Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows for Cobs with💝💝💝

What I love about this WordPress blog world is that you get to meet some lovely people.  One special person is Cobs from The Cobweborium Emporium.  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.  We will never meet in person but does that matter?  I don’t think so.  Somehow you connect with people purely by the way they think and write.

Cobs is an amazingly talented artist in many ways.  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.  I’m the loser here as she has some really lovely cards and fairy/gnome creations.  Go and have a look at her cards Begin Each Day with Twitchy Whiskers and Start Each Day with a Waggy Tail, just for example.

During an interaction with another follower, Cobs mentioned something called The Spoon Theory.  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.  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.  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.  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 😍😎

Singing in the shower🛀🚿🎶

Does this video bring back memories for you?  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?  Well, I’ve just finished this …
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a back scrubber for the shower.  This is a pattern from Red Heart and they use their own yarn called Scrubby.  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).  It’s a polyester yarn and very difficult to describe.  This is what it looks like close up …

It doesn’t feel scratchy, although it looks as if it should be.  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.  I always love a challenge and this certainly has had its challenging moments 🤔

Things have been a bit quiet on the crochet front.  I’ve had issues with my right thumb in the very cold weather and I think perhaps it may be the beginning of arthritis.  What a pain (literally) that will be if it is.  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.  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.  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.  Always a lot of fun and very uplifting.  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 😲 Where did this year go?  Everyone I speak with says the same thing … this year has flown by.

The night is getting on, so time to sign off.  Wishing you sunshine, happiness and health 😎

What a wonderful world💐🔆🌺😎

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.  Did we achieve all of it?  Well, no … not really … but the wildflowers and orchids were absolutely wonderful.  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.  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.  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).  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.  There’s been so much rain that the flowers are the best they’ve been for many years.  These photos are of everlastings (or paper daisies) at Coalseam Conservation Park.  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.  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 😪.  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 👍

Wishing you a world full of love and laughter 💝😺

“It’s a good day” … and it has been 🔆😎

Well, the day started a bit earlier than I’d planned.  Each Thursday we pick up our grandson from school and have him here overnight and then take him to school on Friday morning.  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 😜.  So I was woken by Gordon saying “Jen’s here” at 6.45am.  Stumbled out of bed, dragged on dressing gown and greeted Jen with blurry eyes.  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.  I should have taken a photo … but although I appeared to be awake, my brain was definitely still sleeping 😉

It’s a good day …. (“I said to the sun, good morning sun, rise and shine today”) it was a very chilly morning but the sun slowly rose and painted the tops of the trees with a soft golden glow.  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!).  There is no way to describe the feeling of holding and cuddling a new baby member of the family.  Gordon did the magic “sleeping arm” trick and in no time one little baby was off into dreamland.  I remember when Will was a baby that he would just nod off to sleep in no time when Gordon was holding him.  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 😊😍

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!).  Not Kiel’s fault … just a series of weird things that needed to be sorted out on an old 1984 Holden Statesman.  Cost-wise, maybe not so good,  but Kiel has been very generous and kept the cost as low as he could.  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.   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.  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).  I can feel another song coming on 😉 … it’s a duet.  Can you guess who is singing it?  Let me know?

 

The Sun is Shining, C’mon Get Happy 😍😄😎🎶

 

“The sun is shining, c’mon get happy” … and it is!  It may be cold and it’s probably going to rain, but at the moment the 🔆🔆🔆 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. 

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.  Get Happy was 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 🎶)  There are some great songs from this movie … Blue Moon, I’ll Walk Alone, It’s a Good Day, and Tea for Two.

This week Get Happy 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.  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.  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 🎶🎶 😏

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.  I’ll try and remember to take photos later this week as I race to finish a couple of orders.  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.  For some reason that knee gets very cold and this winter he’s really feeling it.  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.  I’ve solved that part (I think!) but now I need to work out how to put the top ribbing on.  It’s certainly a challenge and I may have to rip it all out and start again.  I also neglected to write down what I’ve done to date 🤔 so I’ll need to take time to write it down so that I can adjust the design if I need to start again.  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.  

This is where it’s at … so far ….

Nothing like a challenge to get the brain cells working overtime.  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 ⛅, dishes need to be done (wish there were fairies🧚‍♂️ to do the housework) and other “stuff” needs to be dealt with.  Time to shut the computer and get down to it.

