Monday, 23 July 2018

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No, it is Pam flying from here to there and back again.

Visiting the baby, deep joy. playing with and reading to Ivy, even deeper joy.

Cutting grass, well more like making hay! Not ours, one of the houses that the SO maintains. The tenant could not or would not.

Cleaning another house prior to decorating, no gardening here thankfully. There is outside painting to do, fingers crossed that will be completed today as it should be cloudy. (with no chance of meatballs)

Sticking to the SW plan, proving to be quite painless, too hot to eat fat laden food. A gift of cucumber and tomatoes was a big help, my young plants were attacked and died. but the courgette plants are very productive.

It was quite late on Friday when I shopped and most of my shopping was yellow stickered. It was mostly fruit, veg and salad and my fridges are full. 

I made a chocolate mousse with fromage frais, quark and cocoa powder, I wanted silken tofu but had run out it, was still very good. A dollop on top of a sugar free raspberry jelly, full of berries, slipped down our parched throats a treat. 

I have watched a few vlogs and picked up some cracking ideas. The Budget Slimmers are very down to earth, they are now on a "skint week" and are showing how beneficial it is to have a store cupboard and freezer stock. 

There are still 4 days till I weigh in, Thursday evening at 7 is the witching hour. I have no idea how I am doing, I do have scales, they are in the very back of the cupboard under the stairs and can stay there.

I have an early dog walk today and then we are off for the days dose of work. There is an enclosed garden so Ben and Herbie will be coming with us. Much better than having to run back at lunch time to let them out.

Time to go, see you on the other side.

                     TTFN                                  Pam

Thursday, 19 July 2018

It may be late

But it is never too late to take on a new challenge.

This evening I joined around 30 other women and men at the local Slimming World group.

I had the "newbie" chat,along with another new starter, and then we joined the group. There was lots of good natured banter and general chatter, many were congratulated upon their weight loss a couple were commiserated with on a small gain.

After the weekly "business" was done we (the newbies) were registered and weighed.

I weighed in at     11 st 12.5 lbs, too much but not as heavy as I had imagined.

I have set a final target at 10 st 7 lbs, this is still heavier than I used to be but I feel it is an achievable and acceptable weight.

I have made my overnight oats, I add cinnamon to mine and soak them in water, milk is not on my favourite food list. I will have my dairy in cheese form.

That's all for tonight, I am surrounded  by snoring males and will be going to bed and leaving them to it.

                         TTFN                             Pam.

Big PS. I spent a wonderful hour this morning meeting the new baby.
 Of course she is Perfect.
Of course she is as cute as a button.
Of course she is the most beautiful girl in the world.

Second thoughts on that last one, she is joint first with her sister.

It may be a good thing that I can not take a pattern.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

I Eat my Words.

I got to the ribbing on the new socks last night. I had recently watched the Bakery Bears latest episode and Kay was knitting her first pair of short socks. She used 1 x 1 twisted rib for more stretchyness, now I do not enjoy knitting rib. 
I would rather get on my knees and scrub floors.

I found myself emulating Kay anddddddd enjoying it!!!!

The neatness, the stretch factor, the look. It may well become my go to rib for everything.

having said that I have had reason to eat my words this morning.

I will NOT be buying any more PDF patterns no matter how much I want them.
 I am not keen on stretch clothes, that extra "cake room" is far too dangerous.

Well, the road to hell may be paved with good intentions.

I was reading the latest post from Jo at Three stories high. 

She has made a simple stretch top.

I want it.

She used a pdf pattern.

I now have that pattern, before the week is over I may just have a stretch top, or 2, or maybe 3.

Those words are a bit chewy, I might need custard to swoosh them down with. After all custard makes everything better.

On that humble note I am off to put the kettle on.

The things that custard fails on are mostly sorted with a cuppa.

                         TTFN                                      Pam

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

lovely news.

My friend has had her baby, a little girl.

Boo Hoo no acrylic 4ply yarn.....................yet.

We had 2 lots of rain...................................not enough but it is better than nothing.

The long scrappy socks are done and delivered. No photo as I finished them during a 10 minute pop in that escalated to a 90 minute chat a long.

The pdf pattern is on the fabric and cut out. I feel no need to "kiss and tell" as it could have just been my cack handedness.

I will, however, not buy any more from that designer, I will stick with Tilly and the Buttons. I have her first book and have sewn just about every pattern with no probs. I did not buy the new one as I am not keen on stretch clothes, that extra "cake room" is far too dangerous.

The dogs had all but 5 minutes of their walk in shade, the sun hid behind some clouds, and it was far better for them and me.

Dinner last night was a green Thai curry, stuffed full of veg, and so Ab Fab.
We finished off the fruit crisp, or should I say that the crisp finished us off.

Tonight I will be making something up with mushrooms, courgettes
and sweet potatoes.
If the oven goes on I will make a SW quiche as well, in fact I will do that. I have some extra large eggs  and some bits of peppers that need using up.

If it keeps dry I will possibly be painting later, once the sun moves round.

There is some ironing, but not enough to drag everything out for. So there might be time for some sneaky knitting, I am half way through the heel increases on the latest socks.

That's all for now folks.

                         TTFN                                      Pam

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Pretty Damned Frustrating.

Or, Potential Dress Failure. Or, Project Diabolically Fashioned.

Notice the constant?

P D F. 

sewing patterns.

Tearing of hair, gnashing of teeth......
And a few naughty words.

Nothing lines up exactly.

The pattern was only available in that form. WHY?

This is my second PDF pattern this year. The first one was a free Tee shirt pattern, only 2 pieces so not much to go awry.
This current one was bought and was not cheap.

