Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Perfect Pyjama Styles for the winter

With the cold weather here to stay, now is the time to get your cosy blankets out and treat yourself to some new pyjamas. That way when it gets a bit chilly in the evenings you can just change into your nightwear and snuggle up under a warm throw. There really is no better way to relax and stay warm.
Plus, when you feel your eyes start to droop, you can just crawl into bed. There is no need to wake yourself up too much by having to undress and get into your sleepwear.
This year, as you will see, when it comes to pyjamas you really are spoilt for choice. Most styles seem to be available.
Button ups

Interestingly, button up pyjamas are in this season. It has been a while since we last saw them being made widely available. Why that is, I am not quite sure, but I for one am glad to see them being sold in more shops, once again. With this style of pyjamas if you feel too hot during the night, you can easily undo the top or bottom few buttons and let the air get to some of your skin. It is a great way of regulating your temperature in bed.
Leisurewear PJs
Another interesting trend is the wearing of leisurewear as an alternative to traditional pyjamas. The fact that these jogging bottoms and tops are made from such soft fabric and are generously cut makes them super comfortable. It does not matter how much you thrash about when you are asleep, there is no danger of your feeling uncomfortable. This style of nightwear simply moves with you.

Mix and match nightwear

It is also nice to see more retailers offering consumers the chance to mix and match their PJs. This is a really convenient way to buy your pyjamas. It is an especially good option for those of us who are not the same size top and bottom. There really is nothing worse than having to wear a pair of pyjama bottoms that are too big because it is the only way you can make the top fit. Baggy PJ bottoms tend to bunch up, during the night, and make you feel really uncomfortable.
Everything from sexy satin to cosy flannelette
Fabrics wise there is also plenty of choice. If you want something a little racy a nice lingerie style nightie is just as easy to find as a pair of cosy flannelette (brushed cotton) pair of PJs is.
Christmas pyjamas
A lot of stores are starting to stock Christmas pyjamas. These are great fun and are ideal for getting you in the festive mood a little earlier. They also make good presents. You just need to be careful to buy the style that you know the person you are buying for likes to wear.
Choosing the right nightwear for you
As you can see, there is plenty of choice. All you need to do is to work out what style of sleepwear is best for you and buy it. To help you to decide which style of nightwear is right for you I suggest that you read this short article.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Limited space and a growing family? - look no further

Do you have limited space in your home?

Are you fed up of stuff cluttering up the house?

Are you running out of places to put things?

I’ve recently discovered a fabulous bespoke storage company called Bravo London that can take all your worries away. They specialise in making handcrafted storage solutions to fit any space you have. What I love about them is that they come to your home, measure up the space, listen to your wants and needs, and then create a personal design just for you.

When we first became parents, we kept all the baby toys in a neat basket in the corner of the living room. Slowly but surely the toys spread to other areas of the room, and before we knew it, they were all over the house.

With Bravo London, we have made the most of every unused corner, and have also created storage under the stairs. If you’re lucky enough to have high ceilings in a London townhouse, imagine the floor-to-ceiling storage you could have tucked away in a corner of the lounge!

What I also love about the storage from Bravo is that the interior is as well thought-through as the look and feel of the frontage. Whether it’s drawers, cupboards, hanging space, or even a trouser press – they can accommodate your every whim. Many of the designs come with adjustable shelves so you can change the layout to suit your changing needs.

Oh, and there’s a ten year guarantee! I can’t even imagine what we’ll be doing in ten years, but I know we won’t be worrying about storage!

Check out or call 0208 965 5680 to book a design visit with one of their lovely design consultants. Libby heads up the team – she has an eye for detail and is a whizz on the design packages. There are no pushy sales people, and they can have your shiny new storage system installed within three weeks of your design approval.

What are you waiting for???

This is a collaborative post

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Project 365 week 49

Well not long to go now. Starting to do some Christmas stuff and make plans. No notion for it but it is happening regardless.


