Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy Hogmanay

While the cats away....Ok the cats are all here, but the kids are away.
Went out today and got chicken food, cat food and rat food. For us we got a load of party food, as tomorrow we're having a Pirates of the Caribbean day. Watching all 3 films with breaks for nibbles. Can't wait.






Yummy!!

I've aso joined 4 swaps and 1 CAL. Fill-a-mug swap, Chocaholic unanimous rnd 4, friendship granny rnd 9 on craftster and valentine vampire swap on ravelry. Let the swappage begin!!!!

Busy, busy , busy January. Looking forward to it.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

Had a ball this Christmas. Everyone loved their presents. My DD got heaps of video games and a huge amount of Lego and she's dead chuffed. My DS got an xbox 360, wii games, an mp4 player and headphones...oh yes and a little torch that he's over the moon with. My OH got torches, mp3 player, beer, book, dock for sata drives and sweeties he was also over the moon.

Here's the tree



This is our white twig fibre optic tree. Cost about £20 3 years ago and we still love it.
and my presents.



I've been wanting to try Hendricks Gin for an age (too expensive for me to buy). It's very yummy. The diesel perfume is lovely and that fab yarn is dying for me to find a project for it.
Got a fabby MP4 player from my Dad and those gorgeous Skull Candy headphones from my OH (very happy). The cook book is absolutely excellent, some really great recipes in it (from my DD), my mum and I had a food look through it and she's thinking about getting one for herself. We also got some nice bedding which you can see in the next picture.

One of my Friendship granny swap packages went missing in the post, so I made another set for my partner and sent them today. So I thought Id photograph the squares I've been sent. Here they are.



Too much flash, but you get the idea. That's our xmas bedding underneath, it's yummy and black (thanks Mum). Gandalf seems to like it too.

So I've had a great time, but yesterday I was sad. My DS, who's 15 heading rapidly for 16 left school recently and yesterday he heading off to spend some time with his Grandad. Grandad is 82 and hasn't been keeping well. So my DS has decided that he's going to help look after Grandad, help him around the house and learn some of Grandad's skill with cars. I think it's a fab idea, but it basically means he's left Home. I blubbered alot. Pathetic really, but I'm going to miss him.
He left me a fab message on this silly can I got for Xmas. You leave a spoken message on it and everytime you open the fridge it plays the message. My DS said "I love you Mum", this made me smile and cry even more.
Off course then my ASS of a OH wiped it to put his on his own message....so I beat him with a pointed stick until his was bloody.....well I didn't, but at the time I wanted too. Silly man, just didn't get my saddness.
Anyway I have a blissful week with just me, the OH and the animals. I want to do some crafting, some tidying and....well not sure I'll have time for much else.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

12 month CAL COMPLETE

WEE HEE!!!!
All done.



I was worried that it would be just messy looking with all the colour changes.....but I think the black has brought it all together. I love it and will definitely be joining the 2009 CAL

I received my latest set of squares from the friendshipghan. These are from Sunspotted in Canada. They'll look fab with the rest of my squares.



So we had cat under squares and now we have cat-in-a-box.



Mad moggy. He loves my new blanket.
If you look closely at the first pic you'll see an aquarium hidden in the background. We got it from Freecycle last week. It's somewhat fishless atm as you need to have it up and running for a week before introducing any fish. It's all very exciting and I can't wait to get some fish in it.

We're going to start of with about 3 Sunburst Platys.

Then we'll add:

A Haplo Catfish



Some Fancy Guppys:



Some Dwarf Gouramis



and some Neons



Can't wait to get some colourful fish and then I can have a go at photographing them...Should be fun.

Finally you must check out Roobeedoo's blog she's a sock queen, so has lots of fab crafty projects on the go and the other day she posted a recipe for sticky ginger cake. I made some and OMG!!!! It's absolutely yummy. It's a batter type recipe that doesn't rise much, but you end up with the most succulent ginger cake...YUMMY!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cold, Cold, Cold, Cold, Cold

Blinking flip, I wish I had enough money to pay all my bills and heat my house!!!

Anyway Moan over.

Had a lovely trip to delgatie Castle, for a craft fare and a visit with Santa. Has enlivened my enthusiasm for spinning, so I'm determined to get my wheel fixed and make some yarn. Also I want a blue faced leicester sheep.....need to get a bigger garden though.
Also got me in the christmas mood, so I've been listening to Christmas Songs. This is one of my favourites:



and started making some decorations.

Snowflake No. 1

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Taggage

Meme!

