Yes, I am still alive…

So, where were we? I can’t believe I have not posted for 5 months! Sorry guys, and thanks to everyone who is still there.

A lot has happened since I was made redundant. I am on my second job since then, but the last job change was definitely the best move I could have made. I am now officially the Account and Sales Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at the most awesome company. I am learning loads and people are acrually nice and happy at work, a concept that was pretty alien to me before. I am looking forward to going into work every day and they are super flexible when I need time off etc. 

But that’s not the only good news I have for you guys… my daughter moved out at the beginning of the month, because she started uni, and while that in itself isn’t good news (I am missing her so damn much), I am in the middle of converting her old room into an art studio! Finally I have my own space to be creative and make a mess, so the rest of the house stays sort of tidy. Only sort of, because I still do hate housework and if I can draw or knit instead, I will! 

My latest drawings have been somewhat on the go or just random scribbles, because time is very limited due to work and me spending more time with my youngest. It’s nice to see that we are getting even closer than we were before. 

Here, have a random egg ๐Ÿ˜‰

And a random woman that I am working on right now. Practicing drawing from memory…it’s hard! You think you know what things look like, until you try drawing them. God, she has eyebrow issues!

I am even back onto my knitting again. I forgot how much it relaxes me. Currently working on a huge scarf. Pictures will follow when I am not on the bus writing a post!

There’s so much more good stuff I could tell you about, but I’ll save that for the next post, which will be all about the gym and…. wait for it….the new man in my life :-)))))

What’s new with you guys? Comment below and have a great day! Xx

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Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans…

So yeah, my next post was meant to be a really happy one sharing some good news, but then I was told that I am being made redundant. 

I now have to find myself a new job and most likely move to a different city, as most jobs around here just don’t pay enough. 

I have applied all around the country in the hope to get a better paid job out of this than I am losing now. Otherwise it would mean a massive pay drop. 

I am still not walking too well, so all the running around after jobs is really hard work. But I am sure it will get better the more I walk. 

Ok, now for the good news…… I AM GOING TO BE A GRANDMA!!! 

After an initial little shock I am very happy for my eldest and his little family. In August little Jack will be born and I am already busy knitting baby things. I just hope that I have a job by then, so I can spoil him rotten ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Got a job interview tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed for me guys. I really need some good vibes at the moment.

Love Mona x

Yay!ย 

Today is the day I am going to get rid of this ugly thing!

It will get replaced with an air boot, and with a little luck, I will be rid of the crutches in a couple of weeks.

I hope that I will be allowed to take the boot off at night and maybe even start swimming. 

My achilles tendon still feels quite tight, but will buy some therabands and get the ankle moving asap. I am so tired of just sitting around doing bugger all. 

Fingers crossed, I so miss the gym.

Anything make you go “Yay!” recently? Let me know! It’s good to share good news!

Love, Mona xx

I has a boo boo :-(ย 

Not sure how much I have told you guys about this foot injury that has been bugging me over the last 10 months. I started running last summer and after I slipped in the park, it was painful and swollen and never really got much better. After weeks of trying to convince my GP that I did not have shin splints, I requested a referral to an orthopaedic surgeon, who quickly diagnosed me with tarsal tunnel syndrome (apparently super rare, lol trust me to get it). It’s like carpal tunnel syndrome, but in the foot. He also diagnosed me with achilles tendonitis and a small Haglund’s deformity of my heel bone. Basically, the heel bone had bits poking out where they shouldn’t so they rubbed on my achilles tendon causing the inflammation. So he said that he could fix both in one surgery and it would be about 8 weeks recovery time. Not great, but by that time it was 8 months in and no physio or meds did help and I got so fed up with being in pain that I agreed to the surgery, which was on December 21St. 

Day of the surgery came and the surgeon came into my room looked at my foot and told me that he would only untrap the nerve for the tarsal tunnel and “the rest will resolve itself”. I was not convinced, and I really should have just walked out at that time. But you know what it’s like, you’re all hyped up and flustered because you’re about to have surgery etc.,  so I went ahead with it. 

Needless to say that of course my pain in the heel didn’t resolve itself. Pieces of bone that irritate something don’t just vanish lol. In fact, as I recovered from the tarsal tunnel release and started walking again, things got much worse. At the follow up appointment the surgeon just said to wait it out, and when I asked how long for he said” ummmm 12months?!” 

That was the point where I walked out and got a second opinion in the hope of finding someone who is willing to actually help me. I did a little research and found just the man for it. Dr Mike Karski, honorary surgeon for Blackburn Rovers football team. He looked at my files and said he was willing to do the surgery, if I wanted to and he warned me that it will be a long and painful recovery, as he had to cut some of my heel bone off, after detaching my achilles tendon which he would clean up and remove all the inflamed tissue and then screw it back into my heel with some biodegradable screws (how cool?!).

So, two days ago, only eight weeks after my initial surgery, I had surgery number two. The surgeon came to see me after and told me it was worse than he thought, once he actually got into it, and he had to remove part of my tendon, so recovery will take a bit longer. 