Slowly slowly plodding away at the sewing machine. This is for one of my colleagues for her dog as she liked the one I did for charity. Still taking silly amounts of time to make but I have not got much else to do to be honest.

a dog cover 


Had spotted some gluten free puff pastry on a allergy Facebook page I follow and so as it is also dairy.egg/soya free I decided to try some. DD3 managed to find some in Glasgow when she was shopping, So I got some of Bob's sausages off of DD1 and decided to make Bob some sausage rolls and jam tarts, a trial run for Christmas food. I also made some into cheese straws , I did this by putting grated cheese in the middle and folding it over and re rolling as well. They were not very photogenic
The pastry comes ready rolled but rerolls well enough if you have cut out shapes, It did not puff up as much as normal puff pastry does but it tasted great, even hubby ate it knowing what it was. Will find some more before Christmas so he can have mince pies and sausage rolls.

Add captionjam tarts, sausage rolls
jam tarts and sausage rolls 


Hubby and I went into the town and signed up for helping out with a voluntary organisation on Christmas Day at a Christmas Dinner for elderly isolated folk who other wise would spend the day alone. They get a four course meal, as much tea and coffee as they want and a drink or two. . I have volunteered to sit at a table and make sure the people on my table have everything they need. No lifting and carrying so if my shoulder is still sore I do not need to worry. It is only a few weeks away so I had to consider this before I signed up. Hubby volunteered to stay in the kitchen and wash the dishes. Quite looking forward to doing something different.

I have been following Jaime's reverse advent calendar and decided that I could do something a well. You can read my post here. But basically I asked family and friends, and would have asked colleagues had I been at work, for any good quality toys and clothes they no longer want that I can pass on. Please feel free and contact me if you have anything.

toys from one of my neighbours


I was contacted by Damart to see if I wanted to do a review for them. So I chose this Sherpa button through jacket. .  I like the length of it, being that bit taller I often struggle to find ladies jackets that cover my bottom. It is very comfortable when it is on, nice and lightweight but still very warm. It was -2 when we went for a walk and cannot say as I felt cold. We have had some nice freezing weather this week to test it out in. The seams are well finished and overall a very nice jacket for the money. I ordered one size larger than I would normally wear to allow for a jumper to be worn underneath it but it is I feel slightly small made so I am glad I went for the size I did. It comes in a choice of six colours and a full range of sizes from a 10/12/ right up to a 26/28. Here it is with a jumper underneath, collar up and collar down

collar up and down, and is a good length 


My second physio visit. More movement than I had two weeks ago so that is good. Still getting pins and needles in my hand on and off as the nerve is still trapped. She did some pressing and pushing on the top of my spine and round my shoulders. Has given me some more exercises to keep strengthening both my shoulders. My job is not helping my condition so maybe need to start thinking about changing jobs to something a lot less physical in the next few years. I guess I need to start listening to the lady in the bathroom mirror that I am not 29 any more.

We had our first proper snow of the winter. Still not thawed off by Saturday.

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow


As part of Bob and Fifi's Christmas we go to the pantomime every year. We usually go for a meal first but the place we use to go is no longer safe for Connor. So we just took snacks with us instead. We went to see Dick Whittington at the Palace Theatre in Kilmarnock. The panto was fab very interactive, a lot of audience participation, and made for a great night out. I would highly recommend it.

a great evening out


Sat this afternoon and put new batteries in the toys to go to the charity and then got the children's presents wrapped up. Stuck them under the bed in the spare bedroom out of the way.
A friend of mine was lovely enough to send me across some crochet squares and triangles she had made and was not sure what to do with. So I think I will make them into a couple of doll blankets and add them to my charity pile.

some crocheting for charity

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Sleep is defined in the dictionary;

Sleep (and your brains need for mattress encasement)

Sleep is defined in the dictionary as follows.

“A condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended”

Yes well whatever, we'll take that as read, but most of us just take sleep for granted, we go to bed every night and some people just do it. For them it is as easy as one two three, for others it is not. A fairly high percentage of people find falling asleep difficult and apply different methods successfully or otherwise, counting sheep, reading, not going to bed till being absolutely exhausted are just some of the methods used.  There are various things that can keep you awake making for a long annoying night. A trapped nerve in the shoulder making it far to painful to sleep. Something as common as tinnitus, very annoying over night and my coping mechanism for this is audio books with in ear headphones so hubby does not have to listen as well. What about a cough, made worse if you are asthmatic?Another thing that Bed bugs are on the rise and have been known to be found in top hotels as well as train, planes and theatres. One way of preventing these is by using  mattress encasement. These items are usually waterproof as well as breathable and not only keep out the bugs but also dust and other allergens can keep people awake is itching. Be that eczema or other allergies, or even the dreaded bed bug! . 

