Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I did it again....

I can't believe it....I did the wrong challenge again for Triple T website....well I can believe it. We are under enormous stress in our house. As many will have read earlier, my husband had a 2nd brain bleed 4th June. We came home and have had to look for another house, get our house ready to sell. All going well but slow, then I get a call 2 weeks ago from my younger brother, David to say that Dad has been given only days to live. So we have to travel to Townsville a 1797.27 km distance (1116.80 miles). As there is no family there, my great fear was Dad dying alone. I had thankfully organised to swap my work on Thurs for Wed and had only one client as the other one was away so did my work Wed while leaving Shaun to organize the best way for us to get up there and when. Also we were due to sign contracts on the new property on the Monday, building inspection on the Friday and we had no idea how long we were going to be away. When I got home on Wed just after 11am Shaun had organized flights for us that day for 3pm. So we packed, made all the required calls and found someone to take us to the airport. We got up there, picked up a hire car, (wanted something small and economical, but no, they didn't have anything left so we got upgraded to a Toyota Aurion....nice but a bit heavy on the fuel!!) drove straight to the hospital. Dad looked very frail and weak, I was so very upset. We were hoping he could hang on til Saturday when David would join us.

 We left the hospital about 8.00pm and still had nowhere to stay & had had nothing to eat. So we looked at the list of places I had printed up from the Internet of being close to the hospital. Stopped and got a pizza on the way to one of them, and luckily managed to get a room. It was too expensive to stay on at but we didn't care the first night we were just worn out. Next morning we got up and looked for somewhere else and found the Riverside Convention Centre which was only 5 min from the hospital and we were able to get a room in the 'motel' for a good price which included a lounge / dinning area and a kitchen. We had our own shelf in the fridge so that was great as we could cook for ourselves.It also included this nice outdoor area.


So we booked in for the next 4 nights. Unpacked, did some grocery shopping and then headed up to the hospital. I then contacted the church where Peter attends and is a part of the choir. The choir master Sam came to visit as did the priest, Rosemary. John, his housemate also came everyday. The social worker at the hospital told us that if Peter did recover (the doctors had told us that he had several infections as well as pneumonia and a blood infection which was usually fatal) he would have to go into high care and that we should clear out his room in the group house he had been living in so that the landlords could rent it out. So that was our week in Townsville.....up to the hospital every morning, back to our accommodation at lunch time, then over to Peter's place to clear out his room, which proved a very difficult task. Sam thankfully & kindly offered under his house and in his house for storage. So we washed as much as we could in the time we had there. Dad slowly but surely began to mend. Once he was no longer critical, David decided it was unnecessary to travel up to see Dad, and left us to it. Finally a week after getting there, we had to leave as Shaun's health was deteriorating and we were both exhausted. Through all of this we constantly tried to contact a friend there, but she was away so left messages for her the last being we would hopefully see her next time....LOL!!!

So here we are another week further on, and I rush to make a late sample as a DT member Triplicate Trials Tuesday, and make the wrong one.....AGAIN!! So another rushed one for this time and am ahead for next time. Here is my sample.....hope you will check out the others on the website and join in!



22 comments:

  1. Lovely card!
    And all good wishes for you and your loved ones!
    Thanks for sharing with us at CFAS!
    Jani x

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  2. Lovely card thanks for joining us at CFAS xx Jan

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  3. Very nice card, thank you for sharing.

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  4. Hope this week is more peaceful! Lovely card even if it was rushed. Thanks for joining us at CFAS and I hope we see you again soon. Carol DT x

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  5. Lovely card for a "Water" theme. Glad your dad is better and sorry you have had such troublesome couple of months. Thanks for posting htis on the OWH cahllenge. :-)

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  6. Oh goodness you what a dreadful time have been having amazing you are coping never mind crafting! Lovely card, the fish bubbles are very clever. thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

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  7. I think your card is lovely! Beautiful soft colours and fab embossing. I do hope everything has worked out ok for you. Good luck at the Craft-Room challenge, and thanks for joining us. Maria x

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  8. What a fabulous card, I really don't know how you have managed to create something so good with all the traumas you have going on in your life at the moment. I've had similiar things like this happen to me in the past, so I really do sympathise with you. The very best of luck with everything, and thanks for joining us here at Craft Room Challenge.
    Love Julia

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  9. Such a sweet card!
    An adorable image and beautiful colors.
    Thanks for joining us at Stampavie and More.
    Anne

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  10. Well goodness, what a time lately. Hope all is doing better. Great summer card, love that shell. Thanks for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge. Kim x

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  11. Gorgeous card! Boy, you've had a lot to deal with. Prayers for your family!

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  12. Wow, you have been through a lot!! I can understand why you did the wrong challenge. Hope everything works out for you and your family!! Your card is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Michelle Perkett Studios. Shelley

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  13. Great little summer card- sorry to hear about all your stress :-( hugs x Thanks for joining us at craft Room challenge- Debi x

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  14. Beautiful card! hanks for playing in our Midweek Throwdown challenge at Operation Write Home!

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  15. Goodness you are having a rough time of it..hope things improve soon...glad you've found tije for crafting and Thanks so much for joining our Craft-Room Challenge with your lovely ocean themed card..Esther xx

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  16. What a lovely water themed card. The pearls as bubbles as so clever. Thanks for sharing it on the OWH Midweek Challenge.

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  17. Love this card. I like the pearls. Nice touch. Thanks for playing along on For Fun.

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  18. wonderful card - love the shells
    Thanks for joining our summer is here challenge at Diva's by design
    Lisa x

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  19. I'm so very sorry to read about your dad, however, I am glad you were able to see him. All of our family is 1,250+ miles away. So I understand the drive- and can't imagine how nerve wracking it can be knowing what will be on the other end.

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  20. fabulous card!!
    Thanks for joining us at Diva's this time hope to see you next time too
    hugs
    laney

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  21. What a great card, Love the colour. Thanks for joining us at Forever Friends this week

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  22. Beautiful angelfish! Sorry for the tough time you're having, but thank you for joining us at For Fun Challenges nonetheless. I hope we brought a little relaxation to your week!

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