Friday, 18 September 2015

Five on Friday... Happiness!

So many things make me happy and I have so many blessings.  Here are just five as I join with Amy on 'Five on Friday.'
Wednesday here was a very, very wet day, it was real weather for ducks!
 We were in town by 9:30 as I had a nail appointment, both pedicure and manicure so wasn't finished until nearly 11. My nails looked lovely, a deep crimson colour. I love them!  I was smiling and my nails flashed red as I walked along.
 
 
Then I went to the library as I had to see the librarian about the book group I run,  and the books I ordered for myself were in... yeh!! My happiest times have been when I have been inside a book. I can't wait to start reading....'The Paying Guests,' by Sarah Waters, 'Stranded,' by Emily Barr (one of my favourite authors) and 'My Sister's Secret,' by Tracy Buchan. Then on our way back thro' the town I stopped at one of the charity shops as they had books for 25p, I bought three.....what bliss.. lots of reading, how could I not buy books for only 25p!!

 
 .......and then in the shop, I saw a tote bag which was a Kate Spade New York!! It was £8.50 and brand new, never been used by the look of it, white  patent with seagulls on it in navy, just the sort of bag for a sea side holiday and I looked it up on line when we got home, they sell for £165 !!!! Wow I felt I had won the lottery!
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Isn't absolutely gorgeous? We wore our new macs and mine is lovely, kept me dry altho' having bought that bag I wouldn't noticed the rain as I was so happy!!


And even with my broken arm, I‘ve done some sewing. DS#1's girl friend had asked me to make some cushions, using some old curtains, two days before I broke my arm!!   I did manage to sew, last week,  but it was a struggle because I can't lift my right hand up unaided, but I did them and feel I did my arm good because I had to stretch it forward,  which is one of my exercises. I couldn't match the stripes back and front as I had to cut out the material from the curtains that had rust marks on them, so was limited, but they look good and I inserted a zip in each one for removal for washing, so I was pleased. But I won't be sewing proper for a while, it was too hard and painful.  The cushions were a great success especially the zip inserted so you can’t see it, so now her mother has asked will I make some for her, but not till after Christmas as she has bought a new static holiday home in Norfolk and wants them for that, praise indeed. Although if you sew, you'll know cushions are pretty simple to make!          

    


 


  
  
 
And I can crochet!! wow such excitement when I realised I could. First time in 20 weeks. I am doing a stash buster item, I shall reveal it when it is done. Although you can see it is shaped so I wonder if anyone can guess what I am making?
So yes I am feeling much better. There is still lots of things I still can't do but my greatest bliss since my last hospital appointment is I can remove the brace to have a proper shower. It took me three days to get up the courage to take it off: but oh the shower was wonderful, first proper one for 22 weeks!! I felt I had turned the corner and I felt so invigorated I cleaned the kitchen and it gleamed. I sang the whole time wiping around (still left handed) And I felt normal, thank the Lord, my arm is healing. Thank you again for all your get well wishes and prayers, and all the comments, they brighten up my days. I think I've got my 'fiz' back!
 
xx



23 comments:

Helen said...

I hope your arm continues to mend. Your bag is amazing! Charity shops are real Aladdin's Caves. Enjoy your pile of books :)

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

Oh wow you got a real bargain with your bag, It really is lovely. I'm glad your arm it much much better, singing when doing housework is always a positive sign!! Enjoy your books more fabulous bargains. Thank you for your comment on my post I'm not sad at being 42 soon, one of my life's ambitions is to reach 104 or as near as I can make it x

Margaret said...

So pleased you are feeling better. I love the bag!

mamasmercantile said...

Impressive, bargain bag I love it. Good to hear that you have your fiz back and that you are on the mend.

Justine said...

Lots of things to be happy about here! Great news about your arm and what a bargain with your new bag. I loved The Paying Guests, one of my favourite reads of this year, I think it is beautifully written. Hope you enjoy it too and your arm continues to heal.

Christina said...

I am glad you are happy! Your whole post oozes happiness. Have a good weekend. x

eclectichomelife said...

Glad yo are feeling better and able to do some things. cushions look lovley and wow indeed about the bag! You struck gold

Joanne Noragon said...

It's the little things :-)
Lovely bag.

Vickie said...

What a cheerful post Chris. I am so glad things are really looking up for you.

Anonymous said...

Greetings Chris from southern California. I hope your arm continues to heal. You got a steal on that new Kate Spade bag; it's really lovely. I will take note of the books you mentioned. I need to put down my knitting needles a bit so that I can read :) wishing you the best, Pat

Leslie: said...

Hi Chris! I can just hear your cheerful voice right through this post. Wonderful that you can have a complete and proper shower - I know how great it feels to have that freedom - not having to rely on someone else when you're at your most vulnerable. AND you are getting back into all the things you love to do - sewing, crocheting, reading, shopping. LOVE the bag - you scored on that one! Cushions are very pretty and is the crocheting going to be a poncho or an afghan? So happy to hear your happiness here! Feel free to write to give more news about everything if you like.

Leslie

Alison said...

Your nails look lovely, Chris! Red is such a happy colour :-) and what a bargain you got with that bag! Have a super weekend xx

Amy at love made my home said...

Yay! I am so pleased that things arm wise are getting better for you! Your arm appreciated your new red finger nails I am sure! Very pretty. So glad that you could do some crafting and have a shower, both must have made you very happy I am sure!!! Thank you for joining Five on Friday. I hope that you have a great weekend!!! Sorry to be late visiting, we have been away and just got back today. xx

Crimson Kettle said...

So many good books to read and the perfect excuse to take a bit more time to read them. Enjoy. :-)

driftwood said...

lovely sewing x and that bag is gorgeous. quite the perfect thing to cheer you up xxx take care, hope your arm keeps healing well xxx

Rosie said...

So many lovely things to comment on. Pleased your arm is getting stonger and that you are able to go out and get your nails done - they look lovely. You can never have too many books to read and your bag is lovely - what a find:)

Theresa said...

Happy to hear you are able to do some things that you enjoy! LOVE that bag, I bet you skipped all the way home:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Julie said...

A post full of excitement Chris, I can read it inevery word. So good to read you are making such good progress. Well done on the lovely cushions and what a super bargain that bag was.
Live and (hugs) x

Yekaterina Haussler said...

So glad you are doing and feeling better. Love the books, love the bag, love the nail color. Thank you for sharing!

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Glad to read that things are getting better for you. What a great day you had in town.

Bronwyn McConvey said...

Wow! You sure scored with that bag! How can anyone give that up for charity - even though it is great they did! One person's trash is another's treasure! Love your nails. Its the perfect classic red shade.

Maggie said...

Glad you are on the mend.

What a find that bag was! well spotted :-) and a lovely stack of
books always make me smile :-)

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

I hope your arm heals quickly. You certainly are keeping it exercised with the crochet! And well done on the bag, it's so satisfying when you come across something and then realise its true worth!! Take care xx