Wednesday, 25 August 2010

WOYWW 25th August

Well, good morning bloggers - looks like the sun is shining (at last) on this fine day...

Here's the desk:

Well, as you can see, it's a bit like a dumping ground this morning (well, its looked like that for the last few days to be honest)... Its not due to crafting either.

I was just relaxing on the sofa yesterday, all surrounded by my pillows and cushions colouring in this image from Mo's Digital Pencil with my promarkers, when my Mum arrived.  Its to go on a card for my Godson, which I've had to do in fits and starts... by the time i've done it, it'll have taken me 4 days to make one card!!!  I love this image as its so appropriate for many boys these days.  I'll share the finished article which will have to be completed today as its his birthday today!!!

Below are some gorgeous Anna Griffin stamps that I bought from QVC recently.  I'd missed the show last week due to being at the pain clinic, so had a look on the website and saw these.  Irresistable???  I can't wait to see what I can do with these... might be waiting for a while though!!!  Apologies for the quality of the photograph, but its difficult to take a good picture of clear stamps.

Anyway, since my WOYWW post last week, its been somewhat cramped in the conservatory/craftroom/house in general, as I've had my Mum and her dog (Pippa) staying.

She was supposed to be coming down to my house last Friday to visit, but she said it was going to have to be a bit later as she was expecting her friend to visit. About lunch time, I got a phone call from her panicked friend, saying that she'd fallen while up the garden and hit her arm on a terracotta pot (it broke the pot).  She'd been feeding the fish in the pond and her knee gave way.

Her friend had tried to clean it - as at the time they were stood on the decking which was a bit grubby round the pond area as she had just had it cleaned out by a friend of mine.  I got DS to drive me to over to Mums - which is 5 mins away, to find her on the sofa in a lot of pain.  Her friend had tried to clean it up best she could but DS and I insisted that she go to hospital to get it checked over, get a tetanus shot and cleaned up properly...

She got seen, had x-rays, cleaned up etc and was told by the Nurse Practitioner in 'See and Treat' that she had a fractured radial head - plus there was something else that she could see but was unsure of.  She also said (and I don't know how many of you out there know this) that she didn't need a tetanus shot if she'd had 5 within her lifetime.  Apparently, they did away with the 10-year booster rule some time ago because studies showed that there were no added benefits if you'd already had 5 - and you have usually had these by the time you've left senior school.  Mum was relieved!!!

Anyway, she had to make an appointment to come back to the fracture clinic on Monday to see a specialist.  Anyway, I insisted she come back to mine as they strapped her up.  I didn't want her coming to any further harm!!!  DH &DS went to fetch Pippa the dog and a few things that Mum may need.  So, for the weekend, it was musical beds at my house.  We only have the three bedrooms so no guest room unfortunately.  I was on the sofa anyway but insisted that my Mum stayed in my bed as its nearest to the bathroom.  DH slept on the other sofa - we managed ok anyway.  Needs must and all that.

Went to the fracture clinic on Monday and received the good news that it wasn't infact fractured, but had flared up her osteo arthritis pretty bad and she'd got some classic tell tale signs on the x-rays of that.  The upshot of it all was that her knee had let her down (again) so I made her an appointment the same afternoon for the doctors to set the ball rolling (again) for her knee to be sorted - and to be taken seriously.  Last time all they gave her was 2 courses of cortisone injections and told her to lose weight before they'd consider anything.  This time I went to the docs with her and had a fight in me that would not let her be fobbed off again.  She can't exercise because of her knee - and sponylosis, oeseo arthritis etc, is a type 2 diabetic, so controls her diet well to control the diabetes - so what more can she do?  I told the doctor that no human being should be in the pain she's suffering and insisted on better pain medication - she was on less than me!!!  Which I told the doctor.  So he's increased it and she has to see how she gets on.  Now we need to see how she gets on when the x-rays come back.  She went home happily of her own accord on Monday evening.  Then came to see me yesterday for a couple of hours (actually, she cadged some papers off me for a card she's going to make)...

Me?  I'm using the chilli paste/cream - some of the electrical activity which was the stabbing pains seem to have reduced.  I'm taking the additional medication as directed by the pain specialist - so far so good.  having said that, I really needed to rest up yesterday as I ached like mad and needed to do NOTHING!!!  But I live in hope!!!

Anyway, to join in the desk/work area blog hop - hop on over to Julia at the Stamping Ground - she's in charge and will give you all the details. Leave a comment, say hi - don't just leave without saying you've been - we love to hear from old blogging friends and those blogging friends we've not yet met.

If you read to the end... well done, and thanks for sticking with it!!!

Happy Wednesday - or what everday you happen to land in the playground.

Come back again. hugs, Paula x x x


  1. Ouch Paula your poor Mum! I do hope she's feeling a bit better but I'm sure she's bruised. Lucky she didn't fall in the pond! ;))

    Your desk looks great, well compared to mine at any rate. I have that image by Mo too - its great isn't it?

