But anyway April did not start with hospitals.It started with a doll making workshop at
Koumpi Coffee and crafts cafe with the excellent doll making teacher Yiota. This workshop was given to me as a gift and I thought of taking it in April! Thank you so much Anna!
That's the first doll amateurs learn to make.Her name is Dalia. Isn't she sweet?
In the first lesson Yiota showed us how to transfer the patterns on fabric and how to hand stitch them.I didn't expect to have so much patience with it.
We then had to finish the handstitching at home and turn the doll inside out!
Look at those details!
Barca seemed even more disappointed with the doll!
We had a book exchange and here's what I got.
In April I attended one more great shadow puppetry performance by Yiannis Chatzis. It was a historical play again at Vafopouleion Institute.
As the weather started being sunny and warm hubby and I walked the sea front a lot. We had glimpses of the Marathon...as we couldn't take part in it.
I also went to one Easter bazaar only at the harbour. It was organized by Merimna Charity.
I tried not to spend too much money so here is what I got, some books and a beautiful ceramic dish from Rhodes island! The magazines were taken for free and were donated already.
Walking Barca is a great past time especially when the weather is good.
Even birds love this corner.
In April I decorated for Easter
And that's the rest of the decoration.My ceramics, my favourite ceramic hen, a gift fromf my aunt, the eggs I had turned into little animals when my son was five and the wooden eggs I got from an Easter bazaar last year.All of them on top of my mum's Easter embroidery.
This Easter I also made the candle for my Godson who loves music!
Koumpi Coffee and crafts cafe organised by Anna of In My Closet. We made these lovely cork coasters.
In April the mail brought a postcard from dear Cathy who travelled all the way to New Zealand.
I also received an Easter gift from dear Lynda Ruth from faraway Canada.She knitted me a scarf and added some more lovely gifts.Thank you Lynda!Lynda has Purple Pixie Dust blog.Kitten Stitching organised.Thank you so much Kaye!I will soon blog about the exchange and what I stitched too!
And now to explain the title of this blog post.
In April I spent hours at school for official administration work up until Holy Wednesday and five minutes after I returned home relieved that I will get some rest and enjoy the holidays my mum had her first stroke!
Every time I find myself in a sad situation I try to distract my mind with taking pictures and reading.
Here are photos from inside Gennimatas Hospital.
So we spent Holy Week in hospital.
When my mum got out of hospital we spent Easter Sunday at my brother's.
We were happy and hopeful!
As my mum was getting better, we took her to her doctors for various tests.The tests were good.
I had some time to have coffee with my friends as she was feeling better and could stay alone at home.
Koumpi coffee and crafts cafe was beautifully decorated for spring.
But my mum unfortunately had a second stroke on the last Thursday of the month just fifteen days after her first.And was taken to Papanikolaou Hospital.
Old doors...and shutters....
Barca in April missed my mum and my son a lot. She took the liberty to sleep on his bed even when he was not at home.
She was our best patient friend while waiting long hours for us to return from hospital!
She patiently also waited for some pop corn from me but I couldn't give her any!
Spending a lot of time in hospital gave me the chance to read more! The books I read this month were in Greek.
This month I received some gifts too. This lovely gift from Christina of Celdeconail.Isn't it gorgeous?
This lovely scarf