Phew! What a week! Even though I know I spent most of it sitting down, I find myself very happy to be at the beginning of a new one! Heres to hoping that the bruise on my knee starts to fade and I get a bit more movement back in it! Oh how I miss walking!
I’ve been finding that being stuck at home with limited mobility could lead me to being very negative about the world. Its a lot more difficult to be positive about the world when your participation in it feels limited. However, I’ve been trying to make a conscience effort to be positive and without further ado, my 7 good things this week are….
1. The swelling on my knee has gone down a lot in comparison to last weekend.
2. James cleaned and tided the whole house yesterday so it was nice for me during the week!
3.I finally started using my new watercolour pencils. So much fun! Results later in the week…
4. I’ve had so many kind cards from family, friends and work colleagues, I’ve been feeling quite loved!
5. James got the old school computer game Theme Hospital to work on my mac. Does anyone else remember it? Its epic!
6. This song. Isn’t her voice amazing!
7. Beautiful flowers given to me by my family and friends… being sick apparently has some advantages!
So yes, I managed to forget my one year blog-a-versity! No not very with it at all! But in the spirit of the fact I remembered in the same month, I’m calling it a win!
You will notice that I have switched from Blogger to WordPress. There are a couple of reasons for this, firstly Blogger doesn’t let you have things such as tabs at the top of your page for different things without an awful lot of computer wizardry, something which is sadly beyond me. And secondly since I have nothing to do at the moment apart from tinker with the internet, my blog is the unfortunate recipient of my boredom!
So here we go… Ticklepea has a new life with WordPress! Heres to many more happy years!
>Oh internet please help me! There are so many cute granny square projects out there for the budding crocheter. Since I am off my feet at the moment I have the time to complete some of these, I thought, I can crochet, lets learn how to do this!
Yet I cannot.
Below is what I ended up with. Lopsided. Gappy. Not good at all!
My sofa is now a graveyard for aborted, mis-shapen granny squares.
I can’t find any tutorials, video or written, which make enough sense to me to be able to follow them and produce something decent!
So please, if anyone knows where I can go to be able to these, please let me know!
I am in dire crochet straits here!
>So I had a spurt of inspiration (read insanity) today, and decided that dislocated knee be damned, what I really needed to do was clean my lounge and kitchen. Now you know when you reach your tolerance for mess and you hit the point where your fingers itch because you just can’t stand the clutter anymore? (No only me? Thats sad! Alone here with my neuroses on my sofa. But hey hum, at least my kitchen is now tidy!)
So lets back up. My kitchen is now tidy, yes. But is now 12:30. I started this big plan for tidiness at 8:30 this morning when I got up and saw the mess as I one handedly tried to do something about it whilst making my morning coffee. My crutch skillz have got to the point where I can hobble about on one crutch for limited periods. So picture it. I have one spare hand and a very messy house, so I could only pick up one thing at a time. It took a while. And all I could think was how I needed one of those trays ushers get at cinemas to put the stuff in that had very rudely scattered itself around my house.
I have too add that as I type this it is now 1:30. I got distracted by trying to make myself lunch. Now considering my hobble status we haven’t done any food shopping this week. Thus I have been eating pretty much what ever I can find and today that was 2 eggs, some Italian hard cheese and some sun dried tomatoes. Omelet here I come! I was so pleased with myself, I thought myself so clever for being able to rustle up such a meal! So I heated up the pan, whisked the egg, poured it in, added the stuff and waited for omlettey goodness to happen. Then as my final flourish I folded it in half so I had a nice semi circular omelet and discovered that my frying pan had decided to stop being non-stick and deposit its non-stickiness all over my omelet. It is probably a testament to the fact that I was recently a student, that I simply scraped off the worst of it and ate it anyway. Or to the fact I was really hungry. Take your pick.
So there we go I have been home all morning and have only managed to just about tidy one room and fail at making an omelet.
Lets try again tomorrow!
>When walking becomes painful your world becomes restrained to what you can reach…
As much as I love the imposed rest, I will be so thankful when I can get back to interacting with the rest of the world!
