Monday, 30 September 2019

Monthly Musing - September 2019 - Finding the "why"

I’ve got a spare few minutes and I’m scrolling through Instagram on my phone.  Every other post is an advert, the current theme of which seem to be about “finding my niche”, “my purpose” or “my why”, all of which I can do with the help of a self-proclaimed expert who will help me to work out exactly why I am here on Planet Earth – as long as I hand over my credit card details and my email address.

I might mutter at the adverts, but actually, isn’t the reason that we are here something that we’d all like to know?  What purpose do we have, other than doing the 9-5, the washing, the cleaning, the lawnmowing … surely in the great scheme of things, whatever or whoever created the Universe didn’t imagine that the sum total of our existence would be down to the amount that we put into the recycling bins each week!

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Opening the Yarndale Sock Line socks 2019

Well, here we are again, just a few days until this year's Yarndale festival and I have so many socks to show you!

I say this every year but it's quite true - I always worry that this year, people might be too busy or too charity-d out or have too many other demands on their budgets to knit socks for the Yarndale Sock Line - and every year you show me that your generosity really knows no bounds.  

We ask for the socks to be sent to Lucy in Skipton so that if anyone wants to join in with the Yarndale creative project as well, it saves on the postage to post only one parcel.  That means that I need to go and see Lucy to pick the socks up (oh, such hardship to spend the day with your friend!) and they tend to arrive like this ... 

Lucy's postie has to deliver them all in a van and this year, with the teddies as the creative project, he's been staggering up to her door with a fair few sacks like these!

Monday, 23 September 2019

Socks ... and more socks

Hello hello, how are you doing?  The days are speeding towards Yarndale - it's less than a week away now - and I'm busy getting myself organised (it does happen every now and again! 😀). 

This post is all about my favourite subject ... socks!  First up - 

💜 Yarndale Sock Line socks

Well, what can I say?!  Once again you have stunned me with the number of socks that have arrived to be shown off at Yarndale and then given away.  I was going to write about them on this post but decided that they should have a post of their very own, so that's coming up in a day or two.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Off plan

Yesterday, I did something that I don't do very often and I ditched the to-do list.  Sometimes, when the list starts to get longer than an elephant's trunk and even if I had 72 hours in the day instead of 24 then I'd never get everything finished, the best thing for me to do is to ignore it all. 

I may not have ticked much off my planned list ...

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Back to school

Small daughter went back to school today.  It's always one of those days that I look forward to with a mixture of relief and disappointment, and despite my good intentions of getting So Much Done that I didn't do over the holidays, I'm finding myself missing her being around and checking the clock to see when she's going to be home again.  And not actually doing that much at all.

It seemed like a good idea to remind myself of what we've been up to over the last couple of weeks.  It's ended up as a much longer post than I intended to write, but I hope that you'll forgive that in the name of distraction!  

Small daughter has reached that age where she's not really impressed with the idea of helping with tidying up in the garden (not that she ever really was, to be honest), but she did like the idea of "tidying up" the raspberry bushes by picking the fruit so that we could make jam.  The nice thing about the holidays has been that, apart from a few days here and there and our family holiday, we didn't really have any plans so we could do spontaneous things like make jam without too much thought.  I use a jam maker to make the jam - yes, it could be classed as cheating by traditionalists, but it makes a good jar of jam!  It's a Tefal one and it's years old - I think it may have been discontinued now - but it still works just fine.  Small daughter mixed the raspberries with some blackcurrants we picked earlier to make up the weight, added a bag of jam sugar which happened to be in the cupboard (don't you just love it when that happens?!) and we left it to do it's thing for an hour or so.  

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