So what happened over the last week
Monday - 3rd October
As usual I was up early. So I got my morning reading in before my husband got up for breakfast (he was working from home). I continued with my daily reading from The Blue Fairy book and read a sizable chunk of Holy Island which being a crime book I am enjoying.
I was a little naughty today in that I had a new start. I was going to start this back in January and as I was doing loads of other things it got put away but I am me and these things happen so below is my small start although several hours of stitching on Capricorn from Heaven and Earth Designs artwork by Josephine Wall, it is on 18 ct white aida 2 strands over 1 block of aida full crosses.
Later I did some more on my Prairie Schooler Alphabet Letter H
In the evening I worked on Simon actually Orangutans by Jayne Netley Mayhew, I decided to work on some of the leafy bit just to break up the continual browns and rusts
As it was Monday I watched this weeks episode of Cold Feet and I enjoyed this one more than the last couple. In bed I continued with Winnie the Pooh which is just charming and The Moving Finger which I think is a Marple book but four chapters in she is yet too appear.
Tuesday - 4th October
I was up earlyish and cracked on with getting my blog post up having not done it on Monday like I normally do. After breakfast, showering and taking the dog for her walk I pottered about for awhile and sorted out some fabric to do the Lakeside Fantasy SAL on after deciding to order this. It has been running for a couple of months now and having seen the updates on it I want to do it. My goal is to do the border between now and the end of the year and then do one block a month Jan - Dec 2017. Once the thread pack has arrived I will start on it. Below is the fabric which is from Crafty Kitten - it is Icicles with added pink on Opal Brittney (I bought this with a specific project in mind that I never started so it is good it is now getting used)
As we have had a couple of good bright dry days I got out and mowed the lawns and picked up all the apple fallers from out big tree in our front garden. The mowing although weather was dry was very damp with dew, but at least I got it done before the rain returns.
I worked on my Prairie Schooler Alphabet Letter H - I am currently doing about 1 hr a day and that seems to be my comfort level of stitching on 20 ct aida 2 over 1, after that length of time I seem to get sore fingers as it is quite difficult at times getting needle and thread through fabric.
In the evening I worked on Simon again and although I did about two hours stitching I was a little slower as my right eye was a bit weepy, it might be a result of working in the garden grass pollen possibly.
I watched the third part of National Treasure it is still very good and I have a feeling it is the wife that holds the key to what did happen in the past. The storyline is quite sordid at times but is very well acted and we shouldn't shy away from things that are unsavoury or unpalatable. I did not read in bed due to my eye being weepy and I think that effected my quality of sleep as it took me an age to get off to sleep.
Wednesday - 5th October
So Wednesday was a day of reading, stitching, baking and watching too much TV. So I did approximately an hours stitching on Prarie Schooler Alphabet Letter H as I have done on the previous days in October and I finished off the bottom section which was my goal.
In the afternoon I baked a Chocolate Victoria Sandwich I have not made one for a long time and I just fancied one so I made one.
I read from several books and made good progress on my October TBR list. Since I have started writing down what I am reading I seem to be getting through more. I am particularly enjoying the Kindle loan book Holy Island the first in the DCI Ryan mystery series by LJ Ross, I think I will continue with the series when I have completed this book.
After dinner we settled down for a night of TV, we watched this weeks episode of Lucifer which we both love. We then watched last nights Westworld premier episode on Catch-up and both me and my husband think it has promise. I vaguely remember the movie with Yul Brynner but it is a long time since I saw it. As it is Wednesday it was Bake Off night and tonight's episode was OK and think this whole current series has been a little flat if I am honest and I have not liked all the rounds they have chosen which hasn't helped. Finally we watched DCI Banks I think it might be the last in this current series as we finally got to the bottom of what has been going on in previous episodes, it certainly wasn't a two part storyline like previous weeks have been. Whilst I was viewing TV I was of course stitching and tonight I decided I needed a break from all the browns and greens on Simon and so chose instead to work on my variegated floss piece Death by Cross Stitch by Long Dog Samplers and below is where I got to
Thursday - 6th October
I was up around 6 am so I decided to read two stories from The Blue Fairy Book, this is an ongoing book for October, I read one or two a day. The stories I read were familiar Cinderella and Aladdin and I am enjoying this book far more than I thought I would. I don't read many short story books and if by reading this helps me look more at them it will have been a good move and I really like fairy tales and some in this book I am not familiar with so I am learning about new ones as well. I also did my hours session on the Prarie Schooler Alphabet Letter H. I worked up the left side border and whilst doing that I watched Book and Floss Tube videos on my watch list.
My shoulder was still paining me in the afternoon so I had a nap - I clearly needed it and did feel more refreshed after.
In the evening I watched a bit of TV including last nights documentary by the actress/comedian Sally Phillips on Down Syndrome it was very thought provoking and having raised a child with special needs albeit not Downs, it did resonate quite strongly with me. Are we headed towards Eugenics again I hope not. On a lighter note I also watched the start of the new series of the Apprentice - I never understand why they come out with such utter tripe to try and sell themselves they just come across as prats. Oh well it is entertaining if nothing else. I worked on Simon filling in bits of his face
Friday - 7th October 2016
We were up early as my husband had a long drive to work and I like to make sure he has had breakfast on such days particularly when he has been so tired of late (he is always tired but more tired than usual), also I needed to get the dog walk in a little earlier as I was having my hair cut first thing. Well I say cut just a tidy up and my curtain (fringe/bangs) trimmed so that I can see out again. Just before leaving for the hairdresser the post came with my floss for the Lakeside Fantasy SAL and below is the floss on the fabric I am using
Saturday - 8th October
October 8th is a sad day for me as it was on this day 9 years ago my eldest sister was determined to have died after suffering an aneurysm the previous day. I miss her terribly and although I am now no longer filled with sadness, it does sadden me to think she never saw what her children ( of whom she was fiercely proud) have achieved.
As always I was up early and so worked a little more on my Lakeside Fantasy SAL border whilst watching You Tube.
In bed I read from Holy Island I was close to a finish but I was just so tired I had to put the Kindle down and try and get some sleep. I am still suffering with pain in my left shoulder all the way across to the bottom of my head on the left. It means I am not sleeping so well (well worse than normal I never have lots of sleep) and am finding it hard to get comfortable. I sure it is muscular but I wish it would sort itself out - fed up with it now.
Sunday - 9th October
I was up early and decided to read this morning as I did not feel up to stitching. So I finished Holy Island which I enjoyed and have now borrowed the second book in the series from Kindle Library Loans (Prime member perk), I also read two fairy tales from the Blue Fairy Book - Rumplestiltskin which was as I remembered it and Beauty and the Beast which although same in outcome the actual story is different from what I remember. I am really enjoying this book and I have had it on my Kindle from when I got my first one about 5 or 6 years ago and it was a freebie download. I then started another crime/thriller book called The Primrose Path - I read a couple of chapters and it looks promising. I also started to read the book you can see above undeneath my bookmark finish The Girl from the Savoy. I have read Hazel Gaynor's previous two books which I thoroughly enjoyed and this has started off well so I have high hopes for this one also. I need to get this one read as it is a library loan and it has reserves against it and is due back on the 20th. I should be able to get it read this week without too much difficulty.
After walking the dog we did a dump run with all the garden waste that I have bagged recently. We needed the car windows open on the journey as the smell of silage and rotting apples is not the best fragrance to start your day with.
In the afternoon and early evening I worked on Lakeside Fantasy SAL and caught up with some crime dramas that I have been watching
So that's its for this week.
Bye for now
love Lisa x