When Life Gives You Lemons…………..

July 7th, 2010

There’s been a lot of Lemonade making in the Johnson-Richards home at the moment…

Firstly, Sophie has been poorly, again………..!
After a visit to the vet…………….. even though she’s not been in a Kennel and she’s been injected against it, she’s been diagnosed with Kennel Cough……………………….. and its fair to say
she’s feeling rather sorry for herself!!

Then… later that very same day Christian, flew over the handle-bars of a BMX bike… and that little stunt…
{forgive the pun}
…left him with a cracked collar bone……. AND the consultant explained it appears from the foreign body showing on the x-rays he also has a fracture……
{……………Way to Go Christian……………}
Poor Christian, now the tears have gone, all I can say is…
‘Boys will be Boys’………….!


Lisa x

“You don’t need a weatherman to know
which way the wind blows.”
~ Bob Dylan ~

Praise Indeed…

March 8th, 2010

Firstly, I’d like to say another Big Welcome to more new followers, you know who you are… each and every one of you are very welcome here on my blog… please pull up a chair, grab a latte and stay a while…


OOAK Edwardian Lady

I often receive lovely ‘thank you’ cards, notes or telephone calls from new owners of my dolls… and with each one, I am left with a BIG smile on my face.


Nicola’s, lovely letter.

Just the other day, having completed two dolls, I received a lovely ‘thank you’ card and I thought I’d share it with you along with some pictures of the dolls in question…”Thank You Nicola ~ You really made my Day!”


OOAK Edwardian Lady…

And now for an update on Sophie… well, she is doing very well indeed, although it has to be said, keeping her quiet is proving extremely difficult…


Starting to Paint Sophie…

I know it must be hard to believe looking at her angelic face but, she’s pinching anything from toilet roll, socks and briefs to my tea~towel hanging from the range… all in order to be chased and played with… its very difficult to ignore her, but ignore we must. Thanks again for all your good wishes for Sophie.

Wherever you are in the World & Whatever your doing…
Have a Wonderful Day!

Lisa x

“We do not remember the days… we remember the moments.”
~ Cesare Pavese ~

Rest & No Play…

March 2nd, 2010

Thank you so much for your lovely thoughts and wishes regarding Sophie, she is doing well and sleeping peacefully as I am typing this…

Good news the x-rays were inconclusive in that they didn’t show up anything too worrying. The vet gave Sophie ‘strong’ anti-inflamatory pain killers, which are helping to ease the pain. She has to have complete rest and that means no running, no playing and certainly no walkies for 6-8 weeks! We take Sophie back to the vets in two weeks by which time she should be improving. If there is no improvement, then she has to have further tests.

Six to eight weeks rest… I ask you… and how do we explain that to Sophie? It may sound easy but believe me, she is such an energetic dog who lives to play, run and have fun. Its not easy making her rest even now when she’s lame, never mind as the pain killers start to kick in and she is feeling better. Poor, poor little Sophie…. “Rest & No Play”…

Still it is good news… and were very hopeful it Sophie has just a sprain!

♥ Have a Wonderful Day Everyone & Thank You for your Kind Wishes! ♥

Lisa x

“Distance tests a horses strength.
Time reveals a person’s character.”

~ Chinese Proverb ~

Sweet Sophie…

March 1st, 2010

This morning, we took Sophie our much loved 3 year old Labrador, to the Vetanary Surgery with what we thought was a sore paw. Yesterday she was a little lame with a reluctancy to put any weight on it… unless of course the word “walkies” was mentioned when the lameness would miraculously disappear…

Expecting the vet to tell us, she’d has strained it… I was quite upset to hear the vet explain that often Labradors can suffer from hip and elbow joint complaints. Unfortunately, the she seems to think this could be the case with Sophie. So, reluctantly, we had to leave her there while they run some tests and x-ray her legs! It was so upsetting as she cried as we walked away leaving her there.

We have to call the surgery this afternoon to see if she has recovered sufficiently from sedation for us to collect her… and of course to be given a diagnosis and I imagine a rather large bill!

I can’t tell you how quiet and lonely my home is without my sweet Sophie here with me today and I don’t mind telling you I feel very sad!

Lisa x

“The joy of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile,
nor the joy of companionship;
It’s the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

To Autumn…

October 16th, 2009

The Season of Mist & Mellow Fruitfulness…
John Keats 1795-1821.

I love Autumn, with its beautiful colours and textures, its cold mornings and bright crisp days. Autumn really is one of my favourite times of the year.

Autumn Mist...

Autumn Mist...

Tomorrow, Christian and I are horse riding, its something we love to do each weekend and spending some quality time with my son is just wonderful.

Rebecca is a real girlie girl and loves spending time with me, today was an in-service day at school, she joined my Mum and I shopping… we had a lovely ‘girlie’ day.

Christian, on the other hand doesn’t like to spend too much time with me nowadays because I guess its way too uncool… I’m thankful he enjoys horse back riding so much. He’s only been riding a few months and he has taken to it like a ‘duck-to-water’, in fact he’s a natural.

Christian riding Nelson...

Christian riding Nelson...

I’m looking forward to riding through the woods early in the morning just the two of us, with nothing but the sound of the horses breath and hooves… tomorrow of course we will have the added bonus of the beautiful autumnal colours too… and I can’t wait!

Wherever you are in the world and whatever your doing this weekend, I hope you have a most wonderful time…

Lisa x