Monday, 28 September 2015

Just Not My Day

You know the sort of thing...everything seems stacked against you...firstly when I went to get the key out of the key safe to open up the hall for the Monday Club it wasn't there. I rang the appropriate number...then pressed the appropriate extension and spoke to a real human being...who tried to put me through to the appropriate person...only they weren't there. Remembering that all the sheltered housing residents had their own keys I picked my victim and banged on their door...thankfully they believed my story of who I was and where I worked and my desperate need to open up the hall...so that was that...
But wait...there's more...while taking all the art stuff from my car I managed to drop a large tin full of crayons on my big toe joint...the lid came off and the next thing I knew I was scrabbling around on the ground retrieving said crayons from rolling in all directions.
So a tiring day at the club...then home to water plants and walk the dog...but oh...let's pick a few berries from the delightful autumn hedgerow...and that was my final downfall of the day (hopefully)...as I looked higher into the hedge I spied the most delectable looking blackberries and without any thought for my personal safety stepped closer into the hedge to reach up...BIG MISTAKE...squelch...stinky stagnant mud...on my shoe...in my shoe...yuck.
I called for backup...youngest daughter was with me...and when she'd stopped laughing (quite some time later) obeyed my orders to get some large dock leaves...a tip...dock leaves don't make a very good job of wiping away sludge from your feet....bare feet devoid of socks or stockings. Shudder!
Anyway...enough talk of bad happenings...now for the fun stuff...creative...that was me yesterday...not with fabric, but yarn...a scarf in the making for youngest daughter...here goes...
Rather a long way to go yet though...so I'd best stop procrastinating and get on...take care, J. x

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Secret Stash

I've momentarily found myself to be without a guard this morning so have taken the opportunity to photograph my recent acquisitions...

Firstly let me introduce you to green corduroy who hopefully will become green skirt...

And possibly a little bolero...if I shrink enough..he he!

Next we have farmyard...destined to become an apron...possibly a bag as well...

Next meet butterfly and spot...this I've earmarked as a prairie style apron thingy...something like I saw on Lea Lu's stand but an awful lot cheaper!

Yes there's more...she was a very persuasive fairy...very good at her job...

Floral green and plain cream was to become another apron...but I have ideas in my head now...maybe I will be able to squeeze a garment out of this combination for my weary joints...we shall see...

And lastly...yes lastly (for now) we have ourselves some pretty fabric to make some lucky person a good sized shopping bag...or two actually...

Well that's all (she says with head hanging slightly in shame)...darn that fairy!

But it's all pretty...and as my grown up children looked so horrifyingly aghast when I kind of said that just maybe it was time that a certain someone stopped visiting them on December 24th during the hours twixt sundown and sunrise on the 25th it will all be used to good effect. Our children are still our children however old they become after all.

Take care, J. x

 

Friday, 25 September 2015

A Diagnosis

The other day had my first physio appointment. You know when a little piece of the jigsaw is fitted and bingo you can see the full picture...Well they have diagnosed me with joint hypermobility. It doesn't cause everyone pain who has it but when it does it can be a major ouch. I have several of the symptoms...apparently my fallen arches can even be blamed on it. Anyway I have come away with a lot of exercises to do...lots and lots, just to keep the nasty thing called pain where it belongs, locked tightly away.

Today youngest and I ventured to our county capital of Exeter, actually just outside of the city, to spend the day oggling at pretty fabrics, yarn and stitching things...ooh there was much loveliness. The spending fairy weighed heavily upon my shoulder and kept whispering in my ear to buy fabric...pretty fabrics that I have stashed discretely under some cushions out of the way of inquisitive eyes. I have bought myself some hard work. Fabric to turn into beautiful things to gift for the Yule season...exciting! As male family members are present I have yet to unleash all that beauty from its bag and photograph it. They don't always appreciate beauty in quite the same way...maybe tomorrow when the boys are out to play.

It appears we are to be fortunate enough to be in for a few days of lovely autumn weather. We have a wedding party to attend tomorrow evening and I think Sunday will be back to the curtain grind. Not one curtain has been sewn so far...Farm Boy AKA son is home from the big JCB land for a few days and says he's happy to sleep in the room with no curtains as its dark at night! Silly mother worrying about that then...anyway take care, J. x


Monday, 21 September 2015

This Shattered Feeling

Yep...that's me this evening after my day out at work. I've walked the dog...picked a few blackberries, cooked a tea of tiny pieces of lamb, runner beans, and cheesy mash which has butter, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and cheese added to mashed potatoes. Some apple sauce and gravy went nicely with it. I also knocked together a quick pineapple cheesecake. Yum.

This evening I've been unpicking some more of our three pairs of living room curtains. There are two smaller pairs and a huge pair that cover large patio doors. Keep plodding on...and you shall succeed...sure!

Tomorrow...well there will be no slacking...customer bills need to be made out. Invoices need paying, and heaps besides I expect. Aha well, deep breath, plod along.

The film I went to watch last night, Gemma Bovery was well, a little different to say the least but watchable and at times quite funny.

On a final note this evening here is a photo I took a few days ago of mist lifting, it looked like smoke.

Take care, J. x

 

Sunday, 20 September 2015

A Weekend Of Doing

So...chin up and on we go...

