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Back Stories

  • February 5, 2014 1:09 pm

Ever since I got my first doll house about 8 years ago, I’ve always felt that each house needed its own back story so that it could be decorated and furnished correctly.


With my first house, I went with something easy — late Victorian. There’s a ton of stuff you can buy for houses in this era. In fact about 90% of the merchandise out there is aimed at Victorian houses. Same with all of the DIY books. So it was hardly surprising that this house was decorated and furnished pretty quickly and easily.

3.5 Years and Counting…

  • October 31, 2013 9:12 am

It’s almost 4 years since K was diagnosed a chronic pain problem. And it’s come back — yet again — with a vengeance. Had we known, in 2009, that this would still be happening in 2013, I’m not sure what we would have done.

For the past 4 weeks, he’s been maxed out on pain meds and still unable to even move around the house most days without support. Three times, we’ve all worked hard (K included) to try & get him back into school — to no avail. Each time, he can only manage about 2 hours before the pain stops him from being able to concentrate or even take in what a teacher is saying. He is so exhausted trying to cope with the daily pain that he’s sleeping 12 — 13 hours a night and yet still doesn’t have the energy to walk very far.

Currently, the pain levels he has to deal with would floor the average, unprepared, adult.

Fecking VirginMedia!

  • October 30, 2013 8:13 pm

Get the sense that I’m just ever so slightly annoyed? Last Friday morning, our ISP — in their infinite wisdom — decided to carry out a little unplanned “maintenance” which involved disconnecting everything without warning. TV, phone, broadband — the lot. OK — so we were cool with that once we’d tried contacting them and got the “We’re doing some maintenance” message (or the “We are trying to fix a fault in your area” message — it seems to have been pot luck as to which “reason” you were given). We were even really chilled out when we still didn’t…

And now it’s tropical fish

  • September 11, 2013 4:21 pm

Well the new goldfish only lasted a few weeks. So we then had a £50 empty tank. After a few weeks research, we decided to try tropical fish instead. The tank was thoroughly cleaned (cleaning gravel is not fun), a new tank thermostat/heater was bought (yet more expense) and the empty tank allowed to cycle for a week. Next on the agenda was a visit to the local fish shop (henceforth known as the LFS) where we came away with 4 balloon mollies, one betta ( aka Siamese Fighting fish) and a tiny albino cory. As I anticipated, muggins here…

We have a new pet!

  • June 9, 2013 7:43 pm

Last Saturday morning, K went to a summer fair at the local youth club. A couple of hours later, he returned — looking slightly guilty — with one hand behind his back and a story about winning a prize at one of the fair booths. Eventually, the hand came out from behind his back to reveal a goldfish!

How the hell…

  • March 24, 2013 8:52 pm

… do you manage to catch flu twice in 6 weeks?

Frankly, the timing couldn’t have been worse. R left for a 10-day (work related) visit to the US last Monday afternoon. 36 hours later, I developed a tickly cough. By the end of the day, it was pretty obvious that I had The Flu II.

Hmm… What to make?

  • February 19, 2013 8:27 pm

I recently managed to score over 600 yards of Ice Yarn’s Angora Design — a sports weight mixture of wool, acrylic and angora — in shades of cream, greens and reds. Now I just have to figure out what to make with it. Any suggestions?

Cabled V-neck Cardigan

  • February 18, 2013 7:54 pm

I’ve been meaning to post this pattern for ages. I actually created the pattern last year but kept forgetting to publish it. Having created a cabled jumper for K in 2010, I had decided it was about time I created something cabled for myself. I flirted briefly with the Karisma Cardigan but absolutely hated the pattern, so I went back to basics and created my own pattern instead.

School Play

  • February 5, 2013 10:13 pm

K has a part in his first major school play. The play is Beauty & the Beast and will, I assume, be a musical.

He had an audition about two weeks ago (when he was apparently told that he had a beautiful voice) and found out that he’d been given a part a few days later. Rehearsals are now about to start in earnest with the play scheduled for performances in July.

Flower Clips

  • February 4, 2013 9:45 pm

I recently bought some hair clips to try and keep my rather unruly curls out of my face with the idea of adding crochet flowers to each of them. There are lots of patterns for sweet little crocheted flowers out there but not much on actually attaching the flower to the clip. Glue seemed messy (and knowing my luck, unlikely to be a permanent solution). I did find a pattern for creating a crocheted “clip hat” but was both fiddly and a little too bulky for my taste.