Friday 30 January 2015


According to the dictionary definition

  1. 1.
    the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.

For the last ten weeks or so Neil has been visiting a pain clinic and has been under the 'care' of a wonderful lady ( I am not sure I am allowed to mention her by name so for the purposes of this blog post I shall just refer to said lady as 'L')

Neil's prescribed method of physiotherapy this time around was acupuncture

How can a series of little pricks possibly be of benefit to anyone (enter your own images of annoying vertically challenged politicians here ), sorry I digress

We were sceptical to say the least

But, we had no need to be

The pain hasn't magically vanished, such is the complexity of Neil's health issues, but in all honesty he has received a great deal of relief, he has needed slightly fewer pain killers, receives a couple of days of diminished tension and generally finds it a little easier to complete some of the tasks us 'normal' people take for granted

He also comes home from each appointment feeling much better in himself, I have absolutely no doubt, having met the lovely 'L' myself, that this, is, in part, due to 'L's amazing knack of immediately putting people at ease.
'L' has been so kind, she has an amazing sense of humour, her acupuncture skills are quite clearly second to none, but, she has also proved that there are some health care professionals who still understand the true meaning of the word 'care'

I made this card to say thankyou

So, thankyou 'L', you have helped - probably more than you can imagine

Love and care

Tracey xxx

Saturday 24 January 2015

Happy birthday dad


I made this card for dad, it was his birthday on the 6th January

At the time all my crafting stuff was in the attic, kid you not !

We had cleared my little crafting area to make room for Christmas, family meals around the table, board games with the kids etc

I had a little foray up in the attic and grabbed a few supplies to make dad a card

I must be honest

I considered popping into Clintons

Just for a few seconds 

We have had an amazingly busy start to the new year

I now know exactly what my lovely class members mean when they tell me that since retiring they are actually busier and had no idea how they fit work in - I hear you lol, I am currently wondering how on earth I fit the shop and classes in !!!

This is the only card I have made so far this year, but, with a stunning photo of my daughter on my computer (and totally begging to be scrapped) and many, many upcoming birthdays and special occasions I am looking forward to getting back to my crafting

We spent a wonderful evening with some very special friends last night

It was an unexpected invite at christmas and got changed a couple of times due to family circumstances but was worth the wait

Joan made an absolutely fantastic chicken and walnut stuffing recipe for the main

Alan made two fabulous puddings, lemon meringue and chocolate cheesecake for pudding

The wine flowed

The conversation flowed

We laughed til our sides hurt 

And a fantastic night was had by all

Thankyou Joan and Alan
Trish and David

Neil and I had a wonderful night ( we didn't even realise it was well past our bedtime when we got home lol)

Thankyou so much for the invite and the company

Love and very special friendships

Tracey xxx

Thursday 22 January 2015

New year, new me, new us

Happy new year

Yes I know, we are almost at the end of January

Yes I know February is just around the corner

But ... happy new year !!!

I have been in a strange place over the past few months

Lots and lots of mahoosive, life changing decisions, plans and changes for this little family to make,  here this year

We are still here

We are still happy and functioning and planning

Thankyou so much for the emails

Thankyou so much for the phone calls, text messages and visits, invites to dinner, shopping and coffee

Yes it has kept me sane and focused and with a feeling of friendship, love and support

I am hoping to slip back into something quiet, unassuming and normal

Sorry for my absence on my blog, I didn't want to blog with uncertainty reigning, negativity on the tip of my tongue

I am back  - full of positivity 

Full of inspiration

Yes, as a family we are still going through a process of change, adaptation, decisions

but we are getting there

Thankyou so much for all those who have been in touch

To my lovely and very missed class members - 

I have a couple of weeks of appointments, planning, etc etc but the classes are being thought of planned and bought for

I will be back with some lovely, exciting and brand new ideas

Bear with me


Love and very best new year wishes

Tracey xxx