Sunday, 10 August 2014

Holibobs Week 2 - Mission Impossible

After the excesses of last week (if you missed it and fancy a giggle. click here), I am on a mission (probably "Mission Impossible") to refrain from purchasing any new stuff this week and concentrate my crafting activities on items that I've already purchased.

There are no prizes for guessing how long I adhere to that optimistic plan!

Woohoo, my Lili of the Valley order has arrived, just one day after the new release.  What fantastic service.  I admit that I'd placed the order just one hour after the midnight release this time, but their speedy arrival was certainly enough to put a huge smile on my face.

On the downside, as soon as I heard the letterbox rattle and my packet thud to the doormat, I ran to the door (yes, literally ran) only to be faced with Mr Postie still stood outside the door, peering through the glass holding another parcel (for hubby).  Goodness knows why he didn't ring the doorbell; perhaps he'd heard me thundering through the house towards the door like a heffalump and decided to wait and see what would turn up.  It would have been OK if I hadn't been wearing just a strappy-top and knickers (and not big knickers either).  I nearly skidded when I saw his nose pressed against the glass front door. Doing a quick u-turn I passed hubby again in the hallway and squealed over my shoulder that he needed to answer the front door!

I had inked up my new images even before my blushes had subsided and spent the afternoon christening my Inktense pencils with my new images .  I must say that the pencils were harder to use than I was expecting.  I definitely need more practice (and maybe spend some more time watching You-Tube tutorials).

Arnie decided to keep me company while I was colouring, which made it even harder, but I can't really blame him for my colouring issues.  Here's my boy on my lap keeping an eye on what I'm doing.  I stopped stroking him to take the photo, so he's looking a bit grumpy.

Both fur babies seemed pleased that we're back from last week's short city break.  Arnie in particular has not let me out of his sight since we've returned, and I think he's going to wear out his purring motor because he's not switched off his engine all day.

Hubby was on his 'pooter in the evening, so I went in the other room to watch TV for something to do by myself. 

I sat through the end of Starman, half of The Phantom Menace, the news and the whole of Terminator 2 (which is a flippin' long movie), ironically with Arnold Schwarzenegger's furry namesake not leaving my lap.

I was desperately needing a pee by midnight, but unfortunately anyone with a cat will know that there's an unwritten rule that you can't remove a kitty when they're gracing your lap, so I corked it as long as I could!  

At one point, Pickle came in to find out where Arnie was, so I had both of them pinning me down.  Unfortunately Pickle was leaning against my bladder which didn't help (and let's just say that she does have a bit of weight behind her!).  

Here she is sprawled across me widthways, having squeezed Arnie towards my knees.

So, you're probably wondering if I managed to follow my 'no more purchases' resolution for even just one day?

Erm, well no, not quite.

When I inked up my new Lili images this morning I found my Stazon pad was getting a bit dry, so I ordered a new one.  My current ink pad has lasted about 6 years, so I think it's earned its retirement.

Does a replacement ink pad really count?  Surely that's classed as a necessity, right?

Today I decided to do some painting, but unfortunately not the creative watercolour variety.

About 4 months ago I bought some garage door paint.  I have no doubt that garage door paint is just normal paint, in a re-branded tin, with a higher price tag for a smaller quantity, but as today was sunny I decided that I should use it before it solidifies in the tin.  So after washing and sanding the door, I gave it a first coat.  Unfortunately I also got a decent quantity of the sticky white paint in my hair (don't ask!) which no doubt will be a bugger to remove later.  :0(

So did I survive today without any crafting purchases?

Unfortunately Sugar Nellie had an adorable new release today, so I'm ashamed to say I may possibly have purchased the odd one (or four) images.  ;0)

Ok, the resolution starts tomorrow.


Without fail.


It was meant to rain today, but as the sun was gracing us with its presence we caught the train to the next town along the bay and walked back along the cliff-top coast path (about 5 miles).

This is a patchwork panorama (taken with hubby's phone) mid-route:

We stopped in a lovely cafe for some sustenance along the way and sat outside munching our lunch in the shade.  

I popped in Wilkos for a replacement paint roller so I could apply the second coat of paint on the garage door (yesterday's roller disintegrated as it was a bit old, and therefore left bits of itself in the sticky paint).  Whilst I was in the decorating section I also picked up a pot of tester paint in a really pretty pink (aptly called 'Pretty Pink'!) which I thought I would use to paint some MDF shapes that I've found while tidying my craft cupboard yesterday (in anticipation of my expected parcels).  

Hmm, I guess the tester pot really counts as a crafting item, doesn't it?


It was forecast to tip it down with rain today, so naturally we drove over to Kingswear for a walk!  We left the car at the top of the hill and walked all the way down to the river.  
This was the gorgeous view as we came down the hill:

We walked along the train track to the higher ferry and along the river beside the old steam train track towards to lower ferry, and just as we approached the lower ferry the steam train passed us:

We crossed over the river on the ferry and had a lovely wander around Dartmouth.  We bought some lunch, had a picnic in the park, caught the higher ferry back and climbed back up the hill.  Exhausting!

Still, it was meant to be rainy today, and for the rest of the week, so at least we made the most of it.  We're hoping to go to the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary tomorrow (I love it there as I have a bit of a fondness for Donkeys, probably stemming from my love of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh!).  I've got my fingers crossed it stays dry.

The less mentioned about today, the better!

