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Birthday Treats . . . . .

It was my birthday on the 24th of this month – I’ve now turned 56!

It’s something that I’ve not celebrated for many years, being a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses but, as I’ve left that organisation, I decided that I’d do something this year, and so our daughter, who is always so busy travelling around the UK, or Europe, or the USA and Canada, decided to visit in time to celebrate with us.

I had wanted to go to a new Vintage Cafe, that has opened in my nearest town of Aberaeron, to have a High Tea treat (something I’ve not had since my Great-Grandmother died when I was 10), and so we booked a table for 3, down at the ground floor, as I can’t manage stairs, ready for my big day.  The place we chose, was here: McCowans, Aberaeron

I had heard good things about it, so we got there, looking forward to a nice meal – and we weren’t disappointed!

I enjoyed it so much, that I wrote a review for Trip Advisor, as it would be great for even more people to know just how good they are – so good, we’ve already booked a meal for our wedding anniversary in October 🙂

High Tea @ McCowans, Aberaeron - 25-09-17

High Tea @ McCowans, Aberaeron

I didn’t expect much else for my birthday, as everyone we know were used to me not celebrating, but I got a wonderful card from one of my sisters, made by her own fair hands – and lovely it is, too. I also got wonderful cards from good friends of ours, and also from my hubby and our daughter – and some great pressies, too!

But only a daughter would know that a Unicorn Egg, and a Venus Fly Trap Terrarium would be things to please me greatly! Lol

I was determined to make sure that I kept a pictorial record of my presents, as both from my daughter were meant to develop over time. So I started to take photos of the Unicorn egg first, as it was supposed to be immersed in water, in order to grow.

Within hours of putting it into water, there was a crack in the egg, and, over the next few days, I’ve watched it grow and grow – I’m not sure how much more bigger it will get, but I’ll leave it a few more days more, just to see if it does. I beleive it shrinks back to the size it began with, if you take it out of the water, so I’ll be trying that, too.

I have to admit, for a child’s amusement, it’s kept me so, too 🙂

Unicorn Egg from Brex - 24-09-17

The Growth of My Unicorn

As for the Terrarium, ever since I saw the first photos of her carniverous plants, posted by a fellow Blogger The Snail of Happiness, I’ve really wanted to attempt to grow some myself – especially as we get plagued by midges and mosquitoes at certain times of the year, living near boggy ground as we do. The delight I felt, when I opened my second present from my daughter, knew no bounds! A Terrarium, and everything I needed to grow around 10 Venus Fly Trap Plants!

My daughter apologised, telling me that it would take some time for them to grow, but I knew already that it can take up to 3 years for a seed to grow into a fully mature plant and, stuck in bed for so much of my time, patience is the one thing I’ve learned really well.

I was all for starting straight away, but it turned out that I would need distilled water to plant my seeds, as Venus Fly Traps, as well as most carniverous plants, can’t tolerate a richly mineralised soil and, as my daughter’s shopping trip, locally, produced absolutely Nil in the way of the water, I had to succumb to going online, and I bought 10 litres of the stuff, just to make sure I always had it here for them – and there was the added bonus that I could use it for my crochet steamer, too!

As soon as the water turned up – on the day that my daughter had to leave, due to work commitments, unfortunately – I quickly placed the peat circle provided into the base of the terrarium, then added the 480ml of the distilled water specified. I couldn’t believe just how quickly that thin circle blew up and, before I knew it, there was enough peat to fill the base.

I then had to put the small blue stones provided into a container, so that I could swill them through, until every bit of dust was gone, then I carefully arranged them over the peat, in a swirly pattern, I then opened the seed pack, and gently poured the seeds  onto a creased piece of paper, then gently shook them so they landed as evenly as I could make them, on the peat.

The instructions then told me to put the lid on the terrarium, which I did, and to make sure I open it up once a day, to make sure plenty of air gets in – but to make sure the peat doesn’t dry out, which I’m doing every day now.

So I guess it’s now a waiting game, and I’ll know at least in a month or two, whether the seeds have germinated – and I’ll be taking photos to keep track of them as it happens – what a wonderful experiment my daughter thought of, to keep me amused, and to whet my appetite for learning about those strange plants, by watching them grow! 🙂

Venus Fly Trap Terrarium from Brex - 24-09-17

The Beginning of my Venus Fly Trap Terrarium

Oh, I was also provided with a tiny plastic Iguana in the kit, to put on the stones – are they to frighten away something, I wonder? Lol

 

 

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A Few More of My Crocheted Pieces

It’s been a while since I posted about my crochet, probably because I’ve been so busy either trying to finish Crochet-a-longs, or CALs as they’re known as in the crochet world, and also because I’ve been desperately trying to learn what I could about British Politics – I’m not sure whether to laugh, or cry, that I’ve become involved right at this time, but I’m going to persevere, which means doing an awful lot of reading!

