Tuesday, 27 January 2015

VISITING FRIENDS

This is a pretty photo starved blog but I don't have anything new.

Yesterday I went over to Poynton on the train to meet my friend who was down visiting her sister. She only comes down from Newcastle two or three times a year and so it was a good opportunity. We all had a good chat, a very tasty veggie bean/sausage casserole and some tangy mixed forest fruits and yoghourt. They gave me a life to the station, which was very nice as it's longer than you anticipate to walk and from getting on the train to changing at Piccadilly and walking to my car, it was an hour.

Today cost me £125 at the vets, as Merlin has been a bit poorly, going off his food lately. Then I changed his food to cooking chicken for him which he was eating. Then I realised his breath smelled rather badly and he was wanting to eat but it was painful. Well, the remaining teeth are mostly decayed and they need to come out. It will cost me a further £350 to have this done. Why did my husband not get Physics in the right grade to qualify as a vet, I believe he could have got into medical school but not veterinary college. The payment today was, a blood test, as he is 16, a painkiller injection and antibiotics, a long term injection. A bit of a shock! Almost the amount of my total pension payment for a month.

I hardly slept last night wondering if I was going to find him alive when I woke up, he seemed so poorly. I then lay awake worrying about everything possible in the world I could worry about. I know I had a nightmare and woke up shouting. Don't think husband heard me.

Anyway, here is a nice photo of him though. Well, I need to recover from that news about the cost, so will sign off here.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

BUTTERFLY BRAIN

I did say I was going to do another blog, what an inefficient blogger I am. Not a lot happens in the winter to write about and generally I'm going through life, visiting Mum, crocheting or just doing everyday things. Unless the weather is good I just won't go out on the bike as it is supposed to be pleasure and I've gone through all that "I must go out and do so many miles" stage a long time ago. Mind you I will have to be a bit fitter if I'm going to go to the newly recovered York Rally in June. It has not been held for two years now and it has been missed but now a group of people have brought it back from the dead.

OK! I have now lost the buzz of my new project but I am going to show it to you. Somebody sent me a Lucet hook at Christmas and I had a go at it but the cords produced were very thin and unless I needed to hang something up or make a fastening for something, not much use to me. I had the idea that if I used something much chunkier with very thick wool I could use the same principle to make something much more interesting to me.

So - I did this!



Which was a Nostepenne and a singing bowl stick secured together. Not particularly pretty but seemed to do the job and so after a bit of work, the end result (well nearly) is this:


It is a sort of scarf but mainly for decoration. I was using some leftover chunky wool which is for hats and has a reflective strip in and when the light shines on it it is quite impressive.



That is the result, the white looking article on the left of the blanket I am doing. That was the only superchunky yarn I had so used that but I am going to finish it off with a band with metallic beads on. 

I'm quite pleased with the result but when I first did it I was so excited I had to go to Black Sheep Wools and show it to them. 

It was my birthday the other day and I had a busy day running errands and having visitors but I don't really bother about doing something special, at my age it's just another birthday sadly too many of them, although there are people who would love to be able to reach my age and aren't going to, so I am not grumbling. We can't change it and that's that.

My Mum decided to give up her car and I was thinking of taking it over and insuring and taxing it but as she had been having problems with the electrics, she wouldn't let me have it and asked the garage to take it, saying she didn't want me to be landed with the expense. Old 'new' cars are expensive to repair owing to the electronics in them, whereas old 'old' cars, like my Beetle and old Landy, are still expensive but more easily fixable as there are fewer electronic devices in them. She had hers from new and it is now only worth about £300, as it had a few scrapes on the wing, mainly as it's very awkward getting in and out of her drive. So, that means I will be Mum's taxi.  I didn't want her to give it up as it was her independence but the problems with it were putting her off driving it. I'm so glad I didn't buy a new car when she did as she wanted me to, otherwise I would have been in the same boat. I instead saved the money and what I have now won't depreciate like a new car.

I think that's all on the creativity front. I have tried to get out and about in Beetle a few times now the weather has been drier, it's not good in the rain as it tends to get steamed up even when eventually the screen heater gets going. It's also better on the passenger side than the driver's side, being originally designed to be left hand drive. 

