Tuesday, 11 September 2007
ASTROLOGICAL SUN SIGN DATING GUIDE.
(Tongue Firmly in Cheek!)
Some lighthearted, some bitter experience. You guess which is which :)
I can't claim to have dated men from all astrological signs but I have been close enough to most through friendship and work to be able to hazard a guess as to what a relationship with them might be like.
Aries (Mr Me First, Me First!)
The first sign of the zodiac. The archetypal boy-child. Selfish, yes, but in a childlike way. Why take one sweetie when you can dip your sticky little mitts in the whole jar.... Highly flammable. Not great husband material unless you hardly ever want to see him, he will spend all weekend involved in one risky, pointless and dangerous activity after another and expect YOU to wash and iron his parachute.
Taurus (Mr Fur Coat no Knickers)
Lover of luxury, likes to live well, even if he has to plunder the food money, rent money, your purse to do it. Sign most likely to be a con-man or thief to live the lifestyle they are convinced they are entitled to. Bed good, if you like being ordered about that is and you have a LOT of stamina. If you want to attract Mr Taurus then dress rich and hang around where the rich people go. Appearances matter very much to Mr Taurus, never look crumpled, untidy or dishevelled. His ideal date would be a cross between Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn and be rich, rich, rich.
Gemini (Mr. Oh, that was last week. I HATE it now...let me tell you about the time......)
The communicator of the zodiac, talks the hind legs off a donkey. Often calls himself a writer. Like Gump's chocolate box, you never know what you are going to get. Split personality doesn't even cover it. Mercurial they say and we all know that playing with mercury sends you crazy in the end.
Cancer (Mr. Do you still LOVE me?)
Despite a reputation for being cautious, Mr Cancer dwells in the realm of emotions, these are easily aroused. Moody, sulky. Can be a real pain unless loved 100%, 100% of the time Whinger. Cries at touching advertisements for missing kittens but can have a cruel streak. His mum loves her little soldier though, bless.
Leo (Mr Look at ME)
Has to be the centre of attention. Tiring to date, constant admiration is required, ego stroking after sex a complete must. Sunglasses usually required to shield your eyes from their sense of 'style', which, like them, is often very LOUD.
Virgo (Mr. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways, but we should shower first)
Shower before bed, shower during bed, shower after bed. Rips off his clothes (neatly and carefully), then folds them up. Thanks you politely afterwards then gets up to shower and play with his spreadsheets.
Libra (Mr Mirror Mirror on the Wall)
He loves himself so much there isn't much room for anyone else in his mirror. If you do date one then be prepared, he will spend more time plucking his eyebrows and buffing his nails than making love. When he does make love there will be a strategically placed mirror so he can see how wonderful he looks from all angles. Most likely to be spotted posing at the gym, doesn't actually DO anything at the gym, might get sweaty and ruin his hair or get his gym kit rumpled.....
Scorpio (Mr Strong, Silent Type)
Magnetic personality. Distinctive eyes. Will spend whole evenings trying to weasel information out of you but will not spill one iota in return. Make great detectives. Fearful temper. Never forgets a hurt and you will pay for it. Oh yes, you will pay – it might not be today, it might not be next week but he will get you and get you good. Supposed to be the sexiest sign but is it worth the effort? Oh, sorry, I forgot, only HE is allowed to ask the questions.....
Mr Sagittarius (Mr They call me the Wanderer)
A good friend, fun, carefree, always up for a laugh. Unfortunately the sign most likely to be a commitment-phobe. Tell him you love him, tell him that you are thinking how nice it would be to settle down and then eat his dust.......
Mr Capricorn (Mr. To be Honest)
Doesn't do subtle. Doesn't do tactful. Does do open, honest and straightforward. Do you REALLY want that complete honesty ALL the time?..(Does my bum look big in this?)
Mr Aquarius (Mr Strange)
He looks at you but his mind is ten zillion light years away, inventing, dreaming, soaring on flights of fancy. He may invent you some useful household gadgets. He may blow up your kitchen trying to make a rocket. Forgets to think about sex, if you remind him he will drift off halfway through the conversation and be inventing a gadget for it.....
Mr Pisces (Mr. So what if its the first date, I LOVE you)
Tender, dreamy, otherworldly. Likes to keep his options open, which is strange as he often declares love on the first date. Can get terribly disappointed in you if you don't live up to his image. Likes to serve his partner. Sign most likely to want to escape the harshness of real life through drink or drugs. Indecisive so may not be able to decide whether he wants drink or drugs, so will probably do both. Often. Indedcisive, impossible to pin down and will be late for his own funeral.
Monday, 10 September 2007
Tonight I was involved in her agonising decision 'what to wear'. Its her first year out of uniform and it matters, a lot. This girl has a room full of clothes but none of them go together (apparently), or make the right statement. I was subjected to a parade of different outfits. The one she chose was very, very, short shorts and a vest top.
