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Sunday, 2 September 2012

IS SUMMER REALLY OVER?

Hi everyone

I pride myself on being an optimist: the glass is always half full, good times are on the way, my first million is just two craft fairs away, this month my Premium Bonds will be picked for the £1,000,000 prize - you know the sort of thing.  But this summer has really dented my outlook on life - every day or let's say week, I had hoped for better weather and sadly nearly every week I have been disappointed.  Is it me or has it really been a very disappointing summer?  Out of the sun yesterday in the garden, the wind was very chilly - very autumnal.  The optimist in me is still hoping for an Indian Summer, and wishing that the early mornings and nights are a little warmer than the last couple of days.

Work this week has taken a bit of a back seat.  With Richard on hols we had planned his second week to be one of mostly leisure.  We 'did' lots of leisure but various other things got in the way too.

The crafty bits of life

I hope you had a chance to read my guest blog post on Friday?  Evelyn Taylor has written an article about in-house marketing for the small business - something of interest to all of us crafters who tend to a small business.

It has been a hectic week and I don't have anything to post for Handmade Monday this week, which is really worrying for me as my November events are rushing towards me.  Very frightening really.  I did, however. finalise the Orders of Service with my bride and groom - I was getting a little worried as their wedding is only three weeks away.  They have very kindly invited me to their church service, which I am really looking forward to.

However, my web site has gone live, but due to numerous hiccups and problems with Vistaprint, there just isn't a lot to show for my labours.  Despite reporting to them over a week ago that the text keeps left-aligning (after I have centred and saved it) and the font reverts frequently (again after saving it) to Times New Roman they still have not resolved this.  In fact, I am getting fed up with their emails telling me they have!  Followed by the it was the IT department who told us it was resolved.  In addition to these irritations, I selected the 'wider column ' display only for it to change the background colour - time, after time, after time.  I telephoned Vistaprint yesterday and was advised that this is an IT problem (really, as if I didn't know!) but guess what, I can't speak to someone in that department.  So my website has gremlins, isn't really how I like it, but it was a case of publish or give up, and I didn't dare give up.  It is really just the bones of the site, but more will be added as I make things.  So despite feeling battered and bruised, I would appreciate comments on it - please remember though it is very much a work in progress:

http://www.christmas-pie-crafts.co.uk

Although this is not strictly a craft-related item, I know that many of you either follow, read the guest posts, or visit the blog of the Mad Dog Woman of Shackleford.  Sadly, Lesley's dog Themba passed away yesterday; he had been diagnosed about three months ago with a heart condition.  Lesley has written a brief post about this and I do recommend you read it, but make sure you have your hankies ready.

The other bits of life

We nipped off to the Isle of Wight on Thursday - a lovely island that has a very relaxed atmosphere.  Lots of beautiful beaches and the weather was great.  We spent most of our time in Yarmouth and Cowes and recommend dining at Salty's in Yarmouth if you are ever in that area.  We first found Salty's back in the early 90s and I am pleased to say that the quality of food hasn't changed at all.  In fact, we spent Richard's 50th birthday there and they kindly arranged a cake for him - it was a lovely day.

We have often thought of moving to the Isle of Wight, but feel leaving behind friends and family would be hard.  I know it isn't far, but not so easy to ring up someone and say, do you fancy coming round for a meal is it?

We had hoped to go for a couple of days, but our plans changed following a call from the Cats Protection asking if I would consider fostering 2 kittens.  As you can imagine, I said no - as if!.  They are two little black kittens - a boy and a girl - aged about 8 weeks.  They are a little poorly - not that you can tell, and needed to be kept apart form the rest of their litter.  They are gorgeous and better entertainment that the television.  A friend gave me a basket for them to sleep in, but it was a little too big, so I got a shoe box, put their blanket inside and they were very happy.  In fact, one slept inside the box and the other on top - here is a pic of them in that position, but awake.



Prior to this I had been feeding two other kittens in pen's in a fosterer's garden - she was on holiday and as she lives very near to me it was easy to do the twice-daily trip.

A friend and I went to the RSPCA Chobham Open Day today - it was raining just before we left, but luckily not during the event.  I always try to go as I have adopted cats from them and like to give my support.  One of the nicest bits was meeting up with some of the Woking Cats Protection staff who I have not met before.  I bought some cat nip toys for the kittens and for Jazz and Daisy - they go potty for catnip.

We, or rather Richard, put a new fireplace and fire in the dining room - that was one of his leisure things!  You can imagine he didn't quite see it the way I did.  We sold his car on Ebay yesterday, so temporarily we are a one-car family,.  Yes, I know lots of people live that way, but where we live and what we do means one car is not an option and the moment.  Poor and often non-existent transport and work and social things mean we really do need two cars - I can see some arguments over the next week or so when we both need to use 'my' car.

Richard has the Sunday grumpies because his holiday is over and I know just how he feels - I finished being a wage slave for someone else one year ago and I don't regret it at all.  I haven't done everything I planned to do this year, but hey, there is always tomorrow.

Have a great week everyone, don't forget to check out my Friday Guest Blog post - last week's and this week's.  I will be back on Wednesday with my mid-week shorty post.

Jill

34 comments:

  1. How very annoying. Good for you with sticking to it and I hope that they do get things sorted (properly)very soon with a huge apology along the way!

