Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Being normal! (36)

It seems ages since I last posted, but I guess it's only a couple of days. But this glorious weather, plus the fact that I have been feeling really well, has meant lots of being outside and doing stuff and not much time on the computer or sewing.

On Sunday we went to a Cowpie Rally - no idea why it's called that, Desperate Dan was nowhere to be seen. It was a bit disappointing, very commercial and the displays weren't that good. We didn't spend a penny apart from the (rather expensive) entrance fee. Even the queues for food and drink were too long to bother with - luckily we had taken our own bottles of water. BUT, we did see a splendid sheep demonstration. A chap from New Zealand was showing and talking about several different sheep breeds, and he demonstrated sheep shearing. Doesn't sound much, but he was extremely funny as well as informative, and finished with 'sheep dancing' - I imagine they were trained to move in response to the music and food treats. Great fun. (And don't worry, the sheep were in the shade, with food and drink and looked perfectly well cared for)

Yesterday I did something normal! I went to Marks and Spencer for a browse, tried on some trousers and bought two pairs, AND I went to Sainsbury's for a big food shop. Now, for most people that sounds ordinary and a bit boring. Not a bit of it! It's so long since I have felt well enough to do both of those things at all, let alone both in one morning, and it was brilliant!

I've even managed to do a bit of sewing. I put the log cabin edges on the Noah's Ark blocks, finished making a sun dress, completed another section in the Mister Men sampler and finished step 4 for the Quiltville mystery. There's rather a lot of purple in the blocks, and some of the purple bits ended up next to each other, so I'm hoping the addition of the pink yardage will tone down the purpleness a little.  Not bad eh? Long live being normal!!

17 comments:

Tanya said...

You have been very busy!!!

I had to laugh at your puzzles (but didn't attempt them). I absolutely hate math and numbers though I love puzzles and games in general. My father used to throw thow out number puzzles at me similar to yours and I always had to make try to look intelligent as I pondered. He was probably very disappointed in me.

Our Noah's Ark blocks look like sisters! I'm still trying to decide what to do for colors on step four of the mystery...

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

I love the colors in your blocks! So cheerful. Glad you are feeling so wonderful. Sounds like you've been a busy girl!
Regina

Candace said...

I'm glad you didn't post because you were feeling well. I was starting to worry that you were under the weather. Sounds like the sheep demonstration was interesting, and I enjoyed the picture. Your block looks good. I am kind of worried about mine, some of my lights are too dark and some of my darks are too light, so I'm afraid that I'm not going to have that nice pattern of the lights making X's, mine may meander a bit. Your "normal" day sounds great, and I like your Noah's Ark blocks a lot.

Gina said...

Glad you enjoyed yourself. We went to a classic car rally on Sunday and I can't believe how much the food sellers were charging for a bottle of water. (£1.30) I'm glad we took our own.
It's good that you are feeling well enoughto do the normal boring things again.

love and hugs xxx

Carol said...

I love your OC blocks! I had the same problem with mine though and I have greens doing what your purple is doing. Once the whole quilt is together I think it will look fine! Glad to hear you are feeling well and out enjoying the sunshine. The sun shining always makes a big difference doesn't it?

Teresa said...

Wow, You have been busy! Your Noah's Ark blocks are just to cute. And your way ahead of me on the Orange Crush blocks. Thanks for visiting. I'm getting to where I like dandelions. All that color with very little effort. Have a great day!

Suze said...

You are moving right along on the OC and Noah's Ark........

Thanks for the note about Candace. I don't know what happened to my head..

You are such a dear.

Lynn said...

This is why I enjoy your blog so much, I am being introduced to a whole other world - cowpie rallies and sheepdancing! I'm going to share sheepdancing with my family tonight at dinner. Who would have thought that sheep were so clever. Glad to hear that you are feeling well.

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

SO glad you are feeling better! And...finished step 4? Oh my! I'm only 10 in....
I love hearing the UK lingo in your posts....."chap"....for a "browse"....
I can just hear the accent while I'm reading! I love it!

Hmmm..hearing about those sheep makes me glad my DH wasn't there! He'd probably be walking away with some of those too!

Thanks for continually taking time out of your life to read about my latest posts. It IS rather amazing the life-links (no pun intended) that the Internet can bring us.

scraphappy said...

Your normal day sounds lovely. The sheep shearing demonstration sounds like a lot of fun. Definitely not anything I've ever seen!
I really like the colors of your OC block. The bright colors go really well together. I also have purple and green in mine, but the colors ended up looking washed out and I'm thinking of changing them out before it's too late.

Musings said...

Wow! You got a ton done. Much more than I did. It was a glorious day here in the Midwest also. It's rather incredible that the horrible weather on race day was sandwiched in between two very nice days. Finding TWO trousers is also a big accomplishment.

Tracey in CT said...

Your Noah's Ark blocks look great! I need to get the cows done and put the log cabin strips on mine.

Katie said...

Not bad at all! I like your spinning star. I haven't put edges on my Noah's Ark blocks. I guess I should choose some fabrics and get on with it! :-)

mreteveian said...

I'm so happy to read that these days have been good for you, - know how that can be :-)
I like the colors in the mystery quilt.

Phyl said...

I am so thrilled for you!!! Normal days are absolutely wonderful:).

Your OC is gorgeous.

Hugs...

sewbeezy said...

Love the way your OC block turned out. I think it will turn out to be a very lovely quilt. I still haven't gotten past step #2 on mine. Too many other distractions. :)

Loved reading about the cowpie rally and the sheep dancing. That must have been amazing!! I loved seeing the picture.

Your Noah Ark blocks are so cute!!

I'm glad that you are feeling well and able to enjoy your days. Thanks for visiting my blog. It's nice being able to connect with others via the internet.

Happy stitching!!

Lucy said...

Your Noah's Ark project intrigues me. I like whimsy designs like that.

Great progress on step 4. Want to do mine? he he

Lucy