Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Little things...........

17. Little things - finding the balls of wool I need to finish a blanket. Needles large enough to sew in the wool on the blankets. Batting for the quilts. And stripey hair.

It has been a grey and cold day again in these parts, and this morning, as you can see from above, I had my hair done. As in highlights. Very long overdue highlights. The grey needed to be toned down a trifle. Well, I asked for darker colours and nothing too fine, because I am of the opinion that if one is having highlights, one needs to SEE them. I am now in my zebra phase, with stripey hair, but hey, normal is boring so I can have stripey hair. It makes me grin.

I thought I was going to have it cut, but my hairdresser said an interesting thing. "You do not need it cut, Linds", she said. "If you relax your shoulders, it is exactly the right length to swing freely above your shoulders. However, if you hunch your shoulders, it looks too long." Hmmmm. I must be spending most of my life with hunched shoulders, and we will not discuss why I do this. Great. So I need to relax. Drop the shoulders. Stand up straight. And the stripey hair will swing about my shoulders. Right. Got it.

And then Jean, Mum and I headed for the shops down the motorway in a nearby town. (MK to those who live round here.) Coffee and a bite to eat, and then a visit to the sewing department for wool, batting, needles and wonder under. They had everything we needed, so that was great. John Lewis is packed with wonderful (not cheap) things, and as Jean said as we were leaving later, she had forgotten how much she enjoyed shopping. I know the feeling. I never go to MK because there are shops there I would love to visit. So I keep away. But it was sensory overload with all the Christmas things out. I had forgotten the fun of looking at everything new. I could do with another trip, I confess.

A quick stop at Costco on the way home, and up the motorway we came. back home. Slow cooker bubbling away, and darkness by 4pm.

I am thankful they had the wool and batting/wadding we needed. That I now have a large enough needle to darn in the ends of the wool on the ripple blanket. Little things. But they matter to me.

I keep thinking it is the middle of the night. It has been dark since we got home. It feels late, and yet, I look at the clock and it is just 7.49pm. I seriously loathe these dark evenings with a vengeance. I need chocolate to compensate.......

8 comments:

Needled Mom said...

I've been thinking of a few highlights too. I feel so "white" these days. Hmmm.

Sounds like you had fun shopping. It is amazing to see all that is available out there.

Mary said...

Hello, my name is Mary and I live in Texas, USA. I found your blog a day or so ago and enjoyed it very much. I am a grandmother and great grandmother ! Wow...I'm really that old...Love to sew, have done a little quilting along the way. Just wanted to stop in and introduce myself and say hello.

Fran said...

That's what winter is for, making chocolate easier on the conscience. Same goes for hot toast and butter, scones with jam and cream, and thick stews and dumplings.

Crystal said...

Shopping therapy, especially at this time of year, even if you don't buy much, can do a soul much good. Fabric places and book stores are among my favourites :)

Vee said...

Is it too early for Christmas lights? I think Christmas comes just when we need it most.

Dawn said...

I want see a picture of the striped hair! And I think your hairdresser's advice is right on - or spot on, as you Brits might say?

I love Vee's comment and think she's spot on, too - we celebrate the Light of the World at the darkest time of the year when the celebratory lights are enjoyed and needed the most!

Midlife Mom said...

I too hunch my shoulders at times, or bunch them up as my chiropractor says as he twists me like a pretzel! It works though, for a while then I go back again for another untwisting.

I agree with you on the overload sometimes when shopping. There is just sooooooooo much stuff and now with all the Christmas decorations, which by the way I think are pretty but it also adds to the confusion. That's why I do my shopping way ahead of Christmas to avoid the crowds and mass confusion! Some people just love it and can't wait for the day after Thanksgiving to get up at 2 A.M. for Black Friday shopping. I'd rather have a beating then go into that crowd! ha!

PEA said...

Pass me some of that chocolate please! I agree with you, the long dark evenings suck and it always feels like midnight when it's only 8 p.m.!!

I was gone to the mall yesterday with my friend June and it's already becoming a zoo in there with Christmas shoppers everywhere you turn.

Remember now, shoulders straight and show off that striped hair! hehe xoxo