January is still rolling by at a gentle pace and there seems to be plenty of time to do the things I want to do rather than have to do. 'Wants' are jigsaws, knitting, sewing, reading, TV and eating truffles. The 'haves' covers everything else involved with looking after a family and running a house.
When I think about it there is a lot of routine to my days but I like that - knowing what I'm doing and where I'm supposed to be makes life easy and the added bonus of routine is anything different thrown in is always welcome.
The week started with a lovely surprise package in the post from Sue at Our Quiet Life at Suffolk. It was a thank you for finding her a game she'd been looking for. There is a beautiful cross stitched fridge magnet, a notebook with my favourite coloured flowers and the sweetest teddy picture which I'll stitch for Sienna's Christmas card this year. Thank you Sue :)
It's been all about knitting here this week. I thought I'd have a change of charity for 2017 and I'm knitting for angel babies again - something I did several years ago. This is what I've made so far. A gown, 2 angel wraps and an angel.
The charity I'm knitting for asks that 2 of each item are made so parents get an exact duplicate of what baby was given which they can take home for their memory boxes. I wrote a post back in 2013 which you might like to read.
I'm still making things for Knit For Peace, although I won't be doing as much this year. Rather than blankets I've decided to knit some baby sleeping bags. This is what I'm aiming for.
This is what I've got so far. It may looks like a hot water bottle cover for a giant but I'm confident it will turn out fine one it's sewn up and has the straps and buttons added.
My new jigsaw is proving a lot easier than the last one. There is colour definition for a start which is always helpful. It's called Bicycles in Amsterdam - somewhere I would love to visit one day. I don't have a bucket list but I think I should definitely start a 'now the children have now left home, let's do this' list.
Thomas went back to school on Wednesday, still coughing a little bit but a lot better than he was. Matthew had got tickets for the City match yesterday and thankfully he was well enough to go. It's too long a story to go into but Matt's work connections meant they were given complimentary tickets and passes to a VIP box. Thomas was really excited. He loves a bit of the high life and couldn't stop talking about them having a waitress who kept bringing them drinks and food - not that he had anything!
There was an added bonus of a goodie bag waiting for him with a scarf and a shirt signed by Kevin de Bruyne. They both had a brilliant time and it'll be something Thomas will always remember.
Other snippets from this week.
Sienna came on Saturday. We're having her at the end of the month for 2 nights so we weren't asked and we didn't offer to have her overnight this time. Photos of her smiling are very thin on the ground - she's a serious little character.
Mum and I went on our usual weekly shopping trip although this week was a little different as we were both looking for clothes. I bought myself a cardigan and a pair of jeans. I've not worn jeans for years and they're a lovely fit although I have to confess I'm scared of washing them in case they shrink! I mentioned to Mum that I was going to treat myself to a nice lipstick in a gold case and when I found one she very kindly bought it for me. It's far too nice to be shoved in a make-up bag so it's on display on my bedside cabinet.
I bought some cod from the fish market in Bury and we had chippy tea Number 38 style. It was delicious and even Thomas cleaned his plate, so it will definitely be on the menu again.
Flowers from Lidl this week were lilies and I also picked up this primula to add a splash of colour to the kitchen.
I was a glutton last night and after our quota of truffles got out some stilton and port that my brother had bought us for Christmas. When I opened it I said to him "oooh that's fancy" and in true man style he replied "it's only from Aldi". I'll have to pay a visit o see what they've got. I love gifts that look fancy but don't cost the earth.
Tomorrow I'm going to physio. I decided just before Christmas that I'd struggled with my back long enough so self-referred on-line. Only it got lost in the system so I had to do it again last week. This time when I rang to make sure it had gone through I was given an appointment straight away. I'm surprised I can get in so quickly and even better it's at the local health centre which is literally a 2 minute drive away.
It's trying to snow here at the moment. There's just a very light fluttering but if it does come down heavy it will definitely stick as it's dry.
This afternoon is dedicated to more knitting and possibly a film. Sadly the truffle stash has gone so it's not a totally perfect way to spend Sunday - but it could be a lot worse!
Hope you are all enjoying your day. As always, thanks for popping by, it's lovely of you to drop in for a catch up.