Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Storytelling Sunday, December 2012 - The Non-Weekend and the Birds

This post is part of Sian's Storytelling Sunday for 2012.  Read her story for this month, at her blog "From High in the Sky" and follow the links to dozens of other great stories!

 This is the last "Storytelling Sunday" of 2012, so I really wanted to join in. But what story to tell? I have been so busy recently and couldn't think what to share... 

Well, there's been a lot of laundry round here lately.  I've been very busy with household tasks, both for us and for my mum.  But doing those dull old jobs does give you time to organise your thoughts, even if you don't have time to write them down!
Anyway, not much blogging here recently, but I thought I'd share a quick story about our Non-Weekend - and also show you who visited our garden.
So, the weekend.  We had planned to do this:

But Mr LizzieMade woke up on Saturday with a headache and sore shoulder, so going into the loft was not a likely event...
We went to the local farmer's market and bought nice cheese, fresh eggs and veggies, a doughnut (for the ever-starving-teenager Boy's lunch), plus more art equipment for his increasingly-expensive school art studies - a set of decent acrylic paints this time. 
Then soup for lunch... by which time, Mr LizzieMade's face was swelling up a bit and looking rather red.  He said it hurt behind his ear.  It did all look a bit sore...  He used an ice pack and some muscle rub on the shoulder, then went to bed for a nap. 
He declined my offer to photograph him for my blog, so there is no photo for you!
So, no Christmas decorations on Saturday, eh? 
Sunday morning - bright and cold.  And Mr LizzieMade had a red swelling all up the left side of his face, which hurt him.  The sore shoulder seemed to have recovered, but the face problem was worse.  We called the doctor's and were put through to the out-of-hours service, who asked us to go down to the weekend clinic at the local hospital (not A&E, but a doctor's service).   Sooooo... off we went, leaving the Boy to do the dreaded homework.   
They gave Mr LizzieMade a prescription for anti-biotics.  After a visit to the pharmacy (in Sainsbury's - very handy on a Sunday), we came home and decided there'd be no visits to the loft on Sunday either...
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So, instead of Christmas Trees, I made these:
Two nice A5 sized notebooks, one with a kraft cardstock cover, the other one covered with pearly ivory cardstock.  Both filled with a rainbow of pastel papers - in ten colours!
Some kraft card notebooks, like Moleskine books, with cream paper and sewn with red linen thread. 

And a batch of Rainbow Notebooks, with eight colours of bright paper inside and kraft card covers.  All fit nicely into an envelope, so they can be posted, or given as a present!
A bit of cheerful fun on a wintery weekend afternoon.
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 And next weekend, perhaps we'll do this:
..and this too!  
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And the Garden Visitors?
Not very clear photos, but a small flock of Waxwings settled in our apple tree, to eat some of the remaining fruit.  Davey counted at least seven, though I think there were more at one point. 

They obviously love the apples. 
Sadly I couldn't get a better photo than this, as going outside would have scared them away...
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So, that was the story of our Non-Weekend.  As you can see, we managed to do quite a lot in two days, even if not all as planned!
And just to let you know that Mr LizzieMade seems to be recovering nicely.  He worked from home yesterday and went out at 6am (!!) this morning, to travel to Tunbridge Wells to a client's offices.  When I messaged him (a bit later than 6am!) he said he's feeling much better. 
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  1. Poor Mr LizzieMade! I hope the antibiotics have kicked in and he feels better.
    Sometimes a non-weekend is a very good thing, and it looks like you made the most of it. The notebooks are gorgeous

  2. I'm very glad he is feeling a lot better - it sounded quite miserable, whatever it was.

    I do like a non-weekend too, when little things mean a lot. Those notebooks are beautiful, though, - quite a big thing really they are so lovely.

    It's a pleasure to have you here for the last story of the year Lizzie. many thanks for this one and for the others in 2012. Much appreciated and enjoyed by us all

  3. So nice to see you posting! I can appreciate the busyness ... and your notebooks are just lovely and such a lot in a short space of time! Glad Mr Lizziemade is feeling better. :) Are you going to have a go with those acrylic paints?

  4. Ah, I have my own paints, Alexa! I've been lending them... thought he should have his own and stop pinching mine! Ditto the watercolours - he had my sketching set, so I bought him one of those a couple of weeks ago... only to find he needs acrylics first!
    Anyone have a Money Tree Seed to spare?

  5. We still haven't finished decorating yet - the girl and I are both feeling a little punky right now.

  6. I can't imagine why he didn't want a photo taken for the blog @@! lol I look forward to seeing pics of the decorations soon. We haven't started but we generally don't until this coming weekend.

  7. Whatever does "punky" mean in American, I wonder? Here it is most definitely linked to music...

    DH wants to go in the loft tonight... I don't... hmmm...

  8. you had quite an eventful weekend and those books are lovely x

  9. I send a youth into the loft to get everything out - he's so much taller and stronger than me it makes sense. Glad that Mr LM is feeling better - modern medicine and especially antibiotics are something I am often grateful for.

    Hope you get the house decorated next weekend. The waxwings are lovely as are the books - like the idea of being able to fit into an envelope too.

  10. Fab notebooks - glad you got creative - good luck with the decorations this weekend (and hope that Mr LM is fully recovered)!


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