Friday, 5 April 2013
Monday, 4 March 2013
On another note hasn't it been cooooold! And what a time to have less than perfect logs.
More happy news, my laptop with our business 'life' on it has had to go to computer hospital....major surgery. A new mother board or something...not good. Hair tearing has been done and I will be down to the wire filing the VAT return...oops!
Thinking I may be turning MAC and am getting disillusioned with windows. Now have an iPhone and iPad. Sorry windows, but you and I have had our ups and downs over the years.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Ok...so I was hoping to have finished the first sock last evening...well...about eight rows from finishing I realised that I had one too many stitches...ended up ripping the whole thing back...but I will triumph...eventually!
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Sunday, 10 February 2013
And this is what I'm working on...
A pair of hopefully very snugly socks for me...having succumbed to a bout of tonsillitis am feeling rather sorry for myself. I'm knitting with sublime baby cashmere merino silk dk...just aaah!
So what have you been up to? Do tell...
Saturday, 2 February 2013
So what has everyone else been up to. I have just received some hexagon quilt cutters, and am excited to settle down to some quilting from thrifted fabrics. Fun fun fun!
The sun is out today, shining beautifully and showing me just how dirty our windows really are, also isn't Candlemas day supposed to be halfway through winter, and if it's fine and sunny we still have winter weather to come ahead. Oh well, cold and crisp has got to beat dull and dank any day.
until next time,
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Looks like I'll be starting my caring job proper at the end of this week, so need some easy meals to ease me into my shift patterns. I shall need to keep my strength up, but am well aware that being a few pounds lighter would be better for me.
Hopefully the chap who is sorting out our Esse cooker will have the new part needed today and come and fix it for us...it's mighty cold and damp here without that little darling going 24/7.
Even with the wood burner going in the living room things just aren't so toasty at all.
Right hen...enough rambling, the bread needs making and shopping neds putting away. Am trying to ignore the howling winds and rain lashing against thw windows...time for some good music!
Saturday, 26 January 2013
Though I trouble and toil away,
That I'm not in the garden is hardly a day,
Still I can't conquer that tended to look,
Even by using a hoe and a hook.
The weeds love to grow,
In between all the shrubs,
And given chance to sow,
Would fill all the tubs!
We've lots of slugs and snails,
That munch through the leaves,
And leave lots of trails,
Then scatter the seeds.
There's thistles that grow high,
So stately they look,
But they're very very sharp,
To tread on with your foot.
Last year I tried to grow some veg,
Alas that was not to be,
The harvest consisted of,
Just one carrot and a pea.
I might try again,
In a few years from now,
Perhaps I'll invest,
In a horse and a plough.
I say we have the natural look,
One you wouldn't find
In many a book,
And so perhaps I think I'll keep,
This garden that...
Is far from neat!
Friday, 25 January 2013
It's blowing a hoollie outside, and sounds just horrid. One dog is snoring, but I'm sure it won't be long before the other one joins in!
I've completed my first two days of care worker training...information overload at the moment....hopefully all situations won't all occur at the same time. Looking forward to getting out there though.
Need to update the spending spreadsheet tomorrow and see just how
terrible well I've been doing! The truth will out tomorrow. Oh dear...can't wait!
The last of the rich fruit cakes seem to have been devoured by hubby so I shall have to get busy baking...it was nice while they lasted though.
Eldest has made it safely home and has been saying how she loves making millionaires shortbread...how convenient we have everything needed to make said recipe...yippee!
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
I'm soot stained, have scrubbed till I hurt and am beginning to feel very sorry for myself.
More snow today, quite a bit actually, but most of it has vanished as quickly as it came. I know it's a total cop out, but with the state of the kitchen, it'll be pub fish and chip night for tea...sorry all you frugal people out there, but if you saw what I've had to clear up in the past three days, I at least would hope for sympathy.
So off to scrub some more skin off,
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Very very tired after quite an eventful day...
Started at just after six thirty this morning...it had snowed then turned to ice...the result was first I couldn't open the car, then I couldn't defrost the darn thing in time to get youngest to the bus on time for college...bother bother.
