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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

WOYWW #502

My week is marked by the passing of the WOYWW .... week by week we gather here and have a chat and share and ....... have a look ..... have a laugh .... then it's back to normal days .... or as normal as can be!  Thank you Julia for this great meet up..... if you want to join in dear Blog readers, then the deets are at the top of the page.

I am grateful for it being Wednesday today, the Engineer has transformed into a Builder for the moment ..... he never made it last week so today is the day!  Drills, plaster boards, doors, planks.... they're all there .... transforming my craft room so that I can add a bit of tidiness to the place!  lol

I bet you're wondering where my desk is hiding?


There it is!!!   

Where do I hear you say?  

Well, behind the bags, to the left of the boxes, over the magazines ...

... here it is......

I have managed to keep it clear enough to give me space to work but today - Out Of Order!

Today I am tidying up my files on this laptop and my external files, sourcing images for the upcoming swaps ......

PJ has decided to paint the pantry so he has been busy emptying everything into boxes, stacking them where he can, and is now cleaning all the shelves and walls prior to painting it all beautiful white.


There's a lot more pantry behind him!!!


T H E N 

When these two rooms are completed we start on the last remaining room, the back lounge.  
This poor room has suffered so much during this refurb, it has become a dumping ground prior to articles being removed to tip or Charity shop...... but soon ..... hopefully no more workmen will be needed (famous last words!)..... soon .... it will be 'open the French Doors and let's clean this place up!'

I do hope so.....


Just in case you wondered what I did create on my desk in the small amount of time I could reach it ....

I managed to paint and draw on my teabags for the swap, label and parcel them up.

I also found my Chinese embellishments (bought from Llandudno after the Crop) so I could also complete my Chinese New Year Swap.  
They were all posted off yesterday.

So although it is pouring down with rain as I type, I am looking forward to the wonderful Summer Days sitting in my Back Lounge watching the birds, chickens and butterflies etc.!

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

WOYWW #501

The idea is not a new one - what's your desk look like?  It's a bit like .... where do you live?
We gather here on a Wednesday and have a look round at everyone's desk and find out what everyone else is doing .... or not doing .... some may be lazing on a beach somewhere ... but you get the idea.  If you want to join in, do feel free .... take a photo of your workplace, add it to your Blog and link it up here.  Julia wont mind ... more the merrier she says....
Thank you Julia ....

My desk was still covered this morning.....
 The mountain is considerably lower than last week, but a couple of hours solid work moving boxes etc (and throwing out still more) and lo!  
Now the desk is here....

I have had to clear further access to the boiler as the Engineer is coming in tomorrow to service the boiler and build a cupboard round so I could be all neat and tidy at that side of the room..... 

PJ has finished his train, he was looking at buying a 'windmill', then watched Hochanda and changed his mind.
  
He quite fancied the 'car' but when he rang in they were all sold so now he has to wait for new stock.



The train runs lovely and, although it might not look different to last time, I can assure you it IS finished .....




I saw this on the web and thought I would share .......
Have fun!

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

WOYWW #500

What a way to start 2019 - a whole new digit ....5xx... totally unexpected by our wonderful leader, Julia, over on Stamping Ground .... who would've thought it .... so much friendship, laughter, love ....
All I can say is 'Happy New Year' to everyone!!    Mine will be a very happy one .... eventually!!

My invisible desk.....
 Just before Christmas but after PJ’s fall and the lovely day at DDC, we were afflicted with a great deal of tiredness.  We put it down to having sooo much to do, me especially with PJ not being able to drive plus getting ready for Christmas, headaches were the order of the day.
Anyhoos, it turns out that we had a gas leak.  

Not enough to be noticed as I am a ‘open window freak’ and windows are open if it isn’t raining or foggy.  Once the frost comes, said windows remain closed. 

And so it was that we slowly started sleeping much better, this insomniac was loving it! 

Then it became that I was having difficulty getting up in the mornings ...... not loving that!

Discussing the change in my sleeping habits brought forth the response – one of the ambulance men said as he was coming up the stairs (to see PJ) that he could smell gas!!
I promptly went round sniffing all appliances but could smell nothing .....
PJ phoned the gas people who sent an engineer round in about an hour ..... he tested every room..... no sign of gas.
Then he checked the meter in the pantry ...... definite leak.... quite a large one ..... all gas turned off .... like NOW.

He was very good, left us a detailed report to give to an engineer, a non returnable electric fan heater and checked we had an electric kettle to make hot drinks.

We contacted the engineer next day who came round at once and checked everywhere and said that it was probably caused by corroded pipes, which would need replacing!

So that’s where we are at the moment......
Access to boiler in craft room – clear.
Access to desk and craft equipment  - unavailable until further notice!!

I believe that the first month of 2019 will see me with a beautiful, sorted, cleaned and being-used craft room ..... and a safe gas free house!!!

In the meantime ...... I have shut the door!

Happy and Safe New Year to everyone.


