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Posted on Sun, 12 February 2017
The photo above is not black and white, nature just lost all its colours that day. I love when the frost clings to the trees and make everything white, it’s so pretty!I always take a lot of photos of nature, but especially in the winter (and autumn). IMO, snow and ice makes everything look just a little bit more magical. Here’s a photo dump from the past month or so. Scroll to the bottom if you’re just here for the dog. 😉^ Here’s evidence I could never be a fashion blogger.This is basically what I look like from November to March: nothing but thick sturdy (and shapeless) winter clothes, usually matched with a face flushing red from the cold. I like pretty clothes as much as the next girl, but when you’re in the middle of a Scandinavian winter and the temperature drops below a certain threshold, all thoughts of being stylish goes out the window 😜 The photos of Zaphod are taken by Markus.Read moreThe post Winter scenery photos (with bonus dog) was originally published on Imaginary Karin.


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Posted on Tue, 21 February 2017
Tyrone have been in a relationship for over 7 years, but apparently we are both still single. Yes. Allow me to explain. I don’t know if it’s the same in other countries but in the UK you sometimes have to declare your relationship status on forms. The options are usually (like 99% of the time) […]
Posted on Mon, 20 February 2017
We're back from our weekend away. We had a wonderful time. The weather was nice the first day and then got worse from there. Saturday was rainy most of the day, and that meant we stayed inside and kept ourselves entertained with things from home. By the end of the day we were so relaxed that further relaxation would have rendered us pulsating blobs of protoplasm. It was a welcome respite from our usually busy day-to-day schedule. We talked about this being one of the joys of living in a small space. The list of things to do is very short.There was a stack of magazines to catch up on. Mike had some other reading he was enjoying, and of course, there's always hand-stitching. I finished up the "Road Trip" block.It still needs trimming and two borders added, but that shouldn't take too long. And that means I've added something else to my to-do list, which is to make up the tenth block for Hocuspocusville. The next one is Hagatha's Dirty Laundry. It seems entirely appropriate since it's impossible to come home from a camping trip without a pile of laundry.The kitties were glad to see us. Oh yes, the laps are back! I was more in the mood for sewing than I was for unpacking, and so I got straight to work on the ninth Solstice block. As you might guess, I had plenty of helpers. Smitty was at-the-ready to help me choose fabrics for my block.Sadie was happy that someone turned on the fireplace so she could warm her furry self.Sadie's life is all about staying warm, and so she's also happy to have someone at home to arrange her quilts for her.As for the Solstice block, Block #9 is called "Among the Stars." Mine is marking Valentine's Day. That candy heart fabric has been in my stash for a long time, and so it was good to finally put it to use. This is a large block at 32 inches square. It would make a cute doll quilt all on its own.Pat Sloan has two layouts for the quilt we're making, and I like her asymmetrical layout. This latest block will go in the center.The to-do list is rather long for the day. First, I need to finish unpacking my clothes and food from the camper. Also, I need to make up a grocery shopping list. The shopping can wait until tomorrow. If I can get both of those things accomplished, I'll finish up the Summer Holiday block pictured above, and then get to work on the second clue for the Welcome Home Mystery Quilt Sew Along from Kathleen Tracy. You might remember that I made the little house block a couple of weeks ago. Mine didn't want to lay flat for its picture, but rest assured, the chimneys are straight.When I add the second clue, the chimneys will behave a little better. The second clue is to add a border of half square triangles around the whole thing. There are also another dozen or so half square triangles to make, and those will be added at some point in the future.That kind of takes care of today's to-do's, but look who decided to pop up while we were gone.The tomato seeds are growing! Yay! You're going to make a lovely pasta sauce in a few months. There are three seeds in each cup. Most cups have just two seeds germinated. A few cups have none, but we're off to a pretty good start. I expect the remaining seeds to germinate within the next day or two.Oh yes, and I have to back way up to last Thursday and my visit to Boersma's with my friend Lenelda from Ft. Worth, Texas. I didn't have anything in mind for our fabric shopping trip, although Lenelda picked out some very pretty fabrics to go in a quilt she's making for her brother. We spent quite a bit of time figuring out the yardage for that. As for me, I love Boersma's because their whole basement is devoted to bolts of fabric on sale. I can always find something I like there for a good price. I picked up these two. The one on the left reminded me of bricks or board siding. I thought it might come in handy for the walls of a barn at some point.The one on the right will probably end up in a binding or something. I just liked it. It occurs to me that the Hocuspocusville quilt has some orange and black nine patch blocks when I start sewing it together. That fabric would work well in one of the nine patches.So that's my plan for the day. Plenty to do, and never enough time. Be sure to check back tomorrow. I have a fun giveaway planned, but I'll say more about it in tomorrow's post.Pin It
Posted on Mon, 20 February 2017
My anxiety has been horrible lately and the only thing that seems to help is by distracting myself by binge watching movies and TV shows on Netflix. Some of the good movies and TV shows I’ve watched lately: Stranger Things The OA Degrassi Next Class Fuller House Frequency Finding Dory The Lazarus Project Unfortunately, I’ll […]
Posted on Mon, 20 February 2017
A belated Happy Valentines Day! 😘 Feels like forever since I wrote last when really its just been a week. Anyway! My Valentines Day was oridanary! I did get some Valentines though! An card from my sister and a truffle heart from my mom. I did have two truffle hearts, but the other magical vanished. […]
Posted on Mon, 20 February 2017
A couple of months ago, I realized that Andrew and I were throwing out about half a bag of apples every other week. It’s cheaper to buy them in a bag than individually where I buy my groceries (roughly $3  a bag as opposed to $1 an apple), but I hate being wasteful. There were […]
Posted on Mon, 20 February 2017
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Posted on Sun, 19 February 2017
Today I went on a walk through Cirencester, mostly to catch Pokemon on the Pokemon Go game for Android(!) 😉 but also to enjoy some time outdoors. I like walking but it’s been very cold lately and I haven’t been able to go out walking much. Thankfully today was a lot warmer and perfect for a walk.  I stopped off in town and had lunch in The West Cornwall Pasty shop, did a bit of retail therapy (I bought a pair of jeans from a charity shop for £5 – bargain!) and took a walk around the outskirts of Cirencester Read More...The post Cirencester Amphitheatre and Querns Wood appeared first on Chimmyville.
Posted on Sun, 19 February 2017
Nothing gets much better than pizza. There, I said it. You can preach about everything being better than pizza to me, but I will resolutely stand by what I just said. Nothing is quite like a circular dough base covered in tomato sauce, cheese and any topping you want. A new pizza restaurant opened up in […]
Posted on Sun, 19 February 2017
You don’t have to work particularly hard to make a case against America and it’s policies. Like all major countries, our government says one thing and does another, carries out horrors in our name and by and large we don’t even know what’s happening. We try, we do. The mentally hilarious way we cling to […]
Posted on Sun, 19 February 2017
My 30-something-year-old, mother of three kids,  patient went “berserk” as some of my colleagues have described. Mind you, she was just literally recovering from brain surgery, specifically the frontal lobe area, which is the area that affects personality, emotional expression and even sexual behavior. My patient scribbled down a ten-year manifesto on the things she […]
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