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Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday 22nd June
« on: Yesterday at 13:29:32 »
I haven't made much progress today. I've been busy but I haven't got much done.

@Bjay  Luckily for me, many people are a bit too short for their trousers/skirts/dresses and they send them to people like me to have them altered.  :)
Some people are a bit too tall and sometimes I have to lengthen the hems on trousers, but I don't get asked to do that very often.
The trousers I've let an inch out on the waist this morning are a pair which haven't really been worn since he bought them. They sell at about £90 a pair when new so these particular ones are well worth the alteration cost to get them to fit more comfortably.  :thumbsup:


Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday 22nd June
« on: Yesterday at 08:30:39 »
It's a beautiful sunny start to the day here. Washing machine's on and there's a load pegged on the line already.

I have a rail full of trouser alterations today. Mainly shortens with a couple of let out waists amongst them.
Dry Cleaner's just been with a couple of suits of his own. Make the trousers of the one suit to the same size/width as the 'sample' suit which fits him nicely. He said to check the jacket but he's pretty sure he likes the fit of the jacket.

Breakfast first then I'll get started on it all.


Ever get the feeling you're being watched?  :ninja:

I've had an unusual letter arrive in the post today from someone reaching out to me and it's referring to bereavement, the sadness of losing a loved one, and whether I believe in the afterlife.  ><
It's a religious themed letter with a leaflet enclosed...a hand written envelope and a typed letter inside.

I'm sure this must be from a neighbour...they will have noticed my parents regular visits over the years but now Dad's arriving alone. When my son was a toddler, my oldies used to arrive on a motorbike  0_0 so my parents will have been noticed by the neighbours.
Whoever sent this means well but they've put 2 and 2 together and come up with 5.

Prom dress is done! I've also shortened a really pretty peach chiffon dress this morning too.  :)
Are peach and coral 'in' colours this summer? I've done a few in the last couple of weeks.


It's a little bit gloomy outside but it's dry and I don't think we have any rain forecast for today.

I'll be finishing off the prom dress today. I'll be glad when it's gone... and I'm expecting a pair of trousers to be returned which I'd sent back because I can't do what the customer's asked me to do.
No, really, I CAN'T take the hips in about 4 or 5 inches, straight through the pockets.  :angry: Put the money towards a pair that will fit you.
Anyway. They're being returned for me to shut up and do as I'm told have another look at them and take in what I can.

Saw Mum yesterday.  :) She looked well and was chatty but confused. She had to be woken up out of her chair to see us so she yawned a few times. Had about an hour with her.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 19th June
« on: June 19, 2021, 13:35:42 PM »
It's brighter than I expected it to be today. It was a bit gloomy to start with but we've got a little bit of sunshine now.

This morning I finished tapering a pair of linen trousers with hand stitched topstitching on the outer leg seam.  :scream:
It could be worse.

Now I'm making a start on the prom dress. (That's why I'm stalling and sitting at my laptop.  0_0 )
I've shortened the shoulder straps  :) and I'm checking my pinning on the length. I've got three layers of tulle, then the main dress fabric, two layers of stiff netting and finally, the lining.
The bit I put most of the pins in is the main dress fabric. The tulle layers will be cut longer, and I'll do whatever on the lining and stiff net.

Daughter has gone shopping this afternoon with her friend. Hope she has an enjoyable time. She's desperately short on trousers/leggings.

Might drag the vacuum cleaner upstairs while nobody's here.

Then I'll have another look at this dress.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 18th June
« on: June 18, 2021, 17:41:39 PM »
It's been gloomy and drizzly since my Dad left at about midday.
He said he'd had a lovely visit to Mum on Wednesday where they'd sat in the garden together sharing a punnet of strawberries.  :)

Regarding white van man. Dad said that the man told him that 'Mark' had sent him.  -< We don't know anyone named Mark.
Big bruv is very suspicious of whoever he was. A few weeks ago there were a couple of callers interested in a vehicle parked on the drive, asking if it was for sale.
One of whom had a white van. He also spotted my brother was wearing a very expensive watch...
I hope it was an innocent call by mistake but you always wonder, don't you.

