Monday, May 16, 2011

The Fortnight of ‘Not Quite’

It’s been a doozy of a couple of weeks. Not long after I’d cleaned away the last vomity carrot chunk (sorry) and we were all looking on the mend (but not quite), a temperature soared and then it was all about the ‘other end’ (sorry again). It’s all a bit of a blur and now I am left with pondering which of the emails I did actually respond to and which of the emails I telepathically responded to and which of the recipients of the latter are likely to have the foggiest. There have been cancellations and not quite getting around to the rescheduling, shopping for essentials and not quite remembering the loo paper (cripes) and a bazillion wheat bags that never quite made it to the School Fair...



I tell you, we’re looking top-to-toe toasty this winter.



Although apparently it’s tricky to tackle a nose itch,



when you’re arms are weighed down by kilos of wheat.



There has been a sad lacking in on-the-ball parenting and the igloo building (from sugar cubes) homework is still not quite half way.



And while a few weeks ago there was the uber efficient crafting of pink, pink, pink (sorry Gina), for the sweetest bundle, there were not ‘just the right’ buttons in the button stash. It’ll be ‘just the wrong’ size if I don’t hurry and haul my act together.



And because there were Two Whole Weeks without anything on the sticks and then there was a realisation of great clanging clarity that knitting is the thing that keeps me semi-sane, I finally cast on that cowl I’ve had bookmarked for eons...



and while it isn’t quite finished and I’m still not quite back to my old self, things, thank goodliness, are looking distinctly up.

Now HOW ON EARTH are you lovely lot?

46 comments:

Amanda said...

I think we are all guilty of the telepathic reply..I really do hope the bug is gone for good. The crafty side of you is to amazing to put on the backburner for any extended period of time. :)

mel @ loved said...

So glad to hear you are all on the mend. It really is like coming out of a hazy fog when everyone's been so ill isn't it. Those wheat bags are great & loving the colour of your cowl. Now go enjoy your good health! x

JoeyNomad said...

Love the honey cowl pattern - it's been on my sticks all nicely cast on for about 3 months, sadly no progress to date! x

Cinnamon said...

Sad to hear you were sick at all, but glad to hear you're on the mend. Amazing how illness can gum up the works...good health to you and welcome back.

Claire said...

Hey Tania, glad to hear you're on the mend, what a fortnight it's been........... we live in the country here, so there's always plenty of loo paper in the cupboard, hehehe........

Love the wheat bags, it's the wort of weather for a warm wheat bag, chilly as. We started off with a frost and sunshine this morning and now there's cloud and fog, but I do love it.
Hope you have some sunshine down there in the 'big smoke' and are on the up and up.

Claire :}

Umatji said...

sounds like my life. no quite on the ball parenting - well that is an understatement around here! lets just say some horrible bug had us changing on average 20 nappies a day for over a week! arg.
x

Astrid said...

I love the fabrics for your wheat bags! But forgive me... why and what is a wheat bag?! Are they to throw in P.E. or care for as babies or cook with? Clearly I have a lot to learn before we reach school-age...

june at noon said...

Oh, my! I made bean bags for some children, and the two oldest covered the youngest in them in similar style. I like the idea of warm wheat bags better. :)

Hope you continue to mend and find a semblance of sanity.

teddybearswednesday said...

Happy to hear from you and that you're on the mend.
You been very missed xo

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Just so you know, you replied to me. Glad you are all on the mend. xx

katiecrackernuts said...

Some weeks are just going to be 'not quite'. You seem to be picking up and going with it though. And you'll be warm to boot.

Cindy said...

Sounds like fun there at camp M+E, holiday destination for weight loss perhaps? I actually need a wheat bag and it seems you have a few. Perhaps we could do a deal?

clare's craftroom said...

Stay well you poor things !

m.e (Cathie) said...

missing your posts but glad you are better.
loving the wheat bags & that gorgeous cardi ♥

Jules said...

Don't you just love those bugs that attack both ends, super charming!
Glad they have left your place now and you are feeling better. All those lovely wheat bags, what a bugger! I'm sure you will be feeling normal again with a healthy dose of crafty action and clickety clacking. Have a great healthy week! julie :)

ohangelina said...

what lovely crafts! i always love your up-to's !x

Kylie said...

Oh Tania, soooo good to see you back and running! Glad all has passed (so to speak) and that things are on the up. I have no idea about emails I'm afraid - I'm in mad panic mode here (leaving for Chicago Friday morn). So much to organise and do but in such a FLAP that I can't seem to think of a single one when I do go to do something ;) Anyway, good to have you guys back again. Gorgeous knittery (that grey is just divine). Kx

Kylie said...

Forgot to say... totally with you on the craft-for-sanity trick. I've been crocheting up a storm... it's the only way I've been keeping my brain together ;) Those wheat bags are fantastic btw - what a score! You've worked so hard on them, how nice to actually use them too ;)
Kx

Stomper Girl said...

Hooray, you're back. I've been missing you. Love the wheatbags, and the wheatbag model. I'm sure they'll sell like anything at next year's fair, you are now as organised as a person who does their Christmas shopping in January.

Shannon said...

well i am glad you kept your cooties to yourself then! can i get one of your heatpacks? a muse ate through mine. must have been some scuzzy vegan mouse.

