30 December 2007

... I'm another step closer to my treatment.......it seemed so far away at first.... so I had a little list of things to be accomplished before hand.
Slowly day by day I'm ticking off that list in my head.....
I finally got prepared for Christmas and on time....tick
Christmas came and went... and was most enjoyable.......tick
..... and this morning I finished up at work...... tick

so there's no more work for me until after my recovery.....it felt a little sad leaving...but I'm glad I'm that next step closer..... I just want this 'show on the road'.

So after two days of feeling miserable and fragile......I came home this morning.....feeling strong and ready to shift my focus..... I'm sure the last couple of days were long overdue.....I couldn't keep up the mood and pace of the last few weeks without having a down day or two....so Ive accepted that it has been therapeutic.... Ive felt very lucky to be so incredibly supported by family and friends....and Ive taken a huge breath this morning....and plunged myself into something else.

Its time for the new house!! ...Its time to put all my thoughts and energy into making choices....choosing colours....planning furniture ...paint...tiles ect. I want all the wheels in motion before I head to Adelaide...I want the decisions made now while I'm feeling ok....rather than rushing them during my recovery.

So...this morning has been hilarious....we have tried to plan out furniture placement in our lounge and family rooms..... we were worried about the power and tv points....so wanted to double check them. In the end it became impossible to imagine.... so Ian created huge paper templates and we slid them around on the floor. We must have looked like complete morons with our big puzzle pieces....but they worked really well.....we discovered we do need our tv point moved...and I think in the end we were both happy with the placement.

Ive decided its time to cull..... this house we are currently in has slowly grown into a huge mess over the last few months..... we keep making purchase for the new house....and squeezing them in here.....so we have blinds.....boxes....tap fittings etc sitting everywhere....its driving me nuts!
I cant bear mess.....so...I thought today.... its time to sort and cull....it no longer matters if I have boxes sitting to go charity.....or cupboards half empty.... its a job that can be done now.

Well... thats about it for me today..... other than to say another THANKYOU for all the comments and emails..... both about my Masters news...and my boob news.... I honestly cant thank everyone enough....you have no idea how much they all mean to me....

Ohh....I just thought Id share a couple of calendar gifts I made this year for family and friends (waving to Donna)..... I taught them at a class here at home....and then gave them as gifts... I made about 5 or 6 in total.... they were so easy.....but looked very cool.
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend...managing to stay cool....its 42 degrees here today...heading to 44 tomorrow.... a hot start to 2008 by the sounds of it.


  1. Anonymous1:31 pm

    it sure is hot isnt it Mardi....

    good luck jumping in to all your organising for the house, hopefully it will take some pressure off you worrying (yeah right) about your treatments coming up

    I really love the calender with the black background....that is an idea to file away for grandies and such:)

    keep your chin up and i will certainly be thinking of you, (HUGS)!! Char

  2. I love your "very Mardi" calendars.

    Even tho you've been feeling miserable, that doesn't really come across (to me anyway). You always seem so positive and thankful for what you have. Which is great.

    I can just imagine you guys shifting your puzzle pieces around. I've heard of people doing that on paper with a scale model, but not life size! lol You are such a funny bunch, you make me laugh. :)

    I am always thinking about your boobs. :)

  3. Thankyou for my wonderful calendar - it is very special and I know was made with love. I wish we were down there to help with the sorting and organizing - you know I love that sort of stuff. I am glad you are getting closer to "getting the show on the road" It is very windy, overcast and cool in Queensland. Love to all
    cheers Donna :-)

  4. Anonymous3:22 pm

    Wow Mardi you're amazing. I wish you and your family all the best with your recovery - we are all thinking of you. It's probably a good thing that you'll be so busy with the building of your new home - lots to keep your mind on with the exciting completion of the new house.
    All the best and happy new year.xxx

  5. Anonymous4:13 pm

    sooo....... i hope you have some photos of you all with your templates!!!!!. I remember what it was like worrying about the furniture fitting- with our extension I spent nights measuring and remeasuring to convince myself that it would fit (it did- phew)
    good to hear you have lots to occupy yourself with :)
    take care miss mardi


  6. lol...I just read Yvette's closing comment...very well said!!

    Beautiful calendar pages Mardi - just so very gorgeous!

    Thinking of you :-)


  7. I love the calenders Mardi, beautiful as always.

    I can totally understand wanting to get this show on the road, the waiting must be unbeliveably(sp??)hard but I am glad to hear you are feeling strong and ready to face the next challenge.

    Its hot here too, 41 today and 42 tomorrow.

    Take care and stay strong,
    Cherie xx

  8. Anonymous6:02 pm

    Hey Mardi, I'm Charlotte, Yvette's sis. She alerted us to your boob news and I wanted to tell you that our whole family is thinking of you and praying for you during your treatment and recovery.
    I really hope you still find inspiration to scrap cos you are a massive inspiration for me, I LOVE your style and refer to your blog constantly when I need ideas! (hope you don't mind!)
    lots of hugs, Charlotte

  9. Awww I am so sorry to hear about your health Mardi. Best of luck for your treatment. You are a strong scrapper lady and you can beat this!!!

    Love the calenders too! What a great idea!

  10. Hi Mardi!

    I'm so glad you've had other fun things to focus on! The big puzzle pieces sound like a great idea! lol

    Your calendars look fantastic! Such a great gift idea...

    Thinking of you...
    Sheree xx

  11. Hi Mardi,

    Glad you are feeling focused and a bit happier today. Your new home will be the perfect medicine.

    Make a list of all you wish to achieve over the coming months and tick them off slowly. Before you know it you will be back at work.

    The big puzzle pieces sound like a cool way of sorting out where to place everything.

  12. Anonymous9:42 pm

    I agree with Yvette - thinking of your boobs or boosums as I call them (my 3 little boys think its funny and the youngest calls them boobums!! Wonder what my daughter will call them when she is old enough!!)Seriously though - sending lots of positive thoughts from Eyre Peninsula to you and your family.

    Meredith Treloar
    Cummins SA

  13. I hope you got pics of you all with those puzzle pieces Mardi. Sounds like the makings of a great layout.

    Love the calendars too.

  14. Anonymous10:19 pm

    Glad to hear you are keeping busy amoungst everything going on. I'm giggling imagining you and Ian with the paper - did you do that on the front lawn??? (((hugs))) Court.xx

  15. These caleders look great Mardi love your work.Goodluck with your treatment to.Take care Kerry

  16. Hi Mardi,

    Firstly, HUGE congrats on becomming a Master!! (Sorry I've been on holidays and just played catch up)

    Big hug girl, and I hope that all goes well and you recover in no time!!! My thoughts are with you.

    I hope that 2008 brings you all the things you wish for,

    Lauren x

  17. Anonymous1:45 pm

    Hi Mardi,
    *~*~CONGRATULATIONS~*~* on being a SM master!!!! That is fabulous :D

    Thinking of you