This time the general anaesthetic really knocked me for six, and they decided to keep me in over night, under much protest and whinging from me lol. In the end my daughter just said she won’t take me home cos I really didn’t look well. Bless her, she is such a sensible girl at only 18. So I stayed in and by the next day I felt a bit better, so they let me go home. 

I should have known this trip home was not under a good star when the taxi driver took an hour to get to the hospital, because he “couldn’t find me”. He was not the sharpest knife in the drawer, bless him. Then he drove me home at a speed, where I was wondering if I would be faster on crutches. 

Finally home, I get out of the taxi and start hopping back to the house. It was a rainy day, and I really should have thought about how slippery the pavement becomes after a day of rain. Guess I was still a bit drowsy. You can guess what happens next lol, the crutches went from under me and I fall. I tried to catch myself from going down and ended up putting my entire bodyweight through my freshly operated foot. Oh my God, the pain! I literally thought I would pass out it hurt so bad. I could hardly breathe. Luckily a couple from across the road helped me up and back to the house, where I just crashed on the couch for a sob. 

I called my mate who was kind enough to take me back to the hospital to get the foot checked out and make sure I hadn’t undone any stitches or worse. The stitches were still intact, but they couldn’t look at the tendon because they had no mri machine there. The surgeon has said he has never seen any of these screws come out or the tendon come undone in his time that he has been using this method, so I am just sat here now, nursing my poor foot and hoping for the best. 

I have an appointment in two weeks for a check up, so I will wait until then and hopefully all is good.

I guess I have plenty of time for knitting and drawing and working on my blog. 

I am a little stuck for some good TV that I can binge on, so feel free to leave me some comments with suggestions on how to kill time lol. 

Hope all of you are well ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Mona x 

Nobody is perfect…ย 

โ€‹…apparently! 
However, when I have a look at all the channels that I follow on YouTube, I sometimes find it hard to pick fault! The drawings from the art channels are awesome, the people who do the fitness and weightloss videos are fit and skinny.
Some days I find so much “perfection”, I am using this word a little loosely, intimidating. It puts me off trying to draw something or trying a new workout.
It seems a lot of people start their channels once they have already reached whatever goal they set or once they have mastered a certain skill.
Is it just me or wouldn’t it be nice to see someone who is literally just starting out and watch them progress? This especially goes for drawing and other arts and crafts. 
What do you think?

Yes, I am still alive!

Yes, I know I have done it again! Life just has the horrible habit of happening. I am sorry! No, I seriously am. And even more grateful that you are all still around. 

The last few months have been challenging, to say the least. I was not really myself for a very long time, come to think of it. I used to be the most creative and knowledge thirsty person ever and all that slowly disappeared over the last couple of years. Amazing, what hanging with the wrong people can do to you.

Luckily, this issue has now been rectified and I am back hanging with the people who bring out the best in me. 

However, a few things have changed in the Renton residence. There is nomore spinning wheel. I sold it to fund my trip to the states and to be honest, I don’t think I was too good at spinning anyway. I am still knitting and crocheting like a mad woman so don’t worry, this will not be a complete topic change on the blog, but I do want to make a few changes. 

First of all, I have two brand spanking new hobbies. I know am learning how to sew and I have discovered that my drawing skills are not as bad as I thought they were,  so I will be adding a sewing and a drawing category in place for a spinning one. 

Secondly, I have lost a bit of weight. Ok, I have lost quite a bit of weight, 4 stone to be exact. For my American friends, that’s 61.7 lbs or 28 kg. 


So, I would like to write more about healthy eating and the odd workout or reviews, what do you guys think about that? Is it something you would be interested in or should I keep it in a separate blog? Let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

Changes…

To say that it’s been a while would be the understatement of the year…

First of all, thank you to all of you who have stuck around ๐Ÿ™‚ I really do appreciate it and was quite surprised.

So, where have I been hiding? Mainly at the gym and at work to be honest. I guess I went through quite a bit of a mental rough patch, so I needed to focus on something and not look sideways to see how upset I was with life. Well, it seems to have worked and I seem to have come out of it better and stronger than ever.
I now have lost 21 lbs since January and work is going really well too.
Sadly, in my stupid phase, I did something really, really stupid…  I Sold my spinning wheels ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
But don’t worry, what’s on my wheel Wednesday will return next month once I have a new wheel.
Maybe in the meantime you guys can give me some advice on a new wheel?

I definitely want a castle style wheel again, like my Minstrel, but I found the Minstrel a little loud at times.
At the moment I have my eye on the  Woolmaker’s Bliss or I am thinking about a Schacht wheel, either the Ladybug or the Sidekick. Of course there are huge price differences so I am looking online for a bargain. Hehehe, so if you come across one let me know.

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll try and update you, in the next few days,on the very little knitting I have been doing over the last few months. And maybe I can finally manage to get that post out about the last yarn I have spun.

Also, I am looking for a name for my new instagram account… Any suggestions?

