Saturday, 22 February 2014

I'm Still Here......

 

 
 
 
 
 
Just wanted to let you know I'm still here, and share some loveliness with you....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I bought these Flow magazines with the last of my birthday money, the magazine is fab, fab, fab......full of positive thinking, I'm really enjoying reading it, and I'm trying hard to soak up the messages within it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I've spent some of my time sitting here, making these......
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To add to this......
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I keep plodding on with it, I'm beginning to think it will never get finished!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I've received some lovely, very unexpected mail from Zoe.....thank you Sweetie, the Owl has already been 'owl napped' by Eldest Bea!
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
I've been making some birthday gifts for a very good friend of mine.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
And I've popped one of Heathers gift tags on the parcel.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And I've enjoyed reading Mollie Makes....love Chloe Owens home!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm struggling a little at the moment, but trying hard to keep a positive attitude. I'm having to readjust again. Being diagnosed with MS has changed so much of my life, and some of that has been positive. But it's also taken away some of the choices that I had. Over the last few weeks I've found that very difficult.
 
 
I have so much in my life that is good, so many lovely friends and supportive family, and I'm grateful for that. I'm grateful for the support I have here too. I suppose I just need to acknowledge and grieve some of the things I've lost. Simple really. Acknowledge the loss, then move on. Not so easy in practice. But one thing's for sure, I know I'll get there in the end, I always do.
 
 
This weekend I'm going to try and visit as many as your wonderful blogs as I can, you inspire me so much. There's always something positive to read, to see.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Hope you all have a great weekend....it feels a bit spring-like here today, and for that I'm very, very grateful!
 
 
 
 
Bye For Now,
 
 
 
Ada :) xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

47 comments:

  1. Dear Ada,
    Just found your blog.
    My eye feld on your colorfull photo's...and read now that you had bad news about your health.
    Can untherstand that you find it hard to have good spirit.
    It s a proces..
    Wish for you that you have good People around you, who Love you.
    And that you find Joy in The little and good things in life.
    Big hug, from Holland.
    Katrien.

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  2. Well now Ada Bea it's lovely to know that you are keeping positive.- it looks like you are surrounded by warmth, colour and friendship. If it's any consolation I'm sure that blanket will be finished way before mine which has just celebrated it's half finished second birthday in my 'really must be getting on with' box! Take care x Jane (P.S. those postcards are gorgeous!)

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  3. Keep doing what you're doing and focus on the positives as much as you can Ada, but don't beat yourself up if you have difficult patches. Sometimes drawing a line under something and moving on is far easier said than done. I prescribe that you bury your face in that beautiful granny stripe of yours - colour therapy is so very underrated!

    Take care, Heather xx

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  4. Thanks for this lovely, inspiring post full of beautiful, colourful things.
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Marion x

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  5. Hi - Nice hear from you:) I've been making squares too from my left over sock yarn - so much sewing now they are done. I love your positive attitude, you can't go wrong with that. We never know what's round the corner after all. Take care x

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  6. you are such a positive person, even when the moment you are passing through it's not….you are strong and so good and brave : good qualities, indeed!!!
    have a lovely weekend, xxxxxx Ale

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  7. Hi Ada. So sorry to hear about your diagnosis. You are right, keep concentrating on the positive. It really does help and especially if those around you are positive and cheerful as well. If you want a wee laugh, go onto my blog post about Daniel Craig living in our area. It's not the actual post itself but some of the comments...just scroll down a bit and you will see. http://mollyprintemps88.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/i-must-be-dreaming.html

    I love all the colours in your crochet. Just beautiful. Keep smiling and posting your lovely posts and photos.

    Best wishes from Carol

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  8. a couple years ago, 3 of my friends were diagnosed with MS within months of each other....and i'm happy to report that all 3 are doing beautifully; your positive approach is going to help you even more than you can imagine; and all that sunshine in your wooly basket is bound to help keep you focused on sunny days ahead. you have many cheerleaders who usually just pop in for a peek---and don't chat (that's usually me!)

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  9. Oh Ada you are brave, you are learning to cope with MS and it must be hard for you.You have such a positive outlook, you inspire me.Im loving seeing all the little projects you are doing there all so pretty.Big hugs to you x

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  10. Wonderful post in your blog, I admire your creativity and many ideas,bye, ania

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  11. Sorry you are not feeling to good at the moment, think we need some sun on our faces. Your photos full of colour and loveliness have made me happy to day ...
    Thanks....
    Amanda.xxx

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  12. I think we are all in need of some spring 'boing'... keep seeking the joy, and blogging about it, of course. Eco Ethel xx

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  13. Dearest Ada
    Grieving and letting go is so much easier said than done, I understand this well. Hang in there and allow yourself to go through the motions and as you said with all the live and support around you, this will help you too. Thank God for creativity and our beautiful hands that we can find beauty and life and therapy in making and sharing ur makes with our loved ones. You are one talented lady and I love to see what you haven been up to, sending warm sunny shiny hugs and live your way sweetie xox Penny

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  14. Hi Ada, I love your bright and cheerful colours and those little crochet edged cards which first drew me to your blog.

