Friday, 7 June 2013


Hello friends
I think that might be the longest break I've had from blogging in ages!
Sorry about that...I hope to be back on track soon.

So what has been happening?
Firstly - do you think Summer has arrived?  Quite a few mornings in a row I've awoken to sunshine which is lovely although it does mean pets think they should be fed at a ridiculously early time.
I've even ventured to put a few bedding plants in my shed window box -
I'm hoping the snails and slugs keep away - they seem to love my garden. 
Secondly - Mitchell is up and about and returning to work soon.
I may have some news on Mitchell's new job ... this could be an 
interesting step forward with Hope and Chances...!
I will keep you posted.

Thirdly - Elliott.  As mentioned, we have had a bit of a setback, the surgery
has triggered off a form of diabetes, that is being treated although things are
not quite happening at the speed we would like them to.  
We know we have a long road ahead but at times we just wish there
were little short cuts!

This has been a lovely week for flowers in the VT.
Thank you Joanna.
 And thank you to my London firm for sending me flowers too.
Also thank you to the cards that continue to arrive for us all -
my fireplace has never looked so adorned, not even at Christmas!

Finally - the giveaway!
This employee has spent a lot of her time doing this lately....
Actually I am going to forgive her because she has joined the ranks of the sickly Embersons!
Not only did she have an ear infection but she hurt her leg this week too.
She is definitely on the mend but still likes the cuddles and sympathy!
So by the powers of random generator I can announce the winner of Mix'd Media Playtime



Congratulations Maddie.
Please drop me an email
and I will get them posted out to you.

I will be back!
Take care friends and have a lovely, hopefully sunshiney(?) weekend!


Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Oh dear Christine so much still going on! I do hope Elliott gets sorted soon! Sending hugs to you all, Susan xx

Anonymous said...

Sending you lots of love and thinking of you all. Take care. Claire

Sue B said...

You all certainly seem to be going through the mill Christine but you will get there finally it's just frustrating for you & especially Elliott. The sunshine is beautiful & definitely makes everyone feel happier I think. Have a good weekend & don't worry about us blog followers, we will all be waiting when you have the time to get back to us.

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine, You have got a lot going on, I hope things start to impove for Elliott he has such a long road ahead.

Your photos of Bella and flowers are lovely.

Looking forward to your news of Mitchell. Please take care. x.

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Christine,
I was getting worried when I didn't see any blogs from you and feared that Elliott was back in hospital. He has such a lot to cope with, as have you.
But at least Mitchell is well on the way - you have got me intrigued about his new job. When will we get to know?
I suspect Bella loves the cuddles and sympathy and will act the poorly pet a bit longer than necessary. But that's ok, isn't it.
Wishing you SHORTCUTS galore, and best wishes to you all. Have a good weekend with plenty of sunshine. I shall plant up my baskets, spring/summer is here to stay (at least for a while).

hazel young said...

Morning Christine, glad Mitchel is well and back to work maybe the fridge will retain the food a while longer. Sorry to hear about Elliott, hope you get things sorted soon (big hugs). That sounds exciting at hope and chances, looking forward to that in the future. Your name is very apt at the moment hope and chances, so don't forget we have lots of hope for you and you have many chances too. congrats to maddie, i was close from nottm too. xx hazel

Wendy L said...

Lovely pics of all and keeping your chin up, well done, xxx

Willsnan said...

Hi Christine, glad to hear things are looking more positive - the weather helps put a good spin on things too, don't you think. On the subject of Elliott and diabetes, I have had diabetes since I was 10 - coming up for 40 years in August and I use the forum on a regular basis. There is a section for newly diagnosed diabetics, for youngsters and for parents. Although you haven't said much about Elliott's condition, there are lots of people there who can answer any questions you or he has - and I am always happy to talk. Take care care, and don't worry about us bloggers - we are happy to wait until things are on a more even keel. Helen xx

Janice said...

Lovely photos of your flowers Chris, yes the sun WAS out the other day, but today it has decided to stay indoors. I can only hope it will be lovely at the weekend. Glad to hear that all your lot are slowly on the mend. Have a good weekend. Janice xx

Hellma said...

glad to hear things are slowly returning to normal Christine.

