Thursday, 22 November 2018

Spending a bit of money on my hobby

I went to see my favourite dentist yesterday for my annual checkup. Pleased to report that no work needs to be done, all ok. Jim is a nice young man, he remembered me from last time, quick chat, more patients waiting. Cost £21.60.

After that I had a mooch round Brigg, did some shopping at Tesco, and called in to see a friend who works in a sewing shop. I found some nice embroidery silks in a bargain box and chose five for £2. There was a poster up about forthcoming workshops and one caught my eye, so I booked it. Make a Christmas table centre, raw edge applique, patchwork, and free motion quilting. £48 for six hours, includes all materials, and a festive buffet lunch, with 25% off any fabric purchased on the day. Something to do on a miserable winters day. I like the social aspect of it as well, chatting with like minded people.

Looking at the programme there might be some other workshops that I might be interested in. The 2019 list will be out soon. I quite fancy free machine embroidery as I have not been that successful when I have tried it.

In an hour or so my car is booked in for it's MOT test. I am now using a local garage, as they seem fair. Keeping my fingers crossed. I'll have a bite to eat before I go.

I asked a friend for guitar lessons, he wasn't too keen, quickly showed me two cords, so it's yoootoob tutorials for me. I can see it's going to take a while, with my brain slowing down due to old age, ha ha.   ilona 

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Being polite has it's downsides.

Oh dear, I have eaten too much. I was presented with a massive cooked dinner on Sunday, someone had gone to a lot of trouble to lay on the feast, five of us sat round a table and scoffed. I am very appreciative of the kindness of others, so I had to be kind back and eat almost the whole plateful. It's rude not to eat what is put in front of you, and I hate wasting food, so I soldiered on. I did my best, didn't want to leave half of it, even though I was bursting at the seams. I had to stop short of clearing the whole lot, some cabbage and peas were left on the edge of the plate.

I do have big platefuls of food sometimes at home, but it is always vegetables or salad. If I can't manage all of it I put it in the fridge to be added to lunch the next day. The feeling of fullness never lasts long, because salad and veg passes through the body quite quickly. It's not a good idea to eat tons of heavy food which will linger a while longer. The stomach stretches to compensate for over indulgence, then you get the feeling that there is a blockage as some of it gets stuck half way down. Not good.

I was still full when I got to the hotel, the Holiday Inn, by the way, very nice hotel, so I was able to collapse on the bed and watch tele. I was still full the next morning when I went down for breakfast. I rationed myself to a bowl of cornflakes, and beans and scrambled egg on a slice of bread. I could have gone the whole hog and ordered a full veggie breakfast, but the though of it made me feel sick. I had to eat something though, not good to binge eat and later starve yourself.

I rang my Auntie to see if she was in for a visit. The first thing she said was, I haven't got anything vegetarian in. People always thing vegetarians have a completely different diet than everyone else. I never expect people to prepare special food for me, I will eat what they eat, except for the meat, fish, and gravy. I said, Auntie, I don't need to eat, I am still stuffed from last night, and I have just had breakfast. She is so kind. So I had a cup of coffee with her and a catch up natter.

Next onto sisters in the afternoon. Starting to feel like I ought to eat something so she made me a cheese sandwich, that was just right, will keep me going till I get home. I drove past Tesco, couldn't be bothered to call in, the thought of buying more food, yuk, can't face it. At 7pm I had a small bowl of soup.

This morning I had porridge with a few frozen fruits. I hope to get my stomach back to normal today, smaller portions to give it chance to shrink back to it's normal size. So sorry stomach, I have abused you, because I was too polite to leave food that someone had prepared specially for me.

Eating is seen as a social activity, go out for a meal with friends, getting a take away with friends, going to someone's house for a party. There's going to be a lot of this going on between now and Christmas. There's going to be a lot of stretched stomachs, over indulgence, and eating too much. I might get an invite to one more family do, it will be nice to see them, but I'm going to have to limit myself about what goes into my mouth. Feeling bloated and sick isn't my idea of enjoyment.

How will you cope, will you be partying, will you be stuffing your face, just because it's all laid out on a table?   ilona

Monday, 19 November 2018

Helloooooo ;o)

I am back and the computer is cranked up. I've had a couple of days away visiting family. Didn't take the computer, and didn't take any photo's, so nowt to show. I treated myself to an overnight at a hotel, very nice, relax in front of the tele, flicking around the channels with the remote. Watched some crap, I won't be following the jungle thingy, soooo booooring. The dancing thingy, booooring. Saw Cheryl strutting her stuff, not impressed. Watched breakfast tele this morning, that Morgan bloke hogs the conversation, keeps butting in. Too much Brexit, fed up of that now, just get on with it.