Samsara let me know that she'd tagged me with this meme, so here we go!


The Rules:

1) Link to your tagger and list all these rules in your blog.

2) Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

3) Tag 7 people at the end of your post by including links to their blogs

4) Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

The Facts:

1. I've had my belly button pierced for 12 years.

2. I'm a crazy cat lady, would have heaps if I could afford it. Content with 4 atm.

3. I hate driving in the snow/ice.

4. I'm a big vampire fiction fan, read loads of vampire books and love to watch them on TV. Don't believe in them or anything, but love the myth.

5. I have an honours degree in Health Sciences

6. I'm a really bad housewife, but a fantastic cook.

7. I'm a highlander and proud of it.


Okay, so who shall I tag now?? Well, I think that Purpledragon, FWS, and roobeedoo will take part.Oh dear that's all I can think of, two other friends have already been tagged. Anyway, as always, your participation is completely voluntary, so if you don't want to take part, I completely understand, but if you do, well, hurray! And if I haven't tagged you and you want to take part, then feel free to copy the rules over to your blog and let me know so that I can come and take a squizz!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Virtual Pigs

One of my fellow NEEPS rears his on Berkshire pigs. This year he has been let down majorly by buyers, so has made a deal with some of us NEEPS and he is going to rear the pigs for us and we'll pay the costs, then he's going to take them to slaughter and we'll do the rest.
I've decided that I'm going to cut up my own pig. So Saturday I spent ages with another NEEP who rears pigs and did her very own one. We scoured the river cottage books looking at the butchering and curing of pork.
I really want to dry cure bacon, make my own sausages and also my own salami and chorizo. I'm really looking forward to it. I know sounds very morbid, but I know how the pigs has been reared and I will know exactly what is in my own sausage, bacon, pork etc. Plus I know it'll taste so much better as it will all be home made.
Here's to virtual pigs



This is stoney's blog if you want to read about a guy who's working the land, rearing his own life stock and who I'd want on my side if SURVIVORS really happened.

Well as our old freezer crapped out a few months ago we invested in a new one, new to us anyway. Cost us £20 and is now taking pride of place in my hall Whoo hoo. It works too.
Anyway that's what I did with my weekend. Which off course is nothing like I planned. I wanted to finish some stuff for my pregnant colleague, make Christmas cards and wrap some presents!!!
Did have a fun crafting evening on Friday night and managed to get a fair bit of my fleece/crochet baby blanket done. I'll finish it tonight.
Also I managed to take the kids to Tolquhon Castle, a lot of Historic Scotland sites were free yesterday to Celebrate St. Andrews day, so we took a wee jaunt over to Tarves and had a wonder around. Some Pics:






It was a very chilly crisp day, but the kids had great fun running around the castle.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Busy, busy, busy

Blinking flip, been all over this week with work and have not had any time to myself. Ok maybe I've had a little time, but it's not been much and I've tried to make sure I did some crafting.

OH had his CT scan, so we're awaiting results now.

I finished my squares for the 7th rnd of the friendshipghan swap. Actually I finished them last weekend and I have had no time to get to the PO so they're still sitting waiting to be posted.

I started a very silly hat last night. No pattern, just a wee idea from Ravelry.
So far it looks like:




No idea how it's going to look, but hey it's a bit of fun.

I've only got one square to do in my 12" CAL 2008.
Here's October



and December



This one's not finished off yet as I need to check it's 12". I did it on the train to Dundee this morning and didn't have room to measure it properly.

Just have to do November now.

And here's for some AWWness are my two little sun worshipers.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Not my Year

It really just isn't my year.
My Dear OH is in hospital having tests after a seizure.
Oh my goodness, it was so scary. Fingers crossed that they figure out what the problem is/was.
Send him get well thoughts please.

Tell you what, with all the death, illness and general crap that's been going on this year. I have my fingers crossed that next year will be a blast (in a good way).

Here's the latest addition to the family:





This is Gandalf, he's a rehome due to an unsympathetic landlord. He's around 2yrs old and still has a little bit of the kitten in him, even though he's huge. Cute huh?

Only 2 more squares to do before my 12" CAL blanket is complete. Off course there is the sewing up to be done.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Happy Halloween

EE BY GUM, life is just so busy atm. No time to blog. No time to carve pumpkins, but did manage to get my little DD all costumed up for Halloween.

Guess who?



If you're not sure, it's Jason From Halloween. The mask and machete are homeish made and I bought her the boiler suit. Which I'm Ok about as she can use it to help painting etc.

