Monday, November 12, 2007

Done and dusted and off in the post this morning

Before we start this is yesterday's post but Blogger wouldn't play nicely all day and only let me add my photos this morning........................



So here's my Monday posting -

What a morning - first of all DD2 is off school

She reckons she feels sick - I know it's just pure exhaustion as a result of cub camp followed by a hectic soft-play party yesterday.



However as one child on the camp was actually sick and two others in her class on Friday went home with a similar malady I've given her the benefit of the doubt and let her stay off school but she's in bed for the day - you have to almost have a leg hanging off in this house to get a day off school and she's not going to spend the day watching tv!



Then DD1 realised that we'd forgotten cardamom pods from the shopping list this weekend for today's food technology session



DH had also volunteered me to take two heavy bags of dirty rugby kit from yesterday's matches to the laundry over the other side of town



So I decided to just cut my losses and not go to quilting this morning and to risk leaving DD2 at home on her own for a short spell while I did my errand round.............



Supermarket for said cardamom pods - behind the slowest queue at the checkout - then couldn't get into my car because some elderly gent with a large jaguar had parked too close for me to open my driver's door. Fortunately he was just locking up his car as I arrived back at mine. His response to my exasperated look was 'Well I've parked centrally in my space' - the fact that he parked there so neatly after me in a very quiet car park with loads of empty spaces obviously was totally irrelevant.



So I gave him two alternatives, either he moved his car temporarily to allow me access to mine, because as it stood he was the only one of the two of us who could easily get into a drivers seat, or he risked me accidentally ramming the door of his beautifully polished car with my drivers side door as I attempted to shoehorn my reasonably generous behind into my car seat.



Fortunately for his car and my rapidly disappearing patience he moved his car.



Took said cardamom pods to school.



Drove over the other side of town to manhandle two large bags of dirty rugby shirts into the laundry front office - someone was smiling on me there as I did manage to get parked fairly close by so didn't have to walk too far with two very heavy loads.



Came back to the Post Office near home to post off my sister's parcel.



Got back into the house to find Louise coming down the stairs with my phone announcing that her sister had texted me to tell me she'd forgotten the rice for her cookery - GRRRRRR!!!!!!!!



So back in the car up to our local corner shop.



Purchase the very last packet of Basmati Rice (she's making a Chicken Korma curry today, she may be buried in it tonight!)



Take aforesaid rice to school where the receptionist gave me one of those lovely sympathetic smiles (having received the cardamom pods only 45 minutes earlier) which was balm to my soul - she's obviously well used to this sort of occurrence.



Now back home to write this and do a little stitching before I also have to nip into work for an hour or so just after lunch to get all the paperwork ready for a governor's finance meeting that I will have to return back there for at 5pm this evening.



In between these two visits to school I shall have a stitching session with my quilting teens to do a bit more on the DofE quilts.



Phew...................................................





The parcel I mentioned about a century ago earlier in the post was the birthday present for my sister.



Dashing Horses was completed on Saturday.





I would have quite liked to spend some time on intricate quilting but as time was exceedingly short it ended up with a large meander all over. Serviceable if not necessarily the most exquisite way to finish off the object.



I've also had the baby quilt I was making for her partner's baby grand-daughter sandwiched and ready to quilt since July - I've been postponing actually quilting it as my work surface was so littered with a deep pile of detritus that I daren't actually risk doing the quilting in case I inadvertedly dragged something along with it and quilted it to the back.



Anyway I cleared the surface off sufficiently to work on Dashing Horses so cracked on with the baby quilt too.



Again it would have been nice to work out a nice quilting pattern for this one too but needs must and it got the large meander treatment as well. At the moment finished is sufficient!



Both of them were packed into a sturdy box and as we speak they're winging their way off up to my sister's in Cumbria, hopefully in time for her birthday on Wednesday.



Finally now you've suffered this million mile an hour tirade I thought I'd share with you a mood of reflective peace.



This is the gorgeous sunset from the back of our house on Saturday evening. We're still enjoying gorgeous sunny days but it was cold enough to scrape ice from the car windscreens this morning. Winter is on its way.

31 comments:

Andrea said...

Anne - I'm whacked just reading this. Take a deep breath and have a cup of tea - lol ! Patrick is a "forgetter". I've lost track of the number of times I've got him to school and gone up to make his bed and seen some vital item in the middle of his room ! Your quilts are lovely - I'm sure they will be much admired and appreciated !

Sew Create It - Jane said...

