Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Dentist and More Notebooks

Did I say yesterday that I was going for my last visit to the dentist? Well, it didn't quite turn out as planned, so after another hour of being worked on, I now have my last appointment on Wednesday....I seriously hope that this time it really will be the last session!

And apart from that, I didn't get too much done. Just three notebooks this time, as I needed half an hour's shut-eye in the afternoon. The first notebook has been made using book covers from Seven Gypsies, which I won some time back in a blog candy. The pages have been cut from torchon water-colour paper, so they will be nice for sketching and painting, too. I chose a ring binding so that I can add more pages as necessary, but then I couldn't find the rings. I recently bought some of Tim's antique-looking D-Rings, but they seem to have been swallowed by my bottomless pit AKA hall closet. But I did find the Xmas brads and card decorations I had been looking for....I'm finished with my cards for this year, so I will have to keep them till the next one! So I had to use some ribbon to tie the book together for the time being. The small red notebook was made using the left over leather-look paper from the pocket-book I made the day before, and the off-cuts of water-colour paper left over from the first book. I bound it with my BIA. The third note book has chipboard covers, which I covered with pieces cut from a reproduction of a painting from Claude Lorrain. The picture was torn, so I cut the pieces out round about the rip. I think I will leave the ribbon ties on this one, as rings will be too big.

And to close, I have another funny that Narda sent:

Christmas at Rock-Away Rest

Twas the night before Christmas at Rock-Away Rest,
and all of us seniors were looking our best.
Our glasses, how sparkly, our wrinkles, how merry;
Our punchbowl held prune juice plus three drops of sherry.

A bedsock was taped to each walker, in hope
That Santa would bring us soft candy and soap.
We surely were lucky to be there with friends,
Secure in this residence and in our Depends.
Our grandkids had sent us some Christmasy crafts,
Like angels in snowsuits and penguins on rafts.
The dental assistant had borrowed our teeth,
And from them she'd crafted a holiday wreath.

The bed pans, so shiny, all stood in a row,
Reflecting our candle's magnificent glow.
Our supper so festive -- the joy wouldn't stop --
Was creamy warm oatmeal with sprinkles on top.

Our salad was Jell-O, so jiggly and great,
Then puree of fruitcake was spooned on each plate.
The social director then had us play games,
Like "Where Are You Living?" and "What Are Your Names?"

Old Grandfather Looper was feeling his oats,
Proclaiming that reindeer were nothing but goats.
Our resident wand'rer was tied to her chair,
In hopes that at bedtime she still would be there.

Security lights on the new fallen snow
Made outdoors seem noon to the old folks below.
Then out on the porch there arose quite a clatter
(But we are so deaf that it just didn't matter).

A strange little fellow flew in through the door,
Then tripped on the sill and fell flat on the floor.
Twas just our director, all togged out in red.
He jiggled and chuckled and patted each head.

We knew from the way that he strutted and jived
Our social- security checks had arrived.
We sang -- how we sang -- in our monotone croak,
Till the clock tinkled out its soft eight-p.m. stroke.

And soon we were snuggling deep in our beds.
While nurses distributed nocturnal meds.
And so ends our Christmas at Rock-Away Rest.
Before long you'll be with us, We wish you the best!

Hope you all have a good day, take care and thanks for dropping in!


  1. Oh that is too funny, Valerie!!! I hope it is a long way off for us and many Christmases in between!!! I love your pages--and lucky you that you are done with cards...I wonder if I'll get that fortunate! lol

    I hope you're having a good day!!!

  2. Oh my goodness, that rhyme is so funny! I was laughing so much my dogs came in to see what I was doing!!! Your notebooks are beautiful, I love the leather look ones and the other ones from your previous post. What wonderful presents they will make. I hope you dont have to many more trips to the dentist. I went last week as I had toothache, only to be told my tooth was fine and then on sunday when I bit into my sandwich my tooth broke so I had to go back yesterday!Much panic and tears later she managed to remove the broken bit of tooth and put a tempory filling in, I was so scared she was going to pull the whole tooth. Luckily my sister was there to hold my hand, Im such a baby!

