Well, what can I say? I'm not much of a blogger? Oops. I've ignored this? Well, I have my reasons.
Some of you follow me on Facebook so will know. I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease in September after a particularly harrowing 3 months, much of it with my Doctor screwing up his nose and saying things like 'I' think this needs urgently checking out' then leaving me to the mercy of the NHS who give me an 'urgent' appointment for 6th February 2016. In the end I emptied out the piggy bank and went privately to see a consultant who, after a lot of prodding, probing and biopsying, gave me the 'good' news that I have Crohns - the other option of 'bad' news was not for the faint hearted which is why I went privately! If you have no idea what Crohns Disease is, look it up - it is not a laugh a minute; it is nothing like IBS, it can't be cured, it isn't 'something [you] ate, it will not go away with Aloe Vera juice and yes I am sure your best friend's aunt's dog's 3rd cousin's father-in-law was cured of it when he drank jingo berry juice standing on his head and whistling Colonel Bogey. Since I 'came out' (well, who likes to admit they have painful gastric ulcers anywhere between their tongue and their tail) I have had them all. I know people mean well, but forgive me when I don't laugh - it might cause me pain.
So, that's where my last 6 months have gone, along with the holiday we had to cancel 2 days before travelling because I was not fit to travel - and the resulting 2 month wait for a travel insurance handling company to pull their finger out and deal with a simple claim (each spurious request for information that they had not earlier requested meant we went back to the bottom of the pile, I kid you not). In the middle of this I have had to deal with (and still am) an elderly cat who might have stomach cancer and certainly has pancreatitis that is not responding well to antibiotics. Our cats are much loved and we love them, even when they are ill. So to be facing an unexpected diagnosis of '1-2 weeks' then pancreatitis, inconclusive biopsies (thank heavens I pay all that money out each year for pet insurance (and better than travel insurance!)) it has been gruelling alongside my own pain and other issues. So there it is. It's been wearing to say the least and it ain't over yet!
What plans for 2016? Hopefully better health! I'm now taking a chemotherapy drug (not just for cancer it seems) once a day for probably at least 5 years which should get me in remission in 3-6 months - a long time but I'll take it, it's shorter than 'forever'. Some days I am 'normal', as normal as I ever am :) other days I can hardly get out of bed. So some days you will see me posting new work, making new work, talking about new work ...... and other days you will wonder just where the heck I have gone. Sometimes the good days come together, sometimes the bad days come together. I am just thankful to have a good husband who doesn't mind cooking dinner, going to the Post Office to post orders, will walk out into the cold and wet and turn kilns off and not criticise when he comes home to find me (and usually the cats) reclined on the sofa watching non-brain-taxing programmes on TV. I am wondering whether to move into property development or the antiques trade? But then moving to another country seems quite attractive..........
I am planning another 2 week selling event on AHandcraftedMarketplace.co.uk from mid January (not sure of the exact dates, follow my Blue Box Studio Facebook page for up to date details.... but I will be making the video that accompanies my work on the 12th of January so must be around then. My theme for the early part of the year for this and my Etsy shop is Valentine's Day on 14th February and Mothers Day (UK) on 6th March. I will also be making glass beads which, if I don't get time before, will be for sale on UK Lampwork Bead Showcase on 28th January.
My Etsy shop will not be closing over the festive period, although I might be a bit slower to respond than usual - especially during the final ever Downton Abbey on Christmas Day - there are some limits to my attention and even my husband won't get much sense out of me when that is on. I love period dramas, I will miss this one.
So, that's it, Merry Christmas, wishing you whatever you wish yourselves. Thanks for sticking around this year, I hope you stick around next year, I'll try and do better then.
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