Wednesday, 30 September 2015


What’s on my workdesk this Wednesday? As usual I’m between projects! – so it’s a dumping ground. Well, quite a tidy one really – I just dumped the stuff on it last night when I was going to bed.

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Working round the desk: top left you can see the first card in my 2015 Card Factory. Next to that, at the back, is a pile of pieces of packing foam that came in the post with a parcel the other day – I shall be blogging about this in a day or two if you can restrain yourselves in your curiosity! The little green scrap of card beside them is part of that.

In front of that, the Turkish Delight box no longer contains Turkish Delight unfortunately (several years ago it became part of Shoshi) and it now contains my drawing pens.

Beside that is my new Florabunda Zentangle book that I won on Neil Burley’s blog and on top of it are the drawings I have so far done. Again, I will be blogging about these in due course. I am having such fun with this, and when not feeling too well but well enough to do something, this is something I can do from the comfort of the recliner.

As I can with my adult colouring – on the right of the desk you can see my latest effort (not my favourite picture but quite fun to do), and again I shall be blogging about that.

Beyond that, on the right, are the purple scraps from the purple goodies I made for our neighbour recently. I’m about purpled out now, and it will be nice to move onto some other colours, much as I am a fan of purple!

Health Update

I saw the oncologist as usual last Thursday, the day before my chemo treatment (and also went up to the unit to have my usual bloods). She was, as always, most concerned about the peripheral neuropathy, a side effect of the chemo which has to be carefully monitored because unchecked, it can lead to permanent nerve damage and lifelong symptoms – something we obviously want to avoid. She said that unfortunately the only way of mitigating it was to reduce the chemo dose and since this has already been done twice, I didn’t think it would be possible again. However, in view of the fact that I only had 2 treatments to go, and research shows that people undergoing chemo post-surgery as a mopping-up operation do just as well on a reduced dose at the end as those who do not, she proposed reducing the last 2 treatments by 50 percent! I was pretty amazed at this. So this is what happened on Friday, and all went OK.

Saturday I didn’t feel too bad because of the steroids, but on Sunday and Monday I felt terrible and fairly demoralised, thinking that the reduced dose wasn’t making any difference. The peripheral neuropathy was much better, though, and I soon left off my gloves. I was able to do a few short stints in the studio over the next few days which pleased me a lot, and by yesterday I was feeling a lot better. OK, I feel spaced out, weak and shaky but not so desperately poorly in a general sort of way as I would normally be feeling at this stage in the cycle.

I am highly delighted to be feeling so much better, and able to do some things! I am now looking forward to feeling a lot better after my final treatment on 16th October, and getting back in the kitchen again and starting to look after my hubby after all this time that he’s been looking after me! He has done a great job but I feel the time rapidly approaching when I want to start cooking real food again instead of ready meals, and sorting the kitchen out!! I expect the resumption of my domestic duties will pale after a while but how I’m feeling now about resuming them, now the end of all this is in sight, has to be a good thing! I am feeling very upbeat and positive.

Have a great creative week, everybody, and happy WOYWW.


  1. So there I was sitting at my desk ready to link and you just popped in!
    Good to hear that your health is starting to improve, your first cook in will certainly be a red flag day ....
    Hope your health continues to improve and interested to see what colour will be next!
    Have a good week
    Bishopsmate #31

  2. Great news on the health front, lovely to hear something has worked so well for you - nearing the end now...
    Love the desk - especially the Turkish Delight Box, is it wooden? I see our no 1 is also having a go at this adult colouring - catching on - now why did we not think of it before now?
    Hugs, Neet 6 xx

  3. Morning Shoshi, I'm so glad to hear you are nearing the end of your chemo and certainly you do sound very upbeat. It sounds as if you have a lovely hubby and I'm sure you'll enjoy being able to look after him again.

