Wednesday 10 April 2024

Spring Feels Very Early

We have bluebells that grow under Gladys. They've already started showing and it feels very early for me. I normally expect them around May. 

As you can see above, they're starting to crowd out Gladys. I need to get bear out to hack her back again. It did wonders for her last year. 

It's been a fairly quiet day, and I'm glad of it. Bear decided to skip the pub quiz today and I'm glad I didn't have to drive. I'm shattered at the moment. I had a dreadful night with lots of nightmares and I was glad to wake up.

Writing Stuff - I was watching some YouTube videos as part of my research for the next instalment of Back at the White Hart and I made some decisions about what types of research I was not going to do. You can read my thoughts here

Hugs and good health to all. 

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Stupid Bathroom!

The man came today. I am not convinced that there is a water tight seal between the bath and the wall. 

It looks like a gap at the bottom of the trim - and, yes, that is what it was left like. There is no sense that there is sealant behind it and that's the side where the gap was before. It's the third attempt to seal it! The lad dashed out of the house before I could check it. I'm just so fed up. DH is talking about getting a caulking gun and finishing it off himself. The problem was that the tile board was cut too short and replacing it would mean redoing the whole bathroom walls to keep it matching.

But we've got a new microwave, so that's an improvement. The lining on the old one was bubbling and flaking, so we got an inexpensive replacement. We use it mostly for heating baked beans, reheating leftovers and very little else, but it's used regularly. I've made some nice microwave sponge puddings in the past, and I may have another go at them. I've also had some good results with potatoes diced and stirred with a little oil and flavourings like curry powder or garlic granules. Perhaps this is a chance to get more creative.

Hugs and good health to all. 

Monday 8 April 2024

Changing My Mind

I'd been planning to get rid of the apple tree in a big pot as it's been in the way. Except today it had flower buds.

Though I don't think that the apples will stick there. And I'd planned to fill in the square at the centre of the yard in front of the study.

But that extremely poor pic shows a very pretty miniature acer that I'd love to keep. It may be surrounded by four gooseberry bushes that are armed and dangerous and all the weeds plus Gladys overflows into that space, but I think that it's beautiful. I'm rethinking my very theoretical plans here. 

I'll be glad when the weather settles down. 

Writing stuff - I've put up another instalment from the White Hart here. I've been having a few thoughts about what should be happening next which has taken up a large amount of today, but watch this space. I feel like I'm waking up!

Hugs and good health to all. 

Sunday 7 April 2024

I Finished Another Thing!

A couple of weeks ago, when I finished the last blanket, I started to re-knit a previously failed blanket and today I finished it. 

That's not static. It's the way that the colour worked out. As it is, it's very approximately 160cm by 90cm (63 inches by 34 inches) which is a ridiculous size and I ought to re-knit it again, but I can't face it and it's lovely and warm and squishy. 

I decided to use the same needles for the same drape and squish with the yarn I failed to resist at Aldi the other week. I got 8 balls of 100g (175 metres, or just over 190 yards) at £1.29 per ball. It's a wool and acrylic mix and I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out. 

As far as I can tell, the yarn is the same sort of weight and I cast on 115 stitches instead of 175 so it should be a more manageable shape. It knits up easily as well. It's funny how some yarns seem much easier to knit than others. I miss Marriners Yarns. 

I am also pleased that I resisted the Mystery box that was advertised on the knitting network. I do not need more yarn!

It's been a quiet day today, with bear and DH hanging out all day. It's incredibly relaxing. 

Hugs and good health to all. 

Saturday 6 April 2024

A Little Draughty

We are on the edges of Storm Kathleen here, but it's still quite windy. I had a pot of hyacinths that my brother had kindly given me on the front step.

The wind had literally blown the hyacinths out of their plant pot and I couldn't find the pot. When I went to Tesco to have a walk, I picked up a pot. 

But I decided to put them in with Deirdre, and I can top up with soil tomorrow when I'm able and leave them there for the next year.

By the way, when I called into Tesco with an excuse to shop and to attempt a walk, I noticed that all the bottles of spirits were wearing girdles.

Even the cheap stuff was tied in. There must be some issues with theft. From what I saw, the mesh around them was like the wire bit of a bike lock and they had security tags on. 

