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Restless & Wild…!

October 13, 2009
Have I finally come down to earth with a bump?  I really cannot explain the mood that seemed to suddenly descend on me yeaterday.  Was it brought on by the shock of finding out that I need varifocals, and that the cost was a lot more than I had anticipated on spending on a pair of new glasses…?!!!
The cheque from the taxman was lovely, especially as this is a five week month, and I was already skint, but I was not in any rush to go out and spend, spend, spend!  No, instead I compiled a list of things that are needed, and new glasses was near the top…but the thought of varifocals has really stirred my head up!!  These glasses are fine, as I can see distance clearly, and I can see close things clearly.  The only thing I have a problem with is reading and close work, which is why it was time for an eye test.
So, as I said…I have no idea what has rattled me the most:  The need for varifocals (for I’m not convinced that I really do ‘need’ varifocals!), or the extortionate price!!!!  Suffice it to say, I was quite wound up about it by the time I arrived home from work, with the result that I could settle to nothing and ended up going to bed early through boredom.
It has turned out to be a lovely day, again, today, so I decided to take my sewing into the kitchen so I could enjoy the sunshine.  The reticule that I am making is to go with the bonnet…I came to a standstill with that because I’d stitched the brim fabric too tight, and will have to re-do it.  Before I stitch the lining into the reticule, I must make a tassel to go on the bottom, as this has to be sewn through.
Anyway, what I am rambling on about is that my train of thought is not running smoothly…it seems to be all over the place.  I start doing something, and five minutes later I have put it down and am prowling about the flat like a caged animal…I feel restless, unable to settle to anything…I need something to look forward to…I need something interesting or exciting to happen…but instead there is only boring normality!!  I don’t feel like this very often, but when I do, I almost feel like screaming and pulling my hair out…!  Why do I feel like this…?  Baring teeth 
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  1. Cornish permalink
    October 13, 2009 3:02 pm

    Would buying two pairs of glasses work out cheaper than the one? My mother has varifocals and hates them because the right bit of focus is never in the right place and she ends up looking down her nose to speak people or tripping over things.I know what you mean by needing something to look forward to. I think it\’s like the first thing you said up there. The joy of going to Bath and having looked forward to that for so long has dwindled now and it\’s back to the norm. Next year seems too far away to get excited about it yet. Not sure I can suggest anything that would be any good. "Been there and done that" doesn\’t help you. What do I do? Sit and stew normally. Useless ain\’t I?I can do hugs though! Big HUGS. xx

  2. Eileen permalink
    October 13, 2009 3:09 pm

    Oh I know a lot of peple who don\’t like varifocals.. if possible can you not just get reading glasses to wear when you\’re doing the closeup things?As for some thing to look forward to.. the faeryfest….. Christmas…. New Year….

  3. ROCKET permalink
    October 13, 2009 4:41 pm

    I\’m assuming verifocals are the same as the progressive lenses I\’ve worn for the past 10 years. Every time I get a new pair I spend a day or so trying to find the ground with my feet as I walk until I get the hang of which part of the new lens to focus on. After that I\’m okay for a year or so until I need another new pair. My vision changes rapidly as I have first stage glaucoma in addition to presbyopia.That restless feeling sounds like what I go through each year after New Years when the holiday decorations come down and everything is sort of gray and drab. Nothing seems to hold my interest for long and cabin fever starts to set in with the heavy snows.

  4. Maria permalink
    October 13, 2009 4:45 pm

    I know how you\’re feeling Sandi as I was pretty much the same all weekend..and knowing you may have to spend money you haven\’ got on something you\’re not sure you need can\’t have helped…The sun was shining, there were loads of things I could have been quite happy doing, but instead flitted from one thing to another getting extremely frustrated by anything and everything.I think cabin fever may be setting in…Maybe a good scream would do us all some good…but I wouldn\’t go with the pulling hair part…sounds painful xxx

  5. Bran permalink
    October 13, 2009 7:43 pm

    Sandi I was unsure about having Varifocals, but once I got used to them they were a boon instead of having to have a series of spec for various jobs as well as my Bi-focals now I can just stick to the same pair all day — it takes a few days to get used to them but I bet when you use them for your sewing and to be on the comp you will be glad you got them!

  6. Sandi permalink
    October 14, 2009 11:34 am

    Thank you all for your suggestions and comments…I really don\’t know what to do yet, regarding the glasses, as I\’m happy with these, apart from having a bit of trouble with small writing and close-up stuff…as for needing a different prescription for the computer and another for distance, that\’s all tosh!! It\’s all just as clear!! I\’ll think about it some more and probably go back next week.As for the funny mood, it seems to have passed. I have just descended into my normal, boring, fed-up with the status quo kind of mood…must be the weather, as it has been raining, and is just grey and cloudy today…though I\’m not sure if it is trying to brighten up a bit. I do hope so!The reticule is beginning to look good…bought a tassel from Boyes for £1.25, and have beaded the points of the diamond shapes…will add photos in a bit. Just got to do the lining and add ribbons.Hungry now…time for breakfast…and another cup of tea…!!

