one step at a time.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

mammoth task

Some months ago I decided to make a king size blanket... crocheted.

I can do a max of 1 inch per day.

By my calculations of 1 day per month - which is a little generous - it will take me the next 20 years to finish the blanket.

On a separate point:  Think I'm gonnae heid haim tomorrow.  Back down South.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dixie *cat*

Our cat is a bit weird. He loves people - and tends to be wherever we are.

In the morning he wants to be fed, so he tries to get into our room to wake us up.  To prevent this we generally baracade our door.

After eating he either comes back into our room (if we have gone back to bed) or he follows us into the living room where he tries to sit on one of us.

If we are in the house during the day he curls up to snooze in the room we are in.  If we leave the room to spend an extended period in another room (for example when I practise in the spare room) he will tentatively sit and hope for some attention.  He is unlikely to get any.

Around 4pm he starts to demand food again, but we try to hold off to 6ish as this is when we would be in on a working day.  We don't always manage to wait that long as he can be very annoying tripping us up at every turn.

Following his evening meal he will curl up on one of us until we go to bed - this may be interrupted by periods where we are not sitting... but he'll just wait til we do sit again to leap onto a lap at a moment's notice.

If we go out, Dixie goes out. 

He'll meet us at the gates on our return.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Since the school hols started I have cleaned 5 days a week. And STILL there's cleaning to do.

It seems being in the house more means I make mess more!!
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010


I have just walked to the bank. It felt a long way.

Last week I walked to the pub. It's a little further on from the bank. It felt no distance at all.


Update: As I left the bank the heavens opened. Torrential rain - and I went out in shirt and sandals. I had taken photos of grotty scenery on my way to the bank, and was planning to post pictures of the pretty things on my walk home.... just wait to see how they turned out!

On the way : a bit dreary and drizzly.

On the way home! (view through the bus window)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


I have a rash on my face, itchy eyes and  a scratchy throat - and all the symptoms are worse when the cat is nearby.

I hope he's just been rolling in something nasty.  In which case it'll wash off as soon as I shut him out in the rain.... hahaha...evil plans afoot.

Update: I think it must have been cupboard dust, or dust mites.  I feel much better today.

Monday, July 19, 2010

storage - why boys are a problem

With a cupboard full of games, cards, starwars lego, tools and wood offcuts where, oh where can I put all our shoes?

(I'm ignoring the spare room which contains 13 trumpets, a piano, wool, needles, 2 sewing machines... all taking up space, all belonging to me.)

Sunday, July 18, 2010


In times of boredom I can't help myself - I start making stuff.  I have practised too - in case you wondered about music.

This is the latest - it's a work in progress, and will be beautiful.  It's dark denim on the back (old jeans) and Rowan Biggy Print wool on the front (donated) - love it. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

summer break

This summer is very quiet for me.  Summer is always quieter but this year it is very quiet, and I don't know what to do with myself!

I have budgeted badly - so am skint.  I feel house-bound although I know there are many things I can do that cost nothing.

I have tons of back-log work to catch up on and plenty of time to practise- which I definitely need to do, yet motivation is at an all-time low.

And blogging I have just avoided along with everything else.

Today I started a few jobs - so hopefully this is it:  back to work time.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

changed my mind

Just gonna go through the CD collection and pull out anything by an American or about America.

That'll do!

Happy 4th July!

4th July Party

What music should we play?  Please don't be offended, but I really want the cheesiest American themed stuff you can think of.  I have got Sousa and we have plenty of film music.

Friday, July 02, 2010


I have the End of Term blues.

Need to buck up.  Hopefully the holidays will become fun soon.