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Saturday, 27 February 2010

Pole dancing?

Well today sees the culmination of a fairly hectic two months. Chuck and I have handed the keys of number 43 over to our lovely Polish tennants, and now we are dancing. I'm very pleased with the way everything has gone and especially that the weather, which has been somewhat of a challenge since January, didn't have any negative impact for us or our workmen.
I'm sure Sarah Beany would approve of everything that we chose to do any also those things which we chose not to do, she is a goddess in the property world and we worship at her feet. I think my favourite part of the house is the hallway/stairs/landing - pedants may argue that this is 3 parts, but I maintain that as they are not separated by any doors they are ONE.

I'm very pleased with the wardrobe doors which started life as deep purple and now sit as a monument to neutral - and only required two coats of paint. Decided not to bother with new knobs - the originals were fine - it's what SB would want.
So now I can put my time and energies back into crafting - I have orders for 12 cards, Mothers' Day is 2 weeks away and the chemist which sells my creations have asked for some specific ones. I have committed to a craft fair for next saturday - found out yesterday this will mean an early start - note to self: always ask times for events before saying YES. Cards, mug-jumpers and some notepads will be my contribution - and if I find I have time perhaps a couple of boxes. We'll see how it goes this week.

I think an afternoon nap is in order with the little white hot water bottle that is Blanco - too excited last night to sleep properly (me not he).

Monday, 22 February 2010

I second that emulsion...

Time spent at number 43 today was insufficient to tick all remaining items off the to-do list, in fact came back with additional items - not fair. The deep purple wardrobe doors will need at least one more coat of mellow magnolia and I'm fairly sure that I've missed at least one of the patches on the dining room wall. Although, I did get the main bedroom curtains hung - will need Chuck to get the pelmet up - ooh er missus!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Dog Whisperer

Woke this morning to the whitest of light which can only mean snow. Only ventured outside briefly to put out food for the birds and try to take a couple of artsy photos. So spent most of the afternoon knitting and enjoying the wisdom of Cesar Milan. DA seemed to enjoy watching all the dogs and Blanco was mesmerised. Not sure whether it was the dogs in the shows or Cesar himself but he was so totally engrossed and looked bereft when the advert breaks interrupted his important viewing. He also took part in his first SKYPE call this afternoon - very C21 dog.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Yes! I do want to join a book club.

Great evening yesterday, book club night. Inspired by the book made some 'Brides Fingers' - very nice Afghan treat - but ever so sweet! This month we had a few more ladies and there was more discussion than last month's book attracted. Was a bit cheeky and took my knitting - another mug jumper finished - need to find some lovely buttons now, perhaps Catherine has something suitable. I'm thinking some traditional horn ones, or possibly toggles on the creamy aran and bright colours on the beige mug jumpers; need Catherine Button's advice before deciding. Bring your button tin to Bean!!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

My blind spot...

Having successfully washed the verticals for some of the bedrooms at number 43 last week I finally got round to putting them back up today; this entailed trimming off the stray threads, spritzing with water, ironing them, sliding the weights and hangers back in before clipping them back into place. My rate is approx 26 blinds per hour - will add this to my next C.V. This evening I escaped to sailortown for more arts & crafts - have got about 3 hours of knitting done today in total; at Bean and at the art group - shame I don't have more mug jumpers to show for it. Arrived home to find Blanco snuggled up with Ann, so comfortable he barely glanced up as I came in the door - apparently they enjoyed '27 Dresses' more than Chuck did.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Begin at the beginning...

This is my first foray into blogging, so please bear with me whilst I find my 'voice'. Have been inspired to start by two good friends - Catherine Button & Mags. Also, just one day into Lent and am left desolate by the Facebook 'fast' that I have agreed to. Why-o-why did I agree to it! Having said that, have surprised hubby by washing the eponymous white dog and cutting his dad's hair this afternoon - note to self: think about opening a salon for old men and pets.

My reading list

  • One Shot by Lee Childs
  • The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson
  • The Children's Book by AS Byatt
  • The Girl who played with Fire by Steig Larsson
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
  • No!I Don't want to join a Book Club by Victoria Ironside
  • The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
  • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin