No excuses for my long time absence --- just far too many "life" issues happened in the past four months that took precedence over my blogging time. Health issues have been at their peak during that period, with three relapses for me in a five week period and the OGO undergoing a number of tests that have shown cancer of the prostate. The latter issue will be resolved when the OGO has the necessary op to remove the prostate. The former may have a short term result if I am prescribed stronger medication. That's all the dull stuff out of the way.
Now the exciting stuff - grandchild number fourteen is due any day and we are just waiting for the anticipated telephone call before we head off to Mackay to welcome Baby K. Thank goodness he didn't decide it was time to enter this world at the same time as Cyclone Marcia appeared! Speaking of which - my heart goes out to all those affected by the destruction of Cyclone Marcia. I know that many will have lost many precious things in the wake of the cyclone but I am sure that, in true Australian spirit, the people in those areas affected will receive comfort from the support they are given by people far and wide.
Despite my slack blog entries I have actually kept quite busy in the Woman's Cave, especially after the OGO and I decided not to sell our lovely home in Toowoomba, and opted for a bit of "updating and rearranging" instead. With new carpets being chosen for all four bedrooms -- one of which has been used as the Woman's Cave for some time now - we moved furniture, emptied cupboards, rearranged rooms, and did a general 'clear-out'. Result --- the Woman's Cave is now roomier and much easier to work in! Still working on a few more changes - such as a more "permanent" display wall -- but it really does make a difference to the working mojo.
|Some Xmas work.|
For some years now I have managed to give handmade gifts to family members for Christmas, and sometimes special birthdays. Unfortunately my list of handmades last year was very minimal. However, the gifts I did make and give were greatly appreciated by my three neices in Brisbane - making things earlier in the year was certainly a bonus this time. Perhaps a lesson for me to learn and continue to work with.
|Made for Arwen.|
|Knitted for Arwen|
There was another new arrival in December - another great-neice for me, with a beautiful Welsh name - Arwen Joy. Another opportunity to finish a couple of IPs (incomplete projects) - a dress and bonnet that my own mother had started before she died in 2007. I also knitted a jacket and bootees from an old pattern book that I had kept since the early 70s. Wow, can't believe I wrote that!
|Owls have found a Home|
|Close up of Country Romance for Miss H.|
There are more projects to show, but I think I have stretched my friendship with all of you with such a long post, so I will save the rest for another day.
|Country Romance top ready to hand quilt|