Sunday, March 18, 2018

Recovering, slowly, but steady.

Goodafternoon everybody!

We have a wicked cold weekend here! We suffer from eastern winds and it brings us freezing weather, specially at night. At the coast we are kind of the lucky ones, with about -4C night and around zero day, but with the wind added, it feels much colder.
It seems however that later this week wind will change direction and then you see that the temperatures rise, somewhat, which is a good thing.

Jan has a bit of Spring feeling over him and has started to sow some seeds(indoors). We both are very curious to see if any of them will bring us some plants, LOL.
Jan's health is about steady at the moment, so we are already happy with that. Next week he will have another control and appointment at his doctor, yeah, she is still keeping a close eye on him!

And how am I doing with my knee. Well, it is a slow process. Last Tuesday I went again to my doctor, he took a look at it and prescribed me another batch of the same medicins and I have another appointment with him in two weeks.
It is going better, size almost to normal, still having bit of trouble with the muscles at the side and the knee cap. doctor said that it was heavily bruised. He asked if I had fysiotherapy in my health insurance, and I don;t have any(I just have basic, additional assurance is too expensive at the moment for us). It doesn;t matter too much, I just have to move around regularly and I can do some exercise myself.
I did went shopping last Friday and it was going already better, and I could walk for a bit longer. So I must be patient and give it time and walk slowly and it will be okay in some time.

Today is the closing of the Olympic Paralympics, and it seems that we have won several medals there. But that is about all I know, because it was in the news, and there is very little on tv about it. Late in the evening like half an hour coverage and that's about it. I find it very humiliating and a bad thing. Why don;t they mix it with the "valid"Olympic sporters? I think abled and disabled athletes do as much each for their sport, may be it is even sometimes harder for the disabled and we should be more proud of them.
There was once, I think, a woldchampionship atlethics and there they mixed the races and it was a large succes. People should grow on it, and it is as exciting as "normal" matches and races.
I hope that in nearby future the people of the Olympic comitees come to their senses and do the right thing.

Okay, I don't have any more things to tell, I believe, so time to give you the scrapbook kit! It is a rather "heavy"one, so I splitted it into two downloads. I named it Nocturnal Poem, and it is in one colorscheme, in blue. Next time you will have Arlene's clusters.
Have a awesome week and stay safe and healthy!

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Knee is healing but slowly.

Goodafternoon everybody!

a short update for now.
Weather is rather good at the moment, temperatures are around 10-15C at daytime, some rain, some sunshine, well, at least much better then two weeks ago.

The knee is healing. I went to the doctor last Monday, he gave me some anti-inflammatory drugs, and slowly they are working. The knee isn;t as thick anymore as it was, but still has some fluid in it I think.
The inside of my thigh is looking aeweful! it has a dark purple color with some yellow going through it and such.! I have there an immense effusion of blood! It will go away some day, LOL.
I tried to do some shopping on Friday, had to walk very, very slowly, and oh my God, I was so happy when I came home again. Guess it was a bit too far. But I have to stay moving around, otherwise the muscles will get so stiff, and some movement is good.
On Tuesday I will see the doctor again, we'll see what he says about it.
I just think it will need it's time and I was lucky that nothing was broken.

Jan is doing okay, also going slowly but as long as he doesn;t get another infection or so, well, then we should already be happy the way it goes now.

Sorry I haven;t a kit for you today. I will try to do some designing this week, but it was too difficult for me to sit for a longer time at the computer at the moment.

Let's stay optimistic and just let the healing do it's work, slow or not.
One thing is good though. Spring is coming nearer and nearer. I am looking forward to it.
Till next time, thank you for all your support and lovely words!
You are awesome people.

have a wonderful week and stay safe!

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Does Murphy's law exist in triple????

Goodafternoon everybody!

