Wednesday, 29 September 2010

The Gallery 29: Food (Any Excuse For CAKE!)

Today's promt for The Gallery over at Tara Cain's blog is food. 

I love food, which probably explains why I'm a little more tubby* than I'd prefer to be.

(*read overweight!)

But I enjoy a good reason for a good cake. My sister worked for the head office of a well known Glasgow Bakery for 10 years, so we got to sample a lot of sweet stuff over the years. But it meant that she had a big choice of cakes at her disposal!

I love all kinds of cake, fruit, sponge, carrot, chocolate, chocolate and beetroot (YUM!), fairy, cream.... my mouth is watering just thinking about them!

As I don't have them very often, celebrations are usually a good excuse for cakes.

So here are a few of my most memorable celebration cakes.

And our most recent, and most special:

 Why not check out the other entries over at Sticky Fingers!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Work in Progress

In my search to find a more challenging pattern (yet still easy!) I found this one over on Ravelry.

It's called the Extra Easy, Extra Fabulous sweater.

I hope it is extra easy, and I really want it to be extra fabulous!  

However, the pattern calls for 9mm needles, and the biggest I own at the moment are 7.5m. So I thought I would use them anyway, just for the practice and to see how I get on with my pattern following.  With the size it's coming out at, it certainly won't fit me.

Here's how it looks so far:

It's knit in one piece, so this will be the back. 

I'm hoping it will be ok, although it seems to be curling up at the edges.  Hopefully I'll have more pictures of progress to follow! 

Finished Projects

I have been working on a few different projects, and as I am still a sort of beginner I have been trying to get my hand in at practicing different stitches and patterns.

First up is an easy garter stitch baby blanket. I used Robin Aran with Wool in red. I love this wool as it is so warm, when I was knitting this it was keeping my lap very warm! It is knit diagonally, and I found it very easy to do.

The second is a Seed Stitch Scarf, for which I just used plain on DK wool in lavender.  It isn't as long as I anticipated, but it certainly is cosy, and was a fairly easy pattern to follow.

I found both patterns on Ravelry and the links are Seeded Rib Scarf and Diagonal Blanket.

I am now on the hunt for something a little more complicated!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The Gallery 28: A Smile

I've not been smiling much this week due to events at work, and I've actually changed my entry for The Gallery this week.

This is my Best Friend and I on a night out. It always makes me smile as it is when both of us were at our happiest.  I was a week away from getting married, she was doing really well at University.

I changed to this picture as I just got a phone call from  her yesterday to tell me that she's passed her Teaching Degree, and has accepted a job out in Bahrain in the Middle East starting in December.  Moving to Bahrain is something she's spoken about for years, but now it's a reality, and I feel quite sad that she's leaving.

People can't really understand why we're best friends.  We are so different!  She's very tanned, and I am very pale! She is outgoing and loud, I am quite shy and quiet (mostly!). We have completely different tastes in music, movies and men, and we have totally different groups of friends. But she's been my best friend since school, and I am really going to miss her.

This picture also makes me smile:

Why not check out the other entries over at Tara Cain's blog

Tough Days at Work

This Sunday at work was one of the most difficult days I've ever had.

I have been nursing M for 3 years; some of my colleagues, 15 years. She had been ill for a long time due to complications from diabetes and for the last few years has essentially been dying very slowly. This has resulted in multiple admissions to hospital for very lengthy stays.

Over these years I'd become quite fond of M. She had a very traumatic childhood, she was abused physically and mentally, she self harmed as a result, messed around with her diabetes and made herself very ill in order to be admitted to hospital. She had a mother who was very selfish, who was the root cause of most of her problems, who staff had never met until the last few months.

She was 31, but acted like a teenager.

M was very crafty with her hands, her cross-stitches were perfect and she spent her time in hospital making beaded jewellery.

However M could also be quite manipulative and knew ways to get all your attention. She and I fought like sisters, and she could frustrate me no end. She had her consultant wrapped around her finger, and always got her way. But we would have long chats about making stuff; she would make a bracelet, I would knit a wee phone pouch on my breaks and we would swap. When I got married she was over the moon, demanded lots of photo's, gutted that she couldn't come to the church to see us.

Over the past few weeks M's condition deteriorated, and on Thursday became even worse. I phoned her mum and asked her to come and see her. She told me she was too "stressed out" to come and that she would see her on Monday. By Sunday she couldn't communicate and was really struggling. I pretty much had to beg her to come to the ward.

When her mum eventually arrived at the ward on Sunday afternoon, I could hear M trying to say "ma!". Her mum only stayed for an hour. I practically begged her to stay, but she said she herself was "too ill" with high blood pressure. Her daughter was dying. Any mother wouldn't think twice about staying with their child. But she left. And I was angry. Angry because after all her mother had done to her in the past, she was still the only person she wanted with her. M was scared.

Her mum left the ward at 4pm. And at 7pm M's breathing slowed right down. I phoned again, stressing how ill M was, and how she may not be with us for much longer. Mum gave a list of excuses, and I ended up just putting the phone down, because tears were streaming down my face. I've been nursing for four years now. We deal with death a lot, and it's something that you can never "get used to". It's always sad, sometimes expected, sometimes very unexpected. Sometimes I deal with it well, other times I have to rush off to the toilet, have 2 minutes to let it out, then return and do my job.

