... and a teddy bear.
Both ended up 'in bed' on this quilt top. I came across the design on the 'net and thought it was too adorable not to have a go at making. The quilt itself was easy to do, the girl and teddy took me out of my comfort zone, but I think they turned out OK.
I also have another quilting skill under my belt - a dresden. This is one of those designs that looks really effective without being too hard to do. I'm having a problem finishing it off though. I need a circle for the centre and after several attempts I'm not sure I can pull it off, so if any experienced quilters have an easy way of doing one please let me know. I was going to iron it before I took a photo but Sienna woke up so I didn't have time.
There was just one session of physio this week. Thomas spent a full hour in the gym and took a special liking to the rowing machine. It doesn't actually do anything for his leg but he wanted a go and the physiotherapist is very obliging.Sienna stayed with us Thursday evening. Sophie had a training day at work and even though she's on maternity leave she wanted to take part. I think the pull was adult conversation and drinks with colleagues at the end of the day. We've also been booked in to babysit New Year's Eve which is fine by us as we don't go out. Here she is in her chair helping me to peel carrots. She loves being high up so she can see what's going on.
I've done a little bit of baking this week. A simple Victoria sandwich always goes down a treat.As does a chocolate cake. I only make half cakes these days as one slice each seems to be enough for us. It's just a 4oz mixture baked in one tin and cut in half.
And this is one of those 'simple' meals we have at Number 38 where everybody has a variation on it. Good old sausage and mash. Mark has to have onions. Amy doesn't like them. I don't eat sausages so it's soup for me. And Thomas, as everybody knows, loves sausages but only with chips or waffles. Why keep things simple when they can be complicated!
I'd run out of reading material so picked up a couple of books in Bury. The Jenny Colgan one is the third in a series and is a really easy, loose ends tied up neatly, feel good read.
And this is for Thomas for Christmas. He loves facts and figures and it's full of interesting snippets about animals and why they do the things they do.
Mark and Amy are off to London on Tuesday. She's wanted to go with him for ages but the days have never been right for her. This time it's fallen in her favour.
There was a Year 6 SATS meeting at school this week. They do really with their results and are obviously keen to keep this up because all Year 6 pupils were sent home with these revision books on Friday. Personally I think too much emphasis is put on primary school exams but Thomas seems to be taking it all in his stride. In fairness to the school the Year 6 teachers and the Headteacher put in a lot of effort in their own time and as from next week will be holding classes before and after school for anybody who wants to attend for that extra boost.
Mum came round yesterday for our annual Christmas Cake making event. I've been using a Mary Berry recipe for a few years now and it's lovely, especially when it's had a good dose of whiskey added to it.
I love this tradition even though it can get a bit messy. We'd only been at the table 5 minutes and there was flour and mixed spices all over the place.
The grand finale is when everybody stirs in their portion of fruit and makes a wish. As soon as that's done Amy and Thomas wander off leaving me and Mum to tidy up.
Something happened on Thursday that made me a bit goosebumpy regarding Amy. A student at her college stabbed two other students in the chest and back in an argument about a girl! For the safety of all the students college went into lockdown and when they were finally allowed home they were told not to return until Monday. In a way I'm relieved it was an argument rather than somebody just going on a rampage. When Amy rang she was on her way home so it was all over and done with, otherwsie I'd have been sat here panicking about what was actually happening.
Anyway, moving on to something a little more light-hearted. Next time I blog it will be 3rd December! We usually put our tree up next weekend but I think I'm going to hold out for another week this year.
I'm also psyching myself up to do a daily 12 Days of Christmas blog but my 12 Days will start on 14th and finish on 25th. I like to look back and see what we got up to in the run up to the big event so a bit of daily blogging will take place this month.
And that's it for this week. Thank you for dropping by, I love having visitors and I shall see you all in December.