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Saturday, 26 January 2019

Drip, drip, drip

Wisp's comment yesterday was so perfect, so absolutely "spot on" and provides the beautifully accurate description of January which I did not realise I was looking for.  Thank you, my dear.

Drip, drip, drip:  Nothing so seriously wrong that you have a "eureka" moment where you can identify the specific cause of all ills, but multiple small little glitches - the weather, a bug that is neither one thing or the other but will not go away, people behaving strangely, politics, closure of more local services, and definitely the weather .  It all adds up.

We had a slow day today - all of us; Her Ladyship Around Whom All Life Revolves was restless last night (I think she ate half her dinner too quickly and got tummy ache) so had a lay-in to recover.  Fearing she might have died in the night and us not realised (NO, not really), I lifted the fleece shielding the front of her night-time pod and woke her up at - drum-roll - 10.55am.  By the way she reacted I think I could have left her there even longer!

For many people, a quite reasonable response to what developed into a cold, wet, miserable grey day would be open a bottle of good wine, or a big box of chocolates, or binge-watch a box set.  For me it is to light the woodburner at lunchtime, oh, we know how to live it up!


Whilst sitting around half reading, half watching Michael Portillo take a train across Canada, and half dozing my brain was able to 'unstick' a couple of quilting decisions which have had me stumped. The first is one of the silly 'dog quilts' pieced in October 2018.  I started quilting these in November and derailed myself, partly because I was not happy with the quilting I did on the first one, and partly because I knew I wanted to make one of the four larger, but couldn't decide what to do.   Brain clicked into gear this afternoon . . .  not pieced yet,  just laid out, seeing a photo confirms I will change the green fabric, but getting close to what I want.



Second bit of 'unsticking' involves a collection of 6" squares from the Bernatex Fossil Ferns range.  I must have had these 15 years or more and it is way past the time they were pieced into something so I can enjoy the fabric.  Inspiration from Pinterest has produced a couple of potential layouts.






10 comments:

  1. Poor Daisy, she deserved her lie-in. She's like us, I'm like you, have a disturbed night and I feel so tired and unmotivated the following day. By the way, I do my thinking while having a soak in the bath :)

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    1. Morning Eileen. Baths are well known places for good thinking and inspiration :-)
      Daisy is getting up later and later in the mornings. Ollie did the same as he got older. If there is no specific reason to disturb her then we don't.

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  2. Aha, a slow day with quilting in your head. I've just unzipped a quilt from the machine that I stuffed the first two rows on & I still can't figure out what I've done. I was trying to unpick on the machine & in the middle of the night whilst awake, I thought "you loony idiot", you can unzip the leaders & make it easier. Am I getting old or is it the heat? (giggle). The green on the border is a bit wishy-washy isn't it or maybe just not the right green. Look forward to seeing what you end up with. Take care.

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    1. Oh dear, hope you sort your quilt out. I did exactly the same with one of those 'puppy quilts' - stuffed the first row and could not face unpicking on the machine (don't have zipped leaders).

      You are spot on with that green - it is not the right shade, and it needs to be much darker, or a better match for the rest of the quilt. xx

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  3. Aftereights and a good book, best way to spend a dull afternoon, see how I roll, opened and ate well before eight.

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    1. Very civilised Marlene, just one thing - you left out the big mug of tea!

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  4. How delightful, that I hit on a great example, of how 'stuff' can get us 'down'. "Drip, drip, drip"

    An accumulation of little stuff.... Adds up.... On our mind.... And on our emotions...

    Gotta' notice, when this happens. Admit it. Find an antidote... And you did!!!!!!

    Hooray!

    ✨🌲✨

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    1. You are right Wisp, but sometimes the drips are so small it is hard to notice the build up :)

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  5. The bright fabric is lovely but I agree, the green just doesn't look right. I do a lot of my thinking when I'm working - cleaning offices is so mundane and routine it gives my brain plenty of chance to think/plan/organise various bits of my life :)

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    1. Any time we are engaged in an activity that does not require much brain is great thinking time. I've added some black, and changed out the green for something else. Now "all" I need to do is sew it!

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