Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Where can I show my art.

 Hello. I've been thinking about an idea for the last few weeks, and today I have been working on it. It's been a wet day so a good opportunity to get on with the job. 

I'm making a mini art gallery in my bedroom. It's pointless looking for places to show art at the moment, so the only thing to do is put it online. It's nearly ready, just the finishing touches to do. Tomorrow I will make a video and take some photo's. 

It's looking good. Thanks for popping in. Catch ya later.  Toodle pip.  ilona

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Lunch, a walk, and a sunset

 Hello. The weather didn't look too good first thing, thought I would be indoors for the day, so I got on with some sewing. Lunch was frozen mushrooms, ready cooked lentils, with an egg, Potato in the microwave, and iceberg lettuce. It was very filling. 

The mobile library came today, I took some of my books back, and Stan had another bag of books ready for me to take away. 

The weather brightened up in the afternoon, so I did my two hour, five mile walk. It was a bit breezy, but dry and surprisingly warm. No jacket needed. I came across someone I hadn't seen for ages. I used to see him quite often when I did a lot of dog walking. He has two dogs, we had a catch up chat. A bit further on, along the same stretch, I saw another man that I've seen before, who walks his dog. 
I got back about 5.45pm, and just as I was about to make my dinner, I saw the beginnings of a beautiful sunset. A photo from my bedroom window. 

Thanks for popping in. Catch ya later. Toodle pip.   ilona

Proud of my box.

 Good morning. Today I put my tins and glass recycling box out for collection. The lorry comes for these every two weeks, but I put mine out every four or six weeks, depending how much there is. So this is four weeks worth, I could leave it for another two weeks, or even four weeks. It isn't in the way at all, I store it in the outhouse. The box stays clean as I don't leave it outside to deteriorate in the weather. 

Six pieces of glass, so what did I drink. One bottle of beer, a bottle of sherry, and a bottle of wine. On the cans side there are two cans of cider, with baked beans, spaghetti hoops, and rice pudding cans. All arranged very artistically I might add. 

The blue box for the paper recycling gets put out even less often, maybe twice a year. Hardly anything to put in there, and since we haven't been getting as much junk mail in the last few months, I might be able to stretch that to a once a year collection. 

Not looking good outside. I will go to the mobile library today, see if there are any more pick and mix books to collect. 

Monday, 19 October 2020

Partying

 Good evening. I have a few prepared drafts in my folder, this is one of them. I spy a party going on in my garden. The wood pigeons usually do their courting in the trees at the bottom of the garden. Looks like they are having a little get together on top of the hedge. 

Now I'm going for a late walk. Catch ya later. Toodle pip.   ilona

Well done.

 Good morning. This will put a smile on the faces of all the intrepid mask wearers. Greater Manchester Police tweeted that they had issued five tickets yesterday to people failing to wear a mask. That must have done their ego a power of good, so much so that they are going back today to nab some more. A good little earner as well, it will have covered their wages, that's if the fines ever get paid. Strolling around a shopping centre has got to be a lot easier than chasing after violent shop lifters and muggers. 

If you are going there today don't forget to take your exemption proof. I'm not sure what form that should be in, a doctors note possibly. Maybe not, as it's nigh impossible to see a doctor these days. 

Time for breakfast, then off to Crafty Club. Have a nice Monday. 
Catch ya later.  Toodle pip.   ilona

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Toooooo Risky.

Hello. Today I went for a walk, but it didn't happen. I found a place on the map which looked interesting, I packed a sandwich and a drink, I put a jacket and a brolly in my bag in case it rained, and some other bits and bobs which I thought I might need. Essentials like a camera and phone. 
I drove to the place I had in mind, and started looking for a parking place. I favour a car park in a busy area. My thinking is that my lovely Focus is less likely to get stolen if it is in a place where there are people about. If I can't find a car park, I will look for a quiet residential street, the sort of place where people look out of the window a lot. They might notice if someone dodgy comes along who is acting suspiciously. 
There was a car park, but it had a limit of two hours on it. Not long enough, I thought I had better not risk it, don't want to get a ticket. I drove around for a while looking for somewhere suitable. I drove to the next village, and the next one after that. Still nothing. I didn't feel comfortable about leaving my car in the area. Boarded up buildings, wrecked buildings, empty shops, rubbish lying around. I would be wondering if it would still be there when I got back to it. I couldn't take the chance, so I didn't go for a walk. 
I spotted these colourful trees so pulled in to take a photo. I sat and ate my sandwich before heading back home.  This is a car park, but it isn't where I wanted to walk. 

