Today

Truly there are no words to describe all that 2019 has dealt… I’m done! I’m ready for a new year… It began with a dear friend’s death in January, progressed to me getting shingles, then tennis elbow, then inflamed arthritis in my one good hand, than on October 5th I fell and broke by pubis rami (a bone in the pelvis), then this past weekend my laptop died…I am typing this on a friend’s iPad. Hence no photos or links – I have no idea how to do such things on this device.

I’ve had to create a new email – if you’d like to know what it is, please contact me via the form above. Facebook has locked me out as I cannot remember my password and honestly I cannot be bothered to create a new FB account…

And to top it all off, today I left the house for the first time in over a month to visit a dear friend in the local hospice… truly I am done! If you’ve read all this, I thank you. I hope to be more positive in any future posts, but this is today, and it’s hard to be positive on a cold, dark-at-4.30pm November day. Sorry.

 

 

 

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desk-001.JPGOn my desk today, lots of pretty cards as I’m busy trying to catch up on penpal letters and a plethera of thank yous. At this time of year, we’re spoiled by neighbours sharing their veggie garden produce (runner beans, squash, courgettes, marrows), and beautiful flowers (mainly dahlias – who knew there were so many varieties??) Also, it’s been a busy week visiting friends for tea, coffee, or lunch, and I do like to send a thank you card afterwards 🙂

Looking forward to visiting desks around the globe. We meet up over at Julia’s.

PS I’m still lagging behind with my 14-day writing challenge, but I’m plugging away over at my other blog.

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Hello again – back after my August blog-break 🙂 I didn’t get half as much done as I hoped (hot weather just exhausts me!) and I watched way too many dvds – mainly this (now I know what all the fuss is about – it really is quite supperb!)

On my desk is the moonboard I made last Friday for the new Hazel Moonmoonboard-001.JPGIt has a definite end of summer, beginning of new school year feel (I really do love September so!) and I can feel my energy rising as the temperatures cool 🙂 Here are close ups of each page:

left then rightleft-001right-001I’ve also been making cards (September is full of birthdays!), but did I think to photograph my creations? They’re now all sealed up ready for posting… And on Monday, I started a 14-day writing challenge over on my other blog, where I’ve been writing directly on the blog and just hitting Publish after my 15-minute free-write. Here’s Day 1, and Day 2. Day 3 hasn’t been done yet as I wanted to get my woyww post up 🙂 Really looking forward to catching up with you all over at Julia’s Stamping Ground

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I couldn’t post last week – the overnight storm last Tuesday took out the village power supply, so no electricity and no computer! Thankfully, this week it’s been a tad cooler and more bearable, both indoors and out. This past week, I’ve been busy testing and recording all my ink pads, sprays and paint-dabbers…desk-001…. and pens and markers – to see what works best with my stamps and what colours I still need to purchase.pageIt’s been a fun, useful exercise 🙂 Sharing with other deskers over here.

PS I’m planning a blog-break throughout August, so if you don’t see me around Blogland, you’ll know why 🙂 I’m hoping to return refreshed and renewed in my favourite month – spectacular September ❤

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The other week, a dear friend took me to Retford (it’s only half an hour up the A1 from us, but I’d never been before). And who knew, one of my all-time favourite art companies is based there?! stamps-001We had a wonderful time perusing all their yummy stock and chatting to Alfie 🙂 He told me all about this – which I’d never seen before…desk-001As you may know, before the stroke I used to stamp A LOT – art journalling, making cards, swapping ATCs – then, when I thought I’d never stamp again, I gave away 100s of clear and rubber stamps and dozens of stamping blocks! I kept a handful of wood-mounted stamps, which I sort of manage to use left-handed (the image is invaribly squiffy, though).

Now, with this wonder-tool, I can stamp to my heart’s content. The clear top is gridded and can be removed – one side is set deeper for rubber stamps, and the shallower side is perfect for silicone/clear stamps – and it’s incredibly easy to wipe clean!

Here is my first attemptpage-001It is just SO wonderful to be stamping again! Now, I just wish I had more stamps to play with… And I need more ink pads – over a decade in storage, many are bone dry 😦

Sharing over at, you’ve guessed it, the Stamping Ground!

PS I found the lovely storage sleeve half-price on ebay 🙂

PPS I’m continuing writing each day in my journal – up to 110 days and counting…

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It’s been a long, hot** week, and I can’t settle to anything :/ At such times, I do what soothes me – scribbling my thoughts, cutting and pasting beautiful images…P1050459.JPGOn the desk from left to right: The Writer’s Life, a wee book full of great advice and quotes; the current Toast catalogue, I’ve read the articles, now I can cut out the pictures; images already clipped from old diaries (the Virginia Woolf cut-out is actually a card – I love that she’s busting her moves :D); my daily diary (cheap and cheerful from Rymans – I like the purple ); and my ultra-bargain – this year’s We’Moon diary (which I got for a £1 from here), always a favourite source for images and poems.

Sharing with the lovely folk at the Stamping Ground (I shall miss next week’s gathering – Dear Daughter is coming home for a couple of days, yay! :D)

** I know we, in the UK, have had it easy compared to the rest of Europe, but as those with health issues know, any change in the weather is difficult – it takes our already-challenged bodies a long while to adjust.

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Today is National Writing Day in the UK (see here), so I’ve been writing…desk2-001.JPGNotice the ‘new’ desk blotter (a canny ebay purchase 🙂 It’s a vintage one and has suede underneath, so no slippage!). I spent the Summer Solstice doing a Mid-Year Review, which I really enjoyed. I wrote more than I thought possible – this lightweight pen with the pen-grip is really helping!desk-001.JPGAlso I’m 90 days into my 100-day challenge (not that I officially joined any of the online groups – this was purely a personal thing to keep my hand working despite the tennis elbow). Answering the daily prompts from here and writing one side of A5 is the perfect daily challenge for me 🙂

Sadly, though, typing and scrolling are proving still very painful, hence I blog just once a week. But I did manage to visit (and usually leave a comment) every desk last week, of which I am very proud 🙂 We’ll see how this week goes – I have physio first thing this morning, so I won’t manage many today.

PS Sorry, but I had to add one more photo from Esther’s graduation – our beautiful, beautiful girl ❤ ❤esther.JPGSharing over at Julia’s.