Hugs and good health to all. 

Wednesday 3 April 2024

I Got Out of the House!

It was fine when I got into the car. By the time I got to Tesco, it felt like the skies had opened. I tried taking a pic of water cascading down the shop window where the guttering had failed.

But it doesn't really show what it was like - a river running down the glass and bouncing off the pavement. 

I only picked up a few bits, but I'm finding walking hard and wandering around Tesco while leaning on a trolley helps me get some movement going. 

I've got a few bits sorted out but now I'm shattered and need an early night.

Writing stuff - I wrote a chatty piece here where I invited opinions on what I should be writing. With my track record, I'm making no guarantees, but I'll do my best if you want to drop ideas about what I should be doing next.

Hugs and good health to all. 

Bathroom Continues to Fail

There is still a gap between the bath and the tile board that is in the splash zone whenever anyone has a shower. Bear has a shower daily before school and any other event, and I thoroughly approve, but not at the expense of potenitally rotting my floorboads. This is 22 months after the start of the refit of a bathroom that's maybe six feet square and with nothing moved around. It's a mess. 

I am not a happy bunny.

I'm considering my options. I am just so fed up. Also, very tired. 

However I'm on Day 2 of 'Getting My Act Together' and while it's not brilliant, it could be worse. I've done a few bits while waiting around for the dratted plumber, but I couldn't focus on much. And I've nearly finished off another big project, so that's something. I'll post a pic if (when) I finish it. I'll start again tomorrow.

Hugs and good health to all. 

Friday 29 March 2024

Good Friday

I've told this story before, and no doubt I'll tell it again, but it's my favourite memory from Good Fridays of the past and from long before bear was born. 

I fail at going to church, but I felt the urge to go to the local church on Good Friday. When I was growing up, my local church had a tradition of a vigil all through Good Friday where people could come and go, but that wasn't happening at the local church and their service was over before I realised. DH very kindly offered to drive me to Leeds Minster, to see if there was a service there. 

Of course, with my amazing timing, everyone was just coming out of the one short service that day. So I made the suggestion that perhaps we could go to Ripon Cathedral. It's a bit of a drive, but we've had some good times in Ripon. Besides, I liked Ripon Cathedral because it was a working church. A lot of cathedrals are all about the history and tourism, but this had crayon pictures from the Sunday School pinned up and a really good feeling about it. 

So we headed up the A61 and were doing quite well until we hit Harrogate when we ran into gridlock. We inched along until we reached a junction and then, with absolutely no idea of where we were going or what we were doing, we turned left onto the A59.

I couldn't drive then, but I've had a look at the A59 and it's not necessarily an easy drive. It's the sort of drive, if I remember rightly, where you can see gaps in the wall where over confident drivers have driven through down to the river. It wasn't that long after DH had passed his test so it was a little nervewracking for him although he was awesome. But I saw the signs and it said that we were heading to Skipton. I said that there was a nice church there that may have something on, and that there may be something open on Good Friday for us to get a snack. I expected most places would be closed but there would probably be a petrol station or something. 

The above image is the market, taken with Holy Trinity Church behind the camera and giving no sense of the absolute bedlam it was that day.

We drove into Skipton. Not only was nearly everything open but the place was absolutely packed. They have a market in the street and it was jammed with people. Cars were everywhere and parking anywhere near the church was impossible. We inched through to the local Morrisons supermarket and parked there. After we caught our breath, we bought the absolutely minimum in Morrisons to cover the parking and then we drove home. We'd picked up some snacky stuff for lunch and were more than ready for it by the time we drew up at home. We had spent maybe ten minutes outside the car thoughout the long journey.

DH looked at the dashboard, looked at me, sighed and said, "We've just driven 79 miles for a cornish pasty." 

My late mother told me that in her young days, the rule was that you couldn't leave your parish on Good Friday. After that cornish pasty, I've stuck firmly to that rule. 

Hugs and good health to all. 

Thursday 28 March 2024

Partial Miracle

They came to finish the bathroom today, nearly two years after they started. They didn't actually finish the bathroom but it's a lot further on. Walls and ceiling edges have been finished off, the bathroom plug has been fixed and we have a new floor. All we need to do next is to get the edges of the bath properly sealed. Allegedly, they're back on Tuesday. 

