Monday, 30 January 2012

Whoa there January ..... where have you gone???

I think I must have blinked and missed it!    January is almost over and I notice I missed my 3rd blogiversary and this is my 301st post.  Must admit that it has been tricky because my DD2 has commandeered the lappy to do her college work on and I have had to put up with my eldest daughter's IPad which I think I hate with a vengeance, so uploading photos etc has been a nightmare.

Life at Lala's is about to turn upside down, albeit temporarily, as my DD2 and her family move back in with us for a while.  They have been renting privately for a couple of years now and with trying to juggle working, college studies and two young children they have absolutely no cash left to save at the end of each month.  On top of that the boiler in the property has been playing up since before Christmas leaving them with no heating or hot water and the landlord just seems to be ignoring the problem .... most unsatisfactory and the littlies are suffering because of it with coughs and snotty noses that don't seem to clear. They will be able to save enough for a deposit on some new shared ownership houses close to us hopefully.

So phase one of clear the clutter has begun.  Several bags of excess crafty bits and pieces have been freecycled and good old Fleabay has been used again today.  Still got loads more but hey ho tomorrow is another day!   I still have stock for the Vintage & Handmade fairs ..... my next one is booked for 10th March in Northampton and a new venue for 1st April in Buckingham.

Country Matters at Hexton is going from strength to strength and another bag of handmade stock will be making its way down there at the end of this week.

I can't look too far ahead at the moment because it looks like my husband will be having another spell in hospital .... he has had problems with his replacement knee and is being investigated for a bone infection .... x-rays, blood tests and radio-isotope scans have been done and we wait for his next consultant appointment on 23 February to find out how they are going to proceed.

To make me really feel my age my eldest reaches another milestone birthday in 5 weeks time .... how did I get to be the mother of a 30 year old????  Seems like I was only 30 myself a few years ago ;-)


  1. Love the patchwork dog. Hope your husband gets on ok in hospital. Xx

  2. Life is never straightforward is it? Your colourful patchwork certainly cheers things up. I must try to go along to Hexton. I do wish your husband the best with his hospital visits.

  3. Congratulations on 3 whole years of blogging! Life has certainly been hectic for you recently, bet you'll love having the grandchildren around though. Hope your husband is ok.

  4. Love the patchwork dog. Congratulations on 3 years blogging.
    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can read more here
    I hope you can accept it.
    Carol xx

  5. Don't forget to look after yourself too in all this.

    3 years of blogging? Well done! A THIRTY YEAR OLD? (Know that feeling well)

    I hope all goes well with OH gets and his knee.

    You have a lot going on.

    As for January - yes it flew past but the good thing is that it has virtually gone. Yippee!

  6. Oh my word you have got alot going on! Don't forget "When you're smiling, when your smiling, the whole world smiles with you". Hope everything goes ok. Love Nostalgic Vicky

  7. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary! Your patchwork is wonderful :o) I do hope hubby is 'sorted out' and soon feeling better.

  8. Amazing how you get so much lovely patchwork done. Hope everything goes ok with Hubby, Linda xx

  9. Congratulations on 3 years blogging!!!!! I have done the same thing as yourself & not blogged yet on my blogiversary!!!!
    Hope OH'S knee gets sorted, and your daughter & family get their home sorted. What a lovely mum you are x
    I would love to get to Hexton one day, your makes are lovely, and I dont know how you do it all!!! Look forward to seeing you at Northampton & Buckingham!!!


  10. Wow you have some lovely makes, wish that craft fair was near me!

    And what a good mum you are welcoming your DD back home for a while.. All three of my sons moved back home at one point in their lives... hopefully now they are all settled!
    Happy Days

    Chris x

  11. Hello, just popped over from Carol's blog Smile at the flowers.I have enjoyed reading your blog and will visit again.I really love your patchwork dog, its very cute.