Then a terrible thing happened.
I turned into my mother......
Me: 'Do you think that shorts are appropriate for college, Lu?'
Lu: 'Everyone is wearing them'
Me: 'you look like you are going to the beach'
Lu: (prancing about in front of mirror) 'do you think I look too..... leggy?
Me: 'Weeeeel, they are very short Lu'
Lu: 'I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!!!!' (please excuse caps but it was the only way to convey the DRAMA of that moment.)
Lu flounces (she does that so beautifully) upstairs to try something else. Then comes back downstairs in an even shorter skirt, then and even shorter pair of shorts, then a belt - er, sorry, skirt.
Me: (sensing defeat) 'well, if the other girls wear shorts then I suppose its ok, maybe with some opaque tights?'
Lu: 'Thats for the winter, its still summer.'
At that moment I realised that I had turned into my mother. I was horrified. I remembered the arguments I would have with my own mum about what I was wearing and remembered what was like to be 17 and realised that in the great scheme of things it didn't really matter if she wore shorts.
I turned to Lu and said 'You are young, you have a great figure and legs, you wear your shorts Lu.'
She then turned to me and said 'Oh, its ok. I have decided to wear something else'.
I have two years of this......
Thursday, 6 September 2007
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
The whole of the economy here is service and selling THINGS based it seems, we don't even make the THINGS anymore, they are shipped in from China, or wherever. There was even a panic last christmas because a giant super container ship full of THINGS from China was scuppered somewhere and Christmas itself was threatened. (I did remember wondering how parents would explain that news item to the juniors watching the six o'clock news - yes son, Santa's elves are in China, thats where they make the THINGS for santa, no, son, I know they don't LOOK Chinese in the picture books and films....... ).
We have the season of shopping coming up fast but as I have the time and I think that they show love and thought I am making most of my presents this year. I can't say what they are because some of the recipients may tune in.
Those that know me will know that I rarely buy anything new if I can help it. I use freecycle, ebay, charity shops, car boot sales etc., for most of the THINGS i need (want if I am honest, most of the THINGS I couldn't truthfully say I need). If everyone were like me then the whole economy would crash, no jobs, no shops (except M&S - they will never die, not many people like second hand drawers - except I did hear about some strange men and a dodgy e-bay auction ... er, think I will get off this train of thought at the next station).
So, I suppose all the shoppers out there are helping the nation by their frantic purchase of their loved-ones' gifts and such 'vital' items as olive de-stoners, fifteen foot inflatable santas, disposable toilet cleaning pads, plug in air-fresheners, sink tidies, special christmas toilet paper, etc., not to mention the amount of food that is thrown away over the Christmas period which, according to a survey I read, averages £60 per household (not mine, I make soup out of it if it stands still long enough :D )
I should be ashamed of myself, its people like me who let the country down.
I am going to buy a THING tommorrow, just to do my bit for the economy. Think its got to be the fifteen foot inflatable Chinese Santa......
What a crazy world : D
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
Not much has happened. Been spending a fair amount of time with Mr Pisces. He is so busy at work though, not much time for splashing in the rockpools with his crabbess :(
My daughter made the front page of the local newspaper after having achieved a whole bunch of A* results for her exams. Proud mum moment.....
Finally finished all the form filling for my degree course and have been told I can get funding and am all set to start, pencil sharpened. Better get new specs, just broke the arm off my last pair and am finally forced to admit I can't read without them.
Went to the National Portrait Gallery with both daughters, had a lovely time there and we went for lunch to cafe Italia just off leicester square then they dragged me around covent garden for an hour or two. Have told them I will go to London but only to galleries/museums, NO SHOPPING - so they sneaked it in at the end when I was too tired to object (much). Load of expensive tourist tat, including pet stones and names made from wire (Why?)
Just off to roast a squash for dinner, lu wants squash soup and cornbread. Scraped together my last couple of quid to buy the ingredients. That day out in london left me skinter than a skint thing.
Off to catch up with JellyJo's blog, see what the dear gel has been up too.
If any of my regs are still checking in then big hugs to you, if not then I understand entirely.
Love to them that needs it. j xxx
Friday, 17 August 2007
Thanks Jo, you really are a star. I had a great time with you and learned lots.
Love jackie x
Thursday, 9 August 2007
Easy, thats it , I shall write.
Now, all I need is an idea.
I will ask my three regular readers to give me suggestions for a story theme.
C'mon, I will dedicate my first best-seller to the winner.
I truly cannot wait....
love j x
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
On 7th of 7th I said yes to a date with a piscean man who tried (quite a few times, actually) to get me to dip my toe into his particular pond. What made me change my mind, oh, it must have been the planets were right or something.
Have been spending a lot of time at his, an ancient tumbledowny cottage with no phone or internet connection. So thats where I have been hiding :-)
All going swimmingly at the moment.
