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.
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.