Fer said...

Love the wheat packs! You've been shopping at Spotlight, I used that grey cord with the white 'n red daisies - made a new jacket for my girl. Must blog about that......

Here's hoping the M&E household it's back to it's old quirky self in no time. ♥

Anonymous said...

T
Naaah, you never put too much information in your blogs. Never.

Pleased to see you are back in the land of the living and upright.

W

silverpebble said...

A virus in two parts. Lovely. Medals for valour are required at your gaff.

A child made of wheat bags. That is a fine and unusual project.

You could start a story-telling circle for pixies. You'd be absolutely sorted - their bums would be right comfortable.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

What do you mean how am I? I've been keeping you updated with hourly telepathic emails.

I love those photos, especially the itchy nose ones. What a trouper.

29th april I left the building and actual fun was had. None since.

pooter broke and have spent many (not) happy hours * attempting to fix it, having it break again, rep from *

Glad you are back and everyone on the mend.

Cheers,
AJ

Kate said...

ewwwww!! Sounds disgusting. Poor you guys. Glad to hear it's all behind you now (ha!) Just a quick question: My Dad has requested a wheat bag. Do you fill them with normal wheat like we feed the chooks or is it treated somehow to withstand the heating process?

jo so and sew said...

I know exactly what you're going through... I didn't make it to the school fair at all because Romy was vomiting - then Nim came home and vomited all night and now Paul is in bed... and I remember Nim's sugar cube igloo ... and I would love a wheat bag because the kids were whipping each other with the last one until it busted sending barley all over the lounge room... whew - glad to get that off my chest. big xxx

Copper Patch said...

Sending you Un-Bugged good wishes. I hope the needling is mentally mending :o)
Ab and the H Monster Xx

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

Busy having my own complete meltdown over here. Moving house this week, need I say more? Oh, and maybe turning FOUR O this week and trying to manage a manic week at work. Having a similar realisation that painting is the thing that keeps me sane, alas it's all packed ready for the big move.

Lauren said...

Missed you!! Glad you are on the mend. Telepathic rely is just about the only form I use lately. Leads to great confusion when the recipient doesn't receive, but we bumble along...

Nikki said...

Gawd! I hope your immune systems are all fired up now. Onward and upward!!

Cass said...

So glad you are all on the mend I've missed your posts

Lola Nova said...

That you were able to be so productive what with all the mopping up and bluckyness is most impressive. I say this from a house now filled with the bluck (my daughter's new word for the sickness) and I can tell you no wheat bags, knittery, or efforts towards school dioramas have been accomplished.
Of course in my fevered fits I am on a beach lazing about in the sun next to a cool expanse of ocean far away from the bluck, and it appears I have not packed my crafting supplies.

sooz said...

All the expressive words I can think of with which to begin this comment involve the stuff of which you are only too familiar. So hey, here's to better times. Lovin' coming your way [telepathically of course]

Gaby said...

Oh man, that sounds rough. Glad to hear you're on the mend and back to some productive knitting! xx

Naturally Carol said...

Not quite there but nonetheless very productive..I hope you're wholly better in your household very soon!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

What I love about the M&E family is your wholeheartededly GOING for things !
Trampolining , tree decoration , wheat bags or poop ..... you all give it 120% .
Hope you're all recovered and can soon start eating ( and absorbing ) something other than rice and mashed carrots .

Sandrine said...

Oh dear!!!! that did not sound like fun over at your place!Apart from the wheat bags, igloo etc...:)
Wishing you a healthy kind of rest of the week :)
Sandrine x

Mama of 2 boys said...

Oh poor Tania, sounds like a harrowing few weeks. We have also been riding the rollercoaster of sickness, blergh, it's terrible.
Your wheat bags look beautiful. It's nice to see a post from you again :o) Take care in getting back to full fitness.

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

Glad to hear you are on the mend - sounds pretty rough you poor things. Knitting sounds the perfect medicine for remaining sane. I have similar feelings toward any kind of craft. Those wheat bags look fantastic! What kind of wheat do you use and where did you get it? I'm v. keen to give it a go, although i doubt they'll look quite as cool as yours.

Sally said...

WOWZA! It sure has been crazy at your place. It's crazy at mine too... but in different ways.
Hope you're all on the mend and feeling better now!!!

grrl + dog said...

that cowl pattern has been on my wish list for about three years.

Let me know what wool you're using and if it turns out all snuggly..

Maxabella said...

Those photos made me laugh. What a super model! x

Bonnie said...

So sorry you were so sick! I'm just getting over a cold, and it's amazing how great it feels to just not. be. so. darn. sick. Hope things get better and better for you!

**Anne** said...

Absolutely gorgeous cowl and your hair is so beautiful.
Stay well,
Anne xx

Gina said...

Oooh, squeal, that little bit of pink is one day destined to grace my household??? How divine. Seems I've embraced pinkitude wayyyy to easily.

Moving along from that self-focussed comment - I'm SO sorry about the gastro double-whammy. Truly horrifying.

quirky granola girl said...

i'm glad your family is on the mend. maybe the wheat bags can be used to hold a little one in the bed to finish his/her recovery?