A quick post, because i cannot sit too long at the computer.
Well, last Tuesday I went out to do some shopping at the nearby supermarket. Almost ready, had to take just one more thing, and returning to my shopping cart somebody took a step backwards as I passed and .... wham....... there I was lying on the floor!
I took a bad fall, most of it on my right knee, it did really hurt.
But okay, took a little pause and then stumbled back home. Glad I still could walk.
As soon as I was home I cooled the knee and put on a bandage.
Of course just this week my doctor was on holiday!
Never mind, I could wait for a while and see how it went with the healing.
I think I got possibly some strapped knee straps and some muscles took a good stretch. I can walk, but must be very careful, because at times my knee doesn+t completely cooperate.
Anyway, it is something I could do without!!!!
It is getting better slowly, but I will try to get an appointment at my doctor tomorrow and let him check, and see what he says. It will be very busy there  I think, also because of the long lasting flu!
It will probably be something that will take time to recover, damn!!
Lucky i just did some shopping. So we could live on for some days, LOL.
Still later on we needed some milk, bread and some other things.
So Jan went out for it. It was a hard journey for him, walking to the supermarket, look around for the things I wrote down and come back again. He was totally exhausted by it.( I was afraid for it in advance, that it would be a bit too much for him and said, that I also could ask Heidi to bring us some stuff, but he didn;t want that. Oh, stubborn men!!!!!)

Well, let's hope that my knee soon will be good enough to walk some distance with it.
One good thing is that the weather slowly is getting somewhat better.
At least the hard frost is almost gone, temperatures will be around zero at night and at daytime we might reach 6-8C. Best will be that the winddirection changes to south, or south east.

 So, that is the news of last week. Will there come finaly a period of total boredom and quietness, so that we first can sort out all the small or bigger problems and then enjoy some time without any startling events? I surely hope so, because this all is getting very depressing.
Hard sometimes to keep some optimism, but we must!
So to end this aweful post with some cheer, here is a new kit for you and then I must sit down on the couch and give the knee some rest.
Have a great week!
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

My hubby is home again.

Goodmorning everybody.

Yes, Friday afternoon Jan was released from hospital. The infection was gone and they couldn;t do much more for him at the moment.
Let's hope he will be out of trouble for a really long time now.
Of course he is still rather tired, takes several naps during the day, but I don;t mind that. His body will be in need of it. after fighting the infection.
He will have control appointment with his doctor in 14 days now.

We have cold weather here at the moment. Nights we have frost and during the day it only gets to about 3C above zero. Worst of it is that there is a little wind coming from the east, all the way from Russia and that makes it so cold. And they predicted it will even get a bit colder the next few days. But if you just look through the windows, it looks fantastic. Blue sky and sunshine. You just must not put your head out of the door or window LOL.
Also it takes a bit more heating, which isn't so good for the gas and electricity bill. So I just cross fingers the cold will disappear soon and that we will have some Spring weather and temperatures.
Would be better for Jan too, so he could go out and have some walks and build on his condition.

Well, you can imagine I didn;t do much last week. For first I was tired and had to get some rest and then in the afternoons I went to hospital, and to be honest, I just hadn;t too much energy left to do anything.
We need some quiet times now, if possible, without any stressing events, and that for a longer period, if possible!

I was happy that we had the Winter Olympics, it was a good distraction. Our Dutch team didn;t do too bad, I think we won 20 medals total, most in speedskating and some in shorttrack.
Today is the last day, in about half an hour there will the closing ceremony, that I will watch for a bit.

And here is a kit for you, named it All our yesterdays.
I will give you also Arlene's clusters.
Hope you can make some nice memories with them.
Thank you all for your support and prayers!

Have a wonderful week and stay safe!

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Unhappy news.

Goodmorning all!

Very unhappy news to tell in this short post. Want here on Sunday, when I usually update my blog, because Jan got ill. Already on some days earlier I noticed a change in him, as in not being too concentrated and sleeping very very much. But, okay, it can happen.
But Friday evening already he started to be less interested in tv, wanted only to lie down, slept lots, and the days after it went to worse. Concentration gone, coordination too, I had trouble to get through to him. I toook temperature and he had a bit high, so I though at first he may be caught a cold or so.
Sunday it was worse so I called the doctor in and he came at about lunchtime. Quick check and he called for an ambulance.
After a few hours in fist aid departement of the hospital a doctor told me he most probably had an urinanary infection. So they would keep him for some days and he gets antibiotics and now hoping that will cure the thing.
How he got the infection? No idea.
Well, now you know what I am doing these days.
I was completely done yesterday evening. Didn't had much sleep Saturday and Sunday night, (say, practically not) because I had to keep an eye on Jan. If he stood up I had to be there, otherwise he could have fallen, or have done some strange things.
So Last night I did sleep deep and feel a bit better now already, but still need some proper rest.
On top of all last week also my oven died, which is very akward. I used to do a lot of recipees in the oven. But as my finance isn;t the brightest at the moment(there are some bills to pay from health security and more), bying another oven  probably has to wait for a while.
No, this year certainly didn;t start all too well for us, let us hope we got it all in one package and that the rest of the year will be easier!
At least you know what is going on, I will keep in touch, and you will have a kit or so next time I will post okay?
Keep safe and healthy, till next time.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Winter Olympics started.

