Monday, 26 June 2017

Wash Bag From Trousers

If you read my post the othet day you may have seen that I made dh a pair of shorts from an old pair of trousers that he didnt wear much anymore. With the lower part of the trouser I made him a large wash bag.
I am not the best at crafty bits but I do my best! I wanted it to have a waterproof lining and I found an old laundry bag I never used and I cut that up. It had a floral design, not very masculine! But it does the job and you cant see it anyway. The drawstring that was already at the end of the trousers forms a natural tie. Dh was very pleased with it anyway and it only took about an hour to do :)
The finished product!

Showing the lining-so pretty! ;)

The drawstring was already attached to the 'trouser bottom' 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sunday In Pictures

I harvested a lot of allotment produce
Including over 1kg of blackcurrants

I made dh a healthy snack of houmous and veggies.

Blackcurrants washed and ready to
Go in the freezer.

We visited Bookbarn which is basically a warehouse full of £1 books. I love womens novels from the 30's, 40's and 50's and got a few, one of which I have been reading this afternoon and it's really good:)
Bookbarn has a cafe, we were there for so long we had a cup of tea and some lunch. I had poached egg :)

I did my Cinnamon Trust dog walking. It's much cooler now and all my dogs enjoyed their walks

Right, I better go. I have just had a call from an elderly friend that her cat has come in with a wound and she needs help cleaning it and seeing if it needs the vet. Its 8pm and I still have to sew up a pocket on Dh's rucksack and make his washbag! Note to self-dont leave everything til the last minute!! He needs it done for tomorrow! 

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Saturday In Pictures

I got up not as early as I would have liked to hear the unfamiliar sound of cars driving through rain going past. I was quite pleased though as my allotment was parched. I was working 8-12 and then the weekend was our own, here is what we got up to.

Homemade Muesli for DH with Organic Yoghurt. Gluten and Grain Free with
Home Grown Blackcurrants
I asked for a plain coverless cushion for my birthday so I can crochet my own cover to go on it.
It will be done in the style of the WW2 ARP colours and design  and I will have it to go on my
chair on my ARP re-enactment awning.
DH loves wargaming. Here is one of the models he
was painting this afternoon. The model is about 2.5 inches high
and the detail is amazing. They take hours to complete.
Burt was annoyed I bothered him to take this photo......
Sorry B ......kinda ;)

I'm now just off to make a cu of tea for us before Quiet Hour starts, then an early night I think. Allotmenting and all sorts of fun tomorrow.


Friday, 23 June 2017

Why I Quit Facebook

You might have noticed I've been posting more recently. The reason for this is because I have been spending a bit of time reflecting on what I want out of life and how I want to be spending my time. Life feels like it goes by so fast and I don't want to spend any of it 'zoned out', which is certainly easy to do after a 10-12 hour work day. I do feel sometimes it is easy to get caught up in just plodding along, and I don't want that. I love life, I feel it is a gift and I don't want to waste any of it.

In light of that I have been and will continue to make changes, some small, some hopefully will be bigger, changes to make sure my life is how I want it: full of joyful experiences, helping others and really having a life full of texture and warmth. Does that make sense? I'm not saying I didn't before, I'm saying I feel more conscious now that I want to be more mindful of what I'm doing and how I am spending my time.

I've become very aware of what I watch on television. I am guilty of just 'having it on' in the background, anything really. Now, I try and make sure I watch historical programs or something I really want to watch and then turn it off the rest of the time. I try not to watch anything I've seen before unlesss I really enjoyed ot the first time. I now listen to a lot of audio books instead. I find them much less distracting but still enjoyable for when I want a bit of company. I enjoy Bill Bryson and Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend.

Coming back to my blog title, recently I also quit Facebook. I didn't have loads of friends, I only have people on their I actually know. I only got it to keep up to date with my sister who lives in Oz, however as she is now on Wattsapp I can keep in touch that way. I find it is so easy to just check FB and before I know it I'm scrolling looking at things, at videos I would never have looked at if they haven't been 'there'. Some people put up political views or rants on FB which I dont think is really necessary. I always think Facebook should be for fun and keeping in touch but it seems that it is used as platforms for all sorts of other things now. That is why I deactivated my account, maybe not forever, but it is certainly the right decision for me now. My 'real' friends can keep in touch by letter, text or phone and other people probably won't even notice I'm gone.

In light of that, I have been reading more blogs and would like to update my blogroll on my side bar. If you read or write a great blog you think I might enjoy, please post it below so I can have a look. Thanks for reading this, aby comments or thoughts much appreciated.  Xx

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Car Trouble

What a long day yesterday ended up being. I usually finish work at 2pm on Wednesdays but as I am covering a colleagues absence I worked til 6pm. On leaving work the car felt and sounded really bad so I quickly pulled in the garage by my work, got out and realised one of my new tyres was flat as a pancake!

I phoned the breakdown company. It took me ages to get through and was then told it would be 2-3 hours before they could get out to me!! It was baking hot and I was already pretty tired. I phoned dh, we share a car so he was unable to get to me but he phoned me back a short time later to say that our lovely, lovely neighbour D was going to give him a lift to me and help change the tyre (we've never done it before). Luckily I had a good book and I had the doors of the car open to try and stay cool.

The cavalry arrived before too long and D followed us home once the tyre was changed to make sure we got home ok with the spare on. Dh took the car to the mechanic today and it turned out one of the tyres hadn't been put on correctly.... the seal or something, I'm not too sure, so it was all ok in the end but it was certainly a long and tiring day!!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Last Day Of The Heatwave

It's 30 degrees again today. Dh and I were feeling a bit stressed this morning. We have continual problems with our neighbours and 2 in particular cause us considerable grief with inconsiderate and sometimes rude behaviour. This morning there was a problem again, another reason why we hope to move next year. We'll know more next week but it's exciting to think we might have the opportunity for a fresh start.

Our car scraped through its MOT yesterday with some new tyres and a bit of love, so now we must buckle down and get some more money in savings. I know moving isn't cheap. We have some cosmetic work to do on the house as well before we do.

It's going to be cooler tomorrow and into the weekend so I am going to move my Cinnamon Trust dog walks to the weekend. It's far too hot to be taking them out today.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Shorts From Trousers

Another hot one today! I got up really early and opened all the windows (we can't have them open overnight because of mosquitos). It was lovely, crisp and fresh. I made myself a cup of coffee and sat and read for a bit, then I had a shower and made yoghurt and fruit including home grown blackcurrants for dh and I.

I worked 8-6. We were very busy which was fine as it made the day go nice and quickly. I like to be productive. When I got in from work we had salad and crackers for dinner, nice and simple, then went for a walk up the lane. Its nice to have a walk with dh after a full day. It gives us chance to catch up and we always have a good chat when we walk. It was starting to cool off so it was refreshing to get out and about.

When we got in we did our hour of quiet time. Well... I did my hour of quiet time and turned an old pair of dh's trousers into shorts for him. I have plans to turn the leftover trouser bits into a travel wash bag for him. But poor dh hasn't been sleeping well with the heat. He layed on the floor in the lounge to do some writing and after about 20 minutes has fallen fast asleep pen still in hand! Poor chap, I'm trying not to laugh as next to him is a cup of tea that has gone cold that has the words 'Living The Dream' printed on it! I will have to wake him soon as he cannot be comfortable!

It is nice sitting though. The back door is open next to me, B is sitting out enjoying thr freshness and bird watching and everything feels very still. It's very calming.