Mixed Bag…

It’s been a stressful month, and last night we had news that my grandfather in England is dying. He’s been in a home for 6 1/2 years (which they moved him to when they thought he had only a couple of weeks to live), but he’s a fighter. Unfortunately though his body is shutting down, his liver function is only at 11% and he’s no longer able to eat so this is it. For real this time. He’s 88 and done well to survive this long, I think he just wanted to spite my grandmother…

I haven’t seen my grandparents since I was 11, but I write to them and send them photos and do my best to stay in touch. Joshua is named after my grandfather (his middle name William), and although I don’t have a super close bond with them it still hurts to know we’re going to lose him soon. I will always regret not going to England to see them when I was younger and had the chance. So we’re just waiting on the phone to ring, and dad is on tenterhooks and trying to find prices etc so he can go over to see them – either before or after… and I can’t stop thinking about them.

I remember the holiday they had here when I was 11, I remember my grandad picking me and my brother up from school and walking home with us. I remember him falling off my brothers skateboard (with my grandmother going eeeh Bill, you’ll kill yerself). I remember the phone conversations where I’d hardly understand a word he said (Geordie… LOL). I remember the box of rubiks cubes they sent us before the huge fad got to NZ (made us so popular!). I remember hurting his feelings when he made me some toast and I didn’t like the fact it had too much jam on it – funny the things we remember and regret. I’m not sure anyone else would remember the toast thing, but I do. I remember him cutting his toenails in a motel (and being told off by grandma – LOL). My grandad is a lovely man, I only wish I could’ve known him better – he would’ve just loved Joshie… so today I’m sad.

I did some scrap therapy last night but my heart isn’t into doing much more today. I went to the gym this morning but couldn’t focus around the circuit, still, at least I went…

Here’s a page I did for the Scrapbook Studio with this months kit – I just love the Core-dinations cardstock they’re getting in. You can do so much with it!! There was also a rather beautiful Hambly transparency and some way cool rubons (dying to use the robots next)… they definitely outdid themselves with the kit this month!!!

Looks like Lisa has something up her sleeve for me soon too, to do with a class me thinks… will keep you posted!!

I’m planning some very cool challenges over at Embellished once my DT position starts in May, hope you’ll check out some of the very cool happenings over there!


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Debbie on April 28, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    OMG Louise I am soooo sorry to hear about your Granddad – wish there was something i could do! I wish there was someway I could get you and your Dad up there now!

    Just love the page and can’t wait to see what else you come up with…

    Big big hugs sweetie!


  2. Posted by Hannah on April 28, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Oh Louise, I’m really sorry to hear about your Grandfather. It must be hard being so far away at a time like this. I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts.


  3. Posted by Mrs Frizz on April 28, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Thinking of you … memories are very special … keep them close!!!


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