Jelly Green Jo is coming to our watery lair next week, can't wait. We are getting our wheels out. Hope its sunny we can sit in the garden and spin a yarn :-)
Just joined an astrology site. Not great at buttony things but its called 'seduction central' and its great, have a look if you are into that sort of thing.
Am going to be around until Friday, when I am going fishing again :D
Love to them that needs it, Jackie x
Wednesday, 1 August 2007
Thanks to all of you who sent messages of concern/support etc during my recent break.
There are a few reasons I haven't been around, internet access problems one of them.
will try to write more regularly.
Hugs to all my friends, wherever you are, and I am sorry I have neglected you all lately. Been wrapped up in my own little world :D
Love j x
Saturday, 7 July 2007
I woke up this morning at 7, then realised that at 7 minutes past seven it would be 7.07 on 07.07.07. Perhaps I should buy a lottery ticket, all those sevens have just got to bring a lucky day!
Thursday, 5 July 2007
Decided to go wireless as it means i can write somewhere quiet instead of having to sit in the family room at the desk while the girls have the TV on and I can sit in the garden in the sunshine, although there hasn;t been much of that lately...
My typing is abysmal on here, so used to a full-sized keyboard, so sorry about that...
Not much today as I am finding this hard work :-) I am sure I will get used to it soon.
Made friends with half india , phoning the belkin call centre, missed the net so much I was up half the night figuring it out. Honestly spoke to at least a dozen of them with no luck until I chanced upon a cheery young guy calling himself 'Stuart'. So thanks 'Stuart' for your help. Why do the companies feel the need to anglicise their workers' names, I would find it a bit insulting, or do they joke about it amongst themselves? Do they get to pick their own names or just get a random one assigned.
Strange business altogether.
Its good to be back xxx
Stuart was happy Iwas happy, he put me onto his supervisor so I could tell him too. I was glad to do that, hope he gets promoted, cheers Stuart :-)
Monday, 2 July 2007
Some say that happiness is within us always and nothing can take it away. I don't know about that, its a nice theory but....
Read a quote today 'worry is like a rocking chair it gets you nowhere but the ride keeps you occupied', something like that.
So, I am not going to worry, it will get me nowhere and the ride is not the sort of occupation that is useful.
That is all, my rice and lentils are ready, I am lucky, at least I get to eat and drink. One in six people in the world go hungry.
Saturday, 30 June 2007
We walked our legs off and still didn't see everything. Had a few laughs at some of the fashions, especially when I pointed to things and said 'oh, I had an outfit like that in the eighties'. It was touching to see some of the very old dresses, particularly the bridal gowns and it struck me how TINY they were. We were amazed at the waist sizes and thought that we would need a very strong corset to get anywhere near that size.
The paintings were our favourites though, some cartoons by Raphael were awe inspiring but the best ones to us were a collection bequeathed to the V&A by a gentleman called 'Mr Sheepshanks' . I like the way the V&A is organised chaos, things are not grouped chronologically but in rooms called things like 'China' and 'Asia', this is a bit confusing until you just go with the flow and just enjoy the beautiful and interesting objects.
We had plenty of stops for drinks, as it was the one dry and warm day this week, particularly enjoyed our lunch in a little cafe near the V&A called 'Greenfields' and a quick coffee stop we had in the garden within the V&A itself, there is a shallow pool surrounded by lemon trees.
A wonderful day and we decided to go out together a bit more often. National Portrait Gallery next....
My spinning wheel arrived today, haven't had much of a chance to have a look at it yet though.
Well, thats all from me for tonight, have to go and feed the dogs, they are saddened by all this rain, they are not keen on it. Neither am I to be honest. I can't remember such a rainy June.
Wednesday, 27 June 2007
You haven't missed much. Most interesting things that have happened are my 'ring ring' phone has arrived. The most surprising thing about it is the weight of it, I had forgotten how heavy those old phones are. Phoned myself a few times from my mobile to hear it 'ring ring', I expect the novelty will wear off.
Other piece of news is that I have found a 'new' spinning wheel. Its old but never been assembled, so that's going to be a challenge. I am collecting it from a lady who is meeting me in Guildford on Friday, have to lurk about a certain bench at a certain time. Imagination getting the better of me and imagining if I went to the wrong bench and got tangled up in an international smuggling thingy. Yikes, better look in the box before I set off for home. I did ask how I would recognise her, as I said it I realised it was a stupid question, unless there is more than one person going to turn up with spinning wheels for an assignation, then it could get tricky. Oh, its an Ashford traveller for those who would like to know...
Off to the V&A tomorrow, really looking forward to it. Its my birthday and I am going with my youngest. She is dying to see the fashion, I want to see the textiles and we both like the oriental stuff. Lots more there and I am sure I shall have something to tell you about it on Friday. Not looking forward to the journey, its only about 2 hours door to door but I wonder how I ever managed to do it day in and day out when I worked there.
