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The blessing of friends.

It is now over a week and Typepad was unable to address the hyjacking of my blog.  I have been with them for over 10 years now and all they can give me is "it must be your fault."  This has led to total frustration.  But this morning they got back to me and I am back as me not some widget.  (Big sigh of relief.)

I have had a few days away with friends up at Toowoomba.  This is the first time I have been away from home since the end of February.  I was a bit worried if I would be able to cope with the driving but I made it up there in one piece, even though I had to stop during the day and close my eyes.  I stayed an extra night so that I would be fresh enough to drive back.  Wise decision because once I got home I just sat and read a book. 

It is such a blessing to have friends.  Angela and Allan looked after me as if I was a princess.  Home grown and cooked meals, my lunch boxes prepared, (as were all my other meals) and just such love and care.  Plus the friendship and care shown by the ladies from the Zinnia Quilting group.  Also friend Teena who kept texting me to make sure I was alright.  I am so grateful for the love and friendship extended to me.  Millie the cat was not put out too much by all the attention I was given.

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I did find however that I couldn't use my rotary cutter for too long, my shoulder just froze up.  Still I got a lot of work prepared and have made some progress on my sea side quilt.  I also realised that you really shouldn't work while you are ill.  Oh the errors I have made.  Still, they are going to stay as a reminder of the Barmar River Virus.

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Marshmellow is not my favourite sheep at the moment.  In fact I am giving him the cold shoulder.  He was so cute as a lamb.

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Now I'm not talking to him.  He got out of the yard the other day and after nearly getting run down by a car I finally got him home.  I had to put down my phone to open the gate and he tried to eat it.

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The screen is cracked and the case is cactus!!!

Monday blues

It is wet and cold.  I have three dogs to look after, all wanting my attention now!

I amongst all this I spied some early wattle shinning in the wet grey bush.  It brightens the kitchen and my mood.

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I should have moved up to the apartment on the week end but too many dogs.  Instead I will stay at my son's house over night, leaving the dogs there for the day.  Then come back and pick them up at night and go to the apartment for the rest of the week.

I have 'one of those' neighbours there.  Complaining all the time , knocking on the front door, stopping me in the yard or on the drive to complain.  This time it was a noise complaint about the TV.  I had shut all the windows and doors, checked with the guests who were staying over that it wasn't loud.  Still he was banging on the door.  My solution, a pair of wifi ear phones for me.

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and some ear plugs for him.

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An explosion of chickens

It has been 4 months since I first became ill and today I was well enough to visit Hayley on her mini farm.  My friends Lollipop and Marshmellow still remembered me and ran to the gate to greet me.

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The first thing I noticed was how many chickens there were, far more than there were 4 months ago.  Looking around I soon discovered the reason why.   Three of them actually, cocks.

Story-book is the king of the yard.

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He is a very handsome cockeral.  He sits on the steps of one of the railway carriages and surveys his domain.

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This chock knows who he is.

Then I spied another cock in another part of the yard.  Not as big but his feathers are beautiful.

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These males certain win in the beauty stakes.

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Then there are the chocks who know how to look after their broods and those that don't.

This one had 10 chickens but is a poor mother.  She just leaves them on their own and the crows, magpies and snakes have reduced her brood to one.

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On the other had this mother keeps a weather eye on her brood all the time and 6 chicks are surviving, for the moment.

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There are plenty of half grown chickens following their mums around, and so it goes.  An explosion of chickens.  I did suggest they would make good eating but this went down I like a lead balloon.  Looks like the snakes will be well fed.

School Holidays are nearly here.

That means that I will need to have a couple of activities to do with the grand daughters.   So I have come up with 2 that I have found on line.  Both require little in the way of resources and I think they shouldn't take longer than an hour or so each.  ( I have included a link to each one.)

bird 1

This bird is mainly left over yarn.  I think that I will pre-make the feet as they could be a bit tricky.

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bird 2

We have a lot of wooden beads left over from some other activities that we could use here.  This uses a pop-pom maker but I think we will stick to the old 2 rounds of cardboard to make ours.

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My pom poms never turn out like the ones in the photo so I will invest in some stick on eyes as well.

And another set of purse clips arrived.  I had forgotten I had ordered these.

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I must be getting better

I have managed to start stitching again.  That is a relief, I thought I had lost the knack. I take that as a sign that I am getting better.  I think it will take a little longer and I am not going to rush into doing lots of things but it is certainly an improvement.

