Not in sparkling form this morning. A couple of things combined to keep me wakeful last night – the one I shall not bore you with, the other was a sickly-seeming cat. Treacle looked to be coming down with something nasty and I was fretting about how to get him to the vet. He had begun sneezing at 4pm. He was sneezing continuously for at least a couple of hours – big, explosive, messy sneezes. By the time that we put him to bed his sneezing has stopped but he was wheezing and snuffling and blowing bubbles. He is immunised but he’s a bit late on his booster this year; I spent all night imagining cat ‘flu. I was up at 12, 2, 3, 4.30, and 6 am.
In short, I am tired.
Imagine how excited I was then (NOT!) to find that the front porch was awash earlier this morning – and our bicycles were taking the brunt.
It is our own fault.
We have an Orkney porch. It was a stone-built add-on to the original house. It is built in such a manner that the rain guttering runs through the porch from side-to-side, over the front door. A previous resident dealt with this by putting in a false ceiling, made of an old door, hinged for access and filled with insulation.
Despite our every precaution, each year we have birds nesting in the gutter. Even though it is only starlings we do not have the heart to disturb them, and under law we probably aren’t allowed to anyway.
So, each year, the birds fledge and we say that we must clear the gutter before the autumn storms come.
One year we may be pro-active and get it done and thus avoid a flood.
Anyway, we spent a good hour this morning in clearing up the mess… taking a full bin bag of straw out from behind the ceiling door. You have to admire those birds, they are most industrious!
Cycles are parked in the garage until things dry out and I have put our wet and mucky clothes on to wash. I am having a well-earned coffee and waiting for Gill to come and get the post.
I may knit a hexapuff.
Yes, that blanket is up for working on again. It seems I thought I would have it finished by this Christmas. I have only 11 puffs completed so far!
Work on the puffs is part of my new Project Diet. Conversations at Ravelry prompted me to review the state of my UFOs again and I referred back to my post here in August.
Current plans are published on my 2012 Project Diet page and this stage of the diet will run until the end of the year, when I will review the state of things again.
Just one question: what do I do about commissions? Do they still have to come in under the allowed-new-projects strategy of one-for-two-completions? My inbuilt work ethic says “yes” and frankly, that’s just plain boring.
Cheer me on.
Oh, and when I witter on about portable project requirements for ferry trips to town? Just utter the word Hexapuffs! in my ear, please.