Crochet is easy!

You know, I’m not quite sure what I was scared of… The Lovely Ann showed me a simple stitch a little while ago, but then Julie from Golder Green tried to teach me another way, and I got a little confused. So, having the instructions in a book, with pictures, really helped. Having all the stitch abbreviations explained helped as well… (Even if the Happy Hooker is in American, she gives the UK abbv. as well) After all, Knitting abbreviations are not actually that complex, we only really K, P and YO pretty much!

Once you get the hang of it, it is very easy. I’ve got my Swatch pics to upload later. 🙂 I don’t think that I will be using crochet as a full on making method that often, but decorative edgings and being actually able to read a Crochet pattern are all all good things!

Politically correct seasonal wishes…

I wanted to send you a holiday greeting, but it is so difficult in today’s world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with my lawyer yesterday, and on his advice I wish to say the following:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally-conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter holiday, practised with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practises of your choice with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practise religious or secular traditions at all.

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great (not to imply that Britain is necessarily greater than any other country) and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms:
This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

Disclaimer: No trees were harmed in the sending of this message; however, a significant number of electrons were slightly inconvenienced.



Closure is finally here. It came through Friday apparently. Auntie Mary has decided that selling is good for her, so she can trick her house out with the disability aids she needs. So, I’m taking up her half of the house.

So, one “plan”

  • Fully clear Granddad’s stuff out over Xmas week. (I’m only working the Thursday, so should have lots of time.)
  • Move early in the new year. (I’ve spoken to our third flatmate, she is going to take my half of the Rental contract, so no hassles there, and I get a nice little chunk of Bond Money 🙂 )
  • Talk to Mortgage Broker & Organise funds
  • Give Auntie Mary lots of Dosh

I have had grand plans in my head since about 1990 for refitting and redecoration. After all, if I don’t change it, it will forever be Granddad’s house, and not my home, which isn’t right, seeing as I’m probably going to be there for the next 30 years or so… I do know that this will effect Mum a large amount though, but I cannot stay locked in time because o her angst. We will deal with it together.

What we do need to decide in the immediate now is what to do with all of Granddad’s clothes, books and other stuff that I really don’t want or need, and who wants what Furniture. It should be a “clinical, cut and dried” exercise, however, I suspect we will all be in tears for some of it…

Onwards and upwards eh?

Why does life seem to rip by at such an amazing pace…

Well, its really very nearly the end of the year..

Where has it gone? It has been fast for sure… So much has happened, so many changes!

“Pace of life” is such a strange thing. It really does fly by at a monumental pace. I’ve been reading back through my ‘blog, as you should review what has been going on, and it really does look like I try to fit too much in…

This is not news really, but honestly, it is all stuff I want to do, and I can’t imagine not trying to do all of it. I wonder, do I just have an unrealistic expectation of how much stuff I can fit into 24 hours? Given that I have to work for 8 hours and sleep for (theoretically) 8 hours…That is 16 hours gone right there! Sleep and work seem such a shameful waste of time… Also, with the low-level stuff, the things that we do every day, we are all seriously time-poor anyway. Travelling to work and simply eating take up at least 2.5 a day.

In between all of this, you have to fit “the Extraordinary” in as well… My “routine” things like Angel Knits, Docklands Munch, and Cinema with Mum on a Wednesday. Then the specials, like the administration for and organisation of Kinkfest, and meetings with Unfettered peoples. The BIG One-offs, such as Granddad’s illness and looking after him, Mum and then the “everything else” that was and still is associated with that event.

Then, the challenge to fit in the quality time I need and want to spend with my wonderful new chap, and as always, the quandary of fitting quality time in to spend with friends as well.

Finally, the important stuff of finding the time to dye yarn and make up stitchmarkers as and when the creativity hits (these two factors haven’t coincided for a couple of weeks now!) for Fluffenstuff, negotiate business deals for the site, do all the HTML admin for here, Fluffenstuff, and the various other websites I manage, and the less important but fun (and not so fun!) stuff, such as finding time to answer e-mails, keeping the house relatively tidy, and this week, making 2 fancy dress costumes (That I haven’t started yet!) for Hades on Saturday night!!!

That tidying point is being sorely lacking recently, my stuff is getting rather spread out over the living room, and and understandably, my house mates are starting to pop at me about it… *sigh*

Either I have too much stuff, or not enough house! LOL 🙂 I’ll go with not enough house… I said this to Mum yesterday, as she is talking about selling her house: “Moving is always a good and positive thing. Means you get to get rid of lots of stuff. Honest! 😉 (That is what I keep telling myself, I’ve just been in transit for 3 years…)”

Maybe that is the kicker. When you say off the cuff stuff that that which is actually truer than you realise, it makes you review things.

I really do not feel my current house is “home”… It is just the place where I sleep, and I keep about 30% of my stuff. I so miss my books and my kitchen…

Hopefully, 2007 is when that sorts itself out eh? Also hopefully, with minimal TIDTIC fallout this year, I can finally get to enjoy a festive season for once eh?