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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Armed and Dangerous

Do not panic just me and the glue gun. (Well maybe you should panic me and glue not a good combination!).  Fortunately on this occasion no accidents, no spills - which makes a change.

I have long hair which I tend to wear for the best part up in a twist - I cannot cope with headphones, computer chip fob, glasses  getting all taffled up with my long hair so up it has to go on a daily basis.  Why not have it cut - because each time I do I want it long again.  So that is kind of a no no at the moment.  And besides I have lots of pretty and lovely hair clips slides, ruffles etc and they would only go to waste so long it is for the time being.

I have had a couple of accidents recently with hair slides and clips where they have sadly fallen apart through wear and tear and I had stockpiled them in a box waiting for a moment where I would be able to sit and play (once I had located the glue gun).  That happened Sunday afternoon just gone.  Some of the slides the clips have completely broken but they are not complete write offs - they just need new clips and I am pretty sure I saw some of those in John Lewis' the other day.  If I cannot find them there I will go online and see if I can source some of the Internet. But in the long run I have saved myself some money one way or the other and reloved an item that was in a bit of a state and made it usable again and given myself more choice when it comes to what slide I can wear with what outfit.  Especially when a lot of the pretty hair accessories are often in excess of £3 a piece.

I also have some artificial flowers and some hair combs and hopefully this weekend coming I am going to be able to sit and play for a little while and create myself some new hairslides to go with a new skirt and top I have recently purchased.  I might even raid the bead box and make myself some earrings and a necklace to go with the outfit as well.  The added bonus is that no one will have the same accessories  - they might have the outfit but not the accessories.

This weekend I also have a hot date with the sewing machine.  I have some seams on perfectly good clothes that have come adrift through wear and tear.  There is still plenty of wear left in the clothing and all it needs is a seam stitching here or those trousers need hemming again and once done I will have a few more outfits to wear just for a little time and effort.

I also have a serious fabric stash - I am anxious to get into the wardrobe to liberate some of the fabric into making some skirts and tops for me - I have the sewing bug again at the moment - but I need space for cutting out first.

I am also going to ask my mum to see if she will teach me how to do cable and maybe Aran - I am a jumper kind of girl preferring to be nice and snug and warm and I have always been incredibly spoiled in that my mother has always knitted for us whether that was by hand knitting or on the knitting machine; but I do need to know how to make some of these things for myself - I am thinking for a serious project for later on in the year.  Well I do have to save up for the wool first!

Catch you soon

Pattypan

x

Saturday, 20 April 2013

The Sun Has got his hat on

Hip, Hip, Hip Hooray the Sun has got his hat on and is coming out to play.  

Or in the words of another song Oh what a beautiful morning oh what a beautiful day. The sun the feel good factor in every day. The return of the sun after so many months without is delightful and heart warming rays. How wonderful.

Madam Sun has been out in all her glory since 6:30 am (well that was the time I woke up) glaring through my bedroom blinds lighting up any corner of darkness and it was warm and snug in my bed.  What a shock when I have come down to sort out OHs pack up and feed and let the cats out.  We have had a thick white frost  and when I trotted out in my dressing gown as we had a conclave of moggies swearing at each other on the bottom fence I came in pretty rapidly after disbursing the rabble.  Although being chilly at least the sun is out which is a blessing in itself.  It breathes in new hope new situations and the promise of growth.   The sun is a very powerful stimulant.  This is  a morning when I do so long to be in the countryside to soak in natures glory in every way and the gentleness of the day as everything gradually and slowly wakes up. The land sings to me especially at this time of year.  I think perhaps it is the sap rising I am always pretty sensitive to the change in seasons and in weather.  One day hopefully I will have my own land to grow and nurture food for myself and my family and also have my own orchards.

Today I have a workshop on the Art of Psychic Colour.  I have done a similar workshop in the past, but the more you do things the more you learn and I am quite looking forward to it.  I think we will have the pencils and crayons out working with the information we have but it is all good fun and it stretches the  psychic muscles.

When the sun is as wonderful as it is today it brings back the joy de vivre and makes me want to do all sorts of things even the stiffness is not as bad today as it has been all week.  I hope my energy levels have returned for a little while at least.

I hope you all have a joyous and wonderful day.

Catch you soon.

