Friday, February 29, 2008
Lottie got a parcel in the post from Auntie T (other SIL) and inside was a pink rope/tugger mouse type thing. Lottie was happy - because the toy like this that we bought her (2 weeks ago) is now just a disembodied head.
I think the mouse type thing may be winning here.
Oh no it's the Border Terrier death grip of doom......bye-bye pink mouse type thingy! Seriously, though she loves this toy, she played with it all evening. She is thriving - driving me bald. She is a Jekyll and Hyde at the moment, one minute so sweet and friendly the next fly-by terrier nipping all over the shop.
I tidied my WIP pile yesterday, a few things got frogged, you know, those good idea at the time projects that get 50 rows done and the abandoned. I am trying to keep some semblance of order to what I have on the needles this year and feel happier now with what I have left to work on. Some sock progress - still no spinning - terrier puppy has put spinning on hiatus until she learns not to bite my feet as I treadle.
Went out to dinner the other night - J loves walking through Brighton in the dark and seeing the pier and Pavilion all lit up. Lots of music this week - he is doing really well and I am loving being able to play again. I read loads of Neil Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' - oooooo do I love that book? It's brilliant.
M has had a cold which he has kindly passed on to me *pooey* so apart from a dog walk this arvo I'm in for a quiet day.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I may end up putting them onto small sleeper earrings and wearing them - the red crystal beads really catch the light and are so pretty. Thank Glittrgirl ((hugs)).
M bought me a new clarinet. My existing one, is beautiful but old and in need of repair, which would cost soooooo much £ (it is an antique and is real ebony) the extent of work it needs means that it has been beyond playing for a long time and I've missed it. I started to learn when I was 10, played seriously for 6 years, messed about with it on and off for 4 years then abandoned it when I got married - around 20+ years ago. So after mentioning to M how I missed playing music he decided to buy me a replacement and guess what?? I can still play quite well - am a bit rusty remembering all the fingering and my sight reading needs a bit of work - but I am loving it.
Today J had his first music reading lesson (it's helping me to remember) he then asked could he play the clarinet, so I gave him a lesson - he did really well and has asked for another tomorrow - move over Squidward!
Am still very busy, don't know where the days go. Have hardly touched my new laptop - let alone install the software I've got for it, no spinning, little knitting and a smidge of reading - time is whizzing by - I'm loving it all.
Friday, February 22, 2008
nor is it the fact that Lottie zonked out yesterday evening we had a couple of peaceful hours.....
it is this present from M which he purchased whilst shopping yesterday! Please note the packet tells us this is 'delicious, appetizing and nourishing'. Please also note the useful serving suggestion though why you'd put a whole, living, unplucked chook in your soup is beyond me. Finally this wonderful concoction of dried goodness doesn't contain ANY cock/chicken products at all.
I intend to make this up a lunch time just to see what it's like - so todays menu is 'Cock Soup', the mind boggles.
(I wasn't going to post today - but this just couldn't wait!)
N.B - cock soup is very orange and very salty!!!!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
This I bought for M - we're not normally into to TV chefs (though we have been known to watch the F Word and Rick Stein now and then) but I have been loving this series on Channel 4. All the recipes tried so far have been amazing and the book is also really good reading with loads of interesting facts and info on veggie growing. Another thing that is escaping from me this year - the prep on the veggie patch - mayhap this weekend - after J's cousin has been for a long awaited sleepover. Think of me Friday night with a 9 year doofus and a 10 year dweebus hooning about!
Sunset the other night - ahhhh pretty!
Won't have time to post Yarn pR0n tomorrow and this isn't the best picture - but it'll have to do. CTH Super Sock Merino in Indian Summer. My taste in colour has been under going a massive shift recently toward shades like this. IRL it is so rich and vibrant it almost hums.
Have a quieter day today need to catch up with housework, laundry, ironing and other interesting stuff....NOT. But the sooner I get started the sooner it is over and done with - s0 I'm off to iron a pile the size of a small hummock.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
More Posh Yarn - so pretty - colourway Crow - yarn Helena. I have adored all members of the crow family for years. I think they are wonderfully entertaining and intelligent birds. I hate it when the local farmers shoot - the last couple of years we've only had Carrion Crows locally but this year the local Rook and Magpie communities have recovered and I for one am glad. I couldn't resist this yarn!
