Tuesday, September 20, 2022

A long Absence

 Well hello there!

It's been quite a while, I'd like to say I've been lying on a sunkissed beach somewhere listening to the waves gently lapping on the shore but no such luck, though we certainly can't complain about the weather this summer. Even now at the beginning of Autumn we are enjoying sunny afternoons, perfect for our 4 o'clock afternoon tea.

I can't say I've done much in the way of papercrafting but I do have a few cards to share with you - all are sentiment free at the moment so if you have time I'll update you on the happening aound here whilst sharing my makes, my paintings with various bits of my scraps


Pre Covid we had plans for home improvements and repairs both inside and out but of course they had to be shelved. Then goods were in short supply but now after a long wait we are finally making a start.

One of the things that badly needs re-decorating is my craft room so I had to get to grips with  some serious sorting out. I don't need to tell you how much we papercrafters accumulate not to mention my sewing hobby and it's taken me forever!

Not least of all because my knee flared up so I couldn't walk. Nothing to do with my current problems but due to me having completely 'lost' the meniscus in my knee. Osteo-arthritis is in part to blame and my knee cap has moved out of alignment causing a great deal of pain. I've had x-rays and scan etc but there is nothing that can be done to rectify the problem.  Thankfully my GP has come up with medication that really helped and I can walk again though still with discomfort but I know a some of you suffer the same fate.

 So, my craft room now looks less like a warehouse, and in the next couple of months will be re-decorated along with a couple of other rooms and then a new kitchen is to be fitted which should take us up to Christmas. Did I mention how much I hate disruption? All I can say is thank goodness for online shopping! I have spent weeks sourcing things we need and I've still a way to go. 

Actually I'm going along with things for my husbands sake, something for him to look forward to. He has been struggling both with his heart problem and age related problems which can't be helped but puts a lot on my shoulders. We have an appointment in a few weeks at the heart hospital which hopefully at least will make him feel better.

Of course it's not just us old folk who have problems, my friend was hospitalized for a few weeks with severe asthma - It was touch and go for a while but she doing well now and my nephew is in hospital having been rushed in last week with a tear in his intestines. Such is life...

Then we lost our beautiful Queen Elizabeth...

Perhaps not unexpected but nevertheless heartbreaking. We have shed some tears and for a while we faltered. But it's not all bad... 

We still have each other, good friends and family and in case you didn't know it I'm made of stern stuff. I still meet my GF's and keep up with exercise classes when I can and despite having little sensation in my hands I continue to do the things I love, and I have you...

I'm sorry I can't reply to those of you who have messaged me when you have "Noreply" blogs but know that I am truly grateful for your emails.

Well that's it for now friends

Be safe, take care and big hugs to you all

~ Ros ~



Monday, August 15, 2022

Still Here

 Hello there friends...

How are you? I know my UK friends have been sweltering in a heatwave whilst many overseas have been subjected to storms.
I can't stand the heat we've been having, it's unbearable, trying to muster any energy or sleep is nigh impossible. Thankfully today the weather has turned and I've never been so grateful to see rain clouds gathering.
I do have a few things to share with you now the cat has vacated my chair and I can get to the computer....
First up is a little guy who too has been finding the heat exhausting

 ...His library book discarded as he snoozes

And then there is a whimsical painting I did

Sometimes the mood takes me but I'm a little more clumsy with my hands
The gardens have suffered in this heat but I did photograph some surviving flowers - It's only when you get up close and personal that their real beauty is evident, like this tiny poppy that looks like crumpled paper

The delicacy of wild flowers is so beautiful

 even the humble buddleia

Then there is the splendour of the rose

As for other news, well, I should have seen my eye doctor a few weeks ago but having not heard anything I rang the hospital and it transpired that one of the nurses had inadvertantly cancelled my appointments and marked my file as discharged. what can I say? Having realised their error the next appointment they could give me is for the end of September. 

And my neuro consultation? Well once again the appointment didn't come through so I rang that hospital and it seems my consultant has been absent for a month having contracted Covid. The next available appointment is now the end of November. It kinda would have been nice to have been advised though. So my mantra thse days is Que sera sera.

I won't bore you with more, I'm sure we all have our problems to deal with.

On a final note I recently became hooked on a Netflix series called Dark... A German production (with subtitles) and utterly mind blowing. We've watched many film series only to discover that there is no conclusion or end and it is so frustrating but this one wrapped it all up in the end. I appreciate it isn't everyone's cup of tea and very confusing at times but well done to whoever made this series especially the casting.