Pattypan


xx

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Thought for the Day






Trust that things will work out right for you and your particular situation - even if it does not seem so at the time

Pattypan

x

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Catch up

Last night I went to my friends home for the evening;  together with a bunch of other girlie's for a general chat and catch up.  It was a very good evening until news of the bombings popped up on one of our numbers eye phone.  Such a waste such destruction;  On the way out we had been warned by our hostess to take care as the frogs were mating and that she had an accident the night before with one.  I therefore walked in front of our car, moving off the entwined frogs out of the way of the car and making sure each of them remained safe.  The last one was a triple Decker.  I could not handle them but was moving them on a piece of card to safety.  Needless to say my compatriots had a good laugh at my performance, but then no frogs were harmed which is the main thing.

Today I caught the bus and went to the next village up from my mum and walked all the way through to her.  When I got there poor mum was unwell and was waiting for the Doctor to come out it would appear that she has a suspected kidney infection so bless her she stayed at home and  my brother and his wife took me to my uncle's funeral.  It was a very simple service  - uncle was an unfussy man with simple tastes and we had a lady vicar.  As the son says it was time to say goodbye.   It was nice to meet up with family members again although a sad occasion.  We then popped back to my mum's and stayed a little while with her.-  the Doctor is popping in tomorrow to check on her so will see how things go bless her heart.

Take care

Pattypan

xx

Monday, 15 April 2013

A day to say goodbye

Tuesday the day my Uncle (also as it turns out my Godfather's) funeral day.  The last of my paternal grandparents family the end of an era and where the younger males of the family now become patriarchs.  There is only my mum and her sister in law of the older generation left .  A day of saying goodbye the end of one era the beginning of another.

I think the following poem The Rose Beyond the Wall expresses most succinctly

A Rose once grew where all could see
Sheltered beside a garden wall
And as the days passed swiftly by
It spread its branches straight and tall

One day a beam of light shone through
A crevice that had opened wide -
The Rose bent gently towards its warm
Then passed beyond to the other side

Now you who deeply feel its loss
Be comforted - the Rose blooms there
Its beauty even greater now
Nurtured by God's ow loving care

I am hoping the day passes off as gently as it can be for the sake of my uncle's widow and son.

RIP Uncle Basil

Pattypan


x

Brighter Monday Morning

I was not in the best of moods last night for which I apologise  for inflicting but then again this blog is kind of a diary for me of the highs and lows of my chosen path a warts n all kind of approach, "holistic" like me.  I do not often get down or for long but when I do its as though an alien has invaded my body and what is happening is just not me and I hate the way it makes me feel.  Perhaps Iit is more to do with every action has a reaction and as I have had a lot of pain the last week that may be what has triggered the "reaction".
Then out of the blue "serendipitously" from my point of view my friend Ann in Southampton sent to me this lovely email to me which made me chuckle - and eased my mood.  Took me out of myself.   Its surprising how cathartic humour is.  Needless to say I feel a little brighter today and the sun is out to boot which is a double whammy.
----- Original
I Love This
I am not afraid of tomorrow for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
cid:16EFD1DCC2FC4F6EA7122BA565550DC6@Amina
Noah's Ark :
Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark ..
ONE: Don't miss the boat.
TWO
: Remember that we are all in the same boat!
THREE
: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark. 
FOUR
: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
FIVE: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done. 
SIX:
Build your future on high ground.
SEVEN
: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
EIGHT
: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs. 
NINE
: When you're stressed, float awhile. 
TEN
: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
ELEVEN
: No matter the storm,  there's always a rainbow waiting.
Please pass this on to people you want to be blessed. 
Give it! Don't just get it!


Most people walk in and out of your life,
but FRIENDS leave footprints in your heart.




 This brings a whole new perspective on being prepared.
Hope you all have a lovely day I am just going to pop out and retrieve the cats Molly is asleep on the back of the settee again Demetri and Squeak are out in the fresh air.   I am not a pretty sight calling in the animals in my dressing gown; then I have to get dressed and then walk into town.  Fortunately I got all the ironing done on Saturday night so I have plenty of clothes to choose from (I would add for a change - I have  new routine which is still in its early stages come the washing and the ironing but it seems to be working).

