Things are a little frantic here at Sue’s Krafty Kards the moment while I try to play catch up and I guess are probably the same for you at your end but I truly hope that you’re not trying to get on top of things for the same reasons that I am.
As you may have noticed I’ve not been around since my last blog post when I was telling you I was off to Cologne for the Christmas markets four weeks ago.
Well it all started out wonderfully with a long but enjoyable day on the coach, a slightly choppy channel crossing and a nice five star hotel waiting for us when we arrived.
We were all very tired so it was a quick freshen up and then find somewhere to eat and we found ourselves a very nice Italian restaurant right on the banks of the Rhine. I know……here we are in Germany and we go eat Italian, but we had the rest of the weekend to sample the German cuisine.
We had a little walk round the nearest market before it closed at 10pm and then it was back to the hotel for a night cap and then fall into bed.
Our plans for the following day were to visit all six markets in the area but then everything went pear shaped.
When we woke up on Saturday morning my cousin wasn’t feeling well and it turned out she had had a stroke during the night and ended up at the local hospital.
Her blood pressure was through the roof with both readings being more than 200 and once they managed to bring it down and stabilize her she was moved to another hospital on the outskirts of Cologne where she stayed for the next 16 days.
The rest of the party we were with came home on the Monday as planned, leaving Jane and I out there and I had a bit of a frantic time trying to sort out another hotel so I could stay with her.
I managed to get two extra days in the hotel we were already in and then found another that was nearer to the hospital which was about 20 mins. from the centre of Cologne in a residential arer of the city.
It still meant a couple of moves though because the hotel I found was full on one of the days.........what a nightmere..........talk about panic, especially as hardly anyone in the area spoke English and we didn't speak any German.
The guy in the hotel was really helpful though and he found me a room for the one night I needed and then it was back to his hotel for the rest of my stay.
I was beginning to think we wouldn’t be home for Christmas but fortunately it’s turned out to be only a mild stroke and Jane is making good progress, but still scary never the less and I’ve never looked forward to coming home from a break away more than this time.
The main thing is that she’s going to be ok, but having completely lost the last week of November and the first two weeks in December all our plans are now three weeks behind.
There’s still Christmas shopping to do and I hadn’t finished making all my Christmas cards so for the first time in eight years or more I’ve sent brought ones and decided to keep the ones I’ve already made for next year because I couldn’t decide who should have handmade and who the brought ones.
So it’s onto my desk and as you can see there’s absolutely nothing going on.
The remainders of the brought Christmas cards are sitting there just in case I’ve forgotten someone.
The lamp was moved from the living room when I put up my Christmas tree yesterday and has just been dumped on the table for the time being until I get around to tiding up and the other bits and bobs have been on the table since before I went away.
My craft room does have a Christmassy feel thought because I’ve plugged in my little tree to give some festive colour.
And here’s a picture of my tree in the living room.
I wish each and everyone of you who joins Julia for What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday each week a very Happy Christmas and I hope Santa brings you everything that you hope for.
Now let’s see what’s on your desk this week!
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