Apart from that I'm working on wrist warmers for myself as it's blinking freezing and I've started my DD's Hoodie for Christmas. It's a 70's Wendy pattern, which I'm doing on circular needles and so far it's going rather well.

Dad is out of Hospital and doing well. He's got oxygen at Home and is using it a bit, but the Dr's say that it can take up to 6 weeks until he's back to his old self.

We're inundated with Cats atm. We got a new Boy cat called Gandalf from Freecycle. He's a beauty, but still a bit unsure. We've also got my Auntie's cats temporarily, as she's moving house. The Tom is a minx and keeps on trying to escape. He wants to be on the outside and the other one is a little black girl who is just a little sweetie.

Finally got my OWS 38 stuff finished and sent. I was so pleased with it. I basically made Sullengal a flapper set. Hat, gloves and scarf.





All crocheted.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Long Weekend

Well It's the October break so I've decided to take a couple of days off work and chill.

Dad update:
Spend last weekend at Dad's bedside. He went from being on the large O2 mask onto the smaller one and then finally onto the into nose one. He was on Monitors, syringe antibiotics and and bagged. By the time I left he was moved into the General medical ward and completely off all monitors. By the middle of the week they took away his bag and he was getting up to go to the toilet himself. SO things are looking great.

On the way to Inverness on last Friday some guy in a Landrover Discovery with a loaded trailer plough across the road and totalled my car and the car behind me. I wasn't a happy bunny.
Oh well I'm perfectly Ok and that's Ali that counts.

I put a post on NEEPS with all the stuff I've made lately. Go have a looksie Latest Creations Didn't realise how much I've made. Most of it has been crochet.
I've still got one of my OWS rnd 38 swaps to complete, it's really late, but I've told them all my difficulties and promised that it should be in the post on Monday. It's one of those situations that it would have taken me the full two weeks to make anyway and with all the diving up to Inverness I just haven't had the time to complete it.

I'm Working on my 12" CAL blanket. Only 3 months left to go. This is what it looks like so far:



I'm also swapping for my friendshipghan and these are the squares so far. This is so going to be my blanket.



I've also been receiving heaps of swap goodies.
This is the fab stuff I got from Snowday in my first Ravelry swap.




I also got some great chocolate, red crochet hooks and a felted lapel pin. Although I think I've lost my hat to my OH he thinks it's fabulous.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Heart Attack

OMG there are some things you will never prepare for.
My Dad had a heart attack on Friday. He's 82 and a lively, upbeat guy. He's been dealing with a lung problem for 10 years and this has slowed him down alot, but he's still full of life.
I was so scared. I'm so not ready to say goodbye to my dad. Even if he can be the most annoying nag in the world. I love him to bits.
The good news is that they caught in quickly and they're happy that his heart didn't get damaged. He's still in Hospital, but they're hoping he'll be home by the end of the week.
So big hugs and keep wells to him.

I'm now behind in swaps and i have loads of pics to post as I got some great swap packages recently.
Been a crap weekend, with the heart attack, full of the cold (AGAIN!!! I'm never ill) and it's back to work in the morning. I need a holiday and for people and animals around me to stop dying and getting ill.
Oh yes and one of my rats, my favourite Isis, has a tumour. She's on her way out, so she's getting lots of playing time and cuddles, even though it makes me sad. Life really sucks sometimes and old age doesn't do us any favours.
OK I'm going to drag my sorry ass to bed and read some vampire romance to cheer me up.
night night.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Foraging

ME and the little one went for a walk today and took a couple of wee buckets. We came home with some brambles, some rowan berries and some chanterelles.
So tomorrow I'm making bramble whisky liquer and rowan chutney




Was reading someones post on Craftster about making cinnamon rolls and I thought yummy, but it was late in the afternoon and no way was I going to start off dough, so I did a search on the web for cinnamon recipes and found Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies perfect I thought. They have cinnamon in them and I just happen to have a couple of way past their best bananas in the kitchen.

They turned out very scrummy.




I also found a recipe for Cappuccino Muffins. They sound scrummy, so I'm making them tomorrow.

My kitchen has had a little change. I got a ceiling mounted pan hanging thingie from Freecycle ages ago. It sat in my hall for yonks and i finally decided to bite the bullet and hang it.



Doesn't it look great. Me and the OH have our fingers crossed that it stays up there. :o)

signed up for two more OWS claims> Argghh i need to hold myself back sometimes. My knitted bag is coming along nicely ( for OWS 38) and I'm busy working on 8" squares,as I'm now doing them for OWS 38 and the friendshipaghan.
Better get on with the crochet.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Brrrr!!

