Friday 30 May 2014

Alphabet Blogging - I

I is for Interests

In alphabetical order not order of importance

Baking - a love/hate relationship here

Blogging - Hi everyone!

Card making - from waste materials mostly

Charity shopping - one (wo)man's trash is another (wo)man's treasure

China tea sets

Crocheting - OCD (obsessive crocheting disorder)

Cross stitch - not done so much lately

Dancing - currently, sequence, ballroom, plus dancing to 60s, 70s music on the juke box. Have previously done Scottish Dancing, Country Dancing, Maypole Dancing, Morris Dancing and Zumba.

Eating - I was brought up to finish my plate. This 'plate' was delicious. I finished it!


Friends  and family

DD's artwork

Growing an 'edible' garden


Knitting - off and on (off at the moment)

Lego playing

Music making - mainly piano but I do dabble with other instruments

My home town

Patchwork - a growing interest but it's difficult to find the time for it


Reading Homes mags - recycled of course


Re-using - I hate waste

Silly pastimes

Saying hello to the sea

Stroking puss cats    - chucchy, chucchy!

Walking - 

The World around me -

Now for more Alphabet Blogging please follow the links below.


Next week's letter is H.


Monday 26 May 2014

… and still counting

The sock/s have been abandoned for a while as some other yarn from the stash beckoned. A ripple came to mind (as it does) so a ripple it was. There are quite a few different patterns out on the web and all involve valleys and mountains, hence the climbing down for 4, the 2 decrease steps for the valley, the climbing up for 4 and the 2 increase steps for the mountain. This ripple was different from my other ripple type blanket in that it was done in single trebles rather than treble shells.

It looks a little bit ice-creamy.

Do I really need another blanket?


Sunday 25 May 2014

I can't stop ...

… counting.

What am I doing?

1, 2, 3, 4

2 go down to 1

2 go down to 1

1, 2, 3, 4

1 goes up to 2

1 goes up to 2

1, 2, 3, 4

2 go down to 1

2 go down to 1

1, 2, 3, 4

1 goes up to 2

1 goes up to 2

Restful but not restful because I can't stop counting.

I'll show you more tomorrow.


PS Dani - did you press 'save'?

Saturday 24 May 2014

Look below

Look below the post and the 'Posted by Mum' line and you will see a Reactions line with a short question.

No time to comment?

If you have read my post and don't have time or don't want to leave a comment then this is another option to show that you've been a-visiting. All you have to do is tick the box to show you have read my post today.


I Read Your Post Today.

The Reactions line can be altered to suit your needs. Some people have 3 boxes with a choice of words describing how you found the post,

'funny', 'interesting', 'thought provoking' for example.

Being simple (!!) I opted just for one box. Two people ticked it yesterday. It's easily missed.


Friday 23 May 2014

Alphabet Blogging - J

J is for Just a Minute

It takes 'just a minute' to:-

smile at a few people each day

think of one part of your body and stretch it, think of another and stretch it, think of another and stretch it ...

clean the kitchen sink

make a shopping list (make sure you stick to it)

deep breathe

stop for a moment


be thankful

do a good deed for someone

say please and thank you

dust around a room

hug someone (preferably someone you know.*)

exercise the brain (recite the alphabet backwards, anyone?)

dance around for a bit

hold in your stomach muscles

exercise your pelvic floor muscles

put the towels straight in the bathroom


sweep the kitchen floor

In fact you can multitask some of these - e.g. dance around singing a favourite song while sweeping the floor!

Each one of these tasks is good for you in some way, helping to keep your brain and body healthy and your mind at peace.

And when someone sees you prancing round the kitchen singing your heart out you can stop for a moment, breathe deeply, hold in your stomach muscles and smile, being thankful that it's probably someone you know. :) Let's hope they give you a hug.

I'm sure there are many more 'just a minute' activities. Why not exercise your brain and think of some.

Now for more Alphabet Blogging please follow the links below.


Next week's letter is I.

*If no-one's about grab a cushion. You can dance with the cushion aswell.

Thursday 22 May 2014


Pick and wash the asparagus.
Chop off the harder parts of the stalks and peel.

Simmer in water, a knob of butter and a swish of salt until tender.





PS A very warm welcome to my new follower.

Monday 19 May 2014

From my seat

My resting place today was in the garden. Here you see one of 5 chairs bought from the CB. DH is in the garage sanding and oiling one of them already.

To my left the mange tout are growing well. The bucket had the house fern soaking in it. The primulas are looking rather sad.

To my right is the newly re-vamped bench (DH has been busy) and another of the wooden chairs. It wasn't me who was sleeping one moment ago on the bench.

Behind me is the garden room with crocheted blanket ready for anyone who wishes to take a snooze. It's usually me the puss cats who do this.

Below me is the basket holding my mobile and the house phone (just in case someone wants to contact us) as I can't hear the ringing outside.

Oh oh  - now you've seen 'the legs'! Can you spot the latest blanket?

I had to leave the seat to tidy the gardening bag.

I sorted out the contents and hung it back in the greenhouse. 

I wondered where my secateurs had gone.

I washed up some pots while I was wandering. Now, own up, who washes up dirty plant pots straight away?

The strawberries are looking healthy.

Yep - they are.