Monday, 21 August 2017

weekend round-up of "news"

Jack's birthday dog biscuits, made by Annie

I don't often bring flowers in from the garden but there are so many of those that I don't mind missing a few outside




I have been wearing my big rings more often. This is one of my favourites.

Annie came home with this bunch of gerbera for me. Not sure how I deserve these but they were gratefully received. 

Standing on my quilt top. It is going to be absolutely amazing I think

I started knitting a pair of socks, it is this time of the year

The weekend passed way too quickly for my liking. I was working like someone possessed last week, barely taking breaks. Unfortunately, I am behind schedule with lecture recording and I haven't even started editing the howls of frustration and dog barks out of the audio. The weekend was very welcome indeed. It wasn't an exiting kind of weekend, but a quiet, slow kind of weekend.

On Saturday, I took Alistair to football first thing. Only football was not on and we walked back home, having a pleasant chat about nothing very much. I then set off for my Saturday walk with a friend and our dogs. I enjoy these Saturday walks. We always walk the same route and always meet the same people. It is a comforting routine. After the walk, I sat with a cup of coffee for a long while, thinking about life and stuff. Nothing earth shattering, just enjoying the moment really. I spent some time doing chores, cleaning the girls bathroom (despite its label boys are allowed to use it), hoovering here and there and laundry. The little creatures were happy pottering about, not needing my attention. I took the opportunity to sew on my new quilt. I sewed for several hours, until at about nine pm, the quilt top was finished. All the while, I was listening to an audio book, one of my favourite crime authors, Caro Ramsay. Her crime novels are set in Glasgow, which I love. Richard is out on his bike all day every Saturday but he usually does the shopping and cooks dinner when get gets back. He made pizzas for us.

I found a warmish coffee on my bedside table when I woke up on Sunday. Richard had left it there before going out on his bike again, this time with friends that were coming for lunch later. I must have been soundly asleep. I prefer my coffee not too hot so all was good. I spent the rest of the morning making a Swiss onion tart (you can find the recipe here) and folding up clothes. Richard got back in time to light the BBQ and we enjoyed a nice late lunch with friends. There was the onion tart, couscous salad, fresh bread, a selection of barbecued meats and gigantic mushrooms stuffed with garlic butter. I really enjoyed both food and company.
Richard took the boys and Jack for a long walk later in the day and I tidied up the kitchen. I then sat down with my knitting project. I need new woolly socks and I decided to make another pair of these. You can download the pattern on my sock pattern page if you like. I ordered the Addi sock wonder circular needles, which are very small and have different needle length, the left is shorter than the right. I find them really uncomfortable at the moment but maybe once I have knitted a sock it will be better. I am used to knitting socks with  double pointed needles and I am not entirely sure why I ordered the new circular needles. I guess they pack away smaller and are less prone to break than my wooden sock needles.

I went to bed early and was soundly asleep just after 10 pm.

I haven't really mentioned what the kids were up to but rest assured, they were busy and relatively happy. Sam maybe not so much, on the scale of teenage unpleasantness he is scoring high at the moment and we've had some words. I trust this will pass but it is tiresome at the moment.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend? Thanks for stopping by and saying hello

22 comments:

  1. As always a lovely round up of your family life. The quilt is going to be fabulous!

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  2. I think your quilt is my favorite of all those you've made! Sounds like a good weekend, ours was still too hot to do much of anything, I long for Autumn. I like my coffee warm, but not hot. I'll often let it set until it's tepid.

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  3. What a nice weekend, Christina. I love your quilt top! Wow. It's stunning. I can't wait to see more. How nice of Annie to bring you flowers, she is such a good girl. I hope you'll show us your socks when they're finished. I was digging through my sock drawer the other day and found a decent pair (just cheap cotton ones) almost that color which I forgot I had and I'm looking forward to wearing them with black Mary Jane shoes when it's finally cold enough outside for socks and shoes!

