Saturday, 25 September 2021

Biopsy, bruises and a block finish

Thursday I went into hospital at 10.30 for my lung biopsy, the staff could not have been nicer and put me at ease.
The procedure meant lying on my front and opening my shoulder blades while they CT scanned me and found the spot to take a sample. I was not looking  forward to it but the surgeon explained everything and I managed OK. Back to the day room where I rested for 3 hours and had a sandwich. Chris then collected me.  I felt fine until the anaesthetic wore off about midnight and I felt the smallest of discomfort.

I watched a few Flosstubes on YouTube, spent some money on Amazon and did not fall asleep again.

Getting blood out of me is worse than getting blood out of stone [look away now!]
These are a few of my many bruises!!

On a happy note I completed the 12 blocks for Pat Sloan’s Summer Soirée, taking it very slowly because of all the constant shaking.
Not sure if this will be the layout and what I will do for the sashing, but I have enjoyed making the blocks.

Thursday there will be a meeting at the NHS to look at the biopsy results and then probably on Friday they will sort out my treatment plan.
Before that I have Abigail’s 18th birthday to celebrate on the actual day of her birth. Hard to believe she will be 18 years old.

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Chris’s Birthday

On Sunday we visited the family after all taking Lateral Flow Tests because of Covid and keeping me safe before I go into hospital for my biopsy.
Dinner was to celebrate Chris reaching the grand age of 71 !
Our youngest granddaughter loves to make cakes and is becoming quite the cook, she made him his favourite cake, a Coffee Cake.
It was absolutely delicious and Chris ate most of it.

The evening was so nice and just what we both needed.

Yesterday we celebrated Chris’s actual birthday while I am isolating, with a nice meal.
The Bishop and his wife dropped off flowers and a basket of goodies, I have been overwhelmed by the cards and messages, thank you so much.
Today is the dreaded biopsy, but the prayers I feel from everyone will get me through it.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

The binding is sewn down

I managed to sew down the binding on my latest quilt before I go for my lung biopsy on Thursday.
I try to set myself a little goal each day, although some days are harder than others.
It’s nice to have a finish.
Opps just realised its upside down!

Saturday, 18 September 2021


My word of the year is HOPE, when I choose this word in January I had no idea how much i would need it.

A week ago we decided to take a 6 day trip to a local Caravan site, before I needed a biopsy on the 29th. It has been a round of MRI’s scanners and hospital visits for the lung and brain cancer.

Saturday was glorious as we pulled into Covert CL at West Haddon.
The new awning was ideal for lounging in and admiring the views.

Sunday I had another bad turn and an ambulance was called, followed by almost ten hours in A & E.
We stayed home hoping to resume our trip when i recovered.

Monday I passed out in the shower and again had to be rescued by an ambulance and spent another seven hours in A & E.

All the ambulance crews and NHS staff were wonderful and I cannot praise them enough..

I am black and blue from the nurses and doctors trying to get blood out of me!!

Tuesday was very much a rest day at home.
Wednesday Richard went and helped Chris collect the caravan, while Jacq and Eleanor stayed with me.
Thursday and Friday i did very little as I hurt my replacement knee when I passed out.
I only sleep for about 4 hours due to the strong steroids I am on, so I pass most of the night watching podcasts, I have discovered a whole new world.

They have moved my Biopsy to 23rd, which I am pleased about as then they can sort out a treatment plan.

While all this was going on we had ordered new furniture which arrived at 8.30 this morning, and Chris is unpacking it now.
Three new chairs and a stool.

Thank you for all the prayers, cards and flowers they have given me HOPE.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

A little sewing

It’s been almost a month since my last blog post. A month of hospital visits with every imaginable dye and radioactive tests pumped into my body.
I now have the date for my lung biopsy on the 29th and then will follow a treatment plan.

So many people have put me on their prayer list I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

One of the side effects of the brain tumour is that I shake so much and have virtually lost the power to write, but I have managed a little sewing.
The weekly pattern for Summer Soirée by Pat Sloan has been my aim to keep upto date with.
There are twelve blocks and I have number ten cut out and ready to sew.
I love the stories Pat tells that go with her choice of blocks based on Reese Witherspoon’s book.
Each block will have a double sashing.

As we have a few days before I need to visit the hospital we are grabbing the time to go for a “close to home” trip in our caravan, and a much needed change of scenery. Firstly we need to go for our flu jabs my arms are like a pincushion!!

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

The Postman cheered me up

A couple of days ago the Postman deliver two boxes full of goodies.
This box was a special edition and I love the fabrics for a complete kit to make the pattern.

My monthly  subscription box a selection  of fabrics, rotary cutting blade plus other goodies.

On the health front I am due for a CT scan on Saturday, prior to going to Oxford to see specialist and still struggling the anxiety but I am trying to be more positive. 
I struggle to doing any sewing but I have taken back my kitchen and cooking meals again.