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    1. As much as I love my computer and have spent years working with them, occasionally I do wonder if they are against us!

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  2. I think that compared to last year, this year's summer has been very good. It's rarely been sorching hot here but I prefer the weather being cool.

    Since you made the website I'm sure it can count for this week's Handmade Monday. Love the site, although I'm seeing the text centred and it's not Times New Roman to me. I'm using Firefox to view it.

    I think a photo or two of your work on the homepage would grab viewers' attention. Also the personalised mood boards link shows an About Us page.

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    1. Thank you Stephen I have taken your advice and adding a running pic video. will add more as I get them ready for posting

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  3. Such cute kittens! Glad they came along to cheer up what sounds like a bit of a frustrating week for you. Here's to a good one next week!

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    1. Much more entertaining than the television really

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  4. I'm on my summer holidays in South East France and yesterday it was a sizzling 5 degrees celsius. Summer has definitely never arrived this year :-(

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    1. 5 degrees? thought it was grim here. Hope it has improved.

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  5. Gosh, that is a lot of news. I will pop over to your website to have a look-see.

    Thanks for the mention, poor Themba was such a lovely dog, very special.

    How lovely for you and R to get away, and for a birthday celebration too! And how cute are those kittens?

    Shame about the weather, but overall, I think summer has been fun. Back to work tomorrow, cooler days mean more indoor work x.

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    1. That particular birthday celebration was a few years ago - well not that many years, but it is a lovely restaurant. Many thanks for the Tweet about my website - have had some great feedback.

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  6. Those little kittens are gorgeous!

    I do like your website :) but I agree with Soy of the North a picture or two would be good on the home page.

    Hope you don't mind but I found a couple of errors - thought you would rather know!
    Under the 'Decorated fabric wreaths' page you have a typing error the word 'to' is missing.

    I went to look at 'Greetings Cards' and no matter which section I clicked on it came up with an 'About Us' page.

    Glad you had a nice time in the IofW and good luck with sorting out your web problems :)

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    1. Pics added, more on the way. I had completely missed the About you bit on all of the pages - many thanks for letting me know

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  7. I can't believe summer is over and the chilly weather will be with us soon :(
    Your 2 little kittens are gorgeous...(I am not a cat lover at all....but seem to be attracted to black cats....)
    I hope the website gremlins get sorted soon.
    S x

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    1. How strange it is now though? Gorgeous sunshine, really warm. Typical British weather in fact.

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  8. I know yor but of Surrey well, I am a transplanted Guildford girl, my grandfather was born at Wanborough! So understand about poor transport.

    I sympathise with Richard, I have that horrid feeling pre Monday most days. I am working towards leaving paid employment, but it takes time....sadly.

    The website is looking good & is, like most web pages a work in progress!

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    1. Hi Julie - welcome to my blog. I had a look at yours and the photographs you have of in and around Guildford are lovely.

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  9. Poor Richard nothing worse than a grumpy man! and do they get it bad.

    I hope the kitties get better and find new homes, so sad when I see all the ads on tv about animals and cruelty just not on, the administrators of the cruelty should be shot.

    Hope you get more done this week and off to check out your website.

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    1. As we know, everything is trebled for men! Poor things, they suffer so much.

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  10. Well done on getting the website going - love the colour scheme :)
    They can be sooo frustrating - but don't let it beat you, show it who is boss!

    I agree that some photos on your homepage may increase the impact, and also found some of the other pages just went to your "about" page

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    1. Many thanks for your comments re my website - I do appreciate them, coz no matter how many times you look at your own site, you miss so much.

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  11. I think this summer hasn't just been disappointing - it's been a complete non-summer and I am convinced we are *owed* an Indian summer. I don't remember seeing a blue sky since about May. Good luck with the site - it's such hard work and can be frustrating if it won't do what you want it to.

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    1. Yes, you are right - fed up with keep waiting for good weather, but hard to believe it seems to have arrived. Better late than never.

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  12. Cute kittens. i'm not surprised you couldn't resist!

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    1. I could spend (waste) hours watching them play

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  13. i'm very impressed with your website! i know how frustrating it can be trying to get everything how you want it but it really does seem as though you've got the trickiest stuff done... once you have some more products listed i think it will be a superb addition to your business, well done! x

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    1. Ah, thank you for your lovely comment. Computers are brilliant but a thorough pain when things go wrong.

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  14. Summer certainly hasn't been as Sunny or warm as it should be, I too am hoping for an Indian Summer.
    Love the colours of your web site, I hope all the gremlins will be sorted out soon.

    Jan x

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    1. Stil got the gremlins, but at last we have some summer so doesn't see as bad

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  15. Sounds like your leisure week wasn't very "leisurely"! Will visit your site later, hope you sort the gremlins out...how annoying! Have a good week x

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    1. Often works out that way doesn't it? Lazy time planned then you remember that loooong list of things that need doing

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  16. This is the worst summer since records began but we are appearing to be at the start of an Indian Summer. Sounds like your week off was busy. The kittens are cute, so glad my daughter is at college and not reading this over my shoulder or the "I want one" chant would be well under way lol! Hope you get the website sorted soon x

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    1. I can believe that - really disappointing, but so good now. Hope it lasts a few weeks.

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  17. Those kittens are adorable! I can relate to the grumbles after taking some time off.

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    1. Thank you Rumpy - yes, it's grim going back to work.

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