Wednesday, 9 March 2016


Yet another busy week gone by with no art done. It’s got to the stage now where there are double bookings and I’m having to choose which to do! Oh well, I suppose this can’t go on forever! Here’s an extended view of my studio, showing that it has again reverted to its dumping ground status. This always happens when it is not being used for art. It’s worse over the other side of the room.

WOYWW 353 9-3-16

I’ve been having a bit of a clear-out in the sitting room in preparation for some re-organisation and possible decorating, and I took piles of stuff upstairs and just dumped it all in the studio and office. When I get time I’ll sort through it and have a good tidy-up, and hopefully soon get back to making art. Our sitting room is overcrowded, cluttered and gloomy. Time for a change! I’ve got Plans.

I had my port removed at the hospital yesterday – scroll down to the previous post for details (and full details on my Cancer Diary page). It’s going to be rather uncomfortable for a day or two but paracetamol is helping. It all went smoothly but I feel rather strange about it all!

My fingertips continue to be pretty sore from over a week’s guitar practice – about half an hour each day – but I can see the beginnings of calluses forming, which is good news. I’m still pretty rough round the edges as far as the playing and singing are concerned but it shouldn’t be too long before I’m up to scratch.

On Friday I met up with one of the friends I met in hospital, at the cancer support centre for the monthly relaxation session, and made a couple of new friends there too. It was a great session, followed by a nice leisurely chat over coffee.

I attended an Ileostomy Association meeting on Saturday which included a talk by one of the colo-rectal surgeons from Exeter, on parastomal hernias, which are an occupational hazard for us ostomates – informative, useful, and humorous too! As well as the business side (AGM) we also had a delicious buffet and plenty of opportunity to chat, and visit the stoma supply companies’ reps’ tables. A good day, followed by crashing out on the recliner and going right off to sleep.

I made it to church on Sunday morning, and then went with my hubby to visit Mum in her care home in the afternoon, armed with flowers and a card for Mothering Sunday. Then another sleep on the recliner!

This afternoon we are off out again with the Ileostomy Association for a visit to the Met Office in Exeter to find out just how they manage to forecast our ever-varied and increasingly bizarre weather. I hope we get home in time for my Tesco delivery.

Another KnitterNatter meeting tomorrow evening (our church craft group) – an opportunity to do some more on my UFOs (UnFinished Objects) – at the moment concentrating on my Hebrew alphabet sampler (cross stitch).

Last Thursday night, Phoebe had another seizure – quite a big one. We phoned the vet on Friday but she’s reluctant to increase the dose of phenobarbital unless the seizures increase in frequency, because of possible side effects. Because she seems to distressed and disoriented when it is over, this time as soon as she stopped moving, I scooped her up and cuddled her until she seemed calmer. She is always very clingy afterwards and won’t let me out of her sight. Poor little one.

It’s all go, chez Shosh.

Keep your eyes open for another post soon, showing, as promised, the new stash that I acquired recently. Maybe one day I’ll actually have the time and energy to start using it.

Happy WOYWW, everybody!


  1. So sad about Miss Phoebe. My friend had a cat who never got complete control over her seizures. You just love them as they are and do the best. As for your "dumping ground"--it is just barely getting out of control. Just a quick sweep and you'll be back to playing in no time. PJ #60

  2. Wow. You are busy!
    Have a great day.
    Diane - WOYWW #38

  3. Glad you made it this week, Shoshi! Your calendar is certainly full! I try to avoid social engagements as much as possible. I like bumping into people and have a little chat, but I find socializing exhausting for some reason - with the exception of online interaction! That's a whole different ball game! Poor little Phoebe! It's good that you cuddle her to calm her down. Hope she's gonna be OK! Once I scared Oreo with the hoover so much that he panicked and was in "flight" mode, his heart beating so fast and he was having trouble breathing. I accidentally cornered him with the hoover and he didn't have an escape route. I instinctively cuddled him and he went back to normal quite fast but I was very concerned about him at first. I thought he was gonna die! He was in a bad state! Make sure you take enough rest! Don't overdo it!

  4. Hi Shoshi, your poor Phoebe, she must indeed be very distressed, not understanding at all what's happening to her. I'm not surprised you haven't been crafting, you have barely stopped for 5 minutes! This tiredness is so lingering, isn't it? Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #5xxx

  5. sounds like you're having a very hectic time! your craft room looks great though; it's nice to see a bit more of it. Helen #21

  6. It certainly sounds like it's been a busy time around your house! No time for crafting.
    I'm glad you got your port out. Hopefully the soreness will go away soon. After having it for so long it will take a while to get used to.
    Take care
    Sharon K #48

  7. Hi Shoshi. Good to see you posting regularly. Even though you haven't done arty stuff, you have been very busy - and that's tremendous - well done. Glad you were able to go see your mum. Trust it may have been a good visit.
    Take care of yourselves, my friends. God bless.
    Margaret #1

  8. Hi Shoshi, I can see you've had a busy week. I am trying to get round as many desks as I can but we are away skiing and it's been a busy day so this may be quite short. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 19

  9. Happy WOYWW. No crafting here either, but I have been busy with business and studying stuff. You have been busy. Hope you are pacing yourself. I have been struggling with increased fatigue levels, but I am at least sleeping well at night. Struggling to stay awake now, so will turn this laptop off and get up to bed. Ali x #59

  10. M, Shoshi, I saw your deporting post below last night here in Oz when was finishing up my WOYWW post, you would've been asleep still. a sign of progess if a tad painful and strange at first..
    Indeed sounds like it is all go go... half hour practice on guitar, each day, well done on attempting it!
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x # 7

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  11. Hope you'll find some time to craft soon. Have a lovely week, Vicky #8

  12. Well you certainly have the best reason for not making art - it sounds like you are having a great time! I hope everything is going well with your port being removed, and I also hope your little kitty is OK - it's so worrying and sad when a pet is ill as you can't explain things to them.
    Diana x

  13. I use to be a follower of your blog. Then I moved and changed everything and lost your blog. I was very happy to find it again but so distressed to hear you went through cancer. I am so glad you are cancer free. Your cancer posts were so inspiring. You are very brave. I always found your M.E. posts so inspiring. I always thought you just took life by the horns and nothing can stop you. I have lupus so your stories really inspire me. I am so sorry about Phoebe. I always loved your posts about your cats. I had a cat who had seizures too. It was so heartbreaking and frightening. I lost her several years ago. I miss her so much.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Aiyana - sorry I can't find a blog or website where I can contact you with this reply so I hope you return to read this! I hope you are coping OK with your lupus. Tese auto immune diseases are a pain, aren't they! So sorry to hear your cat. We have had many cats over the years and all the ones who have gone are missed and never forgotten.


  14. came back to answer your comment about infusions, they aren't on the paperartsy website yet cos they let them get out to the retailers for a month or so before putting them online on their own site. I know Leandra was getting a load made up to ship out the retailers so they should start to be available soon (they only launched them at the Stitches trade show a tthe end of February) I haven't seen them anywhere yet, though.

  15. Hey Sweet Lady! I'm sorry I'm late getting 'round. Coincidental you mentioned Mum. I was thinking about her yesterday and wondering how she's doing. As to having a plan.. my hubby says it's good to have 'goals' I consider plans to be the same thing. As to poor little Phoebe... my Goddess has frequent asthma attacks. I'm the only one she wants to mess with her while she's having one. When they're over, she just wants to snuggle. She is my nurturing kitty. They do attach to us, don't they. Hugs to you and hubby. Creative Blessings! ~Kel #61


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