“Life gets Tee-Jus Don’t It” !!!๐Ÿ˜‰

Loved this as a child and today that’s just what it feels like.ย  I’m a “doing” person and being confined to being one handed (and the wrong hand at that!) has made me a bit grumpy and difficult to live with these past three weeks.

After seeing my doctor, who told me that it would be a good idea to leave the strapping off during the day when home so that I could use my hand “a little” and “not to overdo it”, I followed his advice … BUT how do you know if you’ve “overdoing it” when the aching pain doesn’t set in until about two hours later?! ๐Ÿค”

So yes, life has been a bit tedious and I’ve been more than a bit frustrated … it’s only three weeks into the six week “healing process” …ย  and apparently it will take several months before it’s really back to “normal”.ย  Meanwhile all I can do is look longingly at my yarn and crochet projects and slowly, carefully and one handed re-arrange my yarn into a more colour coordinated order, and try finger picking my ukelele without actually doing the chords.ย  Having just joined a new uke group it’s frustrating to feel like I’m getting left behind … grrrr!!!

๐Ÿคš๐Ÿคš๐ŸคšStop!!!ย  Warning!!!ย  This is sounding more and more like a “poor me” whinge session, and it may get worse ๐Ÿ˜

No, let’s be positive!ย  Last weekend, with hand strapped and with Gordon’s staunch help, I managed to get to the Dunsborough SongFest with my Born to Sing choir and Secret Women’s Business Group.ย  I take my hat off to my wonderful man who has no interest at all in listening to choirs but happily packed up the car and camper trailer to take me south for three days.ย  Not only that, he even subjected himself to being the “bag man” for me and quite a few of the other ladies.ย  We women always need someone to look after our bags whilst we’re singing and Gordon was very quickly nominated and piled up with copious bags and “stuff”.ย  Naturally, by being the “bag man”, he then had no option but to stay and listen to our performances, which no doubt required a great deal of fortitude on his part.ย  He really does deserve ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ for this heroic effort ๐Ÿ˜

The SongFest was a great weekend of singing in harmony but also a learning curve on how to better present ourselves to an audience, which is something we will be concentrating on in future choir sessions.ย  You never stop learning … not just the words of the many songs, or your own particular harmonies (I am what’s referred to as an Alto 1), but also learning to listen and blend your voice/harmony with those around you, how to stand or move in sync, how to enter and leave the stage … especially our large choir which can be anything from 50 to 150 people, but also our small Secret Women’s group of between 10 to 20 people.ย  Behind all of this is the driving force, the man who started it all, our choir master, Martin.ย  An amazing man who lives for music and pushes us to strive to be better and better and never become complacent … “there’s always room for improvement”!

So there it is … no crocheting being done, no uke being played but I could be a lot worse off, so no time for any more feeling sorry for myself, or whinging and moaning.ย  Just time to be thankful that the injury wasn’t worse, get on with what I can do, try not to “overdo it” and wait, wait, wait.

Wishing you health, happiness and a sun shiny day ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

Out of Action๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โš•๏ธ

IMG_1610Life has it’s moments and at the moment I’m out of action with two fractured bones in my left hand .. which unfortunately also happens to be my dominant hand ๐Ÿ˜•.ย  Crochet, typing, and basically anything you use your hands for has become a challenge.ย  That’s not to say that I’m not up for a challenge, but it certainly takes the ๐Ÿ”† out of the day.

We had been away for a week down south in Albany and we’d had a great time just chilling out, sampling some delicious food, ice cream, cheese, cider and toffees from the region and enjoying revisiting some of the local attractions including Jimmy Newell’s Harbour, The Gap and the Natural Bridge.ย  Gordon spent his early life in Albany and then we lived there for three years in the 1970s, so each year we have our yearly “Albany Fix” as we call it.

