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Wednesday 30 December 2020

WOYWW#604- The early New Year Edition.

A little early, buy no certainty I'll be up to posting on New Years Day! So I want to wish all my WOYWW friends a Happy New Year, from the bottom of my heart. For all the good wishes, and all the concerns for my health, for all the times we are there for each other, you have more gratitude than you can imagine.
 On to the subject of health, and it's possible that at last we have a reason for the recurring uti's. It's odd how just speaking to a different GP can make a huge difference! I had to call yesterday, as I had an unpleasant discharge appear, and this time got to speak to my main named GP, the senior partner. As soon as I mentioned the colour/smell from the discharge, his next question was ' and you've been having a lot of uti's?' Turns out - and Annie will understand this- I have developed a fissure thats allowing fecal matter into body cavity, and thats providing the reason for all the uti's. As it happens, my oncologist had requested an appt for me with my original surgeon over something different, and that came through for January 12th. But my GP was getting in touch to inform him of the new situation, so thinks it likely that will get brought forward. So thats where we are, the solution is going to be some surgery, but will enable an end to the uti's, and let me get some strength and weight back. On that front, because I've been only able to hold down water for two or three days when it kicks in,I've now dropped to 9 stone 2lb, which is a bit further than I'd like to have gone, to be honest, but I should be able to add a few pounds to my frame once this is sorted. For scale, when you last saw me at Crop, I was in the 12 stone 5lb region!Which is around a 45 lb weight loss, so more than I'd have ideally lost. But thats for another day, and I'm sure a few custard creams and bourbons will lay down their lives in a good cause, rofl!

And so we come to .....And Finally........enjoy a last giggle of the year.....















Wednesday 16 December 2020

WOYWW #602- The Almost Christmas Edition

 I'm afraid its a bit more enabling this week- first is a set of Christmas stamps and stencils that were free with Creative Stamping magazine. I rarely buy magazines these days,but liked all the small stamps in this set. I can use them on smaller cards, and inside bauble shapes, which is what caught my eye. It also comes with a tree and stags head stencil, and also you get the mask shapes too.

Lots of images, so was worth the cost. Normally thats why I don't buy them, the cost is too high for the use I'd get from them.

 Had lots of Christmas cards arrive, thank you all, I'll try and remember to take pictures for next week!

More stencils, this time from Lavinia Stamps, I'm very keen on stencils for adding some extra interest to backgrounds, and these are quite different from the heaven alone knows how many others I have!

I mentioned this book to Zsuzsa last week, and said I'd post about it. I bought it a couple of years ago from Amazon, and it's one of the best books I've ever bought. Some amazing ways to not only make projects, but the different ways you can treat paper/cardstock to get some spectacular results. And at the moment, a real bargain, as Amazon has it used- mine was bought used too- for less than a fiver including shipping.

On Amazon, here.

EDIT: link here  to the blog post I did about it a couple or more years ago, showing some of the projects inside.

Hopefully there will be a few more crafting posts done, as having just finished a two week antibiotic course, I'm feeling much better. One of my Consultants from the hospital is also putting me on a longer course of low-dose antibiotics, so that should really help to keep on top of the problem. 

Just to make clear from last week, the Pineapple is claimed to be a great help in avoiding/getting rid of oral thrush, which is always a risk when you've been taking a lot of antibiotics, and I've had a stupid amount! 

 Regarding things to drink to help avoid UTI's, Cranberry juice isn't recommended any more, not sure why, but my Moms practice nurse recommended her to drink a glass of Robinsons Lemon Barley Water every day. Mom had a few UTI's a couple of years ago, and since she's been drinking this, she's not had one, so I'm trying that out too. It has to be that specific drink, apparently, the other Barley Waters, or lemon squashes don't work.

 Which brings us round to.......And Finally.......

Wednesday 9 December 2020

WOYWW #601- The After Zoom Edition.

 Still nothing much happening craft-wise on my desk, so looking rather tidy apart from a few new Lavinia stamps. I almost got thrown by our recent Zoom meet, and only just realised today was Tuesday!

Still quite gutted I couldn't make it to post for week 600, but I was literally lay on the sofa, with no energy to move, from Sunday till I think, Friday. Just happy I managed to pull a bit of energy from somewhere to join the Zoom Crop. It was lovely to see so many other WOYWWers, and to 'meet' so many new faces.  So far this week I've managed to get pretty much all my Christmas Cards written,addressed and stamped, just need Beloved Hubby to drop them in a post box for me.

 Sat here at the moment drinking Pineapple juice- fortunately, I love pineapple- as I'm now on a second week of antibiotics, and it's supposed to help a lot with getting rid of/preventing thrush. And hopefully a second weeks course will finally see the uti's off completely.

Next item on the desk is a new laminator. The old one had decided it wasn't going to heat up properly anymore, so, Amazon to the rescue. This one has a fast heat-up speed, a fast release button, and probably a couple of other fancy, but unnecessary bits. £23.

Popping back to the Zoom crop, I'm sat here unsure whether I should be quietly pleased with myself, or hanging my head in shame, for enabling our lovely LLJ into purchasing a Tim Holtz product! as she showed she's bought the deckle edge guillotine. I suspect it should be the latter! So, until some crafting happens, and hopefully it will in the next few days, thats me done.

Which brings us round to.......And Finally..........

Particularly apt, in light of Kirsty Allsops comment, I thought.

This did make me laugh-LLJ and Annie, I trust your hair & make up is in order, rofl.😆😆😆😆

An End of an era

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