So why is it so important and why has Mother Nature decided that we need so much sleep?  After all the average human being spends eight hours of every day asleep or what equates to  a third of their life, assuming that they live for an average of  seventy five years, they spend twenty five years of that sleeping!  That seems to me to be rather a lot I personally could do with an extra twenty five years. I'm sure like most other people I could put them to good use.
So why do we need as much sleep? This is a question that has baffled scientists for centuries and the answer is, no one is really sure. Some believe that sleep gives the body a chance to recuperate from the day's activities but in reality, the amount of energy saved by sleeping for even eight hours is very small a paltry 50 kCal, the same amount of energy in a piece of toast.
Apparently have to sleep because it is essential to maintaining normal levels of cognitive skills such as speech, memory, innovative and flexible thinking. In other words, sleep plays a significant role in brain development, however this poses another question as to why so many people can  appear to function perfectly well on just a few hours sleep whilst other like myself need to use up the full third of our lives.
Now assuming that it is all down to our fragile and often over vexed brain needing to recuperate after the stress of a hectic day which is fair enough, yes we can sympathise with our poor brain it needs sleep to prepare for the next days tasks that we will without doubt throw at it, so having said that it needs to save energy why on earth does it use up energy by causing us to dream ?

So we need to sleep to rest our poor brain that has been accepted but why do we need to dream or if we are unfortunate have nightmares that would appear to me to be a very good way to use up valuable energy which our brain I'm sure could put to better use. The debate as to why we dream could go on for many many pages there are, however, a great number of theories being explored. while some scientists say that dreaming has no direct function others believe it to be of great importance, personally I just take it or leave it. I would not like to tire out my poor brain and use up quite a lot of the energy it relies on.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Helping to do our bit for those less well off.

I have been reading over on a fellow bloggers blog about the good she is doing this year for  . You can read about Jaime's good work here. Now in previous years I have done my bit with the help of friends and colleagues. In 2011 we filled and sent shoe boxes,  in 2013 I worked with M&S to make a difference to make a luxury box for one local resident  who other wise may have got nothing, and in 2014 we  donated nearly £200 worth of food to the local food bank. I see we as I could not have done it alone, but it proves that collectively we can do our bit and make a difference. I have also used my talents this year to raise money for WestFM's #cashforkids appeal. 

This year hubby and I are going to help out on Christmas Day with a local voluntary organisation by helping out at a Christmas Dinner for elderly isolated people in our area.  I am going to be sat at a table with another volunteer and six people and it is our job to make sure they have everything they need. To help them enjoy their day and have a wee sing song and a dance with them. Hubby struggles with his hearing in a noisy hall with a lot of people talking at once so he is going to be doing dishes in the kitchen.

This year as in previous years I am not in a financial position  to make much of a difference on my own, but if I can get friends and colleagues to pitch in in which ever way they may wish to I am sure we can make a collective difference again this year.

 I was going to collect for Womens Aid but having spoken to them they do not have storage space to store items and only accept new items at this time of year. So as my appeal to family and friends is not about new then I decided to run with a local charity called Yipworld who are based in Cumnock and are happy to have good quality second hand items handed in for their service users.

So I am going to kick off my appeal with a hot wheels set that was sent to us for review a few years back, the review was done and it was re-boxed and we rediscovered in the loft the other day.

I am going to go up to the grandchildren's toys and sort out what is too young for them now.

I mentioned to my neighbour what I was planning on doing and she kindly passed me in a bag full of items, some of which are new and still sealed. The rest in more than good enough condition to pass on.

donation from the neighbour

So what I am asking from any local family, friends or colleagues is if you are having a clear out of your children's toy cupboard or their clothes cupboard please give me a shout I will collect the items here and pass them on about the 15th of the month.

Have you won a raffle prize lately that is not quite your thing? I won these a while ago so will be adding them in.  I am sure somebody will appreciate it.  Now while I am asking for used items feel free and donate new items if you wish. A toy your child never used, a jumper they never wore, a woolly hat that did not suit them.