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Lacking in News

A Happy 2015 to you and your families. Husband and I (and my Mum) are not enthusiastic Christmassers and think it has just gone too far and too commercialised. We are none of us religious but do feel that the whole enjoyment of past years has gone from the occasion and more emphasis seems to be placed on large meals and eating and drinking too much. So, we all had a nice quiet Christmas just a quick visit with coffee and present exchange and then back home to a non Christmas dinner. Phew, so much pressure had been taken off me as I had dreaded being asked to cook a Christmas dinner, as I panic over getting everything right for other people.

So, sorry for that negativity so early in the year.

We've also had a few bad spots over the period, as has also happened on years before which doesn't help when remembering. Husband had another attack of vertigo and needs to go for tests on ears (which he was supposed to have today). Also he needs to have a heart check up as he is soon feeling very tired and seems to have the idea that he needs his stents replacing or new ones putting in. That appointment has not been made yet, so NHS systems rather late, good job it's not an emergency.

Right, enough doom! Just before Christmas I had a lovely surprise. I had entered a give away competition with March House Books Blog, for a vintage children's book. I chose as my preferred choice, a children's book on kittens. Much to my surprise I had an email from Barbara Fisher, the lovely lady who runs this blog and shop to say I had won. This book would be for me to give to my new grandchild for her mum to read to her.


With the book came a lovely bookmark and a card. Isn't it cute? I am so delighted with this, what a lovely present to receive just before Christmas. Thank you again, Barbara.

I really don't have a great deal to write about, we haven't been anywhere and nothing exciting has happened. I've done quite a bit of crocheting and as usual given it away. It gives me pleasure to do so and I couldn't possibly sell what I had made, unless someone asked me for something and maybe the yarn was expensive.

I started a little knee blanket following the design of Attic24 Cosy Blanket but it was only after I had half finished it I realised that I'd misinterpreted the pattern. If you didn't know, you wouldn't notice but next time I will be mindful of my previous errors. My Mum admired it and I decided to give it to her. Here's a picture of it.


Christmas is one of those times you buy stuff for people that they don't really want and they buy stuff for you likewise. Oh yes, it's nice to receive presents but often you suggest something for yourself just to have a present to open. This year, I had already made up my mind what I wanted from husband. He used to buy me lovely jewellery, sometimes he couldn't afford it sometimes he could but he thought he ought to spend a lot of money on me. I am not at all like that. I don't judge on what people spend on me, more for what they do for me or are what they are like for me and more important, how much actual thought has gone into the gift. I had seen these earrings and no I didn't really need them but I wanted them. I thought it would be too indulgent to buy them for myself so couldn't wait to tell him that I wanted these .......


Sterling silver,  Vulcan XH558 - and they're gorgeous! The nicest present possible.

I have told my son that if he is ever wondering what to buy, nice scented candles are always acceptable, as I wouldn't buy the ones he buys myself, I'm a £1 shop candle buying person! So lovely candles are pure indulgence for me.

I did go for a mini bike ride the other day and naturally called at Black Sheep Wools for a coffee and scone as I didn't want to ride far, not having cycled for about three weeks. It was too dry and bright a day not to go anywhere. I took a few photos of the lake at Birchwood Centre at the Science Park. It was  mid afternoon and just beginning to lose the light a bit.








I also MADE SOME BUTTER! I made it in my super blender and here it is! It could have done with a little more liquid removed from it but I needed to use some cream up and this seemed a good opportunity to try it. I broke my wooden butter batterer, so next time I don't know what to do.





So, without more ado, I had part baked rolls, home made butter, served on my beautiful little Mouseman cheese board, which I bought from a lovely lady on Facebook who had a vintage selling site. I always think of Helen when I use this board.



I think that is enough for today, I am going to do a craft page next time with some of the little things I've made. I had a brilliant idea of a scarf and once I get an idea in my head I'm like a dog with a bone.

Think Lucet!

Bye for now and I think I might even try to post my new idea tomorrow or day after.