Monday, 1 December 2014

All Sorts of Everything!

 Lindisfarne Castle

Apologies but I'm pretty hopeless at posting these days.  I'm convinced we only have 3 day weeks now.  I just seem to get up in the morning & a couple of days have gone!  Maybe I've slept through!  It's a sign of old age, mind you it does seem to be worse in winter.  Christmas has a lot to answer for.  Thankfully we don't have Thanksgiving here or I'd be to take away!

This week I decided to buy my husband a laptop for his combined Christmas & birthday presents.  Well his old one has been driving him batty for a few months now.  My fault really, I've loaded it with photos of my trips & grandchildren.  Well it has taken me hours & hours to set it up for him.  I've lost a weekend. Thought it would be a doddle like it was with my little Nokia tablet but no.  The basic set up was fine.  However I won't go into the problems I had with the laptop after I downloaded Google Chrome because I just can't hack Internet Explorer.  YUK!!!!  After that I set up his email.  Problem?  Well I just couldn't get his BT Internet email to load.  Gmail was OK but crumbs I spent hours on trying to sort it. Eventually I discovered that it & a lot of other Internet email systems just aren't compatible with Windows 8 because they're using old technology.  Just wonder why my bills are so huge if they're not updating their stuff.  Spending too much time with their BT Infinity broadband kingdom!  Their advert is running as I type, hence the large bills.  Wonderful!  Well he'll just have to manage with Gmail.  Now I have to train him to use Windows 8. Takes a bit of getting used to after XP & Vista but I do like it.  Works great with my phone too.  I've written this post on the little Nokia Lumia tablet & it's been so easy uploading the photos from One Drive & so fast too.  I treated myself to a keyboard cover with an extra battery & it's brill!  Great for when I'm on tour.

What else?  Well I've been making lots of different things over the last few weeks. 

Sorry the picture quality isn't brilliant.

Some knitted poppies to wear for Remembrance Sunday. I always buy them but keep losing them so I decided to make some.  I don't have a pattern so every time I make one it's slightly different which is nice. 

Some candy cane ornament holders for the Christmas Fair at my granddaughter's school. 

The pattern is here.  There are some good patterns there you just have to register there first.

...... and some little snow socks to hold the candy canes too! 

The pattern for these is here 

Still need to make some baby doll's clothes for one granddaughter for Christmas before they go to France & to crochet a matinee coat for a niece's baby who is due this week.

I'm trying my hand at designing a scarf in lace wool & writing the pattern.  Don't bother watching this space, it may not come to anything with everything else that's going on.

Oh I nearly forgot.  I made a crocheted snowman hat for my granddaughter (which I forgot to take photograph of)!  My daughter bought her the mitts but there wasn't a snowman hat she liked to match so I had to make one!

Apart from the crafty stuff I've helped load a container from our local churches with aid for a community in Zambia.  I couldn't believe how many sports T shirts & running gear from marathons & fun runs there was.  Zillions!  It took groups of us three mornings to fill it.  One of our priests goes out to Zambia each year to work with a congregation & their priest comes back with him to our parish.

I'm still listening to children read at my granddaughter's school & they've very kindly invited the volunteers to go on the pantomime trip with the whole school. I had a wonderful time last year.  The bus ridge was great before we even got there.  Not sure whether I enjoyed watching & listening to the children's reactions or the pantomime.  The comments were great.  One boy asked whether the ugly sisters were really women!  They weren't but I wasn't going there!  Loved every minute of it.  Well apart from the numerous trips to the loo!  This year it's Little Red Riding Hood.  Goodness knows what the comments will be. 

Also went on a retreat last month.  I haven't done that since I was at school.  It was nothing like those ones.  I haven't laughed so much for years.  The photo at the top is of Holy Island, Lindisfarne, where we spent the time.  I'll do a separate post on it as I took a few photos & it's a lovely place.

I was asked to apply for a tour manager post with another tour company which specialises in UK tours & cruises.  Wasn't too keen at first but filled the application form in which took hours!  Full of what you would do in hypothetical situations & what kind of person I am.  Crumbs!  Then they wanted a CV!  Think I must be daft.

What haven't I done?

No decorating unfortunately.  Light isn't good enough now, a great excuse.  Not a lot of housework either but as my friend says "nobody on their death bed ever wishes they'd done more housework".  I keep saying I might be the first. 
No cruise booked for my 70th birthday, dithered around too long & the one I'd been considering is fully booked.
Not much Christmas shopping done either.  Mainly because I don't know what to buy.  For once my granddaughters haven't asked for anything much.  Nor has my grandson but there's time yet.  It's his birthday next week so it will probably be a money job.  Will have to get onto the Internet methinks.

Well time to go!


  1. You've been a busy lady !
    I was much more structured and disciplined in my working days, there is something about retirement that makes one lazy I feel.
    I can knit but never learned to crochet, maybe now would be a good time.
    Your bits and bobs are lovely, and festive !
    In response to your Thanksgiving comment, I confess to not liking a huge food day, so close to Christmas celebrations, just too much going on for two months. It's the tradition over here, so I join in, but Christmas is the meal I love most.
    Hope you have a wonderful one, speaking of Christmas's!

    1. Must be expensive & very tiring having 2 big days like that so close. Twice as much opportunity to gain weight too! Have a lovely Christmas.

  2. Wow you have been busy. Firstly I know nothing about windows as I have a mac.

    Your craft items are excellent, now I see why you don't have much spare time! I've done very little Christmas shopping either but what have done so far is all off the internet. The only negative is you have to stay in all the time to receive it.

    1. Still you get to avoid all that madness that took place last week. Black Friday! It certainly was for some people in Tesco shops. Another import we could do without like MacDonalds or fat Donald's as my granddaughter used to call it. Out of the mouths of babes!

  3. This post will be a good reminder when I wonder why you don't post very often. Yikes!! You go girl. Also my tree, when decorated, sports some tiny little knitted stockings for holding candy canes that my grandmother made for all of us. They are treasures. She always hid a little money in them too:)

    1. What a good idea. I did make one for one granddaughter who was around at the time. Think I'll make some more & put their names on & put some money in too. Never thought of that. Lovely that you kept them Annie. Although I think we valued things more, especially money as it was so tight in those postcard days. So many of my grandchildren's things get thrown out. Minimalism they call it I call it the throwaway society!

    2. Oops! Meant to say postwar days. The autotext came up & changed what I'd written. Did it again. Far too clever this stuff.

  4. You've been busy. I don't have much Christmas shopping done either.

  5. Yes it must be age! The weeks fly by amazingly these days and it seems like just a few hours and the day/week is gone. I keep saying I will get up earlier but have not managed that yet!. Your crotchet and knitting looks fun. Must wish you a Happy New Year while here too.


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