Saturday, 14 August 2021

The Story so far

 Cancelled trips, and no craft work, even no blogging.

I have debated hard and long if I should write about my recent events.

I few weeks ago I had a suspected mild stroke and this sent my anxiety sky rocketing. The Doctor gave me tablets to help control the constant shaking, nothing seemed to help and I was referred to a different doctor at the hospital, who ordered an MRI and Vascular scan. The appointment came though in two days for both the MRI and scan.

I was told it would be only about 4 minutes in the MRI scanner and I thought I could cope with lying still for such a short time. Half an hour later I came out the machine including having dye pumped into my hand. The staff were so caring and nice. Meanwhile Chris who was not allowed in with me, had been phoned to see where I was for the Vascular Scan. 

We made our way to Integrated Surgery and were seen almost immediately, back to the MRI unit and then told Doctor Brawn wanted to see me before I left the building. This is a rambling old hospital and we walked what felt like another mile to find her.

The good news is I did not have a stroke, but the bad news they had found something in my brain in the speech side. I now have to wait for another full body MRI and then being referred to a specialist hospital in Oxford. It is a scary time and I can hardly give my attention to anything.

Chris has been by my side constantly, the prayers of my church and a blessing by one of the elders have helped.

Saturday, 24 July 2021

June Sew sampler Box

Dorn joined me for a sewing day in the week, it was so nice to catch up with all the news. She had a basket full of crochet squares all needing their ends sewing in, a long job. I worked on my Tulip quilt blocks and managed to make 8 or 9 tulip heads !

Today my June Sew Sampler box arrived from the Fat Quarter shop in Texas, I absolutely love 

TWO packs of Charm squares with a pattern, heat resistant thimbles, fancy needle threader and a 
Flamingo Stiletto Turning tool, plus the next part of the Brightside quilt along.

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Clare joined me for a sewing day

It has been a busy week, plus I am suffering with heat!
Thank goodness for the aircon in my Happy Room.

Tuesday Clare joined me for a sewing day , she was making bunting for her new summer house, miles if it!
No Photos, we were too busy talking.

I did however manage to catch up with my BOM and BOW.
The top blocks are the monthly Brightside quilt blocks, the programme lasts for 12 months.

The blocks below are the latest blocks of the week, Summer Soirée by Pat Sloan. I love how she tells a story to go with each block.

Yesterday I attended a funeral for a friend from church, she was such a nice lady. RIP Judy.

My longarm quilter rang late afternoon that she had completed my Sewcialites quilt, so I hurried to collect it. Now need to decide on the binding and trim it up.

Other news, the old Range Rover was sold on Monday to a neighbour, it seems strange to see the new-to-us Range Rover next to it on the drive!

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Sewcialites ready for quilting

Before we left for holiday I had most of the Sewcialites quilt completed and just needed to join the sections together, find something to back it with and the batting ready for it to be Long Arm Quilted.

75 x 75 inches meant it was hard to get a good photo, so had to hang it on my clothes line.
This has been a great weekly sewalong and I used as many different Dimples fabric as I had, only a few are duplicates.
Thank you the Fat Quarter Shop for offering these patterns and Pat Sloan keeping me going.

Caravan Cl and the new awning

We were very impressed with Carol and Kens awning, so much more room than our little porch awning. A Kampa Air Ace 300.
As we said goodbye to them, their awning is in the background.
We had a really nice time with Chris’s sister Carol and husband Ken, enjoying evening chats and get togethers.

The journey home was not the best as something meant we lost all acceleration and we limped home at less than 30 miles an hour.

We decided to see if we could find an awning similar to theirs, which because of the ‘bow window’ shape gave so much room.
I found one on Marketplace not far from home,

Seeing if it fits before blowing it up.
Chris had to use the hand pump as the seller could not find the electric pump [he has since found it].
The tree in our front garden was a little in the way !
We look forward to using it on our next holiday.

Monday, 12 July 2021

The TV aerial

We have been without TV since we arrived, the aerial lead, which is a fixed until broke. Normally it would not bother me, but I have been watching the tennis at Wimbledon and the final was yesterday.

We made a visit to a caravan spares shop and bought a new aerial, but how to get o the roof of the caravan to fix it!
My Mr Fix It husband came up with a solution.

First read the instructions

Then use the step and reach through the sky light, arms were just long enough!

Sock knitting and the Wimbledon final, well done Chris.

Saturday, 10 July 2021

BBQ’s and the seaside

We’ve been enjoying a few BBQ’s, although the weather could have been kinder.
The BBQ must be 24 years old!

This afternoon we went for a drive to Christchurch.
In the distance the Needles.
Not many chalets being used, but lots of people on the beach, and some in the sea.
Opps my thumb !
Love this traditional thatched roof with a cat and a bird made as the thatchers trade mark.

