Saturday, 1 November 2014

Remember, remember it is now November

Growing up, November was the month when my parents threw  a huge party to celebrate Guy Fawkes. A huge bonfire was built at the back of our property on which an effigy of poor Guy was thrown. There were always at least 20 or 30 children running amok with sparklers and crackers going off. Later in the evening we would have a fireworks display. We were part of the colonies and it amazes me how their traditions followed us. With changing times all of theses activities would now be breaking the law, or at least city ordinances. Burning of leaves and building fires in the suburbs is not allowed. Letting off fireworks is banned, due to the trauma caused to animals. Interestingly I did hear a whole lot of fireworks for Diwali. 

As I said times have changed.

Thinking back though, we were lucky that no serious injuries occurred. I still have a small scar where I was burnt by something at one of these bashes. All the animals that were alive at the time are no more.

It could be the times, or the people but I don't know of any people that throw the sort of parties that my parents did.

It was the sixties so I suppose they were supposed to be wild. Sadly none of the adults of  that generation that I knew actually stayed married to any one of their spouses. Most of them had multiple husbands or wives. This was done in sequence and not at the same time. :D

Time will tell, but hopefully a quieter life will have a quieter outcome.

Well that is it for October, I made 21 flowers. I know this is way lower than the 1 a day that I am supposed to make. But at this point I have 155 flowers, so I am about 75% finished.
The thing about being at a point of needing to dig deep to keep on doing something, is that almost  anything can distract you.
My husband upgraded the operating system on my machine. With the upgrade came a new set of card games. Well here are my stats and maybe an understanding why I only made 21 flowers.

Well have a lovely October with all the tradition from where you or your ancestors come from. Just think 6 weeks and then summer holidays. I think I can hold my breath until then. 

Have a good one. 

Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween

Have an amazing Halloween; May your visitors all be terrestrial.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

October madness

This is not one of those strange sales gimmicks but rather a description of how this month has been. Activities that have been put off for years have finally been done. I have even managed to sew a flower or 2.

We have an outbuilding containing a storage room of 3 metres by 3 metres. This has been a marvelous place to put all of the boxes that inevitably arrive around purchases. As I have mentioned before, we do live in the most crime active country and the reason you don't put empty boxes on the street for garbage collection, is that it is like taking out an ad in a local paper as to what you want stolen by the weekend.

 The other reason for all of the boxes is that we have been robbed so often that we need to keep replacing the items that have been taken and that make life fun. We have inevitably accumulated a large collection. The other things in the back room is accumulated broken items that did not fit into the wheely bins.  So in the back room we had 18 years worth of boxes, broken chairs, bits and pieces of computers that have been upgraded over the years. There we even all of the youngest baby stuff. She is now 16. I went through a phase of making toys and there was a collection of strange creatures that I had made.

The one item that was save and taken away was a 10 foot worm made out of bits of fabric, that my eldest and her cousins played with when they we children.. The eldest is now 30 and when she saw it, it was saved and taken back to her house. And now the point of all of this rambling. I decided that it was about time to do a spring clean on the room. We hired a skip and threw all of the stuff away. It was amazing how much there was to clear. I really did not think it would fit into the skip that we had delivered. It was like one of those clown acts where it seems as if hundreds of clown could fit into a small car. This was a magic skip as it seemed that it would never fill. As stuff was placed in the skip there was a gathering of people who do recycling, that sorted out what they wanted and took the stuff away. There were also municipal workers doing something with the water pipes in the area and I was pleased to see that they had taken most of the baby stuff. The room is now ready for the next 18 years worth of containers. Hopefully it does not get back into the state it was.