Ah well, I will try a different area next time. 

Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona
 

I can't see clearly now.

 Good morning. Have you seen those specs advertised where the lenses can be adjusted to any level so that anyone can wear them? They have knobs on the side, apparently, so they  can be altered. I heard a story yesterday from someone who has bought them because they thought it was a good idea. In short, it isn't. They complain that they are not fit for purpose, they look like they are cheap, from a £1 shop, and were no use. They have tried to get their money back, but no refund is forthcoming as yet. Just passing this information on, so be aware. 

Catch ya later.   Toodle pip.  ilona

Saturday, 17 October 2020

This might work

 This has been hanging around for a week or two, waiting for me to come up with an idea. I could see that stitching into the wrapped wool was going to be a problem, so I have backed those sections with strips of fleecy fabric. The embroidery stitches need to be at an angle though because they could still disappear if I did them vertically inline with the wool. 

Someone mentioned that they could see boats on the sea. A good idea, but in my mind I can see an underwater scene. 

A dull morning here, so I may stick with this for a while. 

Happy weekend.  Catch ya later.  Toodle pip.  ilona

Friday, 16 October 2020

It's not the same.

 A post popped up this morning on Let's Face it Book. Our annual Christmas Tree Festival will not take place as usual in the church. This is a fundraiser for our local Hospice. Another one bites the dust. 

Festival of Christmas Trees Goes Virtual!!
The 15th Scunthorpe Festival of Christmas Trees will go ahead in a very different format due to restrictions created by the Covid-19 pandemic. We are inviting participants to submit their trees virtually in the form of a photograph or video, to be viewed by the public on a purpose built website!

Like everything else, it's going online. We all have to sit at home glued to our computer screens. 

Catch ya later.  Toodle pip.   ilona

The tooth of it is..........

 Hello. I got all excited there for a minute, an email arrived from my dentist. My first thought was that oooh, maybe they are starting to do check ups again. Maybe I will get my teeth looked at, maybe I will be able to go back to the surgery and see Jim my dentist. 

No such luck. My dentist was taken over by Bupa about a year ago. It was called Oasis, before they sold out. I remained on their books as an NHS patient, nothing changed, same staff. 

So what was the email about? Sales, that's what. Invisalign discrete braces. The clear aligners are invisible while you are having your teeth straightened. Bit late for that. Spread the cost of your treatment with 0% patient finance. 


NHS dentistry is going down the pan, it has been for a long time. I don't hold out much hope for it ever getting back to how it was. 

Cheerio for now. Toodle pip.   ilona

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Autumn colours

 It's looking more like Autumn every day. I took advantage of the sun this afternoon and went for a walk. The trees in the wood are looking skeletal now that the leaves are falling. 

Not going down that path today. 
I took a photo of this tree last year, it looks the same this year. 
The sun bringing out the reflections of the trees at the fishing pond.

Lots of ploughing going on making the tracks muddy. Love the golden colours. 

The beginnings of a rainbow. 

A better view walking along the edge of the field. 

Ten minutes before I got home there was a shower, it wasn't much. Even when walking the same route again and again, there is always something different to see. 
Catch ya later. Toodle pip.  ilona



A short 6 mile walk

 It was a bit overcast and a bit blustery yesterday, but I felt the need to go for a walk. I drove to Alkborough village. Free parking in the street. The church looks magnificent, it stands on elevated ground. 

The footpath, named The Nev Cole Way, goes through the village. It's a while since I've been along here. These new build houses have been here ages, and still look empty, except for someone inside doing a bit of decorating. They have magnificent views across the river. Later, on the way back to my car, I went round the back to see the other side, curiosity getting the better of me. There is a quiet little cul de sac with access to car parking spaces. The gardens are not very big. I came across a man who was working in his garage, at one of the few occupied ones. He said they have been up for three years, and not sold yet. 

Views across Alkborough Flats. It's a flood plain, designed to take extra water in case of heavy rain, causing the river to swell. Not much water around today, I thought there would have been more with the rain we've had. 

Plenty of plastic here. Animal feed and bedding stored for the winter. 