Another special attraction this year in Albany is the Field of Light: Avenue of Honour by Bruce Munro and it’s installed the length of the Avenue of Honour that leads up to the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.ย  The installation is to mark the end of the Great War and the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918.ย  My camera really couldn’t do justice to the installation but this is what I managed to get …

The end of our trip was to be a fund raising ride/drive with an Albany group of big bike and old car enthusiasts and would go from Albany to Bridgetown and return over the weekend except we would be returning back home rather than going back to Albany.ย  We were in our Morris Minor van with the camper trailer on the back, so a bit of a challenge keeping up with the big bikes and the V8s.ย  The start of the run on the Saturday morning was from Albany out to Alkoomi Wines in the Frankand River wine region.ย  This was our stop for morning tea and the winery provided free tea and coffee to accompany the muffins that had been baked for us by the supporters of Hawthorn House, the Alzheimer’s Respite Centre in Albany that we were raising funds for.

From Alkoomi we were on back roads that were perfect for bikes but sometimes a bit of a challenge for our little beast.ย  I think Gordon’s cartoon perfectly describes the last section of the road into Bridgetown ๐Ÿ˜ฒ.ย  I am not kidding you, the hills and bends were very challenging and the poor Green Hornet (that’s the car’s name ๐Ÿ™‚) was constantly in first and second gear.ย  Our fuel consumption was atrocious and we had to stop to put more in.
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Finally arrived for lunch at The Cidery, which was very nice.ย  A walk down town and afternoon tea a bit later and then out to Sunnyhurst Chalets, our overnight accommodation.

That’s when the weekend fell apart due to my clumsiness.ย  The beds in the chalets had doonas on them, but the sheets were neatly folded alongside the bed ready to for us to make the bed up.ย  I knew making the bed would aggravate Gordon’s back so I sent him out to the car to get our bags and I was going to make the bed.ย  Folded the doona, picked it up, turned and walked towards a chair and next thing I’m on the ground, having caught my toe in a bit of the doona that I hadn’t fold up quite right!ย  As I fell I hit my hand against the edge of the cupboard … OUCH!!!!!ย  I actually thought (hoped!) that I’d just bruised it as at that stage I could bend my fingers but the pain was excruciating!ย  Gordon got ice out of the freezer and I sat for about half an hour hoping that it would improve … but no, it just got worse and in the end we went off to the local hospital where, after an x-ray, I was told I had broken the two bones in my hand connected to the little and ring fingers.ย  So splint made up, hand bandaged and Panadol and Neurofen swallowed.

Despite all of the above, we did have lovely weekend.ย  With the entry fees ($100 per vehicle), outside donations and the $4,500 raised at the Saturday night auction (all items had been donated by local Albany businesses), the group raised more than $7,500 for Hawthorn House, a non-profit organisation that doesn’t receive any government funding.

A great bunch of people with big hearts.ย  We have been been fortunate to be a part of this Raiser Ride for two consecutive years and all things going to plan we will join them again after next year’s “Abany Fix”.

So, that’s why I’ve been “missing in action” … and that’s it for now as two finger typing is quite exhausting (and painful).

Hoping this finds you hale and hearty and with no broken bones ๐Ÿ˜œ

Wishing you sunshine and happiness ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜

Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows for Cobs with๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

What I love about this WordPress blog world is that you get to meet some lovely people.ย  One special person is Cobs from The Cobweborium Emporium.ย  Although we live at opposite ends of this wonderful planet called Earth we can communicate through the atmosphere and share thoughts and laughter and sorrows and joys.ย  We will never meet in person but does that matter?ย  I don’t think so.ย  Somehow you connect with people purely by the way they think and write.

Cobs is an amazingly talented artist in many ways.ย  I would love to be able to purchase some of her creations but they are very fragile and she tells me the cost through her postal service is too prohibitive so she doesn’t mail outside her own country.ย  I’m the loser here as she has some really lovely cards and fairy/gnome creations.ย  Go and have a look at her cards Begin Each Day with Twitchy Whiskers and Start Each Day with a Waggy Tail,ย just for example.

