A week or so on, and the shingles are thankfully easing up on their effects. Sure, I still have to wear my fleecy pyjama tops because they are SOFT, but as they look quite like casual tops anyway, I don't feel like a social outcast from Cardiff when I go to the supermarket. (For the unaware, there was a 'name and shame' campaign a while ago about undesireables from certain parts of Cardiff going to their supermarkets in their pyjamas and onesies ;-) I am not one of these, honest. Although I do think that in comparison to some of their 'normal' clothes, pyjamas and onesies are probably considerably more modest. )
In the meantime, I have not been sitting around demanding Henry ap Troll peel grapes for me as I disport myself on a chaise longue with the latest novel and a few cocktails. Much as that idea is appealing on a superficial level, 'Idle hands are the Devil's playground' was my Nanna's favourite maxim and sadly I cannot delete that phrase from my memory bank. Now, those of you in the know will know that I use EQ7 to design my quilts and whilst I absolutely adore the software as it's so easy to use, it does, like any software, have a few (thankfully a very few) issues. One of these is that SOME colours in the Bella Solids range and quite a few in the Moda Marbles range, do not come 'true' when on the screen. As I am a bit anal about getting colours absolutely 'right', this means I tend to test all the block which have this problem. So, given I simply was not up to attacking piecing and quilting with my usual energy, I did a couple of such test blocks. These are two from my 'Sparks and Cinders' design, and I am really very happy with the results.
It's also been a busy time on the pussycat front. Both our lovely blue tabby girl Gandi (Narviks Propaganda) and one of our 'home-grown' black tabby girls Mabel (Halubka de Velogny) have had kittens by the large, lovable but very stupid red boy, Andrew (Invicta de Velogny). Here is one of Mabel's boys, who is a real thug!
OKOKOKOKOK, I know it's been a while... but I have had an excuse, and 'O Excuse, thy name is Shingles'. I am feeling VERY sorry for myself just now, as this is the second time I have had it and let's just say I will not be ranking it No 1 on my List of Life Experiences any time soon. The only tiny chinks of silver lining are firstly that it is nowhere near as bad as the first time, and secondly it has not touched my eyes, which would have meant staying in a darkened room.
In three weeks' time I am off to Cornwall again, and frankly it can not come soon enough. Much as I love my home, the experience of keeping it running, ensuring the smaller Troll has calories chundering towards his ever raging hunger, and dealing with the million other small things making up daily life have been issues I Could Have Done Without Just Now.
The biggest good thing about this entire period has been I have got some more designing and pattern making done. Not something to be sneezed at (OR SCRATCHED IN MY CASE)....
Normal service will hopefully be resumed soon!