Thursday, February 5, 2009

Another long weekend

I do love these long weekends. 3 days is so good.. a day to do housework and two days to do what I like... I bought some hollyhocks, coneflowers and a bunch of different flowers for my hanging basket. The painters have finished at last and I need to tidy up after them now. They are definitely boys grrr. They stood on my gardens and wiped out one block of succulents, one of my big ones has been broken so I need to replant that.

But priorities tomorrow is a sewing day. My friends husband is walking the Tongariro Crossing so we're going to sew. I have to be there at 8.30am.. .I am so easily pleased. Sewing is so creative and colourful and it keeps me enthusiastic. And it must be good for improving the mind... have so many ideas and there are so many mathematical sums to work out... yeah well, how many excuses do you need to sew quilts huh.

I'm going to put a bit more of my floral UFO together (you've seen before) and also some of my english allotment garden. Our garden at home was like an allotment. We didn't have a lot of lawn in our back yard, it was flowers and vegetables everywhere you looked. The front lawn was where we played cricket or skipping but a few years ago when my Dad retired he dug that up too and put a huge circular rose garden in the middle. In fact I found a very old photo of my Dad planting the flower garden and I'm going to put this into my quilt somewhere?.

My big girl was diagnosed with Tietze Syndrome and sadly it's another thing she'll have to live with for the rest of her life. Painkillers every day at the moment but at least it wasn't a heart attack. Thank God. She's such a beautiful soul. Cam is coming over to stay next weekend again and this will be fun. He is happy to do anything. He'll help me in the garden, he'll sew, he loves to cook and I'll take him to the pool etc again so we compromise. I love having quality time with them and hopefully my grandchildren will visit Nanny for many years to come.


Draffin Bears said...

How wonderful to see the photo of your dear Dad in his garden Karen.
Your and my parents had the best big gardens didn't they.
I can remember your Dads gladiolus and dahlias in the garden.

I hope that you and your friend have a fantastic day quilting.
We could get very used to these short working weeks!


Chris H said...

Sorry about your daughter's diagnosis, hope it doesn't impede on her life too much. She has been though so much already. Have fun sewing and gardening!