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Notes on a Thursday.

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I couldn’t resist posting another pic of my hydrangea – this flower has grown huge! And it is so beautiful.

Wow, Thursday already!

Well, just to let you know, the cat is back at the vet’s today for a check up x-ray on his pelvis, and some medical assistance since the poor guy hasn’t been able to poop since he came home. (Is there a more polite way to say that? Make a poo-poo, do number two, take a dump…?) Actually, probably not since his accident – and it is a week ago today!!! Once again, he is not a happy feline. He has been walking slightly easier since yesterday, though.

I might have to start a crowdfunding project once this is all over…

The weather is slowly changing for the better, which to me means it is starting to get a bit cooler, especially at night – huge relief!

I’ve been doing some knitting, as usual, but not as much as I could have. I find myself staring off into space a lot… I might have to chuck the ‘therapy’ and move right on to a straight jacket…

I was probably a bit too optimistic about the table project I spoke about yesterday. As usual. Although I’ve started and it is well underway, I have to let each layer of paint dry properly before I do the next one, and I might not finish everything by tomorrow afternoon. Darn…

But hey, it is nearly weekend, I’ll have guests in my guesthouse, and I am planning to see my kids on Sunday! So all is good!!! 🙂

I hope you are all having a cracking Thursday, if not, at least have a safe one. 🙂

Tidbits on a Saturday morning.

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Sunset on the farm, a few years ago.

Yesterday was a good day.

At least a lot better than the previous one which started off with my poor cat being hit by a car.

Said cat is still at the vet’s – he has a suspected broken pelvis, but it is not very clear on the x-rays. He did at least stand up yesterday, and even took a few steps, but he hasn’t eaten yet. So hopefully he’ll eat something today, and then I can fetch him to come and recuperate at home.

I worked quite hard in my garden yesterday. I had to do something to the guesthouse garden, because it was looking terribly shabby and uninviting. I still need to do a few things today before the guests arrive, and it is still very far from done, but at least we’ve started and it is already looking a lot better. I will put up some pictures in due course.

I am extremely pleased with myself. I’ve been trying to grow hydrangeas for a few years now, and so far they’ve all died on me. But… This time around, not only is this one growing, it has flowered!!! And there is a second flower on its way!!! I am beyond chuffed. I know – small things and all that, but at the moment, that is where I find my joy. 🙂

Marshmallow pink hydrangea.

And despite having had a physical day yesterday, I slept badly last night. As I did the few nights before that. Just when I started bragging that I’ve discovered the secret to a good night’s sleep, I start waking up around 3 am every night again. Ugh. Some nights I drift off again after tossing and turning for hours (of at least it feels that way), last night that did not happen.

So, I had an early start to my day. Not even 8 am yet, and two cups of coffee and the first load of washing is done! Hopefully I’ll keep up the pace and have an even better (more constructive) day than yesterday!

I finished a knitting project yesterday, which I was all excited about, but then it fell a bit flat. I tried a patterned brioche beanie, and it is really too big. Disappointing. I had another look at the pattern, and it is actually the size it should be, but I find it to be larger than what I would prefer. In general, it didn’t come out too badly, so I’ll give it another whirl, maybe with smaller needles to tighten it up a bit. What do you think? Since it is reversible, which side do you prefer?

I have to say that the picture doesn’t do the one on the right justice. The colours are a soft pistachio green and a washed out purple, done with a 50% acrylic/ 50% cotton yarn. It feels squishy and soft, but like I said, I would like it a bit tighter.

So, all you good folk and gentle people, you all have yourself a good weekend!!! If it can’t be good, at least make it a safe one. 🙂

Bits and pieces.

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Trying to evoke peace and tranquility into my life by using this picture…Photo by Sindre Stru00f8m on Pexels.com

Wednesday Evening:

I’ve been knitting furiously for the last two days.

I know, I know … knitting is my therapy, I’ve been knitting furiously, so…

Don’t judge! Part of it has been therapeutic, but also, there is not a lot going on in my life at the moment, so I need (NEEEEEED) to keep myself busy.