  7. Eileen permalink
    October 14, 2009 12:47 pm

    Breakfast?! I\’m chomping at the bit to go and have some lunch!Blue skies and sunshine here although it was rather dull and chilly in the morning. Have a lovely day Sandi, looking forward to seeing the reticule when it\’s finished :o)xXx

  8. Sandi permalink
    October 14, 2009 12:59 pm

    Oh, I\’d been up quite a while…just never got round to having anything to eat…hence the breakfast and second cup of tea.Will post a couple of pictures of reticule (WIP)…now where did I put the camera…tum te tum…

  9. Sandi permalink
    October 14, 2009 1:50 pm

    Done…will post a couple more when it\’s finished.On Saturday, I sent for the Reconstructing History tailcoat pattern from Vena Cava…and it has arrived this morning…despite postal strikes! Will take a while to pluck up the courage to have a go at making it, though!! (In calico first!)

  10. Eileen permalink
    October 14, 2009 3:14 pm

    Yay not bad! Did they use royal mail

  11. Sandi permalink
    October 14, 2009 3:24 pm

    Yep…says so on the envelope! A couple of weeks I took a padded envelope to to post office…the woman was saying about £5-odd to guaruntee next day delivery, so I asked about the alternatives. She said 90p first class…so that is what I went for. Guess how long the packet took to arrive…yes, it got there next day!!

  12. Sandi permalink
    October 14, 2009 3:25 pm

    Oops! That should be \’a couple of weeks ago\’…!!

  13. Sandi permalink
    October 14, 2009 3:26 pm

    And that should be \’to the post office\’…! And I can\’t spell \’guarantee\’, either!!!

  14. Eileen permalink
    October 14, 2009 3:47 pm

    That\’s not bad, I tend to scan everything and email where possible because we\’ve had so much go missing in the post!

  15. Sandi permalink
    October 14, 2009 3:53 pm

    All joining the giant \’mail mountain\’, and will probably be delivered in the next couple of years or so…?!!Thank heaven for computers and e-mail, eh!

  16. Eileen permalink
    October 14, 2009 4:08 pm

    Oh and online banking!

  17. Natalia permalink
    October 14, 2009 7:57 pm

    Quick Tip for you Sandi, Glasses Direct can supply you with glasses from £15 upwards. All you need is your prescription and a ruler to measure the distance between each pupil. It\’s an online company so it might be worth investigating. Hope you are feeling better now. xx (Back to the pen and paper for me.)

  18. Sandi permalink
    October 14, 2009 9:57 pm

    Fangs for that, Natalia, I shall check it out later….off to watch True Blood now…!

  19. Sandi permalink
    October 15, 2009 12:06 pm

    Oh, what a dismal, damp morning, oh what a dismal, damp day…!! I know it\’s nearly the weekend again, but for me it can\’t come quick enough!!My thoughts just seem to be going round and round in circles, but not leading anywhere…apart from leading to frustration and irritation! It must be due to the weather…mustn\’t it…?!

  20. Princess permalink
    October 15, 2009 1:11 pm

    Yo Sandi! Tis grey & miserable here2, shall have 2 cheer myself up by annoying someone! Hehehehhee! Hope u have a Good resta day! Luv PF XXX

  21. Eileen permalink
    October 15, 2009 1:30 pm

    It\’s pretty miserable here too!Bad day at the office here – the bosses wife has been rushed into hospital with a suspected blood clot, so it\’s madness here.

  22. Sandi permalink
    October 15, 2009 2:30 pm

    Oh, dear…looks like we all need cheering up today! Any suggestions…?

  23. commander permalink
    October 15, 2009 3:03 pm

    Well i\’m fine !

  24. Sandi permalink
    October 15, 2009 3:12 pm

    But of course, sweetie…why shouldn\’t you be? Your role is of the cat that got the cream…now go and enjoy…!

  25. Bran permalink
    October 15, 2009 3:36 pm

    Sandi I know why your thoughts are flying in circles — its watching True Blood and its made you come over all unnecessary!

  26. Sandi permalink
    October 15, 2009 3:47 pm

    Oh…that\’s the reason is it (I can feel a Les Dawson-type character coming on…ooh, err!)