Catch you all later on
Pattypan
xx

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Waiting for My Tea to Cook

It has been a quiet day here I have been plugging away at chores and do not seem to be getting anywhere fast which in turn has got me slightly down and  a bit out of sorts;   I think its because people take me for granted and have expectations of me - but hey I am only human not a robot and not  able to produce things exactly so every time.  Some things are a work in progress some things go tickety booh first time others not so good.    The gremlins have crept in I hate it when I get like this its my darker side trying to escape. I am best on my own when I get like this but what I really need is the lid plonking firmly back on with a DO NOT DISTURB SIGN firmly tied on.

 Probably its because I am feeling my mortality; Its my uncles funeral on Tuesday. I do not have many relatives on my Dad's side left most of the people I was really close to including my much beloved Dad have now passed over to the summerlands across the rainbow bridge.

But hey I have so much compared to some I should be more grateful (but sometimes its a tad difficult)  Luckily I have a nice tea to look forward to a joint of pork and the crackling has come up nice and crispy together with mash potatoes, roast potatoes, peas, carrots cabbage and roast onion together with home made buttery apple sauce.  Its coming along nicely I am hungry should not be too long now.  I love cooking but at the moment I absolutely hate my kitchen.  I need to plan some things to do days out something to look forward to.


Its been a sunny windy day here in Peterborough. I thought the animals might have liked out but no they went for a little while but none of them like the wind.  Poor Molly keeps going to the back door asking to go out, but she has not been done yet so she is confined to barracks until that can be sorted.  Once that is accomplished she can go and play with the others.  She is starting to settle but has her moments.  I have some photographs on my camera of last night's cooking and also this evening's cooking but for some unknown reason its refusing to download.

Right am off to check on tea

Catch you soon hopefully I will feel at little less blue by then.

Take care

Pattypan


Saturday, 13 April 2013

Saturday night stir fry

Sorry for not posting for a little while I have been quite busy, and I have not been  either which has not helped but a little bit of writers blog as well.  Lots of ideas  just the words have not formed.

Saturday night tea has always been a relaxed affair  with my family ; as a child we used to have herring roes on toast, sausages and tomatoes, sardines or tomatoes in tomato sauce on toast.  Fresh tomatoes oven roasted in balsamic sauce etc etc.   Tonight is it is stir fry well Its a good way of using up all those bits and bobs that really do not amount to everything and with the addition of some chicken thighs (cooked in the oven) and a purchased stir fry sauce I have found out that if the chicken is cooked in the oven first then there is plenty of sauce left over to coat the chicken and the veggies.  I keep things like dried noodles in the pantry as a staple anyway as well as tinned pineapple, bean sprouts, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots (although on this occasion none were left in the pantry).  I tend to use a mixture of fresh, dried, frozen  and preserved items.

This week we have some mixed frozen veggies ie beans carrots and peas and sweetcorn together with shredded cabbage, stem ginger, red pepper sliced and yellow pepper, some cauliflower florets and some broccoli florets, noodles, carrot, tinned pineapple, shredded leek, shredded red onion.   Its surprising how so little can come together and make a very tasty meal.  Tonight its with noodles but we quite often use rice as well and also do our own version of egg fried rice.   Whats left of the large tin of pineapple I have used will be going into an upside down pineapple cake.







 We have strawberries and meringue with cream for pudding tonight.

Catch you soon have to finish the cooking (and the eating)

Pattypan

x

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Sourdough Experiment

I have decided to have a go at making some sourdough bread - never had a go at this before so it could well be something of a disaster.  However I have found a very timely post from my point of view  here

 http://www.josblueaga.com/2013/03/sourdough-starter.html

Which in theory sounds very simple.  So this evening when I get home I am going to make the "starter" and see how I get on and I might be able to get a batch of bread done for the weekend.  I needed a simple recipe that would not confuse me and this one sounds solid but proof of the pudding is in the eating.

I have been inspired however to have a go at making sourdough by my friend Richard (Moontide) at Going my Own Way  http://goingmyownway-moontide.blogspot.co.uk/and Well Bread. http://brixhambread.blogspot.co.uk/ His enthusiasm for Sourdough and bread  really has got me hooked. "Excuse the Pun".

Have any of you made Sourdough before and how did you get on.

Catch you later on

Have a good day

Pattypan

xx

Meet the Moggies

  • Merlin (approx 18 months)
  • Squeak (approx 2 years)
  • Poppy (approx 16 years)
  • Tyson (approx 17 years)
  • Tinky (official name Clover approx 18 years)