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Candlelight

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I haven't shut the curtains in the living room yet as the candle looks so cosy in the little house! I don't suppose it's visible from the outside as there's a motorbike in front of the window...  We took the dog out at half past one today, which is just ridiculously late, but after I had to drag him down the stairs on Wednesday to get him to come out at 9am, I've just left till he gets off Elder Son's bed. I do not need extra stress right now!  And there was freezing fog this morning, which is no good for my asthma lungs. When we had freezing fog in... November? (I'm sure it was late November rather than early December) I found it so hard taking the dog out. I can manage fog or I can manage low temperatures. But not both combined.  Anyway, the point is that there was still ice at the side of the river then. Just a bit chilly today. And misty.  I was taking Younger Son's socks off the clothes horse the other day, and no

Grey days

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So, here we are in lockdown again.  If you're getting a rescue dog, these are questions you need to ask the rescue centre: "Will this dog toilet in the garden? In the event of global pandemic and consequent lockdown and exercise restrictions, will this dog be able to manage with the resultant changes to the walk patterns we've established by then?  Where will we walk the dog if a global pandemic means we shouldn't put him in the car to go to the nearby woods for his walk?" Because, 2 & a half years ago, we didn't ask those questions! I know, I know - we really weren't ready for a dog if we didn't think to ask them.  (Photo from Christmas Day - Elder Son and doggie are on a path... Younger Son and I not having welly boots remained on the evidently slightly higher path!)  I'm furloughed, Elder Son is furloughed, Younger Son is still at college - but it's all online (which is probably easier if you're doing a course

Happy New Year 2021

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I got the action for happiness app last month, and this morning's action was to find 3 good things to look forward to this year.  I don't usually comment but I did today : walking & running (probably more walking!) 100 miles over January to raise money for our local Mind; celebrating family birthdays either in person or online; & knitting more socks to keep my feet warm in winter! Christina from A Colourful Life  reminded me yesterday that supermarkets usually have fresh yeast in them - I'd even seen it in Morrisons! But as I hadn't got round to getting any yet, I thought I'd better make bread to use some of the 16kg sack Elder Son bought from the farm shop... Used 2 tsp of sugar to 1 kg flour as well as salt, water & yeast, & proved it in the airing cupboard again, & it turned out well.  I made some mittens for Middle Sister to match her coat and was trying to get a cowl finished while the bread was proving no

Dough in the airing cupboard

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The last batch of bread I made didn't rise as well as usual, probably because its getting colder now. So I proved the dough in the airing cupboard & after an hour & a half, it was ready to knock back. So now it's in the loaf tins for the 2nd rise. I did notice the yeast says best before 2019, so that could also be a reason! Looking for fresher yeast could be tricky in the new lockdown though. Hopefully, I can get use out of the rest of this lot with more sugar, more yeast & more warmth. I was talking to Younger Son about the bread as he saw me checking the dough in the airing cupboard, & I said I'd put 2 teaspoons of sugar in the mix this time, & he said I was like subway ha ha.  ( Subway's bread is too sweet to count as bread in Ireland  & some has more than 10% sugar!!) Finished my grey socks so I'll do a post about them soon. Now all I have in my yarn projects is my jumper & a head wrap! I could do with some soc

No birthday party

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I really miss cooking and eating together, like people could before covid 19. It's Big Niece's 13th birthday next week, and as it's half term, we've had plenty of days we could have all met at my parents for a birthday celebration.  But that would be a minimum of 10 people. Maybe as many as 19 of us could have been there.  And yes, we're lucky, so far we're in tier 1 so up to 6 people could meet up. But I don't need a Maths GCSE to see that 10 is more than 6. (I don't have a Maths GCSE actually. I've got a Maths CSE, but if I wanted to do teacher training I'd need a Maths GCSE or equivalent & CSE Grade 2 doesn't count for that. I could have a GCSE Foundation pass, which wouldn't have been as hard to achieve as the CSE, and that would count. Or any O Level pass. Prejudice against CSEs, I think.) And we're also lucky, in that my parents and my siblings and our children are all geographically close enough that we can meet

Don't buy 400g balls of yarn...

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Progress on my  Lykke jumper by Rachel Sogaard  which is definitely an 'at home' project now. And a reminder to myself, 400g balls of yarn are hard to manage! (Though I suppose if I got a device & ran them into smaller yarn cakes, that might work?) I bought the yarn in lockdown, 3 balls of each colour as I'd seen  Jo from Three Stories High  planning a cable jumper & loved it, so got lots of aran yarn. Hobby craft having played a cunning trick that I fell for - for the jumper, I was going to need 3 x 400g balls of yarn, and it was buy 2, get 1 free... But paying for 2 balls of yarn was under the free postage, so if I paid for 4 balls of yarn I could have free postage (and after all, that was hardly any more than paying for the 3 balls that I'd planned to buy) so it just made sense to get 6 balls of yarn and then I could make 2 jumpers! And I do need more jumpers. And once I'd got the yarn, I carried on reading Jo's blog and found she was find

A little light gardening (on Saturday, but I lost the post into drafts...)

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Dog and I walked along the river this morning, up through the woods and back part the meadow.  More of the meadow is to be planted with wildflowers, I think. I will find out next year, I guess!  I was grumpy mummy this morning... After the exertion of music performance on Thursday, Younger Son was far too exhausted to go to college on Friday. Now, I'm sounding as though I'm being sarcastic there, but actually, I do get that he was exhausted - his autism makes things more anxiety-creating than it might be for someone without autism. And he gets so anxious about performances beforehand, there is so much that could go wrong! So he was exhausted. Of course, if he actually kept a good sleep routine, he might be less drained... Anyway, he didn't go to college, and as I'd gone to work before he was up, didn't know this till I got home just after 3pm. Of course, he hadn't actually contacted college to let them know he wasn