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I couldn't think of anything for this week's topic for the weekly alphabet challenge, so instead here is an off-topic photo of the Zooty Owl Road Trip Scarf that I completed today. It was almost finished yesterday, but I had to leave it minus the final two flowers because I ran out of time. The flowers didn't take long to add this morning and -- voila! -- it's now ready to wear... just as the weather has warmed up!

Never mind, it's ready in good time for autumn. :)

The road trip scarf is completed!

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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Today I was supposed to be marking assignments, but it turned into a lovely day, so instead I went out to do battle with shrub roots. Years ago, when we moved into our house, one area of our front garden was planted with rather unattractive shrubs. Some years later I cut them down, wanting the whole area just to be grass. However, every spring the shrubs tried to re-grow, despite me hacking off the new shoots. Eventually I managed to dig out a few of the roots, but it was extremely hard. So hard in fact that I gave up for a while left them, though it made mowing that bit very difficult and I had to use the strimmer on that area. I bided my time, cutting back any shoots that appeared, hoping the roots would die. It's taken quite a few years, but today I managed to get them all out, using a pickaxe. Victory is mine! :)
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20/52 for the group 2015 Weekly Alphabet Challenge

This week's theme was: T is for Turning

I'd forgotten it was the Ras y Gader (Cader Idris Fell Race) today, so it was fortunate that I'd walked into town instead of driving because there were diversions for the traffic.

Diversion due to Ras y Gader

I'd actually wandered into town in order to try to create my first Ingress control field. I've still not totally grasped how to link up portals, but I did eventually succeed in creating two blue triangles, though I had to walk 3 miles to achieve it. However, that's actually good. The reason I started playing Ingress was to encourage me to exercise more, so it's definitely working.

When I passed through the town square, runners were arriving at the finish line at a steady rate. It's not a race I would ever think of attempting, even if I were 30 years younger and I saw one runner with bloody knees and shins, so he'd obviously fallen on rocks somewhere on the route.

Ras y Gader finish line

And finally here is a picture of one of the local sites of interest that also happens to be an Ingress portal. It's not always easy to get a good picture of the church, but today the sun was in exactly the right position and there was a pretty blue and white sky.

St Mary"s Church

Current Mood: pleased successful

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Oh, pooh! I am going to get wet walking to work. I think an umbrella is called for. I have just this one really stressful week then everything in the college should calm down again, but I hate these stressful times more and more the older I get. I much prefer these days to plod along getting a reasonable amount done each day. When I was younger, I quite enjoyed the adrenaline rush of panic fire-fighting mode, but not any more.

Ooooh.... I've just looked out of the window and the rain has eased. If I hurry, I might not end up looking like a drowned rat by the time I reach work.
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Good morning! It is sunny here -- for the moment... Who knows what weather we will get as the day goes on? :)

I am feeling rather fretful because though I'm just about keeping up with my most important household daily tasks, it's deadline crunch time at the college, so I've been working extra hours (unpaid) to get the students to finish their assignments. This bunch have no sense of time management at all and have left far too much to the very last week. I'll just have to grit my teeth and sort the house out properly when the deadlines are past. Oh, and of course since we've had rain, all the grass and weeds in the garden are going, "Wheeee! Let's all grow really really fast!" It's a testament to HabitRPG that I actually care about this. In the past I just wouldn't have seen it happening and then I'd have had a nasty shock when college finished for the summer and I finally had time to look around at the mess.

So, if I'm quiet this week, that's why.
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19/52 for the group 2015 Weekly Alphabet Challenge

This week's theme was: S is for Skyscape


The start of the week was very unpromising with a sheet of grey cloud blanketing the sky for several days. Today the weather changed for the better and as I walked back from town after voting, I snapped this lovely sky with my phone. Yes, I have been and went and voted! And for once, my vote might actually matter. I'm hoping that Plaid Cymru will hang on to the seat and, if there is a hung parliament, our MP might actually have some influence on who gets to form a government.

Below is a picture of our polling station at the Darllenfa Rhydd (Free Library). Actually, that's something of a misnomer because it's neither a library nor is it free. If you want to use a room for an event, you have to pay. In fact "Darllenfa" literally means "reading place", "llyfrgell" is library, so a better translation would probably be "Free Reading Room", but it's always been known as the Free Library.

Darllenfa Rhydd / Free Library

Every Thursday, the Free Library is the home of a small market for locally made and locally produced foods. However, just for today, the market had to move to a local hotel because of the general election.

In other news, the second year computing students did the presentations for their big projects this morning and despite all the glitches and hiccups in the weeks leading up to the event, all three did really well which was a huge relief.

And in other other news, I am rather miffed that when I went to the Royal Mail sorting office to collect the parcel that they couldn't deliver yesterday because I was at work, I found the office closed. I have now been online and asked for it to be redelivered, but it won't come tomorrow as the earliest date I could request was Saturday. Having said that, that will mean that I won't have to wait in for it tomorrow. It's been weeks since I walked up to see M & B. First it was waiting in for a different delivery, then it was the 'flu, then my Dad's funeral, then I worked an extra day (normally I have Fridays off), so finally I might get back into the usual Friday routine of a walk followed by having a chat and a cup of tea while I help them finish their crossword.

Current Mood: tired tired

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18/52 for the group 2015 Weekly Alphabet Challenge

This week's topic was: R is for Repeat

I have missed a chunk of weeks. I may have photos for some topics and I'll see if I can fill in the gaps over the next week or so, as I find time to process images. However, this is a hasty last minute shot to cover the topic for this week, which is week 18.

This is my second attempt at making a crochet scarf out of this yarn. The first pattern I tried didn't work as I'd hoped and it just kept curling up. This is Zooty Owl's Road Trip Scarf and it's working up really well.

Here's the pattern...

Repeat Row 3 until the required size

Current Mood: busy busy

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Thank goodness it's a long weekend because of the Bank Holiday on Monday for May Day. I don't normally work on Fridays, so all my weekends are long weekends, but I had to work today because of end of term assessment panic, so having Monday off instead is much appreciated. However, the students and I made good progress and I have hopes that they will finish everything by the deadline of next Friday, so all is good.

I am now much recovered from the 'flu, though I still tire much earlier than normal and my appetite still hasn't fully recovered. I actually lost 4 lbs while I was ill. I really don't recommend 'flu as a weight loss method, but it might be nice not to put the weight back on if I can help it.
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According to the NHS website, 'flu can give you any of the following symptoms:

a sudden fever – a temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above
a dry, chesty cough
a headache
tiredness and weakness
aching muscles
limb or joint pain
diarrhoea or abdominal (tummy) pain
nausea and vomiting
a sore throat
a runny or blocked nose
loss of appetite
difficulty sleeping

Or in my case, it gave me all of them. Yesterday's attack of D&V completed my 'flu symptom bingo card. Lucky me!

Fortunately, after that the illness took a turn for the better and my temperature finally returned to normal today and I managed to eat a tiny bowl of cereal for breakfast, a slice of dry toast for lunch and a tiny portion of spaghetti bolognese for dinner. Which means that with one more day of recovery, I should be OK for Dad's funeral on Friday.
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Today has not been productive. I am coughing and feverish with achy hip joints. In fact both of us were coughing in the night and G came home from the college early saying that none of his maths class had turned up because they'd all been struck down with this virus. Most of the day I have sat listening to the radio and crocheting, but I have very quietly and slowly done quite a few little household tasks. This is all very frustrating because I have a lot of things to do and currently don't have the energy to do any of them. Thankfully I booked the hotel and the rail tickets to get to Dad's funeral yesterday, so I don't need to worry about that.

Current Mood: sick poorly

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