Monday, 26 January 2015

Me on Monday - 25 Jan

Tatty old white sweatshirt, sloppy old sweatpants, brush in hand and tin of gloss paint on the floor - it can only mean one thing.  My hints about the faded white paint on the doors between our lounge and dining room have fallen on deaf ears and I've had to resort to a bit of 'do it yourself'. 


Which was quickly followed by, 'it'll be quicker if we both do it' and voila! the job gets done.  Finally.  However, now all the other paintwork looks tatty in comparison ...

However, all that decorating after a busy morning at work meant I had well and truly earned some sewing time.  So with last night's recorded 'Last Tango in Halifax' on the tv in the background, I was happy to continue with working out the placement of the squares for the next quilt.
 
Ours was a funny old weekend.  Our son has finally found a flat to move into in London and he will be moving out in two Saturdays time.  Our daughter completes on her house on Wednesday and this was literally probably the last time we would all be together for a family Sunday lunch for quite a while.  (I am under no illusions, once J has moved away visits home will be few and far between!)  So add to that we had mother in law here celebrating her 88th birthday, and P's cousin here too, it was a busy day yesterday!  I think my sewing time was well overdue.
 
For J and his girlfriend it was a weekend of going through the boxes they brought back from Edinburgh, for R is was a weekend of getting all the bits and pieces she's bought for her house into boxes read to transport later this week, and for P and me, the prospect of reclaiming our garage/spare bedroom/landing from all the clutter that they have both been accumulating.  It's going to be very weird just being the two of us here!

How's your week shaping up?
 
Joining in with Sian's Me on Monday posts.




Monday, 19 January 2015

Me on Monday 19 Jan


Is it me, or is it cold in here? I've arrived home from work and the house feels really chilled. So I've put the fire on and Me on Monday finds me jostling for position with the dog.
 
She wins every time!  It's been a cold old weekend around here, and although we had a few little flurries of snow on Saturday, it was only for about 10 minutes.
 
Did you have a busy weekend?  The keen eyed amongst you may notice that there's been a hair cut around here.  No, not Coco, she's not going to the groomers until Wednesday, it was me this time.  I woke on Saturday with an 'it's time for a change' feeling.  I've had about 4" cut off the back and it's into a bob style again. 
 
There were long dog walks again on Sunday, with me wearing a warm, wooly hat to compensate for the lack of hair.  There were muddy puddles to jump in, squirrels to chase, other dogs to sniff, tennis balls to throw and pick up(one day we will master fetch) and cats to glare at.  I don't think I've ever seen Coco so muddy, from the tips of her ears, right the way under her tummy and all parts of her legs.  Good job she likes going in the bath!
 
It was also a tidy everything up in R's bedroom weekend.  She will get the keys to her house next week and she's been gradually buying things and storing in her bedroom.  It was starting to look like the homeware department in John Lewis, so we boxed it all up and tidied it all and lo and behold, we could suddenly see the carpet again!  I'm also still sticking with my 'apartment therapy' project and it was a bedroom blitz weekend.  My bedroom has never looked so clean, uncluttered and tidy.  I can't believe it is half way through and I've still managed to keep up with the daily projects.
 
It was a weekend of handing over baby quilts and starting a new one.  This one has a canine theme.  Let's just say R has bought a lovely new sofa for her new home and someone with a penchant for muddy puddles and rolling in unmentionable things will not be allowed to sit on it without something in between fur and fabric ...
 
Giving up a warm, welcoming wave to Sian, who introduced us to Me on Monday!
 
 


Monday, 12 January 2015

Me on Monday - Jan 12

It was a bright and breezy weekend here. A weekend of long dog walks 
Blowing the cobwebs away. A weekend of catching up with friends who moved away, delicious meals at the local Thai restaurant, mother in law over for Sunday lunch, planning my next sewing project ....
And today? Well, today is catching up with chores after finishing my morning at work.  Monday was always laundry day when I was little, and it's the same here today 


My son obviously has a secret hiding place for worn clothes as I can empty the washing basket at the weekend and then when I walk past it on Monday, it is full of his clothes.  Where does he put them in between taking them off and putting them in to wash?  More to the point, does he hide it on purpose? Just as I think there is no more to be done ... Surprise!
It's a chilly day here today.  A day of comfort foods.  Leftover roast lamb to mince up and make into shepherds pie.  My favourite.  Do you have a favourite comfort food?  My guess is that if you are living in England, you're thinking about that comfort food today whilst keeping warm indoors because it's wild and wet outside!
 
Giving up a big wave to Sian, who introduced us to Me on Monday. 


Friday, 9 January 2015

One photo + twenty words January 2015

I promised I'd make a quilt for Rachel's friend's baby shower. 
Last weekend she reminded me.
I had 6 days! 

Joining in with Abi's   meme. 

PS Needless to say, there has been little housework done around the house this week! I should have checked the date of the baby shower much earlier than I did!

Monday, 5 January 2015

Me on Monday - Jan 5

I'm sulking.  Can you tell I'm sulking?  Back to school blues, just as bad for staff as it is for students.  What's worse is that it's a CPD day.  Which means hours of sitting on hard, plastic school chairs in a chilly, draughty school hall listening to presentations are that are primarily aimed at teachers and of no interest or use to support staff.  Oh but it's hard to go back after almost 3 weeks away.  But all good things must come to an end eh?


