Wednesday, 30 December 2009
OK. 2009 has nearly gone. I personally am fed up with looking at my 'not so slim' body in the mirror. I know, at 5'8 1/2" I will never be 'little' or 'slight' but I can defiantly be 2 stone lighter. I am fed up with thinking about it and not actually getting around to doing it. People say 'your tall, you carry it well, that may be so but it is me who sees the naked truth, and only me who can do anything about it.
So that is the first challenge. Join me in loosing some weight. Joining a slimming club is all well and good but that is £6 we could spend on fabric, wool or craft items.
So.......................... It is always easier to loose weight if you do it with someone, a friend. Two of you have already suggested joining me so here is the blog to do it in. Put the £6 a week in a jar and follow this blog http://theperfectchallenge.blogspot.com/
Put random thoughts (your weight if you feel like it - I'll stick mine on there on Friday morning - Hey I have no shame) tips and suggestions. How about e-mailing me a photo, or a post to email@example.com and I'll post it for you, making it a 'keeping track blog'.
The second challenge is to finish one WIP a month (more if you feel like it). Again I shall post a photo. Apart from the rolls of blubber, I am also fed up looking at un-finished things that I have started.
So 2010 is as good as we all make it. I know I want to end this new year thinking that I have done my best, looking forwards instead of backwards (which I have been doing a bit lately) I want to feel better, fitter and lighter. I also want to be tidier - well OK, maybe that is just one challenge too far!!!!
Sunday, 27 December 2009
Sorry I have been away from blogging for ages. I have been reading (yours)but just not really getting around to writing my own.
Christmas has totally thrown me this year. I planned to be so organised, well, I did say planned!!
Did actually manage to make most of my presents, trouble is, sometimes they don't look like they have not only cost a lot, but they also have taken hours to do. Still, all of mine went down really well. Remember the Attic / Hen mitts? My sister liked this sock yarn we saw in St Ives, so it became mitts. See.....they actually fit (thankfully she has much smaller hands then I)
His face was a picture when he showed it to my Grandad
Mmmmmm..........86 years old and STILL understanding (or remembering) what the calender was all about!!
My little sister and I. (not to myself, 2010 must sort the weight thing out!!)
Little sis and Jose....
My Mum (below) and my Grandad above
Mum's op was cancelled as it was found at her pre-op that her blood was 5.2 instead of 12 - 18. Whoops. Turns out she had been bleeding internally and was a) lucky being alive b) not having had a heart attack or stroke. So once her level is back up then she'll be going in.
Now, I started this blog with the intention of posting about stuff I had made, or wanted to make. I seem to have gone a bit off track. So 2010, new year, new start.....
In case I don't post again till the New Year. I wish you all well. xx
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Now I love the build up to Christmas, the making of gifts, hand made cards. Writing lists and just generally feeling very Christmassey.
The Trees are up in Bridport, above various shops.
But me.... with one month to go, feel totally un-festive.
My Mum is going to have her hip replacement on Christmas Eve, so Christmas is going to be very different this year. Jose and Ash will be helping get together dinner, for my Dad and Grandad, sister etc (at my old house I used to have everyone up to the farm and cook for the mass. But not anymore, did it for about 10 years.) It will be different but it will be lovely all the same.
I have a head full of presents that I want to make , that I thought I would have time to make but I also have the induction to finish and also the start of the Med's course. Ideal just before Christmas!!
So better pull my finger out and get the courses done!
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
He was the boy at playgroup who bit other children, no warning, would be playing then lean over and bite.
He'd walk around with such a scowl (still does now actually but I think that is now down to his age!!)
Never happier then going to work with his Dad, would see a digger or a tractor and would say I want one of those. We got mini versions of his Dad's work sweatshirts printed. Thinking about it now it was sort of like a Mini me (Austin Powers).
The my little sister Natalie was coaching the children's rugby in Bridport. You know friends in high places!! Jasper's Birthday is the end of September so that would have meant that he couldn't start training until the following year when he was 5. Natalie somehow managed to get him in. The shirt came down to his knees. This little lad has become this young man................