Be safe my friends and thank you for sticking with me.

~ Ros ~

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Getting Old is For The Birds

 Well good morning friends, I hope you are well
I've been up with the lark, which is becoming the norm for me and I managed to visit your blogs too. Excuse any spelling or grammar errors I made -  typing is weird when your fingers have little sensation.

Referring to my last post, my friend Diane commented that getting old is for the birds and it gave me an idea so I grabbed my pen and paints and made a couple of cards...

I haven't had to resort to a walking stick just yet but glasses? I have 3 pairs and the onset of cataracts so I know what it's like for this little guy trying out his glasses.

A funny thing... I have to use eye drops in my left eye every day and DH said these particular ones cause hair to grow. Of course I thought he was joking but honestly the eyelashes on my right eye are normal but my left eye looks like I have a false eyelash on... It's ridiculous. Yes I've considered trying it on both eyes but I'm scared that I won't then have enough to last the month which is the shelf life and when my prescription is repeated so I guess I'm just going to have to get used to it.
This next one I'm entering at CAS Mix Up

This guy reminds me of my DH but don't tell him.

 Not that he goes to the library but he reads everything, labels and contents on packets, you name it... Getting around a supermarket takes forever with him. But I think it's the strands of hair and the specs that more remind me of him Lol!

I was actually chuckling to myself as I drew these, assembling them took twice as long.

I hope they made you smile too...

Enjoy your day... It's cool and dull here whereas the rest of the country is sweltering but hey I'm not complaining, I don't like the heat.

Till next time

~ Ros ~

Thursday, July 07, 2022

Just an Update

 Hello there friends... 
I hope you are well and enjoying a better summer than we Brits are.

I'm sorry that I don't have anything crafty to share with you but you have been wondering where I am and what's happening so I thought I'd pop in with an update.It's been a full on time with hospital appointments for weeks, both for my eyes and my spine problems and hubby has also had his fare share too.

I did get my Iridotomy on both eyes and earlier than expected as the pressure shot up again. So there have been regular visits to the eye hospital. It didn't go as smoothly as we hoped but I'm doing okay now and I have a few weeks reprieve before I go back there. 

The day after my iridotomy I had an appointment at different hospital to see my spine consultant which resulted in him referring me to another consultant who is a top specialist in cervical spine problems and I got to see him within a couple of days.

Since then I've been tested for this and that, prodded and poked, had electric impulses fired through my arms and hands... You name it! I'm regularly visiting 3 different hospitals and to be honest, it exhausting. 

The next step will be a consultation with a team from the Neuro centre to see whether or not they will operate and whether I'm prepared to have the operation. I knew the risks when I had my lower spine surgery but had no hesitation as I had no quality of life at the time, but with this operation the stakes are high. Because the stenosis has affected all my neck discs, they aren't confident that removing one won't destabilize all of them and the eye problem increases the risk of blindness not to mention complete paralysis. 
It's been and still is an anxious period. I honestly don't know what route to take and no one can say how quick the progression of this disease will be....sigh.
I've had no inclination to pull out my paints though I have perservered with sewing to the best of my ability. I even considered closing my blog... I'm just so indecisive right now - But I am staying positive and hoping this mist in my head will clear and I will be guided in the right direction.

I know you are all pulling for me and I really appreciate every prayer, thought and message not to mention the cards I've received. Thank you...

Stay well and safe my friends

~ Ros ~


Sunday, June 05, 2022

Pen & Paint & Prayers

 Hello there, I hope this finds you well

It's a wet and miserable Sunday here, thankfully we had a decent day yesterday when most of the Jubilee celebration parties were planned. We stayed home and I did some painting.

My version of dragonflies and though you can't see it they have a coating of shimmer on their wings

A little bird who is happy to see summer arriving... 
And my last card I'd scrapped as the stamping is a bit off but I added some painted flowers so now it doesn't look too bad

Thanks so much for your prayers - Not only do I have my consultant appointment for my cervical spine next week, but the clinic was moved to another hospital so I managed to get an appointment with the consultant who diagnosed my neck problems and also operated on my spine. Knowing I will have someone who I know and trust means the world to me. 
I also have 2 visits to the eye hospital next week including the laser treatment so it's going to be a busy one...