A few hours later, car thawed..went to local Morrisons for the weekly shop...no pound coin so humped round a very heavy basket...thanks Morrisons for your signs saying you won't issue change for trolleys...love you too. And what a silly place to put the vinegar...really.
Next to the bigger town, and the drive round the hideous barn-henge roundabout...at least before you chopped off all the stick-up bits it put a smile on people's faces...now on a grey cold day it just looks grey and cold.
After a few more errands I had my interview for becoming a care worker...and guess what...,training starts Thursday!
Back home to clean out one smitching Esse cooker for the second day running...oil I hate you...seems like we got a dump load of poor grade stuff. Gee thanks!
And so I'm tired!
Sunday, 20 January 2013
Saturday, 19 January 2013
Yes, I can appreciate what is feeling to me like a decidedly arctic frontal! Though not appreciate in it's usual sense. Basically, I'm blinking we'll cold. Having spent the morning a cutting and a grinding in hubby's workshop, I've come home and lit the fire and cooked some what my mother used to call heel-taps...small odd shapes of potato cut like for a teddy pasty...fried in a small frying pan, with enough oil to cover...oldest daughter used to say she didn't like chips, but loved these so called heel-taps!
Speaking of eldest, she was supposed to come home this weekend, but was stopped by the weather, and apparently has five whole inches of snow....that's one mighty big snowman worth. Here we had another scatting last night, but nothing like the night before, and nothing like our infamous blizzard of February 1978, when we were snowed in for weeks...dad had to go and milk the cows by climbing out the
front best room window and following the power lines across the tops of hedges....yes we did have a best room...used mainly only at Christmas....how strange now, but growing up it seemed quite normal...it was certainly very special. I certainly don't have a best room, just well lived in chaos cosines!
So how have you all been managing to keep warm...clean answers only please! Would be lovely to get some comments...I know people read cos the page counter tells me! Don't be shy!!
Friday, 18 January 2013
And then out the window,
Once more we did spy,
A lone robin was looking,
For food he did cry.
We scattered some crumbs,
On top of the snow,
He came right up to us,
It's funny how they know,
But by now the sun was stronger,
Gaining height up in the sky,
And a slow methodic drip began,
A thaw to you and I.
We considered must be done,
Before we made a snowman,
Before we had some fun.
Only when that was finished,
And some salt been spread around,
The path to make safe,
For the children down would bound,
Was a big fat man,
Created out of the snow,
And when all completed,
Some balls we did throw.
It made us quite warm,
With rosy red cheeks,
But to breathe was quite hard,
So indoors we did creep.
The blizzard is now for real...keeping warm,
Final part later!.
Thursday, 17 January 2013
Branches of trees,
Were weighted right down,
Piled heavy with snow,
Some were touching the ground.
It was eerily silent as we peered out upon,
This wonderful new world,
Where from had it come?
After a good breakfast,
And large pot of tea,
Warm woollies were donned,
Then out ventured we.
That's all for today...to be continued tomorrow!
While we were sleeping,
All safe in our beds,
Outside the snow kept on falling,
'till it covered the hedge.
When morning arrived,
And we all awoke,
We drew back the curtains,
Nearly to choke,
The landscape had changed,
To a beautiful white,
But where was the path?
The snow what a height!
Next part later...
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
It's cosy in here though
Sitting by the fire.
Spent some money...
On some hexagon cutters
So it's ok.
Fairy folk, if you're really cold...
And stop hiding
In our drain pipes,
So the water goes away
And hubby is happy again.
- But cold,
- Very cold.
Where will the fairy folk be keeping warm?
- Maybe in the ivy,
- Or the holly...
- Or maybe they're hiding in the mass of brambles that we leave in one place in the garden for wildlife to shelter through the colder months.
Hope they don't mind sharing.
Glad that I can come in from the cold,
And bask in the warmth of the fire.
Aaa ah .
Monday, 14 January 2013
I've had a really busy day so far, helping hubby cut some steel, and I've just finished breasting five brace of pheasant. The dogs have been let back into the kitchen and are finding the stray feathers fascinating to play with.