Just fighting my way through the washing up. Didn't do it yesterday so its my own fault.
Nothing else to report so will sign off.
Oh, just one more thing - happy birthday to Scotland, we share the same birthday, isn't that great! (think he is older than me though :D ) Have a great day Scot xxxx
PS. Nan, thanks for posting, its good to see you x
Friday, 22 June 2007
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Monday, 18 June 2007
Why do they write 'serving suggestion' on everything. Do they think you are simple and actually believe that the turkey, roast potatoes, vegetables and gravy boat full of steaming gravy are actually IN the packet of stuffing?
Why do they say cooking directions on back of label when they are stuck on with industrial strength super glue and when you peel them off you are left with the very top layer and have to read the left-behind instructions in a mirror.
Enquiring minds wish to know.
I like the idea of RAOK (random acts of kindness) A flower given to a stranger, a cup of tea bought for someone who looks as though they need it, a mail to say 'how are you, thinking of you' they don't have to be big things to make a real impact on someone's day, life even.
I had the chance to pay it forward today and that is a good feeling too.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to carry out a RAOK. Make someone's day. (I was dying to write 'punk' after that a la Clint Eastwood, but that would have spoiled the whole thing, don't you think?)
Sunday, 17 June 2007
Sorry Oscar, you just weren't exciting enough to keep my attention.
Finally getting round to reading 'Girl With a Pearl Earring' about the life of Vermeer. I found it on e-bay for 99p. Looking forward to that. Somehow I think I won't fall asleep with Vermeer, if you know what I mean ;-)
Saturday, 16 June 2007
I am crushed.
It happened today, the annoying part is that I only know the odd word of the chorus, I don't know the name of the song or who sang it but its going round in my head.
So, its going like this 'la la la, I knew, la la la we never (fall apart/had a heart/raspberry tart???) la la la' any clues? Its a female singer and the song is not an old one, or at least not more than a few years. Its soft and gentle, which I am thankful for. Sometimes I wake up with something loud that I would rather not hear, like 'The Way to Amarillo' or 'Delilah'. Sometimes very sad songs, or sad to me, like the song that we played back at the house after my nan's funeral. It was by Boyzone, she liked them!
Lots of mail to catch up on. I feel cared about, thats lovely.
la la la fall apart la la la raspberry tart......
Friday, 15 June 2007
How the choice of one word can have ramifications that spread like ripples from a stone dropped into a pond.
How one word can cause upset, insecurities to surface and threats to be felt and why this should be, what made this one word so emotive?
Those that are creatively free and easy saw this one word as representing a block to their creativity, a repression, an anchor that would weigh them down.
I am an artist, creative, I do what I wish, that is art to me.
Those that wish to conform saw it as comforting, for their protection and were not about to discard their life-raft and become adrift in the lake of possibilities.
All that choice. I have to make up my own mind about what to do, its too scary, I need direction....
This one word gave more insight into the characters of those involved in the discussion than you would find in months of reading their posts.
What was the word? oh, it was 'rules'.
Words have power, use them carefully ;-)
Thursday, 14 June 2007
Frightened of what? Wasting a few sheets of paper, skeins of yarn, sticks of charcoal? Frightened they won't be good enough, frightened they will be too good?
Its not just once or twice I have heard this but time and time again. I wonder why this happens. Is it the pressure put on people to succeed? Is it their schooling or parenting? What is it that makes people think that crafting is an exclusive club and that they can't be in it?
I wish I could reach out to those people. I have been chatting to a lovely lady from Australia, who has had the same block and overcome it. I have mentioned to her that it might be a good idea to start a group for those who would love to create but are too afraid to try. A bit of hand-holding, a bit of a nudge may be all it needs to start someone on a journey of creativity, whatever it may be.
If you enjoy the journey, even if its that thrill as you swirl colour onto paper for a painting that never gets 'finished' or choosing the colours for a jumper that you never get to the end of knitting, if you have enjoyed those moments then surely its worthwhile.
Just my thoughts and applying to no-one in particular. As I mentioned at the beginning I have heard the same thing time and time again.
It makes me sad.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007
On our knitting group they were trying to decide a collective noun for knitters. I think it should be a skein of knitters or perhaps a knot.
I know a knot of knitters
who knit and natter,
while they knot and knit
Makes a great tongue-twister and knotting is a good metaphor for friendship, so thats the one I choose.
Now it really is time for bed.
Night all, night Nan - paint something soon!
Reading on someone's blog about metaphor and how all words have the possibility of being a metaphor. I suppose all words bring to the surface thoughts and so yes, there is an underlying meaning to words, different for all of us. Language is amazing isn't it.
I am just happy Colin and Jim are ok.
Must get out there and make hay, while the sun shines :D
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
Well, I went and had a look and tis true. My Towne pastiche (half done) is there, along with a letter I wrote.