Goodmorning everybody!

Weather report LOL! We had some rather cold days, but now temperature is going up a tiny bit. Still possible to have some frost during the night( in our part it will be just 0 or-1C) and at daytime around 5-7C. Not too bad, and it is good to have some sunshine every now and then, evenif it is cold outside.

We had a rather good week, tried to keep it boring and I managed to accomplish that more or less, ROFL.
Jan was at his doctor's and she still seemed to be moderately pleased. He had a little augmentation of the fluid regulation tablets, she wanted to see how that worked on him. He cannot take however too much, because that works a bit on his concentration and such. So it is a delicate balance to find. Still in general it is going not bad, just will need it's time. Pity he had a kind of off-day on Friday, probavly caught a little cold or so, he slept a lot that day and next day already felt a lot better. On top of that we had a telephonecall on Friday from his younger brother that another brother passed away. He was ill already for a long time so probably for him a good thing he passed away.
Jan didn;t had contact with that brother for a long time, too much seemed to have happened in the past. Still it isn;t a nice message to receive.
It makes you realize again, that life plays it's tricks and also that we are getting older. Oh well, we cannot change that, just have to deal with it.

yesterday I went to Heidi for a quick birthday visit. Her daughter Séverine reached the sweet 16 age! Gosh, how fast time goes. I still see her as little girl, you know!

And this week the Winter Olympics started. I watched the opening and I must say it was fantastic!
and wow, the Games started well for us, we have gold, silver and bronze on speedskating for women on the 3000 mtrs, we have silver in shorttrack 1500 mtr. for men and gold on speedskating 5000 mtr for men! Not bad for a little country. Also great to see our king present at those events, he is a huge fan of speedskating and he was just sitting in between the public and cheering and jumping as everybody else.

So now I think I will finish this post, I'd like to sit down on the couch for a while, have a sandwich and a coffee and watch some more Olympics, I think. Later today I will spend a bit of time in the kitchen, preparing our dinner. I think I will make some leek in the oven, I will make a bechamel sauce, with some cheese and ham, put it over the cooked leeks and put it in the oven later, to let the cheese melt. Yummie. A piece of chicken filet and may be some potato croquettes.

I have a kit for you, named Vraiment Chic, and I think you could use it also for some Valentine layouts. I feel generous today(hahaha) and will give you the clusters from Arlene as well.
Have a good day and week ahead, stay safe and healthy!

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Download    HERE

Sunday, February 04, 2018

A little bit of winter

Goodafternoon everybody!

I am somewhat later today, just because I want to take it real easy today,LOL.
After that hectic period last year, which is putting it's mark until now, I really like to at least have one day where I don;t  HAVE to do anything, you know what I mean? Just let the day flow a bit, not rushing into anything, hoping it will be a quiet day, without anything that interrupts with it, hahaha.

This week, in fact, was a rather quiet week. No doctor's visit, Jan only had to make an echo, we will hear the result next week, when we go to his doctor again.
I filled my time with the usual things, and it is nice to be able to do so again.
This week on the 31th of January, our former queen, now Princess Beatrix, had her 80th birthday! Quite an achievement. She celebrated it the day itself at her home with family and yesterday evening there was a big party for friends and such.

We are heading for a colder week now, here at the coast i think we will have nice with some frost up to perhaps -3C. At daytime we will just be one or two degrees above the zero. Mostly due to anwind coming from the north and north-east. But.... may be end of the week the wind will turn and then temperatures could go up again. I truly hope so!

And then next week is the start of the Winter Olympics in South Korea! we really hope to take away a few medals in the speed ice skating, may be also a couple in the shorttrack. It will be no long sleep for us then during the Olympics! We will have live coverage from 08.00 in the morning, perhaps even earlier. Hmmmm,  that will be hard for me, LOL.
Okay, I will pick out the days that our sporters will performe, and the rest I probably can see in a resume in some sportsprogram during the day or evening.

So there is not too much to ramble about, best I give you the clusters Arlene made with the Looking Forward kit. Next week there will be a new kit for you.
Wishing you a wonderful week and till next time
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