tirsdag den 9. oktober 2018

Better days

Hi Everyone

For a long time, I have wanted to tell you why I make cards for www.operationwritehome.dk 

Do you want to know?  ... here goes:

My father, Orla Bak, was stationed under the UN flag, in Gaza in the late 1950'
After he had served, he signed a "stand-by" contract for abt. 10 years, as far as I remember, but it could have been longer. 

My sister and I knew where the small red book were! We dreaded that small book. We knew that if he took it and packed a bag, he would have to go away.

As young children we did not understand - go where? Why? Mother was sad, when they talked on the radio, about someting we did not understand, but we knew the connection between her sadness, and dad looking in the cabinet where the red book layed. 

As teenagers we learned that if he had taken the red book, he had had 24 hours to report to a military facillity in Aalborg.

The fear from back then - I can still recall it.

I think small children are forgotten, even to day. We don't talk about how they feel and about their fear.

When I make a card for children. I often place a pixie book on the back.

Why?? It is great to get a letter/card from mom, dad, uncle, grandmom or granddad - but how often will it be read to the child recieving it? Instead, it's possible to say: Let's read the book she/he sendt home to you. My hope is, that it will bring a closeness between the child and the soldier, that are often so far away.

Thank you Charlie Johannsen for making it possible for me and many many others to give this small contribution. I hope we can do so - as long as cards are needed.

Well, enough said... here's some more cards...

Stampin' Up: Love in a jar

Stampin' Up: Christmas in the making
Stampin' Up: Card # 1: The wilderness awaits
Stampin' Up:Card # 2: High tide

Stampin' Up: # 1 Avant-Garden
Stampin' Up: # 2 Flower shop
Stampin' Up: # 3 Animal Outing

Stampin' Up: Stant's Suit

Centiment from Stampin Up: Birthday Delivery

More cards, just not from Stampin up:

Chopper, from Woodware

tirsdag den 4. september 2018

Status over the month of September

Another month has passed by so fast.

I was hospitalized for almost a week, and for the first time it was psychologically very difficult, because my thoughts were with Lars all the time. I was worried - hoping he could cope.

It has been a month with ups and down regarding Lars. He has had 3 transitoisk cerebraansand a  a minor facialisparese.
We are grateful for the home care - they help us so much.
Beside the home care, our children help out the best they can - depite having a busy day.

There has been "Scrap in Djursland" - I had promised to collect cards www.operationwritehome.dk  when it was clear I could not attend, a dear friend took care of it. Thank you Jannie Thorgersen. 
The cards collected were 430 cards.These cards were sent to Charlie Johansen today. 

Where did the month of August go?

This past month has flown away so fast. There has been so much that I hardly know where to begin.

Our son Jimmy has moved back to Denmark. He made the decision after a short vacation with us in July. He had not seen Lars for approx. 1 year and he wanted to be more close so he could help.He spoke with his friends here in DK and in the UK. Everyone said that Jimmy would follow his heart. I told Jimmy that I love him. That I anproud of him - and that I loved him even more just to consider doing this. But I also knew that his heart and life were back in Britain and that it was a sacrifice none of us would ask for. He replied: I do not ask I give. It is my choice

Lars had a minor setback. Now he has a hospital bed and other things that can help him in the daily life. We are grateful to live in a country where we can borrow such things for free. 

We are so blessed with 3 children and a son-in-law with great, warm, caring, forgiving and loving hearts. They help and encourage us so much.

I would like to thank our Lord, for showing us through other people, the way we ought to live. We've had some take us to hospital, sitting in in interviews with doctors or just being there for us when things wasn't good.
They are such an inspiration for us. They show us the true meaning of being a disciple of Christ, and living as Christ lived: in the service of thy neighbor.

These card are made during the month of August -  with Stampin' Up products.

These first 7 cards are made with Stampin' Up stampset: Animal Outing,
Card # 5, background are "Layered Leaves" embossing folder from Stampi' Up.

These 3 cards are made with the stamp sets: Bella and Friends & Pretty Kitty

Card # 1: "Musical season", Stampin' Up
Card " 2: Special Design Paper, Stampin' Up
Card # 3: Cable knit embossing folder, "Carols of Christmas", Embellished Ornaments" all from Stampin Up 

 Centiment are from "Embellished Ornament", Stampin' Up
Card # 5: Bulb are also from "Embellished Ornament", Stampin' Up.

Card # 1: "Floral Phrases, Stampin' Up 
Card #2: Best Birds", Stampin' Up. The centiment are from "Barn door", also Stampin' Up.

Stampin' Up "Myths and magic"

Card #1: Stamp set "Lovely as a tree" + cobber embossing powder, Stampin' Up.
Card #2: Special Design Paper, Stampin' Up.

 Base card are embossed with "Layered Leaves" embossing folder, Stampi' Up.

Other cards I've made during the month of August


torsdag den 9. august 2018

Do we still have welfare in Denmark

When the word "Welfare" is divided up in, well and fare (in Danish it is an old word for travel) - to me it means safety in the journey. In Denmark we are paying a high tax for this safety/welfare. Most are okay with that. We know, that should something happen, we can get the help we need. Help's available to everyone - rich or poor. Do we still have welfare in Denmark? I wonder... After an MR scan I have now waited 3 weeks for a phonecall. All I need, is a Doctor from the medical ambulatoriun, who can tell me what the treatment plan is for my knee.
A nurse was kind enough to tell me, that the scan has shown some injury in my knee, but a doctor has to be the one to tell me, whats going to happen from next.

So, why has a Doctor not called yet? Well, it's sommer, it's vacation time, and this Doctor, is is the only surgeon on call to cover both the medical ambulatoriun and the ward.
Is this fair on him? On those waiting? Is it fait on the nurses who has to run and cover more than one persons job?

I begin to feel that welfare may no longer for everyone. If I had the money, I could buy the answer in the privat sector, and the help needed to fix my knee. I don't have that kind of money - so I'll have to wait.

Is "wel-fare" for all - or for the few who can afford to buy it?
Or is it Wel-fare spelled backwards: "farewell"!

1. Design Paper from Stampin' Up! + Magnolia stamp: Longing Tilda, 2010
2. Stampin' Up: Garden Girl

1. Stampin' Up Design paper
2.  Stampin' Up: Timeless texture + a Danish centiment

1-3 Design paper from Stampin' Up
3 Bird in a nest, Stampin' Up: Flying Home.

Design paper from Stampi' Up.

1. Stampin Up: Lovely as a Tree
2. Stampin Up: The Wilderness Awaits
3. Stampin Up flower punch: Daisy

1. The new embossing folder from Stampin' Up "Basket Weave" and the stamp set "Four feathers"
2. Stampin Up: Design paper from SU, and the stamp set "Flowering Fields"
3:Stampin Up: Lovely Wishes
Stampin Up: "Carols of Christmas"

Other cards I've made this last month

1. Magnolia: Hanging Tilda
2. Heartfeldt Creation stamp