Saturday, 29 December 2007
I have enjoyed it apart from the feeling of being soooooooo tired. Both yesterday and today I have stood in for our 2nd chef (she has been covering for 1st chef) in the afternoons, I have found it hard work, all the bending over sinks ands standing in one place. Because of the arthritis thing I have going on, this sort of work is difficult. Please don't think I'm complaining, I'm not as I volunteered, our chef deserves time off, she has worked really hard over Christmas. Filling in like this keeps my hand in. It means that if we have a crisis in the kitchen I can fill in without too much difficulty (I am used to cooking for large numbers at scout camps and it not such ideal circumstances).
Tomorrow we are off to Wiltshire for a family get together. We are meeting up at a pub in Cricklade. There is family coming from Wales and Sheffield as well as us from Cheshire so it should be really good. More about it later in the week as well as photos, probably on Thursday as that is the next day off I wil have time to fiddle about.
As for knitting, I have finished one sock, started it's mate (I need to turn the heel on that) and tonight I have started another sock to take with me tomorrow - lots of stocking stitch for travelling in the car as long as the Oh! Bearded One will drive.
Sunday, 23 December 2007
I wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and I hope Santa Claus brings puts lots of knitterly goodness in your stockings (knitted of course!!!!)
Thursday, 20 December 2007
If you hadn't noticed Christmas is coming, the trees are up, prezzie shopping is complete but not all are wrapped, one more session to go and tomorrow morning, very early, DD & I will hit the supermarket to complete the food shopping.
I am a lucky girl, I'm not working Christmas day or Boxing day, I am working New Year's Eve and New Year's Day morning so for Christmas dinner there will be DD, SofM, Oh! Bearded One, my Mum & Dad and DD's boyfriend, Gromit, oh! also Molly the cat who will hover hopefully for turkey.
Not only do I 'do' Christmas at home, I am involved in doing it at work. 'work' is actually 'home' for the residents who live there, they can't 'do' Chrsitmas so we must but we have to be sensitive about how we go about it. For some residents Christmas is a painful time, full of painful memories, especially for one resident who has lost her husband this week (his funeral is on Christmas Eve). It will be a bit bitter,sweet for us staff as well as 2 residents have died in the last week, they will be much missed.
We try really hard to make it special for both the residents, staff and relatives. We don't go over board on decorations but we do put a lot of emphasis on residents' spiritual needs so there are carol servives, communion and individual spiritual needs being met (it is a Christian Nursing home). We have a party in between Christmas and New Year, we encourage relatives to come and joined their loved ones in having some quality time and have some fun. This year that party is on the day after Boxing day.
Oh! I have been knitting as well! A sock! I have also been buying books, Interweave's 'The Best of Interweave Knits' and the 'Baby Knits' book by Debbie Bliss. I have also ordered a sock book form Amazon which hopefully will come tomorrow. I am looking forward to knitting something challanging but I don't know what I fancy doing so until I decide it will be socks! I have also set up a subscription for the Interweaves mag, I love it!
Friday, 14 December 2007
This time it is blogging about my knitting (& crochet) resolutions as others (Texas purl gurl & K1c2)before me have already started. These resolutions don't have to be about finishing items or reducing stash, they could be about learning a new technique or new stitches.
My resolutions are:-
- Finish crochet shawl
- Finish 'little crochet cardi'
- Finish current pair of socks
- Finish DD's mittens
- Go to Woolfest
- Add to my stash
- Complete at least one large garment from my stash
- Knit mittens on circular's instead of 2 straight pins
- Knit Dad's socks
- Start a lace weight shawl
I stand much more chance of completing some of these resolutions than my usual New Year resolutions of 'lose weight', 'stop eating chocolate' etc.
Thursday, 13 December 2007
Thursday, 6 December 2007
I am very concerned about older people are treated by our local hospital, this sort of thing happens frequently. I know there is pressure on beds, especially at this time of year but often, in the rush to discharge, older people don't get the necessary treatment to keep them out of hospital again. I can site quite a few incidents where residents have come back from hospital and then have had to be readmitted. This causes distress to the resident and relatives as well as unnecessary cost to the NHS.
I really don't think hospital staff have enough understanding of older people's needs. Older people living in Nursing homes do so because they have complex medical needs that interlink with each other. One problem can't be solved without taking into account other problems. The hospital tend to treat the problem presented to them in isolation, without taking into account other problems. This is a recipe for disaster.
Thank you for letting me rant, I am now off to knit & destress.
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
So for photo 1 - this is one ball of two Regia sock wool balls I bought from John Lewis (Trafford Centre). I was so excited when I found that John Lewis had started selling sock wool. The choice is limited but never the less it is great that they have started selling it. The colourway is 5025, very soft, muted colours of pink, blue, fawn and cream. My friend, Cellostitcher, loved it so when I went again I bought her some. Also I know she has cast it on. I have had a go at casting it on but I wasn't happy with the pattern I was using so I frogged it and I am just leaving it at present, I'll come back to it when I have finished the mittens.
Monday, 3 December 2007
I have managed to write my Christmas cards and wrap some Christmas presents so not all is lost.
I am now going to knit for a while.
On Wednesday I really will try to post some photos of what I have been up to.