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Monday, January 08, 2007

Alice in Wonderland....

I'm late!!! I'm late!!!! Oh, dear...I'm late!!!!

Ok... so that proves I've read the classics. Or at the very least, that I'm familiar with them. I *have* read Alice in Wonderland...but not the sequel yet. But I know what a "Jabberwock" is... :)

Seriously - I'm still sick. Really. This nasty flu bug has been hanging on and hanging on. It all started on Boxing Day. For those who are not part of the British Commonwealth, Boxing Day is the day after Christmas. Mind you, if you are a retailer, then Boxing "day" lasts up to a month. That's it!!! This flu is the "Boxing Day Retailer Flu".... LOL.... Hey, when I'm sick and miserable, I'll take any joke I can get.

But, the point about me being late.... It is already the 8th of January, and I haven't posted to my blog.... It is a whole new year, and I am finally posting.....

So, what have I been up to? Not a whole lot.... being sick really takes a lot of energy - wind out of my sails, etc. So, I have mostly been feeling miserable and sorry for myself. But still trying to keep up with the necessary day to day routines. It helped, but in some ways not, that the first week of the month was unseasonably warm. It lifted my spirits to know that winter was a week shorter this year, but I wasn't up to being out and about enjoying it. Then, we got a light snowfall at the end of the week, which covered the dog stuff..... which I hadn't gotten out like I should have to bag..... BUT - fortunately, it was a light snowfall, and I have a good idea where to "dig".... lol.... UNfortunately, however - the cold weather has returned, so it won't be as much fun to do.... not that picking up dog stuff is fun....

Well, best get off this topic - told you I felt miserable, still....

Upbeat - ok.... um, what to say.... Haven't got much accomplished craft wise. Plugging away on a few pairs of socks, designing a coaster in thread crochet, itching to get on with some tatting and quilting. But, the tatting shuttles are buried in the craft room, as is the fabric.... so, I need to get on with tidying up the craft room. BUT - I can't shake the guilt that I should get the rest of the house in proper order first, before "playing" in the craft room. But I've been too exhausted... but then again, I've been keeping up with the day to day cleaning - and I've pretty much decluttered most of the main floor of the house. So.... in some ways, I don't need to feel guilty. I mean, the house isn't that bad....

I was going to start a doily last week. I put out the thread that I wanted to use - a nice new ball of thread. That was a week ago - on Sunday morning. (Dec. 31) Monday morning, the ball of thread was gone. I searched the living room, the boxes leftover from Christmas (which, technically, is clutter, but they are out for two main reasons -1. because the cats love to play in them and 2. because I do still have a little clutter, and some things that technically aren't clutter but I think it is time to say bye-bye to, so I will box them up for removal), the kitchen, the bathroom, the back entryway, the bedroom, the basement - I still haven't found the ball of thread. I'm not searching quite as diligently, but every day, I re-look in places (because the ball of thread might get moved again) and I try spots I hadn't thought of earlier.....

Ashleigh is a thread junky. She'll take balls of crochet thread, carry them around, beat them up, chew them, hide them, stash them..... It is bad enough when she steals new or partly used (open) balls of thread, but she's even been known to grab and run with a ball of thread I'm USING!!!!

I joined a coaster exchange in one of my online groups. So, I decided it was time for me to get back to my plan to design coasters on a theme - I have a few that I've done, then the project got put on the back burner. It's time to bring it forward again, and get busy. So....I'm creating this one....which makes the crocheting slower, because I have to write down what I'm doing, and sometimes, frogging the round and trying something else....

I'm on a deadline, too....need to be ready to mail it by the 15th....

So, because I'm more into the idea of tatting and quilting, with the crochet and knit as "break" projects.... Well, I'm restless. Can't settle down to work on one thing for an hour. Can barely manage a round on a sock before I gotta put it down. I figured, well, maybe it was time for a bit of a break - I know, the coaster needs to be finished - so I finally picked up my latest Joe Grey mystery. I bought it in the fall, but didn't read it right away. I have, lately, taken to buying them in paperback in the fall when they are published in paperback form, but saving them to read on trips.... this year, I'm not taking a trip (that I know of, anyway) but this would be the time I would have gone, had we been able to. (We want to go back to Mexico - DH has been reading the travel section of the newspaper and talking to others about how to find best deals, etc.) Anyway, started reading the latest Joe Grey book. Well, the latest that I have - I'm sure the newest one is out in hardcover by now.... Read a bunch Saturday. Read a bunch more last night - I'm almost finished. Tried to stay up last night to finish - couldn't do it. But, it really is another fantastic read. There was only one of them that I found - how do I say it? Harder to read? Most of them - you start to read, and it grabs you, and you can't or don't want to put it down. One of them, however, didn't grip me as hard.... I had no trouble putting it down. I still managed to read it, but it just didn't have the same - I dont' know what word to use here - intrigue? interest? excitement? Well, anyway - I still love the books as a general statement. And this coming fall - I'll be buying the newest paperback :)

Oh - before I forget - the truck is going in tomorrow for repairs - finally. After two weeks of waiting, I phoned the dealership, to ask about how things were going..... Oh, the parts just came in... (Yeah, right) We're looking at next week some time to get you in (what? It's already been two weeks, when you said four or five days....) Well, we're really busy right now....(so, why didn't you say so in the first place, maybe we could have gone elsewhere) Tuesday.... (what time?) you can drop it off anytime after 8 am - that's when we open (THAT LATE???)

We are supposed to be entitled to a rental car, instead of the usual crappy "courtesy" car for the duration of the repair work - which will be a few days, because it involves a paint job.

It remains to be seen how that will all work out.....

Did I ever mention - I drive standard? I really *HATE* to drive automatic? I wonder if the rental car joint has standards......

Promise take and to download pictures for the next post :)

1 Comments:

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