Wednesday, 4 August 2021

4th August 2021

I'm going through a phase of 'can't be bothered to do anything because it all seems too much effort and just a tad boring'. Usually, I have the odd day here and there where I feel like this but this time it seems to be lingering. I know it will pass, it always does, but I just can't seem to find any interest in anything much lately.

I have a jigsaw, books to read, a cross stitch, sewing projects and of course the crochet. But none of them hold any appeal. I don't even want to make a video which I was really enjoying doing only a few weeks ago. 

I half think it's because I'm surrounded by people who are also bored and I'm having to listen to them telling me about it. Generally, if I'm on my own I can easily entertain myself and I enjoy doing so. But I have to say I'm not enjoying the company of la famille that much at the moment. Maybe it's because we've all been in each others hair for so long with the never ending lockdown sagas of isolation. Maybe it's because the spontaneity of life seems to have been sucked out of us. Just deciding to do something on the spur of the moment doesn't seem quite so easy any more. 

So if I'm quiet for a while, it's only because I'm waiting for my motivation and enthusiasm to return. Fingers crossed, it will come back sooner rather than later. 

Hope you're all keeping well. x

Monday, 26 July 2021

Monday 26th July 2021

There's not much happening here at the moment, which in some ways is quite nice. We talked about driving to Skipton today but couldn't decide and by the time we'd reached that conclusion it was too late to go anyway. That meant there was no excuse not to tackle some housework. It was a productive couple of hours and everything feels nice and fresh now. 

We started watching Baptiste last night. I was convinced we'd already seen it but I'd got mixed up with The Missing and the spin off which is Baptiste. The storyline has a 14 month 'now and then' time line and even though the 2 main characters look very different at each point in time, it took us a while to get to grips with it. 

I'm loving the never-ending colourful little posies of sweetpeas on the mantel and the stocks are still going strong. To freshen them up I just gently tap them against my palm and all the dead petals drop off.

The first morning glory has flowered and the honeysuckle is having a second bloom. 

The tomato plants are thriving and I can't wait for them to ripen so I can roast some on the vine. I bought 3 varieties but unless I can find the labels I couldn't tell you what they are. 

Crochet wise I've made 2 little bags and I'm in the middle of another alien.

And really that's about it. I need to go and pick a few bits of shopping up tomorrow and for the first time in a while I'll be going on my own. Mark has been tagging along recently and although he comes in very handy for carrying things, he doesn't like browsing whereas sometimes I like to have a good look round even if I'm not planning to buy anything. 

Tuesday is the day I miss Mum most, which might sound odd but that's when we used to go out together. It was our day to do some shopping, a bit of bargain hunting and catch up over coffee. Now things are slowly getting back to normal again with our new 'freedoms' I'm beginning to feel her absence on shopping day. It is what it is though.

Hope you've all had a lovely day. xx

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Wednesday 21st July 2021

I've had to buy a new phone this week. I'd held out for as long as I could but the keyboard was slowly giving up. I've not been able to type the letter 'P' for weeks, (thank goodness for predictive text), and the numbers completely went last week. I've no interest in anything technical and only use it for calls, texts and the odd google so didn't want anything OTT plus I struggle to hold a big phone. Anyway I've now upgraded from my much loved i-phone 5 to a 7. Hand on heart, the best part was being able to choose a cover for it. Luckily these shades of purple are acceptable to me :)

We all went to Manchester yesterday. I wasn't overly keen because it was so hot but Tom looked desperate to get out of the house, so the four of us took the train into town. Amy treated us to lunch and then she took Tom to a virtual reality game thing. Me and Mark had a little wander around but it was so hot that after a short while we headed to a cafe for a sit down and a drink. 

I passed a shoe shop and had to take a photo. I'm sure we'd all feel much more cheerful if we were brave enough to wear such colourful footwear. 

My choice would definitely be the cherries.

The only thing I bought was a drainer. Mark's been wanting one of these for a while so he can scoop poached eggs out of the pan easily. He put it to the test this morning and gives it 5*. 

I gave the poached egg he made the same rating. 


The shopping came today but the freezers had broken so no frozen food was delivered. It's not too much of an inconvenience as I'm going for the BBQ food on Friday so I'll get what I need then. The weather forecast has changed and it looks like it'll be dry and a lot cooler, which is great because in this heat it's just too hot to be outside for any length of time.

At the moment Mark only takes Wendy out for her walk first thing in the morning and last thing at night when it's cooler and he says people are putting bowls of water out for dogs so they can have a drink on their way round, which is a really nice thing to do. 

I've done a bit of weeding in the garden. It's looking very colourful and the tomatoes are coming on nicely. I've not had any fuschia for a while but they're so pretty I'll be making a point of buying more. 

Hope you've all had a good day. x

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Saturday 17th July 2021

We went to the supermarket this morning to buy the drinks for the BBQ. There's only one girl who drinks beer, the rest, including the lads drink vodka, gin, prosecco and wine. Mark's eyebrows did a little dance when I told him this lol. In his day he was a few pints and a whisky or two for the road type of man. 

While I was there I picked up some stocks which smell divine.

And some strawberries and melon - I find it so much easier to eat healthy when it's warm. 

