Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Things have been interesting around here of late. A mix of ups and downs. The devasting floods throughout this fair land were so overwhelming that I just did not feel like blogging. Bidding and raffles and generous spirits have helped. I won the auction for the Chantal Vincent Elephant print above. This is ace indeed! I will save it for my new small home.....plans for which have unfortunately been put on hold. We have tenants that will move in on Friday. Visiting my new home and making over the garden was bittersweet. I must be patient. My plans of a simpler life will come to be.

I Celebrated 18 Years of Marriage with the wonderful Mr M. Sadly he is very unwell and is waiting on news of surgery, after a multitude of tests and specialist appointments. It is so difficult to watch someone you love in so much pain. I got out my wedding dress and took photos of the satin roses. There was still confetti in the tulle which made me feel all nostalgic. We ate chocolate roses that Mr M bought in a big bunch and I though about the dreams I had as a young bride.

I was so lucky to spend a few days away at the beach for a scrapbooking weekend. I walked, talked, created and revelled in the company of women. It was devastating to discover that one of the ladies has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has already struggled so much and I pray that she can leap this next hurdle in her life.

I have cleaned and sorted my sewing room, and taken a boot load of uneccessary stuff to the opshop. I have bought some new old goodies, but am being really selective. We still have not sold our house and whilst the measures necessary for open inspections are draining, the necessary tidiness and cleanliness are refreshing.

I am enjoying my holidays, making the most of good books, interesting DVD's and crochet. It will all soon come to an end....work is looming in the not too distant future. High school for my two girls is also on the horizon.

I shall be back soon to share my latest treasures and maybe a little creating and a new year goal or two. All the things I planned to blog about, long before the waters rose and perspectives were challenged.


  1. So sorry to hear your husband is unwell **HUGS** and I hope things work out ok.

  2. Oh boy Laurel what a rollercoaster start to your new year! I hope your husband is ok & that news of his surgery comes through very quickly, waiting is the worst. Thinking of you now...

  3. Hi Laurel, I was beginning to wonder where Laurel was...I hope your husband gets well very soon, my thoughts are with you. You have been busy, I too cleaned out my sewing space, gosh it feels good doesn't it? Take Care.x

  4. Oh Laurel it sounds like the new year has had you on a roller coaster ride so far. Happy, happy anniversary. I hope your hubby gets better really soon and that you sell your old house and move into your new soon too. I hope the rest f the year is smooth and healthy sailing for you and your family. x

  5. Hi Laurel,
    So sorry to hear about your husband. Hopefully he will get the surgery very soon. Take care.

  6. Happy New Year, Happy Anniversary too! Best wishes to you and your family for more settled times ahead, hope all goes well for your husband.


  7. happy anniversary ! Sounds like you are making the most of the holidays...hope hubby recovers soon

  8. ((Hugs)) from me too Laurel.
    2011 has gotten off to such a rocky start for so many. Wishing for healing for your hubby, that must be so hard for you all to go through.
    The pieces will all come together for you soon enough, I'm certain of it. Hang in there.

  9. oh my. it sounds like things are a bit up and down for you.i really hope things go well for you and your hubby. thinking of you *hugs*

  10. congratulations on 18 years (and the raffle)! i got a bit teary reading this, maybe because im newly married. i wish your husband well in no time. hope things are going ok now. great new old finds in the post above too. x evie


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