Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Books and hooks

Hello everyone. As our family holiday has come to an end and we think about going back to work, like most people I've thought of the good habits which I want to continue. Like setting goals at the beginning of the year, for me, holidays are similar, a chance to pause and remind myself of my goals and resolutions.

I'm reminded that I wanted to 'be more' present - specifically less facebook time, to get my craft to-do list done and not just read about 'nice things to do'. To 'do more' as a family - we've made a new start at that this holiday. To eat healthily, it's so easy to reach for a snack when often your body just needs a drink - water anyone?

Still wanting to hold onto summer a bit longer I'm sharing some random holiday cheerfulness with you. The roses were from Morrison's supermarket. I'd acquired a voucher for a free bunch of flowers to the value of £2. There wasn't a lot to choose from, so I had £2 off a bunch. I chose an elegant white bunch of roses which in their simplicity look beautiful. Looking online at their meaning was interesting, as it captured the 'new beginnings' perfectly. If you'd like to know the meaning behind rose colours, see here and then here specifically for white roses.

Incidently I think the blemishes on the roses are a reminder to love your inperfections, something which we seem to be hearing a lot lately in the media.

My library book read, though we didn't go camping this summer, I've been dipping into this book and Kate's blog here which is very interesting. Kate writes from Australia which is in winter, it seems strange at the moment looking at autumnal photographs. She talks about leaving 'electricals' (my phrase) behind and connecting with the family, not just  for holidays.

Yesterday I made the decision to remove facebook from both my phone and tablet. It remains on my laptop and main PC and hopefully will remain that way. The reason I did this was because I wanted to be more present. The amount of time I've wasted on facebook is horrendous. I could've done so many other things.

For now I'm reading my way through the Cedar Cove series by Debbie Macomber, familiar but enjoyable still. This is the third one in the series which further develops the main characters lives whilst introducing new people to enhance the story. I've mentioned before, I like choosing a set of books to read through, during the summer. I'm hoping to get started on the next book for the book club after the weekend, it's called 'A Street Cat Called Bob' by James Bowen. I saw the film which was very good, teen 2 has read it and has started the second one in the series.

On my crochet hook at the moment is the Moorland blanket by attic 24, see here for details if you're interested. It's nearing the end now, up with the blue skies.

Usually if I'm off out somewhere I take this scarf to crochet as it's less bulky. Still in holiday mode on Monday it was the Craft Circle summer meal out which was very nice. Most of us had fish and chips, I had salad and coleslaw with mine, followed by a mocha instead of a pudding, as I had to drive to Lincoln hospital (routine twice a yr) and didn't want to be feeling full.

QT, my fluffy mane-d lion, love him.

Thank you for reading, hope you have a good week. Do leave a comment and if you enjoy it, please follow.

Cathy x


  1. Hope you are enjoying your time being more present!

  2. I love the Cedar Cove series and I've enjoyed a few Debbie Macomber movies on the Hallmark channel but I've never read any of her books. I'm sure they are enjoyable as well. I've done the Facebook thing as well a few times over the years. Facebook has gotten so spammy now that it's not at all interesting to me. I know what you mean though and I agree.
    xx Beca

    1. The series on TV unfortunately didn't follow the books, I still recommend them. https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/debbie-macomber/ this site lists her books by series.
      Thank you for commenting, have a good week. Cathy x

  3. Gorgeous colours in your moorland blanket. I'm hooking Lucy's hydrangea blanket pattern but in colours to work in with our living room. Happy hooking!

    1. All of Lucy's blankets are beautiful and they all look different. It was nice that she showed the creative variations (of her followers) of the Moorland blanket her on her blog. A very gracious lady.
      All the best with your blanket x


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