If you do have money to spare how about a tin of chocolates or biscuits to give a family a treat.A bag of sweets that can added to a parcel or some other nice treat that you think will be appreciated.

You will find me on Facebook,  or tweet me for further information or to offer a donation.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Project 365 week 48

Been a cold cold week with most days not getting above freezing. Still having bad days with my arm, and rough nights as I can still only sleep on my back....which I hate doing.


DD2 and SIL2 had left yesterday with baby Ziggy to head across to his sisters for a few days. Last night we looked for the key that lives in the front door and is only removed if we both leave the house and need to lock the door from the outside. Well last night we could not find it. So after contacting DD2 to see if she had picked it up but SIL2 said it was in the door when he left. So a manic search followed to find it, looking through all jackets, trousers, bags, sheds etc it was eventually found on the back seat of the car under a idea how it would get there as no reason for it to be there, but glad we found it.


A cold miserable day but managed to capture this rainbow.


DD2 and Ziggy arrived back.Poor Ziggy's cold has got much worse and she is a miserable wee sausage, doesnt know what she wants and is struggling to sleep.
 Fifi came round with my birthday cake, and yes it had Peppa Pig on. Got to love the grandchildren.
Do other people have the same bother as us? we buy matching candles and candle holders yet they never seem to sit, hence one candle stuck in the cake and another one squint.


DD3 came up for a while in the evening to visit her sister and niece. She was encouraging Ziggy to walk with her walker down the living room and back. Ziggy's speech and understanding is very very good for a child of 15 months but she is still not making any attempt to walk. But time she starts school you wont know the difference.

She climbed half way up the stairs and played amongst the teddies that live there......monkey that she is.


Poor Ziggy does not know what to do with herself, she is miserable and unhappy. So we popped her in the car and went for a wander round the Christmas stuff in a local garden centre. She enjoyed looking at all the lights and musical items. A spot of lunch before we headed home. Not the cheapest place to eat but the soup was very nice.


DD2 and SIL2 are away to a wedding. They were suppose to be staying away over night but decided that due to Ziggy being so unwell they would come home. DD2 did consider not going at all but we managed to talk her into going.
I took her down to the local toddler group in the morning so they could get ready as she would have just cried for them and nobody would have got ready. She played at toddlers and fell asleep coming back up the road and had a sleep in the pram for about 45 min. She was not eating much so I just made her bottles to take instead. She fell asleep on my knee for just over two hours in the afternoon and had just dropped off on my knee again when DD2 and SIL2 came back. She was managing to get some sleep propped up but not lying down.


Poor Ziggy still feeling rotten, and fell asleep on top of daddy for over an hour this morning.
Them the visitors left, pheeewww, as they had another family engagement to attend. DD2 wanted to head home with Ziggy and let SIL2 take his mum but he wanted them all to go.
Here is Ziggy sat with granddad while the cars were being loaded.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Accessorising my sewing machine

As a child I was never a lover of sewing, I would happily knit or crochet but did my level best at school to get out of sewing classes.

So when a number of years ago I had a job for a sewing machine I decided to buy a basic machine as I never envisaged it would get much use. Its first job was to stitch the backing onto a cross stitch blanket I made for Fifi when she was born, At that point the machine went back into the box and into the loft, It made the odd appearance over the years, a hem here a minor repair there and sewing the backing onto Bob's cross stitch blanket when he was born. So last year when I dug it out of the loft to finish off Minky and Dinky's cross stitch blankets I decided it was not going back to the loft as I was going to use it, properly use it.

At the start of the year I begun messing around with patchwork and applique. Nothing of any particular standard to begin with but fun and interesting.

four  nine square's made into a larger piece of work.

My next piece was a useful item, a cover for my sewing machine. 

My next project was more ambitious, too ambitious probably, and whilst I really liked the top I could not manage to get the back quilted in the way I had envisioned. It brought together a lot of new to me techniques.  I was going to throw it away. But my SIL gave it a home and really likes it, as she says she does not look at the back anyway.
 I experimented with cathedral windows and various other pieces of work. 