Gladys is waking up. 

I reminded bear of what he did last year and told him to go and do it again. He seemed happy with that idea. 

Speaking of bear, he's had all of his results back and he's happy with them. He also got a book about Quantum Mechanics as part of some sort of reward thing. He's happy with that and I'm baffled but happy that he's happy.

I sold something on eBay but the envelope I had didn't fit so I raced to The Range. There are a lot of pretty things there but I only bought the envelopes that I went for.

I consider it a miracle. 

Mind you, part of it was because I couldn't walk properly so I just about managed to get to the envelopes, the till and then back to the car. I'm trying to get myself sorted but I'm not saying anything until things are in place. 

I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos that involve quilting. I'm not starting until I've cleared my knitting stash. 

Hugs and good health to all. 

Wednesday 27 March 2024

All Going Well

Thank you for all your good wishes. I don't deserve them but my relative definitely does. They are awesome and finally picking up. I've not been on the front line for this. Other people have taken the burden, but I've been worried and I'm glad things are picking up.

I've not really been keeping up with anything at all for the last month or so. I've decided, and I'm risking putting it here, I'm going to make a start in April. I don't care how I'm going to do it, I just am!

I haven't hemmed the curtains yet. I'm going to wait until the men are around, then take down one curtain at a time, trim as necessary, turn up a double hem and hand hemstitch. I know that I will effectively be hemstitching 460cm each curtain (181 inches, or 15 feet, or five yards), but I've done that sort of thing in the past and it's surprisingly quick. Until then, the curtains are bunched up to keep the heat from the radiator in the room.

By the way, that's full sunlight in the middle of the day. They're not bad at blocking light and I think that they'll do well. If push comes to shove, I'll pin a fleece blanket on the back. 

The magpie's nest is still there and it's huge. I managed this pic.

but it doesn't do justice. Either they're planning a big family or want to rent out a room - it looks massive. 

Bear is being very bear. He was on his way to bed and then paused and said, 'oh, by the way, I got my results back and I got A+ in pure maths and statistics'. I'm sure I don't know all of the good stuff he's done. Apparently tomorrow is some sort of award day and bear said he wasn't looking forward to it. Sigh. From what he let slip, he may get some sort of 'this lad done well' recognition but the chances of me finding out are very small.

Ruth - I've been looking into the reasons why thread snaps and I suspect that the tension is wrong. I've been a bit concerned and I dialled the tension down to 0. I've been thinking, and I think it's worth persevering.

Hugs and good health to all. 

Monday 25 March 2024

That Monday Feeling

I'm feeling less organised than usual, which is epically unorganised. Worries about relative continue.

There is nothing so helpless as sitting on the sidelines when someone who you love dearly is poorly when you are really only a connection. Their family is awesome and navigating tricky waters so all I can do is add prayers and worry. 

When I first moved to Yorkshire in 1988, I found it very hard to make connections. It took me years to feel at home here. Yorkshire isn't your average English county. It has an international football (or soccer) team - the sort of team that is part of a region that has a strong identity, like Tibet or Cascadia. The rules are here if you are interested. The point is, Yorkshire is very much its own place and there is even a (fairly small) Yorkshire Independence movement. Moving a hundred miles to be here felt almost like moving to another country. I'm sitting and waiting on news of someone who made me welcome, like a stranger in a strange land. That wonderful human being that talked to me like I was worthy of conversation is in hospital and I'm still worried. 

In other news, here is a poor pic of the magpie nest.

DH spotted two magpies working together to pluck the poor rabbit. The tail is now completely detached.

The pic that I managed didn't really do the nest justice - it's big! It's like they're building it big enough to rent out an extra room!

I need to get working in the garden, but at the moment I feel like I'm dithering and not getting much done. 

Hugs and good health to all.

Friday 22 March 2024

A Little More Distracted Than Usual

It's not really mine to tell, but someone in DH's family is now in hospital, so I'm worrying about them at the moment. 

I try and limit what I write about others on here, and that relative, who is awesome and who has always been incredibly kind to me, deserves privacy. But I'm thinking about them and I know I'll want to do some more running around over the next few days.

