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.

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6 Responses to “Ugh”

  1. SpinningGill 6th September 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Sorry I missed you this morning.
    Are you thinking of going to town tomorrow?

    • Beth 6th September 2012 at 1:29 pm #


    • Beth 6th September 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      (checks conservatory) Oh, you’ve been. I was still waiting for you. How did you manage that – the dogs never said a word. Mind you, they never announced the post this morning either…

      Were we de-nesting the porch when you came?

      Yes, thinking about it. I could do with going but the weather is not being very supportive

      • SpinningGill 6th September 2012 at 3:46 pm #

        I didn’t hear the dogs and thought they might be tucked up in bed with you, so I didn’t want to disturb you.
        The weather doesn’t look *too* bad for tomorrow, so I might go.

        • Beth 6th September 2012 at 4:26 pm #

          Being tucked up has never been known to silence them before.

          I suspect that I was bagging straw and guano at the time. Lovely job.

          Mr L says I should not bother going to town. I can’t say that I want to. However, I really should. We’ve no fresh veg or salad left at all.

          I only have an hour and a half left to make up my mind, or I shan’t be able to book the bus anyway!

          • SandaySpinner 6th September 2012 at 5:03 pm #

            I’m going.

            I’ve already booked the bus. So I’ll see you if you decide to go. 🙂

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