But having decided to go to smaller pieces for work for a while  I made a not so perfect piece of applique for Spud's first birthday, a doll blanket. 

These seemed to be a hit with friends and people ordered them and I decided to make for for can see more of what I made here. 

At this point I decided I wanted to try something different. Was finding a lot of ideas on Pinterest that \I wanted to try. Something to add texture and dimension to what I was doing. But as my machine is a fairly basic model some of the ideas were beyond the capabilities. 

As I do not have the money to spare to buy a more upmarket model I decided to look at adding accessories to the machine I have to make it more versatile. As quilting is something I want to try more off I purchased items to enable me to do this. 

My first choice was a set of various types of feet. This included a few items I have yet to use but the walking foot and quilting foot are fairly essential for doing quilting. It comes with a leaflet explaining what each foot does and you will find tutorials like this one one youtube to help you grasp the basics of each foot. 

Next I decided to get an extension table to add on to my machine to make it easier to make larger items. 

This was used for my first king size scrap quilt I have made. The table enables you to spread the weight more evenly and I find it helps to balance the quilt out and makes the sewing more even.

my quilt on the table

I also looked at a few differing accessories to enhance my quilting. One of these items is a free motion foot. Again I have found youtube videos on how to use them but I have to admit defeat with this one, no matter what I tried I could not get my bottom thread to have any tension, it just  looked all lumpy and bumpy. I did try changing my tension and stitch length but no matter what I tried with it I was not happy with the results.

the backs were loopy

The final accessory I added was a flower stitch foot. This is great as it works with the patterns you have built into your machine.  Again there are many online tutorials, I liked this one. I had a lot of fun playing with this attachment, trying out the different stitches in different colours.

I had to google how to attach the foot to my machine and the first time it took me a while to work it out, I initially found it awkward, but once you get use to it it becomes easy enough.

This was my first attempts at using the flowers, I have not finished any of the ends off on here so they look a bit untidy. Different stitches produce different sizes, and the attachment itself makes three different sizes with an easy slide across to change the size.

I have used the flowers to enhance a quilt I made for a friends baby.

As you can see it is possible to achieve more with the machine you have just by adding accessories, it is not always necessary to buy new if you are on a budget.

The flower attachment and the free motion foot was given to me by Toyota, the table and set of feet were purchased by myself.

Monday, 27 November 2017

What makes for good Retirement Hot Spots?

As we approach another new year, it might be time to start looking for places to retire to and enjoy the rest of your life without any stresses or worries. Here in Britain retirees can look forward to decades of active living, but the big question is – where? With the help of Stagecoach, providers of the Oxford Tube, we discover some of the best hot-spots for retirement in the UK.

Regional retirement

When we looked to see the trends of where most people put their feet up after a lengthy time working, we could see that the South West had the largest retirement percentage with 19.6% in total. Followed by Wales, with 18.4% and then the East of England with 17.5%. From this, we can see that the top three retirement regions were at the bottom of the country – we wonder why and aim to find out.

In fourth place came the North East, with 17.3%. At fifth place the South East region came in with 17.2% of retirees. Closely followed was the East and West Midlands, the East Midlands had 17.1% of retired people whereas the West Midlands had 16.9%.

In eighth place came Scotland with around 16.8% of workers retired. From the North West which scored a 16.6% of retirees, we can see a continuous drop in the percentages of retirement hotspots. Yorkshire and The Humber had the same as Scotland, scoring 16.6%. Followed came Northern Ireland with 14.6% of retirees and finally, London with 11.1%.

Overall, 16.4% of the UK is retired and longer living is the cause. As 65 was once the retirement age for workers in the UK, at the time, 9.2 million across both England and Wales are over the age of 65 leading to a one in six people over the age of 65 rate. However, the retirement age is on a continuous climb and currently stands at 67.

Best places to retire
The options are endless when it comes to retirement, from city spaces to rural areas and even seaside locations – there are plenty of hotspots here in Britain that will make your retirement more enjoyable. In our list, we look at what factors contribute into making them a great place for retirement, from activities in the area, to transport link and what the community is like.