  2. Hi again ;-) Love that image for boys cards. I've got those AG stamps, they're gorgeous and such good value - got mine earlier this year. She's got the TSV on QVC today, just happened to catch it last night.
    Poor mum, hope the extra meds help. Glad you've improved if only slightly. Think it was that part of my elbow I broke about 5 years ago :-/ I fell off DD's step!
    Anne xx

  3. Hi Paula. What can I say? There really is never a dull moment in your life is there? I really do hope they sort out your Mum's knee very soon. I sympathise with the knee pain and know all about the need to reduce weight and all that goes with that.
    Glad to hear you are getting some improvement with your pain even if it's only slight at least it's in the right direction eh?
    Big hugs,
    A x

  4. Hi Ya Paula
    lovely creative desk, luv that imnage, oh your poor mum bet that knocked her confidence, glad all ok now, i only just found out about the tetnus last week, hope your mum gets her knee sorted,have a great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x

  5. Can't wait to see what the card turns out like, a very good image for boys of s certain age though.

  6. Sure the card will be fab. Hope you and your mum get all your pain sorted soon, you don't need anything else to worry about! Take care.. waving as requested!

  7. Hi ya Paula
    they are a size 5 both from New Look,i luv shoes i have a lovely purple sparkle pair from joey and a lovely rainbow pair, again New Look, sue.x

  8. Hi Paula
    Love those new stamps. Glad your Mum was up to going home. Looking forward to catching up on Friday.
    Lynn x

  9. oh hun can totally sypasise with your mum sorry not spelt correctly ha ha ,poor thing hope she gets better soon,bless her heart oh I have those stamps hun they are totally brill did you know anna griffin is on and off all day today its her TSV on Qvc today hugs cheryl xxxxx

  10. Hi Paula - have you thought of writing a book??? you certainly have enough going on to fill one!! Glad your pain is a tiny bit better. Hope your mum is improving too.

  11. Cor blinking blimey hunny, your poor Mum... hope that the pain meds are still helping and the flare up now flares down... what a to do! How is you doing with the Pain Clinic??? hope it is helping you a lot... sending you a massive hug anyways... and... loving those new AG stamps, they very purty... hugs hun x

  12. Oh you and your mum are in the wars - hope she isn't in too much pain now. And that card front you are doing - love it!

  13. Oh hun x Glad to hear you have some improvement, however slight, and at least you now know what it is and are having proper treatment for it. And your poor mum! Take care x

  14. What a time youve had of it girl! No wonder you were doing the blog rounds last night gone midnight! Thanks for all of your super comments, they were all lovely!

    Love your boy gamer, hes got such character and determination in his face to beat the thing hasnt he?!

    Your poor Mum, what a palaver but Paula, whilst reading I got to the bit where you have 3 bedrooms and you were on the sofa and your Mum in your bed that I just froze as I wondered where your hubby was sleeping! Oh I tell you, I had a bit of a funny turn then so I did! lmao!! That would have made your Mum wake with a smile wouldnt it!!

    Glad to read that there were no fractures and good luck with sorting her knee. If there's one thing that drives me mad with the NHS is when they say 'its weight related'! Oh for goodness sake, first of all the smokers were the bane of their lives and now its anyone not a size 6! rant rant rant! lol!

    Hope you have a good day!
    Keryn x

    you do know youve got something over at mine dont you!

  15. Goodness Paula your never short of adventure!
    Love those new stamps

  16. Your poor mum what a shame hope she gets better soon. Glad to hear that your pains meds seem to be helping. I love your colouring and as you say the image is perfect for most boys nowadays.
    Take care Elaine

  17. Your poor mum. Hope she is better soon. What a time you are having. Glad the extra med is beginning to work. Thanks for popping over to my blog and all the lovely comments you left. Lovely stamps by the way. Glad to see you back in blogland. Take care. Kathleen x

  18. Sorry to hear your news - sounds painful.
    Hope things sort out for you all soon


  19. I love that image it's one of my favourite and great for practicing your colouring on. Give me a shout re the STD cards when your ready. Hugs Pam xxx

  20. Buy pain has a way of killing your creative abilities doesn't it? I have to deal with it quite often myself and sometimes the art is what gets me through it and sometimes you just have to ride the wave to the other side! I love your Anna stamps. I got some on QVC and a puch that I LOVE. Pretty stuff! :) Nan

  21. Hope you got the card finished and that your mum is better soon. I do remember about the Beer Monster digi stamp now, it is all coming flooding back, lol! x

  22. Love that image too I saw them stamps and was tempted, look forward to seeing what you do with them


  23. How are you?! Thankyou for emails with silly things in them....I think!! Hope you and your mum are feeling a bit better now, life's a pain! Have a great woyww!

