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Hmm, who would I invite to my dream dinner party? Roald Dahl? Bruce Lee? Charlie Chaplin maybe? hmm, so many choices I may have to deliberate over it some more. Whilst I am doing that, have a read of Lance’s Dream dinner
I like to play the game: “Who would you invite to dinner? No limits”
I even ask the question at interviews. The answers can be quite revealing.
So let me expose myself. You may interpret my answer as you wish.
My first two guests would be Louis Armstrong and my mother, June Lawrence, who was an accomplished classical and jazz pianist. What a brilliant duet they would make for our after dinner entertainment. Could it get any better?
Well, yes, it could!
I would also invite Richard P Feynman, my lifelong hero. This man was a true genius with so many facets. If you don’t know him, or you don’t understand why I can make such a statement, I suggest that you read Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!
In addition to all of his other amazing talents, Feynman also played the bongos to a very high standard…
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This year I am determined to write and improve my blog! I must, I must, I must improve my blog!
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My blog has gone from being dull and plain to having widgets and all this shmancy tech stuff, and from having almost no followers to having a loyal following now!
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These last few months have been very creative, I made it my mission last year to have a ‘Homemade Christmas’ this year and it turned out quite well. We started off in November, Lilwen and I made large paper snowflakes, spray painted them silver and glued all manor of glitters to them ready to hang in the house.
The last few weeks have been an eye opener to say the least! I have finally had the operation on my foot that i have been waiting so long for. I have always had feet that hurt, it doesn’t matter if i am standing, sitting, wearing flat, high or no shoes, they always hurt. So i finally went to the doctor and got on a waiting list to have them sorted out (obviously only 1 foot at a time). It turns out i have a bone abnormality on the ball of my foot which protrudes quite a lot, my foot has protected it as we as it can by growing a bunion on top of it, which only added to the enormous bump on the side. This abnormality was getting so back that it was also pushing my big toe so far across that it was 21 degrees out! Suffice to say i was quite excited about having this sorted out. We had spoken to the doctor and i had asked to have it done over the summer holidays so that as a teacher i didn’t want it to affect me getting supply work and loose money. The latter did not go quite to plan and it got cancelled twice and had to be rescheduled for 3rd week in the holidays! Bearing in mind that i would have to wear a cast for 6 weeks afterwards and be on crutches, so yes, that would seriously affect my teaching work!
But anyway, I had the operation and it went well, I had a lovely purple cast put on my foot and the weirdest looking angled boot, complete with a set of crutches. I was given pain killers, taught how to walk on the heal of my foot using the crutches and then sent on my way home the same day. I can safely say, it was rather painful for the first few weeks, and because I don’t often take tablets, they knocked me right out! After 2 weeks I was managing ok, but simple tasks like walking up stairs were time consuming and awkward, the children have been good but baby G has struggled as I can not just pick him up when ever he wants. I went back to the hospital to have the cast replaced and have an x-ray to find out how the bones are recovering, and this is when I found out i had giant screw in my foot! They had not said which proceedure i was having the day of the operation as my doctor and I had discussed so many I had decided to leave it up the doctor, who knew me well and my active lifestyle. It turned out my doctor had decided to do a relatively new proceedure and this meant that i do not have to wear a cast now on my foot, just wear the weird boot and crutches. I am mega happy not to have a cast on, still can’t drive though and I am still hobbling around like an old woman but I get to see my new foot and my word it is amazing, it actually looks like a foot, it’s slimline which does kind of mean that i will have to go shoe shopping! Ha
I am deliriously happy to have a normal foot and can’t wait to be able to walk on it properly and never have to feel pain in it ever again! Bring on the other foot operation next year
These are the before and after shots
I will be trying this today! Such a simple yet beautifully effective top, thanks for the inspiration
This outfit I saw on Pinterest made my mouth water. (No it wasn’t the ice cream cone.) I just knew I could make something similar if I tried. Found this big blue shirt at the thrift store and just started to cut.
I turned it backwards on the dress form and marked the new neckline.
Next, I sewed a small rolled hem.
Then pinned some pleats and sewed 2 lines of stitching about a half inch down. And took in the sides about 4 inches on each side.
I then decided I need to gather the waistline and came across this tutorial on shirring with elastic thread.
Here are the results so far. I’m working on the turquoise necklace right now and I’ll post it when I finish it.
For the tutorial on how to make the cardigan, click here
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The zero to hero 30 days to better your blog challenge was in january and I have done a total of 22 day challenges! I am ashamed! I decided to do it to inspire and motivate me to do more on my blog, to broaden my mind and expand my knowledge, I feel I have failed miserably at this and must be scolded for not being more focused and letting things lapse. If I can still do the challenges I shall endeavour to complete them as soon as possible to make up for my lack of dedication.
Guilt is a fickle thing, it comes in many forms and is never really accepted in any. I have often felt guilty about menial things such as not letting a driver out from a road because I was in a rush, or putting chips on for tea as I couldn’t be bothered making anything decent or sitting down with a cup of tea and playing a game of candy crush when I should be cleaning/cooking/tidying/washing etc etc.
Everyday myself and my daughter would sit at the table and create something, or go out into the garden and play or plant some seeds or bake something but since baby #2 has arrived I have found it increasingly more difficult to do those eveŕyday and have found that I am only able to do them with her every now and then, as #2 is extremely clingy it basically means we can’t do them. All the things I used to do with #1, #2 is not able to do yet, and most definitely will not allow me to do them unless #2 is having a nap. I feel so sorry for my eldest, she has had to be sidelined on many an occasion as my youngest is either tired, hungry, needs his nappy changed or just won’t let go of me. Continue reading