Sunday, June 13, 2010

When You Fall Off The End Of The Earth

When you fall off the end of the earth ... it takes a while to find your way back. I've been MIA and I'm not going to make rash promises to make up for it but I do ask once again for your understanding. Most people who follow my blog posts and especially those who I've established firm friendships with across the miles have been supportive despite my "blog deficits" and, while my reading and blogging is sporadic I'm not willing to give up on it just yet.

So an update from our world ~

Most of you know about the new addition in our family, little puppy Bella. Well Bella has had a very rough month, sending us all into a tailspin. Her immune system has not developed and she came down with Demodectic Mange and secondary bacterial infections. At her last vet visit we were told that things were not looking good for her, that she appeared to be in the 3% of animals that don't respond to the course of injections and that in the next week or so we may have to make the dreadful decision to say goodbye. The boys and I have been heartbroken, it seems so unfair that the little puppy we rescued from the RSPCA, who brought much needed joy to our family is now going through this. In the last day or two Bella seems to have improved a little so while we don't want to get our hopes up, I am praying that this may be the turning point for her and the vet visit on Tuesday is more positive. Please say a prayer for Bella.

When things don't seem to be going our way I usually find the strength to hold on but this time I've struggled to keep my head above the water. Ongoing difficulties with the man I now won't dignify with the title husband, and a stalled property settlement have just added to the strain. I am slowly returning to reading and have scrapbooked with my friend Alaine so I do have some nice layouts to share with you. Some are from the scrapbook camp we went to almost a month ago.

These two layouts of Bella were inspired by Nancy @ Scrap This

This one is a scraplift from Alaine.
 I loved it so much I wanted my own copy!

Alaine and I swapped layouts we had begun at camp. Alaine scrapped the photo above of mum taken with the grandkids 4 or 5 years ago. I absolutely love it, I think it was scraplifted from a magazine layout.
I did the layout below of Alaine, it's an Iggydodie scraplift. Can't wait to do my own photo of this one.

This layout is from a class at the Daisy Chain scrapbook retreat.

I've enjoyed posting today and hope to participate in Sheila's Monday Meme since I have actually finished some books and done a review (yay me.) I'll share some more scrapbook layouts tomorrow!


  1. I've got my fingers crossed for little Bella. Hang in there!

    Love your scrapbook pages. They are awesome!

  2. So sorry Sheree that this has not been a good year for you thus far. No worries about blogging, it will be there when you are ready to post, and I will keep reading when you do.
    How frustrating about Bella, hope she does defy the statistics.
    Keep in touch.

  3. Hey Sheree...Sorry about all the troubles. I too have had a bad run of it, but like you hoping to do some blogging, reading and getting back. My prayers and love to Bella. What a cutie. You know I'm an animal lover too. Take care...and keep smiling. I know it's hard at times. :)

  4. So sad to hear about Bella. I'm an animal lover too.

    In your scrapbook page of her with your son, she looks so itty bitty! I have a 16-year-old son who loves dogs too, and that picture reminds me of my own son.

    I hope and pray things get better for you and for sweet Bella.

  5. Oh Sheree:

    So sorry to hear about your little Bella and ongoing other personal issues. This has been such an awful year for you. ((hugs))

    Sorry I haven't been by in a while - had some of my own stuff going on. I have thought of you though, often.

    Your scrapbooking hobby is producing some beautiful work. How lovely, nice mementos of you, Alaine and your family, and of course Bella.

    Take Care

  6. Thoughts, hugs, and prayers your way sweetie! You can make it through. I know you can.
    The friendship you have with Alaine is special and shows through the photos. Beautiful scrap pages. Take care and talk to you later.

  7. My thoughts are with you and Bella! We had a similar situation occur with my puppy last year, and then earlier this year, he had to have massive surgery for an unrelated incident. I was a nervous mess the entire time we were waiting for him to turn that corner.

    At times like these, your friendships are the ones that get you through them intact. Your friendship with Alaine is truly special and something to be cherished as you work through your current situations. Good luck!

  8. *hugs to Bella*
    My thoughts are with all of you.

  9. Oh. my. gosh. I love your scrapbooking layouts -- beautiful.

    And I am so very sorry about Bella. She is such a beautiful and well-loved dog; it's unfair that this is happening to all of you. You'll be in my thoughts.

  10. I am praying very hard for Bella! Let's hope that tomorrow brings some good news. Your scrapping is wonderful as always. I'm hoping to get a little more done myself this week but we'll see.

  11. So sorry to hear that Bella is going through such a tough time. Will keep her, and your entire family, in our prayers.

    Sending virtual hugs to you both!

  12. Bella will make it, I can just feel that she's a fighter and with all you to love she's going to pull through!!

    I absolutely love all of your layouts, can't even begin to pick a fave but I'm loving the last one. May have to lift that!!!

  13. I am rooting for Bella and sending some prayers for her recovery and your peace of mind.

    pboylecharley AT hotmail DOT com

  14. Your family, including Bella are in my thought Teddyree. My heart goes ou to you. I know what it's like to make that dreaded decision and I hope you don't have to with Bella. I also know what it's like to come out of a bad relationship. It actually made me strong and I hope the same for you.

  15. I'm so sorry to hear about Bella. All my best to you and your family! I'm really thinking about and yours.

  16. I'm so sorry you're facing such heartbreak and I hope that your sweet little Bella pulls through. I think of you often and hope that things get easier and happier for you soon.

  17. Prayers here for Bella. And for you and for everything in your life. I am prayerful that Tuesdays has better news.

  18. This really has been a rough year for you... I wish I could do more than just say you're in my thoughts. You really are, and if there's ever anything I can do to help, please let me know.

    I hope you sweet Bella starts feeling better. She's beautiful.

    I love your scrapbook pages, how sweet that you and Alaine got to go to camp together. My sis in law scraps all the time and she's constantly trying to get me started. LOL Not sure I want to add another obsession to my life.


    Dottie :)


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