And I haven't finished the conversion from pillow cases to bags. The thread on the sewing machine keeps breaking. I think that there's a problem with the tension but the thread may also be weak. I don't feel like pushing a sharp needle through stiff ribbon on half a dozen pillow cases. I haven't shortened the curtains either. I have been prodding around them, and the only solution that I think I could plausibly manage is to take the curtains down, trim the bottom and then fold over a double hem and hemstitch by hand. I've done that before, but it's a daunting task. 

On the bright side, we've spotted a nest where a lot of the fibre may be going - it's a magpie nest, it's large and it's at the top of the laurels across the way. I'll try and get a pic. 

Hugs and good health to all. 

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Sew Far, Sew Good

I've been very hit and miss over the last few days. I think the rabbit on the front step has been plucked.

It's nesting season, a lot of small birds are used to coming in the garden even without the bird feeder and the fibres seem very tempting. All I know is that it's getting more and more ragged every day. 

The curtains in the living room have been hung.

That was taken at midday and they are doing an okay job of blocking out the light. I tried to line the study curtains but realised that was was just not up to wrestling with a total of eight square metres per curtain plus interlining and that it would be okay if I gave up. I checked on the label, it turns out that the king sized duvets are longer than standard so they over hung the radiators when DH and bear put them up.

The window is 90 inches by 76 inches, which needs a fair amount of fabric. I plan to try to turn them up tomorrow. 

I've had a go turning one of the pillowcases into a bag. I know that there are all sorts of fancy things that I could have done, but I didn't do them. Instead I got some ribbon and cord and aimed for the basics. I sewed a strip of ribbon each side of the pillowcase opening.

But the cord that I have is too thick. I'm going to have to replace it. I had a mare of a time trying to thread it through. In the end, I taped one end to a dinner knife and pushed it through that way. Elegant it wasn't!

Hopefully I'll get some better pics when I return to the sewing machine tomorrow. 

Writing stuff - the latest instalment from the White Hart is here

Hugs and good health to all. 

Saturday 16 March 2024

The Sewing Machine is Winning

Ages and ages ago, I bought a sewing machine. It was one of those bargains where it was a return, and there was a voucher, and another offer stacked on top. I think that it cost around £20. I wrote about it ages ago, but I can't remember when so I can't check. I know that it wasn't a lot, which is fair enough for a discontinued Amazon own brand discount machine.

It has 42 stitches, apparently, but no instruction videos on YouTube and the manual is somewhat sparsely written. I had a few issues threading the machine up. First off I couldn't thread the needle and broke the needle threader.

The presser foot was loose, but I didn't realise so I bent the needle before the presser foot fell off. 

When I finally got the dratted thing threaded up with a new needle (and after a lot of help from DH) and did a few test runs, it was okay. 

I should have done a lot more,but instead got started. Because an even longer time ago I picked up some duvet covers to turn into curtains. As I have mentioned, my windows are an inconvenient size and standard ready made curtains won't fit, but duvet covers with heading tape work fine. However I've got a little over confident and I also bought some curtain interlining. As I clicked 'pay' I thought, I can just... And we all know how that goes. 

The inexpensive curtains that I bought from Aldi were in either double or king sized. I want to have the same colour curtains in both the main rooms - study and living room. The study window is 90 inches wide, the living room window is 46 inches wide. Double duvets are 200cm wide and king sized are 220cm. I bought two of each. I checked my order history and the interlining is 6 metres long and 54 inches wide (yes, I know!). I am going to have to do a lot of sums, and they aren't really the sort that I can rope bear into. 

By the time I'd messed around, I managed to get one double duvet attached to heading tape. I did not do a good job but I'm hoping that 'crushed' fabric, fullness and gathers will be kind to my skill.

Using a sewing machine is supposed to be quicker than hand sewing, but it was a close call with this machine as it ambles gently along. I called it a day at dinner time and went to hang out with the men. However now that it's all set up, I should be able to add heading tape to three duvet covers easily enough tomorrow. I'm not sure about the interlining. I'll share how I get on. 

I would also mention that I'm glad that I'm using these for curtains as the fabric is quite scratchy and I wouldn't like them on my bed. I was going to use the pillow cases that came with the duvets as cushion covers for the study and living room but I really don't fancy them now. I'll see if I can think of other uses as I don't feel it's fair to donate such uncomfortable things...

