In Herself

In Herself

Hello friends

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I’m looking forward to the new year and getting my health back.

I’m half way through the chemo treatment now, I’ve been OK since the last one on 11 December.  OK in that I haven’t felt ill but still very tired.  I’m fine when I’m on my own just pottering about or lying on the sofa watching tv, but it’s Christmas time so there is a certain amount of socialising that has to be done and I have found that very tiring. In fact all communications have been almost shut down and there is still no sign of my muse so no artwork either! Still, so far, I’ve not picked up any infections so that’s good.  Over the next week I should start to feel a lot better and then on 2 January I’m in for another round, round 4.

Not sure what is going to happen when I’ve completed all 6 there has been some talk of radiotherapy, but I feel like I want to know a bit more about what’s happening with my body before I agree to that.

So, am I ready for Christmas?  I suppose I am and if I’m not well it’s too late to worry about it now.  To be honest I’m never that organised or enthusiastic about Christmas, in fact I’m a bit of a Grinch, and this year I just haven’t had the energy for it.  I did put the Christmas tree up last week.  That involved going down in the cold, dirty cellar, finding the tree and boxes of ornaments, carrying them all upstairs, constructing the tree, sorting out the lights and decorating. About half way through I wished I’d never started and just wanted to lie on the sofa, but I carried on and did finish it. It looks pretty good too 🙂










I also made the Christmas light, it was a plastic round bowl that had some chocolates in last year and I had been trying to think what to do with it.  Then I had a spark of inspiration and bought a set of LED fairy lights.  I carefully cut a hole in the bottom of the bowl and fed the lights into it, then a modpodged some printed tissue paper over the outside of the bowl. The stand that it is on is meant for a candle but it looks better with the new light. It only took a few minutes to make and I’m really pleased with the result.  Because I used LED lights they don’t get hot so it’s not a fire risk.

When I’ve had some energy I’ve been trying to help out with the cooking.  There have been varying degrees of success and failure.  I ‘nailed it’ with my half plain flour/half spelt flour pastry and made a great mushroom and chestnut pie, and some good gravy but I burnt the roast vegetables.  It seemed to take up a huge part of my day to prepare a meal that only lasted a few minutes then there was a stack of washing up to do and I wasn’t sure it was worth the effort.

The spread above is from the Warrior Women journal and I completed it a few weeks ago (when the muse was still with me).  I like the colour palette of this spread and it’s another message to myself that I can handle what I’m going through at the moment.

Thank you all for your love and support and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.  I am really looking forward to finishing treatment and getting my health back.  And to getting my artistic muse back!

Big Love

AJ 🙂



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6 thoughts on “In Herself

  1. Wishing you a restful Christmas – you deserve one after all that hard work. The tree looks great and the light is brilliant (sorry for the pun). What an ingenious idea and it looks so effective. That in itself is an amazing creative achievement. Fabulous. Glad the treatment is going well. As ever love the latest page of your journal. Lots of love and hugs and lots and lots of good wishes for 2015. Have a great Christmas. Love Sue xxxxxx

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