I remembered that the next part goes through animal grazing land. Normally when I pass through, these cows are down at the bottom close to the river. Now they are directly in my path. I want to head for that brick built shelter that you can see on the left. Hmmmmm, not so sure about this. I decided not to proceed in that direction, climbing over a gate on my right, and walking along the edge of a field to the road. It would have probably been alright, but not going to chance it today. 
A beautiful countryside setting. I see some activity in the distance.

Picture is a bit hazy when I zoomed in. Over there in the distance on the left hand side,  the Humber Bridge can be seen. 

The wind got up a bit after that, the woolly hat went on over the top of my sun visor. Time to head for home. 
Tatty byes for now.  Toodle pip.   ilona

Blame

 I think it's very sad that people who religiously wear masks are quick to blame those who do not wear a mask, for prolonging the life of the virus. There are many legitimate reasons why people don't cover their faces, and to attack them, without knowing the full story shows a distinct lack of empathy. The Government is succeeding in turning people against each other, and main stream media is their mouthpiece.  

Masks don't work.    https://youtu.be/QaZ5l1X7cTo

That's all. Catch ya later.   ilona

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

It's in the bag

 This was going to be a purse, because I don't like to fold the new plastic notes and squash them into a proper purse. They spring out when it is opened. And if you fold them they never lay flat after that. I like to keep my notes flat and unfolded, so I need a purse of that size. 

I cut the piece of fabric out in the shape I wanted, but it was a bit too big, and I didn't want to trim it. I cut a piece of white cotton fabric the same size and machined three sides together, right sides in. Then turned it the right way, and closed the opening with hand stitching. I folded it in the middle and joined the edges with blanket stitch. It is 7 inches by 8 and a half inches. 

 I didn't have a suitable strap, so I made one out of the white edge of a large piece of fabric. 

I cut a strip of velcro (hook and loop), in half lengthways and added it to the top so the two sides stick together. 
The strap is stitched to the inside of the bag. 

It is to be worn across the body underneath a jacket or coat. You can't be too careful these days, best to keep valuables hidden out of view. It is big enough for my camera, phone, keys, cards, and cash. 

Now I'm going to make a purse. I don't always carry a bag, if I have big pockets with zips I put things in there. 

That's all for now. Cheerio. Toodle pip.  ilona

Happy Birthday Harry.

Sir Cliff is 80 today. Thank you for all the years of music. This one is from 1961. 

Catch ya later. Toodle pip.   ilona

Dinner for breakfast

 Good morning. I've just eaten this fandabidozi meal. I had a small portion of stew left, which I couldn't manage last night, it had to be eaten. With a wave of a magic wand, it turned into breakfast. Add half a tin of baked beans, serve on a chunky crust of seeded bread, and now I'm proper full. I am ready for a second mug of coffee. 

I am finishing off a small bag I have been making. I'll post some pics later. 

The sun is out, whooopeeeee. Do I risk it and go for a walk? Possibly, maybe, probably, most likely. 

Catch ya later. Toodle pip. ilona

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

The long and the short of it.

Good morning. I see that John has come up with an idea for how and when to post on his blog, when his brain is tired and empty. This happens to me from time to time. If I leave it too late in the day my brain starts to wind down, I am tired and blogging becomes a chore. I don't want it to. I like blogging, so I am thinking of different ways to do it. John is making notes, then combines them into one post, great idea. 
I have often thought that if I have spent time on composing a long and detailed post, I can then take a day or two off. I have a short attention span, and need to move on, so what about the idea of  tweeting on the blog. Tweets are short, stories and comments  have to be condensed into so many words. Maybe I could do that here. Bite sized blog posts, which might appear at any time, with no limit on how many per day. Whack 'em out, or take a day off.  
Would this work? People like routine, they want a post to read with their morning coffee. I don't particularly like routine. Yes there are some things I do on a regular basis, but I don't like to feel tied, an obligation to do something at a specific time every day. I keep coming back to the fact that I write the blog for me. I am happy to pass on information which might help others, but it is basically a diary of what I choose to disclose about my life, and my thoughts on different topics. 
Anyway, enough of the rambling. Kay asked if there are any more banks which treat their customers badly and close accounts without explanation, as it happened to Laura. Well, I put 'bank closed my account', into google and it came up with other examples. Anyone can do research in this way, a few words in the top address bar will come up with other relevant web sites and videos. Here is one of them. At least this chappie got a reason why they closed his account, even though it is totally nuts. 

