What a Wonderful Day…

Good Afternoon Alex, it’s lovely to speak with you again.  Yes, I know that we’ve chatted several times this week, but it’s been rather busy with one thing and another.  Before we become embroiled in the various bits and pieces, you must tell me how Chrissie and the girls are.  After every phone conversation, when I’ve thought about what we said I realised that we had hardly mentioned them at all.  So then, before we go any further, please tell me how they are!!

Yes, I remember you saying that Chrissie had a nasty cold and that she really wasn’t feeling too well.  Oh dear, that’s a shame – but it’s fortunate that she went to see the doctor and he gave her some antibiotics.  I hadn’t realised that it had gone down onto her chest?  Right, I’m glad that you were able to persuade her to see the doctor before it got any worse.  It’s good that she’s beginning to feel a little better now.  I’m sure it will take a few more days to clear completely, but she’s obviously heading in the right direction now.

How are the children – oh dear, well of course they were likely to pick it up too.  It’s great that they are better now and didn’t need anything more than a cuddle and lots of books being read to them by daddy!  It’s so good that you can work from home when necessary.  I know you’re in charge, but it isn’t always easy to be able to drop things without warning!

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Yes, let me tell you what’s been going on here.  Mrs. M has been to see me three times during the past few days.  She came for coffee on Tuesday morning which was lovely.  I am knitting a waistcoat for her – she saw the one I made for myself a couple of weeks ago and dropped so many hints that I finally asked if she would like a similar one.  I know she can’t knit at the moment as her wrist and arm is still in a plaster cast, but even if she could manage to knit she’s really not very good – in fact she’s dreadful!

I did originally think that she was deliberately losing and gaining stitches, but I’ve gradually come to realise that she just doesn’t seem to have any co-ordination.  Although she can follow the steps while I’m watching her, she seems to pick up the yarn between two stitches and knit that as well.  She does it automatically, whether I’m watching her or I’m pottering around handing out biscuits etc.

We have wasted so much yarn – yarn that I’ve bought – that it quite upsets me.  I may change tack and show her some basic crochet – straightforward doubles into every stitch with a turning circle of two chains.  If I do the starting chain and foundation row, I think I can show her how to continue without getting into too many difficulties.  The other thing is, of course, it’s much easier to frog it when necessary!  I’ll give that idea some thought and suggest it to her once I’ve definitely decided to go down that route.

Oh yes, sorry about that, I disappeared down a rabbit hole again!  I was saying that Mrs. M had been three times this week.  The first was on Tuesday, then again on Thursday afternoon and then she called in again on Saturday.  I think she’s rather bored just now, although her arm isn’t hurting at all, which is very good news.

I’ve asked her if she would like to go across to the coffee shop tomorrow after we’ve been to Knit and Natter at the library.  She always does more nattering anyway, so no change there!  She was delighted to have a chance to have a bite of lunch out.  We’ll probably just have poached eggs or cheese on toast, but it’s rather nice to round off the morning in that way and saves thinking about making lunch when we get home. 

Going back to her second visit of the week, and she brought some scones with her.  Giselle had popped in to see her and had taken a few little treats for her – wasn’t that lovely of her?  I didn’t have any clotted cream available, but I had some extra thick double cream which perched beautifully on  top of some strawberry conserve.  We both really enjoyed them with several cups of tea.

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When Mrs. M came yesterday, she told me it was a flying visit!  Well, she was here for two hours, so what constitutes a long visit I’m not sure!  However we opened a new box of shortbread biscuits – they were really lovely.  I’ve not tried M & S shortbread biscuits before, but they are certainly worth buying again.  I must remember that for the future.

So Mrs. M and I have caught up with all of our news – although it has been relatively quiet – for which I’m grateful.  One thing I forgot to mention is that Mrs. M has decided she needs a new outfit for the wedding reception and can’t come up with any ideas.  I’ve said that when I’m looking online I will see if anything suitable jumps out at me!

Right, what other news do I have for you today?  Georgie and I have tried on a couple of outfits, but they weren’t quite what we were looking for – They looked better online than when we looked at them when they arrived here.  The colours weren’t as I expected either – I’m not sure why but they appeared more garish and suitable for women who are perhaps in their thirties or forties, rather than heading towards their seventh decade!  Not that I am averse to wearing bright colours; neither do I feel that a skirt ending six inches above the knee is particularly alluring!!

