Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Hello Again!

For anyone interested I am still here. Thanks to those of you who hung around for my last up-date way back in July. I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog and leave me a comment. Close family health issues and other life problems are still a major concern. Sadly I have very little time for my online friends, groups and stitching. I apologise for not keeping up with everyone.

My stitching is very rarely in my hands these days. If I'm really lucky I will snatch a few hours in a week. I'm way behind on my SAL with Sally and Mouse. Baby gifts and Birthday presents I had hoped to have all done by now are going to be very, very late. I also wanted to do some Halloween charts and have at least made a start on some Christmas stuff but it is just not going to happen soon.  

With life in a mess I sadly took the decision to close StitchedWithLoveExchanges. I am very thankful to all those who took part and helped to keep the group going for so long. I'm proud to say there were 530 packages exchanged all around the World and many new friendships made throughout the term of the group. I was very touched by those who personally took the time to email me. Though it will take me a while to get round to it I will answer each and everyone.

A few weeks ago our DD Heather celebrated her 21st Birthday. She didn't have a party but celebrated with her friends at a nightclub in Glasgow a few days before her Birthday. On her birthday we went out to lunch at the Inn on the Loch and in the evening family and friends visited for a little Birthday tea.   
The following week we had a lovely dinner at my favourite restaurant with family and friends for Heathers 21st and my upcoming 50th in a few weeks time. I'm afraid we didn't get any photos taken that evening that I could share. I have made up a slide-show though of Heathers 21st fingers crossed I hope the link works on here. 

It has been a very long nine weeks but on Saturday we travel to Fife to collect our darling puppy Cupar. Brenda at Lomondhills has kept in touch regularly, shared photos with us and when he was 5 weeks old myself, Ian and Craig got to visit him. As you can see he is just adorable, I dare you not to fall in love with! I will try not to overload you all with pictures in the days and weeks to come but here are a few to get started.

2 Days Old

12 Days Old with his only Brother

5 Weeks Old 

6 Weeks Old with his Brother & Sisters.
Cupar is on the left of each row and in centre photo
with Brenda.

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying many happy hours of stitching. I will return in a few weeks time with hopefully some photos and a give-away to celebrate my 50th Birthday. 
Thanks for hanging in there with me.


cucki said...

Hello dear...
Aww cute pictures..made me smile :)
Hugs and kisses x

butterfly said...

You are in my prayers dear friend and hope things get better for you.
You must be excited to have your little puppy home hugs to all.

Dawn said...

OH my goodness, he is so sweet! Nice to see you back.

meggie said...

Hello Lainey

I hope things start looking up for you soon.
Happy birthday to your daughter (:
Your puppy is just gorgeous and I'm sure that he will bring lots of joy!

Kay said...

Your puppy is soooo cute, it really makes me want to get another dog. Glad you are back.

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely pictures of Cupar. I bet you can't wait to pick him up on Saturday. Hope you have a lovely time.

Vickie said...

I am praying for you. Cupar is beautiful!

Cath said...

Great pics from Heathers' birthday .
Hope the weekend goes well and puts some smiles on faces .
Take care .xxx

Michelle said...

Lovely pictures Elaine. Thanks for sharing them. We are coming up your way October Half-Term week. Staying near Fort William (is that close to you?) x

Catherine said...

Sweet puppy pics! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ~ may Cupar bring much joy and love into your home!

Debbie said...

It will be exciting to have Cupar home with you!

Hope things improve for you and yours.

Thanks again for the Stitched with Love Exchanges Elaine!!

valerie said...

Hang in there Lainie! It's hard sometimes but just take it one day at a time. I have been very busy myself and miss blogging and stitching and all that. Your new puppy is precious! I hope you have a great 50th birthday!

Brigitte said...

So nice to see a new post from you. BUt sorry to hear that there have been health issues in the family and that you had to close down your exchange group.
I hope that life will soon get better for you - and I'm sure that your new little puppy will be able to help you with it :))

Chris said...

Hey Lainey! So nice to see an update!
I hope that things continue to improve and even out for you. So nice that you have had some wonderful family celebrations and soon you will have a new family member!! I can't wait to hear all about Cupar.

Myra said...

So good to see an update from you. That puppy is darling and sure to bring some smiles to your face. I am about to celebrate my 50th too!

Teresa said...

Fully understand how family issues get in the way of life, or so the life we planned.
Puppy is adorable.
I so enjoyed the stitching exchange.

Bernadett Rauski said...

Great to hear about you.:)
Gorgeous puppies.:)

Lillie said...

Sorry that you had issues in the homefront, I hope everything works out for the better soon.

The puppies are adorable.
Take care!

Sally said...

I hope things get sorted soon my friend. You really do deserve a break.

Bet you can't wait to get your adorable puppy.

Sally said...

I hope things get sorted soon my friend. You really do deserve a break.

Bet you can't wait to get your adorable puppy.

Carol said...

Sure hope things start looking up soon for you and your family, Lanie--I'm sure that new puppy will bring plenty of smiles :)

Mary Joan said...

So good to hear from you again. Cupa is so very cute. Love your picture of him. Have a wonderful Birthday and enjoy yourself. Take Care ((Hugs)).

Olivia said...

I enjoy the photos on your blog and would like to read what you've written, but I can't. The dark red background and black letters are too difficult to make out.