Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Another year older ...

I had my birthday on Saturday, and right on cue - but fortunately after I'd got home from my day out - it started to snow! I know we've not suffered as much as many places, but this has been a bad winter by UK standards, and I'm ready for Spring now ...


This is the view from our living room window (we're in a first floor flat - second floor for US readers!) looking over the communal garden to the neighbouring building, which is an undertaker's business - the big rolling door is where the hearses come out of... it's nice to have quiet nieghbours ;o)

So, Sunday's plans got cancelled - the Aged Parents were going to come over and we were going to go for lunch, but the road to get here is a minor country road, exposed and not gritted so they stayed home. I stayed in too and stitched. I've made quite a dint in my UFO pile, so there's plenty of blog material to come - I even finished some pieces before showing them on a "Finish or Fling?" post :o) I can't believe that some pieces were abandoned so close to completion...

The Hermit bought me the remaining Prairie Schooler alphabet charts for the SAL, so I'm all set with that. The guinea pigs bought me a lunch bag in the shape of a bee (I think they had help...) and the Aged Parents gave me a cheque - I spent half of it on a new pair of flat black shoes on Saturday which I really needed, the previous pair were about worn through. I'm going to look at the Nashville releases and see if there's anything that catches my eye - have you seen anything you've just got to have? Sis gave me a giftcard for Waterstone's (a book chain) so equally, if you have any craft book recommendations... I wasn't in any birthday exchanges this year, and I really, really missed it. I'd hoped my Sew Red for your Heart exchange would arrive in time, but it's not turned up so far - and my piece hasn't made it to its recipient yet either :o( Oh well, something to look forward to!

I'd like to thank Carol who pointed out that pictures on my blog had vanished ... because there's been so much interest in my designs, I'd exceeded my monthly bandwidth limit over on Photobucket - who host my pictures - and nothing could be seen! It's all sorted now, I never realised there were perils in being popular! Hopefully everyone who has asked for a chart has one now, I took a break for a couple of days ... don't forget, if you like the charts and would like to make a donation to the MS Trust, it's really simple to do, just click here - donations can be made via Paypal as well as debit/credit cards.

Right, better get cracking, I have a Uni class later, just need to gather my thoughts and find a bit of critical theory to discuss in class...

11 comments:

KarenV said...

Gosh, I think your view is on a par with mine (overlooking a cemetery!) LOL. Like you said, quiet neighbours ;)

Glad you had a good birthday. I have my eye on the new BBD Snow Garden and Honeysuckle Manor charts, plus La-d-Da's Lazy Alphabet and the new Just Nan Needle Tweets, but there's not been a huge amount that's taken my eye this time, sadly. Oh, apart from Plum Street Samplers Queen's Crowns - I'd forgotten about that since I preordered it at the weekend. Can't help on the craft books front I'm afraid, I had the same dilemma myself recently and still haven't made up my mind!

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valerie said...

Happy belated Birthday Nic! Despite the change of plans...a stay in and stitching sounds very nice. :)

Hazel said...

Awww this blasted weather eh? I am fed up of it too. I sent you an ecard for your birthday but not sure you have picked it up. xx

Carol said...

Happy Belated Birthday! How nice to get the remaining PS alphabet charts--what a great gift!

stitchinfiend said...

Look at that snow - Belated Birthday wishes glad that you had a lovely time.

mainely stitching said...

Happy belated birthday! :D

Sally said...

Happy Belated Birthday Nic! We had a bit of snow Sunday but it soon went.

There are one or two Nashville releases I've got my eye on and I have ordered one ( least I hope I have as not heard anything back yet) and that is the new LHN. I also fancy one of the new JNs and Just a Thought but think they'll have to wait a while.

Barbara said...

Belated Happy Birthday! My suggestion as an old lady is to quit having them, nice to get presents, but there is all that reminding you how old you are this year, I'm surprised you are still on your feet, type of things, grin.
BarbM

Barbara said...

Oh yes, forgot to mention talking about snow here in western NC we have had more snow since Dec 18th than we have had in the past 20 years, grin. In spite of being in the mountains, we might get an inch or so and it melted and gone in a day or so, whew! Talk about begging for spring to come!!! BarbM

Suzanne said...

A belated Happy Birthday! Great to hear you were able to get some worthwile stitching in on your birthday.

I have had a good look at the Nashville releases and I think I need to win some lottery. Oh well, more to add to the wish list.