Now for breakfast. You might find me dashing in and out at odd times. Hope you can cope with my erratic posting. Toodle pip.   ilona

Monday, 12 October 2020

Young at Heart

Hello. The weather has been pretty crap today, but it didn't send me on a downer. I am feeling quite chipper actually. Crafty Club was good this morning, I did my usual larking about, which put a smile on everyone's face. Fits of laughter filled the room as I acted out the role of a model on a catwalk. I think they call it a runway these days. One of the ladies very kindly brought a couple of fleecy tops and a jacket for me to try on. No longer needed at her house, mine if they fit me. Of course I had to try them on and model them. Yep, they all did. My wardrobe is pretty full now, I don't need to buy any clothes for a long time. 
Coffee and chat at Angela's after. 
Home for lunch, it was another salad, much the same as yesterdays. 
This afternoon I made some more bunting, red and white, to use up a length of white ribbon I found in my bit box. 
Tonight I made a pan of veggie stew. Potato, swede, carrots, onion, and broccoli, with added Quorn pieces. It's chuffin lovely. Enough for two more days. 
I think some of you might like these Green Renaissance videos, I am certainly hooked on them, They have meaningful messages which remind me of how wonderful life is. This one is lovely, older people tell of how they are living their lives to the full. There are lessons for all of us here. The videos are beautifully filmed, and just the right length. Listening to their stories gives me hope that my own life will be as enriched as theirs.  
I'll give walking a miss tonight, it's raining. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Happy Sunday.

 Hello. So what have I been doing today. Enjoying myself. I went to Angela's this morning, to show her how to cut fabric with a rotary cutter on a mat. She hasn't got one and wanted to see how it worked. We cut some squares to make bunting. I don't think she was too impressed, it was too slow for her, so she carried on cutting her squares up with scissors. 

After Mayze took a liking to the pet beds I was making, I thought I had better make one just for her. The piece of patchwork I think I got it from the Scrapstore, if I remember correctly. Someone must have had a plan for a quilt but never got round to finishing it. I think Mayze approves. 

I am a bit fed up of sitting on the hard seat of this chair while Mayze has the best one, so I made a seat cushion. It's a whole lot better. Fabric from the Scrapstore, and a piece of wadding given to me. 
Not more bunting. I had a short piece of bias binding in a lilac colour, so I made a miniature bunting. It's 17 inches long. 
You don't see much black bunting about. I had some black ribbon, and some black sparkly fabric, perfect. I'm pleased with this. 
The fabric is stretchy so quite difficult to work with. You can't see the gold thread through it very well in the picture. 

Lunch was a salad, with a cheese and onion roll. 

Dinner was a plate of steamed vegetables with a drizzle of toasted sesame seed oil. 

This afternoon I had an hour in the garden, trimming back the hedges. 

It has been sunny today but I didn't get around to having a walk, so I'll go now. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona


The DANGER of a Cashless Society

A new video out from Laura. A young lady with a lot of common sense. What has happened to her could happen to anybody. Be aware. 

It's a sunny Sunday morning, what shall I do today. Enjoy myself I think, and so should you. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Weekend entertainment.

It's the weekend, here is a lovely video from Daniel. He bought a plot of land in Ireland and is turning it into a small holding. His aim is to be completely self sufficient. He lives in a mobile home, is renovating a cottage, built a wooden cabin, has animals as pets, and grows all his own food. He doesn't post videos that often, but everyone is a little gem. 

I am busy in other places, fending off the trolls on my yoootooob channel :o) 
Enjoy your weekend. Toodle pip.   ilona

Friday, 9 October 2020

Three weeks.

 Another successful shopping trip last night. It was three weeks ago when I last went. I am getting the hang of this now, get everything I need in one big shop. No going here there and everywhere, picking up a few items at each place. I'm afraid there are some shops which have lost my custom. 

My £60 spend might seem a lot for one person, but there is cat food in there. My cats don't like Aldi's own food but they have offers of other makes,  Whiskas and Sheba, so I get these when they are in stock. 

You will see that I went through the checkout at 20.56, four minutes before they close. When I arrived there was no one in the shop, then two or three people arrived. We all spaced ourselves out. Some didn't buy very much and were soon gone. I held back and was the last one to leave. 

It's nice to come down in the morning and see a full fridge. Making the sweet treats last two weeks or more by cutting things in half worked well last time. A four pack of muffins lasts eight days. I had half of one last night with a drink. I have bought a six pack of cheese and onion crisps this time. Crisps are my downfall. I could scoff the lot in one sitting, so this is going to be a hard test to make them last. 

