Monday, February 15, 2010

Sending good wishes, for a friend.

Life can be so uncertain....
On Friday a friend, Lisa had complained of a headache and then later in the afternoon she collapsed at her desk, at work.
She was rushed up to the hospital where she had a CT scan which confirmed a subrarachroid haemorrhage ( bleeding between the two layers of the membranes around the brain.
She will have a procedure today to seal off the bleeding vessel.
The scary part is Lisa is only 37 years old, hard when friends are so young and struck down with something like this.
I hope all goes well for Lisa and hoping that she will soon be out of hospital and making a good recovery.

These are the wonderful tomatoes, off Lisa's vines that her boyfriend brought around for us.
So much nicer than the ones bought in the store, tasted better and they did not have that pesky little label that they seem to need to put on all the fruit and vegetables.
They are delicious and this was my lunch, a tomato sandwich and a cup of tea.

We had a great day out at the Devonport Craft Market, but really I would not be wanting to pay the mortgage with what we made.
It was great to meet talented and lovely people and to see what wonderful craft work they were offering.
Inside the hall, without any air conditioning or fans it was very warm and at one stage with the background music of the dulcet tunes of Norah Jones, I could have easily have dozed off.

I want to wish you all a wonderful week and look forward to visiting you soon.



  1. Oh, Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear about your friend Lisa. I pray all goes well during surgery and pray for a speedy recovery.

    I'm so glad you had a good time at the fair! It's always so much fun to go and even more to participate!

    Richard always plants tomatoes and I agree they taste so much better than store bought!!!

    Thank you for stopping by today! I really look forward to your visits.


  2. Glad you had a great show! I hope your friend is up and going soon! That sounds scary and something that would be hard to keep from happening!
    Hugs and prayers to all! Lisa

  3. I pray your friend will recover soon... and she is indeed youn. I wish her well.

    I too have sat at a craft table where it was so warm and wondered that day if it was worth big monies made.

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with Lisa and her loved ones!

    Glad you had fun at the craft market. Have a wonderful week Sweet Friend!


  5. Thanks so much Marsha for your kind words, and I always appreciate your thoughtfulness.

    Many thanks Lisa, for your visit and kindness.

    Hi Purvail,

    Lovely to have a visit from you and yes, sometimes markets can be like this and you just have to make it a fun day out.

    Thank you Karyn, always lovely to have a visit from you and I appreciate your friendship.


  6. Dear Carolyn, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. Hopefully the surgery has worked out fine and she will fully recover soon! It's always shocking when someone is so young.
    I'm glad you had some fun at the show even when the sales could have been better!
    The tomatoes look very good! I'm always happy too, when a friend of mine who has a garden, brings me some fresh fruits or veggies. They taste so much better than the ones you buy in the store.
    Have a wonderful week!

  7. O Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear about your friend.
    That must be so scary for her and her loved ones.
    I wish for a speedy recovery for her.
    how wonderful to have that time at the markets, it really is a buzz being around all that creativity.

  8. Dear Carolyn, so sorry to hear about your young friend. It is so unimaginable when something like this happens to someone who is seemingly fine otherwise and at such a young age. It just proves that none of us ever really knows what any moment holds for us. Those tomatoes look fabulous -- tomato sandwiches are one of my favorites. We just ate up the tomatoes I picked from the plants our balcony -- I need to check them again as there were 10 the other day that were working on ripening. Glad to hear you had a good time at the show; although it does look mighty hot in there. Your dough creations and bears are gorgeous! Wishing you a wonderful day and sending prayers and good wishes to Lisa. Blessings, Tammy

  9. Sorry to hear about Lisa, hope that she gets better soon. It gives us all a dose of reality and makes you realise just how precious life is.

    Leeann x

    ps pleased that the craft market went well :-)

  10. What a dreadful thing to happen to your friend Lisa. Thank goodness that something is able to be done to help her, and I am sending her all my good thoughts for a safe recovery. Life is just so scary sometimes. I hope you had a fun day at the craft fair, even though it sounds like it was a little quiet.

  11. Dear Julia,

    Many thanks for your visit and kind words you left.
    It is great to have so many wonderful friends.

    Thanks Suzi, always neat to have you come and visit.
    Yes, it must have been such a scary thing for Lisa, and something you would not expect.

    Many thanks Tammy for your kind wishes for Lisa, I really appreciate the beautiful people I have met here with my blog.
    How neat that you have tomatoes growing on your balcony ~ it must be a treat to go and pick them.

    Hi Leeann,

    Yes, life is so precious and we really do not know what is around the next corner.
    Thanks for your visit and always lovely to hear from you.

