Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Beads of Courage

Hello friends
Firstly, thank you for liking the December kit and thank you for ordering.
They are on their way to you - I hope the pre-Christmas post doesn't delay 
things - you need your bags to go shopping!
In case you missed the details - pop along to here.
On the website is not just the December kit but all previous kits too.
Hoping to make this a brilliant festive fund raiser for such a good charity.

Also thank you for enquiring about Elliott.  We had a bit of a wobbly day on Monday
as he wasn't feel so good but he has perked up now and back to eating and sitting in front
of his computer - perfect healthy boy signs!
Here he is (well, his hands anyway!) holding beads - but not just any ol' beads -
these are Beads of Courage.

For every treatment Elliott receives he is given a bead, the ones he are holding below represent
each radiotherapy session so far - they glow in the dark (very appropriate!) 
It is a lovely idea and Elliott has embraced it fully.
Here's a very short video that explains a little more.
He is also receiving the wonderful daily gifts from Anne - not missed a single day,
I take them to the hospital and as we walk out of the radiotherapy suite I hand one to him.
Such kindness from so many lovely people.

Other news...oh yes, the water leak!  

I'm pleased to say that after a flurry of calls and emails
some progress has been made.  I am meeting with the Landlord's agents this morning at 
the shop before we drive to the hospital to discuss more (yes, an early start!) 
It will then be a mission to get everything dry - a dehumidifier will go in and heaters.
It is a little torturous for me - I do like things done yesterday!
It looks like I will be going ahead with my class on Sunday, I really want to as
I've got plans to make it so festive :)

I will be back very soon and I will be calling on any knitters out there...
Take care friends.


Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. So glad Elliott is doing ok now. Nobody likes Mondays so that wobble was understandable :)
I looked at the mini clip about the beads and will look at the site when I finish here. Sounds like a great idea. Glad that the repairs are starting and that your class on Sunday will hopefully go ahead, you will all have such a good time. I wish I lived nearer:( Knitters needed? What is that all about? Take care.

Jane Willis said...

I love the cartoon! I'm glad you are able to find something to smile about in the situation. Very glad Elliott got over the wobbles and is coping again.

baconbits said...

Morning Christine, Everyone wobbles on Monday its the worst day of the week... Well done Elliot.
Glad there is progress on the leak and that your class can go ahead.
Amanda x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, So glad that Elliott is now 'back on track', Well done Elliott, and what a fabulous idea with the 'beads of courage', I looked at the clip and it brought a tear to my eyes. A fantastic idea.
So glad your December kits are going well.
I understand your frustration about the slowness in the leak situation, I would be the same, I always want everything done 'yesterday' too haha. Lets hope they get it fixed quickly.
Lots of love and huge hugs from Patricia xx

Magzeeann said...

Hi Christine,I can empathise with Elliott~I used to get the Monday morning wobbles when I was working. I guess that a weekend away from it all brings back the apprehension.Well done Elliott for coping with it! Love the 'beads of courage' and the little video snip. hope the drying out goes well today.
Take care, big hugs and positive vibes are winging your way.
Maggie x

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine
I am so pleased Elliott has perked up again and i hope all goes well today, The Video beads of courage is such a lovely idea there are so many brave children in our world ,it brought a tear to my eye .

Knitters ? now i am getting excited ...
I love to knit on these dark cold evenings ,so i am looking forward with what you have in store Christine .
Take Care
Elaine H X

I have just read your other posts i think Patricia and i would get on famously we could sit and cry together .LOL what are we like ?

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Hi Christine the video brought a tear to my eye but what a lovely idea. Elliott deserves a medal for being so brave. Hope you get your studio sorted out soon! Susan x

Anonymous said...

Morning Christine glad Elliot doing well wobbles allowed every now and again. I think the beads are a wonderful idea. Will be looking forward to finding out about the knitting. Take care all Sophy n Gran

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
The beads of courage are a great idea, watched the short clip, will be going onto the website later.
Well done to Elliot for overcoming the wobbles.
The cartoon made me smile, hope the problem is sorted pdq.
Take care.

Lacelady said...

What an inspired idea re. the beads of courage, especially as Elliott's glow in the dark.

I do hope your dampness dries out soon.

Unknown said...

