Good Morning, Monday

Well here we have a brand-new shiny week and we have it all to ourselves.  Many plans were made for today, most of which were predicated upon the clement weather that we have failed to receive.  Well, the rubbish is out, the dishwasher is on, the drying is in the tumbler, breakfast is in my tummy, all animals are fed and their other needs attended to.  I have showered, had a mug of tea and  a mug of coffee — I am fully caffeinated.  I have unearthed a box of leftover risotto from the freezer and that will do for lunch. There is a long day stretching ahead of me and I am wondering how best to use it.

Things that will be done

  • draft my second post for knit/crochet blog week.
  • some tidying up.
  • a little plying
  • a Monday Muse post
  • packing books into boxes for the sale at the end of May

Things that may be done

  • Some knitting — there is a new project, but I am saving the details for Wednesday.
  • If the weather clears up, I might take a little stroll with my camera and one or more of the dogs.


Yesterday Mr L set off on one of his marathon journeys to visit his office.  He left on the evening ferry, expecting then to catch the bus from Kirkwall to Stromness — where he would tuck himself up in his berth on the Hamnavoe in readiness for the morning crossing to Scotland. When the ferry was under way, there was an announcement to the effect that the boat would be calling at Stronsay. Unsurprisingly, he missed his bus and had to get a taxi to Stromness — at a cost of over £25, which is more than he is allowed to claim for.  That should prove to be an interesting battle when he puts his expenses in! While Mr L was battling with his travel plans,  I was here drafting today’s big post and battling with my desk lamp, which was dimming and brightening, dimming and brightening… I had thought that it was the UPS dealing with glitches in the power supply and that the power had gone off  when my lamp finally went out.  I flipped the wall switch that the power was still on, it was the bulb that had gone. Later, when Mr L called from his bunk bed to say goodnight,  the power actually did go off in the middle of our phone call. And thus, it begins… there is scope for much to go wrong in this week, and it probably will.

I spent the reminder of my evening in bed with my headlamp on, listening to the transistor radio, sipping Drambuie and reading a book – knitting lace was not really on the cards. All the same, not a poor way to spend a Sunday evening!

While I was writing this, Mr L called to see if the power had returned.  He has safely made it across the Pentland Firth and caught his train and is now en route to Inverness, so that is a couple of hurdles safely crossed.

Impromptu giveaway

Small, but sturdy

I found a new light bulb for my desk lamp, without which I cannot see to type.  Here is the box that the bulb came in — they make excellent wee boxes for posting RAK’s and little swaps in.

So, how about an impromptu giveaway?

If you would like a small surprise from me, leave a comment here and I will randomly choose a recipient at the end of the week.  I will post anywhere in the world.

Content will be mainly of a crafty nature. Not necessarily fibrous.

Please leave your URL, so that I can stalk you and assess what to incorporate into the box 🙂

And now it is time for me to roll my sleeves up and start tidying books away. I shall be back later with a Monday Muse post. I promise that it will be short, there has been more than enough to read today.

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  1. April 26, 2010

    I really like the idea of a small giveaway, don’t think I have enough of a blog following to do it though. Good on you for doing it. I’m taking part in the blog and crochet week and taking a break from writing my contribution 🙂 funtimes

    • April 26, 2010

      Welcome to the blog, Steph. How are things in Wet Yorkshire? Noting your email address – student or staff?

      You don’t need a following for a giveaway – it might bring you a following, though. Frankly, it always seems a little disturbing to discover just how many people read a blog that one thinks is completely invisible to the wider world 🙂 Some people will read the strangest stuff! LOL

      • April 26, 2010

        I’m a student, wet Yorkshire is not so wet at the minute. Been amazing weather the past week.
        I may do a bit of a giveaway in the future, when I have a bit more time 🙂

        • April 26, 2010

          Feel free to pop in here to promote it when you do.

  2. April 26, 2010

    What a cool idea for a giveway and fingers crossed we all get some nicer weather sometime this week.

    • April 26, 2010

      Well, judging by the mail addy and a quick stalk, you too are in Wet Yorks? Nice photos of the YSP, by the way. A great day out with a camera, isn’t it?

      My, I am feeling a tad homesick today!

      • April 26, 2010

        We had a great time at YSP but we’re really going to need some more visits to see everything- having to get back to pick the kids up we only really had a couple of hours there.

        Its a little dull here in West Yorkshire today, but dry so far. We keep having some really good days just lately though so I shouldn’t complain.

    • April 26, 2010

      PS. I see that you are an OU student. I was an OU student, then tutor, when I was in Yorkshire. Who knows, we may have mutual contacts!

  3. April 26, 2010

    Yorkshire is now not so wet… at least in Sheffield it’s not. In fact there is sunshine coming in through the window!

  4. April 26, 2010

    I really love the idea and I’m going to put my name down for this as I have never won a giveaway (or won anything since the day I took 1st prize in a shouting competition in Blackpool Tower, at the age of 5), so I think this idea for something small but thoughtful is wonderful :o)

    Have fun with your giveaway!


  5. April 27, 2010

    This is such a lovely idea, a wee little treat.

    — Saff

    Also small but wonderful 🙂

  6. April 29, 2010

    I found your blog through knitcroblo! Hi from New York.

    • April 29, 2010

      Good morning, Lori – welcome to my little corner of the Internet

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