During an interaction with another follower, Cobs mentioned something called The Spoon Theory.ย  I Googled it and found that it was a way of explaining how people living with chronic pain/illness/whatever can explain what their life is like.ย  Having lived with back pain for more years than I really want to think about, I have finally found a way to explain how each moment of each day is a decision on what you are physically able to accomplish.ย  I try to not let back pain define me and I try to defy it every day but it’s something that can’t be explained to a “well” person.ย  There are certainly many days when I’ve “used up” all my spoons but there are also “good days” when I have some in reserve for those “not so good” days.

Today, in my world, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, the bees are busy pollinating our fruit tree blossom and I have an almost full hand of spoons so life is looking pretty good.

Here are some morning photos from the garden … sunshine, bees in blossom, flowers blooming, all is right with my world.

Wishing you all, and especially Cobs, a happy, sun shiny day filled with love and laughter ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Ž

Singing in the shower๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿšฟ๐ŸŽถ

Does this video bring back memories for you?ย  I can remember hearing it over and over in the 1970s/80s when our children were young and as I couldn’t find a song about singing in the shower I thought I’d let Ernie sing about bath time with his rubber ducky.

Why did I want a song about singing in the shower?ย  Well, I’ve just finished this …
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a back scrubber for the shower.ย  This is a pattern from Red Heart and they use their own yarn called Scrubby.ย  I can’t get that here in Western Australia, but I did find a substitute at Knit Purl Yarn Boutique called Wendy Wash Knit (for pots and pits).ย  It’s a polyester yarn and very difficult to describe.ย  This is what it looks like close up …

It doesn’t feel scratchy, although it looks as if it should be.ย  I never feel like I’ve washed my back properly with a brush, so I’m hoping that this might do a better job.

It was incredibly difficult to crochet with as you can’t see your stitches and the roughish texture causes the yarn to stick rather than pull through smoothly.ย  I always love a challenge and this certainly has had its challenging moments ๐Ÿค”

Things have been a bit quiet on the crochet front.ย  I’ve had issues with my right thumb in the very cold weather and I think perhaps it may be the beginning of arthritis.ย  What a pain (literally) that will be if it is.ย  Although I’m left hand dominant for most things, I crochet right handed.

Now that the weather is slowly warming up I’m hoping to get back into the hooks and yarn, although the next three months will be very heavily travel and choir-related and may restrict my crochet time.

Firstly, we’re having a camping week away down south in Albany and on our way home we’ll be joining a group of Albany motorbike and classic car enthusiasts on a fund raising ride for Hawthorne House, Albany’s Alzheimer’s Respite Centre.ย  It’s actually called a Raiser Ride and we joined them last year on their weekend ride from Albany to Ravensthorpe and return and were one of only four classic cars amongst a very large number of motor bikes.ย  The ride raised $4000 for children’s mental health last year and we’re hoping to raise even more on this year’s ride from Albany to Bridgetown and return (we won’t go back to Albany … instead we’ll keep heading north for home at the end of the weekend).

Then, after a short break back home, we’ll head south again, this time to Dunsborough for the SongFest where my choir, Born to Sing, will be performing over the weekend.ย  Always a lot of fun and very uplifting.ย  Gordon’s not into choir singing, so he’ll probably organise his kayak and fishing gear and perhaps his golf clubs as the caravan park we stay at is reasonably close to both the beach and the golf course.

That takes us into November and then the choir will be in full rehearsal mode for the Carols by Candlelight on the Perth foreshore in mid-December in aid of Variety – The Children’s Charity.

Goodness, that’s completely written off the rest of 2018 ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Where did this year go?ย  Everyone I speak with says the same thing … this year has flown by.

The night is getting on, so time to sign off.ย  Wishing you sunshine, happiness and health ๐Ÿ˜Ž

What a wonderful world๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ”†๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Well, where did the time go?