Strange thing is they just came onto my blog and uploaded the picture. I had no idea they had done it. Its my first real attempt at a landscape and its half-done and I feel like I have been caught with my drawers round my ankles!
Anyway, if you would like to have a look then here is the link http://clicks.robertgenn.com/checklist.php
Amazed really. Ha Ha Ha
I shall be signing autographs presently..... ;-)
There were a squadron of the blighters this morning, formation flying around the light. Gave it a blast. Buzz, Buzz, into the spray they went. Bu Bu Buzz they came out, for all the world sounding like little fighter planes with one engine aflame...
You can just imagine them saying 'Ginger's bought it, he'll never see blighty again' back at fly-base or wherever they come from.
So, Squadron Leader (Ginger) Bluebottle RIP.
I felt guilty. Briefly.
Monday, 11 June 2007
Did get a lovely mail from another lady in the US who belongs to one of the watercolour groups. Its wonderful to get mail. Hint.
My stalkee also wrote, I think she is disappointed with the quality of the stalking today. Sorry Jo, even stalkers get off days. Anyway, aren't you supposed to be clearing up those rice krispies. She makes me jealous anyway with her yarn yarns. I may stalk someone less interesting. :P
My gentleman in France has disappeared, hope he is ok and has just gone off me or something rather than something tragic (creative people have such vivid imaginations......)
Need to do some knitting now my temporary niddy noddy (daughter number two) can spare me a few moments and can help me sort out these skeins of wool. I learned the hard way that chair backs and door handles do not work. Have a recipe for making a niddy noddy but can I be bothered to trail the hardware shops being stared at by plumbers who wonder what on earth a WOMAN is doing in their terrain buying bits of pipe and connectors. There is also something reassuringly professional about a proper niddy noddy all wooden and beautiful. Of course a professional wouldn't care as long as it did the job...
Cooked some trout tonight with new potatoes and a watercress and rocket salad. It was nice but the house smells. Have lit insence but now it smells like a trout with perfume on. Oh well, it will disspate eventually. Is that osmosis or the other one? If I remember my O level biology well enough its the other one. I think osmosis requires a semi-permeable membrane.
I am waffling. Nothing worse than a blogger with nothing to blog about so I shall leave you in peace.
Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible, as the TV used to say when the transmitters conked out.
cue national anthem. Watch out for the white dot. If you remember that then you are getting old :D
Sunday, 10 June 2007
Think I am going to do some knitting. Its all gone quiet online, everyone has gone out it seems.
Now, shall I work on the socks, the bag or the other bag or the face flannel scrubbie thing. Did the first row of the socks last night. Fiddly isnt the word, made my fingers feel like sausages. Apparently it gets better as you get used to it.
Think I will work on the bag. The other one. I feel like some mindless stuff today. Its pink alpaca and I am going to felt it. Its the 'my squatty sidekick' pattern. Should be able to finish it by tomorrow if I get my skates on. The yarn is three ply so I am going to use it double stranded, hope thats enough - we shall see!
Where is everyone.............?
Saturday, 9 June 2007
Headache is gone, there was rain here and now the air is clear again.
My stalkee wanted the peg loom but I got it first. I feel bad about that, so have found a nice yarn porn site for her to drool over. She has probably seen it but at least she will know I care.
Have decided to treat myself to a spinning wheel for my birthday. I got a quote for shipping for a Babe from the US and it still adds up to less than a basic new one here. The exchange rate is helping. I will be spinning yarn galore before you know it. Also found a UK source of Landscape Australian dyes. If anyone has used them and would like to give me their opinion before I splash out then please do.
The strange thing is that I love it when I am indoors and feel safe. I know its because I nearly got struck once, I saw a ball of lightning hit the floor on the other side of the road from where I was. It had never bothered me until then.
The dogs are waiting to go out, shall I risk it.........?
If you would like to be stalked by me please let me know and I will consider it carefully. Stalking is hard work and I wouldn't want to over-extend myself.
Jo is a useful person to stalk, she knows all sorts of cool stuff, like the fact that there are reasonably priced spinning wheels made from wheelchair wheels. I tracked them down and there are even electric ones for the truly idle. I have asked how much it costs to get one shipped (they are in the US). With the exchange rate its a good deal. The wooden ones are beautiful and I have a very old and wobbly wooden wheel, but I am going for practical and economical.
Now I just need to know how to add those pesky buttons so that I can stalk more quickly and efficiently. Jo, where are you......?
The trouble is with stalking is that its all about them, them, them. We go places, sure, but its always where they want to go, what they want to do.... think about it :D
Back to work now.........
I had a mail this morning from someone in my weaving group, who has a peg loom she doesn't use anymore, she said I can have it for the cost of the postage. I am constantly surprised by the generosity of people. I hope to 'pay it forward' soon.