Wednesday, 26 December 2018

WOYWW #499

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL!

Welcome to the last What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday for 2018 ....... 

In celebration my post is mainly photos and less talking!  Ha!  Believe that you believe anything!!!

My desk in all the glory of the aftermath of Christmas morning!  

yes!  
still crafting on the Day.
I was actually adding a few sequins and diamantes to the homemade tree decorations for the girls, a tradition in our house.  There was a sharp change of plan when I discovered a die bought waaaayyyy back in March!  Trees had to be made even though there was only two days to go ..... diecut, punch the bits out ...... glue all folded parts together ......... oops! It's Christmas, never mind .... stick a few sequins on and pack them up ..... no time for photos ........
Here's another tree instead......



..... and to the left ......


..... and to the right ......

..... my Christmas Village is almost complete ....... the tram running along in front will be an alpine tram next year ..... hopefully ......


...... and there's more ...... I am pleased that my little bit of artwork survived the loft and is lit up outside our house!



We had such a wonderful Christmas Day - much Carolling, much hugs and laughter, much food, two special little boys and their toys, much opening of pressies and no photos!!
Well, maybe one....



Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Greetings


Just a plain and simple.....

Have yourselves 
a very happy peaceful Christmas full of God's Blessings.

May God Bless you one and all with His mightiest Blessings throughout 2019

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

WOYWW #498

WOYWWAll the deets on how to link up etc. and, more importantly, why you should, can be found at the top to the page.  Thank you Julia for hosting another week of fun and mayhem.

Another exciting and different week here .... not exciting and slowly becoming the norm .......
Let us start with PJ.... (beware - bit gory photos following) 

No desk pictures this weekend, he's been a tad busy trying to repair small engines (don't mention Thomas!), going out for trips, getting ready for Christmas etc .....

Oh! and falling down .....yes! ..... again!.......

No bones broken this time but a frightening time for me.  He fell this time just outside the back door while I was inside preparing the tea (see following) and I never heard a thing......
The resulting graze to the head, sore hand and grazed knee (protected by trousers) didn't seem too bad........
Grazed and swollen
......so he came inside and sat down for a clean up and rest.

VERY  swollen

Later on when changing for bed, I looked at his knee.....

..... that looks broken to me ..... time for 111 again.

Several hours later, with knee swelling and the bruise colouring up ...... we were off to the A&E.....

By now it is 00.40hrs, the acci happened at 18.00hrs so the knee and head looked technicoloured!  
The Department was absolutely rammed with beds double parked.  I felt so, so sorry for the staff......... we were moved to the waiting room and he was assessed eventually (about 03.30hrs with a comment "why have you waited till now?"!!!!!) and then told to wait back in the waiting room.  
At about 06.50 there were four patients left to be seen, the emergency entrance had cleared and filled several times, so I went through to see the original nurse to ask how much longer we would wait as we had been up since 07.00hrs the previous day ......
Doctor Singh arrived full of apologies, examined the knee, sent us to XRay, diagnosed no broken or chipped bones but severe bruising which would bring with it a lot of pain - Bless!!
Good Colours and a blister
We were out in half an hour ...... six hours waiting for 30mins of the Dr's time.  I am speechless but I have to say that the emergency department was so very frantic at times, it felt like we were in a major catastrophe.  Those poor staff... some patients were very vocal, smelly, drunk, refusing help, in Police Custody, such an assortment and the STAFF .....deserve medals each and every one of them.  How they remained so calm and polite.......

PJ has rested his knee, doing exercises whilst sitting down.......he is on the mend now and will be back to constructing his engine soon!!

My desk, needless to say, is a bit chaotic, having had all sorts thrown at it .....

Yes, that's an empty box of food right there in the middle!!!  Sitting among the Christmas cards, bought and made, which have yet to be written...... think we're moving on to 1st Class stamps now!!.   lol  
We went shopping the day of PJ's accident and this box of food was reduced so we had nothing to lose - I was preparing this meal when PJ fell.  I have to say I am quite impressed with it, although the portions were slightly smaller than M&S (see Train Trip post which will follow), there was a bigger selection.  
Anyways up, it is there cos I need the card to make another swap ...... guess the theme time again!!!

So sorry the photos are a bit gory but I am amazed the difference a couple of days can make to the Human Body .....

Hope to post a happy Boxing Day post next week, but if I don't make it ...... I hope you and your families have a happy, peaceful and warm Christmas with lots of hugs and kisses.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Christmas special requests

Just popping in to show some paperwork I made up for DDC.

I don't know where she gets her ideas from, so I can't credit anyone but, if it's you, please let me know.
The items speak for themselves but I thought that they were really super ideas.

I added our own take to the original thoughts ......
The measure decs were backed onto Mirror card before cutting outand  then, when dry, Stickles glitter added.
I found the Father Christmas picture on the Microsoft clip art and added the text to it.
I am really pleased with the way they turned out....... seems I haven't lost my touch yet!!  lol