A slightly different Christmas

As per usual, I started writing a post and didn’t get round to finishing it for days. It’s been a very relaxing day with the kids sat in the livingroom eating, drinking playing games and just general chilling out. It has been a more than eventful year for us. Boyfriend moving in, new jobs, boyfriend moving back out again… It’s ok though, we just don’t seem to be able to live together ๐Ÿ™‚ maybe we will try that again at some point further down the line.

So, how was Christmas apart from that? Different !

A few weeks back I went to hobby craft, a big craft supply retailer in the UK, and I bought some Christmas supply for all the projects I had in mind. We came home and I put the shopping away until I had the time to actually do some crafts. Well, the date came and guess who couldn’t fine that silly bag of craft supplies?! The kids and I searched everywhere and couldn’t find it. I was absolutely gutted, because I did spend quite a bit of money on the things and I wanted to make ornaments for the tree :-(.

The tree… Oh yes, the tree, another little funny Christmas antic! For the last ten years of living in the UK we have always had an artificial tree. Simply because without a car, as I don’t drive, it was hard to get a real one. This year however, I was finally in the position to get a real tree, but I was debating whether to go for it or not because in the end, buying a nice, a bit more pricey fake tree would last me a good few years. So the other half took me shopping for threes I looked everywhere for a nice fake one, but just wasn’t happy. Then outside of our local supermarket there it was, my tree, a real one and the most beautiful thing ever. Quite tall, but so full and nicely shaped, I had to have it. The other half isn’t a fan of real trees, so out came the puppy dog eyes and the “Oh babe it’s SO pretty!” and when the guy who sold them offered free delivery the deal was done. Oh I was so happy! Until it got here hahaha. It was delivered and well, let say my eyes were bigger than my living room. This thing was HUGE!
It took quite a bit of a joint effort to put it up and I did have to trim a bit from the back to make it fit in the room lol not to mention the furniture I had to move around hahaha, the kids were giggling about me and the tree, and I was ever so slightly cursing myself for wanting a really tree in the first place, but in the end, it was so worth the hassle as we have a gorgeous tree.

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Shame though that we didn’t manage to get the ornaments made, I thought. So a day before Christmas in a desperate attempt me and the kids looked once more for the “bag”.

There I was retracing my steps from when I went shopping for them. ” I came in the house and sat in the sofa, unpacked everything and looked at the craft supplies and then… What did I do with them then?” Then all of a sudden my little one, I say little one, he is 13 in two months, jumped up and shouted:” Ha, l know, I know!โ€œ, then walks to the side of the couch and picks up the box for the new shoes I bought on the same day. He opens the box and, TADAA! My crafty things!
Needless to say, we didn’t end up using them as I didn’t have the time so shortly before Christmas. So stay tuned for some out of season Christmas ornament post haha. I need to use the air dry clay soon before it dries.

Christmas itself was, good. I didn’t make a mess of dinner, which was a nice change. It was different from the nice family event I had wished for as the other half went to his mums, but he was here boxing day, which was lovely. Now that we have put a bit if space between us, we get on so much better again. I guess after being the boss in my house for 17 years it is very difficult to share again. I am just glad that we managed to pull our relationship around again and not break up for good, because after all we do love eachother like crazy.

Despite everything going different from how I wanted it, it’s been a good Christmas. The kids were happy with their presents and the other half has outdone himself yet again by giving me a 32 inch Ashford rigid heddle loom and this little beauty!

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A yarn bowl from Little Wren Pottery! I can’t wait to use it!

So get yourself prepared for my newest weaving adventures in the next few months!

I hope that all you guys had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all a happy New Year!  Thank you for sticking around and your lovely comments, which are always very much appreciated.

New Projects, new job…Oh and It’s Christmas soon!

The last few weeks have been so busy and very exciting!

I am liking my new job. It’s nowhere near as stressful as the old one and people actually treat you like a human being. Also, my boyfriend can take me there and pick me up at night, which means nomore bus rides, yay! Just think, all the money that I save could potentially go towards yarn and fibre!

But no, I need to save money for other things like a holiday and stuff. I would love to go and see my cousins in the states next year, because I have not seen them since I was a teen.

I have also started going back to the gym. It’s really hard work since I have started the new job as I am a bit short on motivation after a day at work, but I guess it’s got to be done if I don’t want to look like a blob for the rest of my life.
I have actually booked a personal training session in an hour, just so I have a little bit more motivation for the next few months.

Craftwise I am kind of just pottering about. I have cast off the Tubuฤบarity scarf, which just need buttons and ends weaving in, but I am not too sure if I like the end result. I’ll see once it’s been washed and blocked.

The seacoast jumper is almost done too, just starting the last sleeve today and I am already loving it. It fits really good and will look great with a skirt and a nice scarf or Shawl.  Photos to follow.

I am also working on a new little blanket using the double knitting technique. I have not done much because it takes forever for a row and the balls of yarn are massive so it’s not an on the go project.

Then I need to make a quick hat and scarf for myself because it’s really getting nippy out there

Right, got to get up and get some weetabix down me before the gym. Wish me luck ๐Ÿ™‚