Of course, it should be a nice Big Glass Of Vino to accompany the prog instead of Hot Water (I know, I know, Life In The Fast Lane, eh?), but we are trying to eschew wine during the week and it having been a Trying Week of Nursing Duty means I only managed to eschew it on Monday so I have Ground To Make Up.
To be honest I'm not convinced it makes much difference all this eschewing. I don't drink gallons of wine, just a glass at a time and it isn't all that long ago that the Powers That Be were telling us two glasses of red a night were positively good for you. And then yesterday I saw a report on the Beeb declaring that running is bad for you. Apparently, the secret to health is 15-20 mins moderate exercise three times a week. Heaven forbid we should raise a sweat or a heart rate or actually make our lungs and muscles work.
I've been running regularly for 18 months and in all that time I haven't had a single cold or been properly laid up with anything. At the first sniffle I chuck on my running shoes and zoom up and down our lane and by the time I get back the sniffle has been chased away. At the very least running gives me a bottom and legs that are not wobbling under their own force of gravity, and believe me, at forty that is something not to be sniffed at (that came out wrong) :o)
I did watch the class of 2014 Sewing Bee prog that was on a few nights back and got so enthused by Heather's amazing evening gown creation in the final that I forgot I can't make clothes and rushed off shrieking with excitement to download a pattern for a ball gown. Just as I was in the act of eagerly whipping out scissors and fabric and waking up Phyllis, my more sensible self grabbed me by the shoulders, shook me vigorously and said sternly: Good Grief Woman get a grip! Ball gowns take time, effort and patience, and one of those at least is spread Pretty Thin On The Ground where you're concerned. Plus, you are at the stage of making a passable Tote Bag or a Draw String and perhaps the odd more advanced quilt. For Heaven's Sake BE SENSIBLE!!!! (it is patience, the one of the three that I have almost none of, in case you were wondering. This is a Universal Truth in the best style of Jane Austen (a man in possession of a fortune must be in want of a wife etc etc) unless I am with dealing with a) L, when it is vitally important that you don't show even the faintest flicker of weakness in the sense of loss of control, because he pounces on it instantly and calmly declares it is not good to lose your temper (infuriating), or b) wild creatures, for whom I have all the time in the world, regardless of what they are doing. I have no patience at all when it comes to crowds of people (can't bear walking slowly, you see?), fools, or queues of traffic).
I will attempt some clothes making at some future point because I am a) bored with everything in the shops and b) have a ribbon ready for the label as you can see. I am also c) stubborn and don't like being told what I can and can't do. In the mean time, I am Very Happy because the William Morris fabric has arrived and this means Quilt Time :o)
I'm thinking Compton and Lily for the Quilt.
Incidentally, I've impressed myself at how prolific I have been sur le blog this week. It is largely because I have been forced to stay at home while L's been poorly and, along with dear Phyllis (who I should explain for the benefit of my lovely new readers is my sewing machine), this blog has been my a) life line and b) sanity, and your lovely comments have kept me entertained and prevented me sinking into a world of unwell children and shrinking horizons.
Today, normal service has been resumed: L is back at school. I know he is recovered because he shouted at me when he got up for not finding him a shirt that fitted, I pointed out that there is an entire rail full of shirts in J's room and his legs and arms all work well enough to fetch one AND the last time I checked I could not mind read AND I had been kind enough to put his school uniform on the radiator last night so it was warm when he got up. Then we had complete silence in the car on the way to school unless you count the truly shocking music I am forced to listen to on the radio, followed by a monosyllabic grunt that barely registered on the auditory scale for humans in response to my cheerful and loving bye darling! hope have a good day and have you got your bus pass? as he left. He went armed with his completed options form (computing, history, geography and resistant materials) as well as various letters excusing him from PE and generally apologising for the lack of completed homework.
The doggies and I went off for our morning walk through the woods and fields in the frost where I saw a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, several deer, heard an Owl out late and a flock of Gold Crests chattering high up in the trees as well as two nuthatches having a quarrel, while Pop zoomed about and I waited for Ted to drag his attention away from a squirrel and come here!
Owing to the fact I've been super-glued to the house all week, my law essay is finished and stats work has even been looked at (briefly, which is the best way to do Stats), so all of this means I have the rest of the day FREE!!!!!
Incidentally, I thought you might like a glimpse into my Stats module. What d'you make of this? "If the discrepancy between observed and expected frequencies is great then the value of the calculated test statistic will exceed the critical value of the appropriate number of degrees of freedom."
Now that is enough to drive a reasonable person to drink :o)
There is hoovering that needs doing, but I have perfected the art through long years of devoted study of ignoring that and I am tempted to go and buy some nice new stationery instead, having fallen in to the trap of looking on the Emma Bridgewater Web site last nigh. Goodness but her fabric is expensive! Lovely certainly, but jolly pricey.
I'll leave you with some shots of the Doggy People from this morning. I do need to get them more doggy biscuits as Pop was keen to point out, and the bird seed is also getting low, so praps a visit into Romsey where I might accidentally find myself straying towards a Cake Shop and a purchase or two to make up for the wine I will be eschewing later....
Have a great Friday and a Lovely Weekend All,