Chichester, West Sussex
This is one popular location for people moving swiftly into their retirement as it brings an idyllic vision that most retirees have to life. With Georgian architecture throughout the city, it’s definitely a place with a lot of culture and art attractions to visit. There are a lot of markets that are held in Chichester, allowing the residents to be brought together on a regular basis and endorse that community spirit. With this being in the south, it has great transport links to London and Gatwick, allowing those in retirement to venture in and out of the capital if they want to immerse themselves into a busier culture or to even jet around the globe on their next holiday.

Cromer, Norfolk
If you’re looking to add a bit of colour to your retirement years, there’s no better option that Cromer in Norfolk. With the sandy beaches and light blue ocean reflecting onto the colourful buildings in the town, you’ll wake up with a smile on your face every morning. This town is famous for its long pier which is home to the Pavilion Theatre, the theatre has regular productions highlighting its enthusiastic arts culture with productions from all over the country -  allowing retirees to stay in the town rather than venturing out to see the same production they think might only be available in a popular city. This town has tight transport links in and out of Norwich including busses and rail.

Newcastle upon Tyne, North East
If you’re looking for a place full of smiling people, Newcastle upon Tyne might be your best bet! Named ‘the happiest place to live in the UK’ by the European Commission, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t be able to love your days of relaxation in this city. Whatever you’re interested in, the chances are that Newcastle has it – from the Baltic Art Centre to over 300 cafes and pubs and even over 92 parks and churches to visit during your time off. If you’re looking to venture out of the city, whether this is abroad or to other places in the country, there’s Newcastle Airport that does both long and short haul flights, as well as Central Station that sits closely in the city for anyone wanting to travel by train.

What makes a good retirement?
It can sometimes be difficult to know the key ingredients that make up a happy retirement. However, some that we found make complete sense and are achievable by any retiree. One of the main factors is affordability – you want to enjoy your retirement and now have to worry about having spare money to spend after paying your bills. You want to make sure that you can lead your life and not worrying about the cost, that means heading to the theatre every now and then or even treating yourself to an item in one of your favourite stores. Another aspect of retirement that people should look at is the amount of activities that you are able to carry out can also have an impact on how good your retirement becomes – you don’t want to move to a place where much isn’t going on!

So, where will you be retiring to? A coastal area with a great view of the beach? A city like Newcastle with all the essentials you need? Or a rural village where you can participate in regular walks in the sun?

This is a collaborative post

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Project 365 week 47


Hubby had agreed to have Bob a while ago, as DD1 was going into the light switch on as the twins were suppose to be dancing as part of the entertainment. Sadly neither of them wanted to go up and dance.  Bob and I sat and watched Fantastic Mr Fox on Netflix while hubby got on with the job of running electricity to his shed.


Made some chicken fried rice for tea quick and easy after the gymnastics run.


The twins turned four today, Minky got his black cake that he wanted and Dinky got her pink sparkly one.


Manged to slowly bit by bit get some sewing done on my latest quilt. Have decided it is not long enough for a bed so going to add another row on the end to make it longer. The darker side is intended for the top. The extra row may take a while but the quilt is a present for Christmas so got a while to work on it.


Off for my first session of physio. She diagnosed an impeached nerve and has given me some exercises to do, three times a day every day for the rest of my life. Takes less than a five minutes every day and this can be split up in 15 seconds sessions just to do as and when. To go back in two weeks for another session.


DD2 and Ziggy were suppose to be down at the weekend for a few days but could not make it, so they turned up last night instead for a few days. She was putting her baba in the chair ready to be fed.

Not sure if it was related to yesterdays physio but my arm was sorer than it has been for a week. Far to painful to move again.


I had a phone call during the week to say I had won a competition to take a child along to "meet and help Santa". So I put Minky's name forward and today I took him along. . The meet was a bit lacking to say the least and there was no helping, it felt like it was rushed and Santa was in a hurry to get away.  But he got a present of paw patrol goodies and a bag of sweeties so he was happy with the outcome. We all went but it was cold and miserable so we did not hang around long afterwards, though Dinky was happy she got to meet Paw Patrol after they came off the stage.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Project 365 week 45 and 46.


No overtime so home to see what hubby has been up to in the shed. Emptying off one into here so he can dismantle and possibly repair the small one.


Getting very chilly round here now, time to bring the heaters out of the loft.Electric blanket on the bed as well.


