Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Busy Bees

My youngest daughter has been home from school for the past 2 days.  She suffered Pneumonia over the Christmas Holidays and started again with a temperature, wheezy chest and sniffles last weekend.  I took her to the Drs on Monday who advised a day or 2 off school. 

As she is not debilitated by her illness we have been quite busy.  Yesterday we made phone socks for all the mobile phones; the colours and pattern on the fabric were carefully chosen to fit the personality of the recipient.  I also got out a ball of wool, some needles and reminded myself the basics of  knitting, all went well until I attempted moss stitch.  My technique obviously needs more practice and some refinement.

Today, we have been busy making clothes for the large Teddy Bear she was given whilst in hospital.  I was dispatched to make an African-style dress and my girl worked on the other items of clothing.  She found an old pillow case which she cut holes in the correct places, made a scarf out of some floaty material and fashioned a veil from an Alice-band and some more old material.  Her methods were completely unconventional but the finished result was great and we had fun working together. Looks like my old sewing machine will be seeing the light of day a lot more in the days to come. 

Tomorrow, we will most probably be back at school and work. 

Friday, 19 February 2010

Random jottings of a deranged mind.

I realised I haven't blogged for a little while now.  Perhaps life has just been too busy, although maybe not if the quote I read this morning is anything to go by.  "Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein." — H. Jackson Brown Jr.    Umm, interesting.

In the past month I restarted Driving Lessons after a 18 year break!  I am nervous but they are going OK; yesterday I got to drive on the open road.  I pray that the fear will go and I will actually enjoy the experience.  And as the Veggie Tales once sang maybe this will be my theme song for 2010 and beyond:  On the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again, the life I love is makin music with my friends and I can't wait to get on the road again.

I also decided to dye my hair- I had lost any tinge of red that I had.  I took the plunge and went to the hairdressers.  However, me being me and not having a clue what I was doing ended up with a dark reddish colour and not the copper that would have lightened up my barnet.  Never mind, I like it and can try for a different colour next time.  (Please, if I start talking about getting a tattoo or a body-piercing take me out and shoot me!) 

Alan and I are going to our first Ball on Saturday night.  It is for a Charity that is close to the heart of some of our friends.  I have managed to borrow a dress, scarf and bag but have had to buy the jewellery to go with it.  I will hopefully get a pair of suitable shoes this afternoon.  If not, I could always wear my Dr Martaens with the dress!

Last year I read through the Bible from beginning to end and wanted to something different in 2010.  I am reading Oswald Chamber's 'My Upmost for His Highest' and am finding it good so far.  I still need to find something that will make me think more but this is a good book to start with. 

So what else has this year brought so far:  More exercise, healthier meals (which have led to their being a little less of me), a more relaxed approach to life and not so much worrying, 2 daughters who are growing well in every aspect of life and a deeper appreciation and love for my husband.