Done my three miles tonight, got caught in rain but was able to shelter so I didn't get too wet. So what's happening this week. Check up at the dentist on Wednesday, and car MOT on Thursday. Deliver stuff to the charity shop what Auntie gave me, she doesn't have a car to take them herself, and learn to play the guitar. What !!! Yes, I have a guitar. It was Uncle's, now I have it. Something to play with. Catch you later.  ilona

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Computer says no.

Dr Rangan Chattergee says we should have one day off per week away from screens. I'm willing to give that a try. This screen is about to shut down, and I am going to engage with the real world.  Catch up later.  ilona

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Another decorated stone.

Regular readers will know I decorated a stone with felt and embroidery, I have just finished another one. This is slightly bigger than the first one, and I have used more different colours rather than blending similar colours. There's some wrapped rings, ear rings, beads, sequins and lots of French knots. 
If anyone wants to have a go at this, first find your stone, then cut a piece of felt big enough to cover it. Thin felt is best, or you can use any fabric, it has to stretch to fit the curves of the stone. I start with four or five larger circles, put the fabric over the stone and position them where you want them. Then fill in the spaces left with smaller pieces, and finish off filling all the gaps with French knots. Then I trimmed off the excess fabric, so that the edges barely met at the back.


Next I used really strong cotton and did a running stitch around the edge and pulled it tight. I found that I hadn't trimmed enough off, it was too bulky on the bottom.

I trimmed more off, and cut 'v' shaped notches into the edge. Then re do the running stitch and pull it all in to the centre. Better this time. It needs some pulling about to adjust the gathers evenly.
Done, that's better.






This is the first one I did. I think I like this latest one best.


I cut an egg shaped piece of darker felt to hide the gathers on the bottom.

Think I'm going to keep them for a while because I like them.   ilona

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A walk from Edale in Derbyshire.

I had a brilliant day out yesterday. It was a hellish drive through gridlocked Sheffield to get to the start. I almost gave up and went back home. Glad I didn't. 
I met up with a Walking Forum buddy at Edale in Derbyshire. He is an experience navigator and map reader, so I thought I might learn something from him. Although I can walk from one side of the country to the other using maps, I am not an expert at associating what I see on the ground to what is on the map. My walking is usually at a fast pace, with the intention of clocking up the miles. Yesterday it made a nice change to stop and study the map and have things pointed out to me. 
The church at Edale. 
Edale is the start of the Pennine Way, a long distance trail to Scotland. A good place to meet up with friends is the pub.

route2rock (user name) led the way. Down the steps, over the wooden bridge, and up the steps.

Then we took a track through fields alongside a wood, and started the climb up Grindsbrook Clough. Stop for a pic halfway up.

Doggy is enjoying the walk. Ruby is a recently adopted rescue dog. She is absolutely delightful.

Onward and upward, stunning views, but oh so windy.

Scrambling over rocks at this point as we neared the top. We came down the path on the right, scrambled over the water, and went off along the path on the left.

It was very rocky along this stretch.

 Amazing rock formations carved out by the wind and rain over the centuries.

Just look at that fabulous view, photo's don't do it justice. The wind was so strong it nearly blew me over.

The sun is going down over there.


I love to see the green fields mapped out below, with a sprinkling of golden brown trees that looked like feather dusters.

One last pic before we head off back.

Oh boy, did my legs work hard with all that elevation. Up and down rocky slopes, scrambling up a steep grassy bank to the top, but hey, what a great feeling at the end, and no aches this morning. Only six miles covered, but a walk to lift the spirit.

The traffic going home was just as bad. Sheffield not quite as gridlocked as earlier except for long queues on The Parkway. Then long queues on the M18 motorway. Just had to sit in it and crawl along.

Now I need to put the map reading skills I learnt into practice. Thanks to my buddy for showing me how to get more from a walk.  ilona

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Bags more bags.

I think I've got enough bags now to sell at the Christmas Fair. 20 finished, some shopping bags, some smaller with longer over the shoulder handles. I used some smaller pieces of fabric up. 



I'll have a rest from this now, and move on to something else. ilona

Monday, 12 November 2018

Problem solved

I use my little netbook quite a lot at home, it's the one I take with me when on holiday, it fits into my rucksack. I have taken the battery out because it is always plugged into the mains, I prefer a mouse, can't get on with those pad things below the keyboard. 
At meal times I always eat in front of the computer, I like to read as I eat, just eating is boring. With the netbook on the desk in front of me I find I am leaning forward, thus scrunching my stomach up so the food was getting stuck half way down. It was uncomfortable. I suppose I could have lowered the chair, but that would mean the whole desk would be under my chin, and I would have to raise it again when I went onto the big computer. 
Problem, how to raise the height of the netbook but not the desk. I need a plinth for it to sit on. Spose I could knock one together out of wood, but that would be too bulky on the desk. And I would have to paint it to make it look pretty. 
I know, all I need is a cardboard box, and cover it with white stickyback shiny paper. A box that had cat food pouches in is just the right size. So there you are, the netbook is now five inches higher than it was, and I can now sit up straight as it is at eye level, no slouching. Much better. 