Firstly yesterday I press ganged persuaded my youngest child into helping clear out some rubbish under utilised things from our garage. We got ever so slightly carried away but the result is marvellous. I'm sure hubby never needed to keep a half of what he had anyway! Sshhhh...and if he needs anything that has mysteriously vanished well I remember him taking it down to the farm, don't you?!!

Next I finally managed to clear off our front porch which is open fronted. Swept, scrubbed then rearranged. Hah hah, much better to come home to.

This morning hubby had some jobs to do at the farm so as youngest lovvie was home we ventured to the garden centre and brought home with us some autumn colour.


At the moment it is just waiting on the porch to be potted up, but even so a sight to gladden any heart for sure.



After a little more sweeping of the surrounding area and some weeding, I came in and started on one of the living room curtains. As in reworking it not beating it up or anything! I'm remaking our curtains with an interlining of lovely warm cotton bump. We shall be cosy this winter.

And next will be a blissful hot soak in the tub for me...the last few days I've really been pushing my luck with my back. On Friday I loaded up a boot full of logs for our log store in case it comes colder...now that bending and lifting really hurt.

Somebody came along with me but couldn't be bothered to even chase pheasants...

So eventually I blocked her in...

Tomorrow is club day...only once a week but my goodness it seems to come around quickly...I've loaded up the car ready for the morning. Yeah!

This evening I'm off out with a friend to watch a film...Gemma Bovery...never heard of it before but apparently it's a bit of a classic? Time will tell.

I really fancied some of these for lunch the other day...

They were undoubtedly yummy!

Later I used these...


To pad out our meat ration in this...

Then went on to make rather a scrummy blackberry and apple cake...

All while this monster was boiling...


Last evening we headed off to watch Barnstaple carnival and fireworks. Those floats in the carnival were good, there just weren't that many, and the advertised fireworks did not materialise. I think knuckles will be rapped somewhere along the line. We have already decided not to go next year! Even my toffee apple just wasn't as good as my home made ones. Live and learn.

I've always liked to mark the changing of the seasons in various ways, and having a daughter with an October birthday made celebrating All Hallows' eve and All Souls Day extra special. I really like doing some decorating for the event and this year hope to get back into having a bit bigger 'do'. I feel plans coming together in my head...I do love a good party!

Take care everyone...J. x


 

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Digging Deep

Latest saga...property has been valued at not enough so property not on market.

Property not on market means our future is still on hold...

Daughter getting married in one year from next weekend...

Somebody will need to give us both a heartfelt apology for all the messing about we've endured because of their actions and lack of actions over the past nearly 30 years if they wish to be present at our daughters wedding.

I've been mad...I've been upset...now I feel it's time to get even.

J. x

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Just A Little Bit

How ever was I working outside the home more...no wonder I had got so behind with everything. Ah well...just a little bit of what I've been up to...

Made some of this...

Wore these on a lovely walk...

And got them rather dirty...

While out with this friend...

Who never minds getting dirty.

Got up close and cosy to this girl in our local carnival...

 

 
Promoting British farming...
Enjoyed listening to these...

 

And have fiddled around with our mantelpiece...

The artificial foliage is ivy and grape vine. Lovely and autumnal. Well I think so anyway.

I've also made some runner bean chutney...yum...and am continuing to pick blackberries whenever I can though it seems as though our week of beautiful autumn weather has paved the way for some pretty violent storms.

I need to find some lovely leaves to take to club next Monday...lovely colours but not overly crisp as we want to punch shapes out of them...we'll see!

Take care, J. x

 

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Imagine

Imagine a life in which money and possessions were unimportant.

Imagine a life where time is of little importance in everyday living.

Imagine getting closer to your soul...and what really matters.

Imagine letting yourself be as one with nature...appreciating the little things...

Like the sunrise, shrouded in a cool mist...the hoot of an owl piercing through the dead of night...the glisten of droplets hanging like diamonds from a cobweb...the magic of seeing the first springtime swallow, and the sadness of saying goodbye in autumn.

These are some of the positives that are going to be available for me to enjoy from now on...no more late shifts followed by an early...our weekends are going to be ours again...

The downside will be that money will be tighter...I am only going to be doing one day a week outside our home...the activity club which I helped set up for our residents...yes common sense has won...the health of my back is too important to carry on in my current role as care support worker...will I miss it...sure I will...sometimes...but what I could lose by carrying on through the pain would be far far more.

Am I bored...no...seriously...hubby has just bought me a gift of Sage 50 accounting software to get to grips with...charming...

I have been frantically trying to catch up with the backlog of paperwork. Pain had left me unable to concentrate on days off...now I am home more I can slowly work towards being more organised.

But money will be tighter...or will it...I was working for close to the minimum wage...I am a partner in our business and anything extra I earn is taxed...allowing for travelling expenses and tax, and study time for the diploma I was doing...well it was a scary calculation...then factor in being too tired to cook and ordering takeaway far too often, if I can become a good household manager hopefully my one shift a week can become our what the heck money.

And I should be far less stressed and cranky...hopefully...

So...I still have plenty of back issues...but am having treatment...

I need to lose about the same amount of weight as my dog does...

I have helped to paint our living room...

I need to remake the curtains with an interlining...

I will be making homemade Yuletide gifts...

I have ordered the book Sage 50 for dummies...

I am happy to have made a momentous decision...

But...a little question...

Why do these always have to grow...


Right next to these...

 

Any suggestions...or is it just to torment me...not only do I get my arms scratched to pieces...I get stung into the bargain! But oh so worth the trauma...

Take care, J. x