Wishing you a happy, sunny day 😍🔆😎

 

Listen to the rhythm of the falling 🌧☔🌈

Happy Monday morning 😄  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.  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.  Despite the overcast skies, the 🌈 colours in the yarn were so bright and colourful that I couldn’t wait until I had finished to take some photos 😊…

I love the way this yarn blends gradually into each colour as you work.  What you can’t see in the photos is the shimmer that this yarn has.  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.  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.  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.  She’s going to have perfect weather for using them both as the forecast is for showers and about 15ºC and the rest of the week is following a similar pattern.  We’re also planning on sending our fellows home after lunch and having a “wool gazing” session at Knit Purl, which is conveniently 😉 over the road from the café.

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 🙁.  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.  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” 😃.  I’ll be putting that into the order book along with Cindy’s three black and silver beanies that I’m currently working on.  Thanks Cindy for the ideas and the orders 😘 and thanks also to Linda for “egging” us on 😘

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.  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 😉

Wishing you a bright, shiny, clean day 🔆

 

 

C is for Cookie 😋😄🍪

Happy Thursday!!!  The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the air is crisp and cold.  We’ve had some glorious rain 🌧☔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.  Who can resist a Muppet singing about cookies?  Not me!  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.  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.  Both are really easy recipes that give great, tasty results.  I forgot to take photos as they came out of the oven, but these photos give an idea of the finished product.  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 😋👌👍

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.  Beautiful birds that mate for life ….

Wishing you a happy, sun-filled day.

 

 

Funny how ⌛⏰slips away (thanks again to Willie Nelson!)

Last year I started my post in a similar way with thanks to Willie Nelson.  Today I decided to include the video of him singing.  I do hope you like his gravelly voice.  Willie was born in 1933, and he’s still around writing and singing.  We have been fans of The Highwaymen (Willie, the late Johnny Cash{2003}, the late Waylon Jennings {2002}and Kris Kristofferson) since forever, it seems.  We last saw them together in November 1995 with “almost” front row seats at the old Burswood Dome in Perth, Western Australia.  It was an incredible night of amazing talent and showmanship, never to be forgotten 🎶 Hard to believe that it was 23 years ago!

Time has certainly slipped away from me since my last post.  I know it was only 11 days ago, but where it’s gone I really can’t figure out.  The days are going so quickly and we’re already at the back end of June.  Half the year gone in what feels like a blink of the eye 🙀

The good thing is I’ve been reasonably productive on the crocheting front … maybe that’s why the time has 🚀 … although the housework has suffered a bit 🤔  I always remind myself that my Mum used to say “what doesn’t get done today will still be there tomorrow”, and she was right.  So I don’t stress about it, although it would be nice if the house cleaning fairies would pay me a visit occasionally 👌

The gorgeous Portacraft Glimmer Twist yarn that I’ve been using is very popular and I’ve completed two more soft, long scarves … this one in Apple Orchard ….

… and this one in Coral Reef …

There are more orders for beanies … this one black with silver trim. This was a challenge as everywhere I looked the “silver” yarns were really just dull grey. Opted for a very pale grey with silver thread in the Moda Vera Starlight range and it worked really well.

Then a request was for an ear warmer.  I’ve used a cross stitch to give it some oomph and texture …

This is a trial run as I feel that it may be a bit too wide so I’ve used scrap yarn to give it a go and see what the client thinks.

There’s still an order for a Glimmer Twist scarf and matching beanie in the Boardwalk Promenade rainbow scarf profileto be started so I’ve been kept steadily busy this past month and  I’m certainly not complaining.

The good news on the yarn front is that we now have a new shop in Kalamunda called Knit Purl Yarn Boutique and owner Lena has an amazing range of yarns of all types including alpaca, wool, wool blends and acrylics.  It’s going to be very difficult to restrain myself from spending 💲💰💰  I’ll be browsing with friend Anne tomorrow to check out prices for a couple of possible orders (and keeping my money in my purse for as long as possible 😜).

So that’s it from my little corner of the world.  We have some sunshine coming this weekend.  Wishing you joy and sunshine in whatever you’re doing.  Thanks for stopping by 😎

Stormy Weather ☔, Beanies🤠, Ukelele Fun 🎼🎶 and Strawberry Jam 😋

What a miserable day it was yesterday 🌧☔⛄🌪We didn’t get a thunderstorm or snow but the rain pelted down, the wind howled in humongous gusts and it was very cold.  We had two goals for the day … our weekly Kalamunda Farmers’ Market shopping and playing our ukeleles with our Friday morning group to promote our fun class at the local Kalamunda Community Learning Centre Open Day.

