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February 13th, 2008

11:29 am - 2008
The year of the rat, and [info]totkat had her camera out at the Chinese New Year parade in London last weekend.

Chinese New Year icons )

All icons are shareable. Please credit to [info]totkat for the bases.

Bonus for [info]paratti

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February 2nd, 2008

03:44 pm - Another fine lunch
After the dog walk yesterday, we had lunch at The Zeus Restaurant. It's years since I've eaten there and things have changed a lot. There's more dining room and the place is light and airy compared to the dark, pokey dive of 10 years ago. The one thing that hasn't changed is the excellent food.

The reason for choosing the Zeus was because it's in the same town as the 'Wool-n-Things' shop. MWNN is so pleased with his shawl, he's commissioned two more pieces

  • a throw for his computer chair with a pocket for a back support cushion.
  • a cotton yamulke, or a short beanie to cover his bald spot.

'Wool-n-Things' didn't have any yarn that he liked for the throw but they did have some neutral cotton for the hat.

Finally, today is [info]mary5958's birthday.

For [info]bendy1 - just because.

And for [info]gillo - , it really does help.

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January 28th, 2008

01:00 pm - Baker's dozen
All this knitting has given my creative mojo a serious kick-start.

I made 13 icons all using the wonderful photographs of [info]totkat as bases.

gallimaufry )

All are shareable. Please credit bases to [info]totkat

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January 22nd, 2008

11:33 am - icons of contemplation
I missed Tai Chi Sword yesterday because of lack of sleep on Sunday night. I'm all caught up on my rest and looking forward to a relaxing day today after the housework is done.

message on a pebble )

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January 20th, 2008

01:08 pm - Taking time out of a
lazy Sunday breakfast in bed recovering from a hangover, to wish [info]orchid_slayer

a very

I hope you're taking a back seat for once and allowing the family to spoil you rotten today,starting with

breakfast in bed )
As usual, all icons are shareable.

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January 14th, 2008

12:20 pm - Yesterday
while watching' Lark Rise to Candleford' and' Sense and Sensibility ', I was reminded just how relaxing knitting and embroidery can be. I finished two squares of a new throw I've started.

more icons )


crafts )

All are shareable and may be used as bases.

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October 3rd, 2007

04:44 pm - I love the wonderweb
it's given me three days of birthday celebrations through time and space across the world with more birthday greetings waiting for me online when I woke up today, including an e-card from [info]gamiila

And postie defied rumours about more postal strikes when he delivered a lovely card from [info]lillianmorgan this morning.

A big thank you to everyone. ::Hugs my fellow travellers::

Here's a little present in return; some icons, all with a

watery theme )

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August 29th, 2007

05:26 pm - We weren't the only group

using All Saints Pastoral Centre for a weekend retreat. Members of the Knitting and Crochet Guild were there doing whatever it is they do. One woman brought her two daughters; the elder, a seven year old was participating in the course, while the younger, a baby of about 10 or 11 months played or slept. At lunchtimes, the baby was strapped into a chair behind mine and I listened to her experimenting with her voice. She babbled and sang, changing tone and volume effortlessly. An old lady who was sitting beside me commented that she was surprised the baby wasn't hoarse because she'd been vocalising all morning during their sessions in the Bourne room.

I reflected on this during one of our Meditation sessions and, when our tutor started talking about intent leading to action, using the mind and body, someone asked which came first - brain or body. Glynn struggled for a metaphor to explain his point, so I told the story of the baby. There was intent - she was experimenting with her voice, but her actions were completely spontaneous; her breathing and control of her voice were totally natural and the brain didn't get in the way.

As babies, much of what we do is spontaneous and relaxed. As we grow older, our thoughts act as a filter. Watching the others going through the Hand Form, I became aware of the conscious effort that some were making to get each posture absolutely correct and each transition smooth and flowing. The result was a less relaxed performance.

Learning to relax should be as easy as

childsplay ).

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August 17th, 2007

07:19 pm - Just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
People asking questions lost in confusion,
Well I tell them there's no problem,
Only solutions

Problem 1 Loony GSD started chewing her back paw a lot while I was away, causing an enormous growth to appear very rapidly. MWNN and I were both secretly dreading taking her to the vet as she's reached the age our two previous shepherds were diagnosed with a form of cancer that saw them dead within a week. Cost - irreplaceable.
Solution 1 The vet diagnosed 'lick granuloma', probably caused by the pain from her arthritis. We've upped her pain medication and she's started a 28day course of antibiotics. Cost £120

  • Problem 2 the camera needed replacement batteries and MWNN has a policy of never buying any unless they're on special offer.
    Solution 2 Now that the knee is healing, I was able to avail of the 'free' Itunes tracks with the special offer on Duracell Batteries packs I bought in the shopping expedition that led to the mishap. These Plus AA batteries were, just £6 for three packs, and each pack came with a code that was valid for one track on Itunes.

    I've just finished downloading some John Lennon tracks from the newly released 'Lennon Catalogue' and a David Bowie track I couldn't find anywhere else online.

    Problem 3 I'm hungry.
    Solution 3 I'm off for some afternoon tea and crumpets bought on that fateful shopping trip and leave you with some dance icons I made a few weeks ago. I'm not exactly dancing, but I'm back on my feet and working towards getting full mobility back for next week's Tai Chi retreat.

    Dancing - it's all we've ever done )

    Bonus dancers
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    June 8th, 2007

    11:10 am - Rainy Days icons
    The forecast for the next week is gloomy - here and in France. So I made some cheerful rain icons. All are shareable, and textless ones can be used as bases.


    rainy days )
    Current Mood: [mood icon] busy

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    June 7th, 2007

    02:28 am - Can't sleep
    So I'm cross-posting these from my LJ. All are shareable.


    The good things in life )

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