Making : a hot water bottle cosy. One half done. I started the other yesterday, but you really don’t get very far along in a 10m session, and I’m not up to everyday yet either. Try setting a 10m timer for the fun of it. It goes so fast. Then make yourself stop. It’s really hard!
I did feel like whooping yesterday when I posted this pic on Instagram. It was fab to have something to show and join in with the buzz of all the Autumn making
Cooking : sourdough pizza last night, on a Sunday night. I hadn’t made any since August, it was time
Drinking : peppermint tea, Stoptober still going ahead here
Reading: The Music shop by Rachel Joyce and Never Greener by Ruth Jones, I’ve got a bit caught up in both
Wanting: a positive outcome to my appointment with the Hand and Wrist Consultant and Hand Therapist this week (i.e. no nasty injection or talk of surgery again)
Playing: some of The Music Shop book’s playlist
Deciding: not to try anymore crochet for several days now, as hand is sore
Wishing: for a car to fall in my lap, I can pay but I just want someone else to find, test and choose!
Enjoying: sunny blue skies and crisp weather. Driving to Birmingham, on Saturday morning, I noticed an orange snowflake appear on the dashboard to indicate the outside temperature. It had dropped down to 4°. It’s 7° today, crisp and bright – basically my favourite type of autumn day
It’s Christmas in Selfridges, Birmingham. I know it’s really early but actually I got swept into the joyful atmosphere
Waiting: for a telephone call from a company
Liking: thinking about which soup to make next
Wondering: what to have for dinner
How pretty are these Lola’s cupcakes? (Also in Selfridges, Brum)
Loving: seeing everyone’s colder weather makes on Instagram (I know some of you are in the southern hemisphere and I do like seeing your flowers and garden pictures too!)
Loved having a legitimate colder day to wear my Mock Cable mitts last week. You can knit some too
Pondering: natural ways to keep those limescale and splash marks off the shower doors, without resorting to nasty chemical sprays that you’re not meant to wash off. Any suggestions? I’m thinking of something like you rub on half a lemon and a bit of white vinegar in a half-hearted kind of way. I’m not sure if either would be effective Considering: going for a walk in the sunshine
Buying: frozen butternut squash, it’s a great standby for soup making
How white is this dog? She was eye catchingly pretty. Her owner said she’d just come from the groomers; she’s a perfect ad for their services! I had to ask if I could take her photo for my blog. She’s called Molly and posed like a true professional. My friends know I’m much more of a cat than a dog person, but she’s clearly gorgeous
Watching: I’m still working my way through Stella. I’ve just finished Series 4. So far series 3 has been my absolute favourite; it was so funny. She and ‘Michael Jackson’ were brilliant together.
Hoping: no one tells me what happens at the end of series 6
Marvelling: at the range of items we can borrow from our libraries. I’m working my way through all the library’s Stella DVDs after getting hooked on the first two or three episodes for nothing on Amazon Prime, but then they wanted a lot of money to rent or buy the series. No way! I can reserve a DVD for £1.20 and borrow it for a week for another £1.20, then it’s 30p per every additional day afterwards
Cringing: at how bad you can feel during your period some months. It’s awful and you can’t really explain how fluctuating hormones can make you feel and react so emotionally to what you’d normally shrug off, or suggest discussing sometime over a burger and a milkshake. I think it can sound like an excuse to anyone who doesn’t experience it, but it’s very real. Afterwards you hardly recognise the emotional mess you became for a while
Not your usual charity shop find is it? No, I didn’t buy them!
Needing: to water my plants
Questioning: why the boiler keeps making that odd noise despite a recent service
Smelling: rose perfume oil, mmmmm
Wearing: jeans and a t-shirt with three-quarter length sleeves, it’s warm behind glass in the sun
Crossing the bridge over the lake, looking back towards the obelisk, Blenheim Palace in the autumn sunshine
Following: some incredible new designers that seem to have suddenly snuck up during the time that I haven’t been knitting and crocheting
Knowing: designing is probably never going to be my special talent, but I do love writing
Thinking: about my rumbling tummy, I always seem to be either hungry or thirsty when I write these posts
Admiring: some crochet jumpers and cardies
Nala the cockapoo, one of the salon dogs relaxing on the hair-wash chair. She’s either resting her head on your knee asking for love, or curled up on a chair. It’s clearly a hard life. Cora her Goldendoodle half-sister is often asleep by the front door, waiting for the postman who always brings treats. They are probably part of the reason why I’m so much more comfortable around dogs. I like my hairdressers a lot, so it wasn’t a difficult choice between leaving because of the dogs, or staying and getting used to them. This year I’ve patted them both once. This might not seem impressive, but believe me it is!
Sorting: my shredding and coming across all sorts of funny notes, including one I wrote to Someone who was on a conference call: ‘We have a situation in a k cupboard, I think it’s contained…. but I’ve left the bin outside the front door.’
Getting: a new mini sieve at Birmingham’s Rag Market, to try to make even better poached eggs
Bookmarking: articles about psychology and friendship
Coveting: new clothes
Disliking: shopping for ‘em!
Opening: the veg drawers and finding a half rotten cucumber I’d forgotten about
Giggling: at Celebrity Goggle Box in aid of Stand-up for Cancer on Friday night. Danny Dyer and his daughter were hilarious
Sewing with my Mum. Just like old times: “You don’t need to stand over me, go and find something to do.” At least she didn’t tell me to “Go and have a run around the garden!”
Snacking: on nothing at the moment
Helping: my friend enjoy her holiday without guilt for having fish and chips etc. Life is too short, have some family fun and healthier eating can wait for a few days
Hearing: bugs ding into the window outside
Mixing: lemon, ginger and honey later for a warming drink
Worrying: about something it seems I can do nothing to resolve. It takes two to tango/ talk
Favourite lunch: toasted crumpets, avocado mashed with a little salt, poached eggs and homegrown cherry tomatoes
Slicing: that rotten cucumber, I’ve salvaged half. Hate throwing food away
Roses & orchids, amazing. Yes, spoilt
Forgetting: lots! It’s my age dear
Winning: £8:60 on the lottery a few weeks ago
Pretending: I’m a calm, wise and mature woman, not an emotional soggy mess on occasion
Sneaking: M&S Butter Mints from the car
Embracing: my beloved in his new cashmere jumper
Hope all’s well in your world. What are you up to?