Archive for May, 2008

Lazy Morning, Busy Day

May 31, 2008

Saturday mornings are mine.  They are the one time of the week when I’m at home alone for several hours with nothing in particular to do.  I often have time here alone in the week, but usually because I’m working at home and so my time is not my own and I must be productive. 

The wonderful A did the majority of the week’s housework yesterday while I was at work, so I’m truly free.  Of course there are loads of things I should do, just none that I mustdo.  So I won’t!  Instead my morning consists of a 1 hour lay-in (not too lazy, I don’t want to waste my entire free morning in bed), a hairwash, an audiobook on the PC and of course my knitting. 

I’ve ripped back 6 or 7 rows of my top, as planned on Thursday when I lost count in the lace pattern and totally screwed up the 3rd lace repeat.  I even knitted a few rows last night as well, so I’m a little happier with it.  I’d really like to catch up to where I started ripping today, but I’ll have no time later so it’ll have to be this morning. 

This afternoon we’re off out for a long, long walk.  Starting with a visit to Old Town to pick up my prescriptions from pharmacy, then a stroll along the old railway line, which is now the most stunning footpath around the edge of the town.  From there we’ll meet up with a section of the restored canal, checking out the progress of all the nesting waterfowl, call in at my baby brother’s, and wander back home.  It’s probably a 3-4 hour walk in total, just right for a Saturday afternoon.  I’m hoping the weather holds out this time – I do not want another drenching, like on Monday. 

When we get back from our work, there’ll be a bit of frantic, last minute cleaning and tidying, as our lovely friends Alan and Kat are coming round for dinner.  They are among the few friends that we see socially, aside from formal occasions like weddings etc, and it’s always lovely to catch up with them.  We’re going for the lazy option this time, and ordering in pizza…and it so does fit our shopping rules…cardboard boxes are fully recyclable!

So, that’s enough from me, I have knitting to do!


Friday already?

May 30, 2008

My goodness me, it appears to be Friday again already, how did that happen?  Not that I’m complaining. 

This has to be a quick note, as I’m off to the doctor’s very soon.  Hopefully the drugs the hospital have recommended will help with the endometriosis problems, so I can get off the painkillers soon.  I’m a bit worried about the potential side effects, but surely they can’t be worse than the pain? 

In knitting news, somehow I lost count of the lace pattern in the top I’ve started.  I tried back-tracking, unpicking stitch by stitch for a round or two.  I found the place where it seems to have gone wrong, but can’t actually get it right…somehow 3 stitches have just disappeared!  So tonight I’ll rip back the last 6 rows, to the last plain knit row, start again there 😦 . 

A positive last note – did I mention it’s Friday?  Yay!

Rain again – and reasons to be cheerful

May 28, 2008

Wow, Wednesday already.  The week is always a bit weird after a Bank Holiday…on the one hand it drags, but at the same time it’s almost over already.  I need to cheer myself up today, so:

Reasons to be happy

  1. I got cherries in the veg box yesterday.  Since we have been getting all our fruit and veg delivered, we don’t buy any from the shops, and treats like cherries don’t come along very often.  Our delivery is all organic, mostly UK grown, and what little is imported is never air freighted.  Mmmm, cherries!
  2. Work are really, really good to me, allowing me to work at home when the pain gets bad, like today.  So I can wear my comfy pajamas, clutch my hot water bottle and dose up on painkillers without thinking about dressing or driving.  And I do work while I’m here – honest!
  3. The rain is outside the house, and I’m inside.  There is a drip in the plastic-roofed lean-to out the back, and one or two of the gutters need mending, but for the most part it’s dry in here and I have no need to go out there.
  4. We’re going on a cruise!  Hooray!  We’re off in July on a cruise to Scandinavia, and I can hardly wait.  We have a family holiday to get through first, which I’m not quite looking forward to.  But Yay!  Cruise! 
  5. Tomorrow is organic meat box day.  Once a month, our supply of meat is delivered by a local farm, and it’s always exciting to see what’s in it.  As with the veg box, we no longer buy meat in supermarkets.  Surprisingly, we don’t seem to spend any more on shopping than we ever did, even though the boxes are expensive.  Our shopping is much more contained, we stick to our list of basics (more or less) and try to meet our own rules.

