Friday, December 12, 2008

What a Week it Has Been for Me!

These past couple of days have been a roller coaster of mixed emotions for me. Stressful moments worrying about my father being in hospital for surgery, some very busy moments, and happy moments as well.

My father is doing well. Thanks to all of you who have included him in your prayers. Your thoughts, prayers and good vibes have certainly helped him, he was wide awake, smiling and talking to my mother when she went to visit him last night. That's a very heavy load off my shoulders, because my father is very very special to me. He always has been, and always will be.
But it can worry me sometimes when I notice that he's slowly getting older, that he's maybe not as strong as he used to be, a little slower in his movements ...
Anyway, I'll be visiting him tomorrow and if all goes well he should be home by Tuesday.

All of the above gave me quite some stress yesterday, but to top it off, I lost all of my comments on this blog. To make a long story short, I messed with my template trying to install the new Google map Blogger in draft is featuring at the moment. And I managed to install it, oh yes! But at the same time I lost my HaloScan comment form and all of my comments on this blog. I care deeply about the comments people give me, I don't think I would blog if it was not for the friendships one builds through these comments?
It felt as if this blog was stripped naked of all of the friendship,appreciation, encouragement and love I have gotten from all of you throughout this whole year. One whole year worth of comments, tokens of friendship ... the history of my blog, they were all floating around somewhere in the blogosphere! Aaarggh!!
Anyway, as you can see, after a couple of nerve wrecking hours, I managed to get it back together, and what a relief THAT was!

Speaking of friendship ...
Remember the give away?

I am happy to announce, I have three winners.The first one to say "YES!" was Melli, then Quilly and then this morning I found Christine's comment, winner number three!
They will in their turn take this give away to their blog, and create something special for their winners.

And then there was a package in the mail this week. Jan of the Prytz Family had some books to give away some time ago.I had never entered a give away before but I did and I won the cookbook!
And it has arrived, ... look!
The cookbook has lots and lots of mouthwatering wintery recipes, beautiful pictures AND I don't have to worry about measurements as the recipes also include grams and kilo's as well as lbs, oz and cups.
I don't even have to worry about that, how cool is that?
Thank you Jan, I'm very very happy with it!

First time in my life I have ever won anything, but I won twice in a row this week, as I am one of the three lucky winners of the Pay it Forward on Lceel's blog!
I'm very much looking forward to get a painting from him. Thank you Lou!!

As for me, I have been very busy working on MY project.
I spent a whole day sorting out all of my tools, patterns, books and materials.

Ahum. Yes, I know ... It had been neglected for a couple of years.

And then I had to try and get the feel of it again...
But I'm getting there.
This is the progress so far.
Mind you, this is just a sampler, to figure out different patterns.
There, now you all know what I've been up to this week!
I hope you all had a nice week too?