LOL..well I shouldn't laugh, but I've SO been there doing the same thing for my kids. The best to happen yet this year was when my DD1 told me 5 minutes before walking out the door that she needed ingredients for pizza for food tech! Amazingly I manage to scrounge the items out of the cupboard, all the while giving her what for about the importance of planning! Children sure know how to put us through our paces don't they!?

Karol-Ann said...

sounds like a day in my life!!! But you have nonetheless managed to complete two lovely quilts so well done you!!

Cathi said...

You mean it gets more complicated as they get older, ack!!

The quilts are beautiful, and I hope you have a much less hectic day today!

Doodlebug Gail said...

OMG - what a day! I'd have poured myself a really large glass of wine and put my feet up after all that. Hope that DD is feeling better.

Lovely quilt - lucky sister!

Libby said...

Kids . . . they do keep you on your toes *s* The quilts both look great. I love the look of meander quilting - so it looks just perfect to me!

Knot Garden said...

Those people who park right next to you in an empty car park! Are they the same people who sit next to you on an otherwise empty bus?Sounds like you're very busy as usual!

Fiona said...

...but just think how bored you'd be without that hectic lifestyle! (Good job I'm 200 miles away and can't hear your scream of disbelief!) Dashing Horses has turned out beautifully - your sister will love it.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Give yourself a big pat on the back! Those quilts are beautiful!
and your restraint on the car park - admirable!

meggie said...

Slow down!!
Holy Moly, your breakneck speed made me tired. zzzzzz

Love those quilts, & they look perfect from where I sit!

alice c said...

Phew! Must go and lie down due to nervous exhaustion from reading your post. I'm so glad that I was not parked next to you in the car park.
Your quilts are lovely - they must give you time out from your busy, busy life.

Tanya said...

My goodness! What a day! I'm very happy to have those days of running to school for the kids over with!

Your Horses quilt is beautiful and your sister is going to be thrilled and indebted to you forever! Wonderful job!

Clare said...

I've just typed a huge comment only to loose the lot - ack!! Do you remember the cards you could buy to put on car windscreens? Something about can openers? Why people do that I do not know. The word "lemmings" springs to mind. Alex is the worst girl in the school for leaving things at home. How she hasn't got an avertissement I shall never know. Dashing horses is gorgeous. Don't work too hard this week!

YankeeQuilter said...

Some days are just like that...you are holding up well! Love the horse quilt. I think the large meander works just fine.

Cascade Lily said...

Okay, so you could understand forgetting the cardamom pods, but rice? LOL

Phew, bet you're glad it's not Monday any more!

McIrish Annie said...

somehow knowing that other gals have days like these makes me feel better! we girls are pretty amazing. how would they get on without us??? LOL

time for a cup of for you

Katie said...

Oh my. I remember those days...and wonder how I ever got through so many of them! :)

Sweet P said...

What a day you had! Makes me a little glad my children are grown and living on their own.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Better a quilt finished and given, but perhaps not as quilted as you liked, -than on your work bench.
I hope you get some of that curry-you definitely own it! Tracey

ForestJane said...

I think you must have an amazing amount of patience. :)

My mom worked full time and would have just told me to take the F or incomplete for a grade and thought ahead next time. Tell your daughter how lucky she is!

And your quilts look great - sometimes I like a stipple best for quilts that are going to be used and loved, much better than fancy ones you don't want anyone to sit on for fear they'll break the stitches.

andsewitis Holly said...

Personally I like the meandering stitching - prefer it to a lot of others. Pretty quilts.

Hope you can sit back and put your feet up after a day like that!

Suzie Sews said...

Well for one am worn out just reading it...Mmm might need to make another cuppa now!!!
Love the quilts...man you are so clever...

atet said...

Both of those quilts are just lovely -- and the meanders are fine!!! The recipients will love both of them. As for the rest -- I hope you got some time that night to sit with your feet up and a nice glass of wine!

Nicola said...

OMG - I've just found a link to your blog, and am just about driven to drink reading it!! My eldest daughter used to do exactly the same thing re. ingrediens - usually just as she was about to catch the bus to school, she would say "oh by the way mum, have we got....." and anyway, why do food tech lessons require such outlandish ingredients?? Thankfully she didn't pick food tech as a GCSE options - she picked Textiles instead - now my sacred stash is constantly being raided!! Oh, sorry for the rant - hope the curry was worth it!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Hilarious (because it's not me!) and exhausting at the same time. The quilt for your sis is gorgeous, the end photo is inspirational!

Ali Honey said...

Oh Anne, poor you. Please give yourself a medal and go put your feet up for a while.

Dawn said...

I think dashing horses turned out WONDERFUL!

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