Monday, 9 January 2012


HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! I am hoping and praying big time that 2012 is going to be a much better year and I for one was glad to see the back of 2011.

Well I know that it has been a long long time since I last blogged and you were probably wondering if I was ever coming back!!!. I ended up taking a much longer break than I had expected which I will try to explain as briefly as I can.

I had my kidney op which went well but ended up being more involved than just removing the stones. He ended up just doing my right hand side and when I went back for my post-op he has decided to leave my right side for the time being unless it gives me any problems. About 3 weeks ago I ended up having another kidney stone flare up on the side which was operated on which was a big shock as I thought that was the whole purpose of the bloody op, grrr!!!. I am leaving it for the time being as I am hoping it was a one off fluke. If I get any more flares I know I will have to get back in touch with the surgeon so finger's crossed.

After the operation I got really sick which ended up being sourced to the Methotrexate injections I was giving myself for my Rheumatoid Arthritis. All of my bloods were all over the place, I couldn't eat and kept being sick. The best thing was was losing over a stone in weight!!!. I know that is a real typical female thing to say lol!. Once I had come off the drug I gradually got better but I am now not on any drugs for my Rheumatoid, just anti-inflammatories, steroids and strong painkillers. I went to see my Rheumatologist just before Christmas and he wants me on another drug trial which I am waiting to hear about at the moment. I have had to go up on my steroids and had joint injections just to try control the RA flare up's in the meantime. I have had another bad weekend and been in bed for most of it hardly being able to walk. I'm feeling a bit better today but still high on the morphine!!!.

Enough health stuff. I do hope that everyone was thoroughly spoilt at Christmas time. I was very lucky with some yummy crafty gear, a printer, some new red and white polka dot kitchen wares, money, CD's, smellies, lots more.........I just want to share these cute pic's of Bert & Simone with their new Christmas baskets;


Both furbabies were thoroughly spoilt!!!. They got the big red doggy bone mattress too, a lovely fleecy mat and new blankets along with lots of toys and treats. 

So 2012 has kicked off to a good crafty start. I have been having a big craft room spring clean and have had to be really brutal and throw out loads of things I am not using, a big cull!!!. It is not all bad though as what my Mother-in-Law does not want I will donate to the hospice. I have been having a play with some gorgeous new stamps and bits I received for Christmas and even made a Christmas card for the first challenge for our Christmas Card Club (see the side bar for details). I am going to show my cards in some seperate posts so stay tuned.

I do hope everyone remember's me and does not think I have deserted you all!!!. I will pop over to everyone's blogs so bear with me.

With love and big, big hugs Clare xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


  1. It's fabulous to see you back sweetie - you have certainly had a rough time of it lately and I'm sorry I haven#t been in touch more just to say hello, but with working full time and family and home and wedding plans, I just don't seem to have time to do as much as I would like, but I have been thinking about you and hope that 2012 proves to be a much better year for you. Looking forward to seeing your creations in separate posts. Big hugs from Claire xxxx

  2. Happy New Year Clare, hoping this is a good one for you hun. Nice to see you back in blogland xx

  3. Lovely to see youin blog world again little Clare...hope you just keep on feeling better each day & that RA keeps at bay!
    Did you receive a little parcel yet?? Love De xx

  4. And it's real good being back in blog land girls. Thank you for the lovely well wishes. No parcel yet Deb I will let you know as soon as it arrives. Post still isn't great after Christmas hun xxx

  5. Hi Clare glad to see you back and I hope start feel more your self very soon scruff has settled in really well you should him now check this out when you have time
    looks like your two had a fabby xmas lol take care
    Jacki xx

  6. Hello dear Clare. Oh my goodness sweetie, you have had at rough. I will email soon. Take care.
    Love Sandra xx

  7. aaaah what lovely comments youve had so far Clare, its so reassuring to know that we are missed when we are away from blogland for a wee while!

    Right, thats your hols over for the time being now lets get that whip out and wait to see the first card you make having used your printer for it!! whoop whoop! I forgot to check that youve got inks/papers but Im sure you must have!?!

    See you soon cheeky!
    Keryn xx


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