Had a meltdown earlier this morning and hurled my sleeve board against the floor in my sewing room.
Then I kicked it.
Daughter has tutted at me and re-screwed it back together. Apart from being a bit bent, it's survived.  :thumbsup:

Rescued a bumble bee out of one of my trumpet pitcher plants in the greenhouse. It happens sometimes but they're easy to rescue. Just tilt the plant horizontally and they walk out.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 18th June
« on: June 18, 2021, 08:00:50 AM »
I've slept terribly with bumps, bangs and clonk noises from people wandering about the house in the night.  :angry:

It's grey and a bit gloomy this morning but it isn't raining yet. I think we're forecast light rain and a high of only 15 degrees. That's a whopping 10 degree drop on only two days ago.  :S

Dad phoned me yesterday evening and told me that a stranger had called, asking about collecting 'the table' if he'd got a table for sale. He'd got a white van parked outside and appeared to be alone.
Dad said he hadn't got any such table. The man was checking his phone, giving my dad his full address. Dad agreed the address was correct but he'd never had a table for collection.
The man left and no harm was done but it's a worry in case the stranger was checking the property for another visit in the future.
I told Dad to check out of the front window before opening the door if he isn't expecting anyone to call.

A few years ago they had someone smash the glass out of their front door in the night. Dad woke up and when they heard there was someone in the property, they quickly left.
They must have thought the house was empty. My brother at the time was working nights. His car wasn't parked outside and they didn't know someone else lived there.

The prom dress is here now.  :\ I also have four pairs of trousers to alter. Two to shorten and two to taper.
I'll start on the trousers today. I can't get started on the dress. Friday is a day of too many interruptions and I'm too tired and grumpy to tackle such a big job.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 17th June
« on: June 17, 2021, 07:52:21 AM »
Slept a little bit better last night but I still woke at half past five. Managed to doze off again eventually.

It's cooler and we've had rain in the night. The house still feels a bit stuffy.

I did the prom dress fitting yesterday. That will be delivered to me later this afternoon together with a few pairs of trousers and anything else which may have been left for alterations at the shop since yesterday.

Had no luck arranging a visit to my mum but arranged to collect some washing from the home yesterday after I'd done with the dress fitting.
I was left waiting at the door (in the hot sun) for about 10 minutes before a slightly irritated woman came to see what I wanted. I handed her a small bag of clean washing and she said she'd see what there was for me to take.
Then I waited a bit longer (still in the hot sun) until she appeared with a small bag (too small a bag) absolutely crammed full of dirty clothes. I had to split the bundle into another carrier bag I had with me. I left there feeling a bit annoyed.
And very hot.


It's sunny with a clear blue sky.

Woke at ten past five this morning and fidgeted for a while before getting up.

I've done all of the trousers for the menswear shop so I'll take them to him when I go to do the fitting on the prom dress this afternoon. It's going to be hot and stuffy later today and I can't be bothered already.
Had nothing from the Dry Cleaner yesterday but I've got a pleated chiffon dress to shorten which I'll get done this morning.

Tried phoning the care home yesterday to book a visit but the call wasn't answered on two occasions, and on the third attempt it was answered by the home manager who said they'll call me back...
I'm still waiting so I'll try again today.
It's frustratingly difficult to get through yet my sis-in-law says that she's never had a problem.  :S


Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday 15th June
« on: June 15, 2021, 06:39:34 AM »
Had a good solid five hours sleep last night, which is alright, but I woke at 4  :S and couldn't get back to sleep so have been downstairs for ages.
I've even had breakfast and done one load of washing.

It feels a bit cool this morning but the cloud layer is very thin and we're due sunshine and another day of high temperatures.