I am slowly but surely working up to the big splitting-the-guesthouse-into-two thing (see the first mention in this previous blog), and at the moment the plan is to start that on the 22nd of March. I’ve got bookings till then, so I’ll block a week out for the reno to happen from the 22nd. Yay! I am a bit nervous about it, but it has to happen.

So I’ve been spending time on the laptop, sourcing the things I’ll need and making some phone calls, going to local shops to see what I can find here – our town is smallish, so it is not uncommon to have to look a bit further afield for what you need.

At least I’ll have new knitting projects and the guesthouse reno to blog about in the near future, how cool is that!!! Wink-wink… (At least it is not the whining session I started this post off with, until I threw it in the bin, so to speak.)

Make yourselves ready for a lot of ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics!

Thursday morning:

Roomys. (Ice cream)

I know this does not happen often, but I just could not finish this post last night. I wrote and deleted at least 3 times, probably more.

My day started horribly. With blood curdling crying outside my window. Turns out it is my cat, and he was somehow hurt in the night. I assume, until a vet tells me differently, that he was run over by a car, because his back legs seem to not be working, and he cries every time he tries to move. This cat has an interesting history, and he is loved by the whole family – it will break my heart if we have to lose him this way.

So now I have to wait for the vet to open in just over an hour so I can get my cat seen to. 😦

Later on Thursday:

It is now about 3 hours later than the previous piece about my cat. I’ve heard from the vet – she can see nothing broken in his back or legs, but she says it looks like he was under a car, because he is bruised badly. She is going to do one more X-ray to check his pelvis and bladder, but she thinks he’ll be okay. Thank goodness, it’s a relief. Phew…. 🙂

Therapy in pictures.

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I often write about my knitting and crocheting that I consider my own personal therapy, along with gardening. These days I find it difficult to sit without a crochet hook or knitting needles in my hands.

These pictures give you an idea of what I do. This is far from everything I’ve done. Not even quite what I’ve done in the last year. But I enjoy keeping my hands busy, so I have a lot of finished projects lying around in cupboards, as well as unfinished ones, unfortunately.

This was probably not the best idea to show you what I’ve done for ‘therapy’, because now you know exactly how much therapy I need… oops.

Self therapy.

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Some crocheting going on at the moment.

When you are feeling stressed out, or unhappy, what do you do?

My first tendency is to want to sleep. The couch or my bed draws me like a magnet, and it is the hardest thing not to just give in and lie there, feeling sorry for myself. But somehow, up to now, I haven’t given in – yet. Somehow, on those down days, I’ve managed to get up and start my day and carry on relatively normally. (It sounds as if I am a permanently depressed old hag, which I am not, I swear! But I do have my days or my moments…)

Patchwork knitting.

What I do love doing on those days, though, is to keep my hands busy. So I pick up my piece of crochet or knitting, and I work away at that. It seems to bring calmness and order to my life again. You could ask how that helps, since it still leaves my mind free to think about all the ‘stuff’, but somehow it does. Maybe because my mind is busy with two things at a time, it lightens the load. If there is a pattern involved, even better, because then my problems and worries take a back seat as I concentrate on getting the pattern right.

I don’t keep my handwork only for the times that I feel down’ish’. Nowadays I cannot sit and watch TV without keeping my hands busy at the same time, so unless I’m really tired, I always have something that I’m working on in my hands. I’ve noticed that sometimes whatever is happening on the TV takes a backseat to my craft, and other times I get drawn into the program I’m watching, and the knitting is done on ‘automatic pilot’. (Which often results in having to ‘frog’ or undo a piece of my handiwork!) I will forever be grateful to my mom for teaching me to knit before I even went to school, and my grandmother and aunt for teaching me how to crochet at around 10 years of age. 🙂

Daisy and crochet.

Other options of coping with stressful times, are gardening, walking, and maybe talking to somebody that knows me and my situation very well. I find that I shouldn’t try and cook or bake at such times – the results are then totally uninspired and uninteresting and unlike knitting, it cannot be frogged and redone!

I think in these weird times with information overload and viruses flying around, it is very important to find yourself a stress reliever that does not involve alcohol or any kind of drug, as addiction is not a worry you want to add to your load!

Till we chat again, relax, take it eee-heeeeasy!!! 😀