Friday, 29 August 2014

Mum at 90

Hi - this is primarily an update for friends and family, wanting to catch up on Mum's 90th birthday yesterday - but everyone is welcome for a look-see!

Other than going out to dinner, everything was a surprise for Mum. I was tempted to poke her awake at 7am, but she had a leisurely start to the day at 8.15am. There were a couple of helium balloons by her chair, and several cards to open before breakfast.

Mum is Catholic and, when living in her own home, used to walk to Mass several times a week. These days, I usually take her on Thursday mornings and Saturday evenings. Yesterday, we took a large cake to give everyone there a slice to take home. I was very glad we had, as they sang 'happy birthday' at the end of the service, and when she sat in the porch and people took their cake, everyone hugged her and/or wished her many happy returns, and she was given two lovely bouquets and several cards.

We returned home in time for her coffee and a piece of the cake. Then we spent the rest of the morning looking at her gift from us. When she first came to live with us (18 months ago, now) we brought her photo collection, in a couple of biscuit tins and carrier bags, and I said she and I would get around to sorting them. But I did them as a surprise, putting them in 8 albums. Hopefully, she will enjoy spending time looking through them.

This is the one of Dad's family, with a couple of cute shots of him!

During the day I was kept busy answering the phone, and door for deliveries and post. There was a lovely basket arrangement of flowers from Angela and Julian,

a box set of The Two Ronnies DVDs from Mike and Janet, and loads of cards. Richard and Val are going to give her a new handbag - once she can decide on what she wants!

After lunch, Mum had her usual nap, and was ready to go out for dinner, booked for 6pm at The March Hare, where they do a good carvery which Mum enjoys. Mum, KP and I were joined by Jenny and Kate, and we took a friend, Pam, whom Mum gets on well with.

Mum and Kate

She then had a stephanotis from Jen, for her room, and new slippers,

a Morecombe and Wise DVD, sweets and smellies from Kate, and an orchid from Pam.

Mum really enjoyed her night on the tiles!

Afterwards, everyone came back to ours, for coffee and yet more cake!

Mum and Jen
Many happy returns, Mum xx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014


- all the W's this week. I won't go to my WW meeting til after this post, so not sure how I've done, although I have been good. After 3 weeks I'm hoping to reach my first stone - we'll see. I started wearing a pedometer and realised how little I walk.  For my weight/height, it recommends 4000 steps per day and I wasn't doing a fraction of that. So - now doing that 3-4 times per week, on top of my normal daily stuff, and after a fortnight I'm starting to notice the difference - a little less like a lobster when I get home!!

I'm still stripping down the clock. The side panels had this ancient paper stuck on, so I've soaked it off and will varnish the whole of the outside once it's clean.

Not sure what to do about the innards - I had a telephone quote of £230, so long as it was straightforward (aargghhhhhh!!!!!!) so I might attempt to clean it up myself (without removing parts) and see what happens. DH still reckons I'm cracked, but I just want to give it some TLC.

Meantime, Rosie continues to find interesting places to snooze. 

I had to wake her from here, as it was a long way to fall!!

On the crafting front, the cardi is finished (thank goodness) and will go to it's new home today.

I've started using some more of the mohair to make another scarf as a Christmas gift. I do like this pattern - it's simple and very quick.

Sorry - all that was cheating, as I wrote it two weeks ago, before setting out for Scotland on holiday. I just haven't got back into the swing of things since returning at the weekend. Most of the washing is done, and Mum is back safe and sound after her adventures staying with my brother for the fortnight.

My back is against the wall, trying to complete 10 strips of bunting to go to a Ugandan orphanage next week, for fabric painting by the kids with a team from my church.

I always take a project (or three) on holiday, and this year I started a hexie quilt for DD2's Christmas present. It's only costing time, as the fabrics are from my stash. I'll just have to buy a background one to link them all together.

Please excuse the abrupt end to this post - otherwise I'll miss yet another week of WOYWW (click button on the side bar to go visit Julia to see what I'm waffling about).

I will get my act together this week, and be ready for next Wednesday - promise.

Love to you all, and I'll leave you with my idea of a drink by the pool (taken from the bench outside the caravan we stay in - my fave part of the world - after home, that is!)