Saturday, 5 August 2017

Brick wall . . .

I hit one today.  I was feeling so much better this morning, having had 9 hours' sleep despite taking the steroids after tea.  I pottered about as Keith had gone to a Charity event he'd been asked to stand at with his militaria.

My tomatoes were blighted, so I took them out of the greenhouse and put them on the bonfire base, along with the cucumbers which had got sickly too.  Then as I had the secateurs in my hand, I cut back a few stems of the Buddleia at the gate, now it has mostly bloomed.  That was O.K.

I took down/out various hooks and nails which had been for the pictures I've removed from the sitting room.  Then I had the bright idea of moving some books, so I got a box full of mostly paperbacks from the Back Room and started carrying outdated editions of Millers Antiques guides to put in their place.  A Bad Move.  My chest began to feel the strain and protested, and then as I moved a few more (alright, about 50) books across to fill the gaps in the main bookcase, my legs went quite wobbly.  I got the message, and sat down for the entire afternoon, watching 4 back to back episodes of the first series of Outlander, as there is another series coming out in September (can't wait, though it will probably get delayed getting to us in the UK).  I also blew the dust off a x-stitch gift for a friend and carried on with that.  Bliss!  I was the real me all afternoon.  Carefully picking through and rewinding tangles of embroidery silks which had been put away untidily in the little ceramic drawer which is my work in progress store for sewing.  It was very relaxing. 

I felt well enough to mix and bake a cake (using the mixing machine), and make a loaf of bread (bread machine), and also put a tagine in the slow cooker.  Sitting down in between each little job.  The cake is one from The Great British Bake Off Everyday cookbook, and is a recipe of Mary Berry's.  I wouldn't buy the book new but was happy to pay £3 for it at a car boot sale from a lady who had every book from the series, given her at Christmas by her darling son, who didn't realize his mum didn't bake much any more!  The recipe was for Cranberry and Marzipan cake and it is LUSH.  Recipe later (and I haven't forgotten the Hedgepick Jam one either.  Monday.  Promise.

14 comments:

  1. Jenny slapped dannies; what are we going to do with you! I am glad however that you realised and managed to sit and just chill for a change and do something that you really enjoy doing. I have been very naughty today and bought a new sewing machine one that I can do patchwork on however I know I will not get to play for a few days. Hopefully OH will fish again next weekend so that I get chance to play. I have bought one or two useful crafty bits today as well. Getting stocked up to play over the next few months - I want to make some Christmas presents this year rather than buy them - well that is the plan plus I have a stack of stuff to finish off. Need to get into a routine with fitting it in doing everything else. I just hope you are feeling much more with it soon. Take care pattyanxx

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  2. I know Tricia. I'm just not very good at resting! I am working tomorrow, but don't intend to carry anything, and will do a lot of sitting and chatting. What sewing machine did you treat yourself to? I love the sound of all you are planning and plotting and look forward to seeing what you make.

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  3. The Janome DC7100 computerised (with 100 assorted stitches) and a stitch elongator, four different types of button hole knee control foot pedal thread cutter extension table which is quite large heirloom stitches - lots more so I am hopefully going to be doing a little playing which I am looking forward to. Have a good day tomorrow and please take it steady. Catch you soon. Pattypanxx

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  4. My daughter insists that when she is on steroids for asthma she can't rest--something seems to have wound you into high gear. That's a lot of jobs to tackle in a day!

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    1. They have me bouncing off the walls, but then you can't sleep! Not fair. As long as they heal me, along with the a/b's, I mustn't complain. BTW, that was nothing in the work department. I was on my knees (literally) after the 12 hours' housework before the viewing.

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  5. You were on a roll, I hope that you don't suffer today.

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    1. Only from lack of sleep Pam. Just when I needed a full night I got the statutory steroid 4 hours . . .

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  6. Do admire your courage and get up and go, just don't be too hard on yourself working.

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    1. The steroids drive you to do things which are probably best ignored, but I was pleased to have moved the books around, although it did floor me. I have never been one to sit around, and find it hard even when I am poorly. This is poorlier than usual I will rest up for the next few days.

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  7. Hello! Its Gillie from Loving Our Vintage Life. Found your blog! Looking forward to reading 'back issues' :)

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    1. Hi Gillie and welcome. All sorts of nonsense on here, but I am sure you will find out about living in Wales too. By the way, did I say it rains here sometimes?!!!

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    2. Haha! Im not too far away in the west country so I'm used to it!

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  8. My daughter insists that when she is on steroids for asthma she can't rest--something seems to have wound you into high gear.


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