    Thanks so much Christine, I appreciate your kindness.
    It is always great to see all the talent from everybody at the craft markets.


  12. Dear Carolyn, I'm sorry to read about your friend and will pray for everything to go well during surgery and for a quick recovery.

    You must be in summer months, those tomatoes look yummy!! I'm wishing for summer today as we are to get more snow, maybe 6 more inches added onto the 30" of last week. But the good news is we are still enjoying all the tomatoes we canned and made into sauce.

    Your bears are so darling! Is that you by the bear in the Red coat?

    Have a wonderful week!!

  13. We all add our prayers in for Lisa... I wish her a speedy recovery!

  14. I hope this finds your friend doing better ~ I will certainly keep her in my prayers.

    Oh I can't wait until I'm back in my garden ~ currenly it's under a few inches of snow! Your lunch looks delicious.


  15. So sorry to hear about your friend, Carolyn. Please keep us posted!

    I love craft shows. There were so many when I lived in Michigan. And so few in Florida. Is it because we are a transient society down here? Or because everyone would rather be outside doing things?

    A tomato sandwich with the home grown variety would really hit the spot today!

    Hope you had a lovely Valentine's

  16. Oh how terrible and so scary for your friend! Sending prayers her way...

    Couldn't agree more about homegrown tomatoes!! There is just no comparison...I miss summer!

    The Craft Market looks wonderful!

    Hugs ~

    :) T

  17. Hi Carolyn. I hope your friend will be ok! Good reminder to live in the moment...and enjoy our tomato sandwiches! XO Trish

  18. My prayers go out to your friend, Lisa.

    It sounds like the market was great fun! I love Nora Jones' music.

    As for the tomatoes-I agree-home grown is the best:).



  19. Sending best wishes for a great recovery for your friend Carolyn...

    big hugs,

  20. God bless your friend Lisa and you.......
    Keep us posted
    Much love

  21. Hello, Carolyn! Oh my, I hope Lisa is well on her way to recovery. So very young indeed.

    To market, to market! How I wish I lived near you. Your bears and dough decorations are primo. Though I must say, it does look like it was quite warm in there. I'm glad you had a good time.

    Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's. xoxoxo!

  22. Dear Carol,

    How wonderful that you still have your tomatoes, made into sauce to tide you over the winter.
    My what a lot of snow you are having ~ stay warm.
    Yes, that is me sitting behind the bear dressed in the red coat and V hiding her face.

    thank you so much Heather

    Thanks Jo, for your visit.
    Isn't it funny when you can't wait until a change of season, so you can get back in your garden.

    Many thanks Barbara, so kind of you to visit and I will put an update of Lisa ~ she had the operation yesterday and seems to have come through well, so that is great.
    There seem to be a lot of craft markets in Auckland, maybe too many and people get tired of going to them?.. don't know.
    I hope your Valentines day was wonderful.

    Many thanks Tracey, appreciate your kind thoughts for Lisa.
    All homegrown food is just so much nicer, especially without all the horrible sprays, so many growers use.

    Hi Trish,

    So true, to live in the moment as life is so precious and really we do not know what is around the next corner.

    Many thanks for your visit Kim, always great to hear from you.

    Thanks so much Vee, I appreciate your kindness.

    Many thanks Jeanne, so kind of you to visit and sending love to you.
    Good news, the operation is over with so now she needs to rest and get over this awful ordeal.

    Hello Bella,

    So lovely of you to visit, dear friend and I wished you lived near too.
    I hope that you have a great week


  23. Prayers headed Lisa's way! That is scary, I've seen that quite a bit actually at my hosital. It's quite the rminder not to take anything for granted.

    Big hugs to you!

  24. I hope your friend does never know with craft fairs, sometimes you win and sometimes...well

  25. carolyn, praying your friend will have a speedy recovery and be better than ever!

    Hugs to you and each bear!

  26. Hi Carolyn, Oh my goodness I am so sorry to hear about your friend Lisa. I pray all goes well with the surgery and she has a fast and full recovery.
    The tomatoes look just delish. So much better then the stores.
    So happy that you had a great craft show. It looks like all were having a grand time. You could send some of that heat our way. I am so ready for Spring now.

    Thank you for stopping by. I think we crossed in cyberspace as I just updated the new progress on the bath. All is going well, although I would like to be done already.

    Have a wonderful week and again all the best with prayers for Lisa.