Fortunately, there are some wonderful Bloggers around, that lay out what’s happening, and what it means for us all, so I’m now slowly begining to understand where the UK stands politically – and, boy, it’s frighteneing!

Anyhoo, I thought I’d get away from that for one evening, and continue showing you all the things I’ve been crocheting over the last year or so – I believe my last post about it was on May 3rd – here’s a link: A Few More of My Offerings

The last project I showed you was  two shrugs I’d made for the daughter of a friend but, after that, I went through another awful patch of ill health, and so couldn’t do any crocheting 😦


The next project I finished, was a Wrap, designed by a wonderful crochet designer called Annelies Baes. You can get the pattern free at this link: Flight of Fancy.

The CAL was called Scheepjes Flight of Fancy Wrap, and it was done in weekly increments. I started the project on 10th June, and finished it on 1st September.

I was really taken with the wonderful yarn used here, by a company called Scheepjeswol . With this CAL, I was using one of their yarns, called Scheepjes Linen Soft , which comprised of 47% Cotton, 27% Linen, and 26% Acrylic, which made for a strong, and durable, yarn to use.

Here’s the Project page I created on Ravelry, which gives you the details: My Flights of Fancy Wrap The colours used were gorgeous, and reminded me of peacock feather, which I love 🙂

Here’s my finished project, which I gifted to a dear friend:

2015-09-01 - Scheepjes Flight of Fancy Wrap CAL - Start-10th June


The next project I made, was finished on 19th September, and was something that I made for my daughter to give to a friend. Her friend loved kooky presents, especially if they had something to do with the body, so I crocheted her two seperately coloured, and sized, eyes – including the optic nerves, too 🙂

I had come across the pattern by chance, at this link: Crocheted Eyeball by crochetninja, and just loved the idea of it – and making it was fun, too 🙂

I used various yarns from my stash for this, mainly acrylics, if I remember true 🙂

2015-09-17 -The Eyes Have It

I’m told the recipient loved them 🙂


My next project took me a bit of time, as my health was becoming quite dicey again, and I was still working on another CAL, too.

A friend was making up a package to send over to her grandchildren, a young girl and boy, and I offered to make them something. I showed my friend some of my patterns, and she found the one she wanted among one of my favourite Amigurumi Designers – Moji Moji Design or Janine Holmes, using her real name 🙂

Janine had recently released a new design, called Katie the Caterpillar – so how could I resist? Lol

I started making the two caterpillars, and managed to finish them by October 12th, just in time for them to be shipped to their new owners in the USA 🙂

2015-10-12 - Suzanne's Caterpillars
I used acrylic yarn from my stash again, and I think a lot of it was Red Heart yarn, as I had so much of it in my stash. I used the same colours in both, but just used them in opposite ways, as you can see in the pic. That way, we hoped the children wouldn’t fight over which one owned which caterpillar 🙂

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My next project, was the CAL I had started on August 2nd. I didn’t actually finish this until October 31st. This was another Scheepjswol CAL, designed by another amazing Designer that I love: Julie Yeager.

The design was called: Summer Mosaic Afghan, and you can buy the pattern from Ravelry, using the link provided 🙂

This time, the yarn used was Scheepjes Stonewashed XL, a wonderfully soft, but strong, mixture of 70% Cotton, 30% Acrylic.

Here’s the link to my Ravelry Project Page, and the colours and amounts used for it: My Summer Mosaic Afghan.

This was a pattern I loved, with a yarn I fell in love with, too. I made this CAL for Mr Night Owl, and it was fun and games trying to crochet it, where, and when, he wouldn’t see it all, as I wanted it to be a surprise for him, for our wedding anniversary that year. It was a couple of weeks late, but he forgave me when he saw it 🙂

2015-10-31 - Summer Mosaic Afghan


I have to admit to being totally exhausted by the time I finished the Afghan, and it wasn’t until almost mid-November before I took up my crochet hooks again, and that was because I had received my first box, from a company called Little Box of Crochet.

I’d come across them via my monthly crochet magazine, and the story behind their starting caught my attention, so I decided to subscribe for 6 months, to see whether I would enjoy it.

The first Box came with everything needed to make my first Little Box Project, and this was 3 different types of toadstools:

  • The first was Aminita Muscaria, or Fly Agaric. I finished this on November 10th.
  • The second was Stropharia Aeruginosa, or Verdigris Agaric. I finished this on December 12th.
  • The third was Hygrocybe Persistens, or Wax Cap. I finished this on January 15th, 2016.

