30 October 2017

This month I have been mostly...

I've been continuing working my way through the Chalet School books. I wanted to get up to The Chalet School Does It Again before going into hospital, because after that I mostly have paperbacks which will be easier to handle when I'm lying in bed! I'm also working my way through Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham - I am really enjoying it but I prefer it in small doses as his language is quite descriptive and I like to take my time over it.
A lot of crochet - I wanted to get 180 coloured circles finished so that when I'm off work after my hysterectomy I can work with just the white wool to turn these into granny squares and join them up for a blanket. I've also been trying to get my 10,000 steps a day over the past few weeks, to make sure I am fit and healthy for having my hysterectomy and to make up for the fact I'll be less mobile for a bit. I've only ever managed four days in a row of 10,000 steps before, but at the time I'm writing this I have done ten days in a row, and I've also hit at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day for those 10 days too! And I also celebrated my final period with lots of chocolate, wine, biscuits, face mask, nice shower gel, a candle, a hot water bottle, and a snuggle with my cuddly uterus!

28 October 2017


After being diagnosed with fibroids earlier in the year, I'm having a hysterectomy today! When I saw the consultant after being diagnosed, and asked what my options were, he said, "Well, that depends how attached you are to your uterus!". I said that at my age it is unlikely I'll have any use for it, so just to go ahead and whip it out!

I'll be in hospital for a few days, then at my parents' house for a bit after I get out of hospital, so I'm going to take a wee break from the blog for at least part of November. 

In the meantime, I should still be posting to Instagram (because I have such a backlog of photos that I haven't got round to posting there!). So head over there to keep up with what I'm doing.

I've got a big pile of books to read, plenty of small crafts to keep me going, colouring books, Copic markers and sketchpads, DVDs, and much more, so I should not get too bored during my recuperation!

26 October 2017

Coffee morning and mocktails

We've had a couple of fun events for staff at work recently - a lunchtime mocktail making session, and a Macmillan coffee morning. I really enjoyed both of these, and the goodies on offer at each were very photogenic (and delicious!). And whoever made the pear and ginger muffins - I'd love the recipe for those!

23 October 2017

Edinburgh with Kate

Two years ago I went on a tour of Italy, and the tour group consisted of 35 Americans... and me! At first this felt a little strange, especially when the tour manager made a big deal out of having me introduce myself to the group, but everyone really took me under their wing, and one of those I became particularly friendly with was Kate. We have kept in touch through Facebook since then, and we have so much in common, so, when she was coming on a tour of Scotland we just had to arrange to meet up!
It's always difficult to choose what parts of Edinburgh to show to a visitor, but luckily Kate and I like the same sort of things so I took her to all my favourite spots!
We spent an afternoon looking around some of the Old Town, had a look at some of my favourite streets Ramsay Garden and Victoria Street, saw Greyfriars Bobby, and went up to the museum roof terrace to look at the views. 
Then we spent a whole day walking from Kate's hotel on the Royal Mile, along Princes Street and down to Dean Village, lunch at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, along the Water of Leith, and back via Stockbridge and Circus Lane.
It was wonderful spending time with Kate, and I thoroughly enjoyed showing her some of the sights of Edinburgh. And being with someone who hasn't visited Edinburgh before helped me to see it with new eyes and spot details that I hadn't seen before!


22 October 2017

Sunday self-portraits: Bookworm

Having recently given my living room a makeover, it made the perfect setting for some book themed self-portraits! Although reading is one of my favourite activities, I had only ever taken a few book themed photos before!
I had recently bought a lovely edition of my namesake book, Emma, in some of my favourite colours, and I also wore the book themed pins from my pin collection (by Fable and Black and Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes).

19 October 2017

Old Bear

As I mentioned the other day when I showed you her retirement card, one of my colleagues, the school librarian, is retiring. I started picking up little bits and pieces for her retirement present over a period of months. Since we are both great charity shoppers, I knew she wouldn't mind if some of the items in her present had come from that source, and that's exactly where I got Old Bear.

Margaret is a great fan of the Old Bear book and tv series, so much so that she replaced the photo on her ID badge with Old Bear (and I'm not sure that anyone ever noticed!). So when I saw this wooden bear I just had to pick it up.
I scanned in my work ID badge and replaced the photo with Old Bear, then printed it out at a smaller size and covered it in clear sticky-backed plastic. I hung it around his neck with a red ribbon.

I also added a few other charity shop finds that alluded to her advancing age! The book The Seniors' Survival Guide was perfect, because much of it is about technology, and Margaret tends to be on the phone to us most days about problems with the printer (nicknamed Penelope) or computers! In fact, if the phone rings before 9am, we usually guess straight away that it is her! And since she has often admired my "Drink tea and read books" pin, but is more of a coffee drinker, I jumped at the chance to get her Fable and Black's "Drink coffee and read books" pin as soon as it became available (and a few other wee things from there too!).

17 October 2017

Retirement card

One of my closest work friends, the school's librarian, is retiring, and this is the card that I made for her. I used my standard retirement card design, the hammock, but with the addition of lots of books!

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