Thank you all again... Have a good week

~ Ros ~


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Windchimes... Yes or No?

 Hello friends, it's been a while

Do you like windchimes? do you have windchimes? I love them and have a few but my nextdoor neighbour who is of Chinese descent, tells me in her culture they are bad luck and that my problems are all down to my windchimes...Hmmm
I have a few cards to share and then I'll update you.

One of my drawn and painted leaves with more left over pieces

Sometimes I stamp things, paint them and then cut out just part of the image.. The grey/silver leaves above are from a large stamped image

This was one of a few mushrooms I painted, covered in glossy stuff and fussy cut it. The background is random watercolour and I added a stamped embossed image then finished it with a border of washi tape.

This one is again random watercolour, the black embossed partial stamp is the one I previously painted, and used some of the leaves in my first card and the flower here.

So those windchimes...

Well I had a little emergency, this time with my eyes, hence my absence.  
Following an urgent referral (that took 3 months) I saw a consultant a couple of weeks ago by which time the pressure in my eyes had become so high that they had to give me medication there and then. Seems I have Acute Angle Glaucoma and I could have lost my sight (permanently) at any moment. 
I was given a high dose of medication for the next 2 days and had to return to the hospital on the 3rd day. The side effects of the medication were not pleasant but thankfully the pressure went right down. I'm still on meds but feeling much better on the lower dose and I return to the hospital next week for a check up. All being well, I have another appointment in June to laser both my eyes and hopefully prevent the same thing happening again. 
I have been really lucky...The thought of losing my sight was so scary, heck I've already lost sensation in both hands, and my neighbour blames it all on the windchimes. Whatever... Someone somewhere must be looking over me so I may be crazy but the windchimes are staying....for now at least Lol!

I hope you are all doing well, thanks for stopping by

~ Ros ~

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Blue & Blue...

Hello friends... I hope this finds you well

Just a short post, I wanted to say "hi" and to thank you for the lovely cards I've received this week. You are best! It really makes my day when I see a card in the mailbox. 
Talking of which, I have 2 cards to share myself, made up from bits again

One of my painted flowers and leaves cut from some random watercolouring

 And another in shades of blue...

It's a good thing I keep all those bits...


 I don't have any news for you - I still haven't had an appointment through to see a consultant but it's a lovely day here, the sun is shining so it's a matter of keep taking the tablets and carry on.

Have a beautiful day, big hugs

~ Ros ~

Just a quick edit... I have been trying to leave comments but it seems some are just not getting through... Takes me ages to type as well, sigh.. If you know how or what, please let me know 'cos I'm not ignoring you...

Thursday, April 28, 2022

A Few more...

 Hello friends... Hope you are doing well

I'm keeping busy, and have a few more cards to share

A while ago I bought some wrapping paper for a friend's birthday gift... I just loved the marble effect and kept a piece back to use up hence thes cards

The flowers are my own painted ones on both cards

This one is the negative leftover from cutting those leaves (couldn't bear to waste it)

I haven't added sentiments yet, I'll wait until they are needed

Short and sweet today... Stay well
~ Ros ~

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Here we go..

 Hello and good morning from a sunny Liverpool
I hope this finds you well...

I put on my card making head yesterday and finally have some to share with you. They mostly include some of my painted pieces that I had saved

This is one for a friend's birthday and I love the colours here

The flowers were painted a few years ago and somehow I managed to fussy cut them - It's weird but some days my hands work better than others, some days I can't hold anything let alone cut with scissors

And another card using one of my painted flowers

I'm so glad I kept those flowers... they look better fussy cut

And one more...

I used one of my circle dies to pour the micro beads into once I'd added glue to the centre of the flower and it worked, well, there were still quite a few on the floor.

I went to my exercise class yesterday and just seeing the ladies and having a giggle worked wonders... not to mention the stretching. I'm not ready to give up yet.

I saw this on Facebook and it made me laugh... DH and I often sit on the garden swing (him in his baseball cap) discussing what needs doing in the garden. I do wear a grey arthritis glove on my hand and I do have to take Ibuprofen

Have a lovely day friends... 

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, April 20, 2022


 Hello there... How are you?

I'm so sorry I haven't been visiting you and I don't have any cards to share yet but I wanted to give you an update on things. DH has got over his heart attack, though he remains anxious but is doing fine really. He's 9 years older than me so I still have quite a bit to deal with as he doesn't always cope with things. 
As for me, I've now lost the sensation in my left hand, though thankfully unlike the right arm hand and neck, it doesn't cause me much pain.