  3. Hi Valerie, your notebooks are lovely and your poem is so funny. Have a good day.
    xxx Hazel.

  4. Isn't Narda poetic today! :) Great one! And awesome notebooks. You do such a great job on thm. Hope the dentist goes well. I know it's no fun going there. :)

  5. Just too silly wonderfully wonderfully silly thank you for sharing this brilliant old age version of twas the night....

    Beautiful note books love the bindings. Thank you for my lovely Christmas tag. XOXO Zoe

  6. Your little books are great again! Love the poem too, Val, I laughed till I cried! I have copied it for further reference. Please say thanks to Narda for me! Have a great day, hugs, Sarah

  7. Lol, what a great poem! Fabulous notebook covers and they look lovely tied with the ribbon. Good luck for tomorrow and thanks again for my beautiful Christmas tag. xx

  8. Love the funny poem!
    Gorgeous notebooks again too - I really love the one made from the Claude Lorrain painting.
    Hope tomorrow really is your last visit to the dentist!
    Hugs xx

  9. NICE Nice notebooks, Valerie. The painting cover is gorgeous, although the other two certainly have charm as well. The poem hits too close to home for me thanks ... I suppose we have to laugh, but yuk .. the thought of an OFH is toooo much for me. Too bad about the dentist ... hope you have fun in your arty kitchen today. hugs, Donna

  10. The rhyme has really cheered me up Valerie, I'm crying but with laughter!
    Gorgeous notebooks and so hope your visit to you know who will be the last this time.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  11. Hi Valerie. Such a funny poem. I'm still giggling. Fabulous note books. Love them! Shame about the dentist.
    Regards Florence x

  12. Your notebooks have all been beautiful and so are these! Hope your dental appointment goes well :) Your blog deign is amazing and captivation...I LOVE it and want to sit and look it all over....you're so talented in so many ways!

  13. I'm sorry you have to go back to the dentist! Hoping this is the last one for you for a LONG time! Your notebooks are great!

  14. LOVE that poem...it had me howling! I would love to see the wreath made of teeth!
    love the red notebook, too!
    have a great day!

  15. Love the notebooks and poem, Valerie! Yahoo, one more visit to the dentist and you're done!

  16. Tell Narda thanks for the laugh! Your journals are beautiful! I hope it goes well at the dentist today.

  17. Hey, that poem is so funny!!:-D
    And your notebooks look great! I have some plans of doing some books too. But not before next year I'm sure! :)
    Loving the new wintery look on your blog too by the way! :-)
    Have a great week!

  18. oh I am always scared of the Dentist!!!! love all of your notebooks and the poem is great!!!!

  19. Wonderful notebooks and I so feel for you on your continuing visits to the Dentist. Lets hope you are fine for 2012. Annette x

  20. So sorry you have to make one more trip to the dentist. Thanks ever so much for that hilarious poem!!! I'm rally going to have to share it with others.

  21. The poem in its original form is one of my favourites, this version had me laughing, it is such a 'hoot', I will be sharing this as well.
    Great books as well.
    Yvonne x

  22. LOL... made my day! :]
    And your altered/crafty books you are creating, FANTASTIC!!
    Busy, busy, busy... very inspiring.
    Happy Tuesday *hugs*

  23. She is a one that Nardia what a funny rhyme made me laugh out loud and boy do I need it !> Great note books beautifully crafted.


  24. Beautiful notebooks and that's cute poem, very well written.

  25. Hi Val hope you get on ok at the dentist tomorrow. The postie brought me a lovley envelope today with such beautiful gifts. Will write to you tomorrow and post them on blog too. Thank you so much they're all gorgeous. xxx

  26. Valerie, that poem hit a little too close to home! I hope I can still craft when I'm put there!

  27. You poor thing! I can't imagine thinking it is all finished and then you have another visit! I at least hope he is really cute! You have the most incredible notebooks!

  28. Glad everyone liked the poem. I love the new Christmas background on your blog. Even tho it's a winter scene it made me feel warm and fuzzy! I love checking in on what you have made. Awesome talent you have here!
    Thankfully no snow here yet!


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