Had a few pretty sun rises this last wee while. Sadly nothing round here to line it up with.


Been cutting out and ironing squares ready for my next project. Easier this way as can just randomly go and do small amounts of sewing at a time.


Spotted these, being sold in a charity auction so I put a bid in on them and won them. Approx 2 inches tall but I liked them.


Had not been feeling well all week, had come to the conclusion I had a urine infection, So tablets from the GP should help. Unfortunately between pains in my stomach and needing to pee every ten or fifteen minutes I was not far from the door apart from going to the GP.


I had been doing some sewing earlier in the day, took a break to get something to eat and within an hour my arm was starting to ache. The ache got worse and it got to the stage I could not move my arm, could not lift it, could not do anything with it.The pain got worse and worse so I phoned the local out of hours doctors and eventually got an appointment for 6.45pm. They were running late and time I got seen an hour later to be honest I would have happily let him send me to the morgue if it stopped the pain. He diagnosed a frozen shoulder, strange expression when it feel like somebody is drilling into the top half of arm with six red hot pokers. Even had to get hubby to take my t-shirt off and put it back on for me so he doctor could examine me. Pain was worse than labour.
I was given an injection of Pethidine that was suppose to tide me over night and a prescription for 30/500 co-codamol. Injection spaced me put but would not say it relieved the pain.

This was as much sewing as I got done. Was hoping to have it finished by next weekend but looking unlikely now. This is the front and back of what will be four squares and another five will compliment it to make a king size quilt.


Had no sleep, could not get comfy no matter how I lay. Hubby picked up the prescription for me but they did not really touch the pain either.
Fifi was doing a reading in church on behalf of the Cadets and Bob was in the flag party for the Scouts.
Not easy to take pictures when you cant use one arm so not the best pictures going.


Made a phone call to Occupational Health to get onto a waiting list for physio. Not expecting to be seen before Christmas, but when you work for the NHS you may as well take advantage of the specialists.
Had Spud round for a while while DD1 ran hubby to Kilmarnock to pick something up that would not fit in our car.
She had a lot of fun playing with the tea pot and cups. Really nice to have her without the twins she is so much calmer without them and nice to get time to play with her as usually Minky demands most of your time and attention.


Third sleepless night in a row, so back to GP for something stronger for over night.Having to get hubby to do the driving as I cannot move my arm well enough to reach the steering wheel and too spaced out on pain killers to be able to drive safely.
 These new tablets were not a good match, upset my stomach, made me really dizzy and spaced out, and I was up half the night vomiting with them. Made me feel truly dreadful. Back to the paracetamol it is.

We stopped at the local garage for petrol, hubby has been doing all the driving in the last few days and I have not been in the car, and it never enters his head to put petrol in,. but the garage owner was saying he has had a frozen shoulder in the past and he found a massage helped, very painful but helped to unknot the tension. So I remembered that I had a tens machine that I won many years ago and have never used, so I got it out and have been using four or more times a day since. Hopefully it is doing more good than harm.


One of the oldies in the complex I do holiday relief cleaning in went into a nursing home just over a year ago, the family have eventually sold the house. I had been promised some crafting books and some other bits and pieces. One of the items was the small chest or drawers that had a lot of cottons, a few measuring tapes, few pairs of scissors and a few things I did not recognise I asked about on Facebook. A lot of interesting bits and pieces in the craft book.


Got a letter through from the physio dept to phone and make an appointment, So phoned them and they offered me all the outlying areas to choose from, and as they are all pretty much the same distance from me I just asked for the first available appointment, got one for next Thursday. Pleasantly surprised how soon it was nut not complaining. Meanwhile I will use the exercises the GP gave me on Tuesday.


Been a long boring week with little sleep and not able to do much. So I manged to try out a few  crochet stitches I have not tried before. Not sure that I will ever make anything with the patterns as not sure they would stay square as they get bigger, but may well try it at some point.


Fifi turned 15 today. Happy Birthday Fifi. She is turning into a very pleasant young lady who makes us all proud with what she achieves. Did get a picture of her with her cake but her and her two pals had been using face masks before we got there and she still had it on, so you have the cake without Fifi in the picture.