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Some normality for a little while

I was able to bring my husband home from hospital yesterday.  He is so pleased to be back in his own environment and I don't have that long drive every day.  He has a long way to go before he is back to his old self but every day sees an improvement.   I am the one who will have to adjust to sharing the house again.  I have set myself a routine I like and that doesn't go down to well with him.  You would think that after all these years of marriage we would have all this worked out?  But no, the push and shove continues.  At least it isn't dull.

I am still trying to finish all the kits for the Children's Class.  Everything is just one big mess at the moment.  My cutting table looks like a bomb has hit it.

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If I look at the room for a distance it isn't too bad, but up close uggh.

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And that bundle of completed kits is so small!

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And when I went on my walk to the beach this morning I was hit by the perfume of freshias. 

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I didn't plant my bulbs because I thought it was too warm but the wild ones are all in bloom. Blow!

Tea break

With all the stresses of the past couple of weeks I find that I can't sit and stitch.  I have tried but kept making mistakes, so I have put it aside until I feel I can handle it.  I also had visitors arrive in the midst of all the confusion.  I made cake and coffee for morning tea getting out an old dinner set that I haven't used for some time along with proper serviettes, not just paper ones.  I bought the set in Norway back in the 1970's.  (I keep seeing pieces of it in antique shops so it must have been on sale here as well. ) 

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I was struck by how much I enjoyed drinking my coffee from a cup rather than a mug.  There wasn't as much coffee or milk or sugar as I would usually have and it got me thinking about how my mother and grandmother would have served tea.  (Coffee was hard to come by back then and everyone drank tea or used chickory.)  I went looking for the tea and coffee pots but they seem to have disappeared in the move.    (Now the hunt is on in the op shops for some replacements.) The driving 4 to 5 hours every day, the strained back and the stress have been playing havoc with my gall stones.  I have to have something done there but in the mean time I am going to limit coffee and stick to a low fat diet.

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Image: C. H.H. Burleigh (1869 - 1956) The Geffrye, Museum of Home

what you are doing. Just look at the Japanese tea ceremony.

I think there is a lot to be said in favour of being 'mindful' about the things that we do.  The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a good example of this.


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So putting all this together I have decided to have cups of tea rather than my usual mug.  I bought myself a new tea pot, milk jug and a set of tea cups, so that if I have guests I can offer cups that are of a size somewhere between a traditional teacup and a mug and I will stop to have tea rather than drinking whilst I work.

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 That tea really does taste different,  I think I will have to make a tea cosie for that new pot and I'm even considering going back to tea leaves after reading about the environment impact of tea bags. 

(Some tea bags have plastic in them !)











I have been working on my sprained back by resting, not lift anything heavy and not bending over too much.  It's working.  Now only going over speed bumps, coughing  and sneezing cause a lot of pain.  All the other pain is being controlled by pain killers!

Charlie has the idea of how not to do too much.

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I did finish the peace embroidery for August.  I don't really like it much.  I should have used an even coloured thread.   I think I will put this one down to experience.

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And because I have tried to keep still I have started some more knitting.  This is another shawl and I am trialing some wool that I bought a couple of months ago from 'Kaalund Yarns.'  (As you can see I am doing some 'reverse' knitting as well.)

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This is a really nice wool.  The spinning of the yarn is even and has given it a nice twist.  Very satisfying to knit with this wool.  Just wish I didn't make so many mistakes in the pattern.

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On the home front my husband has been raising my stress levels by knocking on the doors of heaven but so far St. Peter is keeping him out.  Not too good for my blood pressure and that 4 hour round trip to the hospital isn't too good for my back either.  Now that he seems to be out of danger I am going to sit at home today and sew.



I came across a Spanish website called totnens that had an article on recycling plastic toys.  There are just so cute that I am now on the look out for old plastic toys in the op shops.  Just look at this crockery.

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And this would make a great gift for any of the young (or old) kids in the family.

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But best of all (for me) are these Xmas decorations.  I can see them now decorating the dinner table.

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There are other great ideas for kids on this website, great time waster

Note to self

Please note Carolyne, that although it seems like a great idea to reorganise the house, when you husband is in hospital having another hip replacement,  it is not a good idea to try and move the keyboard on your own.  You might have got by on the flat, but those stairs.

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You will put your back out and then the keyboard will be stuck half way.  Neither up nor down.  The pain will be terrible.

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You will then have to find a neighbour to move it the rest of the way and give him a 6 pack (of your husbands beer) to thank him. 

Note: Remember to buy some more beer before he gets home.  He will be in re-hab for 14 days so you have time. 


