Sunday, 5 May 2013

May Bank Holiday

Well, I don't know about where YOU are, but here it's been a bit of a mixed weekend so far. Friday we had brilliant sunshine; Saturday we had cooler weather with both a thunderstorm and a hailstorm(!); Sunday has been a much better day - wall-to-wall sunshine. I wonder what tomorrow will actually bring for the Bank Holiday?

We had a pretty hectic week just gone. On Monday we had a service visit for our gas boiler. It was firing up our heating, even though the boiler was switched to hot water only (!). That was fixed, but we needed a new part, which had to be ordered, delivery on Friday.
Tuesday we had the car booked in for its' annual service and MOT (a certificate of road-worthiness which all cars over 3 years old have to have in UK). Apart from having to get one new tyre it passed, but when they tried to adjust the tracking having put on the new tyre, they couldn't move the bolt which held it in place. We waited all day for it to be done, but by the time they tried to do this it was too late to complete because they were worried that the rod would snap under pressure!
So we had to take it back on Wednesday for them to order a new track rod and fit it. We then spent the day shopping! Our daughter rang us later that day to ask if we were able to visit the next day so...
On Thursday we drove to see her and our grand-daughter. Our daughter had what we hoped would be her final check-up with he consultant about her knee operation. So we drove them over to the hospital, and entertained Jessica while her mum was seen - and was signed off by the consultant. She still has to go to physio, but he has declared himself happy with her progress. She's been taking Jessica out on a trailer attached to her bike, Jess seems to enjoy it, and it's added weight and resistance for exercising her knee.
 Getting kitted up....
And off they go...

We went back to theirs for a couple of hours before heading home. I'd made her another dress which we took along - it was made with fabric I'd bought in Hawaii!
Then on Friday we had the gas engineer revisiting to fit the part to the boiler as well as a plumber to fit a new siphon unit to our toilet. We'd been having to pump the handle to get it to flush, and my right arm was beginning to complain about all the extra work it was doing - it was like an old-fashioned water pump!

After all that exertion for the week I've been spending a fair bit of time on Pinterest (I finally gave in and joined!) My page is here if you'd like to take a look. Decided that it makes sense for me to use it for all those  pictures which you attempt to download and keep track of ideas!

My shrug is nearly complete - I'll save a photo of that for next time. I finally chose my pattern from which I was going to get with the voucher I won from Ruth's blog As you may know (if you've been following me for a while) we love the atmosphere of German Christmas Markets. Over the years we've bought a few Nutcracker ornaments for Christmas, so (cue fanfare.....) I bought.....

And I've started to pick up my cheetah again -
 Here's where I left it...

 And here's after today's mini stitchalong.

I'm beginning to see the pattern of the fur emerging, so that's making it a bit easier to follow. But it's still hard going, and I can only stitch 2 or 3 lengths of thread before I have to get up and do something else instead. 

Better go now - got to settle myself on the sofa ready to watch Hawaii Five-0 and vicariously enjoy the stunning scenery (and the sight of Alex O'Loughlin as Steve McGarrett!!). 

Til next time - have fun


Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Cute little dress for your grand daughter.

Love the nutcrackers too. Sheena Rogers does a nice nutcracker patten too, bought it for my friend who is also a nut cracker nut!

Deb said...

Your daughter looks wonderful!
Cute dress! Love the style.
The Vickery nutcrackers look very nice. Cheetah is coming along nicely. Such a big project. Will be stunning.

SoCal Debbie said...

What a great chart you chose to get with your 123-Stitch gift certificate! The cheetah looks great!