I also bought some asparagus to go with a lasagne I'd made. Nobody wanted wedges or garlic bread but I like to put something on the plate as a side and if it's green and healthy, even better.

Then we popped to Argos to pick up a cheap gazebo. Two trains of thought here, it will give a bit of shade if it's sunny and a bit of shelter if there are showers. After messing with awnings for the past few years, putting it up was a doddle and only took about 20 mins and that was on a 'go slow'. I'll be able to hang some decorations from it as well which is an added bonus.

We bought one of these years ago when Thomas was christened. After the service we came back to the house for a drink and a buffet which turned into a full on party. Nobody would go home and we'd eaten everything so we ended up ordering Indian takeaway for everybody. I used to love a party so I look back on that day with a smile. All our family, friends and neighbours were there and when I think about it, it's hard to believe how many people have passed away since then. Anyway, the day after we went away and left the gazebo up. When we got home it was in pieces in the back garden. Apparently, a gust of wind had lifted it over the fence and into the neighbours garden and Tom had been called to retrieve it. This time we'll have to make sure we peg it down properly. 

And that's about all we've done today because it's really been far too hot to do much more. 

Hope you're all enjoying the weather. 

Friday, 16 July 2021

Friday 16th July 2021

Tom finished school at lunchtime and is off for 7 weeks. In true Tom style, he got in the car and nonchalantly asked where we were going on holiday and when! Erm, that would be nowhere this year. I'll plan a few day trips though. A change of scene will do us all good and I think after 3 isolation periods in 2 months he's suffering from cabin fever. Normally 7 weeks at home doing nothing would appeal to him.

I've picked more sweet peas and also the peas. I think I've left them too long though as they don't taste as sweet as they did last week. Growing them was fun so I'm not going to worry about it. I'll probably mix them in with the bird seed. I'm sure Mildred will love the extra treat.

Project of the week has been tidying the wardrobe again. It's a never ending battle because of all the crafting stuff that's in there. I found a fair amount of things I've started but not got round to finishing so I've completed 4 teddy puppets and an alien puppet I'd forgotten about. There are still 4 comforters, 2 blankets, several pencil cases, the doll sleeping bags and the Melody dolls that all need finishing and I've got another shelf to tidy so there could be even more things lurking in there. 

Another use for the press studs :)

The weather forecast is looking good all next week then seems to change at the weekend, which typically will be just in time for Amy's BBQ. Nothing to be done about it though. In the grand scheme of things considering the flooding in Europe it'll be a minor inconvenience and nothing more. I've ordered a cheap gazebo which we can put up and if it's too bad to BBQ I'll just cook indoors. I'm sure after a couple of drinks they won't mind whether they're inside or outside. In fact, knowing them, they'll probably happily sit out in the rain with their brollies up.

Hope you've all had a lovely day. xx


Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Tuesday 13th July 2021

I was very happy to see some pink sweet peas flowering so I cut a few stems for the house. There's literally half a dozen but the scent from them is amazing. 

I've put the sewing machine away for the time being. After a few days it gets on my nerves looking at all the mess so I like to clear the decks. I've sewn another 4 dolls but I'm running out of space in the wardrobe so I won't stuff them yet.

You'd think I was past making rookie mistakes like forgetting to add the arms wouldn't you! Mind you, in my defence nobody talks to me until I start sewing or crocheting and then for some reason I become a quiz show contestant with the amount of questions I'm asked. 

I've had a good tidy up in the house today. When I'm crafting I'm never on top of other things as much so a bit of clearing away was needed. It only took an hour but it feels much better. I've also given the kitchen a good going over. I usually wipe down with method but I like to get the bleach out as well. I like the smell of it when I'm doing a 'proper' clean. 

I've been buying bits for Amy's BBQ over the past couple of weeks and already Thomas has tracked down and eaten 3 packs of  marshmallows. I actually hide food from him, but he's onto me and just opens every drawer and cupboard until he finds something that appeals to him. Suffice to say the fruit, veg and salad are always safe!

I'm just going to tidy a few more things away in the bedroom then I'm having a brew and a flick through my magazine that arrived this morning. Maybe I'll pick up some BBQ tips. 

Hope you're all having a lovely day. xx


Monday, 12 July 2021

Monday 12th July 2021

I've been working on the doll over the weekend and have finally made one that I like and is easy to sew. The felt arms didn't work which was frustrating as the idea was good, but they were just too floppy. I think it's because I used wool felt. The cheaper crafting felt I've used for the legs and hair is firmer and much better. 

I was determined the only part of the doll being stuffed was the head and body, so after giving it some thought I made sleeves and put felt inside to make them a little more sturdy.

Amy loves naming things so these are now Melody Dolls. They're definitely not a traditional doll but I like that. I wanted to make them as cheerful and bright as possible which is why there are a lot of colours going on. I'm just hoping whoever finds a Melody doll inside her shoebox thinks she's cute enough to love.


She measures 9" x 4.5" from top of head to bottom of body but you could make them any size. I have 9 more to finish off but now I know what I'm doing they'll be easy to make. 

The England result was disappointing but personally, I don't think Italy have anything to be proud of. Several tackles which were bad enough to warrant yellow cards is nothing to celebrate in my book. Mind you, what can you expect from a team when their captain did what he did.  

Hope you've all had a lovely day. xx