Friday, 18 April 2014

Word of The Week

It's Friday, so it's time for Word of The Week!  A busy week for lots of us, with kids off school, easter egg hunts, roast dinners and plenty of beautiful sunshine!  So my Word of The Week is:
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sleep   (slēp)
a. A natural periodic state of rest for the mind and body, in which the eyes usually close and consciousness is completely or partially lost, so that there is a decrease in bodily movement and responsiveness to external stimuli. During sleep the brain in humans and other mammals undergoes a characteristic cycle of brain-wave activity that includes intervals of dreaming.
b. A period of this form of rest.
c. A state of inactivity resembling or suggesting sleep; unconsciousness, dormancy, hibernation, or death
(sourced here)

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Whether you're getting enough, or not; whether it is a quickie snatched while your toddler snoozes, or you get hours of it at a time; if it's good, or bad - it matters to all of us.  And so does sleep  ;)

Sleep is something that I have struggled with as long as I can remember.  When I'm low I can sleep for twenty hours a day.  Or else I go the other way and get just a couple of hours in 24.  

So this busy busy week, sleep has been a big deal.  Not just my sleep, the kids too - with the usual routine of school and home and clubs thrown out of the window, everyone is a bit unsettled.  And I'm not sure whether a weekend covered in chocolate is necessarily going to help, but I have my fingers crossed that all the excitement will wear them out, and maybe convince whichever part of my brain is working against me to cooperate - I could really do with a good long stretch ... and some sleep ;)

The Reading Residence

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

sewing simple drawstring bags

I ran out of steam a couple of times when I was working on this and, with typical abstract logic, decided rather than take a break and tidy up the small wool mountain by the side of the sofa, I would instead sew myself a few project bags to split the mountain up into separate hills.

I chose fabric from Fabric Rehab, keeping the costs down by selecting some main prints and matching them up with various colours of spotty cotton.  I figured that by mixing and matching I would end up with several bags which complement one another, without looking identical - I'm hoping this will make it easier to keep track of what's in each one.

I could work out how to make the bag, but not to line it, and rather than spend hours trying to work it out, I turned to Google.  This was the tutorial I choose to use - straightforward, enough photos to follow what's going on, and explanations so you know why you're doing what you're doing when you're doing it.

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

picnic time! {a family photo story}

So beautiful outside that even I went out to enjoy the sunshine today - okay, yes, I had to go out because that was where the food was.  But it was (and actually still is) very very sunny out there...

Poor Mr Manley is not very well, and Smiler doesn't look that impressed either, but let's just put that down to my photography skills being lacking - looking up from someone's feet is never going to be a flattering angle...

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The snack-y picnic-y food went down well - the breadboard covered in crumbs was actually full of bread and crackers at first, I just didn't get the camera out quick enough to catch it!

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 Note the guinea pig run - Sam chose to hide every time I pointed the camera at him though... He's our one remaining guinea pig, so if anyone has a solo pig at home who would like some company, give me a shout - free to a good (local) home and all that!

I have no idea why there is a cardboard box on a stick.  My guess would be some kind of den, but they won't tell me - apparently it's a secret. 

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