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Busy

Not with crochet, unfortunately 😦 I’ve finished a few things, but haven’t really got stuck into anything new.

We’ve been decorating. I say ‘we’, I actually mean Mr MB. We ripped out the old bath and installed a shower cubicle – I love it! Obviously the bathroom needed painting after that. The kitchen and hall, stairs and landing walls just needed a clean and I was ready, armed with sugar soap. Mr MB wanted to repaint so I told him he could do it himself then, lol. And he did – all three areas at once and he took his time over it – halfway through I was seriously considering moving out forever. It doesn’t sound too bad but I have no wall units in the kitchen, there’s a lot of stuff on shelves and hanging from rails – which all had to go somewhere else. Not tidily of course, it was shoved wherever he could find a space. It was chaos, I think he forgot about the three other people and one dog that live in this house πŸ˜€

I put things back when it was finally over, flinging things away as I went. By the time I’d finished, I was in full decluttering mode so went through everything in the house, flinging, rearranging, cleaning, tidying. I saved yarn-sorting til last, that was my reward – along with chocolate.

A few things I have had time to finish, the photos aren’t great though

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Working on a blanket to match the above two cushions

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Sunday, 8th May 2016 at 10:21 am 3 comments

Cleaning Is Bad

It has a knock-on effect that causes chaos and really shouldn’t be attempted.

I was wiping crumbs off the kitchen table and lifted my laptop to clean underneath it. I dropped it and the reader thing on the hard drive snapped. Annoying but I can get it fixed – for hundreds of pounds as it turns out, no-one will take the thing apart to put the bits in another case without using a clean room. I said I was willing to take the chance of losing info, but no. I had everything backed up on a memory stick, last updated a couple of months ago but it wouldn’t take long to re-do the latest info. So all I needed was a new hard drive. Problem solved, or so I thought. I’ve turned the house upside down looking for that memory stick but it has vanished. So I’ve had to spend days and days going through receipts and invoices from April 2014 and making up new spreadsheets in order to fill in two tax returns by the end of January. I didn’t stop, so didn’t really eat properly and gave myself headaches from staring at the screen for too long. Then I caught a bug that wiped me out for a few days, I’m sure it was worse than it could’ve been because I wasn’t looking after myself properly.

I filed the info online one day before the deadline then finally relaxed.

DO NOT be tempted to clean your house, it’s extremely bad for your physical health and stress levels.

On the plus side, I have plugged my camera in to charge it up, and have done a bit of crochet. I WILL take photos of my cushion cover – which is round and for some reason won’t lie flat, it looks like a Mexican hat πŸ˜€

Thursday, 11th February 2016 at 6:56 am 1 comment

Promises, promises….

I promised myself, back in November, that I would –

1. Check my WordPress reader every day
2. Take photos of everything
3. Blog twice a week
4. Crochet every day, even if I only manage five minutes

I have done none of those things and I’m cross about it! I wanted to take photos of my countdown to Christmas but that didn’t happen either. Never mind, I thought, I’ll take lots of photos of cute decorations and twinkling lights once everything’s organised. But the camera stayed in the drawer and it’s still there now, two months later.

I did finish my cushion covers, though I made two of them pillowcase-stylee. They’ve annoyed me ever since because the covers keep shifting around the cushion pad, so I’m going to add buttons to keep them in place.

I’ve searched everywhere for my Christmas blanket and couldn’t find it. I was beginning to wonder if I’d planned to make it, hadn’t actually made it but thought I had, lol! I’ve just scrolled through my posts and there’s a photo of it. So I did make it. But where on earth is it?!

Sunday, 10th January 2016 at 8:14 am 3 comments

Progress

What’s that, then? I looked it up –

1. A movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage

2. Growth or development; continuous improvement

3. Forward or onward movement

So, the complete opposite of me during the past few months πŸ˜€

Scampi Dog was great in the house and garden but awful on walks. After a while he started to walk nicely on the lead, decided it was too much effort and went back to barking and pulling at everything that moved. I’ve met many dog walkers and they all told me of their training struggles and what finally worked for them. I’d go home (after another disastrous walk) full of enthusiam, determined that this latest bit of advice will be the thing that works. And it does – for about a week, then we’re back to square one. It’s like he thinks β€œdone that, bored now”! So I admitted defeat and contacted a behaviourist. I explained what was going on and she was full of ideas. She also said she didn’t think she’d need to visit us, what I’d described is so common in rescue dogs and I can probably sort this out by myself. Wrong, I thought! But after a few struggles, Scampi proved her right. We still went backwards sometimes and I couldn’t cope very well with his pulling and sometimes yanking on the lead, but the barking at everything that moves has mostly stopped. Except pushbikes, he still hates them! I bought a Halti headcollar and the pulling has stopped. We’re not quite there yet, but he’s much calmer now.