So yes, I’ve seen Georgie a couple of times this week, and had a quick chat with Billy who told me that his wedding outfit is ready – he’s tried it on and everything fits perfectly.  That’s a result!  Even better, he loves it.

I must tell you what is happening with Teddy (and Harry) and also let you know about Giselle, whose workload is ever-increasing.  She’s such a popular girl, and generous too – in fact, I worry because she doesn’t charge full price for her baking and everything she makes is delicious.

I think you know what is happening with the building work around the corner, but I’ll update you again, shortly.  Knit and Natter at the library is going from strength to strength and I’ve needed to start a waiting list!  I’ve decided that I will start one in the new village hall once I’ve dealt with everything to do with the wedding.  I think it will open after Easter.

I can’t think of much more to tell you this morning my dear, but there’s bound to be lots of things I’ve forgotten, you know what my memory is like.  However, I’m sorry, they will need to wait till next time.  As Always –

With Love – Jan  xx

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I'm retired, disabled and after sudden death of wonderful husband, have moved closer to my son, daughter-in-law and baby, Charlie. I live in sheltered housing at the bottom end of the scale called Independent Living. I had been in an online Knit and Natter group for a couple of years before Ian died and the members of the group were and still are a wonderful support to me. Since moving here I have now got my own little Facebook group where the members are now my friends and extended family. It was suggested that I write a blog - so here we are!!

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  1. Hello Jan, how nice to hear from you. I know we’ve spoken a couple of times, but that seems ages ago,
    I’m sorry that the wedding outfits you both ordered weren’t quite right. It’s very difficult to choose the right thing from a picture. The colour is never the same, and also the clothes are always shown on a tall size 6 model several years younger. I have to admit that I’m never happy having to choose clothes for a special occasion. And now you have to sort out Mrs M, you a glutton for punishment, aren’t you!!!😂 not to mention getting her into crochet. Oh dear! I think for the time being, it would be better for your sanity to just be happy to knit the waistcoat for Mrs M…..just saying 😂


    1. Thanks, Frances – yes, why is it when you look at clothes online, you’re quite sure about the colour, yet when you open the package, it’s a completely different shade, the material doesn’t feel as soft as you expected and the skirt either hangs around you or is far too tight and short! I wouldn’t mind if it was just the wrong size – easy to exchange it – but in some cases the fabric just feels cheap. However, I will continue my search – there’s still some time so I’ll battle on! xx


  2. Good idea, trying Mrs M on crochet instead of knitting – perhaps less chance of her getting it wrong! I see you go Cornish with your scones – jam first then cream – me too! My husband prefers his the other way round, but then his parents did live in Devon for several years so it must have rubbed off on him 😃


    1. Hi Hazel – yes, always the Cornish way. The thought of balancing jam on cream doesn’t appeal at all. I’m hoping that working one stitch at a time may be easier for Mrs. M – although, of course, there aren’t any guarantees!! xx


  3. Hi Jan – lovely to have another blog to peruse. Sometimes it is difficult to find suitable clothes on line, other times you just know immediately it’s going to be OK. I am sure you and Georgie will soon find something appropriate. So Mrs M wants an outfit too – she doesn’t like to be left out does she? I wonder why her co-ordination is so bad with knitting. I think you might have troubles trying to teach her to crochet. How much longer is she in plaster for? As you say, much easier to frog it and I’m sure there will be some of that!!! Lovely to hear that the Knit ‘n Knatter is doing so well even if it is more ‘knattering’ than ‘knitting’.
    Jan – you must look after yourself and stop saying ‘yes’ to anything anybody asks you to do – there is a word in the dictionary called ‘no’ – you must make time for ‘Jan Time’. Bye bye x


    1. Lovely to hear from you Maggie – I queried why Mrs. M needed a new outfit as she had lots of new clothes last year. However, she seems to think they won’t be sufficiently warm for the time of the year. She could wear a shawl, but no, that won’t do!! I think the plaster cast is due to come off in a couple of weeks. I just hope that the break has healed by then. I know it has been bothering her and now, it’s all she can talk about!! The main problem with Mrs. M is that she doesn’t know her left from right, so gets into a pickle with instructions. xx


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