 

2016-01-15 - LBC - Fly Agaric, Verdigris Agaric & Wax Cap

These were designed by Kate Bruning, of Greedy for Colour, and were made using Scheepjes Stonewashed, with a small amount of silver yarn to give them a christmassy feel – and enough to make them into tree decorations if I’d wanted to 🙂



My next project was one I made for fun. My husband, and a good friend of his, have a running joke about Wood Nymphs – and, no, I’m not getting into that, as it would take an entire new post of it’s own! Lol

Anyway, we had been invited over to his house for a meal and, as a joke, I decided to make him a Wood Nymph hat, and this was the result:

2015-11-18 - Wood Nymph Hat!

I had found some Red Heart Camouflage yarn in my stash, and so added some flowers and bells to it, then made it a caveat that he had to wear the hat whenever he went hunting! 🙂
I don’t know why, but he tells me he hasn’t been hunting ever since! Lol


On the 19th of November, my Dad died.

I was devastated, as I was too ill to travel the 360-odd miles needed, to get back to my family home, to attend his funeral.

I really didn’t know what to do with myself, and felt helpless that I couldn’t say my goodbyes to him, nor comfort my Mum the way I wanted to. I spoke a lot to Mum on the phone and, wonderful woman that she is, a few days after Dad’s death, she suggested that I crochet something that reminds me of him, and send it to her, so she could put it in the coffin with him, and so that I knew there was something of mine with Dad in his rest.

My first thoughts were of his being Irish, and that special humour he had, that every Irish person I’ve met seems to be born with, and so I decided to crochet symbols of his Irishness – one for me, one for Mr Night Owl, and one for our daughter.

I looked through all my thousands of patterns, and settled on a combination Shamrock/Four-leaved Clover for myself, a Leprechaun for hubby, as he’s as mischeivous as one himself, and a Pot-o-gold, with rainbow, for our daughter, as she has always been our symbol of wealth, happiness and joy.

A week had gone by this time, and I worried about getting them done in time for the funeral, but I managed to  finish them, one each day, by the 29th, where I then quickly packed them up, and a friend sent them, post-haste, to my Mum. Fortunately, they got there in time, and that’s where they lay now, keeping my Dad, that funny, chronic, joker company.



I have to admit to finding it hard to concentrate after that but, in early December my Little Box of Crochet, for that month, arrived. Purely for distraction, I decided to give it a try, and the design came from Heather Collins, whose Blog, Pink Milk, was one of the favourites of the Little Box team, and was something that caught my fancy, too, and so I thought I’d give it a go.

The pattern, this time, was for a wonderful pair of Wristers, made with Debbie Bliss’ Baby Cashmerino. As soon as I saw the pattern, I knew I had to make these for my daughter 🙂

Fortunately, we have the same size hands, so I was able to make them to fit her easily. I also made her a second pair, but this time with yarn from my stash, in Black and White, as she loves monochrome, too, but more to my own design 🙂

I finished making them on the 5th and 6th of December 🙂

I’ll tell you about the rest in another blog 🙂

 

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Awake at Stupid O’Clock . . . .



I’m awake at stupid O’clock again, and am too fibro-fogged to be able to study, but I thought I’d look in on the various forums for my course, just to see if anything’s new.


What I did come across is the following, and it tickled me so much, I thought I’d share it:

A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class one day. 

“In English,” he said, “a double negative forms a positive. In some languages though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. 

However,” he pointed out, “there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.” 

A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah. Right.” 



I know, I know – but it’s funny, you’ve got to admit that? {grin}

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Just for laughs . . .

I’m having great problems concentrating on my TMA, which is due in at noon on Thursday. I’ve managed one whole paragraph, and have put in questions to ask myself, that are supposed to release the information I’ve read at least 3 times but which, apparently, has got lost between my eyes and my brain!


I have got to the panicky stage, so went on FB to distract myself, and the first thing I read was the instructions below.


As hubby and I have just had a very similar experience, I found myself laughing until I cried, so thought I’d share the experience {grin}

How to give a cat a pill

1. Pick cat up, and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position left forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth, and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from the floor, and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away.

4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of 10. 

5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden. 

6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, holding front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold cat’s head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously. 

7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.
 
8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with its head just visible from below spouse’s armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force cat’s mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw. 

9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply band-aid to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.
 
10. Retrieve cat from neighbor’s shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band. 

11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom. 

12. Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.
 
13. Tie cat’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Force cat’s mouth open with small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour half-liter of water down throat to wash pill down. 

14. Get spouse to drive you to emergency room; sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Stop by furniture shop on way home to order new table.
 
15. Arrange for vet to make a house call.

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