Saturday, 5 September 2015

That was it, over !!

Yes that must have been our non existent summer over & done with as now it is September the air is decidedly cooler and you know what that means .................. yes it will soon be Christmas !!! LOL

Anyway before I get consumed with Christmas card making I have (and will be for some time yet I hope) other cards to make - the first being a Birthday card for my dear hubby, he loves his gardening and though this Just Inked image was perfect.  As usual all my images are coloured with Copics.

Next card is my favourite Sister-in-law but as she lives in NZ I had to get it made & posted sharpish.

This next card was for my bestest ever friend, we have been best friends for roughly 40yrs now, so as you can imagine it gets harder to decide on a card for her and now make for her - I suddenly remembered she loves Tortoises or is it Turtles ? anyway this is what I came up with and to make it a bit more grown up looking I added the flowers.  Anyway she loved it and that is what is important !!

The remainder were all requested ..............


Now for a puppy update - Robbie & Rosie are getting on much better now and as you can see they are starting to go everywhere together now - just as long as she leaves his paws alone !! LOL

I love this next one.....Bottoms Up !!  LOL

Oh yes Robbie decided to try out her bed for size and she wasn't impressed - she soon got him shifted and then reorganised it all !!!

This next picture was to congratulate her - she had been trying for weeks to get this ball (stone) out of the corner and she finally made it but just couldn't understand why she couldn't pick it up or sink her teeth into it !!!


Just one more picture, some Lemon cupcakes with Lemon buttercream icing, especially made for my hubby on his birthday.

This week I spent the most money I have ever spent on a pair of shoes - they are Sketchers GoWalk 2 Supersock Pumps and they are quite possibly the most comfortable things to go on my feet !!!.

The reason behind my purchase was I was at the Arthritis Clinic in Waterford last Friday week and my Rheumatologist suggested that I buy footwear that has a better support for my feet and especially the arches.  Plus I was told not to wear slippers all day at home as this was adversely affecting my feet.  These also help with my back as there is support for all the various pressure points.

Whilst there it was decided to switch me from the tablet form of MTX to the injectable one as the tables were causing horrible nausea for at least 2 days after taking them.  Well I had the first injection yesterday and it is better although the nausea feeling did return for the afternoon/evening today.

My remaining arthritis meds are staying the same as they are doing the job they were intended for and that is to reduce the inflammation around the joints, as that is what causes the most damage.  I just have to take extra painkillers to try & alleviate the pain.

Oh well Strictly is about to start so I better get going, thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Where's it gone ???

The summer of 2015 is what I am talking about, honestly we had a good few weeks back in April/May sometime and that was it a part from the odd day here & there, when the rest of Europe, including the UK, has had a great summer.  It reminds me of the year I first moved over here to Ireland (to Co. Galway) in 1998 and it seemed to rain everyday from June to December & beyond.  I was having a terrible time settling in and the weather just made it all so much worse.  However, the first year we had here in Co. Tipperary, 2006, was fantastic and on the whole the rest of the summers have been good.

This Christmas will be our 11th in this house, these last 10yrs have gone so quick and lots of things have changed too.  We are both now out of work & both crippled with arthritis - George with Osteo & me with Rheumatoid and PsA + Fibromyalgia, I have also been diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes and Glaucoma/Ocular Hyper Tension. Both 10yrs older !!! LOL.  We have lost 2 dogs and 2 cats but we have also gained another 2 dogs, I have lost 5stone, but then gained one (due to meds), gained a lot of grey hair that has been dyed blonde several times since.  George has turned 60 + and me 50+.  I met my niece & nephew for the first time when my Brother & his family came to visit, from NZ, back in 2008. And my mother has overcome Cancer.

Of course during these last 10 yrs I also took up a hobby that I found I was quite good at - making Handmade cards.  I used to do Wedding Invitations too but tbh found it all a bit too stressful.  I also dabble in other crafts too.  It was actually back in 2007 that I started making cards - over 8yrs ago now, when I couldn't find a birthday card for my nephew and started looking on the web.  I came across handmade cards and thought to myself  "I can do that" and the rest, as they say, is history.

So here are are the cards that I managed to get done this week & as usual all the images are coloured with Copics and all my stash comes from Cardz n Scrapz.

Also baked some scones this week, just like these below, except twice as many - didn't last twice as long though LOL;

Of course little Rosie has been keeping us all on our toes (including poor Robbie) but she is just the most adorable & funny little pup and we both just love the bones of her !!!

And finally one of me with my new do !!!  My old hairdresser recently moved to another town and a part from the fact I wouldn't be able to park near enough to the salon, I really couldn't be doing with driving that far to get my hair done.  So after 9yrs with Cathy it was time to find another and find another I did and she is brilliant !!! Hair Dynamics in Killenaule are now my go to hairdressers!

Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Phew !!!

OMG I had forgotten just how exhausting it was to raise & train a puppy LOL I sure am sleeping well at night now though.  She is worth every stress & strain though and she is growing fast and picking up all Robbies bad habits too.

A couple more pics for you .........

This one she wanted to see what the camera was all about LOL

Then she discovered Robbie cushion and had a snooze - he wasn't too happy about it either !!

We left them on their own for the first time yesterday whilst we did the shopping and we didn't know what we find when we got home - what we found were two very happy dogs greeting us and not a bit of mess or, most importantly, no fur either !!!  Now if only she would stop jumping up to his face and trying to bite his tail, all would be well.

Only two cards to show you this week too & as usual both the images are coloured with Copics and all my stash comes from Cardz n Scrapz.

For the first time in months I actually got around to baking some cupcakes too - but I was too exhausted to ice them - didn't seem to make much difference as they didn't last very long !!

I picked up my L'Oreal creams yesterday and the cleanser and I can already feel the difference.  I also picked up fab gel for cooling my eyes and it works brilliantly.

Thanks for stopping by, please come back next week

Monday, 3 August 2015

Say Hello to Rosie !!!

Finally able to update my blog - was a bit busy last week with this little girl and then found out that after updated to Windows 10, Blogger doesn't like the new Edge browser.  So have downloaded Firefox so I can update.

Anyway I finally got to pick up my new little puppy - Rosie - last Sunday week.  She is now 10 weeks old and is a Cockerpoo.  Mum is a Cocker Spaniel and although she was mated first with a male Cocker, their male Poodle also got to her and they didn't know who had won until the little ones were delivered.  Seems the Poodle had stronger little soldiers LOL.

She has the wavy hair of a Cocker rather the tight curls of a Poodle which should be easier to maintain.

Our lovely Robbie (6yrs old) has had is nose put out of joint a bit and wouldn't even look at her for the first couple of days but slowly slowly he is coming round and know lets her lick his nose and even stand beside him.  As long as she doesn't run & jump at (which she does often at the moment) he is OK with her.  Hopefully it won't be long before they cuddle up to each other.

She is so good and is picking up on things really quick and is almost 100% house trained after just 1 week.  She only eats as much as she needs and has already asked to go outside to do her business.  Also I was getting ready for the sleepless nights that I had with my other 3 but she sleeps soundly until 7am. If she does get up before that, she doesn't wake us at all.  She is a pure bundle of fun and was well worth the wait. 

Here are a few more pics .............

I have only managed to make 2 cards since my last blog, what with puppy proofing the house & garden and then of course being pre occupied with her since her arrival.

As usual both the images are coloured with Copics and all my stash comes from Cardz n Scrapz.

Think that is all for the moment except for wondering where our summer has gone ????