Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Doesn't time fly!

Yesterday was Aston's 3rd birthday. It's hard to think that this time 3 years ago, I was recovering in the hospital and my special little boy was up in the SCBU in an incubator, having only come off the ventilator just over 4 hours ago. He was so tiny and I had to get taken up to the unit to see him in a wheelchair because I was getting dizzy spells from the blood loss during the labour. He weighed only 4lb 10oz and was kind of like a baby bird that's fallen out of the nest. He was being fed through a tube and wired up to all sorts of machinery.

Now that little scrap of a boy is a strong, healthy boy of almost a metre tall and weighs just over 2 stone. He's happy and chats away pretty much all day, either to me, or making up little scenarios with his toys ("Oh no! Thomas is in the ravine!"). He's such a clever little chap and rather proudly, I can say that's all down to me since I've been the one looking after him single handedly for the past 18 months and might as well have been doing it on my own for the 18 months before that!

Next big milestone will be starting nursery after Easter - if I can ever get a response from the local school office!

Thursday, 12 February 2009

If it hadn't been for that meddling kid....!!!!

Oh the joys of parenthood - they just keep coming, don't they!

This evening, I got a CD Rom out in order to attach a pattern to an email to send to someone on the LK forum and the flaming disc drive wouldn't open. I gave the computer a bash Photobucket, as you do, and it opened, complete with a penny precariously balanced in the tray. I thought that was the end of it but no! The CDs wouldn't read and, close to tears and contemplating strangling my son, I ended up taking the computer apart and taking out the disc drive. I gave it a shake and, low and behold, there was still something in there. Next to come out was a button and yet, when I closed the drive and tried to open it again, it STILL jammed! I shook it again and another penny became visible but got lodged so I had to find a long pair of tweezers (thank heaven I'm a crafter!) and dislodge it. Needless to say, there has been much swearing and cursing Photobucket, banging about and shaking of fists in my house this evening but my son is sleeping soundly in his bed, unharmed and my CD drive is now functioning as it should be and all my CDs are now readable! Hoo bloody ray!

And after that fiasco, I was off to the shop on the corner to get some Gaviscon for the raging indigestion I had, despite not actually having eaten anything! I opened the front door and stepped outside only to have my ghast well and truly flabbered - SNOW! And it's everywhere! Where the hell did that come from? I don't remember any weather forecast saying we were going to get snow tonight. Why didn't I see it coming down? My curtains were open til about 8.30pm! It's bizarre! I hope I've got enough money on the gas meter or I'm going to FREEZE tomorrow! At least now I've passed my driving test (YAY!!!!!! Photobucket About bloody time - only my 10th test overall!) so I don't have to walk around in it!!!

Well, now that the indigestion has subsided somewhat, I'm going to try and get something to eat Photobucket before I keel over! Don't know if I have the strength to do any knitting tonight even though I got 2 free balls of wool with my LK magazine. I must make some of the irresistably cute baby shoes in there - any of my friends willing to have a baby who'll wear them??? hehe!

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

About bloody time!

I FINALLY passed my driving test today! 10th time lucky! I had the chief examiner so I'd obviously been assessed by rank amateurs before! This time I got the organ grinder, not the monkey! Woo hoo!

Anyway, I'm not going to be zooming off round the country straight away but it will give me more freedom. I've already been able to go to Tescos on my own to do a shop! That's a big deal for me, I can tell you!

I've even managed to do some tidying in my living room - it's the high y'see! Here's hoping today's my lucky day and my lottery ticket nets me something too! haha!

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Amigurumi tribute to Jimmy!

I've been at it again - designing my own amigurumis. I was making something for the LK Forum Easter swap when I had a brainwave and decided to design a rabbit, but not like all the other rabbits that are out there. My inspiration for my creation? My very own furball with the floppy ears, Jimmy!



The only difference between the two is that my amigurumi rendering has longer limbs and is rather skinnier and less fluffy! No amount of yarn will make an accurate rendering of Jim-Jim cuz he's just a big ball of white fluff that sheds everywhere and just becomes fluffier!




Anyway, here's a comparison!
Jimmy being 'cuddled' by my son
Amigurumi Jimmy!
See what I mean?
Anyway, the pattern is available for purchase here: http://www.geocities.com/swampyeweknitted/patterns.html
First pattern I've published for sale... hope someone buys a copy! lol





Update (yes, I am a useless blogger!)

I'm a pretty useless human being as well. I'd forget my head if it wasn't screwed on! (and to prove it I've just had to go back down to the shop to get my lottery scratch card that I asked for and forgot to actually pick up!)

So, what have I got to update on? Er... failed my driving test again (I was ROBBED, I tell ya!). The examiner failed me for not observing properly. Yeah, right! The things he cited I don't remember happening and everyone knows that using observation as a reason for failing someone when they did everything else right is just a cop out because they have to stick to the statistics (i.e. they're only allowed to pass a certain number of candidates in any one week). It's a joke, but it's happening.

Got another test booked for next Wednesday morning. If I don't pass that time, I'm going to scream the test centre down!!! My instructor is going to sit in the back of the car while I do my test just so she knows whether I actually did what they say I did!

Getting a nice fat payment from the council who have underpaid my housing and council tax benefits since October! So that's going to go straight into the savings account and be put towards a trip to California. Sometimes you can get nice letters from the council!

About Me

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I'm a stay at home mum (yes it IS a non-profit industry - I've never had a penny for doing it and I don't know any mums who have!) to Aston who's 2 years old. I have 2 pet rabbits - Malcolm and Jimmy. I'm seperated from my husband and now live back in my hometown of Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey, Kent UK. I have also lived in London and West Sussex so I've knocked about the South East of England a bit! I'm a pagan and am inspired by natural things and love anything that's not been tampered with too much. I love watching rugby and football and my fave teams are Bath Rugby (cuz Matt Stevens plays for them! lol) and Fulham FC.