We’re finally home from a wonderful four weeks away travelling north and east to seek out warmth, sunshine, wildflowers and orchids.ย  Did we achieve all of it?ย  Well, no … not really … but the wildflowers and orchids were absolutely wonderful.ย  The warmth and sunshine came and went and we did manage some lovely days at Carnarvon, Onslow, Mount Magnet and Mingenew, so we can’t really complain too much about the cold winds and occasional rain.

I took my crochet project with me, but there never seemed to be enough time to do anything with it.ย  Many of our days were spent on the road and when we did stay in one place for a few days we were out and about sightseeing and photographing.ย  Our evenings were usually spent with Gordon writing up his diary and drawing his “cartoon of the day” while I downloaded our photos and wrote up our computer blog (https://campertravelswesternaustralia.wordpress.com).ย  The nights were so cold that we were inside our little camper trailer by no later than 6.30pm, with the travelling fan heater going to keep us warm.

The wildflowers in Western Australia this year are amazing.ย  There’s been so much rain that the flowers are the best they’ve been for many years.ย  These photos are of everlastings (or paper daisies) at Coalseam Conservation Park.ย  The white everlastings were just flowering along the roadside.

There were everlastings flowering everywhere but you can’t keep stopping all the time or you’d never get where you’re supposed to be going.ย  The flowering trees and shrubs were all showing off their gorgeous flowers and our days were a constant kaleidoscope of colour.

These were some of the tiny orchids that we found …

Plus a photo of our trusty steed … a 1953 Morris Minor 1/4 tonne van called The Green Hornet … surrounded by everlastings …
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We had a lovely break but it’s good to be back home again.

No major crochet projects at present and no orders either ๐Ÿ˜ช.ย  Time to warm up the crochet hook and get to it.

If you have something you’d like made especially for you or as a gift for someone special … just send me a message via the contact form and I’ll get right back to you ๐Ÿ‘

Wishing you a world full of love and laughter ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜บ

“It’s a good day” … and it has been ๐Ÿ”†๐Ÿ˜Ž

Well, the day started a bit earlier than I’d planned.ย  Each Thursday we pick up our grandson from school and have him here overnight and then take him to school on Friday morning.ย  I’d set my alarm for 6.30am as his Mum was dropping in early this morning with his birthday cake to take to school, but I’d neglected to check the am/pm setting and I’d accidentally set the alarm for 6.30pm ๐Ÿ˜œ.ย  So I was woken by Gordon saying “Jen’s here” at 6.45am.ย  Stumbled out of bed, dragged on dressing gown and greeted Jen with blurry eyes.ย  Jen is no slouch with “on demand” birthday cakes and this year’s cake is a Chinese dragon outlined with powdered icing sugar on a chocolate cake.ย  I should have taken a photo … but although I appeared to be awake, my brain was definitely still sleeping ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s a good day …. (“I said to the sun, good morning sun, rise and shine today”)ย it was a very chilly morning but the sun slowly rose and painted the tops of the trees with a soft golden glow.ย  The sky was a clear, light blue and the day promised to be glorious … especially after the cold, wet days we’ve been having.

It’s a good day … we had a wonderful morning visiting our new grandchild and parents (plus our grand-dog, mustn’t miss her out!).ย  There is no way to describe the feeling of holding and cuddling a new baby member of the family.ย  Gordon did the magic “sleeping arm” trick and in no time one little baby was off into dreamland.ย  I remember when Will was a baby that he would just nod off to sleep in no time when Gordon was holding him.ย  I think Gordon must exude some sort of sleeping potion as his shoulder has that same effect on me if I put my head there ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜

It’s a good day … we finally heard from Kiel, (our mechanic when it’s something that Gordon can’t fix) to say that our car was finally ready (after about six weeks!).ย  Not Kiel’s fault … just a series of weird things that needed to be sorted out on an old 1984 Holden Statesman.ย  Cost-wise, maybe not so good,ย  but Kiel has been very generous and kept the cost as low as he could.ย  So it was still a good day as we finally had the “Statey” back home where it belongs.