It's got so cold here. Winter is upon us, as is the blinking rain.

We lost our Buffy yesterday. He was our one surviving chick from last year. I really think silkies are not suitable to the wet Scottish weather. My poor DD was quite upset. I think I'm a bit numb. I'm really fed up with animals dying, bad weather and the like. I'm already missing the sun.

My OWS 38 package I sent to Kartiana arrived. I love the hat I sent her. Unfortunately i didn't use a pattern so I'm not sure how I would replicate it.



I also sent her a wee hedgehog pincushion and a bangle inspired by her wists.



I'm busy working on a couple of things for the OWS 38, plus I need to have 4 8" squares done for the friendshipghan. Then I decided that I should actually learn to knit two socks at a time using my newly acquired (via OWS) circle socks needles. Arghh must be mad.
This is how I'm getting on.



Made quinoa bread, Cinnamon and raisin bread and leek and potato soup Today. All minimum effort with the help of my slow cooker and bread machine. I love express bake.

Discovered a fab romance writer Nan Ryan So far I've read two of her books and loved them. I've already booked some more from the library.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

So to top of the pain of loosing my darling cat, I then got struck down with a cold. Fortunately it has only lasted a couple of days and I'm well on the road to recovery. I think it was all due to that massive amount of blubbering I did.
Still talking about my cat, brings tears to my eyes. I try very hard to put it to the back of my mind and focus on other things. Then smack it hits me whilst making dinner or some such normal task.

Anyhoo I thought I'd post some of the items I've finished recently. Unfortunately i don't have pics of it all, as my batteries and I are still not talking. I have sent away for some new ones though.

This is a wine bottle cosy that I sent as part of an OWS rnd 37 swap. I love it. It's the first real piece of freestyle crochet I've done.




Here's a hat I just finished for my DS.



I also made another hat and some gloves for samsara in the OWS rnd37



Hmm not my nails. Pretty Nails Samsara!!

Samsara also claimed me in the OWS rnd37 for crochet stitch markers and a wisty surprise.
These are the markers. So very cool and so my taste. I've been using them too. :o)



My wisty surprise was just as fantastic. Lookie a dragon necklace.



it's been around my neck since I got it.

Anyway I have a swap on ravelry to finish, I've just volunteered to make a handbag in the latest OWS. Gee must be mad. They want one with a mushroom theme and I've got a quilting design in one of my books that will be perfect. Hey I like to stretch myself when swapping (argghhh).

Oh yes and I'm still reading up a storm. I jumped on the Twilight bandwagon and just loved the book. So I bought the first 3 with my amazon tokens.
Started reading Christine Feehan's carpathian Novels. The first one being Dark Prince me likey and if you like that you'll also like J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series starting with Dark Lover and Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series. Do you notice a trend? Ok I don't just read vampire books. I do have major run ins with fantasy, murder/mystery and Bodice rippers (tee hee). Loving Naomi Novik Temeraire series. Not an ounce of bodice ripping in there.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Heart Broken

Our beautiful, lazy, big Tom had to be PTS today.
Thomas went missing for over a week, although this is nothing unusual. He turned up the other night and was beyond poorly. OMG he was so unwell.
He managed to make it through the window and up the stairs. We found him next day sleeping on the couch.
We took him to the vets today.
About 4pm the vets told us that it was no good, he was suffering from Kidney failure and the best thing would be to let him go.
I have been beyond it since then.
At around 4:30pm we went to the local garden center and bought a rose. this one. It's called wildfire and it's SO inappropriate. My lovely poopie cat was so soft, large and laid back the last thing you would call him was a wildfire.
At 5:40pm we went to the vets for our final goodbye. I got a good cuddle and bubble and a purr, then I left the OH and my DS too it. I just couldn't stay until the end. They tell me he went peacefully, purrring to the end.
We took him home and dug a hole in the garden. Laid him gently in it and planted the rose.
I promise to post pics when it flowers.

6 hours later I'm still blubbering. I'm pathetic and I know that he is much better off. I'm thankful he came home and we could ease his pain. It's me I'm blubbering for. I miss him.
I miss the whole extra place he took on the bed. Heck he thought he was adult human size. I miss the loud purring he did, used to have to tell him to shut up, so I could get some sleep. I miss the fact that he was such a Daddy's boy, but still he slept on my side of the bed because daddy is such a restless sleeper.
I miss Thomas!!
RIP My Lovely Poopie Cat.