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it didn’t last very long

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Getting those tents ready again. See? I don’t know where we’ll play bocce 😀

As you were – or as it’s heading for again, as seen from the office earlier today. That’s sunny and fine enough, but this morning was surprisingly damp, as the lingering clouds might suggest.

Tonight, Dr B and I wandered over to our local Italian Club to buy pizza, rather than do it ourselves. Call it a treat for having reached Friday!

May your reward for reaching Friday be equally as toothsome.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2020 in Food, Uncategorized

 

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impediments all round

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Even without green thumbs, I seem to have done quite well with this plant. It’s flourishing in a way my crocheted blankets certainly aren’t 😀

I acknowledge that many of my impediments to productivity are mental. I truly despair at the bureaucratic cynicism that permeates my workplace. It taints my thinking and I can’t drag myself to higher levels of recognition that, cynicism notwithstanding, our sector does a lot of good for a lot of people.

Real impediments also include a recent finger injury that’s painful and inconvenient, and makes sewing tricky no matter how dedicated I am with wound dressings. I think we’re just about out the other side with that one, so perhaps the sewing will ramp up again.

Let’s hope so. There’s only a couple more weeks before B-day, so I must get those rainbow squares joined asap, so that I can start on the next little blanket. Neither baby will be getting the blanket immediately, but lest you think I’m a terrible person, I mention only that these are extras, and I have already gifted more immediately useful items to both young women.

May your impediments be few, no matter what you’re up to 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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the considerate, self-sufficient milennial

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All the squares are done now, but for the final joining round. This was the state of play when I took myself out to the pergola yesterday for a crochet session 😀

Recently, I watched YoungB cook himself brunch: scrambled eggs and ham, accompanied by fresh coffee (I was responsible for that bit). He is somewhat a natural foodie, as you might expect when food is such an important part of Italian culture and family life. He is also pragmatic enough that he could make a meal out of whatever is in the fridge and have you complimenting him when he presented the finished product. Dr B and I have both had a hand in teaching him that sort of versatility, though we approach the task in very different ways. It is certainly true that we could all “cook from the cupboard” in extremis, without missing a beat.

These are good skills for YoungB to have acquired over the years, and likely to stand him in good stead for the rest of his life. Knowing how to cook – his high-school cooking teacher nicknamed him Master Chef because she was so impressed by his pastry skills – and having spent those years working in hospitality have combined to give him a better appreciation of our quality local eateries, at one of which he and I recently enjoyed a hearty brunch.

When he returned from his year in Italy, he scoffed at our pasta machine because – he said; and rightly – it’s not a lot more effort to make pasta by hand, and there’s no doubt that the end product is superior. Quite. Not long ago, when I reminded him that he hasn’t made pasta for us in a long while, he agreed that life is often too busy to allocate the necessary amount of extra time, however small, and that – luckily for us – there are places nearby where we can buy good, fresh pasta. We often do. If you don’t support your local suppliers, you lose them and their contribution to your community.

Today, however, he has been cooking up a storm so that he has something to take for lunch most days this coming week. The gang from his workplace tends to eat out on Fridays, in part to support their local small eateries. There’s a good variety at that end of the CBD, to some extent dictated by proximity to university campuses and a major hospital. But today, YoungB cooked himself some burrito mix, prepped and rolled a couple and put them in his lunchbox ready for tomorrow’s dash out the door.

He wrapped a couple for me, too, so that neither Dr B nor I need worry about lunch tomorrow or the next day. Not only that, he helped me with a couple of domestic chores that have proved beyond Dr B – some at-height cleaning that requires ladders, steady hands and good eyesight, and defies all but the most dedicated efforts – and then let me sit and work at the baby blanket uninterrupted while he cooked.

What a thoughtful young man. He’s definitely worth the food 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2020 in Crochet, Food

 

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Sunday arvo in the burbs

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Everything at my fingertips, and that waiting square now done 🙂

Big mug of jasmine tea, good book, phone (in case anyone calls), (slowly) growing pile of granny squares, excellent daylight for ease of both crocheting and sewing (increasing number of squares with ends tidied), pleasant temperature… what more could you want for an afternoon’s relaxing?

Dr B seemed to think I was having not merely a relaxing afternoon, but a lovely, relaxing day doing nothing at all but read a good book and crochet some more squares for the baby rug. Obviously it must have looked that way to him. But by the time he said that – patting my shoulder as he passed my chair – I’d dealt with three loads of laundry and chivvied YoungB into doing a load for himself. Believe me, if Dr B had dealt with all of that, you’d probably still be hearing about it wherever you are! No matter.

He spent at least half his day with his guitar, working on Classical Gas. He did a spot of bike maintenance (both pushbike and motorbike). He did a spot of gardening (pulled up three weeds, I think). He hunter-gathered for us so that we didn’t starve (a most unlikely outcome). That is, he generally took things a bit easy so that he’s refreshed for tomorrow’s pushbike ride.

YoungB was out on Friday night: first at soccer with a gaggle of friends, then a Fringe gig with an expanded gaggle, before staying overnight with one of them and coming home late, then rushing into town for a family lunch and later a catch-up with another mate. It was a busy day and he was exhausted by the end of it, so looking for a quieter day today. He did a load of laundry (see above) and a bit of pushbike prep for the week, but that was about the limit of his exertion.

I hope your weekend has also been pleasant and productive 🙂

 

 

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three-fifths and a bit

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More squares to play with, and more than half-way done.

The rainbow blanket is now over halfway completed, in the sense that I have now completed three full stripes of seven, and a couple of squares from the next stripe. Yeah, nah, to the above layout; but I have many options to audit before I start on my white joining round. My present plan is to use white, because the colours of the rainbow combine to form white light. Logical, but perhaps not. I might decide that cream is a better choice, because it is warmer than white and will provide a softer contrast.

If I were to do this again, I would stick to doing multiples of the first square and leave it at that. Some of these colour combos I plain dislike! However, they’re sometimes the combos that others love, so there’s something for everyone, no matter what I think. I will be making another baby blanket for another baby, but not in rainbow colours, because the mum-to-be asked for neutrals. I’m likely to use a slightly different pattern because, although they have to be similar, they can’t be identical. This would also be a nice option.

The African flower square will exercise my brain initially, but it is essentially an easily-memorised pattern and beautifully clear in the video, making the whole endeavour less fraught when we talk commuting. The squares have to be something I can manage to hold during my daily commutes, or small enough for me to be able to pull out of my craft bag at lunchtime and do a round or two without major drama. That might mean the spiral granny is not such a good commute project, because it has far greater tangle potential.

Anyway, I need to finish the rainbow number first. Sunshine, showers and rainbows ensure that flowers grow. Yeah?

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2020 in Crochet

 

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as clear as it gets

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Almost back to normal, before the next round of parties 🙂

My expectation is that the spaces won’t remain spaces for very long but that they’ll soon disappear under the next lot of merry-makers.

And, if I am still in my present employment, I’ll be playing bocce there soon. As rough as you might think that surface will be – you’re right! – I can assure you it will be a vast improvement on last season’s surface.

May all your surfaces be suitably smooth 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2020 in Musing, Uncategorized

 

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