Saturday, March 29, 2008

Caribbean greetings everyone!

Well hello from the beautiful Turks and Caicos islands! We are having a fabulous time, with plenty of sunshine, lots of relaxation, and an abundance of swimming!
The girls are absolutely adoring being here, and I must admit it is certainly a holiday to remember.

The flight passed by fairly easily. We were delayed by an hour and a half at Heathrow, but that wasn't too bad. During the flight, the girls watched movies a plenty, enjoyed drinking the coke and juice that the cabin crew brought at regular intervals.

We were very glad when finally we arrived after 18 hours of travelling.

So now for some pics.
Well pics to follow as my internet connection is on caribbean time... that means like, whenever, man!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

busy busy busy busy busy...

Get the idea? I am running around non stop just now. Being so ill last week really knocked me for six. So today my lovely beautician friend Becky is coming round to do some pampering treatments for Avril and I, and some other friends are popping in at various stages. Then tonight I pack. No doubt it will go on into tomorrow. Argh I hate packing!
So forgive me for my lack of blogging, no time!

Spare a thought please for my online buddy Sally, she is one amazing lady. Life is throwing many hurdles at her, yet still she keeps going. She is someone who I have admired very much in the past, and this admiration is even greater just now. I'm thinking of you Sally, and Dick and the boys too.

So see you when we get back. I will try and upload while we are away, so watch this space!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The joke's on me

I've been on the receiving end of lots of jokes this week because of the Scarlet Fever. Earlier in the week I was contagious, so kept away from everyone. From late Wednesday onwards I was not contagious any more, just very tired.
Having a little joke about my having the lurgy, even as far as calling me a leper in jest, I can take. Repetitive teasing has left me feeling very very upset today. Not just teasing on one occasion, sadly it has been on several occasions.
I wouldn't put others at risk if I were contagious. I spoke to the infectious diseases team about it, and was told when I would be ok to be out and about again. I gave it an extra 24 hours to be sure.
No point getting upset about where it came from. I have shared it with my friend's two year old, who I saw last Saturday. I was actually contagious before I knew I had scarlet fever.
It is easy to hurt someone's feelings by overdoing humour.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Toothy grin

Here's a shot of Sophie minus her bottom tooth!
First one gone, and she has 3 more wobbly now. Methinks the tooth fairy is going to be busy over the next few weeks.
Have been feeling decidedly rough. Unfortunately I have been completely on my own with the girls, so that has been hard. I have slept lots whenever I can, and am still catching up now.
ATCs have been flavour of the moment, getting things sorted for a swap I am hosting over on UKS. Will post pics this weekend for you to see.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


I've got scarlet fever.
Just tops the last few weeks off nicely.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Busy weekend

Not much to report, other than I finished my ATCs for a swap I am hosting on UKScrappers. I did the Old Testament reading in church this morning, then this afternoon we picked up our tickets for our Caribbean holiday! Two weeks today, we will be on the plane practically ready to land at Provodenciales!

Friday, March 07, 2008

He's home!

Dad is home from hospital! They decided his C Difficile was being effectively treated so wanted him out of their way. He is home and on strong antibiotics. So we are staying in Leeds this weekend, give Dad a chance to get settled at home.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

A superbug... C.Difficile

Dad seems to have picked up C.Difficile, a superbug. Thoughts and prayers please.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Ready for some stampin??

Just look at all these luscious stamps!
Not all for me, unfortunately, but the lovely ladies who came to my Stampin Up party last week are in for a treat. I got some pretty good hostess benefits too, so if you're thinking about having a stampin up party, then go for it!

News about my dad:
the op went very well. He felt pretty rough afterwards, but is feeling heaps better now. Today he walked using a zimmer frame, and then had a go with crutches. Tomorrow he tries the stairs! He should be home by Monday, not sure when exactly.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Dad's had his op

He was in surgery and then recovery for 4 hours. Don't know if that is the norm.
He's back on the ward now and Mum has gone to see him. Not heard anything as yet but I will post when I do.
Spare him a thought or a prayer tonight please.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

My daughter the cardmaker...

Here's my mother's day card which Sophie, my six year old daughter, made for me at Beaver's on Friday. Admittedly I did the session with the kids, but I still love that she put it together for me!

Saturday, March 01, 2008


Smile tho' your heart is aching,
Smile even tho' it's breaking,
When there are clouds in the sky
You'll get by,

If you smile
thro' your fear and sorrow,
Smile and maybe tomorrow,
You'll see the sun come shin-ing thro' for you

Light up your face with gladness,
Hide ev-'ry trace of sadness,
Al -'tho a tear may be ever so near,

That's the time,
You must keep on trying,
Smile, what's the use of crying,
You'll find that life is still worth-while,

If you just smile,