Maggie said...

Poor Elliott - he must be longing for things to move forward faster. It will get sorted out I'm sure, but these things take their own time. This should be a lovely weekend so enjoy your garden and have some 'me' time if possible. xxMargaretxx

Craftychris said...

I am glad Mitchell and Bella are on the mend. Its a shame Elliott has been thrown another problem, hopefully it will be sorted out soon. I bet he still has that cheeky smile on his face though! Congratulations to Maddie and also your flowers look gorgeous! xx

nmty said...

Hi christine your family are certainly keeping you busy. I hope Elliott will be sorted soon. Hope someone is looking after you? Lv norma

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Christine, just want to say each day that goes passed leaves the bad times behind. I hope you all have a good weekend.
X Ros

Janice said...

Hi Christine

Lovely to see you posting today, but please don't be worrying about us and your blog....we're a patient lot!

Hope things start improving soon for Elliot, good news about Mitchell, one less thing for you to worry about.

Your flowers are gorgeous, enjoy!
Janice x

P.s. Congrats to Maddie!

Anonymous said...

It's nice to hear that Mitchell's well enough to return to work, curious to know the news! I hope Elliott stays positive, sometimes it is hard, but I am a firm believer that it aids the healing process. Bella certainly knows how to work that cuteness! JuliaT x

Carole Z said...

HI Christine, good to hear MItchell is well on the mend, I',m curious now about the new job :). Sorry about Elliott's setback, you are all certainly going through it at the moment..I bet Bella is loving her cuddles, such a cute photo! Take care, sending hugs, Carole Z X

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine, What a year 2013 is turning out to be for you. I am so sorry that Elliott has had this latest setback but do hope he can have it sorted and stabilised soon. On the other hand Mitchell is able to go back to work which is one less concern for you. Keep your chin up Christine, we think of you all every day.
Val C xx

Elaine said...

Hope Elliott is ok and getting on the road to recovery. Exciting about mitchell cant wait to see whats happening ! Gorgeous picture of Bella. Take care hope you are looking after yourself aswell xx

Maggieann said...

Hello Christine,
Pleased to hear that Mitchell is so much better, hopefully things will soon pick up for Elliott too.Love the photo of Bella, she is so photogenic,isn't she? Enjoy a sunny weekend(I hope!)and try to get in some relaxation.Thinking of you all and sending lots of positive vibes and much love. Take care xxx

Sandra said...

Hi Christine , good to hear from you, I was really worried!
Look forward to hearing Mitchell's good news too, he deserves a bit of luck!
Poor Bella, I am guessing she was feeling left out as you weren't being nurse to her too!
Are they controlling Elliott's diabetes with medication?
Hopefully it's just a small setback and he can get that settled and back on the road to recovery! My dear friend you must be exhausted ! Take care please! Xx
Sandra Riley xxxxx

Chrissie J Lui said...

Hi Christine ... glad Mitchell has gone back to work. ... A new job Mitchell congratulations.
Sorry to hear Elliot has had a setback, hope it gets sorted soon.
Poor Bella ... am sure she is enjoying her cuddles.
Christine as others have said, don't worry about your blog followers we are all here for you and your family.
Hope you all have a great weekend, enjoy the sunshine.

Love to you all
Chrissie x x x

PharmacyMichele said...

Glad Mitchell & Bella are fine, am sure things will settle down for Elliott so try not to worry too much. Can't wait to hear about Mitchels job, if it'll be a help to you then all the better. Hope all of you have a lovely weekend.


baconbits said...

Morning Christine
So glad to hear that everyone is on the mend.
Hopefully there will be no set backs for Elliot and they can get this under control.
Have a great weekend.
Amanda x

Lacelady said...

Oh, dear, so sorry to hear about Elliott's diabetes, at least he has a diagnosis and will be getting treatment, so I do hope it kicks in and helps him to start the road to recovery. Good news about Mitchell, sorry about Bella!

Your flowers look really lovely, which must be cheering.

