My Family & Other Animals

Sunday, 17 August 2014

"Hello, Is It Me You're Looking For?..."

Hello again! Yes, I am back after a somewhat fractious hiatus.
I have had to deal with my depression and that now seems to be firmly under wraps as my meds have been raised and then dropped to get the balance right.
I was also diagnosed with Chronic Sleep Apnoea and after a brief test overnight with an oxygen mask it was revealed to me that while the average 'good nights sleep' may include up to 15 - 20 interruptions an hour, I was averaging 99 which finally explained why I would get up in the morning after sleeping for 9 or 10 hours and within an hour I was back asleep, a pattern that went on for month after month. It was only thanks to Jo getting a bit forceful with my GP that I was finally put forward to even speak to the sleep analysis team at Newark.
After the first full night with my wonderful little oxygen mask (which actually manages to fit over my bulbous hooter!) I woke up refreshed and ready for the day ahead. If I fall asleep now during the day, it's because I'm bored - NOT tired! A good night's sleep should never be underestimated, it is the most important thing with regards to making a person function properly. I finally feel like a part of the Human Race again.

Our final hurdle was the tragic loss of Jo's sister Maureen, who died from an emphysema related illness a couple of weeks ago. She was a lovely woman with a fantastic sense of humour, we shared quite few laughs at the cost of several Big Brother contestants. Jo misses her terribly and is going to take a very long time for the pain to subside.
R.I.P. Maureen, deeply missed.

Now you may have noticed several superhero themed cards above. These are not greetings cards but Save The Day/Date cards for my Son and (future) Daughter-In-Law's wedding. They want a Superhero themed day (they are a massive pair of nerds and I love 'em for it!!) and so the first thing I did was offer my services. I am lucky enough to own all of Kenny K's images and couldn't resist using these particular ones. My particular favourite is the very bottom one, the DL shaped card which came out really well. I have posted them for the kids to look at and to choose which one they (hopefully) want. When they finally decide, I will let you all know on this blog.

Until then, look after yourselves,
take care,
Hugs 'n Stuff,

Entered Into:  613 Avenue Create Challenge #85 - Anything Goes with No Twist
Fairytale Stamper Challenge #43 - Everything Goes!
Kenny K  Krafty Krew Challenge #178 - Kids!
Outlawz Sunday Challenge - CAS (Clean & Simple) with A Wave
Scrappyhands Challenge #19 - Red!
Scibble and Scrap Challenge #25 - Anything Goes
The Squirrel and The Fox Challenge #25 - Anything Goes
Through The Purple Haze Challenge #55 - Photo Inspiration (I used the colours of the feathers)
Sunday Sketch and Stamp Challenge #215 - Carole's Sketch (I am using 2nd image from top)


  1. Hi, Andy! Getting the CPAP will greatly improve your quality of life and sleep will become your friend. My numbers were worse than yours...I was de-sating down to less than 60% so ... I spent two nights in at the Sleep Center; first night with the electrode monitoring and then the second night for the determination of which DME would work best for me. I am so glad that you were finally diagnosed.
    Love the idea of a Super Hero themed wedding. That should prove to be quite a it of fun. Your save the date cards are "Super".
    My condolences on your recent loss.
    Thanks for stopping by to visit us here at 613 Avenue Create. We look forward to your next visit.

    Turning off the audio book (listening to PD James) and headed to bed to SLEEP!

  2. Your cards are wonderful. Thanks for sharing over at 613 Avenue Create. Monica. DT

  3. Your cards are "Super". What fun, and the colouring is amazing. Be well! Thank you for joining us at Fairytale Stampers. hugs Myrna (DT)

  4. wooow, they are so great! A really fantastic work!!
    Thanks for joining us at Fairytale Stampers!

  5. Absolutely brilliant idea I love them all and think they should have them all after all who said they all have to be the same?--thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x

  6. What a fab idea......amazing work..

    Fiona Dt

  7. What a great idea to use super heroes as a theme! they are really smashing! Thanks for joining us at TTPHC this week! Anita DT

  8. Wow, Your cardmaking is amazing.. It's so nice to find a male crafter.........
    Thank you for joining in our challenge TTPH Good luck....
    Sylvia DT TTPH x

  9. Beautiful!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Scrappy hands

  10. Great idea for save the date xxx Thanks for playing along with us at
    Through The Purple Haze Challenges Hope to see you again next week
    Hugs, Teresa DT
    Ceesa's Card Creations

  11. Exceptional coloring on the images. Glad you have put the depression and sleep apnia to rest. Will pray for everything to stay balanced and under control. DW uses one of the machines and it made a HUGE difference for her as well. - Jim

  12. Fantastic cards! Awesome coloration. I love them all.
    Thanks for joining us at Fairytale Stampers!

    Greetings Katrin


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