Rules for Shopping

All items purchased must meet one or more of the following:

  • recyclable/no packaging – in particular no plastic
  • organic
  • fair trade
  • local

It’s difficult to stick to, and we don’t always do so well, but it makes me feel better and cuts down what we spend.  As a side effect, it also cuts out a lot of the processed and junk food we used to eat as it all comes with a guilt price.  This, combined with lots of walking, means I’ve lost weight over the last year or so.  Which is a good thing as I was starting to get really round.  That reminds me, back to my cheerful list:

6.  I’m fitting into some of my old clothes again 🙂

I was planning to include a picture of the ladybird hat I knitted for my friend’s 1 year old, but I can’t access Flickr from the work network and the actual photo file is on my home PC, not my laptop.  I’ll add the picture later, so for now just imagine the cuteness of a little red roll-brim hat with big black spots and two little antenna, aahh, so cute!


Rainy Day Sunday

May 25, 2008

So it’s raining and our usual Sunday activity is impossible at the moment…normally we walk, for miles, anywhere the fancy takes us, but usually within our home town. 

So we have trawled around town instead.  I hate shopping.  I don’t mind shopping for food, but anything else is just soooo boring.  I need some new trousers, having ripped one pair irrepairably (is that a word?  It is now!) and spilt melted butter on another.  Shock horror – melted butter?!  That can’t be good for me, what am I doing melting butter?  Well, I just like butter on stuff…jacket potatoes, pasta, bread, all kinds of stuff needs butter.  In reality I don’t use that much, that often, so it’s not that bad.  Except on trousers of course…where it doesn’t come out.  So i need new trousers, and will have to give in and shop for them soon I guess. 

Today, we went on a mission to buy the Family Guy box set instead.  A wicked extravagance, but we love it and are planning to take it away in June, when we go on holiday with my family. 

This afternoon, our plans include Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on DVD, having watched Temple of Doom and Lost Ark last night.  We haven’t watched a DVD, or film of any format, in months but that seems to be all I have to talk about today! 

Last night I started knitting a top for myself – I never knit anything for myself normally – but I lost count of the pattern and had to scrap it and start again when I realised I was way out at the end of the 7th round.  Ouch!  Damn you Indiana Jones!  Perhaps this is why I don’t knit for myself…I don’t pay the same care and attention I would if I was knitting for someone else, so it never works out so well. 

Anyway, Indy calls…catch you later.

Hello world!

May 24, 2008

I learned something about myself today.  It takes knitting needles to get me out of bed before 8am on a  Saturday. 

Perhaps that needs an explanation?  We don’t always get post delivered on a Saturday, so when I ordered a set of Denise Interlocking needles on Thursday, I hadn’t thought through the timing of delivery.  Monday is a Bank Holiday, so no chance of delivery then…it looked like I would have to wait until at least Tuesday.  But it turns out this was my lucky week (in this respect at least), because we got post this morning, and as I lay in bed considering whether I could be bothered to drag myself out of bed, or whether I deserved a lay-in, the post-person forced a parcel through the letter box. 

Yay – my needles!  So up I jumped and here I am, having already completed at least half of the chores I’d set myself for today.  Yes, of course I should finish the rest of the chores, but they can wait until later, when A returns from work and can help. 

Some things I should probably share:

  • I’m 33, married (to A), with one house rabbit and a cockatiel;
  • I live in the South West of England;
  • I knit, taught myself about a year ago;
  • I crochet, also self-taught about 6 months ago;
  • I embroider, particularly cross-stitch, started about 18 years ago;
  • I work full time, in data analysis;
  • I have endometriosis.  It hurts.

I have no idea who might read this, or why anyone would waste their time on it, but that said, I myself have a compulsive fascination for other people’s blogs.  Something about other people’s everyday lives is so interesting…perhaps if I just write it without thinking about who’s reading or what they think, I’ll at least get something from it myself.  Self expression is kind of healing/soothing after all. 

Anyway, I’m off to play with my new needles – I mean ‘knit something productive’ of course, not just enjoy putting them together, taking them apart, trying out all the little pieces.  I already know I love them just for that…we’ll see how they are for knitting! 

How do you sign off one of these here messages?  I dunno, I guess ‘Happy Saturday’ will do for today…

Happy Saturday!