The other thing that has happened is that I have got carried away with designing  my 'bird bags'.  I sat and came up with another 5 designs so that I could make 6 different versions.  The next thing has been to refine the pattern for the actual bag and after a test run I think that pattern needs to be 1cm longer.

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The width and curve of the top for the clip frame is perfect but if I put a phone and credit cards inside it is a tight fit.

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So another 1cm will make all the difference.  And my husband needs a new cover for his phone.  It is his birthday this month so I have solved the present problem that has been nagging at me as well.


I just broke the arm off my reading glasses.  Oh Dear! 

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But  I am not stressing about it one little bit.

I have worn glasses for most of my life.  So when I had the cataracts removed from my eyes I immediately got another pair of prescription glasses.  These cost me over $800.00.

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Problem is I only need them for reading and I kept taking them off and misplacing them.  Then I was really stressed.  At one point I lost them for 2 weeks.  Solution?  Well I went out to the dollar shop and bought multiple pairs of magnifiers at $5.00 to $10.00 each.  I have them in every room and I don't stress if they fall apart like those green ones.  I will just buy another pair.

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You know, I will probably be able to find a little screw and fix the broken ones, but I think I will find another pair to add to my collection.

Hiding from the vacume cleaner

I am still in my sick bed or rather I have progressed to the chair beside the bed.  Charlie is still my constant companion and can now go up and down the stairs on her own.  It is so good to see her improving.

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This last virus is continuing to  give me grief and my husband is doing the vacuming.  The noise of that machine just goes straight through my head.  So Charlie and I have retreated to my sewing room so that I can shut the door.  I am now on super strong antibiotics, ear drops and pain killers, all of which leave me tired.  But at least the pain is under control and I have begun to think about sewing again.  I can't remember what I was doing last time so I have decided on a new project.

I decided on a clip purse.  Why?   Well that is a bit of a wander of the mind.  The government here is bringing in a tax on all purchases from overseas and making the persons selling the goods collect the tax for them.  Which just blows the mind.  I don't mind paying my taxes but I hate being ripped off.  I can buy rat tail cord on line for 5cents a metre but have to pay $1.00 a metre in the shops here.  They would buy in bulk and get that cord even cheaper than me.  The same can be said of my purse frames that sell for about $10 to $15 each in the shops or $2 or less on line.  So I looked in my bag of purse frames and found I was down to 3 only.  One I really liked so decided to make a clip purse and I also put an order in on line for some more frames.

He was still vacuming so I did a little vector drawing for an applique.  Just a silly little bird but it is about all I can handle at the moment.  I have found the fabrics, drafted a pattern and got everything ready.

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I have no idea what I am going to do with it when I am finished.  It will probably go into the Xmas gift draw.

Still here

This virus is sure a problem.  Now I have had an allergic reaction to the drugs they gave me for the ear infection and am still in bed. But I have good company.  Charlie had her next operation to restore her sight and she and I lay around just sleeping and getting better.  However, she is not allowed to go up and down the stairs.  She has got used to being carried and now insists on being picked up when she wants to go outside.  But the good news is that she can see and even bark at people passing by.  She is not allowed on the stairs for another 2 weeks so she could end up totally spoilt.

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It is quite wintery here and my daughter has given the seal of approval to the Carbeth sweater that I knitted for her.  ( I see on Ravery that there are 1060 projects for this sweater.)

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I adjusted the pattern to make it longer in the arms and body than stated in the pattern.  It took 3 balls of a  wool/bamboo blended wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills  called Stella  which is a 12ply yarn,  this was on special when I bought it at $12.00 per ball, so the cost of materials was $36.00.    (Now $14.50 per ball).  My children have sensitive skin and that bamboo content makes this garment perfect for them, no itching.  This was one of the quickest and easiest sweaters I have ever knitted so I think I will knit the cardigan version for myself.

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image Kate Davies Designs

 I am not young and slender, although I have lost quite a bit of weight (20Kilos), so I think I will make the body longer.

Peeking out from below the blankets

I am still alive, just.  I managed to catch another viral infection, this time from the bride (who I had made the dress for) when I embraced her.  I find the best place to be is in bed, although I can't lie down as the infection is in my throat and ears.  I have to say sleeping sitting up is not the most comfortable position.  If I was a dog they would put me down.

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I am laying here looking at my knitting, and thinking about the sewing I should be doing.  Just looking and thinking.  Maybe I will develop supernatural powers and they will progress just by my directing my thoughts towards them?