It’s a good day … I finished my three beanie order for Cindy and the three flowers for Anne and messaged them that their orders were ready.

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and Anne’s removable flowers for her beanie …

With orders completed I will now get back to Gordon’s knee warmer and see if I can finish it off.ย  ย There’s also a pair of shark slippers for eldest son that were put on the back burner … I should probably get them out and start again with different yarn.

It’s a good day … I managed to get the washing done and mostly dry before the black rain clouds started gathering again.ย  Overnight on the clotheshorse to air out and I’ll be able to put it all away tomorrow.

So yes, “It’s a good day, how could anything go wrong, a good day from morning to night”…..

Hoping you’re also having a good day.

PS: It’s raining on the plains again (hope it gets where it needs to go).ย  I can feel another song coming on ๐Ÿ˜‰ … it’s a duet.ย  Can you guess who is singing it?ย  Let me know?

 

The Sun is Shining, C’mon Get Happy ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽถ

 

“The sun is shining, c’mon get happy”ย … and it is!ย  It may be cold and it’s probably going to rain, but at the moment the ๐Ÿ”†๐Ÿ”†๐Ÿ”†ย is streaming in through the kitchen window and I’m basking in its warmth as I sit here with a cup of tea, a biscuit and my trusty computer.ย 

As an impressionable young person I saw this movie and talked my parents into buying this record, which I still have in my vinyl collection.ย  Get Happy wasย one of my favourite songs from the movie and it still makes my toes itch to get up and dance when I hear it (Gordon commented just now that it’s a good quickstep … wish we had room to dance in the house ๐ŸŽถ)ย  There are some great songs from this movie … Blue Moon, I’ll Walk Alone, It’s a Good Day,ย andย Tea for Two.

This week Get Happyย was triggered by the cover of the latest The Big Issue that I buy from Kevin, our friendly TBI vendor, each fortnight at the Sunday Kalamunda Farmers’ Market.ย  The current Big Issue has this as its cover ….

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As soon as I saw the cover the song just popped into my head and I’ve had trouble trying to erase it since.ย  Gordon suggested I put on The Sherrahs CD to block it out, so I guess I’ll just end up with a different song going around in my head ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถย ๐Ÿ˜

On the crochet front, as I mentioned in my FB post, I’ve been busy but have neglected to take photos of finished and delivered orders.ย  I’ll try and remember to take photos later this week as I race to finish a couple of orders.ย  We’re planning a camping trip, so I need to get these items finished and delivered before we take off.

The biggest challenge I’m facing at the moment is that Gordon asked for a knee warmer for his left leg that has no kneecap.ย  For some reason that knee gets very cold and this winter he’s really feeling it.ย  I thought it would be simple to crochet a knee warmer but the challenge is that you need the bulk in the front to come over the knee but not behind the knee.ย  I’ve solved that part (I think!) but now I need to work out how to put the top ribbing on.ย  It’s certainly a challenge and I may have to rip it all out and start again.ย  I also neglected to write down what I’ve done to date ๐Ÿค” so I’ll need to take time to write it down so that I can adjust the design if I need to start again.ย  At least the bottom ribbing for below the knee is easy, it’s the actual body of the knee part that’s the real challenge.ย ย 

This is where it’s at … so far ….

Nothing like a challenge to get the brain cells working overtime.ย  My other thought is that perhaps I don’t need to put ribbing on the top section but rather decrease the stitches enough that it will stay in place and not slip down but also be easy enough to actually get on over foot and knee.

Well, sun is starting to hide โ›…, dishes need to be done (wish there were fairies๐Ÿงšโ€โ™‚๏ธ to do the housework) and other “stuff” needs to be dealt with.ย  Time to shut the computer and get down to it.

