Friday, February 10, 2017

Rocking Your World 2017: Week 6

First a sincere apology for not visiting anyone except the two host blogs last week. I really wasn't feeling up to it. I promise to do better this week. 
And also a huge 'Thank you' to those who still visited me. Huddled under a blanket with my tablet, it really cheered me up to read your messages.

On Facebook a spotted a meme that fitted me perfectly all week.
I am not normally one for laying around all day, but all I wanted to do most days was sleep. On the days I did manage a small outing in the morning, I still slept all afternoon and all night. I am glad I am over that now! And Yes. I am feeling a lot better now , thank you.

Even though there have been some nice days if you kept out of the wind, and husband Chris spent a lot of time sitting out in the sun, I didn't even want to do that, and preferred to curl up in my chair. Tango was usually on hand to make sure I stayed put, and to add a welcome layer of warmth. He was in heaven as I usually move around too much for him, and he jumps onto the next chair and sulks!
But that doesn't mean it has been all doom and gloom. I have been overwhelmed by the lovely messages I have received from blogging friends, sewing group friends and church friends. One friend from church came to visit me on Saturday and brought me a lovely rose plant. I am hoping I can get outside to clear the corner bed and make a space for it this week.

I did venture out on Monday morning as I had a previously arranged meeting with Cati and an English couple who wanted to donate to ASADIS. I was simply their go-between, but it would have been difficult to rearrange, and it was nice to introduce them to each other, and make sure everyone understood what was going on. I also had a generous donation from my church mission funds for ASADIS, so I was able to pass that on to Cati too. So it was smiles all round.
Needless to say, when I got home I slept for the rest of the day, but I was glad I had made myself get ready and go!

Although I am no longer collecting knitted items for the African charity I have links with, I am committed to raising funds for them when I can. To this end, my home group give 1€ each at every meeting, towards the jiggers project, (treating children whose feet and hands have been attacked by sand-fly larvae), and I am also given personal donations from time to time, and raise some money from the sale of my jams and craft items. Some people keep their 'shrapnel', (copper coins), in a jam jar and give it to me when it is full. So every so often I need to sort it all out into different denomination coins, to pay into the bank, so I can then send a transfer to the charity, and I thought yesterday, this would be a good thing for me to do. It took a long time to sort it all out, and then it can only be paid into the bank in set amounts bound up in specific plastic tubes. They are a real fiddle to fill and to fasten with little plastic studs along the side. But they were done in the end, so it is now acceptable at the bank. Altogether, this little lot totals 330€, with a few odd coins to start the kitty off again.

You may remember that around last September, I bought myself a colour laser printer. It worked really well to begin with, and was a big help with printing all the calendars I sold at Christmas. But there was always a slight problem with the paper tray which gradually got worse until I couldn't really use it, and I went back to my old ink jet printer. We wrote to the place where it was purchased and we were shunted from one company to another, until they finally agreed to have it back to send to the manufacturer to look at. It had to be returned to Germany but they did give us a free returns label so we parcelled it up and took it to the post office. That was the last we heard of it until a couple of weeks ago. Then they tried to say they couldn't do anything with it because parts were missing. Fortunately we had the size and weight of the parcel and other documents that proved we sent it complete, and last week they said they would give us a full refund, which turned up in the bank account a couple of days later. So I then decided to replace it with a black only laser printer, and use my inkjet one for colour, mainly because the replacement toner cartridges are so expensive. We ordered one on Tuesday, and yesterday it arrived. So now it is installed, and I have just printed off the church newsletter for this week in record time!

And that is about it except for a plethora of sky photos! As I said earlier, it has been quite windy this week and that often makes for some interesting cloud formations. I love to watch them moving and changing shape all the time. Here is just one formation that caught my eye.
I also seem to be seeing faces in the sky every day. Chris is getting so used to my spotting them, that he even pointed the first of these out to me, as we were driving home from a necessary food shopping trip.

And when it is not faces, it is other 'mystical beasts'!

And now here are three prettier ones to end with.

Aren't they lovely? That same plane seems to pass over us at tea-time every day, cutting across the sky with its vapour trail that also picks up the dying rays of the sun.
So now I will link up with Rocking Your World at Virginia's blog, and Annie's Friday Smiles, and when I have made our tea, I will come back and see who else has given us a smile this week.


  1. I'm so glad you're feeling better now Kate. As we get older we don't shake the bugs off quite as quickly do we? Let's hope that's the last of it now for you so you can enjoy life again. I really love this weeks skies. Nature is just wonderful.
    Annie x

  2. Hi Kate, so sorry to hear you've had such a miserable time of it lately - just as well you've had Tango to keep you company. The sky shots are stunning. Hope you have a better week ahead. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  3. I'm glad you are feeling better. It's my turn now! I've been in bed all day and it is 22:30 now and I have come downstairs for a cup of tea and a ryevita.
    I loved all your sky photos.
    Really good that you got a refund for your printer. What a palaver though.I never got a laser printer because of the price of the toner cartridges. When I needed something high quality, I used to church equipment (in the UK) who let me use it for a small price. I used to write the church magazine so they knew me in the parish office.
    Gos, all those coins really add up don't they!
    Have a great weekend,

  4. So pleased you are feeling better now, and that you got a full refund for the faulty printer. Some interesting clouds in your sky photos this week.
    Jean x

  5. Hi Kate, pleased you're feeling a bit better. I must say I do love my laser printer but the replacement cartridges can be expensive if you buy the manufacturers own but "Him In Doors" has found a company where we can get them cheaper. Lovely photographs Kate. Have a lovely weekend, Angela xXx

  6. So happy to hear you're feeling better. Good news about your printer. Enjoy your weekend, Pat xx

  7. Hope you are feeling much better this week. Your meme had me giggling as that is exactly how I feel--what's to get ready for?
    Have a wonderful week!

  8. I'm so pleased that you are feeling better, I must admit to have succumbed to some sort of lurgy at the moment, so I'm feeling a little rough - said 16 year old brought it home from school on Wednesday and I woke with it Thursday morning! Glad you managed to help your friends out at the beginning of the week, bless you for keeping the appointment despite being poorly. Loved the photo of you and your cat, I'm sure Tango was might happy to have you there to sleep on - bless.

    Such a strange way of putting the money together for the bank - we still use the little polythene bags and the bank just weigh it - so strange to see it done a different way!

    Loving the sky photos - my post was photo light this week, I'm trying to make a concerted effort to document things over the weekend as I've been quite poor with photos recently!

    I hope you have a lovely weekend and week ahead.

    Much love

  9. I'm nursing a bad head here and a funny cough. We missed our monthly vintage fair visit yesterday as it was snowing. Roll on spring.
    I love printing photos off my printer, it's wireless and I can print them straight from my phone. Isn't technology marvellous
    Lynn x


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