Crochet project this week was this little cardigan. Just need to wash it and it will be added to the pile for Knit For Peace.
I've also finished the blanket and added a few extra rows at the top and bottom to make it oblong.
I've spent a lot of the week while I've been sat crocheting thinking about Christmas. This week I've been concentrating on games which have become a favourite part of Christmas Eve at Number 38. I've come across a really simple one where a story is read which includes lots of the words LEFT and RIGHT. Somebody starts off holding a present and every time the words are said the present has to be passed either left or right. Whoever is holding the present when the story is finished gets to open it.
Sienna stayed with us Friday night and we've now added a travel cot to our collection of baby things. I'd forgotten just how much noise babies make even when they're asleep. It was like having a little piglet at the end of the bed with the amount of snuffling and grunting she did in her sleep.
My Prima magazine arrived this week and I decided to try a rosti-topped chicken recipe from it. I shan't be bothering again. Mine didn't look anything like this and when I made it I realised it was basically a chicken pie filling with grated potato on top. The filling was OK but I'd have preferred it inside pastry, so next time I'll just make a chicken pie.
There was a major catastrophe at Lidl this week. Their ovens weren't working and the bread and cake baskets were bare so I had to forgo my vanilla crown! I did spot this lovely tin though, pretty enough with nothing inside it, but the added bonus is it's full of shortbread.
Mark went down to London again but he was under strict instructions not to bring any Turkish delight back with him. Instead I chose 2 bags of chocolates from Thorntons when I was in Bury; Cappuccino and Sicilian Lemon. I have one of each every night and if I'm feeling particularly generous will pass one over to Mark. It's like feeding a donkey strawberries though because he shoves it all in at once whereas I nibble mine to savour it.
We took Mum to Wythenshawe hospital today to visit her brother who is having heart bypass surgery tomorrow. He should have had it done last week but for one reason and another it was delayed. Hopefully it will happen tomorrow so that he can start on his road to recovery. It amazes me how a heart bypass has become such a 'run of the mill' operation with a stay in hospital of no longer than 5 days expected.
Other snippets of our week can be seen on Instagram and include:
Amy dying her hair pink. She was aiming for a candy floss colour but it didn't work and she's spent most of the weekend washing it out. It might not have taken on her hair but what it has done is left an imprint of pink on my cream leather sofa where she's been sat. Not that easy to see on the photo but it's actually quite vivid.
I did another charity shop drop off and was pleased to see Thomas' wedding jacket I'd donated a couple of weeks ago set up on display as I often wonder if clothes just get all dumped together for a 'cash weigh in'.
I've started to buy ingredients for the Christmas cake which gets made on Stir Up Sunday which for anybody who's interested is on 20th November this year.
And I finally got around to sorting out my crochet and knitting patterns into some sort of order. Basically I've stuck a photo and printed off a pattern which I've inserted into a cheap photograph album.
I have a busy week ahead of me. Thomas is at physio on Monday. Amy is at the Doctors on Tuesday. Sienna is sleeping over again Tuesday night and won't go home until Wednesday evening. Thursday I need to pack and organise for a weekend away in the van. Friday I'm going shopping with Mum then straight from school will be setting off to Blackpool for the weekend.
I wasn't supposed to be doing this, but the monthly took too long and I forgot some things so I think weekly on a Sunday will be better.
Hope you've all had a lovely week.