The quilting is finally finished and has taken me about a fortnight.
DH has spent the best part of that time harrumphing around the house as everytime he's turned round all he can see of me is my back bent over the sewing machine and not a lot else has got done - well not by me anyway! His first retort when I shouted with joy that it was completed was 'Humph - we might get something done around the house now' - He won't be saying that when we're all cosy and warm in bed in the winter will he?
A huge relief now it's done - yes I know I still have to label and bind it and add a hanging sleeve but the main part of the donkey work is completed and I'm very happy with it.
The sewing machine stood up not too badly - especially after I gave it a jolly good clean and an oiling after it bit my finger in retaliation for ill-treating it (I have to confess I do forget to spring clean it and oil it - which is very cruel of me as it does do a huge amount of work - Naughty, Naughty Mummy!) Little wonder it bit back then is it really?
The finger is coming along nicely - in the interests of your stomachs I shan't post a picture of that - needless to say I think I will have a permanent reminder on the side of my fingerprint - good job I've no intention of robbing any banks :o)
The children (and I) break up for the summer holidays of six weeks next Tuesday. It can't come soon enough although I shall be a little sad as that will be the end of my placement at my present school - I've enjoyed it there very much and still wish there was a permanent job going right now, but I do have my new job to look forward to in September and luckily the office staff don't have to work teacher training days (of which 1st September is one) so I don't go in until the 4th which is the same day my two youngest go back so no childcare problems to overcome there :o)
Wednesday will see my car go in for a service and some welcome if expensive work on the air-con system which needs the gas recharging. The weather here in the UK has been in the mid 30's centigrade with high humidity which is very hot for us. This coupled with the fact I have to park in full sunlight at school has made each day's 20 minute journey home very sticky indeed. I've had to resort to Plan B on the air-con front - driving along with both windows fully open, travelling at about 60mph which does little to improve the old hair-do! I look like Medusa by the time I get in the house :o) But it's just had to be because I've not been able to allocate a full day where I didn't need the car for something so that's the first time it could go to the garage.
Of course you can bet your bottom dollar that the weather will change to cool and wet in response to the mended air-con and the kids off school - hey-ho, why should this year be any different from any other. Still not having to chase everyone out of the house with the correct luggage each morning will be reward enough :o)