...but I could use some bags for yarn...

Anyway, I'll share how I survive with the sewing machine tomorrow. 

(and thinking about it, I don't think that I've bought enough lining...)

Hugs and good health to all. 

Tuesday 12 March 2024

I Was Tempted and Did Not Resist

I'm just passing through quickly before I forget to post again. I called in at Aldi and saw this...

So I spent £10.32 and came home with this...

I need an intervention. Though I think it will make a cute blanket. As it was, when I was rearranging some of the yarn from the current blanket that I'm working on, I found that the extension lead to my laptop and the fire was red hot, as was the lead to the electric fire. I've replaced it and got a new extension now, but it was worrying. 

I was thinking on Sunday night about Across a Misty Bridge. It's a series of stories from some writing prompts around 2013 which laid the foundations for Tales from the White Hart. It's been tacked onto the White Hart books in the past and has even been around on Story Origin at one point, but I felt that it could do with a brush up and a little extra care to make it's own story. It's been at the back of my mind for a while and I have been tinkering around with the punctuation and spacing but hasn't really got anywhere. On Sunday I decided to forget the fancy stuff and just put it back on the blog as I was never going to get around to it. Today I'm over 18,500 words into the re-write and still going. I think that not only do I need an intervention but also possibly a diagnosis. 

Hopefully back tomorrow with something sensible. Hugs and good health to all. 

Sunday 10 March 2024

I Finished Something!!!

I felt like I should do a lap of honour around the study.

I had almost finished knitting a blanket ages ago. I was on the final stretch, then I put it aside and it's just been a huge lump next to my chair. Today I finished it.

It's around 44 inches by 40 inches (very roughly 112cm by 102cm) and is 600g of DK yarn from an Aldi sweater kit knitted with two strands on 8mm needles. It is wonderfully squidgy and warm and snuggly. I thing it works out at £7.50. 

I have a gazillion and four blankets scattered all over. I'll take a risk and say that my plan is to concentrate on the blankets and big sweaters until the weather gets warm, then I can switch to using the lovely yarn that was donated and my lucky box and make scarves and hats for the Seaman's Mission - although I have about two or three inches to go on the nice garage man's scarf and I need to get that finished, but it's in the car and I can't face going out to it right now. I'm also building in knitting time to relax me before bed. 

I had a wonderful Mother's Day. DH made a tasty dinner and bear got me a lovely candle and card. He turned up just before lunch and has been an absolute sweetheart. 

It's guava and mango and smells incredible. I'm thinking of keeping the lid to use as something like a coaster. 

Hugs and good health to all. 

Saturday 9 March 2024

Finally Something Happened.

I have a bunny shaped flower holder that I accidentally bought in Tesco.

DH finds it terrifyingly sinister. I think that it's because it took him by surprise. 

Tesco aren't in my good books at the moment. I had an order booked to be delivered between 3pm and 4pm. 4pm is when DH and bear traditionally have their Saturday afternoon meal and we had to leave the house between 4.45pm and 5pm to get bear to his party. I was dropping him at a nearby Morrisons because, well...

I admit nothing, but don't want to share it with his friends. DH has some paint on order.

Bear's party was the other side of Huddersfield. A party 20 miles away may not seem a lot to some, but it took an hour to drive. It's closer to Marsden Moor than it is to Huddersfield and some of the roads had stretches that had me thinking are you kidding me? At one point bear said that it was a nice view over the steep drop next to me, but the road was pretty twisty and the stone wall that stood between me and a nasty drop had a lot of gaps where it looked like cars had already hit so I kept my eyes on the road. It was a seriously twisty road and had a speed limit of 50mph which I absolutely stuck to! Mind you, I think that I ended up in a bus lane on the way back and I hope that I don't end up in trouble. 

But back to the Tesco order - there was absolutely no sign of it for ages. I can normally track it on an app (to see whether I've got time to, for example, put on a load of washing) and it just wasn't appearing. I didn't get my receipt emailed to me either. After 4pm I rang and the poor operator couldn't work out what was happening, so I cancelled. This meant that I had to pick up the stuff for Mother's Day on the way home from dropping bear off which I didn't appreciate. And I got a call from the Tesco driver when I was just outside Holmfirth who wasn't told that the order was cancelled and didn't know what to do with a delivery to an empty house. I can't complain too much. They're normally very good and I got a £10 voucher for my trouble. I was just glad to get in - and DH was an absolute hero! He put all the stuff away for me and I was desperately grateful. 

