She arrived just a week ago and has been busy settling into her home for the next year. She’s teeny and cuddly and feisty and an utter delight. She’s either chasing the cats or snuggling up with them.
It took a couple of nights to get her used to sleeping alone. In fact Dear un-Husband spent the first tow sleeping on the floor next to her crate. She wakes pretty early, but, thankfully, so does he. She has a wee and then goes back to bed for a couple of hours until I surface around 7am.
She’s getting house-trained, slowly but surely – there’s more out than in, shall we say?
Looking forward to a good year with Ushi.
Two wonderful pieces of news today. First off, I’m going to be a grandmother next May. Yay! Eldest son and his missus in Australia broke the news today after waiting for her 12 week scan. Fantastic! Continue reading
You probably know by now that I am a huge fan of Aldi. When I first started shopping there around three years ago, I was a bit wary… I am an inveterate label reader so avoided many products that contained hydrogenated oils and other additives. However, Aldi has improved a lot in that area (if they would only stop including palm oil, I’d be really happy) and my label reading has reduced significantly. I tend to cook from scratch mostly, so avoid ready-meals, so can’t comment on them.
One thing that struck me was how much easier it is to have less choice. It used to take me two hours to go round Tesco and almost as much time to do my shop online. I can do Aldi in 45 minutes and that includes the driving time!
Up until recently, I had kept my sewing table/workstation in the half of our bedroom, I laughingly call ‘my studio’. Then we decided to free up some space downstairs, so that I could sit sewing or using my laptop next to the sliding doors which open up onto the patio. A lovely place to work in the summer.
This little dressing table came up on Freegle and it is perfect for the job. Dear un-husband was totally against me ‘revamping’ it but obviously, doesn’t get any choice in the matter. Anyway, look wot I dun. Don’t worry, I thoroughly researched to make sure it isn’t a priceless antique.
Isn’t it cute?
I have loved art since I was a kid but it wasn’t until I got older that I realised that I didn’t have to have great draught-woman-ship skills to make art. Recently, I ventured into working on canvas, which is far more rewarding than I expected.
I have a blog, Abstractedly Yours, where I display my art, but every now and then, I’ll post some here.
This is a huge canvas – I ordered a size larger than I meant to – It took just a few hours and I loved making it.
G’wan, Pin it!
This morning BBC News did a piece on the 10th anniversary since Concorde was retired. Blimey, I remember all the fuss when it first took off like it was yesterday.
I am amused by the idea that anything pre-2000 is now classified as vintage or retro. My 12 year old daughter is already saying, “Oh that’s so last century”. Continue reading
You don’t have to be an artist, or a writer. You don’t have to bake cakes or sew neat-as-pie drapes. You don’t have to knit like Kaffe Fassett or crochet cushion covers. You don’t have to fall into a certain demographic.
You just have to be you.
This blog is for women who… Continue reading
A while back, I left Aldi to try some home-deliveries from Waitrose. Dear un-husband (Duh) had asked for some smoked haddock to remind him of the dinners his ma used to make. I can’t remember the exact price but a 750g pack was over a fiver. Aldi’s is around half that price so I bought some this weekend.
The instructions said to wrap in foil but I decided to poach it. In the inimitable chuck-it-in-and-see-what-happens style, of course. Continue reading
I’m sure you’ll get used to me banging on about grocery shopping at Aldi. I converted from the unhallowed halls of Tesco about three years ago. The difference in cost was amazing and even now, if I deviate and go back to Tesco, my weekly shop leaps from around £85 to well over £100.
I do have a lot of my vegetables brought to me by Riverford Organic. It’s such a luxury though and I have reduced my deliveries considerably. All the vegetables in this curry were purchased at Aldi, so not organic, I’m afraid.
I made this curry on the weekend because I was busy and didn’t have time to make a roast Sunday lunch. Continue reading
Today is one of those rare autumn days; the air sparkles with a last breath of summer. A glorious jewel of an October day when I want to gather memories and file them away. Memories to pull out in the dark depths of winter when I need to feel the warmth of summer. Continue reading