First off, we went down to our Sunday Farmers’ Market for our weekly shop of eggs, olive oil, fruit, veg, honey. pasta, chorizo and other goodies and also deposited our “scrunchable” plastic at the Recycle In-Tent.

The Recycle In-Tent (RIT) is a great initiative and it’s amazing the amount of “stuff” you can recycle … especially the stuff you can’t put in your normal yellow top recycling bin.  There’s a big shopping trolley for scrunchy plastic, and that gets filled every week.  There are separate small bins for things like coffee pods, mailing satchels, toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, cosmetic packaging … the list goes on.  Until the RIT started up I was unaware that there are actually companies that recycle some items that appear to be unrecyclable (is that a word???)  These special small bins are a fund raising initiative for a local primary school.

Each week our scrunchy plastic is getting less and less as I move away from the supermarket and buy more and more unpackaged dry goods. It’s very rare that I buy any fruit/veg that’s packaged … strawberries are probably the main exception.  I’ve always tried to reduce waste and landfill but it’s amazing just how much more you can do if you really put your mind to it. This past month I’ve only put our rubbish bin out twice and each time it feels stupid because it usually only has a large paper bag (recycled from the butcher) in it with stuff that we can’t recycle. All food scraps go out to the compost, scrunchy plastic into a special bag for Sunday,  newspapers and cardboard into the recycle bin and that’s about it.  I think this sounds a bit boastful 😜 but although I’ve been recycling for years I now feel that there are more options and that I’m really doing my bit.

I’d like to put a plug in for Rachel and Simon who own Replenish in Kalamunda.  They’re my “go to” shop and they really are the place to start reducing your packaging.  They have so many dry goods, spices, seeds, fruits, oils, cleaning products, toilet rolls, reusable cups, straws … I can’t list everything … but if you want to reduce your packing this is the place to start.  You just take in your own container, weigh it and write the weight on the side and fill with your chosen product.  At the counter they deduct the container weight and you’re just charged for the product.  If you forget your container, they have a large bin of donated clean glass jars and also strong paper bags made from recycled paper.  There’s also a loyalty programme so you can actually build up some credit as you spend.  I’m well on my way with a $5 credit waiting to be used.  How’s your recycling/waste reduction going?

While we were at the market we picked up our weekly eggs from Cindy (Khanzi Park Pastured Eggs) and talked her into modelling her pink beanie that I dropped off last week.  Like most of us, Cindy was a bit reluctant to be photographed … she says her best side is the back of her head (I know that feeling)!  Cindy, I hope you’re happy with these photos 😊.

Apparently the “trial” beanie (that I delivered with Cindy’s order last week) is being used all the time at the farm.  Nice to know that it’s being useful 🙂  Cindy has also placed another order for three special beanies for some friends she’s going to spend some time with later this year.  Time to get off to Spotlight to find that special yarn I’ll need.

Shopping, chatting and recycling done, we went off for morning tea at a favourite spot in Lesmurdie called The King and Spoon.  A great little cafe/restaurant with a delicious range of delights.

From there, home to unpack the shopping and then off to the Learning Centre for Ukelele Fun.  I don’t have any photos from the two hours that we were there, but it was a fun filled couple of hours with our people joining in for whatever time they had available.

The Uke group is something we have thoroughly enjoyed being part of (thanks to choir friend Marion).  We started at the beginning of the second semester last year and decided to continue on this year.  There’s no pressure to master the chords quickly, you can sing (or not) and our tutor, Annamaria, keeps us on track (when we’re not too busy talking 😄) … it’s about having fun, mastering a new skill, enjoying the music and socialising. For those who want to take it further, there are Uke groups around that you can move on to and expand your skills.  Gordon and I really look forward to our Friday mornings and although I have to admit that we don’t practice much, we’ve come a long way from our fumbling start last year to feeling confident enough to play in front of an audience (albeit within a group of Uke players!).

Today is overcast but dry with a forecast of possible rain.  Time to get some washing done and into the carport,  and then cut up the four punnets of strawberries that I bought yesterday.  The house will be filled with the delicious aroma of strawberry jam a bit later this afternoon.
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Wishing you a happy day, wherever you and and whatever you’re doing 😎