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In memory

It is with a great pain in my heart that I tell you that my beloved father passed away yesterday. I cannot tell you in words how much I miss him. I know he is at a better place now, free from pain and sickness.

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First off let me wish you all A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

I’ve spent wonderful Christmas time with my family. We spent Christmas Eve here at home just the two of us with the girls. After we had eaten dinner and opened our presents my parents and two of my brothers came over for some hot chocolate and cookies as they always do. We had a quiet and relaxed evening. On Christmas Day my parents had invited us all to dinner. We met there with my parents and my three brothers and my sister in law. We spent lovely time there and it was nice spending time together – a cherised moment which had a different meaning this year – but I’ll tell you all about it a bit later in this post. Rúnar had to work yesterday but we had been invited to a Potluck Christmas Party with his family. I decided to go with the girls and it was a great decision as we had a lot of fun meeting everybody. I am a bit saddened that Christmas is over once again. I don’t have to go to work tomorrow as I have the day off but I have all sorts of things to do so I will be busy all the same. I am looking forward to wednesday though as I also have that day off and I plan to do nothing then but to either stitch or knit.

All my plans for the Advent and Christmas went out the window and the last 1 and half month has been like a roller coaster ride for me. It is the most difficult time in my life but I feel like I must write about it here just to let you know in a way why I did disappear and why I might disappear from my blog again.

It all started on my father’s 80th birthday which was on November 9th. We were invited for dinner with my family and during the dinner I had noticed that my brother was sort of under the weather healthwise. I didn’t think more of it until later in the month when I found out he wasn’t eating well (he is single and lives with my parents) and could hardly keep anything down. At first we thought this was a stomach bug that had been going around. But after two weeks it had become a bit suspicious and I kept telling him to go and see the doctor. He had then made an appointment to go an see the GP but had to wait for another week for that appointment. Shortly before my daughters birthday on November 28th, he had come for a visit and I could tell that he was in agony with pain so I insisted that he would go to the ER and get checked out there. Luckily he decided to finally do as I said and he wasn’t allowed back home after the check-up but was sent to the hospital for a better check-up. After a various tests the doctor found a big tumor in the stomach. He was then admitted to the hospital for more tests and stayed there for more than 2 weeks. The type of the cancer is lymphoma wich will be treated by chemo-thearpy. He has finished the first cycle and things are going pretty well and we are trying to be optimystic about the future. 🙂

But it didn’t end there. While we are all dealing with the fact that my brother is sick and waiting for the diagnose for him my father gets sick with what we thought at first was the flu that was going around. He got a bad cough and wheezing which the doctor thought was pneumonia and put him on a doze of penicillin. He finished that doze but didn’t feel any better. When he contacted the doctor again she called him in and wanted to do some tests on him. She draw some blood and put him in a lung x-ray scan. They found something suspicious there so he had a MRI scan where they found a tumor in each lung. He was admitted to the hospital a few days later for additional tests. When the results were back it turned out to be a Small Cell Lung Cancer and he has one big tumor in the right lung, another smaller in the left lung and two tumors in the abdomen. He has started chemo-therapy, started last week. He won’t be getting a full force chemo-therapy as he health (age, etc.) would’t permit it. So, he has been put on smaller dosages to keep the cancer down but it is not enough to cure the cancer.  This came as a big blow to us all and we are still processing the information. I’ve been the one who has been taking him to see the doctors and I will be following him though with the chemo-therapy. I find it very difficult most of the time but I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.

So, I would like to ask you – if you do pray please add us to your prayers as we really need this right now. I am trying to stay optimystic about it all and trying to be the one who cheers everybody else along but I have my moments where I just break down.

I hope you will have a good year ahead of you and I wish you all the best of good health, love and happiness for the new year.

All the best to you all,

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Out of order…….

……that is what I have been feeling like for the last 2 weeks. I came down with the swine flu and have been feeling miserable up until today. I consulted a doctor at the beginning and he precscribed Tamiflu which made the fever drop. But I kept on running a fever and finally went to the doctor again yesterday. He thought I had developed a sinus infection and prescribed some antibiotics and nose spray. I must admit that I am feeling a lot better today and I am pretty sure that I am not running a fever today so hopefully I’ll be able to return to work on monday. Fingers crossed. 🙂

I haven’t been able to stitch or knit anything while being sick as I have had this splitting headache the whole time which didn’t help. So, I have no stitching or knitting updates this time.