Let's just say that it involved

  1. an early morning (the car was booked in for its annual service in the next town at 8.30), 
  2. someone's carelessly discarded chewing gum stuck on hubby's favourite polo shirt (when he leaned against a lamppost) leading to an unscheduled return home shortly afterwards, 
  3. a large bruise on my elbow so painful that I lost all strength in my right arm for nearly 24 hours, 
  4. and, above all, a distinct absence of donkeys.

On the plus side, I didn't buy any crafting items today.

PS: in case you're interested, we learned today that hot vinegar applied in circular brush-strokes using an old toothbrush is the best way to remove a large smudge of ground in chewing-gum from clothing.

Thank goodness for Google!

Hubby's brother arrived this afternoon for a few days' stay with us.  He wasn't due until after lunch, so hubby & I popped up to Babbacombe for a walk along the cliff (and shared a bag of chips under the shade under a tree).  After his brother arrived, we had an early tea, and then the three of us walked into the cinema in town to see Guardians of the Galaxy.  I love going to the flicks, and we do it so rarely that it is a real treat when we do go.  The film was funny with its tongue-in-cheek humour mixed with a bit of mindless sci-fi fantasy.  :0)

We drove over to Brixham and walked around the headland, had some lunch in the cafe and wandered around the old Napoleonic forts and lighthouse.  We've been really lucky with the weather again.

The boys are due to go jet-skiing tomorrow, so no doubt it'll tip it down then!

Despite the threat of Storm Bertha, it's actually sunny, so the boys set off for their 2 hour jet-ski taster session about 1pm.  I set to on some gardening, promptly tire myself out, and decided to sit down to some quite crafting instead!

About 6pm I realise that they're still not back, and I'm wondering whether to treasure the peace and quiet or phone the hospital to see if two wetsuit clad men have been admitted with concussion and broken limbs.

It's about then they turn up!  They had a good time, but the sea was quite choppy so they're tired and have sore arses from crashing over the waves!  I think they'll be sleeping well tonight! :0)

My final day of holiday, and while it feels like ages since I was at work, I'm sure by this time tomorrow it'll feel like I've never been away.  I remotely dialled into my work emails long enough to discover that I have just over 500 in my inbox to delete deal with tomorrow.

Welcome back, huh!

When's the next hols?  :0)

What ever you're up to this summer, I hope you have a good one.

Happy crafting


Sarah said...

All in all I think you've done quite well for week 2. The ink pad is definitely a necessity, pink emulsion?...only a tester so that's not a "real" purchase and you are planning to use it on "old stash". Didn't read the Sugar Nellie bit so that's Ok too...doesn't exist!! You've certainly crammed a lot in your fortnight, but living in such a fab part of the world there's plenty on the doorstep. Have a good week xx

Christine L said...

I've enjoyed reading your holiday tales Annette.... and all the places you mention remind me of lovely holidays in years gone by!! I've been on that steam train... loved Dartmouth... stayed in Brixham... and in my teens, in Torquay itself a couple of times! And Babbacombe beach... loved it!

Well done on your cut down spend this week.... you did GOOD! And so glad you enjoyed your hols!

Christine x

The Little Stamper said...

Your running commentary did make me laugh Annette….but sounds like you had a lovely time, and it looks like you live in a gorgeous area of natural beauty…you lucky thing!

Hope you don't get a sore index finger from excessive use of that delete button when you get to work tomorrow morning!

Sharon x

Carol S. said...

You never fail in giving me a good laugh at your antics. Sounds like a fun holiday. We had a few holidays in that area a couple of years ago. Sadly we cannot walk that far now. We had 2 cats but the last one passed away a few years ago. We can't have them here, as we live on a busyish road now. Great pictures of them and brings back lovely memories. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Tracey T said...

Sounds like you've had a busy holiday! Had a good giggle reading about what you've been up to. Hope going back to work isn't too painful! Tracey x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Had to pop in to see your kitty pics! Oh how I wish my kitties were lap cats like yours - they lay beside me or lean against me, but not on my lap! Yours are precious! Good luck with your no-buying pledge!

Debra Kenworthy said...

I've had a good smile at this week long post. I've totally given up trying not to buy craft stuff it just makes me buy more. I'm going to end up on a hoarding programme soon.
My cats aren't lap cats either apart from ten minutes in the morning when one lies on me when I'm sat in my chair kneading the skin off my arm and only whilst wearing a tatty pink robe, me not the cat! My oldest lies next to my legs. You're completely right about not disturbing a cat however much you need the loo! Debra x

Larissa said...

I loved reading this post. You are really funny!! It sounds like you had a nice relaxing holiday. :)

Good luck at work tomorrow.

Craftdee said...

Sounds like you had a GREAT holiday... going back to work for a rest by the sounds of it :-) Hope your hubby and BIL survived the jet skiing - life's all water sports here and I've gotta tell ya, jet skiing is KNACKERING, or perhaps I'm just old?! :-) it's hard on your arse and your knees from clinging on (yup, WITH your arse and your knees, lol) My hubby and I love walking too, it's a good time of year to walk here - too hot in summer Once I get my new hip I'm hoping to get back to the really long walks we used to do, one benefit of getting your hip replaced at a relatively young age I suppose is that you get "more" of your life back (I'm struggling to see any other benefit to be honest, which is why I'm stalling booking it in; that, laziness and the fact that I'm a scaredy-cat, lol) Your cat does what my dog does... every time I'm on the laptop he's on my lap - which of course means my LAPtop isn't, I just juggle it awkwardly - so as not to upset Rocky :-)) the things we do for our furbabies! Donna xx

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