If I match the shaping lines then there are gaps and overlaps in other places. 
I have persevered and managed a reasonable looking pattern.
It is not the printer, I double checked before clicking to print.

I will be going back to Tilly and the buttons for my patterns. I will NOT be buying any more PDF patterns no matter how much I want them.

I did buy this last year but only printed it off for the first time yesterday.

Now I am going back to wash the fabric, I hope to start cutting out tomorrow.
Wish me luck.

                            TTFN                                 Pam

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Here we go again.

Yes, it's the weather                     again.

My prediction, that once it started to rain it would not know when to stop, has been blown out of the window.

It rained and then, far too soon it stopped. We did have 2 cooler, overcast days.

Now we are back to being  hot hot hot.

I want to be wet wet wet.

Having said that, it is not all doom and gloom.

The painting has started on the outside, the side and rear elevations (ooh, get me) are duller than  dull pebble dash.
I had become so accustomed to it that I no longer saw it.

B U T No Longer.

It is being transformed. A coat of exterior paint is going on, simple Mongolia (magnolia really) is making it light and bright.

When we moved in it was to be just while we had a good look round for "the perfect home". Then as we settled in to both house and community, making some solid friendships along the way, this became that perfect home.

No, of course it isn't perfect there is a long list of things that need addressing, both inside and out. We are in no hurry, we used to hurry all the time. Skittering from here to there and back again, rushing through our lives and completely missing out on living.

Then we moved to Wales  (it was nearly Nottingham, I have no idea why) we slowed down, it seemed to be a natural process.
When you wake up to see the sun hitting the top of  mountain, just as it has for millennia, there is no reason to rush and hurry.

There may well be lots of Jones's living nearby, but none that we want to keep up with and none that want to keep up with anybody either.

So, no matter what the Great British Weather throws at us we will stroll through it and make the most of it.

Why do I start off with a plan of what I want to say only to have it evaporate and morph into something completely different?

Anyway it possibly keeps all you lovely peeps on your toes, wondering where on earth I am rambling off to this time.

I have a few things to do today and will be fitting in some sewing.

Dinner will be Iffits with salad, there is plenty of both in the fridge, and I may make a peach and blueberry crisp. I was flicking through you tube, in a mindless state and spotted the recipe. It has been printed off and I have all the ingredients.

I hope that you all enjoy your weekend as much as I intend to.

Take care, and don't forget the sunblock.

                         TTFN                                               Pam

Friday, 13 July 2018

To comment ,or not to comment

Or maybe, To allow comments.
Ilona, aka Mean Queen, has stopped all comments and turned her blog into a true diary. Hers has been a popular blog, read worldwide, for a long time. Her lifestyle is well documented and published here in blog land, on the TV and Radio. 
I have dropped many a comment onto her blog as have countless others.
She is quite right in her belief that things have to progress, otherwise they become stale and repetitive. After all we know the principles, Shop wisely, eat well, live both simply and healthily, become money wise and save up for purchases.

There can be little new to add and few original comments to make.

Over the years she has been plagued by nasty tongued trolls, who are too cowardly to leave a name.

Sooze (her Indoors) has suffered recently from that particular can of worms. I have had a few.

Yes it is painful to read vitriol BUT you can disallow anonymous comments. That rules out a large percentage of the monsters.

If I got enough of this slurry to upset me that is what I would do.

So far I am happy to choose to publish or consign to the spam bin any comments. There have been some hilarious ones recently trying to sell me Viagra. I struggle to swallow pills of any type, it usually takes a glass of water and a cup of tea to swoosh them down my gullet.
If those little blue pills act fast I could end up with a very painful neck area, and for how long doesn't bare thinking about.

I just take a quick glance and click them into oblivion. such a shame that the facility is not there to do the same to the authors of that spite.

We had some wonderful rain yesterday, it tried very hard to get beyond a nearly drizzle, just moisture suspended in the air, for 30 minutes. Then down it came, steady and thorough, exquisite rain for over 2 hours.
We had to go out in the afternoon and it was jacket, lights and wipers on. As we got into the car to come home the rain stopped, the sun came out and the windows were fully opened as it was as hot as Hades within minutes.

Hey Ho, every little counts and we had rather more than a little.

This morning there is a mist over the valley bottom,the sun is shining through a light haze and it is warm.

The garden looks vibrant and fresh, fingers crossed that the sun does not do its utmost to scorch it all again. 

Nothing much planned for today, possibly a shopping trip but it is not essential.

I was woken by Herbie this morning, he was sitting beside the bed with his face as close to mine as he could get it. He put just enough pressure on my pillow to wake me up, I hauled myself to an almost conscious state and came downstairs to let him out. Whereupon he turned tale and went back up to his bed. 

Cheeky Boy, must have decided that I had overslept.

Never mind, the washing machine is on, the bread is on and I sorted through the fridge while the kettle boiled.

There are courgettes to be picked, strawberry runners to peg down into pots, some floppy flower stems to be supported and a myriad of other small jobs to do. I will just work through them as I go through the day.

I did a little sewing yesterday, serged the raw edges of one dress and put the pocket pieces in. If I feel so inclined I will sew it together today, only 2 pieces, and bind the arm and neck openings. This one will not be lined as it is a heavy weight cotton, I have made a waist slip to wear with it if I feel the need.

The other dress may well be taken apart and become a skirt and top. I am not feeling the fabric combination now, probably the reason that it is not finished.

That's my lot for today, I will, no doubt, add to the list as the day wears on and I become more awake and alert. On the whole I intend it to be a slow and steady one. For some reason I was very tired last night and am still sluggish this morning. A walk will blow the cobwebs away, I hope. 

                        TTFN                                               Pam.