    I'm so sorry to hear you are having a bad time coming to terms with your illness and the hugely uncertain nature of it. The 'what its' and loss of what might have been can be really hard to swallow but you are very courageous and I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers that you find your strength and equilibrium.

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  15. Stay positive -you are amazing! Love everything in this post, especially the topstitching on the cushion cover and the pretty pink and mauve flowers. I am waiting for a quiet moment to sit down with a nice cup of tea to enjoy the latest Mollie!

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  16. I understand needing to adjust to what is Ada... I'm glad you have lots of love and support around you... I understand needing to grieve for things that you hoped would be too... I appreciate when I can and delight in the small things when I am not so able.
    It has been a glorious day here today to I actually spent an hour up at the allotment... be gentle with yourself sweet Ada... love to you Cass x

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  17. Such a lovely post, dear Ada, I hope you are having a positive and loving weekend! The crochet squares are coming along beautifully, the colours really sing! I admire your positive attitude so much, I find it's always better to stay as upbeat as possible, and hopefully that energy will help us when we're struggling with life. Hugs to you, Chrissie x

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  18. Sorry to hear you're having a difficult time of things at the moment - I cannot imagine how hard it must be for you. But I'm glad that you are able to find some comfort and enjoyment in the everyday things, in the beauty and cheerfulness of your lovely home you've created, in helpful and inspiring magazines, of loving and supportive family and friends, and in being able to create the beautiful things that you make.
    Hope you enjoyed some early Spring sunshine today Ada.
    Have a good weekend and enjoy your lovely family and hopefully a bit of crochet time!
    Gill xx

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  19. I know that you will get there in the end, it just takes time sometimes and you have to let things happen as they will, which is frustrating, but you will do it, because you are such a positive, kind and caring thoughtful person. Thinking of you and hoping that you are having a good weekend and that the sun has come out to shine on you. Your squares are looking great by the way! xx

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  20. Sorry to hear about your MS. My hubbie was diagnosed 6 years ago and while I can never fully understand how he feels/felt, I know he found the 'coming to terms' part of it, the idea of possible 'loss', really difficult. If it is any help he/we have been so lucky thus far that his symptoms remain at the lesser end of the spectrum. Positivity is as you say important and making time to truly enjoy those things that fulfill us.
    Sorry for the silt 'no entry' where my pic should be, I seem too dim to fix it!
    Blog btw is stunning, you're posts inspire many a crafty crafter! Thank u! X

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  21. My best friend has MS.The diagnosis was made nearly 20 years ago and thankfully she has not got much worse.She keeps busy(crafting) and walks as much as she can.She gets very tired and heavy legged but remains very positive.I understand that MS varies with every individual but you have such a positive attitude I am sure you will soon come to terms with your situation.Sending you positive thoughts.

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  22. Hi Ada It's tough trying to hang onto the postives when you are living with chronic illness it a balancing act everyday so you are doing a great job. Loving the colourful granny square, my blankets a bit like yours, I'm terrible I've not made any square this month so you are doing much better than me, enjoy the rest of the weekend.
    Clare xx

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  23. Love your home and makes ,always so colourful ,keep positive and much love xxx

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  24. Such a positive and inspirational post, I am so glad you have support around you. You are in my thoughts.

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  25. Dear Ada, that positive attitude is what you need. Hang onto it. I totally understand about the effect MS has had on your life. While I'm not comparing RA to MS in any way, I do know about the things that have to be changed to handle a chronic illness and the things that have to be given up. It's not easy but staying positive is very important. You will find you can make adjustments and change your approach and still be able to do some things. Others are gone and you have to move forward. The biggest regret I have is not being able to travel to see the grandkids by myself. I was use to going when I wanted to and now I have to plan so that the Hubs will be with me to drive. But there is Skype so I still get to see them. Hang in there an keep staying positive. Big Hugs to you. You are in my thoughts all the time.

    Love, Sharon

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  26. lovely post ada..any adjustment to change is hard, i can only imagine how difficult it would be learning to live with an illness. you are in my thoughts and prayers, and as always...I LOVE YOUR BLOG!! x

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  27. Hugs to you. I hope it gets easier all the time. Take care and enjoy your weekend.

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  28. thinking of you Ada as you go through a tough time so many postive comments, we are all with you at this time and you will continue to be in my prayers and thoughts Keep up with your crochet, the blanket will keep you lovely and warm in the cold weather

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  29. Thinking of you and sending you hugs! You have such a positive attitude but it is inevitable that there will be times when it's hard to keep that way with something so big that has entered your life - so hope you are being given lots of love and tenderness at home, and that the bloggy-love helps too...
    x

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  30. Ada, just wanted to add my very best wishes to those above. Your creativity shines.

