Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Mid week chatter

I'm enjoying my week off so far, it's been a fair few years since I've been able to have a week just for me. Even the skirting boards have been dusted & I have a few days to go yet before I return to work.

I have lots of crafty projects to keep me going & the garden of course but I'm not really used to this relaxing lark so it's taking some getting used to!

We had planned to attend the Chester Duck Race on Saturday but Harry has thrown a spanner in the works shall we say.  My 13 year old soon to be 14 years old & my youngest child therefore the baby of the family if you don't include the dog has really got me thinking. He casually brought up this morning over breakfast the possibility of him catching the train with some friends to go swimming. I never had this issue with Rob who I swear was actually born an adult so this new on his way to becoming a young adult youngest child of mine - well he's causing me some issues.

Mike & I like to provide an united front if you will, all questions are considered  evaluated & answered the best we can. We never say no straight away but quite frankly this parenting lark is hard - when do you let go? Not now of course he is too young but I need to make a proper decision over this one & while privately hoping the whole train & swimming plan will be abandoned I need to have it sorted in my head. 

Incidentally its a straight forward train journey , he has a mobile phone, a bank account & a good group of friends. Unfortunately the chosen swimming baths is not close to the station to ease my mind. I immediately offered the use of Mike to take some of them but it poses two problems, only so many kids can fit in the car & I'd hate for any to feel left out. Also the issue of Harry will need to used to public transport anyway at some point. Decisions, decisions! 

Anyway I received this rather lovely parcel in the post on Monday courtesy of a lovely generous give-away from Pam who blogs over at A New Life in Wales 
It was a lovely bundle full of crafty items. The bag is stuffed full of yarn ready for a CAL I'm taking part in next week & the zipped pouch has some hooks & scissors ready in the bag too! The owl pin cushion is sat with Aesop & the other items have been stashed in my craft box ready to be put to good use. Thank you Pam it was a delight to open.
My yarn above for the Spice of Life CAL hosted by Sandra & Blacksheep Wools 
And my simple granny square blanket I'm still working on, I rather happily have another row of squares to attach! 

So there you go pondering & projects

Take care all xx

25 comments:

  1. Enjoy your break, x Congrats on the giveaway, boys they seem to think they know best, ours is 18 now and he still thinks he knows best and more than us old folk x

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  2. It's always hard to let go having done it three times and building myself up for the fourth who turns 12 today. Mine didn't like the fact if I phoned them that mum came up on their mobile so we agreed to put me as H for our surname. That way if I phoned or texted H would appear on the screen less embarrassing than having your mum checking up on you. If he will be 14 by the time the event is to take place I think I would let him go if you know the group he's with are good friends and level headed. My only caviate to that would be to check if there are any football matches or sports events going on around the areas of their journey. Footie crowds can be a bit of a handful on the trains especially if they have stopped at a local hostillery on route to the station. I was stuck on the train from Nottingham when the ashes were on and although they were well behaved they were a little merry and very loud. Not sure if that helps with your quandary or not hope so.

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  3. Sounds like you're having a lovely week off, and well done indeed on having dusted skirting boards. The giveaway is fantastic, I know you will enjoy it. My youngest is a little less mature than his brothers, but very ready to do things on his own. Tricky isn't it. It's good that Harry has a good group of friends though, that makes a big difference I think. Enjoy the rest of your time off. CJ xx

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  4. Firstly, I want to say how happy I am to have come across your blog. You seem to have a lot of similar interest to me and so little time to them all - like me. ;)
    It will take me time to get through your posts but I'll gladly leave my housework for a few hours here and there to read your stories.
    Secondly, thank you very kindly for leaving your lovely comments on my blog. It is very much appreciated.
    Patricia xxx...x

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  5. Glad that you are finding a use for the pouch, I popped it in at the last minute. I plan on adding something from my stash of made items to every giveaway, Jan got a little waist apron. I pulled a stash of wool last night to start a Granny Square blanket.