Tonight is men's skittle night so a quiet one for me later on. Do I spend it blog surfing or knitting, or make an attempt to re-learn how to crochet. I've been shown how so many times it's ridiculous really.
And I must learn to add photos to this blog...hang on a minute...
Oops no good...must try harder to learn!!!
But for now, some light relaxation before tea.
Sunday, 13 January 2013
It was just me home for most of the day as hubby had gone on a vintage tractor run, so a pottering sort of time.
So the weekend has come and nearly gone, January can be a funny month, in the darkest depths of the year, but today the birds have been singing their hearts out and if I didn't know better I'd be forgiven for thinking that Spring has sprung.
A busy week lies ahead of me, so an evening of snuggling by he fire and an early night is called for.
Saturday, 12 January 2013
So what to do today...no snow yet, but looks like we've had another dump load of rain...like we needed that sooo much.
I do need to make a couple of birthday cards to be ready for next week. We're on Eco 20/20 so youngest daughter has been told to do all her washing today...I either use the machine through the night, weekends or when it's sunny...(solar panels), lets just say that night-time and weekends have been popular choices lately and leave it at that.
Though loads to do I've been thrown slightly because I was supposed to be going to see a bride to be about her wedding stationery, but she's had to cancel, hence the what shall I do instead attitude. I'm sure housework will soon cure the feeling!
Heidi is still a scratching next to me, though I've not seen her touch her ear, so maybe looking promising. And Clover the elderly golden is lying asleep on the kitchen floor, just where the hot water pipes travel...how convenient, whereas Heidi's favourite spot is bang in front of the fridge. It takes me a good three heaves to open the door if she's sound asleep!
Enough ramblings for now. J. Xx
Friday, 11 January 2013
Rant over, keep calm and run a bath then?
Anyway, day three of Heidi on her special diet, she's still scratching, but early days I suppose.
I could do with having a special diet, as in half rations probably, and by the way it's looking on the ten pound a week grocery spend for January and February that could be the sum total of it.
Oh it's Friday night so that means Ice Road Truckers...watched this last week and it's looking a bit more like it was in series one...yippee...any other fans...think it's that I have such a thing about Canada.
Right...expensive bath is a bubbling so might as well make the most of it!
Keep warm. J. X
Thursday, 10 January 2013
Wednesday, 9 January 2013
Have fun people, J. X
Monday, 7 January 2013
I am determined that this year I shall be more on top of things and will NOT leave making everything for a homemade Christmas until November! I have already started on a couple small knitting projects and hope soon to have a root around in the charity shops for some blue-ish material for quilting...big project planned...and I promise that I will learn how to upload some pictures very soon!
Ok so another reason I've been slacking is that I've been reading my daily dose of other peoples blogs...usually Frugal Queen, Foster Mummy, stay at home Mummy, and hollabaloo homestead. See...can't be reading and writing at the same time. But today after the morning spent paper working for hubby's agricultural business, the pull of blogger became just too much.
I also spent some money today...good spending though...a few pounds on some zips...yep I wanted some tiny 4" zips along with some other sizes and found a cheap online supplier as I have been unable to source them locally... Can't give too much away but the tiny ones may be destined for some pretty little fair isle purses that I'm knitting...looking good so far though!
Tonight's tea may not be want everyone wants, but hopefully it will be adequate...frozen leftover turkey in a creamy sauce with mashed potatoes and a selection of veg...I am so determined to use up what we have in the store cupboard and freezer. The children were horrified when I disclosed to them just how little I intended spending in this area for the whole of January and February...ten pounds per week...yes just ten pounds...O.M.G.!
Enough ramblings for today though...hope that the people who happen across them find a smile as they read what I write, and maybe want to return for another look sometime soon,
Until then, take care, J.xx
Thursday, 3 January 2013
In the evening I took the plunge and joined a local W.I.group...this has cost me £33 for a years membership and each meeting tea and a raffle will be 50p. Quite a chunk out of my budget, but hopefully I shall have the opportunity to learn new skills...next month is hands on felting...bring it on!
So there we go...another day ahead...and it will involve money and a trip to the supermarket....both things I wish I could manage without, but needs must.
Bye for now...J.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Until then take care. Xx