Anyone who knows me well, knows I hate Birthday cakes covered in that thick plasticy icing - gross! So this year the boys got me a Lemon Drizzle cake (a total fav) and customised it - aren't they sweet and of course skulls are always a good bet with me. J also got me a lovely skull bracelet and M got me some skull studs - wonderful.
Taken today - Lottie at 11 weeks and 3 days. She's growing and is such a lovely (naughty) girlie.
Right I'm off to get ready, meeting Sis for lunch today - mmmmmm garlic mushrooms!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
The difference being is I'm NOT miserable!
Being well spoilt - lots and lots of luverly gifts - including some knitting software, a new laptop and a book on Scandanvian knitting *wheeeeeee*.
Happy birthday to any other 17th Feb - Aquarians - hope your day is as full of love as mine is/has been.
P.S am typing this now as I fully intend to get well ratted later in the day ;-D
Originally uploaded by loobles2002
We know that male tarantulas don't live very long and yesterday Diego (who was originally Dolly) curled up and snuffed it. He was a Pink Zebra Beauty and the only tarantula we ever handled - he was handled as a spiderling and therefore accepting of the experience. It has been sad watching his fruitless search for sex - slowly getting thinner and weaker - but that is the nature of the beast. He was a great hunter and an entertaining spider and although I don' t love the spiders quite in the way I love the furry friends - I will miss him.
Friday, February 15, 2008
CTH Louet Gems in Foxy lady - the variation in the colours knits up so pretty and the colours are pretty true to life in this picture.
Ah bless - this must be one of the few quiet moments at Chez Lainch - it's sleeping!
Actually it was sun bathing. The giant tug/chew toy next to it, is a Dalmatian sized one which someone stole this week from Loobles toy stash.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Hmmmm very little knitting. The above and below are a new sock design for a clog sock - very pretty IRL with a lace heels and little flower clusters on the leg and insteps. Yarn is CTH in 'peacock' colourway. 2nd sock is underway - but the colour is so dark I can't knit it at night and have little time for daytime knitting right now! 2nd pair of socks posted on SAM5 -
Friday, February 08, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Instead I have been slept upon, chewed, nibbled, jumped on, clawed and terrierised by a very active little Lottie. She is full of shit and I adore her.
I did make her a doggie sweater- she feels the cold - no piccies as getting her into it- is like a full blow WWF marathon!
Did order lots of wool and some books- so photo's when they get here - if Lottie-monster falls asleep.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Especially on me - look at that fat pink tummy! She was totally zonked out and relaxed - my arm went quite dead.
Her tail looks like it's been dipped in the ink pot!
She quite fell for cousin E. She clambered on her lap and went to sleep.
Lottie also achieived having a poo and doing her impression of a stamp-sure chicken and walking all over it - so at 00.30am I was washing puppy feet! She chased Conkers (who was most unimpressed) he quickly discovered the joy of holding the higher ground. She did numerous wees on her wee mat - good girl! Finally though - Loobles is not impressed with the upstart, we know this will take time, Loobles so far has either woofed mightily, growled menancingly or pretended 'it' just isn't there.
Wonder what today will hold for Lottie?
PS - blogger's spelling checker is fooked so it there are mistakes - blame blogger and not my abysmal spelling!
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
I also indulged in new memory foam pillows, another dose of comfort - I've not had a neck pain induced headache or any headache all week - that is unheard of.
We are in the throes of planning. One reason to get a puppy now is to get the destruction/house training over and done with before we re-do. Our first room to get a makeover will be J's - it needs it. We want to make easier for him to control his stuff and make it fresher and brighter. Next we are planning to totally rip out the bathroom and start again - no bath - but more of a wetroom. Then refloor upstairs completely including the staircase. Finally remodel the lounge - new furniture and decor and then our bedroom *sigh* we're doing it bit by bit and have allowed ourselves a year to complete it all.
In the meantime we are also debating about moving the veggie patch as we want to get rid of the the pool and move the veggies onto the lower lawn - which will give me more space and gets more sun.
So I am surrounded by decorating/DIY brochures and gardening books - no wonder there has been no time for knitting!