Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween

Have an amazing Halloween; May your visitors all be terrestrial.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

October madness

This is not one of those strange sales gimmicks but rather a description of how this month has been. Activities that have been put off for years have finally been done. I have even managed to sew a flower or 2.

We have an outbuilding containing a storage room of 3 metres by 3 metres. This has been a marvelous place to put all of the boxes that inevitably arrive around purchases. As I have mentioned before, we do live in the most crime active country and the reason you don't put empty boxes on the street for garbage collection, is that it is like taking out an ad in a local paper as to what you want stolen by the weekend.

 The other reason for all of the boxes is that we have been robbed so often that we need to keep replacing the items that have been taken and that make life fun. We have inevitably accumulated a large collection. The other things in the back room is accumulated broken items that did not fit into the wheely bins.  So in the back room we had 18 years worth of boxes, broken chairs, bits and pieces of computers that have been upgraded over the years. There we even all of the youngest baby stuff. She is now 16. I went through a phase of making toys and there was a collection of strange creatures that I had made.

The one item that was save and taken away was a 10 foot worm made out of bits of fabric, that my eldest and her cousins played with when they we children.. The eldest is now 30 and when she saw it, it was saved and taken back to her house. And now the point of all of this rambling. I decided that it was about time to do a spring clean on the room. We hired a skip and threw all of the stuff away. It was amazing how much there was to clear. I really did not think it would fit into the skip that we had delivered. It was like one of those clown acts where it seems as if hundreds of clown could fit into a small car. This was a magic skip as it seemed that it would never fill. As stuff was placed in the skip there was a gathering of people who do recycling, that sorted out what they wanted and took the stuff away. There were also municipal workers doing something with the water pipes in the area and I was pleased to see that they had taken most of the baby stuff. The room is now ready for the next 18 years worth of containers. Hopefully it does not get back into the state it was.

My new car was inspected by the insurance people to make sure that it existed. I was amused to see that they took pictures of the inside and outside of the car and even took a picture of the engine. I did wonder if they though I had crafted a great facsimile of a car with craft supplies. I have been having fun with the tracking devise that was installed. I did however turn off the 'harsh breaking' and 'harsh acceleration' alerts that were being sent as emails. I think I drive nicely and being ratted on by a piece of technology is just not on. I have now had my new car for  a month and have almost stopped missing my old one.
The awning that was destroyed by the large hail was replaced. It is lot lighter than the original one we installed, but at least it is nice and fixed up. It was very depressing seeing the destruction so just having the awning all clean and fresh is great.

I surely have jabbered on today, Hope you have all had an awesome October so far.

Have a good one.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October is here

Oct as in octopus, but it is the 10th month. Old Julius and the boys were pretty good about taking over Europe but way bad at the simple things like organizing the Months so they were logical to me. To be fair I am sure they really did not give a flying fig, if future members of this planet found their naming of months illogical.

This last month was extremely busy, what with much socializing two weekends of the month. Which consisted of us cooking enough food to feed an army. Little nod to Julius and his boys. My poor old car got the boot and new little car had to have all sorts of security devices added to it before the insurance company would insure it. My car is now being tracked. My driving is being reported on. Egad! Big brother is watching and being a back seat driver at the same time.

The cool thing about driving an old clap trap of a car is that nobody wanted to steal it. Coming from a country where crime is the favorite game the citizens play, I now feel a bit scared driving in a car that the citizens like.  I am sure it will be fine, and if not, I will just add it to the list of things that have been stolen from me. I have already had a car stolen. It really is not a nice thing to happen. How gloomy to think about things like that instead of just enjoying the new car smell. 

One of the socializing occasions was my husband and my 18th wedding anniversary. It really has not felt that long at all. In another point of view, it feels that we have been together forever. I can just remember the time before we were, and feel sad that were not together then. Hopefully another 18 years can be achieved.

I only made 26 flowers this month. Oh dear, not quite the required number. I am supposed to do a flower a day. Granny's gardens can become excessively boring. I may take a break and actually quilt the only UFO that I have. My youngest and I created the top during our December break 3 years ago. Dear Jane made me abandon this poor quilt and do what I had promised myself I would not do and that is not to start a new quilt before finishing the last one. Though I suppose not finishing the granny's garden is perpetuating the syndrome. I will see, come read this space next month and either I would have made some more flowers or I would have squashed a top to a bottom using some thread.

Looking for a photo to add I also spotted that I made a backing for the quilt. I did machine piece this quilt. I think that may be part of why this poor quilt has not been completed. That is the problem with blowing off one's mouth. I have a horrid habit of doing it. Maybe when I am a grown up, I will learn to think before I think and only then allow myself to speak. I often surprise myself with what comes out of my mouth. I think I am funny so that is all fine.

The insurance company has appointed a company to fix up the roof that was destroyed by the hail storm we had a few days ago. Hopefully it will be all pretty and worthy of a photo opportunity later.

Spring has sprung and now we have tiny fruit on the trees. Our large tree in the front of our garden has not sprouted it's leaves yet. What this tree does is spend a month dropping a constant cloud of yellow flowers and then when it is finished, the leaves seem to appear overnight.

Well I hope you are all enjoying the mild weather of September and that October treats you well.

Have an amazing day.

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