So, crochet. I’d almost forgotten what it is πŸ˜€ I have three Christmas cushion covers to finish and a half-made baby blanket. Also a jumper which is about a third done. I have no pattern and have never made a jumper before, I’m making it up as I go. I’ll definitely finish it but I’m not yet sure whether it’ll ever be worn, it’s not looking good, lol.

Sunday, 8th November 2015 at 7:12 am 3 comments

Settling Down

My new routine is working well, though there are many Interruptions By Dog πŸ˜€ He’s a little star most of the time but sometimes decides to help with my crochet. It’s entertaining(!) when he decides that my hook is a stick and my yarn is a ball. And he likes to steal yarny flowers. I’m not bothered about keeping yarn away from him when I’m making things for myself, but the supplies for anything I want to sell have be in a fur-free zone. So I now have two areas for making and stashing. It means hooky progress has slowed down a bit, but it’s still progress and that’s OK. For a while I found myself rushing from one thing to the next without really thinking – ‘must clean the chicken shed, oh damn I forgot to water the tomatoes, that blanket has be ready in two days and I’m nowhere near finished…..’ etc. I’ve made time for everything and things are much easier to manage. I’ve even remembered to take photos of things as I go πŸ˜€

The California Lilac looked great before it dropped it’s petals

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Fresh eggs from my girls

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Strawberries, grown 10ft from my kitchen door

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Garlic from the garden, peeled and waiting to be whizzed with olive oil

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WIP

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Monday, 13th July 2015 at 12:30 pm 3 comments

A Bit Of Crochet

Mrs P, you mentioned adolescence (sorry but I couldn’t reply to your comment for some reason?!). Scampi is definitely showing adolescent behaviour – I feel like I’m constantly having an argument with him! lol. And the amount of fur he’s shedding is unbelievable, I’ve had to retire my faithful Henry vacuum cleaner and buy a Dyson Animal πŸ˜€

The second Scampi Blanket is finished. It IS straight, I promise – I had to fling it down and take the photo quickly, no time to be fussy when little paws are heading your way, lol. I put it on his seat and was thanked with a lick to my right eye, then he dragged the blanket onto the floor and sat on his seat without it πŸ˜€

New blanket

There’s a yarn bomb happening here, it’s at the Kingsholm Stadium and timed to coincide with the rugby world cup. I don’t know all the details yet, all I know is it has a garden theme. So I’ve been hooking mini flowers for a garland

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Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 at 12:35 pm 2 comments

Still Exhausted!

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post! I also haven’t read anyone else’s posts, though it’s not through lack of trying. I have kept up with a forum I’ve used for years – I sneak on there first thing in the morning, while the house is quiet and Scampi Dog is still dozing. Once everyone’s gone off to work, I do a bit of housework, walk the dog, more housework, play with the dog, then he lies down for a sleep. I make a coffee and just as I sit down to drink it and log in here, he’s up again πŸ˜€

Dog training was two steps forwards and one step back for a while, which I expected, then a local cat decided to spend most of her time in next door’s front garden, in full view of my hall window. Scampi kicks off when he sees any cat, but he really hates this one and stands at the window and barks and barks and barks……. He forgets everything he’s been taught when he spots this cat and he’s wound up for hours afterwards, he spends the rest of the day going to the window to see if the cat’s there. It’s like all that training hasn’t happened. I can’t block his access to this window (I can to every other window in the house – why did that cat have to choose THAT spot?!) so I’ve been trying to train him to stay away. Fail. I’ve taken the easy, lazy way out I’m afraid – I’ve taped material to the window frame. That’ll do til I can sort out something permanent. I had no idea that hearing constant barking, then the constant tellings off, could leave me so tired πŸ˜€

The view from the window has been blocked for two days and I have peace! The window looks awful but I don’t care πŸ˜€ We had a routine going before Cat Stress, hopefully I can get back to it now. I will have time to sit and read my book, do a bit of crochet and flit about on the internet. I found more bits of yarn, added them to my Bits Basket and made a blanket for Scampi. It’s meant to be – and is mostly! – a semi-circle, it’s the first one I’ve made and I must’ve miscounted the stitches slighty, the straight edge isn’t πŸ˜€ Trying to get him to sit still and pose is impossible so I’ve quickly snapped these two photos

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I’ve still got lots of bits left, so I started this (for the dog, again!) but had to abandon it while the Cat Stress took over. I’ll get back to it later today. Just as I took this photo, he grabbed the yarn and made off with it, a second later and the blanket was ruffled and I’d have only managed to capture about a quarter of it, lol

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Wednesday, 27th May 2015 at 12:54 pm 11 comments

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