  27. Bran permalink
    October 15, 2009 7:51 pm

    bye the bye sandi, I have posted the picture of the hat on F/book

  28. Sandi permalink
    October 15, 2009 10:06 pm

    Ooh…shall go and have a butchers….I\’m thinking of embellishing last years costume, for Tina\’s birthday/Hallowe\’en Do at the pub in a couple of weeks…last year it was Goth.this year it\’s more witch/wicked fairy type thing…got lots of drapey green fabrics…and purples…hmmm, methinks I\’m going to get creative and do some applique and beady things….!Hey! There\’s my \’direction\’ for the next couple of weeks!!!Anyway, Bran…let\’s go look at your hat…

  29. Sandi permalink
    October 15, 2009 11:14 pm

    An excellent hat, Bran…it\’ll certainly keep the rain off! Yep…now I\’m looking forward to the rest of the costume…(holds breath in anticipation…!)

  30. Bran permalink
    October 16, 2009 12:58 am

    What rest of the costume Sandi –do you mean I have to wear clothes as well?Hey Sandi sounds as if you already have a costume for coming to any of out events with the one you have described — who says all the faery folk have to be nice!!!!!

  31. Eileen permalink
    October 16, 2009 8:47 am

    Mmm…. must go have a gander at Brans hat!!Bosses wife has a venous clot, so was very lucky to have it diagnosed before it turned into a pulmenary embalism (sp?) waiting to hear if she needed to have a tear repaired which they think was the cause of it. So I\’m predicting a mad day today too.. at least it\’s Friday eh?

  32. Eileen permalink
    October 16, 2009 8:48 am

    p.s. costume sounds wonderful!

  33. Cornish permalink
    October 16, 2009 9:17 am

    Bah humbug! Who mentioned eyes? Got conjunctivitis threatening so can\’t look at the screen for long. Anybody missing me? Thought not. Going to go off and rub my eye all day again now. Have a great day and if I don\’t make it back later then have a great weekend too everyone. Coffeeeeeee, gimmie coffeee!

  34. Eileen permalink
    October 16, 2009 9:37 am

    Black coffee just poured ( made a pot ).. can you get some thing for your eye from the chemist before it turns into a full blown thing?Hope you\’re feeling better soon xXxXxAnd have a lovely weekend too!!(((HUGS)))

  35. Sandi permalink
    October 16, 2009 9:57 am

    I missed you Rachel…and I\’d bathe the eye gently with Optrex…don\’t rub it!!!Oooh, Bran…I don\’t think that hat is THAT big that you could get away with…well, you know…unless I missed the eye-holes in the top of the pointy bit! I wish I could go to your Faery Ball, but I cannot…have done the travelling bit for this year. Maybe next year…?Eileen, I hope your boss\’s wife makes a full recovery with no more problems…and talking of coffee, I haven\’t even had my cup of tea yet…!And as for the Hallowe\’en costume…have only had ideas for the decorative techniques, not the actual design. Have got fabrics and trimmings, etc., but that is as far as I have got at the moment…watch this space…as they say…!Have a great weekend, all…I\’m feeling better already…!!

  36. Eileen permalink
    October 16, 2009 10:07 am

    Ah but you could come the faery fest which is in June?Glad you\’re feeling better today :o)

  37. Sandi permalink
    October 16, 2009 10:47 am

    Feeling a lot better, thanks…have got something to focus my attention on…besides being Friday!Anything to do with costumes gets my juices flowing…always been like that…it brings out my creative side. I didn\’t sleep very well last night, as the images were constantly flashing through my mind on Fast Forward…ideas…colours…fabrics…etc., etc. The thing is, I only have two weeks to get the costume together…!!

  38. Eileen permalink
    October 16, 2009 11:00 am

    Ah but you work well under pressure!!Lol… I had the oddest dream last night re costumes.. it was so real I\’m still having trouble believing it was a dream! Suffice to say I now know what material I\’m going to use for my bodice (no idea how I dreamt it though).

  39. Sandi permalink
    October 16, 2009 11:35 am

    Ah…a touch of Divine Inspiration…I look forward to seeing your costume, too.As for working well under pressure, Eileen…I panic!! Eeeeek!!!!!!

  40. Eileen permalink
    October 16, 2009 12:21 pm

    Deep breaths Sandi!!!

  41. Sandi permalink
    October 16, 2009 1:24 pm

    Yeah, I know…then I panic anew…!!!

  42. Cornish permalink
    October 16, 2009 1:26 pm

    Intervention from the fae folk might have brought you the fabric solution Eileen. They\’re gunning for you (not literally). I really can\’t be arsed to do much today. How sad is that?!?!

  43. Sandi permalink
    October 16, 2009 1:35 pm

    I have done nothing today…apart from go down and have a cuppa with Glynis, and make a huge fuss of Hector. Now I am going to get ready to go into town…early…oh, and pick up my prescription from the docs!