    Blessings and hugs,
    Celestina Marie

  27. Hope your friend is okay!

    Happy Valentines Day a day late :)


  28. OMG,
    I am praying for your friend. That is bad news. I hope her surgery goes well.
    Your craft fair looked fun.
    There is nothing better than home grown tomatoes.

  29. Hi Anne,

    Yes, life is precious and we need to look after each other and ourselves.
    Thanks for your visit and kind words.

    Hi Stefani,

    You can never tell what the craft fair is going to be like.
    Sometimes you have good ones and other times, well not so good.

    Thank you so much, dear Janean, very kind of you.

    Many thanks Celestina Marie for your visit and kind words.
    Always lovely to hear from you.
    I will come back to see the progression on your new bath room.
    I wished I could send some heat over to you, dear friend.

    thank you Carrie and I hope that you had a lovely VD.

    Thank you very much Rosemary for your visit and always great to hear from you.


  30. Sending your friend much love...these things are scary indeed..we must live each day with thankfulness. xoxxo

  31. Carolyn I am so sorry to read about Lisa. My prayers are with her at this time.

    ~Blessings, ~Melissa

  32. Hi Carolyn,
    So sorry to hear about your friend Lisa. Robespierre had brain issues at one point in his life. WE'll keep her in our thoughts and prayers.Anyone who brings tomatoes like that is a great friend.
    Maryanne xo

  33. I hope your friend recovers without any complications- sending prayers her way.

  34. I love how you share your pleasant little days with all of us, Carolyn.. :) Thank you for always doing this .. :) May your pleasant little days always bring you many pleasant little moments.. :)

  35. I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I do hope she makes a speedy and complete recovery, it sounds very scary. I am happy to hear the market went well and I hope you have a beautiful week!

  36. Hello dear Carolyn, thank you for your comment! I am very happy as a comment from you from a great distance!!!
    I wish a speedy recovery your friend Lisa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Have a very nice week
    Big hugs
    Fleurette from Prague

  37. oh Carolyn!!! so sorry to hear about your friend...that happened to my friends Mom and she had the same procedure...she is doing well and I send healing thoughts to your friend...

    I love those tomatoes and can't wait till summer here so I can tend to my garden!!!

    Lovely photos from your craft show!!! beautiful work as always...

    Hope you have a wonderful week Carolyn!!!


  38. Lovely to have a visit from you Koralee and thank you for your kind words.

    Thank you Melissa, your prayers are much appreciated.

    Hi Maryanne,

    Sorry to hear that Robespierre had brain issues at one point ~ such a scary thing, but amazing what the medical profession can do.
    Thanks for your kind message.

    Hi Fifi, it is such a pretty rose.

    Thank you so much Paperbird, for your kind words.

    Many thanks Charity and I hope that you are having a great week.

    Thank you Sares, for your kind words and I hope that your week is going well.

    Thanks for your visit dear Fleurette, and the kind note you left for my friend Lisa.

    Always great to hear from you Diana and thanks for always leaving sweet words for me.
    I hope that Summer will be there for you so you can get out in your garden.
    Enjoy your week


  39. i hope for the best for your friend lisa.

    i also love fresh tomatoes too, my old neighbor used to grow them in his backyard as well :)

  40. Hi Carolyn,

    I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I hope it all turns out well and she can tell lots of interesting stories later. I forget that you are having summer now. I am envious, although sitting by the fire isn't a bad thing...


  41. Hi Carolyn, I'm so sorry about your friend. I'm glad to know she is doing well, that must have been incredibly scary. I see you had a tomato sandwich. I love tomato sandwiches; I can't wait until our heirloom tomatoes are in season again. Have a good week!
    Sharon :-)

  42. Thank you Audrey, for your visit and kind words for Lisa.

    Hi Judy,

    Every season is wonderful and sitting by the fire is always a nice place to be.
    Many thanks for your visit.

    Hi Sharon,

    Your heirloom tomatoes sound good and before you know it, they will be growing again where you are.
    Hope that you are having a wonderful week.


  43. Carolyn amor, I am so sorry I missed this post..I Hope that everything comes out alright with your friend Lisa and that she has a speedy and pain free as possible is hard seeing the people that we love and care for hurt...Keeping you both in my thoughts sweet friend. Besos, Rose

    ps...I love all your beautiful creations :)

  44. Thank you so much, dear Rose ~ for your kind words and thoughts.
    You are always so caring and I am lucky to have such a sweet friend.


  45. How sad. I am lifting your friend Lisa up in prayer. Please keep us posted on her.
    Blessings during this difficult time.

  46. thanks so much Gwendolyn for your kind thoughts and prayers and I will keep you posted.



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