Problem solved.  ilona

Sunday, 11 November 2018

A reminder

On this day I remember my father, and all those who fought in the war. My father came back, unlike many thousands of others who fell on the frontline. The war did take it's toll on him however, he struggled to fit back into civilian life. He tried, but the booze, and his drinking pals usually won. He died age 46, his heart gave out. 
My father and his mother.
Remembering all those who gave their lives for their country, and all the families which were destroyed as a consequence, either during or after the war.

Remember those, and be grateful for the life we have now. Do not waste a day. Do not feel sorry for yourself, do not argue, do not bicker, do not sulk. Every day that we have on this earth is a fresh start, we cannot change what has already gone before. Make your life the best you can, it is the only one you are going to get. 

Lots of love. ilona xxx

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Time for a late shopping trip

It's been a while since I did a late Tesco shop, I've got it down to about once every three to four weeks now. In between I shop at Aldi, because the location is convenient when I go to town. Anyway, the fridge was empty, have left it as long as I could, eating out of tins, packets, and the freezer. Last night I went direct to Tesco, it's about four miles away, and got there at 7pm.
The third and last sticker had already gone on, so I had a rummage through what was left. Enough for me, a good selection. I base my meals around whatever I can get. The left over bread was taken out the back on a trolley, and returned with the last sticker on. Luckily there was some seeded bread which I will put in the freezer.

Briefly, I won't itemize everything, I picked up some prepared fruit, Italian pasta, mini carrots, houmous, bagged salad leaves, prepared brassica veg, tomatoes, strawberries, mushrooms, lemon tart, quiche, bread, and fruit loaf. This will last me a couple of weeks. I paid £7.52.

I bought other stuff as well, baked beans, breadsticks, eggs, blue cheese, butter, orange juice, bananas, yogurt, cheese, and chicken for Mayze cat. Total shop was 21.86.

I read a few labels looking for the dreaded palm oil, to be honest I think it is almost impossible to cut it out completely. We can only do our best and be more vigilant.

I took a couple of shopping bags with me made from cushion covers which someone gave me, and handed them to surprised shoppers.

It was lovely sunshine this morning, so I walked to town, taking a detour to Sainsbury's because I wanted to buy a new telephone. When I came out of the shop it had clouded over so I checked my bus timetable and walked to the bus station. Five minutes after it departed it chucked it down. It was the right decision to get the bus home. Six miles walked to add to the total. It's creeping up bit by bit.

Fireworks again tonight, I thought it had all finished.
  ilona

Friday, 9 November 2018

Ethical shopping

I found this on my twittttter feed this morning, Hugh's War on Waste has re tweeted it. This advert has been banned from TV for being too political, but it can be found on yooootoooob. Hugh says concern for the planet isn't political, it's ethical. He's right. Watch it and see what you think. I reckon it should be blitzed all over the internet. A clever bit of marketing from Iceland I reckon, although I very rarely shop there.



Talking of palm oil, I was dead chuffed to find these two jars on Aldi shelves. These butters are exactly what they say, 100% nuts, no added ingredients, and they taste very nice. I still make my own peanut butter by the way, I just wanted to try these.

Now all I've got to do is find some cream crackers with no palm oil. I can see me reading a lot of labels from now on, thank goodness there is no palm oil in fruit, veg, and fresh salads.  Let me know what items you have changed to, to avoid palm oil?   ilona

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Glorious Autumn

It was a nice day for a walk in the park yesterday. I wanted to catch the colours before all the leaves fell to the ground. It was fairly windy so I hoped they hadn't already fallen. Thankfully no, still some spectacular sights to see. I took the first two pics as I passed someone's garden. 

 Walking along the roadside on the way to the park.


Entering the park, there is a camp and caravan park on the field behind the trees.


 The childrens playground is empty, love the multicoloured picnic tables.

Just outside the walled garden. Look at that stunning orange tree, got to see more of that.

Oh my, I came over all emotional, so beautiful.

A few flowers left.

A wander over to the pond, it's like a magical fairyland.




Around every corner some new colours to see.

Love the stark dark trunks against the last of the leaves before they fall.

The ducks gathering for their afternoon chatter.


A bit too chilly to sit down, I'll just stand still for a couple of minutes and gaze at the gorgeous trees.

The house is closed at the moment.





So many wonderful Autumn scenes, the light is fading, time to head home. Five miles added to my total walked.  Click on a picture to enlarge and see a slide show. ilona 

PS. I've had two phone calls this morning, one a recorded message supposedly from British Telecom, telling me my internet connection was going to be terminated today, the other a human voice with a foreign accent, said he was from Microsoft and asking about my computer. I don't think so. Ignore.