Sunday, 31 January 2016

at the end of a pleasant weekend



Let me tell you, I am feeling a lot more upbeat today than I did on Wednesday. The second half of the week was actually ok, work and all. I even went for another gym class and this time I managed to get myself up from a series of squats. I worked at home on Friday afternoon because I needed to get a train into town at 4 pm sharply. You see, I had a blind date of sorts. Doris from 'Inspired Follies' was visiting Glasgow with her husband. She  had emailed me a few weeks ago if I fancied meeting up. I did. Of course I did. I feel very much at home at Inspired Follies. You must check it out if you haven't done so already. I was a bit nervous, as is normal when you meet someone whom you have not met before. We met in the pub and quickly settled into a comfortable conversation. I knew we would, Doris is just the kind of woman I like to spend time with. After a couple of drinks we moved on to Gandolfi Fish, a favourite of mine. The food is very very good there. To start with, I had smoked salmon with the tiniest of tiny capers and other teeny tiny squares of vegetables. I am salivating as I type. My main course was beer battered haddock and chips. I cannot resist any variation of fish and chips. The haddock was enormous and the chips hot and crispy. The tartare sauce for fresh and tangy. I couldn't quite finish. Oh how I regret this now. The time was passing far too quickly and before I was quite ready, we had to say goodbye. I do hope we'll meet up again in the not too distant future. 

Saturday was nice, too. I spent the morning cleaning the upstairs, listening to a new audiobook. I quite like a good clean when I get into the swing of it. By the time I reached the downstairs I had enough. Annie made lunch for us and then I suggested a walk but nobody wanted to leave the cosiness of the house. I went on my own. It is nice to have children old enough to leave in charge of the younger ones. Jack and I walked for a good hour along the river and canal. I didn't bring my camera but I wish I had. There were kinds of ducks I had never seen before, and the cormorants were flying, too. 

In the evening I was knitting on James jumper and watching accelerated episodes of the X files. Accelerated because I sometimes choose to fast forward. Streaming shows on the computer is great for that. I am a serial binge watcher. I  am also watching The Walking Dead but I needed a bit of a break from zombies and dead people. 

Sunday was all about me. Richard brought me coffee and breakfast to bed (no, I am afraid you can't borrow him). Jack and I went for a wee jog and then I went to the Stitchery to spend an afternoon sewing. I worked on the Sew Me Something Imogen blouse that I mentioned in my last post. I can tell you now that I don't like the pattern. I may not finish but I don't know yet. Instead, I started to work on my patchwork quilt. Now that I liked. So much so that I carried on into the evening, adding a few more rows. I thought I might procrastinate over the order of squares but I don't didn't. My pile of squares is divided roughly into colour groups and I just move up and down the pile, picking a random square here and there. It is most enjoyable. 

Thus rested and happy, I feel ready to tackle another week. I hope you all had a lovely weekend, too. xx


20 comments:

  1. Sounds like an awfully good week to me. Love the colors you've chosen for your quilt.

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  2. So glad you had a good week, Christina. I enjoyed reading about it, and I admire your progress on your quilt. I have yet to cut out the squares for my quilt, and am sidetracked with knitting, crocheting and other crafting :) Hope you have happy days this week. xx

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  3. Ah good stuff. I love that you are able to just sew a quilt, I hate all that faffing over colour some people do. I think that the colour groups are sufficiently sorted to let you just enjoy yourself now. I made a dress from Sew Me something and the sizing was way too big, I gave the dress to a friend who loved it and sold the pattern on ebay! Jo x

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  4. Glad you have your crafting Mojo back! I also have times when I don't want to do anything craft related and at other times I am not able to stop! ;-)
    The quilt looks so colorful!

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  5. What a great weekend! I love all the colours in the quilt too.

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  6. Hey Christina,
    How lovely to meet up with Doris. And your weekend sounds perfect to me. I am admiring the orange in your patchwork quilt. I do like a pop of orange. I would very much like to borrow Annie, if only to show my boys her skills in the kitchen ;)
    Leanne xx

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  7. Well that sounds like a very lovely weekend. I'm wishing you a good week too. CJ xx

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  8. sounds like a wonderful weekend. I love love love your patchwork, that's my kind of sewing. x

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  9. Good weekend! Don't you love it when you meet a blogger in real life?

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  10. Lovely to read your energy is restored! And always fun to meet up with a fellow blogger

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  11. I'm happy to hear the last half of your week went better, Christina. Life has a way of ebbing and flowing like that, especially when you have a young family. Your quilt squares are so bright and cheerful!

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  12. I'm glad January came through for you xx

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  13. That sounds like a good weekend! The quilt colours look great together, Christina. xx

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  14. Loving all the colours in your quilt. I'm sewing together rows of my log cabin quilt and I had a wobble that it was too much of a colour clash but really more is more when it comes to quilt making so I'm rolling with it. Like you I love colour and couldn't live a monochrome life.

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  15. Glad you had a good weekend. Your quilt looks fabulous!!! I love the mix of different bright colours. xx

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  16. GReat to see you for real, Christina. I'd better get on with writing a blog post now you have invited others to check me out! I must point out to Paul that your husband brings you coffee and breakfast in bed.

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  17. Great post! How lovely to meet Doris 'in real life'! I love your quilt top, it is progressing really quickly. I am paper piecing hexies for a quilt top at the moment and am looking forward to when I can start stitching them together X

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  18. Well look at you and your perfect weekend! I think you needed a bit of time that was about you and not about everyone else. Meeting with blogging friends can be a bit nervousy, but in the end they usually are just like they are on their blogs. How wonderful you got to meet up. And of course time to knit and sew and enjoy the outdoors.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  19. It sounds like you had a fantastic weekend, Christina! I'm so happy for you. It's so nice that you were able to meet a blogger in real life. I haven't had the chance to do that myself, but there are many on the list, including you.

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