Wednesday, November 18, 2015


 It's Wednesday and time to join Julia and the gang over at Stamping Ground. I've only been doing this for a few weeks and everyone has been so fantastic!

I can't believe another week has passed! Yikes, where has time gone? The weeks are rushing by and I'm still behind. At least this week there is something holiday-like on my desk. I've started on my Christmas Crackers and sweet boxes. I like giving them out for treats and to hold gift cards and little bits and bobs. I have some of the snapper bits for the crackers - leftovers from last year. It's nice to have crackers with things that we like inside. Lol. I do have cards to make and I'm running out of time! I have to do a birthday card before next weekend too.

Daughter wanted me to drive over to Lansing on Monday to look at an apartment. I have never driven on a highway (motorway) except on my driving test. I did not pass my test until I was 30. I probably wouldn't have learned to drive except here in America you really do need to drive. I sucked it up, took a deep breath and drove. It's about 90 miles from where we live. I plugged in my phone and listened to directions - would have been lost without them. I breathed a huge sigh when I got back home again. Lol. I did it though. All by myself. It seems a little silly but to me it was a big deal. She did apply to the apartment and has been accepted. She will be moving out not long after she gets back from Washington DC. I am happy for her, but sad that we won't get to spend much time together. The only good thing that comes out of this is when she does move all her things out I will have my craft room!!! I'm sure hubby will like not having crafting stuff all over the rest of the house.

More good news this week - my Mum's tests came back normal. About September last year my Mum was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. It was a shock to us all and a really rough time - especially around the holidays last year. I hated being so far away - I am in the states and Mum is in England. She got through treatment and this is her second test that came back normal. She doesn't have to go back until April. She was so lucky it was caught early as by the time a lot of people are seen with this cancer it has already spread to other places. There might be a lot of complaints about the NHS but the hospital was fantastic during all this and very quick off the mark and there were no money worries.

Anyway - I got diverted. I'm posting pictures of my desk. Hopefully next week will see more holiday things though I am getting distracted by making memory books lol.

Time to go check out some of the other desks!


  1. Have fun making Christmas crackers! I'm glad for you that you got good news about your mother!

    Greetings, Sofie #17

  2. Loving your Christmas project. So glad your Mom's test came back normal. Congrats on your driving experience - good job! :-) April #39

  3. Welcome to WOYWW! I have been gone several weeks, so this is first time to visit you. And I had to visit you, since we have the same name. LOL
    Great news about your Mom. How difficult it must be to be so far from her.
    Also, I just wanted to say, that I have lived in the states all my life and didn't get my drivers licence until I was 28. Congratulations on driving all that way on the highway by yourself. I know how anxious you would be the first time you did it. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great week! #52

  4. I didn't get my license until I was 24 and avoided driving on the expressway until absolutely necessary! Did you drive on I-94? It's not too bad in Michigan, much less traffic than in Chicago, and much prettier scenery. Your treat boxes are so cute! I'm glad your mother is okay. What a blessing that they caught it in time. Thanks for visiting me.

    Suzanne #51

  5. Great Crackers and congrats about your mum and about driving !!Thanks for sharing!!Have a great week, Ginny # 12

  6. Love the papers on the crackers! Good news about your Mom, and your drive. I'd rather drive a highway than though a city any day! Thaks for visiting, and Happy WOYWW!
    -K #49

  7. Looks like despite all that stress, you're getting in the holiday spirit.
    As for driving the highways. . .it is stressful. I never used to mind it myself, but as I've gotten older I've liked it less and less. But, YOU DID IT! And, that's all that matters. Cheers!
    Hope #46

  8. Thanks for calling by at mine.
    I love the crackers you've been making....just hope the snaps still work if you've stored them for a year :-) Glad to hear your mum had good news with her check up.
    Annie x # 6

  9. I think crackers are a great way to package little gifts. Thanks for visiting my place. Happy WOYWW!

  10. (((hug))) well done on the driving -I learned when I was 37, only as my daughter was starting school 22 miles away and transport is rubbish where we live. I am not a big fan of driving so totally understand.(((((((even bigger hugs))))) re your mums fab news - I lost my sister to thoat cancer three years ago ( horrible cancer- they are all horrible ). Your boxes are adorable xx Soojay 11


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