Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Autumn Ladder

It's too easy not to be bothered to do stuff now that Colin has been in hospital for 5 weeks and we are both feeling a bit fed up. He was very down in the dumps on Monday (and it seems unlikely he will be home this week after all) and I could easily slip down into a black hole and keep him company. All I can do to cheer him up is to keep visiting, texting and phoning. But I need to sort myself out and I nearly didn't bother to refill my shabby-chic ladder after emptying the summer stuff last month. Yesterday I gave myself a kicking and found a mixed tray of 6 different things at Aldi for £3.99.
That looks better than a half empty ladder.


 The jigsaw is coming along slowly.

 I'm beginning to wish I'd begun the one my sister has lent me rather than this with it's annoying sand, cliffs and trees!

I found a use for that basket I bought from the charity shop a few weeks back. Using secateurs I cut out the cross pieces that divided it into 6 and it has become the grandchildren's book basket. It's got the board books, picture books and rhyme books in to start with. Easy to fetch from the bottom of the wardrobe when needed.

Car boot sales have had very slim pickings lately. With children all back at school the Wednesday morning one is limited to regulars with loads of rubbish, I came home with nothing and won't bother again, and all I found at one last Sunday was another Soduko Book, a new leather purse - mine is falling apart inside and this pretty little jug with poinsettia. It will be a Christmas present - IF I can bear to part with it! ( As well as baskets I also have a thing about jugs- oh dear.)

Back in a day or 2
Sue


35 comments:

  1. You have more than most to worry about and I admire how well you cope. Col must be so fed up with feeling unwell and unable to come home, I hope all his treatment helps him to start feeling better soon. The ladder plant stand looks gorgeous.

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  2. I think you are both doing extremely well. There are bound to be days when you feel down but as long as you're able to pick yourself back up that's the main thing. Love your book basket and your ladder.

    Matt and Sophie brought us a present last night when they dropped sienna off. A steriliser and a baby seat for us to keep at our house. More things will follow! The fact they don't have to bring all her stuff with them when we have her is all well and good but I've no idea where I'm going to store it .

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    1. OH NO Suzanne , put a stop to that! ( says the one with doggy paraphanalia clogging up the cupboard! )

      Sue, you are just so brilliant and so is Col so you are allowed to have days where you want to just hide n slump. I love doing sand and sky on jigsaws!

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    2. Can you just pop round and do the trees on this puzzle!! Bit of a long journey though so I guess I'm stuck with doing it myself.

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  3. I hope Col turns a corner very soon and starts to feel more his old self ~ for both your sakes.
    Glad you gave yourself a good kicking, but sorry to hear the boot sales aren't up to much.

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  4. Your plant ladder looks lovely and it's a great idea to have that-wonder if DH would notice if I swiped his old ladder? It must be a very great disappointment that Col can't get home just yet but as always Iadmire you " put on your big girl pants and get on" attitude. Catriona

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  5. I am so sorry that Col has been in the hospital for so long. I can't imagine how tough this is on you both. Keep your chin up, you are doing great. Thoughts and prayers for you and Col.
    Your plant ladder looks great, and so does the book basket with the books for the grandkids. That is exactly what I did with a thrift store basket. Glad to see you working on a puzzle. I am about to start a big puzzle that I bought last week. It is nice to keep out on the dining room table and work on it a little here and there. Wonderful therapy when I just need some quiet thinking time. :-)

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  6. Sorry to hear that Col hasn't made it home yet. As my Mother would have said try and keep your pecker up ( she was from Wiltshire ) I think it meant your spirits up. Ladder looks great Aldi have some really good plants. We had an Aldi open last Thurs near my end of Ipswich so no more cycling to Meredith Rd. Veronica

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    1. Veronica, I've been trying to remember who it was from Ipswich who commented. You said about doing craft classes in Felixstowe did you know the Emmaus centre at the top of Dales road is looking for people to teach crafts, I'm not sure what they want exactly.

      So now 3 Aldis in Ipswich. I hadn't heard about another opening, good that it saves you a long bike ride

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  7. You just have to keep riding it out, the tough bumps and and troughs in this journey. Keepsing as busy as you are is half of it, I suspect

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  8. It must be so hard for Col what does he do to occupy himself, is there anything we can do like send letters, sorry I am just rambling, it is also difficult for you, I do hope things improve for both very soon.

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    1. He mainly sleeps as he's feeling so rough, another infection somewhere

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  9. Chin up and keep smiling even if you're suffering internally. You've been an absolute trooper and I pray the finish line is I sight for you both soon.

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  10. Onwards and upwards, girl! It must be so easy to feel deflated, nay depressed, when you were expecting Col home ... I think you're as bloomin' marvellous as those lovely flowers on the ladder!
    And what a good idea for the little basket. And although I'm not that keen on jigsaw puzzles, even I would like that one, with all those lovely beach huts on it! My thoughts are with you, dear girl.
    Margaret P

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  11. I am so sorry, treatment is rough more on him than you and it has been so long. My prayers are with you. Doing things like the ladder helps!

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  12. I play Soduko on my iPad, I get 10 daily games. Hope things improve soon for both of you.

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  13. I so agree with everything Margaret P says above Sue. You are a credit to everyone and Col must be so proud of you. Keep it up dear girl.

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  14. That ponsietta jug simply must have a ponsietta grown in it! Even if it's just a fake one!
    X x

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    1. The photo has made the jug look much bigger than it is - actually only about 5 inches tall. More of a Christmas cream jug I think.

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  15. Your Autumn ladder looks lovely.

    God bless.

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  16. I have a thing for baskets, mugs and pitchers and jars. I have dahlias in a big glass jar I bought second hand, old style I'd not seen, a few years ago. Oh praying all goes better for Colin and both your spirits are up soon. Hard to go thru all this cancer treatment and waiting and waiting and wanting to be better NOW! Hugs and sending you flowery happy thoughts!

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    1. Thank you for the happy thoughts! Glad I'm not the only one with a collection of jugs!

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  17. I like your ladder a lot! Hope that Col is home soon for both of your sakes. Great mini makeover on the basket, much more useful! xx

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  18. I'm proud of you for finding the emotional energy for a kick in the pants-tough to do, brave, and tiring when you have to keep doing it. Nurture yourself my dear. Sleep is the best thing for Col while his body fights the infection.

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  19. Yes, the ladder looks lovely. I wish we had an Aldi here in Bath - there are two or three in Bristol. (Bath is too posh, but does have a Lidl now - maybe I should look at their plants.)
    You are doing really well in these challenging times. Proud to know you missis!

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    1. They don't look after the plants very well at Aldi, so if you don't get them when they are first in they look ever so sad. I swapped one of the 6 pots in my tray with one from another because it was completely dead!

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  20. Sorry to hear Colin won't be out this week, how disappointing for you both. Thinking of you both and sending positive vibes x

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  22. Happy Anniversary to you and Col! It's a shame he couldn't be home for your special day. Saying prayers he's able to be home soon. Love your potted ladder... it's beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, I kept very quiet but I see it popped up on Col's facebook!

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  23. I too have a thing about jugs and baskets, it's a hard addiction to break ... but then I've never tried that hard to break it ;-)

    Oh and of course then there's the book addiction .....

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  24. Sorry to hear Col's news but pleased that you're keeping your spirits (&his) up. Love the ladder. I also have a jug addiction! Hope you enjoy Christabel Bielenberg from your library post. I love Dorothy L Sayers & I've enjoyed Jill PW's continuations as well.

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