Bear was worried that he won't be here on Mother's Day morning, but I said that he made me feel valued all year round so I wasn't complaining. He's also getting the bus home, to my utter relief. 

Hugs and good health to all.

Wednesday 6 March 2024

Catching Up

 I was supposed to come back a couple of days ago but I got distracted. 

The candle - I left it outside on a cold night and when I brought it back in, the wax was really loose in the container. I thought it proved Jean's tip and was planning on making space in my freezer (my freezer is stuffed and the jar is massive) but DH attacked it with a knife, bent the knife but got all of the wax out of there. Citronella wax shavings are all over my garden and I have a lovely jar thanks to DH.

Aldi were selling off Christmas cake boards for 69p a throw.

It's as good a time to stock up as any, I guess. 

I've sort of been pootling around. The progess has been microscopic but I've been going imperceptively forward, and that has to count. 

Bear has agreed that I can make the overnight oats for him for breakfast. This means he can fall out of bed, grab the pot with the overnight oats in, race onto the bus (if it comes) and then eat when he gets to college and his stomach has woken up. He's currently neck deep in stress about exams, so I'm being nice to him.

I've picked up a hobby of watching traffic. Every now and then I click onto Google Maps and choose the 'traffic' layer. I don't know if this works outside the UK, but I can see how busy roads are, where the roadworks are and whether there's an accident. There was a string of four accidents just down the road from us, though I'm hoping they were all just slight dints. It's helped me avoid some awful hotspots, but I forgot to check and had to edge my way through a lot of parked cars when Leeds United were playing at home last night.

Writing stuff - I'm trying to get some focus on this. There are two short pieces from the White Hart - Qualified Success and Unrequited Love - and a short piece about me and trying to track characters. I'm completely failing to stick to the word limit for the writing prompt, but I'm having a lot of fun. 

Hugs and good health to all. 

Sunday 3 March 2024

Candle in the Wind

I'm going to be back here and answering comments here properly tomorrow, all being well, but I thought I'd share today's adventure. 

I bought a BIG candle a few years ago, perhaps two and a half years or similar. I bought it cheap from Home Sense because I liked the jar it came in and only realised a little late that it was a citronella candle. Citronella candles should really only be burned outside as while they can deter insects, they can also make people feel poorly. In the past, I've been one of those who felt poorly after being near a citronella candle, and I am still unimpressed. 

I was looking at the dratted jar and wondering if I should just throw the whole thing out. However the jar is just the sort of thing I like, and DH agreed. I thought I may be able to dig out most of the wax if I softened it by putting the whole thing in a big pan of water. DH suggested burning it out, and we could leave it outside on the steps going down to the kitchen. 

The problem was, the house is far from air tight and I was starting to feel woozy. I suppose I could try burning the darned thing further away from the house, but I'm twitchy enough about leaving candles unsupervised, even if they are on a level surface, hidden from the street and away from anything flammable. I definitely don't feel like burning it out nearer the street and certainly not for the length of time it would take to get through the wax. It would take hours! I also have a sneaking suspicion that if I try and melt the wax and clean out the jar, I'd still be left feeling poorly. 

And it was a horror to put out as it was left on the floor outside the door, which was hard to photograph so I moved it onto the steps after it was out, but it also hard to lean down far enough to blow the thing out. I had to seal off the air with a baking sheet!

Hugs and good health to all. 

Friday 1 March 2024

Grumbling Again

I've done something interesting to my knee again. I'll be walking just fine then I'll get agonising pain and the damn thing will give. There seems to be a particular risk on the stairs. I have already used half of March's allowance of bad language. This is not new. It's worse than normal, though, and I'm not sure that I can make it as far as the car which is parked a few yards from the front door.

I failed to do much productive but I did read an ice hockey romance. I haven't seen an ice hockey match, and I was a little sceptical, so I went on YouTube to see what an ice hockey match really looked like outside of a romantic novel. It was a surprise. It reminded me a little of Celtic v Rangers, but a little less violent. I suppose a fast game where the players are equipped with weapons in the form of hockey sticks is likely to be a little enthusiastic.