  24. Sorry to hear about your Mums fall, Can't wait to see what you have created with that delicious image.

  25. Nice to see a busy workspace. Sorry to hear about your mum - I didn't know that about the Tetanus shots, I'll have to remember that!!!

    Take care.


  26. So many of us are having family traumas this week and I hope your'e sort out well and soon. Poor Mum! There's still a hint of humour amongst all those problems so well done and keep your chin up.
    JoZarty x

  27. There never seems to be a dull moment at your house! Great to see you about and sounding a bit better - and crafting too. Your colouring is great - very impressed, I'm still not very good with characters and clothes with Promarkers, but flowers - a little better. With the Inktense pencils !?!?! not sure at all about these!

  28. Hi Paula I'm sorry it's been a while since I last called.. life has a habit of getting in the way of crafting & blog hopping doesn't it! So sorry to hear about your Mum's fall.. I hope she's soon on the mend. Love & hugs, Gez.xx

  29. Oooh forgot to say how lovely your card is looking.. can't wait see the end result.xx

  30. Hiya Paula

    I do like Anna Griffins style although I didnt like the tsv today. I have that same image coloured up and ready to go it may be waiting a while tho lol


  31. cor youve had a bad week just like me lol

    Hope your mum continues to get better, its not right for the health professionals to leave her in pain, good on you for shouting up

    big hugs
    judie xx

  32. oh no! glad to hear mums on the mend, and hope your meds are gonna help xxx

  33. Sorry to hear about your mum-read your post right to the end - loooong post - but interesting - Love the Mo image -Love colouring in that image too.
    Happy WOYWW

  34. Great post and a fabulous table. I love the messy ones; makes me feel normal! And I'm jealous of your stamps!

    You kindly visited my blog (thank you) and asked about shadow boxes. Basically they're a frame but instead of putting in a picture or a painting, they have depth so you can put in three dimensional objects. Rather than putting dimensional art in a frame, I like to make the frame, or shadow box, part of the art itself. Hope that helps, and sorry for the long comment!

    See you next Wednesday!

  35. I'm sorry it took so long to leave this comment. I actually arrived this morning, but it took me this long to read your post (grinning big right now). I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I can only imagine the worry of it all, which is not good for your pain, either.

    Those are some lovely Anna G stamps. Very feminine, something she's famous for. Don't feel bad. It took me over a week to make two ATCs. Sometimes it just comes in stages. Happy WOYWW today, and thank you SO much for your lovely comment on my post this morning.

  36. Interesting about those tetanus shots... Hope your mom feels better soon!

  37. Awe......your poor Mum. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    Lovely new stamps, hope you feel well enough soon to have a play!


  38. Gosh Paula - you've had a really rough time recently by the sound of things - hope you and your Mum are soon feeling much better.
    You may like to know that I had a "light-bulb" moment when I saw your WOYWW pic.! Yes - it's the "ribbon holder"!!!! I have struggled and fought with my rather large stash of unruly ribbons for years, always searching for the perfect container, and Wow - there it is on your desk - a kitchen paper towel holder!!!! I could hug you, I really could!! Thank you so much for this simple but totally brilliant idea!
    Hugs, Sylvia xxx

  39. I love your desk- glad I'm not the only one who has a 'creative' space! Love those stamps! Have enjoyed reading your blog, thanks.
    PS- hope your Mum feels better soon

  40. Good morning Paula, hope your mum is better. You both have been in the wars lately, I will say a little prayer for you both. Love your boy cards. I bought the same stamps ages ago when they had the Anna Griffin day, lovely swirls and all the other bits on there. Use it quite a bit.
    Get well and hope the pain eases for both of you. Hugs

  41. I have awarded you a blog award. Please pop over to my blog to find out more.

  42. great workspace love your metal hangy things

  43. Sorry to hear about your poor mum Paula, and sorry to hear you've been in so much pain. Your new stash looks amazing and I look forward to seeing what you make when you feel up to it.
    Thank you so much taking the time to leave such lovely comments on my blog recently,
    Take care Paula,
    Love Sarita xx

  44. Humph bloomin doctors!
    Hope you and your mum gets the help you need very soon, Paula :)
    What do you think to the new docs?
    I had to renew Ian's DLA this week and when I'd finished with Dawn she asked which doc I wanted to fill in about his history...its difficult because DR Chand knows his history but hasn't seen him for over a year and the other 2 are new so what do they know!
    Have a great day babe :)
    *hugs* Heather x

  45. Hi there, beautiful and brave woman! You just keep on inspiring! Glad that your therapy is doing something. Sorry to hear about all the happenings with your mom but am glad everything turned out fine. The stamps are truly delicious and irresistible, and that boy illustration is just the right thing for boys of this time. Love you!

  46. Hi Paula
    Sorry I had to miss yesterday although the traffic on the M1 was bad so maybe a good thing.
    I have an award for you on my blog.
    love Lynn x


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