Wednesday, 18 January 2017

I Need to Get Organised!

I have been meaning to knit bear a blanket for some time, and bear thoroughly approves of the idea.  Just before Christmas I had a rummage.  I thought I had started a blanket, but I couldn't find it anywhere so I assumed that I had remembered wrongly and started again.  I've got so far...


It has a knit border and I put in a detail in the stocking stitch main blanket...


I'm afraid it doesn't show very well, but it's tiny blocks of reverse stocking stitch as I go.  However today I was moving furniture (it's been that sort of day, I haven't done the washing up but I vacuumed a lampshade and moved furniture) and I found this...


A blanket considerably further on in plain knit.  Both blankets are around 250 stitches cast on.

I do have plenty of this yarn, I bought 2000g which is perhaps just as well as bear has given the matter careful consideration and wants both blankets.  I should be more organised.  However this is a perfect excuse to dodge the writing course and settle down with some knitting and a film.

I vacuumed the bathroom lampshade

It's been one of those days.  It's not been the sort of day when things go wrong.  It's just been more random than normal.  I mean, it's been even more random than normal for me.

I didn't wake up until 8:30am.  Normally I'm up and more or less functional by 8 at the very latest because bear has to be at school by 8:55am and that means we have to leave the house at 8:45am and I have to allow for a certain amount of naff raff from bear.  On Monday he was trying to replace the laces in his boots at 8:43.  I did not have enough time today for all the usual chaos and it left me out of step.  Fortunately bear had made himself some breakfast and his uniform was ironed and ready but it left me all out of kilter.

I've signed up to a new window for bear's room.  I'm not sure what the terms and conditions are, but as I have a cooling off period I am waiting to read through them.  At the moment I don't feel like I'm in the same room as my thinking.

After the very nice man left I dithered.  I tried to work out what I should do next.  I don't know why I thought that the bathroom lampshade was the top priority.  It's one of those things that seem like a good idea at the time.  To be fair, I had noticed it over the weekend when I was trying to get things fit for bear's pals.  I am not posting a 'before' and 'after' pic.  The before is far too shameful.  There was a massive layer of dust, so that it looked furry.  All the housekeeping books say that you should do things like clean sinks and baths and toilets in the bathroom.  Very few mention lampshades, possibly because most bathrooms have built in lights these days.  We don't.  The before looked like the Addams Family house and after looked patchy.  The vacuum, despite being allegedly lightweight and almost hand held, was awkward to use and I stayed on the floor, prodding as the shade swung around.  Still, at least most of the dust didn't cascade down and I'm almost fit for the school run soon.  I'm going to have to get steps and use a lint roller to sort it.

I've also pulled down a large heap of cds.  I can't remember the last time anyone played music from a cd in this house. DH usually downloads and I sometimes go on YouTube.  I don't think that charity shops can use them much either, as most people get music via downloads.  I'm planning on using them to edge the pot with the apple tree in as cat scarers. I'll let you know how that goes.  There are also dozens of YouTube videos on re-using cds in all sorts of crafty ways.  If I ever do them, I'll share.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

It Could Have Been Worse

I was sniffing before I took bear to school.  I could swear I could smell gas.  It was still there when I got back from the school run.  I was very tired (I woke myself trying to scratch my skin off at 1am and it took a while to get back to sleep) and wasn't thinking clearly, and it got worse.  I ended up ringing the emergency gas line.

This was okay.  A very nice man came out and checked all over the boiler, the gas fire and the cooker.  All was fine.  He checked next door as well.  As far as we can tell, the smell (which was real) was coming from out of the house so all was okay.

I was relieved - and cold!  I had followed the recommendations and all the windows and doors were open and it was chilly out there!  I felt silly but the nice man said that they would rather have a false call and everyone safe than someone not ringing in and then going bang.

Of course all this happened while I was waiting for a (hopefully) nice man to come and quote to replace bear's bedroom window.  I had to cancel and rearrange for tomorrow.

So I spent most of the rest of the day pootling around on the next installment of At the Sign of the White Hart (1200 words in) and finally wrote the first few sentances for around a year on the next novel in the series, A Simple Spell while I tried to clear my head.  I confess, I was also avoiding the writing course.  Hopefully I'll be more grounded tomorrow.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Writing About Writing

Please, please, please - Sue and whoever the lovely Anonymous person is - please nitpick!  As you no doubt know, these are written and posted almost straight away.  I am annoyed with myself for missing stuff, but very happy that mistakes are pointed out.  I am grateful for any feedback and I've corrected the points.  Thank you both!

I'm doing an online writing course and failing on an epic scale and it's only week two.  I'm not getting too stressed.  Uncle has been in hospital and been discharged.  I think he is failing.  I want him to get better, but I know he won't as he has vascular dementia.  Sometimes I don't think he recognises me but is too innately polite to say so.  Bear has been up all night with a poorly tummy.  This poorly tummy has been going on since before Christmas.  Sometimes it's worse, sometimes it gets better, but it never seems to go away.  The GP suggests that we wait and see.  Bear and uncle are reasons to get stressed.

I think I'll take a break and go do some knitting.  That's bound to distract me.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

More Writing

I've been writing again.  I'm having far too much fun.  For those interested I have posted the short (514 word) version on Always Another Chapter here and the long (3192 word) version on 'At the Sign of the White Hart' here or you can read the story so far here.

And if you feel like having a quick go at writing yourself, feel free to have a look at the Light and Shade Challenge here.  All welcome.

Clean up Continues

Today I cleared the last of the debris from the lads and poured cleaning fluid down the steps into the kitchen.  They don't get sunlight at this time of year so algae grows and they can get very slippery.  I gave it a limp scrub with a plastic brush but I'll have another go when rain is forecast.  I usually pour the cleaner or bleach over the steps, leave it to work and let rain wash it off.  Fortunately I live in the UK so I can rely on regular rain.

I'm trying to catch up with cleaning and sorting in general.  Today I got bear to empty out his school book bag.  This is what should be in the bag...


 The envelope in the top left is his lunch money that should have been handed in last week.  He also had this little lot


 Which included a selection of scraps of paper, Christmas cards, notices of events and a letter from school.  What can I say?  My handbag is far worse.

Tomorrow I am planning to catch up with the laundry because if the ironing pile gets any bigger you will be able to see it from space.

Sarah - I have no idea why you aren't in my blog roll as I always enjoy reading your posts.  I hope you're okay.

JustJill - I have been drooling over your awesome pictures, they are amazing!

If anyone else reads this and has a blog that isn't on my blog roll, please can you let me know.  I also want to say, thank you so much for dropping in, it's great to see you and I hope you are comfy here.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Are You in My Blog Roll?

Quick shout out - if you have a blog but I haven't got it in my blog roll, can you let me know.  I feel like I have made so many awesome friends on here and I'd love to give other people a chance to 'meet' you.