Wishing you a happy, sunny day ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ”†๐Ÿ˜Ž

 

Listen to the rhythm of the falling ๐ŸŒงโ˜”๐ŸŒˆ

Happy Monday morning ๐Ÿ˜„ย  I love this song and it fits today as I woke to the rhythm of the falling rain at about 5.30am and it’s been falling steadily ever since.ย  The forecast for the week ahead is for showers every day, but that’s winter for you and we certainly need it.

Over the weekend I started (and finished) a rainbow beanie to go with a rainbow scarf order from my friend Anne.ย  Despite the overcast skies, the ๐ŸŒˆ colours in the yarn were so bright and colourful that I couldn’t wait until I had finished to take some photos ๐Ÿ˜Š…

I love the way this yarn blends gradually into each colour as you work.ย  What you can’t see in the photos is the shimmer that this yarn has.ย  It can be diabolical to work with as it splits very easily so you need to work very cleanly and precisely and not make any mistakes as unpicking is really not an option.

As the day wound down, and the wind picked up, and night closed in, I reached the end.ย  After weaving in the loose ends I hunted through my button tin and found a button that matched perfectly with the gold toning of the yarn edging.ย  Here are the pics of the finished hat and scarf.

Anne and I are meeting for lunch tomorrow (with our fellows) to hand them over.ย  She’s going to have perfect weather for using them both as the forecast is for showers and about 15ยบC and the rest of the week is following a similar pattern.ย  We’re also planning on sending our fellows home after lunch and having a “wool gazing” session at Knit Purl, which is conveniently ๐Ÿ˜‰ย over the road from the cafรฉ.

Also finished this week was a black head band/ear warmer for Cindy (Khanzi Park Pastured Eggs at the Kalamunda Farmers Market) that I neglected to photograph ๐Ÿ™.ย  It was the same design as the pink trial head band that I did a week ago, but I needed to make it a bit smaller in diameter, so I reduced the hook size and it turned out perfect.ย  After a bit of discussion between Cindy and Linda (retired egg supplier) Cindy has now ordered another black head band with a bit of silver “bling” ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.ย  I’ll be putting that into the order book along with Cindy’s three black and silver beanies that I’m currently working on.ย  Thanks Cindy for the ideas and the orders ๐Ÿ˜˜ and thanks also to Linda for “egging” us on ๐Ÿ˜˜

So, with the rain steadily falling and no fire in the wood stove, today’s the day that I have to get down and dirty and clean out the back of the flue and all the nooks and crannies of the stove itself.ย  It’s a really dirty job, but the stove has been smoking quite badly the last couple of days so we let the fire go out last night and it’s going to be a dirty, sooty morning …. but not before I’ve had my cup of tea ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wishing you a bright, shiny, clean day ๐Ÿ”†

 

 

C is for Cookie ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿช

Happy Thursday!!!ย  The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the air is crisp and cold.ย  We’ve had some glorious rain ๐ŸŒงโ˜”over the past few days that has apparently brought us to one of the wettest beginnings to winter.

I looked for a video about cooking and came across Cookie Monster.ย  Who can resist a Muppet singing about cookies?ย  Not me!ย  It brought back memories of watching Sesame Street and Play School with our now very adult children when they were small.

So, while it was cold with the chance of rain on Tuesday, I decided to get the oven going in the afternoon and stock up the bikkie barrels as they were getting a bit low on provisions.ย  It’s always a “what will I bake this time?” moment as I have so many favourite recipes but this time I opted for Crisp Coconut Biscuits and Spicy Cheese Biscuits.ย  Both are really easy recipes that give great, tasty results.ย  I forgot to take photos as they came out of the oven, but these photos give an idea of the finished product.ย  Cheese on the left and coconut on the right.

The kitchen was filled with delicious aromas and naturally we had to taste test the final results ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘

If you’d like the recipes for these biscuits, go to my Cooking page and I’ll have them posted there.

Gordon managed to get some photos of pink and grey galahs on the power lines yesterday morning.ย  Beautiful birds that mate for life ….

Wishing you a happy, sun-filled day.