I am trying to limit my cheese intake because that can run away with me. I do like the West Country Vintage Cheddar, it's so moreish. I will move it into the treat category to make it last. 

I am partial to the Caramelised Onion Houmous. Dollops of it are a nice addition to a salad. To list some of the main things I bought this time. Watercress and rocket, green lentils, large eggs, bananas, spaghetti hoops, baked beans, baby beetroot, bran flakes, almond milk, seeded bread, apple juice, orange juice, rice pudding, mushrooms, broccoli, iceberg lettuce, cheese crackers, fig rolls, pasta salad, cucumber, brie cheese, Quorn nuggets, yoghurt, veggie burgers, banana milk shake. 

I bought a fourpack of pear cider, but didn't need to. I have enough now to last until Christmas. I have noticed how much alcohol dehydrates me, gives me a fuzzy head, so I will be drinking a lot less of it from now on. Maybe one can every ten days or so. It's moved into the treat category, along with a cheap bottle of chardonnay. It's nice but I don't really need it. 

Now for breakfast. I will have spaghetti on toast, I have a half tin I opened yesterday to have with a microwaved spud. I will put an egg on it as well. 

Going shopping once every three weeks can be a bit of a challenge. It is very tempting to pop back to the shops when supplies are low on the third week, open the fridge door and there isn't a lot left. That's the time to use the tins and packets and dip into the freezer. 

Not sure what I am going to do with the rest of the day, we'll see how the weather pans out. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.  ilona 

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Hare today gone tomorrow

 I was in two minds whether to go for a walk today. After a night of heavy rain, and a morning of drizzle, it was very dark. I didn't think it would clear up. Just before lunch it dried up, though there was still a threat of more rain, so at about 2pm I thought I would give it a go. I set off wearing a jacket to be ready in case it rained again. 

I sat on the bench, and the sun broke through the clouds. After that it got better and better. The jacket went into the rucksack. I carried on and it turned out to be a beautiful afternoon. 

I wondered if this hare would run away when it noticed I was standing watching it. No, it didn't. 

There's been a lot of hedge cutting going on. Not sure why two tractors are following each other both cutting the same hedge. It reminded me of the Dancing Diggers I saw once. JCB have a group of machines which do formation dancing to music. 

Coming back into the village past the playing field, I saw several groups of lads of different ages playing football. 

My neighbour was out walking her dog, so we stopped to chat. 

All is well here. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.  ilona

Pet beds as tested by Mayze

 The pet beds on the right are finished. The pet beds under Mayze are not finished. I want to get them done, but I haven't the heart to disturb her. Now I have to wait for her to wake up and make a move, which could be anytime in the next four hours. I think I will have to get on with something else. 

Catch ya later.  Toodle pip.  ilona

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Coffee chat catch up.

Hello. Another busy day. Sewing, and more reading. It's easier and quicker to make a ten minute video, rather than spend an hour or two writing it all down. Besides, my brain is now turning to mush. 
Now I am going for a walk. I'll leave it with you. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip. 

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Filling in the gaps.

 I am very tired, so here is a brief summary of what I did today. I did a bit more on this art project, added two strips of fabric in between the wool. 

I took my car to the garage for it's MOT test. It passed, I would have been very surprised if it hadn't. It's a good one. 

I wrote two cheques to send to two charities that I support, then I went to the Post Office in the church and posted them. 

I took a book back to the mobile library. It was ok, nothing to rave about. Stan had three more books for me in a brown carrier bag. I wasn't expecting any, I hadn't asked for any. They get them ready in the main library anyway, just in case I turn up at the van. If I don't go for a few weeks the books would be going backwards and forwards, until I did go. 

My utilities company asked for meter readings, so I read them and added them to my page on their web site. Ebico, a part of Robin Hood Energy,  has sold out to British Gas. This will be the last bill I get from them. BG has emailed me to say I will be on the same tariff. 

I found some green bias binding in a drawer, so I started to make more bunting. I need to make four more flags, I wasn't sure how many it needed. I will finish it tomorrow. 

I forgot to put the bin out tonight, I'll do it in the morning. I have only got one bag of rubbish, I will drop that in my neighbours bin. He is away tonight, so I will put his bin out instead of mine. 

