Simple Things

Today, the weather has changed. From a really gorgeous week-end to a bitterly windy, wet Monday. Jess wasn’t venturing far and plonked herself in her cat nest in front of the fire for a proper full-on nap. She didn’t even take the time to properly curl up in it for a while and the bed looks as if it’s closing over her like a clam.  She’s obviously distracted by outside things here, probably bird noises. If the birds get close enough or bother her too much she jumps to the window sill and chitters at them but hardly bothers them at all outside. Unlike Gracie…. she bothers them to bits, if she can get her paws round them, sadly.

If you like cats and like a giggle, have a look at Chris Cohen’s You Tube videos of Animal Translations – Google /You Tube. My favourite (so far) is cat vs printer. Some swearing so if you get offended by ‘bad’ language, don’t view it. It’s not excessive, truly, but is the bad F word. If you do watch it and find yourself overcome by the one or two swearwords  there is probably a convent or closed order of monks with a vow of silence that can offer you refuge. Beyond here there be dragons… and a belly laugh.

Cat vs Printer

The weekend was busy. I dead-headed the seven hydrangeas in the gardens. None are small, one is pretty big. I could see the new buds and leaves were starting to form so it was time for Miss Haversham’s faded wedding flowers to be chopped off. It’s a proper chore, especially as you need to give each ‘bloom’ a shake to free any ladybirds that might be having a little nap underneath. The garden looks much improved for the work, though. Much more green and spring-like.

The sun was smiling and the whole of the washing line was dancing with as much as I could get out there. Glorious day and the lawns were given a number one all over. To finish off, I strimmed around the edges to tame some of the wilderness that had grown there.

Buddha has been freed from Rosemary’s bush that was growing a bit rampant around him. Nothing disturbs his meditation and he was as serene as ever.

Some flowers are out. I must get more daffodils, snowdrops and pansies to brighten up the garden early in the year, though. It’s very bare, except for green. There is a tulip or two, though.

And these pretty little flowers – though they could be weeds… I don’t know but I like them so they’ll stay.

There was a clump of snowdrops but they were a lawnmower casualty – not my damage, I hasten to say (pursy lips!). Flowers are sparse.

Plenty of indoor work done and more ongoing (will this pleasure never end?). The walls are still to be finished and then the floor. Still no decision regarding laminate or carpet. In the meantime, the oompaloompa orange carpet looks even worse than ever with paint drips and streaks of paint here and there. It’s definitely going.

I had some flowers from Mother’s Day and transferred some blooms from the basket they came in and popped them into the lovely Polish pottery teapot I bought from a charity shop for a euro a few years ago. It would have probably cost more but its lid was missing. The stems were stuck into a large oasis and were starting to wilt. Watering it wasn’t easy because the water ran through and saturated the basket.

On taking the blooms out of the oasis, I realised just how short the stems were. A couple of centimetres, at best. I didn’t have a vase shallow enough for them until I remembered the little teapot. Happily popped in, they were given a new lease of life and brightened up the room. It’s really the simple things in life that make for happiness. Sunshine, flowers and fresh air.

Crocheting is going well and am delighted that I made the crocodile stitch bootees (see the last post). They were ‘out for delivery’ in the UK this morning so pretty sure they’re there now. I hope they like them. I have ordered the most gorgeous wool via Amazon – Elann Pippi Longcolors Lite ….  the colour, Hamani, reminds me of scrumpy apples in delicious shades of greens, pinks and crimsons. Can’t wait for it to come and get hooking a pixie hat and another pair of crocodile stitch bootees.

Have a Happy Monday and hope your weather is better than mine.

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