Thank you all so much for your get well wishes for Hubby. He is doing much better now and wants me to pass on his thanks to you all - and I am thankful too of course. I didn't give him a bell to ring for three reasons. One he would have kept ringing the darn thing, two we don't actually own a little bell, and three we have a bit of a situation going on with "Man" with bells supposedly ringing in the night all by themselves so bells are a touchy subject in this house!
It is all good though now and Hubby is back at work and I am just glad that I could mostly be home to help him and that he was over it so quickly.
Monday was by gosh a tricky day, I did my private tour at work and had one person wandering off - and picking things up!!!! - another talking incessantly and another telling everyone they came across their relationship to me. The fourth person was a perfect visitor, but I found out afterwards that they do a similar job to me - whilst driving a vintage bus! - so they understood the situation no doubt.
It did make me appreciate the normal visitors so much though!! Far less tricky and stressful. Although I also have to say that I normally only do tours when it is a tour group and there are not other people making their own way around the house, so no doubt that was what I found hardest to get my head around!
I didn't get much else done, but I did finish one of the things on my August crafting instead of Five On Friday list (I am holding out showing you until the first Five On Friday post in September!) and I am making good progress on my shawl which is coming along beautifully. I am sooooo pleased with it and the yarn is beautiful. This is a sneak preview, more to come when it is finished!
Yesterday I had an interesting meeting at work - and no I didn't write or hand in any crochet patterns during this one. Still haven't found the pattern for the fish yet, I really think that I must have handed it in with an evaluation form! Not good.
We are working on some new tours which I cannot tell you about yet as they are still secret, but I am very excited about them and hope to get to learn lots too so it is all good.
In other news it was sunny and then rainy - typical English summer! Some chores have been completed and the to do list has reduced very slightly. The reason for the long lists of jobs is that I am in overdrive preparing for the ladies lunch which I am hosting at home next week so I am trying to get everything spic and span.
I made everyone a coaster to take home with them as a little gift. What do you think of these four? The only downside is that if they all like them and take them away I will not have a set and I don't have enough yarn left to make some more. I don't mind though. That is what they are meant for!
Well I am off now to do some more cleaning (the insides of the kitchen cupboards, you know, just in case anyone decides to take a peek!) and to research recipes for Coronation Chicken* for the lunch. I hate it myself and am planning to put lumps of cheese in mine instead of chicken as I rarely eat much meat anyway and I hate cold chicken! It was so difficult though trying to pin down something that everyone else likes and that I can make in advance to serve cold.
On my list was also an additional dessert, but I have decided instead to make some cookies to go with tea and coffee after lunch. That way I am not competing with the person bringing dessert, but still have something to offer.
I will share more about the lunch after it happens. I am hoping for good weather for eating in the garden...
Well I think that is about it for now. Off to do some recipe searching and more chore ticking off! At least I am going to have a very clean house after this lunch is over!
For the next couple of days I have scheduled a couple of travel posts to share with you. I am afraid that I am still struggling to get round and read your blogs and leave comments which I feel badly about, but I will get there after next week is over I promise! Thank you for bearing with me! I really do appreciate it. Sorry too that I have abandoned replying to your comments - unless there is a question - right now, I am struggling for time with that too!
Thank you again for the good wishes for Hubby, and for bearing with me, I have no idea where August has gone, but time seems to have sped up again magically all by itself. I wish it would slow down just a little instead!
p.s. you will be glad to know that I decided that I didn't need to take all the pictures in the house down and dust behind them just in case anyone checked. The spiders can live in their webs on the backs of the pictures in peace!
* Coronation Chicken is cold cooked chicken in a creamy and spicy mayonnaise with apricots in it. I might add some mango chutney too!