Christine you really are being tested at the moment. One day at a time works for me. All best wishes

hazel young said...

Glad Elliott is feeling better and things at the shop are beginning to get moving. It's good to hear the kits are selling well. Well done to all involved xx hazel

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
I am so pleased Elliott is feeling better .The beads are a great idea.
Love your cartoon it really made me smile.
Hope your drying out is going well. Take care. x.

Janice said...

Hi Christine and greetings from Cologne! Just popping on v.quickly to see how you're all doing. Pleased you have your studio repairs under way and good to hear that Elliot has bounced back after the early part of the week. Love his beads, what a fabulous idea.
Bye for now
Janice x

Valerie said...

Good Morning Christine, or was it too early!! I am so pleased the class will take place, I have missed them. Good Luck today Elliott. Will look forward to seeing what you do with all your beads. They are certainly Beads of Courage. Puts all the moaners to shame. Chin up, Valerie

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine
glad that Elliot is doing ok now. It's quite understandable to have a wobble on Monday's. Monday's is that kind of a day. What a fantastic idea to give beads that glow in the dark after each treatment, and I wonder if they do something like this at the Churchill in Oxford. All cancer treatment used to be done at the JR until they opened a brand new state of the Art unit at the Churchill. Even my partner said he would have loved to get some beads when he was having his treatment. Glad your leak seems to be progressing even if it's going to take awhile. Hope the classes go well on Sunday. Wish I lived nearer to Kent.

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. What a lovely idea having beads of courage.
Glad the fixing of you leak is progressing.

Love Val x

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, Love the beads idea
for Elliott's treatment good idea and so glad you are finally getting the leak sorted, I've had 4 builders let me down so it's been 18 months of waiting and no one turning up so frustrating and I thought there is a shortage of work well that's my moan for today all my love Jean Z xx

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Christine, I am pleased that things are getting better and also your class is going ahead.
The beads are such a perfect idea, and hopefully Elliott will turn them into something he will be very proud to own. I knit in small doses.
X Ros

LoraineC said...

Sorry I have been AWOL for a few days, playing catch up now. The beads are such a wonderful idea, my friends daughter is up to 706 beads in her battle against leukemia!! I'm sure there will be days when Elliot doesn't feel so good but after a bad day or two there is always a good one. Off to order my kit xx

Unknown said...

Glad you are getting your "wet" problem fixed. Remember to keep emptying that dehumidifier, they can fill fast after a leak.(experience)
I love the idea of the beads of courage!
Janice W

Laura O said...

these beads look like a great idea ,very encouraging .Laura O

Carolyn H said...

HI christine,
Just had chance to catch up on my emails and your blog - our local country switch had Gremlins and we have had no phone or Broad band for 5 days
.Very sorry to hear about the Studio being affected by a water leak, heart breaking, do hope all will be put right very very soon.
Pleased to hear Elliott is feeling better after a wobbly Monday.What a lovely idea to be given Beads of Courage.Thinking of you Elliott, hope this weeks treatment goes well for you.
Love Carolyn

Anonymous said...

Elliott you are a wonder boy. Keep it up. So glad to hear that the leak may be fixed sometime soon - its hard wanting things to be done and dusted but some things have to wait until the time is right - hopefully that will be very soon for your studio. Good luck with your class and all Christmas plans.
Good wishes as always
Phil D

AnneRD said...

Hi Christine
Hope the studio gets repaired in time for your class. Love the Beads of Courage programme, hope it helps Elliott overcome any anxieties. Yet to get my order in for the December kit. It looks great. Anne x.

Anonymous said...

Glad Elliotts feeling better, great idea with the beads. Glad the studio is getting sorted. All the best for the rest of the week x

Teresa said...

Good to hear that things are going well and I love the beads of courage.. what an awesome thing to do for him. Best wishes on your class and hope all is well for the fun holiday festivities there! Lots of hugs, Teresa

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, I love your card today..I just caught up with yesterday's post as I didn't get near a computer or iPad yesterday! Love the cartoon and so pleased Elliott is doing well the beads are a super idea. I don't think I'm going to be much use with your knitting call, it's one craft I've never been able to do..I drove my Mum and others to distraction trying to teach me, lol! Hugs Carole Z X

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