O’Learey the Tilda Rabbit ‘Welcome to the World’

IMG_7931Meet O’Learey the Tilda Rabbit, although I am sure he is a Hare as his ears are so long.  I used some of my leftover craft cotton to make this little gift for my grandson William,  as we were having a welcome to the world party on Sunday 7th April.  It was a really good turn out and it was nice to see so many family members, many of which had not been together in the same place since my son was married.  I know our other grandchildren, Daisy,  George and Logan enjoyed themselves with Ballons and cake.

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Aren’t the children adorable and of course the reason for the family party was William.



Recovery from a holiday weekend

We have had a wonderful Easter holiday weekend with two of our children and their families visiting. Craig and his wife Ellen arrived on Thursday evening after a five hour drive home. Luckily for them both there was room for them both to stay with Ellens’ parents Dot and Derek as there was no more space at our house. We had our daughter Lyndsey, her husband Gary, Amy and baby Daisy staying with us. It was the first time they had brought Daisy up to Hartlepool so the great grandparents could see and have a cuddle of her. Daisy was a dream to have as she is now nine weeks old and just starting to have a personality and giggles! Although our cats were terrified of her when she first came to stay! Harvey didn’t like it when Daisy cried; but he is a true ‘scaredy cat’!

Well we were just about to relax after a hectic weekend of socialising and drinking (a little too much!) when our cat Pixie took ill again. She has been suffering from a form of brain injury and has been on medication for months. We have just weaned her off the steroids and then today she took a turn for the worse. Her head was almost twisted back behind her and her balance was very poor. Then about 6pm she had a kind of fit and couldn’t stand up and vomited. I called the vet and luckily he arranged to go straight to the surgery. (apart from the additional cost of an emergency call out for a statutory holiday!) After a thorough examination and three injections I brought her home, and she seems a little better. I have to take her back again in the morning for a check up. I might means she is on medication for life to keep her at an optimal level of a disabled but happy cat.

I created the layout of Daisy using a template challenge from the pickleberrypop forum and used the New Live Dreams baby kit (from shabbypickle.com) which is beautiful.

Thank You to everyone

There has been a lot going on this week since we got back from wedding dress shopping in Burton. Friends and family have all been buying little gifts for our granddaughter Daisy. We have a load to take down to Lyndsdey and Gary when we visit Manchester on Saturday. I made some little Thank You cards with Daisy’s photo on as a digital page using the NewLife Dreams Oh Baby kit (its georgeous; I love the little feathers and sparkles! ) After printing the layout, I have made lots of hybrid cards with paper and ribbons so that Lyndsey and Gary can write out the cards and post them out to all who have bought for Daisy.

I also decided to sign up for the Race for Life. There are a few people at work doing it and I have never attempted it before. But as my mum is currently undergoing treatment for Breast cancer, the least I can do is try and run a bit and raise some money to support the Cancer Research. I am overjoyed at the reponse to sponsor me so far as I only set it up on 9th March. You can see all the lovely people who have sponsored me so far on the right. Thank you everyone.

The Race cant do me any harm (I think) , at least it might motivate me to get into practice of at least walking the distance! That might spur on my weight loss motivation as I need to get out and move a bit more. I was weighed at my local Weight Watcher class last night and stayed the same. I wasn’t too upset about this as I was actually surprised that I hadn’t put on any weight after my holiday and was expecting to have an unexpected ‘blip’ this week. Especially after we had been out for a curry and drinks at the weekend. Oh well must try harder…