper with a short verse or scripture or quote relating to the Nativity for each day ... now we are not all goodie-toe-shoes ...hehehe ...we always have chocolates in our pockets too, I couldn't actually fit them in and roll the advent up without everything falling out, so I wrapped Jake's favourite box of chocolates up separately with instructions to try and make them last for the full 24 days ...hehehe  ;)

I even ...
 gave him instructions on the inside of the box not to open anything until the 1st December ...Do we think he'll manage to wait that long knowing there's chocolate inside?? ...hehehe

Next came the packages of his actual gifts ...
 It is hard buying gifts for Jake at anytime,  but especially now, as when he travels to new areas he often has luggage weight restrictions, and I had to take that into account. So,  I was very good and only bought gifts that he'd actually asked for ...more or less ..hehehe  Some ties, a Manchester United Football shirt, more Chocolate  and a Missionary stocking filled with goodies and not one pair of socks as per instructions! :) (the bigger square parcel are gifts from Abi and Nathan...not quite sure why I was wrapping and posting their gifts! ;) hahaha)
 I was quite pleased with my efforts at making a Missionary stocking ...courtesy of pictures on Pinterest, naturally! :) I didn't have a pattern I just kind of made it up as I went along. I  used some old suit trousers from Hubby and an old white shirt (the tie was new ...hahaha ...and can be unfastened and worn!) It looks all lumpy and bumpy and very uneven but before I filled it it looked better ...although I think that maybe I should have curved the heel a little bit more ...

I even added a mini Missionary Tag with his name on :)
 I hope he likes it :)

All wrapped up ...
   And ready to go to the Post Office...
Good job I had my Debit card in my purse!!! I spent a  tiny fortune on the postage ...but he's worth it :) Now we just have to hope that they all arrive in time! 

I haven't got too much sewing to share ... I've had issues! :) But I'll share that for next time ...
Hugs Wendy  x x x