But I am just an old hippie at heart.
Have some work to do for a landscape group I joined. I have to produce a pastiche of a watercolour. I have a slight problem in that my 'studio' (corner of the kitchen!) is one side of the house and the monitor is in another part of the house entirely. I did read of an old master who used to do something like this deliberately, put the subject of the painting in one room and the students painting in another. This was to train the students to look carefully. There is a positive in every situation if you look for it I suppose.
Have lots to do today and 9 am is the time I have set to start. Time for one more coffee first.
Happy weekend to anyone reading this.
Friday, 8 June 2007
Going to stick a fork in this and call it done!
Did a bit more this morning but its not getting better so am going to leave it be.
First time I have painted a human being, so I am not too unhappy with it. I noticed I have smudged her lipstick a bit! My daughter thought she had a multi coloured afro but it is, in fact a headdress.
I shall keep on practising. Hope you like it.
Need to find them urgently. Just read a headline on AOL which described something as 'hitting a roadblock', I thought it said 'hitting a haddock', which is not quite the same at all, is it!
Finished my painting of the African lady this morning. Like some bits, others not so much. Will find some new batteries for the camera and post it later, don't laugh, its my first attempt to paint a human since I drew them at pre-school with arms coming out of their heads. Funny how all kids do that isn't it. Tell me they do, or is it just a family trait of mine :D
Thursday, 7 June 2007
That is all.
I was pleased with the overall result, as it was my first effort at painting a human, I usually paint flowers, the eyes were hard to get right but I was happyish with them in the end. The skin was absorbing to paint, i started light and built up some layers. It was hard to mix the right colour but I was quite happy with the skin in general. The only thing that I really didn't like was the lady's headdress. It was a turban-like affair only puffier and it has come out looking like a multi-coloured afro. But, overall not a bad first attempt. I may post it if I get up tomorrow and still like it. Still have a little to do possibly.
Just got back from walking the dogs, been leaving it very late as I love dusk in the summer. Bats swooping overhead as I walked back. Didn't see the deer or any rabbits today but we saw another dog walker who had probably frightened them away. Its very unusual to see anyone else where I walk, probably only a handful of times in a year. The farmer has put cows in one of the fields I cross, thats fine, my dogs are steady with livestock, but there are cow pats all over the place and the grass is quite long. Am wearing sandals now so I have to be careful where I walk :D My staffie sometimes rolls in it if I am not paying attention...
Well, going to do some reading tonight, have a rug weaving book to look at. Was going to knit but the mood isnt upon me today for some reason. My dishcloth cotton came. Its nice and did cast on for a nubbly washcloth but will leave that for tomorrow as its going to take more concentration than I can muster tonight.
Have had some more contact from readers of my blog, I love to hear from people who read my blog, it has something of a 'message in a bottle' feel about it otherwise.
Maybe more later if anything thrilling occurs to me. Don't hold your breath :D
Wednesday, 6 June 2007
Going to hide my card as I have been spending too much on yarn again. I hesitated over the 'make payment' button and then a song came into my head that my nan used to sing to me, it went something like 'Enjoy yourself, its later than you think' so, in honour of nan, I did it.
She used to be a great knitter and would laugh at my technique, in a kind way. She was able to hold the needles and throw the yarn. I have to drop the right needle to do it, still have to. Her needles were a veritable blur and she could knit lace, chat, smoke a fag and watch telly all at the same time. She was a real Cockney and a very funny lady. I miss her.
One slightly worrying thing is that all the demos I have seen for the double knitting technique are in the 'foreign' way of holding the yarn in the left hand and sort of ducking the needle under it. I knit European style (unsurprisingly) and wrap the yarn round from the right. So, I will have to adapt it. I suppose I could use the sock yarn for a scarf if all else fails :D
I did experiment with the yarn on the other side and all the stitches came out twisted on the next row. I would really like to meet someone who knits like this so I could see how its done.
Any volunteers to show me?
Fired off an e-mail and got one back apologising and offering me a 10% discount on my next purchase.
Whoopee-do. Good job I am not knitting a jumper, othewise they would have got the whole lot back.
Little one has just returned from sitting GCSE Science. Of my daughters she is most like me, so right-brained it is scary. She is incredibly clever at the subjects she likes - which tend to be arty or creative, but she doesn't find the ones that require a lot of logical thought processes quite so easy. Science seemed to go ok, well, she came in and announced that it was 'terrible', but on questioning she said that all her friends found it a hard paper so she didn't feel quite so bad. She said that there was a palpable tension in the room and the sound of rapidly flicked pages. According to her that is a sure sign of a baaaad paper.
Spag bol for her tonight - lots of carbs for energy for the English exam tomorrow. Like me she likes to write and is quite looking forward to the creative writing paper. Apparently they don't write a story like we had to but just do some descriptive writing - she enjoys that so I am hopeful she will sleep tonight.
