I did quite a bit of reading in April which meant some very late nights. I only read when I go to bed & if it’s a real page turner it makes for a very late night. All but the Muriel Spark were picked up in op shops. I was going to say, I wish I’d thought of buying books there years ago, but probably it’s better I didn’t or it would have meant yet another truckload when we moved down last year!!!
They were all very good, but I especially loved ‘The Shifting Fog’ by Kate Morton.
Once I finished the miniature street party scene it was back to finishing off the pressies I was making for Mother’s Day so I could post them. This will be the first time in 50 years I won’t be spending Mother’s Day with Mum. It’s a bit hard to now we live 1000kms away, on the up side, this will be the first Mother’s Day in 8 years I’ll spend with dd Emma .
Mum had cataract surgery this week & the surgeon is pleased with how it went. It will be a while before Mum can tell if it’s made an improvement. She also has Macular Degeneration & this was her ‘worst’ eye. She will have the other one done next month. I posted her pressies off Tuesday afternoon & then it was time to get stuck into cleaning up the disaster area being creative makes.
Wednesday I woke up actually looking forward to getting all the bits & bobs sorted & put away so I could start on the next pressie, then I stretched, big mistake. I managed to pull a muscle in my upper back. OUCH! Extreme pain in my back, up my neck into my head & down the back of both arms, oh joy!!! As if I don’t have enough pain with the Fibromyalgia. :-( Heat packs & Panadol, & the pain had eased off by night so I tidied the sewing room. Woke up Thursday & it was bad again, more Panadol & I could do some cleaning. Friday I did the smart thing & googled ‘pulled muscle upper back,’ I had to laugh as it referred to all sort of exercise & sports induced injuries rather than an injury caused by stretching in bed, lol. Ice they said, why didn’t I think of that???? So I grabbed the ice pack & used it on & off through the day, it really helped, that’s why I’ve got it back on now.
I didn’t waste my time though, I finished knitting a scarf for Emma, knitted one for Rowan & did some of my Tis the Season stitchery. Hopefully my back will be ok by Monday so I can get stuck into the next pressie which is a BIG project.
BTW the scarves are knitted with Snowball Yarn from Lincraft. I tried similiar yarn from other shops but this is by far the best. The scarves are so quick & easy to make, just 10 stitches per row on 4mm needles. You knit 2 stitches between each pom pom & before you know it you have a scarf. These scarves were done with 2 balls, but one ball makes a nice scarf too that just crosses over in front, rather than wrapping around.