Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Mad Rush!


Well, it's Wednesday evening, 8pm, and I'm only just getting around to blogging! Wednesday night is kind of my favourite of the week (apart from Friday, obv), because I have the house to myself while CJ goes to Bee Club (the first rule of Bee Club is, we don't talk about Bee Club!)(Have I made that joke before?)(If I have, sorry.) Anyway, I know that sounds a bit awful, but what I mean is that I just enjoy the novelty of being here on my own, pottering around, doing my own thing, talking to myself etc. In fairness, I can do all those things when he's here, but somehow it's different when I'm on my own. Does that make sense? So, I had my evening planned, and it basically consisted of blogging, making tomorrow's lunch, and changing the cat litter. However, we'd also arranged for an online supermarket delivery to come tonight, between 5 and 7pm. I was hoping it would turn up before CJ left at 6, but it arrived at around 6.40. I didn't get much done while I was waiting for it, because I was watching out of the window. Anything that involves having the front or back doors open takes a bit of forward planning, as the cats have to be shut away somewhere; they're indoor cats, we never let them out, and we don't want them making a sudden bid for freedom. So, the shopping got delivered, and I spent the next hour putting it away, changing the cat litter, cooking some chicken for tomorrow's lunch and emptying the bin (not necessarily in that order). And now I've finally got to sit down and write this, but I feel a bit rushed now, as I also wanted to go to bed early!! So I apologise for the 'stream-of-consciousness' style of this post!

Can you believe we're halfway through June already?? Where the heck is it going? And here's a depressing thought - it'll soon be the longest day, and then it's all downhill till Christmas, ha ha!! I've got my monthly garden photos, which weren't taken on the 1st but a few days later. We've also had lots of visits from Mr Squiggle, and I'm a bit addicted to taking photos of him, so I might sneak a few cute ones in too:

Fruit trees - think one's an apple, one's a peach

Plum tree

I could see a bright red thing in the garden, from the back door, and when I went to investigate, I found this beauty, gleaming in the sun! Showed CJ when he came home later - he picked it, I ate it, and I can confirm it was delicious!!

He sat like this for ages, like he was really pondering something!

Note the absence of peanut feeder, which should be hanging from the bracket
Somehow, the feeder had fallen to the floor, which seemed convenient...

Burying his nuts!

Still burying!

A few days later, the feeder back where it should be

Fresh out of the garden

I mentioned in my one-before-last post that I'd been doing some cross-stitch recently. Well, I finally finished it on Monday evening, and here it is, still on the frame:

It's called 'Lady On Balcony', and I was doing it for my mum - not as a surprise, she'd asked me to stitch it for her. Unfortunately, that was about 10 years ago!! At the time, the pinky/purpley/grey shades kind of matched the decor in her living room - but I think she's redecorated two or three times since then! I don't know what happened really - I made a good start on it but then... I suppose I got bored with it or something. I'd do a few days, and then literally have a gap of a couple of years before I got it out again and had another go, which is why it's taken me so long. When I had my week off work recently I decided that I was going to finish it once and for all, so I got it out and it stayed out - I thought if it was in the way it would make me more determined to stick with it. I didn't tell my mum that I was finishing it - I thought she'd probably forgotten all about it so I could kind of surprise her, which is what I did when I took it over on Tuesday. I think she was a bit shocked, but she was really happy with it, and the next job is to get it framed now. I've got a couple of big designs that I did years ago that also need framing, so it looks like it'll be a day out to the picture framers!

I must admit, despite my awful track record with this particular kit, these last few weeks has really made me catch the cross-stitch bug again! I've got some other kits in the attic which I might try and have a look for this weekend, as I feel like I want to start another one now! The only thing is, I don't really want to use my big embroidery frame again, as it's very cumbersome and I think that was part of the problem with the last one, so I'll have to have a go with a hoop I think. I'll need to just read up on how to use them so as not to damage your work - presumably you're supposed to take it out of the hoop when you're not working on it to prevent creases, but I can be a bit lazy when it comes to things like that, so I'd have to be really strict with myself. Having said that, I don't know if it's a good idea for me to start doing cross-stitch when I'm still quite into my crochet - I came close to buying some yarn the other night, but when I selected all the colours that I wanted, it would've come to about £52! I don't know if that's a lot or not, but it kind of made me pause and I decided I'd give it some more thought!

I've noticed a few of you have become addicted to a site called Pinterest, so I thought I'd have a go too. I don't really get it though. I'm not sure if it's suited to someone who spends lots of time surfing the internet, browsing sites about interior design, fashion etc, but if that's the case then I don't really think it's for me. Although I seem to spend a lot of time online, I've realised that I don't do a lot of browsing - I'm mainly either reading blogs or on Twitter and Facebook, and not much else. So I've found that I'm having to actually force myself to look for pictures to 'pin', rather than just coming across them naturally, and I get the impression that that's not really the aim of the site. Interestingly, the board that I have the most pictures on is one of 'talent' (ie. sexy men!) - for some reason, I've found it quite easy googling them! ;-)

At the beginning of this year, I made a list of 'intentions' (not resolutions, very important difference!) and as we're now half way through 2011 I've just had a look to see how I'm doing. Amazingly, I have actually achieved some of the things I listed, the biggest one probably being the intention 'Get Some Exercise' underneath which I've written I'VE JOINED A GYM!!! I don't think I had high hopes for that one at all! I've managed some of the other things on the list too, whereas others have kind of fallen by the wayside, although I've still got six months to rectify that. Did you make a similar list, and if so, how are you doing?

Millie is in the litter tray - she spends ages in there, just scratching and scratching and scratching. We have an under-stairs cupboard in the kitchen which she's obsessed with getting into - I said to CJ the other day that one day we'll go in there looking for her, and on the back wall there'll be a poster of a 50's film star which, when taken down, will be hiding a tunnel to the outside world!! (You may or may not know which film I'm referring to there!)

Anyway, it's getting late and I still need to make my lunch for tomorrow.

Sorry again about the long rambling post!!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

An Apology...

It occurred to me today that, in my haste to post my scavenger hunt photos last night, I never actually gave any credit to Kathy who provides the list each month (I have mentioned her blog before I think, but I should've posted a link yesterday too). Sorry about that!! So, her blog is here, where you can view her own photos, and I believe you can view other people's photos on this Flickr page, and/or upload your own, if you wish.

Thank you for a brilliant idea Kathy - May was my first attempt at the scavenger hunt, and I've got my thinking cap on for June already!
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