Saturday, 7 February 2015

It's been a while...

I haven't posted since December 28th so I guess this is HAPPY NEW YEAR from me to you!  
May 2015 bring you lots of love, light, peace, and many blessings.

 We brought in 2015 at Michelle and Alex's place and we made a special toast to Dad shortly after. As you know my Dad hasn't been well and is now classified as Palliative Care so it's been a tough start to the year for us.  They have stopped all his medications and the plan is to keep Dad comfortable and pain-free.  It's not an easy road and this is part of the reason I haven't been posting on my blog, let alone keep up with friends' blogs.  I've been spending a lot of time visiting Dad at the Home.

Here is a recent photo of my beautiful granddaughters, Mikayla and Madelyn,
enjoying a treat while their Poppy sleeps peacefully in the bed beside them.

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Mum had been sleeping over a couple of nights a week from October up until New Year. We're already looking forward to her next sleep-over.  As Mum and I love jigsaw puzzles, I couldn't resist buying one for us to work on together while she was here in December.  I also bought one for her to take home and do by herself.  We became quite addicted I can tell you. 

FINISHED!
It was fairly large too at 1000 pieces.
The total measurement being 700mm/27½" x 500mm/20". 
We were very pleased with ourselves when it was done. 
Bradley even helped here and there too.


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I haven't done a lot of sketching since my last blog post but I will share the ones I have done in future posts.  For now, I wanted to share a work-in-progress I'm painting for Aaron's room. It will be a silhouette of African animals against a rich sunset.

First layer


Second layer


I've had this painting on hold also but I'm hoping to find some time to finish it this month.

Stay tuned for more posts very soon....

15 comments:

  1. I am so sorry to here about your dad Sarena. Sending you lots of good thoughts and prayers

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  2. You have a wonderful loving family you will all get through this difficult phase together. Beautiful painting already!

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  3. Hi Serena. Sending your dad prayers. That's a great puzzle. I love doing puzzles too. Take care and be strong.

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  4. Sweet picture of the grands and your dad! I know it's been tough. Hang in there. *hugs"
    That is a great jigzaw puzzle! They really are addictive.
    Love the start of the new painting for Aaron's room. I'm glad you have had some time to sketch. Hope you can squeeze out a blog again pretty soon. Have missed your posts. :):)

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  5. I'm sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts are with you and your family. Hugs!

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  6. My heart aches for you. So sorry your going though this rough time. Your grand daughters smiles just light up that room.

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  7. Thanks for stopping by. I do check on you ever so often to see if you have posted anything here or to IG. It's tough when you get to this point with a parent, but you've been able to have lots of quality time with him, surrounded by family, and that is a blessing. I hope you are able to find more time for painting and sketching. Nurturing yourself is very important so that you are able to give back to everyone else. Hugs, Tammy

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  8. So sorry to hear your Dad is going through so much! I will keep him in my prayers.
    Oh the girl's are so cute and big already! How time flies!
    Please take care of yourself and give my love to Michelle.
    If you have time stop by my blog and see the new photos I posted. Please leave a comment.
    Hugs and blessings,

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    1. Hi Norma,
      Lovely to 'see' you! Thanks for your kind words. I will pass your message on to Michelle.
      I will try to visit your blog very soon.
      Love and hugs xo

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  9. This all must heartbreaking for you, I am so sorry. No wonder you haven't posted for a while... I hope you are finding some comfort in your art, it can be quite a therapy, don't you find? Sending you a hug xx

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  10. Best wishes with your Dad, Serena. Glad you and your Mum have had good quality time together. That puzzle must have been difficult with all of those sort of same colors throughout! And 1000 pieces? Phew! Grand-girls are growing up so fast! Little beauties!!!! Good to hear from you. Oh, and love the bright start to Aarons painting!!!!!

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  11. Best wishes with your Dad, Serena. Glad you and your Mum have had good quality time together. That puzzle must have been difficult with all of those sort of same colors throughout! And 1000 pieces? Phew! Grand-girls are growing up so fast! Little beauties!!!! Good to hear from you. Oh, and love the bright start to Aarons painting!!!!!

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  12. Glad to see you back, Serena. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  13. Thanks for all the well wishes, everyone. It means a lot that you took the time to comment....much appreciated. xx

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  14. A beautiful blog you have !!!
    Thanks for your kind visit !
    Have a nice weekend !
    Anna

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