I've done some knitting. I hope to get cracking and finish the scarf before the warm weather gets here. 

Bear hasn't mentioned the reward scheme. He was late home and then focusing on his homework. I shall see if he shares anything.

I plan to spend some time sitting down as, in my experience, rest is the only thing that works. However I need to do something as it's getting worse. 

Hugs and good health to all. 

Thursday 29 February 2024

Bear Accepts Challenge

Bear's college has launched a new reward system which can earn prizes for the students who can aim at over 300 badges.

This is a college filled with students handpicked for their mathematical and puzzle solving ability who are now let loose on a reward system set up like a gaming app. This is over seventy kids who are there because they look for ways to solve puzzles which may have theoretical questions like 'how many badges to get the most loot with the least effort?' What could possibly go wrong?

And look what I resisted the other day at Aldi! 

I feel very proud about it. 

Hugs and good health to all.

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Today Was A Good Day

I seem to have got a lot of little things done today. I got round to putting the glass jars in the car boot which I've been meaning to do for ages. I've done some washing, listed something on eBay, tidied a corner here and cleaned a spot there and generally been more proactive than I have been for months. I'm not sure where that's come from, but I'm using my lists. 

Bear was in a good mood as he brought home his gold certificate from the Physics Olympiad. He's enjoying these crazy physics/maths/computer stuff so much and I honestly don't understand half the words he uses. He seems very happy in himself, however, so I'm good with that. 

I'm typing this and my head is nodding down. My sleep patterns are all over the place and I've started having 'anti-naps' where I'm awake from 2am to 4am, or I'm up from 1am but don't get to sleep until the following evening when I'm passing out at 7pm. Despite this, I seem to be getting quite a few bits done. By the way, I found a recipe for Tomato Wine. I'm not trying it. 

Writing stuff - this may be one of the reasons why I'm tired. I woke up at 4am and started writing. I wrote my response to the writing prompt of February 6, which is here. Then I wrote my response to the writing prompt of February 13, which is here. Then I wrote a short piece about whether I should review books here. Now I'm going to bed.

Hugs and good health to all. 

Tuesday 20 February 2024

What Do I Know?

I had a look at the stats on my blog and one of the recently popular posts dated from July 2016. Most of it was about the bees. For those new here, I had bees in my chimney (not a euphemism) for years, but eventually they left. In the same post I talked about bear and Shakespeare and how I was confident that one day he would enjoy it. I was wrong.

Bear has never enjoyed Shakespeare. He tolerates the Bard at best. This is unlike DH and I who both seriously enjoy Shakespeare and I'm planning on dipping into the Shakespeare Network on YouTube where there is a version of Macbeth with Ian Holm and Penelope Wilton. I will be very happy to settle down with my knitting to that. Bear would rather be excused. Last week he went to a party where he stayed overnight and he was late home the next day because he stayed behind to study maths with his friends. I would rather be excused from that!

Hugs and good health to all. 

Monday 19 February 2024

I Need to Learn Self Control

I signed up to the Knitting Network's newsletter and it's been hard. There are offers about yarn landing in my inbox at least once, if not twice, per day. That's a lot of temptation. When they advertised that they had a mystery box on offer, I caved.

I had absolutely no reason to go for this. I still haven't got through the yarn sent by my lovely friend. But I've always wanted to get a mystery box and I succumbed. It looked like this.

I also ordered enough yarn for a simple, sleeveless, plain sweater knitted side to side. Funnily enough, the same yarn I ordered also appeared in the mystery box. 

The box was supposed to have five balls of chunky and ten balls of dk. The chunky looks like this.

I'm really looking forward to the pale blue one. This is the yarn that I've got for my sweater - if I ever get around to finishing it.

There were some nice looking dk which are absolutely earmarked for the Mission for Seafarers.

But there was also four balls of 100% cotton that looked far thinner than dk. 

They not only look a lot thinner, but I don't think that they'd work for scarves or hats. They're more like dishcloths. I shall have to have a think. 

I'm determined to get through the yarn. I finished the scarf for the nice man at the garage but it's too short. I'm considering unravelling and re-knitting. 

Hugs and good health to all.