How was your first weekend of January?  Ours was one full of good intentions.  You see I signed up for 'Apartment Therapy'.  I live in a house rather than an apartment but when it comes to lack of enthusiasm in housework, boy do I need therapy! It's a January cure - a simple task once a day for every day of the month and you should end up with your home 'under control, fresh, clean and organized'.  That's exactly what I need after 2 weeks of constant comings and goings. This weekend's task was to clean/vacuum every floor in the house which happily coincided with us having friends over on Saturday night, so all the downstairs rooms would have been done anyway!
Good intentions too as far as eating more healthily too.  All leftovers have gone, the only chocolates left are the ones no one likes and there is no excuse for over indulging.  I'm trying to incorporate more drinking water into my life too.  As I currently don't drink water at all, that's not going to be too hard I guess.
It was also a weekend of dismantling trees and storing decorations away for next year, for getting the house back to normal and finding little bits of glitter in random places.  Christmas is officially over here.
Time to get that sewing machine out again ��

Giving up a big wave to Sian who got us all started on the Me on Monday meme.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Welcome 2015

Well, hello 2015 - how good to see you! I disappeared off the blog radar towards the end of 2014, but I'm full of New Year intentions to be back again on a regular basis.
I can't justify or make excuses for my absence over the last few weeks, I simply ran out of time and energy and something had to give.  There is a fine line between pre Christmas 'laid back and relaxed' and being disorganised and I fear that I may have crossed that line!
Can I ask a favour?  If, in just under 12 months time you hear me agreeing to do a full on Boxing Day roast beef dinner for 17 people aged between 2 and 87, please remind me how tired I felt on December 27th!  What was I thinking?  We did have a lovely time though and it was worth it. 
I've even got some crafting done this week.  My sister gave me a fab little extra gift of a 'make it yourself' hat.  It was a ball of wall and a pom pom and the instructions for knitting it were on the wrapper.
It was the perfect excuse for doing not very much for the next couple of days and I am thrilled with the finished hat. 
I am determined to do more crafting this year and already have two projects in mind.  My daughter's friend is having a baby in February and I told Rachel that I'd make her a small cot quilt so I've ordered the fabric for that and am looking forward to making something small and pretty.
Rachel's house purchase will go through at the end of January and I've promised her a dog inspired cover for their brand new sofa for when Coco is there at weekends.  Hmm - end of January, better get a move on!
I also want to get all my friendship quilt squares sewn together soon, has anyone done anything with theirs yet? 
I've missed joining in a few memes, and enjoyed having a bit of structure to my blogging month to make sure I put finger to keyboard on a regular basis so I'm intending to return to those very soon.
Tradition dictates that we have to take a family photo on Christmas Day, so that seems to be a good way to end this first post of the new year - Happy New Year from the Keyworth clan!
 

 

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas Club

Good intentions.  They're great aren't they?  I'm going to do all my Christmas wrapping as soon as I get the presents home this year.  Didn't happen.  I'll empty the freezer in November so I can bake well in advance this year.  Didn't happen.  I'll get all my shopping done well before the week before Christmas this year.  Didn't happen.  I'm going to join in all of Sian's Christmas Club Sundays.  No, that didn't happen either.  Of course my default setting for when plans go wrong is naturally to blame it on the husband.  Especially if I can get away with him not knowing I'm blaming him for something I haven't done. So the reason I missed last week was his fault.  No, really, it was his fault.  After all, it was his birthday.  Tradition dictates that the Sunday closest to his birthday we have a mini Christmas with all the family round and he gets to choose the menu.  So last Sunday went in a whirl of cooking and clearing up and decorating tables and welcoming visitors.  Glass of prosecco for the cook?  Don't mind if I do.  Long dog walk in the afternoon?  Who can resist those big puppy dog eyes?  Trying out a new game and getting hooked on Bananagrams.  As I wearily closed my eyes at bedtime I suddenly realised the day had gone and I hadn't shared a story. 
 
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My mum loved Christmas. If ever there was a Mrs Santa Claus, it was her.  Christmas was a magical time in our house.  She would spend weeks cooking in advance, because everyone had to have their favourite things to eat.  Presents were thoughtfully chosen, she must have listened so hard to the slightest hint of conversations where people would mention something that they had seen that they liked.  There was a year where I saw a lovely knitting pattern in her magazine for a cable knit jumper and mentioned how much I loved it.  This was just a short while before Christmas, and she then must have rushed out to buy wool the next day, and secretly start knitting as soon as I'd gone up to bed in the evenings to get it done in time.  How she managed that I do not know as she wasn't the fastest knitter in the world and it was a tricky wool to work with especially in the evenings when the light isn't so good. 
She was also a crossword fanatic.  Every day she challenged herself to do a crossword and was so good at getting those cryptic clues.  So she introduced a new family tradition.  She would give crossword style hints on gift tags so you had to have a guess at what it was before you opened it.  Let's just say that some clues were more cryptic than others.  Some had to be explained even after you'd opened the present!  She particularly like anagrams and to this day I think of my Kenwood Gourmet food processor as my Gemtour as the clue for that was 'Something to help make the picnic you take on a Gem Tour'
So silly me.  I decided to pick up the baton of this tradition.  When she passed away in December 1977 it seemed an ideal way to keep her in our thoughts on Christmas morning.  Her clues always brought laughter as we tried to work them out.  But oh mum.  I never realised how hard it is to come up with something original.  I did not inherit your cryptic brain.  Although I have inherited the ability to totally confuse people with what I think is a blindingly obvious clue!
 
Thank you Sian for giving us all an excuse to walk down memory lane with our family stories, they've been such fun to read.