Off to cook now. The exercise bicycle is looking at me with a nasty glint in its pedals. It knows already I am not going to trouble it too much I think :D
Also bid on a yoga video on e-bay. I used to love yoga, adore it, but the classes were so expensive that I can't go since I stopped working. Interestingly Yoga is meant to be a solitary activity - at least thats the way it was practiced in India, so I am going to start doing it again at home. Video is at 89p at the moment, nail biting stuff, will my bid of £1 be enough, oh the excitement :D
Well, my plan to get on with things this morning hasn't gone too well as yet. There is always this afternoon...
Hope you are having a good day, whoever and wherever you may be x
Tuesday, 5 June 2007
Monday, 4 June 2007
On a happier note had two lovely mails from my US friends today. Really brightens my day to receive a note. Like getting a letter used to when I was a child. Grown ups only get bills don't they....
Had a craft filled day, practised my watercolour, painted a water scene, some flowers and a cockerel. All fast as you like and impressionistic, trying not to get bogged down in the detail. Have a voucher for a landscape class, must take that sometime.
Also caught up with the dishcloth knitting, as I only joined yesterday I had to catch up from 1st June. Almost there. Have absolutely no idea what its going to be, which is great fun. Surprised how big it is. Not wanting to look a dunce by asking what I am supposed to do with the dishcloths, do you wash with them or dry with them? What I call a dishcloth is a small thing to wash up the dishes with. A tea-towel is what I would dry them with (if I did!) and even more confusingly there is talk in the group of giving them for people to wash themselves with. I would call that a 'flannel', which is strange because they are made from towelling. Perhaps they were flannel in the olden days. Mostly I am used to the differences in language between here and the US but sometimes I get confuddled.
Also baked some rock cakes, my daughter declares those her favourite cakes in the world, such simple things to make I had them done in just over half an hour. We nibbled them warm from the oven. She went off to her exam and I had a fight with myself to leave them alone. I lost the fight four times before she got home. My new medication makes me hungry all the time. Its torture to have a pile of fresh cakes, be hungry and know that I am going to be so sorry if I succumb.
Tomorrow I have to go into town, which I am not looking forward to but I have eldest coming home for a few days and I promised her a roast dinner, which is her favourite. I have the meat part but am lacking in veggies and they will expect a huge pile! I roast them all these days, potatoes, sweet potato, carrots, squash, the lot all go in the oven. I cook the green veg on the stove top but it saves so much time and washing up to just par-boil the rest and shove them in a roasting tray with some olive oil and maybe some herbs.
Those cakes are calling me again...............
Not sure whether to go back and fight with the ad-words again. Is it worth it?
Sunday, 3 June 2007
Youngest started sorting her room out and asked me to e-bay some items for her. So many clothes and I found myself turning into my mother and saying 'why did you buy it and never wear it'. When I thought about it we all did the same at 16 didn't we. We also couldn't be seen dead in something that we had last year, so I do understand really. There is a lovely leather jacket and a pair of Levi Jeans that should sell, thats just the tip of the iceberg. We are going to Italy together next month so it might raise some Euros for ice-creams. Hope I can find a yarn shop while I am there, although we are going to the remote south, right near the tip of Italy, mountanous region and I am not looking forward to the transfer to the hotel as its cliff roads for quite a lot of the way. I am not good with heights :D
It took me months to save the money to go and I had a fit of conscience, wondering if I should spend it on some much needed home-improvements. I will probably regret it in the winter when we are shivering in four inches of luke-warm bath water instead of getting a new shower put in like a sensible person would.
Did some more knitting this afternoon and noticed a couple of wrong stitches a way back, the pattern is a wide rib with moss stitch between am deciding whether to just let it be or go back.
Had a lovely message from a lady who is a member of the online watercolour study group I belong to. I think I am going to like blogging!
Its my dad's 70th birthday in a couple of weeks and I was thinking of trying to paint something for him. Bit wary as he tends to be a bit rude about things I make, so it will probably be socks and a shirt AGAIN. What do you get the man who has everything and doesn't drink or smoke? He doesn't like knitted items and thinks my creations are 'crap', his words. Hmmn. Maybe I should make him the pirate queen's booty bag instead, just to see his face, priceless. He wants to do the meal thing with all the family. It never goes very well but we keep on doing it. Isn't that the definition of insanity - see, I can blame it on genetics :D
Joined the dishcloth a month group, can't wait for my cotton to arrive. Its not something we do much of here, making dishcloths, so I could only get an ecru colour. I might try dying them though. Wonder if Kool Aid works on cotton, have a few sachets left so will give it a try. I don't like cotton yarn much as it tends to grate on the needles and makes me shudder :D
Saw an interesting site today about how to make your own knitting needles, looks such fun I have GOT to give that a go. So many crafts, so little time.