But I received another lovely birthday present from Susan. She sent me a chart from my wishlish – Circe de cercle. I can’t wait to fit it into my stitching routine as it has been on my wishlist for the longest time.

Have you seen the new LHN Ornament Series, it is so lovely. I found out that Vonna has made a SAL blog for those who are planning to stitch those ornaments and I have joined. I couldn’t resist. I have also put myself on auto ship to receive those every month. The SAL blog is called Little House Needleworks Ornament SAL. You can visit it by clicking the link.
I can’t wait to receive the first shipment and start working on it. 🙂

Well, I´m going to leave you all for now. Hope to have a stitching update for you soon.

All the best,
Edda

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Another award for me

Blog-award

Sally has kindly nominated me for Brilliante Weblog Award. Thank you for this wonderful gesture Sally, I am truly proud and honoured that you thought of me. The rules for this award are here. I read many blogs and am inspired by all of them. Maybe the best thing would have been to nominate them all but I decided to name a few. But all of you are so creative and are working on interesting projects.

1. Put the logo on your blog
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4. Add links to those blogs on yours
5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

Here are the blogs that I would like to nominate (in no particular order)

Berta – Busy Hands, Happy Heart
Carla – CC’s Stitching Diary
Chiloe – Chiloe’s corner
Julie – Julie’s Stitchyknitter Journal
Karan – Karan’s Craft Corner
Helen – Stitchery Nook
Selina – Selina’s craft world

All the best,
Edda

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Kreative Blogger Award

I have been nominated for the Kreativ Blogger Award by Jill. Thank you very much for this Jill. I enjoy writing my blog but most of the time I don’t feel like I have enough time to keep it updated as I would like, but hey, I am trying my best. I enjoy looking back and reading old entries and just keeping track of what I have been stitching in the past. I am truly honoured that Jill thought to nominate my blog for this award, it means a lot to me Jill.

kreativbloggeraward

Here are the rules for this award:
• The winner may put the logo on her blog.
• Put a link to the person you got the award from.
• Nominate 5 blogs.
• Put links to the blogs.
• Leave a message for your nominees.

My nominees are (in no particular order):
Marika – AAMUNKAJOON SAAKKA – Till Dawn
Joke – Stitching & Stuff
Marne – Nana’s Quilts & More
Chris – Chris Cross Corner
Outi – Just thinking aloud…

There are so many blogs that I read regularly and all are inspiration to me. So everybody who read my blog are in fact nominees even though their names are not mentioned here.

All the best,
Edda

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I received a word that the exchange piece that I sent out for the Stitching Accessory Exchange at Jayne´s Attic Forum has been received by Mylene in Holland.
I really enjoyed working on this exchange. I decided to challenge myself a little bit and did a biscornu. I have never made a biscornu before so this was new to me. And it went well I think without any hiccups. And I ended up stitching 2 biscornus, one in the regular size and a smaller one that I made up as a scissor fob. In the finishing I put beads to make it sparkle more. Anyway here are pictures of the front and the back.

Exchange for Mylene

Exchange for Mylene

The cross stitch pattern is free and can be found here. It is called Tudor
Fabric: Silkweaver 28ct Lugana Opalescent – Ivory Shimmer
Threads: Blue Stone silk – Vikki Clayton and Sydney Harbor silk – Dinky Dyes
Beads: Mill Hill #60168 (Sapphire)

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Well, I finally did it. I have officially finished my studies. My graduation took place yesterday and it was a good feeling to walk up to the stage and receive my report card and my diploma. I am so happy to have all this behind me. So now I can call myself a Special Education Teacher. I had a little party with some cakes and coffee for my close family. It was very enjoyable.

On friday I received an Exchange that I had been expecting in the mail. It was a Stitching Accessories Exchange from the forum at Jayne´s Attic. My exchange partner was Mylene from Holland. She sent me a beautiful pincushion with a cute bear holding the letter E. And she also sent me some skeins of DMC threads and some buttons as well as a postcard from Texel where she lives. Thank you ever so much Mylene, I loved the items you sent me. Here are pictures of the exchange and a close-up of the pincushion.
Pincushion from Mylene

Exchange from Mylene

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