Thursday, 21 May 2009

Pottering Around

That's what I've been doing since getting back: pottering around doing this, that and the other. That pottering involved catching up with all the laundry and other such boring but necessary household jobs - virtuous housewife I'm definitely not but I do like to try and keep it reasonable. No, we didn't come back to a pig sty - DS does wash pots, do the occasional bit of laundry and some tidying whilst we're away - but the Dyson never makes it out of the cupboard and neither do such things like Cillit Bang and bleach or Harpic and loo brush. Thrill a minute, ain't it? ;0)

It hasn't all been the boring stuff though, as I've also been making up for lost time in the crafts and blog reading departments since getting home. The first thing I did was make this card:

The pics are wombled from another of the lovely note cards that Barb (no blog) sent to me, as they are just too pretty not to use them again. I'll add wording to the front (maybe) once I've decided who it's going to and for what occasion.

I've also been making up three small ornies that I finished stitching before my holiday. Two are fully done and there's just the edging to do on the third, then I can post them off. I shall show pics of them when they are all completed. :0)

The blog reading catch-up took a few days but I got there in the end. Boy, were you all busy while I was away! It was lovely to see all the gorgeous pieces every one has been stitching, congratulate some HD's and read all the news.

Then I've been trying to make up for the lack of holiday stitching by giving Night Watchman a two-night outing this week...... it was good to get back to him again. So, without further ado, here is the handsome fella:

Is it just me, or does it seem to be taking ages for this last section to fill up? I sat and stitched for at least a couple of hours both evenings but it just doesn't seem to have grown that much...... or is it that a HD is getting so close a hint of impatience is creeping in? ;0)

I'd planned on making a start on the biscornu for the JA/S&S Forum's May Challenge earlier in the week but it didn't happen - in typical airhead fashion I keep changing my mind about which one to stitch! It's not helped that I still have a needleroll (a first) to do for Challenge for a Finish as well and am in a slight "Oh, cr*p, I'm running out of time" panic. I really need to get my Hi-Fi fixed so I can listen to those chill out CD's again because chamomile tea alone just isn't quite cutting it! LOL I had a root through my stash earlier today and found several needleroll charts I'd forgotten were there and one little beauty that is not only fully kitted up but is also a fairly simple stitch, so shouldn't take long to do. Yay - one thing just got easier! I may just toss a coin to decide on the biscornu. LOL

I think some of the problem is that the current read, another Barbara Erskine book, is really starting to build up now....... and I want to know what happens next........ and I've started picking it up at times when stitching would normally get done. Or the bedtime reading session ends up going on until the early hours which means a lie-in is needed, to make up for the lost sleep........ which means continually chasing after myself through the rest of the day as I play catch up. Good job I space these books out or I'd never get anything else done. LOL

There's also been a few nice weather breaks........ yes, that bright yellow thing in the sky has been putting in an appearance between the rain showers and it's been warm enough to tempt me out into the garden. I've decided discretion is the better part of valour as far as the triffids at the bottom of the garden are concerned and am leaving them to their own devices - if they want to take over the world then who am I to stand in their way? Especially as they have nasty sharp bits all over them. LOL The less aggressive areas have been getting a bit of attention instead, though you'd be hard pressed to tell exactly which bits they are as I don't seem to have made much of an impression on them. Still, the sun and fresh air worked their usual magic on me so it was worth it just for that. :0)

Friday sees DH off to the GP for his diabetic eye test, then to work, then back to the GP in the afternoon for his foot check, then to the hospital for an x-ray on his hand (to check out what's going on as he keeps getting some pain from it)....... he really knows how to pack things into a day! Fingers crossed all goes well and everything is OK.

DS will be out tomorrow night: he sets up, runs, then packs away the equipment at a monthly film night that's held in one of the local villages. He quite enjoys doing it..... except for last month when the film was The Duchess. LMAO Not sure what the film is this month but he hasn't been grumbling, so guess it's one he won't mind watching. LOL

Well that's about all that's been happening here and that biscornu and needleroll aren't going to stitch themselves, so I'd best be off.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and for all the lovely comments you leave - I really appreciate every single one. Hope newbies to my blog will say Hi too. :0)


Dani - tkdchick said...

Yup I think you're getting to the impatient stage! He looks wonderful!

Miss 376 said...

Lovely to see you back, and a lovely cad to celebrate. Seeing Nightwatchman like that you can see how much you have done. You'll get to the end soon and the HD can begin

Rachael said...

Lovely card!
You'll soon have a HD with NW, and I bet you get the biscornu and needleroll done with time to spare.
I hope your DH 's appointments go ok!!

Christine said...

The last little bit of a project always takes longer than you think its going too.
Looking forward to seeing which biscornu you choose

Jackie said...

that's a lovely card.

you sure have patience to stitch that Mr Nightwatchman, it's a big project to me.

looking forward to see the beautiful finished work.

jane said...

NW looks great - the last stage always seems to take the longest. I've checked out Rural Roosts and all being well should be there for a relaxing week in July!

Cheryl said...

Lovely card!
Yes that yellow thing in the sky has been making the odd appearance here too LOL

Julie said...

Hope all went well for DH.

It would be fun if the film was Mamma Mia and they all sang along LOL

I just knew you would be hooked on that book, but i am not taking responsibility for your non-stitching getting done!

NW looks good as does the card

Mylene said...

Beautiful card and looking forward to see your biscornu and needleroll.

Stitchingranny said...

Im definitely not a newbie but I will still say Hi lol.

The weather here has been brilliant today and most of it has been spent in the garden so not a lot of stitching but I agree its great to see that yellow stuff up in the sky again.

I agree NW does seem to be going slow but I think its just you have been so near the end for so long and we are all waiting for the big cheer to go up - Im sure I will hear it here in Derbyshire.

Always smiling said...

The Night Watchman is looking great, won't be long before its finished, well done you..
Hope all DH tests turn out ok... he was busy, still might as well get his moneys worth!
These days as Dr don't give out prescriptions like they used to, I sometimes feel even with my regular checks for my thyroid, I haven't had my moneys worth!! LOL
Happy stitching and keep reading, it helps the world go round!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I think it is comiong along nicely...and love that cute. thanks for the stop by.

Sally said...

beautiful card and NW is coming along so well.

Hope DH gets on OK.

Siobhan said...

Lovely card! Your Nightwatchman is coming along nicely... you probably don't see the progress because you're nearing the end. It looks great!