My new car was inspected by the insurance people to make sure that it existed. I was amused to see that they took pictures of the inside and outside of the car and even took a picture of the engine. I did wonder if they though I had crafted a great facsimile of a car with craft supplies. I have been having fun with the tracking devise that was installed. I did however turn off the 'harsh breaking' and 'harsh acceleration' alerts that were being sent as emails. I think I drive nicely and being ratted on by a piece of technology is just not on. I have now had my new car for  a month and have almost stopped missing my old one.
The awning that was destroyed by the large hail was replaced. It is lot lighter than the original one we installed, but at least it is nice and fixed up. It was very depressing seeing the destruction so just having the awning all clean and fresh is great.

I surely have jabbered on today, Hope you have all had an awesome October so far.

Have a good one.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October is here

Oct as in octopus, but it is the 10th month. Old Julius and the boys were pretty good about taking over Europe but way bad at the simple things like organizing the Months so they were logical to me. To be fair I am sure they really did not give a flying fig, if future members of this planet found their naming of months illogical.

This last month was extremely busy, what with much socializing two weekends of the month. Which consisted of us cooking enough food to feed an army. Little nod to Julius and his boys. My poor old car got the boot and new little car had to have all sorts of security devices added to it before the insurance company would insure it. My car is now being tracked. My driving is being reported on. Egad! Big brother is watching and being a back seat driver at the same time.

The cool thing about driving an old clap trap of a car is that nobody wanted to steal it. Coming from a country where crime is the favorite game the citizens play, I now feel a bit scared driving in a car that the citizens like.  I am sure it will be fine, and if not, I will just add it to the list of things that have been stolen from me. I have already had a car stolen. It really is not a nice thing to happen. How gloomy to think about things like that instead of just enjoying the new car smell. 

One of the socializing occasions was my husband and my 18th wedding anniversary. It really has not felt that long at all. In another point of view, it feels that we have been together forever. I can just remember the time before we were, and feel sad that were not together then. Hopefully another 18 years can be achieved.

I only made 26 flowers this month. Oh dear, not quite the required number. I am supposed to do a flower a day. Granny's gardens can become excessively boring. I may take a break and actually quilt the only UFO that I have. My youngest and I created the top during our December break 3 years ago. Dear Jane made me abandon this poor quilt and do what I had promised myself I would not do and that is not to start a new quilt before finishing the last one. Though I suppose not finishing the granny's garden is perpetuating the syndrome. I will see, come read this space next month and either I would have made some more flowers or I would have squashed a top to a bottom using some thread.

Looking for a photo to add I also spotted that I made a backing for the quilt. I did machine piece this quilt. I think that may be part of why this poor quilt has not been completed. That is the problem with blowing off one's mouth. I have a horrid habit of doing it. Maybe when I am a grown up, I will learn to think before I think and only then allow myself to speak. I often surprise myself with what comes out of my mouth. I think I am funny so that is all fine.

The insurance company has appointed a company to fix up the roof that was destroyed by the hail storm we had a few days ago. Hopefully it will be all pretty and worthy of a photo opportunity later.

Spring has sprung and now we have tiny fruit on the trees. Our large tree in the front of our garden has not sprouted it's leaves yet. What this tree does is spend a month dropping a constant cloud of yellow flowers and then when it is finished, the leaves seem to appear overnight.

Well I hope you are all enjoying the mild weather of September and that October treats you well.

Have an amazing day.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Happy spring equinox

 Oh gosh oh golly I missed spring equinox by a day. So to one and all, happy spring equinox for yesterday. I am normally aware of the nox's it is just this year that I have been distracted by all the coming and goings that has been happening in my life.

It seems that each year, coming out of winter hibernation strange happenings happen. This is the time of year that we have bought all of our new cars. This is the time of year that schools are chosen for children. 

We bought a house in spring. In fact this house.When we came an looked at it, there had been a huge hail storm and the whole property was covered in white. It looked like snow. I like snow. So we purchased the property. Thinking back to that, I don't know why I was so surprised at the hail storm we had on Saturday.

The weather at the moment is the best part of the year no matter which hemisphere you call home.

Well happy spring and happy autumn equinox.

Have a good one.