I woke up, had it all planned, Jose off to school, walk Lily then crack on out side.
Well as I said, I HAD it all planned.
But in then night when I was awake looking out of the window (any tips on sleeping - don't mention stopping drinking coffee!!), I got to thinking about the scarf I had made with Kim, and I wondered if this or that would work. But I would need to go and get a piece of sponge, better do that before I get stuck into the back garden.
Then I got home with my sponge, put it on the side, made a coffee, wondered if it would work as I thought it would.
A little play, just whilst I drank my coffee.........well maybe I could just set it out...... My sky.......and wispy clouds.......
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
I learnt a valuable lesson that when you make something and give it away, that is just what you have done, you have given that item to someone for them to treat it as they wish to, you have no control.
I learnt that lesson AFTER I called in to see this friend and her new babe only to discover that they were using the quilt in the dog bed for their very smelly old dog. I resisted the urge to gather up the quilt, and take it home to wash and keep safe.
On the other hand, I made a cot quilt for Josie's first teacher when she had a baby. That quilt was so loved, it became her comfort blanket. When she was 5 it had all but fallen apart. It was down to a 5" square, but that didn't matter, it had fallen apart as it had been loved so much. She used to have to sneak in whilst she was asleep, was and dry it and put it back before the little girl woke in the morning.
This is why, the Hug became so important. Jose took this whilst Ashley was taking to her Mum on the phone. I had a warm feeling inside when I saw this photo. I have just spent the most fantastic evening with a Dear friend, Kim. She came to show me how she had made her scarf. We are going to try to get together for a craft evening every 3rd Tuesday. I hope it works out that we can.
Monday, 16 November 2009
Right, an hour on my induction to care then outside to clear up wet slippery leaves, blown over plants.
I kind of miss having the Hug to work on.
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Just very quickly, have a look at this site http://uk.biz.yahoo.com/12112009/389/15-things-free.html Every little helps at this time of year doesn't it.
Off to work a night tonight so should get a chunk of the Hug done. Wonder how big I should aim for.......................
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Is it just me or does the Honeymoon period of blogging wear off slightly. In my head I write posts every day. But then to sit down, take photo's off the camera and re-size them and upload them seems to take ages. But then again, if you did it often then there wouldn't be so many photo's to upload in one sitting!!
And I think the blog is a really nice way to keep in touch with friends and family who you don't see to often. For Ashley it is a way to see what is going on here whilst she is up in London at Uni. It is a record of achievements, projects in progress - PIP (I happen to think that is a nicer phrase then work in progress - WIP)
So what has been going on a Poppy Cottage? House work mainly. I still haven't mastered the art of keeping on top of it, what with Lily fluff, muddy foot prints (the tiles seemed a good idea at the time) - with hind sight, although the tiles cost £50 instead of over £200 if I had gone and brought them from the shop, cream is a pretty naff colour.
(sorry forgot to add this one in the first time around!! - Sorry Zoe)
It is just such a simple idea, one I have had in my head for ages but why does it take someone else to make it to then think Ahh!! yep, idea Christmas Presents - and a good way to use up some wool!!
Jose babysits for a lady who came to the Knit & Natter and when I picked here up this time Isla had finished her hat. The pattern came from here
Isla lent me here 9mm DPN and I started on one but then decided that I would give the magic loop a try. Like I really needed to start something new didn't I!!
It arrived on Sunday but the pink is to follow. Mild panic as the Birthday is on the 16Th (I will have been single and in my little cottage for 3 years that day!!) That is OK. I will ring them on Monday to see if it has been sent, failing that good old e-Bay! But then next snag is........where is the hook I was using? I don't remember the size. What a plonker!! It didn't have a mm size on it. I am guessing either a 3.5 or a 4 mm. Hey Ho!! Just have to do a trial bit and see.
Progress also seems to be somewhat hampered by these....
And, If I pull my finger out should be happening to these this week. At least they will look better. If I had oodles of time I would strip them back down and varnish them, but I don't so out will come the paint pots!!