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  31. What a lovely colourful post. I know it is hard to be diagnosed with things that last forever and are going to get worse. It can be very depressing and heart breaking at times but stay positive. You will find with PMA you can accomplish almost anything. Any time you need to talk pop over and I will be there. I have had a few lifelong diagnosis and my Brother has Friedrich Ataxia and he is my inspiration. You are so colourful and inspirational, you make so many people happy with your creations and love. Big hugs and lots of love Emma xxxxxx

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  32. My goodness, Ada, you have done such a lot recently regardless of the body blow you've been dealt. You have a great personal philosophy, which will see you through the worst places. And that isn't meant to be trite. I know it isn't easy and can be darned hard. But at base you are a positive person and that will go a long way. I recognise your blanket - the Unfinished Symphony, I began the same one, I think from Lucy at Attic 24, but it languishes, it languishes with so many other Unfinished Pieces! But I have stopped feeling guilty about them. Just do what you enjoy doing that you have the energy to crack on with. And carry on blogging too, we love to read you and you know we are here, your Virtual Bloggy Friends! Lxx

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  33. Hello sweetie, it is always lovely to see you and I love what you have been working on. I am lucky though as I get to see it all on IG too. I think you are absolutely right in that your situation requires some grieving, it is so hard to loose your 'life' and by that I mean 'lifestyle', which really is the thing that makes most of us tick and it takes so much to adjust and get on with the new life we are suppose to live. My heart goes out to you and I know for me I still have my difficult phases even though I am really positive, it is hard and tough going, but like you I know you will get there, you are so courageous and strong, but you know be kind to yourself as we are all entitled to feel sad and sorry for ourselves at times, this is pretty important too, it simply means loving yourself and I know you do! I am sending you a big hug and lots of love. You have some lucky friend receiving such a pretty parcel. Enjoy your week sweetie and I hope you can find some sunshine to enjoy whilst sitting in that gorgeous chair. xoxo

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  34. Hello Ada, sorry that you have been struggling lately but glad you are managing to stay positive. Your crochet in this post is just so bright, cheerful and lovely.
    Marianne x

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  35. Keep positive, it's a very important coping mechanism. Hope you have a good week.
    Jacqui x

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  36. I have not heard of Flow magazine! It must be a UK publication. I think I love paper and stationery as much as I love fabric! THanks for sharing all the pretties in your life!

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  37. I'm so sorry to read that your having a hard time Ada x Sending a HUGE GINORMOUS and squishy hug right your way, keep positive x
    Lots of pretty things to make you smile here.
    love Jooles x x x

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  38. Hi Ada, I'm sorry the road has been a bit rocky for you.lately, I hope there is a smoother period ahead. Thinking of you. Sarah x

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  39. Your pictures, dear Ada, are as inspiring as always. I am so sorry you've been struggling and am so glad you are well surrounded by loved ones. I'm sending you a big hug and lots of postivie vibes.

    Stephanie

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  40. We are still here too. I do hope you are keeping well! :)

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  41. Wise words, lovely Ada. I think you do an amazing job at staying positive - it shines out from all your photos. I think appreciating the simple little things really helps. I'm finding Flow helpful too. And I'm glad eldest Bea likes the owl :) Hugs xx

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  42. The fabric in your patchwork cushions is so familiar, I remember my parents and in-laws having those sheets (I think from Marks and Spencer) in the 60s, or was it 70s? I love the colours you have chosen for your crochet, they go together so well with just the right number of 'pops'. I hope you continue to keep well despite your diagnosis, I am full of respect and admiration for your positive outlook, it can't be easy sometimes

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  43. Hi Ada, are you okay? have you been taking your Vitamin D? Glad you are looking after you. Just keep moving on through gently. Nice to see you popping in and lovely to see the hearts. take care, Heather X

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  44. Hugs to you Ada Bea. Thinking of you and sending some of our sunshine your way xoxo

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  45. Chronic illness is such a beastly thing. As you know I have RA and ME and although the disease is different the accepting of new limitations is the same ... not that I have any great advice, denial seems to be the route I take as often as not. Thinking of you lovely x

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  46. I read this post a couple of days ago, but rushed away without leaving a message. You've been on my mind a lot since I read this though, and I wish there was something profound I could say that would help, but the words just aren't coming. I do think it's wonderful that you have such a circle of friends & family that are there for you to lean on. As with anything so life changing, it would be a difficult task to go through this alone. Take care Ada, I wish you the strength to bear up through the difficult days and be at peace with the changes you are facing. Wendy xox

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