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. So much going on in your household.
Looking at little Bella must be such a pick me up she has such a cute little face you can't help but smile.
Take care, Christine.

Love Val in Spain xxx

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine ,lovely window box i know what you mean the slugs and snails just love my garden too.

Pleased Mitchell is now on the mend and i wish him well with the new job prospect ,
Im sure Elliott will take it all in his stride ,he will get stronger each day .

Lovely flowers Christine, and i hope Bella gets to be on Draw Duty when you have the next job for Her .

Congrats to Maddie

Have a lovely weekend all of you

Elaine H X

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine ,lovely window box i know what you mean the slugs and snails just love my garden too.

Pleased Mitchell is now on the mend and i wish him well with the new job prospect ,
Im sure Elliott will take it all in his stride ,he will get stronger each day .

Lovely flowers Christine, and i hope Bella gets to be on Draw Duty when you have the next job for Her .

Congrats to Maddie

Have a lovely weekend all of you

Elaine H X

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Congrats to the candy winner, Maddie.
So glad that Mitchell is getting well enough to be able to go back to work, and I am definitely anticipating his news on his job !! So wish I could wave a magic wand and make Elliott better, sending you all huge hugs and love. Poor Bella, she looks so cute on the pic lying on her cushion, hope she recovers soon, she will be milking the sympathy ha ha.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Christine, glad everyone seems to be on the mend now albeit it slowly. You will get there.
Enjoy the sunshine and have a lovely weekend.
Congrats to Maddie.
Elizabeth x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Oh dear you seem to be going through it at the moment, poor Elliot, lets hope he gets sorted soon, keep positive.
Intrigued about Mitchell and a new job, glad he's on the mend.
Great photos especially Bella.
As for summer, what summer, we have cloud and a very strong cold wind again today, we have still had the heating on in the evenings as its cold.
Congrats to Maddie.

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, sorry to hear the set back, hopefully they can help with the diabetes. Do you think bella is having sympathy pains? She looks like the queen sat on that cushion. Sending hugs to you all. Emma

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. Thank you for letting us know what is happening. We all understand that there are far more important things to do but like Janice says, we are a patient lot and know you will catch up when you can. Glad to hear Mitchell may be sorted with work. What will his news be? Sweet picture of Bella. I'm sure Elliot will be ok, just very frustrating to have any thing slow down his recovery. Stay positive. Take care.

loftylass said...

Hi Christine - so sorry to hear about Elliott - I'm sure things will improve in time - your little family is certainly keeping you on your toes. I'm intriqued about Mitchell's new job... and poor Bella it seems just didn't want to miss out on all the attention. Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.
Take care.
Hugs to all.
Heather W

Sue Yorkshire said...

Hi Christine.. your photos are lovely today. Bella looks like the queen of the castle on her cushion

So pleased that Mitchell is recovering and cant wait to hear what you have in store for him

Poor Elliott is certainly having a bumpy ride, I do hope that he is keeping positive still. Give him a big hug from me

Sue xxx

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, sending you all lots of love and hoping things sort themselves out very soon god bless love Jean Z xx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine, still a lot happening in the Emberson household. Hope that everything with the boys doesn't take to long to stabilise. I winder what Mitchell's new job will be, and when will he and us of course know?. Don't worry about us Christine we shall all keep looking everyday for updates. Lovely flowers by the way. Have a lovely weekend from a not so sunny Witney in the Cotswolds. The sun can't make up it's mind what it wants to do at the moment.

Carolyn H. said...

Hi Christine and all the sickly crew. Pleased to hear that at least one of them is more or less back to normal health. I do hope things will improve for dear Elliott, I'm sure that the highly specialised medical team will sort him. keep faith and keep positive.
As for little Bella, I guess she is going to get your attension one way or another, must say she looks sooo cute sat on a cushion on the garden bench, bless her.
Dare we mention that the weather is just beautiful at the moment???
Sadly, a week or so ago, we had a day of very strong winds, our Lilac tree that was in full bloom
was hit badly. We have just spent most of the day removing the broken branches and it looks rather odd now.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend, look forward to your blog as and when you are able.
Love Carolyn x

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