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  6. Your blanket is coming along nicely :o) I know exactly what you're going through with Harry. L is about the same age and also very independent. I think I would do two train trips with him to make sure he knew what he was doing- the first one me showing him, the second him showing me (assuming he's not already used to train journeys), and then if he was going with a group of friends I would let him do it. The first time for anything new like that is always the hardest one but I suppose they have to learn how to get on and do these things. I liked Mitzi's suggestion for checking matches round the area. And they've got their phones if anything crops up. Ooh, good luck lovely. Let us know what you decide xx

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  7. Parenting sounds really hard! I never even thought about the dilemmas my parents faced when I was younger. I hope that you find a solution that all are happy with :) The package looks lovely, looking forward to seeing your CAL progress! x

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  8. The granny square blanket is looking great Jo, very colourful which is lovely. I've just got started on a crochet blanket of sorts for our bed, I don't know what you'd call it though as it's not Granny Squares?! I'm still learning as you can see! x

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  9. bless you that must be a scary decision to make!
    that parcel looks wonderful, so ny wonderful things to play with :)
    i adore opening post but i rarely get any these days lol
    The granny squares are coming along beautifully xx

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  10. Parenting is never easy, I am sure you will come up with a solution that works for you all. Love the blanket, looks wonderful. Enjoy the rest of your week off.

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  11. It's hard isn't it, our youngest is 13 and I've had to gradually 'loosen the reins'. I'm so glad we have mobile phones now. So good to have some time to yourself, your new yarn looks scrumptious xx

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  12. Oh no, another mention of the CAL. I'd resigned myself to the fact that I've got too many projects on the go but now I'm wavering, eeek. Not sure I'd be able to manage the stitches though, I'm not all that good at crochet. It's so hard letting our kids go, isn't it? I think they get to the age Harry is and you realise that they'll be off doing their own thing in a couple of years so you do start having to let them go a little. Having good friends is one less worry though, if they're sensible and stick together that's really good.

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    1. Go for it, Jo! Then there can be three Jo's all CALling together!! ;-)

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    2. Oh you temptress you. Still haven't decided.

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  13. I agree with you on the parenting issues. I always think back to what my parents would have done ... which was allow us free rein always, and they never showed any fear that we would come to harm. My parents had to get by early in life and travelled far and wide on their bikes when they were young. So their thinking was different. I never kept my kids back from anything either, and it gets easier. My son now happily travels to amusement parks via trains & buses (with friends). I think having the friends and the fact that they also have phones (which we never did as kids) helps to know they're safe, and gives them that needed independence. I just tell my son to text me when he arrives so that I know he met his connections and is safely at the park. It's good for them, but does add a few grey hairs to us!!
    You received a lovely gift! Such a nice package of crafty goodness :)
    Wendy

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  14. Good to see you enjoying your week off. Flighty xx

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  15. How quickly a week off goes by, right? Looks like you have some great projects. The differences between your two boys is like my two girls...one born an adult making the right decisions, and the younger a bit more of a trial to say the least. Good luck....no advice from this mom!

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  16. Puts a new meaning on the words "Kids go free" eh? They grow up quicker these days, so I think you have to let the outing go ahead.

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  17. Loved seeing your projects and parcel of goodies. Parenting is hard and those kind of decisions are hard to make when they still seem young to us but are getting older and want more freedom. Having mobiles does help these days..... Hope all goes well, and that you enjoy the rest of your week off.
    Helen xox

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  18. I can't wait to see the CAL getting started! I'm doing the Stylecraft colourway, not the rico, but I'm looking forward to getting started!

    And I can't help with the parenting advice here. My lads are real homebirds and happy to stay in, while Sarah is quite sensible and travels to and from school by public transport every day and so can handle a lot of freedom.

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  19. Decisions..always hard, you know your son better than anyone, I always think it over and go with my gut instinct.....at least he has a group he is going with and a phone...but always has to be your call. What a pile of goodies ... Hope you enjoy the rest of your week. Maria xx

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  20. I rather fancied having a go at that cal too though I'm not organised. Children are quite tricky aren't they? Not so much the children but all the decisions and the ifs and buts. :-)

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  21. You are inspiring me to make something for my baby with that tread.

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