The after effects of the eye operation

I was warned, but I didn't believe them.  I can see dust and dead ants and spiders webs and other things I have been missing. (Like just how many wrinkles I have on my face.)  I never knew that I had blue rings around my brown iris',  I thought my eyes were  just plain brown.

I finished a friendship block for one of my quilting friends.  Before the operation it looked good.  After the operation it looked terrible.  I have now re-stitched it and I can see an improvement.  The brief was to use blue fabrics on the base cloth provided and she wanted a basket of flowers.  I like the idea of a handbag.

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But I just had to add a little colour.  I used a deep red for the stitching around the handbag and added French knots to the centre of each of the flowers on the bag.

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I was tempted to use a bright yellow in the centre of the flowers but restrained myself and used a bright blue for the seed stitching.

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It is always a good feeling when you can tick something off the 'to do' list.

The year has turned

The year has turned.  My early morning trips on the barge see both the sun

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and the moon in the sky. 

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When I head off for the early ferry I no longer need to take a flashlight with me to light my way.  We haven't had any really cold weather this year, although August winds are still to come.  I am not looking forward to summer, I much prefer the cool weather.

As a treat I took my grand daughters to the dollar shop to buy some 'dress-ups'.  Monique decided to be a pink super girl.  Those mesh gloves have "zapping" powers.  Choppy thought that might bring him some food. Wishfull thinking dog.

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Jasmine got a police hat and pink fluffy hand cuffs.

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When her father got home she slapped them on him saying, " now that  solves the tickling problem!"  He soon escaped and the tickling became worse.


The Weather Report

In the last week the weather has been very temperamental. That is not all bad, variety is said to be the spice of life and we have had a variety of weathers.  Mostly it is fine and dry with a cool nip in the air.  Cool enough to have to wear a light woollen top and pile on the blankets at night.  This has got the flowers all out of sinc.  The wattle thinks it is spring.

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And for the first time in my life living in the sub tropics (or tropics or north of that) I have managed to grow and get fushias to flower.  I have managed to get leaves before this.

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We had an unsheduled weather even during the this time.  That means the forecasters didn't see it coming so no one was prepared.

The day before everything was as usual but it was very still and there were some unusual clouds in the sky.  Peel Island could just be seen on the horizon.  Actually it was very pretty, hence the picture.

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That night it rained and the next morning we woke to fog.    So heavy and so widespread that all the airports were closed causing all kinds of problems for travellers.   It was that wet drippy kind of cold.  You needed a coat, hat and gloves.

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This is very unusual weather for here.  On my walk that day I passed residents sitting out on the verandahs all rugged up in blankets looking at it.  Everyone I spoke to had a theory about it and all were enjoying the novelty.  We were lost in the fog.

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It was thicker in some spots.

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Next morning it was gone.

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Back to business as usual.



Keeping on.

On Saturday we joined my son's family on a visit to the theatre to see 'Snow White'.  As the name implies it was a children's performance and we had to be there by 9:30 am.  For us to get there at that time we have to catch an early ferry and on Saturday it was chilly,  a coat, hat, gloves morning at 4 degrees C.  We found an open air coffee shop to have breakfast and joined all the early morning exercising young people who were all wearing trendy lycra.  Burrrrrrr.

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It was a typical student performance, good in parts, but the children loved it because there were kids there own age in the cast.

They had to have crowns of flowers and Monique got quiet carried away watching a duo who sang in the foya and this time that crown wasn't scratchy.

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Jasmine had to have a crown as well and she was right into it, sort of.  She and Mummy are at odds at the moment.

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After the performance there were the photos with the cast and then they had a walk to the local park where we could get other photos.   Gee I had to run to keep up with Monique but we got a picture.

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The whole of Brisbane was so busy.  Living out here I have forgotten what crowds are like.  My son's family had brought their scooters and we walked quickly behind, for miles.  We finally found somewhere for lunch which they all loved.  I managed to order a dish that was off so I spent a miserable night being very ill.  Sunday was spent recovering but I am back into it today.

Tomorrow is the first day of Children's Classes at the Guild and this is all sold out and has a waiting list.

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Home again and back to hospital, again!

The good news is I can see. 

This operation was very painful because of the complications with my sinus problem.   So they want me back in again today for another look at them whilst they are bad.  I keep telling myself, "this too will pass".  All that sewing I want to do is just expanding at a greater rate than I can cope with.

I was having a look at the old crochet hook that I have been using, it belonged to my grandmother but keeps on working.  It is a very fine hook, labelled 7 1/2.  I don't think they make them that fine anymore?  I can't find it on any conversion chart so I better look after it.  And I can see the stitches.  Yoo Hoo.

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I will put a tutorial up when I have recovered of how I made the decorations.