Dormouse's Diary

Sunday, January 24, 2010

My poor laptop

It's pretty old and has been starting to show signs of coming to the end of it's life. The main problem has been wide bands of the screen that are either dead or permanently on the wrong colour, leading to an interesting stripy pattern which makes your eyes hurt if you watch too much TV on it. Friday though it flickered and wibbled and then over half the screen died, leaving me with about 4 inches on the left hand side that worked. My MIL has been a sweetie and is using her laptop instead of her desk-top computer so that I can borrow her screen. It's kind of awkward but at least I can access the internet.

Friday, January 22, 2010

I have new mousies

Actually I have 5 new mousies but out of all the photos I took, these were the only ones that weren't just a blur!



Thursday, January 14, 2010

My youngest son decided to build an igloo for his Club Penguin figurines using the ice cube tray as a mold. It worked fantastically well and he had a great afternoon playing with them.

He's normally a total computer addict and it was nice to see him voluntarily playing outside with toys.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

We had some more snow last night and the garden looks very pretty again.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Broken Hearts

It's too cold to do anything much except stay in and watch bad TV and after finishing my brother's quilt I just wasn't in the mood to tackle anything big so I've been playing with a few more Broken Heart blocks. One day I'll have enough to make a sofa throw or something.

Obviously these have alternate pairs!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Teazle's Coat of Many Colours

Poor Teazle has crummy genentics and has a pretty much bald rump. She really needs something to keep her cozy in the cold weather and so I made her this.

Doesn't she look stupidly awesome?
It's usually only for wearing around the house and in the garden, she has a black, waterproof coat for proper walks but yesterday, because it was so snowy, I put it on Sophie when we went out to the park. It looked so happy and bright against the white snow and we got a lot of positive comments about it.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


We finally got the snow we were promised yesterday.

Not a huge amount but the garden looks beautiful

and they've closed the schools which has made the kids very happy.

The dogs liked it too.

We went to the park and had a great time throwing snowballs but I'm quite glad to be back in the warm now.

Chris' Quilt all quilted and waiting for it's binding to be sewn down. Hand sewing is not one of my favourite things so that might take a while.

Blogger is being it's usual helpful self and has grouped the pictures and won't let me ungroup them to type betweent them.

The second photo is the 'what's above your computer' shot from Monday and the third one is my front door looking quite festive. Note the fabulously artistic distressed look.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Brother and SIL's Quilt

I spotted this pattern on Bonnie's Quiltville website a long time ago and it stuck in the back of my mind. Being a thrifty kind of person, I found myself with a huge box full of blue and turquoise strips that were left over from other projects and the need for a Christmas present for my brother and his wife. This was the first thing I thought of.