Now it's bed time. Goodnight, and Toodle pip.  ilona

Monday, 5 October 2020

How Much Is Enough?

Hello. I've been to Crafty Club, had coffee and chat with Angela, and for a good part of the day I have been reading, and learning. I've saved some interesting web sites, and some videos, in my Favourites folder, so I can re visit them later to refresh my memory and dig deeper. They have some important messages and information. I feel like I have been back at school. 
I dropped on this video, and thought the message is so inspiring it is worth sharing. People talking about what is important to them, how to have a happy life with little money. Most of it mirrors my own feelings. I thought you might like it. 
There are other thought provoking videos posted by Green Renaissance. I think it's a good channel to look out for. I'm going to watch another one before I go to bed. 
Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.    ilona

Sunday, 4 October 2020

A warm and sunny walk, and a wet walk.

 I have added a bit more to this. I'm going to fill the gaps in between the wool with fabric. I made a sausage and filled it with batting, and stitched it to the woolly stripe above it and below it. 

The ground was wet this morning when I got up. The sky was grey and I thought we might be in for some more rain. But then it brightened up and the sun came out in the afternoon, so I went a walk. On the way back the clouds came over and the sun was hidden, but it didn't rain.


After a snack of a microwaved potato with baked beans, I took Billy dog for a walk. The rain came down and we were able to stand in a bus shelter. When it eased off we carried on walking, But then it started again and we both got soaked. I'm glad I had a nice walk in the sunshine. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.  ilona

Apply now.

 Anyone in need of a job? Maybe this would suit you. 

Are you up for a challenge ?

We are looking for an exceptional, enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to Programme Manage the COVID Mass Vaccination Programme for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. Working with a range of partners, the key aim of the programme is to vaccinate the entire population (450,000) of Cwm Taf Morgannwg including all its health care workers as a key part of our response to the COVID pandemic. The programme will encompass the development and delivery of all aspects of a Mass Vaccination plan including: the patient journey, assets and infrastructure, workforce, vaccination programme, ICT, communication and engagement, all controlled within a robust programme management governance structure.

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator and will be able to engage and negotiate with stakeholders at all levels within the organisation and partner organisations. A proven leader and expert programme and project manager you will demonstrate the ability to successfully lead teams, operate under pressure and deliver outcomes to meet the team and organisational targets.

In order to ensure professional support, resilience and a consistent approach the post will be based within the Programme Management Office of the Health Board.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Closing Date: 15/10/2020 

For further details / informal visits contact: 

Name: Michael Dickie

Job title: Head of PMO

Email address: Michael.Dickie@wales.nhs.uk

Telephone number: 07969 012543 

Link to NHS page. 

Toodle pip.   ilona

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Stood up.

 Saturday again, and it's raining, so it will be a staying indoors kind of day. I have not done a late Aldi shop since Friday the 18th of September, and I don't need to go just yet, because Billy dogs mum has given me some fruit and vegetables. That will see me through the next few days, along with eating out of the freezer, and cupboard. I have some packets and tins to fall back on. I am not stockpiling anything. 

I set up a zooooomie thing on the computer because someone wanted to have a meeting with me. We had already had a telephone conversation, and now the researcher for ITV Productions, wanted to talk face to face, so to speak. Everything is virtual these days. A time and day was arranged, I waited, and waited, and she never showed. She might have had a good reason, but could have let me know. 

I find the concept of being stood up in the virtual world, very baffling. It's not like standing on a street corner and waiting for someone to show, or going to a meeting in a cafe or hotel lobby, hanging around in case the person is late, then giving up and going home. Sitting looking at a screen and thinking where are you, I am here waiting, is very odd. One hour later and the screen is still blank. 

Now what? My hair is done, I have put a nice top on, I know, I'll make a video and post it on yooootooob. After all, I had some notes, I was ready for the meeting, might as well make use of the prepping I had done. 
I have just made a start on this arty crafty piece. It's a chrome trivet I found in a skip. The wavy lines reminded me of the sea. I am wrapping shades of blue wool around the bars. I have a few ideas. We'll see how it develops. 

Mayze cat is snoring away on the chair next to me. Oscar cat is outside. He has been in for breakfast but will no doubt want to come back in for a second sitting, and might even stay a while. 
Weekends on the blog are usually quiet, and after the flurry of comments on the yoootooob channel, things have quietened down a bit there. Whatever you are doing enjoy yourself. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona