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Sunday, 2 September 2018

An odd sort of week, or "no wonder we're always tired"

It has felt like an odd sort of week, and I haven't blogged for seven days, so what on earth have I done to fill my time?  The poorly knee continues to feel weak and a bit fragile.  I don't think I have done any serious damage, whether it's a strain to the ITB or a tendon, but I'm now sporting a fetching assemblage of Kinesiology tape which is making a huge difference.  Be relieved I resisted the temptation to take a knee-selfie πŸ˜€  A fell-walk planned for Friday had to be cancelled and (by my daft standards) I have been taking it easy.

Management and I were talking and I said I was remarkably tired for someone who had allegedly "not done much" so he started listing all the things I had done, or we had done together since Sunday - gulp - I have a feeling we've missed a couple of things and it is still a ludicrous list:

I continued to rest my knee completely on Monday, which gave me an opportunity to hand-finish the binding on my batik Trip Around the World.   Very happy - a random experiment has turned into a fabulous lap quilt and brings my total of August finishes to three.  I was still shocked to look back and see I started it over Christmas last year.








Big log pile: move more logs, do a semi-temporary fix of the tarpaulin, move remains of last year's logs to a dumpy bag, split some logs to make a start on what we want/need for the coming winter










Green shed:  it was old, semi-kackered and very tired when LP gave it to us and we've concluded that it will probably be more cost-effective (long-term) to get rid of it next year and replace.  So rather than spend time and money on new roofing felt, we've rigged up a tarp to keep it as dry as possible for the next few months






I have tidied the greenhouse, got rid of the remaining tomato plants (we're sick of them, it's been a most bountiful year), started to prepare for winter salad crops and sowed some seeds.  For once I am thinking ahead and Management helped me put up a rail to support the fleece I am bound to want to use when it gets really cold






Being very careful with bending and not kneeling I have nearly completed pruning and weeding in the big fruit cage.



With Management's help to carry away the clippings, I had a walk around the whole garden - behind the lawnmower!   It makes SO much difference when the weather allows us to keep on top of the mowing.   Leave it too long and it is a dire job that can take half a day,  this time I was cutting less than a week's growth, the whole garden was finished in under 90 minutes and no-one was knackered.   Next time out I will be giving the recently sown new grass its first cut.






I made a silly little quilted holder for the salt & pepper mills which travel in the campervan.  Over the last few months I've sewn loads of things like this and never managed to document any of it, something I would like to do.  I'm a bit neurotic about not having things rattle around when I am driving and a constantly evolving collection of quilted bags has just about succeeded in making our travels in Bill as quiet as they possibly could be.




In addition to all that, every day I have taken Daisy for a couple of very short walks (Management does her 'big' walk after breakfast each day), cooked for us, done laundry & ironing, and generally picked up around the house in a never-ending attempt to keep us tidy.

I arranged for my car to be serviced, and for the window cleaner to pretend the greenhouse is a conservatory and do the outside glass on his next visit, booked annual maintenance for the wood burner and the caravan, and there was a quick trip into town for a haircut and some shopping which still managed to take the best part of half a day.  On Friday afternoon instead of the fell-walk I taught a beginning quilter how to strip piece and start to make Trip Around the World panels.  It was good fun and incredibly satisfying to see someone with zero self-confidence go from "I can't possibly do this in an just a couple of hours"  to  "goodness, this is such an easy and sensible way to do things, look how much we've got done!" (previously she had been taught the "old way" cutting every single patch individually before sewing them together again).

On top of all that there's been reading, and far far too much browsing around online.  I'm cooking up a new "project" which involves holidays in Bill that I shall keep to myself for a little longer, but for now "All hail Google StreetView and Apple Maps"!!


So on reflection, no wonder I am always tired if this is an indication of us having a "quiet week".












18 comments:

  1. Just the usual "quiet" week, then! Do take care of that knee. xx

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    1. Hardy hah! Do you really expect anything else from me :) xx

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  2. Good enough reason to be a bit tired in my opinion. Hope your knee improves soon. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, the list came as something of a surprise . . . I really must try to do less :)

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  3. If that's a quiet week I wouldn't like to see a busy one :) I hope the knee improves soon, do take care of yourself x

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    1. Thanks Eunice, just go back a few years to long days when LP was here, those were busy weeks!

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    1. Tee hee Sue, I think there might be a teeny bit of "pot, kettle and black" at work, you're not exactly one to sit around are you?

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  5. Mm so I can see that you took things easy!

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    1. Precisely Sue, I am glad it is so glaringly obvious!

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  6. You've made really good use of your quiet time anyway, well done. Make sure you find time to rest your knee.

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  7. Your garden looks immaculate. Sending healing thoughts to the knee!

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    1. Thanks CT, maybe not immaculate, but yes, the garden is certainly a lot tidier and nicer than it has been in previous years.

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  8. Just be sure to keep that knee in good condition, so that it doesn't get any worse. You certainly pack a lot into a week. Aren't tarps wonderful items. We've one on the caravan at the moment to keep it dry due to a leak around the skylight. Talking about teaching beginners.... I've been asked by our newish local craft shop to teach beginner's quilt classes & was going to say NO, until K said, I know you won't do it, as I've so little confidence, but I am going to. Am I doing the right thing???????? Have a good week & take care. Huggles.

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    1. Hi Susan, yes Mum, I promise to continue to be careful of my knee, xx. Sorry you've got a caravan leak, can K. fix it or do you have to go back to the dealer?

      Teaching ... hmmm, I cannot say whether you should or not. I know I can no longer teach groups because I don't have the patience to cope with the lack of focus, inability of people to concentrate or do as they're asked (which beats me when they have paid to be taught), and frankly it takes so bloomin' long to properly prepare in advance for classes.

      However, I gave my neighbour her private lesson two this morning and it was lovely - she's very clever but is totally lacking in self-confidence. Frankly, most of the "tuition" I am supplying is all about boosting her confidence and applying some gentle psychology.

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  9. That quilt looks fantastic, I love the colours in it. I hope your knee is improving.

    I came by to say thank you for the comment re my secret wedding so thank you :)

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    1. Thanks Louise, and welcome to Bag End :) Knee doing well thanks and I'm glad you like the quilt, it has rapidly turned into one of my favourites :)

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