Thursday, 22 December 2011

Still plodding

Apologies for the involuntary absence - our internet took longer to sort out than expected. Temporary solutions just didn't allow for extended browsing jaunts, much less blog-land updates. However, we finally have our permanent internet sorted out, and I have a little time available for a posting.

We have only three sleeps to go until Christmas day. All I have left to do is sew half of one border onto the Epic Aran Afghan, and weave in all the ends. Alllllll the ennnnnnnds. There are many. Still, I managed to knock out a good chunk of the border knitting yesterday and finished them early afternoon, so was able to block them last night. Thanks to some decent summer-type weather, they were dry by mid morning, and I've sewn on one border. I'm procrastinating about the other, but have half done. The ends I think I'll do tonight in front of the idiot box.

The plum pudding is in the freezer, the peppermint bark and shortbread are all secure in their cellophane bags, the crystallised ginger is sitting pretty (or not so pretty, since crystallised ginger is kinda ugly looking if you think about it) in jars, and I've well and truly finished the Christmas shopping and wrapping. Can't say the same for Deane of course, but that is none of my concern. He's always been one to finish things at the absolute last second, so I'm not going to worry about it (read: trying to ignore things I can't do anything about, in the hopes of avoiding hyperventilation).

He has organised transport for us to Napier, since our car is still out of action (damned meanies, breaking into our car at the most inconvenient time possible), and luckily it has plenty of boot space, so we can not only fit all the Christmas presents in it for the trip down, there might even be some room to fit my favourite rocking chair in for the trip back - I've been looking forward to being able to sit in it for a while, and I have just the spot in our new place. It'll be great to be able to sit in it and read or knit the day away. Not quite the same as the spot it used to reside in, next to the pot-belly stove at my husband's childhood home, but good all the same.

I have had no chance in the last few weeks to go for a run, and won't for some time yet, so have decided (because I'm a lazy cow) to leave it until the kids go back to school in February. Thankfully, I have a good metabolism so I won't pile on the weight (in fact, my weight hasn't changed at all in the last four years), but I am a little concerned about my cardiac fitness, which is undoubtedly taking quite a dive right about now. Still, I know I can put in the effort to work it back up again, it'll just take a little time. February, there's no hurry to get here, mm-kaaaay?

The timer is about to go on the stove, letting me know the baked potatoes are done, and X is sitting right next to me, patiently waiting for the computer, so I better go, but I just wanted to leave you with a few colourful pics I've taken over the last week. Have a Merry Christmas, a wonderfully fun-filled New Year celebration (if I don't see you before then), and I'll post pics and deets of the finished (in time! Hurrah!) afghan next week. Enjoy!

Bought these the other day at the supermarket. After the weekend we had moving in, I needed a little cheering up! These hit the spot nicely :-)

The pohutukawa I see outside my window every day. Gorgeous!!

A simple, yet beautiful and delicious snack, to go alongside freshly baked gingerbread loaf on a lovely Sunday morning with friends.

And this picture again. Why, you ask? Just because its funny ;-)

It is 9.47pm, and I have officially completed the afghan!!!!! Oh, joy of joys!! I am so happy and proud :-) Sadly, there is nobody to share it with as Deane is still at work, and the boys are in bed asleep. Oh well...

Tomorrow, packing and washing. But most importantly, photos of the finished afghan before wrapping it ready for Christmas. Three sleeps to go, remember!

Phew! Now that mammoth project is out of the way, I feel an itch to cast on some of these (thank you Yarn Harlot!). Alas, I don't have the yarn for them :-( Plus, its summer. I'll add them to my to-do list...

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