I've got lots more trouser alterations on the rail from the menswear shop, and I've got a chiffon pleated dress to shorten.
Dry Cleaner due this morning with who knows what.

Might feel like an afternoon nap so I'd better make a start while I'm feeling relatively awake and alert.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 14th June
« on: June 14, 2021, 13:49:53 PM »
It's a bit cloudy now with an occasional pleasant breeze.

I'm still grumpy. I've fixed the leather jacket and that's what's made me remain in a low mood.
Apart from being old and torn, I discovered it was actually really grimy after being handled for a short time.
My hands were absolutely filthy when I'd finished with it and I've now completely changed my clothes and have showered. I've even got the polish out to clean the sewing table.  :S

I've had a pair of trousers dropped off which need to be taken in A LOT on the hips area.
I'll have a better look at them but I think I'll be sending those back. It's not worth it. They're not an expensive pair of trousers and trying to alter the tops of the legs is really difficult. I don't think the customer will be happy with the fit when I've done with them. He can put the alteration money towards a new pair which will fit him.

@Bjay  That's an absolutely stunning view.  :loveit: Hope it turns out that you have nothing to worry about.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 14th June
« on: June 14, 2021, 07:36:01 AM »
It's going to be another warm day today.

I've slept badly.
Too warm, and my hips have been aching again so I've been uncomfortable lying on my side. I don't sleep very well flat on my back, and I never sleep face down, so there's been lots of fidgeting.
I feel tired and a bit grumpy.

I need to buy milk and I can't have breakfast until I get some. We were running very low yesterday but my daughter announced that she'd love some Pringles, and some Crunchie's...but she WASN'T going to come to the shop with me.
In other words she wanted me to go and get them for her.
So, obviously I didn't go. I'm going to sneak off this morning before she gets up and only buy what I need.  :thumbsup:

I'm expecting some work to be delivered this morning, either at 8-ish, or 12-ish, whenever he's passing this way. I think there's a dress to shorten and some jeans.
I have a leather jacket hanging up which I'm supposed to magically mend for someone. It's old and the leather has dried out a bit. It feels a bit on the stiff side. I've been trying to ignore it but I suppose I'm going to have to look at that in the next couple of days and decide what I'll do to it.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 13th June
« on: June 13, 2021, 18:19:52 PM »
@toileandtrouble  Yes, I have double ones.  :) and single ones and little spiky ones.

I have a little clump of almost aubergine coloured ones which are lovely to see every year. I think they're lovely plants. They just keep going and are no trouble at all. I didn't know it would be possible to lose them  >< @Ploshkin They grow like weeds.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 13th June
« on: June 13, 2021, 12:18:53 PM »
Thank you @hernibs  :) for your kind offer but I have numerous aquilegia plants all over the garden in all shades. Pink, blue, purple, white...too many really. They're almost indestructible.  0_0 Once you've got them, you've got them.
I'm sure I had a yellow one once in the front garden but it vanished.
I've been going around and trying to snip off the seed heads before they throw any more seeds out.  :S

Big bruv's just been and has taken the clean washing for his visit later today. Nearly everything washed and dried except for three jumpers/cardigans.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 13th June
« on: June 13, 2021, 09:29:50 AM »
Blue sky and sunny. It feels very warm already. We're due a high of 26 degrees today if the BBC have got it right.

Don't know what I'll do today...maybe nothing.  :)
I've got a little bit of ironing to do on Mum's stuff before my brother collects it later this afternoon. There isn't much though so it won't take long.

Might take a few plant cuttings if I see some suitable ones. The care home are asking for plants and volunteers for the (slightly overgrown) garden. I'm thinking of low maintenance plants and already have a spare lavender which could go there.
Might grab a handful of aquilegia seeds and fling them around.
The garden has a large, shady, probably dry, corner  :thinking:

I think I'll go and get this ironing done before it warms up too much.


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