Thursday, 15 March 2012


Thank you once again dear blogging friends for your get well wishes ~ they really do mean so much.  I wish I could post just happy news but my world has been turned upside down in the past week and sadness and worrying times seem to be the main ingredients of each day.

My dear MIL has been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and at the age of 81 with so many health problems already we are anxiously awaiting Specialist's decision as to whether they feel they can safely operate or not, she has been told that chemo will not be an option available to her.

My dear Dad was diagnosed with an aneurysm last year which has had to be constantly monitored as they can only reach a certain size before they rupture and are fatal.  His scan last week showed he is now within 1mm of that danger and the Specialist has said he cannot operate as he would not survive the procedure.  Instead they are going to fit stents to help the blood flow to his heart and again we anxiously await the date for it to happen ~ it feels like we are sitting on time-bombs!

I feel devastated for both of them ~ they are very much loved parents/grandparents and the days that lie ahead of us are very frightening.  Please keep everything crossed that they can both get through this and brighter days are to come.

With my life in such turmoil you can imagine how thrilled I was when Mr. Postie dropped this little cutie through my letterbox . . .

My dear blogging friend Sally stitched this for me after reading about my continual chest infection in my last post (more of that in a mo), oh! I just love it.  Sally stitched this on 35-count coffee-stained linen with DMC threads, backed it with cream calico and edged it with a chenille trim ~ it's so sweet and everything ~ colours, coffee! and of course bunnies is so me!
It really brightened my day and has pride of place on the mantlepiece ~ thank you Sally so much for your kindness and for listening xxx

 So, now to my rotten chest infection which had still not improved last weekend so it was back to the Emergency Clinic and more stronger antibiotics prescribed, ones I had never taken before . . . . you can only take them standing up and you mustn't lie down for at least 30 mins afterwards and you cannot go out in the Sun whilst you're taken them ~ what's that all about?  I keep constant check in the mirror for any fangs and have stayed away from anything garlic, hmmm not much fun being a Vampire!!!
Of course the weather this week has been glorious Spring sunshine and I've really missed sitting out with the bunnies cross-stitching :(
I've also received news that I have to go into hospital shortly for a biopsy ~ I don't do hospitals, hate them, so although Diabetes normally means being put on a drip making a longer stay, I have opted for a local anaestethic so I can escape back home as soon as I possibly can!!!  

Progress ~ well there has been some when it comes to stitching ~ Christmas Patches is coming along nicely and is a real joy to stitch . . .

I can't make up my mind whether to stitch the teddy bear at the bottom right hand side, it's quite a jumble of patterns and colours and is quite hard to immediately determine what it actually is so I've started the border and will then begin the backstitching and make my mind up then ~ so far so good!

Well done, if you've stuck this post out to the end, I realise it's not a very joyful one but I know I have some very good blogging friends out there who will share both the sad and happy times with me.



Kathy Ellen said...

Hope that you are soon feeling much better. Oh dear, you have your "plate" really full,with your dear grandfather too. Prayers coming your way.

Your Santa looks wonderful,but so many colour changes to stitch the Teddy, I can understand your pondering about stitching him, but might be cute.

Blessings for you and your family!

Ma Teakettle said...

We love you, Jane, in joy and sadness and our hearts break for all that you are continuing to go through...please know that I am sending hugs and will check back for updates, and will you hold you all my prayers.
Christmas Patches is gorgeous...I just love the colors and the little ginger bread bread man in his pocket is beyond adorable! I can't wait to see what you decide on the teddy ;)
Hang in there, sweetie, and know that your friends are all here thru thick and thin and beyond...and we care. :)

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

What a beautiful gift Sally sent. I'm sure it brightens your day just a little to look at it. I'm so sorry to hear about all the health problems surrounding you at this time. :(

Your stitching is beautiful. You are making so much progress!!

Sally said...

Jane you have so much on your plate right now so sending lots of hugs to you and your family. Take good of yourself too.

Your Santa is looking gorgeous.

Glad you liked your wee pincushion and so happy that it brightened your day :)

Pumpkin said...

Jane, I'm so sorry to read about this news :o( How stressful this must be for you and your family. My thoughts are with you.

Sally's timing was perfect and what a lovely and thoughtful gift she made and sent.

