Sunday, May 27, 2012

Another Day, Another (hundred) Dollars !!

Howdy Friends,

It's only been a week since my last post, but here I am again ... whoo-hoo !!!

It's been a fairly uneventful week, not a whole heap to write about, but I'll give it a go, anyway !!

I've had a few crossings to supervise this week, and the weather was disgusting for a couple of them ... I got saturated, not happy ... but oh well, life goes on !!

I caught up with my dear friend, Melinda, for lunch on Tuesday ... we chatted, ate, and had a lovely time.  We need to do that more often.

I had my doctor's appointment on Wednesday, a follow up for my sciatica problem.  He put me on stronger anti-inflammatories, gave me a referral for a CT scan, and told me to see how it goes before having the scan.  Well, I think it is improving somewhat, the pain isn't as bad, and doesn't last as long ... so maybe it's on the improve.  Will give it a few more days before deciding whether to get the CT scan or not !!

I enjoyed another fun crochet class on Thursday morning, and am working on a fancy square, a bit more complex than the granny squares we had been working on (which are becoming a seat pad/cushion ... see photo below !!).

I have been continuing to work on my scarf that I mentioned last post, but I have now also started a pair of fingerless gloves (really need them whilst working at the crossings ... gosh it is cold some mornings !!).  I have so far finished one glove.  This photo was taken in bad light with my iphone, but I think it shows what the glove is basically supposed to look like.  The bit over the hand is made of "puff stitches", but the photo doesn't really show this !!

I haven't done a lot of sewing / quilting this week ... seem to be lacking in motivation ... my plan for the upcoming week is to work hard on the latest quilt, which involves a lot of curves.  Photos forthcoming, when I have something to share !!

On Saturday night we went to the Teutonia German Club with my parents and some friends.  It was the Schuetzenfest (shooting festival) Dance, and the guys wanted to do some shooting in the shooting hall they have onsite.  There were some games, and competitions happening, and Baron and I did well, coming home with 5 critters (he won 3 shooting, and I won 2 in a ball roll game), and $100 (which I won with a "pick a number" competition) !!  Not a bad haul for a few hours !!!

Today is Baron's birthday ... we decided to go for a drive, the weather was holding out, it wasn't raining much today ... also, Elisabeth actually had the day off work, and needs to get more hours up before getting her drivers licence.  We drove over the Dandenongs, out through Mt Evelyn, and on to Warburton.  We stopped at a lovely Bakehouse & Tearooms for lunch, then continued driving out through Cockatoo & Emerald back to home.  It was a pleasant few hours, it is such beautiful countryside.  Guess who forgot to take photos, though !!!

Hmmm, can't think of anything else at this stage.  Doesn't really make for very interesting reading, I am sorry to say ... but, my life is not always very interesting, or exciting.

I hope you all have a fantastic week.  Will write again real soon.

Take care,

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Another Update

Hi There,

Well, once again I have been slack, and it's been two whole months since my last post ... but it has been a busy two months (although that is no excuse !!).

So, what have I been up to ???

I have been very busy in my role as Casual / Relieving School Crossing Supervisor, being rostered on for crossings most mornings and afternoons ... this usually amounts to a total of an hour and a half per day (45 minutes am and 45 minutes pm), with about 6 hours break between ... plenty of time to do other things.

I had to buy myself a new laptop, as the old one died a painful death ... I love the new one, though, and am very happy with it !!

It is an Asus A53S Series, with Intel Core i5, running Windows 7, and , and is white (although it doesn't look real flash in this photo ... bad light !!).  It's pretty cool !!!

I have been happily attending my classes ... Beginners Crochet, Patchwork & Creative Writing ... as well as attending fortnightly Patchwork workshops.

The Crochet classes are fun, they are run by a gorgeous older lady who used to have a crochet business, designing and producing garments and items for the rich and famous, as well as everyday people.  She is amazing, and very talented.  Fortunately, I am picking up the skills she is teaching quite quickly ... and am enjoying it immensely.  In fact, I have gotten quite obsessed with crocheting.  I have made a few hats / beanies, a pair of fingerless gloves, continue to work on a blanket I have been making for around 20 years, on and off, and am currently working on a scarf.  I have also completed granny squares, which we are learning in class, and sampler squares, etc.  I am constantly on the lookout for interesting patterns, and have found a couple I really like.  I want to make a beautiful shawl I have the pattern for, and also a poncho (back to the 70s, yayyy !!!)

Three of the beanies I have made ... there is also a black one, no flowers, with a fold over edge

Elisabeth modeling her beanie and fingerless gloves

A Rasta Slouchy beanie

Bambi helping me crochet my blanket

Patchwork classes have been fun, I have been attending this class for about two and a half years now.  We are currently working on a quilt as you go project ... unfortunately I haven't got any photos at this stage !!  I think mine will be a table topper, rather than a quilt. 

The fortnightly workshop is also great fun, and we have been working on a couple of projects ... last term was Tube Quilting ... I still need to put a border on my quilt top, then finish it all ... it looks good so far !!

I am putting a black border on this, and the backing is a black and colored floral fabric

We are now working on a project using curves, called Snakes Trails ... quite challenging, quite time consuming, quite fiddly, but very effective ... no photos at this stage, though.  It should look awesome when it is done !!

In mid April, we went camping for a few days ... Elisabeth had the week off, prior to her birthday, and this is what she wanted to do.  We headed to Lake Eildon, The Pines, and camped at Picnic Point.  We took along one of her friends.  It was a great few days.  We managed to borrow a canoe, and the girls had a ball.  We were fortunate with the weather, it was the last hurrah of Summer ... the weather was gorgeous (although chilly at night !!).

Baron Relaxing !!

Our campsite on the lake

The girls slept in the tent

Almost 18 and still playing with mud !!

Elisabeth turned 18 on the 20th April ... we had a party here at home, which turned out pretty good.  Fortunately, she had invited a nice bunch of friends, there was no trouble, and everyone (including us parents / family / grown ups !!) had a great night.  Some of the kids went out afterward, and continued partying at a club. 

Me, my dad, Elisabeth, my mum, Baron ... Elisabeth's 18th Birthday Party

Mothers Day was last week ... we went out to lunch with my parents at The Ringwood Club.  It was a lovely afternoon.  I got some nice pressies from my family.

I had a doctor's appointment last week, as I have been suffering from back problems (most likely stemming from my fall on Kangaroo Island last year).  Seems I have Sciatica, and am on anti-inflammatories at the moment, which are helping somewhat, although not fully.  I have another appointment next week, where we will re-assess the problem, and possibly look further.  It is a very painful thing, although from my point of view, I am fortunate that it is only at night (at this stage), and my days are relatively pain free. Oh well, I guess if I have to live with it, I just have to ...  There are plenty of people out there worse off than me !!

We went out to dinner with my parents on Wednesday night, as it was my dad's birthday.  We ate at the Wantirna Hill Club ... another lovely meal, and lovely evening.  We came back here afterward for coffee, and watched the Celebrity Apprentice finale.

Yesterday I went to Castlemaine, to catch up with some long time Blog Friends ... Susan and Renata, and some other lovely ladies.  It was a great day, I can't say I did a lot of crafting (which was what the day was all about), but I got to chat lots, and pick Susan's brain with some crochet and quilting guidance.  Susan suggested I join Ravelry, which is an online community for Crocheters and Knitters ... it seems like a great place to play ... although another big time eater-upperer (like Facebook !!).  Oh well, I love stuff like this !!!

Hmmm, I think that's all for the moment ... if I think of anything else I will get back on here asap.

Enjoy life, be good to your loved ones and take care.

Till next time ...