On September 3rd Laurie arrived in Aberdeen to be met by Mike, and taken to the Clan Haven to spend the night, before coming on here.
She so kindly gave up ALL her annual holiday to come across and help to take care of me, and to keep me company while Mike was in Aberdeen.
It was just SO WONDERFUL. It lifted our spirits, and gave us SUCH a great present in her company!
She came absolutely laden with presents and with ‘requests’. She brought Hershey chocolate, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, chocolate covered almonds, hot chocolate mixes .... oh! enough to overdose on chocolate for many moons! And there were food items too. Fresh Miso paste, and wonderful Japanese noodles galore.
Cute Dolls and more
Planning the whole adventure was great fun, and occupied the weeks before she came. We had all manner of recipes to try out, Japanese cooking to explore (sushi to make, and miso paste to use). We had recipes for wickedly extravagant walnut and sour cream cake ... and so much more! If we had been realistic about it we could have happily passed two MONTHS working our way through all the ideas we had in mind!!
In the end it was the sewing that won out in the ‘activities and projects’ stakes!
All it needed was to ‘un-twist’ the humbug shape!
Next she set to work making me a couple of new cushions. I’ve tried for years to find more like the two I have here that are just about falling apart. They are quite FLAT and most useful for resting food trays on (especially on my bed). But all the cushions you see nowadays are stuffed to overflowing, and most uncomfortably so! And they end up being most un-useful as well.
And then we started (me looking on, and Laurie doing all the hard and skilled work) on the Cute Dolls. Laurie had found this book ages ago - with patterns for making a whole range of sweet, small stuffed toys ... and I am hoping to be able to try my hand at making one over the winter months.
Now, we did plan to do a whole lot of relaxing too - 'vegging out' is the technical term! We had lots of TV programmes and DVDs lined up, along with books
It is amazing just how quickly the time flew by!
Another thing we managed to do was to set up a Facebook account for me.
I’ve got the basics in place, and we set up the most secure system we could, using the US Navy template! I have not had time to do very much with it yet - but I'm getting the hang of using it for chatting, and have started posting photos there too. So it is there, and I can gradually expand how I use it to suit myself. If you are on Facebook - look me up! That is IF you can find me. Those U.S. navy settings are pretty good at keeping you VERY private!
And before we knew it - before we had even finished a tenth of what we had planned, and just as we were settling into a nice relaxed routine of chatting, messing about, watching DVDs, sewing and even soing a little cooking and baking ..... it was time for her to leave!
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