Friday, 9 July 2021

Upper Kingston Farm Caravan Site

We arrived at Upper Kingston CL yesterday to spend a week in the New Forest. Chris’s Sister and her husband decided to join us in their caravan. We had not seen them for probably ten years, so it was nice catching up on the news.
Flags flying as we approached.
Carol and Ken’s van to the right ours next to our car.
We spend a few hours driving around the New Forest to see the many horses and for a short wander.
Sheltering under a railway bridge blocking the road
Such a lovely sight
Every colour possible
Chris cannot resist a ‘Ford’ to splash through.

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Oddment socks

A new pair of socks for me, made from oddments of wool.  It was fun trying to make them look the same.
So it’s feet up and watching the Quarter Finals of Wimbledon.

I have immediately cast on anther pair this time using Schachenmayr Regia yarn,

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Boys toys

Chris decided he wanted to change the car, so the hunt started to look for one. The first one we went to look at was a 220 mile trip away, I asked if he could please find one closer ! Saturday we went to look at another car in Leicester and it was just what he wanted, with a great track record of Land Rover servicing. Monday I dropped him off to collect it. 
We are now officially a two Range Rover family!!

The ‘fun’ now started to transfer the towbar to the new car, of course nothing goes smoothly, as the electrics are different. A mad dash to get the parts and hopefully in the next couple of days it will be sorted as we need one of them to tow the caravan !  

A friend from church asked me to machine embroider four lessons from the Harry Potter books for a quilt she is making. 
It would be handy if I could use one of the magic spells to move the towbar from car to car!

Ps One of the Range Rovers is for sale!

Thursday, 1 July 2021

End of June catch up

At the start of the month I made a HOPE list, and I have succeeded with some things and not others.

1: Complete the Star quilt ready for quilting.
Result: I completed the quilt including quilting and binding.

2: Knit a pair of socks.
Result, using oddment of leftover wools I have passed the heel on both of them

3: Continue making the Sewcialites blocks
Result: I have made all 36 blocks and 16 setting blocks, now need to get them put together 

4: Tulip Quilt cut out
Result: I managed to cut out all the fabric, and make one tulip sample block.

5: Brightside monthly quilt along started
Result: The first block is made, waiting for the next instructions 

6: Machine Embroider the caravan blocks
7: Join the June Sweetpea Sewalong
Both 6 or 7 were abandoned.

I did however manage to send 5 bags of stuff to the Charity shop all from my Happy Room.
I keep telling myself it must have made a little difference.

I now need to decide what to put on my HOPE list for July, while Chris does this…
Cleaning out the pond pumps and filters!

I also have to mention he decided to take a look at a Ranger Rover that turned out to be a 220 mile round trip down south.
He bribed me with lunch out in a river side pub, but did not buy the car, so I was not needed to drive home.
We walked along the river bank after the meal.

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Now you see it, now you don’t

In a mad moment just after lunch I decided to have a haircut and the hairdresser said she could fit me straight away.
Now you see it

Feeling very light headed !

I have spent most of this week working on my new laptop [with Chris’s help] moving all my STUFF from my main computer, what a job!
One thing has led to another and the mammoth sort out has started, loads for recycling, donating and throwing out.
Just one corner of my Happy Room.
Lots of cupboards and shelves that have not seen the light of day for years. 
Big problem is I keep finding treasures and it takes a while to look through them before deciding what to do with them.
However I am being ruthless…. Wonder who is Ruth is and how does she get less!!

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Homeward bound

We had a lovely time at Botany Bay Caravan site near Marsham in Norfolk.
The walks direct from the pitch were just right with either shady wooded area or open heathland.
The light through the trees was really magical.
Dog roses were everywhere
Time to hitch up and head for home

While we were away this happened
Eleanor our youngest granddaughter bought her first pair of Pointe shoes I am so proud of her.

Back home Chris has been called out to help with the 4x4 Rescue service, while I tackled a list of jobs.
The first of which was to start the bread making process, dough for two loaves is on the windowsill rising as I write this.

My garden is such a mess, looks more like a jungle, so I allotted 1/2 hour to weeding [back gives me problems if I do much more] 90 minutes later I had to force myself to stop, why is there always one more weed to pull?

I took a banana and hot chocolate out to watch the fish, still could not stop pulling the odd weed!

A knock on the door and a parcel arrived, a present to myself…
I have always wanted an Oliso iron, and after a friend visiting said she had one and how brilliant they were I bit the bullet and bought one.

Gardening has definitely stopped for the day I need to sew and iron!
Better remember I have bread rising.

Biopsy, bruises and a block finish

Thursday I went into hospital at 10.30 for my lung biopsy, the staff could not have been nicer and put me at ease. The procedure meant lying...