The week was going 'sort of OK', although I cancelled my hair appointment on Tuesday in favour of not taking any chances at being unable to get Dudley to his groomers appointment on Thursday. And how right I was to have done that!
I'll do an update at the end of this post but meanwhile we can jump straight in with the prize for this fortnight and it's a bit of a bumper one. Not so long ago, Lynn B (known to us as Linby) sent me a lovely package of goodies, all new and unused, for the Playground Toy Box. I could only source the adorable narwhal stamps and dies to make my own sample card (a few challenges ago) so I kept the other goodies for the time being as a future prize. It's almost serendipity really and I'm so very grateful for Lynn coming to the rescue - in advance as it were!
Above we have a 'Vase and flowers' pair of dies, made by Apple Blossom and on the right is a Crafters Companion set of stamps called 'Sweet Wishes'.
And above we have a Crafters Companion set of stamps called 'Spread Your Wings' and the sweetest set of Christmas/New Year stamps, by Apple Blossom, called 'Woodland Party'.
I really do not want to split this lovely bumper set of FOUR items - they cover different occasions and styles and would make a great addition to your 'stash'. As it is, I still have prizes to post to winners of two previous challenges. And I'm totally sure that if you do win then neither Lynn nor myself will mind in the least if you share your good fortune with friends that are local to you. So, if you play for the prize you'll be playing for the whole bundle. To be honest, I know that I could use every single item quite happily.
As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 16th March. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.
It's a maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. Please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.
Remember, if you link into the Playground and don't say clearly that you're wanting to be in the draw in a comment on here, then you will be bypassed if your name comes out of Mr Linky. I'm sure you all know I ask for a positive 'yes' on the blog post itself- just in case you're playing only for fun - otherwise I don't add you to my little list.
Mr Linky is below - please let me know if you have any problems linking, it's easy for me to sort out so don't struggle on alone ☺
Here's the update on what this past week brought. Feel free to just sigh and move on - I know that's exactly what I would jus love to do with this ongoing saga.
Having rested for most of the week, even managing to make a card for ScrappyMo's Rudolph Days Challenge, things were looking up and on Thursday afternoon we took Dudley to the groomers. I wore the most comfortable shoes possible, used the walking stick and took it very steady. We dropped Dudley off and then I suggested we called to see if a prescription was ready for me in our local Sainsbury's pharmacy. On a roll and getting over confident with it.
It wasn't too difficult getting round the supermarket as I used a shallow shopping trolley as a 'Walking frame with wheels'. Sure it wasn't comfortable but I'd dosed up on strong painkillers just beforehand. The prescription wasn't ready so we poodled around the supermarket doing a bit of shopping and killing time before collecting Dudley.
When we got back home the foot was sore but I thought that was to be expected - but didn't bargain for what hit me yesterday. One huge step backwards just as if an elephant had been tap dancing on the top of my foot - the shoes have a soft flap over the top and just that pressure must have been too much! So that put paid to my plans to sit at the desk and make a snippets card.
Today is an improvement thankfully and at least am sleeping much better, for several nights running now. I think it's just that the foot has been so inflamed it's taken a bit of a hammering already and it takes very little to cause it to react. So, back to being totally barefoot for now and just very grateful that we have no appointments lined up. Huge thanks to prizewinners for being so patient as well.
I do so wish I'd taken a photo of Dudley when we got home on Thursday - he still looks absolutely gorgeous after being bathed, slightly trimmed around his 'skirt' and paws, nails clipped etc. and he was also blow dried but when we picked him up he looked ready for the show ring! In the end we've decided to persevere with his fringe/bangs and the dear girls in the salon tied him a sweet little top knot. Ha, needless to say it was out by yesterday morning but it showed his sweet little face and huge brown eyes off perfectly. He looked just like a typical Havanese - what a surprise, I should hope he would! I now have some small latex bands bands and also a doggie hair styling product on order so we can keep going with the growing out of his fringe! Ha, ha - first catch your Havanese though - he's one wriggly little puppy! We weighed him at the pet place and he's 6kg now - so has put on half a kilo in six weeks. That's pretty good and means his rate of growth is slower - sort of plateau-ing.
Sorry about all the words, I did find writing about the gout useful for future reference. Looking back to three years ago it was quite a few weeks before I was able to attempt what I did on Thursday. That time, Christmas landed just as I was getting over the worst so there was no reason to be out and about. Having said that - I did so love the outing the other day, hence probably not knowing when to stop!
Lots of love from Parsnip, Dudley - and of course me,