Saturday, 8 May 2010
I had to go and get my new specs yesterday, the time I'm afraid has come to admit that my arms are no longer long enough to read menus in restaurants, or letters, or maps and that squinting to see the computer screen with my eyes screwed up and my mouth open is not an attractive look... It was quite a shock though to find that I'm not only long sighted but short sighted too, how does that work? So basically I'm blind?!?! I need some for reading and close work, well I had gathered that, and another pair for driving (I'm still within the legal limits without but...) and watching tv. So I went to pick them up and invested in a new teapot at the same time (no, not from the optitions, just while I was in town.)

I returned to find one of those depressing red cards from the royal mail saying that they were holding my parcel hostage as it wouldn't fit through the letter box and I had dared to leave the house. There is nowhere to park near the sorting office and they have started opening at odd times (7am-11am on a Saturday??) - anyway that was worth the trip this morning as it was my new sewing box, not that I had an old sewing box but I couldn't resist this one- now I just need to learn to sew... I need help! I used to think people were kidding when they said they couldn't bake or couldn't cook- it's easy- just follow a recipe!! Then I tried to learn to sew. How hard can it be? You follow a pattern, you put two pieces of fabric together and sew... right?? I'm starting with a peg bag- what could be simpler? Why then can't I do it? What on earth is going on here?? (this is the underside - the top looks fine- it sews for a few inches then snares up and grinds to a halt- sorry about the rubbish photo my macro setting isn't working properly- technology is just getting the better of me today!) I have tried altering the tension in both directions and it just gets worse!

This however was all made up for as I had a parcel that did fit through the letter box...


What could it be?



Oh yummy all beautifully wrapped in pink tissue


Thank you so much Karen x (I love the postcards too! Very useful as book marks...) I know I said I was going to save it for Marrakech next month but I couldn't resist (I am now in trouble for reading instead of paying attention to Dr Who on iplayer...) but it has softened the blow of having to wear specs.

So, cheered up no end with my parcel - I made chicken stuffed with mozzarella, basil and tomato with new potatoes and salad and a lemon drizzle cake for tea- and Mr P and myself put ourselves on the outside of a lovely bottle of red wine and I read while he watched Dr Who. Not such a bad day after all. What is your favourite good mood food? Have a good weekend!

8 comments:

Blueberry Heart said...

hi there, thanks for dropping by, very nice to meet you! I think that new sewing box of yours is going to have to go on my 'covetables' list - love it! I am self taught at sewing too, it takes a while, lots of 'oh dears' shouted at random times but you'll get there. one little thing with my sewing machine I found was the little spool I kept putting in the wrong way round and my threads kept snagging like yours.
Happy sewing!
BH x

At home with Amy said...

Lovely parcel! and nice glasses! xxx

Tracey said...

Lovely specs. I've had to wear varifocals for a few years, I can't see damn all without them! If I were rich I'd have laser surgery. That food sound lovely! I like nothing better than a chinese.....coz that means I don't have to cook. xxx

bad penny said...

It happened to me last year - arms too short - getting the kids to read medicine bottles / package instructions. The opticien kindly said it was an age thing - thanks ! I like my glasses & I wore them to read Karen's book too ! I love her p'cards & stickers xx
We had a lovely bottle of red wine & then opened another - after that I couldn't read anything with or without glasses !

bad penny said...

PS - never could cook or sew - at 47 I thought I'd try to learn ! Hate threading needles - can't see even with specs. Hate following recipies - would rather chuck it all in the pot !

MrsP said...

I'm beginning to love my glasses, mainly because they are allowing me to see things!! It was the age implication that I wasn't struck with by my 12 year old optitian...
Its all these wonderfully talented bloggy people making gorgeous things for their homes that are making me want to sew- I will get there, MrP is getting ready for a "yet another waste of money" lecture about my pile of fabric, sewing machine and sewing box if I don't- so I better had...
Jx

Florence said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog & good luck with your peg bag.

Often when my machine does that it's because I haven't made sure that the bobbin case is pushed in very firmly and it pops out once I start sewing. Sometimes, it's easier just to do a quick re-thread rather than trying to fathom the problem (which will take less than 10 seconds once you're more familiar with your machine...but I do remember a time when it would take 10 minutes!)

Florence x

bad penny said...

Your comment about Houdini Hen made me laugh - how on earth does she get on the stable roof with clipped wings ? ! I have discovered a new talent with mine - raking through the compost heap ! They are doing such a fab job & it keeps them happy.
As for the weight thing, I carry all my weight round my tum / boobs otherwise I'm fine ! One friend has lost six stone through weightwatchers ( sadly she is going through a bitter divorce now so doesn't feel like celebrating her new look )
The weekly meeting is more of a social group ( we went to the cinema one week ! ) a way of keeping in touch with a group of friends & having fun - we are having a giggle planning a holiday - which isn't likely to ever happen !

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