Your stitching is lovely and you've made great progress. I hope you feel better soon.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

May God hold all of you in the palm of His hand, and support you through all this sadness. My prayers will be with you and your loved ones.

Your needlework piece is beautiful, and I'm sure it's a welcome diversion. I love your Santa the way he is, and if you're taking suggestions, I'd vote to leave the teddy out. IMHO


~*Shar*~ said...

Hope everyone is feeling better hun; beautiful stitching; love the santa, I use to have this pattern years ago. I don't know what happened to it? LOL Keep your chin up.

Hugs, Shar

Terri said...

Hugs and prayers!!

McKenna C. said...

I am so sorry! The most encouraging this I can think to say to you is that you are in my prayers.

You're santa is still super cute!


CATHI said...

You got such a lovely pincushion! :o) All the best for you!


Vickie said...

I have prayed for all of you Jane. I am so sorry for this large load of stress you have. You are making wonderful progress on Christmas Patches though. :)

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Sending prayers for your mom and dad. I can't imagine the waiting... I hope you will feel better soon as well and that the biopsy stay goes well and is all positive.
Sally's gift to you is lovely and so is your stitching!

milly said...


So sorry to hear about your Dad and your MIL. Worrying times for you I'm sure. Sorry to hear that you are still battling a chest infection. I will be thinking of you all.

Patchwork Santa is looking great!

Deb said...

I am so sorry to hear about your MIL and father! Sending hugs and prayers to you!

The little pillow from Sally is just too cute and I know that it brightened your day!

CalamityJr said...

You definitely have too much going on now. I'll keep you in thoughts and prayers. Reading through the comments, you can take comfort in knowing you're not going though this time alone.

Anne said...

So sorry to hear about your father and MIL. Sending prayers for them both. You are going through so much I am going to give a big hug here. HUG! I really hope everything will be okay and your chest infection will go away. I've heard of that odd antibiotics before. I'm sure you aren't turning into a vampire. What a lovely gift from Sally to cheer you up.


Cath said...

Jane , wish I could do somethign to help you , but always here if you need anything.
Take care of yourself while you're trying to see to everyone else .

Gillie said...

My goodness, so much to bear. I do hope your health improves quickly so you are better able to cope with the worrying news. Hugs to you all.

Lesleyanne said...

So sorry to hear your news Jane. Sending hugs. I hope you feel better soon. Your Father Christmas is gorgeous. A lovely gift from Sally.

Carol said...

Oh, Jane, I am so sorry to read about your mother-in-law and your dear father. You must feel quite helpless right now... I know you'll treasure each moment spent with them.

Please take extra good care of yourself--to be sick for that long must be exhausting and frustrating. I'm glad you have your beautiful stitching to help ease your mind--at least for a bit.

Sending warm hugs...

Maggee said...

I will say prayers for you, your Father and your MIL. You should be well covered and blessed based on all the comments before me! Christmas Patches is so beautiful! You are doing a wonderful job with it! If you don't have to do the teddy bear I vote to leave it out--the piece is gorgeous without it! The pin cushion is too cute--I am sure just looking at it cheers you--Look On!! Big Hugs!

Catherine said...

I do hope you ae feeling better! I will certainly keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers...

Lois said...

Oh Jane, I am sorry to hear all that is happening at the moment. Hope the antibiotics help this time round. What a lovely gift from Sally and nice progress on your Santa. Hope all goes well with the biopsy. Keeping you in my thoughts.

Lynn said...

That's what friends are for, to share good times and bad. I'm so sorry that you have so many family health issues taking place at the moment. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
Sally's gift is most surely a bright spot during some trying times.

Christmas Patches is really coming along. All those lovely colours should help to cheer you somewhat.

Myra said...

Oh Jane, I am so sorry this nasty infection will not go away. I will be keeping you and your dear family in my thoughts and prayers. This has really been a tough week for you. I am so glad as a stitcher we have our creations to ease our mind when these sad times pop up in our lives. Sally was so sweet to think of you. Christmas Patches is looking great - so many happy colors to brighten one's day.

Mylene said...

Sending prayers for your Dad and MIL.

Lovely gift from Sally!

Michelle May said...

Sending lots of light and love your way to help you through all of this.
A lovely gift.