Friday, 12 June 2009

Hello Again

Goodness me its been almost a month since I last wrote in my blog. Firstly my computer was dying on me - the internet was cutting out every couple of minutes making it very difficult to do anything at all - the cd/dvd drive had caved in and would not play anything - and then to top it all the poor wee thing got a bug and when the internet did connect I had adverts for porn sites popping up every other second. Now with a seven year old who stays a lot and likes to play on my computer that really became the last straw. My hubby teased me something wicked about what I might have been downloading whilst he was out but I hadnt honest. We could laugh but the risk of our darling grandson seeing and asking questions was, as I said before, the last straw and not a risk we were willing to take so it had to be sorted. As you can imagine with no cd drive to download the things I wanted to save this was a long task with my dearest doing just two or three files at a time onto his USB and transferring the things on to his computer. This finally completed he cleared the whole main drive thingy and reloaded all the correct software. In doing so he decided it was time to upgrade me to Vista which was a pain from the point of view that some of my programs were old and would not load into Vista. My photo editing program being on of the things. Oh eccles cakes, I had to go searching for something else but actually found there is some pretty good free stuff out there for editing so I have downloaded one of them and seem to be getting on reasonably well with it.

Unfortunately it was not only the computer that kept me away from blogging but lifes little dramas too. Mum was ill, then my dear aunt became very ill and I was taking Mum to the hospital everyday to see her. Sadly she lost her battle for life which has left us all feeling very empty.

On a far more cheerful note, with the computer out of action what little time I did have was spent stitching. Not a lot done for a months work, but progress I can see none-the-less.

So firstly an update on Water Tiger which has had the most of my limited attention

I am now almost half was down the 4th page and I have also done some more on page 5 as I have been working across to join up with the central bit, which was where I started this project.

I also have made quite good progress on EMS Rose Sampler despite the pesky frogs who seemed to delight in visiting every time I got this out recently.
Next week I am hoping to finish the dividing line across the left side and make a start on the next alphabet - the first half of which goes between the two dividing lines. Once that is done pages 7, 8 and 9 will be complete and I will only have three more pages to do. Joining the Crafty Natter UFO night has really helped with this project.

I also have one more card to show you. This is the one I have done for my sister-in-law but as she does not read my blog it is quite safe to show it to you.

I have been trying to keep up with blogs but with little success as I have only been able to read them at odd times in the day. I will keep trying to catch up but you are all so busy and have so much I want to see and read that it is a hard task lol.

I notice during the last few posts that I have had some new readers who have been kind enough to leave comments. However a few of you do not appear to have blogs so I have been unable to come visit you and thank you in person so I want to take this opportunity to both thank you and welcome you to my little world. I just love to get your comments and I really do appreciate them but I also appreciate all those people who just want to read. I know from my tracker how many people do just come for a quick read and I appreciate all your visits too. I just love looking at all the places round the world where my visitors come from. One day when I have the time I will write you a list of the many many countries that my visitors come from. Oooh wouldnt life be perfect if I could come visit you all.

Well its almost 1.30 am and my eyes are beginning to droop. Also my darling grandson is having a stopover this weekend so we will be expected to be up and about by 8am at the very latest so I am going to say goodnight and leave you for the comfort of my bed.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.


May your frogs stay in their ponds.


Brigitte said...

How great that your computer is up and running again and that you're able to post again.
Sorry for the loss you and your family had. I hope that your mum is a lot better by now.
I love your WIPs and you made some nice progress on them. This tiger will be such a beauty.

jane said...

Great to heat from you again Helen - sorry for your family's loss. It looks like you have made good progress with your stitching - it's amazing how much gets done when the PC isn't there as a distraction isn't it. Enjoy your weekend

Angela said...

Hope you installed a good firewall and some anti-virus software to stop the same problem occuring again. It's a problem we had a quite a bit a few years ago but since we installed Spyware Doctor we've had no problems at all.

Your tiger is coming along well.

Soprry about your sad news, hopefully things will start to look up again soon.

Christine said...

Nice to see you back Helen. Sorry to hear about your Aunt.
Water Tiger is looking magnificent

Sheilasembroidery said...

Lovely to have you back my dear. So sorry for your loss, your Mum must be devastated. give her a hug from us all. Computer problems have their plus side, your stitching has benefited. Some lovely stitching, tiger is definitely showing progress, well done and I love your Rose sampler.

Ann T said...

Welcome back Helen, I have missed you blogging, Tigger is looking great!

Susan said...

{{{hugs}}} - I'm sorry for the loss of your aunt.

Tigger is looking great!

Patti said...

I am so sorry for your loss, it must be so very hard on your Mum. On the upside of your computer problems when it was sort of broken you stitched more - I know I did after that you-know-what sort of stole mine. Never mind it's up and running now. Love Patti xxx

Julie said...

Sorry to hear about your Aunt.

WT looks great, nice progress on EMS too

stitcherw said...

Glad to hear your computer is working better now, what a pain to have to go through all that to straighten it out. Nice progress on Tiger, it's looking great, and Rose Sampler is looking lovely too. So sorry to hear about your Aunt, my condolences to you and your family. {{hugs}}

Lisa said...

Sorry to hear about your mum and aunt (hugs). Computers are the bane of our lives aren't they, we rely on them so much and then they let us down lol.
Great progress on your wips and love the card.

Doris said...

Is a good news that your computer is up and running again. So sorry for the loss you and your family had.

Sally said...

Sorry to hear about your aunt. My thoughts are with you and your Mum. Hope she is fully recovered from her illness now.

Lovely WIps and the card is so pretty.

Kathy A. said...

Glad to see you are up and running again. I have missed you.
Hope Mom is doing better now. My Mom just lost her sister too.
We have our 4 year old grandson here too. Isn't it fun!!

Karan said...

You have been having a rough time of it. So sorry to hear about the loss of your Aunt, Helen. Sending lots of (((((((((hugs))))))))) to all of you.
Pretty card & gorgeous WIP's. :0)