Well this morning I had my first appointment at the neuro centre and with Mikey alongside of me we listened to what the doctor had to say. I had hoped that with surgery, I would regain the feeling etc., in my hands, something similar to the lower spine surgery I had. Sadly this is not the case. Whilst there may be a small chance it will improve, it's more likely the damage to the nerves is permanent. Surgery can only halt the progression. It wasn't what I wanted or expected to hear...

I couldn't bear the thought of not being able to use my hands at all and do all the things that I love and as the doctor said, better to do what I love badly than never be able to do it at all. Even badly is frustrating for me but I continue to try. So I have opted for surgery I am now waiting to see a consultant in the forth coming weeks. 

In the meantime I have continued trying to sew - even got hubby to thread the needles and hold things. I get brain fog a lot and that doesn't help. I've also had to resort to having help around the house and Sue (the neice of my BF Beryl who passed away a few years ago) comes over once a week. She needs the money and I need the help so it's a win win, plus we get to chat a lot. I managed to make 5 bunny bags for 5 of her 6 granddaughters for Easter..

As a surprise I also made her a little black bag that she wanted and though my sewing is far from perfect and it takes me a long time, she was thrilled with it

I won't give up and I am even going to attempt some painting again, even if it is badly Lol!

Friends have been amazing and thank you all for the lovely cards and wishes. I got to go to lunch twice last week. A monthly meet with my 2 GF's and the keep fit class also had a belated get together lunch which was held at my DH's golf club so he had a word before hand with the staff who kindly helped me so I didn't have to struggle carrying anything.

I know there are worse things going on in the world and I am so lucky to have my friends here and in blogland to encourage me and allow me to share.

Sending hugs to you all

~ Ros ~

Monday, March 28, 2022

The Good and Bad

 Good morning friends, I hope you are all doing well.

It's been awhile since I posted and a while since I did any papercrafting. 
I've always shared the good and the bad here on my blog whenever possible. It's my life diary and life isn't always perfect. I'm finding it more and more difficult to not only get motivated but to grip and hold on to things. I can't touch anything metallic or anything cold either. Typing takes me forever, hence I haven't been leaving you comments. I had hoped that the progression of my problem would be slower but it's not the case and to add insult to injury I now have a dreadful cold.

On the upside however, I am happy to tell you that my DH is doing fine and back playing golf and I finally have an date to see a consultant neurologist at the specialist hospital in April. Also I  got to speak to my GP who called me in the following morning to access me and prescribed tablets for the nerve pain which are really helping.

Whilst my DH was in the hospital I managed to do some sewing... Sounds bizzare that I can still sew but mostly it's using a machine and not my fingers so much. The number of pins, scissors and all manner of things on the floor are a testament to that and the screams of frustration emanating from my room. So instead of cards I'm sharing a few things made from my fabric scraps.

I made two Easter gifts, this one for Sophia

A bunny backpack with a sweet little cushion inside

And one for DH's little Granddaughter

With a little pom pom bunny

I also made a little cushion gift for a friend who has been such a comfort to me

She's a dog lover and you may just recognise that doggie... It's one I drew and painted on many of my cards... This time I did it on fabric.

I'm glad I can still do something that makes me happy even if it takes forever.

Well that's it for now... I dread to tell you how long this has taken to write.

Thank you once again for the many cards I've received along with your amazing support 

Be safe and enjoy your week

~ Ros ~

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Thank You

 Hello lovely friends... How are you?

I'm happy to be able to tell you that my husband is home and doing okay. He had a minor heart attack and after a week was transferred to a specialist heart hospital. It was a very stressful and exhausting time but he's on the mend and coping with lots of medication.
As for me, I still haven't heard from the neuro centre regarding an appointment but I do have an appointment for the eye hospital. During the time my DH was in hospital the pressure in my eye continued to increase and the earliest date I can get to see a consultant is mid May. The pains in my arm and hand is still relentless but I am continuing to keep busy, though not much in the way of card making.

However... I do have a card dedicated to all of you who have kept my spirits up with your messages, beautiful cards and well wishes. I don't know where I would be without the strength you have given me...

Still using up my painted bits - The seniment says it perfectly

I can't thank you enough and my wonderful friends here who have continued to support me

Sending hugs to each and every one of you

~ Ros ~