  44. Eileen permalink
    October 16, 2009 1:39 pm

    It must have been Rachel because I have no idea what made my dream happen!I wish I could do nothing.. unfortunately that\’s not going to happen :o(Have fun in town Sandi…

  45. Sandi permalink
    October 16, 2009 1:45 pm

    Have got to get a roll of dressmaker\’s paper….for tracing the pattern onto, then some calico to make the mock-up of Robert\’s tail-coat (so that I can do the alterations before I find some decent woollen fabric to make the coat proper.) I\’ll also have a look at all the Hallowe\’en stuff that\’s out for some ideas…or even poke around in some charity shops for a decent top to embellish…!

  46. Eileen permalink
    October 16, 2009 1:49 pm

    Ah! Question.. I have the pattern but I don\’t want to cut it all out etc.. I suppose I need to trace it on dressmaker\’s paper too? Then I can make the altherations I want to the pattern there yes?

  47. Sandi permalink
    October 16, 2009 2:12 pm

    Yep. The dressmakers paper is thin enough to lay over the top of the actual pattern and trace off what you want. If you buy cheap (thin) calico and make up your garment in that first, you can alter it to fit, and draw in the alterations as you go…using a different colour pen. This way, you don\’t ruin the fashion fabric by cutting it wrong or undoing it and doing it again. I always tack first, until I\’m happy with it, then it gets sewn properly.

  48. Eileen permalink
    October 16, 2009 2:19 pm

    Ah.. thanks Sandi..

  49. Sandi permalink
    October 16, 2009 2:30 pm

    Any time. Catch ya\’s later…XXX

  50. Sandi permalink
    October 16, 2009 9:11 pm

    All I managed to get was the dressmaker\’s paper (5m for £1.60) The calico can wait until next week, as I want to work on my costume this weekend. I can still trace the pattern, can\’t I…!!

  51. Sandi permalink
    October 17, 2009 10:45 am

    Good morning, peeps…! Have just had an idea for my top…(bing! T\’was a lightbulb moment, indeed!) Why don\’t I make a simple bolero/waistcoat that I can decorate to my heart\’s content…and wear over my plain black top…simples!! Right, where\’s that pattern…!!

  52. Sandi permalink
    October 17, 2009 1:39 pm

    What\’s that echo…?!!

  53. Cornish permalink
    October 17, 2009 1:54 pm

    That\’ll be my head! Head is still really bugging me and making me very teasy so I\’m best staying away. I want it to stop now 😦

  54. Sandi permalink
    October 17, 2009 2:22 pm

    You got a headache? Hangover? Um…maybe you need a new head? (You know…like Worzel Gummidge…!)

  55. Curiosity permalink
    October 17, 2009 2:37 pm

    What was Catweazels catchphrase…..something to do with his whiskers I think, been trying to remember for years!

  56. Sandi permalink
    October 17, 2009 3:36 pm

    I remember Touchstone the toad, his familiar…and when Carrots used the telephone, he called it a telling-bone because he couldn\’t get his head around \’telephone\’. Just can\’t remember his catchphrase though…sorry.

  57. Sandi permalink
    October 17, 2009 10:09 pm

    Anyway…the waistcoat/bolero/gillet idea was a good one (I guess), but the pattern that I used was the wrong one…and the wrong size. Besides, the armholes are too big! Bing! It happened again as I typed that…use some more fabric to stitch to the front pieces to make the armholes smaller…! Well, it is going to be covered in applique anyway, so what does it matter, right…?!! (It\’s almost as if someone is watching me and telling me what to do…!! Amazing!)

  58. Sandi permalink
    October 17, 2009 11:13 pm

    Yep, there\’s definitely an echo, here…!!

  59. Bran permalink
    October 18, 2009 12:54 am

    I can hear it to !!!!!

  60. Sandi permalink
    October 18, 2009 10:37 am

    I think it\’s because the place is deserted…where has everyone gone? To the \’Dark Side\’, perpahs? No, not really, \’cos it was very quiet over there, too! It must be something to do with…er…\’real life\’…!

  61. Maria permalink
    October 18, 2009 12:48 pm

    Real Life..What\’s that when it\’s at home?..But you\’re right it\’s definitely deserted over here and over there, Maybe we could make some noise, let everyone know we\’re still here? :o}}

  62. commander permalink
    October 18, 2009 12:54 pm

    shush !!! trying to sleep here .!

  63. Sandi permalink
    October 18, 2009 1:22 pm

    Why are you trying to sleep over here…? Haven\’t you got your own space to sleep in? I want to have a party…!! Yay!! Let\’s all make a racket….! Wake up everyone…!!

  64. Sandi permalink
    October 18, 2009 1:41 pm

    Oh…never mind…!

  65. commander permalink
    October 18, 2009 1:42 pm


  66. Sandi permalink
    October 18, 2009 1:44 pm

    If I tread on your tail, it will be your own fault!

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