Hello, my friends - it is October, and I only just noticed......
I have been laminating paper to keep track of yarn colours and names. Do not ask. It makes me look efficient for today. Tomorrow is another story. I cannot claim the idea for myself either - I found it on the net - at Look at what I made. Dedri is a delight - pause a bit and wander round her blog. She is from the Western Cape too. South Africa. Organise Your Yarn Stash is her brilliant idea. I just hope my efforts continue, because I can see it all getting lost in a couple of weeks, but I have excellent intentions.
|This robin followed me around the allotment a couple of weeks ago, as I gather gem squash. A bumper harvest this year!|
The heating is on as I speak. This is such a new feeling! As Diana said a moment ago, "It is cold outside and warm inside - this is strange. Very strange. "
It is indeed. The new tall radiator is being a little undo-operative. The plumber is due to make yet another return visit soon. Later. Today, I hope. I am sure he will just tweak something and get it to work. Right now we have two out of 20 tall cylinders heating up. I am not thrilled. 18 inactive ones do not suit.
So there has been a little organising of things going on. Trying to get the house ready for things like more crutches, the push along scooter, etc. And trying to rationalise furniture, and space and stuff, and in this house, that is an impossible equation. Add attitude and ideals and traditions and taste to the mix and the maths is out of control.
However, we have now got a seating arrangement in the kitchen/family room, to suit the entire family. And it is warm in there which is a plus. The yarn is out of boxes and in a neat storage unit. Ikea is a godsend. The Ikea designers are, rather. Genius. The new sofa converts to a very comfortable sofa-bed as well, which is also very useful.
We are still waiting for a friend to come and finish doing all the electrical stuff, and put up the new lights and I must order the new oven, but I have things like hospitals and graduations and planes to consider instead. Nothing is urgent. Lights, maybe, but we can see.
My ladies are back at the library on Friday afternoons - they are so much fun, you know. There is no way you can be sitting at that table without grinning. We do laugh. There is not much teaching, I confess, but who cares. We have a good time. The iPad will be conquered. Right now, we are ignoring updates, because dear Lord, I may need a miracle or two to get them sorted. iGoogle is on the agenda for this week. Or Siri. I will tell them to announce that they love him. That should keep us busy for hours.
So tell me - what have you been up to? For the first time in the last decade or more, I have not changed the house to Autumn. I ran out of energy. We will skip straight to Winter in December. I have to say I do miss it, though. The younger members of the family do not. Sigh.
I made a spur of the moment trip down to London to see my son last week. Just because Ifelt like a drive. The roads were clear and I kept going. It was lovely to spend a couple of hours with him, catching up. I do want to go down for a few days and see the poppies at the tower. Here is the link to the website. It is just amazing.
I will have to go soon.
Another wonderful event was when I surprised a blogging friend, Britt-Arnhild on her visit to Turvey Abbey, not far from here. I knew she was going to be there, and we sort of made vague arrangements, but I hadn't heard anything, so decided to find her. And I walked in on her lunch. We had never met before, though we had spoken once on a visit she made to London. So it was a delight to get to know her in real life. We took a slow walk in the garden of the Abbey, and then visited Emmaus for tea. And cake. I now have a delightful friend in Norway, and after nearly a decade of blogging, the real life meetings just keep amazing me. I have been so very lucky to have met such lovely people over the years.
I know that this post has been all over the place. My head is also all over the place. Slowly, though, we are getting sorted, although I could absolutely do without all the medical stuff. However, my home is warm. And I could not be happier about that at least. My bathroom is also the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen. My yarn is getting listed. See? Good stuff all round.
I will be back......