At 7.15pm, with myself and two nursing assistants by her side, M passed away.

When I got home, I opened the door, and all my husband had to say was "hello" and I completely broke down. I cried solidly for half an hour.I was so upset, I couldn't hold in my tears. Everyone was very upset, emotional, but we were almost relieved as M didn't have to battle anymore, didn't have to suffer. She was comfortable, she went in peace, and most of all she had people around her who genuinely cared for her.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The Gallery 27: A Celebration

This weeks theme  for The Gallery over at Tara Cain's Sticky Fingers Blog is A Celebration.

Well, this one's easy for me, as I just got married in March this year. I suspect there will be a lot of wedding entries to the Gallery this week!

We will have been married for 6 months this Saturday. Time has definately flown!   It was a very lovely, sunny (if a little chilly) March day, and looking through our pictures has brought back so many wonderful memories. We are so glad that all our family and friends were there for us.  If I could go back in time to our wedding day, I wouldn't change a thing about it!

All of our photo's were amazing, and I would love to share them all with you, but you'd be here for days!  It's so hard to choose which ones we liked the best, but here are some of our favourites from our big day.

I love my dad's stressed out face here. 

 Hubby and his brother. No idea what's being said here!

My best friend and I trying to have a serious bouquet fight.

All of our guests.

Why not check out the other entries over at !

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Knitting Projects

I've not written about the knitting I've been doing for a little while, and I've been busy with a couple of projects.  Unfortunately as they are intended as presents for people who (I think) read this blog, I can't tell you what they are or put up any pictures.

But I can show you a little teaser!

Unfortunately the quality of the picture is poor as it was taken on my phone.  My poor digital camera died a couple of months ago, and I've not got round to replacing it yet. 

The wool is a very nice pale purple, and the pattern makes it feel nice and chunky, even though it's just double knitting :)

Hopefully I will have a picture of the finished product up soon.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

The Alternative Medical Dictionary

As a nurse, I found this amusing.

Just thought I'd share :)

Artery:                    The study of paintings.

Bacteria:                 The back door of the cafeteria

Barium:                   What they do when patients die.

Bowel:                     The letters A E I O and U

Caesarian Section:  A Neighbourhood in Rome.

CAT Scan:             Search for lost kitty.

Cauterise:              Eye contact with her.

Coma:                    Punctuation mark

D+C:                     Where Washington is.

Dilate:                   To live longer.

Enema:                 Not a friend.

Fester:                  Quicker

Genital:                 Not a Jew.

GI Series:             A soldiers ball game.

Hangnail:              Coat hook.

Impotent:              Distinguished, well known.

Labour Pain:        Getting hurt at work.

Medical Staff:     Doctors cane.

Morbid:               Higher offer.

Nitrates:             Cheaper than day rates.

Node:                 Was aware of.

Out Patient:         A person who has fainted.

PAP Smear:        A fatherhood test.

Pelvis:                 Elvis' cousin.

Recovery Room:  A place to do upholstery.

Secretion:          Hiding something.

Seizure:             Roman emperor.

Tablet:              Small table.

Terminal Illness:  Getting sick at work.

Tumour:           More than one

Urine:              Opposite of "you're out".

Vein:                Conceited.

Monday, 6 September 2010

The Gallery 26: Back to School

This weeks theme for the Gallery over at Tara Cain's Sticky Fingers Blog is Back to School.

I used to love the week running up to starting school again. New clothes, new school bag, new shoes! But most of all I love STATIONERY! Pencils, pens, sharpener, ruler, you name it, I would buy it in preparation for school. Even just the smell of a new pencil case made me excited to get back to school.
When I was young, there was a Stationers in Glasgow called CF Nash, or Nashes as everyone referred to it. It was amazing. Everything you needed was in there and more! Paper, card of all colours, stamps, ink, caligraphy pens, ribbon even! I'm pretty sure Nashes closed a few years ago, but if anyone knows if it's still up and running please let me know.

My sister and I both wrapped all our school books and jotters in the same brown paper for years, so I had to buy a roll for myself to wrap parcels in just to keep reminding me of how neat and clean it looks. There was always something great about the start of a new page of a jotter or notebook, almost like a fresh start, a do-over, a chance to prove you can be better than the last page.

When I went to University, the first thing I did was buy a new big chunky notebook and new pens. So now, even though I've now been out of school 10 years, and out of University for four, I still buy a few little stationery items, usually a notebook, because there's still nothing that compares to the feeling of writing on a fresh page.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Bloomin' Lovely!

I have a small garden. It has enough space for a table and chairs, a whirlygig and a (sort or delapitated) shed. But I wanted to brighten it up with some flowers. I'm not the best gardener, but I enjoy pottering around, and de-weeding!

Friends of ours got us a lovely Pittosporum bush as a wedding present, and the poor thing has sat in the tub it came in for nearly six months. So it finally got planted this week.

I had to de-weed the entire section there, and uncovered a bush (on the right) that was getting drowned in weeds. It must have been planted by the previous owners of our house. It looks like it may flower, but I don't know the name of it.

But most of all I'm very proud of my sunflower.

It's almost 5 feet tall, and it's bloomed just this week.





It really brightens up the garden, and I'm hoping to plant some more flowers come spring time.

Hopefully I'll have a bloomin' lovely garden in no time!


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