    I love your page of poppies. It looks so bright and happy. Colouring for adults has really caught on hasn't it and I can understand why. It takes us back to happy childhood days and we all enjoy a bit of colouring. You take care and have a good week. Hugs. Barbxx #24

  4. You put us all to shame with your positive creative spirit, never mind your health one.
    You are going great guns Shoshi and I pray for you to go inwards and upwards
    Lynn xx

  5. I think I feel achy and breaky just reading about treatments! Yes, I am that much of a wimp. It actually sounds quite positive though and that you are upbeat is a good bonus. Love your Zentangle book. I looks a bit complex. That is nice to have something to fill your time when you aren't quite ready for other more energetic things. Now that you are purpled out, whatever color will you be next??!!! Judy #49

  6. What wonderful news - So happy for you. I have about 200 cards to hand at any one time - I used to make at least 3 or 4 a week and they soon add up. Have a great week. Soojay 14

  7. I am glad to hear you are feeling better ( only people who are recovering would be excited about domestic things right?) I am grinning, cooking is NOT my thing. ( ever ) so, I am excited for you that the after effects seem to be improving too. I picked up some of those coloring books for my mom for Christmas and so, its fun to see someone using them. I have second guessed that purchase more than once. ~Stacy #51

  8. So glad you are doing better and only have 2 treatments left! And I bet your hubby doesn't mind taking care of you. Your coloring is gorgeous and looking forward to seeing you Zentangle projects. Keep looking up, you are such an inspiration!
    Carol N #42

  9. Hi Shoshi! Sorry it took me so long to get back. I got bogged down with that stupid issue about the photos. After spending all day trying to sort the problem (it was driving me crazy!) I concluded that it is a Google/Blogger glitch and there's nothing I can do about it. Hopefully, it will sort itself out with the next software update. I'm glad to hear you're feeling upbeat again following the treatment. It sounds like you've got loads of projects and blog posts in the pipeline. That's wonderful! It's good to keep busy. Soon you'll be claiming back your kitchen - I know excatly how you feel about that! Wishing you health and happiness xx zsuzsa

  10. Forgot to say, you've accidentally left a message for Soojay on my blog, but not to worry - I've copied it for her when I visited. :))

  11. Good to hear there was some respite for you int he week. Hope and pray all continues to go well.
    sandra de @12

  12. Hi Shoshi, you sound quite positive so guessing you are also feeling a bit better too. I love that purple card but can't quite see the design properly. I love keeping old boxes like that and can always find a use for them. I am making Christmas cards as my swap friend thought it would be a good idea if we got started on them rather than leave them while the last minute. Take care and happy crafty WOYWW, Angela x 27

  13. I am so happy to read that things are progressing positively. Love seeing your desk filled with projects including that wonderful Zentangle book. Looking forward to reading all those blog post you have planned and seeing a pic of that first meal. Remember, we are all here for you when you have those bad days. Diane #16

  14. That's great news about the reduced final treatments..let's hope that your recovery time is consequently a lot quicker. Sending hugs....
    Am loving your colouring in again, you blend the colours so beautifully :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 17 xxx

  15. I am so glad to hear your chemo is nearly over. I have been AWOL for a while so it has been nice to catch up. Funny how the mundane things seem so exciting when you have not been capable of doing them for a while. Love what I see on your desk. 32

  16. I love your poppies - they are beautiful and one of my favourite flowers. I am so glad you are feeling better and back in your studio - I totally understand about you wanting to get back in the kitchen - a huge part of my degree work was based on the relationship between women and their kitchens and the relationship between the feeling of control and the role of the kitchen - it sounds a bit odd but at the time I was giving up my own home to move in with my mother who was in very early stages of dementia and I missed my kitchen dreadfully!! Sorry I'm so late getting to your desk, I'm somehow struggling to fit everything in this week,
    I hope you continue to feel better,
    Diana x

  17. I'm very late this week. Very. Your Babbacombe pictures are a delight..what a great way to shake off the indoorsies and enjoy some autumn sun. Sun in your eyes or not, it's a fab picture Shoshi, made me smile to see you looking so good. I see what's on your desk is finished too, in the other posts - my word you're on a prolific roll..I wonder if that adjusted chemo had fairy dust in it too!


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