(And yes I did spare you the gross photo of my knee!)
>The one and only advantage I have found with having a useless knee thus far is the opportunity to catch up on all the sedentary hobbies which I have (although I am sure that my waistline will not be thanking me!) The most prominent of these being that I can finally catch up on my reading! I have a pile of un-read book so high that it is threatening to take over my life with associated guilt. (I know, weird, but I feel bad owning these stories and then never giving life to them in my imagination. Just letting them sit there on my shelf untouched feels wrong some how.)
First down in my quest to reduce this pile is ‘The Various’ by Steve Augarde. Now I will freely admit that I brought this book mostly for its beautiful cover. I knew nothing about it except that it had awoken some yearning in me for books with monochromatic line drawing covers, and due to this it became mine. That and I brought it in a charity shop for £2.99 so I could afford it. Always a major plus point in my life!
I could say many good things about this book, least not the readability of it. Now I know I am stuck sitting on my arse all day and I read quickly, but I finished this in about a day and a half. It was really good for that kind of fiction where you tell yourself you will just read to the end of the chapter, and four chapters later your still going!
Without giving too much of the plot away the story is centered around a young girl called Midge and her adventures with ‘The Various’ on her Uncles farm where she is sent to spend the summer by her touring musician mother. Now although I realise I have made to book sound incurably boring and Famous Five like, but it really much much better than the justice I can give it.
Forgive me people I am doped up on painkillers. You have no idea the overtime spell check is working at the moment!
I also have a soft spot for unusual names in fantasy novels and one of what I guess you could call recurring motifs was called Celandine in this book. Which just strikes me as inordinately pretty and helps me develop a rather large soft spot for the book as a whole!
I think my favourite thing about this book is the distinct voices which the characters have. Augarde has distinguished between the different voices of his characters really well, something which I always appreciate in a novel. The one detraction would be the haste with which the book seems to draw to its conclusion. I felt that the last 20 or 30 pages of the book were a little rushed and that the ending was a bit forced, but still. It was good. And due to the power of Google I now know that this is the first in a trilogy and I have two more books to look forward to the next time I manage to get paid! (You know that never ending pile of unread books- this is why!)
A good read for some one whose brain seems to be comprised of dandelion fluff at the moment.
**** Not a classic but I would defiantly recommend it and read the others in the series.
>Gross knee update warning. According to the fracture specialist at the hospital my knee is still too swollen to tell if I’ve torn or just ‘stretched’ I guess you would say the ligaments which hold my knee cap in place. But they have given me a snazzy new splint which allows me to move my knee in a controlled way to help strengthen these ligaments again. Basically I still can’t walk and I’ve been signed off work for three weeks, although I am hoping to be back before this.
My 7 good things, however, have been surprisingly easy to come by this week all things considered!
1. James, James, James, James, James. He has been so understanding and caring over the last few days, doing practically everything for me!
2. My very kind family and friends who have kept me company over the last few days.
3. The physiotherapist who was very gentle when it came to manipulating my knee today.
4. For a man who doesn’t drink tea, James makes a really good cuppa!
5. My laptop which has been dying, has had a change of heart and had worked for the last couple of days, which considering that I can’t sit at the desktop computer, is certainly an excellent development!
6. Ahhh Youtube…. you have kept me endlessly entertained. And on the subject of entertainment which you can access sitting down on a laptop, this documentary on the 1920s social scene from the BBC was really really good. Although I did just end up coveting the clothes!
7. The NHS. I know there is a lot on the news at the moment about the NHS crumbling, but the service I have received has been truly exemplary. For example today I went to see the fracture clinic, I got seen in five minutes, examined and almost immediately referred to physiotherapy where I got seen very promptly. I just can’t complain!
Oh and just to end the post because I do love these so much, a gratuitous and completely un connected Hubble telescope picture…
(Two galaxies colliding.)
I hope everyone is having a great beginning to their week.
I shall see you probably tomorrow with a book review!