Agreed to buy a rug-weaving book from a member of the weavers group I belong to. Its out of print and supposed to be very good. I will get round to weaving a rug for my fireplace. I will get round to it. I will. Must wash the fleeces while the weather is good, no way am I going to have fleece dripping in the kitchen like last winter. I was making felt and almost got hypothermia.
All is quiet now, youngest has an exam tomorrow and is trying to get to sleep at a reasonable hour. She gets so stressed she can't sleep, have given her herbal remedies and lavender for her bath and clean sheets dried in the sun, so hopefully she may get to sleep ok.
Thats it from me for tonight. Have lots of mail to catch up on and then maybe some more knitting.
See you tomorrow?
Made some progress with other things though, ordered some dishcloth cotton and laid out some pots, planters and gro-bags, which I am planting up with lettuce, pumpkins, squash and some very late in tomato plants - we are forecast a good summer here so hoping they can catch up.
Caught up with my mail to friends. Thought about washing up.... put a load in the washing machine and thought about washing up again. I don't have a dishwasher and have to heat the water for washing with an immersion so tend to wait until there is a decent pile as its a waste otherwise. Trying to save energy and reduce my bill a little - at least I am getting the washing dry outside now. It was no joke in the winter, I had to resort to putting a clothes horse in front of my oven and leaving it on to have a prayer of getting anything dry. Think I might have to invest in a new dryer before the winter. Perhaps should look now as they might be reduced if its hot and no one is buying them.
Think I might give in and have a nap, I am struggling to do anything much.
Thinking of joining the dishcloth a month list. Its not usual to knit them here so it might be fun.
Well, thats it for now - oh, and I joined a friendship site in France as I am thinking of moving to either there or Spain in a couple of years. Won't be able to afford to stay here once maintenance ends.
Not much woolly in my ramblings today, will try to do better later :D
Saturday, 2 June 2007
Just had to tell you about a lovely mail I got from a lady in the US who had read my Blog. I feel like a proper blogger now. She is lovely and was kind about my woolly ramblings :D
Thats it for the day now, off to have a soak in the bath, then its into bed with my knitting. Probably not the most exciting way to spend a Saturday night but it'll do for me. Exciting point coming up, armhole shaping (well its as exciting as this particular pattern gets)
Goodnight all and a special goodnight to Nan x
Hope you like the pic of the 'tossed salad bag' as she came to be known. Judy, the recipient said she did. I had kittens making it as she is a 'proper' knitter with work in a museum and all. One of the reasons I crocheted it, cunning eh? Judy was a real star about the swap, she said she liked the vintage adornments I put on. I used beads from an vintage necklace and some flower brooches made of Royal Doulton china. I picked these up at a boot sale.
I buy a lot of vintage jewellery from boot sales. Its only costume but its fascinating and often very pretty. These have ended up in various places (apart from on my bag), including youngest daughter's art project as the buckle for a victorian shoe made of clay and as a focal point on a pique assiette pot I made. I enjoyed that and will make more. I like the idea of using beautiful broken things and giving them new life.
Hey, wish someone would do that for me :D
Now I really AM going to the shop - it closes in less than half an hour and its lottery night, be huge queues :(
Just got up to armhole shaping level on the back. I find the weight hard going, can sometimes get it balanced just right and its a lot easier on my wrists and hands.
Trying to work up to going to the shop. Its taken me two days. Agrophobia? I only need some tobacco. If I gave up smoking I would only need to go out for coffee and milk, both of which I have plenty of at the moment. Due to have councelling soon. Have new meds so we shall see how those pan out. Internet is my lifeline, but sometimes wonder if I would be forced to go out more if I didn't have it. No more online friends, conversation or shopping, whatever would I do.
This is another displacement activity I think. I have promised myself that I will go when I have finished this coffee.... have to walk the dogs later too, but I don't find that so difficult.
Just joined a couple of online knitting groups today. I want to knit the Pirate Queen's Booty bag for my eldest. She will be leaving home soon to work, travel and start uni next year. The online groups I have joined are for when I get stuck, as this project involves a few things that are new to me I shall be yelling for help fairly soon I think. Ordered the Cascade yarn. Tried to get some made in UK but it worked out so much more expensive. As our US friends say 'Go figure....' :D I am knitting it in Black and silver as she is not really a pink sort of girl. Its a great pattern and available for free, so go have a peek. Site is called 'talk like a pirate', google it. Shout if you get stuck, with the finding not the knitting - at least not until I have done it myself!
Have started spindle spinning too (in a very small way) I belong to an online weaver's, spinners and dyers group and noticed (to my shame) that they had put my picture of my first few inches of hand spun on the front page. I wouldn't mind but it is draped over the back of my ancient pink, fluffy dressing gown, hung over the end of the stairs. Note to self: try to make photos glamourous and interesting as you never know who will see them :D
Right. Now it is time to go............. after I have read my new e-mails :D