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  4. Teenagers! Living with 2 teen boys, it can be very nice and equally can be awful. I feel your pain, I don't tolerate rudeness but equally don't want a dictatorship or a battle zone. The joys!
    Teen 1 was helpful tonight when I was tired, cranky & in pain with my foot tendon. Teen 2 helped a bit too but... it'd be nice not to have to ask but they're not mind readers. If they are happy-ish & not hungry, they're nice human beings. Cathy x

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  5. Meant to say the dog biscuits look nice, I bet Jack loved them x

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  6. Your quilt top is dazzling!! It's going to look amazing when complete. Your daughter sounds like a very thoughtful girl ... biscuits for the pooch and flowers for Mum ;) cute. Sounds like you had a very nice weekend indeed. Having friends in for an easy lunch sounds perfect. My weekend would sound positively boring in comparison. Hang in there through the teen years. I was very fortunate that my kids were pretty good through their teens, and even this past week my 19 year old gave me and his dad a hug hello & goodbye ... in public!! It almost made me teary, but that would have broken the spell.
    Wendy

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  7. Sounds like a lovely weekend despite the odd bit of teanage angst , obligatory at that age I'm afraid. BBQ sounded great and I love your new quilt. It must take ages to sew. I'm very tempted by your lovely sock pattern so pretty. Have a good week :). B x

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  8. That quilt is going to be stunning. Sorry about the sockwunder, I really liked using it. I knit continental style with it with the yarn on the left picking up the new stitch close to the end of the needle but I use a throwing technique when I use DPN's. I really want to try one of your patterns soon. Teenagers - can't live with 'em... That is the end of that quote I expect! Jo x

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  9. What a lovely weekend! I think the quiet, no drama kind of weekends are often the best. The quilt top is gorgeous!

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  10. Perfect weekend to me - bit of crafting, sipping something, flowers, others cooking... teens - yeah. One that detests his school, so didn't go today - informed me his one mental health day off... since i did that from my school last week, i decided that i'd let it go....

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  11. It looks like you had a fabulous weekend full of family, friends, good food and sock making. Bravo to it all! I enjoyed your big bouquet.. how nice that your garden produced an abundance of them. I was tempted to cut some of mine like that but ours didn't quite over perform this year. Have a good week ahead! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. Oh yes, your quilt is going to be amazing. It is alive with wondrous colour and pattern. Love those gerberas and the other gorgeous orange flowers. I am afraid I am that girl that seems to raid the garden and bring many bunches into the house. It sounds as if you had a rather wonderful weekend. I like the sound of that yummy lunch.

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  13. Wow to the quilt! It's really coming on. It sounds like a lovely weekend. You have a comforting way of writing. X

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  14. Your quilt's going to be beautiful, I could sit and look at that for hours, so many beautiful fabrics. I've seen those circular needles and wondered what they'd be like to use. I've tried knitting socks on a short circular needle but just can't get on with it, I much prefer my dpns.

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  15. Your weekend sounded wonderful and that quilt is going to be amazing. As for Sam, this to will pass and then he will come back to you with love and actually talk to you with an even tone of voice, well most of the time anyway.

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  16. Beautiful flowers and your quilt top is too!

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  17. So much to like in this post. Your ring is gorgeous, the flowers are so colourful and yes, that really is a fab quilt. As for the teenage grumpiness, just hang on in there, it will pass.

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  18. Sounds like a pretty good weekend over all. The quilt is looking fantastic and I love the ring too!

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  19. Your quilt top is stunning. Oh the patience you must have all those little pieces of fabric.

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  20. Sounds like a great weekend. Filled with fun family and friends and of course good food, what could be better. I LOVE the quilt top, stunning.

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  21. Oh no, I've read these posts in the wrong order so I know where the weekend of long cycling and walks are leading... and it ain't good, cumulating in not being able to stack the dishwasher. I always enjoy your posts and wish Richard well for a speedy return to being able to pick up dog poo!
    Wren x

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  22. I just love posts like these, full of the happy humdrum of daily life. Your quilt top is going to be amazing.

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