Monday, 13 November 2017
I didn't even have to cook on Saturday because Mr M decided he wanted chinese. Night off! The weather turning chilly has encouraged us all to stay in and keep warm, something I will continue to do until the spring arrives. I don't do cold.
My eldest grandson and my great grandson share a birthday with a mere 23 years between them. It was good to see that they were so obviously enjoying their special day. I also feel really blessed to be able to see these youngsters growing up. Someone asked me if it was awful feeling old because I have great grandchildren. I thought about it and realised that they have never made me feel old. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to watch their lives unfold and to see in the third generation after me the wonder and joy of the world in their faces when they learn something new.
I always hoped that I would get the chance to watch that process with my own children and it was glorious and then came the grandchildren and while I tried my best not to interfere - and I still do try to shut my mouth and not pour unwanted advice onto my children and their partners - I am able to see again that dawning wonder as the world reveals itself to them.
The great grandchildren are a bonus. I never knew mine because they had all died by the time I was born. It was not quite the same for my children as my maternal grandfather was still with us when they were born. They were all very young when he died and they have only the vaguest memories of Pop. They see him in the scrapbooks and I am writing all the stories and doing the family history so they will have something to pass on to their grandchildren.
I am extremely lucky to have all these youngsters around me. They don't make me feel old. They make me feel honoured to know them and the fact that they still talk to me says I am doing something right
Today's introspection has been brought to you by birthdays and grandchildren - you're welcome
Friday, 10 November 2017
Anyhoooo, I have been pointed in the right direction by my lovely online friend Ruth and I am at last "up to date" - well I have to be don't I after reading the riot act to someone who did that silly "I-don't-do-Facebook-because-I-am-too-old/setinmyways/intellectual/smart" thing at me. I pointed out that they are more than 10 years younger than me and I can do it and not get sucked into it....
I digress all I am doing is connecting my blog to my feed by inserting some code - that makes it sound like I actually know doesn't it?
Wednesday, 8 November 2017
It took me a while to get going because I could see his name in my mind but the rest of the quilt just wouldn't form. That was until I was looking at fabric on this here t'internet and suddenly I spotted a range of fabrics called "To The Moon And Back". There were planets and rockets and constellations and everything fell into place.
This also made me realise that I gave a quilt to my great granddaughter but I haven't yet given one to her little brother ... I have enough To the Moon jelly roll* left and certainly enough layer cake* so that's one of my objectives for the next two weeks. I have to get this done because that will empty the bag of wadding and the backing fabric and get me started on reducing the contents of the "Fornow" room (you know about the fornow room, yes? that's the room you point to when someone asks "where shall I put this" you say "Oh, put it in there For Now")
My Cousin Ann is coming in two weeks to help me get all the
We have Wicked Uncle Cliff coming to stay just after Christmas and we have Cousin Russell staying too so we need another bedroom so this is the push I needed to reduce the amount of junk. I am not moving just downsizing LOL
* for the non sewing readers Jelly Roll is a roll of fabric strips usually about 6cm wide and about 120cm long. There are about 40 of these strips in a jelly roll. Layer cake is a stack of 10" squares of a range of fabric usually about 40 squares and with this amount of fabric I can make two quilts that will go on the beds until they grow up and can also be used to cwtch under when watching TV.
Sunday, 22 October 2017
We had decided to stay in Southport over night, because we knew the hotel, and come home the pretty way. Someone forgot to check on road works so we had an interesting detour around Hereford but that's a different story and not really worth telling except that Mr M was shouting at the rain because it had stayed with us all the way.
Saturday, 14 October 2017
I scored a point! a whole point! What? you don't understand? You mean you don't play the points game? OH. Let me explain. You have to say something that makes the person you are with Laugh out loud, and preferably snort as well even if they don't want to. You should score double points if they are having a bit of a sulk when you manage it but that's something to ... discuss at the time.
Today we were out for a ride and were waiting at the traffic lights to turn into the Costco car park. Mr M was peering ahead and said
"So that's a Marsden's pub, The Sandpiper, like the Blaenau Wharf."
"Oh," I said with my Saturday head on and in full working order, "so they are all named after birds then"
Mr M laughed so hard he nearly forgot to move when the lights changed to green. When he could breathe again he said
"Yes, the twitchers come for miles to see a lesser-spotted Blaenau Wharf"
And then he awarded me a point!
We went to Cold Knapp because there are dragons - see, in the picture? oh can you only see a plane coming into Cardiff Airport? We-ell. When they are at a certain distance from their objective and if they are at a certain angle they look just like dragons to this little old lady's eyes. This gives us a really good reason to go to Cold Knapp and open the windows to top up our sea noises storage tank and to watch the Dragons arrive - the clouds were pretty good too.
I did another good laugh line here too but didn't score a point (he's really mean with them) I said.
"The trouble is it is very difficult to tell a close up seagull to a faraway dragon. He laughed but said nul point
Monday, 9 October 2017
Bit of a hiatus in the blogiverse for me. You see it was my birthday at the end of September and we had enjoyed a jolly good day and we were looking forward to my daughter's birthday just after. I woke up the day after my birthday and for some reason felt compelled to fire up the face book page.
I am ashamed to say I totally freaked out and turned into shrieky cow. Full out panic for at least an hour because his brother lives in Mexico and I didn't want Brother's wife to go on FB and see the announcement before I had a chance to tell him the news. Thank goodness for the six hour time difference. I did manage to tell him before he saw the FB page and so we then had to wait while he made arrangements to fly home earlier than planned He arrived stressed and grieving and I am under instruction to feed him to make him put on weight - I can do that!!!